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Sachin called me at 4:30pm, I reached coach’s house at 9:30am: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgMumbai: Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said that he had met batting great Sachin Tendulkar at the age of 14. He uploaded a video on Instagram on Thursday which he spoke about how he met Tendulkar, who turns 47 on Friday.”I was 14 and on my birthday I requested my coach that I want to meet Sachin,” he says in the video. “He took permission from Sachin and he said yes. He told my coach that you can ask Ajinkya to come around 4.30 in the evening.”Rahane said that in his excitement, he ended up reaching his coach’s home at 9.30 in the morning of the day he was to meet Tendulkar.”I was so excited and nervous as well. We used to live in Dombivali at the time so from there I went to Dadar where my coach lived. 9.30 in the morning, I was there at his house. And Sachin had called me at 4.30,” said Rahane.”So my coach asked why are you here now and I said what if the train got delayed or there was no train. I don’t want to miss any chance of meeting Sachin.”I don’t remember exactly what I was doing for all that time but I was roaming around outside Dadar station. I was so excited about meeting Sachin that I did not even understand when all that time went. And then I met him for the first time at his home, took his autograph and discussed a little bit about cricket.”Rahane would go on to share the dressing room with Tendulkar in his initial years with the Indian team and while playing for Mumbai. IANSAlso Read: Anderson in England is really challenging: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rationslast_img read more

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Woods savours mentor role but hopes to play Ryder Cup again

first_imgBy Larry FineCHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, sidelined from playing for more than a year due to persistent back problems, threw himself into his role as assistant captain on the United States’ Ryder Cup team and loved the experience.“As a player that has been on these teams, to be on a different side of it, to be on the vice-captaincy side of it has meant so much to me,” Woods told reporters after the U.S. beat Europe for the first time since 2008, clinching a 17-11 triumph at Hazeltine on Sunday.“To be part of getting to know these 12 guys, and these vice-captains and our captain on a deeper level has meant so much to me.“And the relationships that we’ve forged here this week and actually before this week, these are bonds that will last a lifetime.”Woods, 40, has played in seven Ryder Cups but only in one winning team and has a record of 13 wins, 17 losses and three halves.Players including Patrick Reed, the top U.S. points earner with 3.5 from five matches, and Brandt Snedeker, a spotless 3-0 in the competition, have praised Woods for his dedication and the help they received from him.Although enthused by the idea of becoming a future Ryder Cup captain, Woods hopes to make yet another comeback to competitive golf in coming months and ultimately return as a playing member of the U.S. team.“I would love to do it,” he said about a captaincy. “I would be honoured to do it in the future if asked.“But from the player standpoint of it, I like playing. I love these guys. I love being out there in the fight with these guys.“I was just in the fight a different way and had to do my role … and it was pretty cool.”Bubba Watson thought having Woods as a fellow vice-captain was a kick.“I have Tiger’s cell phone number now, yes. I’m going to text you all the time,” said Watson, drawing laughs from the team and Woods himself.last_img read more

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Majestic Kohli guides India to seven-wicket win

first_img(REUTERS)-Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 154 to make short work of a seemingly steep target as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third one-day international in Mohali to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series yesterday.New Zealand, who won the last match in Delhi to tie the series at 1-1, were all out for 285 in the 50th over after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to field.India chased down the target with 10 balls to spare, riding on Kohli’s 26th century in the 50-over format.The hosts lost both their openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane inside nine overs and, with the required run rate climbing, needed a solid partnership to get back on track.Kohli, who was dropped on six by Ross Taylor off Matt Henry, and Dhoni (80), who promoted himself up the batting order to number four, provided just that with a brisk third-wicket stand of 151 runs.India’s Test captain Kohli, who will turn 28 next month, finished things off with an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 97 with Manish Pandey (28 not out).With India needing 23 from 18 balls, the stylish right-handed batsman, who scored an unbeaten 85 in the first ODI, tore into paceman Trent Boult, hitting three fours and a six in his over to plunder 22 runs.Earlier, James Neesham (57) and Matt Henry (39 not out) added 84 for the ninth wicket to prop up New Zealand after the touring side had been reduced to 199 for eight following a middle-order collapse.Opener Tom Latham top-scored for New Zealand with a 61 and the side were comfortably placed at 153 for two in the 29th over with a promising stand of 73 between Latham and Taylor (44).But they lost their next six wickets for 46 runs needing some rearguard action from Neesham and Henry.Paceman Umesh Yadav and off-spinner Kedar Jadhav each picked up three wickets for the hosts though the former proved expensive, giving away 75 runs in his 10 overs.The fourth ODI will be played in Ranchi on Wednesday.NEW ZEALAND InningsM. Guptill lbw b U. Yadav 27T. Latham c M. Pandey b Jadhav 61K. Williamson lbw b Jadhav 22R. Taylor st Dhoni b Mishra 44C. Anderson c Rahane b Jadhav 6L. Ronchi st Dhoni b Mishra 1J. Neesham c Jadhav b U. Yadav 57M. Santner c Kohli b Bumrah 7T. Southee b U. Yadav 13M. Henry not out 39T. Boult b Bumrah 1Extras (w-7) 7Total (all out, 49.4 overs) 285Fall of wickets: 1-46 M. Guptill,2-80 K. Williamson,3-153 R. Taylor,4-160 C. Anderson,5-161 L. Ronchi,6-169 T. Latham,7-180 M. Santner,8-199 T. Southee,9-283 J. Neesham,10-285 T. BoultBowling: U. Yadav 10 – 0 – 75 – 3(w-3),H. Pandya 5 – 0 – 34 – 0(w-2),J. Bumrah 9.4 – 0 – 52 – 2, K. Jadhav 5 – 0 – 29 – 3(w-2),A. Patel 10 – 0 – 49 – 0, A. Mishra 10 – 0 – 46 – 2.INDIA InningsRo. Sharma lbw b Southee 13A. Rahane c Santner b Henry 5V. Kohli not out 154M. Dhoni c Taylor b Henry 80M. Pandey not out 28Extras (lb-2 w-7) 9Total (for 3 wickets, 48.2 overs) 289Fall of wickets: 1-13 A. Rahane,2-41 Ro. Sharma,3-192 M. DhoniDid not bat: K. Jadhav, A. Patel, H. Pandya, A. Mishra, U. Yadav, J. BumrahBowling: M. Henry 9.2 – 0 – 56 – 2(w-1)T. Boult 10 – 0 – 73 – 0(w-2),T. Southee 10 – 0 – 55 – 1(w-2),M. Santner 10 – 0 – 43 – 0,J. Neesham 9 – 0 – 60 – 0(w-2).last_img read more

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first_imgNBA-VIRUS OUTBREAKWith Virus outbreak, NBA tells teams to keep distance from fans, strangersUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has told teams to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs. It’s the league’s latest response in its ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus crisis that has spread to most corners of the planet.In a memo sent to teams on Sunday and obtained by The Associated Press, the NBA has offered 10 recommendations to players with hopes of decreasing risks of getting the virus. Those recommendations include not taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph-seekers.The NBA also told teams that it is consulting “with infectious disease experts, including the Centers for Disease Control” and infectious disease researchers at Columbia University in New York. Avs nip Wings to creep closer to BluesDETROIT (AP) — The St. Louis Blues’ lead in the NHL’s Central Division is down to one point over Colorado after the Avalanche eked out their seventh straight win.Logan O’Connor’s second goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie in the second period of the Avs’ 2-1 triumph at Detroit. Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHT’-nih-kahv) also scored and backup Michael Hutchinson faced just 18 shots in picking up his fifth win in 15 decisions.Each of Colorado’s last six wins have been by one goal.NHL-GM MEETINGS In other NBA injury news:— Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) missed Monday’s game against San Antonio after experiencing swelling in his right knee following the morning shootaround. Oladipo returned to action Jan. 20 from a ruptured quad tendon that forced him to miss more than a full calendar year. Pacers coach Nate McMillan said it’s too early to know how long Oladipo will be out.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEDuke hammers NC StateDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 12 Duke had dropped three of four before avenging one of their recent losses. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEKnicks surprise Rockets, Heat beat Bucks againUNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks have pulled off one of the most impressive wins of their otherwise forgettable season. The Bucks established a season-low for points, with Brook Lopez providing a team-high 21. Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed 15 rebounds but matched a season-low with 13 points on 6 for 18 shooting.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:— The Jazz got their four-game road trip off to a good start as Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic scored 28 points and Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) added 20 in a 126-113 victory at Cleveland. Donovan Mitchell had 19 points and nine rebounds for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers while staying in the fifth playoff spot out West. Bogdanovic buried a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Jazz won for the second time in six games.— Gorgui Dieng (GEER’-gee jehng) contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds while the Grizzlies were holding the Hawks to 32% shooting in a 127-88 dismantling of Atlanta. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nihs) had 15 points with 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had nine players score in double figures. The Hawks were denied their first three-game winning streak of the season and suffered the third loss in their last 11 home games.— C.J. McCollum scored 41 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 24 in the Trail Blazers’ romp over the Magic in Orlando. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Portland ended a 3-game losing streak. The Blazers took control by outscoring Orlando 38-19 in the final period. Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville.The Aztecs, Terrapins and No. 18 Iowa were the only teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games.Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin moved into the poll. West Virginia, Colorado and Texas Tech fell out.NHL-SCHEDULE GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — NL MVP Cody Bellinger was scratched from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup for a spring training game Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.The outfielder took part in a charity event on Sunday night at a Topgolf facility in Scottsdale, and a video showed him hitting a long drive off a tee. Manager Dave Roberts says golf swings aren’t believed to be the reason for his injury.Bellinger is 4 for 13 with two doubles.NFL-JAGUARS-NGAKOUEPass-rusher Ngakoue no longer wants to re-sign with Jaguars NBA-KNICKS PRESIDENTKnicks hire longtime player agent Leon Rose as presidentNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks officially have named Leon Rose as their president, hoping the longtime player agent can be just as successful as an executive.Rose is taking over what has become one of the NBA’s worst franchises, headed toward its seventh straight season out of the playoffs. Teams such as Golden State and the Lakers have found success handing their basketball operations to an agent.Rose is the former co-head of the basketball division at CAA Sports. He replaces Steve Mills, who was fired early last month. GMs seem prepared to keep status quo on emergency goaliesBOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month.The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.MLB-DODGERS-BELLINGERBellinger out of the lineup Associated Press HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agent law nearly a decade ago.Christopher Hawkins faced four counts tied to providing cash to three former Tar Heels football players in 2010. But after more than seven hours of deliberations Friday afternoon and Monday, the jury informed the judge that it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any charge.PGA-JOHNSON-0LYMPICSDustin Johnson decides against playing in the OlympicsUNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson’s name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking Monday afternoon.center_img March 2, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month’s ACC Tournament.The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying Monday it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ILLINOIS-COACHUnderwood gets extensionCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026. Freshman Cassius Stanley scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime the Blue Devils beat North Carolina State, 88-69. Fellow rookie Vernon Carey Jr. added 17 points for the Blue Devils, who shot 63% after halftime and had a run of 17 straight scoring possessions to build a big lead.Duke’s last meeting with the Wolfpack was an 88-66 loss at Raleigh two weeks ago, coach Mike Krzyzewski’s (shuh-SHEHF’-skeez) most lopsided loss to an unranked opponent in his four decades leading the program.N.C. State managed one field goal over the last four minutes of the first half before shooting just 38% after halftime.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA TECH-PENALTIESTech drops appeal of NCAA penalties The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood’s third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLKansas is number oneUNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball.The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standout defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) no longer wants to sign a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Ngakoue announced his desire to play elsewhere via social media. It could force Jacksonville to place the franchise tag on the 24-year-old disgruntled defender and trade him.Ngakoue has 37 1/2 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons. The speedy strip-sack specialist made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and had been seeking around $22 million a year to remain in Jacksonville.NORTH CAROLINA-AGENTS PROBEMistrial declared for ex-football player in NC agent’s case Rookie guard RJ Barrett tied his season high with 27 points as the Knicks downed the Houston Rockets, 125-123. Julius Randle added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who held on after building a 21-point lead.New York ended Houston’s six-game winning streak and beat the Rockets at Madison Square Garden for the first time since January 2009.James Harden missed his first eight 3-point attempts before finishing with 35 points and eight assists for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook had 24 points and nine rebounds but missed a pull-up jumper on Houston’s final attempt.Meanwhile, the Miami Heat are the first team to beat the Bucks twice this season.Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler each scored 18 points in the Heat’s 105-89 downing of Milwaukee. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 39-22 and matched their win total from last season with 19 games remaining. At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Justin Thomas.Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking. NBA-INJURIESDoncic back in lineup…Oladipo sits one outUNDATED (AP) — All-Star guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) was back in the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup tonight against the Bulls in Chicago after missing a game because of a sprained left thumb.The thumb began to bother Doncic during Friday’s loss to Miami, prompting the team to keep him out of last night’s win at Minnesota. The second-year player is averaging team highs of 28.6 points and 8.8 assists per game this season.The Mavericks held out Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) against the Bulls a day after he tied a season high with 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.last_img read more

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‘Emotional’ Gayle wins defamation case

first_img(AFP)-West Indies star Chris Gayle has won a defamation case against Fairfax Media after it claimed he exposed his genitals to a massage therapist during the 2015 World Cup in Australia.The lurid accusations were made by Fairfax newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times in a series of stories in January last year.They claimed Gayle exposed himself to team masseuse Leanne Russell in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and “indecently propositioned” her.The 38-year-old denied the allegations, saying the journalists behind the story wanted to “destroy him”.His West Indies teammate Dwayne Smith, who was in the changing room at the time, also denied the incident took place.A NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in Gayle’s favour, finding Fairfax was motivated by malice.The media group had defended the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.“At the end of the day I’m very, very happy,” Gayle said after the verdict adding that coming to court had been “very emotional”.“I’m a good man. I’m not guilty.”The publication of the stories followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: “Don’t blush, baby.”During the week-long hearing, a tearful Russell stood by the allegations, saying she had gone to the room looking for a towel and came across Gayle.She alleged he lowered the towel he was wearing and asked: “Are you looking for this?”Gayle’s close friend Donovan Miller told the hearing that since the allegations the Jamaican had become “scared, especially (around) females and he always feels someone is out to get him”.A hearing on damages will be held at a later date. -NSW Supreme Court jury rules in favour of veteran West Indian batsman in defamation case against Fairfaxlast_img read more

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Pittsburgh Steelers draft former Syracuse safety Thomas with 111th overall pick of NFL Draft

first_imgThe Pittsburgh Steelers took Shamarko Thomas with the 111th overall pick of the NFL draft Friday, making him the third former Syracuse player off the board.The Steelers traded their 2014 third-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to draft Thomas with the 111th pick on Saturday.Thomas led the Orange in tackles last season with 84. He also forced three fumbles and recorded a pair of interceptions, a sack and two tackles for a loss for SU.Thomas elevated his draft stock with an outstanding combine performance, including a 4.42 40-yard dash, 28 reps on the bench press, a 40.5-inch vertical leap, and a 133-inch broad jump, all of which made him a top performer.Thomas joins tackle Justin Pugh, the No. 19-overall pick, and quarterback Ryan Nassib, the 110th pick in the fourth round, as Syracuse players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Related Stories Former Syracuse tackle Pugh drafted 19th overall by New York GiantsNew York Giants select former Syracuse quarterback Nassib with 13th pick in 4th roundClass of their own: NFL Draft presents final step in seniors’ effort to restore Syracuse’s legitimacy Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

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first_imgDavid Lloyd, a professor of English and comparative literature at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, speaks to students about the genocide of non-Irish people in Ireland at the time of the Irish Potato Famine. About 20 people attended the discussion.Gina Hernandez | Daily Trojanlast_img

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Enfield gets commitment from five-star point guard

first_imgUSC basketball head coach Andy Enfield landed his biggest recruit yet for the Trojans on Wednesday, as highly touted point guard Jordan McLaughlin committed to USC after visiting the school last weekend.The 6-foot, 165 lb. recruit from Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. chose USC over national powerhouses Kansas, Indiana and crosstown rival UCLA, signifying that Enfield is already putting the Trojans on the national radar before coaching his first game at Troy. It also lifted USC’s recruiting class to being ranked 16th overall and second in the Pac-12 by 247 Sports.McLaughlin was ranked as the nation’s No. 4 point guard and No. 18 overall in the class of 2014 by ESPN, who rated him as a five-star player. Scout and Rivals both list him as a four-star player and rank him as No. 36 and No. 43, respectively, overall.With three of USC’s guards graduating after this season, many think that McLaughlin is the guard of the future for the Trojans and their up-and-coming program.“Jordan McLaughlin … the best prospect to sign with USC since DeMar DeRozan,” ESPN high school scout Joel Francisco said via Twitter.One of his new teammates and future backcourt running mates didn’t waste any time in congratulating him on his commitment.“Congrats to my little bro and future Trojan … Welcome to the family,” UNLV transfer Katin Reinhardt, who will sit out the upcoming season, said via Twitter.McLaughlin is definitely a big proponent of Enfield’s fast-tempo, NBA-style “Dunk City” offense.“It’s really exciting and it fits my style of play,” McLaughlin told Rivals on Wednesday. “They want to get up and down [the court] and score in the first eight seconds. They set a lot of ball screens, run NBA sets, they play good defense and throw lobs.”The signing of new assistant coach Tony Bland was another part of the program’s successful pitch to McLaughlin, who already has a relationship with Bland.“I’ve gotten to know him really well since he was at San Diego State and I’m excited to work with him,” McLaughlin said.Even though McLaughlin had official visits lined up for UCLA and Kansas in October, he decided to commit early. It had been rumored USC had been McLaughlin’s top choice for quite a while.The decision is a big hit to UCLA coach Steve Alford’s recruiting class, as several sources report he was heavily pursuing McLaughlin. For that reason, McLaughlin’s commitment is sure to be extra gratifying for USC fans.McLaughlin joins power forward Malik Price-Martin, who committed in late July, as the second four-star recruit to be committed to USC in the class of 2014. The last time the Trojans signed two four-star recruits was in 2007, when they landed Davon Jefferson and O.J. Mayo.As he noted himself, McLaughlin’s style of play seems to resonate perfectly with Enfield’s system.“He is very quick with a great burst off the dribble that allows him to blow by his defender with ease on offense,” Ryan MacDougall of GalenCentral.com said of McLaughlin. “Along with being a strong scorer, McLaughlin has shown consistently that he can dish out nifty assists.”National college basketball insider Jon Rothstein of Yahoo! Sports pointed out that Enfield is building for year two of his tenure with the talented personnel he will have at his disposal in the 2014-2015 season.“USC’s potential starting perimeter in 14-15: Jordan McLaughlin, Katin Reinhardt, Byron Wesley,” Rothstein said via Twitter.With excitement already building around the new culture of the program, and two scholarships remaining for the 2014 recruiting class, Enfield will now turn his efforts toward another recruiting battle with Alford and UCLA — Mater Dei five-star small forward Stanley Johnson, another five-star prospect that has college coaches drooling.Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 220 lb. Fullerton, Calif. native, is ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in California and the No. 12 player in the country.Johnson lists both USC and UCLA among his top choices, but hasn’t yet scheduled an official visit with either Los Angeles school. Right now he only has visits to Arizona, Kentucky and Florida on his agenda. But with the addition of McLaughlin to USC’s ranks, that might change soon.Follow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24last_img read more

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White Sox special assistant blames players union for MLB impasse

first_imgAs a high-powered agent with a client list that included Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Jose Canseco, George Brett and Bret Saberhagen in the ’80s and ’90s then as special assistant to Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf the past 20 years, Dennis Gilbert has seen both sides of negotiations.There’s no mistaking which side he is on now.“I never take positions like this,” said Gilbert, who started the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises money for scouts who are dealing with health issues or financial difficulties.“Normally, I just sit quietly in the background and let the union and the owners fight it out. But this complaining, ‘We’re not taking another (pay)cut.’ Well, this is the deal you made. Then they say, ‘We’re not negotiating.’ Well, the contract says you’re going to ‘negotiate in good faith.’ Screw you. That’s the deal.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Gilbert’s frustration reached the boiling point this week with the reaction to MLB’s latest proposal to the players’ union for a shortened 2020 season played without fans (and the revenue they produce). According to multiple reports Monday, MLB’s owners have proposed a 76-game regular season with an expanded postseason. Under the plan, players would get up to 75 percent of their prorated salaries.The compensation varies little from the owners’ previous proposal (for an 82-game regular season) though it weighs more heavily on postseason revenue.The union is expected to respond with a plan to play 89 games and expand the postseason to as many as 16 teams with other concessions — but calls for full pro-rated salaries. Over all of this hangs the specter of an MLB-imposed 48-game season.Gilbert blames the leadership of the players’ union for misrepresenting to players the deal that was struck in March, causing the current impasse.At the time, MLB’s owners contributed $170 million to players as a salary advance and agreed each individual player would receive a full year of major-league service time regardless of how many games are played in 2020. Gilbert thinks that was a big concession by owners, but the players’ union — lead negotiator Bruce Meyer, in particular — is not acknowledging the full details of that agreement. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “The real truth of the deal, I think, is that nobody on March 26 when they made this deal thought they wouldn’t be back by July 1 playing baseball,” Gilbert said. “So, because of that, now they want to change the deal. Baseball didn’t outsmart them. They gave them something they didn’t want to give them. They gave them the full year of service.”The sport’s leading agent, Scott Boras, has been vocal in his support for the players’ stance and maintains the March agreement “defined the parameters, certainly in terms of player compensation” for a 2020 season. For the owners to now maintain that is up for re-negotiation is inaccurate, Boras said. Boras points out the sentence Gilbert quotes is in the section labeled “Resumption of Play” not the section on “Player Compensation and Benefits.”What needs to be bargained “in good faith,” he said, is the number of games to be played, not player compensation for those games.“In the March agreement, players sacrificed over $2 billion and well over 40 percent of salaries to play baseball in 2020,” Boras said. “It was a compassionate effort on both sides. The players are willing to play. The players want to play as many games as possible.”Representing the owners’ viewpoint, Gilbert maintains they have already made a significant sacrifice with the service-time concession. Gilbert points out how valuable that is to players — a year closer to arbitration for young players, a year closer to free agency for others, another year added to pensions for all.“And you’re acting like it’s no big deal when that was all you cared about during the spring?” he said.Resolving that disagreement could be critical to getting baseball this summer. But Gilbert puts the onus entirely on the union to remind players of the concession made by owners in March.“For me personally, I’m mad for me as a fan,” said Gilbert, a Dodgers season ticket-holder. “I’m unhappy because the White Sox were going to be competitive. I’m unhappy because I was hoping to see a World Series this year with the Dodgers — and an All-Star Game (at Dodger Stadium).“You ask me what needs to be done? He (Meyer) has to educate his players — ‘This is the deal we made and where do we go from here?’ He can’t be telling them the owners are (taking advantage of) them. All that does is get everybody (ticked) off.”center_img “I saw the deal. I am a baseball executive and I saw the deal,” Gilbert said. “I’ve talked to some agents. I’ve talked to some players. More agents than players. And it wasn’t communicated that if there weren’t fans in the stands they would have to renegotiate in good faith. They just said ‘pro rata (salaries).’“I’ve read the agreement. I know exactly what it says.”Gilbert said the agreement includes a key sentence — “The office of the commissioner and players association will discuss in good faith the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators or appropriate substitute neutral sites.” That allows the owners to come back to the players’ union now and renegotiate the salary terms, Gilbert believes.The MLBPA disagrees.A representative for the players’  union declined to comment. But the union’s stance has been that the March agreement provides for full pro-rated salaries in the event any games are played and does not require them to take or negotiate over further paycuts, only to “discuss” the economic feasibility of playing games without fans, which the union says it has done. 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Babin: “I play soccer in the garden and my girlfriend helps me”

first_imgBabin has recently gone through the trance of his father’s death and Emi has been his fundamental support. The player, grateful for all the signs of affection he has received since then, wants to reunite with his mother and family when the confinement is lifted. Meanwhile, he hopes to reach the best physical level to resume training and competition. LaLiga SmartBank* Data updated as of April 17, 2020 “As my girlfriend knows how to play soccer from a very young age, sometimes she helps me in exercises, we play together, we shoot on goal, we pass and play soccer-tennis, so that mischief of competition is maintained. She is key in these tough moments on a personal level and she helps me a lot at a sporting level2, explained the Sporting player. “It will have to be played during the summer and I am convinced that it will be behind closed doors, unfortunately”Babin says. “Health comes first and it would be dangerous for there to be fans in the stands, so it will take a long time2,” he adds.The Sporting central defender considers it necessary to play a couple of games per week to conclude the league. “I almost prefer to play every three days because you train less and you play more”, he recalled, recalling his experience in Israeli soccer. Jean-Sylvain Babin also assures that “physical condition will be key” to face the return to competition with guarantees. And on that lap, the goal for the team led by Miroslav Djukic will be one, according to one of its captains, “to get closer to the‘ playoff. “ Jean-Sylvain Babin is a footballer loved by sportinguism who wants normality to return to compete as soon as possible. At the moment, it has to be applied in the preparation that allows confinement, although the central reveals two very important aspects that help him to carry it better than many others: the garden of his house and his girlfriend Emi.“I feel very fortunate to have a space like the garden of my case, where in the end I do all the exercises that Fran (Albert, the physical trainer) sends me, I do a continuous game of soccer,” Babin tells questions from journalists. in a video edited by the club. The grass helps him maintain contact with the ball that the vast majority cannot and he does it with the help of his wife, Emilienne Martine Tall, former player of several teams in the years she has been with Babin in Spain.last_img read more

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