Football

England Under-21s prepared for penalties, says Aidy Boothroyd

England’s players react after Nathan Redmond’s decisive penalty is saved England’s penalty shootout defeat by Germany in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship was not the result a lack of preparation, says boss Aidy Boothroyd. Germany won 4-3 on penalties in Poland as England’s Tammy Abraham and Nathan Redmond had spot-kicks saved. The game […]

Basketball

Kevin Pelton’s weekly mailbag, including the most prepared rookies

This week’s mailbag features your questions on which top-10 picks are most ready to contribute as rookies, the returns on blockbuster trades involving star players and more. You can tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to peltonmailbag@gmail.com. “Your rating of the Jimmy Butler trade made me think of the following question: […]

Basketball

Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard prepared for boos when he returns to Houston to face the Rockets

HOUSTON — Dwight Howard said he wouldn’t mind if Rockets fans booed him Thursday night, explaining that there was “never any love lost” for Houston and calling his departure last summer in free agency “a business decision.” But Howard, now playing with the Atlanta Hawks, received a mix of boos and cheers during pregame introductions. […]