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NCAA basketball: Navy women beat American, earn first NCAA tournament bid
Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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Injury problems for Spurs - Ryan Mason has received a kick on the ankle, and it Benjamin Stambouli is coming on for the midfielder.

Ach, bad times for Wigan, who are 1-0 down to fellow Championship strugglers Tom Lawrence. Oi vey.

Well that’s weird. After being denied a penalty, Southampton win a corner that is whipped in by James Ward-Prowse, which flies in via Romelu Lukaku. He was under pressure from Jose Fonte, who tried to claim it like a true striker, but he was fooling nobody there.

Eeesh, controversy at St Mary’s, as Shane Long is fairly blatantly wiped out by Phil Jagielka in the area, but no penalty is gi...oh, hang on...

They’re flying in all over t’shop, and Erik Lamela has notched an absolute woofer here, cutting in from the right and curling a left-footed shot past Tom Heaton.

Eesh, not going to plan for Cardiff. They’re now 3-0 down against Brentford, Jota with the goal.

Ball in the net at Southampton as Graziano Pelle bags, but it’s disallowed for a foul on Phil Jagielka.

In the Champo, Daryl Murphy has put Ipswich 1-0 up over Middlesbrough, Blackburn’s lead against Charlton has been doubled with Rhodes again, Bournemouth are winning 1-0 at Blackpool, and Brentford are 2-0 to the good at Cardiff.

Well, that lead didn’t last long for Spurs. Ashley Barnes draws Burnley level with a belter, capitalising on an error from Lamela to belt a curler into the top corner and past Hugo Lloris.

An email from...two feet to my left, from our own Ian McCourt: “Hi Nick, Ian here from beside you on the desk. You have clearly forgotten YG’s My Krazy Life in your entry re albums of the year. Please correct.”

And another! Not a cartoon Carroll power header this time, as the big man latches onto a poor backpass by Paul Konchesky to nip in and give the Hammers the lead.

And Rangers are back in it, as Charlie Austin converts a penalty given for a spot of wrestling in the box. Told you it was all going to get going.

Smart work from Spurs. Harry Kane takes a quick free-kick to Christian Eriksen, but the Dane is offside so he ignores it, and Nacer Chadli takes over, holds the ball up then crosses back into the box, where Kane nods home. They do like him down at the Lane, even though he does look like a trainee estate agent.

Blimey. Bad news for Harry, as two players who have, shall we say, started their Baggies careers rather slowly, Silvestre Varela and Brown Ideye combine for the former to double West Brom’s advantage.

Woof! What a strike that is to give Aston Villa the lead. Fabian Delph swings a free-kick over from the left, Benteke brings it down at the far post, shuffles around to find some space and curls a beautiful shot into the top corner. David de Gea didn’t move a muscle.

A lucky opener for Swansea, after Jonjo Shelvey shoots from range, it’s going wide but is deflected home by Ki Sun-yeung. Possible hint of handball about that one, too.

Down in the Championship, Jordan Rhodes has put Blackburn ahead at home to Charlton, Brentford are ahead against Cardiff through Alex Pritchard, while the pressure might be slightly relaxing on Sami Hyypia, for Darren Bent has made it Wolves 0-1 Brighton.

If you still need to get any Christmas presents for a football fan, here’s an idea for a stocking filler

And the first goal of the day comes from Loftus Road, with Joleon Lescott beating the QPR defence to a corner for his first goal in about a billion years. If QPR’s home form goes too, well...

Not much going on so far in the Premier League. A few chances here and there - Sakho had a volley for West Ham, Brown Ideye should have bagged for West Brom against QPR. It’s all about to explode though. For sure. Definitely.

Meanwhile, Patrick Dillon writes: “You’ve got to give a shout out to Future Island’s performance on Letterman...”

Anyway, back to the football. Teams are emerging from tunnels, and this whole thing very much seems to be on, on, on.

Some musical nominations sent in by Amir Adhamy. Didn’t know this one, by Hail Mary Mallon, but it’s very good indeed.

Can we perhaps introduce you to the work of Dr Freud, Mark Taylor? He writes about the Manchester United #mufclive hashtag: “I can’t say I’m that familiar with twitter, but I thought it said “muff dive.”

“No St. Vincent?” asks Joseph Owen. A close one, and while she’s great I liked a few of the songs very much, I wasn’t quite so keen on the whole album. Here’s Rattlesnake, though...

It’s that time that everyone has been waiting for, with breath most bated - it’s my top five albums of the year! Yes, this is exactly what the last 12 months have been leading up to. So, in no particular order...

Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave by The Twilight Sad...

Southampton-Everton today, where in between Christmas tunes there are plugs for slippers on the big screens. *The* perfect gift, apparently.

Meanwhile, sad times for Coventry, whose ground has now been officially taken over by a rugby team. Sigh.

We need a new home. Not a CCFC badge in sight. #pusb

What the hell is this?

United striker @Falcao starts today and he has just one thing in mind... #mufclive

While we’re waiting for the clock to tick follows tock follows tick around to 3pm, there’s about 17-odd minutes of Manchester City v Crystal Palace remaining. Join Ian McCourt for them last knockings. Spoiler: Neil Warnock is irked.

Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar (c), Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Sanchez, Delph, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Given, Bacuna, Herd, N’Zogbia, Robinson, Grealish, Calder.

And so, the last day of football before it all goes a bit bonkers and we start playing loads and loads. It’s a good thing of course, for no other reason than it’s a welcome distraction from real human interaction, but it can get a bit overwhelming. First up is Manchester United v Aston Villa or, as Louis van Gaal appears to have it, Michael Carrick v Aston Villa:

The importance of Michael Carrick to Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United was illustrated on Friday before Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa when the manager twice billed him as “my captain” when asked of his qualities.

“He is my captain so he brings a lot of experience but also a lot of composure,” Van Gaal said. “I can use him in different positions and I like that. Because he is my captain he can transfer my philosophy on the pitch.”

In an ideal world he would not have gone on loan but the writing was on the wall when Arsenal signed Mathieu Debuchy. “I didn’t want to have another season sitting on the bench,” Jenkinson says. “It was starting to drive me up the wall a little bit, I wanted to get out and play football, and I’ve realised that I’m happiest when I’m playing regular football.”

And West Ham were a good fit. Growing up in Essex, he always had a soft spot for them. “I have a couple of friends who are West Ham and they’re absolutely buzzing,” Jenkinson says. “I’ve got a feel of what it means to everyone at the moment and how good it is for everyone involved at West Ham with where we are in the league. That gives you motivation to keep it going and keep achieving. It’s nice to see other people enjoying your success.”

Always you have to look until now,” Koeman said. “If somebody said to me in the pre-season ‘after the middle of December you are the fifth in the list’, I would have said ‘give me the paper and I will sign it now’.

“I understand the defeats because that’s always the difference with players. They need confidence and sometimes now you see that. I know my players, how they can play football, and it’s difficult because of maybe freshness, maybe about more changes in the team.

I liked him,” Redknapp said when asked about the prospect of signing Morrison. “I think I might be his last chance. He has got to sort himself out. Fergie ended up getting rid of him, Sam got rid of him and they are top, top managers.

“He has obviously got to look at himself somewhere but I’m open to taking those chances with people. I have done it over the years and so maybe I will do it.

A return of just two goals since his move to Burnley from Hull City would suggest George Boyd has failed to set to world alight since arriving at Turf Moor, but the club’s joint record signing has proved a very astute purchase even if his team remains in the relegation zone. Employed by Sean Dyche as a wide midfielder, the Scottish winger is a tireless worker who holds this season’s Premier League record for the distance covered in a game, with 8.29 miles during Burnley’s win over Stoke in November. At the time he featured three times in the Top 10 of long distance runners per match, occupying positions one and four (Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, one of the players of the season thus far, was second and third). Burnley’s lowly status means he is kept busier in defence than attack and he is a noticeably strong and well-timed in the tackle. While his finishing could be better, it took a remarkable save from Robert Green to deny him what would have been an excellent goal at QPR last weekend. If Burnley are to beat Southampton Boyd is likely to play a pivotal role and in the face of a vibrant midfield as adept at keeping the ball as Southampton’s can be, he may very well need to break his own record for blades of grass covered.

Nick will be here shortly.

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Champion skier or female fighter pilot? Whether to hurtle down the slopes at breakneck speed or defy G-force in the cockpit of a jet plane.

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Man City reel in Chelsea
DAVID Silva filled in for Manchester City’s absent strikers as the champions beat Crystal Palace to move level on points with Chelsea.

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It's official: Celtics ship Rondo to Mavericks
The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced Thursday night.

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Pirates add Corey Hart
The last remaining area the Pirates needed to address this winter was the other side of what we assumed would be another first base platoon. The Ike Davis + Gaby Sanchez combination was uninspiring at best, so the 2015 edition will be…different. Pedro Alvarez will of course be the main feature, and as of now it […]

The last remaining area the Pirates needed to address this winter was the other side of what we assumed would be another first base platoon. The Ike Davis + Gaby Sanchez combination was uninspiring at best, so the 2015 edition will be…different. Pedro Alvarez will of course be the main feature, and as of now it looks like his right handed partner will be Corey Hart.

Pirate fans surely remember Hart from his days with the Brewers, when he was a solid hitter. If anything resembling that shows up in 2015, this signing – a one year, $2.5M deal with performances bonuses that could double it – will be a great one. Hart had several above-average seasons at the plate in Milwaukee (admittedly a hitter’s paradise) and hits lefties pretty well – and while he has a split, it isn’t so extreme that he’s useless against righties, like Sanchez was. He spent most of his time with the Brewers in right field, so even though he profiles as a 1B now, he could adds some occasional versatility in the outfield as well.

The problem is that Hart missed all of 2013 with an injury (knee issues) and was awful in 2014 when he wasn’t hurt again. The knee problem is what has essentially turned him into a first baseman now, and he doesn’t appear to be a particularly good one in the field. But – while the Pirates place more emphasis on defense than most – as a part time 1B and bench bat, Hart is on this team to hit. The hope is that he can bounce back from brutal season in Seattle and overcome whatever impact the lingering effects of the injury had. If he can do that, he’s a perfect solution to this hole on the roster. If he can’t, well, it’s a low-risk contract…and the Pirates will have to either do something else or play Pedro against lefties.

I like this move for the upside and the fact that it addresses a clear problem, but entering the season with an Alvarez-Hart combo at first…well, it might be the best the Pirates can do for now, but it doesn’t make me feel great. There’s potential for it to work out wonderfully, sure, but it could also be disastrous – even worse than the Davis/Sanchez combo (that at least managed to get on base at a decent clip). Hart’s contract itself is not risky, but counting on him to produce is, so it will be interesting to see if this is the Pirates’ final plan or if they have something else up their sleeves.

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