Tim Tebow goes full Tebow in video updating injury

The broken right hamate bone that ended his season early didn’t keep Tim Tebow down for long. Predictably, the eternally optimistic Mets’ minor leaguer and former Heisman Trophy winner looked at the setback as a positive.

“In every setback, there’s a comeback,” he said in a video released by his charity, the Tim Tebow Foundation. “Our God is a God of comebacks. There’s disappointing things that happen, and of course that was disappointing for me. But at the same time, comebacks are pretty awesome, and I can’t wait for this one.”

The 31-year-old Tebow, who signed with the Mets as a free agent in September 2016, was having a strong season, earning respect after his endeavor into baseball was considered a gimmicky novelty act. Tebow was selected for the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game after batting .273 with a .734 OPS and six homers in 298 at-bats with Binghamton. He did strike out 103 times, 22 more than anyone else on the roster, before needing surgery to repair the broken bone in late July.

Before the injury, there was the belief he might get a call-up to the Mets in September when rosters expanded. His major league dream remains possible. New general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Tebow’s agent with CAA before becoming the Mets GM, said Tebow would likely start next season at Triple-A Syracuse, and didn’t dismiss the possibility Tebow could make it to Queens in 2019.

“You know what? I know that this happened for a reason,” Tebow said about the injury, sustained while swinging a bat. “I’m ready to bounce back, because [God] didn’t give me the dream to go out there and play baseball just to break my hand. I believe that. I’m excited about the next chapter.”

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Gareth Southgate in line for an 'OBE' after taking England to brink of World Cup glory

The 48-year-old coach is in line for an OBE after taking his young Three Lions heroes to the brink of World Cup glory.

He has been told about the award but is sworn to secrecy.

A source said last night: “Gareth is definitely up for an honour, most likely an OBE or CBE, as it is perhaps too early for a knighthood. That might be one for the future.

“He is on the list, very few people know about it yet.”

Southgate’s gong, for services to Association Football, comes after he put his tax affairs in order, having invested in schemes probed for alleged avoidance.


The source stressed: “Gareth would not have been selected for this award if he had not been approved by HMRC. They have told the Cabinet Office he is good to go for the honour.”

The awards committee, which is made up of senior civil ­servants and independent experts, is said to be keen to recognise him for taking the job in difficult circumstances.


The ex under-21s boss, capped 57 times as a player, was made interim manager in September 2016 after Sam Allardyce left by mutual consent.

He was handed a four-year permanent contract just two months later.

Past England boss Alf Ramsey was knighted for the 1966 World Cup win, while Bobby Robson was made a Sir in 2002, 12 years after we reached the semis in Italy.


Ex-Crystal Palace and Aston Villa star Southgate has two kids with wife Alison who he wed in 1997.

A year earlier he was vilified for a penalty shoot-out miss against Germany that cost a place in the Euro Championship final.


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Sometimes the Road Less Taken Also Leads to the N.B.A.

At the Knicks’ practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., earlier this week, there were good fouls, bad fouls and push-ups. It all had to do with the rookie center Mitchell Robinson, whose defense in the first two months of his N.B.A. career has ranged from dazzling, as in nine blocks against Orlando, to disastrous, as in six fouls in nine minutes against New Orleans.

So Knicks Coach David Fizdale made a deal with Robinson. “If he doesn’t do the foul where his hands are down, I got to do push-ups,” Fizdale said. “And if he does, then he has to do push-ups. So you might see my body change here. I’m about to get in shape, man. I hope I’m doing push-ups. Trust me, I hope.”

The Knicks took a gamble on the 7-foot-1 Robinson when they selected him in the second round of the June draft with the 36th pick over all. He was the only player in this year’s draft who did not play in college, overseas or in the N.B.A.’s developmental G League. Instead, Robinson took a year off from organized basketball after high school to get ready for the draft.

Considered a top recruit coming out of Chalmette High School in Louisiana, Robinson committed to Western Kentucky, left campus before the season started, considered other colleges and then returned briefly to the Hilltoppers before finally deciding to skip college altogether. By that point, playing overseas or in the G League wasn’t an option.

His muddled path led to him falling into the draft’s second round. “I probably would have been a different draft pick if I went to Western Kentucky,” Robinson said. “But I think I ended up in a good spot with the New York Knicks. I fell into good hands.”

The N.B.A.’s one-and-done rule continues to draw a lot of criticism and could be repealed in the next few years, but until it is, players have to be 19 years old and a year out of high school before being eligible for the N.B.A. That yearlong gap has led to unconventional paths to the N.B.A., including Robinson’s improvised sabbatical and a decision by Darius Bazley to sign with a prominent agent and secure an internship and shoe deal at New Balance while he waits to become eligible for the league.

But do these less traditional paths to the N.B.A. ultimately matter if the end result — a spot on an N.B.A. roster — is the same? “Yeah, it matters,” Fizdale said. “Absolutely it matters. There’s no other way to substitute playing for a year, especially at that age. That’s a big development year, especially for a young kid. Same with Emmanuel. He didn’t play a lot of games over in China, so he basically missed a year of competition learning basketball and the ins and outs of five-on-five competition.”

Fizdale was referring to Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who was also a top prospect coming out of high school, in Texas. After committing to play for Larry Brown at Southern Methodist, however, he decided to instead accept a one-year, $1.2 million deal to play for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, one of the premier teams in the Chinese Basketball Association.

“When I made that decision, our lives changed,” Mudiay said in explaining his decision. “My mom was working a few jobs at a time. We were on food stamps. I barely got to see her at times. Everyone was doing everything they could to get by.”

Playing in China was another stop on an arduous journey. Mudiay was born in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). After his father died when he was young, the family emigrated to Dallas, where his mother raised her three sons.

But Mudiay’s time in China was challenging, too, in part because he was sidelined for three months after an ankle injury. Still, he said he wouldn’t change a thing. “That decision was strictly for her,” he said in reference to his mother. “I didn’t even need that money. I’d rather give that all to her.”

In the 2015 draft, Denver selected Mudiay with the seventh overall pick. But after failing to meet the team’s expectations, he was traded to the Knicks in a three-way deal last February.

Now a regular in Fizdale’s revolving lineup, Mudiay is averaging 12.9 points and 3.3 assists a game after a career-high 34 points and 8 assists on Friday night in a 126-124 overtime win at Charlotte. “He’s really coming along,” Fizdale said. “He’s really taken some long strides from where he was until now.’’

It’s also easy to forget that Mudiay is only 22, given his circuitous route to the Knicks. “People think I’m 28 or 29,” he said. “Even guys on the team.”

Those teammates, including Robinson, have had a challenging time this season. The Knicks are 9-21 heading into Sunday’s game in Indiana against the Pacers, and their only star, Kristaps Porzingis, is still recovering from the serious knee injury he sustained last February.

But what the Knicks do have, at least, is potential, since so many players are still so young. Like Mudiay, Allonzo Trier, a 6-5 guard who has been one of the bigger surprises in the league this season, is just 22. The undrafted rookie, who played three seasons at Arizona, signed a two-year deal with the Knicks on Thursday that is worth $7 million.

In June’s draft, the Knicks opted for Robinson over Trier with their second-round pick given their need for a big man. And in light of his time away from competitive basketball, Robinson, who is just 20, has been the team’s most ambitious work in progress the last few months. Against Charlotte on Friday, he sprained his ankle and had to leave the game. X-rays were negative, but for now he will do his learning on the sideline, still trying to make up lost time.

“We probably coach him the hardest because he’s the most raw out of all of them, but he’s a joy to work with,” Fizdale said. “Can you imagine that? You come out of high school and you sit out for a whole year and now you’re standing in the middle of Madison Square Garden.”

Or else doing push-ups. Though the push-up agreement between Fizdale and Robinson has been limited to practices, the coach isn’t ruling out a game-time “give me five” if the reach-in fouls continue.

“I might make him do it if he gets a couple in a row,” Fizdale said. “In front of the whole arena.”

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2pm Man Utd news: Paul Pogba happy birthday dance, Paul Ince picks combined Kop and Utd XI, and Mata rated the key man

Read this and more gossip, plus all the latest transfer news, from Old Trafford.

PARTY TRICKS

PAUL POGBA wished team-mate Jesse Lingard happy birthday in hilarious video.

The pair are known for showing off their dance moves and the Frenchman was at it once again as his English counterpart turned 26.

MY INCE-PERFECT UTD AND KOP XI

PAUL INCE picked his combined XI between Liverpool and Manchester United, and the 51-year-old selected Alisson Becker over David de Gea in goal.

Liverpool host arch rivals United on Sunday and Ince gave his combined XI to talkSPORT in preparation of the match. Click here to see Ince's full team.

IT'S A MATA OF CREATIVITY

JUAN MATA holds the keys to Manchester United getting a huge result at Anfield, says Danny Higginbotham.

The Spaniard has been in and out of the side all season but he is the creative type Jose Mourinho needs against Liverpool. Click here for the Analyst's full verdict. 

KLOPP SAYS JOSE IS TOP

JURGEN KLOPP rose above the barbs after Jose Mourinho dug out his Liverpool rival for his failure to win trophies.

The Kop boss called under-fire Manchester United chief Mourinho “the most successful manager in the world” ahead of Sunday's crunch Premier League showdown at Anfield.

FERGIE DINE

SIR ALEX FERGUSON received a nice surprise when he went for lunch in Manchester.

Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes were all waiting outside The Ivy for the 73-year-old Red Devils legend.

WOE BEBE!

OLD TRAFFORD may be known as "the theatre of dreams", but for Bebe it was more of a nightmare.

The forward only played seven times for Alex Ferguson's side and has now revealed he was relieved when he left Manchester United, hailing the moment he heard he had been sold as the best moment of his life.

ALISSON CLOSING ON DE GEA

JAMIE CARRAGHER has claimed that Alisson Becker is starting to take over David De Gea in the race to be the world's best goalkeeper.

De Gea is now 11th in the world with a 67.5 per cent save rate whereas last season the United player finished on 80.3 per cent.

WORTH A VIEW

LUKE SHAW'S £2.8million six-bed mansion is up for sale… complete with a bizarre four-screen games room.

The Manchester United star's house boasts a home cinema, a gym and a spacious garden for a kick-about.

TRACS OF MY FEARS

JOSE MOURINHO insists he will not park the bus against Liverpool… but it was a tractor that caused havoc at Carrington.

Luke Shaw could have a very valid excuse for turning up a few minutes late for training after the England defender was blocked off by the monster vehicle.

BATTLE OF THE REDS' QUIZ

THE battle for supremacy is fierce between England's biggest footballing success stories.

The history books shows that Manchester United have more domestic trophies but, of course, Liverpool have been more dominant in Europe. Click here for our quiz on the big match.

STATS AMAZING

MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal have spent less time in winning positions than West Ham and Brighton this season despite being higher than them in the Premier League table.

The Red Devils have spent only 397 minutes in winning positions whilst for The Gunners it's just 351.

NO WAY JOSE

JOSE MOURINHO is growing more and more concerned that Manchester United will have another quiet transfer window in January.

The Special One is furious at the thought of the club failing to deliver any of his defensive targets for a second time in six months.

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Chelsea misfit Alvaro Morata gets Barcelona green-light from Jordi Alba – but is he being lined up as Luis Suarez's replacement?

Reports claim the Chelsea misfit could be heading back to Spain in January after becoming unhappy at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are on the hunt for a new forward after Luis Suarez sensationally revealed that the club were lining up a long-term replacement for him.

And Morata’s body language suggests he’s looking for a way out, with fans on his back during every game.

He put in another torrid performance during last night’s 2-2 draw with Vidi in the Europa League, suffering an injury scare during the clash and limping off before half-time.

Maurizio Sarri later claimed the knock wasn’t too bad and Morata should be back fit soon.

Suarez vs Morata

Luis Suarez

Liverpool

2010/11: 13 games, 4 goals

2011/12: 39 games, 17 goals

2012/13: 44 games, 30 goals

2013/14: 37 games, 31 goals

Barcelona

2014/15: 43 games, 25 goals

2015/16: 53 games, 59 goals

2016/17: 51 games, 37 goals

2017/18L 51 games, 31 goals

2018/19: 19 games, 10 goals

TOTAL: 350 games, 244 goals

Alvaro Morata

Real Madrid

2010/11: 2 games, 0 goals

2011/12: 1 game, 0 goals

2012/13: 15 games, 2 goals

2013/14: 34 games, 9 goals

Juventus

2014/15: 46 games, 15 goals

2015/16: 47 games, 12 goals

Real Madrid

2016/17: 43 games, 20 goals

Chelsea

2017/18: 48 games, 15 goals

2018/19: 21 games, 7 goals

TOTAL: 257 games, 80 goals

But Chelsea’s latest boss has a big decision to make about the striker’s future as he looks to land his first-ever career trophy.

And Alba has now opened the door to Morata’s potential Nou Camp switch by hailing his international teammate as a “top player.”

Alba said: “Morata is a player that I appreciate a lot. He has been a top player for many years.

“At the end, it’s the club’s [decision] if they want to sign him or not, as with any other player.

“If the rumours are true, he would be very welcome, as all the new players [are].”

Alba also revealed that Barcelona have no problem with Ousmane Dembele after the French winger’s recently disciplinary issues.

The left-back added: “He is very important for us, everyone can make mistakes but in the dressing room there has never been a problem with Dembele.

“He is succeeding on the pitch and away from it he can improve but we are happy with him.”


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Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio net first half goals as Hammers climb into top half of table

Pellegrini lost his first four matches after taking over in the summer and The Hammers looked dead and buried just weeks into the season as they stared up at everyone else from 20th place in the table.


They have since swapped places with floundering Fulham who were done over by two first half goals which propelled West Ham into ninth – their highest position of the season.

Four wins on the bounce and another confident performance from rejuvenated West Ham saw Pellegrini’s name sung by the visiting fans for the first time.

Given that his predecessor Sam Allardyce didn’t hear that in four years at the club, neither did David Moyes last season, it is a significant milestone.

Goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio in the first half wrapped up three more points for bouyant Pellegrini while bottom-club Fulham were sunk by disastrous defending.




Claudio Ranieri was brought in to shore up the leaking defence which has conceded 11 goals in his first five games in charge since taking over from Slavisa Jokanovic.

Fulham only let in one more during Jokanovic’s last five games in charge before getting the bullet.

Snodgrass was first to cash in on Fulham’s sloppy marking following a great run by Felipe Anderson into the box on 17 minutes.

In-form Anderson latched onto a superb through ball from Mark Noble then dashed to by line before cutting the ball back to Snodgrass who curled in his second goal in as many games from the edge of the box.

Antonio was left unmarked to slide home the second through Fulham keeper Sergio Rico’s legs from eight yards out after more lapses in concentration from the home side with still more than hour to go.

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Nick Kyrgios has ‘big fish to fry’ in Australian summer of tennis

Nick Kyrgios has spent more time playing against children than against training partners in the past month, but the Canberra tennis star has set his sights on big prizes in the Australian summer.

Kyrgios will resume hitting practice this week as part of his preparations for the Brisbane International, where he will attempt to defend his title from December 30.

Nick Kyrgios raised more than $5000 for his foundation at a Kaleen tennis day on Saturday.Credit:Jamila Toderas

The world No. 35 has been on limited duties since injury prematurely ended his season in Russia, but he got some target practice and a runaround by some young guns to kick him back into gear.

Kyrgios spent most of the day on Saturday mingling with tennis fans at the Get Set Tennis centre in Kaleen and then playing against the winners of a junior tournament.

Keeping it casual is helping Kyrgios find balance in his life and career. He knows that will change when the season starts in Brisbane, but he's already nominated the Australian Open as his No. 1 target.

"I wasn't really expecting much going into [Brisbane] last year and I won't expect much going there this year again," Kyrgios said.

"I'm just going to go there, play my style of tennis and if I happen to come out on top again, it's great. But if not, it's not so much of a big deal.

"I know there are bigger fish to fry, I'd rather win the [Australian Open] than Brisbane or something like that. Obviously I'd like to defend my title, but it's not life or death for me."

Kyrgios has been working with trainer Ashcon Rezazadeh in Canberra to get fit after an elbow injury forced him to withdraw from the Kremlin Cup in October.

Nick Kyrgios will ramp up training next week ahead of the Brisbane International.Credit:Jamila Toderas

But the unscheduled break and training time in Canberra has given Kyrgios a chance to slow down, reassess and prepare to relaunch for a big 2019 campaign.

He has also had more time to work on his foundation – the NK Foundation – and was the star attraction when 94 children turned up to the Kaleen Tennis Centre for a chance to test themselves against him.

The day raised more than $5000 for the foundation, which will go towards building a facility in Dandenong to help underprivileged youths and give them a safe place to relax.

Kyrgios was also blown away by the story of a woman who turned up after having a bone-marrow transplant.

"I was excited to get out here and to get out with the kids again, to see the smiles on their faces [is great]," Kyrgios said.

"There was a young lady who came down who recently had a bone-marrow transplant. For her to come out to have a hit, she felt up to it and that was pretty special.

"She found out about [her illness] when she started playing tennis, so she couldn't continue. I put a whole bag of stuff – clothes, tennis racquets and everything – and gave it to her. To hit with her was great, I got pretty emotional. It was heart-warming, but it breaks me as well."

The foundation work adds an extra motivation to his tennis work, which will ramp up in the coming days to put himself in the best position to perform at Australian events.

"I've been going pretty hard [but] I haven't really picked up a racquet yet and started hitting," Kyrgios said.

"It was more about getting home and enjoying that, doing more stuff with the foundation. I'll ease into it … I've been doing my own thing. I know it will be hectic in a couple weeks and I'm excited for the Aussie Open, I'll never take a grand slam for granted. You're never guaranteed another one."

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Bamford sinks Bolton in his first game for four months to boost Leeds' title bid

The fit-again striker boosted United's title bid with a fifth straight victory and and dented Bolton's survival hopes in a rain-hit game of few clear chances.

Bolton defender Jack Hobbs' header was cleared of the line late on as Wanderers remained second bottom with just one win in 18 games.

Bamford, a £7 million recruit from Middlesbrough last summer, has been plagued by a knee injury since August.

Defeat ended another controversial week for the Trotters, whose players finally received their delayed November wages and chairman Ken Anderson banned the local paper's Wanderers correspondent, citing "negative" reporting.

Manager Phil Parkinson also continues to be linked with former club Reading.

Leeds went close to taking a third-minute lead. Ezgjan Alioski's left-wing cross was headed goal wards by Pablo Hernandez only for Ben Alnwick to tip the ball behind.

But Leeds' attempts to fashion more opportunities were restricted by Bolton's hurry-scurry approach and the driving wind and rain.

And it was almost another half an hour before the visitors threatened again.

Alnwick thwarted Mateusz Klich's effort that had direction low down but little power.

Leeds began the second half playing towards their 4,577 fans in a crowd of 17,484 as they chased a fifth successive victory.

However, it took the 60th-minute introduction of Bamford for Kemar Roofe to bring the Leeds travelling army back to full voice.

Bamford, who had scored a midweek hat-trick for Leeds Under-23s against Burnley, made a quick impact on his return to the first team.

And he rose to the occasion with a neat finish from 10 yards after a good approach by Hernandez to add to his Carabao Cup goal against Bolton four months earlier.

Wanderers brought on all three subs in the last 20 minutes.

And with nine minutes remaining the home side believed they should have been awarded a penalty.

But referee Robert Jones ruled Kalvin Phillips' challenge on Craig Noone was a fair one.

Jack Hobbs saw a goal-bound header cleared by Barry Douglas to deny Bolton an equaliser while Alnwick prevented Leeds doubling their advantage by saving Klich's long-range drive.

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How to report racist or homophobic abuse at Premier League football matches this weekend

Here are the numbers that football fans can use to report any racist or homophobic abuse experienced this weekend.

Man City vs Everton

Call Etihad Stadium on 0161 444 1894 (Option 1, then 3)

Palace vs Leicester

Text Selhurst Park on 07507 477669 (with block and stand details)

Huddersfield vs Newcastle

Call/text John Smith Stadium on 07741 528949 (with block and stand details)

Tottenham vs Burnley

Text Wembley Stadium on 87474 (with relevant keyword FOUL, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIC, DRINK, SMOKE, STAND, PYRO alongside block, row and seat number)

Watford vs Cardiff

Call Vicarage Road on 07825 535269 (with block and stand details)

Wolves vs Bournemouth

Call Molineux on 0371 222 2220 (with block and stand details or alternatively call Kick It Out on 0800 169 9414)

Fulham vs West Ham

Call Kick It Out on 0800 169 9414 (with block and stand details)

Brighton vs Chelsea

Call Amex Stadium on 07880 196442 (with block and stand details)

Southampton vs Arsenal

Call/text St Mary's on 02380 711980 or 07467 959607 (with block and stand details)

Liverpool vs Man Utd

Text Anfield on 64446 (Start your message with LFC before describing incident)

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Wayne Rooney flies to Saudi Arabia for Formula E – and hopes Man Utd supporter Sam Bird wins

England's all-time top scorer jetted himself into Saudi Arabia for the Ad Diriyah E-Prix.

Bird pushed last season's champion Jean-Eric Vergne to the final race weekend before missing out on the title.

And Rooney is supporting the fellow Brit and Red Devils fan on the streets in Saudi.

Rooney said: "Yeah it is my first time watching a [Formula E] race so I’m excited. In the rain as well, I’m told it is the first time they’ll be racing in wet conditions so it should make it a bit more exciting as well so I’m looking forward to it.

"The car looks fantastic, I think obviously it looks great so I’m looking forward to seeing what it can do out on the track. I hope it has a good run.

"It is exciting to watch, I’ve watched it on TV so I’m really excited to watching it live.

"I’ve always liked watching fast cars and driving them as well.

"There is a big buzz here and a big buzz to the race.

"I think it will be great if one of the British drivers could win the first race – I was just speaking to Sam Bird who is a Man Utd fan as well so I’m hoping that he can get the win today."

Rooney tweeted: “On my way to the #AdDiriyahEPrix – looking forward to being part of the experience. Hope to see you there”

Rooney will see the likes of ex-F1 stars Felipe Massa and Stoffel Vandoorne race around the streets in Saudi Arabia at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix.

The MLS season came to a close last weekend with Atlanta United winning the MLS Cup, allowing Rooney to enjoy himself during the off-season.

The 33-year-old's fairytale first season in the MLS ended in disappointment when the DC United striker missed a penalty in the shoot-out which saw his side get knocked out of the play-offs by Colombus Crew.


Rooney was a guest of Donald Trump’s at the White House earlier this week.

The president of the United States invited Rooney and Coleen to a Christmas party.

But Rooney looked a couple of inches shorter than Trump's son Barron when the kid met his hero.

A source said: "Coleen and Wayne were stunned when they received a personal invite from Donald inviting them to the White House."

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