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Former big league catcher Wilin Rosario, who has starred in the Korea Baseball Organization for the past two seasons and drew some interest from MLB clubs in free agency this offseason, is nearing a deal with the Hanshin Tigers, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter).The near deal with an NPB club seems to close the book on a potential MLB return for Rosario at present. (read more)


Phil Jackson watched from the sideline all five times Kobe Bryant led the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA championship. But the longtime coach won’t be there when the team retires Kobe’s jersey. (read more)

Studs and duds so far in NBA season

18-12-2017 4:30 PM | yardbarker | similar news

After two months of the 2017-18 NBA season, nobody can hide behind a small sample. The basketball world can pick out the best players and teams at this point. (read more)

Entering the season, expectations were pretty darn high for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here you suddenly had Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. (read more)

LeBron James made a social justice statement with his choice of footwear in Sunday’s game against the Wizards.The game was played at Capital One Arena in Washington D. (read more)

Vince Carter has played for seven teams during his NBA career, and the 40-year-old returned to the city where it all began for him in 1998.Carter, who now plays for the Kings but was drafted by the Raptors, got a tremendous standing ovation from the fans at Air Canada Centre during Sunday’s game. (read more)

Fans could be getting their first look at Isaiah Thomas in a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey in a matter of weeks.The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported on Sunday night that Thomas is targeting the first week of January for his season debut. (read more)

Raptors fans showed their appreciation of Vince Carter career during what could have been his last game in Toronto as an NBA player.The Kings made their lone visit of the season to Toronto for a game against the Raptors on Sunday. (read more)

LeBron James made a powerful statement during Sunday’s game against the Wizards — with his choice of footwear.James wore two different colored Nike LeBron 15 PE sneakers to preach “equality,” which was clearly the message he was going for. (read more)

Wizards guard Kelly Oubre showed off his athleticism in Sunday’s game against the Cavs, but not in the way that you might expect.It happened in the first quarter of the game, when Oubre ran into J. (read more)

Diego Simeone says he won't stop Antoine Griezmann leaving Atletico Madrid should an opportunity at another club arise. Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres says his future remains with the club despite Diego Costa's imminent availability, while downplaying talk that the club are now Barcelona's most likely rivals in the La Liga title race. (read more)

Everton's Sam Allardyce and Newcastle's Rafa Benitez react to Wayne Rooney's strike that saw Everton beat Newcastle 1-0. Everton striker Wayne Rooney has told talkSPORT that his drink-driving conviction was "a stupid mistake" and he is happy giving something back in community service. (read more)

All the happenings from the Premier League weekend, conveniently packaged in 90 seconds (plus stoppages). ESPN's Alison Bender and Stewart Robson analyse the tackles made during the Manchester City and Tottenham match. (read more)

Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken about the chances he will retire at Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken about the chances he will retire at Real Madrid. (read more)

Luis Suarez says Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho would be welcome at Barcelona as the Catalan club (read more)

The 2017 edition of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings didn’t feature as many major moves as we’re typically used to seeing, but this event never fails generate an incredible amount of rumors. With those rumors, we’re able to get a sense of which route certain front offices anticipate their team to go down the following season. (read more)

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