Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata seeing psychologist to deal with ‘pressure and emotions’

The FC crew answer your tweets on what constitutes a bad day at work, if Alvaro Morata or Romelu Lukaku will score more goals this season and more. Alvaro Morata said that he is seeing a psychologist to help him deal with the “pressure and emotions” he experienced at Chelsea last season, adding that he briefly thought about leaving Stamford Bridge last summer to join a club where he could play “without pressure.” Chelsea paid a then club-record £58 million to sign Morata from Real Madrid as Diego Costa’s replacement…

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Bangladesh-based company bags Cricket Ireland’s first multi-year media-rights deal

Total Sports Marketing (TSM), a Bangladesh-based sports-management company, has bagged Cricket Ireland’s first multi-year media-rights deal. They will broadcast international matches of the Ireland men’s cricket team for the duration of the ICC’s Future Tours Programme between 2019 and 2022. Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said that they are focusing on domestic audiences in Ireland and the UK, and that the deal will give his board financial stability. “This is the first time that Cricket Ireland is engaging directly with the broadcast rights market and is another welcome development arising…

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Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar set for new deal amid Barcelona, Manchester United interest – sources

ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno assesses the latest transfer rumours around Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly, Jadon Sancho and many more. Talks between Inter Milan and Milan Skriniar over a contract extension are progressing with both sides confident an agreement will soon be reached, sources close to the Serie A club and player have told ESPN FC. Skriniar, 23, is contracted to the Nerazzurri until 2022, but negotiations are underway over an extension to that agreement. The Slovakian defender has been a mainstay of the Inter defence since joining from Sampdoria in…

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Former Cowboy Dez Bryant signing deal with Saints

The New Orleans Saints reached agreement with wide receiver Dez Bryant on a one-year contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday. He will sign the contract on Thursday. Although they have won seven straight games and rank second in the NFL with 34.9 points per game, the Saints are surprisingly thin at receiver. Veteran Ted Ginn Jr. was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury last month. And newly signed restricted free agent Cameron Meredith has not panned out as hoped so far, with zero targets over…

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Could deal with the moving ball but Brian Lara says ‘silly little golf balls’ flummoxed him

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Published: November 6, 2018 10:35:53 pm Moving or bouncing, a cricket ball was never a concern for Brian Lara but one of the most destructive batsmen ever ended up with a headache while trying to control “silly little golf balls”. (AP/File Photo)  Moving or bouncing, a cricket ball was never a concern for Brian Lara but one of the most destructive batsmen ever ended up with a headache while trying to control “silly little golf balls”. “Yes, golf is a weird game. I was capable…

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Larry Drew Gets His Security, Agreeing to New Deal With Cavaliers

Larry Drew no longer has to worry about being the “voice” of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the acting coach, or any other atypical distinction. He will simply be their head coach, the team announced Monday. ESPN reported that Drew’s deal to become head coach extended through the end of this season and included a partial guarantee for 2019-20. “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Coach Drew to continue leading the team on the court,” Koby Altman, Cleveland’s general manager, said in a statement. “He brings important experience and…

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Larry Drew agrees to deal to coach Cavaliers for rest of season

7:01 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Cleveland Cavaliers interim coach Larry Drew has agreed to a contract to remain interim head coach for the rest of this season — and receive a partially guaranteed deal for the 2019-20 season, league sources told ESPN. Drew and the Cavaliers have been negotiating a solution to the issues that surrounded his reluctance to accept the interim role without receiving more guaranteed money than the customary bump up in assistant-coaching salary that Drew will get to finish out this season. Drew and his agent, Andy…

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New Jersey Devils signs sponsorship deal with FanDuel Sportsbook

The New Jersey Devils struck a third sponsorship deal with a sportsbook, announcing Monday that the team had signed FanDuel Sportsbook to a partnership that will include the company’s logo on the ice. The deal comes on the heels of the team signing William Hill and Caesars last month to sponsorship deals that include space within the Prudential Center. The on-ice inventory became available this season as the NHL opened up four locations for all the teams to sell in each of the rink’s corners. The NHL also announced Monday…

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Jacksonville Jaguars considered trading Dante Fowler Jr. to New York Jets before making deal with Los Angeles Rams

The Jacksonville Jaguars considered trading pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. to the Jets, but New York failed to produce an offer as competitive as the Los Angeles Rams, sources tell ESPN. The Jaguars were asking teams for two third-round draft picks for Fowler, according to sources. The Rams offered a third-round pick in 2019 and a fifth-round pick in 2020, which were the terms of the final deal. As late as 30 minutes before Tuesday’s trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. ET, the Jets offered a third-round pick and a…

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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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