Martial needs to follow Ronaldo example at Man United Solskjaer

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MANCHESTER, England Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Anthony Martial to follow Cristiano Ronaldos example and use Manchester United to become one of the best players in the world.

Martial penned a new five-year contract on Thursday that will keep him at the club until 2024. Solskjaer admitted the 23-year-old has had ups and down since arriving at Old Trafford in 2015 but wants the Frenchman to follow in Ronaldos footsteps having watched the Portuguese forward develop into one of the worlds best while they were teammates under Sir Alex Ferguson.

You talk about Cristianos career, what hes made, how hes got there, said Solskjaer. Cristiano was the best, the way hes changed to now.

Thats part of any player youve got to model yourself on someone and youve got to have more challenges ahead of you. Anthony sat down and wants to be a part of that and the club have got a top player there.

Martial looked close to leaving United in the summer after slipping down the pecking order following Alexis Sanchezs arrival and missing out on a place in Frances World Cup squad. But after an impressive start to the new campaign which has seen him score 10 goals in 25 games and force his way back into Didier Deschamps plans he has ended speculation about his future by signing a new deal.

Its a confirmation that we are happy with him, said Solskjaer. We believe in him hes got fantastic potential. Hes had ups and downs. As a young lad moving abroad its not easy but he knows hes going to stay here for the coming future and I believe in him.

Martial missed the 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday through injury but Solskjaer is hopeful he will be able to return against Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Paul Pogba should also be fit after picking up a knock against Sean Dyches side but Marcos Rojo has again been ruled out.

Weve not had a proper session since the game so hopefully both of them can get through that, said Solskjaer. Anthony will do some rehab work but I would imagine he will be involved.

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Taylor, Latham fifties revive New Zealand

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Toss New Zealand chose to bat v India

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On a used surface, Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first and see if their batsmen and then their spinners could put India under pressure. Accordingly, they replaced seam-bowling allrounder Colin de Grandhomme with a specialist spinner Mitchell Santner. This pitch was the same as the one India spinners tied New Zealand in knots on.

India made two changes to their side, one of which was forced because of a sore hamstring for MS Dhoni. Dinesh Karthik replaced him. Hardik Pandya, with the provisional ban on him lifted pending legal procedures, was back and replaced Vijay Shankar.

New Zealand 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Kane Williamson (capt.), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Henry Nicholls, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Doug Bracewell, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Lockie Feguson, 11 Trent Boult

India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt.), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

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Former Cowboys QB, assistant Wilson dies at 60

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FRISCO, Texas Wade Wilson, a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and assistant coach, died Friday, on his birthday, the team announced. He was 60.

The Dallas Cowboys are not expected to extend the contract of Jason Garrett, who is in the final year of his deal, sources tell ESPN.

Wilson served as Cowboys quarterbacks coach from 2007 to 17, helping develop Tony Romo into the franchises all-time leader in touchdown passes, and Dak Prescott, who was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 2016.

Wilson was out of coaching last year after the Cowboys opted not to keep him on staff.

He played for five teams in a 17-year career, including a three-year stint with the Cowboys (1995-97).

Wilson started 69 games in his career, throwing 99 touchdown passes and 102 interceptions. In 1988 while a member of the Minnesota Vikings, he was named to the Pro Bowl after throwing 15 touchdown passes and winning seven of his 10 starts.

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Fellainis move to China, Giovinco to Saudi Arabia highlight busy window in Asia

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The transfer window may still be open in parts of Asia, but with the New Year holiday approaching in much of the continent, many deals have been done. ESPNFC takes a look at some of the most significant.

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United, England) to Shandong Luneng, China)

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Despite the wild stories of Marko Arnautovic leaving West Ham for an unnamed Chinese Super League club, this has been a relatively quiet window in China. The biggest move came late January with the Belgian star leaving Manchester for the industrial city of Jinan. Fellaini could shine as the team looks for a first title since 2010.

Hwang In-beom (Daejeon, South Korea to Vancouver Whitecaps, Canada)

This transfer came out of the blue as many expected the newly established South Korean international to move to Germany, but instead he is MLS bound. Reports suggest that Vancouver paid close to $2 million for the 22 year-old, outbidding any European suitors. Hwang, creative and hard working, is set to be a central part of the Korean midfield for years to come.

Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia to Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia)

The Australia defender had an Asian Cup to forget in the end as it was his mistake that let in the United Arab Emirates to score and win the quarterfinal. The well-travelled 24-year-old has plenty going on to take his mind off that as during the tournament it was announced that he was moved back to Asia from Europe to sign for Saudi champs Al Hilal.

Wu Lei (Shanghai SIPG, China, to Espanyol, Spain)

Chinese fans have been waiting to see one of their own in one of the big leagues for some time now and Wu is the best player the country has. Still, the 2018 Chinese Super League top scorer will have to step up his game at Chinese-owned Espanyol, but if anyone can do it, Wu can.

Ikhsan Fandi (Young Lions, Singapore to Raufoss IL, Norway)

The teenage striker, already a full international, deserves credit for heading to Norways second division to move out of his Singapore comfort zone. In doing so, Ikhsan can also move out of the shadow cast by his legendary father, Fandi Ahmad.

Taylor Regan (Adelaide United, Australia to Selangor, Malaysia)

The 30-year-old has already spent time in Malaysia with Negeri Sembilan, but signed for a much bigger team in Selangor. In between Regan was with Adelaide United in the A-League and continues a fine tradition of Australian centre-backs turning out for the Red Giants.

Reza Ghoochannejhad (APOEL, Cyprus to Sydney FC, Australia)

A-League clubs have been criticised for not looking to Asia enough so this move is welcome. The 31-year-old has years of experience in Europe and went to the 2018 World Cup with Iran and it was his goals that played a major part in taking Team Melli to the 2014 edition. His direct running and composure in front of goal could make a difference over the rest of the A-League season.

Safiq Rahim (JDT, Malaysia to Melaka United, Malaysia)

One of the best Malaysian players in the past decade, it will be strange to see the midfielder take the pitch against his old team Johor this year. Safiq led the Southern Tigers to new heights and at 31, there is still enough in the tank to do the same further along the coast.

Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC, Canada to Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia)

The former Juventus star is taking his goals, creativity and all round attacking ability from North America to the Middle East. According to his social media posts, the 32 year-old was reluctant to leave Canada but Torontos loss is Al Hilals gain as the former Italy international could be a star in Saudi Arabia.

Diogo Santo (Buriram, Thailand to JDT, Malaysia)

Signing the prolific Brazilian forward could be a real coup for Johor as they prepare for a first attempt in the AFC Champions League. Diogo scored for fun to the north and creates plenty too.

Kim Min-jae (Jeonbuk Motors, South Korea to Beijing Guoan)

One of Asias brightest prospects was linked to English Premier League club Watford and no wonder as he has established himself in the middle of Koreas defence. In the end however Monster, who missed the 2018 World Cup due to injury, moved across the Yellow Sea for a fee reported to be close to $8 million.

Rafael Ramazotti (Hougang United, Singapore to FC Juarez, Mexico)

Singapore to Mexico is not a well-worn transfer route and it was not one that Hougang intended to use this January. The month started with the club signing Ramazotti on the first day of the new year but 23 days later, the Brazilian striker was unveiled as a FC Juarez player halfway across the world. Hougang quickly terminated his contract.

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Holm vs. Ladd bout removed from UFC 235 card

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LAS VEGAS The UFC has already lost a big fight from its UFC 235 lineup on March 2 at T-Mobile Arena.

A bantamweight fight between former champion Holly Holm (12-4) and undefeated prospect Aspen Ladd (7-0) is off the card, according to UFC president Dana White. White broke the news unexpectedly during a UFC 235 press conference on Thursday.

That fights not gonna happen, White said. Were working on another fight for both of them. Holm, 37, is coming off a a unanimous decision win against Megan Anderson at 145 pounds in June. She is a clear candidate to challenge Amanda Nunes for the 135-pound title. The two have never fought before.

Nunes recently became the first female double champion in UFC history, as she knocked out Cris Cyborg Justino for the featherweight championship in late December. Nunes has since said she is done with 145 pounds and intends to defend her 135-pound title next.

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Cop in Blake arrest says he got death threats

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7:01 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK The police officer who tackled retired tennis player James Blake in a mistaken arrest outside a Manhattan hotel testified Tuesday that he and his family have received death threats since the 2015 incident. Officer James Frascatore was part of an undercover operation targeting credit card fraud and

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Connecticut Open shuts down after 21-year run

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. The Connecticut Open tennis tournament is leaving New Haven after a 21-year run in the city.

The operators of the tournament have sold the sanction for the WTA event to APG, a sports and entertainment company with a heavy presence in Asia. It is planning to put on a tournament in September in Zhengzhou City, China.

The tournament operators said Friday they determined the financial model of the Connecticut Open was no longer viable.

Tournament director Anne Worcester said they are grateful for all the fans, volunteers, players and others involved since it began in 1998.

The Tennis Foundation of Connecticut said it is exploring whether another professional tennis event can be drawn to the city.

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Will Miamis taking a chance on Manny Diaz pay off?

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Ryu takes 3-stroke lead in KPMG Womens PGA

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The best players to pick in Fantasy Rugby 2019

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With close to 200 names to pick from, settling on 15 of the best players across multiple positions for your ESPN Fantasy Rugby team can be quite the task. Luckily, were here to help. Here are at least three star players from each position that may help you claim bragging rights over your mates.

Outside backs

Stuart HoggFew things in rugby are quite as exciting as Hogg in full flight. Hes the near-perfect attacking fullback. Hell gain plenty of metres, break open defences and cross a fair few trylines. Hes pretty solid in defence, too, and has a howitzer boot for good measure.

Liam Williams

A guaranteed starter when fit, Williams has every chance of being Wales top try-scorer in the Six Nations this year, such is his skill to beat a defender on attack. Arguably better at fullback than out on the wing, hell likely give up the 15 shirt to the kicking certainty that is Leigh Halfpenny, assuming the latter has recovered from concussion.

Jacob Stockdale

When a player scores seven tries in his debut Six Nations campaign, you take notice. When he adds to his tally with a history-making touchdown against New Zealand in November, you really take notice. When he then scores a blistering solo effort for Ulster to beat Racing in the Champions Cup, you nod sagely to yourself, pleased that youve been paying attention and then you quietly mark him down on your Fantasy Rugby longlist.

Centres

Gael Fickou

Moving to Stade Francais from Toulouse has given Fickou a whole new lease of life. Whether he starts in midfield, or out on the wing, expect the Frenchman with the flying feet of Cheslin Kolbe to make a Fantasy Rugby point-scoring impact.

Michele Campagnaro

Campagnaro was injured for last years Six Nations and how Italy missed him. Coach Conor OShea wasted no time naming the talented midfield man in his squad following his move to Wasps on a short-term deal after an injury-hit spell at Exeter. OShea is a shrewd operator you may be wise to follow his lead.

Bundee Aki

Joe Schmidt has midfield riches to choose from, with Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw and Chris Farrell all fighting for places, but it was the Connacht centre who was nearly ever-present on Irelands teamsheets last season, starting 10 internationals in 2018. Expect, at the start of this World Cup year, Schmidt to stick to the tried and trusted

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Fly-halves

Johnny Sexton

Who wouldnt want the World Rugby Mens Player of the Year on their team? There is virtually nothing Sexton cannot do as a 10 hed make a decent attempt at flying if Joe Schmidt asked. And his kicking boot is as good as it gets. The only downside? Almost everyone will pick him.

Finn Russell

Russell was hardly jaded when he left Glasgow for the outskirts of Paris in the summer, but he has taken to the early season responsibility of filling Dan Carters boots at Top 14 side Racing 92 like well, like the immensely talented and utterly unpredictable fly-half he is.

Camille Lopez

Hes not going to kick any penalties teammates Parra, Serin, Ramos and Ntamack will have that covered between them, but a rejuvenated Lopez will do all the other things you need of a 10 and he has rediscovered the knack of scoring a cheeky try or two.

Tomasso Allan

You cant ignore the Italian 10, who picked up more points than anyone other player in ESPNs Fantasy Rugby tournament last year. When hes on, hes as good as many other fly-halves out there as he proved against Scotland a year ago.

Scrum-halves

Conor Murray

Many consider Murray, recently back from injury, to be the best scrum-half in the world. And no wonder the Murray-Sexton hinge is always in control, and the Munster nine has a habit of finding the killer try-scoring pass that will accumulate fantasy points aplenty, and he should snipe his way to a few touchdowns himself.

Morgan Parra

As recently as 18 months ago, it looked like Parras international career was all over it isnt now. France need the cool head and experience of Clermonts little general, who hasnt played international rugby since 2015, but who has the game for all seasons. A more than useful kicker, too

Greig Laidlaw

Captain, kicker, scrum-half, coach Gregor Townsends general on the pitch. If ever a player was destined for Fantasy Rugby glory, its the Scot. Just remember what he did to France last year

Front-row

Mako Vunipola

Fantasy points from the front row are hard to come by, but Vunipola has proved an exception to the rule. Hes a regular starter who defends admirably and has been known to score the occasional try from close range.

Tadhg Furlong

2018 was a stunning year for the Irish tighthead. As tough as it gets in the scrum, hes also a force to be reckoned with at the breakdown and in the loose. Leinster and Ireland often use him as first receiver, such is his awareness, pace, passing and handling.

Guilhem Guirado

Were still waiting for a brave new French rugby world a year after Jacques Brunel replaced Guy Noves, but captain Guirado is a reliable performer who will want to lead from the front. After a summer break, he returned to international action with four tries in three November matches. Thats got to be worth a punt

England captain Owen Farrell has said he is recovering well from hand surgery and fully expects to be fit to face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday.

Johnny Sexton has joined Irelands Six Nations training squad in Portugal while France forward Bernard Le Roux has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

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Second row

Jonny Gray

The Scotland lock gets through a mountain of work, with his tackle count per game often smashing through the 20 barrier. Will also score valuable points with lineout steals.

Maro Itoje

Opponents have caught on to him now, but Itojes athleticism and versatility still makes him a fantasy favourite. A possible for England either at lock or in the back row, Itoje will provide those big defensive shifts that could sway any romantic ex-forwards tasked with choosing the man-of-the-match awards.

Cory Hill

Another tackling, lineout-stealing machine, whose tireless workrate puts him up there with the likes of Gray and Itoje. Pops up with the odd try, too, which is always useful in the Fantasy Rugby stakes.

Back row

CJ Stander

Whats left to say about the Munster No. 8? He scores tries, runs hard and straight, and gets through his fair share of defensive work. And he does it from the first whistle until the last.

Sergio Parisse

Age may be wearying him, but the never-say-die No. 8 remains crucial to Conor OSheas plans for Italy. Knows his way to the try line and, injury permitting, is almost guaranteed score a healthy number of points, even if the Azzurri dont. Watch out for that volatile Latin temperament, though. Cards are not always far away when Parisses around.

Peter OMahony

Speaking of tireless. OMahony is the rock in all those hard places on a rugby pitch. He doesnt know the meaning of the phrase backward step, let alone how to take one. Hell make all those hard yards and hit his umpteenth tackle in the 80th minute as hard as he hit one in the first. For good measure, hell make a mess of opponents lineouts.

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