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FC Barcelona coach Koeman names assistants

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first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter New Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has chosen former Sweden striker Henrik Larsson as one of his assistant coaches alongside Dutch coach Alfred Schreuder, the club said on Friday.Larsson, 48, had a brief but important spell at FC Barcelona and played a crucial role off the bench in the team’s comeback from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 to win the 2006 Champions League final. He has been an assistant and first team coach in Sweden since 2010, his last job being with former club Helsingborgs.Schreuder, 47, joins Barca after being sacked as head coach of German side Hoffenheim in June.He spent the previous campaign as assistant to Erik Ten Hag at Ajax Amsterdam, who reached the Champions League semi-finals.Koeman left his role as Netherlands coach to take over at the Catalans on Wednesday after Quique Setien was sacked after last week’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Reuters/NAN. Tags: 2006 Champions LeagueAlfred SchreuderArsenalFC Barcelonaronald koemanlast_img read more

Rodgers glad to see Suarez settled

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first_img “I have been in this division a few seasons now and it is a very tough league. “They have had some really good results at home. They will defend deep and play in a low block, the back four will be tight with the two wingers dropping in to make a six and the midfield three will be dropped in. “They will look to break on the counter-attack and to stop us playing so we know it will be a difficult game, but that is our job to find that creativity and stay patient and make the breakthrough. “Tony Pulis has done an outstanding job. Having come up with a team from the Championship I know first hand how difficult the job is. “He has really galvanised the team. I watched them recently at Everton and they defended really well and have players on the counter-attack who can punish you. “They have a real spirit amongst them, and keeping them in the league is a great effort.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is happy Luis Suarez is happy. “Congratulations to him. It was an award that was really special for him because it came from his peers,” Rodgers said of his 30-goal forward. “He has been outstanding in all my time here and obviously, in particular, this season. “So it was very well deserved and I know he really respected it, coming from the players in this country. I know he’s happy. “To know that he’s happy is important, like it is with all of our players. “It’s very important that we have players here that are content, happy and focused on Liverpool.” Liverpool head to Crystal Palace on Monday night looking to maintain the pressure on title favourites Manchester City by getting the win which will take them top of the table again. But, having come unstuck at home to Chelsea’s defensive tactics just over a week ago, Rodgers is expecting a similar barrier at Selhurst Park. “Every team in this league is a very tough game, home or away,” the Reds boss added. In an interview last week the Uruguay striker said, unlike during a disruptive summer last year when he tried to engineer a move, he was settled at Anfield. Securing Champions League football – in addition to signing a lucrative new contract in December – will have no doubt helped the 27-year-old’s state of mind, and being named Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year capped a remarkable turnaround in the last 12 months. Press Associationlast_img read more

Chennai Super Kings wants Dhoni in 2021 and 2022 IPLs

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan believes that veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni will be a part of the franchise for the 2021 and 2022 editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL).Dhoni will lead CSK in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league which will be played in UAE from September 19 after it was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 crisis. “Yes. We can expect MS Dhoni to be part of both (IPL 2020 and 2021) and probably for even the next year – 2022,” Viswanathan told indiatoday.in. As per reports, the former Indian captain last week had a few training sessions at the indoor academy in his hometown Ranchi and is set to be part of a group of about 15 Indian players in the short camp from August 16 to 20. “I am getting updates through the media only, saying he has been training in Jharkhand in indoor nets. But we don’t have to worry about the skipper, boss. We don’t worry about him at all,” said Viswanathan. “He knows his responsibilities and he will take care of himself and the team,” he added. The 39-year-old last played competitive cricket during India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand at the 2019 World Cup. Since then, Rishabh Pant and K.L. Rahul have taken his place behind the stumps for India in limited-overs cricket. (IANS) Also watch: #Newsmakers: Sizal Agarwal, 112 Rank Holder, UPSC 2019 with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMINOR LEAGUE SEASON CANCELEDBaseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasonsNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections. Update on the latest sports Associated Press The positive tests occurred on June 23, the first day all members of the team were tested as part of the NBA’s plan to restart the season, which was suspended in mid-March because of the pandemic. Griffin says the Pelicans have had no players test positive since.When the Pelicans return to action on July 30 against Utah at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex outside of Orlando, Florida, they will be 3½ games out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with eight games left.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL-HURRICANESHurricanesRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Members of the Carolina Hurricanes have returned to their home ice at PNC Arena as the team began voluntary training sessions amid the second phase of the NHL’s return plan. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor league governing body, made the long-expected announcement. National Association president Pat O’Connor says the leagues “don’t have national TV revenues.” O’Conner estimated 85-90% of revenue was related to ticket money, concessions, parking and ballpark advertising. The minors drew 41.5 million fans last year for 176 teams in 15 leagues, averaging 4,044 fans per game. MLB teams are planning for a 60-game regular season and most of their revenue will derive from broadcast money.In other MLB news:Major League Baseball says a team will not specifically announce a COVID-19 injured list placement for a player who is removed from the club after testing positive, just an IL trip. MLB’s operations manual says a positive test, exhibiting symptoms that require isolation for additional assessment or exposure to someone who has had the virus are cause for placement on the new COVID-19 IL. — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic right fielder Aaron Judge, left-hander James Paxton, center fielder Aaron Hicks and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton will be ready to play in the time for New York’s rescheduled opener at World Series champion Washington on July 23. Judge did not play in any exhibition games due to discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. Paxton had surgery Feb. 5 to repair a herniated disk in his back. — Outfielder Heston Kjerstad agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles that includes a $5.2 million signing bonus, well below the slot value of $7,789,900 assigned to the No. 2 overall pick.The 21-year-old joins a rebuilding Orioles team that has lost at least 100 games in two straight seasons and used the No. 1 pick in 2019 to secure catcher Adley Rutschman out of Oregon State. MLB-RACIAL INJUSTICE-MVP PLAQUES‘A dark past’: MVPs say time to pull Landis name off plaquesNEW YORK (AP) — As monuments, statues and memorials around the world come under increased scrutiny, some former Most Valuable Players in Major League Baseball are saying they’d like to see a change in future MVP plaques. The trophy is engraved with the name of Kenesaw Mountain Landis in large letters. Landis was baseball’s first commissioner and there were no Black players in the majors during his reign from 1920 until his death in 1944. His name has been on every American League and National League MVP plaque since then. Barry Larkin, Terry Pendleton and Mike Schmidt say they’d like to see it pulled off. —The Oakland Athletics are selling cardboard cutouts with fans’ photos that they will put in the seats at the Coliseum this season. The team also plans to mix in images of former players and celebrities alongside the fan cutouts. Major League Baseball is looking to play a 60-game regular season this summer because of the coronavirus. There will be no fans at ballparks on opening day, but some markets are hoping to play in front of smaller crowds by the end of the season. The cardboard cutouts for A’s games range in price from $49 to $129. Proceeds from the sales go to charity.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBA-PELICANSThree New Orleans players test positiveNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans general manager David Griffin says three New Orleans players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in self-isolation until testing shows they can return to team activities without infecting others.Griffin declined to identify the players, citing medical privacy laws. Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has been vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement and F1′s diversity issues. Black Lives Matter has been supported by soccer players in Germany, Italy and England taking a knee before and during games.BROADCASTS-DISCRIMINATIONSoccer players’ union points to racial bias in broadcastsLONDON (AP) — The soccer players’ union in England believes racial bias is evident during broadcasts of matches based on the language used by commentators in European leagues. center_img Toward the end of his tenure as commissioner, Landis told owners they were free to sign Black players. But there is no evidence he pushed for baseball integration.FORMULA ONE-PROTESTSF1 drivers discuss whether to take a knee at season openerLONDON (AP) — Formula One drivers will discuss taking a knee at the opening race of the delayed season in Austria on Sunday. McLaren driver Lando Norris says it will be discussed following the drivers’ briefing with the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association on Friday. NBA-RACIAL INJUSTICE-MORANT APOLOGYGrizzlies’ Morant apologizes for anti-police Instagram postMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant posted and deleted an Instagram photo suggesting he’d replace his name with an expletive on his number 12 jersey in a protest against police. Morant then apologized, saying the post didn’t “accurately convey” what he wanted to share. Morant said he knows “there are good cops” out there.The league, Nike and the players association are reportedly working on a deal that would allow players to replace the names on the backs of their jerseys with social justice statements. June 30, 2020 In a video conference with reporters, captain Jordan Staal said the players went through safety protocols that included wearing a mask and getting a temperature check when arriving at the arena, as well as “keeping your distance as best you can.”The team had announced last week that roughly 16 players were expected to participate, divided into two groups, with workouts closed to the public and media.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The LPGA Tour lost another tournament when the Canadian Women’s Open was canceled because of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements from the COVID-19 pandemic. The CP Women’s Open was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. The LPGA Tour and Golf Canada say it will return to Shaughnessy the last week in August next year.— Up to 800 spectators per day will be allowed at a tennis exhibition in Berlin in mid-July. This, even after four players tested positive for the coronavirus after playing in a similar event fronted by Novak Djokovic. Organizers of two tournaments in Berlin say the city health authorities have approved a limited number of spectators. The maximum is set at 800 per day for a July 13-15 outdoor event on grass, and 200 per day for a hard-court event in a hangar at the disused Tempelhof airport from July 17-19. The study conducted by Danish research firm RunRepeat in association with the Professional Footballers’ Association found 63% of praise regarding a player’s intelligence was aimed at those with lighter skin, while 63% of criticism for a player’s intelligence was aimed at those with darker skin tones. The study looked at 80 matches in the Premier League as well as the top divisions in Italy, Spain and France this season. —The San Diego Padres have acquired infielder Jorge Mateo from the Oakland Athletics in the first trade since baseball resumed after a shutdown of more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Padres will send either a player or cash to the A’s for the 25-year-old Mateo, who will be added to the player pool for the resumption of spring training. The Padres are scheduled to have their first workout Friday at Petco Park. —Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) will resume his two-way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns. Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirms his Japanese star will pitch and hit in the majors this season. Ohtani was only a designated hitter last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He wasn’t expected to pitch in 2020 until at least May, and Eppler confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t altered the Angels’ plans. The Angels could have a six-man rotation for the short season.—Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic right fielder Aaron Judge, left-hander James Paxton, center fielder Aaron Hicks and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton will be ready to play in the time for New York’s rescheduled opener at World Series champion Washington on July 23. Judge did not play in any exhibition games due to discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. Paxton had surgery Feb. 5 to repair a herniated disk in his back.—Sinkerballing reliever Jared Hughes and the New York Mets agreed to a $700,000, one-year contract, a deal that amounts to $259,259 in prorated pay over the 60-game season. He had a 6.35 ERA over five appearances and 5 2/3 innings during spring training with the Houston Astros and was released March 19. A right-hander who turns 35 on July 4, Hughes was 5-5 with a 4.04 ERA last season for Cincinnati and Philadelphia. — Outfielder Heston Kjerstad agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles that includes a $5.2 million signing bonus, well below the slot value of $7,789,900 assigned to the No. 2 overall pick. The 21-year-old joins a rebuilding Orioles team that has lost at least 100 games in two straight seasons and used the No. 1 pick in 2019 to secure catcher Adley Rutschman out of Oregon State. last_img read more

Syracuse travels to Northwestern for national championship rematch

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first_img Published on March 28, 2013 at 2:14 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse will head to Evanston, Ill., on Saturday with one thing in mind: revenge.Revenge for the national championship game loss suffered against Northwestern last year, a heartbreaking 8-6 loss that ended a magical run through the NCAA tournament. And revenge for last year’s regular-season overtime loss in the Carrier Dome.No. 6 SU (5-2, 1-0 Big East) faces No. 5 Northwestern (8-1, 3-0 American Lacrosse Conference) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lakeside Field in a rematch of last year’s national title game. The Orange will also look to stop a 10-game losing streak against Northwestern that dates back to March 2006.“Now that we have a little bitter history with them, it’s motivational,” junior goaltender Alyssa Costantino said. “We don’t want to lose to them two times in the same year, and in the national championship game. We have a little bitterness towards them, but only in that respect. We’re looking for some revenge.”On Monday, the team had yet to play its Wednesday game against Boston College, but the Northwestern rematch loomed in the distance. Some players said they were solely focused on BC and only mentally preparing for Northwestern — not tactically. Midfielder Katie Webster said the team always tries to take the season one game at a time, but it was hard having Northwestern at the end of the week.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We look forward to that game every year,” junior midfielder Amy Cross said. “It’s such a huge game, especially after last year, losing to them twice. It’s definitely on our mind. We’ve just got to focus and buckle down and push each other and figure out what we need to do to run with them.”SU’s seniors have extra motivation to defeat the Wildcats, having lost to them four times in their careers. In 2010, Northwestern, the five-time defending national champion at the time, beat the Orange at Syracuse’s Christian Brother’s Academy. The Orange led at halftime 10-7, but four straight Northwestern goals led to a 13-12 Wildcat victory.In 2011, the last time SU traveled to Evanston, the Orange lost 16-11. The teams faced off in an intense regular-season game last year. Michelle Tumolo tied the game at nine with 51 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Orange lost 11-9 in overtime.“Especially for our seniors that have never beaten this team,” SU head coach Gary Gait said, “they have an opportunity to beat them. (They have) two, one-goal games against them. This is our chance to really make a statement.”This is a new year with new players involved, but both programs remain among the nation’s elite. Only two of SU’s starters from the national championship game have graduated, and the Orange recruited what Inside Lacrosse considered the No. 1 recruiting class.Compared to last year, Syracuse enters this game with a target on its back. While it was a top-tier program last year, it wasn’t expected to play in the season’s final game. Now, the expectation is there — no one will take the Orange lightly, just as SU won’t take its opponents casually.“You just have to respect every team you play and know they’re looking to play you and knock you down so they can move up,” Cross said. “That’s what we were doing last year. You can’t take anyone lightly.”The influx of talent on the SU roster also helps.“I think we’re still really strong, some of the freshmen are doing really well,” said Webster. “(But) I don’t think they realize how big this game really is.”On Saturday, as they are welcomed to the rivalry, they’ll understand.“We have unfinished business to do, so we just have to go out hard,” Webster said. “We have nothing to lose.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball’s history against Connecticut at Madison Square Garden

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first_img Published on December 5, 2016 at 6:47 am Daily Orange File PhotoDaily Orange File PhotoMarch 7, 2007Syracuse 78, Connecticut 65     The Orange outscored Connecticut by 15 points in the second half to snag a 13-point win in the first round of the Big East tournament. It was SU’s eighth straight tournament win. Nineteen of Demetris Nichols’ 28 points came in the second half. Devendorf was the first-half workhorse, scoring 15 in the opening frame. SU shot 50 percent from the field 3-point range in the second.Daily Orange File PhotoMarch 9, 2006Syracuse 86, Connecticut 84Syracuse knocked off No. 1 Connecticut, 86-84, in the first round of the Big East tournament, marking just the second time in school history that the Orange beat the No. 1 ranked team in the country. SU never trailed in the game until Rashad Anderson drilled a 3 with 33 seconds left in regulation to put the Huskies up 72-71. SU’s Gerry McNamara sunk a 3 with 5.6 seconds remaining to tie the game at 74. Watkins converted on a three-point play in overtime to give SU a 79-78 lead that it would not give up. (SU’s win was vacated by the NCAA.)March 11, 2005Syracuse 67, Connecticut 63Warrick’s 26 points and 10 rebounds were enough to lead the Orange past the Huskies, 67-63, in the semifinal of the Big East tournament. Syracuse advanced to the conference title game for the first time since 1998 and went on to win its first conference title since 1992. UConn had won the last three semifinal meetings with Syracuse.March 13, 2003Connecticut 80, Syracuse 67Conference rookie of the year Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 15 rebounds for the No. 11 Orangemen (24-5), who had won eight straight games. Anthony’s effort wasn’t enough as UConn reached the Big East tournament championship game for the fifth time in six years behind freshman Rashad Anderson’s 21 points and a 44 point second-half charge. After the loss to UConn, though, SU won six straight to capture the program’s lone national title.Daily Orange File PhotoMarch 7, 2001Syracuse 86, Connecticut 75The No. 17 Orangemen knocked off the Huskies in the first round victory thanks to Preston Shumpert’s 31-point showing. SU then beat Providence in the second round before a one-point overtime loss to Pittsburgh the next day. In the NCAA tournament round of 32, the Orangemen lost to Kansas, 87-58, for their worst loss ever in the tournament.March 5, 1999Connecticut 71, Syracuse 50The team’s third meeting in a 35-day span, this Big East semifinal tilt rematch of the prior year’s title game quickly turned into a blowout. Future Detroit Pistons star Richard Hamilton helped UConn expand on an 11-point halftime lead to seal the win. The Huskies, who beat St. John’s in the title game for its second straight and fourth overall Big East crown, won their final 11 games of the year en route to capturing the NCAA title.March 7, 1998Connecticut 69, Syracuse 64Coming off a disappointing NIT season, SU started Big East play 11-1. The Orangemen beat Villanova and a Ron Artest-led St. John’s unit in overtime to earn a date with UConn in the Big East title game, a clash of the No. 1 seed Huskies and No. 2 seed Orangemen. UConn, which had already beaten SU by nine in the Carrier Dome earlier in the year, proved to be too much in grabbing its third-ever Big East title despite facing a deficit with five minutes to go.March 8, 1996Connecticut 85, Syracuse 67After winning two games in as many days, Syracuse ran into a Connecticut team that eventually won its second conference title. John Wallace’s 19 points weren’t enough for the No. 4 seed Orange to come close against No. 1 Connecticut. SU eventually went all the way to the national championship game before losing to Kentucky.March 11, 1990Connecticut 78, Syracuse 75For the first time, Syracuse and Connecticut met in the Big East championship. After tying for the best regular season conference record, the Orange was awarded the No. 1 seed in the tournament based on tiebreakers. When the two squads met in the final, only three points separated them. Stephen Thompson led SU with 21 points in the loss. UConn’s Chris Smith was named tournament MVP. Syracuse went on to lose in the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed.March 8, 1984Syracuse 73, Connecticut 58In Syracuse’s first matchup against UConn in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden, the Orange won by 15. Rafael Addison led SU with 31 points. The Orange swept the season series against Connecticut, winning all three matchups. Syracuse went on to lose to Georgetown in the Big East championship game two days later. The Orange earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Sweet 16. Comments Longtime rivals Syracuse (5-2) and Connecticut (3-4) will meet for the 93rd time on Monday at 7 p.m. in Madison Square Garden. The two teams have faced off at the venue 13 times in the Big East tournament, the most famous of which being the 2009 six-overtime classic. Here’s a look back at the games from the two teams’ rich history in the Garden.March 8, 2012Syracuse 58, Connecticut 55Then-No. 2 Syracuse slipped past Connecticut at Madison Square Garden, getting its 31st win against the Huskies. That tied a season record for Syracuse. The Orange moved on to face Cincinnati in the second round of the Big East tournament, when it lost, 71-68. Fab Melo missed the Big East tournament and largely left Dion Waiters to carry Syracuse. SU’s win was vacated by the NCAA.March 11, 2011AdvertisementThis is placeholder textConnecticut 76, Syracuse 71Syracuse didn’t face Connecticut in the Big East tournament again until the two teams faced each other in 2011. For the second consecutive time in the tournament, the two teams went to overtime. This one just lasted one, however. Only three Syracuse players scored in double digits, including Rick Jackson, Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine. Waiters shot just 3-of-9 from the field. March 12, 2009Syracuse 127, Connecticut 117Syracuse and Connecticut competed with each other for six overtimes in an instant classic. The Orange failed to lead in any of the first five overtimes. Four SU players — Paul Harris, Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins — played for 50 or more minutes in the game. Flynn scored 34 points and assisted on 11 baskets while Paul Harris scored 29 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. Devendorf nearly hit the game-winner at the end of regulation, but it was ruled not good on review. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

McCue: If Braun’s test holds, MLB’s image remains tarnished

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first_imgThe 50 home run seasons are down, the moonshots into the upper deck are less common, but if the allegations against Ryan Braun are true, Major League Baseball may not be as clean as once thought. When ESPN reported Saturday afternoon that the Brewers star – one of the most respected and talented players in the game – tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, it came as a shock to most, myself included. With strict testing in place and a limited number of major leaguers ringing up positive, it appeared that the juicing that once dominated the sport in the late 1990s and early 2000s was now the practice of only a select few.Braun is fighting to clear his name through arbitration, and according to an ESPN story, the Milwaukee leftfielder’s representatives say there are special circumstances regarding the increased levels of testosterone that they are confident will allow him to successfully prove the test wrong. The same story says Braun asked for another test after finding out in late October he failed a test, and he passed the second time around, strengthening his case.However, if the surrounding circumstances fail to explain the positive test, Braun’s elevated testosterone levels are not simply a brutal disappointment to Brewers fans, but rather a major setback for professional baseball. This is about much more than a potential 50-game suspension for the 28-year-old slugger and four-time All-Star that could limit Milwaukee’s playoff chances in 2012.MLB Commissioner Bud Selig wasn’t the only one who felt his heart drop when the news broke, as baseball fans around the country realized there was yet another pothole in the road to returning baseball to it’s fabled, drug-free past. Braun was one of the MLB’s shining young stars, a man who looked to be everything a professional team builds around – strong character, immense talent, commitment to the franchise – but if true, this is a disheartening sign for baseball.When Milwaukee’s front office handed Braun a massive five-year, $105 million contract extension, they thought they had just hit the jackpot. After all, they had just guaranteed the team’s most popular and productive player would call Miller Park his home for the next nine years.It’s certainly true that baseball hasn’t been entirely clean over the last two or three seasons. Most notably, former big hitter Manny Ramirez tested positive for the second time in his career in April, but he was the only active MLB player suspended for performance enhancers in the 2011 season. The 18 other players suspended under the league’s latest performance-enhancing drug policy, adopted in 2008, include a list of mostly unfamiliar names, with Ramirez being the only one with stature comparable to Braun’s. This was a season in which Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista led the league with a reasonable 43 home runs and Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp led in runs batted in with 126, statistics that pale in comparison to those of just five years ago. With relatively modest numbers, there was no way the league’s biggest names were relying on human growth hormone or steroids for the extra power.Only one player – Bautista last season – has broken the 50 home run plane over the last four seasons, and professional baseball’s image has increasingly become one of a pitcher-friendly league. As these hitting statistics slide, professional baseball has seen a resurgence of great pitching statistics, a trend capped by Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander taking home the American League MVP, the first pitcher to win the award since 1992. These stats, along with much more stringent testing, had analysts and fans alike believing that Selig and company had cleaned up their game. The faces of the MLB, including a lengthy roster of stars like Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard and Braun, among others, were putting up impressive numbers thanks to a fair combination of hard work and talent.A golden age for professional baseball was developing, one similar to that of the late 1990s, except this time without the eye-popping physiques and locker room syringes. Just as baseball was beginning to turn its image around and show it could attract fans without a regularly rotating single season home run record, the unthinkable happened.Braun’s positive test brings up another inevitable question. If one of MLB’s golden boys is using PEDs, who else is relying on more than just natural talent and strength to put up impressive numbers?It may not be fair, it may not be justified, but it’s the unavoidable product of the National League MVP finding himself embroiled in allegations involving performance-enhancing drugs. For the sake of the game and baseball junkies around the country, let’s hope that this is an isolated case, and that positive tests don’t await other stars who were helping clean up the league’s image.I honestly hope – and assume most baseball fans feel the same way – that Braun’s positive test truly is just an anomaly as he says, that this is nothing more than a serious misunderstanding. It will likely take several weeks to figure out the validity of the claims and if the rightfielder has a legitimate excuse for increased levels of testosterone, and until then, I’ll be pleading that the steroid era has not made an unwelcomed return.It’s not fair to assume Braun is guilty until all the facts come out, and until then – for the sake of Brewers fans and everyone else – let’s hope that he’s telling the truth. Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you agree that a positive test from Braun could wreck the league’s drug-free image? Or is the outfielder simply the victim of a misunderstanding? Let him know by emailing imccue@badgerherald.com or tweet @imccue.last_img read more

Women’s basketball: Badgers hope to slow down one of the best in Big Ten at OSU

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first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will head to Columbus, Ohio Thursday to take on the No. 16 Ohio State University Buckeyes in an attempt to bring home their first conference win under new head coach Jonathan Tsipis. The matchup will be the final one on the road in a five-game stretch in which four of five were away from Madison.The Badgers (5-13, 0-5 Big Ten) are a little worse for the wear at the moment, losing their last three games by more than 20 points and entering Thursday with a 2-7 record in the last nine games. Their most recent competition came in a blowout at Penn State University, 76-46, in which UW racked up 23 turnovers and blew a second-quarter lead for the second straight game.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldWomen’s basketball: Despite strong start, UW falls short to PSUEven with a strong first-quarter performance, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team put another loss on the schedule thanks Read…The Buckeyes (15-5, 5-1 Big Ten) are returning home on the opposite spectrum of things, red hot and 6-1 in their last seven games. The 16th-ranked powerhouse sits only a half game behind No. 3 Maryland University in the Big Ten standings and will need a dominant win over the Badgers to stay in contention for a conference that only boasts two teams in the AP top 25.Junior guard Cayla McMorris and fifth-year senior Avyanna Young have carried most of the offensive burden for Wisconsin as of late, providing the upperclassman leadership for a team with 10 underclassman. Despite the two’s success, they are the only players on the roster that average more than 10 points a game and currently sit at 13.7 and 10.9, respectively.The Badgers will need to look to their younger players for production if they want to pull off the upset Thursday, and more specifically from Courtney Fredrickson. The freshman guard from Minnesota was an ESPN three-star recruit coming out of high school and has scored as many as 18 points in a game this season, but has yet to build up a consistent routine of production.Without any surprise performances from role players like Fredrickson, the Buckeyes will lean on the scoring ability of Kelsey Mitchell to dominate this mismatch of foes. Mitchell is tied for first in the Big Ten in scoring per game, with an average of 22.7, a mark the Badgers will need to prevent her from reaching if they want to escape Columbus with a win.The matchup tips at 6 p.m. CT and will air on BTN Plus.last_img read more

Accuscore begins new journey under BetQL’s domain

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first_img New York-based sports data and affiliate marketing group QL Gaming Group (QLGG) has acquired sports forecasting specialist Accuscore.The acquisition follows QLGG securing a further $1.1 million in venture funding, which sees it accelerate the development of its sports betting analytics platform, with Accuscore provisions providing vital components.In its acquisition notes, QLGG detailed that Accuscore services will help expand the capacity of its ‘BetQL’ platform, which seeks to become the market-leading wagering insights provider for casual punters.Having raised a total of $8.3 million in venture funding to date, QLGG is backed by a number of high-profile betting and sports figureheads including former William Hill Chief Executive Ralph Topping and former NBA commissioner John Kosner.“Our thesis is betting properties with the best data and analytics will win, and our acquisition of Accuscore vastly increases our IP, grows our marketplace position and puts us in a very strong place as the sports world returns to active play in the near future,” said Justin Park, QL Gaming CEO.Operating since 2014, Accuscore is regarded as a leading sports forecasting software provider. The firm’s predictive modelling on sports is used by bookmakers and publishing clients including ESPN, Yahoo and CBS Sports.Accuscore has further prominence having outperformed investment bank Goldman Sachs in predicting the results of the two previous FIFA World Cup tournaments.“We are thrilled to join QL Gaming,” Accuscore CEO Tuomas Kanervala added. “Their expertise around customer-facing sports data products is unrivalled and will help both our B2C and B2B businesses. The latter will serve as the foundation for soon to be launched BetQL B2B that will help sportsbook operators and media companies acquire and retain bettors.” StumbleUpon Share Share William Hill advances US agenda with imminent CBS Sports deal February 10, 2020 Bookmakers suspend NBA 2K20 all pro markets after leaks April 7, 2020 Submit Pegasus World Cup to receive international coverage January 24, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

LeBron James has last shot blocked as Lakers are swept by lowly Knicks

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first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousMusicans Remy Ma and Papoose watch the second half of the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ DeAndre Jordan, left, dunks the ball over Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Kevin Knox, top, scores during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja, left, fouls Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, shoots over New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Los Angeles Lakers’ Moritz Wagner dunks the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja (8), center, blocks what could have been the winning shot by Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja (8), right, blocks what could have been the winning shot by Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, and New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja react after Hezonja fouled him during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja, left, drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja, rear, fouls Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James while they compete for a ball during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Emmanuel Mudiay, left, brings the ball up court followed by Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, left, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reacts after a call during the second half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, pushes past New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee dunks the ball during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Allonzo Trier, right, could Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee dunks during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Allonzo Trier drives to the basket during the second half of the NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James dunks the ball during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja, left, drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Kevin Knox drives to the basket past Los Angeles Lakers’ Reggie Bullock during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James reacts during the second half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ Kevin Knox, center, looks to pass during the second half of the NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Musicans Remy Ma and Papoose watch the second half of the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 124-123. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Knicks’ DeAndre Jordan, left, dunks the ball over Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NextShow Caption1 of 24New York Knicks’ DeAndre Jordan, left, dunks the ball over Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)ExpandNEW YORK – The locker room cleared out quickly. There are many places in New York for a visiting NBA player to pass the time, and there was no joy left to be found by the Lakers in Madison Square Garden.The last to leave was LeBron James. It often is. But on Sunday afternoon, his was a particular burden: Facing a wall of media, explaining the latest unsightly defeat that is forming an uncomfortably long string.The last shot was his, too – the role James has so often played, with the ball in his hands as time ticked down. Then, the stunner: Mario Hezonja sat on James’ hip and rose up for a block on his fadeaway jumper for just his seventh swat this season.The play completed a devastating sequence: a 13-1 run by the New York Knicks to deal the Lakers (31-39) a 124-123 matinee defeat at Madison Square Garden – a venue where James is often at his best. It ensured the Lakers would get swept for the season by the Knicks, the team with the worst record (14-56) in the NBA. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJames scored 33 points with eight assists in 35 minutes, by far the best Lakers’ player for most of the game. But he also was 4 for 15 in the fourth quarter, which helped erase the team’s 11-point lead in the final 3:45 of the game. He missed the Lakers’ last four shots of the game – and the final block was the coup de grace of one of the most forgettable games of the year.“Just (wanted) to get a good look,” James said afterward. “And great D by Mario. That’s it.”The two venerable franchises have been facing similar turmoil of late: It was the Lakers’ third straight loss, and the eighth they’ve suffered in the last nine games. New York, which is one of the leading candidates to “earn” the first overall draft pick this summer, broke a slide of eight straight defeats.The Knicks got their first lead of the fourth quarter at the free throw line, as Emmanuel Mudiay hit the last two of his team-high 28 points with 22 seconds to go.Lakers coach Luke Walton said he asked James if he wanted to take a timeout before the Lakers tried to run a play. They decided against it – namely because the play was always going to be the same. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img “Of course that stuff bothers me, but I mean what’s the difference between their record and our record?” James said. “Two teams out of the postseason. So there’s no difference. We have a couple more wins than them, but both teams right now are on the outside looking in, so it’s not much of a difference.”With one game remaining in the current trip to Milwaukee, the Lakers haven’t yet been eliminated from the postseason, but they’re nine games out of eighth place – a distance once unimaginable for a team with James.In many ways, the Sunday’s game tested the depths of imagination. What once seemed like an impossible low sunk just a little lower. Kuzma, who has had 18 assists over the last two games, said he’s focused on developing his passing for the final 12 games.“Season’s pretty much over,” he said, “so that’s the only thing I can really do.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “At that moment it doesn’t really matter,” Walton said. “I mean, if I draw up a play and call a timeout, the play is going to be get the ball to LeBron at the top of the floor.”So the Lakers got it to their man. And their only play did not work.It was much in part to James that the Lakers were in position to win at all. They sleepwalked at the start of an unusually early noon EDT tipoff, giving up 41 points in the first quarter.Working alongside lineups prominently featuring back-ups Josh Hart, Alex Caruso and Johnathan Williams, James helped the Lakers punch back, pulling to a back-and-forth game by halftime. It was telling that seven of the 10 Lakers who played reached double figures, and for once the Lakers had far more assists (26) than turnovers (10).But it was also telling how the team felt things went wrong. Kyle Kuzma (18 points, 8 assists) said he thought the offense got “real stagnant” and the flow the Lakers enjoyed in the middle of the game slowed down.James, who took the last four shots, was asked if the ball moved enough in the final minutes: “Yeah. Yeah, absolutely.”Still it’s unlikely that the Lakers would’ve trusted anyone else over James in the same role. Teammates said afterward that the team got what it wanted: the chance for the best player to take the last shot.Rajon Rondo said he still expected James to make the game-winning play in the clutch: “But he’s human.”The Lakers have lost several similar games to struggling teams, including the Suns, the Hawks, the Grizzlies and the Cavaliers. The last loss to the Knicks was during James’ absence with injury, so this one stung a little more – particularly since James was coming off resting in Detroit on Friday night.It would’ve cast a darker pall on the season if the season weren’t already lost. Another hole in the boat doesn’t matter once the ship has sunk – and the Lakers’ postseason hopes are already underwater.In that sense, James said being swept by team with the worst record matters little.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more