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NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Lonzo shows flashes; impressive Mitchell just gets better

NBA Rookie Power Rankings: Lonzo shows flashes; impressive Mitchell just gets better

NBA
Watching NBA rookies from week to week really shows you how difficult it is to play in this league.   The inconsistency is a part of growing up, so it's fascinating to see a week like the one Donovan Mitchell just had. We'll have more on him later, but Mitchell has answered the emergency siren the Jazz sounded with Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson all out of the lineup. If he wasn't already before, Mitchell is now officially in the Rookie of the Year conversation. On the other side of the coin you have Lonzo Ball, who's taking a more traditional rookie path. From game to game, even quarter to quarter, Lonzo can look like two completely different basketball players. But the talent is there, and we get to see it come out in bursts from time to time. And then ever...
Could All-NBA Embiid cost Philly? That and more bonuses to watch

Could All-NBA Embiid cost Philly? That and more bonuses to watch

NBA
What started as 34 players with incentive bonuses in their contract in early September has now increased to 39 with the late September signings of Nikola Mirotic, JaMychal Green and rookie extensions of Joel Embiid, TJ Warren and Gary Harris. While there are five months for teams to improve upon their early-season record, the first six weeks of the season have begun to separate which players are trending toward likely and unlikely bonuses (and which have been eliminated because of injury). Once again, the media will have an impact with All-Star and postseason honors, votes that could change the landscape financially for some players and potentially even decrease cap space in July for one team.  
When are the final College Football Playoff rankings announced?

When are the final College Football Playoff rankings announced?

NCAAF
The debate began when the College Football Playoff committee unveiled its first set of rankings at the end of October. But it didn't end there. The first of six weekly rankings were unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 31. That began the journey to selecting the four College Football Playoff teams for this season’s semifinals, which will be played Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Allstate Sugar Bowl. MORE: Latest college football rankings | Standings | Scores, schedule Here are some need-to-know facts about the 2017 College Football Playoff rankings. When are the next College Football Playoff rankings released? The first installment of the 2017 College Football Playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. There will be six sets of rankings leading up to the Colle
Kerry great Bryan Sheehan retires from inter-county football

Kerry great Bryan Sheehan retires from inter-county football

GAA
Kerry's five-time All-Ireland winner Bryan Sheehan has announced his retirement from inter-county football. The St Mary's Cahersiveen clubman made his Kingdom debut in 2005 and scored 6-161 in 66 appearances, which included seven All-Ireland finals. Sheehan also won three National League medals and nine Munster Championships and was awarded an All Star in 2011.  
Donaghy to line out with Kingdom in 2018

Donaghy to line out with Kingdom in 2018

GAA
Kieran Donaghy has confirmed that he intends to play with Kerry next year. The four-time All-Ireland winner will be 35 in March but is willing to continue as long as he feels he can make an impact. "I’ve always said it, I’ll retire when I can’t help Kerry anymore," he told the Irish Examiner. "Would it be easy for me to go out now? It would be easy. After a very good year at 34, nominated for an All Star, and have people saying: ‘Jesus, he was a great bit of stuff. Wow, you should never have retired, man, you were flying.’ "Rather than what I’m risking now and the ball doesn’t hop my way and things work against me and people going: ‘Ah, man, you should have gone last year.’ "But that’s fine and, if I don’t help Kerry on the pitch or I feel I can’t help Kerry on the pitch
Luis Suarez strike not enough as Barcelona slip to Celta Vigo draw

Luis Suarez strike not enough as Barcelona slip to Celta Vigo draw

Soccer
Barcelona dropped points for the second game in a row after a thrilling 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on a freezing cold early kick off at a sparsely attended Camp Nou on Saturday. Celta, coached by former Barca assistant Juan Carlos Unzue, have a habit of bringing the best and worst out of the Catalans and in some spells Ernesto Valverde's side played their best football of the season. At others they made silly and costly mistakes. It looked like Barca were going to get away with it when Luis Suarez made it 2-1 after the hour mark but a terrible slice of misfortune lead to Samuel Umtiti hurting his hamstring as he tried to keep up with Iago Aspas, resulting in Maxi Gomez levelling and the Frenchman hobbling off with a likely torn hamstring. Positives Suarez was far better than ...
Honda “will always be” Marquez’s first choice

Honda “will always be” Marquez’s first choice

MotoGP
Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is likely to remain loyal to current employer Honda rather than gamble on a switch to a rival manufacturer, his manager Emilio Alzamora has said. Marquez secured his fourth premier class title in the space of five years this season, and has only competed for the works Repsol Honda team since his MotoGP debut in 2013. However, the Spaniard's close links to Red Bull have prompted speculation that he could make the switch to KTM at some point in the future, as the energy drinks giant is the Austrian firm's title sponsor. Marquez, along with the vast majority of the MotoGP grid, is out of contract at the end of 2018, but Alzamora believes Marquez remains keen to stay at Honda for the foreseeable future. "Marc never forgets that Honda was the m...
Yamaha completes two-day private Sepang test

Yamaha completes two-day private Sepang test

MotoGP
Yamaha has wrapped up two days of private testing in Sepang, bringing an end to 2017's MotoGP action. Factory pair Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales were joined by Tech 3 satellite rider Johann Zarco, who also worked closely with the works Yamaha outfit in Valencia testing earlier this month. None of the three were present in last week's Jerez test, with Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa also skipping it in order to save their allocation of test days. While Yamaha has not issued any official comment on the test, it's understood that the main focus during Monday and Tuesday's running was on defining the final engine specification for the 2018 M1. "In Sepang we focused on testing different engines, and once we have decided on the spec we will work on the new ch...
Suzuki says 2017 shows it “missed” having satellite team

Suzuki says 2017 shows it “missed” having satellite team

MotoGP
Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio says his team’s poor results this year have showed that it “missed” having a satellite team to speed up development. Since its MotoGP return in 2015, Suzuki has only had its two factory bikes on the grid, in contrast to rival marques Honda, Yamaha and Ducati. The Hamamatsu manufacturer endured a torrid season this year, regaining the technical concessions it previously lost after failing to score a podium finish with new signings Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins. Brivio said earlier in the year that a satellite operation was not on the horizon as it would deprive the works squad of resources – but has now admitted its poor 2017 campaign may change the situation. “This year showed we were missing a satellite team,” admitted Brivio. “If we had two
South Africa game will define Wales’ autumn campaign – Biggar

South Africa game will define Wales’ autumn campaign – Biggar

Rugby
Dan Biggar believes that Saturday's clash against South Africa will deliver the final verdict on Wales' autumn campaign. Biggar and company tackle the Springboks following defeats against Australia and New Zealand, plus an ugly 13-6 victory over unheralded Georgia. And while Wales have impressively developed their attacking game on the back of employing fly-half Biggar and centre Owen Williams as midfield playmakers, the Wallabies and All Blacks left victorious after posting nine tries between them. "We'll find out how decent an autumn we've had come Saturday at 4pm," Biggar said. "If the scoreboard is in South Africa's favour, we will all have to admit it has probably been a poor autumn in terms of everything. "But if we get a win, backed up against the performances aga...