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San Jose Sharks fire head coach Peter DeBoer after slow start

San Jose Sharks fire head coach Peter DeBoer after slow start

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Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The San Jose Sharks, entering the season with high expectations, fired head coach Peter DeBoer after a lackluster start to the season, the team announced Wednesday. Sharks assistant coach Bob Boughner will serve as the team's interim head coach. San Jose also announced goalie coach Johan Hedberg and assistant coaches Dave Barr and Steve Spott were relieved of their duties. "When you have had a level of past success, change is never easy, but we feel this team is capable of much more than we have shown thus far and that a new voice is needed," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "As a team and as individuals, our play has not met expectations this year and our level of consistency has not been where it needs to be. "This group of individuals who will l...
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola linked with return to Bayern Munich after stuttering start to fourth Premier League season

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola linked with return to Bayern Munich after stuttering start to fourth Premier League season

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Pep Guardiola has been linked with a shock return to former club Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany. The Bundesliga champions parted company with head coach Niko Kovac after 18 months at the helm and currently have Hans-Joachim Flick in charge on an interim basis. Bild The German publication reports Guardiola is being considered for the Bayern job Bayern had drafted up a shortlist of potential managers, including Ralf Rangnick, Erik ten Hag, Max Allegri and ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. According to SportBild, Guardiola still owns a flat in the city centre and recently visited Bayern’s training ground and directors. He is still held in high regard by the club and won seven trophies, but failed to win the Champions League, reaching three
Harden-Westbrook Rockets in ‘funk’ but not concerned after slow start

Harden-Westbrook Rockets in ‘funk’ but not concerned after slow start

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MIAMI, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Mixed messages exist in the Houston Rockets' locker room, but James Harden said he isn't concerned despite the team's early season "funk." The Rockets star joined forces with former teammate and NBA MVP Russell Westbrook this off-season. The two are tasked with leading the Rockets into NBA Finals contention for years to come. Houston is off to a 4-3 start after being on the wrong end of a 29-point blowout loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday and narrowly beating the 1-5 Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. "We don't try to dive in too deep with whatever we want to call it," Harden said after admitting the team is in a funk. "We just try to focus on the positives and little things we can get better at and correct. Our energy and effort is one of the things we can correct." Hard...
Turkey moves to start domestic submarine-building industry

Turkey moves to start domestic submarine-building industry

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Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Turkey launched a plan to build its own submarine fleet, with six home-designed and -manufactured vessels scheduled to join its naval fleet by 2040. Turkey's submarine fleet, the second-largest in NATO, currently consists of 12 vessels based on the design of the German Type-209. Six more are expected from Germany before Turkish submarines can be delivered. Turkey's shipbuilding industry is also upgrading three French-made submarines for Pakistan. The ambitious project, formally unveiled on Tuesday, is named MiLDEN, an acronym meaning "Milli Denizalti" or "national submarine," and comes at a time when Turkish defense deals are under scrutiny. The United States canceled sales and component manufacturing contracts with Turkey after it purchased a Russian-made S-400 air def...
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi hailed by Sam Allardyce after excellent start to the season

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi hailed by Sam Allardyce after excellent start to the season

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Arsenal have been praised for identifying the ‘very, very impressive’ Matteo Guendouzi and signing the midfield starlet last summer. Guendouzi was unknown outside of France – and hardly known about even in his homeland – when the Gunners bought him from Lorient 15 months ago. Signed for around £7million, there were high hopes for Guendouzi, but no one expected him to make such an immediate an impact in English football. Getty Images - Getty Big things are expected of talented youngster Guendouzi He impressed on his Premier League debut last August despite Arsenal losing 2-0 to Man City, and ended up making 48 appearances in all competitions as the Gunners finished fifth and reached the Europa League final. The 20-year-old has continued his fine form