Pau Gasol becomes career scoring leader in EuroBasket

first_imgLATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Hall of Fame inductee Tracy McGrady proud of NBA career: ‘I was one of the greats’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settledcenter_img Pau Gasol (C) of Spain scores during their Group C men’s basketball match of the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 between Croatia and Spain in Cluj Napoca city on September 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCUCLUJ-NAPOCA, Romania — Pau Gasol has become the career scoring leader in the EuroBasket tournament.The San Antonio Spurs center made a 3-pointer in the second quarter of Spain’s victory over Hungary on Thursday to give him 1,105 points. He passed Spurs teammate Tony Parker, who scored 1,104 for France in the European championship tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Gasol passed Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 1,052 points for Germany, earlier in the tournament.Gasol was the tournament MVP and leading scorer during Spain’s 2009 and 2015 championships. The defending champion Spanish advanced to the round of 16 after going 5-0 in their group stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Break new ground View commentslast_img read more

Column: Triple G-Canelo rematch should be must-see TV

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal UAAP: UST holds off FEU for first win under Ayo FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose during a weigh-in in Las Vegas. Golovkin’s trainer says his fighter was insulted when Alvarez tested positive for a performance enhancing drug that caused their planned May middleweight title rematch to be postponed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS — For a sport often given up for dead, boxing is suddenly very much alive.Turn on the TV and there’s probably a fight on from somewhere. Tune in, and there’s a good chance even the most casual boxing fan will find something to like.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The heavyweight division is coming back, and there’s a group of welterweights so talented they are bringing back memories of the 1980s, when fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Marvelous Marvin Hagler ruled the ring and the biggest fights were magical affairs staged outdoors on the Las Vegas Strip.Networks are getting into bidding wars for fights, and a string of new deals means there’s more boxing on free television than ever before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnd, of course, there’s Saturday night.That’s when Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez step into the ring at the T-Mobile Arena to try to settle what they couldn’t the first time around in a hotly anticipated showdown with the middleweight title at stake. The fight is a rematch of their draw last September, and this time both fighters have made it clear they just don’t like each other. LATEST STORIES It’s a combination that should make this a pay-per-view worth reaching into the wallet for, though it’s not cheap. Boxing still insists on a buy-in for its biggest fights, and at $84.95 to watch at home, this fight needs to deliver in a big way to justify the cost.Whether it does won’t be known until the two actually get into the ring together in a fight delayed from May after Alvarez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. But there’s a lot to like about two big punchers meeting to settle things at 160 pounds the way fighters used to do it back in the day.“I believe it will be a big drama show,” Golovkin said. “I wanted the first fight to be a big drama show, but he wouldn’t fight me.”Golovkin’s complaint about Alvarez not standing toe-to-toe with him in the first fight isn’t his only issue with the rematch. He also believes Alvarez is a cheater, and dismisses his claim that eating tainted meat in his native Mexico led to the positive test for clenbuterol.“It’s very strange because we know what happened. He was caught for doing illegal substances,” Golovkin said through an interpreter. “As far as his stories about the meat, you have to be really stupid to believe these kind of stories after being caught doping.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golovkin’s other complaint centered on the purse split for the fight. Alvarez, who was a proven pay-per-view draw, got 70 percent of the take in the first fight, and was supposed to get 65 percent in the second, had it happened in May as planned.But Triple G stood his ground, finally getting a 45 percent share after already booking another fight elsewhere that would have paid him only a fraction of the millions both he and Alvarez will make for their showdown.All of which, of course, has raised some bitter feelings in the Alvarez camp.“It’s definitely more personal now. I really don’t like him,” Alvarez said. “It’s personal, and I take it that way. It will make me train harder and give it the extra push to knock him out.”The fight itself is a classic matchup that has the potential to deliver more than the first fight, a good scrap that lacked the drama of knockdowns and ended in a draw that satisfied neither fighter. Whether it does largely depends on the chances both fighters take — or refuse to take.Golovkin, the Kazakh who lives in Los Angeles, thought he won the first fight easily, even though one judge had it 118-110 for Alvarez. Golovkin did win the early rounds and seemed to be controlling the action until he faded late in the fight.Golovkin, who has knocked out almost everyone put in front of him (38-0-1, 34 knockouts) has vowed to be more aggressive in the rematch. Alvarez, too, says he has some new tricks he will pull out to try to regain a fan base upset with him after his positive test for PEDs.Whatever the strategy, it’s the kind of fight that might have taken place it in the 1980s, when the best fought the best under the stars at Caesars Palace. Boxing is on a roll again, and the biggest fight of the year should set a tone for the sport moving forward.A year after they first met, Golovkin-Alvarez II is once again must-see TV. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Ellen Cautions Safety, Tolerance

first_imgAs the campaign for the ensuing Special Senatorial Election begins today across the country, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Liberians to be peaceful in the process, while at the same time abiding by the preventive measures that have helped to reduce the rate of Ebola infection in the country.The President told the nation in her address last night that after a thorough consultative process, the National Elections Commission (NEC), announced December 16, as the date set for the conduct of the election throughout the 15 counties. This date has been endorsed by the National Legislature and the President.The NEC also set November 20th as the date for the beginning of campaign activities, which are expected to end 24 hours before polls open in three weeks.She further stated that her government, through its requisite institutions, is putting into place stringent measures that will guide the campaign process and ensure that Liberians keep safe during this period.“As campaigning starts on the next day [today], it is my responsibility and my duty to remind you all politicians, voters and election workers that we will put in place stringent measures contained in our health laws that everyone must and will abide by. We all know there is no hugging or shaking of hands.  We mean it and we want people to take it seriously,” she said.The President Sirleaf disclosed that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with agencies and partners, under the public health law, will be announcing a number of preventive measures today to ensure that “we all stay safe, especially during this electoral period.”President Sirleaf also indicated that NEC will give out guidelines and protocols that all must abide by. “We can only enjoy democracy when we are healthy and alive. Although we continue to see decline in the number of new cases of Ebola, we must not relent our efforts. We must not lay down our guides and we must not become complacent,” she pleaded.She noted that as much as the measures  are intended to keep Liberians safe, she will endorse all of the preventive measures and will direct that they be strictly followed.She said that the measures are not intended to stop anyone campaigning or interacting with the people, but government wants to ensure that people are protected.“One of the cardinal pillars of democracy is the right for the people to elect their leaders. This is a fundamental exercise that most time take place at certain times,” she added.She recalled that Liberians should have gone to the poll on October 14 this year to elect 15 senators whose terms will expire at the end of the year, but during that time the country was deep in a health crisis that did not allow the process to take place.“These elections are important, but they are being held under very difficult circumstances. We still have the deadly Ebola virus in our country and the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone.  This places a new responsibility on all of us to ensure that the political activities that will be carried out during the campaign and the voting do not lead to a resurgence of the epidemic,” she said.President Sirleaf further said, “People will be meeting in places in groups for campaigning. When the times comes to vote, we will line up to vote this could lead to serious risk. While we are sustaining our democracy, we have decided to put in place measures that would safe guide us more.”“We want democracy, we want to elect people, but we want to do so keeping all of us healthy, making sure that we don’t return to those difficult days.”President Sirleaf indicated that Liberians can still remember how bad things were several weeks ago and now there are progresses, but one cannot talk about success as long as there is one case of Ebola.Finally, she told everyone, “True essence of democracy is to compete on the basis of ideas – ideas about how we improve the lives of the people we aspire to lead. This will mean that candidates will disagree. But I know we can disagree and exchange our ideas, as well as afford the voters a chance to understand our values, without resorting to mudslinging or violence.”President Sirleaf wished all the candidates well and urged them to stand up for tolerance which will lend their campaigns to civil discussions through which voters will know them better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NPP Endorses Rev. Duo

first_imgRev. Duo makes remarks as she accepts the call to leadThe National Patriotic Party (NPP) has endorsed the candidacy of representative aspirant Rev. Tenial Watta Duo to contest the lone seat of Montserrado District #12 in the upcoming October polls.The party presented Rev. Duo to the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the merger which NPP is a part of, and the electorates at a ceremony held at the Richard C. Hunter School on the LPRC Road in Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.Clarence Wilson, the party’s Montserrado chapter chairman, described Rev. Duo as a hardworking woman who has served not only her party, but residents of the district.“We know there will be primaries, but it is our appeal to the CDC, the mother organization to which we belong now, that it accepts this lady,” Mr. Wilson said.She noted that Rev. Duo is unmatched in her sacrifices to serve and has no competition in the NPP for District #12.He said the presence of Rev. Duo in the district has raised the NPP’s flag highest since 1997.“The NPP is proud of this lady, because she has kept the party alive in this place and everywhere she has been. As of 1997, this is the next time our party’s flag is flying in this part of Montserrado,” the chairman said.Mr. Wilson, who also serves as the secretary of the Montserrado Chapter of the CDC, said it was amazing that Rev. Duo single-handedly constructed and turned over to the head office of NPP a well-furnished office for use by partisans.Rev. Duo, who is a pastor at the Living Word Christian Ministries, said she appreciates the party for her exclusive preferment over other aspirants, most especially without going through the headache of a primary.“Believing and strongly holding ‘Above all else the people’ as the motto for the NPP, I promise that self will never overcome and prevent me from doing what is right for the people of this district and the country as a whole,” she declared.She cautioned detractors to distance themselves from any smear campaign aimed at the downfall of their newly found coalition, the CDC.She said the office was constructed at the cost US$5,000 and is for all politicians irrespective of party affiliation.Len S. Yartoe, Liberia People Democratic Party Montserrado Chapter chairman, said the LPDP fully supports Rev. Duo’s candidacy and will work along with NPP and the CDC to ensure that she is elected on October 10.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt signs US$17M pact with Japan to improve electricity supply

first_imgGuyana and Japan on Wednesday signed a US$17 million aid agreement that will help in improving the electricity supply to several wards in the capital city of Georgetown.The project dubbed ‘Introduction of Renewable Energy and the Improvement of Power System’ will see the installation of a PV system and energy management system at the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Headquarters.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL), Albert Gordon, told the media at the signing that he is confident the new system will help GPL to reduce the frequent outages.“Our top priority as we said is to reduce the number of outages and this particular project will help in terms of improving reliability and losses also improving voltage levels. But it is part of a set of projects we are implementing,” Gordon said.By 2023, transmission loss could be reduced to about 1,600,000 kilowatts/year through the provision of substation equipment and distribution lines.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge commended the timeliness of the contribution by Japan and said it accords well with the Government’s development trajectory.“The project aims at improving the efficiency of the power system in the City of Georgetown and the surrounding areas by enhancing substation and distribution equipment,” he added.Minister Greenidge said both the renewable energy and the LED street lamps project will contribute significantly to the green state initiative.He added that funds would be used for establishing a photovoltaic and an energy management system at the Caricom Secretariat located at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown. The agreement was signed by representatives of the Guyana Government and Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).Meanwhile, Minister Greenidge praised Japan for assisting his country over the years in several areas including technical cooperation, finance and investment cooperation, and as well as grant assistance.“These projects, I am happy to note, are not only clear manifestations of the excellent relationship that exists between our two Governments but just as significantly have contributed to the enhancement of Guyana’s social and economic development,” he said.During the signing ceremony, Japan also donated 4716 LED street lamps from a total of 10,865 to the Public Infrastructure Ministry worth US$1.3 million.Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry Annette Ferguson welcomed the donation and said some 4000 street lamps will be installed throughout Georgetown in the coming weeks.The Minister said areas throughout the regions have been identified for the installation process to begin, proving lighting to several communities many of which were without street lights for years.Ferguson believes the gesture will lend to ensuring safer roads and greater public security.Guyana formally established diplomatic relations with Japan in 1967.last_img read more

CCJ Judge reminds State lawyers that Guyana is a republic, not a kingdom …President…

first_imgGECOM unilateral appointment caseThe hearing into the unilateral appointment of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman began at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Wednesday with lawyers arguing that President David Granger must explain his reasons for rejecting the lists of nominees, lest he be deemed to be abusing his powers.This argument was put forward by Trinidadian Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes, who is appeared on behalf of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. According to Mendes, the appointment of retired Justice James Patterson was not only a departure from tradition, but also procedure.Mendes pointed out that previous Chairmen were appointed from lists put forward by the Opposition Leader. He noted that on the face of it, Jagdeo generally submitted eligible candidates to the President and thus, their rejection despite the Constitution requires an explanation.The Senior Counsel said in the absence of a valid reason from the President for rejecting the lists, one can assume there is none and the decision is therefore arbitrary. He noted that in such a case where procedure was not followed, the appointment must be set aside and the procedure followed.“What we are saying of course is that even though there were three tries, there was not the level of consultation that Article 161 (2) envisioned, so that there was a realistic chance that the Leader of the Opposition would be able to put forward a list not unacceptable… the Leader of the Opposition did his best to comply with those qualities, only to find the President saying, well you didn’t meet those qualities at all,” Mendes said.“If the Leader of the Opposition (had) insisted on putting persons on the list who plainly are unacceptable because they are party stalwarts for example, then the President would be quite justified in saying (to Jagdeo), you have not provided a list not unacceptable to me, you are abusing the process by trying to force me to appoint someone who will favour you, therefore I’m going to the proviso,” he added.At this, President of the CCJ, Justice Saunders noted that no one would know this unless the President gave reasons for rejecting qualified candidates for the post, to which Mendes agreed. Saunders acknowledged that whether the nominees were acceptable to the President is a subjective issue and as such, details on why the previous candidates were rejected would have been helpful.Justice Jacob Wit noted that there could have been discussion before the names were formally submitted, where the Opposition Leader could have suggested names of possible candidates to the President, as part of prior consultation. Mendes noted while this could have happened, this was not the case in Guyana.When asked about the criteria for rejecting a candidate for the post of GECOM Chairman, Mendes noted that besides possible links to a political party, a person’s age, mental agility and health would be obvious factors in determining whether a Chairman is unacceptable or not.Mendes emphasised that Jagdeo did his best to comply with the constitutional provisions, by including persons who both fell into the judicial and the eminent persons’ categories. And the Senior Counsel informed the court that if the President repeatedly rejects nominees who meet his own stated criteria for selection, then he must explain why so that observers can analyse whether he is abusing his power or not.Mendes also suggested to the court than in case the CCJ rules Patterson’s appointment unconstitutional and subsequently rules that the No-confidence Motion was validly carried, the court may suspend its previous ruling to ensure there is no disruption at GECOM. The Senior Counsel noted that there was precedent for this.Not a KingdomWhen the Government side had their chance to present their case to the court, Queen’s Counsel Ralph Thorne – appearing on behalf of Attorney General Basil Williams – had a rough time before the CCJ Justices. This was as he tried to argue that the court ought not to intervene in the constitutional appointment of Patterson.However, Justice Saunders rebuked the counsel for seemingly implying that the President can appoint whosoever he wishes. Saunders reminded the flustered lawyer that constitutional provisions have mandated that the President has to select someone “not unacceptable” from the lists supplied by the President.Justice Wit noted that based on the State’s arguments, it would therefore mean that the President can appoint whosoever he wants; a situation that previously existed before the constitutional amendments of 2000. Wit noted that he had difficulty accepting this.“What the other side (Mustapha) is in effect doing, the other side is in effect saying that the Leader of the Opposition can and must always get their man. And that cannot…” Thorne argued, trailing off.“(in other words) the other (side) can, because he’s playing a guessing game, he doesn’t know what the President wants, so he puts forward lists that are all rejected, not knowing who the President (wants). So the President can always get his man or woman. Is that what was intended by the amendment?” Justice David Hayton asked the lawyer.Justice Wit noted that the Guyana Constitution allows the President to use his discretion based on his deliberate judgement, not based on his whims. The justice noted that the CCJ must not only deal with the letter, but also the spirit of the Constitution.But Thorne noted that the lower courts in Guyana had found that even though reasons were not given, the Judge found that the appointment was valid. He was reminded by the Justices, however, the Guyana is “a Republic, not a Kingdom” and as such, everyone is subject to the law.UnrestrainedMeanwhile, Thorne’s partner, Queen’s Counsel Hal Gallop, noted that the President’s discretionary powers are only reviewable if it was used illegally, irrationally and without following procedure. But he noted that in absence of this, the President’s discretion should be unrestrained.However, the court questioned whether the President did follow the proviso. When Gallop replied in the affirmative, the court questioned how the Opposition Leader failed in his duty to supply a list, which was one such proviso.“How do we know on what basis these names were not acceptable,” Saunders questioned, after being told the President is not entitled to give reasons. To this, Gallop reiterated that the Constitution does not say that the President has to give reasons for making his appointment outside the list.Arguing that if the President gave reasons for every decision he made then his powers would be restricted, Gollop compared this scenario to a Judge having to give reasons for every decision he makes.This is despite the fact that Judges give pages of reasons for their decisions. However, the President has steadfastly refused to provide substantive reasons for rejecting the list or even exactly who is not ‘fit and proper.’In total, the Opposition Leader submitted three lists of nominees, totalling 18. All three lists were rejected by Granger, who then appointed Patterson in 2017. The CCJ is expected to announce a date for their ruling in the matter shortly.last_img read more

Stars boss Migne finally off to India

first_imgThe tactician travelled alongside his assistant Nicolas Bourriquet-cor, Goalkeeper trainer Guilaune Coffey and Osteopath Ludovic Breul. Also travelling with them were two new additions to the team, Thika United’s Dennis Odhiambo and Vihiga United’s Bernard Ochieng.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and his assistant Nicolas Bourriquet-cor alongside Goalkeeper trainer Guilaune Coffey and Osteopath Ludovic Breul at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on June 1. PHOTO/FKFThere had been murmur earlier on that the coach had failed to travel as protest for failing to have Gor Mahia and some of AFC Leopards players for the tournament.However, in a correspondence to Capital Sport, the French coach said the sole reason he had failed to travel was because he and his assistants had failed to get visas in time. The first batch of 15 players which left on Wednesday travelled with assistant coach Francis Kimanzi.Kenya will take on New Zealand on Saturday in their opening match before facing hosts India on Monday and conclude their round robin matches against Chinese Taipei on Friday.The top two teams will face off in the final, slated for June 10, 2018, at the Mumbai Football Arena in India.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and his assistant Nicolas Bourriquet-cor at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on June 1. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 1- Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and his backroom staff jetted out of the country on Friday morning for Mumbai, India ahead of the four-nations Hero Inter-Continental Cup which starts on Saturday.Migne and his fellow French coaches had failed to travel with the players on Wednesday and Thursday as they were yet to land visas but the same, according to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has been sorted out.last_img read more

Pochettino praises Tottenham character – ‘We’re moving in the right direction’

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hailed his side’s fighting spirit, claiming their backs-to-the-wall win at Swansea is proof the Spurs players are buying into his philosophy.The north Londoners were forced to defend for extended periods at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, but managed to claim all three points thanks to Christian Eriksen’s 89th-minute winnerA 2-1 victory lifted Pochettino’s men into seventh place in the Premier League, just four points adrift of the Champions League places.Danish midfielder Eriksen also claimed a 90th-minute winner at Hull last month, which came just weeks after Spurs had struck twice in the final six minutes in a smash-and-grab 2-1 win at Aston Villa.“The character is very important, to show and fight in every action,” Pochettino said after Sunday’s game.“We are playing the right way and when you arrive in a different club with different players you always need time to try and put your philosophy on the squad.“I am happy with the players, we are showing the character we want and we got the reaction we want.“We have a lot of good players and young talent and players like Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane are very important to us.”Kane’s header had given Spurs a fourth-minute lead but Swansea created plenty of chances either side of Wilfried Bony’s 48th-minute equaliser – the Ivorian’s 20th Premier League goal in 2014 – without managing to make them count.However, even though Swansea had the opportunities to get something out of the match, Pochettino felt Spurs were good value for the three points which takes them above their opponents in the table.“In football you need to score and we deserved to win because we scored. In the last few games we deserve more and didn’t score,” he said.“We deserved more in the first half but then we conceded a goal and Swansea pushed us.“We defended deep and maybe Swansea played better in this period, but in the last 10 minutes we were always alive.”last_img read more

Drug cloud hangs over Jaguars star

first_imgNow Kitna is getting some flak on local TV and in a newspaper column. Kitna said he was just trying to have fun, but regrets the scrutiny the costumes created. “If I would’ve known this, I wouldn’t have done it because I didn’t want to try to bring attention to it,” Kitna told a large group of reporters. Defensive line coach Joe Cullen pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and guilty to impaired driving after he was arrested twice last year, once in August 2006 after police said he was driving nude through a Wendy’s drive-through lane. John Lynch said he felt optimistic that the stinger he suffered Monday night was unrelated to his 2004 neck surgery – but the concerned look on his face and the worry in his voice belied that brave front. “I’m feeling all right, obviously not too well when you’ve got to come out of a game. But I got a little stinger and (I’m) just waiting on doctors to see how we’re going to proceed. But I feel better,” the eight-time Pro Bowl safety said after the Broncos’ workout. Lynch, 36, struggled with neck injuries in 2003, his final season in Tampa Bay, and he had surgery to remove bone spurs in early 2004. Carr up and running Kitna regrets attention from costume Lynch injury a concern Around the league 49ers: Kicker Joe Nedney was fined $7,500 for making an obscene gesture at his home fans during last week’s game against New Orleans. Nedney blamed frustration for his sly gesticulation in the third quarter of the 49ers’ 31-10 loss to the Saints, their fifth consecutive defeat. Raiders: Oakland has had trouble stopping the run all season. Now it will have to fix that problem without its most consistent lineman. Tommy Kelly will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee, the latest injury to hit Oakland’s defensive line. Saints: Running back Reggie Bush returned to practice while four other starters sat out. Bush had 113 total yards in the Saints’ 31-10 win over San Francisco before leaving the game with bruised ribs. Colts: Indianapolis held out of practice Pro Bowl players defensive end Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, and starting guard Ryan Lilja. All three are injured and were listed as out for practice because of a team decision. Dolphins: Claimed running back Samkon Gado off waivers from Houston and cut defensive tackle Sam Rayburn. Buccaneers: Placed special teams star Torrie Cox on injured reserve and signed receiver Chas Gessner. Jaguars: Signed defensive tackle Grady Jackson to a one-year contract and placed defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on injured reserve. Jets: Wide receiver Laveranues Coles has a concussion and it’s uncertain if he’ll play against Washington this weekend. Lions: The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association waived a scheduled hearing involving Detroit and Charles Rogers, handling a grievance with a conference call and submitted briefs. Texans: Quarterback Matt Schaub was still feeling the effects of a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit against San Diego, and Coach Gary Kubiak said he probably wouldn’t play Sunday against Oakland. Browns: Nose tackle Ted Washington’s season ended when the Browns placed the 17-year veteran on injured reserve due to a left knee injury. Vikings: Tarvaris Jackson (finger) is in line to return as Minnesota’s starting quarterback this week against San Diego.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Stroud, a three-time Pro Bowl tackle who has 29 tackles and three sacks this season, declined to address the reports Wednesday, but said he expects to play at New Orleans. Carolina Panthers quarterback Vinny Testaverde missed practice, leaving David Carr the front-runner to start Sunday at Tennessee. The 43-year-old Testaverde aggravated a right Achilles’ tendon injury in the first half of Carolina’s loss to Indianapolis. He sat out the second half and has been receiving extensive treatment the last three days. Carr, who missed the Panthers’ win over Arizona, replaced Testaverde despite still recovering from compression fractures in his lower back. Saying he was only at 80 percent, Carr threw for 103 yards, but the Panthers were outscored, 21-0, in the second half of the 31-7 loss. Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna and his wife dressed up as a naked man and a fast-food drive-through attendant at a teammate’s Halloween party, depicting an embarrassing moment for one of the team’s assistant coaches. From news services Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud practiced as usual Wednesday despite uncertainty about his future. A newspaper and a radio station reported that Stroud is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s steroids and related substances policy. The Florida Times-Union and WJXL-AM in Jacksonville, citing anonymous sources, said Stroud tested positive for banned supplements. According to the Times-Union, Stroud’s `A’ sample came back positive last week. The paper said he exercised his right to have his `B’ sample tested Monday. last_img

How Chelsea are set to line up with Mateo Kovacic and Kepa Arrizabalaga

first_imgThe Italian tactician favours a 4-3-3 which is heavily reliant on the balance in midfield.Everything will go through Jorginho. The former Napoli technician will collect from his goalkeeper and start most attacks.Kante will provide box-to-box energy both on and off the ball, enabling more space for his midfield partners and shouldering most of the defensive responsibility.Sarri is just missing the Marek Hamsik figure – the midfielder who carries the ball from deep and creates further up the pitch. Sort of like Cesc Fabregas, but ten years ago. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 4 However, Chelsea look set to emerge from the transfer window with exactly what they require.Maurizio Sarri will transform the footballing philosophy at Stamford Bridge with his intense, possesion-at-all-costs style of play.But he needs the right players to fit the system, as seen in Sunday’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City. Kovacic is the missing link Chelsea will play through Jorginho Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST 4 Step forward, Kovacic.The versatile 24-year-old was once described as a ‘raging bull’ by Giovanni Trapattoni for his ability to drive from midfield.Sarri, all of a sudden, has his dream three: moving on 4 4 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kepa in one word: composed. He never looks flustered, always calm under pressure and unfazed by big occasions. Athletic Bilbao is a truly massive club in the Basque region, effectively feels like a national team, and it can be a daunting place to play. But he made it look easy.— Andy West (@andywest01) August 7, 2018Sarri, on Thursday night, will reflect on a very decent summer of business, with the acquisitions of Jorginho, Kepa and Kovacic perfectly filling the carefully identified gaps in his new Chelsea machine.They are now primed for Sarri-ball.Not to mention, he has somehow managed to keep Eden Hazard at the club. REVEALED center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Like a dormant volcano suddenly erupting, Chelsea have sprung to life in this transfer window.The Blues have made Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, while Mateo Kovacic is joining on loan from Real Madrid in a deal that sees Thibaut Courtois move to the Bernabeu.There is an unerring sense of panic. targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets It’s bad news for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley, both of whom have the qualities to play that role. And it would almost certainly spell the end of Tiemoue Bakayoko’s woeful Chelsea career, with the Frenchman reportedly off to AC Milan on loan.With regards to the goalkeeper, £71m is a staggering amount of money for a player who was almost sold to Madrid for £19m in January.But Chelsea are offloading a disgruntled 26-year-old, who won the Golden Glove in Russia but never shone that brightly in west London, and replacing him with a highly-rated 23-year-old.Regardless of money, an awkward situation has seemingly been resolved. LIVING THE DREAM RANKED Kepa Arrizabalaga has bought himself out of his Athletic Bilbao contract Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST TRANSFER NEWSlast_img read more