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Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
© Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Jabari Parker re-signed with Boston after clearing waivers.

Jabari Parker didn’t really explore other options after the Celtics waived him last week, writes Brian Robb of MassLive. Parker was cut loose so the team could avoid paying a $100K guarantee that would have taken effect with the season opener. He re-signed with Boston after clearing waivers and said it’s where he wants to play.

“I just knew (Boston) was the right place to be. I knew that,” Parker said. “This is a winning team and iron sharpens iron, so if anything, I’m going to get better here playing against the guys every day, being around true competitors, and obviously get a chance for me to learn. So this is just a great situation just because I’m just grateful for it and I’m counting my blessings.”

Parker didn’t play in the team’s first three games, but he got a chance Monday night with Al Horford sidelined by injury. He scored 13 points in 17 minutes and made a case for a larger role providing instant offense off the bench. No matter what happens, Parker is happy to get a second chance in Boston after three years of bouncing around the league.

“It’s the journey that I chose, so definitely appreciative of the Celtics organization, just my teammates always being supportive,” he said. “Regardless of anything, I’m around good people, I’m around a great team, and I’m just grateful for the moment.”

There’s more from Boston:

  • Horford has been providing more than just veteran leadership since rejoining the Celtics, notes Justin Leger of NBC Sports. The 35-year-old big man is averaging 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in his first two games. “I love everything about Al,” Jayson Tatum said. “How he plays the game, how he goes about his duties on a day-to-day basis. He’s a true professional. I’m sure everyone’s going to say the same thing about him. He’s just a great teammate and a great person to be around.”
  • An MRI on Romeo Langford‘s left calf didn’t show any damage, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN. Coach Ime Udoka said there’s hope that he won’t have to miss much time.
  • Aaron Nesmith is off to a rough start in his second NBA season, going scoreless in his first three games and missing all 10 of his shots, but Udoka told reporters that he hasn’t lost confidence in what Nesmith can do, per Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports. “We told him to take his time, slow down, and play like he did in the summer,” Udoka said. “… With Romeo being out, there’s opportunity for him there. So just got to slow down and take the shots that he always has.”

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Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'
Jabari Parker on re-signing with Celtics after being waived: Boston 'was the right place to be'

Redrafting the 2014 NBA Draft

The 2014 NBA Draft is a memorable one because it featured two superstar centers, one of which (Nikola Jokic) wasn’t drafted until the middle of the second round. The rest of the first round consisted of a number of high-level role players along with some players with loads of potential, but inconsistent production. There were also a couple of huge busts like Dante Exum and Nik Stauskas, so this draft a had a bit of everything.Let’s see how things would shake out if we redrafted things today.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Nikola Jokic (41)

Original Pick: Andrew WigginsThis may come off as a surprise given Joel Embiid’s otherworldly talent, but Nikola Jokic is simply a better, more reliable NBA player. Yes, Embiid is, by far, a more impactful defender. He can also dominate opponents in the post in ways only the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and other Hall of Fame big men could. However, Jokic can dominate basketball games too – look no further than his career playoff averages (24.7 ppg., 11.7 rpg., 6.8 apg. with 51-42-84 shooting splits in 33 career playoff games) – it just involves less brute force, and more skill. In fact, the Joker is arguably the best passing big man ever (7.1 apg. over the past two season). And the final separator for the no. 1 redraft choice: reliability is the best ability. Jokic, unlike Embiid, never misses games. He’s played an average of 76.2 games per season during his five year career (he spent 2014-15 overseas) whereas Embiid has only played 52.3 games per season during his four year career (and that doesn’t even take into account the two FULL seasons Embiid missed with injuries to start his career).

2. Milwaukee Bucks – Joel Embiid (3)

Original Pick: Jabari ParkerWith the Joker off the board, Joel Embiid is the obvious choice here at no. 2 for the Bucks, who passed on him for Jabari Parker back in 2014. When he’s on the court, Embiid is a Hall of Fame level player. His career averages are 23.9 ppg., 11.5 rpg., 3.1 apg. and 1.8 bpg. with a 24.8 PER. His On/Off numbers (how his team performs when he’s on the court vs. off the court) have been greater than plus-10 in three of his four seasons. In fact, in the 2018-19 playoffs, the 76ers were plus-20.5 with Embiid on the court and minus-21.1 with him off the court – a preposterous 41.6 points per 100 possessions difference!! If you’re the Bucks, you take Embiid without any reservation and you reap the rewards when he and Giannis (drafted in 2013) start to hit their respective primes around the same time.

3. Philadephia 76ers – Aaron Gordon (4)

Original Pick: Joel EmbiidWith the two All-NBA level guys off the board, a typical team drafting third would need to weigh both potential and fit. Fortunately, this was the beginning of “The Process” for Philly, so all they really worried about is potential. Enter Aaron Gordon. Stuck playing small forward for the poorly run Magic through his first six seasons, Gordon has barely scratched the surface of his abilities as a small-ball four in the NBA. Despite playing off of position, Gordon has managed to average 16.0 ppg., 7.6 rpg. and 3.3 apg. the past three seasons for Orlando. At some point – and you’d hope that that point would be much earlier in his career if the Sixers had drafted him – a smart team is going to turn Gordon into a hyper-athletic version of Draymond Green. While he doesn’t have the playmaking chops Green possesses, he can pass well enough to be a great roll man off of pick-and-rolls, and his crazy athleticism will be enough to overcome any shortcomings he might have on either end of the court.

4. Orlando Magic – Jusuf Nurkic (16)

Original Pick: Aaron GordonThe Magic haven’t had adequate spacing for modern-day basketball since Dwight Howard left. So we know that they’d most likely choose a big man, which means they’d be choosing between Jusuf Nurkic and Clint Capela – both good big men, but each has a vastly different skill set. Nurkic is the choice here because he offers more offensive versatility than Capela. Despite having a terrible leg injury late last season, Nurkic has returned to his pre-injury form and averaged 17.6 ppg., 10.3 rpg., and 4.0 apg. in eight regular season games and similar numbers in the playoffs.

5. Utah Jazz – Clint Capela (25)

Original Pick: Dante ExumAt pick no. 6, the Jazz make amends on their Dante Exum pick by selecting a better overseas prospect, Clint Capela. Capela became a full-time starter in his third season and has averaged 14.3 ppg., 11.1 rpg., and 1.6 bpg. and shot 64.5 percent from the field. He’s an above-average rim-runner and rim-protector, and would be a great centerpiece for the Jazz to build their defense around for the rest of the decade.

6. Boston Celtics – Marcus Smart (6)

Original Pick: Marcus SmartCertain players and teams – like Marcus Smart and the Boston Celtics – just seemed destined to be together. Smart is the heart and sole of the Celtics, and he’s coming off the best season of his career where he averaged 12.9 ppg. and 4.9 apg. and made First Team All-Defense. His impact on the game goes beyond the stat sheet, however. His ability to guard (and agitate the hell out of) any position from point guard to power forward makes him as valuable as an All-Star level player to a team like the Celtics.

7. LA Lakers – Andrew Wiggins (1)

Original Pick: Julius RandleComing off of an Achilles tear in 2013, Kobe Bryant was only able to play six games in the 2013-14 season. His rapid decline in production had begun as had his urge to be great at other endeavors in life, so he spent little time with the team the next two seasons. But what if the Lakers had had the opportunity to draft Andrew Wiggins? It’s not impossible to think that Kobe would have taken an interest in mentoring the Canadian basketball prodigy. Imagine the player he could have developed into had he been supplemented with some Mamba Mentality. There aren’t many people blessed with the kind of God-given ability Wiggins possesses, but Kobe Bryant was surely one of them. Maybe he could have helped Wiggins get a little more out of himself.

8. Sacramento Kings – Zach LaVine (13)

Original Pick: Nik StauskasHaving signed Zach LaVine to a big contract as a restricted free agent (which the Bulls surprisingly matched), it’s clear that the Kings organization covets Zach LaVine. Fortunately for them, they’ll get a reprieve after drafting a bust in Nik Stauskas back in 2014 and select the high-flying guard out of UCLA instead. LaVine, much like Andrew Wiggins, is blessed with the kind of vertical athleticism you only see in a handful of NBA players and utilizes it well on offense (averaged 25.5 ppg. last season). Unfortunately, that athleticism hasn’t translated much to the defensive end of the court, so the Kings will need to play him alongside some strong defenders, or else they’ll never go far.

9. Charlotte Hornets – TJ Warren (14)

Original Pick: Noah VonlehHad we done this exercise a year or two ago, TJ Warren probably goes outside the lottery. Hell, even before the Bubble, Warren probably doesn’t go this high. However, in his first six bubble games, Warren averaged 31.0 ppg. and 6.3 rpg. on 58-52-89 shooting. This incandescent stretch seemed to justify, or at least make us think twice about glossing the fact that he’s averaged 19.3 ppg. the past three seasons. Blessed with this knowledge, the Hornets take Warren and try to develop him into a big-time scorer earlier in his career.

10. Philadelphia 76ers – Joe Harris (33)

Original Pick: Elfrid PaytonAfter selecting the uber-athletic Aaron Gordon with the third pick in the redraft, they’ll select the exact opposite at pick no. 10: Joe Harris. But don’t roll your eyes, Harris can play. He’s one of the most effective three-and-D players in the league and has averaged 12.9 ppg. and shot 43.9 percent from three the past three seasons. With the direction basketball moved the past decade, Harris would develop into an ideal starter on any team.

11. Denver Nuggets – Spencer Dinwiddie (38)

Original Pick: Doug McDermottAfter tearing his ACL in college, Spencer Dinwiddie fell a bit on draft night, landing at no. 38. It took him a few seasons to develop, but last season he averaged 20.6 ppg. and dished out 6.8 apg. for the Nets. Although they traded the no. 11 pick back in 2014, the Nuggets will keep the pick here and grab the overlooked Dinwiddie and hope to make him their point guard of the future.

12. Orlando Magic – Bogdan Bogdanovic (27)

Original Pick: Dario SaricAlthough he won’t make it over to the NBA until the 2017-18 season, Bogdan Bogdanovic would be well worth the wait for the Magic here at no. 12. The Serbian playmaker can light it up from deep (career 37.2 percent three-point shooter) and make plays in the pick-and-roll. He’d be a less expensive, better version of what the Magic currently have in Evan Fournier.

13. Minnesota T’Wolves – Jerami Grant (39)

Original Pick: Zach LaVine

14. Phoenix Suns – Julius Randle (7)

Original Pick: T.J. WarrenThis seems like a bit of a draft day slide for Julius Randle, who has averaged 16.1 ppg. and 9.0 rpg. in his career, but if you assume that today’s data and advanced analytics are available in the redraft, then this slide makes more sense. Whether it’s a product of being on bad teams or not, Randle just isn’t a winning player in the NBA thus far in his career. Hopefully, going to a slightly better situation than the Lakers were in 2014 would help Randle’s early-career development, especially on the defensive end of the court.

15. Atlanta Hawks – Dwight Powell (45)

Original Pick: Adreian PayneBelieve it or not, Dwight Powell is actually third in Win Shares in the draft class of 2014, trailing only Nikola Jokic and Clint Capela. If it weren’t for his torn Achilles this past season, he might be more of a household name because he was one of the more effective pick-and-roll players in the league with Luka Doncic. The Hawks select Powell at no. 15 and fortify their front line alongside Al Horford and Paul Millsap.

16. Chicago Bulls – Gary Harris (19)

Original Pick: Jusuf NurkicIronically, the Bulls actually selected Gary Harris with the 19th pick in 2014, but then traded Harris along with the Nurkic to the Nuggets for Doug McDermott (whoops!). They’ll keep Harris this time around and hope that he develops into the player that averaged 17.5 ppg. in 2017-18 and defended at an above-average rate.

17. Boston Celtics – Elfrid Payton (10)

Original Pick: James YoungElfrid Payton never developed into the Rajon Rondo-type point guard that his ceiling suggested he might be when he was drafted in 2014. However, he’s still a solid guard in the NBA and can make set up teammates fairly well (7.2 apg. last season) and make some plays on defense. The Celtics take him at no. 17 and turn he and Marcus Smart loose on defense.

18. Phoenix Suns – Dario Saric (12)

Original Pick: Tyler EnnisThough his development was tripped up a bit when he was traded twice in the past two seasons, Dario Saric seems to have regained his footing in Phoenix, so we’ll expedite the situation a bit here and have the Suns select him in 2014. With Saric, they’re getting a nice stretch four who has averaged 12.2 ppg. and 6.2 rpg. over four seasons in the NBA.

19. Chicago Bulls – Jabari Parker (2)

Original Pick: Gary Harris Once upon a time, Jabari Parker was arguably the most promising player in this draft class. Hell, before he blew out his ACL, he’d averaged 20.1 ppg. in 2016-17, and looked like he might develop into a Carmelo Anthony-lite. Unfortunately, his career didn’t play out the way people expected it to, and Parker is now a slightly above-average scorer who stinks on defense – there aren’t a ton of NBA teams looking for that player these days. The Bulls will select the Chicago-prodigy and pray that his knees hold up.

20. Toronto Raptors – Dante Exum (5)

Original Pick: Bruno CabocloIn a different world where he didn’t get so unlucky with injuries, Exum could have been a two-way force in the NBA as he’s blessed with great size and athleticism at the guard position. Unfortunately, due to those injuries and a lack of playing time, Exum had his growth as a player permanently stunted. In this redraft reality, perhaps the Raptors give him more minutes a little sooner than the Jazz did and Exum turns into the player everyone thought he would be.

21. OKC Thunder – Doug McDermott (11)

Original Pick: Mitch McGaryAs has been well-documented over the years, the Thunder lacked three-point shooting and floor spacing during the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook era. I’m thinking Dougie McBuckets could have helped on that front as he’s a career 41.2 percent three-point shooter. He doesn’t have the athleticism to score like he did in college, but he would have been an important contributor for OKC – much more important than Mitch McGary ever was.

22. Memphis Grizzlies – Kyle Anderson (30)

Original Pick: Jordan AdamsKyle “Slo Mo” Anderson seems to have carved out a decent niche with the Grizzlies as a playmaking forward, so let’s get him to Memphis a little earlier in his career. A jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none (especially shooting), Anderson is a poor man’s Boris Diaw and makes for a nice second unit player who can help run an offense with his advanced ball-handling and passing skills.

23. Utah Jazz – Jordan Clarkson (46)

Original Pick: Rodney HoodWe’ve got another player going to his current team sooner via the redraft as Jordan Clarkson heads to the Jazz at no. 23. Clarkson is a microwave scorer off the bench who plays every game with a pickup hooper’s mentality. Before a very nice stretch with the Jazz last season where he averaged 15.6 ppg. on 46-37-79 shooting, Clarkson was usually viewed as a ball hog who was detrimental to his team’s success. Was last season an anomaly? Or has Clarkson truly turned a corner as a contributor?

24. Charlotte Hornets – Rodney Hood (23)

Original Pick: Shabazz NapierAh, the infamous Shabazz Napier pick…recall, that the Heat actually dealt for Napier in an attempt to appease LeBron James a few weeks before he went home to Cleveland. This time around, the Hornets keep the pick and take this draft’s Jeff Green in Rodney Hood – a player who flashes spurts of immense talent, but is maddeningly inconsistent and, ultimately, nothing more than a high ceiling role player. Hood has averaged 12.5 ppg. for his career.

25. Houston Rockets – Noah Vonleh (9)

Original Pick: Clint CapelaNoah Vonleh, a highly-touted prospect from hailing from Indiana University, looked like he was going to be a bust early in his career with Charlotte and Portland. However, he turned things around and developed into a good defender. He goes to the Rockets in the redraft and perhaps is encouraged to shoot more three-pointers early in his career so he can adapt to the modern game.

26. Miami Heat – Glenn Robinson III (40)

Original Pick: PJ HairstonGR3 finally flashed some of the three-and-D potential we’d been waiting for this past season when he averaged 11.7 ppg. on 39.1 percent three-point shooting for the Warriors and 76ers. He’s dealt with some injuries early in his career, but the Heat will hope that he stays healthy this time around and turns into one of those rangy wings the Miami Mafia is known for developing.

27. Phoenix Suns – Shabazz Napier (24)

Original Pick: Bogdan BogdanovicLargely forgotten about after the Heat dealt him following a blah rookie season, UConn’s two-time champion, Shabazz Napier, has quietly become a decent backup point guard in the NBA. He averaged 10.3 ppg. and 4.7 apg. for the T’Wolves and Wizards this past season. The Suns select him here and hope that he’s ready to provide some stability in their guard rotation.

28. LA Clippers – Jordan McRae (58)

Original Pick: CJ WilcoxIt’s slim pickings at this point in the draft, so teams are basically just looking for an occasional contributor. Jordan McRae essentially has one skill: scoring. In fact, despite only appearing in 123 career games, McRae has score 35 or more on four separate occasions. The Clippers snag him here and see if he can provide a scoring punch off the bench once or twice a month.

29. OKC Thunder – Khem Birch (Undrafted)

Original Pick: Josh HuestisKhem Birch becomes the first and only undrafted player to hear his name called on the redraft. He’s a backup center who has played well enough on defense to steal minutes from Mo Bamba in Orlando the past two seasons, so he should be able to give Steven Adams a blow here and there for the Thunder.

30. San Antonio Spurs – Nik Stauskas (8)

Original Pick: Kyle AndersonOriginally selected by the Kings (“Stauskas? Stauskas.”), Nik Stauskas was a complete bust for Sacramento and probably doesn’t deserve to get redrafted. Then again, what if a player blessed with his shooting touch was drafted by the Spurs? Think they’d figure out a way to turn him into a solid NBA rotation player? My guess is yes.

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EXCLUSIVE: Tottenham star Eric Dier hopes they can reboot their trophy challenging days under 'special' Antonio Conte... as he gives his views on Brexit, cancel culture and the disappointment of not winning a trophy under Mauricio Pochettino

There is a renewed sense of optimism at Tottenham following their poor startEric Dier has described the Antonio Conte effect at the club as 'special'Tottenham are some way off the team that reached the Champions League finalNot winning a trophy under Mauricio Pochettino will haunt Spurs playersDier is hopeful the Conte era will reboot the trophy challenging years Read more »

Jurgen Klopp hails 'legend' Divock Origi as one of the best finishers he's ever seen after Belgian scores yet another crucial late goal for Liverpool

Divock Origi scored 94th minute winner as Liverpool won 1-0 at WolvesWin put Reds second in the table behind Premier League leaders Man CityBelgian is a cult hero at Anfield after scoring in Champions League final in 2019Origi also scored in famous comeback against Barcelona and in five derbies  Read more »

Real Sociedad 0-2 Real Madrid: Vinicius Junior and Luka Jovic goals sees Carlo Ancelotti's side go eight points clear at the top of LaLiga despite Karim Benzema injury

After a stalemate first half, the visitors were two goals up before the hour mark Vinicius Junior, assisted by Luka Jovic, and then Jovic himself scored the goals Los Blancos' defence prevented the hosts having even a single attempt on targetCarlo Ancelotti's men are now eight points clear of second-placed Sevilla  Read more »

Revenge of the nerds! Ralf Rangnick was mocked when he criticised 'Der Kaiser' Franz Beckenbauer's tactics - but now Ralf is Manchester United manager and has the last laugh

Ralf Rangnick took on the whole German football establishment back in 1998 Then manager at second-tier Ulm, he explained why everyone else was wrong He was criticised afterwards as a 'Kopfmensch'; the closest English word is 'geek'But Rangnick has had the last laugh - he is now manager of Manchester United  Read more »

Honda: "Verstappen zette een uitzonderlijke ronde neer"

© Aangeboden door GPblog NL Toyoharu Tanabe zag dat een pole-position mogelijk was voor Max Verstappen. Een crash voorkwam dat en dat noemt de Honda-topman ‘jammer’. Toch gaat de motorleverancier ... Read more »

Mikel Arteta denies rumors of rift with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Old Trafford substitution... and insists he has the relationship 'he wants' with Arsenal captain

Aubameyang was replaced with Arsenal one goal down at Old Trafford Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer said substitution had 'humiliated' striker Pundits suggested there must be a rift between Arteta and Aubameyang Arsenal striker has struggled for form this season, scoring only four goalsMikel Arteta insisted relationship with Arsenal captain remains strong  Read more »

England star Freddie Steward reveals the secret behind his safe pair of hands at full back for Eddie Jones's team - his grandad played in goal for Cambridge!

Freddie Steward made his international debut for England in July at TwickenhamHe's made rapid progress, quickly establishing himself as a key player in the sideHe scored tries against Australia and South Africa in last month's internationalsAfter England's victory over the Springboks he hugged his grandad in the standsHis grandad also has a sporting background as he played football for Cambridge  Read more »

Newcastle are urged not to sweep ownership questions or Saudi Arabia human rights abuses under the carpet with fans' banners in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign

Two huge rainbow banners by fans were revealed at St James' Park on Saturday But Newcastle were accused of trying to quell debate about their Saudi ownersLGBT+ charity Stonewall urged them not to be an example of 'rainbow-washing'  Read more »

How coaching guru Ralf Rangnick will revive the ailing Manchester United squad: work them to the bone, ban cola and kebabs... and stop passing back to goalkeeper David de Gea!

New Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick will shake things up The German has a number of non-negotiable principles he will look to enforce They include pressing, work rate off the ball, and scrutinising his players' diet  Read more »

The reject who made it to the big time: how Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock defied expectations to reach the pinnacle of English football

Academy defender Ethan Pinnock was rejected by Millwall at the age of 15But the centre half has risen through the leagues and is playing for Brentford The Bees are holding their own in the Premier League and Pinnock is a key player  Read more »

'I was as surprised as you!': West Ham full-back Arthur Masuaku admits he DIDN'T mean to go for goal with lucky late winner against Chelsea

Arthur Masuaku scored a bizarre late winner for West Ham against Chelsea He looked like he was going for a cross only to beat Edouard Mendy Masuaku took to social media to confirm whether he had meant to score  Read more »

DANNY MURPHY: West Ham could be the outsider to break the top four... but their owners NEED to invest in January if they stand any chance of qualifying for the Champions League

West Ham improved in the second half to take a thrilling 3-2 win over ChelseaThe Hammers are fourth in the table after a great start to the current season Injuries though could de-rail their chances of finishing in the top-four West Ham need to invest if they are to qualify for the Champions League  Read more »

DANNY MURPHY: Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is the man for all reasons to take Manchester United forward - he is an ideal replacement for Ralf Rangnick this summer

It is a shame for Manchester United Brendan Rodgers once managed Liverpool Otherwise the Northern Irishman would be an ideal fit for their long-term projectI think the Red Devils should consider taking a risk on appointing Rodgers next  Read more »

Lens 1-1 PSG: Injury-time Georginio Wijnaldum header levels after Seko Fofana long-ranger gave Ligue 1 leaders scare as Lionel Messi starts but misfires again

Paris-Saint Germain travelled to face high-flying Lens on Saturday in Ligue 1 Seko Fofana scored the opener with a driving long-range effort on 62 minutesGeorginio Wijnaldum's header finally levelled from Kylian Mbappe's crossPSG now have one one victory in their last four matches in all competitions   Read more »
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