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Solskjaer confident he and his staff have the faith of Alex Ferguson

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced he and his coaching staff have the faith of managerial legend Alex Ferguson because they are “Manchester United through and through”. Solskjaer has enjoyed a strong start to life backĀ at United since being installed as caretaker manager, replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho. United have won all three games under Solskjaer’s guidance, scoring 12 goals in the process, but perhaps the biggest difference is the free-flowing, attacking football on display. Some fans argue United have not played with such freedom and attacking sharpness since the immensely…

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Ronaldo rescues Juve in Atalanta draw, Napoli loses at Inter

Juventus can’t afford to give Cristiano Ronaldo a rest. Massimiliano Allegri was forced to bring on Ronaldo for the final 25 minutes, while Juventus was trailing and down to 10 men. The Portugal superstar leveled but did not have time to completely rescue Juventus as it was held at Atalanta to 2-2 on Wednesday. It was only the second time this season that Juventus has dropped points in Serie A, but it ended up extending its advantage to nine points ahead of second-placed Napoli after Carlo Ancelotti’s side lost at…

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Kings coach Joerger: ‘No veiled shots’ at his own front office

A day after he complimented Dallas Mavericks standout rookie Luka Doncic, Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger on Monday addressed the comments to clarify that he was not taking any shots at his own organization. Before the Kings’ 120-113 road victory over the Mavs on Sunday, Joerger told the media that as good as Doncic is now, he has plenty of room for improvement. “He’s got a lot of different skills, and I think he’s going to become a heck of a shooter,” Joerger said. “And when that happens, it’s going…

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Bucks edge Pistons despite Griffin’s triple-double

Giannis Antetokounmpo powered for 32 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a triple-double from Blake Griffin to down the host Detroit Pistons 107-104 on Monday. Khris Middleton had 22 points and six assists and Eric Bledsoe contributed 17 points and nine assists. Tony Snell chipped in 12 points. Griffin had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists but also committed 10 turnovers. Reggie Bullock supplied 24 points and Stanley Johnson contributed 20 points and six rebounds off the bench. Andre Drummond chipped in 10 points…

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Booker, Warren help Suns surge past Knicks

T.J. Warren scored 17 of his 26 points in a dominating third quarter and the Phoenix Suns opened a season-high five-game road trip by routing the New York Knicks in a 128-110 victory on Monday night. Devin Booker led the Suns with 38 points in his second game back from a hamstring injury, but it was Warren who helped the Suns turn things around after halftime. DeAndre Ayton had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Josh Jackson (14 points) and Richaun Holmes (13) also finished in double…

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Balanced Timberwolves blitz Kings

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and eight other Minnesota players produced double-figure point totals as the Timberwolves soundly defeated the visiting Sacramento Kings 132-105 on Monday night. Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 17 points, and Derrick Rose, starting for the injured Jeff Teague, had 13 points and 11 assists. Minnesota led by as much as 36 in the first half and then had to weather a Sacramento comeback attempt in the third period when Justin Jackson’s 3-pointer cut a 30-point halftime deficit to 77-65. Robert…

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