Conte cast in the spotlight as Chelsea search for inspiration

London: Antonio Conte needs Chelsea to silence the doubters after his position came under unexpected scrutiny ahead of Leicester’s visit on Saturday. Off the field, business is booming at Stamford Bridge following Chelsea’s club record kit deal with Nike that will see the American sportswear giants pay the Blues a reported 60 million pounds (Dh269.3 million) per season for the next 15 years. But, while Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich counts the cash, down at the club’s Cobham training ground, Blues boss Conte is plotting a way to stay in the Russian’s favour after a curious start to his reign. The 47-year-old only arrived on a three-year contract in the close-season, yet on Thursday two bookmakers suspended betting on Conte being sacked amid a flurry of big…

Wizards again fail to 'lock in' before game and again start sluggish PHILADELPHIA — It has become almost predictable. The Washington Wizards try to start game days with focus and resolve, but their sluggish mornings turn into sloppy nights. John Wall recognizes the trend; something he picked up in Lexington, Ky., during his one year in college. For some reason, however, his professional teammates still haven’t embraced the simple concept. “If you have a great shoot-around, you’ll have a great game,” Wall said. “So if you have a crappy shoot-around, then you’ll have a pretty crappy game.” Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, crappy wasn’t strong enough to describe Washington’s play. The Wizards couldn’t hit shots. They lacked defensive effort. They failed to remember the scouting report on which 76ers prefer to put it on...

BCCI plans to introduce cash cards for all national players Mumbai: Going with the times, the BCCI is mulling over the introduction of cash cards to all the national players instead of restricting it to only a few officials as is the case at present. Representational image. AFP "Basically we are planning it for our team. We want cards to be given to the players and officials. Already we give it to certain type of officials and want to expand it," BCCI sources told PTI on Friday. Cash cards are prepaid instruments provided by banks which can be used by persons who don't have accounts with them. The BCCI is also holding a two-day treasurers' seminar in Mumbai to explain to people the tricky issues they needed to be aware of about the Goods and ...

Triple H on Conor McGregor: He’d be a huge WWE star Whenever Conor McGregor fights, there are always plenty of celebrities in attendance. This past weekend at UFC 205 in New York was no different as McGregor dispatched Eddie Alvarez in less than two rounds to become the first ever simultaneous two-division champion in the history of the promotion. One of the most interesting onlookers for McGregor’s dominant performance was WWE vice president of talent Paul “Triple H” Levesque, who attended the event and tweeted about the Irishman’s performance on Saturday night. Triple H is well known for acquiring talent from all over the world to bring to WWE and there’s no doubt that McGregor fits the bill for the kind of superstar who could excel on his first day in professional wrestling. “He could come over, he’s ...

NBA Storylines: Top 5 Best Player in the Western Conference for November 27; DeMarcus ... DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives to the basket against Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks in the first half at American Airlines Center on November 27, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Advertisement It's a wild night in the competitive Western Conference. The Dallas Mavericks finally gets a win after losing eight straight games. The New Orleans Pelicans now lost two in a row after winning four straight games. And the Los Angeles Clippers lost surprisingly into the hands of the Indiana Pacers for their second straight defeat. This night is also filled with amazing performances as five Western Conference players scored 30 or more points. Speaking of amazing performances, here are the top 5 Western Conference from November 27 action. Advertisement No. 5: C.J. McCollum...

Find Out What Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Jet Is Being Used For Now Hillary Clinton’s former presidential campaign jet is now being used to shuttle the University of Dayton basketball team around. Miami Valley’s Morning News host and Dayton Flyers announcer Larry Hansgen tweeted a picture of Clinton’s former jet being used to fly the Dayton basketball team to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Monday afternoon. (SLIDESHOW: THESE ARE THE SEXIEST PHOTOS OF RONDA ROUSEY ON THE INTERNET) What happens to a plane after the campaign? Basketball travel! @DaytonTrueTeam pic.twitter.com/VNwveZvWcz — Larry Hansgen (@larryhansgen) November 14, 2016 Warming up at Bama @DaytonTrueTeam Tipoff at 1:15 @WHIORadio pic.twitter.com/vZE3VU9PbY — Larry Hansgen (@larryhansgen) November 15, 2016 Oh how far the mighty have fallen. What was once a plane that was assumed to be for Clinton until her inauguration is now being...

New Zealand’s Trent Boult expected to be fit for first ODI against Australia Auckland: Trent Boult is expected to be fit for New Zealand's opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Sunday after the strike bowler missed the second Test win over Pakistan due to knee discomfort. Boult sustained a knee injury on New Zealand's tour of India and he felt some discomfort when he slipped during the first Test against Pakistan in Christchurch earlier this month. File photo of Trent Boult. AP He was ruled out of the second match in Hamilton, which New Zealand won by 138 runs to clinch their first series win over Pakistan since 1985. Coach Mike Hesson said Boult was tracking "very well" for Sunday's opener in the Chappell-Hadlee series having passed a fitness test. "He's recovered. I think when you know you've ...

Cricket: Decision not to review Smith LBW was understandable, says Hesson Sydney: The decision not to review a leg before wicket appeal on Australia's captain Steve Smith was the right one at the time as there was significant doubt from even people off the field, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said.Smith was on 14 when he was trapped in front by Trent Boult, who was convinced he had struck a major blow to Australia's innings in the first one-day international in Sydney on Sunday.The appeal, however, was turned down by umpire Mick Martell and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson chose not to review. Television replays, however, showed the on-field decision would have been overturned.Smith, who told reporters that he felt he was out and relieved the visitors did not review, went on to...