Coyotes sign Richardson, Michalek to start free agency (Yahoo Sports)

The Arizona Coyotes signed forwards Brad Richardson and Steve Downie, added goalie Anders Lindback and brought back defenseman Zbynek Michalek. Later on Wednesday, they also brought back Antoine Vermette, the popular centerman who just won a Stanley Cup with Chicago. ”This is the warm-up act for what we need to do,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said on Wednesday.

Women’s World Cup 2015 semi-final: Japan v England – live!

Can Japan reach their second World Cup final in a row – or will England make history and set up a clash against USA on Sunday? Follow all the latest

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Hm. Tough to call, that England penalty: Houghton definitely flopped, and exaggerated, but there was minor contact from Ogimi, and there wasn’t much of a protest from Japan.

Ack, what am I saying: that was never a penalty. My hot take: England got lucky!

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Here’s Michael Hawkins:

In America, we call that a make-up call. As in, making up for poor first penalty call.

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Women’s World Cup 2015 semi-final: Japan v England – live!

Can Japan reach their second World Cup final in a row – or will England make history and set up a clash against USA on Sunday? Follow all the latest

7.52pm ET

Hm. Tough to call, that England penalty: Houghton definitely flopped, and exaggerated, but there was minor contact from Ogimi, and there wasn’t much of a protest from Japan.

Ack, what am I saying: that was never a penalty. My hot take: England got lucky!

7.48pm ET

Here’s Michael Hawkins:

In America, we call that a make-up call. As in, making up for poor first penalty call.

Continue reading…


Women’s World Cup 2015 semi-final: Japan v England – live!

Can Japan reach their second World Cup final in a row – or will England make history and set up a clash against USA on Sunday? Follow all the latest

7.52pm ET

Hm. Tough to call, that England penalty: Houghton definitely flopped, and exaggerated, but there was minor contact from Ogimi, and there wasn’t much of a protest from Japan.

Ack, what am I saying: that was never a penalty. My hot take: England got lucky!

7.48pm ET

Here’s Michael Hawkins:

In America, we call that a make-up call. As in, making up for poor first penalty call.

Continue reading…


Aston Villa close to £9m deal for Lille’s midfielder Idrissa Gueye

• The 25-year-old due in Birmingham for talks on Thursday
• Southampton, West Ham and Crystal Palace are also interested

Aston Villa are close to sealing a £9m deal for the Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who is expected to fly into Birmingham for transfer talks on Thursday.

Gueye has been linked with several other Premier League clubs, including Southampton, West Ham United and Crystal Palace, but Villa have agreed a fee with Lille and hope to finalise the signing of the 25-year-old within the next 24 hours.

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Japan and England strike from the spot

Japan captain Aya Miyama had the reigning World Champions up 1-0 after scoring from the penalty spot. Just seven minutes later, though, England's Fara Williams scored in the same manner and Wednesday's semifinal is all square. GameCast Live

Heather Watson relishes chance to tackle Serena Williams on Centre Court

• British No1 through to third round after seeing off Hantuchova
• Watson no longer intimidated by making progress at Wimbledon

Heather Watson, the only British woman still in the Wimbledon singles draw, believes she will have nothing to lose against Serena Williams on Friday after reaching the third round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2012 thanks to an impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory over Daniela Hantuchova.

It will be the biggest test Watson has faced in her career and while she acknowledged how tough it will be against the 20-times grand slam winner, who beat the Hungarian Timea Babos 6-4, 6-1, the British No1 will embrace the daunting challenge of playing the world No1 for the first time.

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Cavaliers Love affair continues as free agency begins

Kevin Love announces he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, the 26-year-old power forward reportedly agreeing to a five-year deal worth $110 million to remain in ClevelandKevin Love announced Wednesday he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, the 26-year-old power forward reportedly agreeing to a five-year deal worth $110 million to remain in Cleveland. Love, obtained last year from Minnesota in a major trade, suffered a separated left shoulder in the first round of the NBA playoffs and could only watch as the Cavaliers lost to Golden State in the NBA Finals. Love's announcement came on the first day of free agency for the 2015-16 campaign.

Nico Rosberg: ‘With a good weekend at Silverstone, I can beat Hamilton’

Mercedes are providing most of the cut and thrust in F1 this season and Nico Rosberg expects to come out on top

The Leonardo DiCaprio-like features of Nico Rosberg have been engraved in Lewis Hamilton’s rear-view mirror for the best part of two decades. Going back to their karting days, Rosberg has been in pursuit of his faster rival, struggling to keep up with the man who is now his Mercedes team-mate. The British driver was again quicker last season, but the dogged Rosberg took the Formula One world championship into the very last race in Abu Dhabi.

This season Hamilton’s early pace has been brutal, carrying him to seven pole wins in eight races; Rosberg has come back to win three of the past four races and going into Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, he is only 10 points behind in this two-hander of a championship production; the other drivers are extras. The title race could once again go to the wire and if Rosberg prevails it would represent a high-speed reworking of Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare.

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Bubba and Tiger recovering from highs and lows

PGA: Travelers Championship-Final Round(Reuters) – Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and the other from another major disappointment. Watson said on Wednesday he was exhausted following his playoff victory on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, while Woods tried to remain upbeat after a U.S. Open appearance that included another round of 80 for the 14-times major winner. "I'll keep resting, drinking fluids and hopefully recover." Woods is making his first appearance since missing the U.S. Open cut by 11 strokes two weeks ago after posting an opening 10-over-par 80.