By Femi SolajaHundreds of David Fayele supporters were the major winner of the just concluded 50th Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup last weekend in Lagos.The event which brought back the memories of Atanda Musa/Yomi Bankole Peugeot car was and rivalry back was truly celebration of excellence as other deserving winners also had a great pay day courtesy of the family of the late Mongol that kept the flame of the annual event burning. The winner, who was a finalist at the last edition defeated Olajide Omotayo 4-2 (4-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10) to win his first major tournament in his career while in the female section, three-time champion, Bose Odusanya won her fourth consecutive title after beating Nimota Aregbesola 4-2 (11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10).For claiming the titles, Fayele and Odusanya drove home brand new Peugeot 306 saloon cars alongside their trophies.A delightful Fayele told journalists after the victory that he was excited winning his first title in the competition.“Finally, I feel so delighted wining this title and especially the car because I was so afraid when I heard Olajide Omotayo was going to participate in this competition which made me added two more hours to my training time. So I already had it in mind that I will surely win this year, because a civilian cannot come from somewhere else to come and beat a military man. I want to say a very big thank you to the organizers and family of Late Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas for keeping this competition running and for developing young ones and table tennis in Nigeria. I have never dreamt of having a car by this stage of my life, so I am grateful for this very gift I have received,” said FayeleFor Odusanya, the tournament would help her shape up for the next National Sports Festival.“I am very happy for winning the tournament again this year. I’m really grateful to God for helping to win and I am so excited. The tournament is part of my preparation for the National Sports Festival in Abuja and with this feat; I know that I will do well at the festival. The final was tough because my opponent is a very good player. She plays with anti-speed and when you play against her, it is always difficult. During the match, I was just praying that God should help me because I was really tired at the end of the third game and that was why I lost the fourth,” Odusanya said. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Justin Upton then hit a fly ball to Willie Calhoun in medium-depth left field. Stassi broke for home as Calhoun uncorked a throw well up the first base line. When catcher Jeff Mathis threw to first to try to nab Trout, the Rangers left the plate uncovered and Fletcher scored. A Kole Calhoun single then drove in Trout, making it 7-4.The Angels hitters took Patrick Sandoval off the hook after he struggled through his fourth big league outing. Sandoval was charged with four runs in 3-2/3 innings.Sandoval left his pitches over too much of the plate as the Rangers racked up eight hits against him, including a Willie Calhoun homer in the second.“He did alright,” Ausmus said. “They had a couple decent swings on him. He still always has a chance with the changeup, against right-handed hitters. The breaking ball is going to become more necessary as he goes through the lineup a second time or even a third time.” They blew a six-run lead in Monday’s 11-inning loss, thanks largely to nine walks. On Wednesday night, they had a 7-4 lead in the seventh when things began to go sideways.After relievers Miguel Del Pozo and Noé Ramírez had retired all eight batters they faced, Taylor Cole started the seventh by walking No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis, despite an 0-and-2 start.“I should have at least thrown a fastball in there at the end,” Cole said, “but I’ve got one of the best changeups in the game. For him to spit on three in a row, I’ll tip my cap. I didn’t get hit hard. I am actually throwing the ball, in my opinion pretty well, so I’m not going to worry about it.”Mathis and Elvis Andrus came around to score against Luís García, making it 7-6.“I think the leadoff walk to Mathis is what hurt the most,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. PreviousTexas Rangers’ Hunter Pence is hugged by teammate Lance Lynn after driving in the winning run in the team’s 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Patrick Sandoval #43 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Miguel Del Pozo #58 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Mike Minor #23 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels doubles against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers’ Nick Solak is congratulated by Logan Forsythe after scoring a run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun watches his home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)The Rangers’ Rougned Odor, center, congratulates Willie Calhoun after he hit a home run during the second inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels Justin Upton, who had struck out, questions umpire Tom Hallion (20) during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019,in Arlington, Texas. Angels manager Brad Ausmus is at left. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Texas Rangers’ Delino DeShields heads back to second base after taking a wide turn on a single by Jeff Mathis, as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo calls for the ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Noe Ramirez #24 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols signals for his hit to be called a home run, but after a review it was ruled a single, in the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Noe Ramirez #24 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers first baseman Danny Santana throws to home after trying to tag Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout at first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels ‘Mike Trout rounds third base as he heads home to score during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is congratulated in the dugout after scoring a run against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Angels relief pitcher Taylor Cole throws against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo, left, and first baseman Albert Pujols chat during a break in play in Wednesday’s game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers’ Logan Forsythe is forced out at second base by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Angels Shohei Ohtani flies out to center field as a pinch-hitter during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels Brian Goodwin is forced out at second base by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom scrambles after a wild pitch to Texas Rangers Hunter Pence, allowing Elvis Andrus to advance during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence drops his bat after hitting a single to drive in the winning run against the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)The Rangers’ Hunter Pence is greeted by teammates after his walk-off hit against the Angels on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence is hugged by teammate Lance Lynn after driving in the winning run in the team’s 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Patrick Sandoval #43 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 26ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Patrick Sandoval #43 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — Once again, walks doomed the Angels to another walk-off loss.The Angels blew a three-run lead in their 8-7 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, with a pair of leadoff walks proving to be costly.The Rangers scored two in the seventh, one in the eighth and won it on Hunter Pence’s single in the bottom of the ninth. It was the 10th time the Rangers had a walk-off victory against the Angels in Arlington since 2012.It was the Angels’ third walk-off loss in a grueling four-game series, their final one at Globe Life Park. With a new ballpark with a retractable roof going up across the street, the Angels and Rangers played four games in three days, with temperatures in the upper 90s and a heat index over 100. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter García then began the eighth by walking Nick Solak, also after getting ahead 0-and-2. García gave up a single to Logan Forsythe and the Rangers tied with a Shin-Soo Choo two-out RBI single against Hansel Robles.In the ninth, Trevor Cahill gave up a leadoff single to Elvis Andrus. He went to second and third on two wild pitches. Pence then singled through the drawn-in infield, another loss to a bullpen that has struggled lately.“Probably just ebbs and flows,” Ausmus said. “You are not going to be great every single month. I would not attribute it to anything in particular other than just down month.”It spoiled a night in which the Angels hitters had overcome a pair of two-run deficits, before finally taking their first lead of the night with three runs in the sixth.Max Stassi, who came into the game with one hit in 31 at-bats with the Angels, lined a single with one out. David Fletcher followed with a double and Mike Trout was intentionally walked to load the bases.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone
Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies FULL HOUSEThe Dodgers activated right-hander J.T. Chargois from the DL on Monday, giving them 40 players on their active roster. Chargois has been out since leaving the Dodgers’ Aug. 20 game against the St. Louis Cardinals with neck discomfort.Chargois has made 38 appearances for the Dodgers this season, going 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 31-1/3 innings. But Roberts made it clear Chargois won’t be competing for a spot on a potential postseason roster in this season’s final week.“It’s good for him to get back healthy, to finish the season healthy and not be on the disabled list,” Roberts said. “If an opportunity presents itself to get him in there, we’ll obviously do that. But with six games left, we’ve got to go with guys that I know have done it recently.“If there is an opportunity, that’d be great. But I’m just proud of him to get back healthy.”BUEHLER’S DAYRookie right-hander Walker Buehler will make his 22nd start of the season Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. The 24-year-old has been outstanding over his past 10 starts. He has a 1.58 ERA in that stretch, allowing more than two runs only once and holding opposing hitters to a .163 average and .489 OPS.“I think one part of it is he’s more comfortable,” Roberts said. “I think (it’s about) being here most of the year, getting in a routine and not going up and down, not being in the ’pen, learning hitters, having the rapport with his teammates. And as far as the stuff, I think, like many pitchers, when his fastball command is on, he’s pretty much unhittable. A lot of this year, that’s what we’ve had. And now, the curveball, the slider, the changeup off of it have been lethal.“So there’s two variables – comfort level and consistency and then pitch execution.”ALSOCatcher Yasmani Grandal and shortstop Manny Machado have been named finalists for Silver Slugger awards at their positions. The award is given to the best offensive player at each position. Coaches and managers vote for the winners. They will be announced Nov. 8 on MLB Network.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 7-5, 2.74 ERA) at Diamondbacks (RHP Matt Koch, 5-5, 4.26 ERA), Tuesday, 6:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), ESPNRelated Articles PHOENIX — The Dodgers’ September surge has featured a lot of problem-solving.Once vulnerable to opposing left-handers, the Dodgers went into Monday’s game against Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray having won 12 of their previous 17 games started by an opposing lefty.And they seem to have put their struggles in clutch situations behind them.“It’s been talked about a lot with our guys, our hitting guys, the players themselves,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s understanding when you have stark facts about how you are as a collective group and what you need to work on and what you need to do to solve that problem. To their credit, they’ve understood it. They’ve received the information and they’ve adjusted.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Over their first 46 games following the All-Star break, the Dodgers hit just .234 (88 for 376) with runners in scoring position.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.But the past 14 games through Monday’s win have featured a transformation. The Dodgers have hit .315 (39 for 124) with runners in scoring position. Not coincidentally, they won 10 of those 14 games, averaging 6.5 runs per game.“I think it was just more of just staying in the strike zone,” Roberts said of the difference. “I don’t know specifically but my recall is we are taking walks in that position to keep presenting those opportunities. We are swinging at more strikes.“It’s a small kind of recency but our guys are doing a better job of not trying to do too much with runners in scoring position.”The trend took awhile to kick in Monday. The Dodgers were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position in the first three innings against Ray before breaking out late and going 3 for 9 with runners in scoring position against Diamondbacks relievers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket namesEvery 2019 venue has hosted a men’s tournament game in the past, except for Colonial Life Arena in South Carolina, which has its shot at hosting for the first time this season. There are still tickets available for each tournament round, but as the stakes get higher, ticket prices go up.Here’s everything you need to know about who is hosting each tournament round and how you can get a ticket to experience the madness in person. Printable NCAA Tournament bracket Download a printable NCAA Tournament bracket (PDF) above.2019 NCAA Tournament tickets, venuesMarch Madness schedule: First, second roundDates Venue Location CapacityMarch 21, 23 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville, Fla.15,000Buy TicketsMarch 21, 23XL Center Hartford, Conn.16,294Buy TicketsMarch 21, 23Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa16,110Buy TicketsMarch 21, 23Vivint Smart Home Arena Salt Lake City, Utah 18,300Buy TicketsMarch 22, 24Nationwide Arena Columbus, Ohio 20,000Buy TicketsMarch 22, 24Colonial Life Arena Columbia, S.C. 18,000Buy TicketsMarch 22, 24BOK Center Tulsa, Okla.19,199Buy TicketsMarch 22, 24SAP Center San Jose, Calif. 17,496Buy TicketsThe first and second round of NCAA Tournament play can be the most exciting. This is where upsets go down and brackets are busted. All of this year’s venues have hosted the opening rounds of the tournament prior to this season, except for Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C., which will host a NCAA men’s tournament event for the first time. The XL Center has hosted this round five times before, but not in the last 21 years. The SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks, is set to host the opening round in 2021 as well. March Madness schedule: RegionalsDatesVenue Location CapacityMarch 28, 30KFC Yum! Center Louisville, Ky. 22,090Buy TicketsMarch 28, 30Honda Center Anaheim, Calif.18,336Buy TicketsMarch 29, 31Capital One Arena Washington, D.C. 20,356Buy TicketsMarch 29, 31Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. 18,972Buy TicketsNone of the regional venues are new to hosting the NCAA tournament. All four have hosted the opening and regional rounds before 2019 but none have had the chance to host the finals. The Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks, has hosted the regionals for the men’s NCAA tournament six different times before this season: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2014 and 2016.The Honda Center and the KFC Yum! Center hosted the regional rounds back in 2016, the Sprint Center in 2017 and Capital One Arena is hosting this round for the first time since 2013. Final Four ticket pricesDatesVenueLocationCapacityApril 6, 8US Bank Stadium Minneapolis 66,655Buy TicketsMinnesota held the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball tournament in 2001 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Minnesota also hosted the tournament there in 1992.U.S. Bank Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl 52, typically holds 66,655 people, but for this event, the stadium will be expandable to 72,000 people.The NCAA offers different ticket packages for the Final Four and Finals events. For regular ticket exchange, Final Four tickets start at $250 and Final Four tickets are currently going for $175.The event packages are where things get a little pricey. The In-Stadium hospitality package that includes both the Final Four games and the championship game is currently going for $2,251. The on-court experience for the semifinals and finals is also going for over $2,000.The Final Four and national championship game are without a doubt the most exciting March Madness events, but also the most expensive. March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx: They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. DeCourcy’s best of 30 years: Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory …: Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament. It’s time for March Madness, one of the biggest, most exciting events in sports.Now that the full field of 68 is set for the 2019 NCAA Tournament, you can start planning your trips. Sporting News is here to help with finding tickets. … And the agony of defeat: Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history: It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw.Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history: The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.”
“I didn’t know what to expect before camp,” Heinola said when asked if he was surprised to be with the big club. “But things go well and now it’s time to just play hockey.”NHL 2019-20 PREDICTIONS: SN’s final standings, playoff projections, Stanley Cup picksHead coach Paul Maurice said he wasn’t shocked that the Finn is where he is; the Jets did draft him 20th overall, after all. On Wednesday, the bench boss gave the rookie “the speech,” which includes encouraging the player to call his family and tell them thank you, as they’re “so excited you’re playing in your first NHL game, they’re even more excited than you are.”Ahead of Heinola’s NHL debut, Sporting News asked some Jets veterans about memories from their first games.Patrik LaineNHL debut: Oct. 13, 2016, Winnipeg Jets vs. Carolina Hurricanes; scored goal, assist”I think it was just the excitement. Kind of didn’t know what to expect. I think it was just, kind of before the game a little bit nervous but as soon as the puck dropped it was just playing the game. Not worrying too much about the emotions and just playing the game and being relaxed. I think that’s going to be pretty important for him, too. “Hopefully [he’s] not too nervous. I’ve been talking to him about it already, that you’re only going to play your first game once. There’s no better place to play your first game than here tonight for him.” MORE: Top storylines for the 2019-20 seasonMark LetestuNHL debut: Nov. 14, 2009, Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins; plus-1, 8:16 TOI”I think everybody in this room could probably vividly remember their first game. Mine was a little different circumstance; I got called up a little ways into the year. So for him to go through the training camp and be with the guys the whole time, probably a little bit of comfort in that. But everybody just kind of throws it out the window once you get out there, the emotions and the excitement of it. Happy for him that he gets this chance and he should try to soak it in because not many guys get to have their first one at Madison Square Garden.”You try to enjoy it. Kind of knowing him, I’m sure he’s going to be pretty serious about trying to play his game and probably reflect back on it afterwards a little more fondly than when he’s in it. Everybody tells you just go play, but it’s just not [so easy]. You’re on a big stage, 18 years old, but I think he’s up to the moment.” NEW YORK — You always remember your first. For 18-year-old Ville Heinola, his first time suiting up for an NHL game will just happen a lot sooner than most expected.Three months removed from walking across the stage in Vancouver and donning a Jets jersey as the team’s No. 1 pick, Heinola is slated to patrol the blue line for Winnipeg in game No. 1 of the season. Blake WheelerNHL debut: Oct. 9, 2008, Boston Bruins at Colorado Avalanche; scored goal”Of course. Those are things you never forget. You’re terrified, you’re anxious, you’re scared, you’re excited. You’re pretty much every emotion in the book, you know what I mean? So, those are good memories. We’ll make good memories for him tonight.”He doesn’t need to prove anything else. He’s earned a spot here for a reason and I think overall you just want to play a good team game around him so that he can just kind of blend in and be himself.”
Former XFL commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck is looking for $23.8 million in judgment from the wrongful termination lawsuit he filed on April 21 against the now defunct league. Less than a month later, the attorneys for his former boss, Vince McMahon, have made a series of court filings to explain why Luck was fired.The crux of the argument for McMahon, as XFL owner, was summarized like this: Luck “effectively abandoned his responsibilities as the CEO and Commissioner of the XFL at a time when the league faced its most significant crisis — the threat to its business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” MORE: Panthers’ P.J. Walker says XFL was “real football”Luck, who was let go April 9 — right before the novel coronavirus contributed to the league shutting down operations and subsequently filing for bankruptcy — had one major misstep through his alleged “gross neglect,” according to McMahon.That would be the XFL signing of former promising Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway. Callaway, by league standards, was given a sizeable $125,000 bonus to join the Tampa Bay Vipers on Jan. 16. Callaway didn’t play a down for the Vipers after suffering a serious leg injury 13 days later, which further raised the league’s expenses related to him.When McMahon later found out about Callaway’s troubled past, he saw Luck’s approval of the move to be in violation of the XFL’s directive regarding the hire of players with “questionable or problematic backgrounds.”Callaway’s off-field concerns dated to his college days at Florida, where he was suspended during the 2017 season after being accused of sexual assault. He showed the on-field talent to be selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but his time in Cleveland came to a quick end in 2019 when he served a league-imposed substance-abuse suspension. He further disappointed the organization with his lateness to meetings and practices before the Browns decided to release him last November.Another reason McMahon cited for firing Luck was the commissioner not devoting enough of his time to XFL business in Connecticut, which Luck’s attorney has said there is evidence to the contrary during a stay-at-home order. Yet another one was Luck’s alleged personal use of an XFL-issued cellphone.MORE: Tracking XFL players to sign NFL contracts In contrast, what happened with Callaway is McMahon’s strongest potential sticking point. Luck, a retired NFL QB and a father of another one, Andrew Luck, was hired by the XFL because of his successful track record in his post-playing career as an executive, most notably his work with NFL Europe, the MLS’ Houston Dynamo and the NCAA.The Luck-McMahon partnership was thought to be a reason the XFL could succeed in its second incarnation. The league seemed to be off to a good start, but based on the timing, the big rift at the top regarding the business was a bigger factor in the XFL’s demise than the unfortunate arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.Go figure: The NFL suspends a player for violating its substance-abuse policy and his available talent stoked a fire to burn a bridge that was vital to the XFL doing well. There was McMahon’s way and there was Callaway.
ALGONA — The Clear Lake girls basketball team is headed back to the state tournament after a 65-47 win over Okoboji in a Class 3A regional championship game played in Algona on Saturday night, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. Lions coach Bart Smith says shutting down Okoboji’s key players was the difference.Smith says he’s excited to take another group of players to the state tournament.Chelsey Holck led the Lions with 15 points, while Sara Faber added 12 with Ali Maulsby also making it to double digits with 10. Clear Lake is now 22-2 on the season and will face Davenport Assumption in the Class 3A state quarterfinals next Monday night in a game that’s scheduled to start at 8:30 PM. AMES — In a frustrating season for Iowa State Saturday was a low point as the Cyclones were hammered at home by Texas Tech 87-57. Cyclone coach Steve Prohm.Defense has been a problem all season and it was no different against the Red Raiders.Iowa State with the loss falls to 4-10 in the Big 12. CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa is closing in on a Missouri Valley championship. The Panthers used a 20-0 second half run to take command in a 64-52 win over Southern Illinois. It was a game of runs that saw the Panthers race out to a 24-11 lead only to have the Salukis close the first half with a 23-2 run.That’s Panther coach Ben Jacobson. UNI moves to 12-4 in the Valley and they can clinch a share of the regular season title Wednesday night with a victory at home over Evansville.Austin Phyfe had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the Panthers. For a full listing of placewinners, head to this link TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, Radio.com app — Class 3A boys substate quarterfinal — Clear Lake vs. Boone — 6:15 pre-game, 6:30 tipoffAM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — Class 4A boys substate quarterfinal — Mason City at Des Moines Lincolnc — 6:45 pre-game, 7:00 tipoff MASON CITY — The top-ranked NIACC women outscored second-ranked Kirkwood 26-12 in the second quarter and 28-15 in the third quarter on their way to an 85-64 win on Saturday afternoon in Mason City, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Autum Mendez had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Trojans to their 30th straight home win. They are now 27-1 overall and 14-0 in the conference. The NIACC men dropped a 97-84 decision to Kirkwood on Saturday afternoon. Trey Sampson had 21 points and 11 rebounds while Deundra Roberson had 20. NIACC heads to Little Priest Tribal College on Wednesday. — Boys basketball tournament play starts in Classes 3A and 4A tonight:== Class 4A Substate 77:00 — Mason City at Des Moines Lincoln (winner plays at Waukee Friday)7:00 — Marshalltown at Des Moines North (winner at WDM Valley Friday)== Class 3A Substate 2 at Clear Lake6:30 — Clear Lake vs. Boone8:00 — Humboldt vs. Iowa Falls-Alden== Class 3A Substate 2 at Algona6:30 — Ballard vs. Webster City8:00 — Hampton-Dumont-CAL vs. Algona== Class 3A Substate 3 at Marion6:30 — Charles City vs. Waverly-Shell Rock DES MOINES — For the first time since 1981, Osage has won a team title in the traditional state wrestling tournament. The Green Devils had two runners-up and five wrestlers place in scoring 85 team points, seven more than second-place Union of LaPorte City and 19 more points than third-place Centerville. Osage coach Brent Jennings says it’s a great feeling to break a 39-year drought between titles.Jennings says you can’t always map out a path to a team title and things usually have to happen just right to win a title in a wide-open race.Jennings says as coach of the program for more than two decades it was great to guide a team to a championship.120-pounder Nick Fox and 170-pounder Spencer Mooberry fell in their championship matches on Saturday night. Fox lost to Colby Lillegard of Bondurant-Farrar 8-4, while Mooberry dropped an 8-4 decision to Jax Flynn of Solon. Joe Sullivan finished third at 126 pounds, while Averee Abben at 132 and Zach Williams at 160 placed fifth. DES MOINES — Cullan Schriever became Mason City High School’s third-ever three-time state champion as he won the Class 3A 126 pound title with a 9-4 decision over Carson Taylor of Fort Dodge. The win culminated a return from injury in last year’s state tournament that prevented him from possibly becoming a four-time state champion.Schriever joins Eddie Kline in the early 1950s and Tim Krieger from the 1980s as the school’s only three-time champions, and credits his coaches for helping him with the accomplishment.Schriever talks about working back from the injury and disappointment of not being a titleist last year.Schriever and his brother Colby now get ready to wrestle at the University of Iowa next year, and he was asked what he needs to do to prepare to be part of that program.Two other area wrestlers won state titles on Saturday night — Tate Hagen of West Hancock beat Cole Clark of Lisbon 7-4 for the Class 1A 195 pound title…and Chet Buss of North Butler-Clarksville won the Class 1A 285 pound title with a 10-2 decision over Ryley Snell of Interstate 35. In the other championship match involving an area wrestler, Clayton McDonough of Central Springs lost his Class 1A 113 pound match 6-2 to Marcel Lopez of New London.
In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates and the veteran third baseman agreed to a one-year deal Thursday that will bring Kang back for the 2019 season.The move comes a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for Kang, paying him a $250,000 buyout instead. Financial terms on Kang’s new deal weren’t immediately available.“We feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup,” general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. “Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both.”Kang was a star in his native South Korea when the Pirates signed him to an $11 million, four-year deal in January 2015. He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting 15 homers and driving in 58 runs in 2015, when Pittsburgh won 98 games. It would be the high point of Kang’s time with the Pirates.The 31-year-old Kang didn’t play in the U.S. between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests in South Korea. He made it back to the majors with Pittsburgh in September, collecting two hits in six at-bats during the final weekend of the season.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
0Shares0000Igor Akinfeev was Russia’s hero in the penalty shootout, saving Iago Aspas’s spot-kick with his legs © AFP / Juan MabromataMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said Russia’s game plan had been to hold on for a penalty shootout after the host nation beat Spain on spot-kicks Sunday to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.Spain dominated the last-16 match but after centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted them the opening goal on 12 minutes, Russia drew level when Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Gerard Pique shortly before half-time. Despite overwhelming Spanish possession, the 2010 winners were unable to break down the Russian defence even after extra-time.Akinfeev saved Koke’s penalty to give Russia the advantage. After Denis Cheryshev converted his spot kick, Akinfeev stopped Iago Aspas’s effort with his legs to spark mass celebrations in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.“We were hoping for penalties,” Akinfeev said.“We are having a fantastic World Cup. Not just our fans, but the fans of other countries are getting a sense of this atmosphere and understood that Russians really know how to play football and want to play football.”Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said: “We spent two years working on this and did a good job”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Defensive reinforcements are believed to be the priority for Arsenal right now.Despite the outstanding performances of £35m summer signing Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners have stuttered this season and face a battle on their hands to seal an 18th consecutive season of Champions League football, let alone the title.The source of Arsenal’s indifferent form has been their vulnerability at the back, while the Gunners still lack a quality defensive midfielder in the Patrick Vieira/Gilberto Silva mould.Keeper Wojciech Szczesny has been scrutinised for both his off-field and on-field antics, but a move for Chelsea’s Petr Cech looks unlikely with the Blues unwilling to sell, while reports of a move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco appear left-field.Arsene Wenger is also said to be keen on St Etienne’s versatile defender Loic Perrin but has been put off by the 29-year-old Frenchman’s £8m price-tag.Click the arrow on the right to see the players in line for a move to North London and let us know who you would like to see arrive at the Emirates by leaving a comment below… 5. Morgan Schneiderlin: Saints midfielder to finally fill Vieira’s boots? Click the arrow to see other potential arrivals – The Frenchman is strongly linked with a £15m move to North London despite Southampton’s insistence the midfielder is going nowhere. Schneiderlin was refused a move to Tottenham and a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino in the summer and Wenger is said to be keen to beat Spurs to his countryman’s signature. Schneiderlin has previously said he is willing to see out the season at St Mary’s but the advances of Arsenal could prove too much and he would provide the necessary quality and stability the Gunners have craved for in defensive midfield. 5 5 3. Fabian Schar: Basel defender ready to tackle the Premier League? – The Swiss international has established himself as a very good defender in Europe and has plenty of experience with Basel in the Europa and Champions League, and the World Cup where he came up against the likes of Lionel Messi. He’s quick and aggressive in his defending and has the potential to become an elite level defender. Schar’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and a reduced fee in the region of £8m could be enough to bring the Swiss to the Emirates. 1. Krystian Bielik: Another young gem for Wenger to nurture? – The Polish teenager has been very close to a move to the Gunners’. Bielik, 17, visited Arsenal’s training ground last month but Wenger will have to increase his offer from £1.6m to £2.5m to fight off interest from German side Hamburg. “Krystian is in Hamburg [on trial],” Legia president Boguslaw Lesnodorski told Polish daily Przeglad Sportowy. “For [Hamburg] money does not matter, but let’s see how things become after final talks with Arsenal.” Bielik made his Legia debut earlier this season and has already made seven appearances despite only recently turning 17. He usually plays as a defensive midfielder and is an imposing figure standing 6ft 2in. 5 4. Tyrone Mings: Ipswich youngster to make the jump to the Premier League? – The English defender has emerged as a surprise £8m target for the Gunners with Wenger confirming interest in the 21-year-old. Mings has impressed Arsenal’s scouts and can play at left-back and centre-half. The Gunners defence has been their Achilles’ heel this season, while the Englishman has been an ever present for the Tractor Boys, who are pushing for promotion. Arsenal need established quality at the back, and while Mings lacks the experience of Reid and Schar, Wenger has always been an advocate of youth and it would be no surprise to see him line-up at the Emirates. 2. Winston Reid: Hammers defender to move to North London? – West Ham boss Sam Allardyce admitted this week that the New Zealander has no future at Upton Park and expects him to leave when his contract expires in the summer. But Arsene Wenger is thought to be a fan of the centre-half and could lure the 26-year-old to the Emirates for as little as £3m. Reid is not world class, but he’ll improve the Gunners’ options at the back and brings with him Premier League experience which is paramount, as the £30m signing of Eliquim Mangala has shown. 5 5