Ronald Koeman: £100m would not be enough to sign Saido Mane

first_img Press Association Ronald Koeman claims not even £100million would be enough to tempt Southampton to sell Sadio Mane – or any of their other stars – this January. However, Saints boss Koeman says there is no chance that the Senegal winger, or anyone else, will be leaving when the transfer window re-opens. “No, no, not in January,” he said. “Already we spoke about that situation and we sell nobody in January. “Nobody, even when they pay £100million.” Meanwhile, Saints have secured the future of highly-rated Josh Sims until 2018. The Saints academy graduate was part of the triumphant England side at last year’s European Under-17 Championship. Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with Sims in the past, but the 18-year-old has now signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal at St Mary’s. “I’m delighted to sign the new contract,” he told the club’s YouTube channel. “I’m happy that the club has also shown faith in me. “First and foremost this season I really want to nail down a place in the Under-21s, show the first-team staff what I can do and then see where that takes me. “The aim is to get into the first team, but the Under-21s is the first step. I know the standard I need to get to and hopefully I can impress this season.” center_img The 23-year-old has shone in the 15 months since swapping Red Bull Salzburg for Saints in a £10million deal. It led to strong interest from Manchester United in the summer and Press Association Sport understands the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain are amongst the high-profile clubs monitoring Mane. last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Portugal vs Morocco: Ronaldo header the difference as Portugal win 1-0

first_img# The referee checks his watch and blows his whistle to signal the end of this match. FULL TIME: PORTUGAL 1-0 Morocco.# 90+5′ Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) receives an accurate pass and attempts to threaten the goalkeeper with his long-range strike. Unfortunately for him, his effort goes high above the crossbar.# 90+4′ Portugal take a short corner instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.# 90+3′ CLOSE! Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) is a whisker away from finishing-off the move he started. His close-range effort flies just over the bar.# 90+3′ Adrien Silva (Portugal) is awarded a yellow card.# 90+1′ Handball! A player from Morocco handled the ball.# 90′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) looks like he will be the one to try and deliver a quality ball into the penalty box from the corner kick.# There will be a minimum of 5 min. of added time.# 90′ CHANCE! Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar. The ball is out of play. Morocco win a corner kick.# 89′ Fernando Santos prepares a substitution. Joao Moutinho is replaced by Adrien Silva (Portugal).# 86′ The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Faycal Fajr (Morocco) comes onto the pitch so that Karim El Ahmadi can be given a rest.# 84′ Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) decides to have a go at goal from the edge of the box, but the wall jumps as one and blocks the free kick. Danger averted!# 82′ Cristiano Ronaldo earns a Free Kick just outside the penalty box!# 80′ The resulting corner from Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.# 79′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him. Now Morocco have a corner.# 78′ CHANCE! What an opportunity! Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross into the box from the resulting free kick, and he plants a header from near the penalty spot which goes a whisker wide of the right post.# 78′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) commits an ugly tackle on his opponent, but there is no caution from the referee. Morocco are awarded the free kick. # The first half of today’s match has just finished. Join us for the second half!# 45+3′ What an opportunity! Younes Belhanda (Morocco) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross into the box from the free kick, and he plants a header from near the penalty spot which goes a whisker wide of the left post.# 45+2′ It looks like Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) saw red with that tackle. Mark Geiger won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul. A free kick has been awarded to Morocco.#  We will have 3 min. of added time.# 45′ Younes Belhanda (Morocco) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.# 44′ Younes Belhanda (Morocco) tries to slide the ball through to a teammate but it’s well blocked by a defender.# 40′ Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) is booked after bringing down an opponent. Mark Geiger had an easy-decision to make.# 40′ Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) does well to dispossess the attacker with a slide tackle, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul.# 39′ CHANCE! Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) receives a precise pass from Cristiano Ronaldo and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the middle of the goal. Munir guesses his intention and denies him with a fine save.# 39′ Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco) brings his opponent down with a tackle and Mark Geiger blows his whistle for a foul.# 37′ Cedric Soares (Portugal) was too forceful with his tackle and Mark Geiger interrupted the game to signal a free kick.# 35′ One of the Portugal players was holding his opponent and the referee doesn’t hesitate to blow his whistle.# 34′ Wasted opportunity! Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco) picked up a pass and had lots of options, but instead decided to shoot from distance and it went high over the bar.# 33′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps highest to head the ball away.# 32′ Joao Mario (Portugal) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Portugal.# 31′ The defensive wall stood firm and easily blocked the powerfully hit free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) on the edge of the box.# 30′ The free kick will be taken by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).# 30′ Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) commits a rough challenge and Mark Geiger blows his whistle for an infringement. Portugal have a free kick from a promising distance.# 30′ Joao Mario (Portugal) pulls the shirt of his opponent and the referee stops play for a foul.# 27′ Portugal were demanding for a VAR review, but referee denies it!85 – Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR #MAR #PORMAR #Ronaldo #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018# 25′ Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) commits a rough challenge and Mark Geiger blows his whistle for a foul.# 23′ Joao Mario (Portugal) gives away a foul for a clumsy challenge. Referee Mark Geiger saw the whole situation.# 23′ SAVE! Rui Patricio makes a save to deny the long-range effort from Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) towards the middle of the goal.# 21′ Khalid Boutaib (Morocco) finds himself in an offside position and the referee stops play after the linesman raises his flag# 20′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) fails to send a pass into the box as his effort is cut out. The referee blows his whistle, Morocco are awarded a corner kick.# 19′ Moubarak Boussoufa (Morocco) commits a foul and Mark Geiger immediately signals a free kick.# Here is Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal!Record-breaker, history-maker #Ronaldo #PORMAR pic.twitter.com/aOyc6ogUhX— David Kappel (@kappilinho) June 20, 2018# 17′ Nordin Amrabat (Morocco) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee immediately stops play.# 15′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) makes a slide tackle, but referee Mark Geiger blows for a foul.# 14′ CHANCE! Manuel da Costa (Morocco) missed a great opportunity! He finds himself some space near the penalty spot and plants a header goalwards which lacks both power and accuracy. The ball goes well wide of the right post!# 14′ Younes Belhanda (Morocco) takes the corner kick but the ball only finds the head of an opponent.Just the 85 international goals for @Cristiano now… 🙌#PORMAR pic.twitter.com/2Y9tVpes1G— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018# 11′ Nordin Amrabat (Morocco) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Morocco.# 10′ Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) receives a precise pass inside the box and takes a shot that flies just wide of the left post.# 4′ GOAL! Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) scores from quite a difficult position as he leaps high to connect with a cross and powers his header into the roof of the net. Excellent finish.# 4′ Cedric Soares (Portugal) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players. The linesman makes the right call and Portugal will have a corner.# 1′ The first half has started.#PORMAR#URUKSA#IRNESP So, who’s ready for Matchday 7? 😁#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/TACh7AeWZw— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Portugal Playing XI: Rui Patrício, Cédric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Moutinho, João Mário, Cristiano Ronaldo, Guedes.#PORMAR // Formations…#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/hm2SGyS07i— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Morocco Playing XI: El Kajoui, Dirar, Benatia, Da Costa, Hakimi, Belhanda, El Ahmadi, Boussoufa, Ziyech, Boutaïb, Harit.The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 # 75′ The referee allows time for a substitution. Younes Belhanda will be replaced by Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez (Morocco).# 72′ The most active player in today’s match is definitely Nordin Amrabat (Morocco). He’s trying to be on the ball as much as possible and you can literally see the enthusiasm in his play. He keeps exchanging some one touch passes and waits for the right moment to send a killer pass. What a player!# 72′ Nabil Dirar (Morocco) tackles a bit over-zealously and Mark Geiger blows for a foul.# 71′ Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) brings down the pass, looks up and shoots from distance, but it’s straight at a defender who unwittingly blocks it. #WorldCup matches at the Luzhniki Stadium so far…#RUSKSA 5-0#GERMEX 0-1Predictions for #PORMAR? pic.twitter.com/KqVhm1ivKq— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! In the first match of the day, high flying Portugal face bottom-placed Morocco in the Group B clash of the World Cup.  # 70′ Fernando Santos has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) replacing Joao Mario.# 69′ Here comes a substitution. Khalid Boutaib is given a rest as he is replaced by Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco).# 67′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) unleashes a shot from a mid-range free kick that goes high over the bar. High, wide and not at all pretty.# 67′ Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) robs an opponent of the ball and explodes in anger when Mark Geiger blows for a foul. A free kick is awarded to Morocco.# 64′ Mark Geiger interrupts the game for a tactical foul by Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal).# 62′ William Carvalho (Portugal) gives away a foul during an attacking move and the referee blows his whistle.# 61′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) takes the ball and sets it for the free kick.# 61′ Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) makes a rough challenge and Mark Geiger blows his whistle for a foul. Portugal have a free kick.# 60′ CHANCE! Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) makes some space for himself and from mid-range let’s fly with a wild effort which goes high over the crossbar.# 59′ The manager has decided to make a substitution and Bernardo Silva walks off the pitch to be replaced by Gelson Martins (Portugal).# 58′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) floats the free kick into the box, but it’s easily cleared by the first man.# 58′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) brings his opponent down. Mark Geiger has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle for a foul. It’s a free kick to Morocco, but it’s in no position for a direct shot on goal.# 58′ The corner kick from Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders.# 57′ CHANCE! SAVE! CHANCE! Younes Belhanda (Morocco) latches onto a precise cross from the free kick and produces a header at goal from the penalty spot, but his attempt towards the left side of the target fails to beat Rui Patricio, who makes a sensational save. The referee points to the corner flag and Morocco will take a corner.# 57′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) is going to send the ball in from the free kick.# 55′ A neat pass is well received by Younes Belhanda (Morocco), who is lurking on the edge of the box and strikes the ball on goal. The goalkeeper makes a decent save to block his shot.# 54′ Younes Belhanda (Morocco) is penalised after knocking an opponent down.# 50′ CHANCE! Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) latches onto a short pass from Goncalo Guedes inside the box, but clips his shot high over the bar.# 49′ Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Mark Geiger has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle.# 48′ Jose Fonte (Portugal) is penalised for a foul. Mark Geiger had a clear view and blows his whistle.# 47′ Joao Moutinho (Portugal) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.# 47′ CHANCE! Goncalo Guedes (Portugal) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away. The ball is out of play. Portugal will have a chance to score from a corner.# 46′ Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) makes a run beyond the last defender, but he’s offside.# The second half has just started. New Delhi: FIFA’s showpiece event continues as Portugal face bottom-placed Morocco at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow in the Group B match of the FIFA World Cup 2018, as both sides look for their first win of the campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal started their World Cup journey with a hard-fought 3-3 draw against 2010 champions Spain as the Real Madrid talisman bagged a stunning hat-trick to earn his side a point. Meanwhile, Morocco, who are making their first World cup appearance since 1998, witnessed an 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions come to an end on Friday with a 1-0 loss to Iran. Highlights of Portugal vs Morocco: Thanks for joining in, you can follow the Live action from Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia here:  FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Updates: Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Don’t get complacent, Powell warns

first_img– as spirited West Indies eye rare series winWEST INDIES batsman Kieran Powell warned his teammates not to become complacent after their exciting four-wicket win against Pakistan in the first One Day International (ODI) onAnother win today will further enhance the West Indies’ position ahead of the automatic qualification for the ICC World Cup 2019. (WICB Media Photo/Randy rooks/Randy)Friday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Following Friday’s win the Caribbean side will be heavy favourites for the remainder of the three-match series, but Powell has cautioned his teammates not to let complacency creep into their ranks when they go at it again in the second game today.“It is very important we don’t squander the lead. We have a win, we savour it, we celebrate it but we don’t want to get complacent, thinking that we have a win and end up losing the series 2-1,” said Powell, who scored 61, his first half century since his return to the West Indies line up.West Indies recorded their highest successful one-day international run chase with six balls to spare.Pakistan, heavily favoured after winning the Twenty20 series 3-1, was made to bat first by the heavily depleted West Indies and put up a comfortable 308-5.The home side made a steady and safe start, but the required run rate climbed to nearly 10 an over entering the last 10 overs.But despite losing three partners, Jason Mohammed took on the Pakistan attack and smashed it for a career-best 91 not out off 58 balls to lead the side to 309-6 in 49 overs and an unexpected triumph.Powell, 61, and opener Evin Lewis, 47, steered the West Indies cautiously through the early and middle innings. The required run rate was high but wickets were in hand, and Mohammed, who came to the crease in the 33rd over, suddenly exploded from the 38th, just as the West Indies reached 200.Kieran PowellHe was careful against teenage Pakistan debutant spinner Shadab Khan, but was merciless against Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Hasan Ali.He struck 11 boundaries and three sixes, and profit in an unbeaten 50-run partnership with Ashley Nurse, who finished 34 not out off 15 balls.“Personally I was pretty calm. We had a plan when I was batting. We had to get around the 200 mark by the time we got to 40 overs, so even though I started slow I knew that I could always make it up in the end,” Powell said.“Obviously, I would have liked to have batted a little bit deeper but Jason Mohammed played a fantastic innings there at the back end and so did Ashley Nurse to get us over the line. We knew that once we needed 10 an over in the last 10 overs we should be alright with wickets in hand,” said Powell.Meanwhile, when asked for an assessment of the newly re-laid Providence pitch, the 27-year-old Powell indicated that the surface is much better than the traditional surfaces Guyana has been accustom to.“The ball seems to be coming on a bit better and the bounce a bit more consistent as well,which aids in you playing your shots,” Powell said.Another win today will further enhance the hosts’ position ahead of the automatic qualification for the ICC World Cup 2019.Currently ranked No. 9 by the ICC, West Indies have to improve their position by at least one spot before the September 30 deadline.The top eight ODI sides, including hosts England, on the cut-off date gain automatic entry into the showpiece event while the bottom four will have to go through the rigours of a qualifying competition, where ten contenders fight for only two spots..If the West Indies win all three ODIs, they will leapfrog their visitors to eighth position.last_img read more

Former Jamaican PM Bruce Golding comments on situation in Guyana

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Former Jamaica prime minister, Bruce Golding says the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must stand ready to assist Guyana in its current political situation warning that political stability is a critical factor to ensure investor confidence not only in oil extraction but also in the wide range of downstream industries and enterprises that it would make possible.The three-and-a-half-year-old David Granger led coalition government suffered a major blow after a government back bencher, Charandass Persaud voted in support of an opposition People’s Progressive Party (PP) inspired vote of no confidence on December 21 last year.Since then, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called on the government to honor the vote and hold fresh presidential and general elections by March this year in keeping with the stipulations of the Guyana Constitution.Matter is before the courtsHowever, the government, which had enjoyed a one seat majority in the 65-member National Assembly, has taken the matter to court, challenging the validity of Persaud’s vote.Worrying possibilityWriting in the Jamaica Observer newspaper. Golding, who came to office in 2007 and stepped down four years later, said Guyana has struggled to overcome deeply polarizing instincts, and there is a worrying possibility that this present issue could reignite them.“Guyana’s leaders must rise above this. Too much is at stake. The private sector and the trade union movement must be prepared to constructively engage, grasp the big picture, and collaborate with the Government and Opposition toward a solution that will sustain confidence and stability and enable Guyana to get through this,” the 71-year-old former prime minister said.He said CARICOM, of which Guyana is a member “must stand ready to offer assistance, if needed, in a way that is acceptable to both the Government and the Opposition.“Guyana cannot afford to falter at this time, not when it is on the cusp of a new horizon of hope and real possibilities. And if it falters, the entire Caribbean community is the worse off,” he wrote.Poised for unprecedented developmentGolding said that from a distance, Guyana has seemed poised for an era of unprecedented development and prosperity. He said since 2015 it has confirmed 10 offshore oil wells capable of generating over 750,000 barrels per day.“New wells are being discovered every few months and the technical data suggest there are many more wells to be drilled. With production expected to start next year, Guyana is in a position to become a significant oil producer — several times greater than Trinidad and Tobago — with tremendous benefit to its economy, its people and the region, if properly managed.”Golding said in such a scenario, political stability is a critical factor to ensure investor confidence not only in oil extraction “but also in the wide range of downstream industries and enterprises that it would make possible.Golding said that following the successful tabling of the motion of no confidence, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo “in a display of political maturity …immediately indicated that the Government accepted the outcome of the no-confidence motion, and announced that the constitutional provisions requiring that fresh elections be held within three months would now ensue.” “We now find ourselves holding our breath,’ Golding wrote, making reference to the legal maneuvers and the decision by the PPP to boycott the last sitting of the Parliament  where the Speaker Dr. Barton Scotland suggested that the matter be referred to the courts for a determination.Initial goodwill maybe waningGolding said the boycott could be viewed as a “troubling sign that the goodwill which initially penetrated the cloud of uncertainty is waning” and that the matter is being further complicated by other issues including the reports that Persaud is also a Canadian citizen.Golding said that It would take some time for these issues to be adjudicated in the courts including the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is the country’s highest and final court.“The Government has already signaled that, in order to facilitate this, it will be seeking the court’s approval for an extension of the 90-day period within which elections must be held. The Opposition has countered that under the constitution the Court has no such authority.“A protracted period of uncertainty in its political arrangements is something that Guyana can ill afford, especially at this time. The fact that the Government’s handling of oil exploration contracts was a significant element in the no-confidence motion has its own implications.“Up to now, public reaction to the stalemate has been measured, but it has all the ingredients to create a flashpoint that could roll back much of the advancement that Guyana has made in its political processes,” Golding wrote.last_img read more

Blake Griffin scores 24 in Clippers win over Nuggets

first_imgBarnes, who was in uniform but did not play when the Clippers beat New Orleans on Wednesday, hit a 3-pointer early in the second quarter and scored after grabbing a loose ball after a Griffin miss in the final minute of the half, both restoring double-digit leads. Chris Paul had four assists in the first three minutes and a half-dozen a little more midway through the first quarter as L.A. raced to an 11-2 lead, quickly made it a double-digit advantage, then used an 11-4 run for a 44-27 edge with 3:30 to go until halftime.Denver pulled within six points twice — at 56-50 and 58-52 — but a 19-8 spree over the final 8½ minutes of the third quarter boosted the Clippers’ lead to 19 points, and they led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.Barnes saw his first action since Nov. 18, making 5 of 12 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, with three rebounds and two assists, and DeAndre Jordan had a dozen rebounds for L.A.Lawson was feeling much better Saturday night, Denver coach Brian Shaw said before the game, than he was in Friday’s 103-99 defeat at home to Phoenix, in which he managed 34 minutes but made just 3 of 11 shots. Lawson had 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting and six assists in 31 minutes.Barnes was a tad rusty after missing the previous 16 games after he suffered a torn retina in his left eye, requiring three surgeries, a month ago against Memphis. He came on to a rousing ovation with 3:02 to go in the first quarter, turned the ball over the first time he tried to penetrate, then blocked a Jordan Hamilton shot. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Blake Griffin and Chris Paul contributed their customary double-doubles and Matt Barnes returned after more than a month on the sidelines to score eight points as the Clippers raced to an early double-digit lead en route to a 112-91 romp Saturday night over the visiting Denver Nuggets.The Clippers (19-9) matched their season-best winning streak before a sellout crowd of 19,129 at Staples Center, making it four in a row for the third time this year, behind extraordinary defense and dominant performances from Griffin, Paul and Jamal Crawford.Griffin scored 24 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season, Paul had 10 points and 11 assists for his 21st, and Crawford scored 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 6 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc.Wilson Chandler scored 19 first-half points on 8-of-11 shooting but missed all of his second-half shots for the Nuggets (14-12), whose cause wasn’t helped by point guard Ty Lawson’s continuing battle with the flu nor power forward Kenneth Faried’s departure after rolling his left ankle just 3:15 into the game.last_img read more

Dodgers didn’t stay at Trump Hotel in Chicago; Adrian Gonzalez didn’t during season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Chicago hotel’s owner is, of course, presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Republican nominee has campaigned on a platform that includes promises to “build a wall” on the Mexico-U.S. border to prevent undocumented immigrants from crossing, and has called Mexican immigrants “rapists” who bring crime and drugs with them. One recent poll shows Hillary Clinton outpolling Trump 70 percent to 19 percent among Latino voters.Gonzalez smiled as he declined to specify his reasons for not staying at the team hotel in June, saying, “We’re here to play baseball not talk politics.”Indeed, the Dodgers were in Chicago to play baseball again this past weekend – but they did not stay at the Trump hotel. The reason wasn’t political, however. The hotel required a non-refundable deposit in order to hold a block of rooms for the team. Until their Game 5 victory over the Washington Nationals late Thursday night, the Dodgers weren’t sure they would need those rooms. Arrangements were made with a different hotel. Room-service preferences, family obligations – or maybe politics – will occasionally prompt one of the Dodgers’ players to ask the team’s staff to arrange accommodations at a hotel other than the team hotel during a road trip. When the Dodgers came to Chicago to face the Cubs at the end of May, the team stayed at the same hotel they have been using for years – the Trump International Hotel and Tower near the Chicago River. Their Mexican-American first baseman did not.“I didn’t stay there,” Adrian Gonzalez confirmed. “I had my reasons.”The inference is obvious. Though he was born in San Diego, Gonzalez grew up in Mexico where his family has deep roots and his father owns a business. Gonzalez has played for the Mexican national team in numerous international competitions including the World Baseball Classic. He has been involved in charitable endeavors in Mexico, including refurbishing the sports complex in Tijuana where he played as a youth. Just this summer, he stepped in to help a youth baseball team from Mexico that was stranded in Los Angeles when its sponsor backed out of its commitment.last_img read more

LeBron James injury update: Lakers star reveals he re-injured groin in loss to Clippers

first_imgLakers’ LeBron James: “I felt healthy going into the game. The second or third defensive possession, I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Beverley. That kind of sent me back to where I was five days ago.” pic.twitter.com/KHWoCjyMZQ— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) December 26, 2019It was another disappointing outing for the Lakers (24-7), who crashed to a fourth consecutive defeat. The Lakers lost to the Clippers (23-10) for the second time this season, having dropped Opening Night against Kawhi Leonard’s team.”They got stops, they made shots,” James said. “When we got stops, we weren’t able to counter on the other end and make shots. We’ll watch the film at our next practice and see ways we can get better.”It’s a long season, it’s a marathon, so, you know, it was a great atmosphere. We had a chance to win. But they made the plays.” Speaking to reporters afterwards, James — whose first season with the Lakers was ravaged by a groin injury — said he was kneed in the groin by Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.MORE: Three takeaways from Clippers’ Christmas win over Lakers”I felt healthy going into the game. The second or third defensive possession I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Bev,” James said. “That kind of set me right back to where I was five days ago.” Lakers superstar LeBron James suggested he re-injured his groin in his team’s 111-106 defeat to the Clippers.James returned from a thoracic muscle strain as the struggling Lakers went down against the Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday. The three-time NBA champion, who missed his first game of the season on Sunday, was 9-of-24 from the floor and 2-of-12 from 3-point range for 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.last_img read more

Kaslo/Nelson Reps settle for silver at Westbank tourney

first_imgTri-City exploded for four second period goals to rout Kaslo/Nelson 7-2 in the final of the Westbank Midget Rep Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday in the Central Okanagan City.Kaslo/Nelson was right in the mix, trailing 3-2 after 20 minutes. But a second-period meltdown cost the Reps as Tri-City jumped all over the Kootenay squad.Matt MacDonald and John Katountas scored first-period goals for Kaslo/Nelson. Brayden Pompu took the loss in goal for Kaslo/Nelson.Kaslo/Nelson finished the round robin with a record of 1-1-1.The squad opened with an 8-3 loss to West Kootenay rival Castlegar.Grant Matthews scored three times to spark Castlegar to the win. Matthews scored in each of the periods, including a five-goal third as the Sunflower City squad pulled away from Kaslo/Nelson.Ryan Giesler added a pair while Trevor Rigby, Lucas Zaytsoff and Ryan Keraiff added singles.Castlegar led 1-0 after a period before Kaslo/Nelson struck for three goals to tie the game at 3-3 after 40 minutes.Dylan Whiffen, John Katountas, Zeke Grimshaw, Coleton Dawson and Michael Viala replied for Kaslo/Nelson.Kaslo/Nelson rebounded during game two, edging Smithers 4-3 behind the two-goal performance of Katountas.Ross Jacobs scored the winner in the third for Kaslo/Nelson. Sam Weber had the other goal for the winners.Kaslo/Nelson then tied Tri-Cities in the first meeting between the two eventual finalists.Liam Butterfield, Dawson and Wiffen scored for Kaslo/Nelson.In the playoff round, Kaslo/Nelson got a goal from Ross Jacobs in the second and an insurance marker from Tyler Podgorenko to nip South Delta 4-2 in semi final action.Katountas and MacDonald also scored for the winners.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Garbiñe Muguruza stays at the gates of crowning the Australian Open

first_imgPhoto: EFE The Spanish tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza lost this Saturday the option to conquer the Australian Open, after falling in the final 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2 against the American Sofia Kenin, and stayed with honey on the lips than it would have been his third tournament of the ‘Grand Slam’.At 26, the player born in Caracas walked close to breaking more barriers for Spanish women’s tennis, after being crowned on the clay of Roland Garros in 2016, before Serena Williams, and on the grass of Wimbledon in 2017, against his sister Venus Williams.On this occasion, it was another American who deprived Muguruza of glory. It was in a game that lasted 2 hours and 3 minutes on the track of a Rod Laver Arena that pulled the good streaks of both players, with the aim of seeing three sleeves if possible. The Spanish lost in the final 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2 against Sofia Keninlast_img read more

Federer survives scare against Paire to advance in Halle

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Switzerland Roger Federer returns a ball to France’s Benoit Paire in their round of 16 match at the ATP tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)HALLE, Germany — Defending champion Roger Federer survived two match points against Benoit Paire to reach the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7) win on Thursday.Paire rallied after losing the first set to take the second, and the Frenchman defended two match points at 6-5 in the decider to force a tiebreaker. Eight minutes later, it was a match point for the 48th-ranked Paire, and again when a mistake from Federer left it 7-6 in Paire’s favor.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ LATEST STORIES Also Thursday, Borna Coric defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2.The Croat next faces either Florian Mayer or Andreas Seppi.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Mavs go Euro with rebuild again, trading up for Luka Doncic Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees But the top-ranked Swiss took the next three points to close the match in just under two hours at the grass-court tournament.Federer extended his grass-court winning streak to 18 matches, including his titles in Stuttgart last week and at Halle and Wimbledon last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFederer skipped the entire clay-court season for the second year in a row and is now just four wins away from matching Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 174 victories on grass.Federer next faces Matthew Ebden of Australia, who upset former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more