The Lakers won two of their final three games before the break, including a victory on the road against defending champions the Golden State Warriors. Even with that minor upturn in form, the Lakers were left 2.5 games outside the play-in places. The Lakers will hope then the "precautionary" decision to remove James from the All-Star Game due to injury is just that. Golden State Warriors – Jordan PooleWhile Curry remains out, the Warriors will have to rely on Poole to provide their scoring threat. The previous Lakers game was the source of some frustration as Golden State appeared set to recover from a tough third quarter before another wobble in the fourth.
Stefano Pioli hailed the return of "leaders" Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mike Maignan after both players made their comeback in Milan's 2-0 win over Atalanta on Sunday. Goalkeeper Maignan was back between the sticks for the first time since sustaining an injury of his own in September, meanwhile, and marked his return with a clean sheet. "Mike and Zlatan are not only two excellent players, but also two leaders of the team," Pioli, who was taking charge of his 800th career game as a coach, told DAZN. It was a good goal. "What we saw tonight was that despite our best efforts, it is evident Milan simply had more than we did."24 days ago SportsMax
Manchester City bounced back as they returned to winning ways with an emphatic 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday. Goals from Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, Phil Foden and a Chris Mepham own goal took Pep Guardiola's men back to within two points of Premier League leaders Arsenal, after the Gunners had beaten Leicester City earlier in the day. Bournemouth pulled a late goal back through Jefferson Lerma but slip to 19th in the table after West Ham and Leeds United both won against Nottingham Forest and Southampton respectively. A sloppy draw at Forest handed the initiative back to their rivals, but the nature of this demolition of Bournemouth felt ominous. He was on the scoresheet again here, and his 27 Premier League goals this season is the most by a City player in a single top-flight campaign since Francis Lee's 33 in 1971-72.25 days ago SportsMax
ITALY v IRELANDFORMThe Ireland juggernaut will take some stopping, with their winning run now at seven matches. Italy have lost each of their 23 home games in the Six Nations since beating Ireland in Rome in 2013. After almost pulling off a shock against France in the opening round, they suffered a 31-14 loss to England last time out. France have won 18 of their past 19 Test matches on home soil, including nine in a row. ONES TO WATCHDamian Penaud finished superbly to score for France in their loss to Ireland.25 days ago SportsMax
Simone Inzaghi could not hide his frustration at Inter only building a 1-0 lead to take to Porto for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Inter had chances to open the scoring before Lukaku's strike, with Lautaro Martinez and Alessandro Bastoni spurning great opportunities in the first half. "In the second half the changes helped us. Porto attacked us ferociously, but we had to pick up the pace and we deserved the lead straight away in the first half." "I was expecting this question," Inzaghi told reporters with a laugh.28 days ago SportsMax
Real Madrid have also been mooted as having an interest, but Gvardiol has his eyes on a move to England. This meeting with City could just be the audition Gvardiol needs to pass for that dream to come true. The youngster made more clearances (37) than any other player and won possession back 48 times, the most of any defender. Leipzig have won 25 of the 48 matches he has played in, losing 12 and drawing the other 11. Erling Haaland has scored 32 goals in 31 appearances since joining City from Leipzig's Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund last year.28 days ago SportsMax
Jamie Carragher hit out at former side Liverpool after a "shambolic" Champions League showing as a rampant Real Madrid fought back to "destroy" the Reds. The former Liverpool captain said on CBS Sports: "First of all what a performance by Real Madrid to come to Anfield and do that. "I've never seen a team come to Anfield, on a European night that I can remember, and perform and destroy Liverpool like that. "That was shambolic from Liverpool, embarrassing, we've made excuses for them all season. "What I'm talking about in terms of shambolic, is defensively shambolic all season.29 days ago SportsMax
Tiger Woods confirmed he plays to play all four majors but little else this year after finishing under par on his latest comeback at the Genesis Invitational. "That was my goal last year, and I was able to play three of the four. "This wasn't the first PGA Tour I ever attended… but I was here [at the 1983 US PGA Championship] when Hal [Sutton] beat Jack [Nicklaus]," he said. You look back in history at this club and everyone has hit from the exact same tee spot on 18. "I'm a So-Cal kid at heart, and to be able to go to from my PGA Tour debut… to now being the host of this event, I would never have foreseen that.1 month ago SportsMax