Liverpool’s preparations for this weekend’s Merseyside derby have suffered a blow after defender Jose Enrique was ruled out with a long-term knee injury which is likely to require surgery. The Spaniard has been struggling with the problem for some time and has featured just twice in the Reds’ last five matches, with one of those appearances a 30-minute substitute appearance. “Jose Enrique has been struggling for a little while with an injury,” manager Brendan Rodgers told talkSPORT. Press Association “He will probably need an operation. It’s a blow for us because he’s a very talented player.” There has been further disruption behind the scenes as academy director Frank McParland and head of coaching Rodolfo Borrell have both been removed from their posts. The club declined to comment on the changes in the youth set-up at their Kirkby base but it is believed the pair have been sacked. McParland had previously served as Liverpool’s chief scout while Borrell had 13 years experience with Barcelona’s La Masia academy upon his arrival on Merseyside. Both were remnants of the Rafael Benitez era, having been appointed to the academy in 2009, and were perceived to be doing a good job. Last season no fewer than seven youngsters – Suso, Andre Wisdom, Adam Morgan, Samed Yesil, Jerome Sinclair, Conor Coady and Jordon Ibe – made their first-team debuts. That as was much out of necessity as anything else as manager Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge saw him having to manage a busy fixture list involving Europa League games with a smaller squad than he would have liked. This season, after two transfer windows of recruitment, Rodgers has had less use for the youngsters and the likes of Wisdom, Coady, Suso and another former academy graduate Jack Robinson have all been sent out on loan to gain more experience.
No sooner had the club clinched the oldest cup competition in Nigeria than their troubles began. The expatriate coach hired for the team, Kenichi Yatsuashi was fired barely one month into his reign after just one game at the NPFL Super Four Tournament in December before the team got eliminated from the CAF Confederation Cup by Egyptian side Al Masry in mid-February.The exit of FC Ifeanyiubah from the continental competition brought the team already in a realm of grandiose back to life and battling to start all over again with Ghanaian coach, Yaw Preko trusted to lift the side out of their lowest ebb. That task has been achieved in part with the club placed 8th on the log at the midway stage of the season, seven points adrift of league leaders, Plateau United.In a season that has seen a lot of turnovers in terms of players used, Congolese midfielder Fabrice Ngoma Luamba has once again shone like a starry light in the midst of the dark clouds as he continues to churn out disciplined and elegant displays for the Nnewi-based side.The former Sharks XI FC of Congo star who is in his second season in Nigeria told www.npfl.ng that adaptation to the Nigerian environment was not easy but he is very fine now.“It was not easy for me when I came here,” begun the charismatic midfielder.“The language made it more difficult and the league was more hectic than ours. We play 24 games in Congo, 12 in each half but here it is 19 and 19 (making 38). I was not happy (with the schedule) at first when I came, but now, I am fine.”FC Ifeanyiubah used at least 25 players this season, the most by any side in the Nigerian top flight this season but despite the chop and change in the playing personnel occasioned by poor results on the pitch, Luamba remains a regular for the side – having featured in at least 15 games more than any other FC Ifeanyiubah player. Luamba stated that the number of new players in the team affected their chemistry.“This season, we have many new players. Many of our players left last season so it was difficult for us to gel with the new ones. But now, we understand when Kone moves, Prince moves, Obaje moves,” he said in his spasmodic pidgin-English.Such is the importance of the Ifeanyiubah Number 24 that his vision, passing ability and all round midfield presence have seen him grow to become a fans’ favourite at the Ifeanyiubah Stadium Ozubulu, near Nnewi. The towering midfielder still harbours hopes of following up last season’s Federation Cup conquest with the league title this year.“Last season I won FA (Federations) Cup. This season, I want to win the league if God accepts. Now we’re climbing up and I hope we will continue,” concluded the former FCMK Kinshasha player.With the club now on a run of six unbeaten games which includes four victories and two draws, Ngoma Luamba’s dreams of getting his hand on the league trophy may not be far-fetched. Highest-paid striker Godwin Obaje is now getting among the goals while another of the foreign legion, Pascal Seka is now hitting the form that made him a menace to defenders last season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2016/17 Football season has been one laden with lots of twists and intrigues, systole and diastole for Nigeria Professional Football League side, FC Ifeanyiubah.After a heady run in Nigeria’s club cup competition (Federations Cup) in 2016 which culminated in the team’s first ever piece of silverware – beating Nasarawa United in a penalty shootout in Lagos in November, expectation was at its peak for what was expected to signal the start of football dominance for the privately owned club based in Anambra, Southeastern Nigeria.
USC looks to stay atop the Pac-12 South and move up from its new No. 20 ranking when the squad heads to the mountains and clashes with the Utah Utes, who are only ranked one slot higher than the Trojans at No. 19.Rush hour · Redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen leads the Pac-12 with 909 rushing yards this season. The Tallahassee, Florida, native will be going up against the No. 2 rush defense in the Pac-12 at Utah. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanInjury ReportThough there were many Trojans who weren’t up to full speed at Tuesday’s practice, all the players are expected to be game-ready by Saturday.Senior linebacker Hayes Pullard, who suffered a knee scare during the Colorado game but was back in just a few plays later to make a touchdown-saving play, was limited to the exercise bike Tuesday.Senior safety Gerald Bowman was also limited to the exercise bike. Redshirt junior wide receiver George Farmer participated in practice. Redshirt junior fullback Soma Vainuku’s hamstring injury kept him out of practice.Showdown in the SouthThe Trojans will travel to Utah on Saturday to mix it up with the No. 19 ranked Utah Utes. Utah is tied for third in the Pac-12 South, where five of the six teams are ranked in the AP Poll. The Trojans still sit atop the division at 4-1 and 5-2 overall, but it is clear that Utah is a must-win.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian did not want to underestimate Utah, but also did not want to overemphasize this game over others the Trojans have played, despite it being a clash between two ranked teams in the same division.“We have to treat it just like the other ones,” he said. “It’s a valuable one and we need to understand the environment we are heading into.”Redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen says the team is focused heading into the new week and expecting Utah to come after them.“USC is always going to have a target on their back,” Allen said. “[Utah’s] home, and it’s going to be a tough game.”Utah has been alternating between two quarterbacks all season, but on Tuesday Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham announced that Travis Wilson will start against the Trojans. Wilson has thrown for 833 yards and seven touchdowns this season.The Utah defense has long been thought of as the biggest challenge the Trojans will face this season, as they currently lead the Pac-12 in sacks.Sarkisian cited two specific aspects of the game the offensive line could potentially struggle with: an all-around talented opponent and the crowd noise from a hostile environment.“The best way to prepare is to go out and execute at a high level,” Sarkisian said. “We need to be prepared for the physicality [of Utah].”It’s History NowRedshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler made history Saturday when he threw seven touchdown passes, the most ever by a USC quarterback in a single game (one more than former Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley threw four times). Because of his performance, Kessler also brought home the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award.“I would love to do that every week,” Kessler said. “It’s all preparation, and I’m going into each game trying to play my best.”Kessler drew considerable praise from Sarkisian, who sees Kessler as a fantastic teammate and leader who demonstrates a workmanlike attitude at practice every day.“There’s still stuff I could improve on,” Kessler said. “I approach every game as a new game and prepare the same way I prepare for every game.”
Manchester United reached the final of the FA Cup after beating Everton 2-1 with practically the final kick of a pulsating game at Wembley.United led thanks to Marouane Fellaini’s goal but both sides had enough chances to make the score more than just 1-0 at the break, Romelu Lukaku squandering two great opportunities.If the first half was lively, the second was pulsating. Anthony Taylor looked to have made a mistake in awarding Everton a penalty but David de Gea excellently saved Lukaku’s resultant spot kick.United were then unfortunate not to have a penalty themselves when Phil Jagielka saved Fellaini’s close range effort with his arm. And the match looked to be heading to extra-time after Chris Smalling deflected substitute Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net. Manchester United’s David De Gea saves a penalty taken by Everton’s Romelu Lukaku – ReutersBut the excellent Martial had other ideas, latching onto Ander Herrara’s pass to put United into their first final since 2007 where they will meet either Watford or Crystal Palace. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
It may seem rather meaningless. Unless you would like to give meaning to the fact that:In 2011, he was endorsing Brandon Knight as a No. 1 overall draft pick, and proclaiming Jimmer Fredette as “the real deal.”In 2014, he called the Dallas Mavericks a contender for adding Rajon Rondo, and praised the New York Knicks for hiring Derek Fisher as their head coach.In 2015, he determined that Michael Carter-Williams was “the next Jason Kidd.” Oh, and Jahlil Okafor, who had won a state high school championship and an NCAA title at Duke, could “bring that championship pedigree to the Lakers” if they decided to draft him. Mitch Kupchak went another direction: D’Angelo Russell.In 2016, talking directly to “Laker Nation,” he advised that the Lakers “should call LeBron James’ agent … just in case he leaves” Cleveland, and the team should “go after” signing Kevin Durant.One of Johnson’s 3.4 million followers is @JeanieBuss (who still has the most revealing Twitter avitar of anyone in an NBA front office). Tell us she checked Magic’s account before accounting for his front-office acumen.Maybe it all came down to the tweet Johnson posted just last Feb. 2 that clinched it for her: “I had a great conversation today with Mitch Kupchak and a really good phone call with Jim Buss!”How really good were those convos? Look where we are now.More Magic• Johnson spent his first day in office explaining on TV how valuable sixth-man Lou Williams was to the Lakers for veteran locker room leadership as well as having a favorable contract for the team. Hours later, via executive order, Magic gift-wrapped Williams to Houston for soon-to-be-released Corey Brewer and a first-round draft pick that won’t be lower than No. 25.Williams’ first game with the Rockets: A team-high 27 points on seven 3-pointers which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, are the most 3-pointers made by a player in his first game with a team since the 3-point shot came into the league in 1979.What points were Magic trying to make again in letting the valuable Williams go? As glorious as the past has been, the future is more important than the present?Message received.• Were you as put off as some others were by the fact that Johnson doesn’t appear to be giving another qualified African American a shot to become the Lakers’ GM? Or will Johnson be more apt to load up the front office with all sorts of “Hidden Figures” types?• Does Kyrie Irving’s opinions about the Earth’s flatness increase or decrease his value in Magic’s world?• Before this season ends, will Jim Buss lawyer up and start signing family paperwork in invisible ink to make things even more problematic for the future Jeanie Regime, thus getting any sort of promised last laugh?Wrapping up the week• Before Kings fans completely give up on this season, how quickly will Jonathan Quick come in some sort of rescue mode for the last few dozen games to perhaps secure the most valued No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference?• New MLB rules will allow a team to signal the umpire that they want an intentional walk to be issued, in order to speed up the game. Any consideration as well for a pitcher batting for himself to signal the umpire before he gets into the box that he’d just as soon take a strikeout so he can return to the dugout without further risk of injury or embarrassment, all in good time?• This modern pentathlon that we’re being asked to witness at the Pomona Fairplex — 140 of the world’s best must compete in fencing, swimming, horse show jumping, running and laser-pistol shooting — sounds more like the requirements needed for a 18th Century escape from a Russian gulag. What, pray tell, did the ancient pentathlon consist of before the events were updated? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut please, after all these things are figured out, who’s going to make sure he never abandons the @MagicJohnson Twitter account?Magic Johnson Enterprises prides itself as an investment group “valued at an estimated $1 billion dollars (sic)” according to his website. But Johnson’s investment in master-of-the-obvious tweets has been so rich over the years that not even a host of parody sites can compete with it for pure entertainment.It almost trumps anything else he’s ever charmed his way into.A variety of websites this week dared to reprint some of Johnson’s nickel-and-dime declarations as they related to his handicapping of NBA talent over the years. Who really believes what they read on Twitter? The most sagely advice Magic Johnson could give to Jeanie Buss, after agreeing to a new advisory role for the Lakers a few weeks back, was eventually convincing her to give him the launch codes as president of basketball operations.Operation Magic Turnaround has already started. No baseball cap required.Yet, there are some common-sense reasons why the new Prez must divest himself of several front-burner business dealings/distractions in order to do this right.Check off the boxes: No more mail-it-in ESPN TV studio appearances, fewer personally guided Dodger Stadium tours of the owners seats section, and, above all, putting more trust in whoever is running that crappy sports memorabilia shop in the LAX terminal with his name on it, so they retain the no-refund policy once a customer purchases something then boards his plane. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Football Association of BiH expressed the gratitude to all the fans who attended the qualifying match Belgium – BiH in Brussels, and loudly cheered for our national team.“Regardless of the match and result, fans have supported our Dragons throughout the match. Furthermore, they showed a very good behavior, since there were no incidents. In this way, they confirmed once again that we have a very loyal audience that supports our best selection whether they win or not, and who knows to gracefully accept everything that happens on the ground even if it is not in accordance with the wishes and expectations,” as released from the Football Association of BiH.From the Football Association of BiH also expressed gratitude towards competent security structures of BiH, on very professional approach and cooperation with the Football Association of BiH, as well as Belgian police for full contribution tin order for match in Brussels to pass without any trouble on the stands, as stated from the Association.(Source: faktor.ba)
Isaac, who became the first NBA player not to protest during the anthem following the league’s restart this week, said he informed his locker room of the choice before the team’s 128-118 win over the Nets.He’s an ordained minister who said he believes his life has been supported by the gospel and that religion is the way “to get past skin color.””I believe that Black lives matter,” Isaac said. “Kneeling while wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt doesn’t go hand-in-hand with supporting Black lives.””It’s my thought that kneeling or wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt don’t go hand in hand with supporting black lives,” Jonathan Isaac.Isaac spoke about his choice to not take a knee during the national anthem and how it felt to be out there playing meaningful basketball. pic.twitter.com/Lrnv5ZJymI— FOX Sports Magic (@FOXSportsMagic) July 31, 2020Jonathan Isaac chose to stand for the National Anthem without a BLM shirt(h/t @TopBallCoverage ) pic.twitter.com/WSevfbolxl— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 31, 2020MORE: Charles Barkley explains his support for those who don’t kneelIsaac suffered what would have likely been season-ending injury in January when he hyperextended his knee on a fast break. Before going down, he was having the most complete year of his career. Magic forward Jonathan Isaac said his decision not to kneel with his teammates for the national anthem on Friday or wear a Black Lives Matter shirt came from his critical view of the gesture as a form of seeking change.NBA competitors have been using anthem kneeling as a way to protest racial injustice in the U.S. Because of the four-month delay in action this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Isaac has been able to recover in time to suit up for the Magic for the final weeks of the campaign. He came off the bench Friday and poured in 16 points in 16 minutes.His relationship with his team does not appear to be strained by his decision to stand for the anthem, at least according to coach Steve Clifford and guard Evan Fournier.Magic coach Steve Clifford said himself, the players and the franchise support Jonathan Isaac’s decision to stand during the anthem and not kneel. Isaac also didn’t wear the BLM t-shirt.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) July 31, 2020″That’s his choice and he doesn’t need to (explain),” Fournier added.
CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 27: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard #12 of the Charlotte Hornets watch on during their game at Spectrum Center on October 27, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni seemed genuinely disappointed his team only attempted 55 3-pointers against the Charlotte Hornets.“I don’t know why we didn’t shoot 60,” D’Antoni quipped. “We passed up about four.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Rockets hit some backbreaking clutch shots just before the shot clock expired, including Harden’s 25-footer over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from the top of the key in the third quarter.Kidd-Gilchrist had worked extremely hard denying Harden a drive and a shot, only to watch the five-time NBA All-Star elevate and drain a jumper in his grill one second before the buzzer sounded.“Harden and Gordon both made a couple of shots where there was just nothing you could do — but that’s just part of playing them,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.he Rockets took advantage of the Hornets’ cold shooting in the first half and built a 10-point lead at halftime. The Hornets started the second half on an 8-0 run but could never get the lead and the Rockets pulled away in the fourth quarter.Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points, and Dwight Howard had another strong game with 19 points and 16 rebounds against his former team. It’s the fifth straight game Howard has recorded at least 15 rebounds, a new Hornets record.TIP-INSRockets: Outscored the Hornets 29-16 in the second quarter and held the Hornets to 4 of 22 shooting from the field. … Paul, Nene and Trevor Ariza did not play due to injuries.Hornets: Shot 31.3 percent from the field in the first half. … Howard recorded his 670th career double-double. … Nic Batum, Cody Zeller, Michael Carter-Williams, Treveon Graham and Julyan Stone did not play due to injuries.FOULING HOWARD:Howard’s poor free throw shooting — he was 5 of 15 — cost the Hornets points and momentum. Anderson admitted the Rockets fouled the big man on purpose in the fourth quarter. Howard is now 16 of 40 from the stripe this season, well below his career mark of 56.5 percent. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James Harden had his first triple-double of the season with 27 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Rockets finished 22 of 57 from beyond the 3-point arc in a 109-93 win Friday night.Houston nearly broke its own NBA regular season records of 24 3-pointers and 61 3-pointers attempted set last December.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogEric Gordon and Ryan Anderson led the 3-point barrage. Gordon was 6 of 16 from beyond the arc and had 26 points, while Anderson was 6 of 15 and finished with 21 points.“As soon Eric and I got (to Houston) it felt natural within the offense (to shoot deep 3-pointers) to give James as much space as possible,” Anderson said. “When we catch the ball that far from the basket that is not a shot we’re afraid to take.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ At one point in the second quarter Howard made both free throw attempts — banking the second one off the glass — and crowd erupted in a sarcastic cheer.STAGNANT OFFENSE: Guard Jeremy Lamb, who is starting for Batum, felt like the Hornets got stagnant on offense.“Bigs, we have to do a better job of screening and creating action and creating indecision I guess on the defensive part,” Lamb said. “We didn’t do a good job with the switching.”UP NEXTRockets: At Memphis on Saturday night.Hornets: Host Orlando on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Las Vegas marathon moves start line away from shooting scene Of course, the Rockets are known for their long-distance shooting.This was the 15th time in NBA history a team has attempted at least 50 3-pointers. The Rockets account for 11 of those — all since the start of last season.“We are going to take them. If that is what is available and it’s a good shot then everybody has the green light,” D’Antoni said. “Maybe one or two guys shouldn’t shoot them, but when we pass them up guys get mad at each other. So we’re taking them.”Harden admitted as much.“We’re going to continue to tell everyone to shoot the ball,” Harden said. “We create opportunities in space, shoot it. Luc (Mbah a Moute) passed up a couple. PJ Tucker passed up a couple, even when Chris (Paul) gets back he’s got to get used to shooting the ball more than he ever has. It’s going to take some time but the more games we get under our belt, they’ll get a feel for it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Cricket Foundation was set to start their season on Saturday but had one problem: no place to play.Club President Joel David explained that with all of the summer sports going on there is no field the club can play on until the end of May or start of June.The cricket season will last for two months in the summer and has had growing popularity. This season the foundation will add a fifth team to their league.- Advertisement -David hopes for the first game to be played by May 27th.For more information and to sign up for the cricket season visit the Fort St. John Cricket Foundation Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/North-peace-Cricket-Foundation-NPCF-1753531598240769/