Swansea sign Grimes

first_imgSwansea have completed the signing of Exeter midfielder Matt Grimes for an undisclosed fee, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. The 19-year-old made his Exeter debut in August 2013 and went on to make 62 appearances for the Grecians, scoring five goals. Grimes’ form at the League Two club saw him become the first Exeter player to be called up by England Under-20s earlier this season along with keeper Christy Pym. The teenager’s arrival marks Swansea’s second January signing after the arrival of Portugal striker Nelson Oliveira, who has joined on loan from Benfica until the end of the season. The England Under-20 international, who had been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, has agreed a four-and-a-half year deal at the Liberty Stadium. Grimes completed his medical on Friday but will not be eligible to feature for Swansea until the league visit of West Ham on January 10. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Paul O’Connell: Business as usual for Ireland

first_imgPaul O’Connell insists Ireland have not kept their powder dry at the World Cup in a bid to outwit France in Sunday’s crucial World Cup battle. Ireland’s entire World Cup campaign was always likely to revolve around this battle with Les Bleus, but O’Connell has rejected suggestions Schmidt’s men will roll out an entirely new approach this weekend. “We haven’t been keeping anything up our sleeve,” said O’Connell. “If we’re going to live by the philosophy that we’ve lived by in the last two years that we take each game in turn and that the next game’s the most important one, then we need to carry that through. “I believe it’s important that we’ve done that over the last few months. “And we’ve tried plenty of plays in games but they just haven’t come off as well as we would have liked. “And that’s probably reflected in some of our results and some of those summer games as well, so we haven’t held anything back. “We’ve put everything into this week and we’ll do the same the week after.” Johnny Sexton started the week by revealing head coach Joe Schmidt has devised a new set of attacking plays specifically targeted at unlocking France’s defence in Cardiff. Beat France and Ireland will top Pool D and meet Argentina in the last eight, avoiding defending champions New Zealand in the process. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

On sacking of Darren Sammy…

first_imgWindies chairman of selectors responds to Prime Minister GonsalvesWEST Indies Cricket Board’s Chairman of Selectors Courtney Browne has responded to a letter from Prime Minister of St Vincent and Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, accusing him of meting out ‘shabby treatment’ to former West Indies T20 captain and two-time T20 World Cup winner Darren Sammy.Sammy, who won the ICC T20 World Cup in India in April, announced on his Facebook page last week that he received a 30-second phone call from Browne informing him that he was being sacked as West Indies captain and that his general performance did not merit his selection to the team.“I find this shabby treatment of Mr Sammy to be unacceptable. Indeed I am sure that all right-thinking persons are extremely dissatisfied at your unceremonious and summary dismissal of Mr Sammy as captain and player,” Dr Gonsalves stated in the letter dated August 10, 2016.“You simply cannot treat a former captain of the West Indies cricket team and a success of two World Cup T-20 championships with such disdain.”Dr Gonsalves also questioned the timing of Sammy’s dismissal which came just prior to the start of the third Test being played at the recently renamed Darren Sammy National Stadium between the West Indies and India.The Prime Minister called on Browne to make amends, suggesting that he and the president of the West Indies Cricket Board Dave Cameron apologise to Darren Sammy and the people of the Caribbean for their handling of the matter.However, Browne in a measured response, acknowledged that Sammy had indeed served the West Indies well, but indicated that as the West Indies looked to the future, the former captain’s form was not up to par.“As we look forward to the next World Cup and begin to develop a team to our defence of the title, the selectors had to assess the suitability of the captain to take the team forward. The fact is Mr Sammy’s personal performance as a bowling all-rounder has been lagging for a year.”He highlighted that the West Indies captain has, in 11 matches, only bowled 10 overs between January 2015 and April 2016 and has a batting average of 10.20 runs per innings for the same period.“The captain of any West Indies team must have solid performances and Mr Sammy did not meet such a standard, and therefore could not make the squad of 13 as a player at this time,” Browne said.Browne also denied having a 30-second conversation with Sammy, but revealed that he had made several efforts to get in touch with the player and finally reached him to convey the selectors’ recommendation.Browne stated that it was Mr Sammy who broke the news of his removal on social media before the Board met to review the recommendation and make a final decision.Dr Gonsalves also recommended, in his letter, that the Board appoint Sammy to assist in the team’s preparation for the matches coming up against India on August 27 and 28 in Florida and that he be “accorded a role in shaping and massaging the transition to the new leadership and in facilitating renewal.”The chairman of selectors responded saying that such roles would suggest that Sammy’s international career had ended.“The role would suggest that Mr Sammy had retired from T20 cricket and we have received no such official notification,” Browne stated.“I would urge Mr Sammy to take advantage of the regional competitions and put in strong performances and attempt to regain his position in the One Day International and T20 teams. Note, many cricketers and even great cricketers, have been dropped, have reestablished themselves, and have returned to West Indies teams.” (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

Proteas head coach Domingo will have to reapply for his job

first_imgSOUTH Africa head coach Russell Domingo will have to reapply for his job if he wants to stay in charge of the team after their summer tour of England.Domingo has been in the role since May 2013 and his contract ends in August.Cricket South Africa have said they are “resolved to begin a recruitment process” as they look to appoint a head coach “through to the 2019 World Cup”.South Africa will play three one-day internationals, three Twenty20 games and four Test matches against England.Domingo’s side are currently ranked third in Tests, second in one-day internationals and fourth in T20 cricket.The 42-year-old guided his team to a 3-0 Test series win over Sri Lanka earlier this month and a 2-1 away Test series success in Australia in November.South Africa won the first of five one-day internationals against Sri Lanka on Saturday with a convincing eight-wicket victory at Port Elizabeth.Sri Lanka were bowled out for 181 and South Africa reached 185-2 with 15.4 overs remaining with Hashim Amla scoring 57 and Faf du Plessis making an unbeaten 55. Z9 (BBC Sport)last_img read more

POLL ALERT: Preseason No. 1 Michigan State drops out of Top 25; Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas top poll, Seton Hall at No. 10

first_img February 10, 2020 POLL ALERT: Preseason No. 1 Michigan State drops out of Top 25; Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas top poll, Seton Hall at No. 10 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — POLL ALERT: Preseason No. 1 Michigan State drops out of Top 25; Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas top poll, Seton Hall at No. 10.,Update on the latest sportslast_img

The Latest: End of Argentine soccer season to be ratified

first_img___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored.Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.” The Latest: End of Argentine soccer season to be ratifiedcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee. April 28, 2020last_img read more

11th Avenue Closed

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Starting Monday, June 12th, crews will begin reconstructing a section of 11th Avenue, between Park Street and Washington Avenue.As a result, 11th Avenue between Washington Avenue to Park Street will be closed to all traffic. Signage and barricades will be present to guide traffic around the construction site, but motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. Residents will have to park on side streets.This project also includes new water and sewer lines as well as curbs and gutters. It is expected to take nine weeks to complete, unless weather or construction delays occur. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Right to Carry Approved By House of RepresenativesNext Alpena County Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary with a Galalast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Lakers still have ‘fondness’ for Trevor Ariza

first_imgThe Lakers are looking for help in lots of places this year.Los Angeles still has “fondness” for Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, according to a report from ESPN. Washington has not openly made Ariza available yet, but if it did, the Lakers may try to trade for him.In non-Anthony Davis news, Lakers continue to have a fondness for Trevor Ariza, should the Wizards make him available at the deadline.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 5, 2019Ariza has averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists between the Suns and Wizards this year. Related News Washington acquired him in a deal with the Suns in December. But the Wizards still sit outside of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 22-31 record.The Lakers (27-26) are 10th in the Western Conference and are looking at lots of players before Thursday’s deadline including Detroit’s Reggie Bullock, Chicago’s Jabari Parker and, of course, Pelicans center Anthony Davis.Davis’ agent Rich Paul told ESPN he would not sign an extension with New Orleans and would prefer to be traded.center_img NBA trade rumors: Lakers have discussed dealing for Bulls F Jabari Parker NBA trade rumors: Pelicans want to be ‘overcompensated’ by Lakers to deal Anthony Davis by deadlinelast_img read more

Brandon Ingram clears his mind and the Lakers benefit

first_img Lonzo Ball helping key Lakers’ surprising defensive resurgence The former No. 2 overall pick finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and filled out the box score with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Lakers blow out Pistons behind balanced scoring, sizzling shooting LOS ANGELES — The burden of expectation has never drifted far from Brandon Ingram. Even Lonzo Ball has been presented as a complement to Ingram’s eventual stardom, rather than a standalone replacement.Imagine Ingram’s mind as a blizzard of prognostications: emerge as a go-to scorer, take big strides defensively, show flashes of an All-Star in the making.On Tuesday, perhaps for the first time this season, Brandon Ingram accomplished all of those things in one game. All he had to do was not worry about doing them.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think I had a clear head,” Ingram said. “I was confident, I knew I had no self doubt in what I was doing. Everything was in flow.”After a 113-93 win over Detroit at Staples Center, Ingram said he didn’t think about how many shots he took. Or if could score 25 points.“It’s what I loved about him when I watched him play in college,” Coach Luke Walton said. “It was what he was doing at the end of last year, just playing, making the appropriate read. … When he plays like that, he gives other guys a round of confidence.”Lonzo Ball said it is “like night and day” when Ingram is able to focus.“When he plays like this we’re going to be hard to beat,” Ball said. “He’s only 20, that’s the scary thing. We’ve got a long way to go, but tonight was a great game for him.”center_img It was another encouraging defensive performance for the Lakers, who play in Portland on Thursday, and Ingram was at the heart of it. He has logged eight steals over his last two games, after recording just two over the first five.“Hopefully something clicked for him on that part of the game,” Walton said.Ingram’s six assists were also a season high, and better than all but two games in his rookie season.“Of course, I’m human, everyone wants to score the basketball,” Ingram said. “To win these games I have to be locked in, I have to help my teammates be locked in, I have to have their back.”Against the Pistons, Ingram said, “We didn’t care who shot the ball as long as it went into the hole.”The victory was the Lakers’ most complete performance, leading Walton to say that his message in Portland will be pretty simple.“My pregame speech for next game is just going to be go out and do what you did last game,” he said.STAY IN YO LANEEven before scoring another 62 points in the paint on Tuesday, the Lakers were already leading the league in that department.Their 55.1 points in the paint ranked No. 1 in the NBA, and Walton said there’s a good reason for that.“Have you seen our 3-point shooting,” Walton joked. “Let’s get to the paint, let’s not settle for 3s.”Of course, on Tuesday, they enjoyed the best of both worlds. The Lakers had their best night from beyond the arc, as well. Making 12 of 26 3-point attempts. But Walton knows the Lakers don’t have the personnel to do that on a nightly basis, so while the rest of the league zigs, he wants his team to zag.“In a modern NBA where everyone runs to the 3-point line,” Walton said, “we want to put pressure at the rim.”It’s been a constant theme throughout the first month of the season.“We want to run to the rim,” he said. “We don’t want to run to the 3-point line. It’s something we’ve been focusing on. It’s just part of the mentality and identity that we want to create.”KUZ SHOESNo one shot the ball better from deep on Tuesday than Kyle Kuzma, who made all four of his attempts from deep. Footwear mogul Lonzo Ball said it could be attributed to Kuzma’s shoes, a custom pair of Kobe A.D.’s  that said “Kuzzz!” across the toe.“Those shoes he had,” Ball said, “I told him it was a good game, so wear those.” Brandon Ingram says he’s ready to become Lakers’ next great closer Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

first_imgIt certainly does not disappoint.Boston’s win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on the postseason’s second round — one that wasn’t exactly loaded with drama, since it was the first time since 2002 that none of the NBA’s four conference semifinal series went past five games. Cleveland swept Toronto, while Houston, Golden State and the Celtics all prevailed by 4-1 counts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEveryone gets to catch their collective breaths for a few days, with the league going dark until the weekend. Cleveland and Boston don’t tip off the Eastern Conference finals until Sunday, and the Warriors and Rockets start their West title series on Monday. And yes, the Cavaliers and Warriors are four wins away from a fourth consecutive meeting in the NBA Finals.A few things to know going into the conference finals: In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES This is the eighth time Cleveland and Boston have met in the postseason. Boston has won four of the previous seven meetings, but Cleveland has won the last two — including the East finals last season.WARRIORS-ROCKETS HISTORYThis is only the third Golden State-Houston playoff meeting, and all have come in the last four seasons. The Warriors are 2-0 in the series, winning both times in five games — the 2015 West finals and a first-round matchup in 2016.SEEKING 10Golden State is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the 10th time, a mark that two other franchises have reached. The Los Angeles Lakers have made The Finals on 31 occasions (winning 16 titles), and the Celtics have gone 21 times (winning a league-high 17 titles).If the Warriors successfully defend their NBA title and go back-to-back, it’ll be the franchise’s sixth time as the last team standing — and would tie Chicago for the third-most championships in league history, behind the Celtics and Lakers.MVP WATCHHouston’s James Harden seems like the probable winner of the NBA’s MVP award this season, with the only other realistic candidate for top honors probably LeBron James.They won’t know who won until June 25 — after the season.Regardless, they could wind up adding to a recent trend. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Folayang raring to make new memories in Singapore in comeback fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LEBRON, OF COURSEAny list of anything this time of year basically has to start with LeBron James, still generally considered the best player on the planet even at 33 years old and in his 15th NBA season.Cleveland’s star is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive season — something only four other players have done, and they were all Boston Celtics. Bill Russell went to 10 straight title series, Sam Jones and Tom Heinsohn went to nine, and Frank Ramsey went to eight.James is already the NBA’s all-time playoff leader in points, steals and minutes played. He’s fifth in playoff wins with 152, behind only Derek Fisher (161), Tim Duncan (157), Robert Horry (155) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (154).CAVS-CELTICS HISTORYADVERTISEMENT Celtics and Warriors: $1,646,226 each so far. They’d get $3,993,173 if they reach The Finals and lose, $5,188,122 if they win the championship.Cavaliers: $1,478,543. Would finish with $3,825,490 if they lose the NBA Finals, $5,020,439 if they win the title.Teams use the playoff pool largely for bonuses for players and staff after the season. The 12 playoff teams that have already been eliminated will be getting checks adding up to about $7 million from the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The league MVP has played in the NBA Finals in four of the last six seasons — James and the Miami Heat won titles in 2012 and 2013, Stephen Curry and the Warriors won in 2015 and lost to Cleveland in 2016.MATTER OF TIMERay Allen is still the league’s all-time leader in playoff 3-pointers made, with 385.LeBron James and Stephen Curry are coming his way.James is No. 2 on the all-time list with 346 playoff 3-pointers. Curry is No. 3 with 329 — in only 79 playoff games. Allen played in 171, and James has played in 228.WELL DONE, SCHEDULE MAKERSHere’s how the NBA season began, back on Oct. 17: Boston at Cleveland, and Houston at Golden State.Almost seven months later, the conference finals begin with Cleveland at Boston, Golden State at Houston.WIN GAME 1Winning Game 1 of any NBA playoff series is important; under this format that the league has been using since 1984, teams that take 1-0 series leads ultimately win those matchups about 80 percent of the time. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James blows kisses as he walks off the floor after a 128-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP.The NBA has its Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT View comments That’s even more pronounced in this round.Of the 68 teams that have taken 1-0 series leads in the conference finals, 57 have gone on to make the NBA Finals. But four times in the last seven years, a team has dropped Game 1 in this round and made The Finals anyway.MORE DAYS OFF?The NBA Finals start May 31.That means there could be a lot of days without basketball before then.If both series end in sweeps — unlikely, of course, but possible — the Boston-Cleveland winner would have 10 days off before The Finals and the Houston-Golden State winner would have nine.Starting Thursday, there will be no games five times in a nine-day span. There’s no games until Sunday, and there’s no games in either series on May 17 and 18. Those needing a basketball fix on those last two days, fret not — there will be NBA Combine activities going on in Chicago on those two days.POOL UPDATEThe NBA’s playoff pool for this season is $20 million, and here’s a look at how much the four remaining teams have made so far in this postseason — along with a look at what they could get.Rockets: $2,322,122. Would finish with $4,669,069 if they lose the NBA Finals, $5,864,018 if they win the title. 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