NBA offseason winners and losers Celtics add to championship formula

NBA offseason winners and losers: Celtics add to championship formula; Hawks, Blazers prioritize defense We’re on our third day of the NBA free agency period and a lot has gone down. We’ll slowly be factoring in draft results as we flesh out the 2022 offseason winners and losers. This post will continue to update. Here’s what we have so far.

Winner: Boston Celtics

NBA offseason winners and losers All of those parts are highly expendable for Boston, which essentially got Brogdon for a first-round pick that will likely land in the mid-to-late 20s. Brogdon is really good. He adds to Boston’s ridiculously stacked defense and is another ball-handler and scorer to live well in a flowing, egalitarian offense.

Winner: Atlanta Hawks

Trading Kevin Huerter, a good player, for a draft pick that very well might not convey until 2027 is questionable to me. But right now, losing Huerter just because you have a position logjam is tough. The Hawks would’ve almost certainly preferred to keep Huerter over Bogdan Bogdanovic, but the latter doesn’t have the trade value to bring back a first-round pick, protected or otherwise.

Still, getting Murray from the Spurs makes this offseason a win for Atlanta. It can still get better, but Murray alone is a really nice addition. There are pessimistic points about the pairing with Trae Young. Both thrive with the ball. Young is a more natural option playing off-ball, but he has to commit, and by commit I don’t mean simply standing somewhere spacing the floor while Murray is running pick and roll.

Young has to move. Cut. Relocate. Become a Steph Curry-like fly to track. I have my doubts about his desire to do that. I envision more of him moving once off a screen, not getting the ball, then standing around or, at best, running toward the handler for a dribble-hand-off. But even in that environment the Hawks are a better team. Murray is a second guy who can get two feet in the paint and he has really improved his midrange shooting.

Defensively, Murray is a long, athletic monster. He’s a nightmare on-ball and a hawk, so to speak, off the ball. You’re playing with fire even trying to run a DHO with him tracking. He’ll reach in with those Inspector Gadget arms and poke that thing away in a snap. The Hawks now have two high-level perimeter defenders in Murray and De’Andre Hunter. Onyeka Okongwu can be pretty big-time on the defensive end. If they trade Collins or Capela, it has to be for another two-way player so as to keep Young as the only real target in the starting lineup. That’s how a Trae Young team can survive defensively. Without any other weak links. Atlanta is making moves to create that reality.

The man has played 85 career games over three seasons, one of which he didn’t play a single second, and he just got a five-year contract extension that could be worth up to $231 million. I’m not sure if this is a win yet for the Pelicans. If Zion plays and stays healthy for the majority of this contract, of course, it’s a win. New Orleans has a pretty damn good team brewing.

But if Williamson is in and out of the lineup and the Pelicans never gain real traction in a loaded Western Conference, and Zion’s trade value dips because he can’t stay healthy, this could end up ugly for the Pels. But for Zion, regardless of how it plays out, he walks out filthy rich.

The Wolves gave up enough capital to choke a hippo, but they got Rudy Gobert. After signing Karl-Anthony Towns to a four-year, $224 million extension that keeps him in Minnesota for the next six years, it’s twin-tower time in Minnesota, which sent back to Utah Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Leandro Bolmaro, Jarred Vanderbilt and multiple first-round picks: unprotected first-rounders in 2023, 2025, and 2027, and a top-five protected pick in 2029.

WWE Money in the Bank 2022 Fight: Liv Morgan cashes in on wins SmackDown

2022 WWE Money in the Bank results, grades: Liv Morgan cashes in on Ronda Rousey, wins SmackDown women’s title Liv Morgan can finally proclaim to be a world champion. Morgan and the WWE universe celebrated her successful capture of the Money in the Bank briefcase on Saturday night. The energy only escalated when she successfully cashed in on Ronda Rousey to claim the SmackDown women’s championship.

Fans have long desired to see Morgan’s ascent into the main event. Meanwhile on the men’s side, none of the advertised superstars for the main event claimed the briefcase as that honor went to a surprise entrant.

2022 Money in the Bank

Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins vs. Riddle vs. Sami Zayn vs. Madcap Moss vs. Sheamus vs. Omos vs. Theory: Theory was a late addition to the match announced by authority figure Adam Pearce. Zayn took some serious abuse early as Moss tossed and slammed him into various ladders. Riddle was a madman throughout.

A match highlight saw the ultimate bro land a Floating Bro off a ladder onto his opponents. Omos ran over the competition for a moment, but his size eventually got the better of him. The remainder of the field teamed up, hoisted him high and drove him through the announcer’s table. Riddle removed Rollins from the equation with a Super RKO off the ladders. The victory was nearly his, but Theory swooped in at the last moment and captured the briefcase. The competitors put their bodies on the lines with a number of big spots. It was a chaotic match with a number of credible contenders. It probably won’t go down as the greatest Money in the Bank ladder match, but it was lots of fun.

SmackDown women’s championship

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Liv Morgan: Morgan did not wait long to cash in her Money in the Bank briefcase. Rousey was noticeably limping during and after her successful title defense against Natalya. The crowd popped as Morgan’s music hit and the ringside announcer confirmed that she was cashing her briefcase. Rousey snatched an extended ankle lock that had fans questioning if WWE were about to spoil Morgan’s big moment. Morgan eventually countered into a schoolboy roll-up for the three count. The crowd roared with delight as Morgan’s crowning moment came to fruition. The execution of the roll-up was messy, but who cares? This was a feel-good moment; sometimes that is all pro wrestling is about. The Las Vegas crowd chanted “you deserve it” as Morgan hoisted her world title high.

Money in the Bank’s (scheduled) penultimate match was a mixed bag. The chain wrestling exchanges went well enough, but there were a number of glaring issues with the match. Natalya’s striking offense had little sting and Rousey over-sold on a few occasions. Most notably, Rousey hurled herself out of the ring with barely any contribution from Natalya. The exchange of submission holds at the end was a nice touch with Rousey finally securing her trademark armbar.

His front flip dive to the outside was stellar and his 360 enziguri kick was absurd for a man of his size. The match was oozing with charisma. Ford repeatedly telling The Usos to “suck it” from the top rope drew a massive reaction from the fans. Jimmy and Jey were at their gritty, braggadocious best.

Both teams thumped with loud, believable strikes. The rest period in the middle of the match dragged too long, but the drama and intensity of the match’s back-half fully made up for it. The live audience was red hot for both teams’ near falls. Ford did — as he often does — steal the show by landing a front dive over the corner post to the outside. The Usos secured their title after disposing of Dawkins outside and planting Ford with the 1-D.

UFC 276 – Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier fight night match info

UFC 276 results – Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier: Updates, highlights, fight card, start time The UFC’s International Fight Week culminates on Saturday with UFC 276 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event features two world title fights and a loaded card featuring many of the biggest names in the UFC’s modern era.

In the main event, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defends the middleweight championship against dangerous contender Jared Cannonier. Adesanya’s only career defeat came when he lost a bid to become two-division champion by jumping to light heavyweight to face then-champion Jan Blachowicz. Cannonier began his UFC career at heavyweight before moving to light heavyweight and then ending up at middleweight where he has compiled a 5-1 record to earn a shot at the title.

UFC 276 card and results

Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Jared Cannonier, middleweight championship
Alexander Volkanovski (c) def. Max Holloway via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland via first-round TKO (punches)
Bryan Barberena def. Robbie Lawler via second-round TKO (punches)
Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz ends in no contest due to eye poke
Jalin Turner def. Brad Riddell via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
Jim Miller def. Donald Cerrone via second-round submission (guillotine choke)
Ian Garry def. Gabriel Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dricus Du Plessis def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Andre Muniz def. Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Maycee Barber def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica Rose-Clark via first-round submission (armbar)

Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier – Round

Cannonier landed a little right hand early in the round but Adesanya tagged him with a hard jab. Adesanya landed a heavy body kick and a two-punch combo behind it. Another right hand landed for Adesanya. He then landed a left and ducked and spun under a wild shot from Cannonier. Cannonier grabbed another clinch along the cage but did nothing with it before Adesanya broke away and landed a leg kick. Again, Cannonier clinched up along the cage while Adesanya landed a few inside punches. Not a thriller but efficient work by the champion. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Adesanya (40-36)

Cannonier landed a little right hand early in the round but Adesanya tagged him with a hard jab. Adesanya landed a heavy body kick and a two-punch combo behind it. Another right hand landed for Adesanya. He then landed a left and ducked and spun under a wild shot from Cannonier. Cannonier grabbed another clinch along the cage but did nothing with it before Adesanya broke away and landed a leg kick. Again, Cannonier clinched up along the cage while Adesanya landed a few inside punches. Not a thriller but efficient work by the champion.

Will there be World Cup in FIFA 2022

FIFA is thinking of hosting the World Cup for two consecutive years. Meanwhile, the majority of FIFA member countries have agreed to the proposal. UEFA is pouring water in such enthusiasm.

UEFA and its national associations are very cautious and deeply concerned about the news of FIFA’s plans,” said Seferin.

It also said that “FIFA will closely monitor the activities of UEFA and will know the whole thing.

In a letter to Ronan Ewen, executive director of Football Supporters Europe, Ceferin added:

I assure you that UEFA is by the side of the fans on this important issue.

Saudi Arabia offered to host the World Cup every two years in May. FIFA is trying to increase support by using former players like Michael Owen and Yaya Toure.

In the meantime, this proposal has gained a lot of popularity.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino, known as a man close to Saudi Arabia, has strongly backed the proposal.

However, Seferin could not find any reason behind the proposal:

The ‘window’ of international football is coming again, the national teams will play the matches of the World Cup qualifiers. With that, the eternal debate of football has started again with or without the players of the clubs.

FIFA and European clubs are once again facing that debate.

When the situation is like this, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made a request to the clubs. he said. This is to protect the sports policy.

About 60 players from 19 clubs will have to leave the Premier League to play for the country. A large part of them are going to play for the national team in South America.

That is why clubs in England do not want to leave their players. And they are getting the support of the Premier League authorities. La Liga and Serie A authorities, on the other hand, are backing their clubs’ decision not to release players.

However, Infantino said, We are all in a global crisis. It will be in the future. But it is very important and important for international football without players.

Infantino added,‘ Many of the best players in the world play in England and Spain.

The start was not bad for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. However, as time went on in the first half, Manchester City took control of the match.

Mo Salah, Diego Jota and Sadio Mane did not give the English champions a chance to move too much. At Anfield, Guest City played with possession of the ball as usual.

City’s Phil Foden had the best chance in the first half.

However, after the break, Liverpool’s edge increased. Jর্গrgen Klopp’s team put some pressure on City from the beginning. It also gets results. In the 59th minute, Salah’s great pass gave Liverpool the lead. It takes City tens of minutes to respond. Phil Foden equalized from a Gabriel Jesus pass.

The City midfielder has also built a reputation by scoring goals at the age of 21 years and 128 days. No one has scored in three consecutive matches against Liverpool since 2013 at a younger age than him. Romelu Lukaku achieved this feat in 2013 at the age of 20 years and 194 days.

At the end, Pep Guardiola, his team and their fans were the ones celebrating. Maybe that, more than anything else, tells the true story of this brilliant, pulsating Premier League clash.

In front of them, Guardiola gave a smile and a fist pump. He looked happy, focused, determined, themes he would continue in his post-match press conference.

The second half of the match at Anfield seemed to be a thrilling affair. Mo Salah beat City’s defenders in the 6th minute to give Liverpool the lead again. The Egyptian forward has scored in the last 6 matches for Liverpool in all competitions.

Live soccer TV guide Derbies galore as Man City-Liverpool Old Firm Le Classique Derby de Lisboa take stage

It’s a star-studded weekend of action across the globe with derby matches taking center stage. Rounding things out is NWSL Challenge Cup action, the Old Firm between Celtic and Rangers in the Scottish Cup, Le Classique in France between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille, Derby de Lisboa in Portugal with Sporting vs. Benfica, De Topper in Netherlands featuring PSV Eindhoven and AFC Ajax, Flamengo hosting São Paulo in the second matchday of Brasileirão action and a tasty La Liga match between Sevilla and Real Madrid. Trust me, there’s something for everyone.

Here are a few matches to watch:

5. Sevilla vs. Real Madrid
Date: Sunday, April 17 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live stream: ESPN+
Caesars Sportsbook Odds: Sevilla +190; Draw +230; Real Madrid +150

Why watch: Real Madrid are running away with the Spanish league but they’re coming off a tough Champions League match with Chelsea midweek and will need some fresh legs to keep Sevilla from snatching a home victory. An impressive defense has been the backbone of their performance this season but they’ll need to start scoring goals sooner rather than later. They’ll have a chance at that facing Real Madrid without Ferland Mendy this Sunday.

4. Sporting CP vs. Benfica
Date: Sunday, April 17 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Caesars Sportsbook Odds: Sporting +105; Draw +250; Benfica +260

Why watch: The title may be out of reach for both teams as Porto continues their undefeated season, but form goes out the window when you play in a derby. Sporting have already defeated Benfica in the league and the Portuguese Cup so there will be extra pressure for Nelson Verissimo to secure a result after falling out of Champions League. With Benfica in no man’s land in the table and essentially locked into a Europa League place for next season, a derby victory would be the kind of memory that this season needs.

3. Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace
Date: Sunday, April 17 | Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
Live stream: ESPN+
Caesars Sportsbook Odds: Chelsea -175; Draw +300; Crystal Palace +500

Why watch: Patrick Viera’s impressive first season in charge of Crystal Palace continues with an FA Cup semifinal appearance against Chelsea. While Connor Gallagher won’t be available due to loan obligations, Palace being this close to a Europa League spot is impressive.

2. PSG vs. Olympique Marseille
Date: Sunday, April 17 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Caesars Sportsbook Odds: PSG -275; Draw +420; Marseille +700

Why watch: Le Classique is here in a weird season of French soccer. Marseille are the final team standing in Europe with a looming Europa Conference League semifinal match with Feyenoord. But they have no shot at the Ligue 1 title and will need to ensure that Rennes doesn’t catch them for a Champions League spot.

1. Manchester City vs. Liverpool
Date: Saturday, April 16 | Time: 10:30 a.m. ET
Live stream: ESPN+
Caesars Sportsbook Odds: Manchester City +150; Draw +240; Liverpool +185

City come into this one with injury concerns surrounding Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne but Pep Guardiola will have his side ready to go against a well-rested Liverpool. It’s a match that promises to be a fascinating tactical dance.

Manchester United vs Liverpool prediction odds line Expert reveals 2022 Premier League picks for April 19

Liverpool has not suffered a loss during English Premier League play since Dec. 28, when it dropped a 1-0 decision to Leicester City. The Reds have registered 10 victories and two draws since the setback and are second in the EPL standings with 73 points, one behind reigning champion Manchester City. Liverpool (22-7-2) looks to extend its unbeaten streak when it hosts Manchester United on Tuesday. The Red Devils (15-9-8) are fighting for a spot in the top four as they currently are fifth in the league with 54 points – three fewer than Tottenham.

Kickoff at Anfield is set for 3 p.m. ET. Liverpool is listed as a -280 favorite (risk $280 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Liverpool vs. Manchester United odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while United is a +750 underdog. A draw is priced at +410 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 3.5. Before making any Liverpool vs. Manchester United picks, you need to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say.

After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated almost $35,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

Now, Green has broken down the Manchester United vs. Liverpool matchup from every angle and just revealed his coveted Premier League picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green’s picks.

AC Milan vs Inter Milan prediction odds how to watch live stream April 19 2022 Coppa Italia expert picks

AC Milan and Inter Milan hold 12 combined Italian Cup titles, but after Tuesday, only one can advance from their semifinal series to compete for another. Inter is the most recent of the two clubs to hoist the Coppa Italia, but that was more than a decade ago, when Diego Milito answered Ezequiel Munoz’s 88th minute goal to seal a 2-1 win over Palermo. Inter and AC Milan played to a scoreless draw in the first leg of their semifinal series, but the Nerazzurri will be the home side when the two meet again in their shared stadium. You can see what happens on Tuesday when you stream the match live on Paramount+.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET from San Siro in Milan, Italy. Inter Milan is the +110 favorite (risk $100 to win $110) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Inter Milan vs. AC Milan odds, with AC Milan the +275 underdog. A draw is priced at +235 and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Tuesday’s match will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.

Paramount+ now has levels of membership so you can watch the Coppa Italia and much more. In celebration of the streaming service’s birthday, the plans start at just $1 per month for a limited time. You can watch your local CBS live stream (including plenty of other sports like soccer and the PGA Tour), no ads, on demand, and the ability to download episodes for offline viewing.

Tyson Fury next fight news rumors Looking ahead to Dillian Whyte clash and future unification possibilities

Tyson Fury is ready for his return to the ring. After many delays and negotiations, Fury is set to face WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte this Saturday. The pair will meet inside of Wembley Stadium with Fury’s championship on the line with the winner hopeful to meet the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 later this year to unify all four major titles.

Let’s take a look at where things stand with the sport’s best big man early in 2022.

Will Tyson Fury have a chance to unify the heavyweight titles in 2022?
There were two paths that could lead Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) to a unification bout with WBO, WBA and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk. In one scenario, Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte could have accepted step-aside money to allow the unification bout to go ahead. All four sanctioning bodies would happily bump aside any mandatory opponents in favor of a four-belt unification bout. That appeared to be in the works before it all fell apart on Jan. 27.

Serena Williams hints at Wimbledon return this June following lengthy absence from competition

Serena Williams’ long-awaited return to tennis may come in the sport’s most prestigious tournament. In an Instagram Live video with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Williams said Thursday she “can’t wait” to return and hinted at doing so in Wimbledon.

“hyping me up and getting me ready for Wimbledon,” Williams said. The 23-time Grand Slam winner then said “I’ve got to play Wimbledon first” after Rodgers questioned whether she would play the US Open in New York this year, which begins two months after Wimbledon.

It’s been nearly a year since Williams competed professionally, and, coincidentally, her last match was at Wimbledon. Williams, currently ranked world No. 246, played Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the 2021 tournament’s first round but retired early with an ankle injury. The injury held her out of the US Open, and she eventually missed both the Tokyo Olympics and Australian Open.

Should Williams return for Wimbledon later this summer, she may have to compete without her longtime coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Mouratoglou announced his new position as full-time coach of world No. 20 Simona Halep on Thursday. In a statement posted to Twitter, Mouratoglou said he spoke with Williams before making the “at least short-term” switch.

Williams is vying for a record 24th Gran Slam singles title but hasn’t won one since the 2017 Australian Open. Wimbledon is a great stage for a turnaround, though, as she won the grass-court tournament seven times and most recently in 2016.

UFC 274 Charles Oliveira vs Justin Gaethje Fight card odds date location rumors complete guide

UFC 274 marks the promotion’s second consecutive pay-per-view title doubleheader featuring lightweight champion Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje and women’s strawweight queen Rose Namajunas vs. Carla Esparza. Oliveira and Gaethje are shots of adrenaline in combat sports. They have finished a combined 88% of their 26 UFC fights. Oliveira is the record holder for most finishes and submissions in the promotion. Gaethje is one-half of CBS Sports’ Fight of the Year in 2017 and 2021.

Expectations are that Oliveira (32-7, 1 NC) and Gaethje (23-3) will leave it all in the Octagon while competing for UFC gold in one of MMA’s premier divisions. Oliveira’s sublime jiu-jitsu game and razor-sharp Muay Thai skills collide with Gaethje’s bone-crushing kickboxing and defensive wrestling pedigree.

A story-rich rematch between Namajunas and Esparza occupies the co-main event spot.

Esparza defeated Namajunas in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 20 tournament in what was Namajunas’ fourth professional fight. Esparza etched her name in history as the inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion with the win.Esparza was on the receiving end of a violent beatdown by Joanna Jedrzejczyk that removed her from the title picture for six years.

While Namajunas (11-4) climbed the strawweight mountain twice becoming a fan-favorite in the process — Esparza (18-6) laboriously laid each brick of her comeback story over 11 fights and enters the rematch with a strong foundation beneath her.

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