first_imgFormer Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement on Thursday a week after confirming he would not be returning to play for MLS side LA Galaxy.”Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football,” Gerrard, 36, said in a statement. (Also read: MK Dons managerial role was bit too soon for Steven Gerrard)”I’ve had an incredible career and I’m thankful for each and every moment of my time with Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.”Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in 1998 and established himself as one of Europe’s most dynamic midfield player.He went on to make more than 700 appearances for the club and was capped 114 times for his country.last_img read more


first_imgLiverpool will open their Champions League account in exciting fashion through a home tie with French giants Paris Saint-Germain, with star forwards Mohamed Salah and Neymar clashing with each other for the first time.Jurgen Klopp’s side will host the French champions at Anfield in the first leg of their Group C clash , with the second leg to be played at the Parc de Princes at the end of November.The Reds will be looking to recover from the heartbreak of losing last season’s final to Real Madrid with their current campaign, but fixtures against PSG are only one hurdle in their challenging group stage campaign – set to face the likes of Napoli as well as Red Star Belgrade in one of many ‘Groups of Death’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Liverpool v PSG Date Tuesday, September 18 Time 8pm BST / 3pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on Univision and TNT USA and livestreamed on B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream Univision, TNT B/R Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and livestreamed through BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet Defenders Alexander-Arnold, Clyne, van Dijk, Lovren, Moreno, Robertson, Matip Midfielders Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Mane, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri Forwards Firmino, Salah, Sturridge, Origi, Solanke Roberto Firmino’s eye injury sustained during the win over Tottenham has kept him from starting, with Daniel Sturridge taking the Brazilian’s place in the lineup. It’s the first Champions League start for Sturridge since March 2012. Jordan Henderson has been drafted into midfield with Naby Keita dropping to the bench, while Dejan Lovren is still missing with an extended injury.Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Sturridge, Salah, Mane. Position PSG players Goalkeepers Areola, Cibois Defenders Silva, Kimpembe, Kehrer, Meunier, Alves, Bernat, Kurzawa Midfielders Diarra, Nkunku, Rabiot, Marquinhos Forwards Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar, Di Maria, Choupo-Moting, Draxler Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is suspended for the tie against Liverpool after being given a three-match European ban following his comments against Michael Oliver during Juve’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid last season.Marquinhos moves into a central midfield role alongside Adrien Rabiot, while Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are back in the lineup after being rested at the weekend. PSG XI: Areola; Meunier, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Marquinhos, Di Maria, Rabiot; Mbappe, Neymar, Cavani.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are priced at odds of winning 13/10 according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 14/5. A win for PSG is up for 21/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Edinson Cavani Kylian Mbappe PSG Real Madrid Champions LeagueBoth Liverpool and PSG head into their Champions League clash sporting exactly the same domestic form, with the two sides having registered five wins from five fixtures in their respective leagues.Klopp’s side have maintained their best start to a Premier League season with their five-game winning streak, their most recent victory coming through a 2-1 away win at Wembley to Tottenham Hotspur.Liverpool have been named as a strong contender as a title challenger this season after the high-profile additions to their side this summer that saw Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri arrive on Merseyside, though they have a tough set of fixtures lying ahead – with fixtures against Chelsea (twice), Manchester City and Napoli looming after their PSG tie.Depending on Firmino’s eye issue, there is a chance for Shaqiri to be included in the squad, prompting Salah to be moved into a more central role, though Klopp also has the ability to call upon the services of Daniel Sturridge, who had an extremely fruitful pre-season campaign.PSG will be keen to bounce back from their disappointingly early exit in last year’s Champions League at the last 16 stage, crashing out at the hands of eventual champions Real Madrid.Edinson Cavani is still recovering from a calf injury sustained during the World Cup finals in Russia , though PSG will be eager to unleash both Mbappe and Neymar onto Liverpool – though the two sides seem relatively matched in attacking threat. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more


first_imgUnai Emery hailed the qualities of playmaker Mesut Ozil following Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester, but said the German needs to produce that level on a weekly basis.Ozil has cut a divisive figure since moving to the Emirates Stadium under Arsene Wenger in 2013, with his attitude often questioned.However, he turned in a world-class display on Monday as the London club came from behind to secure a 3-1 win over the Foxes , with a couple of second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turning the game in their favour. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It was, however, Ozil who grabbed the spotlight, even branding the performance “sexy” , but Emery wants him to produce such quality on more regular a basis.“For Mesut, it was a very good performance, and a very good victory together. And also we are going to push and demand for ourselves and for him also, this regularly,” he said.The former Real Madrid player was handed the captain’s armband for the match and was praised by the way he rallied his side after they had fallen behind due to an own goal from Hector Bellerin.Ozil grabbed the equaliser, making him the top scoring German in Premier League history with 30 goals, and then dominated the game from midfield in the second half.“It’s important to be a leader in this situation,” the Spaniard said. “But we have a lot of players in the team capable of doing it.“I think Ozil can play every match with this commitment and with this quality, whether he is captain or not.”It has been a rocky period in the life of the 30-year-old, who quit the Germany national side in the summer amid a storm of criticism, with Ozil claiming he was specifically targeted because of his Turkish heritage. Arsenal’s win over Leicester was their 10th straight victory in all competitions – the first time that they have enjoyed such a run of form since 2007.Next up for the Gunners is a Europa League clash against Sporting CP in Lisbon on Thursday, then next weekend they are back on Premier League duty on Sunday, when they will face Crystal Palace.last_img read more


first_imgVirat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to continue the momentum from their last outing when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.A Chris Gayle hurricane (38-ball 77) coupled with Kohli’s 50-ball 64 guided RCB to their second win of the campaign against Gujarat Lions in their previous outing.Despite the absence of South African star AB de Villiers, the sought-after franchise toyed with their rivals bowling posting 213 to which Brendon McCullum (72 off 44 balls) staged a good fightback but eventually fell short by 21 runs.RCB are still languishing at third from bottom in the eight-team points table losing four of their six matches. Short of star power initially with the likes of Kohli and de Villiers not playing the first three and two matches respectively, the three-time runners-up were also ruffled by the iffy form of Australian all-rounder Shane Watson.Since the arrival of Kohli (against Mumbai Indians) and de Villiers (against Kings XI Punjab), their batting has looked the part though both the superstars ended on the losing side in their respective opening ties.Coming back from a shoulder injury he picked while captaining India against Australia in the four-match Test series, Kohli smashed 67 in his first game, while AB announced his arrival with an unbeaten 89 off just 46 deliveries. But triumphs have been hard to come by for RCB.Besides Gujarat, RCB have won against Delhi Daredevils only. Samuel Badree’s hat-trick against Mumbai was the high point as far as their bowling is concerned but in that match too, they ended up second best due to an underwhelming batting show.advertisementBadree has been one of the most economical bowlers this season, leaking just 41 runs in his eight overs from two games so far. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has taken the most wickets for side with seven to his name.England fast bowler Tymal Mills, whom RCB roped in this term for a whopping Rs 12 crore, and de Villiers have been given the green signal to play. If the pair comeback, Travis Head and Shane Watson will in all likelihood have to sit out.Talking about the home team, Gautam Gambhir’s wards saw their juggernaut being halted by Gujarat at the same venue on Friday.Poor bowling cost the two-time champions the math which for larger parts was in their control.Against arguably the best batting lineup, head coach Jacques Kallis would want to plug the gaps as soon as possible.”We don’t become a bad bowling unit after just one game. We will have some good game plans in place. RCB are down in the table, and they are looking for some form,” Kallis had said at the post match media interaction on Friday.”We will have to use that to our advantage. We still have a lot of confidence. The boys are playing with freedom and playing well. We haven’t been able to put up a complete game so far, but when we start doing that we will be a tough side to beat,” the 41-year-old South African added.Sunil Narine’s pyrotechnics on Friday (17-ball 42) gave KKR a flying start on Friday and also vindicated the team management’s decision to make the most of the Powerplay. Robin Uthappa’s form (48-ball 72) also augurs well for the hosts along with Manish Pandey who has been in great form this season.Big-hitting Yusuf Pathan has also looked to bat for a longer period and against Delhi Daredevils played a gem of a knock under pressure. Suryakumar Yadav’s lean patch is a cause of concern with the KKR vice-captain just not getting runs under his belt.In the 18 engagements between the two teams since 2008, both outfits have won nine times each.last_img read more


first_imgBangladesh defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the tri-series finale, including Ireland, on Wednesday at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin, thus registering their first away win against the Black Caps.An unbroken 72-run stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah saw Bangladesh chase down the 271-run target with 10 balls to spare.Mushfiqur finished on 45 not out in a partnership that was dominated by a superb innings from Mahmudullah who scored 36-ball 46, with 6 fours and a six.Earlier, Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman scored 65 each before Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah saw their team register their first away win against the Kiwis in their 17th attempt.Put in to bat first, New Zealand were restricted to 270 for eight, courtesy some fine death overs bowling from the minnows. The Tom Latham-led side could manage only 62 runs in the last 12 overs as five wickets fell during that period.The Black Caps also had a century second wicket stand of 133 between Latham (84) and Neil Broom (63). They were 156 for the loss of one wicket at one stage before Bangladesh pulled things back.Mushfiqur was adjudged the Man of the Match while Latham was declared the Man of the Series.The win at Clontarf has promoted Bangladesh to sixth place in the ICC ODI Rankings, above Sri Lanka, with just four months to go before the cut-off date of September 30 when the top eight are guaranteed automatic qualication for the 2019 World Cup.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Jul 2 (PTI) Indian-origin British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha is likely to team up with actress Priyanka Chopra for a movie.”I am in talks with Priyankas mother, Madhu Chopra, for something (referring to a film). I met her mother in Cannes and I told her I have great ideas. She said yes, lets work it out,” Gurinder told PTI.Gurinder, however, states she has not discussed the idea of a film with Priyanka yet.”I will be going to America soon, so I will be meeting her (Priyanka) and will talk about the idea that I have.”On whether the film with the “Quantico” actress will be an international project, Gurinder says, “She has been producing films and I hope it is international (the one that we do together). I cant think of doing India-centric film alone as I am half British and Indian.”There have been reports of her making a sequel to “Bend It Like Beckham” but Gurinder says she is instead contemplating to get the stage version of the 2002 hit movie to India.She further says she is working on a film which is on the lines of “Bend It Like Beckham”.”There is a project that I am working on with Englands support. It is about a boy and girl. It has the same feel as Bend It Like Beckam but it is different. It does not have a background of football or sports. It is more about music. I will have the British-Asian perspective in the same way as Bend It Like Beckham,” she says.advertisementGurinder is currently in India to promote the Hindi version of her film “Viceroys House”, titled “Partition: 1947”. The film will release in India on August 18. PTI KKP JUR NRB JCHlast_img read more


first_imgFilipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao, who lost his welterweight world title to Jeff Horn, has urged the World Boxing Organisation to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his defeat, saying he doesn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating”.Opposite to the expectations, Horn gave a tough fight to Pacquiao throughout the 12 rounds at the Brisbane’s Lang Park on Sunday and was eventually declared winner in unanimous points-decision despite the Filipino boxer landing much more punches during the bout.Horn came out with a spectacular performance in the final round as he threw some big shots at Pacquiao, knowing that he needed to clinch the round to win the fight against eight-division world champion.The final scoreboard read 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in favour of Horn. The boxer-politician had accepted the judges’ decision at the time and said he was keen for a rematch as soon as possible.While Pacquiao accepted his defeat, the Philippine senator has said that as a leader and boxer, he has “the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public”, reports the Guardian.The 38-year-old cited a request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board to Francisco Valcarcel, WBO president, for a review of the refereeing and judging of the match.last_img read more


first_imgFormer Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has tendered fresh unconditional apology in the Supreme Court for filing a false affidavit in connection with a contempt case against him.The three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, had earlier asked the former president of the BCCI to tender fresh unconditional apology.On June 27, Justice R.M. Lodha Committee’s recommendations, mandated by the Supreme Court, was to be made effective when members of the Indian cricket board decided to appoint fresh committee to see how quickly the principal order of Supreme Court can be implemented.The apex court passed its verdict on July 18, 2016 accepting the majority of the reforms suggested by the three-member panel, headed by Justice Lodha.On April 17, Thakur filed his reply before the apex court in connection with a contempt notice served against him for filing a false affidavit in the top court.The apex court had granted relief to Thakur and had exempted his personal appearance in the court till the next date of hearing.Thakur tendered an unconditional apology to the apex court in connection with his initiation of contempt proceedings case.The apex court, on January 2, issued a notice to Thakur seeking an explanation as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him.The court had sought a reply from Thakur regarding perjury charges levelled against him by the amicus curiae Gopal Subramanian.advertisementThe court had also removed Thakur and Ajay Shirke from their respective posts of BCCI president and board secretary for their failure to bring transparency and accountability to the Indian cricket board and their non-compliance of the court’s July 18, 2016 order.On December 15, the Supreme Court court had observed that Thakur, prima facie, appears to have committed matter of perjury in relation to demanding an intervention via a letter from the International Cricket Council ( ICC) in order to sidestep the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations.The top court also asked the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to give an undertaking to the new cricket body, Committee of Administrators (CoA), stating that it would follow and implement the Lodha Committee recommendations.A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and A. M. Khanwilkar, while hearing the arguments from the amicus curiae and BCCI counsel Kapil Sibbal, said that it would be only after the DDCA submits the undertaking that funds for its day-to-day functioning would be released.On January 30, the apex court had appointed a new four-member BCCI panel of administrators led by Vinod Rai, along with noted historian Ramachandra Guha, managing director of IDFC Limited Vikram Limaye and former captain of the women’s cricket team Diana Edulji as other administrators.They will function as the new interim bosses of the BCCI and run the day-to-day administration of the BCCI till the Justice (retd.) R.M. Lodha-led recommendations are fully implemented and elections are held.last_img read more


first_imgMonaco face an almost impossible task to retain their Ligue 1 title with a squad shorn of players that lit up their championship charge as big-spending rivals Paris St Germain look to add Brazilian striker Neymar to their bloated ranks.The principality side have seen Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva all depart for the Premier League and sports daily L’Equipe reported on Thursday that coveted French forward Kylian Mbappe has also asked to leave the club.Meanwhile, last season’s runners-up PSG have recruited Brazil full back Dani Alves from Juventus and are close to completing the staggering acquisition of Neymar from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($262.94 million).”We know that it will be very difficult to successfully defend our title and everybody knows who the favourites are,” Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said ahead of Friday’s opening day of the season.Monaco have also lost forward Valere Germain to Olympique de Marseille and midfielder Nabil Dirar to Fenerbahce but the side has constantly shown they can adapt and evolve in recent seasons under the shrewd guidance of coach Leonardo Jardim.The Portuguese has steered them to top-three finishes in every campaign since joining in 2013-14 and last year Monaco played some of the most attractive football in Europe as they netted 107 league goals on the way to a famous title triumph.Monaco have a reputation for nurturing young talent and they will be looking to get the most out of Belgian prospect Youri Tielemans, a gifted midfielder who scored 18 goals and had 15 assists for Anderlecht last season.advertisement”Like every year, we will try to rely on a blend of talent and experience and we’ve been implementing this in our recruitment,” Vasilyev added.Monaco kick off the season on Friday at home to Toulouse as they bid to move within one victory of the French record of 14 consecutive league wins, having prevailed in their last 12 games of the previous campaign.PSG take on Amiens at the Parc des Princes on Saturday but even if he has completed the transfer, Neymar and the club’s fans will need to wait a little longer until he makes his debut.Other title contenders include Marseille, who have strengthened with the arrival of Germain from Monaco, midfielder Luiz Gustavo from VfL Wolfsburg and defender Adil Rami from Sevilla.Nice, third last season, will again rely on volatile Italian striker Mario Balotelli to lead the line for a side buoyed by their progression to the Champions League playoffs with an away goals win over Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.($1 = 0.8443 euros)last_img read more


first_imgGarbine Muguruza has had a wretched time at Brisbane International, as the Spanish World No. 2 succumbed to leg cramps in the third set of her opening match Aleksandra Krunic. This was the fourth consecutive year that she has had to pulll out of the tournament injury problems.The tournament top seed started well in her second round encounter against unseeded Serbian Krunic, converting her seventh set point in a marathon 12th game to claim the opener before roaring to a 5-2 lead in the second.WATCH VIDEOThe reigning Wimbledon champion was coasting but the 53rd-ranked Krunic mounted a stirring fight back and reeled off four of the next five games to force a tiebreak, which she claimed by a 7-3 margin to send the contest into a deciding set.Mugurza regrouped to break the Serb in the first game of the third and was serving at 2-1 up before she collapsed on the baseline and retired immediately when she was helped off the court to receive treatment for cramping in both legs.Top seed Garbiñe Muguruza is forced to retire while leading 2-1 in the 3rd set. Aleksandra Krunic, who recovered from 2-5 down in the 2nd, advances.#BrisbaneTENnis pic.twitter.com/QS1w5N0uOp— #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 2, 2018The early exit cost Muguruza a chance to replace Romania’s Simona Halep at the top of the world rankings ahead of the Australian Open later this month but the Spaniard’s immediate concern will be to get fit for the first grand slam of the year.advertisement”I cramp very few times, but I do remember that the last time I cramped up was actually (at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s the conditions. I don’t know, but it’s rare for me,” Muguruza told reporters.Muguruza’s run of injury woes in the tournament dates back to 2015 when she withdrew on the eve of the event with an ankle problem, before a left foot injury ended her 2016 campaign and a right thigh problem led to her semi-final retirement last year.The Spaniard admitted that the cramping started early in the second set but she was otherwise happy with her performance and the general quality of the match despite being unable to continue through the pain.”I’m pleased because we were playing very good points and good rallies. She was playing very good,” the 24-year-old added.Krunic, meanwhile, advances to a quarter-final meeting with either Romania’s Sorana Cirstea or Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova but was disappointed with the manner of her victory over Muguruza.”I’m not happy with what happened today and I want to wish Garbine a fast recovery. I hope she gets better for the slam,” she said in a courtside interview.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more


first_imgLionel Messi’s brothers has been ordered to be arrested by a prosecutor in Argentina.Authorities say that Matias Messi illegally carried a gun. The weapon was found inside a blood-stained boat after he crashed it in the Parana river.Prosecutor Jose Luis Caterina says Messi is being investigated and will eventually be detained for illegally possessing a firearm in “a suspicious context.”The weapon was found inside a blood-stained boat. The 35-year-old is recovering from a fractured jaw and other injuries at a hospital in Argentina’s Santa Fe province.The prosecutor says that after the crash, the brother of the soccer star was helped by a local resident.Messi’s attorney, Ignacio Carbone, said that his client crashed into a sandbank and denied that he owns the gun.last_img read more


first_imgSri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Wednesday confirmed that their senior most batsman Angelo Mathews will bat at the important number four position in the first Test against India beginning.”He gives us confidence as a batting unit. He will bat at number four. He has all the experience and at the top of the order and we will get maximum out of it,” Chandimal said on the eve of the opening Test against India at the Eden Gardens.Mathews is yet to score a Test hundred since August 2015 and in that phase he has aggregated 917 runs in 32 innings at 28.65 with his overall average slipping to 44.93 from 52.06. Incidentally his last hundred came against India — a knock of 102 in Colombo in August.”We are looking forward to his experience. He was unbelievable in 2013-14. Hope he will put his hands up and do best.” Having missed the entire Pakistan series because of a calf injury, Mathews is back in action, albeit only as a batsman. (Winning a Test in India is like a dream for everyone: Dinesh Chandimal)”We will miss Mathews as a bowler as he gives us more confidence and can balance the side really well. Unfortunately with his injury he can’t bowl in Tests.” Playing their first Test in India since 2009, Sri Lanka will also eye a maiden win in the longer format as they have lost 10 matches and drawn the remaining six in the country.The Eden Gardens has a green top on offer and Chandimal hoped their batsmen and bowlers would make best use of it. “In our last series here, we played really good against their seamers. We are confident to play on the grassy conditions and bouncy pitches.advertisement”We are more than capable of playing in this kind of conditions. We need to get a good start, especially the top four and then we can continue,” he said. India had whitewashed them 9-0 across three formats not so long ago and Chandimal said they learnt their lessons the tough way.”They have been outstanding. They have done a lot of hardwork, on and off the field. They are really good as a team in every format. They look really balanced.” “We all know India are the number one side at the moment in Tests. They have played some really good cricket last two years. It was a tough series in Sri Lanka and as a team we have learnt a lot from that time.”Sri Lanka bounced back from the bitter memories back home to surprise Pakistan 2-0 in Tests in UAE. “We just need to get positives of the last series. We are more confident after winning against Pakistan.”Asked about their recipe of success against Pakistan, he said: “We just tried to play five bowlers, as a good team you need 20 wickets to win a match. Then fielding is one area we are looking at and keep our energies up for five days.”The weather was really hot in UAE, we used five bowlers… Here we saw the pitch yesterday, it looked green and hard. Maybe, the seamers will come into play in this game. A deep depression in Bay of Bengal is causing a lot of rainfall since last night as it may affect the match with more rain forecast in next 48 hours.”You can’t control the weather. As a team we have a good gameplan, we have something up our sleeves. We are coming tomorrow here to play the game without thinking about the weather. If it rains we will change the gameplan and go forward.”last_img read more


first_imgV. Stiviano says Donald Sterling’s racist comments on an audio recording leaked to the public were not the first by the Los Angeles Clippers owner in conversations with her.“There’s been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one. This was one of very many,” Stiviano told Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20 in an interview. “Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There’s a number of other hours that the world doesn’t know.”Sterling told Stiviano in the recording that she should not post online photos of herself with black people, including basketball great Magic Johnson, or bring black people to Clippers’ games.The recording, which an attorney for Stiviano said was leaked by a third party, led to public outcry across the country and the NBA. Some sponsors dropped the Clippers and others re-evaluated their relationship with the NBA.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. A three-quarters vote by the NBA owners is required to force him to sell.Though Stiviano told Walters that Sterling should “absolutely” apologize, she said she still loves him like a father figure and does not believe he is a racist.“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am,” she said. “I think he was brought up to believe these things … segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”Stiviano said that since the ban, Sterling has felt confused, alone and not supported by those around him.“I think he’s highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself,” she said. “I think he can’t even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he’s hurt by it. He’s hurting right now.”A real-estate mogul, Sterling has been accused of racial missteps before.The billionaire had paid a $2.76 million settlement to resolve a federal lawsuit accusing him of systematically excluding blacks and Hispanics from his rental properties. He also won a wrongful termination lawsuit by General Manager Elgin Baylor, who accused him of various slurs and slights.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Mats Zuccarello has enjoyed plenty of winning nights at Madison Square Garden. Now he can rest easy that he’ll be sticking around for a while.Keith Yandle also had a night to remember as his New York Rangers debut went about as well as he could have hoped.Zuccarello had two assists shortly after his four-year contract extension was announced, and Yandle skated off a winner in the Rangers’ 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading Nashville Predators on Monday.With unrestricted free agency looming this summer, Zuccarello and the Rangers reached an agreement shortly before the March 2 NHL trade deadline. The small, dynamic forward could have been sent packing if a new deal hadn’t been made.“This is where I want to be, and I want to be a part of this team,” said Zuccarello, who teamed with Derick Brassard to set up goals by Marc Staal and Chris Kreider. “I want to try to win with this team.“This is home.”His production helped the Rangers rebound from a rare regulation loss and sent the Predators to a season-worst third straight defeat. Dominic Moore and Rick Nash added third-period goals to make Yandle’s night a success, one day after he was acquired from Arizona.“It was awesome,” the All-Star defenseman said. “I had a little bit of butterflies and I was nervous a little bit just being on a new team, but the crowd did a great job of welcoming me.”Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots to improve to 9-2-2 in place of injured No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who turned 33 on Monday.The Rangers, 12-2-2 in their past 16 games, moved into a tie with the rival Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division. New York’s 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Feb. 28 was its first in regulation since falling 3-2 at Nashville on Feb. 7.“It was a good test for us to see where we are against the No. 1 team in the NHL,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.Matt Cullen scored for the Predators in the second period. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves but dropped his third straight decision, including a pair of home losses.“Anytime you lose a game you’re concerned,” Cullen said. “We have an eye on the big picture but at the same time we need to focus on what we have here. We need to dig ourselves out of it.“We’re not playing as well as we can.”The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Zuccarello sent a cross-zone feed to Staal, who skated into the left circle and snapped a shot past Rinne at 6:36 for the defenseman’s fifth goal.New York nearly doubled its lead with 4:57 left, shortly after Zuccarello finished serving a high-sticking penalty, but Nash was denied on his breakaway attempt. The Rangers wrapped up the period with a 12-5 edge in shots.They made it 2-0 at 4:15 of the second on Kreider’s 17th goal. Zuccarello spotted Kreider charging from the bench on a line change straight for the net and found him with a perfect pass for a slam shot past Rinne.“He was a real good player,” Vigneault said of Zuccarello. “I don’t know if the fact that he just signed his big deal made him do that, but we need him to be on top of his game.“Hopefully his mind is clear, and we’re going to see Mats on a regular basis.”Nashville found its legs in the second half of the second and began to put more pressure and shots on Talbot. The Predators cashed in with 4:36 left on Cullen’s seventh goal and second in two games.From Talbot’s right, Taylor Beck sent a behind-the-back pass from his knees across the crease to Cullen for the quick shot. Cullen has seven points in six games.“They were quicker to the puck, quicker to areas. We were slow,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “It’s not typical of our team. It’s not the gear that we need to be in in order to be successful.”Moore swept in a rebound of Dan Girardi’s point shot for his eighth goal at 5:51 of the third, and Nash iced it with an empty-net goal — his 38th overall — with 44 seconds left.Talbot stood tall the rest of the way, drawing chants of “Tal-bot! Tal-bot!” from the Madison Square Garden crowd.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — Four games back with nine to play. For pitcher CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees, a wild card appears to be their ticket to October.Sabathia gave up two costly homers in the seventh inning and prized rookie Carlos Rodon pitched out of trouble all night as the Chicago White Sox damaged New York’s playoff drive Sept. 25 with a 5-2 victory over the Yankees.Mike Olt hit a tiebreaking shot off Sabathia that soared into the second deck in left field. One out later, No. 9 batter Gordon Beckham made it 4-2 with his sixth home run of the season.“I have to be better, especially late in the game,” Sabathia said.New York still has a firm hold on the top AL wild-card spot, but the Yankees fell four games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East after the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay.“I said it was going to be really difficult and my mind hasn’t changed,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “They’ve played extremely well since Aug. 1, and you look at what they’ve done, but we’re going to try to win every game and see what happens.”New York grounded into four double plays, which helped Rodon (9-6) overcome five walks and two hit batters in winning his third consecutive start.The left-hander bounced back nicely from a wretched outing at home against the Yankees on July 31, when he yielded eight runs and eight hits in three innings.“Part of that was they waited him out, and I think he learned something that night,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “When he came back for his next start, it was obvious he had a different approach.”Pitching with a brace on his arthritic right knee, Sabathia (5-10) has been more effective since returning from the disabled list Sept. 9. He fell behind early but kept the Yankees close until they tied it on a two-run single by Didi Gregorius in the fourth.New York then loaded the bases, but Chase Headley grounded into an inning-ending double play.“That was huge,” Rodon said.Rookie right fielder Trayce Thompson aided Rodon earlier in the inning when he robbed Greg Bird of extra bases with an athletic running catch.With two on in the sixth, speedy Brett Gardner grounded into an inning-ending double play.“Double plays,” Girardi lamented. “A couple important ones with runners in scoring position and that was the biggest problem.”The 22-year-old Rodon is 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA in his last eight starts — and this was probably his season finale, Ventura said.Drafted third overall last year out of North Carolina State, Rodon maintained his poise through six innings during his first appearance at Yankee Stadium.“He didn’t have his best control, but he learned how to get through it with a professional lineup,” Ventura said.Adam Eaton added an RBI single in the ninth off Chasen Shreve.Zach Duke tossed 1 1-3 hitless innings and ex-Yankees closer David Robertson got three straight outs for his 32nd save in 39 chances. It was Robertson’s first outing against New York since signing a $46 million, four-year contract with the White Sox in December.Robertson came out of the bullpen on the anniversary of his previous appearance at Yankee Stadium — when he blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning against Baltimore. That failure set the stage for Derek Jeter’s game-winning single in the final home game of his illustrious career.Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double off Sabathia in the second, and Avisail Garcia had a run-scoring single in the third.Chicago stopped its three-game skid and a nine-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium with its first victory in the Bronx since June 29, 2012.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The soccer game was just a friendly match with Greece and Turkey ending at 0-0 but the attention was on the two country’s leaders off the field.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were to hold talks on the refugee crisis as the Greek leader watched the game with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.Both teams wore armbands in memory of the victims in Paris in what turned out to be a defensive battle. Greece has already been knocked out of next year’s European tourney and is hoping to get into form to make it to the World Cup.last_img read more


first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jason Day had a crystal trophy at his side and a pacifier in his pocket.Only after he completed a wire-to-wire victory in The Players Championship did Day reveal that his 3-year-old son, Dash, had kept him up the night before with a stomach ailment.Exactly how the pacifier wound up in his pocket remained a mystery, though it was an illustration of his week at the TPC Sawgrass.Nothing unsettled him. Nothing was going to stop him.“I’ve got no stress in my life,” Day said after his four-shot victory, his seventh in the last 10 months. “Other than Dash waking up last night … Dash woke up and he threw up everywhere. How funny is that? I’ve got this pacifier here because it’s in my pocket for some reason. But like that’s one thing that I’m sitting here (because) I was enjoying myself. I prepped well, had great work. I felt good about my swing.“Everything was coming along nicely.” For the rest of the PGA Tour, it must be frightening.Dating to the Canadian Open last summer, Day’s seven victories include a major, The Players, a World Golf Championship and two FedEx Cup playoff events.He already had won twice this year. And yet when he arrived at the TPC Sawgrass, all he heard was that he has not played this golf course very well. His most recent round was an 81 last year to miss the cut.That now seems like a long time ago.Day started this tournament by tying the course record with a 9-under 63 and breaking the 36-hole tournament record at 15-under par.He survived the scariest day at Sawgrass when the greens were as slick as ice. He overcame some errant shots and a few doubts on the front nine. And then he finished with yet another flawless performance on the back nine, where he played bogey-free all four rounds.One year after Rickie Fowler turned in the most dynamic finish in Players Championship history, Day made Sunday look inevitable.“I’m very motivated to win as much as I can right now,” he said.Day never let anyone closer than two shots the entire final round, though there were a few anxious moments, especially when he muffed three chips from just 40 feet right of the green on the par-5 ninth. A potential birdie turned into an unsettling bogey, and he had to make a 6-foot putt to avoid the score being worse.And then, it was over.Day rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 10, another 15-foot birdie putt on No. 12, and the 28-year-old Australian never came close to bogey the rest of the way.He closed with a 1-under 71 to become the first wire-to-wire winner at The Players since Hal Sutton in 2000.That was the year Sutton finished off Tiger Woods by saying, “Be the right club today,” with a 6-iron into the 18th to sew up the victory.Day needed nothing that dramatic. Kevin Chappell was 5 under over his last 10 holes to finish second, though he never was a serious threat to win. No one was.“It’s no coincidence he’s No. 1 in the world,” Justin Thomas said after closing with a Sunday-best 65 to tie for third. “He drives it extremely far, extremely straight. He hits it to the moon, so he can access pins that most people can’t. His short game is ridiculous. I think I’ve pretty much covered it all there when it comes to the golf.”Day finished at 15-under 273 for his 10th career victory on the PGA Tour. Only Rory McIlroy with 11 has more victories among players still in their 20s.Day is the third No. 1 player to win The Players Championship, joining Greg Norman (1994) and Woods (2001 and 2013).Perhaps even more telling about the state of his game is that he joined Woods, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller as the only players since 1970 to go wire-to-wire twice in the same season. Day led from start to finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.Day also won the Dell Match Play, winning six of his seven matches before they reached the 18th green.Adam Scott referred to this run as “Tigeresque.”“That’s one of the hardest things to do when you are hot like that, to keep pushing,” Scott said. “But he has a very strong desire to achieve so much, and I think probably his goals are changing throughout this period, and he’s expecting more and more of himself. He’s got that ability to push himself and accomplish.”(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK— David Wright singled home the winning run on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Saturday.Eric Campbell, subbing at first base for the injured Lucas Duda, opened the ninth with a single before Michael Blazek (1-1) walked Kevin Plawecki. Rookie pinch-hitter Matt Reynolds fouled off two bunt tries before finally getting his sacrifice down, and Curtis Granderson was intentionally walked to bring up a slumping Wright.With the crowd of 39,688 standing and chanting “Let’s go Mets!” in a steady drizzle that was getting heavier, New York’s captain took three balls and then surprisingly swung away. He sent a liner to right-center and was swarmed by happy teammates at first base.It was Wright’s first game-ending hit since July 5, 2012.Jeurys Familia (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.Granderson hit his latest leadoff homer for the Mets, and Yoenis Cespedes tied the score in the sixth with a two-run shot that chased rookie starter Zach Davies.That got Jacob deGrom off the hook after the right-hander left trailing 4-1. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, winless in four starts since winning his first three, struck out seven and walked three while throwing 100 pitches in five innings.Ramon Flores hit his first major league homer and knocked in three runs for Milwaukee, but Davies was unable to hold the three-run lead. Leadoff man Jonathan Villar had three hits, including an RBI single off deGrom with two outs in the fourth.Villar also doubled off the top of the left-center fence with one out in the ninth, but was thrown out aggressively trying for third on Scooter Gennett’s sharp grounder to shortstop.Granderson hit Davies’ second pitch off the facing of the second deck in right field for his fourth leadoff homer this season and second in five days. Cespedes was out in front on a 2-2 changeup but lofted it into the left-field corner for his 14th home run, which tied Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the major league lead.Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Cespedes with a two-out single in the fourth to make it 4-2.YOU’RE OUTTA HEREMets hitting coach Kevin Long was ejected from the dugout by plate umpire Adrian Johnson after Wright was called out on strikes in the sixth.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: LF Ryan Braun missed his fourth consecutive game with a stiff back but was feeling better, according to manager Craig Counsell. “Definitely took a step in the right direction,” he said. Counsell reiterated it was still possible Braun could play Sunday. The slugger had back surgery in the offseason. … LHP Will Smith (sprained right knee) threw live batting practice at Citi Field and could be primed for a minor league rehab assignment soon. Without a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list by the first week of June, Counsell said. “He’s doing great. All signs are very positive. He’s ready for the next step,” the manager said. … Sidelined all season, RHP Matt Garza (strained right lat muscle) is scheduled to simulate an inning when he throws another bullpen Sunday. He threw his first one Thursday. … RHP Corey Knebel (left oblique strain) will throw another bullpen Sunday, too.Mets: Duda sat out again with a bad back that has manager Terry Collins concerned. Duda was examined by a doctor and had an MRI. He will have another test this weekend and miss Sunday’s game as well. Asked whether Duda could be sidelined longer than that, Collins said it was too early to tell. Pressed for specifics, he acknowledged Duda could have a disk problem. … Reserve infielder Wilmer Flores (strained left hamstring) is supposed to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday, Collins said. Flores is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. … Wright (spinal stenosis) returned to the lineup after a scheduled night off.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday. Anderson took a no-hit bid into the eighth Tuesday in a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs and came within one out of his first career complete game.Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19) earned his first major league victory against Milwaukee in May 2015 at Citi Field. Syndergaard struck out 10 and walked none over seven innings Tuesday in a 2-0 win over Washington.MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more