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O'Keefe grateful for Smith backing after India dismantling

ESPNcricinfo has learnt from sources that over the four days leading upto the Test, the pitch got only about half the water it gets before a usual first-class match. Apart from KL Rahul who faced 106 deliveries, Murali Vijay (42), Cheteshwar Pujara (81), Ajinkya Rahane (76) and Wriddhiman Saha (15) looked unsure and could hang around for just over 200 deliveries in the match.

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Chicago Bulls trade Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott for Thunder's Payne, Morrow

The eighth-year pro carries an $8.95 million cap hit for 2016-17 and will become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, per Spotrac . Paxson said he spoke to Butler on Thursday about the decisions that had been made. He averaged 10.2 points per game for the Bulls this season. The one contending team that didn't make a move at the deadline is Boston. Oklahoma City did have to give up Payne, who was once a prized prospect after they drafted him in 2015, but with Westbrook ...

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The Daytona 500 Hasn't Happened Yet But NASCAR Already Has Points Leaders

After Sunday's race, the job will be full time. The Daytona 500 has always provided fans with hard-nosed racing and fantastic finishes just like the one we witnessed a year ago, when Denny Hamlin edged Martin Truex Jr.to the finish line by 0.010 seconds-the closest margin of victory in the history of the Daytona 500 .

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DeMarcus Cousins impresses in first game with the Pelicans

And while the Houston Rockets will be the first team to meet the new-look Pelicans on Thursday night, they're taking a relaxed approach regarding the matchup. Davis led the 2012 United Kingdom team to the national championship, the school's eighth and Calipari's first. Rockets: Patrick Beverley had 12 rebounds for Houston.

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DeMarcus Cousins On Leaving Sacramento: "I Learned From My Mistakes"

Given the Portland Trailblazers' big trade deadline move is Jusuf Nurkic and the Nuggets seem intent on also shipping away Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler by the February 23rd deadline, even a Pelicans team that now lacks depth and has to quickly find a way to get Cousins and fellow star forward Anthony Davis on the same page shouldn't have a problem cracking the top eight.

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Philadelphia 76ers: reviewing trade deadline transactions

The full return is unclear, but multiple reports indicate Dallas will send Ryan Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a first-round pick to the Sixers as part of the deal. On other hand, the Sixers are getting a 23-year-old small forward in Anderson, who is making strides in his second-year in the National Basketball Association.

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FA Cup giantkillers Lincoln could meet fellow minnows Sutton in quarter-finals

A terrible pass from David Ospina nearly handed the hosts a goal, only for Adam May to fire wide when through on goal. "We couldn't afford to go out tonight". Sutton's run to the fifth round included victories over AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United. Meanwhile, others thought Arsenal's pennant controversy meant they didn't deserve to go through.

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Odds Are Stacked Against The Australian Cricket Team

Nathan Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe both played in Australia's most recent Test against Pakistan at the SCG last month, while Ashton Agar and the uncapped leg spinner Mitchell Swepson are also in the India tour party, as is all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.

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England's Stokes hits jackpot in IPL auction

Manpreet Gony, who earlier featured for CSK, now reunites with his former teammate Suresh Raina in Gujarat Lions. Kings XI Punjab had a drastic season previous year as the team managed to win just 4 out of their 10 matches and finished at the bottom of the table for the second consecutive season.

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Durant, Westbrook just like old times at NBA All-Star Game

Fans were telling me to shoot it. Guys were trying to get me open, so I was just trying to take advantage of that". "I told my team tonight, a couple of my teammates that I was just going to come out and try to come out aggressive and keep the pace going", Irving said.

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DeMarcus Cousins traded to Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, two picks

According to Sporting News , Cousins intends to sign a massive, max- extension, estimated at around $207 million during the coming offseason. The Sixers fingerprints were all over this deal as the second rounder that the Pelicans shipped to the Kings was initially owned by the Sixers but was sent to New Orleans in the Ish Smith deal.

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Lincoln City hero Sean Raggett "lost for words" after victory

Antonio Conte's title favourites were held to a 1-1 draw. Lincoln's match-winner Raggett, 23, said. "I'm not too critical about the shape and defensive side of the team, the technical detail...we created enough to score a goal, we didn't do that, we haven't kept the ball as well - the pitch is a bit tricky at the minute, because of the weather up here".

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Chelsea hit FA Cup quarter finals

It's brilliant for the club and for them and it's been unbelievable, the whole run. The draw for the FA Cup quarterfinals will be made on Sunday and could pair Chelsea with Lincoln City, who became the first non-league club to reach the last eight of the competition for 103 years after recording a shock 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

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Donald Trump Rally in Melbourne, Florida

Although, they were also family and financial considerations. Trump filed re-election papers with the Federal Election Commission five hours after he was sworn in as president on January 20. That song was followed by Elton John's "Candle in the Wind", a song about Marilyn Monroe played by John at Princess Diana's funeral (it was in constant rotation previous year during the Trump campaign).

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez set to quit Arsenal in the summer

It was a surprise to many when the 27-year-old full back, who isn't a regular starter for the Gunners, was handed the armband by Laurent Koscielny after the Frenchman was forced off with injury early in the second-half. "However, on any given bad day, you can experience what Barca went through [in Paris]". Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League was Andrea Pirlo for AC Milan in 2009.

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Thomas ties mark as Celtics get past 76ers

In addition to scoring 21 points, Smart also had a career-high eight steals. Robin Lopez especially gave Al Horford and the Celtics' frontcourt fits, going for 15 points and eight rebounds , with five of those boards of the offensive variety.

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Firing Therrien was hard decision but a necessary one for Canadiens: Bergevin

But opening the door and allowing one of your biggest rivals to come and take one of your biggest assets, based purely on a misplaced sense of confidence and a need to prove a point.many would say that's unforgivable. Julien, who admitted that he did not expect to get fired in-season with the Bruins, likes what he sees in the Habs, too. Mike Keenan led the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup in 1993-94 and resigned from his position shortly thereafter, but he wasn't the first coach to do so.

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UConn Women's Basketball Makes History Winning 100 Games In A Row

Teams rarely come close to beating this team and if they do, it's probably not for long as the Huskies are known for late-game surges. This is a milestone that hasn't been reached by any other team - male or female - in the NCAA. They destroyed a Syracuse team in the final, 82-51. "We have to know how to play a full 40 minutes of a game". "We kind of know how significant" playing CT is, Coates said.

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What Serge Ibaka going to Toronto means for Celtics

But that hasn't happened as the Magic remain a bottom-of-the-standings team in the East and Ibaka hasn't made a noticeable impact - especially on the defensive end, where he usually thrives. Whether the team shows any signs of contending with Ibaka may help in that pursuit. "I spent five good years there and grew a lot". Ross, a 26-year-old swingman stuck behind DeMar DeRozan is putting up 10.5 points per game this year.

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President Trump hits out at 'illegal leaks' in Washington

Trump and his allies have pushed back, saying such allegations are unfounded. The resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn - former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a decorated Army lieutenant general - after just 24 days in office should be setting off alarm bells.