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Cristiano Ronaldo Hints At Juventus Stay

first_imgTURIN: Cristiano Ronaldo appears committed to at least another season with Juventus as he wants to win a third Scudetto with the club. Ronaldo joined Juve from Real Madrid in a shock 100million Euro transfer two years ago and has maintained strong form despite seemingly entering the twilight years of his career. The 35-year-old scored 21 Serie A goals in 2018-19, before bettering that by 10 this term as Juve clinched a ninth successive league crown.Writing in an Instagram post published after Juve lifted the Serie A trophy on Saturday, Ronaldo said: “Happy to win the last two of the nine consecutive Serie A titles for Juventus! “It seems easy but it isn’t! Year after year with talent, dedication and hard work you can achieve your goals and be better than before! Let’s go for my third.” AgenciesAlso Watch: GET SET GLOBAL: GLOBAL ASSAMESE – UNCONVENTIONAL PATHS TO SUCCESSlast_img read more

USC loses weekend road series to No. 5 Arkansas

first_imgThe USC Trojans went 1-2 in this weekend’s series against the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks at Baum Stadium, taking the Trojans record to 8-3 on the season.Junior infielder Brandon Perez catches a fly-ball. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe Razorbacks ended the Trojans’ seven-game winning streak in game one of this weekend’s series. The Trojans lost to the Razorbacks by a score of 4-0; however, the game was closer than the score suggested.Star junior pitcher Blaine Knight pitched for the Razorbacks in game one against USC sophomore pitcher Chris Clarke. The Trojans managed to get seven hits off of Knight, who has a 0.53 ERA after three starts, however they were unable to score despite leaving eight runners on base throughout the game. The Razorbacks gained all the momentum in the first inning thanks to a 2-run homerun from senior outfielder Luke Bonfield. While the Razorbacks only had one more hit than the Trojans throughout the game, eight, they were able to score runners in scoring positions which helped them see off the game.Game two, however, saw the Trojans go back to their winning ways as they beat No. 5 Arkansas 3-1 on Saturday. USC junior pitcher Quentin Longrie pitched 7.1 strong innings allowing only one run with four strikeouts to help lead the Trojans to victory.Game two was a real team display from the Trojans as two of the runs scored were scored from sacrifice RBI’s. Unlike on Friday, the Trojans were able to score runners in scoring positions to close out game two. The scoring started late, as sophomore center-fielder Matthew Acosta singled in the top of the sixth to score junior shortstop Chase Bushor for the Trojans first run. Then, in the seventh, sophomore outfielder Brady Shockey hit a sacrifice fly to the outfield with junior second baseman Brandon Perez on third, scoring in the second run for the Trojans. In the bottom of the eighth inning, however, junior outfielder Eric Cole blasted a solo shot into left to score for the Razorbacks keeping the game close at 2-1. However, in the ninth, the Trojans scored one more run courtesy of a sacrifice bunt from Perez scoring Acosta and leading the Trojans to an upset 3-1 victory at Baum Stadium.“Quentin pitched a great game,” said head coach Dan Hubbs to USC Athletics. “That’s all you can ask of your starter. […] Overall this was a big win for a young team that’s still learning how to win.”Sunday’s rubber-match ended in a heartbreaker for the Trojans as they lost 7-6 on a walk-off single with bases loaded in what was a competitive game. The game had to be cut short to eight innings of play due to the Trojans’ travel arrangements, and unfortunately for the Trojans, the game was lost in the final inning of play.Freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt took the mound for the Trojans on Sunday and was in control of the game. He threw for 4.2 innings allowing only one earned run on three hits and five strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Trojans also looked great on the offensive side as they had 10 hits through eight innings of play. However, the Trojans were unable to close the game for the first time this season which resulted in a disappointing loss.The Razorbacks took an early one-run lead in the second, however, the lead didn’t last long as the Trojans scored a run in the fourth to tie the game up at 1-1 through four innings of play. The Trojans then had a big fifth inning as they managed to put 4 more runs on the board and take the lead. However, in the sixth, the Razorbacks fought back and scored four runs of their own to tie the game up at 5 runs apiece.Despite giving away the lead in the sixth, the Trojans did not put their heads down. In the seventh, sophomore catcher Blake Sabol hit an RBI single to retake the lead 6-5, giving the Trojans all of the momentum. The Trojans then went scoreless in the eighth after shutting out the Razorbacks in the seventh to go into the bottom of the eighth inning with a one-run lead and star sophomore closer Connor Lunn on the mound.Having not given up a run all season, it looked like a foregone conclusion that the Trojans would walk away from Arkansas with two victories when Lunn went to pitch. However, the Razorbacks showed composure and managed to score 2 runs in the final inning of play to steal game three from the Trojans.Despite losing two out of three games this weekend, the Trojans managed to keep every game relatively close against a great opponent in Arkansas.Next weekend, the Trojans will face off against three more ranked opponents in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.last_img read more

New ballot on female membership to take place

first_imgThe announcement comes 6 weeks after the committee failed to secure the two thirds support it required for a proposal to allow women to join.A postal ballot results in 64 percent in favour of the resolution.The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers expect another vote to take place before the end of the year.last_img

Manager of the Year Dave Roberts applied every day of his own struggle to running the Dodgers this season

first_imgHe hit .272 and stole 65 bases and the world little noted nor long remembered. But his manager did.“Dave was out there working on his throwing every day before games,” said Tim Torricelli. “And he was an absolute sponge. He asked me questions about everything you think of. So, no, I wasn’t surprised at all when he started managing in the big leagues.”Playing in the big leagues? Many were surprised at that.Roberts did not get there for five more years, at least not for good. General manager Dan Evans and manager Jim Tracy allowed him to shoot for the Dodgers’ centerfield job in 2002 and he took it, and he stole 45 bases and hit .272, but he was 29 then. When he stole the Base Heard Round The World for the Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2004 World Series, he was 32.Roberts never had managed a club before Andrew Friedman hired him to run the Dodgers this year. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Considering that he was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, with 16 first place votes to Joe Maddon’s eight, you’re tempted to say experience is overrated.But every day of Roberts’ long quest, and the ability to trust the existence of light behind the darkness, contributed to 2016.He proved that, in managing or any kind of executive position, who you are is more important than what you know. Maddon and Terry Francona did, too.Roberts, who is the first Dodgers’ manager to win the honor since Tommy Lasorda in 1988, also proved that civility is not the antonym of strength. Three times he removed a starting pitcher from a no-hitter or a perfect game. He took brazen chances in the postseason, when the Dodgers beat Washington in the Division Series and when Clayton Kershaw saved Game 5 for Kenley Jansen. He lived with the hits and misses.The Dodgers won their fewest games (91) since 2012 and gave up their most runs since 2010. Yet they won a fourth straight N.L. West title. Yet they were forced to use 15 starting pitchers and played without Kershaw for nearly two-and-a-half months. They were Dodger Blue Cross for most of the season, and Roberts kept throwing minor league pedestrians like Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin into late-season drama, and everything kept working.A frivolous, fractious clubhouse came together. Professionals like Howie Kendrick, who left his second base comfort zone to play left-field and third base, made that happen. So did Roberts’ knack of reaching out or backing off and knowing when to do either or both.J.P. Howell formerly was the Dodgers main lefthanded setup man. Roberts did not include Howell on the postseason roster. Instead he selected Grant Dayton, who came from the wilderness of the Marlins’ system. Mentally, Howell remained on board.“We’ve tried to come together as a group, every year since I’ve been here,” Howell said, “but we never did. You’d come in and go home. It was like a job. Now it’s a family, and Dave’s the leader of the family.“My favorite managers are the ones who can relate to each individual. There’s egos involved in the clubhouse, different cultures, different people. Dave made it possible for us to police it. None of his opinions are negative.”Roberts is not the first manager to let his position players know when days off are coming, but the Dodgers appreciated it nonetheless.“Twelve more hours to relax,” Howell said. “You know you shut it down. You don’t want to show up and find out you’re not playing and say, hey, last night I could have gone to the movies.“You don’t play for yourself here anymore, you play for Dave. If you have a bad outing, he’s wearing it, too. We could win 5-3 and I could give up 3 runs, and he’s bummed for me. The old-school way would be to say, ‘Just clean it up.’ The way he expresses his opinions, it’s clean.”Roberts’ reward is to absorb more upheaval in 2017. It’s tough to find a good sponge.center_img They don’t make cuddly movies about baseball teams like the 1996 Visalia Oaks.That club was The Walking Dead.The Oaks were pasted together from different organizations, including some Japanese players on loan. They lost 90 of 150 games. They played at three different parks. Somehow four of them found their way to the major leagues. Dave Roberts and Rod Barajas played in World Series.Roberts was an outfielder for Visalia, or wanted to be. He was still fighting the effects of two shoulder operations. For 30 games he was a designated hitter. last_img read more

Dodgers hit six home runs, survive slugfest with Rockies

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This time, Buehler gave up a career-high seven runs and 13 hits in 5-2/3 innings. He had never given up more than eight hits in a big-league game before this.“It’s different. But I just wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t the park’s fault,” Buehler said. “I didn’t have a good slider, didn’t command the ball the way I needed to. They were aggressive early in the counts and hit some pitches that caught too much of the plate.“I mean, you want to be the same person (despite the different ballpark). You want to walk in and push all of that out of your head. But … the first hitter of the game I threw a slider and it felt exactly the same but it ended up in the middle. Those things happen here. You just have to be finer. I just didn’t have the command to do that today.”The tone for the night was set in the second inning when newly-anointed All-Star starter Cody Bellinger hit a fly ball to the wall in center field. Rockies outfielder David Dahl ran it down and got his glove on it just short of the wall – only to deflect it over the wall for a home run. There was going to be no denying the offenses.Muncy didn’t need any help when he hit the next pitch 414 feet into the right-field seats. That was a short shot compared to the one he planted in the third deck during batting practice.“This is one of the few places where I really try to let it eat in batting practice,” said Muncy, who reached the same heights during a batting practice round in Colorado last season. “I guess we knew it was flying at that point.”In the fifth inning, the Dodgers went back to back again. This time, they were both opposite-field shots. Alex Verdugo lined a two-run home run into the left-field seats and Justin Turner followed with a drive over the scoreboard in right field.“This is as much as I’ve seen the ball carry,” Roberts said. “I think the heat (93 degrees at game time), obviously elevation. This is probably as good as I’ve seen the conditions for a hitter.“I know Alex hit it decent. And Justin hit it decent. But it carried the wall.”On and on it went, with an RBI double here, a two-run triple there.Muncy’s second home run – a two-run poke to the opposite field on an 0-and-2 count – gave the Dodgers an 8-7 lead in the top of the seventh. Yimi Garcia gave it right back when he surrendered a solo home run to Ryan McMahon in the bottom of the inning.Finally, in the ninth, the Dodgers got to closer Wade Davis – who somehow escaped any of last week’s walk-off scars. Davis walked Muncy with one out – which seemed prudent until Matt Beaty followed with a single and Taylor floated the go-ahead RBI single over first baseman Daniel Murphy’s head.Two batters later, Hernandez came off the bench as a pinch-hitter and drove a 2-and-2 pitch over the wall in straightaway center field for a three-run home run.“Everyone I think was probably in agreement about that today,” Muncy said. “With the hot weather, it seemed like the ball just never came down today. There were a lot of balls that just stayed up.” It turned a little for Dodgers starter Walker Buehler, who had one of his best starts as a big-leaguer when he faced the Rockies last week at Dodger Stadium. He pitched a complete game, allowing just three hits and striking out a career-high 16.That dominant pitcher disappeared into thin air Thursday.Related Articles In other words – Coors Field baseball.“Take a lead, give it back, keep going, keep plugging away, putting at-bats together, hitting the ball out of the ballpark,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said in a summary that would apply for almost any game at Coors Field.The venue hasn’t really mattered, though. Thursday’s win was the Dodgers’ 12th straight over the Rockies, tied (with a 12-game run over the Mets in 2016-18) for their second-longest run of domination against a single opponent. The Los Angeles franchise record is 16 consecutive wins over the San Diego Padres in 1973-74.This was the fourth consecutive one of those wins to be decided in the ninth inning or later.“The worm will turn, I know that,” Black said Thursday. “It’s frustrating to lose any game no matter who you play. Right now things are going their way. … But the worm will turn.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen reacts after retiring Colorado Rockies’ Garrett Hampson for the final out of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-8. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches his solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 2C7: Starting pitcher Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsColorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner grounds out against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel, left, congratulates Justin Turner for a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Alex Verdugo #27 after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Cody Bellinger #35 after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler works against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, is congratulated by Max Muncy after Bellinger’s solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, back, confers with starting pitcher Peter Lambert in the dugout during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Daniel Murphy follows through on an RBI double off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a double by Daniel Murphy off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Daniel Murphy is congratulated by teammates as he returns to the dugout after scoring on a double by Raimel Tapia off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert looks back at a solo home run by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, left, celebrates with Alex Verdugo after his two-run home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a Alex Verdugo 2 RBI home run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado throws to first base to put out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Fans are silhouetted against a cloud at sunset, during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies on Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)As the setting sun illuminates a cloud in the background, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson tosses a ball to a fan after infielders warmed up for the bottom of sixth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-8. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon heads to first with a two-run triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, follows through on a two-run home run next to Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jairo Diaz during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, congratulates Max Muncy for his two-run home run as Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters waits for play to resume during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor follows through on a single that drove in the go-ahead run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-8. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor celebrates after his single drove in the go-ahead run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-8. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Kike Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a 3 RBI home run in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Kike Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers circles the bases after hitting a 3 RBI home run in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Kike Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers circles the bases after hitting a 3 RBI home run in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 27: Kike Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Chris Taylor #3 after hitting a 3 RBI home run in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers pinch-hitter Enrique Hernandez gestures to fans after crossing home plate following his three-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-8. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Rockies pitcher Wade Davis confers with catcher Tony Wolters during the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Dodgers at Coors Field in Denver. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor, left, and second baseman Kike’ Hernandez greet each other after their 12-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night in Denver. Taylor had four hits, and Hernandez had a pinch-hit three-run home run in the ninth inning. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen reacts after retiring Colorado Rockies’ Garrett Hampson for the final out of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. The Dodgers won 12-8. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches his solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NextShow Caption1 of 37Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches his solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)ExpandDENVER — During “Walk-off Weekend” in Los Angeles last week, Rockies manager Bud Black praised his team for going “toe to toe” with the division-dominating Dodgers.They got their toes stepped on again Thursday night.Max Muncy hit two of the Dodgers’ six home runs and Kiké Hernandez hit the last one – a three-run homer in the ninth inning of a 12-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night that featured 33 hits, 16 for extra bases, and four lead changes.The Dodgers hit back-to-back home runs – twice. But the game wasn’t settled until a four-run burst in the ninth.last_img read more

How Magic Johnson reportedly torpedoed the Lakers’ shot at landing Kawhi Leonard

first_imgLeonard and his camp had asked the teams he was considering — reportedly the Lakers and Raptors, and to a lesser extent the Clippers and Knicks — to avoid letting any information about the process make its way to the media. When Johnson, who in April had abruptly resigned as Lakers president of basketball operations, told ESPN in late June that Leonard had asked to meet with him, despite Leonard’s request for privacy. Related News Magic Johnson’s inability to keep secret that Kawhi Leonard had requested to meet with him may have been the beginning of the end of the Lakers’ chances of signing the free agent, a fate that was sealed after information leaked about the topics discussed in that meeting, according to The Athletic. In a deep dive into Leonard’s largely private free agent process — under the headline “‘We have a deal ready. Are you in?’ Inside the Clippers’ pursuit of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George” — The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Sam Amick report that Johnson’s actions created trust issues. Kawhi Leonard officially signs with Clippers, but reportedly opts for 3-year deal Jerry West explains how Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard, Paul George The machinations of Leonard’s landing with the Clippers are symptomatic of issues the NBA reportedly is investigating surrounding this summer’s free agent process.Meanwhile, Magic Johnson’s failure to keep under wraps his meeting with Leonard isn’t the only reason he won’t be playing for the other NBA team in Los Angeles, but it certainly was a factor.center_img That apparently created some concern for Leonard’s camp.The meeting was scheduled shortly after he was to meet with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and GM Rob Pelinka.Shortly after Johnson — who wasn’t in the Lakers’ official meetings with prospective free agents — met with Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, information leaked about the topics of their conversation, which “sealed the fate of the Lakers,” per The Athletic story.”I truly believe that when Magic started telling the media about the meeting he had with Kawhi and Dennis, that sealed the fate of the Lakers,” an unidentified person involved in the process told The Athletic. “I think that right there was when Dennis and Kawhi decided, ‘We can’t trust the Lakers as an organization.’ And that was it. I think that was it for them.”The LeBron James-Anthony Davis-Kawhi Leonard super team in LA wasn’t going to happen.With the Lakers eliminated from the pursuit, the Clippers were left needing to get another superstar to lure Leonard back to Southern California. Acquiring someone like, say, All-Star Paul George, Leonard’s camp had told the team, would be key. According to The Athletic, the Clippers checked in with the Wizards about Bradley Beal and the Rockets about James Harden but neither was available. (Leonard also reportedly reached out to Kevin Durant and also expressed an interest in pairing with Jimmy Butler, but Durant ended up with Kyrie Irving and the Nets and Butler was dealt to the Heat.)The Clippers ultimately acquired George from the Thunder in a blockbuster trade that Leonard had encouraged George to request. Leonard, the NBA Finals MVP, then shocked the NBA landscape by announcing in late night that he would sign with the Clippers. Paul George-to-Clippers official as Thunder GM drops subtle hint at tampering Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on missing out on Kawhi Leonard: ‘You just don’t look back’last_img read more

AL Wild Card Game: DraftKings Showdown picks, advice for Rays vs. A’s MLB DFS

first_imgOlson is 4-for-12 in his career against Morton, and he fits the Chapman bill of hunting homers for the Oakland hitters. Olson has the best raw power in this game, so he’s worth a shot at a decent price.FLEX OF Ramon Laureano, Athletics ($8,200)Laureano deserves this price, and it’s just too bad standout plays in center field don’t add bonus points. That’s fine, as Laureano can run and hit for power with the best of them. He’s a tame 2-for-8 against Morton, but all it takes is one explosive at-bat for Laureano to provide a big boost to our lineup. DraftKings Showdown Picks: Rays vs. A’sCAPTAIN (1.5x points, 1.5x price): 3B Matt Chapman, Athletics ($11,100)Chapman’s average was down this year, but as you’ll see from our Oakland bats in this lineup, the best approach to absolutely dominate a Showdown tournament is to hit homers. Chapman can do that with some of the best players in baseball. This postseason could be his national breakout, and it’ll start with a big hit or two on Wednesday.FLEX P Sean Manaea, Athletics ($10,400)Against the current Rays’ roster in his career, Manaea has allowed a .620 OPS, well below average. Tampa Bay will be forced to start some lefty batters against the southpaw Manaea due to roster construction, so there should be an advantage there, too. Manaea matches up better with the Rays than Charlie Morton does with the A’s, so Manaea is the pitcher we’re going with. FLEX SS Willy Adames, Rays ($5,600)The power-speed combo of Adams is good enough to provide some upside at this price, and he has the favorable platoon advantage against Manaea and a couple of the A’s potential long relievers, A.J. Puk and Jesus Luzardo. He might be highly owned because of his price, but it will help fit the rest of this together, so that’s fine. FLEX C/1B Travis D’Arnaud, Rays ($6,800)Small-sample size alert, but d’Arnaud is 2-for-2 career against Manaea. He’s been an unsung hero for the Rays after joining them earlier in the season, and no matter where in the field he starts for this game, he’ll need to hit for Tampa to have a chance. FLEX 1B Matt Olson, Athletics ($7,800) The AL Wild Card Game pits two of the smallest markets in baseball against each other as Tampa Bay faces off with Oakland. Unlike the NL Wild Card Game, there will be two aces on the mound in Charlie Morton and Sean Manaea. Both teams have a ton of young talent that will surely introduce itself to casual baseball fans. If you’re looking to take part in an MLB DFS contest, we can help with our DraftKings Showdown picks.We’re leaning toward A’s in our lineup, and that’s largely because we like Manaea’s matchup better than Morton’s. He won’t be our captain, though — that honor goes to the underpriced Matt Chapman, who should shine under the bright lights and has a great shot of lifting a ball out of the ballpark.last_img read more

Lampard refuses to be fooled by Mourinho’s claim Spurs are firing blanks

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO’S claim Tottenham are firing blanks is not fooling Frank Lampard.Mourinho moaned managing without crocked strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min was like fighting “with a gun without bullets” after Wednesday’s toothless 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig.3 Frank Lampard is not falling for Jose Mourinho’s mind gamesCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut Chelsea chief Lamps is not having any of his old boss’ mind games ahead of Spurs’ visit to Stamford Bridge in today’s early kick-off.He said: “He has got attacking players, let’s get it right.“Dele Alli’s best season at Tottenham was playing up with Harry Kane at times. Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final last year and is an incredible talent.“I watched the interview after the Leipzig defeat and they’re always interesting.“I understand his feelings, because you want all your top players fit. But it doesn’t make me think they’re any weaker, whatever Jose says.”CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the Blues3 Spurs and Chelsea have both been hit by injuries for the game at Stamford BridgeCredit: Rex FeaturesLampard also pointed to his own injury problems, claiming few other Premier League bosses have had it so tough this term.The likes of Eddie Howe, Roy Hodgson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may dispute that, but it is true the Blues boss has had a number of stars on the  treatment table at various times.England star Ruben Loftus-Cheek has missed the entire campaign with a ruptured Achilles but could return to the bench today.Andreas Christensen will wear a mask fitted in Milan this week to protect his broken nose if he plays.But N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic are out with adductor injuries, while Tammy Abraham may not start having trained only at “70 per cent” due to an ankle issue.Lampard added: “I am not sure many teams in the Premier League have had our injuries. We had huge ones at the start of the season, big ones now in the season.“N’Golo Kante has played 50 per cent of the games when he has been basically a regular starter for the last four years in the Premier League.“Ruben hasn’t kicked a ball yet. We’ve got a lot and I think the fans respect that.”Lampard knows the pressure is on him after Monday night’s 2-0 defeat by Manchester United cut Chelsea’s advantage to fifth-placed Spurs to only one point.Supporters may be willing to give him more time than most managers given his legendary player status — but that slack will not last forever.The United loss was the fifth home reverse in the league this term and left Lampard struggling to sleep.Yet he insists he is thriving on the pressure to perform — just as he did as a player.Lampard, 41, even claimed to have ENJOYED this week as he embraces the challenge.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes3 Lampard may decide to recall Kepa ArrizabalagaCredit: Getty ImagesHe said: “Maybe expectations did go up. But that’s a good thing and that’s normal. That’s human nature.“I thrived on pressure as a player and thrive on it as a manager. I have enjoyed this week.“We lost to Manchester United, I hated the fact we lost and it was a difficult night’s sleep.“But waking up the next day I thought this is a great challenge for us.”It remains to be seen if keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will return to the starting line-up after being axed for the last two games in favour of  veteran Willy Caballero.But Lampard insisted he was not on a collision course with his bosses over the £71.6million keeper.Latest Chelsea newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeHe added: “I am absolutely together with the board. We want the best and I am paid to make decisions.“The keepers’ union have to stick together and Kepa has been great in his support of Willy.“All he needs to do is train and show great attitude, like I demand of all my players. Things can obviously change.”Frank Lampard says he lost sleep after Chelsea loss against Man Utd but insists he is thriving on pressure ahead of Tottenhamlast_img read more

JFF academy on track

first_img Many local football administrators have called for a project of this kind, as they believe it can help to not only develop young local players, but also create what they describe as a “Jamaican football philosophy”. This, they say, would be done through creating a style of play unique to Jamaican players. How this would be achieved is by having players housed in an academy at an early age. There, they would gain an education both in football and academics while playing at various age-group levels until they are ready for senior national team selection. Former FIFA president Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter first broke ground for the academy in Portmore, St Catherine, 14 years ago, but Captain Horace Burrell, who was president at the time, was voted out of office shortly after and replaced by Crenston Boxhill. Boxhill then moved the project from Portmore to Malvern, St Elizabeth. After returning to office in 2007, Burrell decided on a change in location once more and, as such, the Football Centre, which is currently situated at the UWI Mona Campus, was developed seven years ago. Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) general secretary Raymond Grant says that the FIFA Forward Programme, under way at the Football Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), should be completed by the end of the year, as long as everything goes to plan. The FIFA Forward Programme is a partnership between football’s world governing body and the JFF, which will see the construction of a dormitory complex to accommodate national teams. This will include 24 double, occupancy rooms for teams, two rooms for staff, a dining area, a lounge, a reception and catering facilities. Grant said that once the project is completed, how it is used is important to how the sport goes forward in Jamaica. “It all depends on how you structure your programme, which speaks to how long these players participate in the programme, in the facility,” he said. He told The Sunday Gleaner that the project, when completed, would accommodate more than just players learning the game. “Coaching will be done there, lecturing. Anything to do with the technical development of the national programme will centre around the facility,” he said. “There is always an urgent need to develop your technical programme and it’s a revolving process – it never ends. The football, over time, continues to grow, and once there’s the need, I wouldn’t say it is overdue, but at the same time, it is a necessary cog in our wheel in terms of driving the growth and development of the sport.” Under the programme, FIFA says it grants the JFF a basic figure of US$100,000 yearly, but it can receive an additional annual funding of US$50,000 for fulfilling other criteria requested by FIFA to develop football in Jamaica. Of these, two must specifically focus on women’s football. JA FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHYlast_img read more

PNC colour flies over Guyana – PPP

first_img….alteration dubbed Constitutional violationIn what is being dubbed a Constitutional violation, the colour of the national flag hoisted at D’Urban Park, Georgetown, during pre-Independence observance on May 25, 2018, appeared to have been altered.The national flag and D’Urban Park which bore an alteration at last week’s flag raising ceremonyQuestions were raised over the addition, which is a strip of a darker shade of green to the national flag. Following concerns which raised, especially on social media, this Guyana Times sought an explanation from Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton on Tuesday but this was unsuccessful.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) released a statement highlighting its own concerns of the latest feature. As such, it said that coalition Government must explain to Guyanese why the national flag “had to be altered with the PNC/R theme colour.” The People’s National Congress is the major arm in the larger A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) that forms the ruling party in the APNU/Alliance For Change Government.The PPP expressed its dissatisfaction with what it referred to as “the despicable and unconstitutional alteration of Guyana’s national flag”, which was hoisted to mark the nation’s 52nd Independence anniversary. The Party said that Guyanese have witnessed the practice of national symbols being treated as the property of this Administration – the last such act evidenced in the seizure of the national flag from the Corriverton Town Council on the anniversary of the Republic.It said too that the fact that the unauthorised alteration of the national flag connects one of Guyana’s most significant national symbols to the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), via the inclusion of the PNCR’s party colour along the end of the Golden Arrowhead, is reminiscent of the “repressive regime” of the PNC pre-1992.The PPP added that the practice of the PNCR flag being flown above Guyana’s courts has not been forgotten by the Guyanese people. The party said this act is the latest of an increasingly authoritarian Administration and adds to the numerous constitutional violations committed since May 2015.The PPP was adamant that The Second Schedule included in Guyana’s Constitution devotes two pages (pages 260 and 261) to the heraldic description of Guyana’s national flag. The description makes it clear that there are five distinct colours and defines their proportions.last_img read more