Ronald Koeman: Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez needs time to get back to his best

first_img A ruptured anterior cruciate ligament ruled the 26-year-old out for 16 months, meaning he missed the entire 2014/15 season after his World Cup hopes were cruelly extinguished. Rodriguez made his belated return in last month’s Europa League win at Vitesse Arnhem and took his goal tally for the season to three with a brace in Wednesday’s 6-0 mauling of MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. Press Association Koeman was cautious when asked if he would be fit enough to be considered by England – “that’s a difficult question”, he said – but was more forthcoming when asked about Jack Cork. The midfielder’s fine form since swapping Southampton for Swansea in January has put him in line for a maiden England call-up next, but Koeman has no regrets about allowing him to leave. “He had potential,” the Dutchman said. “He was not a young player, he was an important person and player in the group. “But always there is a moment for that kind of players, if they accept the role at that moment or they are looking for a new challenge. He took his new challenge.” It was an impressive display and potentially a timely one given Roy Hodgson will next week name the squad for England’s final Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania. Rodriguez recently spoke of his desire to add to his solitary cap from 2013 and, whether that comes around this time around or not, Koeman believes he is getting back to the form that earned him that recognition. “That’s not up to me,” he said of a potential international call-up. “To be a candidate you win with how you play for your club. That’s the most important. “Against MK Dons, in my opinion, when I was looking to Jay he was really fresh in the game. Sometimes you see that he is a little bit more struggling, a little bit more tired. “That’s normal – we are talking about 14 months out of real competition. You don’t recover that in two weeks, you need time for that. “But every week he is more close to being the Jay that he was.” Rodriguez is one of three Southampton players to have represented the England senior team along with Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand. The former is absent with a long-term knee injury but left-back Bertrand has a chance of being called upon if he impresses against Swansea – what would be his first start of the season after his own knee complaint. Jay Rodriguez is getting closer to his best every week, but Ronald Koeman is unsure whether the Southampton forward is ready for an England return. last_img read more

A Closer Look Into the Life of the Suspect Who Killed Mackenzie Lueck

first_imgAfter Mackenzie Lueck’s body was missing for several days, her remains were found burned in a yard and police found the man suspected of her murder. Ayoola A. Ajayi is facing several charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body regarding Lueck’s death.  A SWAT team arrested Ajayi on Friday morning.Lueck, 23, was last seen on June 17. Lueck landed at the Salt Lake City International Airport close to 2 a.m., then at 2:40 a.m. she took a Lyft from the airport to Hatch Park, located in north Salt Lake City. Ajayi told police his last communication was with Mackenzie via text around 6 p.m. on June 16th. Ajayi denied having seen a photo or online profile of Mackenzie, despite having several photos of her and a profile photo. According to reports, Lueck and Ajayi met online. Lueck used online dating to find sugar daddies in their thirties.Police say Ajayi’s neighbors told officials they saw him using gasoline to burn something in his backyard on June 17 and 18. In his backyard, police said they found a “fresh dig area,” and charred items that belonged to Lueck. A house cleaner who recently cleaned Ajayi’s residence said she found it odd that he had so many surveillance cameras in his home, particularly in his bedroom.Ajayi has worked in information technology for several companies including Dell and Goldman Sachs. In 2018, Ajayi self-published a fictional book on Amazon titled, Forge Identity. North Park Police said back in 2014, Ajayi was investigated as the suspect in a rape complaint. The woman did not want to press charges.last_img read more

CONCACAF Gold Cup: T&T face uphill task after going down to Suriname 2-1

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago were left with an uphill task of reaching the CONCACAF Gold Cup after slumping to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Suriname, in the opening game of the Caribbean Football Union qualifying series here Wednesday night.Following a goalless first half at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the hosts fell behind in the 76th minute through a Guno Kwasie strike but equalised five minutes later thanks to a Tyrone Charles bombshell.With all to play for in added extra time, Ivanildo Rozenblad netted in the first period to break Trinidad’s hearts, and leave their qualification hanging by a thread.“We knew it would not have been an easy game. In football there are no easy games,” head coach Tom Saintfiet told a post-game media conference.“I think for the first 70 minutes we played in a good organisation and could create a lot of opportunities from there. If you count the amount of corners we had and the danger we create out of these corners, it was quite a lot. The only problem is we didn’t score out of these chances.”T&T suffered a blow prior to kick off when striker Cornell Glen was injured during warm-up and ruled out of the contest.However, the hosts had the better of the exchanges in the first half but failed to really seriously threaten the Suriname goal.Akeem Roach, in for the injured Glen, produced a long-range shot in the 30th minute but this was easily handled low down by goalkeeper Claidel Kohinor.On the stroke of halftime, Roach sprayed a pass to Nathan Lewis on the right wing just outside the 18-yard box, and he picked out Hashim Arcia who failed to control the ball in a dangerous position just in front of goal.Against the run of play, T&T almost conceded just seconds before halftime when 19-year-old Sorencio Juliaans forced a diving save out of goalkeeper Adrian Foncette.Charles and Hughtu Hector then came close to opening the scoring but it was Suriname who poked their noses in front through Kwasie’s deflected effort, from just outside the 18-yard box.T&T were back level in the 81st minute, however, when Charles produced a brilliant curling free kick from 25 yards out to leave Kohinor with absolutely no chance.The equalising goal injected new fervour into T&T’s game but they failed to come up with the winner inside the 90 minutes.In added time, Suriname found the killer blow in the 109th minute when 71st minute substitute Rozenblad got free from his marker, pivoted five yards outside the box and fired a long range, right-footed volley which beat Foncette all ends up.T&T clash with French Caribbean side Haiti in the final game of the series on Sunday at the same venue.The winner of the qualifying series will face the fifth-placed side from Central America in another playoff which will determine the final place at this July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup in United States.last_img read more

Class of 2016 Syracuse target Robert Washington to reportedly transfer high schools

first_imgFour-star Syracuse target Robert Washington is transferring from SouthLake Christian (North Carolina) Academy to East Gaston (North Carolina) High School, according to The Charlotte Observer. The Class of 2016 running back will announce his college decision on Saturday at 3 p.m., he said via Twitter. Washington has narrowed down his list to six schools, which includes Syracuse, Alabama, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Texas Christian. Komica Coote, Washington’s mother, said the transfer to the public school is due to a “family matter,” not anything to do with SouthLake, a private school, per The Charlotte Observer. “I will do what I can, and run the ball as well as I can,” Washington told the Observer. “One player can’t change everything, but one player can affect the efforts of his teammates. They haven’t really had leaders in the past and if I do what I can, I can try to help transform the team into a playoff contender.”Washington, listed at 5 feet, 10 inches and 215 pounds, has received offers from 41 schools and is ranked as the 21st-best Class of 2016 running back in the country, according to AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf Washington commits to Syracuse, he would join former Indianapolis Colt Delone Carter (Class of 2006), Doug Hogue (Class of 2007) and Averin Collier (Class of 2008) as the only four-star running backs to choose SU in the past 10 years, per Scout.Sophomore Ervin Philips, senior Devante McFarlane and senior George Morris II are the only running backs currently on the Orange’s roster. In the Class of 2015, three running backs have pledged to SU — Dontae Strickland, Jordan Fredericks and Tyrone Perkins — all of whom are rated as three-star recruits on Scout. Syracuse has two players in its Class of 2016 and neither one is a running back.In his junior year at SouthLake, Washington ran for 2,233 yards and 27 touchdowns on 239 carries, according to As a sophomore, he ran for 2,512 yards and 28 touchdowns on 219 carries, per MaxPreps. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm Contact Paul: | @pschwedslast_img read more

Touch ‘Em All, Joe: The unanimous Mariano Rivera; Whit Merrifield’s new deal; Hall of Fame thoughts

first_imgThere’s no shortage of stars out on the open market to fill up the 30-man over-the-top rope battle royale, that’s for sure. With a tear in my eye, I’m sad to announce that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have yet to sign, which likely amounts to them entering the MLB Rumble at 29 and 30, respectively. My money’s on Manny.(Can you tell I’m ready for spring training?)Double: imMOrtalIn the words of Carly Simon, nobody does — or did — it better.There’s no doubt that Mariano Rivera is one of the all-time greats. Or, at least, there shouldn’t be. What Mo accomplished over his career isn’t up for debate, even with the way that mindsets have shifted regarding closers and relievers in baseball.But garnering the accolades and records Rivera did while using essentially one pitch his entire career — and he was successful more than 600 times doing it — well, that’s special. There isn’t a stat in Rivera’s career that hasn’t been covered at this point that truly defines his greatness.Baseball is an emotional game that is often defined in moments. Whether it was Rivera collapsing on the mound after Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS or how calm and cool he was after the 602nd save of his career, there’s no shortage of moments to choose from.MORE: Five crazy stats from Mariano’s Hall of Fame careerMy favorite Rivera moment, however, was the day he was pulled out of his final game by Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. Seeing Rivera break down on Pettitte’s shoulder for a good 15 seconds while Yankee Stadium gave him a standing ovation still gives me goosebumps. It was as if all the emotion that he didn’t show for his entire MLB career came rushing to him in that moment, and he just let it all out in front of 40,000 people.I was a little surprised he went in unanimously — not that he didn’t deserve it, but writers often play the game of, “Well, he’s going to get in regardless, so I can use this vote elsewhere.” I don’t think writers should worry about that anymore. Just vote for who you think is best. And there was no one better at what he did than Mariano Rivera.Single: Whit Merrifield’s new dealAll signs point toward Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield getting a new deal from Kansas City, and it’s got me scratching my head.According to reports, the deal is worth somewhere in the $16.25 million range with an option for a fifth year that could bring the deal up to $30 million. Still, the roughly $4 million a year that Merrifield is scheduled to make is a big-time bargain for Kansas City in the coming years.Merrifield is 30 now, so he’s not as young as you may think, but his skill set isn’t one that screams deterioration or degradation in a year. In fact, he was second in major league fWAR for second basemen in 2018, behind Javier Baez (5.3 fWAR opposed to Merrifield’s 5.2), and he’s fourth in fWAR among second baseman since 2017 with 8.1, behind Jed Lowrie, José Ramirez and José Altuve.MORE: Ranking the top 79 free agentsMerrifield has improved in the past two seasons, and being that he’s not due for free agency until 2022, this seems like a big bargain for the Royals.Kansas City didn’t necessarily have to pay Merrifield this money, given what arbitration might dictate, but the question has to be asked: If Merrifield hit the open market this season, how much would he get, both in years and value? Presumably more than the contract he’s been offered. Even with an act of good faith on Kansas City’s part, it’s hard to see how Merrifield isn’t worth at absolute minimum $5 million a year. Really, it all stems back to the incredibly slow-moving free agent market for the second year in a row. The MLB Players’ Association showed a pulse recently, speaking out against the slowness of the market and how it’s a detriment to the game.You think?Pinch TwittersAre you even slightly aggravated at the lack of competitive balance in baseball? Is it really fair the big market teams can always spend big in free agency, while smaller markets are kind of screwed? (#TouchEmAllJoe )— Grant Baker (@Grantbaker34) January 24, 2019This is a loaded question, because I think there are ways to build through drafts and farm systems and make smart moves to supplement the core of a team (see: 2015 Royals, even-year Giants).But on the other side, teams like the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox will always have a tremendous advantage with the way they spend. I think there’s an answer for this.I’m not sure a salary cap helps — I think a salary floor is more likely to help than not. Forcing teams and front offices to spend money, rather than pocketing money, and devoting it back into their team will sort out the real, in-the-blood baseball owners from the guys just wanting to make money. It’s a business, after all, but you can’t sell the average fan that Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel, José Iglesias or Mike Moustakas — all free agents — won’t help their favorite teams right now.any chance kimbrel goes back to Boston on a 1 year deal? #TouchEmAllJoe— andy miller (@mikewichter) January 24, 2019I would be as surprised as I was to see Nia Jax enter the men’s Royal Rumble on Sunday night if that were to happen. We know Kimbrel wanted a six-year deal — he won’t get that — but it’s hard to see him settle for a one-year deal instead. With most relievers on the market getting two-plus years this offseason, it would be a shock to see Kimbrel get any less than that.Which methodology do you prefer for the hall of fame, baseball which may be to exclusive, or football which except for wide receivers may be too inclusive?— William Hawkins (@BillyTwoBagger) December 13, 2018It’s a difficult question to answer, because on a year-by-year basis the Hall of Fame is wishy-washy. We’ve had a ton of deserving candidates flood the ballots in the past few seasons, and we’ll likely not see big classes of four or more again for a while, so it may make it seem like baseball is uber inclusive, but I don’t really think it is. My opinion on the Hall of Fame changes day by day; some days I’m a Small Hall guy, and others I say let ’em all in.I think the best approach is to not compare against other players already in — “If Player X is in, then Player Y should be in” is a bad argument, because it’s unfair to place other writers’ votes on the shoulders of a guy who didn’t vote for those players who are already in, if that makes sense.When you see the ballot, you have to take it on a case-by-case basis. The numbers matter, absolutely, but you also have to put context behind those numbers. I’m a little old school in believing the eye-test matters, too — not everyone is going to hit the magic numbers (3,000 hits, 500 home runs, 1,500 RBI and so forth), but if a player comes up short but you know or believe in your heart of hearts he belongs? Then vote for him. Just be prepared to defend your vote.John C. on Twitter says: Now that Mo’s in, everybody asks about Jeter and if he’ll be unanimous too. How much — if at all — has his time during Marlins owner hurt his candidacy?I don’t think it does, or at least it shouldn’t. For what it’s worth, I don’t think Derek Jeter is going to be a unanimous selection, anyway: He was a really bad defender by advanced metrics; his last five seasons he didn’t amount to 5 bWAR (finished at 4.9 bWAR). Jeter finished his career with 72.4 bWAR. By the way, Larry Walker finished his with 72.7 bWAR — in 759 fewer games. MORE: The case for Larry Walker in CooperstownJeter means a lot more to Yankees fans than he does to other baseball fans. If I may be allowed to make a sweeping generalization, it feels as though fans respect him and appreciate that he was a beacon of class and integrity for 20 years and was the consummate professional. But the spotlight of New York and being an anchor of five championship teams strengthen his case.Was Jeter a great player? Yes. Is he a slam-dunk, no-brainer, unanimous Hall of Famer? Not quite. I think voters understand that and will weigh everything accordingly. Touch ‘Em All, Joe is a weekly column from SN’s Joe Rivera, who discusses his MLB stream of consciousness and fields questions and comments from trusty Twitter users.If you had to pick 30 MLB players for a Royal Rumble, who would they be? @JoeRiveraSN as the only member of the BBWAA that follows me on Twitter I gotta ask you-Does Larry Walker deserve an HOF vote?— Grant Baker (@Grantbaker34) January 23, 2019In a word, yes. He was an above-average defender his entire career, his home/road splits are wide but not detrimentally so — he was still an .800 OPS player on the road. A career 141 OPS+ player has to mean something, too.I think Walker is unfairly penalized for the ballpark in which he played most of his games (Coors Field in Denver), and that’s not right. Take, for example, his 1997 MVP year: Walker was just as good on the road as he was at home. For Walker to have performed the way he did, consistently, for 17 years means he should be in the Hall of Fame. I think he gets in next year, if the late rush this year means anything.last_img read more

Which NBA players have changed their jersey numbers to honor Kobe Bryant?

first_imgView this post on Instagram A tough night full of emotions. Hit my 24th point of the night on a nice fade-away which was his “bread and butter” and of course I yelled “KOBE” as many of us have done our whole life. Funny how life works… I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to wear that number for the night. Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. I MISS YOU #ThanksBobby #KobeForeverA post shared by Joel “The Process” Embiid (@joelembiid) on Jan 28, 2020 at 7:49pm PSTCavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. wore No. 24 against the Pelicans before switching back to No. 22 for the second half. 2️⃣4️⃣ x Crazy 8️⃣ 💛💜🖤🐍A post shared by Larry Nance Jr (@larrydn7) on Jan 29, 2020 at 9:06am PSTMavericks owner Mark Cuban released a statement saying that No. 24 “will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick.” Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban issued the following statement on the passing of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) January 27, 2020 MORE: Your version of Kobe doesn’t need to match anyone else’sHere is a list of players who have chosen to honor Kobe Bryant with a midseason jersey switch, along with those who will keep their numbers or have not yet decided.NBA players with new jersey numbers to honor Kobe BryantAlec Burks, WarriorsGolden State Warriors guard Alec Burks has worn jersey No. 8, but will switch to No. 20 to honor the tragic death of Kobe Bryant who wore No. 8 and No. 24, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 29, 2020Quinn Cook, Lakers​Lakers guard Quinn Cook is changing his number from No. 2 to No. 28 to honor Gianna Bryant, combining Gigi’s No. 2 and Kobe’s No. 8, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Spencer Dinwiddie, NetsHonor your people.Number 26, Spencer Dinwiddie.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 28, 2020We often search for meaning in numbers. And yes you guys have caught a lot of the obvious reasons…There’s one more tho, a person that I often speak about but hold private and most close to my heart.Elijah + Spencer = 20 + 6Honor your ppl, love you son 🤙🏾— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) January 28, 2020Maurice Harkless, ClippersLos Angeles Clippers forward Moe Harkless has changed his No. 8 jersey to No. 11 in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Markieff Morris, PistonsPistons’ Markieff Morris will change from No. 8 to No. 88 in honor of Kobe Bryant, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.— James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) January 29, 2020Jahlil Okafor, PelicansMore tributes to Kobe Bryant’s jersey number(s): Denver’s Mason Plumlee from No. 24 to No. 7 — New Orleans’ Jahlil Okafor from No. 8 to No. 9, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Miye Oni, JazzSources: Utah Jazz rookie Miye Oni — a Los Angeles native — is changing his uniform number from No. 24 to No. 81 in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, representing Bryant’s historic 81-point game in 2006 and LA area code 818.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 30, 2020Mason Plumlee, NuggetsMore tributes to Kobe Bryant’s jersey number(s): Denver’s Mason Plumlee from No. 24 to No. 7 — New Orleans’ Jahlil Okafor from No. 8 to No. 9, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2020Terrence Ross, Magic.@TerrenceRoss will be changing his jersey number from 8 back to 31, beginning with Orlando’s game on Saturday, February 1 against Miami at Amway Center.— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 28, 2020Zhaire Smith, 76ersThe Sixers guard told ESPN he will wear the No. 5 moving forward.NBA players wearing No. 8Trevor Ariza, Trail BlazersBismack Biyombo, HornetsBogdan Bogdanovic, KingsDanilo Gallinari, ThunderRui Hachimura, Wizards — Will continue to wear No. 8.Justin Holiday, PacersFrank Kaminsky, SunsZach LaVine, Bulls — Will continue to wear No. 8.Patty Mills, SpursEmmanuel Mudiay, JazzJarred Vanderbilt, NuggetsKemba Walker, Celtics — Considering changing his jersey number but has not decided.Hawks guard Trae Young wore No. 8 against the Wizards before switching back to his usual No. 11. View this post on Instagram That one was for you…Rest Easy Kobe🐍— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 27, 2020NBA players wearing No. 24Khem Birch, MagicDillon Brooks, GrizzliesPat Connaughton, BucksBruno Fernando, HawksBuddy Hield, KingsAlize Johnson, Pacers — Will continue to wear No. 24 “as a tribute of the great respect I will always have for [Bryant].”Lauri Markkanen, Bulls — Will continue to wear No. 24 because “now it has a deeper meaning.”Garrison Mathews, WizardsSixers center Joel Embiid wore No. 24 against the Warriors instead of his usual No. 21. In the aftermath of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, teams around the NBA paid tribute to the basketball legend by taking 8-second and 24-second violations to start games, a nod to Bryant’s retired Nos. 8 and 24 with the Lakers.Now some players have decided to take the gesture a step further by changing their individual jersey numbers. Others will continue to wear either No. 8 or No. 24 as a way to remember Bryant and bring his “Mamba Mentality” to the court each night.last_img read more

Bagel Brothers Celebrates 21 Years in Olympia

first_imgFacebook378Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Bagel BrothersOwners Jeff and Abbie Rose celebrate Bagel Brother’s 21st birthday with 21 cent bagels, drinks and more.Jeff and Abbie Rose have been small business owners in Olympia since 2011, when they took over Metro Body Piercing. In October of 2013, they took on their newest venture – ownership of Bagel Brothers, a longtime community staple for fresh bagels, sandwiches and more.Now, the Rose’s, who have two young daughters, are happy to help celebrate Bagels Brothers’ 21st birthday. On Saturday, July 18, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., plain or cheese bagels are just 21 cents, as well as 21-cent fountain drinks and a buy-one-get-one free special on iced espresso.“We’re excited that Bagel Brothers has been a part of the community for over 20 years – part of the reason we purchased the store is to continue that tradition,” says Jeff. “We look forward to another 20 years.”From daily specials like “Sleepy Sunday” which gets you a free coffee with any purchase and “Two Punch Tuesday” where customers get double punches on food and drink cards, Bagel Brothers has always been an affordable option to eat delicious, local food. (Doesn’t last week’s special – cream cheese, sprouts, red onions, cucumbers, and jalapenos on a triple berry bagel – sound delicious?)Free Wi-Fi and cool art are a bonus when eating in-store at Bagel Brothers. “Everything we make is fresh. We have always been committed to no preservatives in our bagels,” says Jeff.  “We try to get as much as we can locally, like Shepherd’s grain flour from small farmers. Eastern Washington is as close as you can get for flour, so it gives us the opportunity to keep costs low rather than paying for it to ship cross-country.”Whether it’s the sharing of local art on their walls (anyone can approach us about hanging their art, says Jeff) hosting in-store book readings, or donating bagels to non-profits, another part of Bagel Brothers’ legacy is their community involvement.“Something every small business owner has to do is compete with mega corporations,” explains Abbie, “…so something we do to make us stand out is being involved in the community. It makes us remain small, community centered and relevant. It allows us to do things that corporations don’t and hopefully shows our community that we’re here and supportive – and that our money stays here.”Look for Bagel Brothers in-house, fresh and daily made products at coffee shops, delis and more around Thurston County. Catering and breakfast products are also available.Turkey and cream cheese on a fresh, house-made poppy seed bagel. Daily and weekly specials can be found on Bagel Brothers’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as discounts, contests and more.Bagel Brothers extensive menu of bagels, spreads, sandwiches, homemade soups, pizzas, smoothies and gluten-free items has something for everyone.  They are open Monday-Friday 7-5:30, Saturday and Sunday 8-5.  A full menu is available at www.bagelbrothersonline.comFollow Bagel Brothers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily specials, promotions, events and more.400 Cooper Point Rd. NW #22Olympia, WA 98502360-352-3676last_img read more

NRL set to play 2019 match in US

first_imgMultiple media reports say the game is set to be played in the US, with planning already underway to make it a reality.It is likely that the two sides who play in the US would be given extended breaks on either side of the long trip in order to deal with the minimum 12-hour flight players would face in both directions.NRL CEO Todd Greenberg told Fairfax Media that planning was well advanced.”We’re in discussions about that now,” Greenberg said. “It’s a big landing process on a number of fronts. You need to work with the broadcasters, you’ve also got to work through travel, recovery. But it’s certainly on our radar.”The destinations in North America are available in a good broadcast timeslot, so that’s what we’re looking at. The ball is in our court in regards to scheduling and player workload. We’re actively working on that now for 2019 and 2020. Next year we could have teams playing for points in America.” If the game was played on the West Coast means cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and possibly even Las Vegas would be in the mix.As far as stadiums go, the NRL will have a plethora to choose from.From the 90,000 seat Rose Bowl in Los Angeles to dozens of smaller rectangular venues used by both professional and college teams, there is no shortage of options.last_img read more

Gesta fails anew; Duno impresses

first_imgINGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 27: Mercito Gesta (L) lands a left hand to the head of Jorge Linares of Venezuela during their bout at The Forum on January 27, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFPMercito Gesta suffered another hard fall while Romeo Duno sustained his rapid climb in the ring ladder Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) in the US.The Mandaue-born now San Diego-based Gesta bowed to Jorge Linares by unanimous decision, 118-110, 118-110, 117-111, in their battle for the Venezuelan’s World Boxing Association lightweight crown at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Visa issues delay Ceres departure Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img The 30-year-old Gesta showed flashes of brilliance and aggressiveness in the first round, but once Linares, 32, figured him out, the fight turned one sided.It was the second time that Gesta, now 31-2-2 with 17 knockouts, failed in his world title bid. In 2012, he also lost to Mexican Miguel Vasquez in their duel for the International Boxing Federation lightweight title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLinares improved to 44-3, 27 knockouts, with his seventh title defense that set him up for a possible title unification bout with World Boxing Council lightweight titlist Mikey Garcia.The hard-hitting Duno, fighting out of Sanman Promotions of JC Manangquil and Dexter Tan, caught Yardley Suarez in a neutral corner and unloaded heavy bombs that dropped the Mexican with 1:07 left in the first round of another lightweight tussle. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The General Santos City-born Duno, being trained by Rodel Mayol and handled by Golden Boy Promotions, raised his record to 16-1 with 14 KOs. Suarez dropped to 22-10, 12 KOs. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Proven ‘winner’ Alex Mallari brings leadership to table at Phoenix

first_imgMallari was drafted third overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft by Petron but was not able to complete a full season with the Blaze Boosters and he was dealt to sister team San Mig Coffee.But it was in Magnolia that Mallari blossomed into one of the finest role players as an off guard leading to four straight titles including the Grand Slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnd it’s this quality that got Phoenix head coach Louie Alas’s attention when the Fuel Masters traded for Mallari.“Mallari’s a veteran and he’s a winner,” said Alas Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center during the PBA Draft Combine. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Mallari was traded to the Kia franchise in 2016 and was then dealt to NLEX where he averaged 6.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in the Governors’ Cup.For the 6-foot-4 wingman, getting Alas’ nod not just through his play but also for his experience immediately gave him a bit of pressure to contribute to the Fuel Masters.“That’s a lot of pressure I guess, I value that stuff coming from him,” said Mallari. “I had a little bit of leadership experience with Kia so it shouldn’t be new to me, I can give them that. I’m just here to do my job.”Mallari already owns four titles, and that’s four more than what the Phoenix franchise has, but he’s also excited with paying with Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright.“The first thing I thought about was Calvin and everything he brings,” said Mallari. “He has this unorthodox wild chaotic play. I’m actually excited to play with Matt and the new guys and they’ve got a lot of talent for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MANILA, Philippines—It cannot be denied that Alex Mallari has a wealth of experience in his relatively young PBA career.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nikola Vucevic leads Magic over Bulls in Mexico City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more