Merseyside derby kick-off confirmed

first_img Police had wanted the kick-off time for the often explosive Premier League clash to be brought forward over public-order fears around fans spending more time drinking before the match starts. The force had taken their case to a district judge on Tuesday after Liverpool council’s licensing committee last week turned down a police request to bring forward the kick-off time to 2pm or earlier. But their appeal was withdrawn at South Sefton Magistrates’ Court after a compromise was reached between the police, the council and Everton FC. The match will go ahead at the later kick-off time of 5.30pm but Everton will improve segregation between the two sets of fans at the game and all parties agreed to look again at kick-off times for Category C, or ‘risk’ matches. Everton’s crunch derby clash against Liverpool on Saturday will kick-off at the scheduled later time of 5.30pm after Merseyside Police withdrew a legal challenge. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tonge’s six for 21 helps Hurricanes destroy Pride by an innings

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Gavin Tonge proved there was life left in the old man yet with an incisive spell of fast-medium, swing bowling that catapulted Leeward Islands Hurricanes to a stunning, innings-and-four-run victory over Barbados Pride in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Thursday.Tonge collected 6-21 from 12 overs, finishing with match figures of 9-26, as the Pride were bowled out for 116 in their second innings about 50 minutes before the scheduled close on the second day of their second-round match at Kensington Oval.Ashley Nurse hit eight fours and three sixes in the top score of 67 from 71 balls in 1 ¾ hours stay at the crease and was the only Pride batsman that reached 20.Jeremiah Louis, the Player-of-the-Match for a memorable all-round performance, formalised the result for the Hurricanes, when he had Nurse caught at long-off to end with 3-43 from 10.3 overs – and match figures of 9-112 to follow up a crucial first-innings half-century earlier in the day.The result meant that the Hurricanes gained 19.8 points and the home team earned a meagre 3.6.It was the Hurricanes’ first victory over the Pride at the West Indies first-class level in eight years, when they won by an innings and five runs at the North Stars Cricket Ground in Barbados’ most northerly parish of St. Lucy.Also, it was the Hurricanes’ eighth victory ever over the same opponents, whom they have only ever beaten once in the Leewards.Tonge’s performance followed a rearguard led by Louis that gave the Hurricanes a 120-run, first-innings lead, when they were bowled out for 233 around 20 minutes past the scheduled lunch interval.Louis, the Hurricanes first-day bowling hero, gathered 62 from 109 balls in close to two hours to lead the way with the bat for the visitors.He added 50 for the last wicket with Jason Campbell to frustrate the Pride, after the Hurricanes slumped to 183 for nine and looked in danger of being dismissed for less than 200.Part-time off-spinner Kenroy Williams collected a career-best 5-50 from 20 overs to be the pick of the Pride’s bowlers. Shakeem Clarke supported with 2-15 from 8.1 overs.Forced to use a makeshift opener, due to Shayne Moseley being struck on the helmet when fielding, Pride captain Kevin Stoute chose to partner Anthony Alleyne.The experiment lasted just 22 balls before Tonge had Stoute caught behind for four in the fourth over of the innings.Tonge has been playing at the West Indies first-class level for close to two decades and on a helpful pitch, the brittle Pride batting was no match, as his next three wickets all came through catches to either his captain Devon Thomas, the Hurricanes wicketkeeper, or second slip fielder Nkrumah Bonner.Pride crashed to 18 for five, but Nurse and Moseley stemmed the fall of wickets for just over an hour, putting on 61 for the sixth wicket.Moseley was however, needlessly run out for 15 before Louis and Tonge carved up the rest of the batting with mean, purposeful bowling.Starting the day on 116 for four, the Hurricanes suffered a setback to their plans, when Bonner gave a return catch to Williams after adding eight to his overnight 20.After his dismissal, the floodgates were flung open and Williams, in the main, worked his way through the Hurricanes batting.Campbell came to the crease and frustrated the Pride with Louis for close to an hour, forcing the home team to take the second new ball which Stoute, bowling medium-fast, strangely shared with Nurse, bowling off-spin.After this experiment failed miserably, Shakeem Clarke was handed the new ball and had Campbell caught in the slips for 18, fending a short ball to bring the innings to a close.Hurricanes host Guyana Jaguars at Warner Park in St. Kitts in the next round of matches, which features Jamaica Scorpions against the Pride at Sabina Park in Jamaica.PRIDE 1st Innings 113HURRICANES 1st Innings(overnight 116 for four)C Hughes c Stoute b Clarke 9K Carty c Nurse b Stoute 19A Saunders c Moseley b Williams 41*+D Thomas c Alleyne b Warrican 25N Bonner c and b Williams 28J Taylor c wkpr Rampersaud b Williams 8T Warde b Williams 18J Louis not out 62M Stoute b Williams 1G Tonge run out 1J Campbell c Warrican b Clarke 18Extras (lb1, nb2) 3TOTAL (all out, 84.1 overs) 233Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-31, 3-78, 4-116, 5-127, 6-134, 7-163, 8-169, 9-183Bowling: Greaves 13-6-23-0; Clarke 8.1-3-15-2 (nb1); Stoute 13-4-36-1; Nurse 9-0-54-0 (nb1); Warrican 21-4-54-1; Williams 20-5-50-5PRIDE 2nd InningsA Alleyne c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 1*K Stoute c wkpr Thomas b Tonge 4A Jones c Bonner b Tonge 13J Carter c Bonner b Tonge 0K Williams c wkpr Thomas b Louis 0S Moseley run out 15A Nurse c Taylor b Louis 67J Greaves lbw b Louis 0+M Rampersaud b Tonge 1J Warrican c Warde b Tonge 0S Clarke not out 8Extras (lb5, nb2) 7TOTAL (all out, 32.3 overs) 116Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-7, 3-7, 4-18, 5-18, 6-79, 7-85, 8-94, 9-94Bowling: Matthew 8-3-24-0 (nb1); Tonge 12-6-21-6; Louis 10.3-0-43-3; Campbell 2-0-23-0 (nb1)Points: Hurricanes 19.8, Pride 3.6last_img read more

Brady feels at home during scrimmage in Buccaneers stadium

first_img LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 09:04 IST Brady Feels At Home During Scrimmage In Buccaneers Stadium Not the sprawling mansion the six-time Super Bowl champion is renting from baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, but rather Raymond James Stadium — stomping grounds of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as the site of the next Super Bowl A little more than two weeks away from the start of the NFL season, Tom Brady is settling into a new home.Not the sprawling mansion the six-time Super Bowl champion is renting from baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, but rather Raymond James Stadium — stomping grounds of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as the site of the next Super Bowl.The Bucs practiced Friday at their regular-season home for the first time since Brady joined them in free agency, taking a break from their normal training camp routine to give him and his new teammates a chance to familiarize themselves with the surroundings.The 43-year-old quarterback led touchdown drives on two of four series he worked during a full scrimmage, including a 98-yard march to begin the session.Brady smiled when asked if he experienced “butterflies” before taking the field under game-like conditions for the first time since ending a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots.“No butterflies. I’ve been in a lot of moments on the field,” the three-time league MVP said.“It’s more excitement than butterflies. You’re on the field. You’re prepping with your teammates. We all got to dig a little deeper — 16 plays to start the scrimmage. Guys were getting hit, going in and out. There were a lot of good things to learn from what we were doing.”With preseason games canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a chance the Bucs will hold at least one more scrimmage in the stadium before the team’s scheduled season opener at New Orleans on Sept. 13.“I love the idea of practicing in the stadium. You get the proportions. You envision plays you make in practice happening in a game. … I remember a lot of practice touchdowns in end zones in the stadium. We got to a point where the stadium wasn’t that big a deal,” Brady said. “It was kind of like another great place for us to go perform.”Coach Bruce Arians generally was pleased with the scrimmage on a hot, humid day, noting Brady not only had excellent command of the offense but did a good job of pushing exhausted teammates during the long TD drive to begin practice.“He was solid, everything I thought he would be. Nothing new, nothing drastic,” Arians said. “He was forcing his will a little on some guys that were tired. They need that.”Brady summed up the day as “another step in the process” to get ready for the Saints.“For me as a player, it’s preparing myself the best way I can. Getting to the stadium, getting with my teammates, it was a good dress rehearsal, so to speak,” Brady said. “It has its challenges, and hopefully we can use these opportunities to grow and learn from one another. I thought today was a good step for us.”The Bucs continue training camp without interruption, even as some other teams remain in discussions about social injustice issues and whether or not to practice while calling attention to the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.Brady was asked about the response throughout sports.“I think everyone makes the choices that they feel are best for them, and I think everybody is very sensitive of everything’s that’s happening,” Brady said.“The communication that we have on a daily basis about social injustice is important for all of us,” Brady added. “Just trying to continue to listen and learn, to certainly the guys on my team and guys that I connect with, and do as much as we can to help things going forward.”The Bucs met as a team before practice Thursday, deciding to commit to doing something as a group to promote change rather than take a day off.Arians encouraged players to “find a cause and either support it financially or do something to change the situation, because protesting doesn’t do crap in my opinion.” The coach added he has been watching protests since he was a teenager in 1968.NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith later tweeted that Arians was “woefully misinformed about the history of protest both within sports and in America.”The 67-year-old Arians fired back Friday: “Yeah, I have a history, and it might be a little longer than his.”Image credits: AP First Published: 29th August, 2020 09:04 IST WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

Joy Sports Transfer Daily: today’s top 11 stories

first_imgWelcome to the new series from the team at 99.7FM, tracking the latest moves in the window. We call it the #JoySports Transfer Daily. Here, we summarize all the moves and rumours in a quick, easy to read format.The series begins today and ends on August 31.When does the transfer window open?The Premier League season wrapped up on May 24 and there has been a slew of confirmed transfers since – including James Milner and Danny Ings to Liverpool and Memphis Depay’s move to Manchester United. But the window did not officially open until 12am on Wednesday 1 July 2015.Is that the same across Europe?No it is not. The transfer window dates for the major European leagues have yet to be finalised, but France, Germany, Spain and Italy’s tends to open at the beginning of June rather than July. This means players from those leagues can agree moves into England, but transfers will not be ratified until July 1. The Dutch summer transfer window tends to open in the second week of June. And so, today’s stories…Nani is off to FenerbahçeThe Manchester United winger Nani has agreed personal terms with Fenerbahce and is expected to complete a move to Turkey in the next week. The two clubs are still discussing the fee with United holding out for more than the €5m (£3.5m) offered by Fenerbahce, who finished second in the league last season.Liverpool get ClyneThe Reds have confirmed the signing of defender Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton. The 24-year-old full back, who has five England caps to his name, has signed a long-term contract at Anfield to become the sixth new player to arrive at the club already this summer. …and could get Benteke tooChristian Benteke could complete his move to Liverpool in the coming days, according to TalkSport. Popular British radio journalist Graham Beecroft said: “I expect him to sign if not today then certainly in the not too distant future. Liverpool have done their work and have sealed a deal.” It is expected that Liverpool would have to pay all of the forward’s £32.5 million buyout clause. Benteke would join James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firminio amongst Brendan Rodgers’ new recruits.Turan to announce his new club on FridayAtletico Madrid’s Turkish midfielder Arda Turan (above), is reportedly a target of Chelsea and Manchester United. The player has admitted that he is looking for a new challenge, but will announce which team he will join on Friday. Falcao nearing Chelsea dealChelsea are expected to confirm the loan signing of 29-year-old Monaco striker Radamel Falcao later this week, having already agreed personal terms and a reported salary of £130,000-a-week. Falcao has had a disappointing Copa America with his national team and is yet to rediscover his best form.Inter sign MirandaThe Italians have officially completed the signing of defender Joao Miranda from Atletico Madrid. The Brazilian centre-back was in Milan yesterday to complete his medical, and the Nerazzurri’s capture of the 30-year-old is a strong signal of intent. Miranda has won seven trophies at club level, including the 2013/14 Spanish league title. Inter, who won a treble of European Cup and Italian league and Cup in 2009-10, are looking to rebuild under coach Roberto Mancini after failing to qualify for continental competition last season.Stoke & Everton fight for £12m Shaqiri Stoke City are ready to go head-to-head with Everton in an ambitious attempt to try to sign Inter Milan star Xherdan Shaqiri. Both clubs have been shown an interest in the 23-year-old winger following his modest first six months in Italy.Bayern get CostaThe Bavarians have completed the signing of Brazil midfielder Douglas Costa from Shakhtar Donetsk on a five-year contract. The deal was worth 30 million euros.Man Utd bid £28.6m for RamosManchester United have made a bid of £28.6m for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, according to Sky sources. According to the English site, Ramos has told Madrid that he wants to leave the club and join Louis van Gaal’s project. In other news, Southampton have terminated the contract of striker Dani Osvaldo and Porto has signed Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula. Swansea also confirmed the capture of Portugal striker Eder.Gundogan does a U-turnGerman international Ilkay Gundogan insisted in April he would not be renewing his contract that runs out in 2016 and was said to be in talks with a number of clubs for an immediate transfer. However, the 24-year-old has performed a dramatic turnaround to commit to Die Borussen until 2017.Pogba to keep tabs on Barca Juventus star, Paul Pogba may only decide on his future once he knows the outcome of the Barcelona presidential race. It’s believed that Barcelona aren’t the only club interested in him, as Manchester City have also expressed interest.  –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more news from the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Blake Griffin, Clippers will decide Friday whether he’s ready to return to lineup

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PLAYA VISTA — Blake Griffin couldn’t say for certain whether he would play in the Clippers’ game Friday against the Lakers at Staples Center. The All-Star power forward and the Clippers’ coaching and medical staffs will meet before the game to determine his availability.“We’ll see,” Griffin said before practicing with the Clippers on Thursday, his third consecutive day of on-court activity after sitting out 14 games because of a sprained left knee, suffered in a Nov. 27 game against the Lakers. “We’re taking it day by day.”Griffin participated in a hard workout before the Clippers’ victory Tuesday over the Sacramento Kings, then joined their G League team for their practice Wednesday before rejoining his teammates for their workout Thursday. If all goes well, and there are no setbacks, then Griffin will play.The Clippers’ original estimate for Griffin’s layoff was up to eight weeks. If he plays Friday, he will have been sidelined for four weeks and three days. If he doesn’t play against the Lakers, then it’s likely he will play in Sunday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets. In 2014-15, he was sidelined for 15 games after undergoing surgery on his right elbow. In 2015-16, he suffered a partially torn left quadriceps tendon and sat out for 41 games. He later fractured his right hand punching a team employee and was out for four more games.Last season, he underwent right knee surgery that sidelined him for 18 games and then he missed the final four games of the Clippers’ first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz because of an injury to the plantar plate beneath his right toe. His toe then required surgery.So, his latest knee injury was considered relatively minor compared to the others.“It was really the first time I haven’t had to have surgery during a season for something like this or I haven’t had to rehab coming back from surgery, so it’s been a much different experience not having to go through that,” he said. “It came along a lot faster. You just feel better.”The Clippers are 6-8 since Griffin’s injury, and 14-19 overall. They were three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings, a remarkable position considering injuries to Griffin, Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari, Wesley Johnson and Milos Teodosic.“Our guys have played great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They’ve played hard. I would love to see another team take four and sometimes five starters off the floor and see how they did. Over the last 11, we’re a game over .500. It’s been sensational.”center_img Griffin praised the team’s medical and athletic training staffs for his early return.“I haven’t felt any pain or anything from any of the challenges or goals they have set for me at any point through this whole rehab process,” he said in his first public comments since he was injured. “As far as (Friday), that will be a decision we make as a team.”Griffin was injured when teammate Austin Rivers fell on him in the closing minutes of the Clippers’ victory over the Lakers. Rivers and Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball chased a loose ball as it rolled toward Griffin. Rivers and Ball collided and Rivers fell over Griffin’s left leg.After spending several moments on the court being attended to, Griffin rose and continued to play for about a minute before he realized it was too difficult to continue. Later, an MRI exam revealed the injury’s extent, a relief for the player and the team because surgery would not be necessary.Griffin has a history of significant injuries, including a cracked left kneecap that required surgery and forced him to miss the 2009-10 season. He suffered torn meniscus in his left knee while training with the United States Olympic team and couldn’t play in the 2012 Games in London.last_img read more

Igokea plays tonight in Skoplje

first_imgLeader of ABA League, basketball club Igokea will play against MZT Skoplje, tonight as a part of 22nd round of ABA League.This will be an excellent opportunity for Igokea to make a decisive step towards Euroleague.MZT has played very well this season, and are currently situated at the 8th place and they have a very good team lead by Todor Gečevski.But, nonetheless, Igokea is better team, and they are likely to win.The match will be played at 8.30 p.m.last_img

Will Tua Tagovailoa play against LSU? Injury updates, status for Alabama QB’s return

first_imgMORE: How Tagovailoa affects Bama, LSU and college football landscapeThe general consensus is that, without Tagovailoa, Alabama won’t be able to put up enough points to keep up with LSU’s break-neck pace. The Tigers score 46.8 points per game compared to the Crimson Tide’s 48.6 (though that comes after LSU’s 23-20 win over Auburn). Add to that the fact Alabama hasn’t been nearly as good defensively this season, and Alabama may need Tagovailoa to win Saturday’s “Game of the Century.”That would be a far cry from the last time these teams met as the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the country: No. 1 LSU came away with a 9-6 victory against No. 2 Alabama in 2011. It’s likely this game won’t be nearly as defense-dominant, but it would certainly be better if Tagovailoa played.Here’s everything you need to know about Tagovailoa’s injury, the timeline of his recovery and the likelihood of his return: It’s finally game week for the highly anticipated matchup between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama, and yet the biggest storyline surrounding this game involves a player who might not even take the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.Tua Tagovailoa’s injury — a high-ankle sprain — will be the clear focus leading up to the 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff against the Tigers. Indeed, it has been ever since he left the second quarter of the Crimson Tide’s victory over Tennessee on Oct. 19. Backup Mac Jones was serviceable as his replacement against Tennessee and Arkansas, but the offense is several orders of magnitude better with Tagovailoa in the backfield. (Getty Images) Will Tua Tagovailoa play against LSU?Tagovailoa has been out since the second quarter of the Tennessee game on Oct. 19. By kickoff on Saturday, he will have had three weeks’ worth of recovery time, though it’s not entirely certain that will be enough.Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tagovailoa would be out “a week or two” immediately following the Tennessee game. That same night, linebacker Terrell Lewis told reporters Tagovailoa said he’d be “back for LSU” on Nov. 9. The following day, following tightrope surgery on Tagovailoa’s ankle, Saban released the following statement:“Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain last night against Tennessee. Our physicians performed a successful tightrope procedure on his right ankle this morning. This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week’s game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery.”That prognosis devolved on Oct. 30 when Saban said Tagovailoa would be a “game-time decision,” which he reiterated again on Oct. 28. That, of course, raised the question of whether Tagovailoa would even be 100 percent if he could play vs. LSU.As of Monday before the game, Saban said Tagovailoa would be on a pitch count at practice, and that he was still a game-time decision. He followed up on Wednesday by saying he Tagovailoa was “moving around well and throwing the ball with confidence” (via ESPN).Friday before the game, CBS college football commentator Gary Danielson said he watched Tagovailoa in practice on Thursday, saying he “doesnt have that spring in his step, it’s not natural.”Saban, on the set of “College GameDay” on Saturday, said Tagovailoa practiced well all week and has been “really, really good” in the short area. Barring an issue in warm-ups, Saban said, Tagovailoa should be expected to start.MORE: Who is Mac Jones? Fast facts for Tagovailoa’s backupWhat is Tagovailoa’s injury?Tagovailoa suffered a high-ankle sprain to his right ankle, the same injury from the 2018 SEC championship game (though Saban said it’s not as severe as last season’s). It’s worth noting Tagovailoa underwent the same tightrope procedure on his left leg and returned four weeks later for the Crimson Tide’s College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma. He completed 24 of 27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns in that game, rushing five times for 9 yards.Here is a summation of the procedure, from the Southern California Orthopedic Institute:”It can be used to repair a high ankle sprain, which damages the soft tissue structures between the tibia and fibula and causes these bones to separate. … The tightrope system anchors the ends of the tibia and fibula together with a braided polyethylene cord, rather than with a rigid surgical screw, to restore the original position of the bones and to allow for proper healing.”Tagovailoa isn’t the only Alabama player to have undergone the procedure. Alabama team surgeon Norman Waldrop first performed the procedure on former Crimson Tide tackle Cam Robinson in 2014. The future NFL first-round pick was able to return two weeks after the surgery in time for the Crimson Tide’s matchup against LSU. Other Tide players to get the procedure include former quarterback Jalen Hurts, tackle Jonah Williams and center Ross Pierschbacher.Tua Tagovailoa injury timelineTagovailoa suffered the high-ankle sprain on Oct. 19 against Tennessee in “The Third Saturday in October.” The play in question occurred with 7:20 remaining in the second quarter and Alabama up 21-10 over Tennessee. Greg Emerson sacked Tagovailoa on the Tide’s first play of their fifth drive of the game.Here’s the exact play Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa was injured on against Tennessee.Tagovailoa scrambled to his left before being brought down hard by Vol’s defensive lineman Greg Emerson.— Alabama Crimson Tide | (@aldotcomTide) October 20, 2019Tagovailoa stayed in the game for one more play, completing a 5-yard pass to Brian Robinson. Alabama called a timeout right after, and Tagovailoa left the game on his own power. He was escorted to the Alabama locker room and was later seen leaving the stadium in an ambulance, though he returned in street clothes.Tua getting into an ambulance @barstoolsports— Maybe Next Year (@AlexHenderson17) October 20, 2019Tagovailoa’s prognosis was fairly positive after the game, with Saban saying on Oct. 20 that he expected “a speedy recovery” from his star quarterback.On Oct. 21, Saban reaffirmed the success of the tightrope surgery, but said there was no timetable for Tagovailoa’s return and that rehab was “pretty unpredictable.””There’s no real timetable for his return, but the expectation is he will be non-weight bearing for several days and then he’ll be able to come back as his rehab allows him,” Saban said. “We’re hopeful that in a 10-day period he’ll be back being able to do pretty active type rehab and we’ll see how it goes from there. These things are pretty unpredictable at this point.”On Oct. 29, Saban said Alabama was still monitoring Tagovailoa’s recovery, though he would likely return to practice the next day.“We’ll just have to see what he can do,” Saban said, per “Evaluate his mobility and his performance. I can’t really predict any of that. Just have to let it happen and see how it goes.During the SEC teleconference on Oct. 30, Saban confirmed Tagovailoa would return to practice, but said he would be a game-time decision and that Alabama wouldn’t play him if he wasn’t able to perform.”We’re not going to put him in a situation where he can’t perform, aight? If he can perform, he’ll be able to play. If he can’t perform, then he won’t be able to play,” Saban said. Local reporters did not see Tagovailoa at said practice during the five-minute window open to media.Saban on Monday said Tagovailoa practiced two days last week, that he is currently on a snap count in practice, and will still be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game.WATCH: Moments ago, #Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa at practice jogging, planting on wrapped right leg, and making throws. Nick Saban said he will be on snap count at practice and game time decision for Saturday. #RollTide #LSU @CBS_42— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) November 4, on Tuesday reported that sources within Alabama’s program feel good about Tagovailoa’s health and that he is expected to play against LSU. Saban on Wednesday did not upgrade Tagovailoa’s status beyond “game-time decision,” but said he was moving and throwing well.Saban on Saturday said Tagovailoa should get the start barring an issue in pregame warm-ups.MORE: Tagovailoa injury update: QB ‘game-time decision’ for LSUTua Tagovailoa injury updatesNov. 9 — Saban says Tagovailoa will start, barring an issue in pregame warm-ups.Nov. 6 — Saban says Tagovailoa is moving, throwing well (via ESPN), but doesn’t upgrade him beyond a game-time decision.Nov. 5 — Sources within program say Alabama expects Tagovailoa to play vs. LSU.Nov. 4 — Saban reiterates Tagovailoa is a game-time decision, says he practiced two days last week (per John Zenor).Oct. 30 — Tagovailoa returns to practice. Saban calls Tagovailoa a game-time decision.Oct. 29 — Saban says Alabama is still monitoring Tagovailoa’s recovery, says he’ll return to practice on Oct. 30.Oct. 26 — Tagovailoa stands by as Alabama beats Arkansas 48-7. Backup Mac Jones completes 18 of 22 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Third-string quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa completes 6 of 8 passes for 45 yards. Oct. 21 — Saban reaffirms success of surgery, says there is no timetable for return and that rehab from the procedure is “pretty unpredictable.”Oct. 20 — Tagaovailoa undergoes successful tightrope surgery, per a report. Saban said he expects a “speedy recovery” for his quarterback.Oct. 19 — Tagovailoa suffers a high-ankle sprain on his right ankle against Tennessee. Tagovailoa tells teammates he’ll be back in time for LSU; Saban says he expects Tagovailoa to be out “a week or two.”last_img read more

Damian Lillard doubts players will follow NBA’s bubble rules, questions league’s ‘best interests’

first_imgBefore the restart of the season, there was reported discourse between multiple angles among the players, with the safety of players and the potential that an NBA restart would take away from current protests and civil unrest around the country, with sports offering a distraction.ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith also questioned if players will be able to handle the upcoming season without … extra-curricular activities. In any case, if one of the NBA’s most public-facing stars is questioning the stability of the bubble, maybe the league should listen. In asking a question of his own, the Trail Blazers guard cast doubt upon whether NBA players will be able to stay within the lines of the NBA’s restart guidelines.”My confidence ain’t great,” Lillard told ESPN. “My confidence ain’t great because you’re telling me you’re gonna have 22 teams full of players following all the rules? When we have 100 percent freedom, everybody don’t follow all the rules. I don’t have much confidence. But hopefully it’ll be handled to a point where we’re not putting everybody at risk or in a dangerous position.”MORE: Complete list of NBA players opting out of the seasonLillard detailed that while he and the rest of the NBA will have different forms of activities and entertainment, there are still some questions as to whether the Association had the players’ “best interests” in mind.”We’ll see if it was really well thought out and if they really had our best interests once we get there.” Damian Lillard thinks the NBA’s bubble may be popped.With the NBA planning its Orlando restart in a “bubble” scenario with members of 22 teams being housed and isolated within the Disney World resort in Florida, many questions have been raised as to the plan’s overall safety and the strict ruleset that the league has imposed on its players.last_img read more

Here is NASCAR’s complete explanation of the Bubba Wallace noose case at Talladega

first_imgJust minutes after a picture of the noose a member of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team found in Bubba Wallace’s Talladega Superspeedway garage stall was released Thursday, NASCAR president Steve Phelps spoke with media on a teleconference.In the wake of an FBI investigation that determined a hate crime had not been committed against the sport’s only Black driver, and that the noose had been in place since October of 2019, the teleconference was NASCAR’s chance to tell its side of the story after facing widespread criticism of its escalating what ended up being a misunderstanding. “Let me reiterate two things: Bubba Wallace and the 43 team had nothing to do with this. Bubba Wallace has done nothing but represent this sport with courage, class and dignity. It’s offensive seeing anyone suggest otherwise, and frankly, it’s further evidence of how far we still need to go as a society.”Secondly, there has been discussion and criticism of how this was handled and characterized. Some feel that the phrasing or words used were not right. That comes with the territory. And I will take full responsibility for that, and for the emotion that was attached to it.”Based on the evidence we had, we felt that one of our drivers had been threatened, a driver who had been extremely courageous in recent words and actions. It was our responsibility to react and investigate, and that’s exactly what we did.” MORE: Here are the facts of the Bubba Wallace storyPhelps spent almost 10 minutes reading a prepared statement on how the noose was discovered, why the investigation was launched, how the investigation proceeded, when the FBI got involved and what NASCAR will do moving forward.Below is Phelps’ explanation of the entire Bubba Wallace noose saga, transcribed in its entirety:#NASCAR has released the photo of the noose found in the No. 43 garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon. (Photo Credit: NASCAR)— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) June 25, 2020On why NASCAR decided to investigate:”First I want to touch on our approach and our decision to investigate. As I mentioned on Tuesday, given the facts presented to us, we would have pursued this with the same sense of urgency and purpose. “Upon learning of and seeing the noose, our initial reaction was to protect our driver. We’re living in a highly charged and emotional time. What we saw was a symbol of hate and was only present in one area of the garage, that of the 43 car of Bubba Wallace. “In hindsight, we should have — I should have — used the word ‘alleged’ in our statement. Many of you have seen the photo. As you can see from the photo, the noose was real. As was our concern for Bubba. With similar emotion, others across our industry and our media stood up to defend the NASCAR family — our NASCAR family. Because they are part of the NASCAR family, too. We are proud to see so many stand up for what’s right. On the timeline of events after the discovery of the noose:”I think it’s important to briefly go through the timeline now that our investigation is complete. It’s not exhaustive, but I think we’ll give you a sense for what happened. “On Sunday, after initial inspection and prior to the race, a member of the 43 team noticed the noose in the garage stall.”At roughly 4:30, NASCAR was alerted to the presence of the noose. At that point we did a full sweep of the garage by our security team, and only the rope of the 43 team stall was a noose. All the others were regular ropes.”At about 6 o’clock, NASCAR senior leadership met and immediately determined this needed to be investigated and began those initial steps in the investigation. “At approximately 7:30, I notified Bubba Wallace of what was found in the garage. After that, we continued to gather facts and conduct our investigation.”We thought it was important to put out a statement as quickly as we could, which we did at roughly 10:40 on Sunday evening.”Early Monday morning, the FBI Birmingham office reached out to us. By roughly 10 o’clock, the FBI arrived with 15 field agents to begin their investigation. We provided the FBI with a list of personnel with access to the garage, as well as video and images taken from the weekend, and the 2019 fall weekend, as well.”During the course of the day, the FBI interviewed race team personnel from multiple teams, NASCAR officials, track fire and safety personnel, and track custodial staff. Talladega Superspeedway also provided the FBI with a list of events that had taken place since October of 2019, which is when the new garages opened. “The FBI reports back at the end of the day that their interviews are complete for the day, and the evidence so far, thus far at that point, was inconclusive, with plans to continue their investigation the following morning.”On Tuesday morning NASCAR received additional video from a team that provided it to the FBI. The video corroborates the testimony from one of the interviews that the FBI had conducted that the noose was present in that stall during the fall Cup event. The U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI informed NASCAR that their investigation had conclusively found this was not a hate crime.”We were asked to keep this confidential until the release. Their release went out at roughly 4:10. About 4:15 we released our own statement. And then we had our NASCAR teleconference Tuesday evening.On why NASCAR continued its investigation after FBI findings:”Through the investigation and the examination of the video and photographic evidence, the FBI was able to determine the noose was present in the same garage stall as last fall.”It was still our responsibility to find answers to key questions. How did the noose get there? Was anyone an intended target? Was this a code of conduct violation? Are nooses present elsewhere in other garages where we race? So let me tackle the last one first.”NASCAR conducted a thorough sweep of all the garage areas across the tracks where we race. So across those 29 tracks, and 1,684 garage stalls, we found only 11 total that had a pull-down rope tied into a knot. And only one noose — the one discovered Sunday in Bubba Wallace’s garage. “We further determined that the noose was not in place when the October 2019 race weekend began, but was created at some point during that weekend. Given that timing and the garage access policies and procedures at the time, we were unfortunately unable to determine with any certainty who tied this rope in this manner or why it was done.On NASCAR’s next steps:”Which brings up another question: How could it have gone unnoticed by so many people in October 2019 through the morning of June 21, 2020? “Our ultimate conclusions for this investigation is to ensure that this never happens again. That no one walks by a noose without recognizing the potential damage it can do. Moving forward, we will be conducting thorough sweeps of the garage area to ensure nothing like this happened again. And we are installing additional cameras in all of our garages.”We’ll make any changes necessary to our sanctions and our code of conduct, and we will mandate that all members of our industry complete sensitivity and unconscious bias training with specifics and timing forthcoming. “Going forward, our efforts are making sure every competitor feels safe and every guest feels welcome. We did see at (the Talladega pre-race) on Monday, our drivers, crews and officials proudly demonstrated that are united in the belief that there is no place for racism in our sport.”We want everyone with a love for racing to feel welcome, and a part of our NASCAR family. And our industry is going to protect our own against anyone that feels differently.”My hope is that the fortunate results of the FBI investigation should not diminish the impact of that moment, not the message our sport sent. The world saw our true colors, and it made us all incredibly proud.On Bubba Wallace’s role in the incident:last_img read more