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Tottenham news: Dele Alli will reject move to Man Utd or Chelsea


Dele Alli will reject move to Man Utd or Chelsea
Dele Alli in action for Spurs (Getty)

Tottenham are confident Dele Alli will reject a move away from North London and commit his future to the club, according to reports.

There has been much speculation around the England international after it emerged he was switching agents when his current arrangement ceases. That led to concerns at Spurs he was paving the way for a transfer.

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However, the Telegraph report that Tottenham are preparing a new contract and believe they can convince him to sign before he switches agent after next summer’s World Cup.

The deal offered will be a significant improvement on the £50,000-a-week six-year deal he signed last September.

Dele Alli will reject move to Man Utd or Chelsea
Alli has been sensational since joining from MK Dons (Getty)

Alli has been linked with virtually every major club in Europe after a superb 2016/17 season in which he scored 18 goals and provided seven assists in the Premier League. Among them are Manchester United and Chelsea, while even a move to Real Madrid has been mooted for the 21-year-old.

This season hasn’t started so well for Alli who has scored just twice so far. He’s also been in trouble for diving and a middle-finger gesture on England duty that earned him a one-match ban.

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Hurricane Nate threatens U.S. central Gulf Coast after killing 25


MANAGUA (Reuters) – Hurricane Nate was expected to strengthen on Saturday and make landfall, threatening the U.S. central Gulf Coast with strong winds and storm surges after killing at least 25 people in Central America.

Nate, a Category 1 hurricane, the weakest on a five-category scale used by meteorologists, was churning toward the central Gulf of Mexico as New Orleans evacuated some residents from areas outside its levee system.

“Nate is at our doorstep or will be soon,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

The greatest threat from this particular storm is not rain, but strong winds and storm surge, Landrieu said. The winds could cause significant power outages, and storm surges are projected to be six to nine feet (1.8 to 2.7 meters) high, he added.

“We have been through this many, many times. There is no need to panic,” Landrieu told a news conference.

The storm brushed by Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, home to beach resorts such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen, as it headed north, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Nate packed maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 kmh) and was about 420 miles (675 km) south-southeast of the Mississippi river on Saturday as it was expected to strengthen, the NHC said.

In the United States, a state of emergency was declared for 29 Florida counties and states near Nate’s path – Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi – as well as the city of New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The NHC issued a hurricane watch from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border.

“By Saturday noon you should be in your safe place,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey told a news conference. “This is a fast-moving storm and we must begin preparing now.”

Residents fill sandbags in preparation for tropical storm Nate in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production was offline ahead of the storm, and more oil companies halted operations on Friday.

On Friday evening, Nate was moving north-northwest at 22 miles per hour (35 kmh), a fast pace which if maintained could mean the storm does less damage when it hits land.

CENTRAL AMERICA DEATHS

The storm doused Central America with heavy rains on Thursday, killing at least 12 people in Nicaragua, nine in Costa Rica, two in Honduras and two in El Salvador, local authorities said.

Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes and Costa Rica’s government declared a state of emergency.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis urged residents to remain vigilant, noting rains would likely resume.

In Honduras, residents wondered whether they would have to flee. Norma Chavez and her two children anxiously watched a river rise outside their home in Tegucigalpa, the capital.

“We are worried that it will grow more and carry away the house,” said Chavez, 45.

Through Monday, Nate is expected to produce two to four inches (5 to 10 cm) more rain in eastern Yucatan and western Cuba and three to six inches (8 to 15 inches) in the U.S. central Gulf Coast.

About 71 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production and 53 percent of natural gas output is offline ahead of Nate’s arrival, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Friday.

Oil companies have evacuated staff from 66 platforms and five drilling rigs, it said. Oil production equaling 1.24 million barrels of crude per day is offline, according to BSEE.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; editing by Alexander Smith

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Soccer: U.S. overrun Panama 4-0, boost 2018 qualification chances


(Reuters) – Christian Pulisic pulled the strings and Jozy Altidore grabbed a brace as the United States overran Panama 4-0 in Orlando on Friday to leave them on the verge of automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

The victory lifted the United States into third place in the six-team CONCACAF group, above Panama, who started the day a point ahead of them.

A win in their final match against Trinidad and Tobago will likely be enough to see the United States through as Honduras would need to win both their remaining games and overturn a goal difference currently at 12.

Top team Mexico are already through from the North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation and second-placed Costa Rica need just a point from their final two matches to join them.

Mexico came from behind to beat the already eliminated Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 at home on Friday.

Bottom side Trinidad had won just one of their previous eight matches but Shahdon Winchester gave them a surprise lead after 66 minutes.

However, Hirving Lozano got the equalizer after 78 minutes and Javier Hernandez popped up to save Mexico’s blushes two minutes from time. Hector Herrera capped the scoring with a free kick in injury time.

Oct 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; USA forward Bobby Wood (9) shoots as Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo (1) makes a save during the first half at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Costa Rica’s scheduled qualifier at home to Honduras was postponed until Saturday from Friday due to severe rainfall caused by tropical storm Nate.

The top three teams qualify automatically, while the fourth-placed side goes into a play-off against a team from the Asian confederation.

Pulisic got the United States’ opener after eight minutes when he sprinted free of the defense and slotted the ball home from a tight angle after rounding the goalkeeper.

Altidore made it two 11 minutes later when he side-footed home an inviting low cross from Pulisic. The burly striker made it 3-0 just seconds before half time when he chipped home a penalty after Bobby Wood was upended in the box.

Wood got the goal his play deserved 18 minutes into the second half when he spun inside the box and fired past goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

The United States should have scored more but profligate finishing and a fine performance from Penedo kept the score down.

”On the night we actually didn’t finish well,“ said U.S. coach Bruce Arena. ”We could have scored a lot more goals.

“Now we have to finish it off Tuesday in Trinidad.”

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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Immigrants in U.S. seeking safe haven worry Trump may send them back


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of Salvadorans, Haitians and others now sheltered in the United States from danger in their home countries might have to leave under a crackdown the Trump administration is weighing on a program that critics slam as “back-door” immigration.

People close to the administration said the White House is considering anti-immigration activists’ appeals for pull-back on the 27-year old U.S. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, which protects more than 300,000 people in the country.

“There’s no question people inside the administration want to reform the excesses,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that seeks to reduce immigration into the United States.

“We have definitely expressed our opinions to the administration. This time there actually are people willing to listen,” Beck said in a telephone interview.

Officials at the State Department and Department of Homeland Security would not comment on administration plans for TPS.

The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

President Donald Trump campaigned last year on a promise to deport large numbers of immigrants, a racially-tinged political theme that won him passionate support among some U.S. voters.

Since he took office in January, Trump has moved to ban U.S. entry by people from select Muslim countries. He also announced the end next March of an Obama-era program giving temporary legal status to “Dreamers” brought illegally into the United States as children, unless Congress revives it.

Now immigration advocacy groups fear Trump will curtail TPS by refusing to renew the protected status of some of the nine countries covered: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Last month, Sudan was slated for TPS termination, effective November 2018. Immigration groups were heartened somewhat that South Sudan’s status was renewed in September through mid-2019.

Advocacy groups said they are also concerned Trump might seek legislative changes making it harder to designate TPS countries.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which also seeks to reduce overall immigration, said the administration is assessing each country’s status. “In the past it was routine renewal,” he said.

FAIR would be “open” to TPS continuing, Mehlman said, but only with assurances that participation is temporary and “not a 20-year stay.”

Several immigration advocacy groups said officials within the administration have told them significant changes to TPS were being debated among agencies and the White House.

In July, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security fired a warning shot when it renewed Haiti’s designation for only six months instead of the typical 18 months. “During this six-month extension, beneficiaries are encouraged to prepare for their return to Haiti in the event Haiti’s designation is not extended again,” the department warned.

TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT?

Critics have complained the program allows participants to repeatedly extend their stays in 6-18 month increments in case of a natural disaster, civil strife or other emergencies in their homelands.

Haiti, for example, has had TPS designation for seven years; El Salvador for 16 years. “It’s not TPS, it is PPS, Permanent Protected Status,” Beck said. “The chance of someone having to leave is closer to the chance of being struck by lightning.”

Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York, acknowledged TPS needs repair, but warned that if Trump forced thousands of Salvadorans to go home, they would be easy targets of gang violence after years of living in the United States and raising families.

Many of them “have kids who are U.S. citizens, but it could push the families underground” if parents lose their work permits and face deportation, she said.

Paul Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, said in a telephone interview that his government is asking the Trump administration for an 18-month extension, citing an ongoing cholera outbreak and destruction from recent hurricanes.

“These people have been strung along,” said Matt Adams, legal director for the Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, disputing the critics who say TPS was not meant to provide protection for a decade or more.

He said TPS participants have had their hopes raised and then dashed as repeated attempts in Congress to update the TPS program have sputtered, while past administrations have carved out programs for some groups of immigrants by granting them permanent legal status.

Adams said that in the event of a crackdown, some people, such as those married to U.S. citizens, will have other legal ways to stay.

But he said many of his clients, including entire families, will have their lives “thrown into chaos.”

Reporting By Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by Makini Brice, Yeganeh Torbati and Jeff Mason; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and David Gregorio

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Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey ‘breaks hand splitting up fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame’


Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has reportedly suffered a broken hand splitting up a training ground fight between Toon teammates Jamaal Lescelles and Mo Diame.

England international Shelvey has recently returned from suspension after his red card on the opening weekend of the season against Tottenham.

But the former Swansea man could now be set for another spell on the sidelines after jumping in between skipper Lascelles and Diame, according to The Sun.

The pair apparently traded punches before Shelvey muscled in, allegedly leaving the 25-year-old’s left hand in a cast.

Lascelles has penned a new six-year contract on Tyneside

Diame was reportedly scrapping with his skipper on the training ground

Lascelles reportedly questioned Diame’s work ethic which started the fracas, with Diame retorting with an insult.

Shelvey is set to be monitored by medical staff ahead of the Magpies’ trip to Southampton on Sunday week.

The news would be most unwelcome for Benitez

He was impressive as Newcastle drew 1-1 with Liverpool at St James’ Park in the last game before the international break.

It was announced on Friday that Lascelles has penned a new six-year contract on Tyneside, keeping him with the club until 2023.



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In Puerto Rico, lives depend on volunteer doctors and diesel generators


OROCOVIS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – At a community center in Orocovis, an isolated agricultural town of 23,000 in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, six oxygen-dependent patients drew breath with the help of the diesel generator powering their equipment.

Then the generator sputtered as if it might die.

A dozen volunteer doctors and medical students from San Juan started assessing which patient should be transported first – in the town’s only ambulance – to a hospital an hour away, and which could survive without oxygen for a short time.

Javier Sevilla Rodriguez, a medical student, had only one way to make the agonizing decisions. He removed one woman’s oxygen tube, watching carefully to see how her blood-oxygen level responded.

“This is how we are doing triage right now,” he said.

Two weeks after hurricane Maria, many of Puerto Rico’s sick, frail and elderly are teetering on the edge, one faulty generator away from missing dialysis treatments or having critical medications go bad.

With nearly the entire island still lacking electricity, hospitals, clinics, and shelters are operating on aging generators not intended for long-term use and powered by scarce diesel fuel. Water is still not available for nearly half the population and supplies of medicines and oxygen are running low.

And residents still can’t call for help across vast swaths of the island because of widespread cellular network outages.

Many regions in the interior of the island, like this one, are only now seeing relief efforts, amid a plodding U.S. disaster response to this island of 3.4 million American citizens. The U.S. territory’s battered economy and infrastructure has magnified the humanitarian crisis wrought by the strongest hurricane to hit here in nine decades.

In Orocovis, even the sickest patients have gone largely without medical care since the storm. So the doctors worked quickly throughout the day, conferring with caregivers and writing prescriptions they would take back to San Juan to fill and then dispatch by messenger.

Now at the community center, their last stop before leaving town, time ran out.

With a loud clunk, the sounds of humming oxygen machines stopped and were replaced by a chorus of beeps and chirps warning that power had been cut.

The generator had failed.

A CALL FOR DOCTORS

An aerial view shows trees and buildings damaged by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017. Picture taken October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The medical convoy that visited Orocovis is an entirely volunteer operation, organized by physician Carlos Mellado. After Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, blocking roads and crippling power and communications networks, Mellado asked other doctors at his clinic to cover for him and threw himself into hurricane relief work.

On the first day, he headed to Canovanas, east of the capital, checking on people at shelters. He promised to fill many patients’ prescriptions and send back the medications.

The next day, he went to Vieques, an island off Puerto Rico’s eastern coast, and found diabetics without insulin, heart patients under extreme stress and crucial treatments interrupted by power outages.

When Mellado returned to San Juan, he stopped by the local radio station, which in the days after the storm, had become a trusted source of information for Puerto Ricans living without communications. Invited to speak to listeners, he called for other physicians willing to join him.

Now, Mellado has a core group of 18 physicians, who rotate between the trips and their own practices, and a growing list of more doctors who want to join. Each morning, he takes out a paper map of the island covered with notes about where he’s been. The doctors pick a town and go.

The convoys have no official ties, but Mellado reports each evening on what the doctors found to Puerto Rican and federal officials in San Juan. Sometimes Puerto Rico’s housing department coordinates deliveries of the drugs back to the towns, and a pharmacy chain donates medications for patients without insurance.

The government’s death count from the storm more than doubled this week to 36. But doctors across the island believe the total would be far higher if it included people with chronic conditions who died because they lacked access to medical care.

“For these critically ill patients, if everything fails, they don’t have too much time,” said Humberto Guzman, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and member of the medical convoy. ”People are dying.”

‘WE CANNOT WAIT’

In Orocovis, after the generator failed, the doctors looked for a quick fix. Guzman ran up the street to the town’s shuttered urgent care facility.

There, he found a half-dozen oxygen tanks that locals said had been delivered the day before. Each could provide about a day’s worth of oxygen to a patient.

The tanks were quickly moved to the community center, where the doctors taught family members to use them. But before that became necessary, the generator sprang back to life.

The doctors packed up to leave, assuring patients’ families that they could switch to the tanks if the generator failed again.

“In every town right now, there are moments like this happening,” Guzman said. “That’s why you need people like us to just go. We cannot wait.” 

(This version of the story corrects to fix pronoun in paragraph 4 and change “country” to “island” in paragraph 7)

Reporting by Robin Respaut and Nick Brown; Editing by Sue Horton and Brian Thevenot

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Arsenal news: Jack Wilshere in England frame ahead of World Cup


Arsenal star was on verge of England call up despite not playing in Premier League
Jack Wilshere is yet to play for Arsenal in the Premier League this season (Getty)

Jack Wilshere was on the verge of an England call up for the current international break, despite having not played a minute of Premier League football this season.

The Arsenal midfielder has not played for the national side since November last year, but with Gareth Southgate seeking more creativity in midfield, he was considered.

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It may also have been prompted by necessity with England beset with numerous injury problems in the build-up to their latest games.

The Daily Mail report that as well as considering Wilshere for the matches with Slovenia and Lithuania, the England manager is lining the 25-year-old up for a place in his World Cup squad.

When asked about picking Wilshere, Southgate said: ‘We’re in a position where there’s no way we would dismiss any creative player. But people have to be playing and have to be playing at a good level.’

Arsenal star was on verge of England call up despite not playing in Premier League
Jack Wilshere in action for England (Getty)

So far Wilshere has yet to feature in the Premier League but he has played twice in the Europa League and in the League Cup.

England’s next fixtures are in November when they play friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley.

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This is what a 35-year-old tin of sweetcorn looks like inside after foodbank open up decades-old can


It went out of date 35-years-ago, but what does the inside of this tin of Green Giant sweetcorn look like now?

The can was recently donated to a food bank in Cardiff, despite having a best before date of August 1982.

But it turns out that the sweetcorn has lasted pretty well – and looks exactly the same as you would expect if it was well in date.

Whether the same can be said about the taste is anyone’s guess.

And it’s not the only out-of-date product the Cardiff food bank has received recently after someone donated a tin of soup to that is so old that Heinz doesn’t even make the flavour anymore.


The tin of sweetcorn went out of date in 1982

The sweetcorn looks exactly as you’d expect it to look if it was in date

The taste might not be quite the same…

The rusty can had clearly been forgotten about long ago at the back of someone’s cupboard, until the donor decided to have a clear out.

And when it arrived at Cardiff food bank – the tin of long since discontinued kidney soup was at least 46-years-old.

The Heinz ‘ready to eat’ Kidney Soup, priced at 10d (24p in ‘new’ money) was handed into to the Trussell Trust Cardiff Food Bank on Wednesday, reports Wales Online .

Staff said the “hilarious” donation also included an 8p tin of Green Giant sweetcorn dating back to the 1980s and a 13p tin of Del Monte carrots.

Helen Bull, the trust’s partnership and fundraising manager, said: “Especially at Harvest time people empty their cupboards of food they no longer need.

“It’s out of a generous heart but I just think they don’t think and don’t necessarily look at the dates.

Heinz no longer makes kidney soup

The tin cost 10d (10p) and is thought to be 46-years-old


“It would be great if anybody wants to give us lots of money for it.

“It should probably be in a museum.”

The tin dates back to before decimalisation in 1971 – making it at least 46 years old.

Makers Heinz tweeted: “Wow! That soup was discontinued over 35 years ago. Should be in a museum rather than a food bank!”

Helen said the donation was made by an unknown person but came as part of a series of donations from schools and churches as part of Harvest Festival donations.

Unfortunately staff regularly find out of date food.

Helen said: “Sometimes we do end up throwing quite a lot of food out. We get an awful lot of out-of-date food.”

She said they plan to keep the tins in the office and will get a “smile” out of them.

Fancy some out of date whole carrots in salted water?

A 13p tin of carrots has also been handed in

Helen added: “We will certainly keep them. It might remind people to give us in-date food.”

The food bank costs between £80,000 and £100,000 to keep going each year and rely solely on donations.

It is currently short of tinned tomatoes, sponge cake, coffee, biscuits and custard.

They give people a “balanced” diet in their food packages but need sweet food to give people who have gone without food some quick energy.

To find out where you can make a donation in Cardiff visit cardiff.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food



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Police, FBI seek public's help in finding motive behind Las Vegas massacre


LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Baffled police and FBI agents, still lacking a clear motive for the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people by a lone gunman five days ago, appealed to the public on Friday to come forward with any information that might help solve the mystery.

Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said investigators have, to no avail, run down more than 1,000 leads seeking clues to what drove a 64-year-old wealthy retiree with a penchant for gambling to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The gunman, Stephen Paddock, poured a barrage of gunfire from the windows of his 32nd-floor hotel suite into a crowd of 20,000 people attending an outdoor music festival on Sunday night, then killed himself before police stormed his room.

In addition to the 58 people killed, nearly 500 were injured, some by gunfire, some trampled or otherwise hurt while running for cover.

Unlike so many other perpetrators of deadly mass shootings before him, Paddock left behind no suicide note, no manifesto, no recordings and no messages on social media pointing to his intent, according to police.

“We have looked at everything, literally, to include the suspect’s personal life, any political affiliation, his social behaviors, economic situation, any potential radicalization,” McMahill told reporters. “We are looking at every aspect from birth to death of this suspect and this case.”

McMahill acknowledged that Islamic State had repeatedly claimed responsibility for the attack, but said investigators had uncovered “no nexus” between that Mideast-based militant group and Paddock.

In an unusual bid to cast a wider net for additional tips, the FBI and police have arranged with communications company Clear Channel to post billboards around Las Vegas urging members of the public to come forward with any information they believe might help investigators.

The billboards will bear the slogan, “If you know something, say something,” and carry a toll-free number to an FBI hotline, said Aaron Rouse, special agent in charge of the Las Vegas FBI office.

A police officer stands in front of the closed Las Vegas Strip next to the site of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“We have not stopped, we will not stop until we have the truth,” Rouse said.

McMahill said investigators were satisfied that no one else was in the room with Paddock, who checked into the Mandalay Bay hotel three days before the massacre.

“We’re very confident … there was not another shooter in that room,” he said.

But police have said they suspect Paddock may have had assistance at some point before the killings, based on the large number of guns, ammunition and explosives that were found in the hotel suite, his home, his car and a second home searched in Reno.

Authorities have said that 12 of the weapons recovered from Paddock’s hotel suite were equipped with so-called bump-stock devices that enable semi-automatic rifles to be operated as if they were fully automatic machine-guns.

Paddock’s ability to fire hundreds of rounds per minute over the course of his 10-minute shooting spree was a major factor in the high casualty count, police said.

The National Rifle Association, the influential gun lobby that has staunchly opposed moves to tighten firearms control laws after previous mass shootings, came out on Thursday in favor of placing new regulations on bump stock accessories.

Reports have emerged in recent days that Paddock may have targeted other sites for attack in Las Vegas, Chicago or Boston before Sunday’s shooting, which police have said they were investigating.

Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, was questioned by the FBI on Wednesday and said in a statement she never had any inkling of Paddock’s plans.

Danley, who returned late on Tuesday from a family visit to the Philippines, is regarded by investigators as a “person of interest.” The Australian citizen of Filipino heritage is cooperating fully with authorities, her lawyer said.

Reporting by Alexandria Sage and Sharon Bernstein in Las Vegas; additional reporting by Susan Heavey, Richard Cowan, Doina Chiacu, Amanda Becker and Jeff Mason in Washington, Chris Kenning in Chicago, Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Allen in New York, Keith Coffman in Denver and Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Writing by Scott Malone and Steve Gorman; Editing by Janet Lawrence and Andrew Hay

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(The Sports Xchange) – NBA All-Star and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady will join the front office of the Orlando Magic as special assistant to CEO Alex Martins, the team announced Friday.

McGrady played for the Magic from 2000 to 2004, making the All-Star Game all four seasons.

The team said the 38-year-old McGrady will be available to players and coaches on and off the court, will assist and advise the executive team in several areas and will help with promotion, marketing and community relations activities for the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League.

McGrady played in 295 games (294 starts) during his four seasons with the Magic, averaging 28.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.53 steals.

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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was scheduled to sit out Friday night’s preseason game against the Indiana Pacers due to his left ankle injury, the team announced.

James suffered the injury during a practice on Sept. 27 when he stepped on the foot of rookie forward Cedi Osman.

James returned to practice Thursday and coach Tyronn Lue said it was possible that James might play against the Pacers. But the Cavaliers opted against playing James for precautionary reasons.

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Sacramento Kings rookie forward Harry Giles will miss at least half the season due to his ongoing knee issues, the club announced.

Giles will be sidelined through at least January to make sure his knees are healthy before he plays in his first NBA game.

According to the Kings, the training staff will “focus on a measured and sustained progression plan designed to improve physical strength in his surgically repaired knees.”

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