Liverpool fear Real Madrid, PSG have unsettled Mane

first_imgLiverpool chiefs are fearful of a big-money raid from Real Madrid for Sadio Mane. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney PrincessesWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? The Sun says the Senegal international has yet to indicate that he will sign a whopping new deal offered to him nine months ago. And that has sparked fears among the Liverpool hierarchy that the 28-year-old will be tempted by a move to Madrid or Paris-Saint Germain.Advertisement Mane has been offered the same contract extension as center-half colossus Virgil van Dijk, which would make both players the highest-paid in Liverpool’s history. read also:Awoniyi not ready to copy Salah, Mane at Liverpool But while Van Dijk is expected to sign the five-year deal worth a massive £250,000-per week after Liverpool’s Premier League return against Everton on Sunday, Mane is still stalling on his offer. And now Real Madrid and PSG are targeting the £150million-rated forward. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Dbacks bop Rockies 13-7; Blackmon hitless, drops under .500

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — Starling Marte homered and drove in four runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks battered the Colorado Rockies 13-7 Wednesday in a Coors Field slugfest featuring 34 hits, but none by blistering Charlie Blackmon.Blackmon began the game batting an astonishing .500 for the Rockies. He went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 15 games, and his average dipped to .472.Blackmon was on deck when Trevor Story, who doubled twice and singled, grounded into a game-ending double play. More AP MLB: and Nolan Arenado homered twice and doubled for the Rockies. Marte had three hits, including a go-ahead single in an eight-run seventh inning. It was 5-all going into the inning.Nick Ahmed had three hits and a pair of RBIs and Kole Calhoun added three hits with an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who took two of three to deny Colorado its sixth consecutive series win to start the season.Ryan McMahon, swinging on a 3-0 count, connected for a three-run homer to chase Arizona starter Luke Weaver with one out in the fourth inning.Garrett Hampson added a career-high four hits for the Rockies. A total of 11 players had multihit games, seven with at least three hits Dbacks bop Rockies 13-7; Blackmon hitless, drops under .500center_img Andrew Chafin (1-0) picked up the win with an inning of scoreless relief.With the score tied at 5 in the the seventh, the Diamondbacks erupted. David Peralta struck the key blow with a three-run double off Tyler Kinley (0-1), who did not retire any of the five batters he faced. Ahmed and Calhoun each had a pair of hits in the inning.Arizona homered in a club-record 16th straight game at Coors Field and improved to 9-3 in its last 12 against the Rockies.Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela went six innings and allowed five runs on nine hits. TRAINER’S ROOM August 12, 2020 Rockies: INF Chris Owings left the game after the second inning because of tightness in his left hamstring. Hampson moved from center field to second base to replace him and Sam Hilliard entered the game to replace Hampson in center. … RHP Scott Oberg, who’s been sidelined since the start of the season by a back injury and a recurrence of blood clot issues in his pitching arm, has been undergoing a series of tests but there’s no timetable for his return. Oberg has dealt with vascular problems in his arm twice previously, missing time in August 2019 and August 2016. Manager Bud Black said he spoke with Oberg earlier Wednesday and the reliever was in good spirits and expected to return home to the Philadelphia area soon to undergo additional tests. However, he remains sidelined indefinitely. “There’s really no clear path to what is going to happen with Scott,” Black said.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: Arizona has an off day Thursday followed by a season-high 17 straight games before their next off day on Aug. 31. RHP Merrill Kelly (2-1, 2.29) is slated to start Friday night’s series opener in Arizona against the San Diego Padres, whose starter is to be determined.Rockies: Following an off day Thursday, the Rockies begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days starting Friday night in a series opener against the Texas Rangers. Colorado RHP Ryan Castellani (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to start against the Rangers’ RHP Lance Lynn (2-0, 1.16 ERA). ___last_img read more

Heisler: The Celtics, already on a storybook run, have the brightest future in the East

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters I ran into him at the 2008 Pac-12 Tournament at Staples Center and spent the day watching the games with him. I wasn’t sticking around to see Stanford at night, but he asked me to take a look at Robin Lopez.I watched on TV. Robin was big, tough and hard-working, if hardly as smooth as his twin, Brook. I thought he was at least an NBA backup, which I told Danny the next day.“Really?” he said. “I didn’t think so.”I forgot it until draft day, when I heard Ainge was trying to trade up to get Robin until Phoenix nabbed him at No. 15.I later told the story to a Boston sports writer. That’s Danny, he said.You go, Danny. As the Sundance Kid says to Butch Cassidy, “Keep thinking Butch. It’s what you’re good at.”Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published weekly for the Southern California News Group throughout the NBA season. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory So they rebuilt and rebuilt and rebuilt until the Bulls’ run was over, after which …Nothing.The Western Conference won nine of the next 12 NBA titles until summer 2010 when LeBron left to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, turning the Heat into a West-caliber powerhouse for four seasons. The West won again in 2011, but Miami reached the first of four straight NBA Finals that June, winning in 2012 and 2013 before losing in 2014 … then LeBron decided to go home again.The Cavs are now on a three-year run … possibly going on four … seeing how close they can come to the Warriors.The answer: Not very. The Warriors won 4-2 in 2015; 4-1 in 2017; and led, 3-1 in 2016, before Draymond Green got himself suspended for Game 5 for a low blow. Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Now LeBron might soon leave Cleveland … and likely move West where the teams thought to be his top choices (Lakers, Rockets) are.That leaves Boston – or it will when Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward return healthy next season and they’re the real deals instead of a bunch of kids on a storybook run.In the meantime, the Celtics are having the run of their dreams … not that they’re about to win their long-awaited 18th title (awaiting, or expecting, is what rabid Celtics fans do best) but because the future’s so bright, they won’t care how and when this storybook run ends.This miracle comes courtesy of GM Danny Ainge, who is not their first executive to pattern himself after Red Auerbach – M.L. Carr, a disaster, did, and Rick Pitino settled for demanding the venerable Auerbach’s title as president – but is the first to succeed.Ainge arrived in 2003, taking as his first mission the dismantling of what was left from Pitino. He traded Antoine Walker, who said he shot so many 3-pointers “because there are no fours,” and fired Pitino disciple Jim O’Brien, who had coached them to two playoff appearances.Ainge, who was often booed on sight at games, then embarked on the greatest run in NBA administrative history since Jerry West ran the Lakers.2007 – After a 24-58 finish allowed them to hope to get the No. 1 pick and either Greg Oden or Kevin Durant, they draw No. 5 – at which point Ainge and Coach Doc Rivers, watching in Boston, all but sag into each others’ arms. … Ainge then acquires Ray Allen from Seattle, giving him the leverage to persuade Kevin Garnett to accept a trade from Minnesota (even if the Lakers swear to this day they made a better offer but were rebuffed by Timberwolves GM Kevin McHale, a known Laker hater.) … KG and Allen join Paul Pierce, trouncing the Lakers in five games to win the 2008 title and reaching a Game 7 in the 2010 Finals when they led the Lakers by 11 points in the third quarter before falling.2013 – Coming off a 41-40 season and with Rivers leaving for the Clippers, Ainge hires Butler coach Brad Stevens, a radical choice in a league in which stars such as James often prefer to play for former NBA players.Ainge’s masterpiece, or the dumbest trade in NBA history, or both, takes place later that summer: The Nets send Boston their No. 1 picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, and the right to swap picks in 2017 for Pierce, 36, and KG, 37.2015 – Ainge acquires Isiah Thomas, a sawed-off (5-foot-9, listed) scorer from Phoenix where he hasn’t fit with Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dagic, in exchange for on-his-way-out Marcus Thornton. Thomas becomes a sawed-off franchise player, leading the Celtics to the best record in the East last season.2017 – With Thomas’ playoffs ended early by hip surgery, Ainge deals him to Cleveland for Irving, who has asked to be traded a year after making the title-winning shot in Game 7, presumably because he knows LeBron is likely to leave when his contract runs out this summer.Ainge signs free agent Hayward to play for his old college coach but sees him go down for the season five minutes into his Celtics debut … to be followed by Irving, who suffered a season-ending injury in early March.By now this season should have been long over and forgotten, except for the breakouts by young players: Jaylen Brown averaged 18 points in the first round, rookie Jayson Tatum averaged 24 in the second and Terry Rozier, who had never started an NBA game before taking over for Irving, is averaging 18 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds in the playoffs.With two more first-round picks in addition to their own this year and next, if Kawhi Leonard is getting traded, it figures to be here for a package of picks and prospects only Ainge could offer.It’s not surprising, if you know Ainge, who is boyish, charming … and always trying to think of ways to out-smart people.Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, nothing’s happening.At least, that’s “nothing” in the sense of producing a legitimate contender, as teams in the NBA Finals should be, rather than a darkhorses trying to shock the world like the Cavaliers and Celtics, whether they play the Rockets or Warriors.Of course, on the 20th anniversary of the end of Michael Jordan’s heyday in Chicago, we’re used to a balance of power that’s like a teeter-totter with a child at one end and Shaquille O’Neal at the other.By 1998, when the Bulls won their sixth title in Jordan’s last six full seasons there, Eastern teams were supposedly hard at work preparing for the day that Mike left. Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Why your team won’t advance to the Final Four

first_imgSN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​All the 1-, 2- and 3-seeds advanced in the first weekend, which makes for some heavyweight matchups in the regionals Thursday through Sunday. You can make several cases for why each team should advance to the Final Four. But what are the cases against them?Sporting News lets you know why your team will not make the Final Four this weekend.East RegionDukeVirginia Tech beat Duke — the Blue Devils without Zion Williamson, the Hokies without Justin Robinson — in a game that resembled the second-round squeaker with UCF. Duke should anticipate that style of game in the Sweet 16. LSU or Michigan State pose a threat in the Elite Eight with their veteran rosters, too. There’s also the possibility, however unlikely, Zion’s shoe explodes again.Virginia TechThe Hokies are the largest underdog in the field at plus-8. Duke shot 40.9 percent from 3-point range in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. If the Blue Devils shoot that well from the outside, the Hokies will be making the short trip back from Washington, D.C. We won’t even talk about the Elite Eight unless they beat the top overall seed.LSUThe Tigers shot 33.3 percent from the field in the second half against Yale, and 28.6 percent from the field in the second half against Maryland. The Tigers have rallied despite the suspension of Will Wade, and the nothing-to-lose-mentality has worked out so far. But if they continue to shoot like that in the second half against Michigan State, it won’t be close.Michigan StateForget about Tom Izzo yelling at Aaron Henry. That’s a non-issue. The Spartans are a veteran team playing well together. That just hasn’t mattered against the Blue Devils. The Spartans are 1-11 against Duke under Izzo. That is one of the biggest reasons the Spartans were so upset about their seed heading into the tournament. The only win against Duke came in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.MORE: Ranking Sweet 16 teams’ chances to win it allWest RegionGonzagaThe Seminoles jumped out to a nine-point halftime lead and never looked back in a victory against the Bulldogs in last year’s tournament — and Gonzaga had one more rebound in the loss. This year, Florida State shot 50.7 percent from the field against Murray State and lottery pick Ja Morant. The Elite Eight matchup against either Michigan or Texas Tech won’t be easy either.Florida StateThe Seminoles are confident, but this is a better Gonzaga team than the one it faced last year, one that dismantled its first two opponents by a combined 50 points. FSU shot 43.1 percent or less in its seven losses this season, and the Bulldogs ranks sixth in the country in defensive shooting percentage (38.7 percent). FSU has to shoot the 3-ball well, and that is no guarantee. The potential Elite Eight opponents also rely on their defense.Texas TechThe Red Raiders are looking to return to the Elite Eight, but they will be up against another top-10 defensive team in Michigan. The Red Raiders averaged 14.3 turnovers per game in their losses this season. Michigan allowed 52 points per game in the first weekend. FSU and Gonzaga present matchup problems, too.MichiganThe Wolverines’ offense is sporadic in the halfcourt — especially when the 3-pointers aren’t falling. Texas Tech ranks second in the nation in defensive shooting percentage (36.8) and can win an ugly game with Michigan. Will the Wolverines force bad shots as a result?MORE: Updated odds to win NCAA TournamentSouth RegionVirginiaVirginia’s next opponent is Oregon, which dismissed Wisconsin, holding the Badgers to 33.3 percent shooting. Oregon is shooting with confidence. The Ducks hit 20 of 40 from 3-point range in their first two tournament victories. If the 3s are falling, UVA could be in trouble. That’s not even talking about Purdue or Tennessee.OregonVirginia is a better team than Wisconsin — and that hot shooting can wear off in a week. They allowed just eight offensive rebounds in two games over the weekend. The Cavaliers will be closer to home in Louisville, too, and that will make life difficult for the lowest seed left in the tournament. If the Ducks win this region, then it will be the surprise of the tournament.PurdueYou know the drill by now. Just when it looks like Purdue is unstoppable — and they looked the part in an 87-61 blowout against Villanova — the Boilermakers have a meltdown in the Sweet 16. Purdue coach Matt Painter is 0-5 in the Sweet 16, including three straight losses coming into this one. Tennessee has the same questions, but they also have a talented starting lineup. Carsen Edwards was held to fewer than 20 points in losses to Minnesota, Michigan and Michigan State this year. The Boilermakers role players will need to step up.TennesseeThe Vols have never made the Final Four, and this team has question marks. Can you trust Tennessee for 40 minutes against anybody? Colgate and Iowa had second-half comebacks and shot well from 3-point range against the Vols. Tennessee has a veteran team that will have to show poise against teams that won’t fall behind that far. Purdue — and perhaps Virginia — pose major roadblocks.SN REMEMBERS:March Madness heartbreakers | Best March Madness memoriesMidwest RegionNorth CarolinaIt’s difficult to find a good reason. The Tar Heels are loaded on offense, control the tempo can run with any team left in the tournament. Sometimes that doesn’t matter when you are playing a hot team. Auburn has won 10 in a row, and Bruce Pearl won’t be afraid to run in this game. The Sweet 16 field is set heading into the second week of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, and the field is loaded with chalk.So, if your bracket is busted, then that’s on you. AuburnThe Tigers are making 12.2 three-pointers per game during this 10-game win streak. Auburn must have that hot shooting this weekend, because North Carolina can still beat you with it. Without it, the Tigers stand no chance against the Tar Heels.HoustonKelvin Sampson is back in the Sweet 16, and the Cougars get a chance against the blue bloods in Kansas City. Houston can win with its defense, but in its three losses this season, the Cougars didn’t lose the rebounding by much and did not turn the ball over. They just didn’t shoot the 3-pointer well. Kentucky can win against that — so a grinder game would favor the Wildcats.KentuckyKentucky got out of the first weekend without P.J. Washington, who is out with a sprained foot. It’s doubtful they get out of the second weekend without him, considering the Wildcats shot 25.9 percent from 3-point range the first weekend. Kentucky cannot shoot that poorly against the teams left in its region.last_img read more