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Dutch manager set to replace Setien as Barca boss

first_img Read Also: FC Nantes 3 – 1 Le Havre: Moses Simon scores in friendly Seven first team stars, including Arthur Melo, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Ousmane Dembele, Junior Firpo and Samuel Umtiti could all be sold to raise over €100m in transfer funds. Brazilian international Melo has already agreed a deal to join Juventus, with Rakitic and Vidal also linked with moves to Italy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona will reportedly axe manager Quique Setien and replace him with Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman after tomorrow’s board meeting. The former Real Betis boss has been widely linked with the sack following Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich over the weekend. Reports from across Spain claim will be relieved of his position less than eight months after arriving in Catalonia, to replace Ernesto Valverde. According to the front page of Monday’s edition of Diario AS, the club have targeted Koeman as their first choice option, ahead of former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. The report also states the former Dutch international will be tasked with selling a host of first team stars this summer in order to drastically change the club’s fortunes in the coming months.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Great Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of CensorshipEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Why the Clippers and Spurs lack predictable finality: Play it Forward April 20-26

first_imgSix of the Dodgers’ next nine games are against the Giants, some of whom you may not recognize any longer from a year ago. The Giants have stumbled miserably out of the gate for the 2015 season, already five back of the first-place Dodgers to start last weekend, and finally ending an eight-game losing streak. Games Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:15 p.m., Thursday is at 12:45 p.m.NO. 3: RUNNING: 119th BOSTON MARATHONDetails/TV: Monday at 5:30 a.m., Universal Sports:Defending champion Meb Keflezighi, who became the first American winner since 1983 by running a 2:08:48 race, has had a marathon of interviews to do before this event, yet he’s stayed Boston strong. Keflezighi, who turns 39 in May, is looking at this also as his progression toward the 2016 Summer Olympics. “With less than a year to go now, 2016 is my goal, to be able to represent the United States,” he said. He’ll race in the Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February 2016. “I hope I can punch my ticket,” he said.NO. 4: COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA SPRING GAMEDetails/TV: At the Rose Bowl, Saturday, 10 a.m., Pac-12 Network:Season ticket holders and UCLA students with their Bruin Card get in free. Non-season ticket holders are required to pay $5 to see how freshman QB Josh Rosen does handling his reps in with the first team. Gate A opens at 9 a.m.NO. 5: MLS: GALAXY at NEW YORK RED BULLSDetails/TV: Sunday, 2 p.m., ESPN2:Last September, the Galaxy fired off a 4-0 win over the Red Bulls at StubHub Center as Robbie Keane scored twice and Gyasi Zardes had anothter. Jaime Penedo made three big first-half stops to preserve the shutout against Thierry Henry’s team. Keane has sat out the last two games for the Galaxy (3-2-2) with a groin injury. The Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls (3-0-2) is the only team among the 20 in the league left without a loss.NO. 6: NHL PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:DUCKS vs. WINNIPEG:Details/TV: Game 3 at Winnipeg: Monday, 6 p.m., Prime:The Ducks’ 2-0 series lead hasn’t come real easy. Now they head to Winnipeg, where the city hasn’t played host to a post-season game since April, 1996. Wednesday’s Game 4 is also at Winnipeg (6:30 p.m., FSW) with a Game 5 back in Anaheim on Friday (TBD, Ch. 13). There’s also a Game 6 back at Winnipeg on Sunday (TBD, Prime) if we need to drag this out any longer.NO. 7: MLB: ANGELS vs. OAKLANDDetails/TV: At Angel Stadium, Monday-Thursday, FSW, Ch. 13:The latest charts say the A’s are right where they want to be in the payroll department – Billy Beane’s team starts the season ranked No. 27 out of 30 with a $85.4 million in salary. Of that, $7.8 million takes care of the infield, $15.4 mil goes to the outfield and $33.6 million to the pitchers. They’ve also got $6.6 million in the DH category. The Angels? They start at No. 7 with $154.8 million. It breaks down to $40.7 million on the infield, $12.3 million in the outfield and $57 million on the pitching. The DH? Just a $512,500 investment. Let’s see how that all factors in during a four-game series that has 7:05 p.m. starts on Monday and Tuesday on FSW and 7:05 p.m. Wednesday on Ch. 13, plus 4:05 p.m. on Thursday. The Angels also host Texas on Friday-Sunday.NO. 8: MLB: DODGERS at SAN DIEGODetails/TV: Friday-Sunday, SportsNet L.A.:Friday (7:10 p.m.), Saturday (5:40 p.m.) and Sunday (1:10 p.m.)We doubt Padres’ fans aren’t fretting too much about the fact that Yasmani Grandal has caught on with the Dodgers. Maybe they should. The 28-year-old born in Havana is winning over his new teammates with his ability behind the plate. “He catches the ball deep. He catches it soft,” Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy told the O.C. Register recently. “You might not know why you’re doing something well. For years and years, guys took walks and didn’t know it was an extremely valuable thing they were doing. They just were not hitting. You found out after the fact what you were doing was valuable.” Yeah, so Grandal was 0 for 5 with three walks when the Dodgers took two out of three against the Padres in the season opening series at Dodger Stadium. Matt Kemp, on the other hand, was 5 for 13 (.385) with those three RBIs in the opening loss.NO. 9: AFL: L.A. KISS vs. ARIZONA:Details/TV: At Honda Center, Saturday, 7 p.m., CBSSN:If you’ve been puckered up to the Kiss to this point – and really, why should you be? – you realize they’ve yet to win after the first four weeks, lost 10 straight going back to last year’s 3-15 finish, and should be pretty rattled having to face the Rattlers. But, hey, crank the music to 11 and maybe no one will notice. Even with a cool looking guitar pick as a logo, you’ve got to pick your spots.NO. 10: TENNIS: 115th OJAI TOURNAMENTDetails/TV: At Libbey Park in Ojai, Wednesday-Sunday:Started in 1896 by William Thacher, the oldest and largest amateur event in the same U.S. location continues on with 27 different divisions, including the Pac-12 men’s dual championship and individual championships. and more than 1,400 junior, high school, college and Open players, heading out to more than 30 sites through Ventura County. Don’t forget the fresh-squeezed orange juice and cookies served daily. Those who have played in this event and went on to win a Grand Slam include Bill Tilden, Helen Wills Moody, Tony Trabert, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Pancho Gonzales, Stan Smith, Jimmy Connors, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport, Pete Sampras and the Bryan twins. Because we can, we looked back at how some of the NBA “experts” last October decided the 2014-15 season would end up. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix had San Antonio defeating Chicago in the championship, but only after the Spurs got past the Clippers in the Western Conference finals. “It’s hard to bet against the defending champs that return 97.5 percent of their minutes from last season,” he wrote. SI colleague Phil Taylor had the same scenario. And SI’s Ben Golliver had the Spurs winning it all after they KO’d the Clippers in the conference finals. The reason SI’s Matt Dollinger, took the Clippers over OKC in the West, and then over Cleveland for the title was because that “while the Spurs return the exact same team that won the title, they won’t return with the same edge. A brutal loss to the Heat in the 2013 Finals fueled San Antonio’s title run last season. It’s unlikely last spring’s Finals romp will drum up the same emotions. Instead, another devastating defeat will catapult a new champion. The Clippers lost Game 5 in the West semifinals to the Thunder … this is the year the Clippers become L.A.’s team.” At CBSSports.com, Matt Moore took the Clippers over the Spurs in the West final, then over the Cavs for the title. Again, most assumed this was based on the Clippers and Spurs not hooking up until Round 3, not Round 1. So what if … we went over to WhatIfSports.com and looked at updated numbers, based on its simulating the entire playoffs 1,001 times and “taking into account home court advantage and the statistical makeup of each team.” The Clippers have a 63.5 percent edge over the Spurs and will win the first round in seven games, the data says. Yet, maybe you don’t want to know what happens from here. Its crunching numbers gives the Clippers a 24 percent chance of making it out of the conference semifinals (a predicted six-game loss to Houston in Round 2), with a 6.9 percent chance of getting to the NBA Finals, and a 4.3 percent chance of winning everything. Now, let’s continue where we left off on Sunday night’s Game 1.Game 3 is Friday at San Antonio (6:30 p.m., Prime, ESPN), with Game 4 on Sunday at San Antonio (12:30 p.m., Ch. 7).NO. 2: MLB: DODGERS at SAN FRANCISCO:Details/TV: Tuesday-Thursday, SportsNet L.A.:As fate and rotations seem to have it, NL Cy Young and MVP Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to match up against World Series MVP and Cy Young runner-up Madison Bumgarner as the star attractions for the middle day of this three game series. As numbers align, the 27-year-old Kershaw is also seeking his 100th career win in his 213th career start – compared to just 50 losses. Of all the teams he has beaten over the years, the Giants have been victims 14 times (one back of Colorado, whom he used to grind his first win of the 2015 season in his last start) and he was 3-0 against the NL wild-card-turned-World Series-champs during the regular season with a 1.69 ERA. Bumgarner, who doesn’t turn 26 until August, has a modest 1-1 record so far – matching Kershaw – with an ugly 5.29 ERA. The Padres tore him up for five runs and 10 hits in three innings on April 11 in a 10-2 loss. During the 2014 spring training, the thought of how a long-term Kershaw-Bumgarner rivalry could perhaps match the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird career arch as they continue to battle each other year after year. “It could happen,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com reporter Lyle Spencer. “They could be facing each other quite a bit down the road. You look at Clayton Kershaw, everything he’s accomplished, and Madison … one of the elite left-handers in the game. Hopefully, that is the case. You have one guy who sets a bar that high, you want to say you’re in that class.” Replied Bumgarner when asked about comparing himself to the Dodgers’ ace: “I don’t need Kershaw to want to be a better pitcher.” Fastballs often speak louder than words. Ranking top 10 sports events April 20-26 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: NBA PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS:CLIPPERS vs. SAN ANTONIODetails/TV: Game 2: Wednesday at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime, TNT:center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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