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Mikel Arteta ‘optimistic’ about full recovery after testing positive for coronavirus

first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta ‘optimistic’ about full recovery after testing positive for coronavirus Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Mar 2020 12:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link606Shares Comment Arteta tested positive on Thursday (Picture: Getty)The Premier League had planned on playing all fixtures this weekend as scheduled but they’re now set to decide in a meeting on Friday how best to proceed.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveArteta’s diagnosis effectively places the whole club in stalemate but the Guardian report that he has no concerns over his long-term health and is confident that he will make a full recovery. Incredibly, the Spaniard’s ‘primary’ frustration is said to be the fact that he won’t be able to work with his players for at least a fortnight. ‘This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed,’ Arteta said in an official statement. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe diagnosis is the most high profile in world football to date and is bound to have repercussions on how the league season is played out.Even in the best scenario that all those that came into contact with Arteta are successfully clear of the virus in a fortnight’s time, the Gunners would likely ask for some fixtures to be postponed further as the squad would be lacking in match sharpness.Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been placed in self-isolation after he came into contact with a family member that is believed to have contracted the virus.Three Leicester City players are also in isolation, while Serie A has been shutdown for at least the next month. There are calls from a minority of Premier League clubs to ‘void’ the season, meaning all league places are wiped. But any decision is likely to be impacted on whether the European Championships are postponed as that would afford the Premier League to extend the season further. MORE: A number of Premier League clubs call for season to be ‘voided’ amid coronavirus outbreak Mikel Arteta is confident of a full recovery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is said to be in good spirits and is optimistic about making a full recovery after the Spaniard was diagnosed with coronavirus on Thursday.The former Manchester City assistant manager was sent for tests after complaining that he was unwell on Thursday and the Gunners confirmed in a brief statement later that night that he had tested positive for COVID-19.Arsenal’s fixture with Brighton on Saturday has subsequently been postponed and around 100 employees from the club, including all first team members, have been placed in a 14-day lockdown. Advertisementlast_img read more

Michael Owen makes predictions for Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool vs Arsenal

first_imgMichael Owen makes predictions for Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool vs Arsenal Klopp and Arteta to head to head at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)Champions Liverpool also have a 100 per cent record so far, having beaten Leeds United and Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEx-Reds striker Owen says the clash at Anfield will be a goal-fest and backs his former side to take all three points.‘Both teams have shown a vulnerability in defence so far this season and I see that trend continuing on Monday night,’ he told BetVictor.‘Historically, fixtures between these two sides have resulted in goals aplenty and I don’t see that changing this time around.‘I’m going for a memorable game, full of attacking threat, and a 3-2 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityElsewhere, Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace in their season opener.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face a tricky test away at Brighton and Owen believes the Red Devils will come away with a ‘closely fought’ 1-0 win.Frank Lampard’s Chelsea were also defeated last time out, slipping to a 2-0 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.They play newly-promoted West Bromich Albion, who have conceded eight goals in their first two games back in the Premier League.Owen expects the Blues to pile the misery on Slaven Bilic’s side with a 3-0 win at the Hawthorns.MORE: Lyon chief fires warning to Houssem Aouar over Arsenal transferMORE: Curtis Jones hails fellow Liverpool youngster Rhys Williams after Lincoln thrashingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Sep 2020 11:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement View 3 comments Advertisement Owen has made his predictions for Matchday 3 (Picture: Getty Images)Michael Owen is expecting Liverpool to edge a win over Arsenal in a five-goal thriller at Anfield, and backs Manchester United and Chelsea both to pick up victories in Matchday 3.Monday night’s blockbuster fixtures will be a repeat of the Community Shield, in which the Gunners beat the Reds on penalties in August.Mikel Arteta’s side go into the game off the back of two wins in the Premier League, comfortably beating Fulham 3-0 on the opening day, and narrowly getting the better of West Ham last weekend.last_img read more

Lagos SWAN pledges support for Nneka Anibeze on her latest appointment

first_img Oshundun lauded the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq for settling for the best who is eminently qualified for the job as being hammered on Anibeze’s qualities. “Despite her achievements, she has continued to be a staunch member of the association and always ready to contribute her quota to Lagos SWAN.” read also:​Cardiff, Swansea close training grounds “We are excited that this appointment will not only motivate our members to strive for excellence but it will be a wake-up call for some Nigerian journalists who are already straying from the ethics of the profession due to the harsh economic condition”, Oshundun said. Before her appointment, she was the Acting Director, Outside Broadcasting Services at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun You10 Simple Product Ideas That Made Their Creators Millionaires6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesome Loading… center_img Lagos State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria has pledged its unalloyed support to one of its members, Nneka Anibeze who was recently appointed as the Special Assistant on Media to the Honorable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. The Association led by Debo Oshundun lauded the appointment while describing her as an invaluable asset fully equipped to bring her professionalism and expertise to bear. “This has really confirmed that the reward for excellence is more responsibilities. Nneka has over the years distinguished herself as a core professional who has continued to give everything to journalism and its upliftment in Nigeria.” He believes that the experience garnered as Special Adviser to former Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung will be brought to bear in her new assignment. “She is not a stranger when it comes to sensitive assignments like this. She has done it before, we have no doubt in her abilities to also excel working with Hajiya Farouq.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Mrs. Virginia Lee (Denny) Jester

first_imgMrs. Virginia Lee (Denny) Jester, age 82, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on March 24, 1937, in Madison, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Charles Gaylord and Lillian N. (Vestal) Denny. She was raised in Rexville, Indiana where she attended school. At the young age of 16, Virginia was united in marriage on March 13, 1954, in Madison, Indiana, to the late, Charles Fredrick Jester. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Tammy Jo and four sons, Charles Wayne, Denny, Johnny and Randy. Virginia and Charles shared 56 years of marriage together until Charles passed away on February 7, 2010. Virginia was employed as a home health nurse for King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison, Indiana, for a few years. She was a member of the Long Run Baptist Church in Moorefield, Indiana and the Switzerland County Saddle Club. Virginia was a wonderful homemaker and farm wife and enjoyed cooking, fostering children and babysitting her grandchildren. Virginia passed away with her loving family by her side at 4:20 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Virginia will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Charles Wayne Jester of Madison, IN, Denny Jester of Madison, IN, Johnny “Turtle” Jester and his wife, Kelli of Madison, IN and Randy Jester and his wife, Mary of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Charles, Christy, Chasity, John Wilbur, Justin, Matt, Clint, Kati, Aaron and Nikki; her several great-grandchildren; her great-great-granddaughter and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Gaylord Denny, died in 1955 and Lillian N. (Vestal) Denny, died in 1999; her husband, Charles Frederick Jester, died February 7, 2010; her daughter, Tammy Jo Jester, died May 12, 2013; her grandson, Dana Gayle “Doodle” Jester, died June 9, 2015; her sister, Delta Cahall, died December 9, 1999 and her brother, Charles W. Denny, died December 30, 2015.Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Ron Lee at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Hazard brothers shine as Belgium thump Russia

first_imgRelatedPosts Chelsea complete signing of German international Dortmund ease past Wolfsburg to stay in title hunt Dortmund explode back into action as Bundesliga restarts Belgium secured top spot in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I and stretched their perfect record to nine wins after a sparkling 4-1 win in Russia on Saturday. Two goals from Eden Hazard and one by his brother Thorgan inspired them to victory against home side Russia. With one round of games remaining, Belgium have a maximum 27 points and second-placed Russia 21, both sides having booked their places at next year’s 24-nation tournament. Although there was only pride to play for, the game got off to a pacy start and Thorgan Hazard fired the visitors ahead with a superb 19th-minute goal. Eden Hazard made it 2-0 in the 33rd with another fine effort, volleying a low drive past Russia’s Brazilian-born goalkeeper Guilherme after striker Romelu Lukaku headed a lofted pass into his captain’s stride. The livewire forward doubled his tally shortly before halftime from a brilliant move, with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne squaring the ball unselfishly for Hazard to stroke into an empty net from 12 metres. Only poor finishing by Lukaku and two good saves by Guilherme denied the Belgians a bigger lead in the opening hour as Russia failed to create anything in front of a partisan home crowd. Ruthless Belgium struck again in the 72nd minute as Lukaku made amends for his early miss, rifling a scorcher inside the near post from 16 metres with Guilherme clutching nothing but thin air. Georgi Dzhikiya finally gave the subdued home fans something to cheer about when he swept home a close-range rebound in the 79th. It was however scant consolation for a crushing defeat by last year’s World Cup semi-finalists. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Eden HazardEuro 2020Thorgan Hazardlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgTallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1. It was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games. In other NHL news:— The Rangers won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery and will have the first overall pick, giving them a shot at selecting Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers were among eight teams that lost in the qualifying round of the playoffs with a chance to claim quite a consolation prize. The league’s bottom seven teams ended up not winning the first phase of the lottery in June. — The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto. The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah), defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland. MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAFrancona returns to Indians bench TuesdayUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the team Tuesday against the Cubs after missing more than a week so he could deal with a gastrointestinal condition. Francona has missed Cleveland’s past eight games with the gastrointestinal issue, which has bothered him since spring training. The 61-year-old skipped the Indians’ weekend trip to Chicago to get extra rest. In other MLB news: — Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano says Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday. Laureano said Cintrón began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos. Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball.— Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. The left-hander allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres on Sunday to remain winless since signing a five-year, $85 million deal. The four-time All-Star has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.— Indians starter Mike Clevinger will be quarantined and undergo testing after violating COVID-19 protocols during the team’s weekend trip to Chicago. On Sunday, Indians right-hander Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) was sent home from Chicago in a rental car after he went out with friends following his start on Saturday, a violation of the team’s code of conduct.— The Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move comes one day after Morton was removed from a start against the New York Yankees in the third inning. Morton is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts this season. — Mets hurler Marcus Stroman has opted out of the rest of the season due to concerns over the pandemic. Stroman was recovering from a torn calf muscle and was in line to possibly make his season debut next week against the Marlins in Miami. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the season and is the second Met to opt out of the season, joining outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs). — Jimmy Butler returned from a foot injury and contributed 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in guiding the Heat to a 114-92 romp over the Pacers. Derrick Jones scored 18 off the Miami bench and the Heat kept T.J. Warren to 12 points on 5 for 14 shooting in 29 minutes. —The short-handed Mavericks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Jazz 122-114. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22. The Mavericks’ biggest comeback since 2016 means they still have a slim shot at earning the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.NHL-PANTHERS-TALLON OUTTallon, Panthers part waysUNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. TENNIS-US OPEN WITHDRAWALSFormer champ pulls out of US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is adding her name to the growing group of players withdrawing from the Grand Slam tennis tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.Three of the top seven women in the rankings, including No. 1 Ash Barty, have pulled out of the U.S. Open. So has defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal.PRESIDENTS CUP August 11, 2020 — President Donald Trump has joined Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (sas) and a number of coaches in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. A growing number of athletes have spoken out in support of saving the season. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the Wolverines have shown players can be safe after they return to school. Sasse wrote a letter to Big Ten school presidents and chancellors saying that players will likely be safer with football than without, because of the “structure and discipline of football programs.”— Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic. President John Broderick said he knows student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing “posed too great a risk.” MLB-SCHEDULENats batter Matz and MetsUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals entered Monday’s action with a .236 batting average and were ranked next-to-last in the majors with 10 home runs. The defending World Series champs broke out in a big way by pummeling Steven Matz and the New York Mets. Associated Press Royal Montreal Golf Club to host 2024 Presidents Cup.MONTREAL (AP) — The oldest golf club in North America will host the 2024 Presidents Cup.Royal Montreal Golf Club was founded in 1873 and held the Presidents Cup in 2007. The U.S. won that edition in which Canada’s Mike Weir beat Tiger Woods in a Sunday singles match.Royal Montreal will become the second international venue to host the Presidents Cup more than once, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. Ayton sat out the first quarter after missing his coronavirus test on Sunday. He tested negative on Monday and helped the Suns dominate after they carried a 37-23 deficit into the second quarter.Phoenix was 26-39 when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Suns now find themselves within 1 1/2 games of a Western Conference playoff berth.In Monday’s other NBA action:— Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Raptors defeat the Bucks, 114-106. Rookie Matt Thomas scored a season-high 22 points and Norman Powell added 21 for Toronto. Bucks forward and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed the game after undergoing oral surgery. — The Lakers’ three-game losing streak is over after Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-muh) drained a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds in a 124-121 thriller over the Nuggets. LeBron James pumped in 29 points, dished out 12 assists and hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis had 27 points and Kuzma 25 for Los Angeles.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSMountain West delays football seasonUNDATED (AP) — Will there be any college football this season? — Kole Calhoun cracked a solo homer and had three RBIs as part of the Diamondbacks’ 12-8 pounding of the Rockies. Ketel (keh-TEHL’) Marte and David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) each had four of Arizona’s 18 hits.— Nico Goodrum was 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the Tigers’ fourth consecutive win, 5-1 against the White Sox. JaCoby Jones smacked a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the seventh to cap the scoring.— Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning and Manuel Margot (mahn-WEHL’ mahr-GOH’) had four of the Rays’ 16 hits in an 8-7 decision over the Red Sox. Kiermaier had three RBIs as Tampa Bay won for the fourth time in five games.— Eddie Rosario belted a grand slam in the third inning and the Twins stopped a four-game skid by downing the Brewers, 4-2. Randy Dobnak allowed a run and four hits over five innings to move to 3-1.— The Mariners rolled to a 10-2 win at Texas as Kyle Seager crushed a grand slam and Kyle Lewis added a three-run shot. Dylan Moore added a solo shot and three RBIs to back winning pitcher Justin Dunn, who gave up two runs over six innings. MLB-CARDINALS POSTPONEMENTSMore cancellations for the CardinalsST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to have their schedule altered after eight players tested positive for the coronavirus.Major League Baseball has announced that the Cardinals’ scheduled Thursday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed. MLB and the Cards believe it is prudent to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. MLB has seen 29 games postponed by the coronavirus, 15 involving the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina is among the Redbirds who have tested positive for COVID-19. Elsewhere around the majors:— The Angels ended the Athletics’ nine-game winning streak as Mike Trout ripped a solo homer in the eighth inning to lead Los Angeles to a 10-9 victory. Trout homered twice for the Angels, who also received two-run blasts from Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) and Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee).— Lance McCullers carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Astros’ 6-4 win over the Giants. The no-hit bid ended when Donovan Solano hit a two-out double to run his hitting streak to 15 games. Michael Brantley laced a two-run double, Carlos Correa drove in a pair and Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) smacked a solo homer for Houston.— Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter to carry the Padres past the Dodgers, 2-1. Austin Hedges tied it with a fifth-inning homer and Eric Hosmer singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth.— Didi Gregorius (greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) launched a grand slam and Bryce Harper blasted a three-run shot in the Phillies’ 13-8 pounding of the Braves. Aaon Nola allowed one run and two hits while striking out 10 in eight innings of his first victory since last August. Update on the latest sports Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera homered twice as part of the Nats’ 17-hit attack in a 16-4 thrashing of the Mets. Cabrera was 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored for the Nationals, who had scored just four runs in dropping their previous three completed games.Trea Turner and Juan Soto also homered for Washington.Matz was reached for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, six days after the Nats tagged him for five runs in just three innings.Winning pitcher Patrick Corbin held New York to one earned run over six innings.Mets infielder Luis Guillorme (gee-OHR’-may) worked a perfect ninth. The Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.A person involved in the decision told The Associated Press the Mountain West would not play any sports in the fall. The 12-team Mountain West joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring. The Mountain West features Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State, each of which were ranked at some point last year.A Big Ten spokesman said no votes on fall sports had been taken by its presidents and chancellors as of Monday afternoon, and the powerful Southeastern Conference made clear it was not yet ready to shutter its fall season. However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter that he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. In other college sports developments: — Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Kelly hasn’t allowed a run over 6 1/3 innings in seven games this season, allowing five hits and five walks. Lefty Adam Kolarek was recalled from the alternate training site to replace Kelly.NBA-SCHEDULEBooker’s 35 help Suns top Thunder, remain perfect in restartLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have continued their stunning winning streak since the NBA restart.The Suns are 6-0 at Lake Buena Vista following a convincing 128-101 thumping of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Devin Booker dropped in 35 points and Phoenix center Deandre Ayton finished with 10 points and six rebounds in just over 17 minutes. last_img read more

Under 20s hope to mount World Cup challenge

first_imgThere’s been one late change to the Irish side ahead of that match with winger Ciaran Gaffney missing out with an ankle injury , he’s been replaced by Jacob Stockdale with Fergal Cleary moved up to the bench.Ireland coach Nigel Carolan says they’re looking to improve on a disappointing Six Nations campaign that saw them beat Italy and France but lose to England, Wales and Scotland .last_img

Virus-stricken Marlins resume season with 18 new players

first_imgLast Updated: 5th August, 2020 06:16 IST Virus-stricken Marlins Resume Season With 18 New Players Scrambling for replacements following a coronavirus outbreak, the Miami Marlins added a Moran, a Morin, two pitchers named Josh Smith and a former Olympic medalist in speedskating SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW US Scrambling for replacements following a coronavirus outbreak, the Miami Marlins added a Moran, a Morin, two pitchers named Josh Smith and a former Olympic medalist in speedskating.Also among the 18 players joining the Marlins’ 30-man roster as they resumed their virus-disrupted season in Baltimore on Tuesday night were outfielder Monte Harrison and right-hander Jose Guzman, highly regarded prospects reaching the majors for the first time.Another newcomer was pitcher Richard Bleier, returning to his former ballpark after being acquired from the Orioles in a trade over the weekend.“We’re just excited to get back on the field,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.After the Marlins waited nine days to play following the outbreak, the start of the game was pushed back nearly an hour when their latest test results were delayed.Starting pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Caleb Smith joined Jose Urena on the injured list, leaving the Marlins without three-fifths of their rotation. Eight of their 12 opening-day relievers were also on the IL, as was shortstop Miguel Rojas.With more than half the team needing to be replaced, newcomers included infielder Eddy Alvarez a 30-year-old Miami native who won a silver medal in speedskating at the 2014 Winter Olympics and had yet to play in the majors.“A tremendous story on stick-to-it-iveness,” Hill said.And this: The Marlins technically began the game in first place in the NL East.At 2-1, Miami started the day with the best winning percentage in the division. Teams are scheduled for only 60 games each this season and it’s possible not every club will play that many because of disruptions.In that case, with 16 of 30 clubs making the playoffs, the postseason field would be determined by winning percentage.The Marlins’ revamped pitching staff includes right-hander Mike Morin and left-hander Brian Moran, and right-hander Josh A. Smith and left-hander Josh D. Smith, all recently acquired veterans.“I won’t say it was a call to arms,” Hill said. “It was a call in need of arms.”The Marlins put 17 players on the injured list, and starting second baseman Isan Diaz opted out for the rest of the season. Replacements included seven newly acquired players, and 11 players from the team’s alternate training site.Harrison was in the lineup in center field Tuesday night, as was 33-year-old newcomer Logan Forsythe as the designated hitter.The virus infected 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party and forced the suspension of their season July 26 after just three games. The roster overhaul that has followed will test a farm system much improved since Derek Jeter’s group bought the franchise nearly three years ago.“We expect to win games,” Hill said. “We have been able to acquire layers of talent, and while you never anticipate having to replace 18 players, it’s a credit to the work we’ve done organizationally to build depth to absorb what we are doing today.“No one is making excuses. We know we have a job to do and we’re ready to go.”Image credits: AP LIVE TVcenter_img Associated Press Television News Written By WATCH US LIVE First Published: 5th August, 2020 06:16 ISTlast_img read more

Doc Rivers, Clippers are getting in the zone on defense

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PLAYA VISTA — Congratulations to anyone who predicted the Clippers would dedicate a lot of their practice time this week to defense.Everyone who watched the Clippers relinquish 272 points in this past weekend’s split at Staples Center – spot on.Presented with the rare in-season opportunity to practice on back-to-back days – yes, Kawhi Leonard participated in both sessions – the Clippers spent the bulk of that time working to shore up “slippage” on the defensive end, Coach Doc Rivers said.Despite adding a pair of All-Stars with nine All-Defensive team selections between them this offseason, the Clippers (26-12) are allowing the 15th-most points per game (109.8) in the NBA. “But this year, it was just so obvious, with the size and the length. … We did it on the first day of camp and we reached out to different guys to see some thoughts.”Patrick Beverley, probably the Clippers’ most aggressive defensive bulldog, said he approved.“I love zone. I played zone in high school, played it in college, overseas,” Beverley said. “I really loved zone.”“Some of them think it’s still high school zone,” Rivers corrected. “It’s more of a flex zone. It’s a zone, but you’re switching. And then certain times it morphs into a man. We’re doing that to try to create confusion, obviously.“You gotta make sure you get to everyone,” Rivers added. “It’s rare that there’s a guy who can be (left) unguarded. In college, you can have three guys stuffing in the paint because you know, ‘These three guys aren’t gonna make a shot,’ and you can load up. You can’t load up like that in an NBA zone.”Rivers said his players are learning as much in live situations.Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum They know there’s work to do before they can be characterized as having a great defense, which Leonard said he’d define as a unit with the following attributes: “Basketball IQ. Playing hard. Knowing your rotations. Just everybody pretty much being on a string and knowing what they’re doing going into every game.”And so, the Clippers got down to defense before facing the for-now less-formidable Golden State Warriors (9-30) on Friday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket). They’ll be without Paul George, who is listed on the injury report as having a strained left hamstring. The All-Star forward, who missed the first 11 games this season rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgeries, also missed Saturday’s loss against Memphis with tightness in the same hamstring.“You have two days, you can’t fix it all,” Rivers said of his injury-bitten team’s defense. “It’s almost like these two days we’ve re-introduced things that we did in camp, because now we have the whole arsenal to try to do it.”It was at training camp that Rivers let it be known that this was the season that he would, at last, seriously implement zone defense.“Every summer, I do the same thing,” Rivers said. “I go to Winter Park (Fla.) and spend time with (Rollins College coach) Tom Klusman. He’s the guy in Orlando that has only run zone for 30 years; he’s never run man. He laughs every year because it’s like ‘You’re never gonna do it.’ “We had one game recently where a guy just dribbled up and jacked it and made it,” he said. “Our guy was in his college zone and (the opposing player) brought the ball up with 20 seconds on the clock, the guy looked at him and just shot it. The guy looked at him like ‘you gotta guard me.’ That’s the difference.”It turns out the general lack of practice time in the thick of the NBA season can make a zone defense especially disruptive, Beverley said.“It just messes up rhythm,” Beverley said. “You don’t find yourself working on your zone offense that much because you don’t practice a lot. Throwing a zone in there, it kind of throws everything off a little bit.”Now, for the Clippers to get in sync on the same string themselves.ESPN ADDS GAMEAfter dropping Friday’s game at Staples Center against the Warriors to instead show the Lakers-Dallas Mavericks matchup, ESPN announced Thursday that it will broadcast the Clippers’ road game against the Miami Heat on Jan. 24. The network won’t air the Houston Rockets-Minnesota Timberwolves game that day.last_img read more

NFL rulemaking committee considering reviewing penalties, report says

first_imgIn this instance, the controversial play from the NFC Championship game in which Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman possibly interfered with Saints wide receiver TommyLee Lewis on a pivotal play in the closing minutes would not be reviewable. Related News “Most are uncomfortable with adding flags,” one source told the Post, “but I think most would support [the league’s officiating department in] New York reviewing pass interference and certain personal fouls, provided a flag has been thrown.” Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman admits he committed penalty on controversial no-call vs. Saints The NFL rulemaking committee is considering allowing penalties to be reviewed, but not in the way you would think.The committee is looking into allowing additional penalties to be reviewed, but only on a play in which a penalty already has been called, according to The Washington Post. The committee has power in the NFL and owners will consider its proposals and decide whether to implement them or not, but owners can also make enact changes on their own separate of the recommendations.For any rule change to be made, it must be approved by 24 of the 32 teams in the NFL.last_img read more