Australia places conditions on IPL release for top players

By: Reuters | Sydney | Published: November 15, 2018 11:05:17 am The 12th edition of IPL will be played between March 29 and May 19. (Source: BCCI) Cricket Australia has informed players they will have to miss part of next year’s Indian Premier League if they are selected in the squad for the World Cup. The 12th edition of the lucrative Twenty20 league will be played between March 29 and May 19, having been brought forward because of the 50-overs World Cup which begins in England on May 30. Australian…

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Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates trade five players between teams

CLEVELAND — The Indians traded versatile infielder Erik Gonzalez to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a five-player swap. Cleveland sent Gonzalez, who appeared in 81 games for the American League Central champions last season, and right-handers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to the Pirates for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff. Gonzalez batted .265 with one homer and 16 RBIs last season for Cleveland, which signed the Dominican native in 2009. Gonzalez filled a utility role for the Indians, but was not going to be able to get…

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Buster’s MLB Buzz — Future of MLB at stake with owners, players set to meet

Baseball has never needed cooperation and coordination between players and management more than in this time and place, macro and micro. During the American League Championship Series, for example, Boston’s David Price tinkered with his arm angle while warming up in the bullpen in Game 4 and felt a difference in the quality of his pitches. In the midst of his start in the clinching Game 5 against the Astros, he asked the Red Sox staff to assess and confirm, through data, what he sensed. Armed with positive feedback, Price…

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Chennai Super Kings retain 22 players for IPL-12, release Mark Wood, Kanishk Seth and Kshitiz Sharma

By: PTI | Published: November 14, 2018 8:24:10 pm CSK, which returned to the IPL fold after serving a two-year suspension, won the 2018 tournament, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final. (PTI Photo) Reigning IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Wednesday announced it has retained 22 players for the 2019 season, releasing only three members from the title-winning squad. CSK, which returned to the IPL fold after serving a two-year suspension, won the 2018 tournament, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final. England fast bowler Mark Wood and uncapped Indian players…

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The Players to Watch in Dubai

The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, contested this week at Jumeirah Golf Estates, celebrates its 10th edition as the European Tour season’s finish line. Lee Westwood ran off with a six-stroke romp in its 2009 debut, which still stands as the tournament’s largest margin of victory and was matched by Henrik Stenson in 2013. It also was the first of four times in which the DP World Tour winner also finished atop the tour’s Race to Dubai season title, with Westwood later joined by Rory McIlroy (2012, 2015) and Stenson…

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English FA to cut foreign players in Premier League – report

Craig Burley breaks down Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Manchester United, which he says demonstrates the gap in quality between the two rivals. In a bid to deal with Brexit and boost the number of homegrown players, the English FA is planning to reduce the number of overseas players in Premier League squads to 12 from 17, the Times newspaper reported on Tuesday. The proposal, to be put to the clubs this week, would mean significant changes to a number of sides. Thirteen clubs have more than 12 overseas players…

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Golden State Warriors players confront Draymond Green for decision-making

An angry late game exchange between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green carried into the Golden State Warriors locker room on Monday night in Los Angeles, where some teammates loudly confronted Green for his decision-making on the final play of regulation, league sources told ESPN. After the 121-116 overtime loss to the LA Clippers, some witnesses described the closed-door exchange as one of the most intense of this Warriors era. No one had to be separated, no player left his side and no hint of physicality loomed in the setting, sources…

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NBA — NBA players react to Caris LeVert serious injury

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert had to be stretchered off the court after suffering a serious right leg injury late in the second quarter at the Target Center in Minnesota. LeVert, in his third NBA season with the Nets out of Michigan after being drafted 20th overall 2016, had looked like a Most Improved Player candidate while leading the Nets in scoring. Those connected with the NBA reached out to LeVert to wish him well. Caris LeVert was averaging a team-best 19.0 PPG entering Monday. He has increased his…

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Seattle Mariners deny allegations of racism toward Latino players

The Seattle Mariners on Monday denied claims of racial discrimination made on social media by Lorena Martin, the team’s former director of high performance. The team said in a statement that Martin was fired last month, on Oct. 10. The team did not give a reason for her termination. She had been hired by the team last offseason for the then-newly created position to coordinate “all aspects of the Mariners’ physical and mental training approach of players and staff, including oversight of the entire organization’s medical, strength and conditioning, nutrition…

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Top priorities for the players in the next collective bargaining agreement

7:00 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN On paper, the NHL is in a great place: The first professional sports team in Las Vegas last season turned into a smash hit. The Golden Knights were so successful in their inaugural campaign that when the NHL inevitably expands to 32 teams (ahem, Seattle) the price for entry will be $650 million, up $150 million from what Vegas ownership paid. After years of resistance, the league finally embraced sports gambling; increased betting on hockey could further boost the league’s popularity. Scoring is trending up.…

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