McManaman a doubt with ankle injury

first_img With no disciplinary action being taken against McManaman over his controversial tackle on Massadio Haidara in the 2-1 league defeat of Newcastle on March 17, he is eligible for selection this weekend. But Martinez has emphasised the 21-year-old has been carrying an ankle problem, sustained in the 3-0 FA Cup win at Everton on March 9, and will need to be assessed over the next few days. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed forward Callum McManaman is still being troubled by an ankle injury ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Norwich. “Callum’s been carrying an injury to his ankle, which caused him to be substituted against both Newcastle and Everton,” said Martinez, quoted on “Our major concern now is making sure he’s fully fit and able to take to the field against Norwich. “He hasn’t trained with the rest of the team yet, and the next 48 hours will be crucial.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fewer than 10 percent of champions retain title

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Usain Bolt has somewhat skewed the picture by making it look so easy but when it comes to retaining an Olympic athletics title, history shows that it is an extraordinarily difficult thing to achieve.Four years ago Bolt became the first man to win back-to-back 100 metres gold on the track (1984 champion Carl Lewis was awarded the 1988 gold after Ben Johnson was disqualified) then repeated the deal with the 200m and 4x100m relay.Mo Farah shows his joy as he wins the men's 5 000m final at the London 2012.Mo Farah shows his joy as he wins the men’s 5 000m final at the London 2012.He, along with compatriot Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price (women’s 100m), Tirunesh Dibaba (women’s 10,000m), Valerie Adams (women’s shot put) Tomasz Majewski (men’s shot) and Barbora Spotakova (women’s javelin), will be seeking to make it three in a row in Rio, while several other 2012 champions will seek to retain their titles.British athletics fans will forever remember 2012’s ‘Super Saturday’ when Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah won gold within 45 minutes on a landmark night and all three are in Rio and could produce similar fireworks on August 13.Farah is bidding to become the second man after Finn Lasse Viren (72-76) to retain both the 10 000m and 5 000m titles but the figures suggest the chances of all three Britons standing on top of the podium again are slim.Famed track and field statistician Mel Watman took a close look at the situation for Britain’s Athletics Weekly magazine and revealed that since 1948 fewer than 10 percent of individual events have been successfully defended.In that time there have been 58 back-to-back winners in 612 events (373 for men, 239 for women).Lewis in the long jump (1984-96) and American discus thrower Al Oerter (56-68) are the only athletes to have won four in a row.Soviet triple jumper Viktor Saneyev (68-76) and Polish racewalker Robert Korzeniowski (96-04) managed three but nobody has done it on the track.In each of the Games of 1972 and 2004 there was only one successful defence, whereas in 2012 there were seven, with the six athletes responsible (two for Bolt) all gunning for a third in Rio. The figures are slightly thrown by the boycotts of 1976, 1980 and 1984, but the general message is clear — it is not easy.One man who knows how tough it is, because he achieved it, is IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who won the 1500m in 1980 and again in 1984.“There will be some great defences here but it is extraordinarily tough,” he told Reuters. “You have to retain your form and your health.“For someone to complete a treble you are effectively talking about eight years or more at the top and that’s what makes the difference between the good and the great.“Daley Thompson (who won back-to-back Olympic decathlons in 1980 and 1984) was undefeated from 1978 to 1987. That is gripping it by the throat and making the event your own.”last_img read more

The Latest: T20 World Cup on agenda for ICC meeting

first_imgThe chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call.The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___ Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.”Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.”___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays. The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money. April 20, 2020center_img The Latest: T20 World Cup on agenda for ICC meeting Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport. Associated Press last_img read more

Tipperary success at cross channel meeting.

first_imgDenis Hogan headed over to Towcester today with just one runner and it proved a successful trip.Boherna Lady landed the Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Mares’ Handicap Hurdle in fine style under Kevin Darcy. Backed from a morning price of 4-1 into 2-1 favourite before the off, Boherna Lady was always travelling smoothly in the hands of Darcy and she powered clear up the home straight to win by ten lengths from All Riled Up.  Boherna Lady is owned by the Premier Racing Clublast_img

Tipp football minors suffer defeat to Clare

first_imgSpeaking to Tipp FM afterwards Tipp Selector Mick O Sullivan said the opposition were a more physical side Tipperary were roundly defeated by Clare in last night’s Munster Minor Football playoff.The Banner lead from the outset in the low scoring encounter at Cusack Park and at half time the Premier were trailing 0-02 points to 0-05 but all the scores came from frees.Tipperary clocked up 3 more points in the second half to Clare’s 5 and it ended 10 points to 5 with Clare through to the Munster Minor Football Semi Final.last_img

See how Ronaldinho spent his first month – including 40th birthday – in Paraguayan jail

first_imgBrazil and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, is said to be adapting to life in a Paraguayan jail where he has been incarcerated for about a month and is being investigated for entering the country with a fake passport.The former world player of the year had a rough bedding-in period but now appears to be, if not enjoying his stay in jail, making the most of it.Earlier in his stay, reports from the prison say his mates continually offered him snacks, in an attempt to make him feel welcome and make his adjustment to life in the Paraguayan jail much easier.However, Ronaldinho, still in shock over his incarceration, was reluctant to accept any gifts.He eventually warmed up to his mates and started accepting snacks and tea, Marca reported at the time.In fact, Ronaldinho became accustomed to his fellow inmates that he would have long conversations with some of them about his days in football.A number of the inmates, who were in awe of having such a huge star join them, couldn’t resist asking him for autographs, which the ever-jovial star was happy to sign.Reports indicate that even the prison guards could not help requesting the Brazilian to sign autographs for themselves and their kids.Having been ordered to remain in jail by the judge, after his first appearance in court, Ronaldinho joined a football team in jail, where he showed that class is permanent.‘Dinho’ dominated the trophy match, scoring five goals and assisting six more, with all kinds of tricks and flicks along the way as his side won the 16kg smoked pig on offer.Prior to the game, there had been a huge bidding war for the player, with many teams keen to have him in their ranks.One of the policemen actually lent him a pair of shoes to play in.Aside football, which is certainly Ronaldinho’s first love, the player has been learning carpentry in the jail.He has also taken to teaching the inmates some of the skills that made him a global icon and plays football everyday.“He plays football every day and teaches the guys he plays with a few tricks,” a source told ESPNHowever, it’s not been all roses for the Brazilian as he is reported to be missing music, having taken to playing the bongos during his retirement.He is not allowed to play instruments in jail.Ronaldinho is quite concerned about his mum as well and reportedly calls her every evening to check on her.The player also recently spent his 40th birthday behind bars, not the ideal setting for such a landmark period.He did, however, get to celebrate the day with a ‘huge barbeque’.Arrest, court appearanceRonaldinho was arrested in Paraguay over claims that he entered the country using a fake passport.According to the BBC, police in the country also searched the hotel where the Brazilian had been staying with his brother in the Paraguayan capital in the capital, Asuncion.Paraguay’s Interior Minister, Euclides Acevedo, clarified to ESPN Brazi that the two had not been arrested but are under investigation and that they are cooperating with the police.“I respect his sporting popularity but the law must also be respected. No matter who you are, the law still applies,” he said.Another man who travelled with the brothers – 45-year-old Wilmondes Sousa Lira – has also been held.When they appeared in court, the judge ordered them to be held in pre-trial detention, denying them bail or house arrest.It is reported that Ronaldinho faces six months in jail for the offence if found guilty.In July 2019, 57 of Ronaldinho’s properties were seized following a court order, due to unpaid taxes.A Brazilian newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo that Ronaldinho owed 9.5 million reais, the equivalent of GH¢ 13.5 million.The former Barcelona player also reportedly also owed creditors 7.8 million reais, or GH¢ 11.1 million.A judge in Porto Alegre told Reuters news that because the case was under judicial secrecy rules it couldn’t comment on it.The former player has also had his passports seized by Spanish and Brazilian authorities.Ronaldinho featured on that year’s Instagram Rich List, placing sixth, with the Brazilian reportedly charging £206,000 for every promotional post.He had a storied career that spanned just over two decades, playing for some of Europe’s biggest sides including Barcelona and AC Milan.He enjoyed the most successful period of his career at the Catalan club, where he scored 94 goals and assisted 71 more.He was also named the World Footballer of the Year in 2004 and 2005, winning the Ballon d’Or in 2005.last_img read more

Is the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ‘Los Doyers’ moniker offensive?

first_imgMy wife and her brother are first-generation Mexican-Americans. He is a serious Dodger fan, but I have never, in the more than 40 years I’ve known him, heard him call them the Doyers. Neither does my wife, like me a die-hard Angels fan.At a time when the Washington Redskins team name is unmentionable in some quarters, like Harry Potter’s evil Voldemort (“he who must not be named”), how is Doyers more justifiable? It is a pejorative term based on ethnic stereotype — Latinos can’t say “Dodgers.” Except they can.I am told even Vin Scully has used the term in radio spots. I can’t believe it was his idea. As one friend told me when I complained about Doyers in a Facebook post, “I don’t know how Doyers started, but the marketing guys got it now.”Another friend suggested “With 48 percent of its fan base being Latino, the Dodgers cannot afford to use an offensive term. Maybe they know what they’re doing, and maybe the Latino community is fine with it.”Let’s look at recent history. How does “Doyers” differ from the “sho ’nuff, boss” phony black dialect of the “Amos ’n’ Andy” radio and television shows of the first half of the last century? How is it less offensive than the Charlie Chan films of the 1930s and ’40s in which Chan, a Chinese detective, solved crimes the police could not with a dose of what passed for wise Asian proverbs: (“Admitting failure like drinking bitter tea.”)Adding insult to stereotype, actor Warner Oland, who portrayed Chan, was from Sweden.More recently, there was 1960s TV comic Bill Dana, who made a career out of a heavily accented Latino character whose catch phrase on Ed Sullivan’s and Danny Thomas’ shows was “My name Jose Jimenez” until the growing social awareness of the era caught up with it.He wasn’t Jose Jimenez. He wasn’t even Bill Dana. His real name was William Szathmary. Other than the fact there were no “Jose Jimenez” T-shirts or hot dogs, what is the difference between his act and today’s Doyers?How about the “Frito Bandito” advertising character from a few decades back? He wore a big sombrero, wore two guns and sold corn chips.My wife isn’t offended by the Doyers thing. She thinks it’s just a bit stupid. Her brother doesn’t care what they are called as long as they win.As the family Anglo, maybe I’m the only one who sees something not quite so innocent about the whole thing.But if it helps one of the sport’s wealthiest franchises sell shirts and hot dogs, it must be bueno. ¿Sí? Jay Berman is a retired Daily Breeze city editor, sports editor and copy editor and Cal State Fullerton journalism professor.Submit your column to Stephanie Walton at Emails only. Please do not include attachments. You will be contacted only if your essay is selected. Hey, how about those Doyers? No, not the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. The Doyers. For those who have managed to avoid the term, Doyers is supposed to be how Latinos with accents pronounce Dodgers.Get it? You see, because their English-speaking skills are so poor, that is as close as they can get to pronouncing Dodgers. Pretty witty stuff, huh?It supposedly began with a radio interview with a player from the Caribbean who did, in fact, pronounce Dodgers as “Doyers.” Radio talk-show guys picked it up and — never able to resist picking up a few extra dollars or pesos — the Dodgers now sell Doyer Dogs, a hot dog with nacho cheese and jalapeños. The team also trademarked the term and is selling T-shirts and other “Los Doyers” gear.Someday, people who use the term may realize it is not clever, if it ever was, and that it can easily be construed as racist.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

LA Dodger bats held in check by Miami Marlins’ Jose Urena

first_img“He didn’t leave anything over the middle of the plate,” Reddick said. “His changeup was good, similar to his fastball. … It was just his day.”Monday is actually Urena’s day – his birthday. But he finished strong as a 24-year-old.The Dodgers hit just one ball out of the infield in the first three innings against Urena and struck out three times before Joc Pederson’s single up the middle ended the right-hander’s perfect string. They had two more hits in the seventh inning before a double play ended that modest threat.Urena retired the Dodgers on 15 pitches or fewer in each of the first seven innings and went into the ninth having thrown just 95 in all. He didn’t walk a batter but struck out only four.“I think today we wanted to be aggressive offensively,” Roberts said. “Bill Miller’s a very good umpire. He has traditionally a little bigger zone. So I think for us, with a guy that’s got some wipeout stuff, you want to get a pitch you can handle.“I thought we got pitches we could hit and took good swings on them but they just didn’t fall.”Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda was almost as good the first time through the Marlins’ lineup. Maeda gave up a leadoff single to Dee Gordon, erased him when Ichiro Suzuki bounced a double-play grounder back to the mound and didn’t give up another hit until the fourth inning.Things went downhill from there. Maeda gave up consecutive singles to Suzuki, Martin Prado and Christian Yelich to produce one run. Another scored on Justin Bour’ sacrifice fly.The Marlins added another unearned run in the sixth inning. The Dodgers came into the game tied for the fewest errors allowed in the majors this season but kicked Yelich’s single to right field around for two errors (one by Reddick and another on a throw by shortstop Corey Seager), allowing a run to score.“I thought he pitched well enough to win,” Roberts said of Maeda.At a point in the season when the more taxing major-league schedule should be taking its toll on Maeda in his first season since coming over from Japan, he is 6-2 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and .228 opponents’ batting average in his past nine starts, the lone constant in the Dodgers’ rotation during that time.“I feel good,” said Maeda (who leads the Dodgers in starts made and innings pitched) through his interpreter. “I don’t know if you’re going to believe me when I say this. But I do feel much better now than I did in April.” MIAMI >> The Dodgers were on the wrong side of history for a while again Sunday.One day after Dave Roberts ended Rich Hill’s perfect-game bid by pulling him after seven innings, Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Urena retired the first 14 Dodgers batters in order before losing his modest attempt with two outs in the fifth inning. The Dodgers never did solve Urena, losing 3-0 at Marlins Park.The loss was the sixth in seven games for the Dodgers against the Marlins and their former manager, Don Mattingly, this season.“Urena was good. Urena was really good,” Roberts said. “He pitched well with velocity, moved the ball around. He was really throwing his slider with depth, which he hadn’t been doing. He’s got a big arm. We just couldn’t get to him. “Guys came in with energy ready to win a series. You’ve got to give Urena credit. The kid threw the ball well. So it doesn’t matter how well we’re swinging or what happened yesterday. He threw the ball well. He did his job.”Urena has rarely thrown the ball that well in his two big-league seasons — and never at Marlins Park, where he was 1-7 with a 4.92 ERA before Sunday. He had pitched into the seventh inning just once before in the big leagues, going 6 2/3 against the Colorado Rockies last season.But he was one out away from his first complete game and shutout when Josh Reddick’s single prompted Mattingly to go to the bullpen for the final out. It was the last of the Dodgers’ four hits in the game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Official Presentation: Zukanović Reveals Why he has Chosen Serie A

first_img(Source: Sport Centar) The Chievo team from Verona officially presented  yesterday the Bosnian stopper Ervin Zukanović.Our player said at this presentation that it was the right time to change the scenery and explained why he chosen Serie A as his next stop.“I have been playing in Belgium for the last five years, it was time for me to leave that country because I felt I had the need for new challenges. My style of playing suits the Italian Championship. I am an intelligent player, I like to play with the ball, I have a good left leg and that’s it. Serie A is one of the strongest leagues in Europe. I have lots of friends who play in Italy so I know a lot about the league.” – said Zukanović.last_img

Allderdice wins boys, girls City League track and field championships

first_imgRAKEYLA LITTLE of Obama Academy lands in the sand as she wins the Triple Jump eventPaige Phillips of Allderdice won four gold medals to lead the Dragons to the Girls title at the City League Track Championships, Phillips won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, 200 meter dash and the Long Jump eventSAUNDRIA JACKSON of Westinghouse won the 400 meter dash event. (Photos by William McBride)GOLDEN GIRL—Paige Phillips of Allderdice won four gold medals to lead the Dragons to the Girls title at the City League Track Championships, Phillips won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, 200 meter dash and the Long Jump eventEDDIE HARRIS of Obama Academy ran away from the field to win the 100 and 200 meter dashes.DISTANCE KING—Floyd Nichols of Allderdice won the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter races to lead ” The Dice” boys to the City League Track ChampionshipDISTANCE QUEEN—Kerianne Hensel of Allderdice won the 800, 1600. and 3200 meter races to help the Dragons win the City League Girls Track Championship.last_img read more