Oscar not leaving Blues

first_imgOscar has told French media that he has had contact with Paris St Germain this summer but has no plans to leave Chelsea. The 22-year-old Brazilian is the latest Stamford Bridge star to be linked to PSG, with Eden Hazard heavily rumoured to have been high on Laurent Blanc’s summer wishlist before he confirmed his commitment to Chelsea. Fellow Brazilian David Luiz also recently sealed a big-money move to the French capital. Press Associationcenter_img Oscar, who has played a key role for the hosts in the World Cup so far, has now followed in the footsteps of Hazard in publicly declaring he wants to stay at the London club. “I had contact with PSG, it’s true but it did not go further,” he is quoted as saying by L’Equipe. “The next season, I will stay at Chelsea.” last_img read more

Allardyce wants full stadiums

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes filling your home ground is paramount to Premier League clubs – with the Hammers announcing their new season-ticket structure ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium. Press Association And Allardyce believes performing in front of a sold-out crowd is something that should not go unappreciated as the other 19 Premier League clubs are now being pushed to follow West Ham’s lead. “The most important thing at a football club is to fill the stadium,” he said. “I think filling the stadium is the ultimate for the success of the team. Obviously it’s not from a revenue base like it used to be. “The revenue base for a football club used to be the sustainability of the football club in my years before the Premier League and before Sky made it a worldwide brand. “It’s about creating the atmosphere in a stadium that thrills not only the fans there enjoying the atmosphere, but the players who respond to that “To make sure everywhere you go in the Premier League maintains a high level of attendance and selling out your stadium has to be the ultimate goal for any Premier League football club, for me. “What we’ve announced has to be the best piece of business, for me, seen in the Premier League for a long, long time. “Hopefully everybody at West Ham football club, particularly the fan, will come and enjoy, as Karren says, a fantastic facility for less. That will only encourage future young West Ham supporters to be West Ham supporters.” center_img Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham, announced during the week that the club would be making significant cuts to their current pricing as the move is being offset against increased television revenue. The cheapest season ticket at Upton Park is £620 but there will be £289 seats on offer from the 2016/17 season – the club’s first in the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium. last_img read more

Manchester United in contract talks with David de Gea, according to reports

first_imgManchester United are in talks with goalkeeper David de Gea about a new contract, according to reports. The BBC and a number of national newspapers said on Thursday night that the Spain goalkeeper was talking about a new deal, just 10 days after a move to Real Madrid collapsed. De Gea looked set to join Madrid on deadline day in a long-mooted move, only for administration errors to scupper a deal. Press Associationcenter_img Pictures carried by the Daily Mail showed De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in Manchester on Thursday afternoon, giving rise to talk of negotiations. De Gea has not played for United this season as a result of the uncertainty surrounding him, but could be in line to return against Liverpool this weekend. United manager Louis van Gaal is set for his first club media commitments since deadline day on Friday. There was no comment from the club on Thursday night. last_img read more

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho not content with just finishing above Arsenal

first_imgLONDON: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho stated he isn’t content with just finishing over Arsenal in the Premier League table and reiterated his desire to help the club secure a place in next season’s Europa League. Spurs got the better of Arsenal in the London Derby 2-1 on Sunday and courtesy of that win, they now have two points more than Mikel Arteta’s troops and are placed at eighth spot compared to Gunners’ ninth. Mourinho said that finishing above Arsenal will hand bragging rights only to the fans. Historically, Arsenal have finished above Spurs more times in the league but in the last three years, the latter have turned out be the London club who have been on top at the end of the season. “That is a fan’s view. I have to be more ambitious than that,” Mourinho said during a news conference as per Goal.com. “I know I could look at in a selfish point of view and say since I arrived, if the championship started in that moment, even with all the problems we had I think we would now be fourth or fifth in the table. “I don’t want to be selfish, I don’t want to look at it just as a fan that is happy to finish above Arsenal,” he added. Mourinho also urged his players to continue the form and secure a place in next year’s Europa League. The last time Mourinho was part of a team in the Europa League, he took Manchester United to the title and thus helped them gain a position in the Champions League. “I would love to play Europa League. It is not a competition I am in love with, it is not a competition I would like very much to play, but when you cannot play Champions League you play Europa League,” Mourinho said. IANS Also Watch: High Court Rejects BPF Plea Against Governor’s Ruled In BTADlast_img read more

The Latest: French soccer clubs can play friendlies in July

first_img___The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19.The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back.The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___ Associated Press ___Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro.Rodgers says he fell ill “a week or so” after the English season was suspended on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the effects of it for three weeks.Rodgers says “the strangest thing was losing your smell and the taste. You lose your strength. You could hardly walk 10 yards. I felt it was similar to the time I was climbing Kilimanjaro. When you get to a certain point at altitude, you walk and really suffer.”The former Liverpool manager is still being tested twice a week according to the Premier League’s coronavirus protocols. ___Arizona will begin allowing student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15.The phased re-entry will begin with football players, followed by athletes in fall sports and select athletics staff.All student-athletes and staff members will follow elevated safety protocols for testing, tracing and treatment.The Pac-12 Conference announced earlier this week it would allow member schools to begin holding on-campus voluntary workouts on June 15. The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel.A new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27.___The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17. The plan announced begins with facilities staffers arriving Monday to prepare for the first athletes and coaches to arrive June 12. That group will consist of coaches and staff for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, along with the first group of football players.The schedule runs through early August.The plan calls for athletes to follow measures such as self-quarantining or wearing a mask in public for at least a week before returning. It outlines testing protocols while requiring athletes and employees to wear masks inside facilities when it’s difficult to follow social-distancing practices.“We’re in lockstep with the campus plan,” athletics director Bubba Cunningham told The Associated Press. “We are hopeful that we’ll have spectators in the fall but we don’t have a home game — at least a home football game — for 3½ months. So while we’re scenario-planning for those events, we’ll have to roll that out at a later date.“This is just to give some clarity to our staff, our coaches and our students of, ‘Here’s a timetable that you can count on to come back.’” The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii. May 29, 2020 Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands.Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues.Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___ Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19.Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9.The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French soccer league says teams can play friendlies in July with a view to starting the new season in August. The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums.J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference.The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”center_img The Latest: French soccer clubs can play friendlies in July ___Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.” The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention.The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points.Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass. Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men’s events. Two more players will be announced later.Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the women’s events. Two places are still to be confirmed.Matches will have a super tiebreaker replacing the third set. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.The event replaces a WTA tournament in Berlin which was set for June but called off.___ The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12.The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later.The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month. Rodgers says “it’s not the case that now I’ve had it, I wouldn’t test. You just never know.”___Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic.One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.Each tournament will feature six men and six women and there will be 200,000 euros ($222,000) in total prize money available. The remaining matches in men’s and women’s soccer this season were canceled.The French league said in a statement on Friday it expects the new season “will be able to start as anticipated in August with friendly games to prepare in July.”The league added it was working on how to allow fans back into stadiums when the season starts.___North Carolina has issued a timeline for athletes, coaches and athletics staffers to return to campus in stages through June and later into the summer. The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders.Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches. French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts.Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call.Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected.___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.last_img read more

‘Do it your way’ – Joe Root’s message for Ben Stokes

first_imgBy     Matt RollerJOE Root has told Ben Stokes to “do it your way” as he captains England for the first time against West Indies today.Root will miss a Test match this week for the first time since 2014 to attend the birth of his second child, with Stokes taking the reins instead. In his pre-match press conference, Stokes said that he would be “silly not to” tap into the experience around him in the side, and revealed that Root had left him a note on the hanger of the captain’s blazer encouraging him to be himself.“The best message that I’ve received was when I got my photos done yesterday with the blazer,” Stokes said. “Rooty just left a message on the hanger which said: ‘Do it your way.’“When I first got asked I said I’d be open to opinions. Just because Joe’s not here, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to use him. Joe’s always been very open and willing (to listen) to advice from players, so I think I’d be stupid to go away from that. We’ve got so much experience in this team that it would be silly not to lean on that if I feel like I need some advice.“With Joe and his personal situation it’s been a case of letting him deal with that. I haven’t been on him too much but I know as soon as the Test match starts, he’ll be at home watching and I know that his phone will always be available for me to get in contact with him if I need to.”Stokes has previously pledged to take “the positive route” as captain, and said that he thought England have more of an identity as a side now than during their 2-1 series defeat in the Caribbean last year.Since Chris Silverwood replaced Trevor Bayliss as head coach following last summer’s Ashes series, the Test team has played a more familiar style of cricket, with a particular emphasis on the top order batting for long periods of time. While England’s top six in the first Test will be short on experience, with just 109 caps between them, Stokes said that there is now a much clearer blueprint than has been the case in recent years.“I think there’s a lot more clarity with everybody,” he said. “We have an identity as a Test team. Whereas in times gone past, a few lads might have felt under pressure with guys knocking the door down in a negative way, now we look at that in a positive way where there’s competition for places in the team.“If you’re not performing well as a player, there’s someone right behind you ready to come in. That’s a great place to be in, especially as an international side. We have an identity now as a Test team. For us going forward, it’s about building on that identity. We have a goal of becoming the best team in the world so we’re building towards that.”England will name their side for the first Test, with the question of which fast bowlers to leave out being the only decision that needs to be taken following the announcement of a 13-man squad on Saturday.James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are competing for three spots in the playing XI, with Stokes and off-spinner Dom Bess rounding off the bowling attack, and the selectors have made clear over the course of the past two weeks that the side picked for the first Test will be the best one available to them, despite plans to rotate later in the summer.“It’s not very often that we’ve been in a situation where we’ve got six or seven bowlers to choose from,” Stokes said. “It’s a real head-scratcher as somebody who’s got to choose the side but as a bigger picture it’s a great place to be in as a team.“I feel as if we’re in a position now as a Test team like we were with the one-day team in 2015 and building for that World Cup. I feel as if we’re building towards the Ashes in Australia and also India. To have the crop of fast bowlers that we now possess especially is a great place to be in as a Test team.“I’ve been dreading it the last three days, having to deliver bad news to some lads. It’s obviously not a nice thing to have to do, but that comes with being the captain and with being in a leadership role. It’s got to be done. With the schedule that we have, with six Test matches in seven weeks, there’s going to have to be a lot considered going forward. We’ll have to wait and see what the future brings in terms of the Test matches after this.” (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Syracuse dominates Clemson, 86-51, behind all-around performance

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Clemson opened the game with a 15-foot miss from the elbow.Off the miss, Tiana Mangakahia flew down the court and drove to the basket, making the layup through contact and drawing the foul. She converted the and-1 opportunity. Syracuse never looked back.“We were hoping we would start fast,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said.Syracuse (16-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast)  dominated Clemson (11-10, 1-7), 86-51, on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome, moving to 11-0 on its home floor this season. Syracuse proved more efficient than Clemson as both teams had 36 first-half possessions, but SU parlayed its chances into 14 more points. The Orange shot 51.5 percent from the field in the contest, had four players reach double-digits and never trailed in the entire game. Players and Hillsman hope the shellacking translates into momentum in conference play, especially on the road.“I think it’s good for the team, everyone contributing,” Mangakahia said. “Even the things that aren’t in the stats, defensively. All of that has a big impact on our next game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Clemson’s brick on its first possession, Syracuse rapidly moved the needle in its favor, going up 14-2 just more than four minutes into the game.Fueling the run were relentless transition pushes led by Mangakahia  — the Orange was able to run out due to Clemson opening the game ice cold, going 1-for-11 in the first 4:31 — and turnovers. The Tigers finished with 21 giveaways.“I don’t know if we had a lot of turnovers in our press,” Hillsman said. “We had a lot of turnovers in the halfcourt.”Gabrielle Cooper started hot from outside, canning three of her first four 3-point attempts, mostly getting open looks from drive-and-kick plays. One such play came as Mangakahia drove under the hoop but got cut off. Her pass to Digna Strautmane got partially deflected, but the Latvian freshman scooped up the ball heading to the rim and flipped the ball to a wide-open Cooper on the right wing. Cooper drained it.“She’s done a good job,” Hillsman said of the sophomore shooting guard, “and she’s trying to lead our team … She’s doing well and she’s stepping up at this point.”At the end of the first quarter, Syracuse led 26-16 and the easy offense flowed into the second stanza.Freshmen bigs Amaya Finklea-Guity and Strautmane found success backing down smaller Clemson forwards and hitting easy four-foot turnarounds. “If we could even come out and play just as well as our perimeter players,” Finklea-Guity said, “I think it will overall just be a great game.”They were afforded one-on-one chances because Clemson’s guards had pushed out to hold rank at the 3-point line, but even that didn’t stop SU’s guards, even the ones who don’t eat up a majority of minutes like Mangakahia, from exploiting the Tigers’ defense.With fewer than five minutes until halftime, Chelayne Bailey drove from the right wing, hit a spin move mid-drive and scooped in a layup. As Bailey twisted in the lane, the Orange bench rose and Dez Elmore walked a ways out on the baseline, finally fist pumping when Bailey’s shot fell.A little later, Jasmine Nwajei had the ball at the top of the key with six seconds on the shot clock and two defenders in front of her. It seemed SU would be jacking up a bad look, but Nwajei blew past both defenders for an easy two points at the rim.“Reading the defense,” Mangakahia said of how SU exploited the Clemson defense. “Whatever they’re in, we have to do the opposite instead of (playing) into their hands.”At halftime, the Orange led by 14, and the only reason it was that close was Clemson’s Kobi Thornton, who had 14 of her own at the half.“She’s a triple-threat for them,” Hillsman said. “She’s a handful and did a very good job against us.”Thornton alone was never enough, though, especially when Syracuse opened the second half with an 18-2 run. The Tigers were buried, and the Orange played its game to near perfection.Clemson’s last breath came following the run in the third quarter, scoring four in a row off a made basket and a free possession on foul on the floor. If the Tigers were going to do anything, it was time.But Syracuse inbounded to Mangakahia, who sprinted up the court, drew contact and got the bucket to fall. Elmore stood up and pointed her finger at the floor, signaling the basket was good and mimicking the ref’s call in celebration.Syracuse was up 28, Mangakahia made the free throw and the rout was on. Comments Published on January 25, 2018 at 9:11 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

I’ll continue to support COVID-19 fight in Ghana till it’s gone – Agyemang Badu

first_imgGhanaian midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu says he intends to keep supporting the efforts to fight COVID-19 in Ghana until the disease is eradicated.Badu, who plays for Serie A club Hellas Verona, is in the midst of a strict lockdown in Italy which has been hit harder than most countries by the disease.Italy currently has 178,972 confirmed cases of the disease with 23,660  deaths so far a rise by about 10,000 cases and 1,500 deaths since Friday.Drawing from his experience in Italy, Badu says he knows how desperate the situation globally is and says he intends to do everything he can to support the efforts in his home country.“I’m in the middle of this pandemic here in Italy, so I know how people are struggling and suffering. This is the time for me to help.”He stated that he has donated some PPE to hospitals in Kumasi and  Berekum and has also made some items available to the police as well.“I bought some masks, gloves and sanitizers for a hospital in Kumasi – the women and children’s ward. And I played in Berekum for a long time, so I bought some for the hospitals there, and for the police and Muslim community.”“And in the village I was born, I donated a lot of stuff to the police and the hospitals. They’re saying prevention is better than cure, so I wanted them to have these things to be safe and be very careful of this dangerous virus.”Ghana currently has 1,042 confirmed cases with nine deaths but a three-week lockdown which was imposed to curb the spread has since been lifted.Badu insists that he will continue to send more items to the country in order to help contain the spread.“The numbers are increasing, so next week I need to send some more stuff to hospitals. We will keep doing it until we see this virus is gone. I am in the middle of it here and I know how much I’m struggling here so we all need to help and take care of people in Africa.”A number of other Ghanaian players have donated to the efforts as well including Inter Milan player Kwadwo Asamoah.The Ghana Football Association has also offered the Ghanaman facility for use as an isolation centre.last_img read more

Adam Kwarasey set for Black Stars return

first_imgBlack Stars goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey could end his 16-month international exile in next month’s friendly against Canada .Kwarasey last featured for the Stars at the 2014 World Cup after he had criticized Black Stars goalkeeper’s trainer, Nassam Yakubu, claiming he played the key role in his exclusion from the Ghana starting line up in the match against Germany and Portugal at the World Cup in Brazil.The former Stromsgodset keeper  lost his place in the squad to Fatau Dauda in the two remaining games. During this self-imposed exile, Kwarasey missed out on the qualifiers for both the 2015 and 2017 African Cup of Nations as well as the 2015 Cup of Nations where Ghana won silver.After several meeting and talks with Ghana coach Avram Grant and GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi, Kwarasey is likely to change his stance.“Yes I will travel to Washington with the team next week.”On his possible inclusion in the Stars set-up, Kwarasey was coy on his inclusion but confirmed they had been several talks to bring him into the Black Stars fold. “I think they’ve called me, at least there’s been dialogue and we’ve been talking and we’ll see what we will decide to do.”Ghana plays Canada in a friendly at Washington with coach Avram Grant set to name his squad for the competition in the coming week.last_img read more

Dodgers’ playoff failure won’t mean changes at the top

first_img“So it’s about being armed with information for our players, our coaches … for our manager and continuing to be that resource. But once things are in play and the game is going on obviously that’s being decided in the dugout. That’s being decided by the guy with the bat in his hand, the ball in his hand. We view ourselves as being a helpful part of that whole machine.”Friedman once again asserted that “we definitely had a team that was capable of winning a championship” despite the first-round defeat. That raises the question then of how many personnel changes will be made this offseason. Twenty-one of the 25 players from the NLDS roster are under contract or club control for 2020 with only four free agents (Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Russell Martin and David Freese, who has announced his retirement).“I’m not sure yet,” Friedman said. “As we sit here today, I think we have a really talented core group of players returning. I think we have depth in areas where we can make trades. I think we have financial flexibility. I think as we sit here today as a jumping off point for the offseason, I think it’s a really good position to be in.“We’re not closing the door on anything right now and I think we have to go into it very open-minded and open to changing up the complexion a little bit. It doesn’t necessarily mean we will. But I feel like we have to really look at that and figure out what we think is best to put us in the best position for 2020 and beyond.”When planning for the offseason, “everything is on the table,” Friedman said. But the first-round loss will not be a motivating factor for greater change.“I don’t think so. I don’t think because of just that,” he said. “Now, there may be other reasons that led to it that we feel like we need to. But not just ‘because of’ that.“I think as far as a jumping off point to have the returning talent that we have, to have the financial flexibility we have, the depth in house in terms of trade options, I think it gives us a lot of flexibility.” Friedman would not dissect Roberts’ specific decisions during the Game 5 loss – using Clayton Kershaw out of the bullpen to face the middle of the Nationals’ order, leaving Joe Kelly in for a second inning, etc. But he did acknowledge that he doesn’t always agree with Roberts’ decisions in the moment.“It’s one of the great things about sports – everyone has an opinion. Including me,” he said. “I’ll watch games and I’ll have questions about things that play out in a game and things that I would have done differently. Again, we won 106 games and between Dave Roberts, Rick Honeycutt, Bob Geren, they’ve demonstrated a really strong ability to make in-game moves. They don’t all work out. But more often than not, the questions that I have end up playing out the right way.“I do think it’s the life they’ve chosen (facing criticism), that when you get into October things are magnified for obvious reasons. With that, it opens that up and brings questions. I think he understands that. I totally get that. But I think, by and large, the body of work is really strong.”Part of the questioning that has dogged Roberts during his four successful seasons as Dodgers manager involves the level of autonomy he actually has and how much is scripted out before the game based on the data produced by the Dodgers’ analytics department. Again, Friedman would not speak specifically to the question of how that played into the Dodgers’ early exit from the postseason.“I feel like every year we get into having this same question,” he said – accurately. “And all of us that have watched baseball games know that … you can’t possibly script out a baseball game. They take on their own life form and play out in ways you can’t possibly anticipate before a game. LOS ANGELES — If the most disappointing October exit in franchise history is going to lead to significant changes, it won’t start from the top.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman confirmed Monday that he is about to sign a contract extension with the team – “something that I expect to be finalized in the next couple days.”And Friedman made it clear that questioning Manager Dave Roberts’ job security following a series of questionable pitching moves in the five-game National League Division Series loss to the Washington Nationals is off the mark.“Frankly, I was surprised by the question,” Friedman said in his first comments since the Game 5 loss last week. “This is a team that won 106 games. … Obviously our goal is to win the World Series. And when the season ends as abruptly as it did – and obviously it was one of the more painful losses that I can remember – the whole thing is focusing on how we get to winning those 11 games in October and in our minds Dave is absolutely a part of that and is an additive part of doing that.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more