Dante Exum to Undergo Surgery on Shoulder Injury Suffered in Preseason

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum will undergo surgery on his separated left shoulder.

On Monday, the Jazz announced Exum would undergo the surgery in an effort “to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder” after he separated it in an Oct. 6 preseason contest against the Phoenix Suns.

The announcement noted the surgery will happen Oct. 24 and “further updates will be provided when appropriate.”

This comes after Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Saturday the point guard was “weighing rehabilitation options…that could preclude him from undergoing season-ending surgery.”

Health problems have largely prevented the No. 5 overall pick in 2014 from living up to his potential with the Jazz.

He played all 82 games as a rookie, averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 34.9 percent from the field and 31.4 percent from three-point range. However, he suffered a torn ACL while playing for the Australian national team and missed the entire 2015-16 season.

Exum bounced back some in 2016-17 with 6.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting and 1.7 assists per game, but this latest injury will thwart him from building upon that in the near future.

As for the Jazz and their quest for a second straight spot in the playoffs, they will likely rely on the combination of Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto to handle point guard duties. Joe Ingles and rookie Donovan Mitchell are also capable of handling the ball or playing on the wing and can utilize their versatility to help overcome Exum’s injury.

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Barcelona Reportedly Eye Max Meyer, Julian Brandt If Philippe Coutinho Bid Fails

Barcelona will reportedly look to the Bundesliga if they fail to sign Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho next year, with Max Meyer and Julian Brandt said to be viewed as alternatives.

Catalan newspaper Sport (h/t Bruce Archer of the Daily Express) reported Schalke starlet Meyer and Bayer Leverkusen forward Brandt are among Barca‘s secondary options if they fail with a future bid for Coutinho.

The Blaugrana made little effort to hide their approach for Liverpool’s magician after Neymar was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record £200 million in the summer, and it’s believed they’ll revive their interest in 2018.

Speculation linking Coutinho with a move to the Camp Nou raged throughout the summer transfer window, but AFP’s Kieran Canning noted the playmaker is back to displaying top form at Anfield—whatever his motivation may be:

Schalke‘s Meyer could be seen as the more like-for-like alternative to Coutinho, as he’s an attacking midfielder more accustomed to playing behind the front line, although he can also function out wide.

What’s more, the Germany international could make for superb business for any club able to pick him up in 2018, either for a cut-price fee this winter or for free in the summer, when his contract expires.

The 22-year-old wasn’t at his best during the 2016-17 season and is still fighting to regain his best form this term. Speaking to German newspaper Bild (h/t ESPN FC’s Stephan Uersfeld) in June, he said: ”I received an offer of a contract extension, but with my management I decided to turn it down. 

Brandt, 21, also faces an uncertain future at the BayArena as he enters the final 18 months of his Leverkusen contract, having debuted for the Factory Squad almost four years ago:

Either German target would be much easier to prise away from their current setting this January compared to Coutinho.

That being said, Archer provided quotes from Barca chief executive Oscar Grau, who confirmed another approach could be made for Liverpool’s ace in the new year:

“We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market, or any player the technical staff request. But it is important to adjust ourselves, so if there are to be arrivals, there must be exits as well. 

“We must forget about the price paid for Neymar last summer. After taxes we received about €188 million in income and a direct financial impact on the club’s treasury of €144 million.”

Brandt would be considered a superior option to Meyer if a wide presence is their priority—Coutinho can star both centrally and on the flanks—and Brandt appears to be taking his chances more this season.

However, broadcaster Kevin Hatchard threw Bayern Munich’s injury woes and potential interest into the mix as a possible stumbling block for Barca:

Leverkusen‘s starlet has started in six of his nine appearances across all competitions this season and has featured on both wings, as well as in a No. 10 role, similar to Coutinho.

What they might lack in experience, two of Germany’s best up-and-coming prospects make up for in potential as Barca angle their attention toward the Bundesliga for next year’s recruitment drive.

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Colorado Buffaloes vs Washington St Cougars: Odds, College Football Betting Pick

The Colorado Buffaloes made some nice money last year, going 10-4 against the spread, but they are skewing back toward normal this season, going only 2-5 ATS.

In fact, the Buffaloes are just 2-8 ATS over their last 10 games and listed as a double-digit dog for Saturday night’s Pac-12 clash with the Washington State Cougars.

            

College football point spread: The Cougars opened as 10.5-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

College football betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 31.4-21.8 Cougars (College football picks on every game)

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Why the Colorado Buffaloes can cover the spread

The Buffaloes just snapped a three-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 36-33 victory at Oregon State last week.

Colorado trailed the Beavers 16-7 late in the second quarter and 33-29 late in the fourth but drove 82 yards to a go-ahead touchdown and then survived a long OSU field-goal attempt in the final seconds.

On the day, the Buffaloes accumulated 385 yards of total offense, as quarterback Steven Montez threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns, running back Phillip Lindsay ran 28 times for 185 yards and two scores and wide receiver Bryce Bobo caught nine balls for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

Bobo also threw a touchdown pass to Montez on a reverse. Meanwhile, the Colorado defense made the key play of the game, a third-quarter interceptionthe only turnover of the gameand long return that the offense immediately turned into a touchdown.

Two weeks ago, the Buffaloes lost by a field goal to Arizona, and just before that, they lost by four to UCLA. And even though it failed to cover a nine-point spread last week, Colorado is still 9-2 ATS over its last 11 true road games.

                

Why the Washington State Cougars can cover the spread

The Cougars started 6-0 this year and reached the top 10 in the rankings, but they just took a puzzling 37-3 loss at Cal last week.

Washington State fumbled the ball away on its third offensive play, missed a field goal, had a one-yard punt, threw an interception in the end zone, another in the red zone and had a fumble returned for a Bears score. In all, mistakes cost the Cougars at least 26 points.

Prior to that, Washington State had won six straight games, including victories over USC and Oregon.

On the season, the Cougars have outgained six of seven opponents. And while the WSU air attack garners most of the attention, the defense ranks 10th overall in the country, holding foes to 289 yards per game.

           

Smart pick

Washington State laid an egg last week, but it might be primed for a rebound. Colorado, on the other hand, is just not the same team that won the Pac-12 South last year, especially on defense.

Smart money here on the college football point spreads lays the points with the Cougars.

          

College football betting trends

The visiting team is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games in this matchup.

The total has gone under in five of Washington State’s last seven games at home.

Washington State is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games at home against teams with winning records.

           

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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders Odds, Analysis, NFL Betting Pick

The Kansas City Chiefs own the upper hand in the rivalry with the Oakland Raiders as of late, winning seven of the last eight meetings outright and going 6-2 against the spread. The Chiefs are listed as a short road favorites for Thursday night’s bash with the Raiders at the Coliseum in Oakland. 

NFL point spread: The Chiefs opened as 2.5-point favorites; the total was 47.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 23.0-21.9 Chiefs (NFL picks on every game)

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Why the Chiefs can cover the spread

Kansas City was the last remaining undefeated team in the league this season until taking a tough 19-13 loss at home to Pittsburgh last week. The Chiefs gave up an early safety, trailed 19-10 on a fluky Steelers touchdown, pulled within one score with just over two minutes left and got the ball back. But a third-down sack from the Pittsburgh 40-yard line and a fourth-down incompletion spelled the end.

The Chiefs basically got outplayed by the Steelers, but that was the first time that’s happened this season. Kansas City had outgained three of its first five opponents and outrushed four of its first five foes while averaging 33 points per game.

The Chiefs are also already 3-0 both straight up and ATS on the road this season, with wins at defending Super Bowl champion New England, at the Chargers and at Houston.

 

Why the Raiders can cover the spread

Oakland started this season 2-0 but is now looking to halt a four-game losing streak following a tough 17-16 loss to those Chargers last week. The Raiders led Los Angeles 10-7 at the half and 16-14 late, but they fell on a Chargers field goal on the final play of the game.

That late field goal for Los Angeles should have only tied the game, but Oakland kicker Giorgio Tavecchio missed an earlier extra point due to a bad snap. The Raiders also turned the ball over twice on the day, once in the Los Angeles red zone, and failed on a 4th-and-2 from inside Chargers territory early in the fourth quarter.

Oakland got good news last week with the return of quarterback Derek Carr after he missed some action with a sore back. Carr wasn’t great, hitting on 21 of 30 throws for 171 yards, with one touchdown pass and two interceptions, but he did have the Raiders within one play of a win.

        

Smart pick

Oakland looks a little lost at the moment; it hasn’t played a complete game since its Week 2 victory over the Jets. Kansas City, meanwhile, is 5-0 both SU and ATS its last five times out immediately following an outright defeat. Smart money here bets the Chiefs on the rebound on the NFL point spreads.

        

NFL betting trends

The total has gone under in the Chiefs’ last three games against the Raiders.

The Chiefs are 11-3 SU and ATS in their last 14 games on the road against the Raiders.

The Raiders are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against their division at home.

        

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Derek Jeter Announces Marlins Will Donate $200,000 to Hurricane Relief

Miami Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter announced Saturday the MLB organization is donating $200,000 to aid hurricane relief efforts.

Andy Slater of WINZ passed along the news.

The Marlins previously held a relief drive with Feeding South Florida and American Red Cross in early September to collect items and donations following Hurricane Harvey, which caused major destruction in Texas, per Tim Healey of the Sun Sentinel.

Hurricane Irma proceeded to strike Florida and Hurricane Maria left devastation across Puerto Rico later in September as part of an active Atlantic hurricane season.

Julia Horowitz of CNN Money noted Moody’s Analytics estimated damage from Harvey and Irma at over $150 billion. Nicole Friedman of the Wall Street Journal added Maria caused insured damages of up to $85 billion.

Former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria drew criticism last month for failing to announce a donation to relief efforts like the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and Florida Panthers after Irma moved through the Southeast.

Jeter, along with a group that also features Bruce Sherman, took ownership of the club in late September.

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Jurgen Klopp Happy to Write a Piece of History at Liverpool After 7-0 UCL Win

Jurgen Klopp has said he is happy to enter the history books at Liverpool following their 7-0 win over Maribor in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. 

The win marked another impressive milestone for the Reds on the European stage:

Per BBC Sport’s Michael Emons, Liverpool manager Klopp said: 

“I was told about the record after the game and I didn’t know.

“The wonderful history of this club can feel like a backpack at times so it is nice to write our own good piece of the history.

“It will be difficult to beat that record. It is quite rare to win 7-0, but it showed we did unbelievably well.”

The Reds put the Slovenian team to the sword to become the first English side to win there in UEFA‘s premier competition.

Roberto Firmino opened the scoring after just three minutes, and Philippe Coutinho soon doubled the lead with a fine first-time finish.

Mohamed Salah then bagged a brace before Firmino scored his second, with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold completing the rout.

Liverpool writers Jack Lusby and Joel Rabinowitz were pleased with the performance and are looking for the Reds to build on it:

Klopp is hoping for the same, given it was just the Reds’ second win in all competitions since August.

Per Sky Sports, he said: “The boys deserved that. The only problem recently was how to explain why we didn’t win. That has been the most difficult thing about our recent games. When you don’t score it is a challenge to stay confident, but we will try to use this result now.”

Bleacher Report’s Karl Matchett wants a repeat performance at the weekend:

However, as Klopp noted, that’s not likely to happen: “The next game is Tottenham [Hotspur], so it’s pretty likely it will not be a similar result. We have five days to recover and prepare, and we are looking forward to it.”

Spurs will prove a much stiffer challenge, and penetrating a defence that has shipped just five Premier League goals this season will be difficult.

Nevertheless, it can only stand Liverpool in good stead to have rediscovered their scoring touch in such spectacular fashion after weeks of struggling to finish their chances.

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Alex Smith Says Mike Mitchell Hit to Knees in Week 6 ‘As Flagrant as It Gets’

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith didn’t hold back his thoughts on a hit by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell that drew a roughing the passer penalty in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 19-13 win on Sunday.

I felt like it was extremely late,” Smith said, per ESPN.com’s Adam Teicher. “I felt there was nothing done there to avoid contact. It was really low from the backside. I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback.”

After Smith had already released the ball on a 37-yard pass to Kareem Hunt, Mitchell appeared to lunge at Smith’s right knee. The play met with immediate scorn from those watching the game:

Mitchell told reporters after the game he didn’t purposefully hit Smith low but had instead lost his balance and couldn’t stop himself from making contact with Smith’s knee.

If you watch the tape, I’m even trying to turn my body as I’m falling,” Mitchell said, per ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler. “Alex is back pedaling into me, I wasn’t even going in the direction of Alex. He’s actually throwing it and fading away. There are a lot of things that go into the play that make it an accident you don’t want to see.”

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he agreed with the referee’s decision to flag Mitchell for roughing passer since it violated the league rules on hitting quarterbacks low, according to 247Sports’ Bryan DeArdo. Tomlin also defended Mitchell, saying he didn’t think the veteran safety purposefully tried to injure Smith.

Teicher noted the NFL has fined Mitchell twice for unnecessary roughness and that he could face another fine from the league resulting from Sunday’s game.

     


 

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ALCS Schedule 2017: Game Time, TV Coverage and Odds for Astros vs. Yankees

After two tough defeats in Houston, you might expect there to be some discomfort in the New York Yankees locker room. You would be wrong.

The Yankees found themselves in an 0-2 position against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series and came back to win three straight games against a team that was thought by many to be the best in baseball.

They know what they have to do, and New York has confidence it can do it. The Yankees dropped back-to-back 2-1 games to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, but they believe the hitting can get back on track at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night at 8:08 p.m. ET. FS1 will televise the game.

“Offensively, I’d like to think we can only get better, especially going back to Yankee Stadium, where we play really well,” left fielder Brett Gardner said, per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

“I know our heads will be held up high,” third baseman Todd Frazier said, per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. “It’s another tough game, losing Game 2. But we have more opportunities now. We’re excited to be playing at home. I know our fans are going to be ready to go and be loud. It’s going to be a different story at our place.”

The Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound against Charlie Morton of the Astros. Sabathia was a 14-5 during the regular season with a 3.69 ERA in 148.2 innings of work. Morton was 14-7 this season with a 3.62 earned-run average, and he had a better than 3-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Yankees are minus-124 favorites (wager $124 to win $100) to win Game 3, according to OddsShark. The Astros are plus-114 underdogs (wager $100 to win $114) to take a 3-0 series lead.

New York will depend on its power bats to get back in the series. The two main sources are Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, but those two will have plenty of support back in the Bronx.

Judge hit a rookie-record 52 home runs during the regular season, but the postseason has been a painful struggle. The 25-year-old is hitting .129 with one home run and four RBI, and he has struck out 19 times in 37 plate appearances. Sanchez hammered 33 regular-season home runs, but he is also having a difficult time in the playoffs. He is hitting .176 with two homers and three RBI, and he has fanned 15 times. 

Didi Gregorius is hitting .214, but he has belted three home runs and driven in six runs, while Greg Bird is hitting .250 with three home runs and six RBI.

The Astros are having no problems with their hitting or scoring runs. It starts with Jose Altuve, who has 13 hits in the playoffs and is hitting .565. Three of those hits have been home runs, and he has driven in four runs while scoring seven.

Yuli Gurriel is also punishing opposing pitchers with a .500 average, and other hot hitters for the Astros include Evan Gattis (.400), Carlos Correa (.292, with three HR and nine RBI) and George Springer (.292, with one HR and four runs scored).

If the Yankees are going to get back in the series, Sabathia has to find a way to keep Houston’s hot hitters in check.

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Ex-BC RB Jamall Anderson Has Video of Strippers, Alcohol at Recruiting Parties

Former Boston College running back Jamall Anderson released a two-minute video showing alcohol being served and strippers present at a recruiting party at the university in 1995.

The video, obtained by TMZ Sports, shows then-underaged recruits taking shots and getting lap dances from strippers, presumably in hopes of landing the players’ commitments to the program.

“This 22-year-old video, which is alleged to have taken place at Boston College, depicts unauthorized and unacceptable behavior that does not reflect the culture of BC or the standards to which our student-athletes are held,” Boston College said in a statement.

Anderson admitted to committing credit card fraud to help fund the parties. In 1997, he was among a group of players who were kicked off the team for their involvement in betting on college football, including B.C. games. 

At the time, Anderson said people in the program were aware of the violations.

“Gambling was so universal on the team” Anderson said to the Associated Press at the time. “All the coaches knew we were gambling.”

Anderson is releasing the video in part to help promote a new book he says will help young student-athletes learn from his mistakes. 

 

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Are Manchester United Fans OK with Parking the Bus Away from Home?

Saturday was really disappointing. This, specifically, is meant from a Manchester United fan’s point of view. The Red Devils had won all bar one league game before their trip to Anfield, whereas Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were something of a spluttering mess—relatively replete with attacking threat but defensively all over the shop.

It was also, presumably, disappointing for Liverpool’s supporters given their side fluffed their lines in front of goal, meaning they dispatched none of the high-quality chances their team created.

Finally, it was disappointing to anyone who had fallen for the Sky Sports hype machine and tuned in to watch a big game, full of entertainment for the neutrals. They probably should have known better, but still.

It has inspired a good deal of discussion, of course, as anything involving United tends to do.

Before we address the question in the headline, it is worth noting that plenty of United fans have questioned the fundamental premise that Jose Mourinho “parked the bus,” at Anfield.

The team selection and tactics were not full public-transport, at least. It was ostensibly a 4-2-3-1. The vaguely bus-ish parts of the plan were the presence of Matteo Darmian at left-back—where an actual bus might be more useful in an attacking capacity—and Ashley Young’s deployment at right-wing. Young has almost exclusively been used as a full-back in the past couple of seasons, and seeing him trying to rekindle the old attacking magic made it pretty clear why.

The results of this poll are telling. Obviously it is not scientific, but generally, those voting will be United fans, or people prepared to follow a United-centric account on Twitter. A significant minority disagreed with the notion that United “parked the bus” at Anfield, blaming poor player performances for United’s lack of attacking intent.

The split between the two groups who were prepared to concede that United predominantly set out to spoil is interesting. Of those who believed United parked the bus, a sizeable majority were annoyed by that as a tactic.

So what do United fans make of all this? After all, it is hardly a one-off. Mourinho’s lack of ambition in big games in the league last season was bordering on the ridiculous, though there is some slight mitigation in the fact that away trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal came after he had essentially given up on the league. But even with that in mind, the general tone of United’s approach in the big games, particularly away from home, has been predominantly negative during his tenure.

The response to a more general question, “Do you care if United regularly play defensively in ‘big games?’” drew a wide range of responses.

A couple of notable answers suggested that the specifics around the Liverpool game made it something of an anomaly in terms of big games.

And there is something to that. With both Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini out, Mourinho might have felt his midfield options were limited. The game came immediately off the back of an international break—though that was the same for Liverpool. Then there is the general sense that however badly Liverpool are playing, they will always get up for games against United. That might be true as a general rule but was not really the case on Saturday.

Plus the flipside to all this mitigation is that Liverpool have performed well below United’s level so far this season that they should have hardly even represented a proper “big team” threat.

There was a subset of responses which addressed this issue—broadly speaking, this was a group who were happy enough to tolerate a really defensive performance in some of the big games but not all of them. So, away at Manchester City, it would make sense to act as spoilers to the sumptuous football Pep Guardiola currently has his team playing. But Liverpool in their current state, or, say, a trip to the Emirates to face Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, should not qualify.

There were, of course, plenty of respondents—perhaps even a majority—who said that the style of play simply did not matter to them, as long as United nicked enough wins along the way to eventually win the league. Of course, if United do win the league, there will not be too many people complaining. But for many of those objecting to the style, there is a presumption that it will cost United points rather than help them gain ground.

This argument seems a little limited, in truth. While it is fair to say that the tone of the conversation would be different had Romelu Lukaku taken his chance, Liverpool were the side who created by some margin the better chances. What if David De Gea had not made a wonder save? What if Emre Can had not blazed a gilt-edged chance over the bar?

According to the Expected Goals metric of analyst Michael Caley—an attempt to measure the quality of chances created by either team—a 2-0 win for Liverpool would have been an entirely fair result based on the pattern of play.

This is a key reason many object to the style of play. As pointed out, two wins and three losses is better than five draws—though this is slightly complicated by the effect it has on other teams’ points totals. There is a reason football changed to three points for a win, and it was to de-incentivise draws.

A number of people mentioned that they were happy for a broadly defensive outlook to be used on occasion, so long as it did not represent a complete lack of ambition. Plenty of people also mentioned that they were OK with it away, but that seeing it at home would hurt more.

But there are those who object purely on principle.

These are attractive arguments. Football is meant to be enjoyed, and though there are those who would argue that all that matters is the result, in truth if that were the case, why would anyone watch the actual games?

Clearly, United fans are divided on the topic. That is no surprise. Before Mourinho’s appointment, it was always clear there was going to be a degree of cultural mismatch between his standard methodology and some United fans’ perception of their club.

In the end, no one will be complaining if they win the league, but if they do not, performances like the one they put in on Saturday will continue to draw a good degree of ire from some circles.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2739005-are-manchester-united-fans-ok-with-parking-the-bus-away-from-home

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