James Harden expected back for Houston Rockets on Saturday

NEW YORK — James Harden will miss Friday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, but the Houston Rockets guard likely will return to the lineup Saturday. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Harden, the reigning MVP, was pain-free following Thursday’s practice and is probable for the Rockets’ road game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Including Friday’s game against the Nets, Harden has missed three games after being diagnosed with a Grade 1-plus strain to his left hamstring last week. The perception of the Knicks during Carmelo Anthony’s time with…

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Houston Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel, Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper receive qualifying offers

Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper were two of seven major league players to receive qualifying offers Friday. The players who received offers have 10 days to accept a $17.9 million salary for 2019 — the mean salary of MLB’s 125 highest-paid players — or become a free agent. Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a three-year extension worth $93 million plus incentives, keeping the greatest pitcher of his generation from venturing into the free-agent market. The Indians did not tender…

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Van Gisbergen dominates Pukekohe Supercars

Shane van Gisbergen has hunted and humiliated his countryman and Supercars title rival Scott McLaughlin in a bitterly contested race at Pukekohe Park in New Zealand. Van Gisbergen stalked polesitter McLaughlin on Saturday from the get-go and took a provisional victory, despite a five-second penalty issued against him for shunting his fellow Kiwi as he harassed him for the lead. The eventual margin between the pair – just 0.5 seconds after the penalty was applied – showed the tightness of the contest. McLaughlin might still have the last laugh, with…

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McLaughlin wins pole at Pukekohe … just

Supercars title leader Scott McLaughlin has rebounded from his practice day crash to win pole at Pukekoke Park. He’ll start alongside championship rival Shane van Gisbergen in Saturday’s race in New Zealand, which pits the title-fighting Kiwis against each other. Both came to play in qualifying on Saturday after suffering setbacks in practice. McLaughlin was forced to abandon Friday’s run after a major shunt into the tyre wall but won his 13th qualifying session of the season with a 1:02.5708 lap. He charted the time early before Simona de Silvestro’s…

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Van Gisbergen skids into tyres at Pukekohe

A day after Scott McLaughlin ended up in the fence, fellow Supercars title-chaser Shane van Gisbergen also sent his Commodore into the tyre wall as wet weather descended on the weekend’s meet at Pukekohe Park. The pair are the only two drivers with a realistic championship shot and both lost concentration in practice in New Zealand. McLaughlin lost control and locked up into turn two on a sunny day on Friday, while van Gisbergen slipped off at turn four on Saturday morning while contending with a slippery surface. The Red…

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Clayton Kershaw agrees to 3-year, $93 million deal to stay with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a three-year extension that will keep the greatest pitcher of his generation from venturing into the free-agent market. The deal will pay the 30-year-old left-hander $93 million, a source told ESPN on Friday, and includes incentives based on workload and performance. Kershaw reportedly will receive $4 million annually in bonuses based on starts, in four $1 million increments, as well as other incentives. The extension replaces the two years and $65 million remaining on the seven-year, $215…

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Week 9 NFL betting nuggets to know for every game

Last week’s top trends didn’t come through after the Chiefs allowed a backdoor field goal to the Broncos and the Packers-Rams over came up a point short. Which NFL underdog can pull off a Week 9 upset? Here are a few reasons you should look at the Pittsburgh Steelers in Baltimore on Sunday. Where does the betting value lie in Week 9? Our handicappers give best bets on all of Sunday’s games. 1 Related This week, the top trends point the Jets toward success in Miami and the Patriots to…

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Ranji Trophy 2018: Nestled in the heart of Delhi, a quaint Railways bastion

Written by Vishal Menon | New Delhi | Published: November 3, 2018 4:26:26 am Railway quarters in the background at the Karnail Singh Stadium. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra) If you’re making the first trip to the Karnail Singh Stadium, it’s possible that you would lose the way in the labyrinth of streets cluttered with road-side tea stalls, fruit vendors and rows of rickshaw-pullers. Carrying a smartphone with GPS works, but asking curious onlookers will only elicit a nonchalant shrug, followed by ‘pata nahi‘. This 60-year-old venue does a marvellous…

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Ranji Trophy 2018: Shivam Dubey stars in duel role for Mumbai

Written by Vishal Menon | New Delhi | Published: November 3, 2018 4:18:51 am Shivam Dubey made 114 for Mumbai against Railways. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra) School cricket, or more specifically, Mumbai’s Harris Shield is one of the toughest initiations for a young cricketer. This is where reputations are enhanced and confidence shattered. It’s widely believed that those who pass this litmus test, tend to make smooth progress into first-class cricket. Like Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dubey, too, has risen through the ranks after working his way through the hard…

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Ranji Trophy 2018: Leaving his wrestling roots behind, Pankaj Jaswal scorches the pitch

Written by Sandip G | Published: November 3, 2018 4:11:23 am One moment, he’s furiously gnarling like Mitchell Johnson, the next he’s strolling with his index finger aloft like James Anderson. It’s hard to configure which bowler’s celebration Himachal Pradesh pacer Pankaj Jaswal, who nailed his maiden first-class five-for against Bengal, likes to impersonate. One moment, he’s furiously gnarling like Mitchell Johnson, the next he’s strolling with his index finger aloft like James Anderson. In another mood, he spreads both arms out from the side and runs down the pitch…

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