In a video posted to Twitter on Monday, Smith fittingly revealed his surprise inside the house with a letter read aloud by his mom. "Thank you for everything you have done for me!" In June, infielder Pavin Smith was drafted seventh overall in this year's amateur baseball draft and given a $5 million bonus for signing with the team, ESPN reports.
Ahead of welcoming Burnley to Old Trafford on Boxing Day, Mourinho praised Sean Dyche's side, backing them to push for a European spot. Jose Mourinho's side were stunned by a late goal from 10-man Leicester in a 2-2 draw that saw United fall a staggering 13 points behind leaders Manchester City at the halfway stage of the campaign.
However, on Sunday, Buzz.ie reported that Liverpool had agreed a deal for Van Dijk in the £70m range. The Dutchman had been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer but a move fell through as Southampton put their foot down.
The Anfield boss launched a staunch defence of his side's rearguard set-up in the wake of leaking three goals in five minutes to slip to a 3-3 draw at Arsenal on Friday. 'It's obvious that everyone saw the mistake tonight and that will never happen again. They were embarrassed at second-tier Bristol City in their midweek League Cup quarter-final loss following an extra-time goal, and also conceded an 89th-minute victor in their Champions League group-stage tie against Swiss side Basel last ...
The statement said the move was "clearly unfair to the players" and "violation of global law", and that legal procedures would be applied. World Chess Federation Vice President Israel Gelfer told the news agency via email that visas for the Israelis "have not been issued and will not be issued".
Just like his many fans are trying to get the attention of cuddle bear Taimur Ali Khan, his uncles are making their best efforts too to make Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan's baby boy play with them. In this pic, Kareena, Karisma their mother Babita and father Randhir Kapoor along with Saif can be seen posing with Taimur in their Christmas party.
Prior to this, Team India had won the Test and ODI series against the Lankans. Shreyas Iyer has been rewarded for his good show against Sri Lanka in the ODIs with his maiden overseas tour with the senior team. The spinners include the usual lot of Chahal, Yadav and Axar Patel. The two seasoned spinners , Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, have once again been ignored.
With the Eagles leading 7-0 early in the second quarter, Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper executed a flawless double move to fake cornerback Jalen Mills out of his shoes and scamper in for a 63-yard touchdown to tie the game. A 35-yard field goal tied things at 10. Obviously, the outcome of this game most likely would have been much different with Aaron Rodgers in the game after the Packers made a decision to rest their beloved quarterback since they have already been eliminated from ...
Hilton and Heyward led a stellar defensive effort as the Texans (4-11) were held to 227 yards of offense. He had a pair of turnovers in the loss. One player the Steelers may have left in the game too long, however, is rookie outside linebacker T.J.
He should have scored a header in the first half, but his equalising goal towards the end was a welcome boost with 20 minutes of the game remaining. What he did in the second half I liked. There are upcoming worldwide friendlies in March and Wilshere's return to form will surely result in an England call-up from Gareth Southgate. "There was nearly an expectation before the game that there were going to be goals, there was going to be exciting and we've got that", Carragher was quoted as ...
And we've spoken to the Pittsburgh Steelers about their mammoth 1,143-mile Christmas Eve journey to play Houston Texans in the NFL. The Warriors announced late on Christmas Eve that Curry was out for the big Christmas Day showdown against the Cavaliers .
Anderson's observations - that Australia's pace resources lack depth - came with England 3-0 down and already beaten in this Ashes series, thanks in part to a home attack led by Starc. The inspirational skipper has led Australia to Ashes redemption with the hosts taking an unassailable 3-0 series lead into the dead rubber MCG Test starting on Tuesday (December 26).
Coming here and creating these type of chances is not easy. "We play such good football going forward and maybe sometimes we need to switch that off for five or 10 minutes". "To be completely honest it could have been game over at half-time". While he started on the bench, Milner quickly entered the fray after the injury to Jordan Henderson in the first-half.
But a disastrous five-minute spell early in the second half cost Liverpool three points and almost left them with nothing. In August, Liverpool had all but annihilated Arsenal with their blitzkrieg and a similar story unfolded in the first half.
An English manager hasn't won a Premier League match at the Etihad since May 2010, when Harry Redknapp won 1-0 with Spurs. "He is a special player, a legend and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals ", Guardiola said.
The Old Trafford hierarchy are looking for a permanent solution to their left-back position and have earmarked Sessegnon as the player to fill the void instead of Luke Shaw , who has been re-integrated in the first-team set-up by Jose Mourinho in recent weeks.
Tunisian transportation ministry said Sunday that it has banned all the United Arab Emirates (UAE ) airlines' flights from landing in the country over security measures. Tunisian MP Iyed Dahmani said that the decision was unacceptable and they were ready to take countermeasures. "The move seems to be political and its aim is to put pressure on Tunisia to fall in line on Arab issues", he added.
It's all because of Jimmy Garoppolo , who's done the impossible and resurrected the 49ers from the NFL's doldrums to one of the buzziest teams in football. Coming out of the locker room, Jacksonville continued to ride that momentum as they got the ball back to start the second half. But part of the reason he threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns is because the 49ers maintained offensive balance.
Serena Williams is returning to competition with an exhibition match Saturday in Abu Dhabi against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko . While she hasn't confirmed whether she'll be playing at Melbourne Park at next year's Aus Open , the tournament's director Craig Tilley has said it's "very likely" that she will be back to defend her title when the comp kicks off on January 15.
Opens earlier this year, withdrew from the ATP Finals in November after struggling with a knee injury during his round-robin defeat by Belgian David Goffin . He will have played just one competitive match in nearly two months by the time he lobs as top seed at the Brisbane International starting on New Year's Eve.
The Patriots did not surrender a rushing touchdown to the Bills in the first meeting. This time, on Christmas Eve, Benjamin appeared to put the Bills up 16-13 (before an extra-point attempt) with two seconds left in the first half after he looked to have possession of the ball with his feet in the end zone.
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen earned his first career interception Sunday againt the Jets . Petty was nothing short of terrible in a 14-7 loss to the Chargers on Christmas Eve. Forte will play after nursing a knee injury throughout the week, while center Wesley Johnson is active after dealing with a hip injury. New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec.
This time, on Christmas Eve, Benjamin appeared to put the Bills up 16-13 (before an extra-point attempt) with two seconds left in the first half after he looked to have possession of the ball with his feet in the end zone. "It was clear and obvious that he did not have control of the ball until he brought it all the way down into his chest", referee Craig Wrolstad told a pool reporter after the game.
That was a momentum-changing play, as the Saints quickly scored a long touchdown following the butt interception. A pass thrown by Atlanta's Matt Ryan went off the hands of the intended receiver, and landed on Lattimore's backside as he dove to make a play.
While Osweiler becomes a free agent at season's end and figures to land elsewhere, Lynch and Trevor Siemian will probably be at Broncos training camp next summer. 2 pass catcher, did not make the trip here because of injuries. "If you have a chink in your foundation, that affects you more. when your footwork is affected, whether it's stride length, left foot placement, balance, that's tougher on QBs".
I don't know who created this expression, but it has not a lot to do with football. The pyrrhic pursuit of Virgil Van Dijk shows that the German realises the lack of quality in defensive areas, but it must also be asked why his team remain so inconsistent - one reinforcement won't fix what appears to be a more contagious incompetence.
Monk was sacked on Saturday night after a phone call from chairman Steve Gibson. Boro are ninth, three points behind Aston Villa, who occupy the final place in the play-off places. Monk was appointed by Steve Gibson in June but has been unable to keep pace with the league leaders as the season has progressed. The club's players trained on Sunday and will do so again on Christmas Day under the watchful eye of academy director Craig Liddle, who has been placed in temporary charge.
They hold the top spot in the West over the Golden State Warriors by half a game, and while there still is plenty of season left to play, the Rockets admittedly have gotten tunnel vision in light of their recent run of success and now have a pretty clear goal.
Charlie Austin scored a goal, kicked Jonas Lossl in the face, missed a sitter and limped off injured in Southampton's 1-1 draw against Huddersfield . "This was a nasty challenge and nothing I like to see". Jonas Lossl is expected to be fit for Huddersfield's Boxing Day clash with Stoke in the Premier League.
The Warriors coughed up 19 turnovers leading to 21 Denver points. Gary Harris led five players in double figures with 19 points for the Nuggets, who were thumped 127-108 at home by the Warriors earlier this season when Golden State matched its season-high with 18 3-pointers.
On Saturday, he all but ruled out the two-time MVP for the holiday's rematch of the last three Finals. While the game should still be very exciting, injuries for both teams takes a little away from the matchup. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, best friends who reunited on the Cavs this season and were teammates for four seasons in Miami, have the exact same amount of points (301) and assists (76) in Christmas games - which ties them for third all time in each category.
I think he has the right characteristics to play for this club for many years, to become an important player... "I said in the past that this player, despite his young age, has shown great maturity". He stated: "He is a big loss for us, especially because we have to play a tough game against Everton ". I have a day to make the best decision ahead of the Everton game.
It wasn't the fact that Real lost the game that was so concerning, or even the scoreline: it was the way that they competed well in the first half but then totally collapsed after the break. Real, though, are not really that much worse than Barca - or, at least, they shouldn't be. "I could say we don't deserve it, but that is football".
Rosen is believed to have suffered the concussion against Cal on November 25 after being thrown to the ground. Time will tell in regards to his National Football League career, but for now, it seems all but a certainty with him skipping the bowl game that his UCLA career has come to a close.
Washington's kick return touchdown at the end of the second quarter tied the game at 21-21 just after Army appeared to take a seven-point lead before halftime. If you're wondering how the two-point conversion was the winning play given that final score, Army scored a touchdown on the final play of the game as San Diego State tried a hook and lots of laterals in an attempt to score a game-winning touchdown.
Enberg's voice was famous and generations of sports fans grew up listening to it. Legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg , whose career spanned almost 60 years, died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday at the age of 82, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Harrison has totaled just 40 defensive snaps among his five appearances, including just one since Week 7, and his one sack is tied for a career low. Gilbert, the team's starting right tackle, served a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
But after shaking off a mixed first half with an excellent second half display against Liverpool, Wilshere caught the eye of Gunners boss Wenger. In the second half we played at our level. Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville went on to question Vieira about his views on the midfield pairing of Granit Xhaka and Wilshere, who started his third consecutive Premier League game for Arsenal for the first time since October 2014.
Guardiola will face stiff competition in the form of Liverpool for the signing of Van Dijk however, as Jurgen Klopp's side are being continually linked with the centre-back despite their failed attempts to sign the 26-year-old in the summer, with Van Dijk himself trying to force a move away from the St Mary's Stadium.
Kane made the difference, as he so often does. You would not bet against it. Kane opened the scoring after just seven minutes at Turf Moor, converting a penalty in emphatic style after Dele Alli had been fouled. The 21-year-old was quick to lose his head again, flying into Charlie Taylor after four minutes to earn another booking. Alli went to ground after being tackled by Kevin Long.
It all steeled the Lakers rookies. Kyle Kuzma became the first Lakers rookie since Jerry West to score 25-plus points in three straight games, when he dropped 27 in the 113-106 loss at the Warriors on Staurday (AEDT). The final meeting between the two Pacific Division foes is set for March 14, 2018 at Oracle Arena. Everyone expected the Golden State Warriors - a team which has featured in the past three Finals series - to come into the 2017/18 National Basketball Association ...
His sheer physical prowess makes him difficult to mark, but the striker's movement and timing are also crucial. He scored a hat-trick against San Marino in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in June , and although he only played in the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup , he also scored in back-to-back matches in October.
I would love to win something here", Salah added. "We are very close to each other". The Pharaohs attacker has been a star for the Reds since his big-money move from Roma , scoring 20 goals across all competitions. "I am very happy to share everything in Africa with him, so I'm very happy also for him", he added. Liverpool are now fourth in the Premier League team table with 34 points, 18 points behind leaders Manchester City .
Oklahoma City has won five of its last six home games. The Hawks led 92-88 with 8:49 left after a basket by Kent Bazemore. ABOUT THE THUNDER (16-15): Westbrook leads the National Basketball Association in assists per game (9.7) and George paces the league in steals per contest (2.45).
Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick's 2017 season has come to an end with reports that he's entering a drug treatment program. Now in his third year on the field for Georgia , Patrick has totaled 116 tackles (9.5 for a loss) and two sacks over his career in Athens.
This season? He's completed just over 56 percent of his passes with 1,658 yards and 13 touchdowns, compared to six interceptions. It'd be a major upset if he wasn't a first-round pick, and if he tests well (he's rumored to be headed to the Senior Bowl), he could be the first quarterback off the board, maybe even the first pick.
If they deserve it, I am ready to play with very young players. If that is the case, and we're not entirely convinced by it, then Chelsea will need to find another backup striker somewhere, as it seems unlikely Antonio Conte will be happy with just having Morata at his disposal, what with three cups and the league still to play for after Christmas.
It was a thrilling game. In the second half we played at our level. This was not such a good idea, especially in the first half when we could easily have been 3-0 down if it hadn't been for both Sane and Salah missing easyish chances. "We defended well, he continued". "I felt in the first half we were paralysed and frozen - we played too deep", Wenger told Sky Sports . "It's true that I'm frustrated after 3-2 that we couldn't keep the result".
He also became the first Indian captain to score a T20I hundred as the previous highest was Virat Kohli's 82 against Sri Lanka in Colombo earlier this year. The selectors would be seeing how Saurashtra pacer Jaydev Unadkat performs, as he can be an important cog in the scheme of things after veteran pacer Ashish Nehra called it a day.
Allardyce could not have dreamed of a better start to his new job, winning four of his first five games to lift Everton away from danger and up to ninth place. "But we're not there quite yet". Toffees boss Allardyce explained: "The players are never in on Christmas Day when I'm a manager". It was the worst thing ever.