Liverpool have rejected a bid from Arsenal for Luis Suarez and remain steadfast in their insistence the striker is not for sale. Press Association Press Association Sport understands the Gunners made an offer in the region of £30million for the Uruguay international last week which was rejected out of hand by the Reds. Despite the 26-year-old this summer voicing his dislike of his treatment by the English media and suggesting a move to Real Madrid would appeal, the club have no intention of selling, a stance which was not even tested by an offer well below what is considered Suarez’s true value. Suarez, who has three years remaining on an improved contract he signed last summer, is currently on extended leave after his involvement in the Confederations Cup. Neither he nor his representatives have spoken to Liverpool about any intention to ask for a move but his comments while on international duty in South America have left the club in a difficult position. It was expected any approach from Madrid would come after the end of the Confederations Cup but so far has nothing has materialised and the fear is the Spanish giants will leave it late in the window in order to drive the price down. Arsenal’s surprise bid may have been more strategic than realistic as they are currently trying to push through a deal to sign Real striker Gonzalo Higuain. Making an offer for Suarez may have just been a ploy intended to focus the minds of Bernabeu officials on signing off the Higuain move. Suarez is not due back for pre-season until July 22 and he will then be expected to join the club’s tour matches in Australia and Thailand.
Stoke improved after the interval and looked unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Leroy Fer had a hand on Kenwyne Jones in the area, before Begovic pulled off a smart save to keep out a Robert Snodgrass shot. With both clubs struggling for goals this season, a tight affair had been expected and Norwich boss Chris Hughton will be delighted to have emerged from the contest with all three points. They take his side – whose victory at Manchester City in May was their only other away league win in 2013 – to a total of seven points from six games this term, and up three places to 14th in the table. They leapfrog Stoke, who are now 15th and also on seven points from six matches. Norwich looked full of purpose from the off, with Pilkington bursting forward early on and unleashing a shot that Ryan Shawcross got in the way of. Bennett struck the woodwork in the ninth minute with a sliding effort at the back post as he got the better of Shawcross from a corner, and the ball came back to the Canaries defender for a second attempt, but Begovic was able to gather. There was a suspect moment for Begovic in the 17th minute as a delivery came across the box, with the goalkeeper failing to get anywhere near the ball as it appeared he was shoved to the ground by Michael Turner. Stoke were unable to make anything of a corner at the other end, and in the 28th minute, Begovic looked unconvincing again as he came to catch a Pilkington cross. He collided with Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who was judged to have committed a foul, and saw the ball go wide of the post. The hosts tried to step things up and Arnautovic sent a shot swerving just over the crossbar, but a minute later Norwich were in front. The Canaries took advantage of sloppy play from their opponents in the 34th minute as Howson collected the ball from Anthony Pilkington and beat Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who might have done better, from outside the box. Norwich had already hit the crossbar through Ryan Bennett and were good value for their lead, with a shot from Marko Arnautovic that whistled just over being the closest a subdued Potters side came in the opening 45 minutes. The Potters lost possession from their own throw-in and then failed to close down as Pilkington teed up Howson, who fired in a shot that seemed to catch the diving Begovic by surprise. Within five minutes Shawcross had a chance to equalise, but he could only head wide from Charlie Adam’s corner and Jones then slipped as he tried to meet a Geoff Cameron cross into the danger zone. Stoke manager Mark Hughes tried to give his side some fresh impetus by bringing on Stephen Ireland and Jermaine Pennant for Adam and Jon Walters at the interval, and shortly after the break the Potters had a strong-looking spot-kick claim turned down when Jones appeared to be pulled back in the box by Fer. Arnautovic then sent an ambitious attempt off-target, before Norwich began to probe again with the lively Pilkington striking wide and Snodgrass looping a shot over the bar. Jones struck weakly towards the near post, with John Ruddy dropping on the ball, and the Stoke frontman was then replaced by Peter Crouch. Steven Nzonzi drilled into Ruddy’s arms and Begovic then pulled off a great diving stop to keep out a curling strike from Snodgrass, the final really close effort of the game. Press Association Jonny Howson’s first-half strike steered Norwich to their second Barclays Premier League win of the season as they defeated Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium.
Speaking to the official Cricket Australia website, Davies said he had made up his mind to hit six sixes in the over after hitting the first two balls over the ropes. “I had it in the back of my head I wanted to give it a crack and it paid off at the end. I was trying to target (the area) from forward square to cow corner and I was just getting down on the back leg, almost before it was even bowled, and trying to slog sweep them over mid-wicket.”Read More |Happy Birthday Mithali Raj – an Indian legend at the crossroads New Delhi: Oliver Davies did a Yuvraj Singh in an Under-19 National Championship game in Australia between NSW Metro and Northern Territory at the Adelaide Oval. Davies, the NSW Metro captain, blasted six sixes in an over from offspinner Jack James and also notched up his double century. While his first hundred took a total of 74 balls, his next century came off a staggering 39 balls. Davies created plenty of records in the Under-19 National Championships and joined an elite list of batsmen who had achieved this glorious feat. Apart from the six sixes in an over, Davies hit 17 sixes, the most ever in ODIs or List A cricket while he became only the second cricketer in the history of the Under-19 National Championship to hit a double century.In the 40th over of the NSW Metro innings, Davies decided to unleash as he blasted six sixes in the over bowled by James. All the sixes were slog swept over the ropes at deep midwicket. This was the most runs ever hit in an over of the Under-19 National Championships and he joined an elite list. Sir Garfield Sobers and Ravi Shastri are the batsmen to have hit six sixes in an over in First-Class cricket while Herschelle Gibbs achieved the feat in an ODI during the 2007 World Cup encounter between South Africa and the Netherlands in St.Kitts. Yuvraj Singh was the last batsman to achieve this feat when he hit six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad during the World T20 encounter between India and England in Durban 2007.Read More |This Australian cricketer can sing clear lyrics with mouth closedDavies’ blitz helped NSW Metro reach 406/4 and they achieved a 168-run win against Northern Territory. Davies became only the second player after Jason Krejza to hit a double century in this competition. Davies’ record of 17 sixes is also the most in limited-overs cricket, going past the record of 16 sixes hit by Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. Rohit hit 16 sixes in his knock of 209 against Australia in Bangalore 2013 while de Villiers smashed this tally when he hit the fastest ODI century off 31 balls in Johannesburg 2015. Gayle achieved this mark during his double century knock in the 2015 World Cup against Zimbabwe in Canberra For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
By Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – England suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes and opener Alex Hales from international cricket until further notice yesterday after the pair were involved in an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub.The announcement came a day after Stokes, England’s highest-profile cricketer and vice-captain of the Test side, was named in the 16-man squad for the Ashes tour of Australia starting in November.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement that both Stokes and Hales remained on full pay pending further investigation into the incident in the early hours of Monday.Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and then released without charge under investigation on Monday, and Hales was with him at the time of the incident.“Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice,” the ECB said.The immediate effect of the suspension is to rule both out of today’s final one-day international against West Indies in Southampton.“Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O’Gorman,” the ECB added.“These decisions, fully supported by ECB Chairman Colin Graves, were made following the release of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday night.”The Sun newspaper published footage of what it said was a brawl between the player and two other persons, one clutching a bottle. The authenticity of the images could not be confirmed by Reuters.Media reports said Stokes, who suffered a minor fracture of a finger on his right hand, had apologised to the ECB for his arrest and described his state of mind as “fragile and devastated”.Should the 26-year-old definitively be ruled out of the tour, it would be a huge blow for England whose chances of defending the Ashes Down Under have already been called into question.The hosts whitewashed England 5-0 in the last Ashes in Australia in 2013/14.Strauss had hoped earlier that the situation could ‘galvanise’ the rest of the team.”You can go one of two ways,“ he said after the squad announcement. ”It can actually bring people together or it can allow people to splinter off into other groups.”What I‘m very encouraged about is how tight that team environment is at the moment.“I‘m exceptionally hopeful that they can use this to galvanise things and bring them closer together, to focus their minds on what they need to achieve in Australia.”
The specialty grocery store Trader Joe’s is the first confirmed tenant for the new student residential and retail complex, USC Village, a project that officially broke ground on Sept. 15. It will start serving the university community beginning in fall 2017.Dan Bane, the current chairman and CEO of the company, is a 1969 graduate of USC.The 12,700-square-foot Trader Joe’s will be on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street. The L.A.-based grocery chain has spread to more than 400 locations in 40 states since 1958.”We’re excited to be part of the USC Village and we look forward to being a positive addition to the neighborhood in the years to come,” Alison Mochizuki, director of public relations for Trader Joe’s, said.In a press release, Trader Joe’s said their location at The Village will combine current store aesthetics with community influences.“The store will feature a festive décor that mixes traditional Trader Joe’s elements such as cedar covered walls and Hawaiian motifs, combined with a local flair that includes art celebrating the neighborhood,” the company stated in a press release.Students have expressed interest in the grocery store, as it will greatly expand campus food options.”I think it’ll be really nice to have a healthy, affordable dining option on campus aside from Seeds,” Harshini Chengareddy, a freshman majoring in global health said.At the USC Village groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, President C.L. Max Nikias stressed that the campus expansion will serve as an enormous benefit to both the school and surrounding community.“In the past four years, we have been privileged to break ground on a number of new projects at USC. But this village is an especially historic moment for USC, for our neighborhood and for Los Angeles as a whole,” Nikias said.In addition to Trader Joe’s, USC Village will include a fitness center, drugstore, Trojan Town USC store, restaurants, parking and a community room. Bank of America and Starbucks coffee will return as well. The project also includes building residence halls for up to 2,700 honors students and a Gothic-style clock tower.The $650 million project is one of the biggest developments USC has undertaken, along with one of the largest in South Los Angeles’ history. This new development will be built on 15 acres of USC-owned land without public subsidies or taxpayer funds. USC is also providing over $40 million in community benefits and plans to redesign and improve Jefferson Boulevard in the funding of new streets, a new fire station, a law clinic, a small business adviser and ombudsmen.USC, the largest private employer in Los Angeles, hopes The Village project will create both temporary and permanent jobs in the surrounding community.
NEW YORK – One game after Syracuse boasted five players with at least 12 points, the Orange’s shallow scoring depth that occasionally surfaced a season ago reared its ugly head again.After Tyler Lydon and his 18 points, nobody had more than 10, and only two cracked double digits. Lydon was the only player in double figures until Andrew White’s corner 3 cut South Carolina’s lead to five late in the second half.“Tyler Lydon was clearly our most aggressive player, our best player,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He really was on the verge of having a great, great game against a really, really good defensive team.”In No. 18 Syracuse’s (4-1) 64-50 loss to South Carolina (6-0) at the Barclays Center on Saturday, the Orange’s diverse offensive attack of the first four games reverted to a mainly one-man show. It was Lydon who singlehandedly cut the Gamecocks’ deficit in half at the beginning of the second frame, but the sophomore didn’t score in the final 16:19 and nobody else stepped up enough for Syracuse to avoid its first loss.“I’m not really too sure,” said Lydon, when asked why Syracuse couldn’t get over the hump after slicing into USC’s lead. “It just was a matter of us not being able to get into our stuff. We missed a couple shots that we needed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlly Moreo | Asst. Photo EditorTrailing 40-28 just over a minute into the second half, Lydon hit a free throw, sunk a 3-pointer from the wing and buried a turnaround floater to make it 40-34. But after securing a defensive rebound after a PJ Dozier miss, Lydon turned the ball over to briefly stunt the Orange’s momentum.Aside from Dajuan Coleman and Taurean Thompson’s combined three points the rest of the way, Andrew White and Frank Howard were the only ones to score for Syracuse, and not nearly as much as SU needed. Lydon had already done his part with 18 points in the first 23:41, but Howard missed four foul shots while Syracuse was in the double bonus and White hit only one long ball while missing a pair from behind the arc.“That’s what our coaching staff and team prides itself on, defense,” Dozier said. “We make our offense out of our defense. We came into the game with a defensive mind.”During his scoring spurt, Lydon let out a rare scream, urging the pro-Syracuse Barclays Center crowd to get on its feet. They obliged, but were soon brought back down to their seats when South Carolina swiftly countered. For the remainder of the game, Lydon had little to cheer about, often hanging his hands on his head or staring at a Gamecocks’ bucket in despair as Syracuse’s chance at a comeback slipped further out of its grasp.It seems Lydon’s early season scoring struggles are in the past, even if he was unable to carry over his brief hot stretch to when SU needed it late in the game. Syracuse has proven it can generate scoring elsewhere against teams far inferior, but Lydon will need a supporting cast as the Orange’s schedule heats up.“He played extremely well today,” Boeheim said. “But he didn’t get a lot of help.” Comments Published on November 26, 2016 at 7:26 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on February 24, 2018 at 10:26 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ DURHAM, N.C. — Jim Boeheim left his news-making press conference and made it about four paces before he suddenly stopped.“Lefty!” he yelped, and extended his right hand for the older man to shake. Standing in the doorway leading to the Cameron Indoor Stadium floor was Lefty Driesell, the 86-year-old former Blue Devil player and legendary college basketball coach whom Duke had invited back for Saturday night’s game. The two men sized up one another. “You look good,” Driesell said. “I got to,” Boeheim responded. “I work out. My wife will yell at me if I don’t. I’ve got teenagers!” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDriesel shook his head and told the 73-year-old, “Stay young, man. Stay young.” Then Boeheim smiled warmly and walked down the hallway, farther away from his press conference that reflected thoughts formed long ago, farther away from one of his few peers who remember those times too.Here are three takeaways from Boeheim’s comments about recently unearthed NCAA violations by agents, their impact on amateurism and what college basketball does next. The involvement of agents is inevitableOn Friday evening, the ongoing college basketball scandal that originated in September took on new meaning. Yahoo! Sports published documents from the FBI probe detailing the expenditures of former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and the agency ASM Sports. Expense reports and balance sheets in those documents detail what appear to be illegal bribes, benefits and/or payments to big programs and prominent current and former players. No player has been punished by the NCAA. Boeheim said that he’s known for decades — 30 years, precisely — that agents have been involved in the families of star players. He said he has no issue with agents involving players, Syracuse included, as long as it is legal. When payments and bribes are made, that’s where Boeheim said he draws the line. “This should not surprise anybody that agents are trying to get clients,” Boeheim said. “You have the one-and-done factor, you need to get them early. You need to get them. You can’t wait. That’s not surprising. The thing that’s been surprising this year is obviously that 60 coaches (are) involved.”Boeheim added: “We have blinders on. We have blinders on. Agents are going to do that.”College basketball players should not be paidBoeheim’s larger point when discussing agents lies in the fact that removing amateurism entirely from big-time college basketball is not a viable solution. Paying high-level college basketball players won’t mean agents will stop trying to go after young players, Boeheim said. The 73-year old then looked back to his playing days, when he played at SU from 1963-66, and went from walk-on to captain. He said he received a full ride throughout college, alluding to the fact that that may be enough, or nearly enough, compensation for players. Dino Babers, Syracuse’s head football coach, took a similar stance when asked in October whether college football player should be paid. Babers said a scholarship “is more than enough compensation.”“What’s so disheartening for me is when people who are so intelligent keep saying, ‘They’re making millions of dollars,’” Boeheim said. “We make our share just like everybody does at Syracuse. We make our share on the tickets. Our athletic department barely breaks even. If you just say, ‘Don’t have any other sports, and basketball makes $16 million, then we should be giving it all back for the players.’ But all that money (SU men’s basketball generates) pays for everything else.”By “everything else,” Boeheim referenced non-revenue sports, such as soccer, softball and field hockey, all of whose expenses exceed revenue. He later said that having athletes participate in endorsements would be “unbelievable.” It is unclear exactly why he said that, but he said, generally, that “we can try to do more in basketball … hopefully they’ll come through with solutions. We’ve got a great game.”The one-and-done rule ‘has to go’Established in 2006, the one-and-done rule requires U.S.-based players to be one year removed from high school before being eligible for the NBA Draft. Until then, players were eligible to enter the draft out of high school, like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But the rule was implemented because of concern over whether players were mature enough to enter the NBA. The result has been a college basketball landscape including players who have no intention to stay at school more than one season required. Ten of the first 11 picks of last year’s draft were college freshmen. Last year, it was reported that NBA commissioner Adam Silver was considering getting rid of the rule. He said he got the sense that it wasn’t “working for anyone.” There could be consideration of not scratching the rule altogether, but rather raising the minimum age to 20 to enter the draft. Boeheim is vehemently against the rule, he said on Saturday. “It won’t change the whole game, but (getting rid of) one-and-done would help,” Boeheim said. “Hopefully we’ll get guys who want to be in college. If they really want to go, they should be able to go (to the NBA out of high school). Bill Gates didn’t want to go to college. I think he did alright. Golf, tennis players don’t have to go to college. “I think that would help. It won’t change the whole thing. It will help somewhat. We have a great game … it’s not going to change a thing. Not one thing. There’s tons of good teams right now that don’t have a one-and-done. We can easily survive. That’d be a big step.” Comments
Ghana’s Black Maidens head Coach Evan Adotey has said in his radio interview that it is never true that his team collected bribe from their Canadian counterparts hence the 1-2 defeat they suffered to them.Ghana lost 2-1 to Canada in the last group ‘B’ game of the ongoing Under 17 female World Cup Tournament currently in Costa Rica.And even though the head Coach attributed his team’s defeat to complacency on the part of his girls, Ghanaian football fans have insisted that the team played poorly and lost because of the bribe coach Adotey collected from the Canadians ahead of the game. “It is never true that our last game was a fixed match because we took bribe from the Canadians I can never do that.“These are only rumours because I don’t think anybody has evidence to that. We lost to Canada and we must accept that because on the day we were a bit complacent.“These rumours could dampen the spirits of the girls so I will urge Ghanaian fans to stay away from it”.He said The Maidens will play Italy on Thurday in a quarter final clash.
Justin Gatlin says he will boycott the BBC and other British media outlets in protest at their “biased” reports of the 100m final in Beijing.The American, who has twice been suspended for doping, won a silver medal behind Usain Bolt. The race had been built up as a battle between “good and evil” in some quarters.“He’s saved his title, he’s saved his reputation – he may have even saved his sport,” BBC commentator Steve Cram said as Bolt crossed the line just 0.01 seconds ahead of favourite Gatlin. Twitter footage showed commentators from the corporation celebrating Bolt’s win, while Gatlin is understood to have avoided three different interviewers from the broadcaster afterwards. Gatlin’s agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, told the Guardian: “Justin, as well as I, feel that the British media and journalists have been extremely unkind to him.There’s been nothing positive said about him now for some time. Every characterisation is solely about doping and vilifying him. “So, to maintain his own dignity and self-respect, he feels it best not to speak to them.It’s very unfortunate, but he’s been hurt tremendously by these attacks. And as human beings, we should be better than that. “The BBC in particular should report without lacing their comments and reporting with biased views.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Afterward, Rivers was asked what a victory like this can do for his team’s confidence.“Nothing, really,” he said. “I mean, we believe we’re good anyway. Honestly. And we know they’re good, too. We have humility, we understand they’re a great team. We believe we are, too.“Neither team really shot the ball well. What it really came down to was mental toughness, which team kind of had to hang in there. And we did that.”Indeed, whereas Rivers questioned his team’s toughness seven weeks ago, he didn’t do that after this one.“Yeah, it shows great growth,” he said. “It’s what I said before the game, we’re better than we were when we played them the last time. We’re just better mentally.”Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 15 points, but he shot just 6 of 18. Steph Curry scored 14 points while being limited to just 12 shot attempts, well under his average of 17.1. Marreese Speights and David Lee had 11 apiece and Draymond Green scored 10.Paul and Green were yapping at each other at times, which is not surprising because these teams do not like each other. Paul discussed their conversations.“They are a great team over there,” he said. “He (Green) was talking about how well he played against us in the playoffs last year, and he did. We will take the win. That was a great team. We beat a great team tonight.”The Clippers beat the Warriors in seven games in the first round of the playoffs this past season.When Rivers first entered the postgame news conference, he said, “Wow, that was ugly.”Making just one of your first 17 shots will bring those kinds of remarks from a coach.“Yeah, it’s one of those games,” Rivers said. “Sometimes, you can’t win; you’re in the way of yourselves. I thought we had a little bit of that going on. They were just as bad, too, at times. One of those nights.”Perhaps, but considering what happened in November, this was a big victory for the Clippers.“It’s a great win,” Griffin said. “It’s great because there’s a lot of distraction, especially for the home team because you’ve got all your family in town (for Christmas). You’ve got a million things to do.“To come out and get a win, take care of that, it’s big for us. Especially with dropping the last two games, last three out of four.”The Warriors were coming off a stunning 115-105 loss Tuesday to the Lakers.Golden State was without starting post Andrew Bogut (knee) and the Clippers were again without backup post Spencer Hawes (knee).The Clippers next play host to the high-flying Toronto Raptors on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Raptors are 22-7 and sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. Wednesday marked seven weeks since the Clippers ventured to Oakland on Nov. 5 and were routed by the Golden State Warriors by 17 points. It was worse than that, though, as Golden State led by 27 after three quarters before coasting to victory.Afterward, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was steaming and intimated his team was soft.The rematch was Thursday – Christmas night – and it figured things might be a bit different.“Oh, we’re better, we’re way better than that,” Rivers said before tipoff. “No matter what happens, we’re a better team.” The Clippers were way better than they were in early November, and the result was a 100-86 victory over the Warriors before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.The Clippers (20-10) had lost three of their past four. The Warriors (23-5) had won 18 of 20 but have now lost two consecutive games.Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 24 points off the bench. Chris Paul scored 22 points, Blake Griffin had 18 points and 15 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and J.J. Redick scored 11. Crawford sealed Golden State’s fate with a 3-point basket for a 20-point lead (97-77) with 2:55 left in the game.The Clippers led 20-18 after one quarter and 42-41 at halftime before leading 73-70 after three quarters.Los Angeles made just one of its first 17 shots, yet finished the game shooting 39.1 percent from the field. Golden State shot 42.5 percent, but the Clippers made 23 free throws to 12 for Golden State. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error