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Icardi saves point for 10-man PSG

Mauro Icardi saves a point for 10-man Paris St-Germain against ailing Lorient after Sergio Ramos was sent off. (Author: Gardener)

10PSG's Angel di Maria had a late chance to win but was turned down by Paul Nardi. Di Maria had already lost a good opportunity at the beginning of the second half by shooting over the goal from eight meters. Lionel Messi had also saved an attempt from Nardi when the Argentine striker made another attempt just missed. Defender Ramos received the 27th career red card in just his second game for PSG after a free transfer after his contract with Real Madrid this summer. He came on as a substitute early in the second half but was cautioned in the 81st minute for a high boot and received his second yellow card five minutes later after cynically blocking Terem Moffi as he tried to sprint towards goal. This was only the fifth time in 19 league games this season that Mauricio Pochettinos failed to win PSG and they are 13 points ahead of second-placed Nice.

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San Antonio Spurs at the Los Angeles Lakers - odds, tips and predictions

Analysis of the odds and lines of the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday at the Los Angeles Lakers, with NBA expert tips, predictions and best bets. (Author: Gardener)

the Los Angeles LakersThe San Antonio Spurs (12-18) wrap up a four-game road trip on Thursday night with a game against the Los Angeles Lakers (16-16). Below we take a look at the Spurs vs. Lakers odds and lines and meet our NBA expert tips, predictions and bets. The Spurs have alternated wins and losses in their last eight games, winning a 116-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Monday. The Lakers have lost three in a row after winning three in a row. You are outnumbered under COVID protocols due to F. Anthony Davis' knee injury and several players. Tipico Sportsbook odds; Access the USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a complete list. Spurs +102 (bet $ 100 to win $ 102) | Lakers -125 (bet $ 125 to win $ 100) Spurs +1.5 (-108) | Lakers -1.5 (-112) F (ankle) from F (ankle) likely F (belly) likely Deposit $ 10 or more and get $ 100 instant bets at Tipico Sportsbook! Place your legal online sports betting at Tipico. The Lakers are getting two players back from the COVID logs as C Dwight Howard and G Talen Horton-Tucker both missed the Suns game. The Spurs have scored a lot of goals lately. In their last eight games, alternating wins and losses, they averaged 116.1 points per game. The Lakers have allowed 111 points per game in their three consecutive defeats. Howard's return will help defensively. The Lakers will slow the Spurs offensive. Take the LAKERS (-125) and the Spurs trend of alternating wins and losses continues. They didn't cover the spread at a loss in this eight-game Spurs roller coaster ride. The Lakers have covered the spread in four of their last five wins, and such a small spread that it is not possible to pick a Lakers win and a Spurs cover as that would mean predicting exactly one win in Los Angeles. Six of Spurs' last eight games have exceeded the forecast total. The Lakers had only reached the over in one of their last eight games. Bet legally online with a trustworthy partner: Tipico Sportsbook, Sportsbook Wire's official sports betting partner in CO, NJ and soon also in IA. Bet now! Bet now! If you're looking for more sports betting tips and tips, access all of our content on SportsbookWire.com and BetFTW. Please play responsibly. Follow Jess Root on Twitter. Follow SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for referring viewers to betting services. Tipico has no influence on this income and is in no way dependent on or connected to the newsrooms or reporting. General terms and conditions can be found on Tipico.com. General terms and conditions can be found on Tipico.com. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).

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Watch: Ramos is sent off in PSG's third appearance as France keep fighting

Sergio Ramos was sent off in his third game for Paris Saint-Germain when Mauricio Pochettino's men canceled a draw with Lorient on Wednesday. (Author: Gardener)

RamosSergio Ramos was sent off in his third game for Paris Saint-Germain when Mauricio Pochettino's men canceled a draw with Lorient on Wednesday. And he said goodbye early in 2021 after receiving a late yellow-red card after being substituted on at half time. Ramos, of course, is no stranger to the referee's sanctions. The red on Wednesday was the 27th of his career, more than any other player in the 21st century. The latest offensive was a cynical challenge to beat Terem Igobor Moffi when the Lorient striker defeated him and Ramos earned his second yellow card in just four minutes. The defender could feel confirmed in his decision, however, as shortly afterwards Mauro Icardi scored a 1-1 draw for PSG in stoppage time, securing them at the top of the Ligue 1 table. After seeing red, Ramos posted a reflective message on his personal Twitter account.

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James Harden cleared before the Lakers game on Christmas Day; Nets still have 10 players in COVID-19 logs

Steve Nash said Harden, Paul Millsap and Jevon Carter no longer have health and safety protocols, but three others are in (Author: Gardener)

James HardenJames Harden has released the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash said Thursday. So he can fly with the team to Los Angeles on Friday. However, Brooklyn still has 10 players on their logs ahead of the Christmas game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Rookies Kessler Edwards, David Duke Jr. and Cameron Thomas all put the logs in, Nash said, joining Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Day'Ron Sharpe, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre 'Bembry, Bruce Brown and James Johnson. If an NBA player tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate themselves until 10 days have passed after the first positive test or symptoms appear, or until two PCR tests tested negative at least 24 hours apart . Before he can return, he must be cleared by a team and league doctor. Harden and Carter introduced protocols on December 14th, the day after Millsap. Based on that schedule, more reinforcements could come - Aldridge, Bembry, Brown and Johnson all entered the logs on Dec. 14 - but, according to Nash, the team expects to be severely understaffed against the Lakers. "We don't expect anyone else to get out of the logs, but it is possible," said Nash. "So you have to do two negative tests 24 hours apart, I think, so I think we can return two negative tests tonight and tomorrow night, but we're not predicting anyone will come out anytime soon." Nash said that in the logs the players were "largely asymptomatic" and that those with symptoms had "very mild". The Nets haven't played basketball since their 100-93 loss to Orlando Magic on Saturday at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn closed its training facility after the initial outbreak, but has since reopened it for healthy players for individual training sessions. "But no group training," said Nash. Nash said the Nets are hoping to have some proper training on Friday, but he's not sure if it is an option or not. Assuming Harden plays in Los Angeles, he could share the floor with four new teammates - last week Brooklyn signed Langston Galloway, Shaquille Harrison, James Ennis III and Wenyen Gabriel on 10-day contracts with hardship exceptions. "Sometimes it can be funky when you go back to the gym after a week or so - and some of our guys stay longer," said Nash. positive energy and at the same time not putting too much pressure on us to play flawlessly out of the goals. "Game, said Nash. Translation: He has to play five on five, which could mean that he has some work with the" stay ready " -Group gets (i.e. other players working back from an absence or from rotation). * Nicolas Claxton, who missed Brooklyn's last game with a wrist injury, could play in Los Angeles but Nash is unsure of himself in a position in which he has a chance to play on this journey. So we'll just see and hopefully he can come back and not miss out on too much of his rhythm, timing and impact. " * Joe Harris is "certainly getting better," said Nash, but he "will not continue playing." This trip is safe and I'm not sure when he would return. "Harris had an operation on his injured ankle on November 29 and his Agent told ESPN that he would be out for 4-6 weeks If there were doubts that the game would take place on Saturday as planned, Nash was final: yes, a version of the Nets will take the place in Los Angeles (the NBA requires every team at least eight available players). "said Nash." I think we signed - what do we have, four G League boys?

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The unwanted record that Lionel Messi set in PSG's draw against Lorient

The unwanted record that Lionel Messi set in the tie between PSG and Lorient in Ligue 1 after an overall disappointing start at PSG. (Author: Gardener)

Lionel MessiOnly a last-minute equalizer from Mauro Icardi prevented Paris Saint Germain from suffering their second defeat of the season. Thomas Monconduit had surprisingly brought the home side, who is currently in the relegation zone, into the lead shortly before the break, before Sergio Ramos saw just 40 minutes after his move into the red. Sergio Ramos was sent off! The 27th red card of his professional career 🟥 And so it looked like he had cost PSG every chance to get back into the game, only Icardi celebrated the winning goal in stoppage time and PSG gave PSG a point in stoppage time, the last game of the year 2021. Of course, despite the embarrassment, a defeat for Mauricio Pochettino would not have been the end of the world, the Parisians are currently 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1. And according to Get French Football News, his emptiness against Lorient has confirmed that this is the least productive First half of his league career is. Lionel Messi (34), as a player with 1 goal in 865 minutes of play, had the least productive first half of a club league season in its history. His move to PSG is proving to be a great challenge and not the cop that European football fans laughed about in their armchairs. This has to be constrained by his five goals in the Champions League, of course, but the question needs to be asked.

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James Harden cleared before the Lakers game on Christmas Day; Nets still have 10 players in COVID-19 logs

Steve Nash said Harden, Paul Millsap and Jevon Carter no longer have health and safety protocols, but three others are in (Author: Gardener)

James HardenJames Harden has released the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash said Thursday. So he can fly with the team to Los Angeles on Friday. However, Brooklyn still has 10 players on their logs ahead of the Christmas game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Rookies Kessler Edwards, David Duke Jr. and Cameron Thomas all put the logs in, Nash said, joining Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Day'Ron Sharpe, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre 'Bembry, Bruce Brown and James Johnson. If an NBA player tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate themselves until 10 days have passed after the first positive test or symptoms appear, or until two PCR tests tested negative at least 24 hours apart . Before he can return, he must be cleared by a team and league doctor. Harden and Carter introduced protocols on December 14th, the day after Millsap. Based on that schedule, more reinforcements could come - Aldridge, Bembry, Brown and Johnson all entered the logs on Dec. 14 - but, according to Nash, the team expects to be severely understaffed against the Lakers. "We don't expect anyone else to get out of the logs, but it is possible," said Nash. "So you have to do two negative tests 24 hours apart, I think, so I think we can return two negative tests tonight and tomorrow night, but we're not predicting anyone will come out anytime soon." Nash said that in the logs the players were "largely asymptomatic" and that those with symptoms had "very mild". The Nets haven't played basketball since their 100-93 loss to Orlando Magic on Saturday at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn closed its training facility after the initial outbreak, but has since reopened it for healthy players for individual training sessions. "But no group training," said Nash. Nash said the Nets are hoping to have some proper training on Friday, but he's not sure if it is an option or not. Assuming Harden plays in Los Angeles, he could share the floor with four new teammates - last week Brooklyn signed Langston Galloway, Shaquille Harrison, James Ennis III and Wenyen Gabriel on 10-day contracts with hardship exceptions. "Sometimes it can be funky when you go back to the gym after a week or so - and some of our guys stay longer," said Nash. positive energy and at the same time not putting too much pressure on us to play flawlessly out of the goals. "Game, said Nash. Translation: He has to play five on five, which could mean that he has some work with the" stay ready " -Group gets (i.e. other players working back from an absence or from rotation). * Nicolas Claxton, who missed Brooklyn's last game with a wrist injury, could play in Los Angeles but Nash is unsure of himself in a position in which he has a chance to play on this journey. So we'll just see and hopefully he can come back and not miss out on too much of his rhythm, timing and impact. " * Joe Harris is "certainly getting better," said Nash, but he "will not continue playing." This trip is safe and I'm not sure when he would return. "Harris had an operation on his injured ankle on November 29 and his Agent told ESPN that he would be out for 4-6 weeks If there were doubts that the game would take place on Saturday as planned, Nash was final: yes, a version of the Nets will take the place in Los Angeles (the NBA requires every team at least eight available players). "said Nash." I think we signed - what do we have, four G League boys?

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Ramos is sent off in the PSG draw

PARIS: Sergio Ramos was sent off when Paris Saint-Germain saved a 1-1 draw at Lorient in Ligue 1 on Wednesday thanks to Mauro Icardi's stoppage time equalizer (Author: Gardener)

RamosPARIS: Sergio Ramos was sent off when Paris Saint-Germain saved a 1-1 draw with Ligue 1 fighter Lorient on Wednesday thanks to Mauro Icardi's stoppage-time equalizer. In their last game in 2021, PSG trailed Thomas Monconduit's thunderous first-half goal for Lorient in Brittany until Icardi saved a point with a 91st-minute header. Ramos had been kicked off the bench early in the second half for his third game since moving to France from Real Madrid last season but was sacked after a yellow-red card four minutes left. PSG, with top scorer Kylian Mbappe and playmaker Marco Verratti both out of suspension and Neymar out injured, have put on another worrying underperformance that will focus on coach Mauricio Pochettino. "In terms of results, we're still in all competitions so we're doing well in that regard," said Pochettino. “In terms of performance, we're still trying to get the best out of the team. “The first months of the season were intense with a lot of travel. The Parisians, who will face Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, were lucky enough to avoid losing to a Lorient side who lost their last eight games and hadn't won a game in three months. Lionel Messi, who still only has one goal in Ligue 1, volleyed the post midway through the first half and Lorient took the lead five minutes before half-time when Enzo Le Fee Monconduit slammed a shot into the top right corner outside the box.

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Luka Doncic's COVID; Did Lakers 'LeBron James' team change "ruin basketball"?

Here's a look at 12 of the biggest NBA storylines for today, including what happened at the Dallas Mavericks. (Author: Gardener)

Luka Doncic'sHere's a look at 12 of the biggest NBA storylines for today, including what happened at the Dallas Mavericks. Here's a look at 12 of the biggest NBA storylines for today, including what happened at the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks' COVID issues were hit again yesterday after Luka Doncic tested positive. "Everything changes every hour," said Jason Kidd. It could be argued that COVID is "ruining basketball". As a result, positive "hard" roster changes need to be made. Oh, and speaking of "ruining basketball" ... In an appearance on the Bootleg Kev podcast, former NBA security guard Iman Shumpert talks about stars changing "loyalties". And Shumpert focuses on Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James as the guy who "ruined" the game. It was LeBron who went to Miami first, "Shump said." (LeBron) knows he ruined basketball. Personally, I love the NBA for the loyalty I thought was there. You can find a league-wide COVID tracker here. This gives more meaning to Jalen Brunson and some of the new Mavs signers ... Brandon Knight is one of the most notable 10-day hardship signers. Knight, number 8 of the overall selection in the 2011 draft, last played for the Detroit Pistons in 2020 and was the sixth selection in last year's G-League draft from the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In the team's second hardship, the Mavs signed Carlik Jones from the Texas Legends in the G-League. Jones, who played collegially in Louisville last season, has been with the Mavs since the Summer League. In 10 games this season, the 6-foot Jones averaged 20.2 points per game, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists. The Legends brought College Park Skyhawks their worst loss of the season. Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson took his 500th victory as an NBA coach after 682 games. He becomes the fastest coach to win 500 games in NBA history. Cleveland Cavaliers Center (and 7'5 "semi-cult hero) Tacko Fall started his first NBA game against the Boston Celtics, his former team. Fall ended with four points and 10 rebounds in a 111-101 loss. Shai Gilgeous -Alexander finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Former 7-time all-star Joe Johnson is back in the NBA and signs a 10-day hardship with the Boston Celtics. Johnson last played for the Houston Rockets in 2018 and returns back after his 3.5 year absence, former Indiana Pacers Guardian Lance Stephenson also made his comeback in the NBA, signing a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, scoring one point but giving five assists and got eight rebounds in 23 minutes against the Orlando Magic. The Mavs will receive the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, who will play in the second half in a row after the Houston Rockets home game on Wednesday, because you just don't know who ive been testing the position and who is out, so we'll see. ”- Coach Jason Kidd on posts from newbies.

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Ramos is sent off because PSG drew against Lorient

Sergio Ramos was sent off when Paris Saint-Germain saved a 1-1 draw at Lorient in Ligue 1 on Wednesday thanks to Mauro Icardi's stoppage time equalizer. (Author: Gardener)

RamosPARIS - Sergio Ramos was sent off when Paris Saint-Germain saved a 1-1 draw at Ligue 1 striker Lorient on Wednesday thanks to Mauro Icardi's equalizer in stoppage time. In their last game in 2021, PSG trailed Thomas Monconduit's thunderous first-half goal for Lorient in Brittany until Icardi saved a point with a 91st-minute header. Ramos had been kicked off the bench early in the second half for his third game since moving to France from Real Madrid last season but was sacked after a yellow-red card four minutes left. PSG, with top scorer Kylian Mbappe and playmaker Marco Verratti both out of suspension and Neymar out injured, have put on another worrying underperformance that will focus on coach Mauricio Pochettino. Closing the first anniversary of his appointment, the Argentine has struggled to get the most out of PSG's superstar players despite being a whopping 13 points ahead of their closest challengers Nice and Marseille at half-time in the French season. "In terms of performance, we're still trying to get the most out of the team. The Parisians, who will play Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16, were fortunate enough to avoid losing to a Lorient side, which was their last Had lost eight. " Games and hadn't won a game in three months. Nigerian striker Terem Moffi in particular wasted a big early breakaway chance for Lorient when his shot was saved by Keylor Navas in the PSG goal. Lionel Messi, who still only has one goal in Ligue 1, volleyed the post midway through the first half and Lorient took the lead five minutes before half-time when Enzo Le Fee Monconduit shot in from just outside the box rammed the top right corner In the fight for relegation, Ramos stood after yellow-red for a blatant body check against Moffi for a valuable victory, but in the first minute of stoppage time Achraf Hakimi held up a cross from the right and Icardi headed a. Nice c moved up to second place ahead of Marseille after a 2-1 home win against Lens. Mario Lemina and Justin Kluivert scored their goals after Arnaud Kalimuendo gave the away team the lead. Marseille needed a penalty from Dimitri Payet to make it 1-1 at home against Reims in the eighth minute of stoppage time. Montpellier is fifth after beating Angers 4-1, while Ligue 1 top scorer Jonathan David scored a late winning goal for his 12th of the season when Lille fell back and beat Bordeaux 3-2. Ailing Lyon were held 1-1 at home by Metz and Clermont's game against Strasbourg was canceled at the last minute due to fog.

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Suns are regaining the top spot from jazz; Lakers drop drastically; Bulls move into the top 3

Health and safety protocols have set the league's power structure in motion (Author: Gardener)

SunsThe Bulls had postponed three games in the past eight days, but they looked fine in the two they played and beat the Lakers and Rockets. DeMar DeRozan was a welcome sight to Chicago and picked up where he left off with an average of 32 points and six assists at 52 percent shooting on the two wins. An already exhausted squad was further hampered by injuries to Alex Caruso and Derrick Jones Jr., but players like Javonte Green and Alfonzo McKinnie filled the minutes. Unfortunately for Brooklyn, Durant entered the logs ahead of the next game, a loss to Magic before the team's next two competitions were graciously postponed. Perhaps due in part to Durant's recent strain, the Nets have decided to allow Kyrie Irving to play part-time once he's off the logs and in game shape. So we'll see how this affects the team. The Grizzlies started the week with a win over the Kings, scooping 11 wins in 12 games, but left the next two to the Blazers and Thunder. The OKC loss was particularly tough given that they had beaten it by 73 points a few weeks earlier and because Ja Morant had returned, "injured" by comments from Memphis fans telling him he should have stayed on the sidelines . Morant had 16 points and eight assists in their first game in almost a month, while Dillon Brooks led the team this week with 26.3 points per game. The team's top scorer averaged 21 points and six assists in the last two games of the week, while Terance Mann and Eric Bledsoe fell off the line-up along with Reggie Jackson and Luke Kennard in their win over Sacramento. In the last two Clippers games, Serge Ibaka exceeded the 20-minute mark for the first time since the beginning of December with an average of 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. A loss to the Suns put the Wizards' skid to four games before beating back to beating jazz in Utah for one of their biggest wins of the season. The next game against the Nets has been postponed, so Washington hopes it can take the momentum to return to the early season victories. It starts with Bradley Beal looking like himself after averaging 31.5 points and six assists in the last two games at 57 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is out for at least a month with a knee injury and Isaiah Thomas, who was out of the league a week ago, played for them over 26 minutes per game in the three losses. It seems like the Lakers couldn't have won lately without herculean performances from LeBron James, and that's a huge challenge for a soon-to-be-37-year-old with a few permanent injuries. Kemba Walker made a triumphant return to rotation in the last two games of the week, averaging 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists on 40 percent 3-point shooting at least six weeks after an ankle surgery. Evan Fournier broke out of his season low on a grand scale this week, scoring 25.7 points per game on 41 percent 3-point shooting. The Kings managed to win a multiplayer game on logs this week and beat the Spurs along with losses against the Grizzlies, Warriors and Clippers. This week was all about Tyrese Haliburton, who averaged 23.5 points, 11.3 assists and shot 50 percent from the 3-point line when Sacramento's lone offensive creator was sidelined with De'Aaron Fox. Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes also filled it from afar, but it was hard for them and Haliburton to keep the performance at over 38 minutes per game each.

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