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(Reuters) - Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is poised to become coach of the Los Angeles Clippersafter a deal struck by the National Basketball Association teams subject to league approval, the Boston Globe reported. The much rumored move was finally agreed on Sunday night with the Celtics receiving a 2015 first-round draft pick for letting Rivers out of his contract, the Globe said, citing league sources. Rivers, who in nine seasons with the Celtics compiled a 416-305 record and led the team to a record 17th NBA title in 2008 with another trip to the NBA Finals...Continue reading »

The beauty of this Spain team is that it keeps evolving. After technical skill and the ability to retain possession finally overcame the neurosis of past failure at Euro 2008, there came the years of control in 2010 and 2012, as World Cup and another European Championsip were collected playing safety-first keep-ball. For all the criticism of its supposed negativity in Poland and Ukraine there were signs of another Spain emerging, one that had begun to come to terms with the problem posed by an opponent that sits deep against it. It is an issue any possession-based side...Continue reading »

LONDON (AP) — Back in her comfort zone on Centre Court, Serena Williams delivered an overpowering statement: When her serve is steaming, she’s the woman to beat at Wimbledon. Putting aside her recent comments that led to a couple of apologies and a brief spat with Maria Sharapova, Williams looked every bit the five-time champion. She began her Wimbledon title defense with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg. “For me, it’s the greatest moment for a tennis player, to walk out on Centre Court,” Williams said after her first match...Continue reading »

The 28-year-old Briton’s only triumph at Silverstone came in the same year that he won the title with McLaren.  ”It was almost better than winning the World Championship just because it’s your home grand prix,” Hamilton told BBC Radio 5 live ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix. ”It’s the race you dream of winning.” Britain had a home winner in five of the 10 British Grands Prix during the 1990s, with Nigel Mansell (1991 and 1992), Damon Hill (1994), Johnny Herbert (1995) and David Coulthard (1999) all taking...Continue reading »

Schurrle, who becomes manager Jose Mourinho’s first signing since returning to the club, has signed a five-year deal. “It is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans,” Schurrle said. The 22-year-old scored 11 goals in 34 league games for Leverkusen in 2012-13. Those performances helped the club finish in the third and final automatic Champions League qualifying place in the Bundesliga. Schurrle, who is comfortable playing on the wing or in a central striking role, has also impressed for Germany – scoring...Continue reading »

It’s the differences that make our country great, be it in real life or fake football. With that in mind, let’s put Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski into the ring and see who wins the quarterback cage match: Matthew Stafford vs. Matt Ryan. Who’s your Tier 2 quarterback target? Funston to Open: Last season, Matt Stafford threw the ball 727 times. No QB in the history of the NFL has ever chucked it more in a season. Unfortunately, only 20 of those Stafford tosses found their way into the end zone. Considering that he threw 41 TD passes (in fewer...Continue reading »

The MotoGP grid could increase to 28 bikes for 2014, with Italian manufacturer Aprilia possibly increasing their involvement. There are 24 regular riders in MotoGP but Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of rights holders Dorna, expects an increase. He told BBC Sport: “We will announce that we will open again for more entries next year and then we will admit four entries more, up to 28.” Suzuki confirmed this week that they will return to MotoGP in 2015. Ezpeleta also said that there are plans to abolish the “Claiming Rule” which allows manufacturers to buy...Continue reading »