Di Matteo confirms Luiz will miss both Barca games

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo has confirmed that David Luiz will be sidelined for both legs of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.The defender was declared a major doubt for Wednesday’s game after being carried off with a hamstring injury during the FA Cup victory over Tottenham at the weekend.Luiz has now been ruled out of both clashes with Barca as well as Saturday’s vital league match against Arsenal.AdChoices广告Interim boss Di Matteo admitted: “It’s a big loss for us. He’s a fantastic centre-half who’s been in good form. “He will miss tomorrow but we hope to get him back in a time-frame of two weeks and get him back before the end of the season.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South African cricketers threaten strike ahead of England series

first_imgBy Nick SaidCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) has threatened strike action by players weeks before England are due to arrive for a four-Test tour as growing dismay at the country’s governing body threatens to boil over.South Africa and England are due to meet on Boxing Day in the first Test at Centurion, but the chaos engulfing Cricket South Africa (CSA) has placed that under threat as players meet to discuss industrial action tomorrow.SACA chief executive Tony Irish told Reuters the England fixtures are “unlikely” to be affected by any industrial action, but could not rule it out.“We still have to discuss the principle of it (industrial action), this is a very early stage of discussion and we will be very mindful of the importance of the international fixtures. It is unlikely those will be affected,” he said.“We will be responsible around the international tours, because we know that those affect teams from outside of South Africa.”Irish said any strike action will be a last resort, but added the players have been left exasperated by CSA’s refusal to engage with them on a number of issues.“It is an exhaustion of all other means of trying to deal with issues. Agreements are breached, we raise concerns, we try to resolve issues, and the result from the other side (CSA) is just to carry on. At some stage you must decide whether you will accept that,” he said.“It is about protecting the game and making sure it is healthy and sustainable going forward. That is critical for the players, whose livelihoods depend on it.”SACA are embroiled in a court battle with CSA over plans to restructure the local game, expanding it from six domestic franchises to 12, but which could mean a reduction in earnings for players.SACA, which represents 310 professional cricketers, have previously bemoaned a lack of transparency from CSA on a range of issues relating to the financial position of the organisation and concerns around its governance.There is also fresh unhappiness that a Fantasy League product, endorsed by CSA for their Mzansi Super League Twenty20 competition, is using names and images of players without their permission, potentially also putting them at risk of unwittingly flouting gambling rules in CSA’s own anti-corruption code.last_img read more

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FB : Both offenses struggle in White team’s Spring Game victory

first_img Published on April 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm With his first glance at Kevyn Scott’s 33-yard interception return for a touchdown, Nathaniel Hackett exuded elation by way of a fist pump. At second thought, he recoiled into his usual offensive coordinator’s mindset.On any ordinary day, Hackett would comb through each aspect of a Ryan Nassib failed pass to discover why his starting quarterback threw a pick-six. But Saturday, in Syracuse’s annual Spring Game, Nassib was on the other team: the White team. And Nassib’s mishap didn’t hurt Hackett — the head coach of the Blue team for the day — in his game versus usual SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, coach of the White team.Rather, it helped.‘First I forgot it was Nassib, so I saw (Scott) pick it off and take it for a touchdown, so I was all excited,’ Hackett said. ‘And then I saw it was Nassib, and I go, ‘What the heck was he doing? What was he seeing there?”Hackett’s body language and reaction to Scott’s first-quarter interception summed up the game. In an abbreviated 48-minute contest in front of 4,206 fans in the Carrier Dome, SU head coach Doug Marrone split his team up into two teams. What resulted was a low-scoring, methodical exhibition where the SU offense struggled, failing to score many points as the White team edged the Blue team 13-7.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd with the first-team offense and defense sprinkled as evenly as possible among the White and Blue teams, the seasoned backfield of the White team — led by Nassib and rising senior running back Antwon Bailey — propelled the White team to victory in a blasé game. Bailey ran for 118 yards on 20 rushes while Nassib threw for 227 yards, completing 14-of-24 attempts.In the end, the pedestrian offensive production of the White team was enough to beat the poor production of the Blue team. Among Syracuse’s usual offensive starters, tight end Nick Provo and offensive guards Zack Chibane and Andrew Tiller joined Nassib and Bailey in leading the White team to the win.The other three starting offensive linemen — Michael Hay, Macky MacPherson and Justin Pugh — as well as wide receiver Marcus Sales and fullback Adam Harris, started for the Blue team.And to end a spring where Syracuse’s defense somewhat unexpectedly got the better of the SU offense in most practices, the common thread continued. Despite more youth on the Orange defense, the Syracuse offense is rustier than its defensive counterparts. Bailey and Nassib attributed the struggles to the fact that the usual learning curve requires time.‘We definitely have to improve, but you have to look at things,’ Bailey said. ‘When you flip-flop O-lines, flip-flop receivers, chemistry is kind of off. But I think they did an all right job overall.’The structure of the scrimmage was a changeup for Marrone in his third year as SU’s head coach. In 2010, with not enough players for a split-squad game, Marrone conducted a controlled scrimmage pitting offense versus defense. And with a point system in place to reward the defense for select accomplishments, the offense won 66-58.This year was different, though. And as a result, Hackett attributed much of both units’ offensive struggles to the simple fact that unfamiliar players were working with one another.‘A lot of people will never understand how hard it is to divide up the team and put all of these random guys right next to each other,’ Hackett said. ‘It is difficult.’But Bailey and Nassib’s numbers came about slowly. In the first half, not a single offensive touchdown was scored. In the second, only one was converted.The contingent of SU’s first-team skill players on the White team eventually steered Shafer to victory. And after a slow first half, play opened up. The White team finished with a surprising 343 yards of total offense, an average of 6.7 yards per play on 51 plays.‘I think our mental errors have decreased substantially, like knowing the play,’ Nassib said. ‘Knowing where to line up, what route to do and what adjustments to make.’In 2010 the offense went for 400 total yards on 88 total plays, including four touchdowns. On Saturday both teams totaled 104 plays.After the game, Hackett said he was happy with the play of his offense. The numbers and especially the points may not have been there, but it wasn’t about points Saturday.It wasn’t about wins and losses either. Even if his Blue side lost.Said Hackett: ‘I’m supposed to be morose.’aolivero@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Lee quietly making his mark at USC

first_imgLong after players, coaches and equipment managers exited the USC locker room last Saturday after the Trojans’ narrow 48-41 victory over Arizona, two jovial voices could still be heard chatting it up in the far left corner of the room.Fab freshman · Freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee has impressed the coaching staff with his play this season. He is second on the team with 21 receptions, 323 receiving yards and three touchdowns and helped ease the burden off sophomore wideout Robert Woods. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily TrojanHuddled closely around their adjacent lockers were two teammates, two friends, two students of the game, reminiscing about the roads which brought them from Junipero Serra High School in nearby Gardena, Calif., to their newfound lives of highlight-filled Saturdays and sudden nationwide recognition.The elder, sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, had just recorded a career-high 255 receiving yards (five short of the school record) and a career-long 82-yard touchdown reception, while the younger, freshman wideout Marqise Lee, had a coming out party of his own with a career-high eight receptions, 144 yards receiving and a beautiful 38-yard touchdown catch.Regardless of where their individual journeys might take them, the two have come to terms with the fact that they will forever be linked to one another. But if Lee’s “I belong” moment against the Wildcats serves as any indication, he might already be walking down a solo path that he and Woods can both appreciate.“It’s been hard creating my own path,” Lee said. “When I made the change from defense to offense, the first challenge was making a name for myself amongst all of these great receivers. Then when I came out in the fall and moved up on the depth chart, naturally people brought my name up with Robert. It’s an honor, but we really are two different players. And I think people are starting to see that.”Though Woods has joked on many occasions Lee is the stronger, faster and more athletic receiver of the two, the freshman’s last three performances (14 catches, 257 yards and three touchdowns for 24, 38 and 43 yards a piece) are no laughing matter. Overshadowed at times by his longtime teammate, his progress through five weeks is not lost on anyone.“Just look for him to get better and to continue putting up numbers for our offense,” Woods said. “I know that he is his own person and his own player. It’s exciting to see him grow and I’m just proud of him.”Though Lee’s game champions humility instead of flashiness, the former national champion track star (his long jump of 24-8 was top in the country in 2011) is not afraid to step up in the big moment. Whether it was his acrobatic touchdown grab to pull the Trojans close in the third quarter in their loss against Arizona State or the leaping catch he made on a 45-yard jump ball pass to open the fourth quarter against Arizona, Lee admits he thrives when the lights shine the brightest.“My ability to go make a play for the offense is my best asset,” Lee said. “If we need a big catch down the field or a short first down or just a big block, I just want to be a part of it. It’s about knowing your role at all times and executing.”Lee is by no means riding on the coattails of his recent success, however, because in his eyes, he hasn’t lived up to the expectations he set for himself.“I might have a great game here and there, but that’s not the time to be content,” Lee said. “I am a young guy trying to go out and execute when my name is called, whether that’s in practice or in a game. The test should always be, can I do better than I did the week before. Maybe that comes with maturity, but that’s where my focus is right now.”If his scholarly approach to practice, big play capabilities during crunch time aren’t enough to sell you that he’s the next big thing at USC, look no further than his coaching staff, who on a daily basis is not shy on showering praise on the Inglewood, Calif., native.“I know it’s early to say, but I think he is going to be one of the best receivers ever to play at this school,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said after last Thursday’s practice.Others have expressed similar sentiments.“He is a pleasure to coach because what you see on game day is what we see during the week at practice,” wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore said. “He a delightful young man who is mature beyond his years. Not to mention, he is as good a student of the game as he is a player.”Through the first five games of Lee’s collegiate career, his output is on par with the likes of Woods, as well as other former Trojan All-Americans such as Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Williams and Lynn Swann. And though it might be a tad early to crown him the next face of the USC football program, it’s hard not to like a guy whose ear-to-ear grin is never far behind.“I just love to play the game,” Lee said. “I want fans to see a guy who just plays with passion, plays hard and does what it takes to help the team be as successful as it can be. For me, that’s enough.”last_img read more

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The harsh reality of letting go

first_imgAs human beings with carried emotions, it’s naturally hard to let go, whatever it may be. When a lot of us were kids, we didn’t want to let go of our parent’s hands. As we grew older, we couldn’t bear saying goodbye to a favorite TV show. Now as young adults on the brink of falling into the “real world,” many of us don’t want to even think about closing the book on perhaps the best four or so years of our lives. Every now and then, though, Father Time comes knocking on the door saying it’s time to move on, and in almost all cases, it’s in your best interest that you do.This couldn’t be more apparent than in the case of USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, who was reportedly transported to a hospital by ambulance after experiencing an episode of lightheadedness on campus Wednesday. This development comes less than a week after it was announced that Haden will retire from his position in June, though he will stay on for an extra year in a different capacity in order to spearhead the $270 million renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Unfortunately, this is not the 63-year-old Haden’s first run-in with health issues in recent months. In October, he was attended to by medical personnel on the sidelines of Notre Dame Stadium after experiencing similar symptoms of lightheadedness. Haden also has a pacemaker.In the fall, I wrote a column expressing my concern for Haden’s health after he resigned from the College Football Playoff selection committee for exactly that reason. Rumors of Haden’s intent to step down from his post of athletic director had been swirling around Heritage Hall for months before last Friday’s big announcement. It’s hard to say why Haden waited until just recently to make his retirement official, being forced to deal with the criticisms of a coaching search and a former head coach’s lawsuit in between.It’s safe to say that in the best interest of living a long and healthy life, especially after Wednesday’s events, Haden is making the right decision in deciding to retire, though I don’t think it’s quite as easy for him to let go, especially after all that he has done to push his alma mater back in the right direction.Haden isn’t alone in his predicament, though, in an awkward time now for one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks, who can’t seemingly decide whether to retire, or at least when to tell everyone what he might have determined months ago.The question on everyone’s minds heading into Super Bowl 50 this past weekend was not whether the Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers was going to come out on top. Instead, there was a giant elephant in the room continuously present throughout the annual spectacle: Was Peyton Manning finally going to announce his retirement? At 39, Manning became the oldest quarterback to both start and win a Super Bowl, which would provide a storybook ending to one of the most decorated careers in NFL history.In his postgame interview, Manning mentioned that he would take some time to reflect and drink a lot of Budweiser the night of but gave no direct answer to if he intended to hang up his cleats for good. After completing 13 of 23 passes for just 141 yards to go along with an interception, though, all indicators point to this “Super Bowl winning” performance being his last rodeo — a main reason being the nagging injuries that he has dealt with in recent years.Perhaps, you could even go the lengths of comparing Manning’s situation to that of Kobe Bryant. Though Bryant’s Lakers team hasn’t been as competitive as Manning’s Broncos, there was, indeed, a gray area for a long time of whether this season would be his last.As one of the greatest competitors of all time, I don’t think it could have been any harder for someone like Bryant to admit it’s time to move on, but ever since he decided to pull the trigger in a Player’s Tribune letter, it’s only been downhill for him, getting the farewell tour that he so very much deserved.It’s too late for Manning to get a farewell tour like Bryant or Derek Jeter did if he were to retire now, but it would surely instill a peace of mind in not only his mind, but that of his fans as well.Manning, Bryant or even Haden wouldn’t be the professionals we thought they were if they didn’t at least try to make a fuss when Father Time came knocking, but now that he has gotten in the door and refused to leave, it’s probably a sign to just let go.It will be difficult for all of those involved, but it’s the only way everyone can truly say goodbye and move on. It’s not the end of the world, but it is truly the end of an era.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

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Munster to continue monitoring O’Donnell’s injury

first_imgA decision will be made later this week on the Cahir man’s availability for the weekend’s clash with Racing 92.Meanwhile the providence has been dealt a blow with the news that Darren Sweetnam will be out of action for six weeks.The Cork native sustained a knee injury in the Stephen’s Day win over Leinster, and the province say he won’t return until mid February at the earliest. In better news for Munster fans, it’s been confirmed Jaco Taute will remain with the province until the end of the season.The centre along with scrum-half Angus Lloyd have signed deals, keeping them at Thomond Park until June.last_img read more

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Tipp to face Dublin

first_imgMeath will face Donegal while Clare take on Mayo.Meath and Clare will have home advantage and the games will take place on Saturday 15th July. Throw-in times will be confirmed this afternoon. The draw for Round 2 of the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers has pitted Tipperary against Dublin.The other pairing sees Waterford against KilkennyThe games will take place this Saturday with the venues and throw-in times to be confirmed by the CCCC this afternoon.The draw for Round 3A of the All-Ireland football qualifiers was also made this morning.last_img read more

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The Cowboys managed to re-sign Amari Cooper and embarrass the Redskins in the process

first_imgGood news for the Cowboys: Star wide receiver Amari Cooper is returning to Dallas on a five-year deal worth $100 million.Even better news for the Cowboys: In the process of re-signing their top priority in free agency, they made the division-rival Redskins look foolish. “Everything — the facility, I love it here in Frisco (Texas),” Cooper explained on 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas. “Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy, I mean, you can’t beat it.”Now Cooper will stick with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, whom Dallas hit with the exclusive franchise tag earlier Monday. The combination of both moves makes March 16 a fantastic day for the Cowboys. According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott and Cooper connected on 732 yards on targets outside the numbers last season, the most among any QB-WR duo in the NFL.Keeping both Prescott and Cooper for 2020 and beyond was the best-case scenario for Dallas this offseason. Embarrassing its most hated rival in the process is just the cherry on top. NFL FREE AGENCY:Tracking the latest NFL news and rumorsYes, Dallas is paying the 25-year-old receiver a borderline absurd about of money, reportedly $60 million guaranteed on a deal that will give him $20 million per year. But Washington reportedly was willing to pay Cooper even more.According to ESPN, the Redskins “pursued” Cooper on Monday and “tried to pry him away” from the Cowboys. But Cooper “turned down ‘significantly’ more money” from Washington to stay in Dallas, per the Dallas Morning News.Amari Cooper said for months he wanted to remain with Cowboys. Today, that desire was tested with over-the-top money the Redskins offered. Cooper stayed true to word. Back in Dallas.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 17, 2020A #Redskins source directly involved in the negotiations told me that Amari Cooper turned down an offer from them that would have “put him right there with Julio (Jones)” as the highest-paid receiver in the NFL to re-sign with the #Cowboys last night. 1/2— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) March 17, 2020The #Cowboys signed Cooper to a five-year contract worth $100 million, an average of $20M per season. The Falcons’ Jones leads the #NFL receivers with his average of $22M per season. That indicates Cooper turned down as much as $10M to change NFC East teams. 2/2— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) March 17, 2020While Cooper’s new contract comes with a hefty price tag, his re-signing with Dallas is no surprise given the context of his repeated claims that he wanted to keep playing for the Cowboys.Likewise, the team reportedly had been set on re-signing Cooper to a long-term deal even though it was not able to do so before the receiver became fair game to other teams during the legal tampering period before free agency.The Cowboys restructured the deals of both RB Ezekiel Elliott and OT La’El Collins earlier today.Any extra cap space adds up when your offseason to-do list includes an extension for Amari Cooper and (potentially) Dak Prescott.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 17, 2020Washington, of all teams, took a chance but quickly realized Cooper was not bluffing when he said last week he wants to be “a Cowboy for life.”last_img read more

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Natasha scores her biggest win with Scottish title

first_img12 Aug 2014 Natasha scores her biggest win with Scottish title England squad player Natasha Slater won the Loretto Scottish Girls’ U14 Championship at breezy Bothwell Castle with a two-under par score for the 36-hole event. Natasha, who trains with the England Golf U16 North regional girls’ squad, was the only player to beat par in the championship. The 14-year-old from Furness Golf Club in Cumbria, was seven strokes clear of Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill), from the England Golf U16 South squad, and Katharina Steffl from Austria. “It’s my biggest win so far,” said Natasha. “It’s a nice course and to score rounds of 70 and 72 is pleasing, especially in the wind. I managed to keep things steady.” The boys’ title was won by Bryan Teoh Wiyang of Malaysia who was three-over par and has enjoyed a successful trip to the UK. He recently won the Hazard Salver for the best performance by a player aged U16 in the Carrris Trophy, the English boys’ open championship. He also had a top 10 finish in the recent Reid Trophy, the English U14 boys’ open championship. First contested in 2001, the Scottish U14 event has been sponsored by the Loretto School Golf Academy since 2004 and attracts talented young golfers from across the UK and beyond. This year competitors represented countries including France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Bulgaria. Image: Natasha Slater and Bryan Teoh Wiyang (image © Kenny Smith) Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

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PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $32,393 INTO FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $32,393 into Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday at Santa Anita. With nine races on tap Friday, the Pick Six will cover races four through nine.First post time on Friday is at 2 p.m. and the afternoon’s headliner is the Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes, which has been carded as race six.Approximate post time for race four, the beginning of the Pick Six, is at 3:30 p.m. PDT. Santa Anita’s admission gates will open early on Friday at 7:15 a.m.For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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