Young: ‘Inter can win at least one trophy’

first_imgFormer England international, Ashley Young, has claimed Inter are capable of winning ‘at least one trophy’ this term but still believes the Beneamata can double down. Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen know what it’s all about to play in a fierce derby match The Nerazzurri sit eight points behind league leaders Juventus with nine games remaining and have regained confidence after back-to-back wins against Parma and Brescia. But Young points out that there are two titles on offer, as Inter face Getafe in the last 16 of the Europa League. “We hope to end the year by winning a trophy,” Young told Sky Sport Italia. “Next year is the future and we want to win now. “It’s better if we can do it immediately, that’s our target. We are in the running for both the Scudetto and the Europa League. We have the chance to win at least one trophy. “I’m convinced we can conquer them both. There’s the possibility to win in Europe.” Young has praised the quality in place at San Siro and expects to play to go all the way in the Europa League. “We are a great team with fantastic players, ready to do our best. We get along off the pitch, that’s an aspect that increases the chances of winning. “When the Europa League starts, I’m sure we will play to win.” The former Manchester United player has pointed out the ‘tactical’ differences in Italian football but claimed he jumped at the ‘opportunity’ when Inter came for him. read also:Ashley Young in line for new Inter Milan deal “The Italian League is more tactical than the Premier League. It’s a fantastic tournament that I have followed for many years. “Coming to Inter was an opportunity, as soon as I heard about the possibility, I replied: ‘Of course, where do I have to sign?’ “I was looking forward to starting training with my teammates and playing games.” Antonio Conte has brought five players from the Premier League since he arrived at the Giuseppe Meazza and Young has highlighted the former Chelsea coach’s ‘passion’ for the game. “He’s a coach with a lot of quality and passion for football, you see him on the sidelines.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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Cardiff chief nears debt solution

first_img Tan revealed he has held talks with Hammam, who he invited to Cardiff’s home game with Bolton in April to witness the club receiving the Championship trophy, and is hopeful a deal can be struck soon. Should negotiations conclude successfully the Malaysian said he would convert the substantial amount he is owed by the club into equity. “We are talking to Sam Hammam to try to resolve the Langston issue,” Tan told a press conference at the University of South Wales in Treforest, where he received an honorary doctorate. “I have been talking to Sam. We have been friendly, talking. I like to regard Sam now as my friend and we will come around and resolve this. We are, I think, days away from an agreement.” Tan added: “We are days away from an agreement and then we can convert all the loans to equity. That will make us much more secure and hopefully debt free, which is good. That’s my goal – to make the club debt-free, so that the club won’t be under any threat and after that we just have to manage it prudently, run it like a business.” Tan, however, was also critical of a section of the club’s support. Some fans remain unhappy at the move to change the colour of the club’s home shirts from blue to red. The Malaysian has called on all supporters to get behind the club, but suggested he would be willing to walk away if enough fans opposed his running of the club. He said: “I want to be here for as long as I am very welcome. If too many fans show we are not welcome, maybe you will have a new owner. But right now my experience is we are very welcome. We need the fans to support us and not be negative or disruptive or unnecessarily criticise us too much.” He added: “I’m disappointed that after 51 years of not being in the top-flight that there are still some fans who don’t think we have done a good job. I may say maybe they are not grateful so that part is disappointing. But like anything in life in democracy you won’t have 100 per cent support.” Tan also confirmed Cardiff have reached an agreement with FK Sarajevo of Bosnia to work together to develop young players, talks over a similar link-up are also reported to have been held with Croatia’s HNK Dubrovnik. The debt to Swiss-based financial company Langston, of whom former Bluebirds chief Sam Hammam is a representative, was taken out in 2004 and is believed to be worth £24million. Cardiff’s most recent financial figures showed the club are £83million in debt. Press Associationcenter_img Cardiff owner Vincent Tan claims he is close to reaching an agreement with creditors Langston Corporation which could help the club become debt free.last_img read more

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Orca Activists Mark 50 Years Since Miami Seaquarium’s Lolita Capture

first_imgHe acknowledges that Lolita looks healthy, but has been trying to repatriate Lolita to her home waters in the Pacific Northwest. To that end, Garrett reiterates his call for Lolita’s release from the Seaquarium.“It makes us angry, it makes us sad,” Garrett says after seeing images of Lolita in a small tank at the Seaquarium. “It just makes us want to bring her home.”Orca Network executive director Susan Berta explains that the group has been holding vigils to mark Lolita’s capture for decades.“Of course, this year is different,” she says, adding that the virtual event allowed more people to participate.Among those who appeared in the video were Native Americans from the Lummi nation. They hold orcas sacred and are calling for the the release and return of Tokitae to her home aters.However, the Seaquarium says Lolita is best cared for in their hands.In an email to The Seattle Times last week, curator emeritus Robert Rose said the care Lolita has received at the Seaquarium for five decades is a “testament to the excellent care she receives daily from our animal and veterinary care staff.”Rose said relocating Lolita to the Pacific Northwest could endanger her. He also advised the activists to concern themselves with the addressing the plight of the critically endangered Southern Residents. Orca activists in Washington State on Saturday held a three-hour Zoom gathering in order to mark the 50th anniversary of Miami Seaquarium killer whale Lolita’s capture.Lolita, who had been named Tokitae by Native Americans, was estimated to be four years old on Aug. 8, 1970, when her captors in planes and boats used explosives to round up her family pod in the shallow waters of Penn Cove in Puget Sound, northwest of Seattle.The orcas were encircled with nets, at which point the men used sticks to separate the youngest orcas from their mothers.Five of the orcas drowned in the process, while a total of six other young orcas, including Lolita, were taken.It is believed that during the 1960s and 1970s, roughly four dozen South Resident orcas were captured and sold to marine parks.Washington State outlawed the capture and trade of orcas in its waters in 1976.Lolita is the only captured Southern Resident orca that is still alive.“It’s momentous, it’s amazing that she is still there, still alive,” says Howard Garrett, co-founder of Orca Network.Aug 8, 1970 Southern Residents were brutally kidnapped in Penn Cove for life in captivity. Lolita/Tokitae/ Sk’aliCh’elth-tenaut somehow remains gentle, graceful, patient. After 50 years of servitude she deserves to retire. We you Toki -we’ll never give up until you are home! pic.twitter.com/qMRdC6RvBA— Orca Network (@orcanetwork) August 8, 2020last_img read more

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CoA Split Out in Open; Vinod Rai Wants BCCI Election Deferred

first_imgNew Delhi: The corridors in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters is buzzing ever since the Supreme Court order on Friday allowed Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to hold elections even though the Committee of Administrators (CoA) wanted otherwise. In fact, the split in the committee is wide open as chief Vinod Rai has called for deferment of the BCCI elections, but co-member Diana Edulji has begged to differ.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary said that while Rai and Ravi Thodge are in favour of deferring the board elections, Diana Edulji has made her stand very clear not only to the committee, but also to the Amicus Curiae.”She has begged to differ with Rai and Thodge and sees no reason why the BCCI elections need to be deferred. In fact, she has made this clear even in the emails that have been exchanged by the three members of the CoA. Also, she informed the Amicus of the same on Monday when talks were on that the CoA wants clarity on the latest order of the court. She believes that there is still enough time to hold BCCI elections and even the court has made it clear that one doesn’t need the 21-day notice to call for elections,” the functionary revealed.Sources in the know of developments have told IANS that Rai is currently in Mumbai at the BCCI HQ and meeting the legal team along with CEO Rahul Johri to find a way out since the Amicus has supposedly not shown much interest in the CoA’s attempts to postpone the elections.The CoA on Monday filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking certain clarifications to the court’s order on holding elections in the state associations of the board. The Supreme Court had on Friday allowed TNCA to hold elections.In the application, accessed by IANS, the CoA said: “The CoA is specially seeking clarification to the portion of the Order whereby this Hon’ble Court has:1) Permitted the applicant e TNCA to hold elections to the post of Assistant Secretary.2) Directed that disqualification shall be confined only to those who had held the post of “Office Bearers” of the Cricket Association.It is humbly submitted that the direction is erroneously construed in such a manner so as to override the principal judgment dated 18th July 2016 and 9th August 2018.”Speaking to IANS, a senior board official said that the move was on expected lines as the CoA wants to extend its tenure. “Not surprised. The order of the SC is crystal clear, but the CoA’s actions clearly show what we have been saying all along, that is, they want to extend their tenure and don’t want this matter to be concluded so that CoA may continue functioning,” the official said. IANSAlso Read: Workload Management High on Skipper Virat Kohli Priority ListAlso Watch:BJP observed ‘Janajagaran Sabha’ in Duliajan | The Sentinel News | Assam Newslast_img read more

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UW looks to build on Iowa victory in Minnesota

first_imgStamped with bright red ink on the wall leading down to the University of Wisconsin volleyball locker room, the phrase “Beware of the Badgers” contrasts vividly with the pale white wall. The Badgers will hope to live up to that motto when they travel to Minnesota Wednesday to take on the Golden Gophers (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten).In the duel between Iowa and Wisconsin Saturday, Hawkeye outside hitter Alex Lovell had a stellar performance as she posed a dangerous threat at the net throughout the game for Iowa. The feisty Badgers, being tied two games to two games, never let up. They fought hard and stole game five to get the conference win. The fresh Wisconsin volleyball team had a sense of flow and “got stronger as the match went on,” head coach Pete Waite said.After this exciting and successful five-game match against the Iowa Hawkeyes (10-11, 2-6 Big ten), the Badgers now head to Minneapolis preparing to play the 10th-ranked team in the NCAA, the Gophers.The Badgers have high expectations going into their next conference match.“A team like Minnesota will try to push [us] around a little bit with their serve and either ace [us] or keep [us] out of system,” Waite said. “If we can stay in system and we are comfortable with it, we’re good.”For the Badgers, playing the Gophers is the ultimate matchup.Both teams have competed against Iowa and Nebraska (15-2, 7-1 Big Ten) in their last two conference matchups. Nebraska snatched the win away from the Gophers, as well as the Badgers, but both teams continued onward to beat the Hawkeyes, who are currently on a two-game losing streak after an impressive win over 12th-ranked Purdue earlier this year.Wisconsin has been focusing heavily on the defensive aspect of the match in preparation for its border battle with Minnesota.“They’ve got a lot of really outstanding hitters,” Waite said. “If we can keep them off the net, they can’t get it to their middle, Tori Dixon, who’s phenomenal, and that will be a big key. If we can keep them out of system, we’ll have a shot.”A game plan of exposing Minnesota’s weaknesses will be key for a UW team seeking its fourth conference win.Gopher junior middle blocker Tori Dixon stands 6 feet 3 inches tall. She is one of the main weapons the Gophers will use in the matchup with the Badgers Oct. 17. The talented Dixon has tallied a total of 63 blocks already this season and averages 3.1 kills each set.Although Dixon may be a threat, Waite said he believes in the Big Ten “There are so many phenomenal teams, you have to be ready for each one.”The Wisconsin Badgers, coming off an important win, have the momentum coming into this week’s competition. Regardless of Minnesota’s dominant players, Wisconsin has a number of its own threats.Senior Alexis Mitchell has been a great factor in the success of the Badgers this season. She recently hit a milestone of 800 kills this season as an outside hitter, which clearly has added to the team’s success. Having a dependable source to feed the ball to is key to a high-functioning offense.Errors are inevitable in any match of volleyball, but as the team gains experience, the number of errors it commits has gone down.“[Our] attacking errors have gone down this season,” Waite said. “[We] have really improved a lot that way. [We] are one of the top teams in the Big Ten as far as blocking.”Badger sophomore outside hitter Ellen Chapman hit a career milestone of 100 blocks this year, an intimidating statistic for other Big Ten teams.Defense has been a strong suit for UW this year. Not only are blocks a huge factor, but serve receptions and digs are the base to any good defense. Junior libero Annemarie Hickey tallies a total of 4.74 digs per game, and each dig is clutch for running Wisconsin’s fast offense.Still, despite the difficult matchup Minnesota poses, Waite said he believes UW has the tools to perform well against any team it faces.“I think [we] have a good mindset,” Waite said. “[We] are going not just to show that [we] can play with a team like this, but [we] can beat a team like this.”last_img read more

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Whicker: Dodgers’ season seems unsafe at any speed

first_imgThe news from the East gets to the West quickly. Early on, the Dodgers knew that Atlanta and Milwaukee, two of the contenders, had already won. Obviously, they have enough business left with the Diamondbacks and Rockies to get to the playoffs, but the vibes aren’t good, especially when Pedro Baez and Kenta Maeda retire 12 consecutive Cardinals and the formula still doesn’t work.“It hurts to lose like that, but the good thing was just seeing Kenley out there,” said starting pitcher Alex Wood, who was hooked in that endless fifth inning, trailing 2-0. J.T. Chargois came in to walk Marcell Ozuna and then left with an unspecified neck injury that will likely put him on the disabled list, and not for convenience’s sake.Baez, who has stunned the Twitterverse with some solid results lately, walked Patrick Wisdom to push across the third St. Louis run. He was superb after that and so was Maeda. Besides, there were 14 walks overall with Sam Holbrook as home plate arbiter, 10 to the Dodgers.All told, fourteen hitters came to the plate for both sides in the fifth, and eight of them reached base, four by walk.The Dodgers also were 2 for 13 in scoring-position situations, although second baseman Kolten Wong and shortstop Paul De Jong made monumental plays to deny them in the first and fifth innings.The Cardinals are now 15-4 in August and look as energetic as the Dodgers did 12 months ago. On Tuesday, they roll out Daniel Poncedeleon, the former La Mirada High quarterback who pitched seven no-hit innings in his first start of the season. On May 7 of last year, Poncedeleon pitched for Memphis and took a line drive off his head, courtesy of Iowa’s Tyler Caratini. He had emergency brain surgery but was throwing to teammates in September. It’s one of those stories that deserves to be told in October, where the Cardinals appear to be headed.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies PreviousCardinals pitcher Bud Norris #26 points to the sky after recording the final strikeout during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen tries to settle himself during the ninth inning of Monday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Jansen gave up back-to-back home runs for just the second time in his career in a 5-3 loss. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSt. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Martinez, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, left, watches along with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Martinez, second from right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood, second from left, and catcher Austin Barnes, left, watch along with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The CardinalsÕ Jose Martinez #38 points to the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a home run during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)St. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Martinez, right, celebrates with Paul DeJong gestures after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The CardinalsÕ Jose Martinez #38 is congratulate in the dugout after hitting a home run during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Manny Machado #8 is hit by a pitch during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Cardinals starting pitcher Austin Gomber #68 during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Matt Kemp #27 breaks his bat during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ DodgersÕ Cody Bellinger #35 tosses the ball to pitcher Alex Wood #57 at first base during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Justin Turner #10 throws to first base during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Manny Machado #8 reacts after flying out during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood #57 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The CardinalsÕ Matt Carpenter #13 is safe at second base after hitting a double as the DodgersÕ Justin Turner #10 attempts to catch the ball during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher JT Chargois #47 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez #52 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez #52 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez #52 reacts after striking out the CardinalsÕ Francisco Pena #46 for the third out of the fifth inning with the bases loaded during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong fields a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. Hernandez was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Austin Gomber throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger throws out St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong at first during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Martinez, right, dives into second for an RBI single as Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner misses the throw during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. Martinez advanced to second on a throwing error by Matt Kemp. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Musician Jack White, left, claps as on of his songs is played while Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp stands in the on-deck circle during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, scores on a sacrifice fly hit by Cody Bellinger as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Francisco Pena waits for the ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, scores on a sacrifice fly hit by Cody Bellinger as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Francisco Pena waits for the ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the fifth inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws to the plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers strikes out as Francisco Pena #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on during the fourth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Alex Wood #57 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to a single hit by Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the fourth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers catches a pop out hit by Patrick Wisdom #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the fourth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Manager Dave Roberts #30 takes JT Chargois #47 out of the game as Justin Turner #10 and Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers look on during the fifth inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the fifth inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez, right, takes a ball back from the catcher after walking in St. Louis Cardinals’ Jose Martinez, left, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Manny Machado #8 and Austin Barnes #15 talk with Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers strikes out as Francisco Pena #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on during the sixth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Justin Turner avoids the tag of Cardinals catcher Francisco Pena after Pena dropped the third strike during the eighth inning of Monday’s game at Dodger Stadium. Turner was thrown out at first base. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen #74 during their game against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)St. Louis Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, left, watches along with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Cardinals won 5-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)St. Louis Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko, left, runs to first as he hits a solo home run while Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Cardinals won 5-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Jedd Gyorko #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds second base after hitting a solo homerun during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen #74 looks away as the CardinalsÕ Jedd Gyorko #3 heads for home after hitting a home run in the ninth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen shows his frustration as he receives a new ball after allowing a go-ahead home run to the Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko during the ninth inning of Monday’s game at Dodger Stadium. Matt Carpenter homered two pitches later and the Cardinals won 5-3. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)CardinalsÕ Jedd Gyorko #3 and Matt Carpenter #13 celebrate Gyorko’s ninth inning home run during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter, upper left, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, below, watches along with catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, and home plate umpire Sam Holbrook during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Cardinals won 5-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The DodgersÕ Manny Machado #8 watches as the CardinalsÕ Matt Carpenter #13 heads for home after hitting a home run in the ninth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter, left, is congratulated by Jose Martinez after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Cardinals won 5-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen heads for the dugout after giving up a pair of solo home runs during the top of the ninth inning of Monday’s 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy looks on after striking out in an 11-pitch at-bat during the ninth inning of Monday’s 5-3 loss to the the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig shows his frustration as he watches from the dugout during Monday’s 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are 3-6 (.333) in their last nine games when tied or leading in the ninth inning or later. Prior to this stretch, they were 64-9 (.877) in such games this season. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 20: Bud Norris #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts to striking out Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Cardinals pitcher Bud Norris #26 points to the sky after recording the final strikeout during their game at Dodger Stadium Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 5-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen tries to settle himself during the ninth inning of Monday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Jansen gave up back-to-back home runs for just the second time in his career in a 5-3 loss. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 56Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen tries to settle himself during the ninth inning of Monday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Jansen gave up back-to-back home runs for just the second time in his career in a 5-3 loss. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It was Major League Baseball, circa 2018.The fifth inning was like a straitjacket, and neither the Dodgers nor Cardinals could escape. It was LAFC Night at the ballpark, and their fans tried to stir up some noise, but they left after two hours or so, like sensible soccer people do.And then St. Louis brought in a rookie named Jordan Hicks who has an arm from a Bernard Malamud movie. Max Muncy came off the bench to face him with two out in the seventh. No video or decimal point could prepare him.“You just try to start a little earlier,” Muncy said later. “That’s an elite arm right there.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Muncy came up with an elite at-bat. He faced six pitches from Hicks, every one of them timed at 101 mph, at least. The sixth sailed in at 103.1 mph, and Muncy managed to gouge a fly ball to left field, and it fell. It was the fastest pitch in baseball that anybody has handled for a hit this season, and it tied the score 3-3 and the remaining crowd assumed that normalcy would take over.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.It didn’t. Kenley Jansen came in after sitting out 10 days with an irregular heartbeat. He gave up two home runs in five pitches, to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter, and the Cardinals won 5-3. Just as the inertia of the evening gave way to Hicks’ game of laser tag, the conclusion of this season is sneaking up on the Dodgers.They are two games out of the second National League wild-card spot. There are four teams ahead of them in those wild-card standings. They also stand two-and-a-half games behind Arizona in the NL West and two behind Colorado.Beforehand, someone asked Manager Dave Roberts if scoreboard-watching season had begun.“I’m pretty much in tune with what’s going on around baseball,” he said wryly.center_img Hicks and Dakota Hudson are two bullpen rookies with flaming arms. Coming into Monday, Hicks had topped 100 mph in 46.9 percent of his pitches. But he couldn’t find a strike Monday, at least not one that Holbrook would call.Muncy hasn’t faced anybody like Hicks – “there isn’t anybody else except (Aroldis) Chapman,” he said – but he’s been around long enough to improvise.“Everybody thinks you should swing harder in that situation, but I tried to slow things down,” Muncy said. “You get your foot down quicker but you don’t try to do too much. Just put the bat on the ball and see what happens. But even though you might see a lot of pitches, it’s not something you get accustomed to, not at 100.”As far as Jansen went, Roberts said there were no problems other than “middle-middle” location to Gyorko and Carpenter. “If we’re in that situation again tomorrow I’ll run him out there again,” he said.The Dodgers’ situation is not yet a hole, but you can feel the ground softening. 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Miami’s Jeff Thomas says he’s entering NFL Draft, will not play in bowl game

first_imgView this post on Instagram – With that being said, I will no longer play in the Bowl Game but my brothers still have my support 100000%. #GoCanes #BeatLATECH #StayingHealthyA post shared by Jeff Thomas (@jeffthom4s) on Dec 13, 2019 at 3:39pm PSTThomas will finish his Hurricanes career with 83 receptions for 1,316 yards and eight touchdowns. He made 31 catches for 379 yards and three scores in 10 games in 2019 (he was suspended for two games for violating team rules). He also served as a kick and punt returner in his three seasons, with a career-high 691 kick return yards in 2017. SN’s MOCK DRAFT: Burrow at the top; tons of receivers in Round 1 Jeff Thomas is on his way to the NFL. The Miami junior wide receiver announced Friday on Instagram that he will declare for the 2020 draft and skip the Hurricanes’ bowl game later in the month.Thomas thanked his college head coaches, Mark Richt and Manny Diaz, in his announcement. Thomas rejoined the program last spring after being dismissed from the team in November 2018 for violating team rules. The Miami Herald noted in April that Thomas came back to the Hurricanes after considering a transfer to Illinois, which would have allowed him to play in his home state (he is from East St. Louis, Ill., just outside St. Louis). The 5-10, 174-pound Thomas is not listed in SN’s latest NFL mock draft; seven other receivers are among the 32 picks.Miami went 6-6 in the 2019 regular season, Diaz’s first as head coach after succeeding Richt. The Hurricanes will play Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26 in Shreveport, La.last_img read more

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When is the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony for 2020? New date, list of inductees after COVID-19 postponement

first_imgBelow are all of the inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020.Modern-era members:Steve AtwaterIsaac BruceSteve HutchinsonEdgerrin JamesTroy PolamaluCentennial slate:Bill CowherJimmy JohnsonSteve SabolPaul TagliabueGeorge YoungHarold CharmichaelJim CovertBobby DillonCliff HarrisWinston HillAlex KarrasDonnie ShellDuke SlaterMac SpeedieEd Sprinkle Had the COVID-19 pandemic not ravaged the 2020 sports calendar, 12 of the 20 former NFL greats who are still living and were selected as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 would be getting fitted for the gold jackets they’d wear at the Aug. 8 enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio.They instead will have to wait almost exactly one year. MORE: Why 2020 preseason games were canceledThe Pro Football Hall of Fame in June announced it had rescheduled all events associated with its 2020 enshrinement festival. That included the 2020 Hall of Fame game that was scheduled to be played between the Steelers and Cowboys on Aug. 6. So modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James and Troy Polamalu will have to wait one more year before they can stand in front of hundreds of onlookers in that glorious summer heat and give their long-awaited acceptance speeches.Below are all the details of the postponement of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.When is the NFL Hall of Fame ceremony for 2020?The Pro Football Hall of Fame knew early in the summer that its enshrinement festival for the Class of 2020 could not possibly play out on schedule amid the pandemic. So the solution was relatively simple.The 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement events were postponed by exactly a year, which will pair them with those for the 2021 class for something of a Hall of Fame doubleheader in August of next year. The Hall has even branded it as “Twice the Fun in ’21.”Events tied to Enshrinement Week Powered by @johnsoncontrols now will take place Aug. 5-9, 2021. Watch to learn more. pic.twitter.com/tnZhW2cf5L— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) June 25, 2020″The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make enshrinement week so special remains our top priority,” president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame David Baker said in June. “The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans ‘Twice the Fun in ’21.’Added Denny Saunier, the president and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce: “We have been a proud partner with the Hall for more than 50 years in producing wonderful events that showcase Canton and surrounding areas. Although we’re all disappointed we won’t be enjoying those festivities this summer, we look forward to welcoming the huge numbers of visitors and returning Hall of Famers who will make the 2021 enshrinement week special.”The NFL, the Cowboys and the Steelers also agreed to postpone (rather than cancel) the 2020 Hall of Fame Game, which will be played Aug. 5, 2021. Fans who had tickets to the game were given the option to retain their seats for the same price or to apply for a refund.NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inducteesBecause 2020 marked the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class, an extra 15 “Centennial Slate” inductees were added to the typical modern-era inductees. The slate includes 10 seniors (players who last played more than 25 years ago), three contributors (an individual other than a player or coach) and two coaches as elected by a special blue-ribbon panel in January.The five modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees were elected in February by the Hall’s 48-person selection committee. Polamalu is the only first-ballot Hall of Famer in the 2020 class.last_img read more

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The Classic League will be played on Sunday, March 1 at 9:00 p.m.

first_imgDuring the LaLigaTv presentation, channel that will broadcast the Spanish competition in the United Kingdom, Thebes confirmed the schedule of the next Classic. The Classic League between Real Madrid and Barcelona next March 1 will be played at 9:00 p.m. Spanish time (20.00 GMT) at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, confirmed Javier Thebes, president of LaLiga, at an event held this Wednesday in London.last_img

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