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Rafael Benitez will not return as Newcastle’s manager



The Rafael Benitez era with The Magpies has come to an end.

Newcastle United confirm that they are not renewing their manager’s contract after failing to agree to a new deal, and will let his current contract expire on Sunday.

“We would like to thank Rafa and his coaching team for their efforts over the last three years and their significant contribution to what has been collectively achieved. We would also like to thank our supporters, players and staff for their patience during a period of uncertainty. The process to appoint a successor will now begin.” said Newcastle United in a statement.

The 59-year old Spaniard, who was initially appointed manager on March 11, 2016, had led Newcastle to a combined 62-31-53 record during his three-season tenure.


Spurs are “pissed” at Marcus Morris for backing out of agreement



First Kawhi, now this!

The San Antonio Spurs have now been screwed over for a second consecutive offseason.

In case you haven’t heard, free agent forward Marcus Morris initially agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the Spurs earlier this month, but backed out of that shortly after to ink a one-year, $15 million deal with the New York Knicks.

According to Frank Isola of The Athletic, another NBA GM believes the Spurs are extremely “pissed” at what he did to them in free agency.

To add salt to the wound, they apparently traded away forward Davis Bertans to the Washington Wizards in order to make room for Morris on the roster.

The team has yet to publicly comment on the situation.

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Ovechkin will serve as NHL Ambassador in China next month



A big name NHL star is going to be the face of hockey in China.

The league announced Thursday that Washington Capitals great Alex Ovechkin will serve as an international ambassador for the NHL when he visits Beijing, China during the week of August 4 next month

“It is a huge honour for me to be an ambassador for the entire Washington Capitals organization and the National Hockey League for this special trip to China,” said Ovechkin.

“I think it is very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is. I can’t wait to spend time with all the hockey fans there and I hope to meet young kids who will be future NHL players. I can’t wait for this trip!”

Among the things Ovechkin will do when in the country is do a full on media tour, attend business meetings, and participate in various youth hockey clinics.

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Diamondbacks looking to trade outfielder Adam Jones



Adam Jones could have a new home by the end of the month.

According to a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks are shopping veteran outfielder Adam Jones, and could move him before the upcoming MLB Trade Deadline despite being in the thick of things for an NL Wild Card spot.

Jones, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks in March after 11 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, has posted a .268 batting average, .757 OPS, 13 homers and 44 RBI in 86 games this season.

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