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Gossip column: Evans, Shaw, De Gea, Lanzini, Willian, Coutinho, Werner

Transfer news Newcastle are keen to sign Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 22, but do not want to pay the £20m fee the Red Devils want. (Sun) Arsenal will again target West Brom’s 29-year-old defender Jonny Evans in the January transfer window. (Mirror) Manchester City will also bid for Northern Ireland centre-back Evans. (Telegraph) Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 23, says he could still sign a new deal with the club, despite reported interest from Juventus. (Liverpool Echo) Lawro’s predictions Check out Lawro’s verdict on the weekend’s Premier League…

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Which young star will win a Stanley Cup first?

Emily Kaplan: If I was asked this question two months ago, I would have answered McDavid, without hesitation. I believed that the Edmonton Oilers were poised to win a Stanley Cup as soon as this season. Given where things stand now in Edmonton, I’m not as bullish. I do see Auston Matthews hoisting a Cup for the Toronto Maple Leafs — heck, probably while wearing a C on his sweater when that happens — but just not yet. The Maple Leafs are still working on their rebuild, and while they’ve…

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All Golf 

Golf — Although Tiger Woods remains exempt into many events, he can’t play anywhere he wants

Tiger Woods is set to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where, as the tournament host, he is eligible for a special exemption given to … the tournament host. While everyone else in the 18-player field will be ranked among the top 50 in the world, Woods — ranked 1,199th — will be making his first tournament start since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic prior to the second round on Feb. 3. Since then, he underwent his fourth back surgery. Stalled on 79…

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Ashes: Joe Root says England are motivated by Australia’s behaviour

What really happened between Bancroft & Bairstow? Australia v England, second Ashes Test Venue: Adelaide Oval Date: 2-6 December Time: 04:00 GMT Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. England will use Australia’s behaviour after winning the first Ashes Test as motivation for the second match in Adelaide on Saturday, says Joe Root. Captain Steve Smith was laughing in the news conference as opener Cameron Bancroft…

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Novak Djokovic brings aboard Radek Stepanek as coach

MONACO — Novak Djokovic is bringing aboard former top-10 player Radek Stepanek as a coach. Djokovic, a 12-time major champion, and Stepanek announced their partnership during a joint appearance on Instagram Live on Thursday. Said Djokovic: “So this is the new team, baby. This is my new man.” Added Stepanek: “Now it’s official.” Novak Djokovic, right, is adding former top-10 player Radek Stepanek to his coaching team. Michael Regan/Getty Images What was not immediately clear was how Stepanek and Andre Agassi, who began working with Djokovic on a part-time basis at…

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World Cup 2018: England boss Gareth Southgate ‘will not write off’ tournament

Gareth Southgate was appointed England manager on a four-year deal in November 2016 World Cup 2018 draw Venue: State Kremlin Palace, Moscow Date: Friday, 1 December Time: from 15:00 GMT Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two & the BBC Sport app from 15:00 GMT, live on BBC Radio 5 live Drive from 15:20 GMT and follow live text commentary from 13:00 GMT on the BBC Sport website. England manager Gareth Southgate says his side “cannot go to a World Cup and not try to win it”. The draw for next…

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Nelson Cruz of Seattle Mariners honored as AL’s top DH in 2017

Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz won the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter of the Year Award on Thursday. Martinez, the former Mariners great who is now the team’s hitting coach, said in a statement that Cruz “is truly deserving of the honor.” “I see first-hand how his presence both in the clubhouse and in our lineup provide stability that makes his teammates around him better. While he goes about his work in a quiet way, we are glad that he is receiving the national recognition that he deserves,” Martinez said….

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Miguel Cotto is ready to step away from boxing on his own terms after final fight at Madison Square Garden

In a few days, Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto will once again go through the same routine he’s done for his previous 46 fights. He’ll strap on his boxing gear, warm up, and then make the walk to the ring for a prizefight in which he will do battle with the same passion he always has. Cotto, who took up boxing at age 11 to lose weight, has said that it will be business as usual for fight No. 47, even though, to many watching, it really won’t be. The…

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Threats of ‘fire and heat’ but George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr a cold war

Nov 30, 2017 Isaac RobinsonESPN Much — some say far too much — is made of mind games in boxing. On Tuesday, down countless flights of stairs in the luxurious dungeon of The Savoy, a forthcoming world title fight brought together several of the sport’s very sharpest tongues. While they have in common intelligence, George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. are markedly different in the way they present themselves. It was Groves who entered first. Sharply-suited and with closely-cropped ginger hair, the WBA world super-middleweight champion is a 29-year-old who…

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MRI taken on New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis’ injured right ankle was negative

3:51 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Ian Begley Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the New York Knicks for ESPNNewYork.com An MRI taken Thursday on New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis‘ injured right ankle was negative, revealing no damage, league sources told ESPN. Porzingis is considered day-to-day, ESPN sources say, after spraining his ankle on Wednesday against the Miami Heat. The Knicks next play on Sunday against the Orlando Magic. Porzingis was hurt on Wednesday when he and Justise Winslow were pursuing a loose ball on the baseline and Winslow stepped on…

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