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Fuming Rooney set to leave United

first_img Press Association Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United career appears to be over. The offending words were delivered to Sunday newspaper journalists during a briefing with Moyes in Bangkok last week. Moyes said: “Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him and I want as many options as possible.” It has been widely interpreted as Moyes stating he regards Rooney as an understudy to the prolific Dutchman. And understandably, that has gone down very badly. A source close to the situation has highlighted Rooney’s unhappiness. As far as the 27-year-old is concerned, he is at the peak of his career and has no intention of playing second fiddle to anyone, or being reduced to the ranks of becoming a squad player. With four Premier League titles and a Champions League winners’ medal to his name, Rooney does not believe he has anything to prove at United. Yet he feels as though he has been put on trial by Moyes at a time when he should be concentrating his efforts on recovering from the hamstring injury that saw him sent home from United’s pre-season tour within hours of landing in Thailand on Thursday. “Wayne is confused and angry”, said the source. United are aware of Rooney’s feelings and once Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward wake up on Wednesday morning in Sydney, they will come under pressure to clarify their own position. Woodward himself added fuel to the fire by insisting there were no plans to sit down with Rooney and discuss an extension to his £250,000-a-week contract, which still has two years to run. “No contract renewals are being discussed,” said Woodward while United were in Thailand. “I am not sitting down with any player on an extension and there is no trigger date in the diary. “Would we be afraid to run a contract down? Of course not.” It represents the first major test for Moyes and Woodward, who both took over their new roles on July 1 following the exits of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill respectively. Rooney’s future has been the subject of intense speculation throughout the summer, triggered initially by Ferguson leaving him out of the Champions League knockout clash with Real Madrid in March. Ferguson subsequently claimed Rooney had asked to leave United, something the player vehemently denies. It was widely assumed if Ferguson had remained at the helm, his relationship with Rooney had been damaged beyond repair. Moyes has adopted a more conciliatory tone and has continuously stuck by the club position of Rooney not being for sale. “Unless I was speaking double Dutch last week,” said Moyes on Friday ahead of United’s surprise defeat to Singha All Stars, “we said Wayne Rooney is not for sale.” That statement was a response to the cheeky assessment of the situation by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho earlier in the day. “From an ethical point of view I can not speak about other team’s players,” Mourinho had said in a press conference immediately after his arrival in the Thai capital. “But I won’t speak with hypocrisy. It’s not in my nature. I always speak what I think. “He is a player I like very much but I can’t say much more. He is fast and direct and I like him. But he is a Manchester United player.” In an interview with the BBC, Mourinho added: “If Wayne is a second choice for Man Utd, then the national team will be affected.” Attempts at reconciliation will not be helped by the geographical distance between the two parties. Woodward is due to return home following Saturday evening’s encounter with the A-League All Stars at ANZ Stadium. However, Moyes will not be back in England for another week as United still have two matches in Japan and one in Hong Kong, on July 29, before their tour reaches its conclusion. Yet it would take an incredible piece of man-management for Rooney to be pulled round now. Both Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with the player, in addition to PSG, yet United have made it their business never to sell a key player to any rival club. Whether that stance can be maintained in the current climate is open to some considerable debate. Press Association Sport understands Rooney is fuming at comments made by United manager David Moyes at the weekend which suggested he was now regarded as a second-choice striking option behind Robin van Persie. Rooney has taken that as a personal slight on a player who has given nine years’ service to the Old Trafford cause and is “angry and confused” about his treatment. last_img read more

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Delaney urged to accept pay cut

first_img Fleming told the Irish Daily Mail: “He is getting twice as much as the Taoiseach of this country. It is unacceptable and it struck me that in itself is is within the parameters of the FIFA controversy. “It is not just a matter for the FAI as his employers, but also for the State because of the millions of euro in grants given annually to the association by the taxpayer. “We certainly need more development into youth and sport, but it looks to me as if the FAI’s priorities are totally wrong. “Halving his salary is the least that could be done and in my humble opinion, we need to be asking a lot more questions, especially when he earns more than the Taoiseach and the minister for sport put together. “The salary of the chief executive is a matter that is problematic in itself, quite apart from the five million euros that was paid by FIFA. It would be problematic and offensive to a lot of people in this country, which is a republic.” John Delaney has been urged to take a voluntary 50 per cent pay-cut as politicians prepare to quiz him. Members of the Oireachtas sub-committee on sport, which meets on Wednesday, are expected to call for the under-fire chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland to appear before them to explain the chain of events which led to FIFA’s controversial five million euros loan in the wake of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off exit in 2009. However, member Tom Fleming TD has challenged Delaney to agree to halve his annual salary, reportedly around 400,000 euros before recent adjustments, to bring him into line with Taoiseach – Ireland’s Prime Minister – Enda Kenny. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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PBL-4: PV Sindhu registers comeback win over Saina Nehwal

first_imgPune: World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu began the New Year with a morale-boosting win over compatriot Saina Nehwal to give defending champions Hyderabad Hunters a 3-1 lead over North Eastern Warriors in the fourth edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Balewadi stadium here on Tuesday.Sindhu, who had lost her last two matches in the PBL against Sung Ji Hyun and Beiwen Zhang, was keen to start the year with a win and there couldn’t have been a bigger opponent across the net than Saina as the two shuttle queens of Indian badminton would have been keen to earn the bragging rights early in the year, as Sindhu finally ended the match with a 11-15, 15-9, 15-5 win. Saina, who had sat out of the earlier three matches of North Eastern Warriors due to a shin injury, was definitely not 100 percent and was seen struggling for stamina following long rallies but the way she fought back from a 7-10 deficit to clinch seven straight points and then wrap up the opening game showed that the former world number one was not going to go out without a fight.But Sindhu simply managed to raise the tempo in the second game as she raced to a 8-3 lead and though Saina fought back to close the gap to 6-8, the 23-year-old always looked in control.Saina clearly looked tired in the third and final game and Sindhu simply dominated the proceedings thereafter as the Commonwealth Games gold medallist struggled to lunge towards her forehand and lost the decider rather easily.Earlier, the experienced Lee Hyun Il got the Hunters back into the contest from the brink as he fought back from a game down to win the trump match against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.With the Hunters trailing 0-1 following the 8-15, 14-15 loss of Kim Sa Rang and Eom Hye Won in the opening mixed doubles match against Kim Ha Na and Liao Min Chun, Lee had to win the team’s trump.And it looked an arduous task when Tanongsak dominated the opening game and looked on a roll. But Lee is a veteran of many a battles and the 38-year-old showed why he is still considered the most dangerous opponent on the circuit as he moved his Thai opponent all around the court to take a 7-1 lead in the second game and then held on to the advantage to force a decider.Tanongsak seemed to lose steam after the Lee masterclass in the second game as he was always chasing the game in the decider and the Hunters earned two points with a 10-15, 15-13, 15-9 win before Saina and Sindhu took the court for the Super Match of the Day in front of a packed stadium, as the league now proceeds to Ahmedabad. IANSAlso Read: Ji Hyun stuns PV Sindhu in Chennai Smashers’ Opening Tielast_img read more

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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India repeat historic trend vs Australia, snap yet another winning streak

first_imgThe fact that India ended the 10-match winning streak is poetic justice. The streak began in India and it was fitting that Kohli’s team ended it. In fact, this is not the first time that India has mastered the art of breaking the streak against Australia. When one looks at history, India has been the final frontier where Australia has stumbled in the quest to sustain a streak.Rewind to 2001. Australia had won 15 consecutive Tests and was determined to conquer the final frontier. They registered their 16th win when they thrashed India by 10 wickets in the first Test in Mumbai. In Kolkata, Australia held the upper hand when they posted 445 and bowled India out for 171. Asked to follow-on, it seemed a 17th win was a mere formality. However, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid changed the course of history with a knock for the ages.Laxman hammered 281 while Rahul Dravid hit 180 as their 376-run stand changed the entire course of the match. Australia was undone by Harbhajan Singh in the fourth innings and they lost by 171 runs as Australia’s quest to conquer India was thwarted. This would not be the first time Australia’s streak would be halted by India. Seven years later, when India toured Australia, history would be repeated.Australia won the first Test of the 2007/08 series in Melbourne and secured their 16th consecutive Test win in Sydney when they defeated India with just under two overs remaining in the match. The Sydney Test was remembered for all the wrong reasons, with many umpiring decisions going against India. The match was also remembered for racism charges against Harbhajan on Andrew Symonds. India threatened to withdraw from the tour but a compromise was reached.India headed into the Perth Test and solid contributions from Rahul Dravid, Irfan Pathan, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar helped India become the first Asian team to win at the WACA as Australia’s winning streak was again halted at 16.So, it is official. When Australia is on a winning streak in any format, India is the country to avoid in future contests as they can break it. India defeated Australia for the first time after eight years in the World Cup.India ended Australia’s 10-match ODI winning streak.India twice ended Australia’s 16-Test winning streak. highlights New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team produced a clinical performance against five-time champions Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at The Oval. Shikhar Dhawan’s brilliant 17th century, combined with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s fifties helped India register 352/5. This was the highest total in World Cups conceded by Australia and they could not counter India’s precision bowling as they lost the match by 36 runs. This was Australia’s fourth loss in World Cups against India in 12 games and it served as a wake-up call as to who is the favourites heading into the business end of the tournament.The loss for Australia ended their 10-match winning streak in ODIs. After losing the first two games in the series against India before the World Cup, Australia won three games to win the series 3-2 and register a win on Indian shores for the first time in 10 years. Following that series win, they whitewashed Pakistan 5-0 in the UAE and got their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign on a high with wins over Afghanistan and the West Indies. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Dishing out more veggies

first_imgTrying to address concerns raised by vegan and vegetarian students last semester, USC Hospitality has begun an initiative to increase the presence and awareness of alternative food options on campus.The project, called V2O — which stands for vegan, vegetarian and organic — has three goals: expanding healthy eating options, labeling food more accurately and giving free weekly cooking demonstrations for students.Got milk? · Sarah Kelly (left), a freshman majoring in cinema-television production, looks on as Thomas Moran (center), associate executive chef at USC, cooks a vegetarian dish at EVK Wednesday. The demonstration was part of an initiative that aims to increase the availability of vegetarian options. – Young Kim | Daily TrojanThe idea for V2O came about after a number of students ate tamales labeled “vegan” at Everybody’s Kitchen in April, later discovering that the tamales had been made with chicken. The incident highlighted the need for accurate marking of food in the dining halls.“I decided then to drive culinary initiatives and accommodate everybody’s needs,” said Thomas Moran, associate executive chef at USC, who is heading the project. “We are going to reach out to get more awareness of sustainability and vegetarians.”For the first phase of the initiative, Moran and his culinary team decided to create new vegetarian, vegan or organic menu items for EVK and Parkside Residential Kitchen. The dining halls have so far offered more than a dozen V2O dishes, including roasted eggplant, squash, organic wheat berries and different kinds of potatoes, Moran said.He added that there are more dishes to come.“The options are infinite,” Moran said. “We want to not just provide food, but food for people to eat.”Elizabeth Sandoval, a sophomore majoring in communication, said the new options were helping students make better decisions when eating at the dining halls.“In general, you want to eat healthy, but it’s harder in these buffet-style restaurants,” she said. “I think it’s a good thing to offer more options to students.”Even so, Sandoval said she is hesitant about how different the new food will taste.“You might be eating healthy but the trade-off might be the taste,” Sandoval said. “It’s not going to work if it’s unappetizing healthy food.”The second part of the initiative involved the creation of labels with the V2O logo to clearly identify food at the dining locations.“It was always being referred to [as] the vegetarian, vegan, organic initiative so we decided to simplify it to something that clearly identifies the initiative and is not a mouthful,” said Alex Maloutas, a graphic designer from the USC Design Studio who worked with the visual aspect of the initiative.Although the labeling process will include oversight from the director and the chef at the dining locations, Moran said the responsibility of accurate marking will ultimately fall to the staff at the dining facilities.For students like Shaila Nathu, a junior majoring in philosophy who said the only meat she eats is chicken, the labeling ensures they know exactly what is in the food.“It’s nice to know they are being proactive and doing something to reassure [us] that they care about health standards and hospitality,” Nathu said. “In general it’s very good to know what you’re eating.”Moran will also offer free cooking demonstration, to educate students about healthy cooking as well as provide an open forum with the chef. The demos alternate between EVK and Parkside every Wednesday.“The classes teach people how to cook and be a part of the culinary experience,” Moran said.Roxanne Striar, a freshman majoring in theatre who participated in the first cooking class, said she enjoyed the experience.“I love to cook so any chance to cook and eat healthy food I [take],” she said. “It was something to do on a Wednesday night that’s inexpensive, interactive and fun.”USC Hospitality plans to expand the V2O initiative to include other dining locations and food options on campus, according to Maloutas, who added they also have a long-term plan to label grab-and-go items.Moran said he wants to continue to increase the variety of vegan and vegetarian options offered.“I’m driving this initiative from a food perspective,” Moran said. “We want to provide people the most variety, and separate our university from others.”last_img read more

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Giwa FC Makes U-turn, Begs LMC to ‘Bend’ the Rules

first_imgFemi SolajaReason may have prevailed over emotion for embattled Giwa FC in its sink or float situation as regards Its continuation in the ongoing Nigerian Football Professional League after the club’s management reached out to League Management Committee (LMC) to temper justice with mercy in the mess it found itself.Going by the rules and regulations guiding the league, the Jos club is on the brink of dismissal from the competition after missing three consecutive matches. But last night, when it seemed that it was all over for the club, its management reached out to the LMC in what is a last attempt to starve off execution of the rule of the League.The Jos Elephants have agreed to play their Matchday 18 game against Enyimba that was slated for Ilorin yesterday afternoon.The club however asked that the game be rescheduled not taking into cognisance that Enyimba had already walked over them in Ilorin.A statement from the club yesterday revealed that it still wants to remain in the league but asked the LMC to review the circumstances that led to Its recent travails.“Giwa FC has written to inform the League Management Company (LMC) that it has accepted to play its Match day 18 with Enyimba International,” said a statement from Media Officer David King.The club pleads that the date of the match be rescheduled to enable the team play the match, at a venue outside Ilorin.The club promised to do its best to uphold the integrity of the league for the good of the game too.Secretary of the Club, Samson Adamu, regretted all inconveniences caused league.“Giwa FC of Jos also pleaded for an independent commission to be set up by LMC to look into the cases of the last two matches that were missed earlier with a view to allowing a replay based on arising conditions.Giwa FC insists that as a law abiding club it promises to uphold the integrity of the league,” concluded the statement.Giwa FC was banished to Ilorin after the fracas midway into Its home game against Enugu Rangers in Jos on Matchday 12.The club has since missed two consecutive “home” games in Ilorin where it lost three points to Its opponents and three goals awarded against it.The club has been embroiled in the political drama involving its proprietor Chris Giwa’s fight for the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation.Wikki Tourists and Akwa United have both walked over Giwa in Ilorin, where the Jos club were banished.Last week, the League Management Company formally cautioned Giwa warning that it risked expulsion from the league.The LMC referred to Rule 13.28 which states as follows,” if a club fails to honour three matches cumulatively within the league season without acceptable reason to the LMC such a club shall be expelled from the League and its matches played and unplayed shall be cancelled”.It is now left for the league to enforce this regulation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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With sale of Clippers to Steve Ballmer, the NBA just awakened a sleeping giant

first_imgAbout the only thing that could have screwed it all up was Sterling, who had perennial, exclusive control of the infamous other shoe and was prone to drop it at the most inopportune times.The Clippers have periodically stood at the doorstep of prosperous eras, only to have Sterling blow-torch it with his penny-pinching ways or baffling basketball acumen.And in the eyes of the Lakers and everyone else, the Clippers were simply that annoying pebble that sometimes finds its way into your shoe. Bothersome, yes. But hopelessly harmless, nonetheless.That pebble on Tuesday grew into a full-fledged boulder, and with Ballmer now in charge it threatens to wreak considerable damage as it powerfully rolls across the landscape.Make no mistake, Los Angeles is and always will be a Lakers town. It will take years before that changes, if it ever will.But a cluster of events have converged so perfectly that the Clippers are finally poised to penetrate the Lakers’ powerful foothold.Sterling was always the Clippers’ greatest opponent. They would never rise to greatness with him poisoning the water at the very top.But he is no longer a concern.Beyond that, the presence of Griffin and Paul and Rivers ensures the Clippers as a viable contender in the Western Conference as well as a welcomed landing spot for future free agents.And with the Lakers standing at the ground floor of a major rebuilding project — with no light yet emerging to lead them back to prosperity — the Clippers’ window of opportunity just burst wide open.And not just locally.The San Antonio Spurs are bound to show their age at some point. And if Kevin Durant follows his heart back home to Maryland to play for the Washington Wizards, the Western Conference will suddenly look a whole lot less intimidating.The Clippers are positioned perfectly to seize the moment.And maybe grab hold of a decade in the process.Ironically, Sterling’s final act of buffoonery may have been his greatest contribution to a franchise he continually steered head-first into immovable walls over the years.It forced him to hand over the keys to an innovative, motivated, multi-billionaire who takes over with one objective in mind: To make the Clippers one of the premier franchises in professional sports.It’s up to him to put words into action, but Ballmer didn’t blow the rest of the field out of the water with his $2 billion bid to simply pull a string on his new toy and watch it scuttle about in circles.He wants to win. And he’ll do it by any means necessary and by utilizing every asset at his disposal.With the Lakers practically helpless to do anything about it for the immediate future — their roster is set for next season, and realistically it will take three years and an incredible amount of luck before they are championship-relevant again — the Clippers have the necessary talent, coach, leadership and time to finally make their move.For years, the Lakers could count on Sterling to screw it all up.For decades, the rest of the NBA looked at the Clippers with indifference.That all changed Tuesday.vincent.bonsignore@langnews.com @DailyNewsVinny on Twitter From the moment Donald Sterling’s voice was heard uttering those repulsive, racist comments on the now-infamous audio-taped conversation with girlfriend V. Stiviano, the NBA had no choice but to remove him as owner of the Clippers.That the league acted as swiftly and unanimously as it did between owners and players to oust Sterling is a tribute to its zero tolerance for such blatant hate and racism. And by completing construction of the remarkable bridge that delivers the Clippers from the incompetence of Sterling to the brilliance of new owner Steve Ballmer, the NBA didn’t just remove a hideous stain. It turned its weakest link into one of its strongest.But now comes a new set of problems.By ridding itself of Sterling and officially welcoming Ballmer into the club, the NBA has awakened a sleeping giant. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img One whose reach and impact will be felt as close as across the hall at Staples Center — that would be the Lakers — all the way to TD Garden in Boston.With the former Microsoft CEO as the new sheriff in town, a new day might be dawning across the NBA.The Clippers were closing in on a new, successful era even before Sterling stumbled into Stiviano’s web and exposed himself as the bungling fool he’s been over most of his 33-year ownership of the franchise.They had a young team filled with exciting superstars like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and a respected, compelling leader in coach and general manager Doc Rivers. They played in a desirable, vibrant city in front of sellout crowds at one of the league’s premier arenas.All the necessary components were in place for a successful run.last_img read more

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‘I got hit in the junk two years in a row’: Your best, most embarrassing sports moments

first_imgWe need to talk through this.Sports are gone for a long, long time, unfortunately. The only thing we have right now is each other — and our cringey, embarrassing, awkward sports memories. So let’s keep this train rolling. MORE: Fans will miss March Madness most in world without sportsMost of the people on this planet have played sports at some point or another, whether recreationally, organized or semi-pro. More people have not played professional sports, which is why most of us sit here and tweet and write about them.Earlier in the week, I posed this question on Twitter:You guys got any embarrassing sports moments? Playing or watching?— Joe (@JoeRiveraSN) March 30, 2020Needless to say, there were plenty of hilarious responses that reminded us why we don’t play pro sports and earn large, sexy contracts.Here are some of the best responses from the Twitter roundup:BasketballMiddle school basketball game. Wide open on the wing for a 3. Called for the ball and my teammate zipped a pass to me. Ball went right through my hands hit me in the face and knocked me over. It went out of bounds for a turnover. Then I had to sub out because my nose was bleeding— Shane Magness (@Shane_Magness91) March 30, 2020Which hurt worse: the busted nose, or the bruised ego?I was a benchwarmer on our freshman hoops team. I only attempted three shots all year. Missed the first two, my best chance for a bucket was in the final game of the season, and I had a wide open transition layup — and I missed it. It was the last time I played organized hoops. https://t.co/iOB6EXi0Qj— Nick Feely (@nickfeely) March 30, 2020This is worse than the GIF of Swaggy P missing the 3-pointer.BaseballI was trying to impress a guy that I liked that actually showed up to a softball game (after hyping myself up in front of him) and welp my changeup went over the backstop. Not great. He left after that.— Chelsea Ladd (@chelseabrooke) March 30, 2020He left? Did he go to find the ball and never came back?Was playing left field at a 4 field complex,Tried throwing a runner out at home and ended up throwing it over the backstop and hit a kid on the field behind it— Nick Rini (@njrini99) March 30, 2020At least arm strength isn’t a problem.I made the last out of an inning trying to steal second…while the bases were loaded.— Tim Sennett (@timsennett) March 30, 2020Well, if nothing else, at least you got a really good jump.In high school, I got hit in the junk two years in a row. Once by a ground ball, and once by a short hop throw.— Jason Hagman (@Jason_Hagman) March 30, 2020Uh … no balls, two strikes?Hit a Grand Slam for my first ever over the fence home run in Slowpitch Softball. When I sat down to crack a celebratory beer, I was called out by the home plate umpire.I was too excited. I missed home plate.My first over the fence home run became a triple with 3 RBI.— Brian Dunkel (@bcdunkel) March 30, 2020″You miss 100 percent of the home plates you don’t touch.” — Babe Ruth — Wayne Gretzky — Michael Scott — Joe RiveraWalked in my first AB. The defense wasn’t paying attention so I ran to second and was safe. Forgot to ask for times and immediately got tagged out…while celebrating.— coryjsettoon (@coryjsettoon) March 30, 2020Is it time to stop celebrating in sports? My column:😂😂 Those are bad. This is worse: tore my rotator cuff with a celebratory fist pump when the Yankees won the AL Pennant in 2009.— Shane Magness (@Shane_Magness91) March 30, 2020Might be the genesis of all the Yankees’ injury issues these days.Pissed myself behind the plate once. Not my fault we allowed 10 runs in an innings. https://t.co/n3wx3IX88N— Ryan Morik (@RyanMorik) March 30, 2020Well, now other people are going to pee themselves, too. By laughing, probably.First thing that comes to mind was a baseball game in probably 6th-7th grade. I somehow lost a contact and had to play 2B. Ball is hit to me and I run the opposite way trying to guess where it is. I’m sure I looked foolish. — Anonymous Twitter user.You probably looked better in the field than José Canseco did that one time.Easily me in center field yelling at my high school girlfriend in the stands and the ball was hit to me while I wasn’t looking. I never picked up the ball. Pop up to center for a triple.— Gary Sheffield Jr. (@GarysheffieldJr) March 30, 2020I hope she loved you for your baseball acumen.Senior year of high school I had a hemorrhoid and I was in excruciating pain when I ran. I was shagging fly balls during BP and I just had to shut it down. I told my coach I pulled my hamstring. I was too embarrassed to tell him what it really was. I’m in the trainers room getting my leg messaged and s—, feeling like an a—hole because there’s nothing wrong with it. A week goes by and I still have this thing. I told my buddy the truth and I should’ve known better because he had a big mouth. Long story short, because the only way I could sit comfortably during the game was on the ball bucket, my buddy blabs it to my coach and the entire team. After the game my coach calls me over and here I’m thinking “I’m gonna get screamed at for lying about an injury” but he spends the next 10 minutes telling me how he gets them chronically and how he deals with them. — Anonymous Twitter User No. 2A literal pain in the ass. Way to go.MORE: Sports figures who have tested positive for coronavirusFootballI played football when I studied abroad at the Univ. of Glasgow in Scotland. I was a RB & we played on a converted soccer field w/ unclear lines. I broke a huge run, but I ended up spiking the ball on the 5-yard line. NOT COOL. https://t.co/5Gkaj1Pbrp— John C. Eustice (@johnceustice) March 31, 2020Not cool, but definitely hilarious.My team was once down 56-0 in high school football…..with 5:30 left in the first quarter. https://t.co/TLVagJIlTk— Chev ™️ (@ChevyReed14) March 31, 2020Wow, so you played for the New York Jets?I tried to race someone before my flag football game and partially tore my Achilles https://t.co/XN9adSn7Mb— Simon Rath (@HawksDraftNerd) March 31, 2020Now I see why you play flag football and not two-hand touch.We have a chance to become the second JV football football team ever to go undefeated in the history of our high school. Last game of the season (no playoffs for JV), against one of our biggest rivals. We’re in overtime, and we get the ball first. We score a touchdown. I, the long-snapper for the PAT, send the ball flying over the holder’s head. We don’t convert. Other team gets the ball. Scores a touchdown. Kicks the PAT. We lose because of my bad snap. — SN’s Tadd HaislopThank God you’re better at writing about football than playing it.SoccerSoccer tournament in 40 MPH+ wind. I was part of the wall and the wind caught the ball, I misjudged it and tried to protect my face but instead it hit me square in the groin. Fell to the ground and almost blacked out lol https://t.co/Wps7FCMHu9— 👑gaurav vedak👑 (@gvedak) March 31, 2020″An absolute FIRECRACKER!”I was playing soccer in kindergarten and I was the goalie the first game. A kid kicked it toward me and I stopped it, but I didn’t know to punt it back and I just put the ball down. Kid came and kicked it in the net for a goal. I learned quickly.— Chris Nalwasky (@ChrisWasky) March 30, 2020See, usually in soccer, you want to kick the ball.HockeyI was chosen for a youth clinic at the old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, open to the public. Bobby Orr ran drills with a microphone. I was pivoting and hit a rut in the ice, fell on my back. Orr bellowed into the mic, “Well, that’s what you don’t do.”— Derek Smith (@secondaryassist) March 31, 2020There are worse things than Bobby Orr telling you you stink.I’m 5’6” and a hockey goalie, I was taught being shorter come further out of my crease to cut down angles..in my JR year of HS, I came out as a player crossed the red line, he looped the puck over me, into the net, I stumble going to catch it and hit my head off the crossbar 😐— Dave Pollard (@DaveJPollard) March 30, 2020At least you tried to cut down the angles.MORE: Five sports-related things to do with your kids during COVID-19 quarantineMiscellaneousKnocked one of my front teeth out in karate and they had to put it back in place by cementing it to the other front tooth, so for a month I had one giant front tooth. Once it was fully fixed, I fell at Darien Lake and the tooth fell out again so they had to do it all again— Allan (@Really_Allan) March 31, 2020Knocked your teeth loose in karate? Someone get this guy a DAZN contract, quick!Bowling story: I told this girl that if she would bowl on my team for the night, I would shoot a 300. She showed up and I proceeded to throw the first 11 strikes and dumped the 12th one in the gutter. That girl is now my wife and I’ve redeemed myself a few times 😂— Tim … (@TimUrsillo) March 31, 2020Only thing that would have made this better is if you followed it up with, “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, I AM?!” i was once on a date watching a college football match in a bar, i went to scoot up the stool i was sitting on and the seat itself came out, my thumb went between the seat and the rest of the chair as it came down, and I broke my thumb. I had to excuse myself. she ghosted me https://t.co/ieJEkMekia— Ed Zitron (@edzitron) March 30, 2020Smooth.My singlet ripped in a wrestling match and my lil’ tag team partner was exposed. https://t.co/x6QAjxeI2d— J.P. Scott (@TheJPScott) March 30, 2020I … don’t have anything witty to say about this.I jumped up so fast when Iowa’s Tevaun Smith hauled in an 85-yard touchdown pass in the 2015 Big Ten Championship Game that I passed out momentarily and fell back into my chair.My dad, watching with me, was celebrating so hard himself I still don’t think he knows this happened. https://t.co/ts9tA7ULRS— Cody Hills (@ByCodyHills) March 30, 2020Time to wake up, Cody. This has all been a dream, and Iowa still lost.last_img read more

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Juventus ‘crowning moment’ of Sarri’s career

first_img“He was absolutely the first choice,” said Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici of Sarri.“We chose Maurizio because we felt he was the best coach for Juventus right now, just as Allegri was five years ago and (Antonio) Conte three years before that,”“Sarri showed he can win in the Premier League and internationally, so he’s the right man for the job.Alegri paid the price for another Champions League failure despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100-million-euro ($115 million) signing.Sarri said he was relishing the chance to coach five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.“I coached some very strong players, but training him will be yet another step forward,” he said.“I’d like to help him break some new records.”The Champions League is the top target for Juventus who have not won the European title since 1996.“At European level we have this dream, this target we have to pursue with great determination but also great difficulty,” he said.“Juventus will start with the target of winning the Champions League but with the knowledge there are another eight or nine clubs that can win.”The former Empoli coach said that he would try to prove his critics wrong once again.“I arrive surrounded by sceptics, but then I always am. I had the same at Empoli, Napoli and Chelsea.“In football, I know only one way of removing scepticism from the minds of people by winning convincingly.“I haven’t won a lot, but I believe that having fun on the pitch doesn’t stop you winning.“You can’t think that just because a team is having fun they are superficial and not determined.”Share on: WhatsApp Maurizio Sarri. PHOTO via @juventusfcTurin, Italy | AFP | Maurizio Sarri said his appointment as Juventus coach was “the crowning” moment of his 30-year managerial career as the former Chelsea manager was presented by the Serie A giants in Turin on Thursday.The 60-year-old returns to Italy after just one turbulent season in the Premier League with Chelsea, having previously coached his hometown team Napoli for three seasons.Juventus is the 20th team that Sarri has coached since the former banker took over at Stia, a team in the Italian eighth division back in 1990.“The offer of Juve, the most important team in Italy, is the crowning of a very long career, which for 80 percent of the time has been quite difficult,” Sarri told a press conference at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.Sarri, decked out in a Juventus team suit and tie rather than his usual tracksuit, was asked if he would adapt to the Juventus style.“I don’t know what the Juventus style is,” said the Neapolitan who once famously gave the middle finger to some Juventus fans.“Suit and tie or tracksuit? I have to talk to the club.“I would prefer not to wear the suit and tie on the pitch. The important thing is that at my age, they don’t send me out naked onto the pitch.”Despite his long coaching career Sarri only lifted his first trophy last month when he guided Chelsea to the Europa League trophy.“From an emotional point of view, it was a very long path through the lower divisions and then Serie A and then Premier League.“It has been step after step in a gradual way, a very long process.”Chelsea was the only time Sarri has coached outside of Italy but he failed to win over the English fans despite returning the club to the Champions League with a third-placed finish in the Premier League and winning the Europa League.“The Premier League was a great experience, but in the latter half (of the season), I felt professional and personal needs to return to Italy,” he said.“I decided to come back to Italy because such an important club wanted me so strongly.“I have never seen so much determination on the part of a club to hire a coach.”– ‘Best coach for Juventus’ –Sarri takes over from Massimiliano Allegri, who led Juventus to an eighth consecutive Scudetto title.last_img read more

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