| THE KD FREE AGENCY TRACKER: Go here for one-stop, Durant-rumor-mill shopping |Click here if you’re viewing this video on a mobile device.Golden State Warriors officials introduced Alen Smailagic, Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall, the team’s 2019 draft picks, during a news conference Monday at Rakuten Performance Center in Oakland. Bob Myers, the Warriors president of basketball operations and the team’s general manager, offered words of encouragement for the NBA rookies.“We’ll …
Chelsea Chelsea team news: Batshuayi and David Luiz start against Norwich in FA Cup replay Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:55 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea FA Cup Chelsea v Norwich City Norwich City Michy Batshuayi The Belgium striker, who has been linked with a January move away, features from the get go with Alvaro Morata on the bench Michy Batshuayi has been named in the starting lineup for Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City on Wednesday.The Belgium ace has been linked with a move away in January, but manager Antonio Conte has given him a chance to impress at Stamford Bridge.David Luiz also returns to the Chelsea side, with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Championship outfit Norwich earned a replay after holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw on January 6 and are coming into the match in good form after beating high-flying Bristol City 1-0 in their last outing.James Maddison — who has scored seven goals in England’s second tier for Norwich so far this season — starts for the visitors alongside Nelson Oliveira and Josh Murphy.Chelsea starting XI: Caballero, Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Ampadu, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Kenedy, Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.Chelsea substitutes: Eduardo, Christensen, Sterling, Kante, Musonda, Hazard, Morata.Norwich starting XI: Gunn, Pinto, Zimmerman, Hanley, Klose, Lewis, Reed, Vrancic, Maddison, Murphy, Oliveira.Norwich substitutes: McGovern, Husband, Hoolahan, Stiepermann, Raggett, Tettey, Cantwell.
A few missed opportunities by New Zealand stopped them from making inroads but they persevered at the task at hand and eventually Moore scored again to make it 5-2. One of the Touchdowns of the match came from McCarthy linking with Jenna Hitch to give the Aussies a bit more breathing space. It didn’t last long with New Zealand responding almost immediately. It was a deliberate start by both Under 21 Women’s teams in Game 2 of the series with neither able to crack the line or risk any big plays so early on. Australia’s Melissa Peters was the first to score but the lead didn’t last long with Emma Moore diving over not long after to tie the game at 1-1. Talia Yarden then reinstated Australia’s comfort zone with a fine diving effort. New Zealand kept attacking and scored once more but were kept at bay with the Aussies taking the match and series with a 8-4 victory.20’s Boys 18’s GirlsThe Australian 18’s Girls have become the first team to win a division at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, winning game two in a four-on-four drop-off. Yesterday’s match between these two teams went down to the wire and if the crowd were on the lookout for similar entertainment today then they wouldn’t have been disappointed. In contrast to Game one, Australia started the strongest with Hannah Dyball scoring in the corner.The Aussies followed this up with a nice play and quick hands that was completed by Evania Pelitte-Denny. When Breannan Singman crossed not long after it looked like NZ were staring down the barrel.Just as the game looked like it was swinging Australia’s way, the kiwis countered with Codie Taute coming up with a play from nowhere to make the score 3-1.Ariia Tainui-McIntyre then scored twice in two minutes to life her team and draw the scores level. It was very much Game On at this point with both teams striving for Touchdown and not being bale to convert.After letting in three, Australia regained their rhythm and peppered the New Zealand line. Yasmin Meakes just missed out on a Touchdown out wide but not long after Sam Rodgers chimed in a spectacular diving effort out wide to return the lead to the Aussies. Still in high gear, Caitlin Moran then crossed as well to extend the lead by two after some well-worked play.With New Zealand on the back foot again and the clock ticking down fast Tainui-McIntyre stepped up for a second back-to-back Touchdown effort to tie the match up. Her team lifted thanks to the inspired play, but Australia did the same with each team making crucial saves.The full-time whistle blew and with the teams locked at 5-5 it was time for the first drop off of the tournament. New Zealand had the better of the opening exchanges but Australia soaked up the pressure and when the teams were down to four players, the Aussies found space out wide to complete the win of the match and series.18’s BoysThe 18’s Boys have gone down to New Zealand, 8-6, to take the series to a decider tomorrow. Stay tuned to the website for the full match report. 20’s Girls After some strong drives and lead-up, Rebecca Mounsey made no mistake in crossing out wide after a long ball to give Australia the lead. It was quickly extended with a flurry of touchdowns, including a beauty to Kate McCarthy to create a 5-1 advantage to the visitors. After their 10-2 loss on the first day of competition, New Zealand were determined to take charge of game two and they didn’t disappoint.Australia was first to score when captain Sam Brisby set up Simon Lang to dive over in the first match of the game. Two quick touchdowns to Sonatane Tu’akalau gave New Zealand the lead for the first time in the game, before Brisby combined with Jordan Marshall to level it up at 2-all. Australia got out to a two touchdown lead and were unable to maintain this advantage up until the half-time break, leading 8-6. New Zealand were quick to bridge the gap after the break, scoring in their first set, to bring the score to 8-7. Australia then put on three touchdowns, including a great touchdown to Madalitso Masache, to extend their lead, 11-8. A touchdown to each country after this took the score to 12-8 at full-time, with Australia taking a 2-0 series win, with the last test to be played on Thursday. Tu’akalau impressed for New Zealand, scoring four touchdowns, while Daley was just as impressive for Australia. Related Links18’s Girls Win
UNLV’s men’s basketball team will honor its former coach, Jerry Tarkanian, with a commemorative patch on their jerseys the remainder of this season. Tarkanian, who coached the Rebels from 1973-92, winning the national championship in 1990, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 84. UNLV (14-10, 5-6 MWC) will sport a black “TARK” patch, paying tribute to their former coach known to many as “Tark the Shark.” #UNLVmbb will wear patches that look like this the rest of the season pic.twitter.com/NE9lWzsqbR— Taylor Bern (@TaylorBern) February 11, 2015Tarkanian was one of the greatest coaches college basketball has ever seen, recording 729 wins across all divisions. UNLV is set to face Air Force in Colorado on Saturday.
Barry Heath wrote Humble Beginnings of the Humboldt Broncos and the 2017-2018 Team based on interviews with the families published by members of the media. (CBC News/Trevor Bothorel) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Boulet said Heath contacted many of the group’s representatives, including fellow Broncos’ dad Scott Thomas, who told him the families were not ready to talk for the book.Boulet said Heath rushed to put out the book so it would be the first of its kind.He set the release for Sept. 15, just days after the team’s home opener, and announced a book signing on that day at the Coles bookstore in Lloydminster. Boulet said he urged Coles to cancel the book signing and refuse to sell the book. Advertisement Advertisement The families of the Humboldt Broncos crash victims are urging people not to buy a recently released book about the team.Barry Heath, a former Saskatchewan coroner and veterinarian, wrote Humble Beginnings of the Humboldt Broncos and the 2017-2018 Team based on media interviews with the families.Toby Boulet, whose son Logan died in the crash, said the 29 families did not endorse the book. Twitter
OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns his second interception of the day during the second half of Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorListed as a starting safety for Ohio State on Saturday and donning a scarlet No. 24 jersey, redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker made his first impression in front of a crowd of 107,193 in Ohio Stadium.OSU coach Urban Meyer called him a “freakish” athlete, which showed on Saturday, midway through the first half.Hooker sprinted over to the opposing team’s sideline with redshirt freshman Damon Arnette defending Bowling Green senior wide receiver Ronnie Moore. Hooker jumped off of one foot, tipped the ball with his right hand and came down with the interception — which was one of the highlights of the first weekend of college football.Hooker displayed his “ball hawk” mentality again when he snatched his second interception of the day.But Hooker’s path to the centerfold of Meyer’s secondary was an unorthodox one filled with adversity, and he has his mom to thank for that.Hooker was a basketball star at New Castle High School in Pennsylvania where he was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous Five basketball team in 2012-2013. Hooker’s team was 54-2 combined in his sophomore and junior seasons in high school.He was a rising high school prospect sought by Division I schools, but when he entered his junior year, he returned to the game of football — one he had not played since suffering a shoulder injury in seventh grade.Hooker’s talent on the hardwood translated almost immediately to the gridiron as he was rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 26 athlete overall by 247Sports. Meyer said when he was recruiting him, Hooker scored 35 points in a basketball game his junior season.When Hooker arrived on campus in 2014, he had to take a redshirt and sit out a year. At the time, it wasn’t a situation Hooker was familiar with.“There were a couple times where I thought this wasn’t for me.” Hooker said. “I just started doubting myself because I felt like I didn’t fit in.”Hooker said he had several talks with his mom, Angela Dennis, while he was going through his redshirt season.“I don’t know what you’re going to do, but you’re not coming home,” Hooker said Dennis told him.Although Hooker said he was just blowing smoke at the time, in hindsight, he’s thankful for his mother’s advice.“My mom, she’s like my everything. Growing up, that’s all I had,” he said. “I learned a lot from my mom. Being a single parent, she taught me that no matter what you’re going through, just fight through what you’re doing, because there is going to be adversity.”Meyer estimates that between 95 and 99 percent of freshmen in college football experience what Hooker went through when redshirting. He said that Dennis is someone he should thank for encouraging Hooker to stay with the Buckeyes.Now, Meyer is reaping the rewards.Hooker said he gained his confidence when he saw results in the weight room. He said he began to see his body transform into the role he was expected to fill. He said he studied more film, learned the playbook and earned the trust of his teammates and his coaching staff.Hooker’s performance against the Falcons might have been the peak of a grind that started with doubt and culminated with his first two interceptions for the Scarlet and Gray.“I feel like my redshirt year definitely helped me fit into the environment more,” he said. “It definitely helped me bulk my body up and play out there with the Big Ten conference.”Hooker believes that a redshirt year can be taken one of two ways. The player can take it and get frustrated, or he can put the work into fine-tuning his game and benefit from a full year of development.Hooker will be asked to do more on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the ‘Shoe against a prolific passing team in Tulsa. However, Meyer believes in Hooker’s basketball and athletic background to lead the OSU defense.“He can do whatever he trains to do. He’s talented. He’s fast. He has great ball skills,” Meyer said following the team’s 77-10 victory over Bowling Green. “His commitment to our program now is over the top.”
Luis Suarez has reportedly become concerned that Paris Saint-Germain may be targeting his Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets, according to Don BalonThe Uruguay international has already spent three and a half years at the Nou Camp and has scored an impressive 145 goals in his 187 appearances.The Spanish publication states that Suarez has gathered a keen interest in the transfer activity at the club and is aware on Manchester United’s interest in defender Samuel Umtiti. But amid the speculation surrounding the French international, Suarez has discovered that Busquets may be a target for PSG in the summer.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Don Balon have reported that the Ligue 1 leaders view Busquets as the ideal candidate to strengthen their midfield, after a disappointing Champions League campaign.But PSG are believed to be unwilling to match the €200m release clause that Busquets has at Barcelona, but are believed to be interested in offering him a “gold contract”.
The footballer scored his first goal of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season today, after founding the net last week in the UEFA Champions LeagueMauro Icardi scored from the penalty kick spot today, to open up the way for Internazionale Milan to beat Fiorentina 2-1.Teammate Danilo D’Ambrosio helped with another goal, while Federico Chiesa found the net for Fiorentina.This is the first goal of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season for the Argentinean forward, after scoring last week too during the UEFA Champions League match.“I don’t know if we’re becoming more mature, but we are working to improve,” the captain told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“We allowed Fiorentina too much space and risked on a few counter-attacks. We have the players to score goals, but we all need to improve when it comes to defending as a team.”Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Social media and those in the press talk too much. I didn’t score for four Serie A games and they start stirring up trouble, but I have 120 Serie A goals behind me, so I’m not worried,” he explained.“Every year this happens. I am calm, I continue doing my job. My wife and the club have to talk, then if my contract has to be improved, then they’ll sort it out.”90’+5 – È FINITA!!! Altri tre punti importantissimi: #InterFiorentina 2-1😘⚫🔵 pic.twitter.com/oyZ4w7ZwnB— Inter (@Inter) September 25, 2018
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has opened up on his error that led to Charlie Austin’s late winner as the Gunners lost 3-2 at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.Danny Ings had put Southampton ahead twice only for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to pull level twice, but a rare error by Leno gifted the Saints a late winner as the German goalkeeper came out to clear Shane Long’s cross and couldn’t make good contact with the ball.“The last goal was a little bit unlucky for me,” Bernd told the club’s website.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I wanted to get the cross because Austin was completely free and it was so close.“No risk, no fun. Maybe next time I will get the ball or I will stay on the line, look at the ball and then nobody says ‘you came out and didn’t get the ball’.“That’s the life of a goalkeeper but I would do it again.”
Wayne Rooney is confident that the Major League Soccer (MLS) will continue to grow over the years and attract even more top talent.Ever since David Beckham’s arrival in 2007 from Real Madrid, the MLS’ profile has grown exponentially with a host of big names making the move over to the United States.Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard, David Villa, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and now Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all played in the MLS in the last 12 years.And Rooney, who reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals in his first campaign at DC United last term, is confident that the MLS will attract more big names in the years to come following his former United team-mate Nani’s arrival at Orlando City.“It’s a fantastic league,” said Rooney, according to Sky Sports.“Obviously Nani came as well (to Orlando City). I think he may be 31 (32), I came at 32.“I think you will start getting players in their mid-20s who, instead of going to big teams in Europe, hopefully, we can attract them to come here.“Because I do think it’s a fantastic league and it has got the foundations to keep growing.“Players are seeing that and they are deciding to come here, when they have other offers on the table around Europe.”However, Rooney revealed that his first Stateside winter has been a surprise for him.Report: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I have realised how cold it gets,” said the English forward. “A lot colder than back in England, so that was challenging.“We couldn’t really take the kids out anywhere, it was too cold!“I am sure, like a lot of people who have got kids, you take them to school, pick them up and take them somewhere to play, or sit down and do their homework with them.“So, it is quite boring but that’s our life and we enjoy it!”Rooney scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 21 appearances for DC United last season after completing a move from Everton last June.The 2019 MLS season will begin this weekend with Rooney and DC to start their own campaign at home to defending champions Atlanta United at Washington in the Audi Field Stadium on Monday.🌞⚽️ #DCU pic.twitter.com/bcoHGaYtFY— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) February 26, 2019