Moyes right man – Pallister

first_img Little wonder some observers have started to question Moyes’ suitability to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, even if most match-going fans are sticking with the Scot for now. Pallister is too, having been convinced Moyes was the right man to inherit one of the biggest jobs in the game, even if he had never won a major trophy. And, once Moyes gets in the men he wants to strengthen his squad, the former United defender is confident he will prove it. Speaking at the launch of the 2014 FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, Pallister said: “He will get it right. “I can understand why people are writing Manchester United off but I am not going to change my mind. “For me David Moyes was the right man to take over the job. I still think that. “You have to give him time to understand what the club is all about. “Sir Alex Ferguson said you have to give him time. Everybody understood that. Press Association Gary Pallister insists Manchester United got it right by appointing David Moyes as manager. “A big transition is taking place. It is not something that is going to happen overnight.” Indeed, Pallister has not given up on United’s clinching a top-four spot, especially since the club record £37.1million arrival of Juan Mata. “Mata is a great signing,” said Pallister. “He will have a terrific career at Manchester United. “I am sure once he gets used to the new players and they get used to him, they will create a lot more chances than they have done previously. “It hasn’t gone to plan so far but there are still enough games left to make it a good season. “We have every chance of getting a top-four slot and a good game coming up against Olympiacos in a few weeks with a great chance of getting through to the following rounds of the Champions League. “Then in the summer I think he will buy more players. “Manchester United will be back. I am certain of that, vying at the top of the league and looking for trophies.” However, Pallister does acknowledge this season’s problems are a new experience for an entire generation of United fans, who have known nothing but success. He does though. For when the 48-year-old signed for the club from Middlesbrough in 1989, they were in the middle of what would have been their worst season since they were relegated had it not been for that 1990 FA Cup win, after which Ferguson enjoyed so much success. “I remember my first year at Manchester United,” said Pallister. “At one stage we were a defeat away from going into the relegation zone. “We got so much stick for being the size of club we were and not winning the championship for 26 years. “The the senior professionals, Bryan Robson and Mal Donaghy, told the young lads to keep doing their jobs and it would come right. “Ryan Giggs was one of those young lads then. Now he will be imparting that same experience to people like Adnan Januzaj, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.” United are enduring a desperate campaign, crashing out of both domestic cup competitions in surprising circumstances and suffering their eighth Premier League defeat of the season at Stoke on Saturday. That result has left the Red Devils seven points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool, with their chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League fading fast. last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Amidst hostility, India and Pakistan square off in marquee clash

first_img New Delhi: There is tension. There is continuing hostility. The build-up was dominated by calls for a boycott due to the terror attack in Pulwama. Despite all this, the tickets for this match were sold out in minutes. In terms of numbers, the rivalry has been one-sided. However, when it comes to passion, emotion and nationalistic fervour or jingoism, nothing beats India vs Pakistan clash. Indian fans will keep on harking about the 6-0 scoreline against their arch-rivals. For Pakistan, what began as a process of removing the monkey off the back is now a gorilla off the back. With every passing World Cup, the desperation for Pakistan has been palpable. They have only one mission: Defeat India or face more agony.The momentum for both sides heading into this contest is stark. Pakistan squandered a golden chance to get the better of five-time champions Australia. India, on the other hand, is operating like a well-oiled machine in both the batting and bowling. The wash-out in Trent Bridge against New Zealand would not have affected India too much. KL Rahul is an ideal fit at the top in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan while either Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Karthik can add more depth to either the batting or the bowling.However, Pakistan is known to be mercurial and India cannot take them lightly. Mohammad Amir, who ripped out Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final showed that he is back in form with his first five-wicket haul in ODIs. In many ways, Amir is the key to the bowling along with Wahab Riaz, who has proven to be expensive against India in past encounters.For Pakistan to make a contest out of this, their batting needs to fire. Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq and Sarfaraz Ahmed have made contributions but all eyes would be on Fakhar Zaman, whose century helped Pakistan win their last ICC trophy. In past encounters, Pakistan’s batting has always let them down and they will be hoping for a better show.There is one slight problem heading into the clash in Manchester though. The weather has been inclement in Manchester for the last couple of days and showers are expected to play a part in this match. The billions of fans would be hoping that the rain gods stay away and the ICC will also be praying. If rain washes out this match, then it is certain that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be a certified disaster.Team combinationsWith Shikhar Dhawan missing this match, KL Rahul will open the batting. India already has depth in the bowling. Considering his previous record against Pakistan and provided the pitch offers seam movement, Mohammed Shami might replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar. If India needs depth in their batting, they might go in with Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar. For Pakistan, they might want to include Shadab Khan in place of Shaheen Afridi who was a tad expensive against AustraliaIndia (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra ChahalPakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad AmirWho will win?On all departments, India is better equipped and it is no longer a case of India’s batting versus Pakistan’s bowling. Barring a freakish performance from either the Pakistan batsmen or the bowlers, India should make the scoreline 7-0 on Sunday.Weather and pitchThis is the most dominant question of all. The weather in Southampton is not all that great. There are chances of rain and it could end up being another spoiler.Statistics6-0. This is not only a decorated scoreline in tennis but for Indian cricket fans. India has won all six encounters against Pakistan starting from 1992 in Sydney, 1996 in Bangalore, 1999 in Manchester, 2003 in Centurion, 2011 in Mohali and 2015 in Adelaide.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. highlights India holds a 6-0 advantage against Pakistan in World Cups.Pakistan last won an ICC event against India in 2017 Champions Trophy.India holds a 3-2 advantage in ICC events against Pakistan in England.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Pollitt excels with dietary adjustments, working with Gueye filling Eaton’s shoes

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 26, 2013 at 1:27 am Contact Bryan: Last year, Donald Pollitt lacked the right training habits off of the track.The junior had problems maintaining his diet, and it deterred his ability to participate in the 2012 Big East Indoor Championships.“We were honest with him and told him, ‘One of the main things that is keeping you from running fast is you let yourself get a little soft,’” assistant coach Dave Hegland said. Pollitt was less fit, and veered away from his commitment to both his training sessions and meets. But starting last summer, Pollitt changed his diet. He began eating more and built up his appetite to five or six meals a day. But most importantly, he watched what he ate. A year later, Pollitt’s one of the top runners on the team, and is putting himself in position to earn a spot at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut before being able to do that, Pollitt had to completely re-evaluate his eating habits. “It was just about putting the right things in my body,” Pollitt said. “When I come here, do a hard workout and then go eat something terrible, I don’t have the benefits of healing my body and getting ready for the next day.”After missing last year’s event, Pollitt proved his new commitment. The diet paid off after he won the gold medal in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal record time of 7.79 seconds at the Big East Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio, two weekends ago.“I am happy for myself, but I worked hard to get to this point,” Pollitt said. “Last year, my diet wasn’t the best, and I knew I had to put a better work ethic into my training.”During his three years at SU, Pollitt has also had the opportunity to train next to two of Syracuse’s most notable sprinters.One of them is former Orange athlete Jarret Eaton – Syracuse’s first national champion – who won the 60-meter hurdles in the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The other is senior Amadou Gueye, who finished .02 seconds behind Pollitt in this year’s Big East championships. Gueye has won two Big East silver medals – finishing in the race’s top five in each of his three seasons.But after Eaton graduated last year, Gueye embraced Pollitt as a teammate and new catalyst in the race.“Now that (Eaton) is gone, it kind of put a burden on us because it’s the first time we’ve been expected to uphold the tradition he and Ramon Sosa established (in the 60-meter hurdles),” Gueye said. “It feels really good to be able to do that at a high level now.”With this year’s victory, Pollitt joins Eaton (2012) and Sosa (2009) as one of three SU athletes in five years to win the 60-meter hurdles at the Big East championship.Going into the race, assistant coach Hegland thought it was possible for Pollitt and Gueye to place first and second, but said the event is tough to predict.But Pollitt knew Gueye would be right next to him.“I’m happy I beat (Amadou), but at the same time, whoever won the race, either way, it was coming back to Syracuse,” Pollitt said. “We compete against each other every single day and every chance we get, and I knew if I wasn’t on top of my game, he was going to beat me, or vice versa.”Hegland has noticed the two teammates take a lot of pride in the 60-meter hurdles as they train and push each other every day. This week, Pollitt and Gueye will practice together in preparation for the Columbia Last Chance at the Armory in New York City, where they hope to qualify for nationals. As the event’s name indicates, it is the last opportunity for athletes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 8.“I think they just have to keep doing what they’re doing,” Hegland said. “Those guys are prepared really well, and if they stay focused, things should go well this weekend.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse misses host of chances in 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh

first_imgWith 36 seconds left in the game, Jackie Firenze dribbled down the field until she got close enough to fire a desperation shot that sailed wide left of the goal. Pittsburgh goalie Taylor Francis secured the ball and with it, the win. The play echoed the recurring theme for the Orange – missed opportunities. With none of Syracuse’s seven shots finding the back of the net, Syracuse failed to capitalize when it couldn’t afford to. The team failed to score a goal and a Roosa Arvas penalty kick goal was all Pittsburgh (5-6, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) needed to top Syracuse (4-5-3, 1-2 ACC), 1-0, at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.“To have the amount of opportunities we had, good opportunities we had, and to not come away with a win is unacceptable,” said SU head coach Phil Wheddon.Just 10 minutes into the game, Emma Firenze dribbled a wide open shot right to Francis. In the 24th minute and again about three minutes later, Alex Lamontagne shot but didn’t score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first opportunity the freshman forward won a one-on-one battle and the second shot was wide open within the six-yard box, but Francis made another easy save. “I just think the problem is focus and the pressure,” Lamontagne said. “We just need to work on putting the ball in the corners and where the goalie isn’t.”The team also nearly scored off a corner kick with eight minutes left in the first half, but sophomore Maddie Damm’s shot from 25 yards out just missed the top-left corner of the goal. That made five first-half shots that didn’t find the back of the Pittsburgh net. While missed shots were a problem in the first frame, Syracuse was only able to generate two total shots — one of which was on goal — in the second. A shot by freshman forward Eva Gordon a little over 10 minutes into the half and Jackie Firenze’s desperate last try were Syracuse’s only real late chances. Wheddon was disappointed after the loss and noted that it wasn’t necessarily the Panthers playing well, but rather his team failing to score goals. He noted that SU was able to get in behind Pittsburgh’s defense often because of its slightly higher back line which led to opportunities.While the chances were there for the team, the head coach couldn’t give much of an explanation of why the team wasn’t able to convert.“How we’re not able to put these balls away I don’t know,” said Wheddon. “I don’t think it’s tactical, I don’t think it personnel, I think it’s just composure in front of goal. We have good players. We just have to be more composed.”In front of the goal is not the only place Syracuse could have used composure. The team totaled seven offside penalties throughout the game, some coming at critical times. Twice in the game, the team was able to advance the ball up the field to Alexis Koval, but the senior forward was unable to get a shot off once the referees blew their whistles. “Offsides penalties killed us today,” Damm said. “Pitt is good on set pieces, they’re good on corners and that’s how they scored their goals.”Wheddon and the team will need to work out the difficulties and do so quickly. With the toughest opponents on their schedule still to come, the team is going to need to be able to not just score, by score often.And moving forward, Damm has a more intangible solution for her coach.“I think it’s all about passion, wanting to get under the ball and wanting to put it into the back of the net,” said Damm. “Everyone on this team has the skill to do it. It honestly just comes down to passion and heart when wanting to finish the game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more

SAS updates USCards to include proximity chips

first_imgMarcelle Saulnier | Daily TrojanWith the end of construction at USC Village, the University’s next changes are taking place from the palms of students’ hands.USC is issuing updated USCards to new and returning students this fall as it looks to replace traditional magnetic strips, according to Student Account Services.“[This new technology] requires the cardholder to just wave or tap the ID card at the reader to gain entry to both the exterior doors of University buildings and the interior bedroom doors in apartments and dorms,” SAS Director Peter Tom said. Updated USCards will include both the magnetic strip and proximity chip. The built-in chip allows entry into remodeled buildings or rooms with new proximity card readers. Administrative staff can enter limited-access rooms or buildings after hours, such as the Engemann Student Health Center or Wallis Annenberg Hall. Students who require special access to designated rooms can be granted entry via the chip as well. There are over 50 buildings that have installed a full proximity card reader or a combination of both card readers, Tom said.Ahead of the 2017-2018 school year, USCard proactively notified returning students assigned to USC Village last spring that they would need to change their card. This process alleviated the burden ahead of move-in day. “If an individual needs a new ID card because the building or facility requires the use of a proximity card, they can change out the current ID card,” Tom said. “However, they must bring in their current ID card to initiate the exchange.”Students can find the official USCard app, which was launched in summer 2016, on the App Store and Google Play Store. After logging in their USCard account, they may use the app to add discretionary dollars, check their meal plan balance, present a digital copy of their ID or deactivate a lost or stolen card.USCard issued just under 20,000 ID cards to students, faculty, staff, guests and visiting scholars last year, and Tom said he anticipates issuing about 15 percent more [cards] this year due to the higher use of proximity card readers.last_img read more

Betway 12th Man training workshops continue with entrepreneurship and leadership class

first_imgEarlier this year, leading online sports firm Betway unveiled a groundbreaking initiative dubbed the Betway 12th Man.The Betway 12th Man, which was set up in partnership with Ghanaian football legend, Stephen Appiah, is a sports development initiative specifically targeted at ex-football professionals.Ten ex-footballers are embarking on a life changing journey which will see them graduate with a variety of skills and qualifications to increase their chances of employment.The ten participants are Yaw Amankwah Mireku, Adwoa Bayor, Abass Hamdiya, Ali Jarrah,Awudu Issaka,Dan Quaye, Isaac Amoako, Lydia Ankrah, Patrick Villars and Peter Ofori Quaye.The Betway 12th Man was put on hold due to the restrictions on public gatherings as a result of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.Prior to this, participants had an opportunity to go through their first workshop, where industry experts took them through sessions in Adult Education, Information Technology, Broadcasting and Crisis Communication Management. Among the resource persons were ace broadcaster, Kwabena Yeboah and former Ghana Football Association (GFA) Vice President, Fred Pappoe.The Betway 12th Man workshops continued this week with participants being taken through educational sessions on COVID-19, entrepreneurship, leadership and strategy.Speaking to the media, Kwabena Oppong Nkrumah was happy to see the Betway 12th Man workshops return. He reiterated the importance of this initiative towards sports development in Ghana.“The Betway 12th Man workshops return this week and we are happy to see our legends back in the training sessions. Betway takes pride in honoring and upskilling our football heroes who have done so much for our country. We will continue to ensure social distancing and personal hygiene protocols are adhered to during this period.”Other workshops scheduled for later this month will include training programs on Marketing, Project Management and Sports Management. An elated Ali Jarrah said the workshops on entrepreneurship, club administration, leadership and strategy have been very beneficial as it supports how he runs his goalkeeping academy.“The past two days have been very fruitful, we have gone through sessions on the day to day management of sports establishments, entrepreneurship and leadership. This will have a positive change on how I run my academy.”About the Betway GroupThe Betway Group is a leading provider of first-class entertainment across sports betting and casino. Launched in 2006, the company operates across a number of regulated online markets and holds licences in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique and Nigeria.Betway prides itself on providing its customers with a bespoke, fun and informed betting experience, supported by a safe and secure environment. Sports Betting Group Ghana Limited powered by Betway is licensed by the Gaming Commission of Ghana. Betway is also the official principal sponsor of Ashanti Gold SC, Aduana Stars FC and Liberty Professionals FC.For more information about Betway please visit: read more

Angels relievers will be looking for strikeouts in extra innings with new rule

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — When the Angels sent their high-leverage relievers out to pitch in Saturday’s intrasquad game, they did so starting each inning with a runner at second base.It was part of their preparation for the new extra innings rule this year, which is intended to prevent games from going too long.Obviously, starting an inning with a runner at second will put an increased emphasis for pitchers on getting strikeouts, and Manager Joe Maddon feels that could be a strength for the Angels.“I think we do have some strikeout ability,” Maddon said Sunday. “Of course, that’s what you’re looking for, but I’ll take the ground ball to third or the popup on the infield, too.” TROUT, OHTANI HOMERMike Trout smoked a line drive over the fence down the left field line against Matt Andriese in his first at-bat of Sunday’s intrasquad game, which featured all of the position players expected to be on the Opening Day roster.Shohei Ohtani also hit a homer and singled. Ohtani had been out a few days with a stiff back, but he’s now hit in intrasquad games two days in a row and he is scheduled to pitch on Monday.Related Articles Last year Hansel Robles (9.3 strikeouts per nine innings), Ty Buttrey (10.5), Noe Ramirez (10.5) and Cam Bedrosian all struck out more than a batter per inning. Keynan Middleton, who barely pitched last season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, has a career rate of 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings.“Getting that first out without permitting the runner to advance is pretty large if you can do that,” Maddon said.Obviously, even if the runner does get to third with one out, a strikeout for the second out would also prevent the run scoring.The new rule opens up a variety of situations for the offensive manager. On the road, the manager will have to decide whether to sacrifice to play for a single run or try for a bigger inning. At home, the manager’s decision will obviously be dictated by whether the visiting team scored.“Interesting,” Maddon said. “Absolutely. It’s new for all of us.”center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “I thought he looked really good yesterday,” Maddon said before Sunday’s game. “I loved that he took some swings yesterday after he threw. I thought he felt really good about himself. He had a lot of baseball confidence out of yesterday’s event.”Andrew Heaney, who was named the Opening Day starter, faced 21 batters in five trips to the mound. He struck out five and walked one. He gave up eight hits, including the Ohtani homer.Andriese, who is vying for a spot in the rotation, also took five turns on the mound. He struck out two and walked one.ALSOMaddon still has no update on Julio Teheran, who told ESPN last week that he was at home in Atlanta awaiting results of a coronavirus test. “Honestly, crickets,” Maddon said of the lack of an update on Teheran. “I have not heard anything new from the beginning. I don’t anticipate bad, because I’m not hearing either right now. He’s still not here and we’re still eagerly awaiting his arrival.”…Tommy La Stella said he would not have a problem moving over to first base if Maddon asked him, even though he has barely worked out there at all this year. “I’ve been there before,” La Stella said. “I feel comfortable.” The Angels need someone to play first when Albert Pujols has the day off or is at DH.Matt Thaiss, one of the players who had not yet begun working out, arrived in camp on Sunday. The Angels still have six players, including Teheran, who have been unable to work out so far.The Angels have been playing most of their regulars for two out of three days early in the intrasquad games. They all played on Sunday, and were expected to play again on Monday, before getting Tuesday off. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers could lean more on Dion Waiters while hoping Rondo returns for playoff run

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Green dealt briefly with what the team has called a testing “glitch,” an error that Green said he believed was caused by a swab that wasn’t thorough enough. He missed Saturday’s practice, but returned for the following two days. Green said he believes that some players have the antibodies to fight COVID-19, and others are in good health. The concerns generally lie not for the players themselves, but for those around them.“Our friends and families; our kids; obviously the people on our staff that are a little older and have health issues,” Green said. “I’m not as concerned. I haven’t seen anybody take a real big hit from our league in terms of having to be in the hospital, having to be worried about their life.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers spent much of Monday imagining what their backcourt rotation will look like in the meantime. Rondo’s injury combined with Avery Bradley’s absence means the West’s No. 1 team will likely have roles for Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith, two players who have yet to record a game in Laker uniforms.Rondo’s shoes in particular are difficult to fill because of his roles as a ball-handler and passer which, at their best, reliably helped fill minutes when LeBron James was taking a breather. The Lakers don’t have a reserve who can do either of those things at Rondo’s level, but Waiters, who was most recently with the Miami Heat, has an off-the-dribble scoring ability that could be a jolt in some of the second-unit rotations. The former Syracuse product averaged 13.9 points in four seasons in Miami, though his last season tailed off due to injury and off-court issues.The Lakers could also use Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma to bring the ball up the court at times, Vogel said, but the backcourt players — which also include Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook in reserve roles — will get a chance to prove themselves.“We have the ability to use our bigs, with Kuz and in particular AD having the ability to bring it up and handle and initiate offense,” Vogel said. “But I also like the prospect of seeing what Dion Waiters can do. … Losing Rondo put more of a need on Dion’s skillset, so I look forward to seeing what he can do more as we get into games.”Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the presumed starter for Bradley, Vogel confirmed. He has started 20 games this year, averaging 11.1 points as a starter.center_img Vogel said he was unsure how Rondo’s injury happened, but over the course of Sunday’s practice Rondo reported his hand being in more and more pain until finally going to trainers to have it examined. He had shown up in excellent shape, several Lakers acknowledged.Danny Green expected that Rondo would contribute in some capacity during his injury: He’s regarded as one of the most intelligent Xs-and-Os players on the team.“I know he’ll help coach, help teach,” he said of Rondo. “But it would be great to have him on the floor playmaking, making plays, being that floor general and actually, when he’s aggressive, making some good plays for us and helping our team.”NBA reveals test numbers as Westbrook says he has COVID-19As commissioner Adam Silver said last week, the NBA was expecting positive cases to keep cropping up. They have.The league and the NBPA revealed Monday that two of the 322 players in the bubble tested positive for coronavirus since teams arrived starting July 7. The players, who were unidentified due to HIPAA concerns, never cleared quarantine and were isolated off-campus until they show no symptoms and are able to test negative twice in a two-day span.In addition, the NBA and NBPA said 19 players total have tested positive since July 1 while teams were in market, and have quarantined out of the bubble. At least one of those players is Russell Westbrook, the L.A. native and Rockets star who acknowledged he has COVID-19 in a statement on Twitter.“I’m currently feeling well, quarantined and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared,” he wrote. “Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!”The majority of players who have tested positive since restart testing began on June 23 have not been identified. Two others, the Rockets’ Bruno Cabaclo and the Kings’ Richaun Holmes, were reported to have broken quarantine in the last week, and had entered 10-day protocols with more rigorous testing before they could rejoin their respective teams.The Lakers have not publicly acknowledged whether they are missing players from their traveling party, though most key players such as LeBron James and Anthony Davis have appeared for interviews and on team media feeds on location.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs ORLANDO, Fla. >> For now, Playoff Rondo is on hiatus.A right thumb fracture will shelve Rajon Rondo for six-to-eight weeks, a blow to the team’s depth that Frank Vogel acknowledged Monday was “a huge loss.” He’s scheduled to leave the NBA’s restart to have surgery this week and begin his rehabilitation outside of the bubble.But Vogel doesn’t think that means Playoff Rondo — the 34-year-old’s world-beating, stat-stuffing alter ego which has cropped up in postseasons past — is done for good this year.“We expect Rajon to be a part of our playoff run,” he said. “Looking at six-to-eight weeks puts us somewhere around the first, second round of playoffs. We’re very confident that he’ll be able to get back and be a major factor for us.”last_img read more

Hearing delayed for man charged in killing of Iowa student

first_imgMONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A hearing to determine whether key evidence can be used against a man charged in the killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has been delayed.Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with murder in the July 2018 killing.Prosecutors acknowledged last week that officers didn’t read Rivera his rights during an interrogation before Tibbetts’ body was recovered.A court official says a hearing scheduled for Tuesday to decide if the information from that interrogation could be used to rebut testimony has been postponed because a defense lawyer’s parent has died. It will be rescheduled.The 25-year-old man is scheduled for trial in February.Prosecutors allege Rivera stalked Tibbetts while she was running near her hometown of Brooklyn, stabbed her to death and dumped her body in a cornfield.last_img read more

England finish strongly in nail-biter

first_img12 Aug 2015 England finish strongly in nail-biter England came through a tense first day at the Men’s Home Internationals, supported by Fairstone Financial Management, with a halved match against the hosts, Ireland, at Royal Portrush. “What a stressful day!” said team captain Terry Casey after his side came through a tense afternoon’s play to win the singles session. The morning’s foursomes went Ireland’s way as they mastered the greens. “We were almost putted off the course at times this morning and in the end we were very happy to go into lunch 3-2, having played well in the main.” England’s foursomes points were provided by Ben Taylor and Tomasz Anderson, who won 4/2, and by Dan Brown and Alfie Plant, who were one up winners. The afternoon began well with England getting ahead in a number of games, but never by enough to gain real momentum. For a long spell the advantage was with Ireland but they too, failed to make enough progress to close out the match. However, England gradually amassed points with wins from Ashley Chesters, English champion Joe Dean, and Alfie Plant and halves from Jimmy Mullen and Ben Taylor. At that stage the team had a total of six points – but more was needed. And two Lancashire players duly delivered. Sean Towndrow finished well to win on the last while Paul Kinnear (image © Leaderboard Photography) grabbed the essential half to make honours even for the day. Kinnear had been three down on the back nine, but gradually clawed it back to one down before winning the 18th. “He hung on and put the pressure on and it told. Nail-biting stuff,” said Casey.  In the day’s other match Scotland beat Wales 8-1. Click here for full scores.last_img read more