Josh Hader’s family change shirts after pitcher’s racist tweets emerge mid-game2 days ago
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader took responsibility for racist and homophobic tweets that resurfaced while he was pitching in the All-Star Game
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader took responsibility for racist and homophobic tweets that resurfaced while he was pitching in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
Hader was alerted to an online firestorm regarding the tweets when he came out of video games. He locked his account and after the game he said the posts were from seven years ago when he was 17 and “immature”. Some of the tweets use the n-word while another stated:” I dislike gay people “.
” There’s no excuse for what was said ,” Hader said.” I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on. It doesn’t reflect any of my notions going on now .”
In their own words: Patriots describe Julian Edelman’s unbelievable catch18 days ago
Houston (CNN)If wide receiver Julian Edelman hadn’t made that catch, the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history may never have happened, and the New England Patriots wouldn’t have been Super Bowl champions.
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Peru’s brilliant Copa America operate recollects 1975 and their finest hour20 days ago
La Blanquirroja have already disposed of Brazil this month and a quarter-final meeting with Colombia brings back happy memories for the team
The year was 1975 and the South American Championship had a new name: Copa Amrica. There would be no host nation and the matches would be played by 10 Conmebol nations between July and October across South America. Peru were experiencing their second golden era, and in retrospect its not outrageous to suggest that they had the best midfield in the world heading into the tournament. Led by the nations greatest ever player, Teofilo Nene Cubillas who practically devised the artistry of the misleading free-kick( sorry Dimitri Payet) the squad had a supporting cast of some magical playmakers, who have now been forgotten by many football historians.
Hugo Cholo Sotil had just won La Liga with Johan Cruyff and Barcelona, and Csar The Left-Footed Poet it voices better in Spanish Cueto, was a human highlighting reel .~ ATAGEND Above talent, however, this was primarily a squad who implemented a quintessential Peruvian trait: garra, or heroism. Peru played with a carefree doctrine, assaulting from kick-off as if the latter are 3-0 down. That may seem like a familiar trait for many South American countries, but La Blanquirroja took it to another level: they simply did not care who the opposition was. In 1975 their garra helped them beat Brazil in semi-finals and Colombia in the final to lift the trophy for only the second time in their history.
Fast forward to this summers Copa where a controversial victory over Brazil again watches Peru face Colombia in Friday nights quarter-final and the similarities between this squad and the heroes from the 1970 s are striking , not so much in talent but in ideology. Since his appointment, Ricardo Gareca, Perus Argentinian manager, wanted to make one thing clear: irrespective of tactics and delivery, from a physical standpoint, leave everything on the field. As simple as such attitudes may seem, it can be a difficult theory to achieve if you dont have players with the right mindset( Leicester City being a perfect instance ). So for this tournament, Gareca decided to prioritize position and garra over reputation when picking his team. Garecas ultimate objectives is reaching the Football world cup, and with qualifiers resuming in September, the Centenario is the perfect audition to see who fits with his philosophy.
From an international perspective, this squad is highly inexperienced. Seventeen of the 23 squad members play their club football in Perus Primera Divisin, and against Brazil, nine starters had fewer than 10 caps. This is a significant contrast with other teams, who have a large number of European-based players: even Haiti entered this tournament with more experience.
The work-rate from the young, energetic core has helped propel Peru so far, but the principal shining moments have come from two experienced players who bring as much quality to the squad as they do leadership. Before the tournament started Christian Cueva, the attacking midfielder who plays like he has three lungs , was highlighted as one to watch: his ability to change direction should be studied for research. But all eyes are on the dramatically skillful Paolo Guerrero, Copa Amricas resulting scorer in the last two tournaments. The captain has the fearlessness of Atahualpa, spearheading the line like a Peruvian Gerd Mller. His goal against Haiti cemented his place in history, as he surpassed Cubillas to become the nations all-time resulting scorer with 27.
So with Brazil defeated arrives the the issues to: how will Peru do on Friday against the supremely athletic Colombia? Jos Pekerman is one of the smartest managers in world football, and controlling James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado will be no easy task. And David Ospina may play Robin to Peter Cechs Batman for Arsenal but for his country no one commands more presence than the 27 -year old stopper from Medellin. The ex-Atletico Nacional player has only confessed one goal in 180 minutes of play for his country.
History, however, is on Perus side. In 2011 s Copa Amrica, the nations met in the quarter-finals and last year they were in the same group. Los Cafeteros failed to win either game. But that was then and this is now, and the romanticism that comes with the knockout stages paints a simple image: how we got here means nothing, everyone is blest with a clean slate.
But Peruvians and I count myself among their number believe that we can progression: after all , not many people thought wed get this far in the first place. The appetite is surely there: while many games in this tournament have been played in half-empty stadia Fridays quarter-final is a sell-out, with more than 80,000 fans packed into the New Jerseys Metlife Stadium. More than a few of them will be dreaming of a repeat of 1975.
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Olympic debut will stimulate surfing ‘legit, ‘ says US surfer Lakey Peterson29 days ago
( CNN) Surfer Lakey Peterson has a natural instinct for competitiveness — something which she is hoping to display at the Olympics in 2020.
The age of Trump seems like a better time than ever for an XFL revival1 month, 14 days ago
Calls for a safer, more regulated NFL have been concurrent with the rumored resurgence of Vince McMahons XFL. Which couldnt make more sense
During an interception return in the third quarter of last week’s game between the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers, Panthers cornerback Thomas Davis appeared to relish the rare opportunity to play the role of leading blocker. Davis find Packers broad receiver Davante Adams following the play unaware and launched his shoulder into Adams’s helmet. Davis was to be laid down onto the ground and suffered a concussion, forcing him from the game and potentially costing Adams his ability to participate in the rest of the season.
Davis received a two-game suspension for the make, entailing he is done for the remainder of the regular season. But this collision and other violent, over-the-top hittings to the head like the one that left Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Savage shaking on the turf two Sundays ago have led some football pontificators to suggest the NFL needs to adopt a targeting regulation akin to the one currently on the NCAA volumes, which would allow referees to expel players for overly violent hits to a defenseless player’s head. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said on 6 December of a targeting rule,” I think it’s something that we have to consider .”
Contrast this news with a rumor to surface of late: the XFL, Vince McMahon’s ill-fated wrestling inspired springtime football league, may be up for a reboot. According to Deadspin’s David Bixenspan, McMahon has created a new venture called Alpha Entertainment that will” explore investment possibilities across the athletics and amusement sceneries, including professional football .” Alpha has filed for trademarks on “URFL” and “UrFL”, and the other McMahon venture, VKM Ventures LLC, applied to trademark” For the Love of Football”, “UFL”, and” United Football League “. These applications have all been filed since September, resulting some to speculate the XFL revival whatever name it ends up with- could be a response to the disgruntlement some NFL fans have expressed in the wake of player protests against police brutality.
There is no doubt in my mind that McMahon would jump at an opportunity to capture the disgruntled flag-waving sect of NFL fandom. But to me, what induces the idea of the XFL appealing today is its active gala of football’s most violent moments. One XFL advertisement featured” passing drills” in which the receivers caught footballs shot out of a tank cannon, an obstacle course in which running backs ran over landmines, and the promise of one of the XFL’s signature rule changes: no fair catches, as the poor punt returner was slammed to the ground by a wrecking ball.
Another XFL promotion promised” No indoor fields , no prima donna , no weakling. Here, the rules are fiercer, the clock is faster, and halftime is a break , not a vacation. This is football, the way it was meant to be played .” This commercial concludes with the same promise of no fair catches, as a punt returner is slammed to the turf , not this time by a wrecking ball, but by three opposing players who knock him clear into the air before driving him to the ground.
Andy Murray is struggling and anxious- it may be a good thing | Kevin Mitchell1 month, 20 days ago
A fretting air of caution has returned to Andy Murrays game but the world No1 has often been at his best when fighting against the odds, and it is not too late to get things in order for the French Open
It is easy, and dangerous, to underestimate the depth of Andy Murrays dilemma after another unexpected setback in his meander season: bundled out of the second round of the Italian Open he was defending for the first time. He is, after all, still No1 in the world.
But check the descent. This time last year Murray, who had not long become a parent for the first time, was driving Novak Djokovic to distraction on Campo Centrale, ignoring a steady Sunday afternoon drizzle and uneven illuminated as he forged on to win one of nine titles that would garland his 2016 campaign. He had not lost a defined all week.
It was the first sign of the confidence and soothe that would carry him through the summer to the final of the French Open, a second Wimbledon title, a second Olympic gold medal and, ultimately, the world No1 ranking that Djokovic had held for 122 weeks in a row.
Murray rubber-stamped the achievement by beating the Serb in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. He was the BBCs Sports Personality of the Year for a record third period. The Queen gave him a knighthood. If he had wanted them, he might have been given the keys to 10 Downing Street. Or perhaps Holyrood.
Relief followed exultation. Ennui was not far behind. Paradoxically, the mountainous challenges that had driven him to heights of excellence in impossible situations, feeding his gift for perversity, had been momentarily taken away. It had been tough, but he had persisted week after week, without setbacks.
By the time Murray reached Melbourne, one or two pieces of the machine had fallen off. The roaring aggression and unquenchable stamina, which helped him win 25 matches in a row at the end of last year, dissipated. He should never have lost to Mischa Zverev, the older, less gifted friend of Alex, who played way above his world ranking of 50 to set Murray out of the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Murray had become worryingly passive, hindered by the return of an ingrained caution he had begun to manage under the guidance of Ivan Lendl, when the Czech joined his squad at the same tournament for the first time in 2012. He appeared to be over-thinking. Afterwards, as he fought to regain his aplomb, he would carry a piece of paper in his kitbag, and refer to its wisdom in moments of stress or doubt.
Last year he lost nine matches. It is the middle of May and he has already lost seven, hardly disastrous but something plainly is not right. He needs another piece of paper, perhaps, because he is losing to players whom previously he would crush. Five of those who have got the better of him Zverev, Vasek Pospisil, Albert Ramos-Violas, Borna Coric and now the unpredictable Fabio Fognini have a blended world ranking of 291.
As Murray headed out of the magical Foro Italico in the early hours of Wednesday morning, his thoughts more than likely flicked to home, where he would find personal warmth with his wife and child. Kim and Sophia have brought meaning and perspective to his life that fuelled that inner contentment that tapped into his core talent in 2016.
Nevertheless, after 13 years on the Tour, he knows there are no ensures, and one quality Murray demands of himself and others is honesty. As he concurred when it was pointed out to him that he had scarcely twitched when a gettable drop-shot by Fognini implored to be put away: Definitely[ my] motion the last two weeks has not been good. Fabio did play some good drop shots but, like you say, I wasnt actually making a move or a step towards the ball. Thats not a good sign.
Asked if being top dog after years scrapping in the junkyard affects his form or posture, he said: It really doesnt, to me. Im not lying.
However, aggressive young opponents such as Coric and Dominic Thiem have out-hit him , not to mention Fognini who made 23 forehand winners, most of them unreachable. His second serve is not clicking. His court awareness is not at its electric best. And his contenders sense vulnerability. That is deadly in any athletic, from boxing, which he understands well, to tennis.
Murray will be happier when Lendl lands at Heathrow on Sunday. They can then move to Paris and get down to work again. Murray receives sweat therapeutic. But he has just passed 30. Hard work get harder.
It is not too late to right the ship for the French Open. Murray is not the only elite player searching for consistency. Djokovic, who last week sacked his coaching team after a decade of virtually non-stop success, is only now reaching the ball with his accustomed venom, and was too good for Aljaz Bedene on day three.
None of them is safe but all of them can find a track back. That is why they have been so good for so long. There is nothing wrong with Murrays game that he cannot fix.
His form is not good enough to win the French Open or keep his Wimbledon title. After the most glorious 12 months of their own lives, he has been hurled back to a familiar place of struggle and angst. It might be just what he needs.
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Has José Mourinho already got third-season syndrome at Manchester United? | Jamie Jackson1 month, 27 days ago
The Portugueses criticism of his players after defeat to Fenerbahce on Thursday provoked memories of his unravelling at both Chelsea and Real Madrid
Jos Mourinho may have felt he had to give his Manchester United players a very public rollicking following Thursday nights debacle at Fenerbahce. To get to this point so early in his tenure, though, shows the crisis that threatens to engulf United unless results and performances are turned around quickly.
In his 16th competitive fixture, Mourinho oversaw a 2-1 loss in a Europa League group game that was a quasi-disaster of disjointedness that featured his players losing the plot 69 seconds in when Moussa Sow opened the scoring.
Mourinho decided he had no option but to question the teams commitment and effort: the base elements any professional footballer has to possess. It shows the slide Mourinho and his side are on. For any manager, the exposure of players the men on whom their own success or failure depends in the media is the nuclear option. Sir Alex Ferguson rarely did this during 27 years at the club.
Yet afterwards the Portuguese compared Uniteds effort to that of a summer friendly. These are strong words which may be deserved but was this really the cutest play given footballers fragile egos and his own high-maintenance style?
The problem Mourinho has is his track record of blowing up at clubs. Some may view his response at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium as evidence he is entering his own particular thirdseason syndrome two years early.
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Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal story heading for a final, unhappy paragraph | Richard Williams2 months, 11 days ago
Arsne Wenger watched Arsenal defeated on the opening day against Liverpool and it proved the Frenchman and his side have lost the tough approach that brought them league titles
It is rare that a good novel fails to extol its promise on its opening page. Which is why the crowd at the Emirates Stadium were so distraught at the final whistling last Sunday. As opening pages of a new football season go, this one could be endlessly parsed for meaning and omen, but with only one conclusion: the insipid nature of Arsenals football in recent seasons seems likely to continue, along with a regular drowning of illusory optimism in an ocean of disappointment.
Here was the football equivalent of the post-modern classic that begins: You are about to begin reading Italo Calvinos new novel, If on a Winters Night a Traveller The message from Arsne Wengers Arsenal was that their followers were about to begin a new season of watching Arsne Wengers Arsenal, with all that has come to mean since they last won the league 12 years ago.
On a glorious early August afternoon in north London, the first line of Samuel Becketts Murphy seemed even more appropriate: The sunlight shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. Writing in 1938, a year in which Arsenal won the league title under the largely hands-off management of the former journalist George Allison, Beckett might have foreseen the passive approach Wenger would take to the summer transfer window, failing to correct his teams long-established deficiencies with a series of half-hearted bids for unsuitable targets.
Afterwards the Frenchman merely 90 minutes into the new campaign, but already ashen-faced offered the conventional excuses. The squad was short, he told. Short in numbers, short of fitness. There were absences through injury, including Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere, and through other significant players Mesut zil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny being granted widened holidays after reaching the later stages of the European Championship.
After the convulsive 4-3 defeat by Liverpool, Wenger could justify the extended break for those players by pointing to the hamstring injury suffered during the match by Aaron Ramsey, who had returned to action after appearing in the quarter-final of the Euro and will now be unavailable until September. No one can say, of course, whether another weeks remainder would inevitably have prevented the Welshmans injury, but the sight of Koscielny sitting in the stands seemed to confirm a pervasive softness in the clubs mentality.
When Gary Neville claimed that the absent centre-back would not have been able to prevent the goal with which Adam Lallana gave Liverpool the leading and shattered Arsenals composure, he was wrong: even a half-fit Koscielny would not have been able permitted the passageway of indecisive defending that instantly preceded it.
It seemed symbolic that Wenger should announce Mertesackers elevation to the club captaincy, in succession to the departed Mikel Arteta, a couple of weeks after the German centre-back suffered a knee trauma that will probably keep him out for four months.
No doubt Mertesacker will fill the role admirably, but of more immediate important is leadership on the pitch during the vital going weeks. There is something to be said for the approach of Bill Shankly, who reacted to the absence of injured players by carrying on as if they did not exist, concentrating his energy entirely on organising his available forces, an attitude Jos Mourinho was reported to share.
Life sometimes seems to be too easy for Wengers current generation, whose reaction to adversity or even momentary letdown has never seemed to be that of the kind of bred-in-the-bone winners cherished by certain other managers.
All too often the reaction from Giroud to a header over the bar from a good posture or from Ramsey to a close-range shoot skewed wide is a telegenic astonishment, the hands created to the face, eyes wide and mouth open in a theatrical expression of dismay with simply a clue of rueful laughter that suggests the influence of a malign and quixotic fate rather than mundane technological failings.
At the end of Sundays defeat, a smiling Santi Cazorla could be seen sharing a hug with Philippe Coutinho, whose two goals had done such damage caused to Arsenal. The Spaniard seems to be a cheerful fellow as well as a fine footballer, but it would surely have been wise to postpone the expressions of fraternal warmth.
Like letting Theo Walcott take the penalty he had just won, with all too predictable outcomes, it offered evidence of the managers failure to prioritise the kind of mental strength and leadership once represented by Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira.
It is surely time to stop offering him the ritual thanks for his modernising influence on English footballs daily habits and to hold him to account instead for what Arsenal have become since his patron, David Dein, stepped down from the board nine years ago.
Deins departure removed the only voice capable of asking constructive the issue of the approach of a administrator who let Gilberto Silva and Lassana Diarra go from central midfield while spotting neither Paul Pogba nor NGolo Kant fellow Frenchmen, at that as potential replacements, and whose faith in a succession of young forwards Carlos Vela, Marouane Chamakh, Jrmie Aliadire, Ryo Miyaichi, Yaya Sanogo, Nacer Barazite, Park Chu-young demonstrated unfounded.
The knack of maximising the talents of players discarded by other big clubs Vieira by Milan, Dennis Bergkamp by Internazionale, Thierry Henry by Juventus also seems to have deserted him. Alexis Snchez and zil are extremely fine footballers, but in Arsenals colourings they are doing little on a consistent basis to attain Barcelona and Real Madrid regret opting for upgrades.
Wengers past decade has furthermore demonstrated that, in football at least, good husbandry can be an overrated virtue. Arsenal constructed a 60,000 seat home at a cost of 390 m. But where once they had a proper football ground, vibrant with history and designed to allow the fans passion to influence the mood of a match , now they have an elegant bowl where the feelings are easily disengaged and the most familiar one is dissatisfaction.
No manager currently working in the Premier League has more control over his surrounding than Wenger. Last Sunday it was his only job to put out a team capable of making a persuading start to the season on their own ground. Now, a week subsequently, he goes to the home of Leicester, the underdogs who decisively beat them to last seasons title with a chance to set things right.
As the pages turn ever more quickly, the concluding chapter of his time in north London is approaching the final paragraph and it grows harder to believe in a happy ending.
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Tiemoue Bakayoko: a deft midfield monster who could become a superstar at Chelsea2 months, 12 days ago
Tiemou Bakayoko made an inauspicious start at Monaco, with his attitude questioned, but under Claude Makeleles guidance he has developed into a player of spectacular potential
There was a period not so long ago when Chelsea could have looked at Monacos midfield and congratulated themselves on their foresight, since Tiemou Bakayoko was being maintained out of the French clubs starting lineup by another youngster who was on Chelseas volumes and still is.
Mario Pasalic, a Germany-born Croatia international six months older than Bakayoko, has belonged to Chelsea since joining from Hajduk Split 3 years ago but has yet to contest a single game for them. Instead, like most of the speculative investments in Chelseas vast player portfolio, he has been rented out to others via a series of loan moves, including one the season before last to Monaco, where for the first several months of the campaign he was regularly selected ahead of the player on whom Chelsea have just splurged a fee that could rise to 39.7 m.
That is not to tell Chelsea would have been better advised to put more trust in Pasalic, who may leave Stamford Bridge for good this summer. Rather the point is to underline that it is never easy to know how young players are going to develop. At 22 Pasalic is a handy player who did well again on loan at Milan last season and looks likely to have a fine career. Bakayoko, meanwhile, has become more than that, a deft monster who can stomp or glide through topclass midfields and could be heading for superstar status. That evolution owes much to Bakayokos somewhat tardy waken and the influence of a former Chelsea midfielder, Claude Makelele.
Back when Pasalic was get picked ahead of him, Bakayoko seemed to be at risk of being written off at Monaco. The club, who are among Europes shrewdest recruiters and developers, bought the player as a 19 -year-old from Rennes for around 6m in 2014 but a year later the manager, Leonardo Jardim, had become exasperated by the midfielders failure to progress. That feeling began to form pretty fast after the players infamous debut in August 2014, when Jardim amazingly selected Bakayoko to start against Lorient ahead of the club captain, Jrmy Toulalan, merely to repeal the vote of confidence after 32 minutes and haul off the floundering, furious teenager.
It was more than two months before Bakayoko started another match and, thereafter, the rest of his season was marred by trauma, inconsistency and a relationship between player and manager that Bakayoko admitted was a little broken. Bakayoko felt he was being treated unfairly while the manager believed the player was not helping himself, occasionally turning up late for meetings and not always training with full intensity.
Bakayoko, who was rejected by Frances prestigious Clairefontaine academy at 14 partly because local schools report indicated he was hard work, but who recovered to build great strides at Rennes, was going through another awkward stage. That pattern continued into the next season, when Pasalic, rather than Bakayoko, tended to play in the position vacated by Geoffrey Kondogbia, sold to Internazionale.
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Kevin Durant spurns Trump as squads vow to fund Confederate statue removal2 months, 13 days ago
Kevin Durant is the latest athletics starring to disassociate himself from Donald Trump
Kevin Durant is the latest sports starring to disassociate himself from Donald Trump.
The NBA finals MVP said he will not join his team-mates should the Golden State Warriors visit the White House to celebrate their championship win earlier this year. Nah, I wont do that, Durant told ESPN. I dont respect whos in office right now.
On Tuesday, the NBAs biggest superstar, LeBron James, took a swipe at Trump, describing him as a so-called chairwoman who has constructed abhor fashionable. This week Trump has been sharply denouncedfor defending some of the far-right marchers involved in the recent violence in Charlottesville, telling: Not all of those people were neo-Nazis , not all of those people were white supremacists.
On Saturday, a woman was killed after a vehicle was intentionally driven into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville.
Teams traditionally visit the White House after a championship victory, although the Warriors have yet to receive a formal invitation. There have been rumors Golden State will boycott the ceremony. The teams coach-and-four, Steve Kerr, has been critical of Trump in the past.
I dont agree with what[ Trump] agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that, said Durant, who added he did not speak for his squad. Thats only me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, theyll all agree with me.
Durant said he has no doubt that Trump is having a negative effect on race relations in the US. Hes definitely driving it, Durant told. I feel ever since hes got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and its not a coincidence. When[ Barack] Obama was in office, things were appearing up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.
So, to see that, and to be where we are now, it merely felt like we took a turning for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top leadership trickles down to the rest of us. So, you know, if we have person in office that doesnt care about all people, then we wont go anywhere as a country. In my views, until we get him out of here, we wont insure any progress.
The violence in Charlottesville came after white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee. On Thursday, Trump condemned the removal of such beautiful statues and monuments. Some professional sports team disagree: on Thursday, Tampa, Floridas teams the Lightning( NHL ), the Rays( MLB) and the Buccaneers( NFL) said they would help fund the removal of a Confederate statue that stands in front of the local courthouse.