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I have to win a trophy – Pellegrini

first_img The Chilean was entering the final year of his previous deal but has now agreed an extension to 2017 in a move that could quell speculation linking Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola with his position. Guardiola, out of contract next summer, is long thought to have been a target for City having previously worked under the club’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain at Barcelona. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he now has to deliver titles after signing a new-two year contract at the Etihad Stadium. Pellegrini, 61, won the Barclays Premier League in his first season at City in 2013 but, after last year’s disappointing campaign, he accepts improvement is necessary. Pellegrini said: “It is very important for the club to trust in our work. I am very happy here at Manchester City so if both parties are happy we can continue. The support the club gives me is important. “But you know in this profession you need results, so it is very important for me to have a good season and get good results. “For me a good season with a big team is that you must win a title (trophy). You cannot say it is a very good season if you win nothing.” Speculation over Pellegrini’s future was rife towards the end of last season as it became apparent the club would not catch Chelsea in the Premier League and they went out of the Champions League. It eased as City ended with six successive wins but could return if the team again perform below par. Pellegrini accepts this but insists it will not bother him. He said: “I was used last season to the speculation. I’m not talking about Pep Guardiola. He is a manager that every team will want to manage them because he is a great manager. “Maybe he is linked with this team more because of the relationship with Txiki and Ferran but I trust in them and I am sure if they want to bring in him, they will tell me. “I have no problem with my relations inside the club. I know exactly how the owners think. Maybe it is better for the outside media.” Soriano believes the new contract will allow Pellegrini to concentrate on business on the field. He said: “This agreement allows Manuel to focus on the challenge of guiding a team capable of both fighting for domestic titles and competing for European honours.” City’s main business during the summer has been the signing of England’s Raheem Sterling in a club record £49million deal from Liverpool. Sterling’s conduct towards the end of his time at Anfield attracted much negative criticism but Pellegrini expects the 20-year-old forward to settle quickly and provide plenty of excitement. Asked how good Sterling can be, Pellegrini said: “Very, very good. I trust a lot in him. “Maybe some of the media are talking about the price we paid for him, but an English player at 20 with such quality, speed and good technical ability – I think he will continue improving a lot every year. “Playing with players like Yaya (Toure) or (David) Silva or Kun (Sergio Aguero) will help him to improve. I trust you will see Raheem scoring a lot more goals than he scored in other seasons for Liverpool.” Another new signing, midfielder Fabian Delph, will miss Monday’s season-opener at West Brom with a hamstring injury while defender Gael Clichy is out with an ankle problem. Press Associationlast_img read more

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis hopes to move on from Saido Berahino saga

first_imgBoss Tony Pulis hopes the Saido Berahino saga is over after the striker made his West Brom comeback. A forgettable 0-0 draw with Southampton saw the 22-year-old return after his strike threat following a blocked move to Tottenham on deadline day. He failed to shine, though, as the Baggies had to settle for a dull draw at The Hawthorns. Berahino had missed the last three games with Pulis concerned about his state of mind during the saga as Albion rejected four bids from Tottenham over the summer. He threatened on Twitter never to play for the club again b ut after many home fans sung his name, despite some booing, Pulis wants to draw a line under the affair. He said: “I’m pleased he had such a great reception, that’s wonderful and it shows the quality and the depth of our supporters to have given him such a reception. “He’s a young boy. He’s made mistakes and everybody in this room has made mistakes in their life. “What he’s got to do is learn by them, move on and make sure he doesn’t make them again. “I just hope and pray he does that because he is a talent. “When we brought him on in the second half you saw glimpses and bits and pieces of what he can do. “I was not surprised by the reaction, n ot from this crowd. T he crowd here have been wonderful, absolutely wonderful.” Callum McManaman felt he should have had a penalty in the first half after going down under Matt Targett’s challenge but Albion failed to seriously test Maarten Stekelenburg. Jay Rodriguez wasted Southampton’s best opening, in a game of few chances, when he headed wide from six yards in the first half. But Southampton kept their third straight clean sheet with new signing Celtic Virgil van Dijk impressing on his debut. Boss Ronald Koeman said: “Virgil was in my opinion impressive. He looks very comfortable with his new team-mates and good in defending and we know also one of his qualities is in his passing from the back. He played perfectly today. “That’s positive (clean sheets), because in my opinion it starts always at the back and a clean sheet normally makes a winning game. We have to realise that we have to create more. “I think the best chance maybe was in the first half for Jay Rodriguez, and we were not good enough in the final part in attacking, not clinical enough. Sometimes we make too difficult choices in our final pass. If you can’t win, don’t lose.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Irish squad to move to Bordeaux today

first_imgThe players will also get a chance to hold a work-out at the match stadium this evening.Also at Euro 2016, there’s a further three games down for decision today, with Ireland’s Group E rivals, Italy and Sweden set to kick-start the afternoon.Italy will be favourites to win in Toulouse as they seek to follow-up their stunning win over the Belgians on Monday. That game kicks-off at 2pm.The focus then switches to Group D as the Czech Republic face Croatia in the 5pm kick-off.And the late game of the day will see defending champions Spain taking-on Turkey in Nice in the 8pm match.last_img

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Black Challenge crash out at Amputee World Cup

first_imgGhana crashed out of the 2012 Amputee Football World Cup after a 1-2 to Argentina on Thursday in their last group match in Kaliningrad, Russia.The Black Challenge needed just a draw to go through but went down by two goals early before managing a consolation later, which was little enough to boost their quest for a historic semi final berth.The Argentines, who beat the Ghanaians at the last World Cup 5-0, were more tactical in their play, keeping one player permanently at the top with a more skilful support from their danger man, Augusto Alonso.After their first half goal, the Argentines intensified their game for their second goal in the other half of the game, putting the Black Challenge in a very difficult situation as the minutes tickled away.The South Americans doubled the lead minutes later before Collins Gyamfi, reduced the tally with his fourth goal of the tournament.Ghana will now play England in the play-off for fifth place on Saturday. The Black Challenge finished sixth at the last championship held in Argentina in 2010.Meanwhile, Francis Adjetey Sowah, President of the Amputee Football Federation of Africa (AFFA) and the Ghana Amputee Football Federation (GAFF) will be contesting for the Second Vice President of the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) during the congress on Friday.last_img read more

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Angels bullpen fails to hang on against Astros, spoiling Jaime Barria’s strong outing

first_imgPreviousHouston Astros’ Jose Altuve connects for a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton swings for a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands on the mound as Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, background left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates his two-run home run as he returns to the dugout during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout reacts after striking out during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, watches as home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth, left, is tended to by a trainer after Culbreth was struck by a foul ball hit by Ohtani during the third inning of the Angels’ baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim checks his bat during an at bat during the third inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, talks to catcher Rene Rivera in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run homerun as Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros looks on during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa struggles with a single hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons slides into second base as Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa holds the ball in his glove during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Simmons was out on the steal attempt. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons hits a single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons watches after hitting a single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman catches a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands on the mound after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera, rear, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera, left, celebrates his home run with Mike Trout during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Manager Mike Scioscia, Justin Upton #8 and Kole Calhoun #56 congratulate Rene Rivera #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. Barria allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out seven. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa takes off his helmet after striking out as Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera heads toward the dugout after the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to turning a double play during the second inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pitches during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Alex Bregman #2 is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on an RBI single by Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during the second inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a single during the fifth inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fans hold signs in support of Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the third inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Evan Gattis #11 of the Houston Astros reacts to flying out during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa takes off his helmet after striking out as Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera heads toward the dugout after the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, right, is tagged out by Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann while trying to score on a single hit by Kole Calhoun during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Umpire CB Bucknor calls out Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on the tag by Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve follows through on a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros slides safely at home as Rene Rivera #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim awaits the throw during the eighth inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Josh Reddick #22 congratulates Alex Bregman #2 after he scored on a three-run RBI double hit by Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros as Jose Alvarez #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during the eighth inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Alex Bregman #2 congraulates Josh Reddick #22 in the dugout after scoring on a three-run RBI double hit by Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun throws the ball to first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, right, slides into home plate against Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera in an unsuccessful attempt to score on a fielder’s choice during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, left, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, bottom, slides past home plate umpire CB Bucknor after he was tagged out by Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson can’t make the catch on a throw to first during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Josh Reddick was safe at first. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick, left, and Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson collide as Reddick reaches first base on a catch error by Johnson during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Carlos Correa #1, George Springer #4 and Josh Reddick #22 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3 in a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve connects for a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 45Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve connects for a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandANAHEIM — After their heartbreaking 5-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, the Angels turned their frustration toward José Altuve.José Álvarez had thrown a slider to Altuve that was down, probably not even in the strike zone, and Altuve did what few other players can do. He practically picked it out of the dirt and yanked it down the left-field line for a game-changing three-run double.“Altuve can hit everything,” catcher René Rivera said. “That’s a great player. He’s the MVP because of everything he can do up there. That pitch was down in the zone and off the plate. Sometimes you gotta tip your hat.”The hat-tipping to Altuve spoiled what should have been a night to celebrate Angels rookie starter Jaime Barría, who had pitched seven outstanding innings while allowing one run on four hits. But it didn’t go so well.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He fell behind left-handed hitting Josh Reddick and missed with a 3-and-1 fastball, which Reddick hit into right-center for a double. Álvarez threw a 1-and-2 changeup off the plate away from pinch-hitter Yuli Gurriel, a righty, who singled into right, sending Reddick to third.At that point, the Astros had their four best hitters, all righties, due. Righty Cam Bedrosian was warming in the bullpen. Álvarez stayed in the game.Álvarez got George Springer on a fly ball to shallow right, not deep enough to score the run. He then walked Alex Bregman, despite getting ahead 0-and-2, to load the bases. He got ahead of Altuve, 0-and-2, but couldn’t put him away either.“If it’s another hitter, maybe he misses or rolls over,” Álvarez said. “He’s a good hitter. It was a good pitch. Nothing you can say about it.”Álvarez added that it was “just a bad game. I tried to hold the game there. Things went out of hand. I took the loss. I feel bad about it. Tomorrow is another day.”His performance cost Barría on a day that he could not have been much better. He struck out seven and did not walk any.“He threw the ball great,” Rivera said. “That’s a real good lineup and he kept them off balance and used all his pitches. He did a great job in seven innings.”Barría struck out Carlos Correa twice, each time with two outs and a runner on base. He got him swinging through a 92 mph fastball above the strike zone in the sixth. He also fanned Marwin Gonzalez three times, the last time on a nice changeup that dropped off the table.He worked through a perfect seventh, ending his night by continuing the Angels’ impressive run of starting pitching. It was the 15th straight game that the Angels’ starter allowed three runs or fewer.After Andrew Heaney gave up one run in eight innings, it was the second straight night the Angels’ starter had outpitched his counterpart from the Astros, whose rotation is considered the best in the majors.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Barría, in fact, had outpitched Houston’s Gerrit Cole, who was knocked out after allowing three runs in five innings.All the Angels needed for Barría to notch a victory against Cole were six outs from the bullpen, with a 3-1 lead.Barría had finished with 96 pitches after the seventh. Considering that he hadn’t thrown more than 89 this year, or 97 at any point in at least the last three seasons, it was understandable for Manager Mike Scioscia to go to his bullpen.Also, he had Álvarez, a lefty, fresh off four days worth of “recharge” rest, with two lefties due to start the eighth. Álvarez also carried a 1.47 ERA to the mound.“José is one of our most reliable guys down there, against righties or lefties,” Scioscia said. “He has good stuff to go against righties, a really good changeup.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Cole came into the game with a steak of 36 straight innings without allowing a homer, but the Angels took care of that quickly.Justin Upton blasted a two-run homer in the first inning, his seventh homer in May and 11th of the season. Upton’s 21 RBIs in May lead the majors.The Angels didn’t do much after that until Rivera blasted a first-pitch fastball from Cole out toward the rocks in center field, a 423-foot solo homer. Rivera’s third homer of the year put the Angels up 3-1. Reddick cost the Angels a chance at some insurance twice. The Astros right fielder threw Mike Trout out at third to end the fifth, and he nailed Ian Kinsler at the plate in the seventh.“He made two great throws,” Scioscia said. “We’ll stay aggressive on the base paths. We’ll try to keep pressing.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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‘I hate March Madness’ Bracket: Vote on what annoys you most at tourney time

first_imgDo you hate March Madness?It might seem like a ridiculous question for college basketball fans. After all, the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is a tradition rich with upsets, brackets and the occasional unforgettable buzzer-beater. How could anybody hate that? We don’t, but there are some things about March Madness that have run their course. It annoys us just enough that, the more we see it, the more we. …MORE: Sporting News’ March Madness CenterThat’s why Sporting News had to create a bracket about the 32 things we hate most about March Madness. We’ll vote all this week to determine what the one thing we hate most about the NCAA Tournament is.Sporting News will run a Twitter poll of each day this week (Monday, March 18, through Monday, March 25) until we find the “champion” among the 32 things we love to hate about the NCAA Tournament. That’s what March Madness is all about, right? How could anyone hate March Madness?We don’t — but we know some do.That’s why SN made an #IHateMarchMadness bracket: https://t.co/VX6nuY4mLP pic.twitter.com/9y4ULWk1oa— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 21, 2019Here’s a region-by-region guide of our selections:I Hate March Madness BracketSocial Media Region Crying fan shots Northwestern kid. Piccolo girl. Who’s next?Crying Jordan memesMade by millennials who think LeBron had a better college basketball career.Drink cup complaint tweetsWe no longer care that you have to drink water out of a cup that says “NCAA” on it. Novelty brackets They have a bracket for everything but the bracket — including this bracket. How meta of us. Is that what meta means?Repeat commercialsWe know Enterprise will pick us up. We also have “That’s Spandau Ballet, man” is still stuck in our head from 2012. TruTV jokesChannel 148 on Dish. Channel 246 on DirecTV. We’re done. #CharbageWelcome to college basketball’s version of, “Is it a catch?”NBA trollsThe quality of play in the NBA is soooooo much better. Hey, did Anthony Davis get traded to Golden State yet?SN REMEMBERS:March Madness heartbreakers | Best March Madness memories”Trash” Talk Region’I called that 2-15 upset’We had the No. 2 seed in the Final Four and don’t want to hear it. ‘I don’t do brackets’OK, but you’re not some moral crusader. We like to waste our money, thank you very much.’My bracket is busted’How is it busted when the first set of games isn’t over yet?’I haven’t lost in any of my brackets’You’re already lying midway through Day 2.’A 5-12 upset happens every year'(All the No. 5 seeds won in 2018, by the way).Sudden basketball expertThey saw Markus Howard in eighth grade because he played for their brother’s friend’s cousin’s niece’s uncle. ‘One Shining Moment’ hot takesLuther sings. Highlights roll. Watch. Don’t watch. Move on. Please move on. One-and-done talkIn a million variations: “Imagine if Duke’s freshmen came back for their sophomore year.” Just leave Zion Williamson out of it, please. MORE: Best bracket names for 2019 tournament”Fix the Format” Region Expanded Selection ShowJust give us the picks! Now! Now! How about now? Dome game shootingU.S. Bank Stadium isn’t really a dome, so. … Play-in gamesWhy can’t be it be 64? Because you have to wait until Thursday morning to finish your bracket, that’s why. Sweet 16 games with double-digit seedsThey’re great to root for in the first weekend. Then you see the ratings on No. 12 vs. No. 13, which gets buried in the late slot on Sweet 16 weekend.Monday night title gameImagine if they did the Final Four on Thursday and Saturday. Now go do it. Bubble team talk/watch partiesThis is why the NIT was created.Weird tip-off timesDon’t worry, that 11:34 p.m. ET tip-off in San Jose will get over before the second round starts. We think. Weird courtsWhy do they have the NCAA logo on it? It’s the NCAA Tournament.MORE: Printable bracket for 2019 tournamentOverkill Region NBA guys in studioYou will tweet the second you see Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith talking about Purdue. Random in-game analystsWhy is that guy calling that game? You’ll have to Google to read more on Jim Spanarkel, too. Celebrity super-fansWe love Sister Jean, Bill Murray and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. We just don’t need to see them on camera every five seconds.Gonzaga’s seedingThis could be the third time they’ve been a No. 1 this decade. It’s old news now.UK’s seed/locationWithin 15 minutes of the Selection Show, John Calipari will let you know how you should think about it. Jim Nantz’s championship one-linerWhat pun works best with Zion?  “And the shoe still fits”Cinderella, now happily married in the castle, will not be watching another tournament game until she gets her royalty check. Christian Laettner highlight What does Verne Lundquist say when the shot goes in?last_img read more

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MLB trade rumors: Indians discussing deal for Mariners’ Domingo Santana

first_imgThe year before that, though, he tallied 30 home runs and drove in 85 runs while stealing 15 bases.The Indians are not only in need of help at the plate, as they are middle of the pack in both runs scored and home runs, but their outfield is especially thin with Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin and Oscar Mercado getting a good amount of reps there.An addition of a player like Santana would be good for the team and it would give them a controllable piece moving forward, as well. MLB trade rumors: Indians ‘more likely than not’ to move Trevor Bauer MLB trade rumors: Indians, Rays interested in Blue Jays’ Justin Smoak MLB trade rumors: Astros have had ‘recent communication’ with Indians about Trevor Bauer The Indians have their eye on Mariners outfielder Domingo Santana.Cleveland had discussions with Seattle on Tuesday about the right-handed hitter, but no deal appears to be imminent, according to The Athletic. In addition to talks on Bauer, #Indians actively pursuing a bat. Had multiple conversations today with #Mariners about Domingo Santana, but no deal close. Also talking to #BlueJays about Justin Smoak, as @JonHeyman reported earlier.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019Santana is having a nice bounce-back season with the Mariners as he is batting .273 with 20 home runs and 66 RBIs.He was traded to Seattle from Milwaukee in the offseason after he struggled to find his way into a loaded Brewers lineup last season. Related News Santana has two more years of team control left.Cleveland is not just limiting its scope to Santana, though. It has reportedly had contact with the Blue Jays about first baseman Justin Smoak and with the Tigers about Nicholas Castellanos in recent days.last_img read more

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ESPY Award winners 2020: Full results, highlights, best moments from the ESPYs

first_imgESPN moved up its annual ESPY Awards show from the MLB All-Star break to Father’s Day night this year and changed the focus from athletic achievement to social achievement.The COVID-19 outbreak has canceled, delayed and threatened sporting events and seasons since March. Americans’ reactions to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have increased the desire for changes in race relations. Sunday’s two-hour show acknowledged those narratives and provided recognition to people in the sports world who were dedicated to community service in the previous year. FLASHBACK: Kevin Love describes panic attackA list of the most prominent ESPY Award winners in 2020:Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian AwardNelson Cruz, Twins (MLB)En primer lugar, agradezco a Dios por darme la oportunidad de hacer lo que amo.También le doy las gracias a mis padres que me enseñaron que dar a los demás es mejor que recibir. pic.twitter.com/PJ7vqjPhC1— Nelson Cruz (@ncboomstick23) June 22, 2020Sports Humanitarian Team of the YearLos Angeles Dodgers (MLB)Can’t-Stop-Watching MomentThomas “Snacks” Lee, Jackson State (NCAA basketball)JSU wild. Ya love to see it. pic.twitter.com/EzZ5OzcBr2— DoubleLL’s (@AllHailDorian) March 3, 2020Jimmy V Award for PerseveranceTaquarius “TQ” WairSeahawks LB Shaquem Griffin surprised Taquarius Wair with a special message and this year’s Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. #ESPYS(📍 @Cisco) pic.twitter.com/y1MDDisyVs— ESPYS (@ESPYS) June 22, 2020Pat Tillman Award for ServiceKim Clavel (Boxing) Kim Clavel was on the verge of a boxing breakthrough, but when the coronavirus pandemic struck, she put one career aside for another.Tonight, she accepts the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the #ESPYS. pic.twitter.com/PZk8Sctxs8— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2020Arthur Ashe Courage AwardKevin Love, Cavaliers (NBA)”Humbled does not even begin to describe the feeling.”@kevinlove delivers a heartfelt speech after winning the 2020 Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his commitment to growing mental health awareness. #ESPYS pic.twitter.com/EjQdm34ZjD— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2020Billie Jean King Youth Leadership AwardJoe Aputo, Batouly Camara, Ally Friedman, Javonn Islar, Chelsea Quito, Elijah Murphy, Niah WoodsThe night also included a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by Snoop Dogg and a Black Lives Matter-themed introduction from co-hosts Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird.”This is our moment to prove that we know a better world is one where Black lives are valued.”@DangeRussWilson, @S10Bird and @mPinoe open the 2020 #ESPYS. pic.twitter.com/ntJzgtkhMq— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2020last_img read more