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GB’ Davante Adams cleared to play

The Green Bay Packers hope that by the time they leave for Dallas on Saturday afternoon receiver Davante Adams will be cleared to play Sunday against the Cowboys. Adams has progressed through the stages of the concussion protocol since the hit he took that got Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan suspended for one game but as of Friday afternoon he still had not seen the independent neurologist who needed to clear him. Because of that, he was listed as questionable.

“Really, when you deal with the doctors and availability and scheduling, with it being an away game, I would say tomorrow by the time we get on the plane would be a fair deadline,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday.

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It’s possible the Packers could update his status on Saturday. Adams practiced in a limited capacity on both Wednesday and Thursday. He’ll need to be cleared for full football activity, which includes no restrictions on contact, before he’s able to pass the final stage of the concussion protocol. McCarthy said Adams was “making progress.”

Adams suffered his concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan last week. Amazingly, Adams still has a chance to play Sunday despite spending last Thursday night in a local Green Bay hospital for evaluation of head and neck injuries. He won’t be a lock to play Sunday if he’s able to get on the flight to Dallas, but it would seem likely that Adams plays if he’s cleared for the trip. In the event Adams remains back in Green Bay for the weekend, Geronimo Allison would likely see his snap count pick up as the Packers’ No. 3 receiver behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

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Jupp Heynckes returns to bayern

Bayern Munich have announced that Jupp Heynckes is to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena and take in a fourth spell at the helm. The Bundesliga champions opted to part with their Italian coach on the back of a slow start to the 2017-18 campaign, which culminated in a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain. Willy Sagnol was handed the reins on an interim basis, but Bayern have moved quickly to acquire the services of a more experienced tactician to see them through until the end of the season.

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Heynckes, who led Bayern to a historic treble in 2012-13 in his third spell in charge, has a signed a contract with the Bavarian club until June 2018. Assistant Peter Hermann will join him in Munich after second division side Fortuna Düsseldorf agreed to release their assistant coach.

Heynckes himself, who retired after Bayern’s 2013 treble win, said Bayern Munich have a “special place in my heart” and revealed he would not have come out of retirement for any other club. The 72-year-old will take charge of training on Monday and will take his place on the Bayern bench when the defending Bundesliga champions host Freiburg on October 14.

Heynckes, meanwhile, has received the backing from Bayern defender Jerome Boateng and Germany boss Joachim Low to take over the Bundesliga champions for a fourth time.

Heynckes had been in retirement since winning the Treble with Bayern in 2013, when Boateng was an integral member of the side.

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D-Backs being investigated by MLB for having banned electronic decice in dugout

In their first trip to the postseason since 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks edged past the Colorado Rockies in a thrilling National League Wild Card Game at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks are now on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-five NL Division Series.

The matchup is one that’s long been anticipated between the top two teams in the NL West. Although Arizona once sat atop the division standings this season, they ultimately were unable to unseat the Dodgers as NL West champions.

For as much excitement that came with the Diamondbacks living to see another game in October, it’s now clouded with some controversy. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Diamondbacks coach/interpreter Ariel Prieto is being investigated by MLB over his wearing an electronic watch during the Wild Card Game.

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This comes less than one month after the Boston Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount for sending electronic communications from their video room to an athletic trainer in effort to steal signs. The New York Yankees filed a complaint centered around the use of an Apple Watch. It is unclear at this time whether Prieto was wearing the watch as part of a sign-stealing scheme similar to the Red Sox, or whether he was wearing it for something else entirely, possibly even simply forgetting to take it off before the game. MLB tends to be pretty tight-lipped about their investigations until they are complete.

MLB does allow certain electronic devices in the dugout, including iPads preloaded with video and scouting reports, though the devices can not be internet-enabled. When the Red Sox were fined last month, MLB said all 30 clubs were notified the penalties would be harsher for future violations. The D-Backs could be facing a stiff penalty even if Prieto made an honest mistake especially since it happened in the NL Wild Card Game.

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Rob Gronkowski with thigh injury questionable against Bucs

Rob Gronkowski was added to the New England Patriots’ injury report on Wednesday with a thigh injury, but it won’t keep him out of Thursday night’s tilt versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that Gronk is expected to play, per a source informed of the situation. Rapoport added the tight end figures to be limited some by the injury. Gronkowski was limited in practice on Wednesday.

With the Buccaneers ruling out Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, T.J. Ward, and Keith Tandy listed as doubtful, Gronk has a plus matchup against Bucs replacement linebackers and safeties. Gronk did not show up on the practice participation report on Monday or Tuesday during New England’s short week of preparation, but is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game with a thigh injury.

It’s hard to imagine that the injury is very serious, but all we can do is speculate based on the facts at hand. Gronkowski played all 70 offensive snaps in the Patriots’ Week 4 loss to the Carolina Panthers, suggesting that he wasn’t dealing with any sort of ailment over the course of that game.

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Given the short week due to their Week 5 game being on Thursday night, the Patriots have not had a standard practice since Sunday’s game, per Reiss, so it’s difficult to imagine how Gronkowski could have injured himself over the past few days. Reiss also mentioned that Gronkowski “didn’t appear to be ailing when he met with reporters late Tuesday afternoon.”

Perhaps the best news on Gronkowski’s status has been that he made the trip to Tampa Bay, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Six other Patriots are listed as questionable against the Bucs: offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (ankle), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee), safety Brandon King (hamstring), linebacker Elandon Roberts (ankle) and wide receiver/special teamer Matthew Slater (hamstring).

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Bears LB Danny Trevathan suspension reduced

 

Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan just avoided a two-game suspension that was handled to him after a brutal hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams during  Thursday Night Football.

Appeals officer Derrick Brooks announced the news on Tuesday. The suspension was reduced to just one-game. The decision comes after Trevathan appealed the original two-game suspension. Derrick Brooks, who was jointly appointed by the NFL and the players association, reduced the suspension to one game. Trevathan will sit out Monday night against the Vikings and also will lose $117,647 of his salary this season.

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During the Thursday night game, Trevathan hit Adams in a helmet-to-helmet hit leaving Adams motionless on the ground. He was later sent to the hospital. Trevathan was only called for an unnecessary roughness penalty. After the game Trevathan said, “I regret the level I hit him at. But you got to understand I had momentum, and I was just trying to make a play.”

The NFL initially said Trevathan was suspended by the league for a violation of player safety rules. The hit resulted in Adams being taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion. That means Trevathan will be back for his team’s Week 6 game against the Baltimore Ravens, but he will still miss Mitchell Trubisky’s first-career start Monday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Christian Jones and John Timu are set to start that game with Trevathan suspended and Jerrell Freeman and Nick Kwiatkoski injured. The two backups have rotated in the last few games, so neither will be too rusty taking over full time.

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Yankees win Wild-Card Game to face the Indians

The Yankees defeated the Twins 8–4 in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night, sending New York to play the Indians in the AL Division Series. The Twins finished the season as the first team to make the playoffs after losing 100 games the previous season.

Judge, the towering Yankees rookie slugger, hit his first career postseason homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. It goes along with the 52 he hit during the regular season, setting MLB’s rookie record. And it was pretty great timing for the Yankees, who took a 7-4 lead on Judge’s two-run blast an eventually won the game 8-4 to advance to the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians.

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The Twins scored three runs in the first inning on two homers. The Yankees tied it in the first inning with a homer of their own by Didi Gregorius. Brett Gardner then homered in the second inning to give the Yankees the lead. The Twins tied it up the following inning. The Yankees went ahead 5-4 in the third inning on a Greg Bird single and then Judge gave the Yankees a commanding lead with his homer. New York would scratch across another run in the seventh, winning the game 8-4.

With the win, the Yankees earned the right to move onto the division series where they will face the top-seeded Cleveland Indians. Game 1 will be on Thursday night in Cleveland, with Trevor Bauer set to start for the Indians.

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Buffalo Bills’ Jordan Matthews to miss about a month

The Buffalo Bills’ receiving corps will be without Jordan Matthews for the next few games. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that Matthews will undergo thumb surgery to stabilize the digit, according to a source informed of the decision. The receiver is expected to miss about a month. Head coach Sean McDermott confirmed the news later Monday.

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Matthews’ injury is a blow to Tyrod Taylor and the AFC East-leading Bills. The slot receiver scored his first touchdown of the season in Sunday’s 23-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, and the chemistry between the WR and QB looked to be building the last few weeks. With Matthews out, struggling rookie Zay Jones is Taylor’s top wideout target. Expect the quarterback to continue to rely on tight end Charles Clay heavily until Matthews returns.

Matthews finished the game with one catch for nine yards and the touchdown. Through four games, he has 10 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown. He leads the Bills’ wide receivers in catches and yards.

This injury will likely mean a bigger role in the passing game for running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Charles Clay, who already lead the team in receptions and yards.

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The Bills have built a 3-1 record on the strength of a rock-solid defense and a ball-control running game. Trading good picks for a bona-fide number-one isn’t something the Bills really need to do at this point. They’ll need to shuffle some things around and make sure that they can replace Matthews, but they should be fine.

Barcelona could exit La Liga

Barca beat Las Palmas 3-0 in a behind-closed doors game on Sunday after the club had their request for the match to be postponed turned down by the Spanish football league. The appeal came as about 850 people were injured in clashes with police during the Catalan independence referendum, which the Spanish government had declared illegal.

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The incidents over the weekend has resulted in a general strike being held in the region, which Barcelona have said they will take part in.

The club released a statement in which they confirmed their intentions of closing on Tuesday, with the first team not training and no tours of the Camp Nou being conducted as part of the national strike. Speaking about Barca’s future in La Liga, president Bartomeu admitted that any decision to potentially leave the top-flight would be taken following the independence decision.

Bartomeu spoke about the possible implications independence may have on the club, and said Barca may have to decide where they want to play. Catalan sports minister Gerard Figueras also discussed the same issue last week and said Barca could play in the Premier League, Italy or France, as well as La Liga.

For now though we will have to wait and see what happens in Barcelona and how it will affect the club. Tensions are currently at a high in Spain and Catalonia, and Lizzie Dearden of the Independent reported almost 900 people were injured on Sunday, largely as a result of Spanish police attempting to suppress the referendum vote.

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Spurs’ Leonard out for preseason

San Antonio Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard will miss the entire NBA pre-season due to a right thigh injury. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich indicated the issue developed some time last season, and the team said that Leonard’s timeline for returning to the court would be determined at a later date as he “continues a rehabilitation programme for right thigh tendinopathy”.

It is unclear when Leonard sustained the injury. Leonard was sidelined during the 2017 playoffs after suffering an ankle injury in the Western Conference semi-finals against Houston.

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He aggravated that injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, ruling him out of the remainder of the series, which the Spurs lost 4-0. Leonard is coming off a MVP-level season where he took on more of the Spurs offense and averaged a career-high 25.5 points a game, plus he remains the best perimeter defender in the league. San Antonio needs him right when the games matter, so they are wise to rest him now.

Leonard missing the preseason isn’t a big deal for the Spurs, so long as it isn’t an injury that lingers into the regular season. It’s possible that this is simply a precautionary measure from the Spurs. However, if it does cause him to miss time or be limited during the regular season, that’s obviously a significant blow to the Spurs as Leonard’s presence is what turns them from a solid team into an elite team in the NBA by what he does on both ends of the floor.

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Verstappen wins Malaysian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen has taken the win at Sepang in a perfectly controlled race from the start.

First victory of the season for him and second in the F1. Hamilton was unable to fight with the Red Bull driver and finished in second place. Daniel Ricciardo was third and the comeback of Vettel – who fought until he could with the Aussie – reached the fourth place. Lewis extends his World Cup lead to 34 points with five races remaining.

The Dutchman set about stretching his advantage as Hamilton struggled to match his lap times, and he was a comfortable leader throughout, taking the chequered flag ahead of the Briton and Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. It has been a tough season for Verstappen, who won last year’s Spanish Grand Prix on his Red Bull debut.

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Before Sunday, the Dutchman had managed only one podium in 2017 and suffered seven retirements. After qualifying third on the grid on his birthday, Verstappen maintained that his go-karting world title remained his greatest achievement in motorsport. While this latest victory came without the threat of the two Ferraris, Verstappen will be delighted to have beaten Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, as well as team-mate Ricciardo, fair and square.

Malaysia has been a happy hunting ground for Red Bull over the years, this was their fifth win in Sepang since 2010.

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