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French coach Zinedine Zidane has won the “Best” 2017, the world’s best coach, Kings vs Suns live stream free Preview NBA at the annual FIFA World Cup in London, London. The best this year.

Zidane’s victory came after his win over the pair, Italian coach Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri and English coach Antonio Conte.

Zinedine Zidane led Real Madrid to four titles this year, the Spanish league “Liga”, the Spanish Super, the Champions League and the European Super.

Preview: Suns vs. Kings, 6:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona

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PHOENIX — As the season commenced, Phoenix Suns managing partner Robert Sarver told local reporters that he expected a break-even record, but the team’s left little reason to believe even those modest expectations could be reached.

The Suns on Sunday fired coach Earl Watson three games into the regular season, the last straw being a 130-88 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

It was the Suns’ second loss by 40-plus points this season, and afterward Watson questioned the team’s unity, fight and leadership.

The team announced Sunday night that associate head coach Jay Triano is taking over for Watson as interim head coach. Triano’s first game will be against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

Guard Eric Bledsoe summed up his frustration in a tweet before Sunday’s announcement of the coaching change surfaced.

“I Dont wanna be here,” it read.

It appears he will get his wish. Bledsoe met with team officials on Monday morning and was sent home. Speculation is rampant that the team will attempt to trade him.

Triano spent parts of three seasons (2008-11) as head coach of the Toronto Raptors. He is in his second season with the Suns after spending four years as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers, one when Watson was a player there.

Watson was beginning his second full year on the job after being promoted from assistant coach to interim coach when Jeff Hornacek was fired on Feb. 1, 2016. Watson signed a three-year contract as head coach on April 19, 2016. The Suns went 33-85 on his watch.

“The whole team is embarrassed,” Bledsoe said after the loss to the Clippers, then shouldered some of the blame. “I think I have to do a better job of being a leader and a floor general out there.

He added about the woeful start, “It happens, but not to this point.”

The Suns will play their third home game against Sacramento. They lost the season opener to Portland by an embarrassing 124-76, the largest margin ever in an NBA season opener. Phoenix then fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 132-130 on Friday when rookie Lonzo Ball was one assist short of becoming the youngest player in NBA history to post a triple-double.

Sacramento (1-2) is coming off a 17-point loss at Denver and will play its third road game in four nights.

The Suns are the second-youngest team in the league in terms of average age, with four players still 20 and another 19. Watson tinkered with the lineup this season, putting power forward Marquese Chriss on the bench and starting two small forwards, TJ Warren and rookie Josh Jackson.

Phoenix is shooting 39.7 percent from the floor and is getting outrebounded by 10.7 per game. The Suns shot 38 percent from the field and were outrebounded 52-36 by the Clippers. Opponents are shooting 51.5 percent.

Sacramento, which traded DeMarcus Cousins last February, remade its roster around veteran newcomers George Hill and Zach Randolph and top draft pick De’Aaron Fox.

The Kings had similar woes in their 96-79 defeat at Denver. Though Fox had 18 points off the bench, the Kings shot 36.5 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 58-39.

“We settled on first shots that were somewhat contested and somewhat open instead of driving the basketball,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “I thought they pushed us around with their physicality. We were undersized at just about every position.

“We have to hit first. We have to have that mindset. We have to cut hard and create plays and help teammates score. Our guys have great hearts and they are trying to do the right thing. It’s a good learning tool.”

Fox, the fifth player taken in the 2017 draft immediately after the Suns selected Jackson, has entered off the bench in all three games and is averaging 13.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds in just more than 26 minutes per game. He plays behind Hill, who is also averaging 13.7 points.

Kings third-year center Willie Cauley-Stein has averaged 11 points and 9.7 rebounds in his first three games as the full-time starter. Guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) has missed all three games and is considered questionable for Monday.

Bogdanovic was part of the package the Suns sent to Sacramento in order to move up in the first round of the 2016 draft and select Chriss. Bogdanovic has not played in an NBA game.

WR Hilton apologizes for criticizing Colts’ offensive line

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INDIANAPOLIS — Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton has apologized to his teammates after criticizing the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line.

After Sunday’s 27-0 loss to Jacksonville, Hilton said the linemen need to take more pride in protecting quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The Colts gave up 10 sacks, an Indianapolis era record, and 20 quarterback hits.

The comment didn’t go over well with his teammates.

On Monday, left tackle Anthony Castonzo acknowledged that while the comment was made out of frustration following a loss, playerscan’t start pointing fingers.

Hilton said later that he “100 percent messed up” and that he intended to talk to the offensive linemen individually.

The Colts (2-5) were shut out for the first time in a regular-season game since December 1993.

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Braves exercise Tyler Flowers’ 2018 option, decline R.A. Dickey’s

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Tyler Flowers will return behind the plate for the Atlanta Braves next season, but R.A. Dickey will not take the mound for the franchise.

The Bravesexercised Flowers’ 2018 cluboption on Monday a meager $4 million price tag for the veteran catcher and breakout performer this past season but declined the $8 million option for Dickey, the veteran knuckleballer who is contemplating retirement.

In his two seasons in a Braves uniform, the 31-year-old Flowers is hitting 15 percent above league average while maintaining his position as one of the best pitch-framing catchers in the game.Alongside Kurt Suzuki, who signed a one-year contract extension during the season, Flowers led the most productive catching platoon in baseball last season.

The Suzuki-Flowers combination led the majors in catching wins above replacement(5.1) while hitting .279/.360/.480 with 31 home runs. The $7.5 million total price tag for the productive duo was an easy call even for a front office in flux and still operating without a full-time general manager.

The Braves also announced that Flowers underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist on Oct. 9. He is expected to make a full recovery and return to baseball activities by spring training.

Dickey joined Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia as theveteran trio the Braves acquired last offseason to bridge the gap to their farm system, but the 43-year-old was the only one to finish the season in Atlanta, posting a 4.26 ERA in 190 innings. After making the 300th start and 400th appearance of his long, successful career in the final outing of the season, Dickey spoke openly of possibly retiring after consulting with his family.

By declining his option, the Braves will pay Dickey a $500,000buyout.

The departure of the 2012 National League Cy Young winner could open up a 2018 rotation spot for young arms like Luiz Gohara, Max Fried or Lucas Sims, among others.

Chiefs monitoring Hunt’s heavy workload to keep him fresh and healthy

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Oakland Raiders had seven games to prepare for Kareem Hunt, the Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie who has taken the league by storm, and still couldn’t stop him.

Slow him, yes. Stop him, no.

So while the Chiefs spent the weekend ruing a last-play loss to the Raiders on Thursday night, they could at least take solace in another dazzling performance from their running back.

He carried 18 times for 87 yards. He caught four passes for 30 yards. He topped 100 yards from scrimmage for the seventh consecutive game, stretching his own rookie record.

“The Raiders knew what we were doing. We had run those plays a couple times and had success with them with the same look,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “So we have a lot of trust in him.”

So much trust, they’re willing to give him a hefty workload.

Hunt is on pace to finish with 284 carries, which would have ranked fifth in the league last season. He is also on pace to catch 57 passes, giving him well over 300 touches.

That would surpass any kind of workload he had during his four years at Toledo.

“I’m not telling you he’s waking up after games wanting to go run a marathon. That’s not what he’s doing,” Reid said. “That’s part of his position and how you feel. I think he’s doing a heck of a job. He was strong again in the fourth quarter and we have a lot of trust in him.”

Trust to tell his coaches when they’re overusing him, too.

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Remember, the third-round pick was supposed to share reps this season, part of a crowded backfield that was supposed to be the Chiefs’ strength. But veteran Spencer Ware tore knee ligaments and was lost for the year in a preseason game, and backup Charcandrick West sustained a concussion a couple of weeks ago against Pittsburgh, leaving Hunt and journeyman C.J. Spiller to start against Oakland.

The Chiefs hope to have West for their game Monday night against Denver, but that probably doesn’t mean Hunt’s workload will ease much.

“Unfortunately for us, we’ve had some injuries this year,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said, “but that’s every team in the NFL right now and we understand that. Our guys get it, and that’s why it’s just so important for the guys that aren’t getting the physical reps each day in practice to stay mentally prepared so when they do get their opportunity, we don’t skip a beat.”

Hunt acknowledged that learning to take care of his body has been just as important as learning the playbook this season. He’s been spending time in a room inside the Chiefs’ facility dedicated to recovery from practices — cold tubs, sure, but also compression boots and other high-tech gadgetry.

Nutrition, stretching and a multitude of other factors have also helped keep him fresh.

“Yeah, it starts now just taking care of your body every day,” Hunt said. “Even when you’re not that sore, you just got to keep working to get your body all the way back together.”

Reid certainly sounds confident his young horse can hold up through 11 more regular-season games, not to mention the playoffs, leaning on running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to monitor his work.

“I don’t think he’s not fresh. I think he is where he is in the season,” Reid said. “He’s strong and, obviously, we’re aware of that. We look at it — he is a rookie, so Eric, I think, does a phenomenal job with that stuff, along with the trainers and Barry (Rubin), our strength coach. That’s where we’re at. We rotate enough that he gets a breather with rotation. He’ll be all right.”

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside remains out with bruised left knee

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MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is missing his second straight game, sitting out Monday’s matchup with the Atlanta Hawks with a bruised left knee.

Whiteside got hurt in Miami’s season-opening loss at Orlando, a game where he finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds. He is listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated before Miami’s Wednesday home game with San Antonio.

The Hawks are also likely to be without a starter. Point guard Dennis Schroder bruised his left foot in Sunday’s loss at Brooklyn, saying afterward he does not expect to play in Miami.

Schroder averaged 23.3 points and 6.7 assists in his first three games. He took 69 shots in those, more than any other two Atlanta players combined had in those contests.

Cowboys’ Elliott clear for Sunday at Redskins

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NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will play at least one more game before another ruling from a federal judge on his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla on Monday turned down the NFL’s request for an expedited hearing on a preliminary injunction. She set one for Oct. 30, a day after the Cowboys visit Washington.

A restraining order granted last week cleared Elliott to play in Sunday’s 40-10 win at San Francisco. Last year’s NFL rushing leader had a career-best 219 yards from scrimmage, including a season-high 147 yards rushing.

The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time. Prosecutors in Ohio declined to pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence.

Super Mismatch: Patriots continue mastery of Falcons 23-7

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — To Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, this was simply an extension of last February’s Super Bowl.

For the Atlanta Falcons, it was another dose of football pain.

By the end of New England’s clinical 23-7 romp through the fog Sunday night, it was clear that the Patriots have straightened out what ailed them earlier this season. And that the Falcons are a shadow of the team that built a 25-point third-quarter lead in that championship game, only to fall apart and lose the first overtime contest in Super Bowl history.

Brady led that historic comeback, and he guided an offense that dominated the clock when the score was relatively close. Plus, unlike in the last meeting, he had a strong defense complementing him. A unit that ranked dead last in the NFL through six weeks nearly pitched a shutout against the league’s No. 5 offense.

“They had some big stops in the red area, the fourth-down plays were huge,” Brady said about the defense. “It was great complementary football and everyone did a great job contributing.”

Brady threw two touchdown passes as the Patriots toyed with the Falcons — sound familiar? — in the foggy Super Bowl rematch that wasn’t particularly super.

New England scored the final 31 points to win the NFL championship in February. Placards and shirts reading 28-3 were ever-present in and around Gillette Stadium as the Patriots (5-2) scored the first 23 points in this prime-time mismatch. The Falcons (3-3) were outplayed throughout this one.

“There were plays out there, we didn’t make them,” center Alex Mack said. “If it’s third down, if it’s red zone — all those little things add up. And to play a good team, like the Patriots are, you’ve gotta make them.”

While Atlanta looked tentative, if not intimidated, Brady and his offense surgically tore apart the Falcons, mixing runs and passes. And that defense …

“This was a reminder that when we play the game the right way, we can do good things on defense,” DB Duron Harmon said.

“Every game takes a little different turn and I think we did a great job staying balanced,” Brady added after the Patriots gained 162 yards on the ground and 241 through the air. “It was great to hand it off, see those guys rushing the way they did, and the linemen blocking. It was a great win.”

Brady threw a shovel pass to Brandin Cooks that traveled perhaps a foot, and the receiver used his speed to get into the left corner of the end zone. The other TD was a 2-yarder to James White, who had three touchdowns, including the winner, in the Super Bowl.

It got so bad for Atlanta that the usually reliable Matt Bryant had a field goal blocked and then put a 36-yarder off the left upright. That Super Bowl losers’ malaise folks talk about might have found a home in the ATL this year.

Stephen Gostkowski had no trouble sending field goals of 29, 21 and 38 yards through the fog for New England.

“That fog was pretty crazy,” Rob Gronkowski said. “I mean I have never seen anything like that or played in any fog. A deep ball up in there was definitely tougher than with no fog.”

The Falcons seemed ready to end the string of points allowed to the Patriots at 51 when they got to the 1 early in the fourth period. But Matt Ryan, who struggled all night, was off-target to Julio Jones in the end zone. Then receiver Taylor Gabriel lost 4 yards on a fourth-down run.

Even the fans in the upper deck who could barely see through the haze at that point let out a huge cheer, then Gostkowski added his third field goal to extend New England’s mastery of Atlanta to 54 straight points.

Jones’ 1-yard touchdown reception with 4:09 to go ended the schneid, and he hurled the football high into the mist as if to say “at last.”

STREAKING

The Falcons surrendered 20 straight points in last week’s loss to Miami, and then 23 in a row to New England before Jones’ TD.

BRADY’S MOM

Brady’s mother, Galynn, who battled breast cancer last year, was on the field with her husband for pregame ceremonies as part of the NFL’s “Crucial Catch campaign.

“It was great for them to be here and be in attendance and for us to win,” Brady said. “That was very special for me. I’m happy for my mom, what she has been through has been pretty challenging for her and for my dad.

“Carving pumpkins today with my kids and beating the Falcons tonight made for a pretty perfect day for me.”

FLAGS FLY

In the first quarter alone, there were seven penalties, including six on the opening drive of the game by New England. The flags cost the team’s 55 yards in the 0-0 opening period. To keep the sloppiness going, Patriots LT Nate Solder drew an illegal motion call on the first play of the second quarter, and Adrian Clayborn’s roughing-the-passer penalty negated an interception and helped set up Cooks’ TD.

Things got cleaner in the second half.

INJURIES

Falcons: Linebacker Duke Riley was sidelined by a knee injury in the first half.

Patriots: Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, sidelined earlier this season with a knee problem, left in the second half with a shoulder problem. DL Malcom Brown left with an ankle injury.

UP NEXT

Falcons — At New York Jets next Sunday.

Patriots — Host Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

Dodgers confident Seager will return for World Series

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Look for Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to be back in the Los Angeles lineup when the World Series begins.

The All-Star didn’t play in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs because of a back injury.

But manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that the team was “very confident” Seager was ready to return. Los Angeles takes on the Houston Astros in the World Series opener Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Depending on how Seager is feeling, he could be the designated hitter for the Dodgers when the Series shifts to Houston for Game 3.

Seager hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs, a season after he was the NL Rookie of the Year. He went 3 for 11 with four walks in the NL Division Series against Arizona, but tweaked his back during a slide in Game 3.

Charlie Culberson did well while filling in for Seager during the NLCS. Chris Taylor also saw action at shortstop against the Cubs and was the co-MVP of the series.

More prepared than ever, Dodgers ready for World Series

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers love their analytics, collecting so much data that manager Dave Roberts proudly proclaims: “I don’t see any team that’s more prepared than we are.”

All the numbers, video and advanced scouting reports are great. But firsthand looks are nice, too.

So Curtis Granderson, what do you know about your World Series opponent, the Houston Astros?

“I saw them a couple times in spring training, when I was with the Mets,” the outfielder said.

OK, then.

Funny, in a way. The Astros and Dodgers have played more than 700 times over the years, but these clubs know very little about each other.

“A lot of it is going to be learning as you go,” Granderson said.

Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw is set to pitch Game 1 on Tuesday night against Dallas Keuchel at Dodger Stadium. Rich Hill will start Game 2 for the Dodgers vs. AL Championship Series MVP Justin Verlander.

Yu Darvish will start Game 3 for the Dodgers when the Series shifts to Houston on Friday night. Acquired from Texas on July 31, he’s the most familiar with the Astros.

Darvish is 5-5 in 14 career starts against them, including 1-1 this season.

Keuchel has never faced the Dodgers. Verlander beat Los Angeles on Aug. 20 with eight dominant innings, shortly before he got traded from Detroit.

“It’s hard to dismiss the two guys at the top of the rotation,” Roberts said, also praising Houston’s “athleticism” and “ability to slug.”

The Astros showed off all facets Saturday night, beating the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the ALCS.

The Dodgers haven’t played the Astros since 2015, when they dropped a three-game series at Houston. The previous time they met was 2012, back when Houston was still in the National League and stuck in the midst of three straight 100-loss seasons.

Boosted by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, the Astros are now among the elite teams in the majors.

Hill also knows how quickly things can turn around. Wearing a hat that had a World Series emblem on the side, the 37-year-old reflected on where he was fairly recently.

In 2015, beset by injuries, no team in the big leagues wanted him and he wound up pitching for the Long Island Ducks.

“A couple years ago, I was using a bucket in independent ball as a toilet,” he said.

Not anymore.

Hill became a valuable member of the Dodgers’ staff, signed a rich contract and has helped them make it back to the World Series for the first time since 1988.

Like Hill, All-Star shortstop Corey Seager is expected to make his first World Series appearance. Seager got there a bit faster — at 23, a season after he was the NL Rookie of the Year.

Seager didn’t play in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs because of a back injury. But Roberts said team was “very confident” Seager was ready to return.

Seager hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs this year. He went 3 for 11 with four walks in the NL Division Series against Arizona, but tweaked his back during a slide in Game 3.

Charlie Culberson did well while filling in for Seager during the NLCS. Chris Taylor also saw action at shortstop against the Cubs and was the co-MVP of the series.

It is possible Seager could be the designated hitter for the Dodgers when the Series moves to Houston.

“In a perfect world, he would play shortstop and hit second,” Roberts said.