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Cardiff City vs. Manchester United – Football Match Report – December 22, 2018 – ESPN

playSolskjaer off to dazzling start, City stunned (1:58)Steve Nicol rounds up a big day in the Premier League with Man City and Chelsea beaten at home and Man United thrashing Cardiff. (1:58)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed the perfect start to life as Manchester United manager with an emphatic 5-1 victory away at former club Cardiff –…

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Steve Nicol rounds up a big day in the Premier League with Man City and Chelsea beaten at home and Man United thrashing Cardiff. (1:58)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed the perfect start to life as Manchester United manager with an emphatic 5-1 victory away at former club Cardiff — the first time they had scored five since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match in charge in 2013.

Solskjaer was named caretaker manager of United following Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday. One of the question marks over his appointment was a disappointing spell as Cardiff boss, which saw them relegated to the Championship.

One of the criticisms levelled at Mourinho included his unwillingness to pick players from the academy — and Solskjaer immediately remedied that by including James Garner and Angel Gomes in his first squad.

And he couldn’t have wished for a better start as United took the lead within three minutes.

With United’s players looking more comfortable on the ball, Paul Pogba won a free kick on the edge of the Cardiff box. The Frenchman looked set to take it before leaving it to Marcus Rashford, who sent a swerving effort past Neil Etheridge.

There was a swagger back to United’s play as they dominated possession, and were 2-0 ahead on 29 minutes after Ander Herrera’s deflected effort found its way into the back of the net.

Despite United’s dominance, Cardiff were back in the game on 38 minutes when Rashford was adjudged to have handled and Victor Camarasa pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.

However, the visitors ensured they would take a two-goal lead into the break as Anthony Martial finished off a superb passing move including Pogba and Jesse Lingard.

United came out for the second half intent on adding to their advantage as they played with an air of confidence and Pogba almost sent Rashford through with a no-look pass.

And it was 4-1 on 56 minutes as Lingard dusted himself down to stroke home from the penalty spot, having been bundled over in the box.

The style of play was often criticised under Mourinho, but United looked a side transformed in the Welsh capital.

Victor Lindelof epitomised the change in emphasis under Solskjaer as the Sweden international played the ball out of defence before playing in Rashford, who shot wide — and Pogba then forced a brilliant save from Etheridge with a long-range effort.

Lingard added another in stoppage time as United scored a fifth — something they had not achieved since Ferguson’s final match — a 5-5 draw at West Brom.

The victory brought United back up to sixth place and eight points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League place, while Cardiff remain two points clear of Burnley in the final relegation place.

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Redskins vs. Titans odds, line: Picks, best predictions from proven computer model on 16-6 roll – CBS Sports

The Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins, two teams in desperate need to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture, meet up in Nashville at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Tennessee (8-6) likely needs to win out and have help to make the playoffs. Washington (7-7) is in a similar boat, but is down to a…

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The Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins, two teams in desperate need to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture, meet up in Nashville at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Tennessee (8-6) likely needs to win out and have help to make the playoffs. Washington (7-7) is in a similar boat, but is down to a fourth-string quarterback and ravaged by injuries. Overall, the Redskins’ path to the postseason appears much more challenging. Vegas agrees, setting Tennessee as an 11-point favorite in the latest Redskins vs. Titans odds, up from an open of 10. The over-under, or total number of points oddsmakers believe will be scored, is 37.5 after opening at 37. The weather won’t be a factor, as the forecast is calling for temperatures in the 40s, sunny skies, and light winds. Before making any Redskins vs. Titans picks and predictions for this critical battle, be sure to check out the projections from SportsLine’s Projection Model.

The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000. 

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 16 on a blistering 16-6 run. For the season, it is now 30-15 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-49. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model finished Week 14 at 147-75 on the season, ranking in the top five on NFLPickWatch.com. 

Now the model has dialed in on Redskins vs. Titans (stream live on fuboTV) 10,000 times. We can tell you the model is leaning Over, but it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see that one over at SportsLine. 

The model knows the Redskins will once again be looking to ride their running game given their calamitous quarterback situation with Josh Johnson as their fourth starting QB of the year. Johnson was able to use his legs to extend drives last week against Jacksonville, rushing for 49 yards, and Adrian Peterson added 51 more in a win over the Jaguars

That victory as 7.5-point underdogs helped get the Redskins back to .500 and keeps their playoff hopes intact at 7-7. Against a Titans defense that has allowed 408 yards rushing in the last two weeks, Peterson, Johnson and Chris Thompson should have room to maneuver in Week 16.

Just because the Redskins are coming off a huge upset victory doesn’t mean they’ll cover on Saturday.

The model also knows the Titans are feeling extremely confident thanks to the recent breakout performances by running back Derrick Henry. His 2018 campaign looked like a bust when he entered Week 14 with just 474 yards and five touchdowns on the season, but he’s exploded since that point, steamrolling the Jaguars for 238 yards and four touchdowns and then following that up with 170 yards and two more scores against the Giants

His dominance has paid dividends for the entire roster, taking pressure off quarterback Marcus Mariota and keeping Tennessee’s defense fresh and off the field. The Titans have given up just nine total points in the last two weeks and dominated time of possession against New York, 35:21 to 24:39.

Who wins Redskins vs. Titans? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over on Saturday, all from the incredible computer model that has returned nearly $4,000 to $100 bettors.

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Is LeBron James the best comparison to Zion Williamson? | The Will Cain Show – ESPN

Published on Dec 22, 2018Will Cain questions whether Duke Blue Devils basketball freshman Zion Williamson can be compared to NBA greats such as LeBron James, Charles Barkley or Blake Griffin, or if people are giving him too much credit.✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE✔ Subscribe to ESPN FC on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoESPNFC✔ Subscribe to NBA…

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Sources: LeBron James, Anthony Davis meet for postgame dinner; Lakers appear to be in driver’s seat to pair stars – Yahoo Sports

LOS ANGELES – Some league executives reportedly believe LeBron James is tampering for answering a question from reporters, stating it “would be amazing” to play with New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis.On Friday night after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Pelicans 112-104, James responded to those concerned executives, saying, “They can’t control me at…

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Some league executives reportedly believe LeBron James is tampering for answering a question from reporters, stating it “would be amazing” to play with New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis.” data-reactid=”16″ type=”text”>LOS ANGELES – Some league executives reportedly believe LeBron James is tampering for answering a question from reporters, stating it “would be amazing” to play with New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis.

Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Pelicans 112-104, James responded to those concerned executives, saying, “They can’t control me at all. And I play by the rules.”” data-reactid=”17″ type=”text”>On Friday night after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Pelicans 112-104, James responded to those concerned executives, saying, “They can’t control me at all. And I play by the rules.”

And then when James exited the Staples Center, the 16-year veteran demonstrated why he’s unstoppable on and off the court.

With the Pelicans staying overnight before traveling to Sacramento, James and Davis met up for a postgame dinner in Los Angeles, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

If Davis desires to be a member of the Lakers, it’s only a matter of time before he’s eventually sporting the purple and gold. Davis is in complete control of his destiny, and it may lead him directly to Southern California.

Anthony Davis could be eyeing a pairing with LeBron James. (Getty)

The Designated Player Veteran Extension was intended to increase the likelihood of franchise players staying with their current teams.

However, for the Pelicans’ superstar and the representation he hired in September — Klutch Sports, which also represents James — the lucrative incentive won’t factor much into his decision on whether the 6-foot-10 star will commit long term to New Orleans, as The Athletic reported Friday.

Davis wants to compete for championships for years to come. If Davis is of the mindset that New Orleans can’t surround him with the talent to contend, the DPVE won’t be viewed as much of a sweetener.

“I’d take legacy over money,” Davis told Yahoo Sports after posting game highs of 30 points and 20 rebounds to go with five assists in Friday’s loss. “I want to have a legacy. All my people that look up to me, the younger kids, I want them to know about AD’s legacy. Championships, the things I do in the community, being a good teammate, playing hard. All that stuff matters the most to me. Don’t get me wrong, money is amazing. But I think in that sense, money or legacy, I think my legacy will win that battle every time.”

When his name was called during starting-lineup introductions at the Staples Center, he received a rousing ovation.

“It’s cool to have fans everywhere you go,” Davis said, “but my job is about the Pelicans right now.”

Davis was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft and since then the Pelicans have only qualified for postseason play twice. And now they are on the verge of spiraling, dropping three in a row and failing to win consecutive games since Nov.19.

At 15-18, they own the third-worst record in the Western Conference, but are just 2.5 games behind the eighth seed.

Players on other teams and a few of Davis’ teammates at times have privately suggested to the forward that the best outcome for him might be to move on, sources told Yahoo Sports. Davis, publicly, has professed his love for New Orleans and has tried to keep his focus on the season at hand.

The five-time NBA All-Star will be eligible to receive the DPVE in the summer of 2019, and the Pelicans can offer a five-year, $239,540,000 max contract that’s based on a $118 million cap projection for the 2019-20 season.

With annual 8 percent raises off his first-year salary, he would earn $41.3 million in Year One, $44.6 million in Year Two, $47.9 million in Year Three, $51.2 million in Year Four and $54.5 million in Year Five.

Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports, is known to go against conventional wisdom when it comes to contract negotiations.

If Davis were to decline the DPVE, sources said he would likely decline the $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season and hit unrestricted free-agency in 2020. This would ultimately force the Pelicans to seriously consider trading their cornerstone in order to receive some form of value in return.

The Boston Celtics have long monitored Davis’ situation and on the surface possess the most attractive package of assets. If a team were to trade for Davis, he could play out his last year and re-sign for up to five years and $205 million. As an outright free agent, he could sign a max deal with a new team that would be worth approximately $152 million for four years.

“No, we’re not trading him,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said before the game Friday. “We’re not trading him under any circumstance. You can move on from that one.”

But should Davis be so adamant about teaming up with James, Paul would inform all teams that his client is not signing an extension anywhere other than with the Lakers.

Teams could choose to go the Toronto Raptors route with Kawhi Leonard and trade for Davis anyway, but the ramifications of such a move could prove too costly in dealing with Paul and getting Davis to stay.

The L.A. market is alluring and Davis is intrigued.

Earlier this year, he purchased a $7.5 million home in Westlake Village in Los Angeles County. Furthermore, his profile and Nike presence would presumably grow in L.A.

The Lakers are a legitimate threat to pry Davis from the Pelicans. And if that’s what he wants, as many believe, there really will be no stopping him.

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