Napoli fires manager Carlo Ancelotti hours after Champions League win

Napoli has fired manager Carlo Ancelotti hours after he was on the sidelines for the club’s 4-0 win over Genk to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, the club announced Tuesday.

La Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli ha deciso di revocare l’incarico di responsabile tecnico della prima squadra al signor Carlo Ancelotti.
Rimangono intatti i rapporti di amicizia, stima e rispetto reciproco tra la società, il suo presidente Aurelio De Laurentiis e Carlo Ancelotti

— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) December 10, 2019

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Oops, Cal somehow becomes ‘Cal State’ for upcoming Redbox Bowl


No, Cal didn’t just lose its accreditation as a university after 150 years. But the Red Box Bowl, which will host the Bears and Illinois in Santa Clara on Dec. 30, did lose a little respect after a merchandise mishap mistakenly referred to Cal as “Cal State.”

Much to the amusement of folks at Cal and on Twitter, T-shirts and other items promoting the bowl game at Levi’s Stadium were being offered online with the glaring mistake.

Official ⁦@RedboxBowl⁩ T-shirts for this year’s contest b/w “Cal State” & Illinois h/t ⁦@GoldenBlogs⁩

— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 10, 2019

.@RedboxBowl @CalAthletics Who/what the hell is “Cal State”? Do better.

— Do It 4 The Bay (@GoBearrs) December 10, 2019

If you combined all the players in the Cal State University system you would have a pretty good team. Definitely heavy favorites against Illinois.

— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) December 10, 2019

Bad: @RedboxBowl replaced @Cal with a team from Cal State Nowhere
Good: The Bowl will be played at the Golden Gate Bridge (Architects Cal alums Irving & Gertrude Morrow), Coit Tower (Architect Cal alum Arthur Brown) & the Palace of Fine Arts (Architect Cal Prof. Bernard Maybeck)

— Cal Bears History (@CalBearsHistory) December 10, 2019

Cal’s star linebacker Evan Weaver showed off online skills befitting a man who just won the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year award. He tweeted “Do it for State!’ along with a “Cal State” hashtag.

A closer look at the T-shirts reveals more mistakes than simply linking Cal with the 23 other state colleges in California. Logos used for both Cal and Illinois were outdated. Worse yet, Red …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


49ers put end to Marquise Goodwin’s underwhelming season

SANTA CLARA — Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin won’t be part of the 49ers’ playoff push.

The 49ers confirmed they are placing Goodwin on injured reserve. He did not play in Sunday’s 48-46 win at New Orleans after appearing on the Friday injury report with knee and ankle injuries that coach Kyle Shanahan dubbed “chronic” issues.

Goodwin did not play in four of the past seven games for the NFC-leading 49ers (11-2). They next host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 11: San Francisco 49ers’ Marquise Goodwin (11) warms up before his teams game versus the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

Goodwin’s roster spot likely will be filled by an injury replacement for their offensive line after center Weston Richburg’s season-ending patella injury Sunday, although they also have injury concerns with cornerbacks Richard Sherman (hamstring) and K’Waun Williams (concussion), defensive end Dee Ford (hamstring) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs).

Goodwin has never appeared in a playoff game, and, this season, he totaled just 12 receptions for 106 yards. His only touchdown catch came in a Week 2 win at Cincinnati. His only catch in the past eight games was for 5 yards at home against Arizona, preceded by a couple early drops in a Nov. 11 to the Seattle Seahawks.

He became expendable once the 49ers traded Oct. 22 for Emmanuel Sanders, who’s emerged as their top wide receiver. Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne have established themselves as the 49ers’ next leading targets behind tight end George Kittle.

CINCINNATI, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 15: Marquise Goodwin #11 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


SF Giants trade for a prospect, sign a starter and acquire an infielder in flurry of moves

SAN DIEGO — Free agency has been a much hotter topic than the trade market at this year’s Winter Meetings, but the San Francisco Giants have been involved in both aspects of the player acquisition process on Tuesday.

The Giants added three players to the organization on Tuesday, trading for infielder Zack Cozart and shortstop prospect Will Wilson in a swap with the Angels before announcing a one-year deal with free agent starter Kevin Gausman.

Tuesday’s trade with the Angels is essentially an opportunity for the Giants to use their payroll flexibility to purchase young talent as Wilson, a highly touted shortstop, is the player the organization covets. Cozart is owed more than $12 million in the final year of his contract next season and is coming off a season in which he hit .124 in 97 at-bats.

Wilson, 21, was the Angels first round draft choice out of North Carolina State in 2019. In his first professional season, Wilson hit .275 with a .768 OPS in the Northwest League.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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