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    Walsall caretaker boss Jon Whitney could make changes as they try to recover from a 3-0 defeat at Barnsley in Thursday nights Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final second leg, live on Sky Sports 1. The Saddlers need to overcome the deficit after losing at Oakwell on Saturday and Jordy Hiwula and Sam Mantom could return after coming off the bench.Isaiah Osbourne is fit after being out for the season with a serious knee injury he suffered last summer. Romaine Sawyers could play his last game for the club with the forward out of contract at the end of the season along with several other players, including defender Andy Taylor. Highlights of the Sky Bet League 1 semi-final 1st leg between Barnsley and Walsall, which the hosts won 3-0 Barnsley caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom declared a clean bill of health as his side bids for a swift return to Wembley after lifting the Johnstones Paint Trophy in April.Heckingbottom has no new injury or suspension problems and could name the same starting XI for the fifth straight game.Defenders James Bree and George Smith (both hamstring) are hoping to return to full training this week but are not expected to feature. Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom said his side still have work to do after they beat Walsall in the first leg of their Sky Bet play-off semi-final Winger Ryan Williams (groin) and striker Marley Watkins (broken jaw) are long-term absentees, while Harry Chapman, Ivan Toney and Aidy White are among those pushing for recalls.OPTA STATSWalsall have won just two of their last 10 home league matches against Barnsley (D3 L5).Both teams have scored in each of the last 11 clashes between Walsall and Barnsley at the Bankss Stadium.Walsall have won four of their last five league games at home, drawing the other. Walsall boss was Jon Whitney was disappointed with his sides 3-0 defeat to Barnsley in the first leg of their Sky Bet League 1 play off semi final. The Tykes have conceded just five goals in their last 12 away trips in League One, keeping eight clean sheets in the process.The Saddlers have won just one of their four second leg play-off ties (D1 L2), though that win did arrive in their most recent second leg fixture (4-2 v Stoke City in 2001).Barnsley are unbeaten in their last eight away games in the league (W5 D3), and have lost just one of their last 13 trips dating back to December 2015.Walsall - who need at least three goals to progress to the final - have scored more than twice on just two occasions at the Bankss Stadium this season.Sam Winnall has registered braces in back-to-back games for Barnsley, including the last two goals of the tie.OLLIES PREDICTIONI was blown away by Barnsley on Saturday - they were sensational and in Sam Winnall they could have the best player in League One. Not only is he a goal machine, he can also set up his team-mates too. 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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks are planning a $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, with the city providing the bulk of the funding.As part of the deal announced Tuesday, the Hawks agreed to an 18-year lease extension to remain at the city-owned arena through 2046.The city will contribute $142.5 million toward the project, which will most noticeably alter the look of the luxury boxes stacked on one side of the arena. There will be new amenities, a variety of different-size suites, improved sightlines for basketball, a state-of-the-art video system, and connected concourses throughout the 17-year-old facility.Philips Arena originally was built to host both the NBAs Hawks and the NHLs Atlanta Thrashers. The hockey team moved to Winnipeg in 2011.Mayor Kasim Reed had pledged to contribute to an arena renovation when the Hawks were in the process of being sold by former controlling owner Bruce Levenson, who gave up the team after revealing that he sent a racially insensitive email. Tony Ressler wound up leading a group that purchased the Hawks and operating rights to the arena.Ressler said all along that he preferred to remain downtown rather than pursue a new facility, as long as Philips Arena was upgraded.We knew that a key part of producing a winning team, providing a superior fan experience and being a civic asset to the city of Atlanta required a renovation of our arena and a meaningful improvement to the downtown area of this city, Ressler said. Todays announcement with the mayor is a significant step toward this goal, and we look forward to this exciting transformation that will ensure that we provide the best fan experience possible now and for the next 30 years.Reed said the renovation was part of a long-range plan to transform an unsightly tract of downtown adjacent to the arena and the new $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a retractable-roof facility set to open next year as home to the NFL Falcons and a Major League Soccer expansion team, Atlanta United.There have been talks about turning the area, known as the gulch, into a mixed-used development much like the highly successful LAA Live complex next to Staples Center in Los Angeles.dddddddddddd. Reed said its part of a plan to connect the sports venues to popular tourist attractions around Centennial Olympic Park, as well as to one of the citys biggest development flops, Underground Atlanta.This is the first stake in the ground in transforming the critical corridor, Reed said. I want to thank Tony Ressler and the Atlanta Hawks ownership for committing to this deal that will keep the NBA in our city and help re-imagine downtown for the millions of residents, visitors and tourists who come to Atlanta each year.Its another huge commitment by the city to a sports venue, though Reed stressed that no money from the citys general fund will be used and no new taxes will be needed.About $110 million will come from extension of car-rental tax and the city will contribute $12.5 million from the sale of Turner Field to Georgia State University and a development company, a deal expected to close by the end of the year. The remaining $20 million from the city will come from a series of expected future land sales, the mayor added during a City Hall announcement.The renovation of Philips Arena comes on the heels of the city agreeing to spend at least $200 million -- and perhaps much more, some critics have argued -- for the Falcons new stadium, which will replace the 24-year-old Georgia Dome. In addition, suburban Cobb County put up some $400 million on public funding to build a new baseball stadium for the Atlanta Braves that opens next season.SunTrust Park, about 12 miles from downtown, will replace Turner Field even though that stadium is only two decades old. Georgia State plans to downsize the Braves former home into a 30,000-seat stadium for its football program.The renovations on Philips Arena will begin next summer and should be completed by the start of the 2018-19 season. 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