Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy suffered an upset in the pre-quarterfinals, while the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and the mixed doubles combine of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy entered the quarter-finals of the Canada Open Grand Prix.Second seeded Prannoy was stunned by South Korean ninth seed Jeon Hyeok Jin, who won 17-21, 21-14, 21-13 in an hour and a minute on Thursday to enter the quarter-finals of the event.The third seeded pairing of Manu and Sumeeth got the better of South Koreans Choi Solgyu and Jae Hwan Kim 21-17, 17-21, 21-13 in 45 minutes at the Canada Olympic Park.In the semi-finals, the Indian pair will meet another South Korean pair in Kim Won Ho and Seung Jae Seo, who ended the hopes of England’s Ben Lane and Sean Vendy with a hard-fought 22-20, 21-17 victory.Mixed doubles second seeds Pranaav and Sikki took just 26 minutes to brush aside the Dutch pair of Robin Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen 21-11, 21-17.Pranaav and Sikki will meet South Koreans Kim Won Ho and Shin Seung Chan in the semi-finals on Friday. Kim and Shin defeated Australian sixth seeds Sawan Serasinghe and Setyana Mapasa 21-18, 21-10.However, another Indian mixed doubles pair of Kona Tarun and J. Meghana suffered a 9-21, 8-21 loss to Japanese Kohei Gondo and Wakana Nagahara.Women’s singles shuttler Ruthvika Shivani Gadde was also eliminated, losing to Japanese second seed Aya Ohori. The Japanese won 21-13, 17-21, 21-19 in a hard-fought contest which lasted 55 minutes.advertisementAlso on the losing side were men’s singles shuttlers Karan Rajan Rajarajan and Abhishek Yelegar.
India thrashed Malaysia 6-2 in a second-round clash to take a big step towards qualification for the final of the Asia Cup hockey championship on Thursday.Akashdeep Singh (15th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (19th), S.K. Uthappa (24th), Gurjant Singh (33rd), S.V. Sunil (40th) and Sardar Singh (60th) scored the goals for a ruthless India.India were already 5-0 up when Razie Rahim and Ramadan Rosli struck for Malaysia, who in their previous match had stunned Pakistan 3-2.With this win, India now have four points from two matches, while second-placed Malaysia have three points.South Korea, who drew 1-1 with Pakistan earlier in the day, hold the third spot.Top two teams will qualify for the final, while the teams finishing third and fourth will vie for the bronze medal.On Saturday, India will meet Pakistan needing at least a draw to seal their place in the final on October 22.Malaysia will face South Korea on Friday also searching for a point to reach the final.But the Malaysians need to put up a better performance that they did against India.Having won all their matches thus far in the tournament, Malaysia raced out of the blocks at a frenetic pace, attacking India constantly.They made two strong circle entries at the start of the game but an alert Indian defence kept them out of scoring.India’s first break-through came in the 14th minute when Manpreet assisted Akashdeep inside the circle with a fiercely-struck long pass. The Indian forward was impeccable in his attempt to improvise the pass to beat the Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam to take a 1-0 lead in the first quarter.advertisementThe second quarter saw Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera make brilliant saves that had the Dhaka audience in raptures. His first big save came only two minutes into the second quarter when Malaysia won a penalty corner. Karkera was resolute to pad it away.Later in the 23rd minute, another penalty corner was averted when Karkera saved a fiercely struck drag-flick from Rahim to keep Malaysia from converting.Earlier, Harmanpreet Singh was at his best when he found the centre of the goal to take India’s lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute. A good assist by Sunil saw Uthappa score India’s third goal in the 24th minute.Post the 10-minute half-time break, India scored two more goals to stamp their supremacy over Malaysia. It was Gurjant in the 33rd minute followed by a splendid goal by Sunil brilliantly-assisted by Gurjant Singh who worked in tandem to score India’s fifth goal.A trademark reverse hit by Gurjant from the left flank to Sunil, who made a diving attempt to push the ball into the post, ensured the local crowds were thoroughly entertained. This goal by Sunil was also adjudged as the goal of the match.The final quarter saw India make a few defensive errors that saw them concede penalty corners. With 10 minutes to the final hooter, Malaysia’s Rahim utilised the chance to put one past a diving Akash Chikte in the 50th minute.Malaysia won another penalty corner in the 54th minute but Chikte was outstanding in his save.Almost immediately, Malaysia won another set-piece but an alert Chikte averted a goal again. Malaysia won two back-to-back penalty corners in the 58th minute but couldn’t make the chance count.Though their second goal came through in the 59th minute via Rosli, India extended their lead in the 60th minute when veteran Sardar employed a reverse-hand strike.
Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu has suggested responsibility of wearing the national colours will bear in the minds of the players as they take centre stage for one last time in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup today.Brazil play African champions Mali in a third-place match here but the pain of losing out on lifting the World Cup has laid heavily on the boys, admits Amadeu.”We had a chance to get into the final but we dropped it. We now have the third place so this is what we are fighting for. For us, it doesn’t matter what match it is, donning the national jersey comes with a responsibility to win and that is we what are looking forward to,” he said on Friday.”It’s natural to become sad after losing a match like that, what happens after that depends on the players if they can recover immediately. The coaching staff had a meeting after the match. We talked that we have to come back and make our heads up because the players will watch us. So we tried to work as normal as we could be.”The South Americans reached their first semi-final since 2011 and while Amadeu looks at it as achievement of sorts, the coach believes the overall experience of the tournament will benefit the boys in the future.”The level of this competition was really high. We dad many team that could have won like Germany, Paraguay and France. The biggest take away is we have played seven games in the tournament it is a good experience for the boys and it will be important for their growth. We need more competition exposure for the youngsters so let’s see how things go from here,” he said.advertisementMeanwhile, ?Mali coach Jonas Kokou Komla remarked that a third-place finish in the Junior World Cup will be proud moment for the country.”We are sad that we couldn’t play in the final but a third-place finish will also be good. It will be an honour for the country. In Africa, we focus more on the youngsters and a collided group trains together for years for such big competitions. We have don’t have much resources like the Europe but we try to teach our boys what’s best for the game and that’s the reason why we are standing here,” he said.
Shane Warne, Australia’s spin wizard, played his first match on this day 26 years back in 1992 against India in Sydney.He finished with figures of 1/150, with his only wicket being that of Man-of-the-Match Ravi Shastri, caught by Dean Jones for 206. It was the third match of the five-match series which eventually ended in a draw.There was another debutant in that match, Subroto Banerjee, who made his first and last appearance for India. He scored 3 runs and picked up 3 at the cost of 47 runs.WATCH VIDEOWarne didn’t do much again in the fourth Test in Adelaide with figures of 0/78, meaning he finished the series with overall figures of 1/228 as he was dropped for the fifth Test.#OnThisDay in 1992, the great @ShaneWarne made his Test debut, against India in Sydney.He returned figures of 1/150, with his only wicket being @RaviShastriOfc. pic.twitter.com/2TM7jI1ORh- ICC (@ICC) January 2, 2018With the lessons learnt on his maiden tour, Warne honed his skills further, tweaked his bowling action a bit and went on to establish himself as the greatest leg-spin bowler in the history of the game. Warne went onto play a total of 145 Test matches, picking up a record 708 wickets, the second-most in the format behind Sri Lakan Muttiah Muralidaran. Warne also has 37 five-wicket hauls in Tests, again the second highest behind Murali’s 67 five-fors.Warne’s debut came 113 years after an Australian Fred Spofforth, made history when he became the first bowler to take a Test hat-trick, back in 1879. Warne’s only hat-trick came at his home ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Boxing Day in the second Test of the 1994/95 Ashes tour at home, after his career-best 8/71 in the second innings of the first Test at the Gabba.advertisementHe is also the highest run-scorer (3154 runs from the 199 times he came out with a bat in hand) never to have scored a hundred (his best is an agonising 99). He also played 194 one day internationals, picking up 293 wickets, since making his debut against New Zealand at Wellington in March 1993.Nobody can also deny that he was arguably the greatest captain Australia never had.Warne was known for his sharp cricketing acumen and quick thinking, which was evident in the Indian Premier League’s maiden season where he steered Rajasthan Royals to victory in 2008.But there were lows as well in Warne’s glorious career. The 2003 World Cup was supposed to be Warne’s swansong from one-day cricket.Australia, the defending champions, were expected to take home the World Cup again but the blonde leggie was thrown out of the tournament after he a failed drug test. He claimed he that he had taken a pill given by his mother to lose the double chin. But it all ended in disgrace.However, history will forever remember Shane Warne as the greatest leg-spinner and entertainer the game has ever seen. He played with a cheeky smile, he played aggressively and he played to win.During his heydays, Warne remained controversy’s favourite child but the crowds loved him wherever he went.
Philippe Coutinho’s importance to Liverpool may be difficult to put a price on following his latest exemplary showing in the 5-1 thumping of Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.The focus in recent weeks has surrounded the impressive Mohamed Salah and rightly so following his rich vein of form where he has found the net seven times in his last four league games to make him the division’s top scorer.The Egyptian has played a major part in Liverpool achieving five wins from their last six league fixtures. Only table toppers Manchester City have enjoyed a better run of form.But Coutinho’s presence is also a defining factor and he was the standout player as the Reds recorded an emphatic victory at the Amex Stadium.Brighton could not contain the Brazilian forward, who was rested for the midweek win over Stoke City, and was unstoppable as he helped set up three goals and also scored a superb free kick.Manager Juergen Klopp will be thrilled that his influential talisman has appeared to move on from the speculation that saw him strongly linked with a big money move to Barcelona before the close season transfer deadline.Should Coutinho continue to play as he did on Saturday, Liverpool will be major contenders for silverware this season.After setting up Emre Can and Roberto Firmino for the opening two goals, he then produced a sublime piece of skill to get his name on the scoresheet.The 25-year-old found the bottom corner underneath a free kick wall, evoking memories of a similar strike in an FA Cup quarter-final against West Ham United in February of last year.advertisementCoutinho earned special praise from his manager who also thanked his club analysts for pointing out that he was capable of such a hit in their pre-match preparations.When asked about Coutinho’s performance, Klopp said: “Very good. I am really happy about it. The free kick — credit to the analysts. He still needs the technique to do it.”Coutinho has now had a hand in 13 goals in his last 11 Premier League games (seven goals, six assists).Brighton manager Chris Hughton did not doubt that he is world class and said he was the major difference between the two teams.”If he is having a good day he is a world class player. We are all aware of the reports in the last transfer window and that is the reason,” Hughton said. “He is a world class player.”The biggest test for Liverpool and Klopp could come again in January if Barcelona renew their interest in the Brazilian.Liverpool supporters will be praying he stays at Anfield to inspire many more emphatic victories.
SOCHI, Russia — Megan Bozek, Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker each had a goal and two assists to help the United States beat Sweden 6-1 Feb. 17 to earn a spot in the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics.Jesse Vetter needed just eight saves to help the Americans clinch no worse than a silver medal. The U.S. has medaled in every Winter Games since women’s hockey was added in 1998, and just once — with a loss to Sweden in the 2006 semifinals — failed to reach the Olympic championship game.The United States will play the winner of the late semifinal between Canada and Switzerland for the gold medal. A victory by Canada would set up a rematch of the 1998, 2002 and ’10 finals.The U.S. won the gold medal in Nagano then took silver in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. Canada also won a game in the preliminary round 3-2.Anna Borgqvist scored on a deflected shot past Vetter with just under seven minutes remaining to spoil the shutout.The U.S. outshot Sweden 70-9. Valentina Wallner made 42 saves for Sweden before she was pulled with 7:29 left in the second period. Kim Martin Hasson, the first woman to play goal in five Olympics, stopped 22 of 23 shots the rest of the way.Alex Carpenter and Kacey Bellamy scored in a span of 66 seconds in the first period, and Amanda Kessel gave the Americans a 3-0 lead before Sweden got off its first shot. The U.S. outshot Sweden 29-1 in the first period.(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Throughout all the losses, there had been one positive constant for the Miami Marlins for quite a while: When Steve Cishek came in to protect a lead, they won.The side-arming Cishek had converted a team-record 33 straight save chances — the longest active streak in the majors — before the New York Mets stung him.Slumping Curtis Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning that beat the Marlins 4-3.“I’ll be up a while,” Cishek said. “It’s never a good feeling.”“It’s no excuse for me to come in and not get the job done,” he said. “I just didn’t have my good command, leaving pitches down the middle.”After Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to put the Marlins ahead 3-2, the Mets came back.Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a soft single against Cishek (1-1) and moved up on a sacrifice.Left fielder Christian Yelich then made a nice running catch on pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu’s liner for the second out. But Omar Quintanilla followed with a single down the line and Yelich slipped on the dirt as he got ready to throw home, letting Duda score standing up.“It would’ve been a tough play,” Yelich said. “But if I had stayed on my feet, I was going home.”Pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled to put runners at second and third. Granderson stepped up, having gone 0 for 4 and with a .130 batting average, and grounded his game-winner past Jones at first base.“He’s a great hitter,” Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said. “Just because he hasn’t gotten a whole lot of hits to this point doesn’t mean he’s not a great hitter.”Granderson also hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 14th inning April 20th against Atlanta.Redmond felt confident Cishek would close out the Mets. Cishek’s string of success dated to last June, during the Marlins’ 100-loss season.“He’s been so good,” Redmond said. “I always anticipate he’s going to get out of it. And tonight, he didn’t.”“You just see the momentum starting to roll their way and we couldn’t stop it,” he said.Jeurys Familia (1-2) pitched a scoreless inning for his first big league win. Yelich’s hitting streak ended at 17 games, and the Marlins fell to 1-9 on the road.Saltalamacchia homered two pitches after reliever Gonzalez Germen narrowly missed strike three, drawing groans from the crowd of 21,171 at Citi Field. Saltalamacchia then hit a shot to left-center and Jones followed with a drive off the right-field foul pole.The Mets hadn’t allowed any home runs since April 19, a span of 57 innings.Young starters Zack Wheeler and Henderson Alvarez both pitched well. Wheeler, a month before he turns 24, struck out 10 in six innings. He gave up four singles and walked three in six innings.A week past his 24th birthday, Alvarez gave up two runs in six innings. In his previous start, he pitched a two-hit shutout against Seattle.David Wright hit an RBI single and scored on Daniel Murphy’s double in the third to put the Mets ahead 2-0.Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI single in the fifth that made it 2-1. With runners at the corners, Giancarlo Stanton flied out to deep right-center to end the inning.(Ben Walker, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON — ESPN announcers will call Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game from atop Fenway Park’s Green Monster.The network said Wednesday that Dan Shulman and John Kruk will be located in Section 9 of the stands above the stadium’s famous Wall. Boston first installed the Green Monster seats in 2003.In May, Shulman and Kruk called the Cardinals-Cubs telecast from the bleachers at Wrigley Field.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez is getting hitting tips from Barry Bonds as the New York Yankees third baseman prepares to return from a season-long suspension.Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz confirmed the workouts, which the San Francisco Chronicle reported took place at the Future Prospects batting cages in San Rafael, California.“Alex has consulted numerous former players and coaches as he continues to work towards spring training including most recently Edgar Martinez who worked with him last week in Miami,” Berkowitz said in an email.Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is sixth on the career list with 654 homers. Bonds leads with 762.A-Rod admitted six years ago he used banned steroids while with Texas from 2001-03, and he was suspended for last season for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.Bonds testified in 2003 that he was not aware substances given to him by personal trainer Greg Anderson were banned performance-enhancing drugs.New York says it plans to shift Rodriguez from third base to designated hitter. A-Rod is owed $61 million in the final three seasons of his contract with the Yankees.
TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS — Olympiakos won 3-0 at OFI to stay two points ahead of PAOK in the Greek league on Jan. 24.Alejandro Dominguez connected with a first-half penalty and Costas Fortounis and Costas Mitroglou added two late second-half goals.PAOK won 3-0 on paper against Niki Volos, which has been expelled from the topflight for financial reasons. Niki will continue in the second division, the Football League, next season, with six points deducted.Also, third-place Panathinaikos beat Kalloni 1-0, Kerkyra thrashed Veria 4-0, Asteras beat Panionios 2-0, Panthrakikos beat Levadiakos 1-0, and Giannena drew 1-1 at Xanthi.On Monday, it’s Panetolikos vs. Atromitos, and Platanias vs. Ergoteli. There are no games on Jan. 25 due to a national election.
NEWARK, N.J. — If the New Jersey Devils are going to make a run at the playoffs, they are going to have to win games in which they don’t play well.That is just what they did against the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 29.Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout, Cory Schneider made 29 saves through overtime, and the Devils rallied late to beat Toronto 2-1, extending the Maple Leafs’ losing streak to a season-high seven games.“Any win is a good win for us at this point,” Elias said. “It wasn’t an easy game coming of the (All-Star) break. We just didn’t have it going. Schneids kept us in there for the first two, and we found a way to tie it up after they scored.”That’s the kind of play the Devils are going to need to make up a 13-point deficit in the Eastern Conference wild-card race.They are 5-2-1 in their last eight games, and this win came with an unexpected seeing-eye goal from defenseman Adam Larsson with 2:50 left in regulation off a nice pass by Martin Havlat.“I didn’t see it,” said Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier, who made 22 saves. “It was a good shot. Those are the ones you have to (stop).”Larsson smiled sheepishly when asked if he was shooting for the corner of the net on his second goal of the season and fifth of his career. “I was just trying to get the shot past the first layer of players,” he said.The goal wiped out the advantage Toronto had built minutes earlier on James van Riemsdyk’s breakaway tally.The shootout win was the Devils’ third in nine this season.Bernier made a pad save on Scott Gomez on the Devils’ first shootout attempt, but Josefson and Elias beat him with backhanders on the next two tries.Mike Santorelli missed the net on Toronto’s first attempt, and Schneider stopped Tyler Bozak on the second.“We had plenty of chances,” Toronto interim coach Peter Horachek said. “We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities.”Until the unlikely goal by Larsson, it appeared that van Riemsdyk’s goal with 8:11 left in regulation would be the winner. It capped a breakout play on which former Devils forward David Clarkson sent a pass between his legs to Bozak, who made a nifty pass to spring van Riemsdyk in alone on Schneider.“It’s been a tough stretch for us, there’s no hiding that,” van Riemsdyk said.Bernier had kept Toronto ahead with a glove stop on a breakaway by Mike Cammalleri with roughly five minutes to play.The only real action in the first two periods came during power plays.Toronto had the best chances with the extra man but Schneider made two outstanding stops on van Riemsdyk. The first was a skate save against the goal post after the forward backhanded a shot between his legs in the opening period. The second was a glove save from point-blank range late in the second period after Bozak made a no-look pass.Schneider was at his best in the second period, stopping a breakaway by Santorelli midway through the period. He then got lucky about a minute later when Leo Komarov banged a shot off the post from the left circle.“This is a game earlier in the year we would not have won,” Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, who is guiding the team along with assistant coach Adam Oates and Scott Stevens since the firing of Pete DeBoer.Bernier faced only 13 shots in the first two periods. His best save was a pad stop on Havlat’s shot from just inside the right circle during a power play.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Floyd Mayweather said in an upcoming interview with Showtime that at this moment he’s not interested in a rematch with Manny Pacquiao “because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward.”The interview was recorded late May 5 and will air May 9 after the network’s replay of boxing’s richest fight, which Mayweather won by decision last weekend in Las Vegas to stay undefeated.Asked if he thought Pacquiao was hampered by the right shoulder injury that later required surgery, Mayweather tells Jim Gray, “Absolutely not.”“Excuses, excuses, excuses,” he said later.“He was fast,” Mayweather insists in quotes released May 7. “His left hand was fast. His right hand was fast and he was throwing them both fast and strong.”Using an expletive for emphasis, Mayweather adds that “I’m not going to buy into” it, “and I don’t want the public to buy into” it.“He lost,” Mayweather said. “He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this.”Mayweather acknowledges that he earlier texted ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to say he welcomed a rematch.“Yeah, but I change my mind,” Mayweather said. “At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward. . If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.’”TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices June 23, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady’s defense.It was growing dark when Goodell left the league headquarters after he heard Brady and representatives from the players’ union during the lengthy meeting. League security said Brady also had left.No details of the hearing were immediately available. “I think we put in a very compelling case,” Kessler said, adding that no timetable on a decision by Goodell had been given.Kessler said he would have no further comments, and neither the union nor the league immediately commented.This was the latest step in the protracted “Deflategate” scandal, and no decisions were expected imminently.Indeed, it is uncertain how soon Goodell will announce anything; he could decide to keep the suspension as it is, reduce it or completely wipe it clean.With training camps set to open in five weeks, the commissioner has some time to consider the evidence presented at the hearing. But the Patriots also can’t finalize training camp practice plans for the quarterback position until they know Brady’s availability for the 2015 season.Should Goodell keep the four-game ban — or even if he reduces it but doesn’t dismiss it totally — Brady could go to court. That could delay any solution for months.On June 23 as Goodell was hearing a myriad of testimonies, Brady supporters were outside, some wearing “Free Brady” T-shirts. At least until the rains came, that is.Some reporters joked that the meeting lasted so long because a summer storm was hitting the city and no one wanted to leave the building in such weather.But just past 8:30 p.m. EDT, the principles headed out.The NFL Players Association had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.Based on the league-sanctioned Wells report, Brady was suspended and the Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks.Among the key elements of Brady’s appeal: who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league’s findings about deflated footballs.The NFL says Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed the letters sent to Brady and the Patriots informing them of the penalties. The NFLPA challenged Vincent’s power to issue punishment, citing Article 46 of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.Goodell dismissed the union’s claim.“I did not delegate my disciplinary authority to Mr. Vincent; I concurred in his recommendation and authorized him to communicate to Mr. Brady the discipline imposed under my authority as Commissioner,” Goodell said in his letter to the union on June 2. “The identity of the person who signed the disciplinary letter is irrelevant.”The penalties were announced after investigator Ted Wells found that the Super Bowl champions illegally used under-inflated footballs in the AFC title game.Goodell issued punishments to Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice in recent, high-profile cases involving players violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The league doesn’t consider Brady’s case similar because it involved rules of the game.Scientific arguments also were a major part of Brady’s defense. Brady’s lawyers tried to shoot down the findings of an independent firm hired to provide scientific analysis of the air pressure inside the footballs used by the Patriots and Colts during the AFC title game.Brady’s side claimed:— The evidence collected in the Wells report doesn’t prove Brady violated any NFL rules.— The punishment is harsher than for similar violations.While Brady is fighting his punishment, Patriots owner Robert Kraft declined to appeal the team’s penalty, though he defended his franchise player and denied any wrongdoing by team employees.___By Rachel Cohen. AP Sports Writer.AP Pro Football Writers Rob Maaddi and Barry Wilner also contributedTweetPinShare0 Shares
Get ready for another Peyton Manning-Tom Brady matchup.Manning and the Denver Broncos moved one win away from the Super Bowl with a 23-16 victory over the banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.Next up, Manning will tangle with Brady for the 17th time over their storied careers in the AFC title game in Denver.Manning threw for 222 yards and his receivers dropped no fewer than seven passes. But the biggest mistake was Fitzgerald Toussaint’s fumble with 9:52 remaining. The Broncos drove 65 yards and took the lead when C.J. Anderson plunged in from a yard for Denver’s only TD.Ben Roethlisberger, who was playing with a sore right shoulder, threw for 339 yards, despite missing his top receiver, Antonio Brown.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
Olympiacos was hoping that Giorgos Printezis would be good to go for tomorrow’s (29/12) EuroLeague game against Fenerbahce but his return to courts will not take place this week.Printezis suffered an injury on his knee in his team’s road victory vs Zalgiris Kaunas two weeks ago. It was estimated that he will have to stay sidelined for up to 15 days and it seems that he will exhaust this number.The Greek forward tried to hasten his return in order to be ready for Fenerbahce but the medical staff of Olympiacos feared for a relapse, thus ruling him out.Apart from Printezis, Dimitris Agravanis is highly doubtful for the match.Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shares
LESBOS, Greece – “Fantastic Weclome For The FCB Foundation And The Barça Players’ Association On Lesbos Island (Greece)”, FC Barcelona says in an announcement.The veteran players of FC Barcelona and the Greek National Team, offered a unique game to the Lesbos island’s local community.The game was part of a larger support program of the SNF to Fundacion FC Barcelona.Earlier on Thursday the footballers visited Kara Tepe camp, and following that they held a training session to 80 refugee kids and 120 children of the island, sending the message that sports can be a vehicle for solidarity and is addressed equally to all.The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Barça Players’ Association visited the Kara Tepe refugee camp on Lesbos in Greece on Thursday morning. They arrived in the country on Wednesday to help promote social integration among young refugees.Photo: SNFThe first activity they took part in was a sports clinic for 250 children, which aimed to provide afun activity for the young from both the camp and the local Greek community. The event demonstrated football’s role as a powerful tool to promote social cohesion in communities.There are currently 700 refugees living at the Kara Tepe camp who crossed the Mediterranean from Turkey and who mainly come from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Kara Tepe is a reception camp with various educational and sports projects which go to great lengths to respect the dignity of the large numbers of families, children and disabled children who live there.Juliano Belleti, José Edmílson and Aloísio Pires were the most recognisable faces among a group of fifteen ex-players taking part in the sports session with the children.The Director of the Barça Players’ Association, Luis Ortiz de Zevallos, and Mària Vallès, the General Director of the FC Barcelona Foundation, led the expedition.Photo: SNFThis evening, the ex-Barça players will play a charity match at the Mitilene Stadium, in the island’s capital, against a team made up of Greek ex-footballers. Most of the opposition side played in their national team for their famous European Championship victory of 2004.The FC Barcelona Foundation’s recent actions are another attempt to empower young people, between eight and eighteen-years-old from both the local and refugee communities, towards more positive relationships and social skills, and improved emotional well-being. Our future projects in this area will be possible thanks to a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.The FCB Foundation’s strategic aim to fight social exclusion means it is looking at developing its ‘FutbolNet’ methodology across various camps in the Mediterranean. The goal is to work on conflict resolution among children and young people through football as a means of dialogue.This project will also offer the essential psychosocial support needed to help build their futures.MÀRIA VALLÈS’ STATEMENTS“The solidarity with the refugees on Lesbos island is admirable and is an example for the rest of the world. The FC Barcelona Foundation will contribute, with this visit and future programmes, to strengthening the ties between the refugee community and the local one and will help boys and girls overcome the traumatic circumstances they have suffered from. We want them to know their lives matter.”Photo: SNFPhoto: SNFRead FCB announcement:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoTweetPinShare22 Shares
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas remains on course for his first title of the year after beating David Goffin 7-6 (1), 6-2 on Saturday to reach the Open 13 final.He next plays Mikhail Kukushkin after the 31-year-old Kazakh beat French wildcard entry Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-4.The 20-year-old Tsitsipas became the youngest Grand Slam semifinalist since 2007 when the big-serving Greek reached the last four of the Australian Open earlier this year, getting the better of 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer along the way.“Titles mean a lot,” said Tsitsipas, whose only previous title was on indoor hard courts last year in Stockholm. “(Titles) won’t come to you. You have to work hard to get them.”Humbert had nine aces but dropped his serve three times while Kukushkin conceded his once.Kukushkin is through to his fourth career final, but his only win was nine years ago on indoor hard courts at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.“It is a big stage in my career,” said the 50th-ranked Kukushkin. “I am going to play against a very difficult opponent and he is going to be the favorite.”Tsitsipas won their only previous meeting, on outdoor hard courts in Dubai last year.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
NAPLES, Italy — Atalanta came from behind to beat second-place Napoli 2-1 on Monday and firmly put itself into contention for Serie A’s last Champions League spot.Adding another chapter to a career-best season, Duvan Zapata scored one goal and set up another to hand Napoli only its second home loss in the Italian league.Atalanta moved level on points with AC Milan, which holds fourth place on head-to-head record.The top four finishers enter the Champions League group phase.Napoli’s coach Carlo Ancelotti looks on prior to the start of the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Atalanta at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Monday, April 22, 2019. (Cesare Abbate/ANSA via AP)Napoli remains second but is six points ahead of Inter Milan with five games remaining. Carlo Ancelotti’s club has won only one of its last four Serie A matches and was eliminated by Arsenal in the Europa League quarterfinals last week.Atalanta’s 66 goals are second only to the 67 scored by Italian champion Juventus.However, it took the visitors some time to find their aim following a first half marked by a heavy downpour at the San Paolo stadium.Mario Pasalic scored the winner in the 80th with an angled shot after being set up by a back-heel pass from Zapata.Zapata had equalized in the 69th by tapping in a cross after finally breaking free from center back Kalidou Koulibaly.The former Napoli player’s 21 goals ties AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek for second in the league, one behind Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria.Dries Mertens had given Napoli a first-half lead with a back-heel that deflected first off a defender and then his own backside before going in.Napoli looked set to go 2-0 up when Arkadiusz Milik chipped over the goalkeeper, but Atalanta defender Andrea Masiello cleared the ball at the very last moment. Goal-line technology showed most of the ball — but not all of it — had crossed the line.Lorenzo Insigne, who had very recently been considered Napoli’s top striker, never left the bench amid a reported feud with Ancelotti.Atalanta is also still in the Italian Cup semifinals, where it hosts Fiorentina in the second leg on Thursday following a 3-3 opening draw.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Gleyber Day turned into something of a nightmare for the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.Gleyber Torres hit three home runs during a doubleheader sweep, including a solo shot in the nightcap, and Domingo Germán became the majors’ first eight-game winner in the New York Yankees’ 3-1 victory over Baltimore.New York Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu, right, slides past Baltimore Orioles catcher Pedro Severino, left, to score on a Luke Voit double during the third inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Playing a twinbill after rainouts Monday and Tuesday, Torres hit two of New York’s four homers during a 5-3 win in the opener. The 2018 All-Star has eight homers this season, and six have come against the Orioles.“We got two days in a row off,” Torres said. “I think everyone was rested.”The Yankees announced during the second game that third baseman Miguel Andújar, last year’s runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year, will have season-ending surgery to repair a small labrum tear in his right shoulder Monday.“Hurt for him a little bit,” manager Aaron Boone said. “But know this is also just the beginning of the road back.”New York has won 20 of 27 games to move a season-high 10 games over .500 at 26-16 despite currently having 13 players on the injured list.New York Yankees’ Cameron Maybin, left, celebrates with third base coach Phil Nevin, center, as he runs the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Aroldis Chapman closed out both games, giving him 11 saves in 12 chances. Zack Britton also pitched a scoreless inning in each game.Germán (8-1) matched a career high with seven innings, allowing a run and striking out eight. He threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of his 27 batters and has a 2.41 ERA in a breakout season.The 26-year-old right-hander loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh but escaped on Joey Rickard’s groundout to preserve a one-run lead.“That whole inning, that’s a big experience for me,” Germán said through a translator. “Very happy that (manager Aaron Boone) allowed me to pitch through that inning.”Germán is the first Yankee since Tommy John in 1979 to win eight of his first nine appearances to start a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.“This doesn’t mean I take my foot off the pedal,” Germán said.Andrew Cashner (4-2) pitched six innings of two-run ball, striking out seven. He was visited by a trainer in the third after DJ LeMahieu’s comebacker struck him in the left thumb. He stayed in, and Luke Voit drilled his next pitch off the wall in left-center for an RBI double.“I thought it was some of the best stuff he’s had all year,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “From the first inning he was 95, 96 with a really good breaking ball.”Voit’s hit ended his 0-for-18 skid. He added two more hits, including an RBI single in the eighth.New York Yankees’ Luke Voit follows through on a RBI single during the seventh inning of the second baseball game of the team’s doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The 22-year-old Torres joined Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees under 23 years old with three homers in a day. DiMaggio had two three-homer days at 22 or younger — during a doubleheader in 1936 and a three-homer game in 1937, according to STATS.ON GAME 1Playing a single-admission doubleheader after consecutive rainouts, the Yankees filled the seats with souvenirs before most fans had arrived for the first game— the result of an odd 3:05 p.m. start time.Gary Sánchez and Cameron Maybin also went deep, and Orioles starter David Hess (1-5) set a career high with four homers allowed.The Orioles have allowed 89 homers through 42 games, by far the most in the majors. That puts them on pace to give up 343 for the season, which would smash the record of 258 by the 2016 Cincinnati Reds.“It’s too many home runs,” catcher Austin Wynns said. “It’s embarrassing. We have to put an end to that.”Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ (3-3) was pulled after 5 1/3 innings and 64 pitches. He allowed three runs and five hits, including solo homers to Trey Mancini and Renato Nuñez.The opening game wrapped in a tidy 2 hours, 12 minutes.FRESH REINFORCEMENTSA day after being acquired by New York from Oakland, veteran slugger Kendrys Morales arrived in the Bronx during Game 1 and was put in the Game 2 lineup as designated hitter. Morales had an infield single in the eighth and walked twice.Center fielder Aaron Hicks was also in the nightcap lineup, his first appearance since straining his back in spring training. Hicks was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, admitting he was nervous for his first at-bat of the season.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: RHP Evan Phillips was brought up as the team’s 26th man.Yankees: LHP James Paxton (left knee inflammation) felt good a day after throwing a bullpen session. He’ll throw off a mound again Friday. … OF Giancarlo Stanton (left shoulder strain) and SS Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) took 11 plate appearances each in extended spring training. Gregorius said he expects to play shortstop in extended spring games beginning Monday. … RHP Joe Harvey was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Dan Straily (1-3, 8.23) pitches the opener of a four-game set at Cleveland. RHP Trevor Bauer (4-2, 3.02) is up for the Indians.Yankees: Open a three-game series against Tampa Bay on Friday with LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.26) set to pitch. Sabathia has had heated exchanges with the Rays the last two times he faced them, upset over plunked New York hitters. Tampa Bay hadn’t announced a starter.By: Jake Seiner, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares