NBA — Inside the Houston Rockets’ puzzling start and the moves that led them here

HOUSTON — Just before the season opener tipped off, James Harden joined Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta in the middle of the Toyota Center court for what was billed as an MVP presentation. Harden’s trophy was there, but after a video celebrating his MVP campaign played, Fertitta focused his intense energy on spinning things forward. Microphone in hand, Fertitta hyped up Houston’s hopes to claim a championship trophy — an accomplishment he has said the Rockets were “a hamstring away” from last season, referring to the injury that sidelined Chris…

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Mistakes in draft set Cardinals up for 2-7 start – Arizona Cardinals Blog

TEMPE, Ariz. — Nine games into the 2015 season, the Arizona Cardinals were rolling. They were 7-2 and three games into a nine-game winning streak. They had all the pieces of a Super Bowl contender: a veteran quarterback in MVP-candidate Carson Palmer, a tight-knit secondary led by defensive player of the year candidate Tyrann Mathieu and solid line play on both sides of the ball. They had the best offense in the NFL, leading the league in yards per play and yards per game, and averaging almost 31 points per…

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Aqua Blue start legal action against unnamed rider for speaking out

Aqua Blue Sport have informed Cyclingnews that they have started legal proceedings against a member of the team due to what they see as “slander and breach of confidentiality”. The members of the now-defunct team were informed of the news by CEO Tom Timmerman, who, in an email titled ‘Overview of the Facts’, also announced he would be stepping down with immediate effect. Related Articles Before he announced his resignation, Timmerman stated that all salaries relating to the team would be covered by the UCI bank guarantee. The team announced…

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Pavic/Marach Off To Strong Start In London | ATP World Tour

Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic got off to a winning start at the Nitto ATP Finals on Monday. The top-seeded Austrian/Croatian team recorded their first win in their fourth meeting against eighth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6(3) over one hour and 47 minutes in their first Group Knowles/Nestor match. It was a repeat of 2018 finals at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam and at Roland Garros. Marach and Pavic improved to a 52-17 record on the season, which included three straight titles – in…

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Mark Davis of Oakland Raiders on 1-8 start — ‘Buck stops with me’

OAKLAND — In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN after the Raiders‘ 20-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, owner Mark Davis accepted blame for the team’s 1-8 start. Davis also touched on topics from the Khalil Mack trade to where he hopes his team will play in 2019 to how years of draft misses have contributed to where they are now to his belief in coach Jon Gruden and how general manager Reggie McKenzie might fit in the future. Davis also acknowledged that the Raiders lost their way…

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Buffalo Bills to start Matt Barkley at quarterback over Nathan Peterman vs. Jets

The Buffalo Bills have opted to start Matt Barkley over the interception-prone Nathan Peterman in Sunday’s game at the New York Jets. Barkley was announced Saturday as the Bills’ starter after the team ruled out rookie first-round quarterback Josh Allen, who will miss his fourth consecutive game because of an elbow injury. The Bills previously ruled out veteran Derek Anderson because of a concussion. Barkley, whom the Bills signed Oct. 31, will become the team’s fourth starting quarterback in their past five games. It will be the first time since…

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Jordan Spieth’s last PGA Tour start of 2018 ends in disappointment

One last chance to earn a spot in the Tournament of Champions. That’s what an optimistic Jordan Spieth was gunning for at this week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic. But in his final PGA Tour event before saying “I do” to fiancée Annie Verret later this month, Spieth frustratingly posted a MC rather than a W. Spieth arrived in Mexico off a T-55 finish in Las Vegas the previous week, but put his old driver and 3-wood into his bag in hopes of providing a spark. Instead, he posted a middling even-par…

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IPL 2019 likely to start early to give India break before World Cup

The IPL could be advanced by a couple of weeks and is likely to start on March 23 to accommodate the Indian team management’s request to allow their fast bowlers adequate rest before the World Cup starts on May 30. India captain and coach Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are believed to have laid out the need for at least a two-week rest period for their fast bowlers during meetings last month with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the board’s senior management team. They are also believed to have…

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2018 Brazilian Grand Prix – What time does it start? And how can I watch?

9:01 AM ET ESPN staff Lewis Hamilton may have wrapped up the 2018 drivers’ title last time out in Mexico but the constructors’ championship is still up for grabs as Formula One heads to Sao Paulo for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Ferrari needs to outscore Mercedes by 13 points in Brazil for the battle to go down to the season finale in Abu Dhabi and to stop the German manufacturer from winning a fifth constructors’ title in a row this weekend. Max Verstappen has been F1’s in-form man in recent…

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Chicago Blackhawks Fire Joel Quenneville After Slow Start

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks fired coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday, ending a wildly successful run that produced three Stanley Cup titles and returned the franchise to the top of the N.H.L. after years of disappointment. The trouble for Quenneville began when Chicago was swept by Nashville in the first round of the 2017 playoffs, after the Blackhawks had finished with the best record in the Western Conference. Chicago then missed the playoffs last season for the first time in a decade. With the Blackhawks struggling again, General Manager Stan…

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