Bucks hold off Raptors in thriller between Eastern Conference heavyweights

TORONTO — After a first meeting in which both teams were without their superstar players, the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors — the top two teams in the Eastern Conference — squared off Sunday at Scotiabank Arena.

The drama of the highly-anticipated battle did not disappoint.

Malcolm Brogdon hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final 67 seconds — with a steal in between them — and the Bucks held on for a 104-99 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the season series and improve to 8-0 in games following a loss.

Milwaukee got 19 points and 19 rebounds from Giannis Antetokounmpo in the victory along with 19 points from Brook Lopez, including five 3-pointers. But no points were bigger than Brogdon's at the end.

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Dolphins pull off miracle win thanks to Gronkowski’s awful tackling angle

For years, it had seemed like the New England Patriots were impervious to non-Eli-related pain. While other fanbases dealt with heartbreaking losses on a regular basis, the Patriots were overcoming 25-point Super Bowl deficits or avoiding 1-yard runs to Marshawn Lynch.

Maybe Super Bowl LII changed something in New England because on Sunday, the Dolphins pulled off the incredible. They won the game on one of those hook-and-ladder (and continued lateral) plays that never work because it's the NFL. But it worked here mainly because the Patriots played the very predictable situation so terribly.

The Dolphins were trailing by five points from their own 30-yard line, needing a touchdown to win the game.

Ryan Tannehill had battled shoulder injuries for much of this season, so it would have been asking a lot to have him throw 70-plus yards on the fly. It wasn't going to happen – they needed a lateral play. But what did the Patriots do?


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Newcastle supporters call off planned boycott of Wolves clash over fears it might hinder Mike Ashley's sale of club

The Magpie Group had been urging supporters to stay away from the match at St James' Park as part of their campaign against Mike Ashley.

But after Toon owner Ashley revealed on Sky News on Monday that talks to sell are "at a more progressed stage than they had ever been", this weekend's protest has been parked.

In a statement, the Magpie Group said: "After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the boycott to a later date.

"A provisional date has been set for United’s home game against Huddersfield Town in February.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and was made in response to Mike Ashley’s appearance on Sky News on Monday night and further revelations in the media since.

"Although we continue to have very deep reservations about Mike Ashley’s resolve to sell, we understand that any protest activity which could have a negative implication on Sunday’s result could jeopardise the potential sale of the club.

"Alongside this, we will be suspending all protest activity at Newcastle United games until after the closure of the January transfer window.

"This suspension period is designed to allow Mike Ashley and any potential investors a clear run at reaching a deal, an outcome which, needless to say, provided the stimulus for the inception of The Magpie Group in the first place.

"If a takeover has not been completed by the end of this period, then protest activity will resume at the away game against Tottenham Hotspur in early February."

The Magpie Group was formed in the summer in a bid to drive Ashley out of Newcastle.

They have arranged a number of protests against the Sports Direct tycoon this season, including an 11th-minute walk-in last weekend against West Ham – although only a few hundred fans took part.

A consortium led by Peter Kenyon is in talks to buy the Toon from Ashley.

But SunSport revealed yesterday that the ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive has still not got the financial backing to make a formal bid.

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Entire Kent village strips off for saucy calendar to raise money for charity

Nearly every business in the village of Iwade took part and their staff have been snapped in the altogether either at work or doing hobbies.

More than 24 villagers were up for a bit of fun, including a gardener, dog groomer, personal trainer and even a few burly mechanics.

Even the photographers took part in the Iwade Naked Calendar 2019, which is helping raise money for Demelza Hospice Care for Children and Swale Cats Protection.

Any additional money raised will go towards a new toilet block at the local church.

Beautician Laura Cheeseman came up with the idea for the calendar, thought to be a first for the village.

The 39-year-old, who has lived in the village for about 15 years, said: "I had the idea two weeks ago, so I put it on Facebook to see if there would be any interest and lots of people came forward.

"I just wanted to do something that would make people happy and would be a bit of fun. It's been so nice because people have really come together.

"It's brought the village to life. Everyone has had a right laugh doing it and it's just made the village a happy place."

The weather hasn't been ideal.

Laura said: "It's been absolutely freezing.

"Some have the men were more worried about that than the women.

"But everyone's been so good, they just whipped off their dressing gowns when the time was right."

In two weeks, Laura has arranged for all the photos to be taken and the calendar will be printed this Friday.

Laura joked: "I'm quite impressed with myself.

"Everyone kept saying I wouldn't be able to turn it around before Christmas, so that was my aim.

"I feel like I'm in a bit of a dream world at the moment, but I'm so pleased and so excited for everyone to see the calendars now.

"If it does really well I'll definitely do a bigger one next year and, hopefully, make it an annual thing."

Laura has also been snapped for the calendar.

She said: "I've got two horses in the village that everyone knows, so I had a photo with one of them, he's called Dude, in a field in Iwade.

"How could I expect everyone else to bare all and not do it myself?"

Gary Marsh, a mechanic at Iwade Garage, said the calendar has brought everyone together.

The father-of-two said: "It was very cold, freezing – it's a good job I had the barrel.

"But we did it because it was for charity and we know Laura well.

"I'd do anything for a good cause that helps people, although it's the first time I've got naked for one.

"And it's really brought people in the village together."

Four hairdressers from Bodycare Salon in the village, stripped for the calendar.

Manager Rachel King said it was "great fun" and something they would "definitely" consider doing again.

The 34-year-old said: "It was great fun.

"We all came in really early in the morning when no one else was around.

"I actually didn't realise we had to be completely naked until that morning but Kate was great and got it done quickly.

"We thought it was a nice thing to do to come together as a community in Iwade, it's that kind of place.

"And because it's for charity and the church.

"We were actually talking about how we would definitely do it again it was so much fun."

One hundred calendars will be printed first of all, with the hope of raising £1,200 for the chosen charities.

The calendars, shot by Kate Hennessy and Amanda Cooper, will be available to buy from Monday and will cost £12 each.

They will be on sale at each of the businesses that took part and via the 'Iwade Naked Calendar' Facebook page.

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David De Gea shows off stunning new Aston Martin at training as Manchester United prepare to end Arsenal run

The Spanish international – who arrived at Carrington in his new £120,900 motor –  is expected to be a busy figure against the Gunners at Old Trafford.

And with United seeking their first league win since November 3 and Arsenal fresh from their 4-2 win against Tottenham, fans can expect an exciting encounter.

The Red Devils currently sit seventh in the table following their 2-2 draw with Southampton, and must win to keep their faint hopes of finishing in the top four alive.

They trail Arsenal by a whopping eight points, and the squad know a win against Unai Emery's side will be a major boost for their under-fire boss.

The North London club are looking to stretch their unbeaten run to 20 games, while they are also seeking a first league win at the Theatre of Dreams since September 2006.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Mourinho revealed United deserve to be where they are in the table, but remains fully confident his side will soon rise up.

He said: “I think for Manchester United seventh place I can agree.

"In spite of the investment Everton made which was phenomenal and obviously there was a great improvement in that team from last season in relation to this, but I don't think Everton will be in front of Manchester United at the end of the season.

“There are six teams that should stay in the first six positions, season after season two of these teams are staying outside the top four.

“For example last season was Arsenal and Chelsea.

“And this season two of these six are going to stay outside. Who is the best team of the six?

“The team with more potential? Less potential? Who is the team performing not so well? These will be the questions and answers.

“At the end of the season the top six will be done by the six teams we all know have that responsibility to finish in the top six.”

Fans have called for the sacking of Mourinho following their poor domestic form.

While the ex-Chelsea boss also reportedly branded Paul Pogba as a 'virus' in the side who is infecting his entire team.

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Arsenal are better off selling Mesut Ozil and keeping Aaron Ramsey, insists legend Ray Parlour

The 27-year-old was instrumental in the second half for the Gunners after being brought on – creating two goals to inspire the stunning win.

On the other hand, German playmaker Mesut Ozil was once again an absentee for the game.

Ozil, who recently became the highest earning player for the North London outfit on 350k-a-week, has missed a series of fixtures this season for various reasons.

And former midfield ace Ray Parlour, 45, has said Emery is better off without the German and with the Welshman.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Parlour said: “My personal decision would be that I’d rather keep Ramsey than Ozil.

“I think Aaron brings a little bit to the team.

“Mesut Ozil is a great player, I’m not doubting that, but you can leave him out. We didn’t miss him yesterday, whereas I thought Ramsey made an impact in the second half.

“Aaron has been there a long time, he’s been there for ten years, so you’ve got to look that as well.

“Some players would sulk and say, ‘I’m leaving at the end of the season, so it doesn’t really matter’, but his attitude has been spot on.

“He knows he’s leaving at the end of the season, but he was brilliant in mid-week in the Europa League.

“I would rather have Aaron Ramsey.”

Ramsey has been a loyal servant to Arsenal for over 10 years but is being let go because of the massive wages that World Cup winner Ozil is earning.

He has scored 37 goals in 248 Premier League appearances – with most of those goals coming under long-serving chief Arsene Wenger.

But he has shown good form for his Spanish boss this season and fans are pleading for him to stay at the club.

The Wales international has featured in every Premier League match for the Gunners this term – with eight of the 14 off the bench.

He has scored once and assisted six times in that period.

Arsenal and Ramsey are back in action against Man Utd at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

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