Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgA 36-game season that was supposed to start May 15 was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSQatar launches 3rd World Cup venue, flags virus precautionsUNDATED (AP) — The chief organizer of the 2022 Qatar World Cup says he is consulting with the English Premier League and Bundesliga to learn about how they are dealing with the coronavirus.Hassan Al-Thawadi’s comments underscore how sports are taking into account the potential for ongoing health precautions at events, if there is no vaccine for COVID-19. Takahashi says the main priority should be to make a “united effort to hold them (Olympics) in the summer of 2021.” He says if that is not possible “we should start action once again to get another delay.”IOC President Thomas Bach and organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori have said the games will be canceled if they can’t happen next year.IOWA-STRENGTH COACHStrength coach departs Iowa after accusations of mistreating African AmericansIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Chris Doyle is out as Iowa’s football strength and conditioning coach. He and the university have agreed to a separation agreement paying him more than $1.1 million. Update on the latest in sports: Trump tweeted Saturday that “I won’t be watching much anymore!” Trump retweeted a tweet by Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (gaytz) who wrote: “I’d rather the US not have a soccer team than have a soccer team that won’t stand for the National Anthem.”It was United States captain Megan Rapinoe kneeling in support of Colin Kaepernick that led to the U.S. Soccer Federation adopting the rule in 2017.AMERICA PROTESTS-COLLEGE SPORTSGundy’s OAN support angers star Oklahoma St RB Chuba HubbardUNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard said on Twitter that he won’t do anything with the program until there is change after coach Mike Gundy was photographed wearing a t-shirt representing far-right online publication One America News Network. Lawsuit seeks to prevent NCAA from limiting athletes’ incomeUNDATED (AP) — Attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in federal court. It seeks to prevent the association from limiting the amount of money athletes can make off their names, images and likenesses.Arizona State swimmer Grant House and Oregon women’s basketball player Sedona Prince are the plaintiffs. The suit seeks class-action status.The legal challenge comes as the NCAA is the process of changing its rules to allow college athletes to earn money from third parties for things such as social media endorsements, sponsorship deals and personal appearances. NHL NEWS The PGA of America has submitted plans to hold the PGA Championship at Harding Park in August with no fans. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that public health officials have approved the plan.An announcement is expected as early as Tuesday.It at least answers one question for the PGA Championship, which is scheduled for Aug. 6-9. The PGA of America had said moving it from Harding Park was a possibility depending on the COVID-19 pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-US OPENUSTA plans US Open without fans Associated Press WNBA SEASON STARTWNBA plans 22-game seasonNEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA has announced plans to play an abbreviated 22-game season in Florida beginning in late July.The league is still finalizing a partnership with IMG Academy in Bradenton to play the games at the facility and possibly others nearby. Players would be housed at IMG and teams would hold training camps there as well. The games would be played with no fans in attendance.The WNBA would use its regular playoff format, with the top eight teams making the postseason and the first two rounds being single-elimination. The top two seeds would have byes until the semifinals. The postseason would end in early October. The Bundesliga resumed last month and the Premier League’s 100-day shutdown ends on Wednesday, with fans prohibited from stadiums in Germany and England.The Qatar World Cup does not start until November 2022. The 40,000-capacity Education City stadium is the third venue to be completed.In other virus-related sports news:— The Champions League final is heading to Lisbon. UEFA plans an Aug. 23 final to cap seven broadcast nights in a 12-day span of elite European teams playing knockout soccer. UEFA’s widely reported wish for an eight-team knockout bracket in two empty stadiums in Portugal’s capital has been confirmed by broadcaster Sky Italia. UEFA’s executive committee must agree on the plan on Wednesday. It’s rescheduling international soccer for Europe’s clubs and national teams after the coronavirus pandemic upended the calendar.— Michigan’s athletic department says football and basketball players are welcome back on campus starting this week if they choose to take part in voluntary strength and conditioning work. Michigan says its process for reopening the athletic campus includes a 14-day pre-report risk assessment and a six-day resocialization period to campus. The resocialization period includes COVID-19 and antibody testing. Players and staff will have daily screening before being admitted to facilities. People who test positive for COVID-19 will enter a defined quarantine protocol. NFL NEWSNFL commissioner Goodell encourages team to sign KaepernickUNDATED (AP) — Roger Goodell would like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL this season.The NFL commissioner said during ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special on Monday that he is encouraging teams to sign the 32-year old quarterback, who hasn’t played the past three seasons.Kaepernick was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that he received a call from another team about Kaepernick. Carroll and the Seahawks brought in Kaepernick for a workout in 2017 and had another planned in 2018 before it was canceled.Goodell set up a tryout for Kaepernick in Atlanta last year for scouts of all 32 teams to attend, but it unraveled at the last moment due to lack of media access and what Kaepernick’s representatives saw as an unusual liability waiver.In other NFL news:— Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon criticized the timing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s assertion that “black lives matter” to the league, saying the message should have been delivered long ago. Speaking in a video conference call with the Baltimore media, Judon said Goodell’s comments on June 5 were long overdue. Judon said Goodell should have addressed the issue when he was named commissioner and when he was re-elected to the post. Judon said the Ravens are discussing the best way to protest racism when they start playing the 2020 season.— The San Francisco 49ers have rewarded coach Kyle Shanahan with a new six-year contract after he took the team to the Super Bowl in his third season at the helm. The Niners are replacing the three years remaining on Shanahan’s original six-year contract signed in 2017 to keep him under contract through 2025. ESPN first reported the new extension. The league also revealed several players have tested positive for COVID-19.Two days after union head Tony Clark declared additional negotiations futile, Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem sent a seven-page letter to players’ association chief negotiator Bruce Meyer asking the union whether it will waive the threat of legal action and tell MLB to announce a spring training report date and a regular-season schedule.These were just the latest escalating volleys in a sport viewing disagreement over starting the season as a preliminary battle ahead of bargaining to replace the labor contract that expires on Dec. 1, 2021.In other baseball news:— Major League Baseball has delayed the start of the new international signings period from July 2 until Jan. 15, a move that will cause teams to push back deals of 16- and 17-year-old Latin American prospects. MLB says the current signings year, scheduled to end Monday, had been extended until Oct. 15. There has been a transaction freeze since March 28, and any agreements between the end of the freeze and Oct. 15 will count for the 2019-20 signings year. No international amateurs can be signed from Oct. 15 until the new period opens on Jan. 15. Doyle was accused by former players of mistreating African American players. Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, son of head coach Kirk Ferentz, and assistant defensive coordinator Seth Wallace also have been alleged to have made inappropriate comments to players.The university says a law firm has been hired to conduct an independent review of the football program.DURANT-PHILADELPHIA UNIONNBA’s Durant now part-owner of MLS teamPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has joined the ownership group of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.center_img NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association intends to hold the U.S. Open in New York starting in August without spectators if it gets governmental support. A formal announcement could come this week.The operational plan to hold the event amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic includes no spectators, limited player entourages, centralized housing, increased cleaning at the tournament grounds in Flushing Meadows and testing for COVID-19.Also part of the plan: There would be no qualifying for singles, and the Cincinnati tournament that is scheduled for earlier in August would move to New York ahead of the U.S. Open.If played, the U.S. Open would be the second of three Grand Slam events this year.NASCAR-ALL-STAR RACE-FANS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBManfred says there might not be an MLB seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there may be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players’ union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. — Iowa’s athletic department has reported two positive COVID-19 tests during the second week of its return-to-campus protocol. The school has not disclosed whether it was athletes, coaches or staff members who tested positive. In the two weeks since Iowa began testing, there have been three positives and 343 negatives. According to an Associated Press count, at least 45 athletes, coaches or staff members at a total of 17 schools have tested positive in June.— A football player at West Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school said Monday on the first day of voluntary workouts. The school’s athletic department said in a statement that contact tracing identified other football players who could have been exposed to the athlete. Both the player who tested positive and the others he may have been in contact with will isolate themselves for 14 days, the statement said.FIFA-TAKING A KNEEFIFA urges ‘tolerance’ after Trump’s anthem kneeling rebukeFIFA has appealed for “tolerance, mutual respect and common sense” after President Donald Trump denounced the annulment of a policy that required soccer players to stand during the national anthem. NASCAR wants 30,000 fans at All-Star race in TennesseeCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is set to allow up to 30,000 fans at the track in Bristol next month when it moves the All-Star race out of Charlotte Motor Speedway for just the second time in the history of the race.If the expected attendance count holds, NASCAR would open to the largest gathering of sports fans in the United States in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic __ all while numbers in some states continue to spike.NASCAR is set to brush off those concerns and open the gates in Tennessee. Bristol holds about 146,000 fans.The recent spike of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina sparked the move to Bristol Motor Speedway. The race will remain on the July 15 date with a 7 p.m. start time. Vegas Golden Knights sign Reaves to $3.5M, 2-year extensionLAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have signed tough guy Ryan Reaves to a two-year contract extension worth $3.5 million.He’ll count $1.75 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. Reaves announced the new deal in a video on the Golden Knights’ Twitter page.“There’s two things I haven’t accomplished: No. 1 haven’t won a Stanley Cup, No. 2 haven’t won a scoring title,” Reaves said. “Now, I can win a Stanley Cup this year. I can do it. Can’t win the scoring title. Can’t do it. Just missed it by a couple points.”The 33-year-old from Winnipeg had eight goals and seven assists for 15 points — 95 short of Leon Draisaitl’s league-leading 110. Reaves did lead the NHL with 316 hits in 71 games this season. A person with direct knowledge of the diagnosis tells The Associated Press that Elliott had the positive test about a week ago and could be described as symptomatic.Only players who have been rehabilitating injuries have been allowed inside team facilities during the shutdown. That hasn’t included Elliott.VIRUS OUTBREAK-GOLFPGA Championship staying at Harding Park, but without fansFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — There were no fans at Colonial for the return of the PGA Tour. Now get ready for no fans at a major championship. TOKYO DELAYTokyo Olympic board member would support another delayTOKYO (AP) — An executive board member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee says another delay should be sought if the games can’t be held next year.The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The suggestion comes from Haruyuki Takahashi in an interview with the Japanese sports newspaper Nikkan Sports. The 10-time NBA All-Star has a 5% ownership stake, with an option for 5% more in the near future.The Union will partner with Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures, a firm he runs with sports executive Rich Kleiman, to grow the team’s profile and community outreach through the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation. — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins is joining CNN as a contributor focusing on racial and social justice. Jenkins says he believes he can “be a voice for other athlete activists and those who have dedicated their lives” to promoting equality through legislation and other reforms. Jenkins is an 11-year NFL veteran out of Ohio State who has won Super Bowls with both New Orleans and the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins says his motivation to join CNN stems from his experience addressing inequalities in criminal justice and educational systems affecting members of “marginalized communities.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLCowboys star Elliott tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The agent for Ezekiel Elliott says the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys has tested positive for the coronavirus.Rocky Arceneaux tells the NFL Network Elliott is feeling OK and recovering. June 16, 2020 Gundy is seen in a photograph on Twitter wearing the t-shirt with the letters OAN. The conservative publication is a strong advocate for President Donald Trump.Hubbard, who usually doesn’t Tweet much, has been more active lately since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. He has been supportive of protests around the world, especially of those in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, near his hometown.Elsewhere:— The Big Ten has created a voter registration initiative to go along with its Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition. The conference hopes its 14 schools and thousands of student-athletes can leverage their platform to spur social change. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren says he hopes the nonpartisan program will encourage student-athletes to become part of the electoral process. It will include participants from each Big Ten school with monthly programming, beginning in July and ending with the general election in November.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESlast_img read more

Mikel Back for Argentina Clash

first_imgThe Eagles arrived Russia via a chartered flight on Saturday from Algeria.They will had their first training yesterday evening at the match venue in Krasnoder.It was reported yesterday that the weather conditions in Krasnoder are similar to the cold the team encountered in Constantine, Algeria – lowest 6-9 degrees and warmest 17-19 degrees.According to the rule of the game pushed out by its organisers, maximum changes of six players per team are allowed for this match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that Captain of the Super Eagles, John Mikel Obi will return to the team’s starting XI against Argentina tomorrow in Krasnoder, Russia.The Chianjin Teda midfielder was rested in last Friday’s Nigeria final group game of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Algeria in Constantine.Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed yesterday that the international friendly with Argentina will kick off by 5pm Nigerian time.“The game will start at 7pm local time, which is 5pm in Nigeria,” Ibitoye confirmed on arrival in the Russian city from Algeria.last_img read more

Women’s basketball program on the rise

first_imgDarian’s column “Dishin’ Darian” runs every other Friday. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com, or email Darian at dnourian@usc.edu Unlike USC’s men’s basketball team, which earned its first conference win at home on Wednesday night against Cal, the Women of Troy have been rolling in Pac-12 conference play. With a 6-1 conference record contributing to a 13-6 overall mark, the Women of Troy currently stand one spot away from first-place Stanford, who ranks No. 4 in the nation at 17-1 overall.This weekend, the Women of Troy will be put to the test as they travel north to the Bay Area to take on the No. 4 Cardinal and No. 19 Golden Bears. This Pac-12 road trip should prove to be the team’s toughest pair of games all season.Heading into the season, though, first-year head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke could not have envisioned a better opportunity to put her alma mater back on the national radar. She sought to change the program’s dynamic into a winning one and her plan   appears to be going well so far.Winning eight out of their last nine games, with their only loss coming in overtime to Arizona State, the Women of Troy are well on their way to returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 under Cooper-Dyke. Athletic Director Pat Haden initially hired Cooper-Dyke believing that she could be the one to put the program through a time machine and return it to the glory days of 1983-84 when Cooper-Dyke led the Women of Troy to back-to-back national championships.This past week, the team received votes in the national polls, and a win against either powerhouse on the road could make a statement to the rest of the Pac-12 — and the country at large — that USC women’s basketball is a force to be reckoned with. Right now the Women of Troy, not the men’s team, are the basketball team to watch on the USC campus.Though the men’s team is struggling to stay competitive in the tough Pac-12 under first-year head coach Andy Enfield, the Women of Troy are making a much faster transition under their new coaching staff and system.In  major collegiate athletics  the retention of players is unpredictable and the constant revolving door of talent can make it daunting to rebuild a team. USC has had the talent to be successful for the past few years. Injury problems, however, have prevented the Women of Troy from exercising their full potential.This year’s roster actually doesn’t look much different than last year’s with the exception of a few freshmen and transfers. The Women of Troy returned 11 players, only losing senior Christina Marinacci to graduation.Nine of those 11 players started at least seven games during the 2012-2013 campaign. Ninety-one percent of USC’s scoring and 88 percent of the rebounding was produced by those 11 returning players.Adding to all of this is the return of one of the program’s all-time top players in senior forward Cassie Harberts, who recently surpassed her new coach as USC’s No. 10 all-time leading scorer.To go with the talent that they brought back, an integral part of the Women of Troy’s success has been that they now have the right coach to pair with that talent.Former head coach Michael Cooper departed last spring after his first losing season in four years. Cooper was a great WNBA coach for the Sparks, but not even he was able to take the program back to its first NCAA tournament in seven years. Haden proceeded to the coaching carousel and he came away with the right woman for the job.Unlike the controversial hiring of new head football coach Steve Sarkisian, which many fans would call a base hit, Haden hit a home run with his decision to bring back Cooper-Dyke, who is familiar with the winning tradition of the women’s basketball program at USC. This allows her to relate with her players and bring a unique set of experiences, which is important in women’s college basketball, especially when it comes to recruiting.To that effect, Cooper-Dyke has already landed four top-notch recruits prior to National Signing Day — three of those players are ranked in espnW HoopGurlz’ Top 100.By corralling in two five-star recruits led by the nation’s No. 16-ranked recruit in point guard McKenzie Calvert from Schertz, Tex., USC has plunged its way into having the fifteenth-best 2014 recruiting class thus far, according to espnW. They are one of four Pac-12 teams in the espnW top 20 for recruiting.Cooper-Dyke has developed a reputation for quickly resurrecting college basketball programs. The former Trojan coached at three different programs in seven years before returning to coach at USC, and received three league-wide coach of the year honors in the process. Her 13 wins this season have already surpassed last year’s 11 total wins — with another 11 games remaining on the season.When Haden brought in men’s coach Andy Enfield on April 1 of last year, he did so in order to instill the sort of basketball culture that our campus seems to be lacking. Cooper-Dyke might  have been hired 10 days later, but she and her team have not wasted any time in bringing back winning basketball to USC.The USC women’s basketball team is already making a strong case for an NCAA tournament berth this season and racking up highly touted recruits.The future looks promising for the Women of Troy and their first-year head coach.last_img read more

Football: Junior Jack Coan named starting QB for 2019 season

first_imgFollowing a long off season, Jack Coan cemented himself as the primary starting QB for the 2019 football season. While incoming Freshman Graham Mertz showed and continues to show promise as a developing talent for the Badgers, Coan was seen as the best fit for the team moving forward this season.Football: Mertz or bust? Fans in awe of Kansas high school sensationOohs and aahs filled Camp Randall Stadium two Saturdays ago. The Badger faithful shuttled around the bowl following the quarterback Read…The decision to select Coan as the starter did not come at the hands of a formal press release. Rather, head coach Paul Chryst simply listed Coan as the starting QB on the official Badger depth chart. This announcement, or rather lack thereof, provided little in the way of excitement as Coan had received the majority of the starting reps throughout Spring and Summer training camp.Even as the team went 2-2 with him at the helm, Coan quickly began to prove his merit as a starter. Outside of his poor performance at Penn State last season — where Coan managed to throw for just 60 yards while also throwing two interceptions — he clearly demonstrated his immediate appeal.Perhaps most importantly, Coan closed out the season on a high note, as he led the team to victories against both Purdue and Miami, the latter of which was a bowl competition that served as a bittersweet conclusion to a comparatively lackluster season for the Badgers. In these games, he completed 22 of his 33 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 66.6%. Coan also totaled 223 yards passing, three passing and one rushing touchdown.Football: After season of heartbreak, Wisconsin finds redemption in 35-3, Pinstripe Bowl win over MiamiAfter a Badger football season plagued by injuries which hampered preseason expectations, the University of Wisconsin football team (7-5) finished Read…With an impressive set of performances to close out the year, Coan managed to keep his name in strong contention with the name that received all the hype that Madison had to offer, Mertz. This competition for the starting job raged on throughout the entirety of the off season. Despite the hype around Mertz and his undeniably high talent level, Coan’s experience and strong leadership role in camp drove him to the starting job.It remains to be seen whether or not Mertz will have a role to play in the Badgers’ offensive system this year, but there is no expectation that he will redshirt at this time.  This would hypothetically leave him free to play in every game this season, possibly fulfilling a role as a deep-threat QB to bring on in special situations.last_img read more

App State hires N.C. State OC Eliah Drinkwitz as next coach

first_img Syracuse announces contract extension for coach Dino Babers Welcome to the App State family, @CoachDrinkwitz!RELEASE: https://t.co/80Ndct6lQq pic.twitter.com/C6mXiYlzMT— App State Football (@AppState_FB) December 13, 2018″I’m excited to welcome Eliah and his family to App Nation,” App State athletic director Doug Gillin said in a release. “The App State football program is in great position to continue its championship ways. Eliah is committed to excellence academically, competitively, socially and to the well-being of our student-athletes. There was significant interest in our process throughout a national search. Eliah has great character and a clear vision for the future of Mountaineer football. I’m excited about the future of our football program.”Drinkwitz, 35, replaces Scott Satterfield, who left the Mountaineers to coach at Louisville. Related News Appalachian State has a new coach in place.The Mountaineers announced Thursday they have hired N.C. State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz to take over their football program.center_img Drinkwitz spent three season with the Wolfpack as their OC and quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, he worked with Auburn (2011), Arkansas State (2012-13) and Boise State (2014-15).last_img read more

Alexander: Dodgers’ decision to hold Clayton Kershaw until Game 2 is not that big a thing

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw is not used to visiting the interview room before Game 1 of the postseason because he’s usually locked in, preparing for a start. Given the circumstances, he seemed to handle it well Thursday.For the last five Dodger Octobers, Game 1 has belonged to Kershaw. The decision that Thursday night’s start against Atlanta would instead go to Hyun-Jin Ryu was met in various quarters with initial shock, followed by disagreement and concern about whether the ballclub was unnecessarily risking its relationship with its ace, particularly with an opt-out clause looming large at season’s end.Ryu held up his end and made the decision look brilliant with seven shutout innings in the Dodgers’ 6-0 victory. More on that in a bit.Kershaw might not have dealt well with the move initially. But by the time he reached the microphone for his media session Thursday afternoon, he was all smiles. It was as if he understood perfectly: There’s a kabuki to be performed here, so let’s get to it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And maybe he just had a better handle on the situation than the rest of us.It more than likely was prudence, not disrespect, that led the Dodgers’ decision-makers to opt for an extra day of rest for a 30-year-old who has a recent injury history and has borne more than his share of the club’s burden in the past, with all of those previous October starts on short rest and that memorable Game 5 bullpen appearance in Washington two years ago.And maybe this was yet another reinforcement of the operating philosophy in what has become the home of two-platoon baseball: The goal, to be the last team standing at the end, overrides anyone’s individual numbers or ego.It makes sense, really. Like it or not – and there are plenty of objections to Dave Roberts’ parade of lineup combinations, the vast majority of those complaints from outside the clubhouse – depth and home runs have gotten the Dodgers here. (A little more attention to situational hitting would be nice, but that’s another argument for another time.)The fact that most Dodgers players have gone along with the multiple lineups, position switches and mid-game right-to-left changes with little public complaint suggests they understand the philosophy and go along with it. And I could imagine a position player walking up to Kershaw and saying, “Hey, welcome to our world.”center_img “You look at … what our team’s done this year, and individually the sacrifices they’ve made and putting their trust in me, the coaches, the organization, and understanding that we have the best interest (of) the organization” in mind, Roberts said. “And so you look around that clubhouse, and they’ve all had to make some type of sacrifice.“If you look at this situation, Clayton is this generation’s best pitcher. And so it is a sacrifice. Obviously, it’s a huge sacrifice for him. But to not let it influence his mind or psyche, that doesn’t surprise me because he doesn’t have to look too far at other guys that have sort of done the same thing on a different level.”The overriding factor in Roberts’ decision was keeping both pitchers on five days’ rest, rather than pitching Kershaw on four days’ rest Thursday night and Ryu on six days’ rest Friday.“How can you put both of those players in … the best position to succeed?” Roberts said. “And we felt that with Clayton getting an extra day and Hyun-Jin getting one extra day as well, as opposed to two, would do that.“Game(s) 1, 2 and 3 (aka Walker Buehler’s Day On) are guaranteed. And so to look anything beyond that, I don’t think that we wanted to do that.”But, of course, they probably did. If it comes down to a Game 5 next Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, both Ryu and Kershaw would be available. You can be sure the staff – and by that I mean Roberts, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, baseball ops boss Andrew Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi, with plenty of data to evaluate – considered the possibilities.The details of the conference call conversation between Roberts, Honeycutt and Kershaw will remain private, though we do know that Kershaw was the one who broke the news to Ryu that he was pitching Game 1. (And I wonder how you say “you’re kidding, right?” in Korean.)Kershaw acknowledged that he did ask Roberts and Honeycutt why the move was made, said he did receive an answer and was asked if he wished to share it. He declined, with a smile.Did he agree or disagree?“Good question,” he said, laughing. “It wasn’t really an agree or disagree type thing, I guess. They had their reasons, and I accepted them.”Ryu made it very difficult to argue Thursday night, tossing seven four-hit innings with eight strikeouts and no walks in 104 pitches.“He was in control,” Roberts said. “There was a lot of soft contact. He was doing what he wanted to do, missing bats, the no-walk, and (he) really competed well.”This was not just a flyer or a hunch, either. Ryu has been masterful since his August return from a groin injury, with a 1.87 ERA and a 21-inning home scoreless streak. A year ago he didn’t make the postseason roster, a pitcher still trying to regain his mojo after serious shoulder surgery that cost him all of 2015 and almost all of 2016. This October, he earned that opportunity.“I said it earlier this week,” Justin Turner said. “It’s unfortunate he got hurt in Arizona (in May), or we might be talking about him in the Cy Young race.”And now they’ll have their No. 1 taking the mound with a chance to go up 2-0 on the Braves.Hard to second-guess now, isn’t it?jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitterlast_img read more

Betis sets its sights on Álex Fernández: for today or summer

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 31, 2020 Betis has shuffled these last days of the market that ends today the possibility of paying the clause of Álex Fernández, brother of Real Madrid’s Nacho and one of the pillars of the Second Division leader, Cádiz. The eight million it costs make him one of the sweet experts in the category, although it seems that finally the club Verdiblanco, unless surprise, will leave that claim for next summer. Able to perform in most midfield positions, Alex has made this campaign eight goals and has given four assists. He has a yellow contract until 2022 and at 27 he has already caught the attention of many First clubs. Although he also knows that he has the opportunity to ascend with Cádiz, in which he has been active since 2017.The middle of Alcala de Henares grew in the lower categories of Real Madrid, like his brother, and came to debut with the first white team, but in 2013 he went to Espanyol. After two assignments in the Croatian Rijeka and English Reading, in 2016 he signed for Elche and a season later he arrived in Cádiz, where he grows every year.Álex Fernández has not been the only objective that Betis has handled in these last days of the January market. The doubts about the performance of Dani Martín, substitute of Joel Robles, caused that within the entity of Heliopolis one thought about the possibility of signing another goalkeeper, but in principle it seems that this possibility has also been discarded.last_img read more

Resilient Jeron Teng grateful to be playing basketball again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments “It just feels so good to be playing basketball again,” said Teng in Filipino in an article on PBA’s official website. “I’m just happy to be back again, playing and helping my teammates.”Teng averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his three games back from the incident and Aces head coach Alex Compton said Teng is playing above and beyond of what he’s asked to.“I thought he did a great job,” said Compton. “It’s been a crazy time for Jeron but for him to start to get his timing back and play more, be in better shape, I don’t think you would think that Jeron got stabbed a month ago and we’d be worried about his life at the hospital.”“If you watched the game and didn’t know the situation, you would never have thought that happened. He kind of personified what we wanted, everybody mixing it up, getting after it, and playing hard,” added Compton.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lakers’ Ball expected to be ready by camp after knee surgery It was just over a month ago when Alaska rookie Jeron Teng survived his most harrowing experience.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES A simple taunt turned ugly when Teng and his former teammates in La Salle, Norbert and Thomas Torres ended up in the hospital with multiple stab wounds.With that incident behind him, Teng is back up and contributing for the Aces in the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In a playoff game against mighty San Miguel, Teng looked as if nothing had happened, putting up solid numbers of 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 21 minutes of play.It was Teng’s best game since his return and although it ended in a 105-94 loss, he’s just happy to be back doing the job he loves. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Pacquiao, Broner to unveil fight details next week

first_imgManny Pacquiao poses with the welterweight championship belt on July 15, 2018. AFPNEW YORK, United States – Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao and former world welterweight champion Adrien Broner will announce details Monday in New York about their upcoming bout, expected in January at Las Vegas.Pacquaio owns the World Boxing Association’s regular welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA ‘super champion’ Keith Thurman, after stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur — his first knockout win since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Bonfire! UP Maroons end 2 decades of Final 4 absence Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown RELATED VIDEO The southpaw, 60-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995, turns 40 next month while American Broner is 33-3 with one drawn and 24 knockouts.Broner and Pacquiao are set to talk Monday at New York’s Gotham Hall and Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills to promote the bout, which is expected to be staged January 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, said last month he was 90 percent certain he would next fight Broner, a former four-division world champion.Pacquiao, also a senator in the Philippines, lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn last year in Brisbane. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Last month, Pacquiao signed with adviser Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions group after being promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Haymon’s main rival, for the past 14 years.The move ensures Pacquiao will have chances to fight the best in the welterweight division as Haymon’s fighters include Americans Thurman, 28-0 with 22 knockouts; World Boxing Council champion Shawn Porter 29-2 with one drawn and 17 knockouts and International Boxing Federation champion Errol Spence Jr., 24-0 with 21 knockouts.Haymon has also handled past matters for retired unbeaten former champion Floyd Mayweather, who beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision in 2015 for three world titles in a megafight showdown at Las Vegas with a Pacquiao rematch possible if he desires a ring return.Before thoughts of any of those fighters, Pacquiao must first prepare for Broner, who drew with former world welterweight champion Jesse Vargas in April after losing last year to undefeated American Mikey Garcia, the reigning WBC lightweight champion.Thurman returns from an injury layoff January 26 to defend his crown in New York against American Josesito Lopez. Porter and Spence defend their crowns in March on back-to-back weekends, Spence facing Garcia on March 16 a week after Porter makes his first title defense against Cuban mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”

first_imgDear Editor,The Alliance For Change (AFC) party would be well advised to take heed of the famous George Santayana quote which says that ‘those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’Looking at the recent shenanigans of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown, particularly the mistreatment of the AFC members, including preventing the current Deputy Mayor from being nominated for re-election, the precluding from the agenda of the motion of No Confidence by a former Deputy Mayor and subsequent attempt to bring disciplinary action against the mover of the motion, should cause the leadership of the AFC to become deeply troubled about the union they share with their partners in the coalition Government and their seriousness about shared governance.But looking at recent history, the AFC should hardly be startled by the former Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan being prevented from nominating the incumbent Lionel Jaikaran for re-election to the post of Deputy Mayor. Surely, they must recall in 1996 the reneging on an agreement to rotate the Mayorship of Georgetown between the three parties represented at the Mayor and City Council by that same group that resulted in the then Deputy Mayor Philomena Sahoye-Shury, being denied the opportunity of serving as Mayor and also being voted out as Deputy Mayor.So now that the one group has taken the levers of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and the Chairmanship of the important committees, what can the citizens expect?What can the citizens expect for the next nine months? They can anticipate significantly more and higher taxes and fees being levied upon them by the Council for 2018 as they seek to pressure the citizens more to underwrite their luxury needs and habits, including the upping of the container tax, more attempts to impose the notorious parking meter system among many other fees.Until the ‘Terrific Triumvirate’ is removed and until there is a thorough forensic audit, including an audit of their Internal Section and a Commission of Inquiry at City Hall, citizens should just sit tight and endure many, many, more luxury trips, large tenders being doled out without tender procedures being adhered to, more nepotism, cronyism and favouritism and much more slackness at City Hall.Sincerely,Laquisha Kaftanslast_img read more