Press Association Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes the return of Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Edin Dzeko will give them a significant boost in what is an important month. Kompany, also out for a month, was also back in the squad as an unused substitute and while Dzeko did not make the bench he is not far away from a comeback. Aguero and Kompany are in contention to start at home to Arsenal next weekend and Zabaleta thinks the return of key players – especially with Yaya Toure at the African Nations Cup – is timely even though City have won 11 and drawn three of their last 14 matches. “They are really important players for the team,” said Zabaleta. “We need all the best players 100 per cent fit because this is a crucial moment for the team. “There are a lot of games coming up, with the Champions League as well. “Hopefully they can stay 100 per cent fit for the next games and we are looking forward to it.” Despite losing ground on Chelsea, the defender said what Jose Mourinho’s side did was not an issue for them. However, he admitted they had to still be in touch when the pair meet this month. “We know the race for the title is going to be very tough,” Zabaleta added. “Chelsea are in great form as well but every single game in the league is a final. “When you play away from home you don’t have any easy games and teams can drop points like we did today. “We stay positive. We have Arsenal next weekend and we have to go there and win that before we think about the Chelsea game. “We need to stay focused on what we are doing. We are playing well and that is what we need to win games. “It doesn’t matter what Chelsea are doing at the moment. We are 100 per cent focused on what we are doing. “There is a big game next week because then we have the FA Cup before the Chelsea game so it will be crucial to win at home to Arsenal because we have to go to Stamford Bridge with a big chance to win that game.” City struggled to break down a resilient Everton and despite creating a number of good first-half chances it was not until the 74th minute they found the breakthrough. It began with Zabaleta, who dispossessed Romelu Lukaku on the edge of the City penalty area which launched a counter-attack from which Fernandinho headed in David Silva’s deflected cross. However, the lead lasted just four minutes as Steven Naismith glanced home Leighton Baines’ free-kick for a deserved point. “Everton away is a very tough place to go but I think overall it was a great game, we created chances especially in the first half when we missed a few of them,” said Zabaleta. “It was a shame to concede the goal because we were very close to three points but when you cannot win it is important to get a point.” A 1-1 draw at Everton saw Chelsea move two points ahead at the top of the Barclays Premier League and with a trip to Stamford Bridge to come at the end of January they cannot afford any more slip-ups. However, amid the disappointment at Goodison Park the sight of top scorer Aguero coming off the bench for his first appearance since early December was a welcome one.
The site of a deadly rampage in Orlando could soon take on a whole new meaning.This month marked four years since 49 people were killed and another 50 injured, after a man walked into Pulse Nightclub and began shooting.On Friday, the U.S. House unanimously passed a bill that would designate the property as a national memorial.Rep. Stephanie Murphy spoke on the House floor in support of the bill that she spearheaded, along with Reps. Darren Soto and Val Demings.Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill to recognize Pulse nightclub as a National Memorial Site, reminding the world that #WeWillNotLetHateWin. A very special thank you to Representatives @RepDarrenSoto, @RepValDemings, and @RepStephMurphy for introducing the bill. pic.twitter.com/u0FzHuSIuF— Pulse Orlando (@pulseorlando) June 26, 2020 “We owe it to the families and loved ones of the victims to honor their memories by dedicating a national memorial at Pulse. I’m proud to be co-leading this effort to create a place of healing for survivors and a welcoming place for all those seeking inspiration to create a better, safer, and more inclusive nation,” Murphy said.She added, “By taking this important step, we are telling the world that we will fight to ensure no community will ever go through something like this again.”The bill allows the site to become a part of the National Park System, although the OnePulse Foundation would retain control of its construction.There is currently no Senate companion bill.
Associated Press The Latest: Japanese MotoGP canceled because of virus Brazilian soccer club Vasco da Gama says 16 of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Rio de Janeiro club says the positive results came after tests were conducted on about 250 people.Three players have already recovered and the others remain separated from the group.The club says it will begin a series of medical evaluations on squad members.Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro said Sunday one player in each squad tested positive. Atlético said Ecuadorean midfielder Juan Cazares had the virus. Cruzeiro announced that forward Vinícius Popó was infected. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Japanese MotoGP has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. June 1, 2020 There is still not date set for the return of soccer in Brazil.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The race was scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Twin Ring Montegi circuit. Organizers say they hope to return to the same venue next year.Japan has a big presence in the sport and is the home of manufacturers Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki.Organizers say this is first time since 1986 that Japan will not host a race.MotoGP says it is trying to restart the season with races staying in Europe until mid-November. A race in Japan after that would be too late in the season.___
THE West Coast Warriors, made up of local and US-based players defeated the Vipers Cricket Club by 10 wickets when action bowled off on Sunday in the Commonwealth 30-Overs League, at the Flushing Meadows in Queens.The side, which includes several Zeeburg Sports Club cricketers, were led by their coach/player Avi Dhanpaul. Dhanpaul spun his way to 3-21 to help bowl out the Vipers for 53 in 13.3 overs. Support came from medium pacer Rajin Rahaman. The skipper finished with 2-9. In reply, the West Coast Warriors raced to 54 without losing a wicket in 3.3 overs.Balbinder Shivpersaud exploded for 24, while Chandrapaul belted 20 runs.Twenty-four teams in the league will play round-robin games until August.This is the West Coast Warriors’ first season and they are currently sponsored by Bronx business Sanjays Plallet.
Through USC’s first two games, one thing has been clear: No matter how poorly the offense plays, the defense can be dominant enough keep the team in the game.Breaking free · Junior wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) provided the Trojans’ with their longest offensive play of the season in the second quarter when he shook off a defender en route to an 80-yard touchdown romp. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanOn Saturday against Boston College, the Trojan defense again delivered, but this time the offense finally broke through. Instead of finding itself in a close game, USC enjoyed a 35-7 blowout victory at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.“The energy on the sideline was awesome today,” redshirt junior defensive back Josh Shaw said. “It’s great knowing your offense is moving the ball. The best place for a defensive player to be is on the sidelines.”After struggling mightily in its first two games, particularly in the loss to Washington State, the USC offense erupted on Saturday, racking up 521 yards of total offense, including 264 passing yards, a drastic improvement from last week’s woeful 54-yard performance against the Cougars.On defense, the Trojans again were stout, allowing only 184 total yards to the Eagles. Boston College running back Andre Williams, who averaged 160 yards per game entering this week, was held to just 38 yards on 17 carries.“We were number one worried about their running back,” USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. “We hadn’t played against a power-I offense yet. It’s very much a Stanford-like offense. Our guys really tackled well.”Through three games, USC has allowed 131 total rushing yards and just one rushing touchdown, which came late in the game Saturday when the Trojans had most of their second-team defense on the field.COMFORT ZONEAfter being named the team’s starter for the remainder of the season, redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler seemed more relaxed and played with a confidence level that he did not have in the team’s first two games.“The first two weeks, and I’m not making excuses, but you can’t really take control and be that guy to lead when you’re sharing reps,” Kessler said. “I had a whole new sense of confidence [this week]. Coach Kiffin has been talking to me all week and trusting me. I felt comfortable and relaxed, and I had a blast doing it.”Kessler finished the day with 15 completions on 17 pass attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns and did not have a single turnover. Entering the week as the starter, his newfound confidence was apparent to the entire team.“Cody came out and had a great week of practice,” redshirt sophomore running back Tre Madden said. “You could just see it in his eyes, the energy he brought to the offense.”“Just having that quarterback in there and working with him the whole week, not having to guess which quarterback is gonna be in, it really helped,” redshirt senior offensive tackle Kevin Graf said. “It definitely gave him a lot of confidence. He seemed a lot more relaxed today and really led us very well.”friendly confinesConsidering the ineffectiveness of the passing game against Washington State, fans’ expectations for Saturday were understandably low. But after throwing a deep pass that fell incomplete on the first play of the game, the crowd’s reaction caught many off guard.“[The crowd cheering] was surprising,” junior wide receiver Marqise Lee said. “But then again, I know what they were cheering about. The fact that we were taking shots downfield, that’s all they wanted to see.”Kiffin’s conservative playcalling against Washington State had been criticized all week, so seeing USC take a chance on a deep pass was an encouraging sign to many.“That was [President C.L.] Max Nikias’ play,” Kiffin said of the game’s first play. “He said throw deep, and they’ll cheer no matter what. So that was for President Nikias.”With all the negativity from the fans following last week’s loss, Kiffin was encouraged by the fans’ reaction to the team’s play.“I felt like there was an effort by the fans,” Kiffin said. “We felt they came out today saying they were really going to support this team. I felt it on the Trojan Walk and down on the field. That just shows how special our fans are.”“It wasn’t an easy week on our fans, with how passionate they are and what they had to deal with last week,” Kiffin said. “I’m happy for them to feel good today. We had good Trojan football for the most part today.”ONE-TWO PUNCHFor the first time since 1981, a USC running back has opened the season with three consecutive 100-yard games. Madden finished the game with 102 yards on 16 carries and one rushing touchdown, and also had two catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.That accomplishment is impressive in and of itself, but even more so when considering Madden has played only three collegiate games at running back.“I’m definitely getting more comfortable as the weeks go by,” Madden said. “Everything is slowing down more as the season goes on.”Joining Madden in pacing USC’s rushing attack is freshman tailback Justin Davis, who finished the game with 96 yards on just 10 carries and one touchdown. After rushing the ball 32 times against Washington State, Madden was relieved to split carries more evenly against Boston College.“[Davis] is a great running back,” Madden said. “In splitting our carries, we were fresh today. That definitely helped us out.”Davis, who enrolled in school early and participated in spring practice, had his first taste of success in front of the home fans, but believes he can still do more to impress them.“Not really yet,” Davis said when asked if he felt he had a breakout game. “I’m planning on improving every game. I’m never satisfied with a performance, so I’m gonna try to top every performance the next game.”QUOTE WORTHY“The thing about the fans is, it’s USC — they’re used to winning,” Lee said. “I can’t blame them if they’re booing because we lose, because around here, winning is all they know. Once we bring that winning back, the fans, they’re gonna love it.”Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbe
The No. 8-ranked Trojans didn’t appear to be in midseason form quite yet but, nonetheless, took care of business against Arkansas State Saturday night with a 55-6 rout of the Red Wolves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Led by an attack well balanced between its running game and the arm of Heisman Trophy candidate and redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler, the Trojans (1-0) racked up 509 total yards of offense.“All in all, it was a good first win,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “There are areas for improvement, but for the first time taking the field, I was pleased with the effort. They played hard and played together as a team.”The USC defense also didn’t appear to miss a beat, containing Arkansas State (0-1) quarterback Fredi Knighten for most of the night, while forcing four turnovers.The star of the night on defense was redshirt sophomore Chris Hawkins, who in his first game after making the transition from cornerback to strong safety, came up with two turnovers — one interception and one fumble recovery — after redshirt junior linebacker Jabari Ruffin stripped the ball.“As a defense, we wanted to really take away the quarterback,” Hawkins said. “Being able to depend on my teammates and knowing where they’re supposed to be, it’s an amazing feeling.”Freshman linebacker Osa Masina also recovered a fumble on a backwards pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.Redshirt senior tailback Tre Madden, who was sidelined for the majority of the past two seasons with injuries, showcased his talents in his first game back in a USC uniform, piling up 106 rushing yards on 12 carries to go along with a pair of touchdowns.“I feel like I did pretty good,” Madden said.Madden broke out for a 65-yard touchdown run, the longest of his career, in the first quarter with his other score coming on an eight-yard sling from Kessler. It was the first time Madden got in the end zone since Sept. 28, 2013.The USC running attack compiled 189 total yards, with Madden securing his fifth career 100-yard rushing game.Madden also had help from some younger players. Freshmen Ronald Jones II and Aca’Cedric Ware each scored the first touchdowns of their USC careers. Jones’s came on a 44-yard in the third quarter, while Ware ran one in from six yards late in the game.The game featured a lot of young and new talent, as 23 players, including 13 true freshman, made their USC debuts on Saturday night.“The only way in this game that you really get better is by playing,” Sarkisian said.In the passing game, Kessler seemed to pick up right where he left off last season in the stat sheet, completing over 70 percent of his passes on his way to putting up 236 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters of play.On just the fourth play of the game, Kessler found sophomore wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster for a 61-yard touchdown — the longest scoring reception of Smith-Schuster’s career.Kessler was able to share the love, as 11 different USC receivers had at least one reception over the course of the game. He carried the team to a comfortable lead before handing off the reigns to redshirt sophomore Max Browne in the fourth quarter.While there were a few down-the-field passes that Kessler might have wanted back, he might have needed better protection from his offensive line, who struggled to protect him after giving up five sacks in the first half.“We had a couple blown assignments and have up some sacks,” Sarkisian said. “There was a combination of things, but it will be a point of emphasis when we go back.”In his first game calling plays, offensive coordinator Clay Helton’s unit also struggled on third down, converting only three of 10 times. The offense’s 55 points, though, is the team’s most in a season opener since 2009.Though the Red Wolves only scored once, on a rushing touchdown by senior tailback Michael Gordon, Sarkisian didn’t discredit their effort.“This was a good football team, they will win a lot of games and probably go to a bowl again,” Sarkisian said.The Trojans got an injury scare in the first half when sophomore Adoree’ Jackson pulled up short on a kick return and would not return in the second half after suffering an abdominal strain.Jackson feels confident that he will be good to go next week, saying after the game that he will certainly play against Idaho.USC continued its success in starting the season off on the right note. The team’s win Saturday night marked the Trojans’ 18th consecutive season-opening win, and after a tough couple of weeks, Sarkisian was glad to finally get back onto the playing field.“It was easy, this [coaching] is what I love to do,” Sarkisian said. “I am proud of the guys.”After a couple of days off, the Trojans will then get back to work on the practice field as they prepare to host another Sun Belt opponent, Idaho, next Saturday.
Jim Boeheim swiveled the chair beside his desk in the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center and reached for a drawer to his left. With both of his hands, he scooped out about two dozen orange pocket-size notebooks — decades of history, piled on his desk.Recruiting visit itineraries dating back to the 1990s. Family vacations. His children’s schedules. For over 40 years, all of it has stayed in the same place.After placing the schedules on his desk, Boeheim pulled out his current notebook from his back pocket.“They’re usually orange, but this is the first gray one I’ve had,” Boeheim said as he opened the notebook.For the entirety of his 43-year head coaching career, Boeheim has written down his daily schedule in old-school, pocket size, vinyl calendar notebooks. Each of Boeheim’s notebooks are filled to the brim with scribble.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve got something every day, doesn’t matter what month it is,” Boeheim said. “Every day is something. Recruiting is all-year around. There are very few off days. We don’t take long vacations. Two or three days, here or there. You’re busy at this job.”Boeheim, who turns 74 on Saturday, is old fashioned. He doesn’t have a computer. He reads almost no emails because only a handful of people know his email address. To reach him, you have to text or call. A pair of locks in the Melo Center were digitized, meaning entry requires the swipe of an SU ID. But Boeheim ensured two doors on the north side of the building required keys.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorSyracuse Director of Operations Kip Wellman said Boeheim’s schedule is so packed that he’s seen his boss draw arrows and fill the margins with notes. Boeheim prefers paper over technology because he doesn’t want to start his day with 20 emails to read, whether they’re about practice, recruits or upcoming events. He’d rather spend that time reading the newspaper, watching cooking shows, preparing for that day’s practice or chatting with his coaching staff and players.“Lot of notebooks,” Boeheim said, with a laugh as he looked at them sprawled on his desk. “They include everything I want to do, really. Every day, I have a few things written down. In coaching, the more you can focus on coaching and eliminate the other stuff, the better you’ll be.”He gets the calendars from the Orange Club Athletics Program, the primary fundraising arm for Syracuse Athletics. A month spans on two pages with tiny squares for each day. Boeheim thinks converting to the calendar on his Samsung cell phone would only complicate his scheduling matters. “I can’t quite do that,” he said.Each of the pages includes team practices, games, recruiting trips, charity golf events, his childrens’ college games, speaking engagements and functions related to his foundation. His groundwork includes to his twice-per-week Pilates regimen and trips to see his daughter, Elizabeth, to fish in Montana. While the Boeheim family plans summer vacations, nothing gets booked until Jim has checked his pocket calendar.“I don’t know how he does it,” said his younger sister, Barbara.Boeheim prowls the sidelines during Syracuse’s exhibition game against Le Moyne on Oct. 31. Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerThere are no practice outlines, player observations or game plans in the notebooks — just his scheduled appointments for the day. In the offseason, much of his notebook centers on recruiting or meetings related to the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. During the season, it’s mostly Syracuse basketball events and those of his three children, all of whom play college basketball. In his notebooks, he jots down the games of his children he can get to. This season, that means all of Buddy’s games, some of Jimmy’s Friday night games in Cornell and Jamie’s games at the University of Rochester.Jim Carrick, a longtime friend and member of the Boeheim Foundation’s board of directors, said he asked Boeheim to schedule a meeting a few years ago. The coach reached for his back pocket and pulled out the planner, jammed with appointments related to Coaches vs. Cancer.Seemingly everyone who knows Boeheim well knows the role the calendars play in Boeheim’s life. SU assistant head coach Allen Griffin said he picked up the habit from his boss, too. Once, Boeheim was fishing with assistant coach Gerry McNamara, who had not previously seen the notebooks. But when he inquired about a future fishing date for the next month, Boeheim pulled out a notebook from his back pocket. There was only one day on the calendar that Boeheim had open. He asked McNamara if they could fish that day.“Coach, my schedule is not as filled as yours,” McNamara told Boeheim. “That day is fine with me.”Tom Coughlin, the legendary NFL coach and current Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president for football operations, has known Boeheim since they played against each other in high school basketball. He said Boeheim’s commitment to pocket calendars reflects his do-it-all approach toward his life.Coughlin recalled a chance encounter with Boeheim at Syracuse Hancock International Airport, where Boeheim waited for a plane with his 1986-87 team. Coughlin, then a wide receivers coach for the Green Bay Packers, was in Syracuse to scout a player. He struck up a conversation with Boeheim, who rattled off a number of his arrangements.“It was amazing how much he had going on, and how well he could refer to people and other events in sports,” said Coughlin, who was Boeheim’s resident advisor in Sadler Hall. “Same guy, same mind, with insight. That calendar seems to really help him in that sense.”Boeheim talks with former SU guard Ross Kindel (1974-78) during his first season as head coach, when he began using the calendars he still loves today. Daily Orange File PhotoBoeheim’s wife of 21 years, Juli, knows to repeat herself if her husband doesn’t have his notebook out. When she’s telling him about an event on a future date, she asks him to take out the calendar. Otherwise, he’ll probably forget.“These days, how many people actually use them other than him?” said Juli, shaking her head. “Every day is filled. Speaking, recruiting, whatever. The guy is 95 miles ahead.” Published on November 13, 2018 at 10:26 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Comments Before the sun even rises, Alex Acevedo’s alarm sounds at 5:45 a.m. On practice mornings, Acevedo then has 45 minutes to get ready and hop on the bus from her South Campus apartment to Manley Field House. This wasn’t always her morning routine. It’s new to her and the rest of her teammates.She has just enough time to really wake up, get dressed, grab a granola bar and get to the locker room by 6:30 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, she’s dressed and ready, stretching and preparing for another Syracuse (4-9) softball practice. First-year head coach Shannon Doepking has brought multiple changes to SU’s in-game approach after the departure of Mike Bosch. Before enacting on-field switches, Doepking decided to switch the Orange practices to the mornings this spring — something none of the players have experienced before.To help deal with class conflicts and ensure that the full team could attend practice two to three times a week, Doepking had no other choice. In the fall, Syracuse had five or more players miss practice with class conflicts on any given day, sophomore Miranda Hearn said. Because of early-season travel, most players already miss Thursday and Friday classes to attend weekend tournaments.“Class schedules here are crazy. Almost every single day we were missing people in practice,” Doepking said. “If we need to go at 7 a.m., we’ll go at 7 a.m. to make sure the whole team is there.”For Hearn and Acevedo, the morning practices change their entire daily routine. On days with afternoon meetups, Acevedo said she would roll out of bed and go to class but frequently felt “tired” during her morning classes. With an ability to exercise and have practice off her mind by 10 a.m., Acevedo said her routine is more “normal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Doepking coached at Dartmouth before SU, she didn’t face as many scheduling issues. While all SU athletes get first choice to pick classes, senior Bryce Holmgren said that Doepking noticed there are more class enrollment offerings in the afternoon than the morning. So, the Orange switched.“You get your priorities out of the way in the morning,” Hearn said, “… I feel like I did something productive in the morning.”Once practice begins at 7 a.m., the Orange first work on skill-based drills and batting before switching to more fitness-based workouts. They practice indoors until they arrive at outdoor weekend tournaments, but Doepking said she tries to simulate game scenarios in practice.“Working out puts you in a better mood due to endorphins,” Hearn said. “I feel like I’m in a better mood throughout the day.”The practices sometimes create chaos for some SU players to make it to class, Acevedo said. While practice typically ends around 10:40 a.m., some players have class 20 minutes after. Often, Acevedo doesn’t have the chance to shower. Multiple players pack into older teammates’ cars and scramble to main campus just minutes before class.“I am not a morning person by any means, I actually hate the mornings,” Doepking said. “… A lot of times they have a chance to take naps and catch up on schoolwork because you’re not sitting around waiting for practice to start.”Instead of having an upcoming practice on her mind, Acevedo’s softball portion of her day is over before some students are even awake. On week nights, Acevedo is in bed, sometimes as early as 9 p.m., ready to rise when her alarm rings again at 5:45 the next morning. Published on February 25, 2019 at 10:47 pm Contact Anthony: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak A day earlier, Trout had said he’d give up all the individual accolades and the All-Star Games to win a World Series, so this is certainly not a player seeking attention.He has twice declined opportunities to play in the World Baseball Classic, and he has ever participated in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.“I’d rather just have that night with my family, spend time with them,” Trout said last week. “I just want to relax and enjoy the day. Just watch it… I just never had any interest in doing it.”Related Articles For as much as Major League Baseball would love Trout on either of those stages, he doesn’t want or need it.The 26-year-old Trout has two seasons left on a $145 million deal that has him as the highest paid player in the sport this season, earning just over $34 million a year.“Mike is a great great player, and a really nice person, but he’s made certain decisions with what he wants to do and what he doesn’t want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn’t want to spend his free time,” Manfred said. “That’s up to him. If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really really big, but he has to make a decision that he’s prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort.” Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ln the American League clubhouse before Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, Trout said he’s open to having the conversation about raising his profile.“I haven’t thought about what more I can do,” he said. “There’s a time and place to sit down and talk about it. I pick and chose the endorsements and do all that in the winter.”He did make one decision to slightly increase his visibility, agreeing to wear a microphone in the field for part of the All-Star Game.“They asked if I’d like to do it and I thought it would be cool,” he said.Mostly, though, Trout seems uninterested in anything that shines a brighter spotlight on him. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield WASHINGTON — Among the certainties in baseball are that Mike Trout will be the best player in the game, and that there will be a hand-wringing discussion about whether Trout is as famous as a player with that designation should be.Commissioner Rob Manfred weighed in on the oft-discussed topic on Tuesday, saying that MLB would love to do more to promote Trout, but it has to start with Trout.“Player marketing requires one thing, for sure: the player,” Manfred said at his annual All-Star Game news conference. “You can not market a player passively. You can’t market anything passively. You need people to engage with those to whom are trying to market in order to have effective marketing.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Trout has said at every opportunity that he has no interest in marketing himself or becoming anything more of a celebrity than he is. He is trying to win a World Series and be the best player in the world, obviously with more success at the latter than the former, though no fault of his own.
Famous football manager and former manager of BIH Miroslav Ćiro Blažević said to FBiH TV that BiH showed in the last match against Greece that it is a better team and added that he’s an optimist and I hope that BiH will win. Blažević noted that Greece is a tough team, but the biggest guarantee of good play for BIH is the fact that it has many good players.Blažević added that the fact that this is such an important match should be enough inspiration to players to play hard and well.Blažević noted that it is true that BiH group is rather easy, but other opponents, like Slovakia, must not be underestimated either.In the end, Blažević wished BiH team all the best, and added that they are the sons of their homeland, and they have the opportunity to present BiH in the best way possible, like no one has ever done before.