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Carmelo Anthony’s messy, painful and complicated legacy with the New York Knicks

A few weeks into the 2014-15 season, a handwritten message appeared on the whiteboard in the New York Knicks‘ locker room. “The pain that you have been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming …. Romans 8:18.” The message was designed to give hope to a Knicks team in the opening stages of a freefall, but the words take on a new meaning now for Carmelo Anthony as he heads to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-rounder. It’s a transaction that shakes…

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Su’a Cravens leaves door open for return to NFL

DULLES, Va. — Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens, who told the team he wanted to retire, left the door ajar for a possible return next season. Cravens, speaking to reporters for the first time, declined to provide insight into why he opted to step away. But he said, “I would just say God has a plan for everybody and right now he’s putting me through something he knows I can handle. It will make me stronger. Hopefully around this time next year I’ll be back on that field.” Cravens had…

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Fabio Fognini to face Damir Dzumhur in St. Petersburg final

Fabio Fognini will play for his second ATP title of the year when he faces Damir Dzumhur in the final of the St. Petersburg Open. The third-seeded Fognini eliminated top-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 2-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 (5) in two and a half hours in the semifinals on Saturday. The Italian broke Bautista Agut only once, in the second set. Fognini also beat Bautista Agut in July at Gstaad, where he won his fourth career title, all on clay. St. Petersburg, where he was a finalist in 2012,…

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Road World Championships: Britain underdogs in men’s road race – Rod Ellingworth

Ben Swift was an original member of the Sky road team when it formed in 2010 Road World Championships 2017: Men’s elite race Host: Bergen, Norway Date: 24 September Coverage: 09:00-16:30 BST – Connected TV and online (uninterrupted coverage); 09:00-14:00 – BBC Red Button; 13:00-16:30 – BBC Two. Full broadcast schedule here Britain’s riders will be “real underdogs” in the men’s road race at the World Championships in Norway, according to coach Rod Ellingworth. Mark Cavendish, the 2011 world champion, and Geraint Thomas withdrew from selection for the 267.5km race…

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Premiership: Saracens 41-13 Sale Sharks

Billy Vunipola was named in a 33-man England training squad for a camp in Oxford this weekend Aviva Premiership Saracens (17) 41 Tries: Spencer 2, Williams, Koch, Earle Cons: Farrell 5 Pens: Farrell 2 Sale (3) 13 Tries: McGuigan 2 Pen: de Klerk England’s Billy Vunipola left the field with a knee injury as Saracens kept up their unbeaten home record over Sale with a bonus-point win at Allianz Park. The hosts led 17-3 at the break, with Ben Spencer and Liam Williams scoring for the European champions. Spencer scored…

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New York Knicks agree to trade to Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City Thunder

1:31 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The New York Knicks have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told ESPN. Oklahoma City will send Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round 2018 draft pick to the Knicks, sources said. Anthony has a no-trade clause which he needs to waive for a deal to go through. Sources tell ESPN that Anthony will sign a letter of authorization granting permission to be traded to Oklahoma City and that letter will be part of the trade call on Monday….

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Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett to have knee surgery, out for season

Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett has decided to undergo surgery on his left knee and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday. The Chargers will place Verrett, who had an MRI on the surgically repaired knee last week, on injured reserve. Verrett, 26, shut it down last season after a Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints, when an MRI revealed he had a partially torn ACL in his left knee. After having surgery to repair the issue, the…

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What New York Giants offensive line should look like vs. Eagles – New York Giants Blog

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If there is any “drastic” change to to the starting offensive line when the New York Giants take the field on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles it is not believed to involve the left tackle position. All indications are that Ereck Flowers will be back out there protecting quarterback Eli Manning‘s blindside despite allowing four sacks and a penalty in two games. It doesn’t mean the offensive line will look exactly the same as it did when the Giants trotted out their starters Week 1…

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NFL — NFL Week 3 betting nuggets to know

Here is a look at some things to know as you bet the Week 3 games. All lines are courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, and all games are on Sunday unless otherwise specified. Baltimore Ravens (-3.5, 39.5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars, 9:30 a.m. ET (London) Cleveland Browns (-1.5, 41) at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET This will mark just the ninth time the Browns are favored on the road since returning to the NFL in 1999, which is 15 fewer games than any other team. Under Chuck Pagano, the Colts…

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Week 3 NFL predictions: Scores for every game – NFL Nation

NFL Nation reporters predict the outcomes and scores for Sunday’s and Monday’s Week 3 games. PickCenter The Ravens are the third team since 1970 — and first since the 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers — to record four or more interceptions in each of the first two games of a season. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has thrown an NFL-worst 53 interceptions since entering the league in 2014. Big advantage, Baltimore. Ravens 28, Jaguars 17 — Jamison Hensley This is not exactly an advantageous matchup for the Jaguars. The Ravens have forced a…

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