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  • Villa and West Brom reach FA Cup last 16

    first_imgThe Reds will play host to League Two out-fit Exeter City at Anfield but – despite being held to a 2-all draw last time out – manager Jurgen Klopp has indicated that he intends to once-again field an under-strength side for tonight’s 8 o’clock start.Elsewhere, Leicester will play host to Tottenham in their third round replay as the two Premier League rivals prepare to meet for the third time in the space of just 10 days.Kick-off at the King Power Stadium is at 19:45 Irish international Ciaran Clark broke the deadlock for Villa as they defeated League Two side Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 to advance to a fourth round tie against Man City.West Brom beat Championship club Bristol City by a goal to nil to earn a home tie with Peterborough. Later tonight, Liverpool will also be hoping to avoid a giant-killing.last_img read more

  • Doping report says London 2012 was corrupted

    first_imgProfessor Richard McLaren says over 1,000 athletes benefitted from Russian security services hiding failed drugs tests at Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2011 to 2015.His independent report says several medallists were involved in the state-sponsored cheating – information which supports his initial findings published in July.last_img

  • Pro 12 Action

    first_imgAt the same time, Connacht are looking to keep alive their hopes of an automatic Champions Cup spot.Pat Lam has made seven changes for their meeting with Edinburgh at Myreside. Rory Best and Paddy Jackson are back in Ulster’s starting fifteen for tonight’s visit of Cardiff Blues to the Kingspan Stadium.Less Kiss’ side are hoping a win will keep them in the playoff spots.Kick off at Ravenhill is at 7.35. Photo © Pat Flynnlast_img

  • Alpena Recognizes World MS Day

    first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisRecently Alpena’s mayor, Matthew Waligora, proclaimed today as World Multiple Sclerosis Day in Alpena.The city’s proclamation coincides with a global World MS Day effort, which is held annually in may to bring attention to multiple sclerosis.It’s an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and throughout the body.“As a result you get slower nerve transmissions and you get changes in conditions…walking, something, sleep, talking, pain, anything can occur with it,” said Rob Stafford, Physical Therapist.As a physical therapist Rob Stafford often works with people dealing with the condition. He focuses on helping those affected improve their quality of life.“Really it’s the quality of life no matter what. Once you get this disease it doesn’t go away. There is no cure but there’s lots of different treatment,” said Stafford.The theme for MS Day this year is ‘Life with MS’, and those dealing with the condition know first hand that it’s not an easy journey.“Things that people take for granted…I cannot fumble with an earring, I have to have clasps, I can’t put a necklace on, a lot of weakness, blurred vision sometimes, things like that,” said Deanna Harrison, MS patient. The national multiple sclerosis society says more than 18,000 Michiganders are diagnosed with ms, generally affecting people between the ages of 20 and 50.Stafford says that this day is just the beginning of creating a brighter future for ms patients.“The more we can talk about this the more people start understanding it, the earlier the diagnosis the earlier the intervention, the earlier they get treatments to improve their life today,” said Stafford.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Senator Stabenow Visits Alpena & East TawasNext APS Board of Education Continues Searchlast_img read more

  • Clippers could find their type of player with second-round picks in the NBA Draft

    first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum On one hand, there’s Kawhi Leonard, the now-two-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP who’s expected to become a free agent and who reportedly is inclined to consider leaving Toronto to return to his native Southern California, where he could accept a lucrative job offer from the Clippers.But first, there are the much-less-familiar prospects who reportedly worked out for the team, along with several others with the potential to attract late-draft interest.The players the Clippers select might not even find a home with the team; second-round picks don’t have guaranteed contracts.Still, consider: The Clippers squad that was so beloved by its fan base last season when it became the fourth team in NBA history to win more than 45 games without a current or former All-Star? That team was heavily stocked with second-round draftees.Only Danilo Gallinari (No. 6), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (11), Jerome Robinson (13), Wilson Chandler (23) and Landry Shamet (26) were first-round draft picks.center_img Otherwise, Montrezl Harrell (32), Ivica Zubac (32) Patrick Beverley (42), Lou Williams (45), Sindarius Thornwell (48) and Tyrone Wallace (60) all were second-rounders. JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple were undrafted.Those 48th and 56th picks (out of 60) certainly could yield a player who fits in with the Clippers’ gritty culture.For now, they have guards Gilgeous-Alexander, Robinson, Shamet and Williams, guard-forwards Thornwell and Wallace, forward Gallinari and center Harrell signed (although Thornwell and Wallace have non-guaranteed contracts and could be waived this summer to create more cap space).Considering the current roster construction, the Clippers seem inclined to focus their draft picks on a big man, a forward or a wing.Related Articles In the past few weeks, the Clippers have had a look at several such prospects, reportedly hosting closed-door workouts for Charleston forward Jarrell Brantley; North Carolina A&T guard-forward Terry Harris (the brother of Tobias Harris); Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ; Point Loma Nazarene forward Daulton Hommes; Purdue Fort Wayne combo guard John Konchar; Nevada forward Cody Martin; North Carolina forward Luke Maye and Kansas State forward Dean Wade.A handful of guards also reportedly have been through, including Utah’s Sedrick Barefield, Auburn’s Bryce Brown, Murray State’s Shaq Buchanan, Buffalo’s Dontay Caruthers, Campbell’s Chris Clemons, Virginia Tech’s Ahmed Hill and St. John’s Shamorie Ponds.And then, other enticing prospects expected to be available late in the draft include Tulsa shooting guard DaQuan Jeffries, Wake Forest forward Jaylen Hoard, Oregon forward Louis King, San Diego State forward Jalen McDaniels and Missouri center Jontay Porter.The NBA Draft begins Thursday at 4:30 p.m. PT, when the New Orleans Pelicans are expected to select Duke phenom Zion Williamson with the first pick. ESPN will broadcast the event, which will be held at Barclays Center in New York. LOS ANGELES — Sometimes the main course is so tantalizing you don’t have much interest in the appetizers before it.But take a bite of Thursday’s NBA Draft anyway, Clippers fans.The team has two second-round picks – Nos. 48 and 56. The Clippers don’t have a first-round selection because, by making the playoffs, their top-14 protected pick was conveyed to Boston, which will use it on the 20th overall selection.With so much of the focus on the Clippers’ intention to snare the big fish when free agency begins June 30, a pair of late second-rounders might not seem especially consequential. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more

  • A 50-year-old lesson about sports’ small pleasures is timely again

    first_imgOn May 22, 1970, my parents paid $2.50 a ticket for seats directly behind home plate on the blue level at Dodger Stadium to take me to my first baseball game. That Friday was ball night, and the crowd was one of the biggest of the season. There were five future Hall of Famers on the rosters (the Dodgers’ Don Sutton, the Atlanta Braves’ Henry Aaron, Orlando Cepeda, Hoyt Wilhelm and Phil Niekro), one in the dugout (Dodgers manager Walter Alston), at least one in the booth (Vin Scully) and at least one in the press box (Ross Newhan).The run in the Braves’ 1-0 victory came home on a third-inning single off Sandy Vance by Aaron, no less. How many fans can say the first run they ever saw in person was knocked in by Hank Aaron? Well, a lot.At some point in the game, I’m not sure when, one of the Braves hit a ball to center or right field. Either Willie Davis or Willie Crawford threw it in to Grabarkewitz, the second baseman. The throw came in high, and Grabarkewitz had to backpedal to flag it. As he did so, one heel caught the bag. He went sprawling in the infield dirt.Reporter Kevin Modesti holds his ticket from a game between the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on May 22, 1970. (Photo by Kevin Modesti/SCNG)Forty-five thousand people laughed at the smallest man on the field, wearing the slender No. 1.For years, I thought I was the only one who remembered this funny, sad little moment. But there were two of us. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Those can be shared pleasures like LeBron and the Lakers chasing a championship, the Rams and Chargers opening a new stadium, and season-changing plays. The big pleasures we envision when sports and other entertainment comes at us with its basic sales pitch: Everybody’s watching, so don’t you get left out.But those also can be personal pleasures, the kind that don’t show up in any record book, light but meaningful, reminders that most of sports is a frustrating pursuit of fleeting glory. The little joys that only one or two people remember.That’s the lesson Billy Grabarkewitz and I stumbled across 50 years ago Friday. I was there for Gibson’s home run, for Buckner’s error and for Fisher’s shot. I’ve talked with Ali and Arnie, Wilt and Shoe, Koufax and Wooden, Billie Jean and Mia Hamm. I’ve been to historic ballparks, stadiums, arenas, courts and racetracks.So let me tell you which of my sports memories is my favorite.It’s the night Billy Grabarkewitz tripped over second base.I’ve been thinking about it lately. Partly because, as hard as this is for me to believe, it happened 50 years ago Friday. But also because now is the time when we’re all pondering what makes live sports special and what’s missing until we get to go to a ballgame again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “How could I forget? The Herald-Examiner ran a six-column photo of it,” Grabarkewitz said when I met him more than a decade later at a Dodgers old-timers game.“That was embarrassing,” he said, still ready with the self-deprecating crack. “But I’ll bet you didn’t know I once threw up on the field.”The memory of a smiling Grabarkewitz picking himself up, dusting himself off and going on with the game summed up his 1970 season and his career, and made him my first favorite player. As Charlie Brown had Joe Shlabotnic, I had Billy Grabarkewitz.In his first full major-league season, he struck out a Dodgers-record 149 times. But he was hitting .400 in May, on his way to leading the team in home runs with a modest 17, and Grabarkewitz and Claude Osteen became the Dodgers’ representatives in the All-Star Game.There, he became an official footnote to history. Before Pete Rose bowled over Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 12th inning on a single by Jim Hickman, it was Grabarkewitz’s single off Clyde Wright that put Rose in scoring position.He was 24, celebrated as one of the Dodgers’ Mod Squad of good young players. But he never got so close to a big moment again. Injuries, which began with a badly broken leg in the minors, never let up on him. He was traded to the Angels in 1973 (a deal that also included Frank Robinson, Bill Singer, Bobby Valentine, Ken McMullen and Andy Messersmith). He bounced to the Phillies, Cubs and A’s before retiring in 1975.“I’ve been X-rayed so much I glow in the dark,” he once said.He dusted himself off again and built an insurance business in his native Texas.As the coronavirus pandemic leaves fans without sports, anticipating the return of sports without fans, we all look forward to the day when we can go back to the ballpark and the old pleasures under safe conditions for people on the field and in the stands.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

  • NBA All-Star LeBron James tells commentator ‘I will not shut up and dribble’

    first_imgLOS ANGELES — Shut up and dribble?Nah, LeBron James said Saturday he has no intention of following the advice of a Fox News commentator. He said he would continue to address injustice whenever and wherever he saw it and to work to inspire young people in the United States and around the globe to live their dreams.“We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” James said in his first extended public comments since Laura Ingraham said he and fellow NBA All-Star Kevin Durant should stick to sports and leave political commentary to others. “Shut up and dribble,” Ingraham said.She also said: “Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids. This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Oklahoma City forward Paul George defended James’ right to speak out.“We’re just part of what’s going on in this world, what’s going on in this society just as much as anybody else,” George said. “We’re fathers, we’re sons, we’re brothers, we’ve got family to look after and we’re connected just as deeply in this as anybody else is.“So, for someone to go out and say stick to dribbling a basketball, that’s pretty ignorant, that just goes to show you where we are at as a country right now.”James went on to thank Ingraham, even as he said he didn’t know her name.“The best thing she did is gone and help me create more awareness, so I appreciate her for even giving me even more awareness for me to sit up here on the greatest weekend of the NBA (season),” he said. “This is the best weekend in the NBA, where all the countries in the entire world come watch the greatest players in the world … and I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice and equality and why a woman on a certain network told me to shut up and dribble.“So, thank you, whatever her name is. I appreciate it. No one knows, and that’s perfect, because I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important and how I can help change kids, not only in America, but in Brazil, but in England and in Mexico and all over. So, thank you.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJames, speaking at NBA All-Star media day, said he wouldn’t be silent.“I will definitely not do that,” he said. “I mean too much to society. I mean too much to the youth. I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don’t have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they’re in.”Durant on Friday labeled Ingraham’s comments as “racist.”James didn’t go that far. He did seek to correct her commentary, pointing out that he didn’t leave high school early but graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. She said he departed high school early in order to jump to the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers.“You know, to be an African-American kid and to grow up in the inner-city with a single-parent mother and not being financially stable and to make it to where I’ve made it today, I think I’ve defeated the odds,” James said. “I want every kid to know that. I want everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well. And what’s why I will not just shut up and dribble.”last_img read more

  • Chelsea complete signing of Alvaro Morata

    first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Figo and Morata recently.London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Premier League champions Chelsea completed the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on a five-year-deal on Friday in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92.2 million).“I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible,” the 24-year-old told Chelsea’s club website.Morata put pen to paper with the London giants after undergoing a medical and he is now expected to link up with his new team-mates, who are preparing to play Arsenal in a pre-season friendly in Beijing on Saturday.He could make his debut against Bayern Munich in Singapore next Tuesday.Morata, who scored 20 goals in 43 appearances for Real last season on their way to the Champions League and Spanish title, also has nine goals in 20 appearances for Spain — including three at last year’s European Championship.Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said Morata can make a huge impact domestically as well as in the Champions League.“We are delighted to complete Alvaro’s signing and welcome him to the club. We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action,” said Emenalo.“Alvaro has proven class at the highest level and his quality will be a huge asset to Antonio and the squad.” ****Picture this! Pensive Neymar stirs renewed PSG feverNeymar’s decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is on the verge of sealing a world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.The Instagram picture, even accompanied by a matching emoji, shows the 25-year-old Brazilian superstar stretched out on the pitch with his chin resting on his left hand.It garnered more than a million and a half ‘likes’ within 12 hours of it being posted in the United States where Barcelona are on a pre-season tour.Three of the ‘likes’ came from PSG players — winger Angel Di Maria, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and midfielder Marco Verratti.On Tuesday, PSG skipper — and fellow Brazilian — Thiago Silva gave a digital thumbs up to a mocked-up photo montage published by media company Esporte Interativo showing Neymar in a PSG shirt along with compatriots and prospective teammates in France.center_img Esporte Interativo used the montage to illustrate what they insist is an agreement reached for Neymar to move to the French capital from Barcelona where he has played since 2013.Like Barcelona, PSG are also touring the United States where Neymar’s future has dominated conversation.“I don’t know,” Thiago Silva told Le Parisien newspaper when asked if he knew whether the Brazilian star was about to come a PSG player.“I hear a lot from journalists and a player like Neymar would be an interesting addition to the PSG project.“But, for the moment, it is especially important to prepare for the new season. After and if Neymar arrives it would be a good thing for the squad.”Is Neymar going to sign?“Not yet,” smiled the captain.– Deal ’95 percent complete’ –In Spain, it was reported by Catalan media group RAC 1 that “certain players” at Barcelona have already tried to convince Neymar not to accept the PSG offer which would dwarf the 105 million euros Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba.However, it’s believed the Brazilian is being seduced by the immense wealth on offer to him from the Qatari owners of PSG and by the opportunity to have a team built around him.The daily Sport newspaper also claimed that Luis Suarez has also attempted to persuade Neymar not to split up the MSN frontline at Barcelona made up of Lionel Messi, Suarez and the Brazilian star.Catalunya Radio said that the deal is “95 percent complete”.One of the keys would be the payment to Neymar’s father and agent of a “premium exceeding the 40 million” paid when the player controversially moved to Spain from Santos.Other reports have claimed that Neymar senior has recently met with, or is about to meet, PSG sporting director Antero Henrique.However, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre insisted Tuesday that it is “200 percent” certain that Neymar will stay at the club.In a public game of tit-for-tat, PSG coach Unai Emery hailed the Brazilian.“Neymar has advanced his game massively and today he is one of the five best in the world,” said Emery.“Our president is working hard to attract top players and our fans would be content to count on a new top player to go along with the talent we already have.”Neymar, meanwhile, will display his coveted skills for the first time this summer when Barcelona face Juventus in a pre-season friendly at East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday.last_img read more

  • Nadal and Verdasco, waiting to achieve their record in Madrid

    first_imgThe Mutua Madrid Open was scheduled from Could 3 to 10 in the Spanish capital. The truth is, this Sunday the ultimate would have to be performed in the Caja Mágica. Within the midst of the world well being disaster, the event was postponed. At first, it was already thought in 2021 and that this season there can be no event, however with the passage of the weeks a small choice opened to relocate the appointment in September-October, relying on the progress of the pandemic on the international stage. It appears difficult. On this means, a record that Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco may achieve could have to wait. Each have 17 participations in the event, the identical as Feliciano López, who from his place as director, regardless of being lively, can not take part as a participant. Final season these two gamers equaled their model, and in 2020 it was deliberate that each positioned on the high with 18. That’s, all editions besides the inaugural one, in 2002, in which Feliciano was and in which there are solely lively, in addition to Toledo, Federer and Robredo of the 45 who shaped that image.Nadal has received 5 instances (2005, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2017), with an awesome command because the appointment in Madrid turned on land. It presents a stability of 52-12 in the capital in accordance to the ATP. He has reached the quarterfinals all the time besides in 2012 … when Verdasco eradicated him. That yr and in 2009, he reached the penultimate spherical, this being his most cap in the event.last_img read more

  • Bandit nabbed after robbing Nicaraguan doctor

    first_imgPolice have arrested a Laing Avenue, Georgetown resident in relation to the robbery of a Nicaraguan doctor on Wednesday.The gun which was recoveredAccording to reports, two identifiable men on a scooter robbed the doctor of a sum of cash and some documents at Croal Street, Bourda, before escaping. The robbery occurred about 10:00h.However, based on the description given to Police, one of the suspects was arrested several hours later at Leopold Street, Georgetown.He has since admitted having only aided in the escape of the other suspect from the scene.Nevertheless, the Police said that a search of the suspect’s person revealed an unlicensed silver .38 Special Revolver concealed in his crotch. The weapon is reportedly identical to the one used in the commission of the crime against the doctor earlier in the day.Meanwhile, during the process of retrieving the weapon, the suspect received an injury to his face when he resisted arrest, after a scuffle between him and the Policeman as he made a bid to escape.The 40-year-old carpenter of Laing Avenue is assisting with further investigations. Meanwhile, efforts are being made to have the other suspect apprehended.last_img read more