With the transfer market just days from opening it’s reported that Manchester City will move for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk. It’s expected that the 25 year old former Celtic defender would cost City around 60 million euro.Meanwhile, Joe Hart is being linked with Liverpool. The 29 year old Manchester City stopper is currently on loan at Torino so would not be available until next summer.
By Clifton RossWEST Indies Under-19 spinner, Ashmead Nedd, said he’s passing the time watching tapes while working out indoors as he patiently awaits the return of cricket, whenever Covid-19 allows the world to return to near normalcy.The Guyanese spin ace, in an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sports, touched on a number of topics surrounding the recent state of lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic, as well as post-pandemic plans for athletes.Sportsmen have been turning their abodes into places of training and practice since the global lockdown came into effect almost two months now.Nedd, enjoyed a phenomenal 2020 with the West Indies U-19 team in the World Cup, ending with 11 wickets as their leading wicket taker. Prior to that, he made his debut for the strung- together West Indies Emerging Players (WIEP) who shocked the region by winning their maiden Super50 title.Now, with time home due to the quarantine and lockdown, the 19 year-old said he has been pushing in some hard work while enjoying his down time at home.“Since this lockdown started, it just gave me some time to do extra fitness work even though there’s no gym around and so on. There’s some work you can do to keep your body fit, although I haven’t gotten the chance to do much in my skills such as bowling/batting and fielding”, said the Windies youth spinner.Although a sportsman’s career revolves around physical fitness coupled with the ongoing process of sharpening one’s skill sets, the left-arm spinner said it was equally important to have adequate rest and, as such, is cherishing this rare, prolonged time home.“Time off is pretty good, it gives you time to look back on your performances and watch video clips of yourself and see where you went wrong. It also gives you some time, if you do have the opportunity to work on correcting those errors”, Nedd pointed out.Looking ahead, possibly to a newer era of sports due to the virus, which continues to spread globally, Nedd added that the future for athletes could be a bit different from what it was before, adding that being away from cricket is tough.“It’s difficult throughout the world with the covid-19 pandemic. As a sports person knowing you’re away from something you love doing, I think of it also as a kind of set back”, He ended.
1 year ago Boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies; hit by car in Virginia Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE “We look for the potential of the boxer whether he wins or loses in a fight,” said promoter JC Manangquil of Sanman Promotions, which has 40 fighters including 12 who have won international titles. Spotting them is more art than science, but the scouts are looking for more than just the ability to pummel opponents with their fists. Regular tournaments put plenty of contenders on display, and serve as a magnet for fighters from other areas. READ | Four Of The Top 10 Teams In Country To Play In Paradise Jam Press Trust Of India “I hope just one of two of them will (succeed),” he added. “Just one or two of them and we’re good.” One of the hotspots of boxing in the Philippines is Pacquiao’s hometown, General Santos City in the nation’s south. “It’s a bonus if the boxer looks good, too,” he quipped, saying it helps in the promotion of a match. READ | Kremlin Says Russia Remains ‘open To Cooperation’ On Doping’Many boxers failed’ A dozen fighters train under his guidance in a rough outdoor camp south of the capital Manila, spending hours a day sparring and lifting weights. Jimenez’s star, and partner in the gym, is 27-year-old Jerwin Ancajas, who is set for an IBF junior bantamweight title defence in December. The boxers are a significant investment — and gamble — as they are fed, housed and given a modest allowance.READ | Bruce Lee Birthday: Here Is How The Legend Impacted Martial ArtsYears of training expenses and no wins drained Jimenez’s savings, and by 2013 he was forced to sell his properties to stay afloat. But exercising the same determination they demand of their fighters, Jimenez and Ancajas kept going — even if they had to train in vacant lots and in the street. Then in 2016 came what they had hoped and prayed for: Ancajas’s IBF junior bantamweight belt. A defence of the title a year later netted enough cash to invest in their own gym. The enormous popularity of the sweet science in the Philippines means scores of children gravitate to gyms, but just a handful stick it out. “Out of 10 children, there will only be one or two of them who really wants to pursue boxing,” said trainer and coach Edito Villamor. First Published: 28th November, 2019 10:34 IST 10 months ago Anthony Joshua is 10th on recently release World’s Richest Boxer List! “The number one trait I look for in a boxer is the attitude,” trainer Joven Jimenez told AFP, saying his fighters need to be “determined, obedient and disciplined”. COMMENT 9 months ago Is Floyd Mayweather broke? Why is he coming out of retirement for a UFC fight? In the boxing-obsessed Philippines, scores of young fighters dream of becoming the next Manny Pacquiao, but it takes a sharp eye and vast experience to pick out a potential world champion. That expertise comes from the scouts and trainers who scour amateur matches at the dusty town “fiestas”, rely on spotters’ referrals or size up hopefuls as young as eight training in well-worn gyms. They are the lesser-known but vital cogs in the Philippines’ boxing machine, which has produced dozens of world champion fighters, many of whom were born into poverty.READ | UFC: Tony Ferguson Vs Khabib Nurmagomedov Promo Will Give You GoosebumpsIt’s a risky way to make a living — some coaches have faced ruin when the fighters they have backed, pouring money into their training and upkeep, didn’t win. But when victory comes, the pay-off can be big, or at least enough to keep going in the sport they love. The shining example is, of course, Pacquiao. Born into a poor family, he quit school at 14 and ended up on the street. Pacquiao, now also a Philippine senator, declared assets worth some $59 million in 2018. His career, including an unparalleled eight world championships in different weight divisions, is a tempting incitement to boys born into similarly bleak circumstances. While in real life they may be impoverished and ignored, in the boxing world they are a precious element to be forged into winners. 10 months ago Mayweather replies to Pacquiao’s challenge, confident of victory Once they take on a boxer, the real work of training and shaping begins. It can take years, and many fighters don’t make the grade. “People always think that what we do is very simple — one fighter gets big and famous and gets money,” he said. “But they don’t know how we reach that after many boxers who failed.” Last Updated: 28th November, 2019 10:34 IST Pacquiao 2.0: The Philippines Scouts Hunting For Boxing’s Next Big Thing In the boxing-obsessed Philippines, scores of young fighters dream of becoming the next Manny Pacquiao, but it takes a sharp eye & vast experience to find them WE RECOMMEND “We, the coaches, are looking for boxers who would become the next Manny Pacquiao so we teach them everything, including discipline and humility,” said Anthony Ornopia, a former boxer who is now a trainer. LIVE TV
The Agege Soccer Temple was primed to be the star attraction of matchday 33 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as second placed MFM looked to continue their push for an unprecedented league title with a crunch game against Enyimba, but a lackluster barren draw was all fans could get for all their eager anticipation.MFM were boosted by the availability of Stephen Odey who was initially feared to be tied down by other commitments; but in a game full of energy but void of cutting edge, the host were almost in front early on when a telling pass put Chukwuma Onuwa in good position to score, but the petit midfielder failed to shoot with power and his strike was thus easily gathered by Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilos Afelokhai.Onuwa was soon after involved in another goal mouth action when Afelokhai appeared to have tripped him inside the box, but the referee adjudged it a dive and booked the MFM man.The Church Boys continued to make constant incursions into the Enyimba area, even until the second half, but indecisive marksmanship was their bane as they dropped two title-pushing points on home turf.Plateau United, meanwhile, ensured that their 3 points lead at the top of the table remained intact as they secured a rare 1-1 draw against Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium. The visitors, who had not picked a point from Kano in 7 years were fired into the lead in the 17th minute when Ibeh Johnson capitalized on a poor clearance by the Pillars back line to shoot home. But from then on, the Kennedy Boboye-led side had goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye to thank as the former youth international showcased the best version of goalkeeping to deny Rabiu Ali and Alassan Ibrahim. The jinx was eventually broken 7 minutes after the break with Hamza Tiya’s low strike.In Makurdi, Sunday Adetunji was taken to hospital with a broken hand but, certainly, with his head held high as his brace helped Abia Warriors to a famous 4-2 win over Lobi Stars. It was the host who took the lead in the highly entertaining match through Kingsley Eduwo’s strike just before the half hour, but Adetunji’s goal 9 minutes later kept scores at par going into the break. The visitors came back stronger in the second half with Anthony Okemiri scoring to put them ahead in the in the 61st minute, before assisting Adetunji to extend the lead and complete his brace. Shortly after, Adetunji was taken straight to hospital with what looked like a horrific hand break, but Warriors were not going to be repressed as Chinenye Agoha scored a fourth in the third of added minutes. Though too late, Lobi found time to draw one back through Kingsley Eduwo.Elsewhere, FC Ifeanyi Uba returned smiles to the faces of their fans with a slender 1-0 win over Nasarawa United. The Anambra Warriors who failed to pick maximum points in their last outing on home turf, had Pascal Seka to thank as it was his 18th minute strike that secured all three points.In Ilorin, two goals on either extremes of the game gave ABS a vital win over Remo Stars. Samuel Oyedeji gave ABS an early lead in the western derby, but the host were made to wait until the final minute of the encounter for Alalade Wasiu to seal the win. The result means ABS are out of the dreaded relegation zone for the first time in recent weeks. Remo, meanwhile, remain bottom on the log and can be relegated as early as next weekend.ALL MATCHDAY 33 RESULTSKano Pillars 1 – 1 Plateau UnitedFC IfeanyiUbah 1 – 0 Nasarawa UnitedMFM 0 – 0 EnyimbaNiger Tornadoes 1 – 0 El-Kanemi WarriorsABS 2 – 0 Remo StarsShooting Stars 2 – 1 Gombe UnitedSunshine Stars 1 – 0 Akwa UnitedLobi Stars 2 – 4 Abia WarriorsWikki Tourists 1 – 1 RangersThe final game of the match day will be played in Port Harcourt on Monday as Rivers United host Katsina United.Related
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has a lot on his plate.He is getting his team ready for a shortened 60-game season that will begin July 23 against the Giants. He’s doing so amid a coronavirus pandemic that is not going away, as well as nationwide civil unrest spurred by the death of a Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.It’s a nervous, even scary, time for many people, and professional athletes are not immune to those emotions. Roberts therefore finds himself becoming more of a counselor to his players than usual.“I like to think that I fit that role, you know, my time here,” Roberts said Friday morning, via Zoom news conference from Dodger Stadium. “But, obviously, issues have heightened.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Roberts suggested it’s imperative that when he is in that mode, players as well as the coaching staff are in tune to what is being said by all involved in the conversation. The players, he said, have contributed well to the dialogue.“I like to speak intelligently and honestly, and players have done a good job of asking the right questions and talking among themselves,” Roberts said. “But I like to think I do it the right way.”Roberts is beginning his fifth season at the helm.Getting Gavin Lux readyInfielder Gavin Lux missed the first week of summer camp workouts before reporting Friday. Privacy rules prevent the Dodgers from saying why he was not initially in camp.Now that Lux is here, Roberts has the task of getting a young player ready to start the season just 13 days after he reported. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I think with Gavin, it’s more of you try to ramp him up in a safe way as far as getting him at-bats, issuing the grounders and seeing where it takes us,” Roberts said. “I really don’t know – and I don’t even know if Gavin knows, you know, as far as this short of a time of this window — how it looks in two weeks.“But we’re going to do everything we can to get him ready and confident and ready to go.”Roberts said he did not plan on using Lux, who took batting practice Friday, in Saturday’s intrasquad game.“I think we’re going to wait another day,” Roberts said. “Yeah, he’ll be in there tomorrow. Just giving him a couple of days to get his legs under him, take some batting practice, some grounders.”Lux, 22, made his major league debut in 2019. He batted .240 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 23 regular-season games. He went 2 for 9 (.222) with a home run against the Washington Nationals in the NLDS, and was batting .276 (8 for 29) in 11 spring training games this year before baseball was shut down because of the coronavirus.Austin Barnes looks for ’17 formCatcher Austin Barnes hit .289 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 102 games (218 at-bats) in his rookie season in 2017. He dipped to .205 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 100 games (200 at-bats) in 2018 and to .203 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 75 games (212 at-bats) in 2019.Also, his on-base percentage of .408 in 2017 dipped to .329 and .293 the past two years, respectively.Barnes said he knows how to return to where he’s been.“I’m trying to get back to feeling good at the plate by controlling (at-bats),” Barnes said. “I used to do a good job of controlling the zone, which was one of my big strengths, and kind of dictating where that (at-bat) went.”The result of being able to go deep in counts helped Barnes hit the ball hard on a regular basis.“I’m just trying to get back to that,” he said.This and thatPitchers Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez and Scott Alexander, as well as outfielder A.J. Pollock and catcher Keibert Ruiz, as of Saturday morning had yet to report to camp. Again, privacy issues prevent the team from saying why they are not with the team. Asked about any additional players joining the team Saturday, Roberts said he was going to bring in catcher Diego Cartaya from the team’s satellite camp to back up Barnes in the intrasquad game. …Related Articles Roberts said he liked what he saw from starting pitcher Alex Wood in Friday’s intrasquad game. He allowed a two-run home run by Joc Pederson in 5 2/3 innings; aboard was Barnes, who had doubled. “He got ambushed a couple of times with some balls up in the zone, but I thought that he settled in, his changeup was good, his slider was good at times and fastball velocity was good,” Roberts said. “I thought it was a positive outing for him.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire