NHL – Debating which team has the best group of defensemen in the league

With more than a month of the 2018-19 NHL season in the books, it’s time to re-examine which of the 31 teams has the best batch of blueliners: Which team has the NHL’s best group of defensemen? Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: It was a bad first month for the San Jose Sharks‘ blue line after the addition of Erik Karlsson. This is indisputable. But I’m not going to allow one bad month to suddenly turn an incredible collection of defensemen into a bucket of chum. Brent Burns remains Brent…

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Team Sky search for new medical chief as testosterone investigation continues

Team Sky are reportedly searching for a new clinical director as they brace themselves for the outcome of the British General Medical Council investigation into former team doctor Richard Freeman and a delivery of testosterone patches to the Manchester headquarters that the team shared with British Cycling. Related Articles According to a report in the Daily Mail, Richard Usher has been appointed interim medical director to allow Team Sky to find a new clinical director. Former medical chief Steve Peters is now listed simply as ‘psychiatrist’ on the Team Sky…

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San Francisco 49ers bring fire-struck Paradise High School team to game via bus

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After days of watching and hearing stories about how one of the deadliest wildfires in California history had torn through their community, the Paradise High Football team found some relief Monday night in the form of a bus ride. After the San Francisco 49ers invited the Paradise team to Monday night’s game against the New York Giants, the 35 players, 16 cheerleaders and eight coaches boarded a bus provided by the Niners Monday in Chico, California, at around 11 a.m. to make the roughly 200-mile trek…

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England cricket team vs Sri Lanka: Ben Foakes to retain his place after impressive debut, says Joe Root

Ben Foakes will retain his place in the England team for the second Test, skipper Joe Root has confirmed. The Surrey gloveman was handed a debut as a specialist keeper after Jonny Bairstow injured his ankle last month, but Foakes shone with the bat, turning the first Test around at Galle with a brilliant first-innings century and showing flawless hands behind the stumps. After such a dream debut, the 25 year old said that he wouldn’t care if he never played another Test, such was his delight at how things…

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Former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman faces medical tribunal after testosterone controversy

Former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman is facing a medical tribunal over banned testosterone patches that were delivered to British Cycling headquarters, according to reports. British Cycling has been told to expect a General Medical Council (GMC) tribunal involving Dr Freeman after the delivery to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester in 2011. The Sunday Telegraph reports that British Cycling has been informed of a possible medical tribunal around Dr Freeman and the package. >>> Sir Bradley Wiggins: ‘I’d have more rights as a murderer’  A spokesperson for the governing body…

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Groupama-FDJ launch Continental-level development team

The Groupama-FDJ team have launched a development team, which will begin racing in the Continental ranks in February 2019. Related Articles The UCI hopes more WorldTour teams will help the development of the sport by creating Continental teams. The UCI has produce a reform proposal for 2020, where riders from development teams can ride for the WorldTour team in specific races and suggested that ‘training compensation fees’ should be paid to the development teams.      Plans for the Groupama-FDJ squad were first announced late last year as part of…

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Houston Rockets in talks with Carmelo Anthony over his role on team

12:54 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The Houston Rockets and Carmelo Anthony are discussing his role with the team and how the franchise and the 10-time All-Star forward still might be able to proceed together for the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN. Talks are ongoing, the sources said. Anthony missed the Rockets’ 96-89 loss at San Antonio on Saturday night because of an illness. After the game, coach Mike D’Antoni referred all questions about Anthony to general manager Daryl Morey. “Yeah, that’s … I’m sure you can address…

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The beginnings of a ‘Joe Root’ team

ENGLAND TOUR OF SRI LANKA, 2018 Despite Root taking over as captain in February 2017, only now does it seem he is starting to build a group that is uniquely his © AFP England adopted a bold approach to beat Sri Lanka in Galle to register their first away Test win in nearly two years. The plan, to attack early, was not smooth. While England did score 105 in the first session of the match, they also lost five wickets. But, with the hosts reacting to the tactic by putting…

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Chapter2 bikes replace Cervelo at women’s Bigla team in 2019

New Zealand bike brand Chapter2 will replace Cervelo as the equipment sponsor for the UCI women’s Cervelo-Bigla team in 2019, according to a team press release. The team announced earlier this month that Bigla would be the main naming-rights partner. Related Articles “We’re excited to partner with Chapter2 at this stage of their journey,” said team manager Thomas Campana. “They are an exciting start-up, pushing the boundaries of design and reshaping how things have been done. The brand is about inspiring people to ride and explore and to not be afraid…

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Brian Cookson's planned women's team put on hold, but not abandoned

Brian Cookson has been forced to put a hold on his plans to launch a UCI women’s team in 2019 due to a lack of financial resources. The former UCI President told Cyclingnews on Friday that the hunt for a main financial backer has proven to be the biggest obstacle, and that the earliest likely date to launch a team would be in 2020. “The first thing to say is that I am anxious not to make false promises or unrealistic claims, and so I can only report that this…

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