Toure pens new four-year deal

first_img Press Association Toure joined City from Barcelona in July 2010 on a five-year deal which saw him link up with his older brother Kolo, who joined the club from Arsenal the previous year. The midfielder, who has won the Champions League, two La Liga titles, a Barclays Premier League trophy, the FA Cup and Copa Del Rey during his career, revealed his decision to stay at City rests on his desire to claim more silverware. “I want to continue winning titles and trophies and continue to make history,” Toure said. “I have enjoyed all of my time here and can’t wait for the next chapter. This is an incredible club to be part of with fans that support a team to the end, whatever the circumstances. “I will never forget how I have been treated here by the fans, the club and the owners and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to finish my career as a Manchester City player. “Of course now it looks likely that we will not successfully defend the Premier League title and that is sad for all of us, but we can still finish second and win the FA Cup for a second time in three years and that is still an achievement for a club that won nothing for a long time. “We must try to finish on a high note and then start preparing to win more next season. Football is always a challenge and always a puzzle to solve and that is why we all love the game. You have to use your skill, intelligence and strength to constantly improve and that is what we at City intend to do.” Toure, who turns 30 in May, pledged his future to the Barclays Premier League side with the new long-term deal which was confirmed on Thursday afternoon. “This is where I want to be,” Toure told the club’s official website. “When I first arrived at City, every time I went to sleep I would dream about us winning something. Now it is about us being the best team in whatever competition we take part in.” center_img Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a new four-year contact to keep him at the club until 2017.last_img read more

Indian Premier League Virat Kohli reflects on ‘pain’ of Royal Challengers Bangalore losing six consecutive IPL 2019 games

first_imgRajasthan Royals are currently at the bottom of the table in IPL 2019.Royal Challengers Bangalore’s next game is against Delhi Capitals.Kings XI Punjab will now face Sunrisers Hyderabad in a crucial clash. highlights New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore had made a disastrous start to the 2019 Indian Premier League by losing six consecutive games, equaling Delhi Daredevils’ worst losing streak. The team was down and out and it seemed they would once again finish with the wooden spoon. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore staged a spectacular comeback, winning four out of the next five games as they still remained in the hunt for the playoffs. Following their win over Kings XI Punjab, Kohli spoke about how the six consecutive losses at the start of the tournament affected the team and how they have staged a comeback since.“Yeah, we’ve won four of the five. Could have been five out of five. We were just looking to enjoy cricket and tonight was a great example of having fun. We know how we play. The world knows how we play. Losing six in a row really hurt us. Literally, no one in the team has been part of such a streak. So we just refreshed, thought about just enjoying ourselves and the important thing now is not to take on any pressure,” Kohli said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. With Royal Challengers Bangalore staging a comeback, Kings XI Punjab is in the midst of a slump having lost four out of their last five games. Ravichandran Ashwin, the Kings XI Punjab skipper said the bowling in the powerplay left a lot to be desired and added that experience in the middle order could have helped them chase down 204.“If we had more experience in the middle order, we could have done something. We are right into it (playoffs). It’s all about getting one win and we’ll get on a roll. Like RCB. It’s important to keep trust in the players. We’ve held on to the same batting order through the tournament. Giving players a chance. It’s really important to back the players. We were always in the game. We haven’t been outplayed by any opposition. The one area we need to work on is Powerplay bowling and the death overs. It’s time the bowlers stood up there,” Ashwin said.Kings XI Punjab will now take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Uppal while Royal Challengers Bangalore face a crucial encounter against Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla on April 28.last_img read more

UDFA/ Gt Beer Football….

first_imgEagles United and Silver Shattas reach semi’sBy Joe ChapmanREIGNING champions Silver Shattas were held to a nil-all draw by an improved showing from Kwakwani Strikers but still advanced to the semi-finals of the Upper Demerara Football Association’s GT Beer year-end football championship.Meanwhile, Eagles United 2-1 win over Botafago also ensured that they moved into the semi-finals when play continued on Friday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground .Eagles entered the final four play-offs after showing continued good form to come from behind to remain unbeaten.D. Francis was able to send his side into the lead in the 27th minute as Botafago looked set to build from their 4-1 roll over of Hi Stars.However, Eagles after trailing at the end of the first half 1-0, would knot the scores at 1-1 through Kwesi Quintin in the 39th minute.As the game continued with both sides looking for the deciding goal after the second half began, it would be Eagles’ Kellon Primo who struck home the decider in the 76th minute of play.This made it 2-1 and the game would remain the same when the final whistle came, as Eagles United now seek a place in the final.However, Botafago still have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals as they would face Topp XX in a battle among the second best teams from their groups to advance with the three top teams from the three groups.The second game saw champions, Silver Shattas, being held to a 1-1 draw which would allow them to remain unbeaten after their first game win against Topp XX by a 3-1 margin and this nil-all draw.The championship will continue next Wednesday when Blueberry Hill faces Net Rockers in the first game to complete play in Group C.That game will decide who goes through as Blueberry Hill have a win while Net Rockers a drawn game, with Amelia’s Ward Panthers the third team in the group, out after a draw and a loss.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgAfter a weekend spent stoking division, Trump wrongly accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating “a hoax” after one of his crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in a garage stall. Federal authorities ruled last month that the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime. Trump is asking whether Wallace has “apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid.”NFL-REDSKINS NAMENative American groups ask NFL to force Redskins name changeWASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen Native American leaders and organizations have sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calling for the league to force Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team name immediately. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-VIRUS OUTBREAKNHL, players’ union announce plan to resume play on Aug. 1UNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years. Rangers’ Gallo tests positiveARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo has tested positive for the coronavirus and is missing the Texas Rangers’ summer camp. The outfielder has yet to show any symptoms of COVID-19. Gallo had been among Rangers players who worked out for several weeks at their new ballpark before his positive test. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says Gallo has had multiple tests, including one that came back negative. An initial test June 27 was positive, followed by a negative test and then another positive result Sunday. Gallo is isolating at his Dallas apartment and away from teammates. Daniels says the teammates Gallo was around have tested negative.In other MLB news: Update on the latest sports ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves veteran outfielder Nick Markakis has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season due to increased concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Markakis is the second Atlanta veteran in two days to announce plans to sit out the 60-game season, following right-hander Félix Hernández. The 36-year-old Markakis says he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms. Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among other players who have opted out.MLB-RANGERS-GALLO The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros called off training camp practices Monday after not receiving test results from Friday. The St. Louis Cardinals also scrubbed their scheduled workout for similar reasons. General manager Mike Rizzo of the champion Nationals said it’s not safe to continue with camp without accurate and timely testing. Rizzo called on Major League Baseball to work quickly to resolve issues with its lab to keep the season from being at risk. Astros GM James Click speculated the July 4th holiday weekend contributed to the delay. MLB said it addressed delays caused by the holiday weekend and doesn’t expect them to continue.MLB-BRAVES-MARKAKISMarkakis won’t play this year Associated Press In other NFL moves:The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Jamar Taylor to a one-year contract. San Francisco cleared room on the roster by waiving cornerback Teez Tabor with a non-football injury designation. The 29-year-old Taylor appeared in 12 combined games for Atlanta and Seattle last season. GOLF-MEMORIAL-SPECTATORSPlans for spectators are scrappedUNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour and the Memorial have scrapped state-approved plans to have limited spectators next week in Ohio. — Mookie Betts wasn’t moved by Major League Baseball’s response in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest star has a goal of getting the Black community to love baseball as much as he does. MLB released a statement nine days after the death of Floyd. MLB was the last of the major pro sports leagues that either responded to Floyd’s death or condemned racism. Betts says baseball didn’t do a good job with that, but he think voices were heard. —The New York Yankees held their first intrasquad game of summer camp Monday as they prepare for a condensed 60-game season that starts in 2 1/2 weeks. Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton and other regulars from the defending AL East champs took hacks under the lights against teammates for six innings. J.A. Happ’s first pitch came about an hour after Major League Baseball unveiled the schedule for a season it hopes to run through a pandemic. The Yankees will open July 23 against the World Series champion Nationals in Washington — Phillies ace Aaron Nola reported to camp on Monday after waiting a few extra days because he was in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. The Phillies have had seven players and five staff members test positive for the virus. None has been identified. Nola threw a bullpen session upon arriving and would likely start Philadelphia’s season opener later this month if he’s ready. Nola finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2018 when he was 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA. He was 12-7 with a 3.87 ERA last year.SPORTS-PPP LOANSSports jumps on PPP bandwagon, but big leagues take a passcenter_img Rapper Ice Cube, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum led a cavalcade of sports leagues, federations, businesses and teams that navigated a federal loan program designed to help small firms cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.Data released Monday showed hundreds of thousands of Paycheck Protection Program recipients across a wide range of industries, and sports-related businesses were well represented. However, none of the four major North American sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball — were among the businesses that applied, according to the data.Big 3 Basketball LLC, a Los Angeles-based 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube, received $1.6 million and returned $700,000, Jeremy Watkins, a spokesman for the company, told The Associated Press. The remaining $600,000 was used to pay coaches and players for this season and ensure the league could play its 2021 season.At least four Major League Soccer teams tapped the PPP program, according to the data: D.C. United and Inter Miami were approved for loans in the $1 million to $2 million range, while Orlando City and the Seattle Sounders each applied for between $2 million and $5 million.Under the PPP, Congress created $659 billion in low-interest loans that will be forgiven if employers use the money on payroll, rent and similar expenses. With about $130 billion unclaimed as the application deadline closed June 30, Congress extended the program until Aug. 8. NFL-CHIEFS-MAHOMESChiefs, Mahomes agree to 10-year, $503 million extensionThe Kansas City Chiefs made sure they’ll have Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes around as long as possible. Mahomes agreed to a 10-year extension worth up to $503 million, according to his agency, Steinberg Sports. The deal is worth $477 million in guarantee mechanisms and includes a no-trade clause and opt-out clauses if guarantee mechanisms aren’t met. It’s the richest contract in professional sports history, surpassing Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.The Chiefs had the 2018 NFL MVP under contract for the next two seasons but that wasn’t nearly enough. The contract extension starts in 2022 when the NFL salary cap is projected to be $227.5 million. However, that number could be lower depending on revenue losses due to the cornonavirus pandemic and the possibility any games played this season won’t have fans. Training camps would open July 13 and games would resume Aug. 1 if approved by the league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership. The NHL is going straight to the playoffs with 24 teams resuming play. Those teams will travel to one of two “hub” cities July 26. A person with direct knowledge of the agreements told The Associated Press that the NHL has selected Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, to be the hub cities in hosting the qualifying round and at least first two playoff rounds.MLB-TESTING DELAYSNationals, Astros cancel workoutsWASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball’s two World Series finalists canceled workouts because of coronavirus testing delays. July 7, 2020 The Memorial was scheduled to be the first tournament with spectators since golf return from the COVID-19 pandemic-caused shutdown. Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine approved a plan for there to be 20% capacity at Muirfield Village. The tour said rapidly changing dynamics of the pandemic caused that to change. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says golf needs to stay focused on health and safety. Muirfield Village is hosting back-to-back events. The Workday Charity Open this week was not planning on having fans.TRUMP-BUBBA WALLACETrump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, ropeWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag at its races and is going after its only Black driver. The letter was signed by 15 Native American advocates and obtained by The Associated Press. It demands the team and the NFL cease the use of Native American names, imagery and logos — with specific importance put on Washington, which last week launched what the team called a “ thorough review ” of its name.The letter was delivered on the same day that President Donald Trump voiced his opposition to any name change by the team. Several team sponsors have come out in favor of change recently and Snyder showed his first indication of willingness to do so amid a nationwide movement to erase racially insensitive symbols.IOWA STATE-COACHES COMMENTBolton left Penn State after coach’s ‘noose’ commentUNDATED (AP) — Iowa State guard Rasir Bolton said he decided to leave Penn State last spring because of a comment by coach Pat Chambers, who said the player had a noose around his neck. Bolton, who is Black, disclosed the reason for his departure Monday in a tweet he titled “a noose around my neck.” Chambers, who is white, later tweeted an apology. Bolton tweeted that Chambers made the noose comment after the coach returned from a one-game suspension for shoving Nittany Lions player Myles Dread in the chest during the previous game. Bolton told The Undefeated he was offended by the reference and confronted both Chambers and the athletic director’s office.last_img read more

Schneidman: Uncertainty surrounds Syracuse heading into ACC tournament after loss to Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2016 at 7:19 pm Commentscenter_img TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Michael Gbinije hobbled across an open court by himself and glanced twice to his left. There, in a corner of the Donald Tucker Civic Center, a mosh pit of Florida State fans and players celebrated 30 minutes after the game ended.Syracuse’s leading scorer finished with a team-high 21 points, but had no say in cementing a furious Syracuse comeback down the stretch, fouling out with 22.8 seconds left. He observed from the bench as Trevor Cooney’s potential game-tying 3 clanked off the front of the rim with 16 seconds remaining.Cooney thought it was going in. Malachi Richardson did too. Even Florida State’s Malik Beasley thought his team-leading 20 points would be nullified by either a make or a renewed Syracuse possession.But neither happened. Instead, Xavier Rathan-Mayes streaked the other way for an uncontested layup to put the final nail in Syracuse’s coffin that the Orange repeatedly staved off. SU’s (19-12, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) quest for double-digit wins in conference was denied despite cutting a 10-point lead to two in the final two minutes. And with a 78-73 loss to Florida State (18-12, 8-10), the uncertainty of Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament hopes looms larger heading into the ACC tournament next week.“I’m not going to talk about it,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ”What good would that do? My opinion is the selection committee will have to determine who the best teams are in the country. We’ve got (31) games already and then they’ll have the tournament also. They’ll have to make that judgement. That’s my opinion, but it’s no answer because I’m not going to answer that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Virginia Tech beat Miami on Saturday evening, it solidified the Orange as the No. 9 seed at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. next week. Syracuse will face eighth-seeded Pittsburgh, who has beat SU twice this season and outrebounded the Orange by a combined 38 boards in two matchups.Against the Seminoles on Saturday, Syracuse was bullied down low to the tune of a 43-26 rebounding margin in favor of the hosts. Three different Florida State players grabbed eight rebounds while nobody on Syracuse corralled more than five.It’s a problem SU shed in the middle of conference play, but the last five games have seen Syracuse get outrebounded by 56 while allowing over 71 points per game.“We got a lot of stuff to work on defensively,” Tyler Lydon said, “so it’s just a matter of going back, getting ready.”After winning eight of nine games in the middle of ACC play, Syracuse has dropped four of its last five. Following Syracuse’s most recent loss to Pittsburgh, Gbinije said he had an idea of where Syracuse stood on the bubble but didn’t want to discuss it. Cooney too left that up to those outside the team. Boeheim echoed the same.On Saturday, it was no different, with Syracuse likely slipping further toward the cut line of the 68-team field with an opponent that has twice blown Syracuse away down the stretch up next.“It’s hard but it’s just something we’ve got to improve on and make sure we get better,” Richardson said of finishing games. “Get ready for the ACC tournament.”When Richardson was asked if he had a gauge on what Syracuse needed to do next week to secure an NCAA Tournament bid, he stared straight at the ground and mumbled “I don’t know” twice.Just minutes later, a Florida State staff member cracked open the door to Syracuse’s locker room and handed Richardson four boxes of soap. Richardson extended both arms in the air holding the bars and screamed “Soap!” with a wide smile across his face in a silent locker room before declaring that was the deal-breaker for him to take a shower.A win in the ACC tournament may result in the same change in emotion, but Saturday’s loss amplifies the uncertainty.One by one, players moved from their lockers. Richardson went to the shower, Tyler Roberson trudged across the open court to the team bus and Gbinije followed. With ice bags latched onto his knees and right hand, Gbinije remained stoic, observing a celebration that leaves Syracuse with questions that weren’t given answers, and ones that may not have them yet.Matt Schneidman is the Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mcschnei@syr.edu or @matt_schneidman.last_img read more

Catena sanctions board makeover as Kathryn Baker resigns from Chair duties

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Webinar launched exploring sports betting partnerships and market access in US March 8, 2019 Optimizer Invest appoints Grant Williams to lead Megalotto property March 29, 2019 Related Articles Catena restructures board as Optimizer Invest decreases shareholding February 22, 2019 Industry affiliate marketing publisher Catena Media Plc has informed investors that it will make significant changes to its board following a number of resignations. Issuing a market filing, the Stockholm-listed firm confirmed that Kathryn Baker has declined to seek re-election as Chairwoman. Baker is joined by Mats Alders and Cecilia Qvist who have chosen to resign from board duties.  Reacting to recent developments, Catena’s Nominations Committee has put forward to investors that independent director Göran Blomberg should be elected as new Chairman of the Board. Blomberg, the former CFO of Swedish retailer ICA Group, who has served as a Catena governance advisor since February 2019, following the divestment of equity by former Malta venture capital investor Optimizer Invest.Further changes see Catena Nominations Committee propose to investors the appointments of Adam Krejcik and Marcus Lindqvist as new board members.US wagering expert Adam Krejcik is the co-founder and partner of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming LLC – a research and insights consulting firm that follows digital and interactive gaming trends.Marcus Lindqvist is the Chief Executive of Swedish digital retailer Qliro Group, the operating company of leading Swedish fast-fashion brand Nelly.Moving forward, Catena has outlined its intention to reduce its size to six members. Catena investors will be required to vote on the Nominations Committee’s proposals at the firm’s AGM scheduled for 15 May 2020, held in Stockholm Sweden.last_img read more

Thunder Bay Theatre Receives Close to $15,000 in ‘Give Tuesday’ Donations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.- The wait is finally over and ‘Giving Tuesday’ has a final winner. This year’s grant total was over $156,000. The number one grant receiver went to Thunder Bay Theatre who desperately needs lobby repairs.Overjoyed with win, the team said the 73 gifts they received of almost $15,000 would do the job. Moving to Alpena was a difficult decision for the theatre’s director, but in the end Jeffery Mindock said it was worth it, and he can now let his hair down. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena’s leadership students give back with gift baskets for ChristmasNext Salvation Army Grateful for Additional Donations From the Communitylast_img read more

adidas hand Leo Messi a new Turbo/Blast Purple f50 adizero

first_imgIt’s no secret that adidas love handing Lionel Messi a new f50 adizero colorway every now and then. After all, why shouldn’t they? The sportswear giant has already designed a fantastic product around their star man and they are doing a good job of keeping the look fresh by providing exciting, new colorways every so often. Today, adidas have announced a new look for the exceptional technology in their f50 series in which Messi will “light up the pitch.”The new design features diagonals, sharp cuts, smooth gradients, and an overall style that stands apart from the rest of adidas’ boot offerings. Messi’s new f50 will come in a colorway comprised of what adidas are culling Turbo/Blast Purple/White and are symmetrical across both feet. These are the successor to the red & white beauties that Lionel Messi wore (and we were lucky enough to test out) in the latter stages of the 2012/13 season for Barcelona and into the summer for Argentina.The Turbo/Blast Purple/White colorway will make its official debut on June 29th in Colombia as part of the “Messi and Friends Tour” series of charity matches. There will also be similar matches along the tour played in Chicago, Los Angeles, and in Peru. Featured guests include Didier Drogba, Radamel Falcao, Dani Alves, and 30 or so more players that have yet to be officially announced.last_img read more

Cody Bellinger continues record-setting home run pace as Dodgers beat Mets

first_imgThere were eight home runs hit in the game (four by each team). Justin Turner and Chris Taylor also went deep for the Dodgers, who won their fourth consecutive game and 10th in their past 11 games.For Bellinger, the home runs were his 20th and 21st in 51 games since he was promoted from Triple-A on April 25. No other player in the majors has hit more than 17 homers in that time and no other player in major-league history has hit as many in his first 51 big-league games.“Yeah, it’s crazy,” Bellinger said with a smile. “A month and a half ago, if you told me what I was going to do, I probably would have called you crazy. But for me, like I’ve said before, I’m going to come in tomorrow and do my same routine and try to have good at-bats.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bellinger was asked if he knew who led his league in home runs. After guessing Aaron Judge – the overall leader with 23 for the New York Yankees – Bellinger was reminded that Judge plays in the American League.“Oh,” he said. “I don’t know – me?”Bellinger broke into laughter at that point but it is indeed the rookie who leads the National League in home runs. Monday’s multi-homer game was Bellinger’s fifth, tying Mike Piazza (in 1993) for the most by a Dodgers rookie. Piazza had his fifth on Oct. 3 that year, the final day of the regular season.  The Dodgers still have 91 games to go this season.“This pace – if you kind of pro-rate these numbers, I mean, that’s absurd,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Bellinger, who has hit a home run every 9.2 at-bats. “But I think the quality of at-bat can continue.”Bellinger isn’t the only Dodger putting up startling home run numbers this season – so is the team’s ace, Clayton Kershaw.Kershaw gave up four home runs Monday night – two to Jose Reyes and one each to Jay Bruce and Gavin Cecchini. For Cecchini – the Mets’ No. 8 hitter who had a total of 27 home runs in six minor-league seasons – it was his first major-league home run.That set career-highs for home runs allowed in a game and a season for Kershaw, who has allowed 17 in 15 starts this season (one more than he gave up over 33 starts in 2012).Kershaw has allowed more than one home run in four of his starts this season, matching the number of multi-homer games he had in 81 starts over the previous three seasons.Five times in his career, Kershaw has allowed three or more home runs in a start. Three of those games have been this season – April 8 in Colorado, May 28 at home against the Chicago Cubs and Monday against the Mets.“No, I don’t know,” Kershaw said when asked if he could explain those numbers. “You hope mistakes are hit for singles or doubles or whatever. It just so happens mine are being hit out of the ballpark right now. I don’t know what you do to change that other than stop making mistakes, I guess.”Kershaw’s mistakes are leaving the park at a career-high rate even though his hard-hit percentage, strikeout rate and fly-ball rate are all around his career norm. Kershaw said he had “no theory” to explain that and neither did Roberts.“That’s a good question. I don’t have an answer,” Roberts said. “His track record – I think and I’m certain that it will even out. This pace of giving up home runs for Clayton, I definitely don’t see it continuing.”Reyes’ second home run, a two-run shot into the left-field pavilion, ended Kershaw’s night with one out in the seventh inning. The six runs he allowed were the most he has given up in a start since April 11, 2015 in Arizona and the most earned runs he has allowed in a start since he gave up seven to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 17, 2014.And yet, he became the first 10-game winner in the National League this season thanks to an offense that has averaged seven runs per game over their past 10 and had a season-high 17 hits Monday (including four from Turner and three from Bellinger).“We’ve got a lot of guys swinging the bats really well and they picked me up today,” Kershaw said. “There’s two ways to go. You can either try to rethink everything when you have a start like this or you can just say, ‘Screw it’ and come back tomorrow and act like it didn’t happen.“I’m going to go with the latter for now, I think.”center_img LOS ANGELES >> LOS ANGELES – Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger might or might not get an invitation to the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Miami next month. So he’s starting without them.Bellinger hit home runs in his first two at-bats Monday night as the Dodgers scored seven times in the first two innings and hung on for a 10-6 win over the New York Mets.last_img read more

Džeko keen on Bundesliga return

first_imgManchester City forward Edin Džeko has denied claims he has held talks over a move to Borussia Dortmund but confirmed he would love to return to the Bundesliga.Džeko, who won the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2009, has long been linked with a move back to Germany after failing to fully establish himself in the first-team at City.In an interview with kicker magazine, the 26-year-old said: “I love the Bundesliga and I will return to the Bundesliga. The only thing I don’t know is when.”In recent weeks, there have been reports that Dortmund are leading the race for his services as speculation persists that Robert Lewandowski will depart the Westfalenstadion.However, Džeko dismissed claims he had met with Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp and club officials at a hotel outside the German city recently.“That’s not true,” he said. “There is a lot of talk and a lot is written. If you believed every word, I’d be playing at FC Bayern or AC Milan by now.”Even so, Džeko did little to hide his admiration for Dortmund and is tipping Klopp’s men to reach the Champions League final.The German champions, who took four points from City as they finished top of Group D, are well-placed to reach the quarter-finals after securing a 2-2 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their second-round tie.“I knew Borussia from the Bundesliga,” he said. “Essentially, I knew nearly everything about the team but, all the same, they managed to impress me.“Borussia showed how strong they are. They lost Shinji Kagawa [to Manchester United] ahead of the season, but now they have Marco Reus, who might be even better. Dortmund are a top club. Everyone in Europe was able to see that. With Jurgen Klopp, they have a great coach working there. This team can go a long way.“I am convinced Borussia will make it into the final. That’s my wish for the club. Anyone who comes out on top of a group with Real Madrid in such fashion can beat anyone.”The BiH international also said he was flattered to have received praise from Klopp in the past.“When it comes from one of the best coaches in Europe, I’m delighted, of course,” he said.Speaking to Sky on Sunday, Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke also tried to cool the Džeko rumours and claimed there were 100 to 150 Bundesliga players to look at, adding he would not comment any names.last_img read more