Morgan Schneiderlin is an illness doubt for Manchester United

first_img Press Association Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has returned to training following his illness but is still a doubt for Manchester United’s home game against West Brom. Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Jones, Rojo, Tuanzebe, Smalling, Mata, Carrick, Blind, Young, Herrera, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Depay, Pereira, Martial, Rooney, Wilson. center_img Ashley Young looks set to continue at right-back as Matteo Darmian is suspended and Antonio Valencia is still out with a foot injury. Long-term absentees Luke Shaw (leg) and Paddy McNair (abdomen) remain sidelined. last_img read more

Danns, Welshman send Guyana to the ‘Gold Cup’!

first_img..take out Belize 2-1 at the National Track and Field Centre last nightFOR the first time in the country’s history, Guyana will play at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, thanks to goals from Neil Danns and Emery Welshman which lifted the Golden Jaguars to a 2 – 1 win over Belize last night at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.Watched by almost 5,000 football-crazed fans, Danns scored in the 16th minute when he converted from the penalty spot, while Welshman’s goal was seen as the ‘game-winner’, given the fact that Belize’s Elroy Kuylen equalized in the 25th minute, before the Canadian-based Guyanese found the back of the net in the 43rd minute.Defender Ronayne Marsh-Brown and Neil Danns in tears with the ‘Golden Arrow Head’ following their 2 – 1 win over Belize to advance to the Gold CupHead Coach Michael Johnson started with Akel Clarke in goal, but surprised almost everyone with his tactical gamble of playing Kadell Daniels in the left-back position; a gamble which paid off, since the Dover Athletic midfielder was outstanding in the position.Ronayne-Marsh Brown teamed up with his younger brother, Keanu-Marsh Brown, along with Elliot Bonds, Captain Samuel Cox, Welshman, Terrence Vancooten, Danns, Callum Harriott and Anthony Jeffrey in the starting line-up.Danns was tasked with giving Guyana the go-ahead after Newport County’s Keanu-Marsh Brown was brought down in the ‘18’ in his attempt to latch onto a pass from Welshman.Pandemonium broke out in the stands as fans celebrated the goal, but it was short-lived, as Kuylen curled a well-placed free-kick to the top right corner of the net from about 22-yards out from goal, leaving Guyana’s Akel Clarke stunned.Fans flooded the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora to support the Golden JaguarsDanns would later have a chance to make it 2 – 1 but, when he stepped to the penalty spot to take a conversion after Welshman was brought down in the ‘box’, the Belize keeper this time went the correct side to deny the Guyanese.Welshman, just before half-time, connected on a Callum Harriott shot that was saved and did nothing wrong when he let loose a powerful right-footed volley that sent the crowd into a frenzy.Bolton Wanderers’ Stephen Duke-McKenna, Caledonia United’s Sheldon Holder and MLS side Philadelphia Unions’ Warren Creavalle then entered the game, replacing Danns, Vancooten and Keanu-Marsh Brown as the substitution used by Johnson.At the end of the 90 minutes, the facility at Leonora was flooded with tears, as the players and fans huddled at centre field, and celebrated the country’s Gold Cup berth, following in the footsteps of the Lady Jags who had reached the women’s Gold Cup in 2010.last_img read more

Drug-testing plans worry FIFA medical Chief

first_imgFIFA’s medical chief is “really not happy” with drug-testing plans for the World Cup in Brazil because samples taken from players must be flown across the Atlantic for analysis at a laboratory in Switzerland, which could slow results.FIFA had to turn to the Swiss lab because the Brazilian laboratory that was expected to analyse World Cup samples repeatedly failed to comply with World Anti-Doping Agency standards.FIFA expects to send about 1,000 blood and urine samples to the WADA-accredited facility in Lausanne, at an extra cost of $250,000 for the governing body, said Michel D’Hooghe, who chairs FIFA’s medical commission and sits on its executive committee.Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, D’Hooghe said that at previous World Cups “we always managed to have the (anti-doping test) results before the next game of the team. So if you were positive or if I was positive we knew it before you or me played a second game.”But he said he is “not quite sure” results will come back quickly enough for that to happen in Brazil. That means, at worst, that a player who has failed a doping test could still get to play in another match.“I hate this. I’m really not happy with that,” D’Hooghe said on the sidelines of a sports medicine conference. “We have to live with it. We will do our best. But this is a weak point. And I attacked this point in the last meeting of the (Brazil) organising committee where I was, yes, rather, how I say? Disappointed.” Brazil is hosting the World Cup in 12 cities across the world’s fifth-largest country, making transportation for fans, teams and organisers a major issue. Samples collected outside of Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, which together will host 13 of the 64 matches, must first travel to either of those cities before being flown across the Atlantic to Zurich or Geneva and then going on to Lausanne, D’Hooghe said. FIFA has contracted DHL for the transportation, he said.D’Hooghe appeared most concerned about getting samples in a timely fashion from Manaus in the Amazon basin, calling it the “worst-case scenario.” Manaus is roughly four hours’ flying time from Rio and Sao Paulo. England, Italy, the United States, Portugal, Cameroon, Croatia, Honduras and Switzerland play a total of four group matches there.Samples from Manaus could take “maybe 36 hours” to get to Lausanne, said Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s chief medical officer. From other venues, the travel time should be 24 hours, he said.But D’Hooghe expressed concerns about possible flight delays. Promised improvements are ready at only two of 13 major airports being used in the June-July tournament. Analysts are warning fans to brace for unfinished construction work, long check-in lines, and last-minute gate changes and flight delays.last_img read more

Angels opting out of Anaheim stadium lease, opening the door for a possible move

first_imgThe Angels will play in Anaheim through the 2019 season, but after that, the team could make plans to leave its longtime home.Angels officials have notified the city they are exercising an option to cancel their lease, which included an opt-out clause that expired Tuesday, Oct. 16, team spokeswoman Marie Garvey said.The move doesn’t mean the Angels will definitely leave. Team officials will meet with the new mayor and City Council after the Nov. 6 election to discuss the future, Garvey said.The city owns the 45,000-seat stadium, where the Angels have played for more than 50 years. If the opt-out deadline had passed, the team would have been locked into staying through late 2029, Garvey said. “As we look to the future, we need the ability to continue to deliver a high-quality fan experience beyond what the original lease allows,” club president John Carpino said in a written statement. “It is important that we look at all our options and how we can best serve our fans now and in the future.”“We do have options” for where the team could play long-term, Garvey said, but would not elaborate on where executives might be looking.Anaheim spokesman Mike Lyster said in a statement that city leaders “don’t believe there is a better place for the team” than Anaheim.“As fun as baseball is in Anaheim, this is a reminder that this is still a business. And we understand that the Angels need to preserve all options available,” Lyster said.“We welcome talking with the team about the future of baseball in Anaheim.” What it would take to keep the team in town has been the subject of discussion for several years.In 2013, Angels and city officials attempted to negotiate a new lease. When the two sides couldn’t reach agreement, the team continued exploring a move to the former Marine base in Tustin, but later determined it would cost too much to build a new stadium there.By 2016, the Angels were talking with Anaheim again, but those efforts also made little progress.The two sides have haggled over allowing the team to drop “Anaheim” from its name – they’ve been the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since 2005 – and whether owner Arte Moreno’s firm should get a $1-a-year lease to develop the land around the stadium. They’ve also debated whether the team or the city should pay for major renovations to the stadium, which opened in 1966.Since Moreno bought the team in 2003, the Angels have put more than $50 million into upgrades, but the stadium is expected to need more than $150 million in improvements over the next 20 years, including repairs to plumbing, concrete, elevators and escalators, according to city information.This spring, the team debuted new scoreboards with millions of LED lights; the one in right field is billed as the third largest in the major leagues.But that wasn’t enough to appease some fans. In August, Popular Mechanics magazine ranked all 30 MLB facilities and put Angel Stadium in 27th place, and a 2016 USA Today best-to-worst list landed it at No. 26 with one comment: “Meh.”“I think that it has the reputation of being adequate and no more,” Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard said.Newer and recently renovated parks have added high-end, private gathering areas for the corporate crowd, and standing-room social spaces with beer and plenty of outlets where millennial fans can plug in a smartphone, Reichard said.It’s unknown what Angels executive will bargain for when they sit down with Anaheim again, but some city leaders are ready to listen.Councilwoman Lucille Kring, who has two years left in her term, said it’s “extremely important” to keep the team and its 3 million tickets sold annually.“It’s an economic engine over there and it draws people to the city,” she said. “I’d be willing to open up and see what they want.”If the team does look for greener pastures, it’s unlikely they’d go far. Garvey said the Angels’ contract with Major League Baseball gives them rights to play in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but they couldn’t simply move out of state.Reichard said teams rarely relocate, even within their own market. The last major shift – when the former Expos moved from Montreal to become the Nationals in Washington, D.C. – was in 2005, he said.As the news spread, some fans speculated on social media that Anaheim’s recent battles with Disney and some city leaders’ opposition to tax incentives for business had set the table for the Angels’ lease announcement.Mayor Tom Tait, who has voted against tax subsidies and is termed out this year, said he’s not convinced the Angels would leave the city and believes the latest news is an attempt to sway votes toward council candidates who may offer the team a sweet deal at taxpayers’ expense.“I’ll take Arte Moreno’s word (from) a couple years ago, when they said they were committed to staying in Anaheim,” Tait said.Speaking to reporters in 2017, Moreno said it would be unrealistic for the team to leave Angel Stadium before 2029.Garvey said the opt-out announcement is unconnected to the election and pointed again to the deadline.“This is contractual,” she said. “It wasn’t political.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Clippers’ Jamal Crawford confident he’ll find his rhythm in time for playoffs

first_imgWhen the Los Angeles Clippers’ Jamal Crawford gets in a shooting rhythm, he is outstanding. By that same token, rhythm guys usually aren’t going to come back after missing 17 consecutive games and make a lot of shots the first game back.Crawford on Tuesday played for the first time since suffering a calf injury March 2 at Minnesota. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting — 0 of 4 from 3-point range — in the Clippers’ 105-100 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center.He’s not worried.“I think that’s what these games are for,” Crawford said. “I’m kind of a big-picture guy. I don’t get too high or too low. If I would have had 25, I wouldn’t have been too excited because I know it’s just a process.” “When you’ve been out that long, everybody wants you to come back and be that same guy right away,” Paul said, “but it’s going to take him some time and he’s going to work his way back in.”CP3 joins select companyPaul surpassed the 13,000-point plateau with his 19 points Tuesday. Now with 13,006 points, he became the fourth player in history with at least 13,000 points and 6,500 assists (he has 6,921) in less than 700 games; he did it in 696. The other three are Oscar Robertson (614 games), Isiah Thomas (667) and Magic Johnson (673).Paul said he didn’t realize his accomplishment, but he was happy to learn of it.“Jamal Crawford said it the other day, ‘You’re always trying to make a lasting imprint,’” Paul said. “But I didn’t know that. It’s definitely a huge honor to even be mentioned among those guys.”Jeremy Lin impressedLakers point guard Jeremy Lin had a rough time against the Clippers on Sunday, scoring six points while making just 2 of 8 from the field. He fared better Tuesday, going for 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting.Lin after Tuesday’s game raved about the Clippers.“They do a great job of putting each player in a position to win,” he said. “That makes it difficult for us when we’re trying to attack on defense against these guys. One moment we would have to try to prevent an alley-oop to DeAndre (Jordan), and the next moment we would have to chase J.J. (Redick) around.“They can also run misdirections with Chris (Paul) and Blake (Griffin) all night, which gives them open shots. Defensively, they move and attack well and are very active overall.”Smoking hot?Griffin went crashing into an advertising table outside the north end-line in the first quarter Tuesday. It resulted in him wearing a patch on his right shoulder that became bloody. Coach Doc Rivers was asked about it afterward.“I’m sure it’s not to get him to stop smoking,” he said, drawing laughs from reporters. With only three games left in the regular season for the Clippers (53-26), the next of which is Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies (52-25) at Staples Center. Crawford said he isn’t sure how long it will take to find that rhythm that makes him such a hot commodity.He knows he will, though.“I think for me, that’s why I play so much,” he said. “Even over the All-Star break, I like to stay in rhythm. It’s hard. If you take four or five days off for the All-Star break and come back to practice, you come back a little rusty and sloppy.“I had five weeks. So I’m trying to catch up really fast. But I have no doubt that I will be fine by the time the playoffs start.”His biggest fan — teammate Chris Paul — is also certain of that.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

James Harden scores 49 in Rockets thriller over Mavs, but says ‘it’s not about the points’

first_imgLuka Doncic had a triple-double for the Mavs — his NBA-leading 15th of the season — but went just one-for-nine from three-point range, while Trey Burke added 31 points from the bench having drained eight of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc. “We are a young team. We have got a lot to learn,” Doncic said. “We will get better, for sure. I know we are going to get together when it matters most, so I’m not worried about that.” James Harden scored 49 points in a 153-149 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks, but it was the Houston Rockets’ defensive effort that the former MVP wanted to highlight. Another fine offensive night from Harden saw him move past Calvin Murphy to become the player with the second-most points in the franchise’s history, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon.  With Russell Westbrook adding 31 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists too, it was a fine outing for Houston’s leading duo, though Harden was quick to defer praise to the collective performance at the other end of the court. NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff Bracket | Bubble, explained”It’s not even about the points,” Harden told ESPN on the court after the game. “Our effort was there continuously throughout the course of the night against one of the best offenses in this league. They were going to be tough from the beginning of the game and we had to stay with it, even when we were down by double digits. We kept fighting, especially on the defensive end and forced overtime. We wanted to stay with it and give ourselves a chance at the end of the game. We did that. Our confidence defensively was building, especially in that fourth quarter. We kept pushing the tempo, kept fighting.” last_img read more

Waratahs pipped by Highlanders at tens

first_imgIt might have only been the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens but the heartbreak was real as a last-gasp try from Highlanders winger Tevita Nabura sealed a 12-10 victory at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.The ‘Tahs’ looked on course to notch the first win by an Australian side over a Kiwi franchise in any format since the opening match of last year’s inaugural tens event. An embarrassing 21-0 whitewash in Super Rugby followed.It looked like the tide might have been turning as NSW backed up their 26-5 victory over French Top 14 outfit Pau earlier in the day with a strong start against the Highlanders, going 10-0 up after tries from Taqele Naiyaravoro and Cameron Clark but they couldn’t hold on, conceding two tries in the final three minutes in a deflating finish.It’s still hard to know how to interpret performances at the hit-and-giggle pre- season tournament, yet it appears the ‘Tahs are taking it seriously.Halfback Jake Gordon said they had a “point to prove” after a horror 2017, which included defeats at home to the Southern Kings and Jaguares.There were similarly mixed results for the other Australian teams on day one.As expected, Wallabies halfback Will Genia was denied a Brisbane homecoming and not risked by the Melbourne Rebels after suffering a lower back fracture at training.Instead, a no-name side got off to a bright start in the first match of the day, going 17-0 up over the Panasonic Wild Knights of Japan – but they didn’t score another point and lost 19-17 in a stirring comeback from the Robbie Deans- coached side.The Queensland Reds were smashed 29-7 by the Blues, who topped that by beating the Wild Knights 47-10 – the biggest margin in the tournament’s short history.The Reds looked to have recovered in their second game after a strong opening against the Rebels but twice surrendered the lead to lose 21-17.The ACT Brumbies clawed from behind to pip Fiji 17-12 in their first game but collapsed 31-7 against the Crusaders at night.Their best player was arguably 44-year-old wildcard Andrew Walker.Meanwhile, defending champions the Chiefs picked up right where they left off in the tens format, beating the Highlanders 17-12 before trouncing Pau 31-7.The Chiefs, Crusaders and Blues are the only unbeaten teams left, while the only losses suffered by the Highlanders and Hurricanes were to other New Zealand teams.last_img read more

Seven changes to Chiefs lineup

first_imgDue to All Blacks commitments Damian McKenzie, Brodie Retallick, Anton Leinert-Brown and Nathan Harris have returned to New Zealand following last week’s win over the Stormers in Cape Town.Add to that the injury toll the chiefs have suffered and they’re without a total of 20 players for the match.In the forwards, Liam Polwart starts at hooker for Harris, Tyler Ardron moves to lock in place of Retallick and Pita Gus Sowakula gets a start in the number eight jersey.In the backs, Charlie Ngatai moves into centre for Lienert-Brown and Shaun Stevenson starts at fullback.Replacement player Matt Matich is named in the reserves and could make his debut, while Luteru Laulala will take the number 22 jersey after linking up with the team this week.Prop Sosefo Kautai who is named on the bench for the first time this season after making four appearances in his debut campaign last year.It will be co-Captain Ngatai’s 50th game for the Chiefs colours.Head Coach Colin Cooper is looking forward to the challenge the Sharks will bring in Durban.”We are in our second week of this tough tour and we were very happy to beat the Stormers. We are looking forward to a great contest in Durban against the Sharks. It’s going to be another tough game for us, but we are really excited about the challenge ahead. The team has united really quickly and we are certainly looking forward to the challenge in the Shark Tank.”The Chiefs team to take on the Sharks is:1. Karl Tu’inukuafe2. Liam Polwart3. Angus Ta’avao4. Tyler Ardron5. Michael Allardice6. Luke Jacobson7. Liam Messam8. Pita Gus Sowakula9. Brad Weber10. Marty McKenzie11. Solomon Alaimalo12. Johnny Faauli13. Charlie Ngatai14. Sean Wainui15. Shaun StevensonRESERVES:16. Samisoni Taukei’aho17. Sam Prattley18. Sosefo Kautai19. Jesse Parete20. Matt Matich21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi22. Luteru Laulala23. Toni Pululast_img read more

Indonesia announces surprise bid for 2032 Olympics

first_imgThe announcement came on the penultimate day of the two-week, 40-sport Asian Games, the biggest sporting event in Indonesia’s history.“Indonesia has planned to immediately register itself as a candidate for the 2032 Olympics host,” Widodo said in a televised statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“With our experience in hosting this 18th Asian Games we, Indonesia, believe that we can and are capable to be a host for bigger events,” he added.Bach, who is expected to attend Sunday’s closing ceremony, welcomed the announcement and said he was impressed by the Asian Games. “We have to make sure we keep continuing to become host for world events until the IOC and other members are supporting Indonesia for Olympic 2032. It is a long process.”“I think we are ready,” he added.The Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, a port city on Sumatra island, featured 40 sports — seven more than the Tokyo 2020 programme.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I could congratulate the president on the great success of the Asian Games which is very impressive,” said Bach.“Therefore the IOC really appreciates the candidature of Indonesia for the Olympic Games in 2032,” he added.Erick Thohir, head of Games organising committee Inasgoc, said the discussions with the IOC chief were “very friendly and enthusiastic”.Bach was “open” to the proposal and “accepted that Indonesia become one of the host candidates for Olympics 2032”, he said.The Indonesian government would formally send a bid letter to the IOC after the Asian Games, Thohir added.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java on August 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKAIndonesia unveiled surprise plans to bid for the 2032 Olympics on Saturday as it rides high from its successful staging of the Asian Games.President Joko Widodo revealed Indonesia’s intentions after talks with Olympics chief Thomas Bach and Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, head of the Olympic Council of Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardcenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ LATEST STORIES North Korea boxing coaches kicked out of Asian Games for ring protest Indonesia’s announcement reflects the growing clout and resources of countries in Asia, which is hosting three Olympics within the space of four years.After this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Tokyo is holding the 2020 Summer Games and Beijing will host the winter edition in 2022 — becoming the first city to organise both the summer and winter Games.The 2032 Olympics are the next Summer Games up for grabs as following Tokyo 2020, Paris will host in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.‘I think we are ready’Indonesia stepped in at the last minute to host the Asian Games, which with 17,000 athletes and officials is similar to the Olympics in size.Despite only having four years to prepare, after original host Vietnam pulled out over financial concerns in 2014, the venues were finished on time and problems proved relatively minor.Ticketing was one major headache for organisers, along with Jakarta’s notorious traffic, while some athletes baulked at competing in the capital city’s unhealthy levels of air pollution.Thohir said the Indonesian government was in discussions to host more major international sports events before the potential Olympics.Indonesia is already due to host the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup along with Japan and the Philippines, he noted.“Many of our venues are world-class venues, if you look at our athletics stadium, our velodrome, football fields, rowing,” he said. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more