Transfer deadline day: Batshuayi leaves Chelsea for London rivals

first_imgChelsea have agreed to send striker, Michy Batshuayi, on loan to Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, the South London club announced on Friday.Batshuayi and his representatives had turned their attentions to Palace, after failing in an attempt to persuade the Blues to allow him to join Tottenham.Chelsea had no interest in helping Spurs find temporary cover for the injured Harry Kane, but were prepared to consider permanent offers matching their £35million valuation of the Belgian, in the final hours of the window.Spurs, however, were not prepared to make a significant permanent investment in Batshuayi, giving Palace a late opportunity to secure the Belgian’s services.Palace are long-time admirers of Batshuayi, as they had a £31.6m bid for the striker accepted by Marseille in July 2016, only for personal terms to scupper any chance of a deal, before he signed for Chelsea.last_img read more

LeBron James as he approaches 30,000 career points: “I’ve never given myself a ceiling”

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS– LeBron James has had his fair share of accomplishments in his 15 NBA seasons, but he’s approaching a pretty big one nonetheless.James is just 136 points away from becoming the seventh player in league history to score 30,000 or more points (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Dirk Nowitzki). Considering James is averaging 27.6 points per game this season, he should reach the milestone around five games from now, which would be next Thursday against Orlando.Although, this is one of the greats we’re talking about here. It won’t be shocking if it comes sooner.When James accomplishes the feat, he may not get there in the fewest games, (That honor belongs to Abdul-Jabbar who joined the 30,000 point club in game No. 1,101. James will play his 1,101st game tonight against Minnesota.) but he will be the youngest player to reach 30,000 points at 33 years old, dethroning Bryant who was 34.But with more attention on James’ impending milestone, he was asked after shootaround on Monday if he has his sights on Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record of 38,387.“No. No. I haven’t,” James said Monday. “As far as stats go in my career, I’ve never thought about catching anybody. And I guess it’s just allowed me to be able to have feats that I can accomplish. I’ve never given myself a ceiling or a threshold of where I want to go.“Listen, I’ve been blessed to play this game and this is my 15th year and everything for me is kind of extra credit at this point. For me to be able to get past Year 1 or Year 2 or Year 3, get past my rookie contract and do the things that I’ve done, I just appreciate that I can play this game at the level that I’m doing still.”While none of us knows how long James’ career will last, the fact that it’s still possible for him to catch the all-time record is pretty extraordinary. But first comes 30,000.The Cavs tip off against Minnesota at 8 p.m. as James will look to inch closer to the milestone. Ashley Bastock Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42center_img Related TopicsCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersLebron JamesNBAlast_img read more

Japan earns Nordic combined silver at World Cup season opener

first_imgJapan fell behind on the track, however, and finished almost 1 minute and 5 seconds behind team Germany, comprised of Eric Frenzel, Fabian Riessle, Johannes Rydzek and Vinzenz Geiger.Norway and Austria were each penalized for suit infractions and finished third and fourth.“We were pretty lucky to make the podium. I don’t know what would have happened if (the two teams) weren’t disqualified,” Akito said. “But anyhow, the truth is I’m happy to step (onto the podium).”Nagai, the Watabe brothers and Taihei Kato won bronze at the Finnish ski resort town in 2013, the last time Japan finished on the podium. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS RUKA, FINLAND – Japan’s men’s team won silver at the FIS Nordic combined World Cup season opener on Sunday, stepping onto the podium for the first time in five years.The team of two-time Olympic silver medalist Akito Watabe, his younger brother Yoshito, Hideaki Nagai and Go Yamamoto collected 492.3 points in the jump competition for an early lead, with Akito and Yoshito posting big jumps of 139.0 and 140.0 meters.center_img Japan’s Nordic combined team of Hideaki Nagai (left), Akito Watabe (center), Yoshito Watabe (right) and Go Yamamoto (sitting) pose with Santa Claus (left) and Mother Christmas after placing second at the World Cup season opener in Ruka, Finland. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Akito Watabe, Yoshito Watabe, Nordic combined, Go Yamamoto, Hideaki Nagai last_img read more

Ashley Young: Manchester United Agree Fee For Inter Milan Move

first_imgManchester United have agreed to sell veteran defender Ashley Young to Inter Milan for £1.28m (1.5m euros).The 34-year-old had missed the club’s past three games having made clear his wishes to join the Italian giants.Reports say the deal includes an add-on fee, which will be activated if Inter win Serie A this season.The deal is subject to a medical, scheduled to take place in Milan on Friday, and the agreement of personal terms.If completed, Young will sign an 18 month deal with the club worth a reported €3 million net a season and end his eight-and-a-half-year stay at Old Trafford.Young, who has played 39 times for England, joined United from Aston Villa in 2011 and has been part of squads that won the Premier League in 2012-13, the FA Cup in 2015-16, and both the League Cup and Europa League in 2016-17.In all, he featured 261 times for United and was named club captain this season, although he only started 10 league games in 2019/20.Young becomes the third United player to join Inter in the last two transfer windows with Romelu Lukaku having joined last August alongside Alexis Sanchez who signed on a season-long loan from the Red Devils.Inter who are currently managed by former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte are second in Serie A, two points adrift of Juventus and are aiming to win their first Serie A title since 2010.RelatedInter Milan Sign Ashley Young On Initial Six-Month DealJanuary 17, 2020In “Italy”Alexis Sanchez: Inter Announce Permanent Transfer Of Man Utd FlopAugust 6, 2020In “England”5 Premier League Outcasts Thriving In Serie AApril 22, 2020In “Italy”last_img read more

Spruill, UNCW roll to 74-54 win over James Madison

first_imgWILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Addison Spruill had 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to help North Carolina-Wilmington beat James Madison 74-54 on Wednesday night.Jordon Talley scored all 11 of his points in the second half for UNCW (17-11, 12-5 Colonial Athletic Association) and C.J. Gettys finished with 10 points.The Seahawks never trailed and scored 16 straight to open up a 19-3 lead with 11:30 left in the first half.James Madison cut its deficit to eight when Dimitrije Cabarkapa hit a 3-pointer 47 seconds before the break, but Craig Ponder answered with a 3 of his own, igniting a 10-0 run which overlapped halftime and UNCW led 41-25 with 17 minutes to play.James Madison (18-12, 11-6), which had its five-game win streak snapped, trailed by at least 13 the rest of the way.Ron Curry led the Dukes with 23 points.last_img read more

LASCO nourishes Arnett Gardens ahead of RSPL season – Pumps $2.5 million into preseason preparations

first_imgthe Kingston-based Arnett Gardens Football Club received a well-needed boost to its preseason preparations with a $2.5-million sponsorship from LASCO Distributors Limited.During a handover session at the club on Thursday, July 25, 2019, it was revealed that the two-year commitment will see LASCO assisting the club in purchasing gym equipment, including a treadmill, as well as conducting a series of beautification exercises at the facility.Having redoubled its efforts to bring ‘Everyday Family Values’ into at-risk communities through social-change initiatives LASCO’s partnership with Arnett Gardens FC is representative of the strengthening year-long relationship to boost confidence and promote peace among the Arnett Gardens residents.“We were moved by the youths’ phenomenal drive to excel during their training. LASCO is a big supporter of sports, and we saw a fantastic opportunity to reward the tenacity of the talented players of Arnett Gardens FC,” explained Danielle Cunningham, beverage marketing manager at LASCO Distributors Limited.In addition to the gym equipment, LASCO, through its brand iCool, will be the official hydration sponsor for the team. LASCO has also committed to providing the Arnett Gardens FC team with nutritious products from its LASCO Food Drink, Oats Porridge Mix and LASCO Nutrify brands.Chairman of Arnett Gardens FC and Member of Parliament for South St Andrew Mark Golding noted, “It is really important that corporate Jamaica support football in communities like Arnett Gardens because sports is important for the social fabric and sustainability. It is important that we ensure, as a country, that our football league is well-supported and that communities have the benefit of this activity going forward regardless of who is the chairman and patron at any given point in time,” he said.He further expressed that the donation of hydration and nutritional products will assist with the training programme for the five-time national Premier League champions.“Nutrition and hydration are important to the performance of the players. We play in a hot environment, so this [donation] will ensure that they gain optimal levels of fitness to perform against other top teams,” he said.last_img read more

Preview: Bristol Bears vs Sale Sharks

first_imgPat Lam’s side snatched victory over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, thanks to Harry Thacker’s late try, while Sale Sharks edged out Bath in a low-scoring contest at the AJ Bell, with Steve Diamond’s side winning 6-3. Here’s everything you need to know about Friday’s clash.last_img

LSU’s Brandon Harris heavier, stronger, free of clutter

first_img“When we recruited him, we looked at his mom and dad and aunts and uncles and asked, ‘What’s his growth potential?’ And he has big boned, big people in his family,” Cameron said. “He just needed to put in the work. And he’s gotten faster, and he’s gotten stronger. Now he looks like an SEC football player, not just some young, skinny, talented kid. That’s important.”Harris has also been kept away from media interviews since last spring, other than at LSU’s Media Day. He is also mostly off Twitter after even frequently tweeting with media members last season. He is not watching television, but he is studying film.“Last year, I held myself back a lot by just not buying in fully where I should’ve bought into and didn’t do the things I should’ve been doing,” he said. “I think not spending more time in the film room hurt me. I’ve spent more time in the film room. Specifically for camp, I made sure I didn’t have a TV. I don’t read anything. I just focus on what I can focus on. The only time I get on my phone is to text my coach (Cameron) or to talk to my dad. Just getting off social media and caring less what other people think about me has helped. I think my faith got stronger – just believing God’s going to take care of everything.”He has interacted more with his teammates on and off the field.Offseason work pushes LSU’s Brandon Harris ahead at QB“I wasn’t spending enough time with my teammates last year,” he said. “The receivers fought hard this summer, and I was tough on them by asking a lot of things, getting them up. I tried to get them to catch passes with me every chance I could, and they responded well. It kind of helps whenever you can hear one voice, and the guys really responded well.”Sophomore wide receiver John Diarse of Monroe noticed the new Harris.“I think Brandon hit a mature button that was like a 180 degree turn for him,” Diarse said.“That’s good to hear from a teammate, especially a guy like John Diarse,” Cameron said. “Because John doesn’t just say stuff to say stuff. He’s a very perceptive guy, and he’s paying attention. That’s good because the voice of the locker room is real. Whatever that voice is, that matters. And that’s something you want coming out of your locker room about your quarterbacks.”Harris struggled with getting his team into the right play for the right formation at times last season, particularly in his only start against Auburn. So far, baby steps toward that are getting completed.“Number one, first thing you’ve got to do as a quarterback is you’ve got to communicate,” Cameron said. “You have to take a language and transfer that language, and it’s completely new. He’s been doing a real good job of communicating — getting everybody on the same page.”PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Tigers took Thursday off after ending two-a-day practices and camp on Wednesday. After an 11:15 a.m. practice on Friday, the Tigers will scrimmage in Tiger Stadium at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.Coverage of LSU and Glenn Guilbeau commentary supported by Hebert’s Town and Country Auto Dealer in Shreveport located at 1155 E. Bert Kouns. Research your next Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM at http://www.hebertstandc.com/ LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) works out during their NCAA college football practice in Baton Rouge.LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) works out during their NCAA college football practice in Baton Rouge.BATON ROUGE – There is more of Brandon Harris, but there is less clutter.The sophomore LSU quarterback from Parkway High in Bossier City gained about 27 good pounds over the summer, reporting at 212. He also traded his television for game film and social media for social interaction with teammates.So far, it’s working. Harris took a lead on returning starter Anthony Jennings during 7-on-7 passing drills in June and July with Jennings on suspension and has continued to take more snaps with the first team throughout August practices. Harris is expected to take the first snaps at quarterback in a scrimmage Saturday morning at Tiger Stadium. The season opener is Sept. 5 against McNeese State.“Yeah, it feels a lot better to be working with the first team a lot more,” said Harris, who started one game of 13 last year in an 8-5 season. “Obviously, you’re working with a better group, and it feels good whenever we get to go to one-on-ones to test yourself against our great defense.”Guilbeau:Harris is LSU’s starter, book itHarris also feels thicker and stronger after playing last year at 185 pounds.“You want to come into camp as heavy as you can and eat properly so once the season comes around you don’t get beat up so much,” Harris said Sunday at LSU’s Media Day. “You’ve got to have your body up to par.”LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron advised Harris that he needed to get to around 210 with strength coach Tommy Moffitt after spring practice concluded in April.“You’re not going to survive in this conference where you’re at,” Cameron told Harris. “You need to be 210 pounds by July 4. He texted me on June 4, ‘Well, 210 today.’ Strength matters. In this conference? You’ve got to be kidding me. There are not a bunch of scrawny quarterbacks running around back there. It’s an endurance test with these quarterbacks the way they get hit.”At 6-foot-3, Harris needed more pounds spread around as he looked more like a wide receiver than a quarterback last year.last_img read more

Photo gallery: Bossier High artificial turf football field dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony

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