Atsu keen to embrace Everton chance

first_img The Ivory Coast international has not played since October and is still a month away from full fitness but is effectively the only back-up striker to Lukaku. “A lot will be down to how Arouna Kone adapts to being fully fit. It is a big area we are going to keep an eye on,” said Martinez, who denied reports he was ready to sell the striker. “At the moment it is difficult to say when he is going to be fit but I have an incredible confidence in him. “I am very happy, today, at the start of the season, with the business we have done.” Loan signing Christian Atsu admits he seized the opportunity to join Everton and play in the Barclays Premier League as he does not know when he will get his chance at Chelsea. However, Atsu, who joined Chelsea on a five-year contract from Porto last September and was immediately farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, is not yet thinking about long-term plans. “I can’t tell you the future but I don’t know how long it will take for me to get back to Chelsea,” said the Ghana international. “Looking at the players Chelsea has my playing time would not be much and for me I have to play football as a young player. “Right now I am really focused on Everton and at the end of the season we will see what will happen. “I think Everton is a really good club and I am here to work hard and to help the team. “This is my first season in the Premier League and it is a really high level for me and a big opportunity to prove myself and also to help the team.” Atsu is Martinez’s fourth signing this summer after Lukaku and Gareth Barry turned their loans into permanent deals and midfielder Muhamed Besic joined from Hungarian side Ferencvaros. Martinez said he was “not desperate” to bring in any more signings in this transfer window but much may depend on the fitness of Arouna Kone. Press Association The 22-year-old will spend the coming campaign under the guidance of Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park, following in the footsteps of Romelu Lukaku who did exactly the same last season before signing permanently this summer. Some of his comments mirrored those of Lukaku, who said after he completed his £28million deal that he wanted more pitch time and did not think he would get it at Stamford Bridge. last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar’s fitness dodgy affair as pressure mounts on Brazil

first_imgNew Delhi: A bruised and hurt Neymar will aim to get Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign back on track on Friday as one of the favourites of the tournament eye for a victory over Costa Rica. Neymar was fouled for a record number of times (10) in a single World Cup game in 20 years in Brazil’s lackluster 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday.The world’s most expensive player then limped out of training on Tuesday. However, he returned to training pitch 48 hours ahead of the tie in St. Petersburg. The Switzerland match was PSG forward’s first game after a four months setback following a broken bone in his right foot.”Neymar is one of the best players in the world. Of course having him in our side is a big plus for us,” said Coutinho.”He is so important. He is always creating the play, creating space.” Brazil were left frustrated with the treatment that Neymar got against Switzerland. The Brazilian federation further complained to FIFA.Neymar and co. will face Costa Rica on Friday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News MS Dhoni’s short-run missed by umpires during Adelaide ODI, watch here

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s stellar knock helped Team India to clinch the Adelaide ODI on Tuesday against Australia. It was Virat Kohli’s 39th ton and MS Dhoni’s return as a match finisher performance which led to the historic win by six wickets. But, one thing which went unnoticed during the match was a single by Mahendra Singh Dhoni where the wicket-keeper batsman forgot to touch the crease which is known as a short run. The incident also went unnoticed by the on-field umpires as well as by the third umpires.Now, a video has surfaced over the internet where MS Dhoni can be seen taking a run after hitting the ball but unintentionally forgets to touch the crease on the non-strikers’ end. The whole incident went unnoticed by the umpires.Also Read | You cannot calculate Dhoni’s value, says Sunil GavaskarIt happened during the 45th over of the Indian innings after the spinner Nathan Lyon bowled the last ball of his over.During the match, Virat Kohli also went past 6,000 ODI runs overseas. When Kohli fell for 104, it seemed that the chase would fizzle out but Dhoni showcased his calmness and guided India home. The fact that India did not have to chase over 300 owed much to Bhuvneshwar’s exploits earlier in the day. Kohli is the 19th player to achieve this milestone and the fifth Indian to go past 6,000 runs in ODIs.Kohli’s century was his 39th in ODIs and it puts him just 10 away from reaching Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49 centuries. The fact that he still has a massive gap with Tendulkar with so few gaps in number of tons underlines his class. This was his 64th international century, helping him go past Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of 63 runs. Kohli also slammed his fifth century in Australia, putting him level with Rohit Sharma and Sangakkara for most centuries by an overseas batsmen Down Under.Also Read | Mumbai Police trolls Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s Koffee With Karan comments in styleRecently, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar also applauded MS Dhoni for his recent performance and said that the veteran’s value to the team cannot be calculated despite the lack of consistency. last_img read more

The Latest: Organizers postpone Edinburgh Marathon

first_img March 14, 2020 The Latest: Organizers postpone Edinburgh Marathon Associated Press Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times UK):___12:45 p.m. The Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed.Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, ___10:45 a.m. Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.”The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive.With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.last_img read more

Ramson Jnr is new Sport Minister!

first_img– Culture and Youth mergedBy Stephan Sookram Charles Ramson Jnr. will take up his tenure as the Minister with responsibility for Culture Youth and Sport following the swearing in of new government ministers yesterday.Ramson Jnr, a former presidential adviser to the Donald Ramotar administration, has now been handed the keys to a sector many feel should have its own subject minister.This was not the case in the previous government as the sport sector was absorbed and ultimately overshadowed by the education sector.After his swearing in at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC), Ramson gave a quick comment saying, “As far as sport is concerned, right now sport is very disorganised, so I want to be able to start to get sport organised in this country.”While he did not outline his plans for the sector, Ramson Jnr is no stranger to the sporting world, being an active participant in cricket; he now has the job of reforming the sport sector.One of the many things the new minister has to look at is the refurbishment and ultimate development of the South Dakota Race track into an international venue.In its manifesto, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) campaigned heavily on the refurbishing and further development of the Timehri-based motorsport circuit, the home of racing locally.President Irfan Ali had spoken to this on numerous rallies and it is also outlined in the party’s manifesto, indicating that there are plans to revamp the venue.Other plans outlined for the sector in the Manifesto are to ensure that each region has a premium, multi-purpose sporting facility that could be used for multiple events.This ties into the PPP/C’s plan to also build sport academies to serve all regions, another plan outlined in the manifesto.The Manifesto also outlined plans for the provision of incentive packages for the businesses that provide sponsorship or employment opportunities for sports persons and athletes.Outside of the Manifesto, the new minister is also expected to look at the reform of the sector, including the long promised sport policy.last_img read more

Syracuse earns 2-2 tie with Minnesota Whitecaps in exhibition

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Heather Schwarz led the way for Syracuse (3-6-3, 3-2-1 College Hockey America) in a 2-2 tie against the Minnesota Whitecaps (4-2-2) in an exhibition game early Sunday afternoon at Tennity Ice Pavilion.After losing 3-1 the day prior, SU battled through the first period and finally broke through in the final minute as Schwarz notched the first goal of the game to give the Orange a 1-0 lead.Meaghan Pezon responded for the Whitecaps in the second period with a breakaway goal to tie the game at one a piece heading into the third period.The Whitecaps claimed a lead in the third off the stick of Amy Stech. As play was beginning to wind down, Schwarz notched her second goal of the day to tie the game at two and force overtime. Schwarz now has a team leading seven goals on season.Neither team was able to break through in the five minute overtime period and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse goes on the road next weekend to take on North Dakota for a two game series in Grand Forks, ND. Commentslast_img read more

Infrastructures To Determine AFCON Hosts – CAF President Ahmad Ahmad

first_imgRelated Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad has revealed that the quality of infrastructures would henceforth determine African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosts solely.Ahmad Ahmad said this at the first ever CAF symposium taking place in the Moroccan capital city of Rabat. Football stakeholders on the continent have been meeting to discuss the future of football in Africa alongside FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Secretary-General Fatma Samoura.Speaking on the matter, Ahmad Ahmad said: “For us to beam to the rest of the world our football, we must ensure venues are the right ones, the airports have to very good and also the hotels too, amongst other very important infrastructures. It’s expedient we take this into consideration henceforth to move our football forward.”last_img read more

Lack of experience caused us: Chelsea coach

first_imgBerekum Chelsea Coach Hans Van Der Pluym has confessed his team lacked the needed experience in their debut Champions league campaign.The Ghanaian side beat TP Mazembe 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium as cold comfort after missing out on a semi final qualification spot two weeks ago. However Chelsea’s two wins, three draws and one defeat will earn them some plaudits.“Our inability to make it to the semi finals was mainly based on the lack of experience because sometimes the tension was so high for the players and managing it was a problem for some of them since it was their first time playing in the continental tournament”. He told JOY Sports“Of course we are disappointed because we all wanted to make it to the semi finals but if you play against the likes of Al Ahly, Mazembe and Zamalek and records this feat I believe we did very well”.The club also profited from the campaign in the competition by balancing their books in selling striker Emmanuel clottey who scored 12 goals to Esperance of Tunisia in a Ghanaian transfer fee of 1.5 million dollarslast_img read more

The World Series offered baseball a genuine soul-searching moment

first_img“Throw away the numbers and let your eyes tell you everything you need to know.”– John Smoltz“Humans are really, really bad at making decisions.” – Daryl MoreyThe World Series ended on Sunday. The Dodgers lost. Depending on your vantage point, any or all of the following things were at stake:One gameSome playoff sharesDave Roberts’ next contractThe soul of baseballYour parade-attending plansClayton Kershaw’s legacyA book dealThe immediate future of the Greater Boston tourism economyThe advertising revenues of the Fox Broadcasting CompanyI could go on. A lot of folks had their ass in this jackpot, and it was a big jackpot – literally, if you were due to receive one of those playoff shares. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error I didn’t listen to a single inning of Fox’s broadcast of the World Series. My mother might have listened to every inning. When she recently remarked that a reliance on analytics might have played some role in the Dodgers’ demise, I quickly grasped the conviction of Smoltz’s perspective and the reach of his voice. That’s a strong conviction and a big reach.The Boston Globe offered a pithy summary of the issue with Smoltz’s railings. “The perception that one of the sport’s highest-profile broadcasters (hates baseball) – and is using the stage of the World Series to literally broadcast as much – is not good for anyone,” Chad Finn wrote. If Smoltz, a Hall of Fame pitcher who retired only nine years ago, is attempting to persuade even my mother of a fundamental issue with the national pastime, it’s time for some soul-searching.There is no argument to be made that analytics has ruined baseball or its adherents, including the 2018 Dodgers. The logic crumbles quicker than dust in your hand. As Newsday’s Tim Healey wrote, “(Alex) Cora leaves his starter in, Dodgers mash a huge dinger. Roberts takes his starter out, Red Sox mash a huge dinger. Both managers get crushed. Not every decision is a referendum on ‘analytics’ and ‘feel.’ Sometimes world-class athletes do great things, and sometimes they blow it.” Or, as Eno Sarris wrote for The Athletic, “For every good move based on statistics … there have been moves based on statistics that turned out badly. And there have been moves that were based on feel that didn’t work out on both sides … the outcomes don’t make the process bad. Or good.” I think you get the gist.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season When order emerges from this chaos every October, it is both routine and miraculous. We always seem to figure it out somehow. Fox delivers an earnings report to its shareholders. Air and hotel reservations are booked and/or canceled. Champions are crowned, heroes and scapegoats are born, books are written, playoff shares are distributed, parades are planned, managers are hired and fired. If you care about baseball in the slightest, there can be no winter until each of these boxes are checked.The World Series is not inherently a referendum on the soul of baseball. This one was, and that’s unusual.The beauty of watching a baseball game is that it can be appreciated on so many levels. The curse of broadcasting a baseball game to an entire country is that a network must cater to the full spectrum of fans.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.We know what a perfectly-down-the-middle broadcast would sound like. It would sound like Vin Scully’s broadcast of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. It’s difficult to find sound bites from that broadcast online, but you can find tidbits (here and here). Scully called the last four innings of the game. Mel Allen called the first five. Scully said he’s never seen the full broadcast, though he tried watching when MLB Network re-aired it once in 2009. “I was so bored with the way I thought that I was doing it, I went right back to the football,” Scully once told the New York Times, “because it was, you know, ‘Foul ball, one ball, one strike.’ It was awful. I thought, whoa! So I went back to the football game, and I’ve never listened to it again.” I don’t think we’re missing much.Scully and Allen were operating in the days when a single-person booth was common. I asked Rob Manfred about this when Scully retired in 2016, and even the commissioner of baseball conceded that those days are gone. The opposite approach would be to stack the booth with a voice from every stripe: a former pitcher, a former hitter, a former coach, an analyst and a play-by-play person to mediate the whole confab. Fox went with a two-person booth of Smoltz and Joe Buck, effectively splitting the difference. I’m not sure if Smoltz gets the gist, or at least that he communicated it well. It’s a problem when the casual fan, in turn, doesn’t get the gist. By merely watching the World Series on television, someone might walk away believing some unseen monolith known as “analytics” doomed the Dodgers to failure. In reality neither you, nor I, nor but a handful of people who collect paychecks from the Red Sox and Dodgers fully understood which data each team has at its disposal, and how that data was utilized. That doesn’t get acknowledged enough.To some, the perception of analytics might be no different than the perception of steroids a decade ago. Each becomes an unseen force that, depending on your viewpoint, either enhances the players’ performance or ruins the sport entirely. The middle ground rarely creeps into the public discourse. Either way, this discourse upholds steroids/analytics as a hidden yet powerful influence over the game, and we inevitably fill in the gaps of our understanding with our pre-existing beliefs. So yeah, the way the World Series got people thinking about “analytics” is no less a gut-check than steroids.Whether you believe John Smoltz or Daryl Morey, we need to acknowledge that baseball teams are run by men who believe Daryl Morey. And that has to be OK. I really think the soul of baseball depends on it.last_img read more

Lakers hoping for a full-strength roster on Wednesday against Warriors

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed EL SEGUNDO — The Lakers squad that shows up Wednesday night at T-Mobile Mobile Arena in Las Vegas might be the closest to the real thing that fans will see this season.And yet, there have still been hang-ups: Lonzo Ball has yet to be officially cleared to play against the Golden State Warriors, which would mark his first preseason game. Meanwhile, in Monday’s practice, Josh Hart (a potential starter at guard) tweaked his hamstring and left practice early.So it’s unclear how much resemblance the Lakers will bear to their regular-season form, but the goal in the fifth preseason game (and likely the last meaningful one) will be to get as close as possible.“I’m excited because I know we need to practice at it,” Walton said. “As great as it will be to have guys at full strength, for me, it’s more important for them to start getting reps together. Everyone else in camp has had that opportunity for two weeks now. Lonzo hasn’t with the amount of reps that are full-court contact stuff.” The Lakers are trying to prepare for what Walton described as an upcoming season of unparalleled attention and external “noise.” The coaching staff has preached shutting out outside attention, which he expects will surpass even his days as a Laker when he played on championship teams.“There’s gonna be more noise than any one of us has been through before this season, and part of what our mission is is to not let that noise affect us,” he said. “To come in, work on what we feel we need to get done in our group, we worry about ourselves and that’s it.”BERRY, CARROLL WAIVEDThe Lakers shaved their roster by two Monday morning with some expected cuts: Rookie guards Joel Berry II (North Carolina) and Jeffrey Carroll (Oklahoma State) were officially waived, clearing a path for them to be picked up by the South Bay Lakers, the team’s G League affiliate.The cuts leave the Lakers with 14 players with guaranteed contracts, plus a pair of two-way players in Travis Wear and Alex Caruso. The remainder is Jonathan Williams, the 6-foot-9 forward out of Gonzaga, who had some strong moments in home games last week.“His work ethic, the way he competes,” said Walton of Williams’ strengths so far. “His defensive communication has been my favorite part for a rookie, to be able to call out coverages and do multiple things from a big man’s position is very impressive. That’s probably what I’m most impressed about.”The Lakers have space for Williams should they choose to carry him into the season, but General Manager Rob Pelinka also said prior to training camp that the Lakers could go into the year with an open roster spot, valuing the flexibility it brings.EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRAININGAs a player under Phil Jackson, Walton picked up a few things from the 11-time championship coach. One is meditation: Walton said the Lakers have had meditation sessions during camp and had a visit from meditation and mindfulness company Headspace early on.For James, in his 16th season, what does he focus on now that he didn’t as a younger player?“Just sleep. That’s the best recovery,” he said. “Try to get as much optimal sleep as possible and best way your body can recover.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers said again on Monday that Ball, the second-year point guard, will be on track to play. It might be an opportunity to play the first-unit rotation a little longer than in previous games, including LeBron James, who hasn’t played beyond the first half yet in the preseason.James called Ball and Rajon Rondo two players who “were born to be point guards” and said logistically he doesn’t expect much to shift when he shares the floor with Ball for the first time.“(Ball) knows the system better than anybody, being the point guard of this squad last year,” he said. “So you want to defend, you want to rebound and you want to get out and run and you want to move the ball, share the ball. I don’t think anything changes.”If Ball is healthy for Wednesday, there’s also a strong chance he could play Friday, Walton said, with the hope that he could get as much playing time as possible before the season begins next week in Portland.Walton said it was still unclear how Hart’s status for Wednesday is affected by his hamstring tweak. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started at shooting guard in the last game against the Clippers. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more