Manuel Pellegrini reveals Vincent Kompany’s injury worries

first_img The City captain has struggled with persistent calf problems this season and is expected to be out until at least the end of February. Kompany returned to action as a substitute against Sunderland on Boxing Day only to have to leave the pitch nine minutes later. Vincent Kompany is very worried by his latest injury lay-off, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed. The defender has started just eight Premier League games this season, and the fact City have conceded one goal in those matches indicates his importance to the team. The cause of Kompany’s breakdowns is as yet a mystery, with the 29-year-old consulting different specialists in an effort to find an answer. Pellegrini said: “He is very concerned, which is why he’s trying to recover as soon as he can. He’s doing all different examinations to try and understand the reasons why he is having so many injuries. “Of course he wants to play. He is a very professional player. He is the first one who is very worried about his situation, which is why he is going everywhere to ask different specialists what is the reason. “I think that is the professional way to work when you have problems that don’t allow you to play in your normal way. I think you must find every way to see if you can find a solution. “Maybe there’s not a solution or maybe this can be his last injury but I think he has a very good attitude and he is doing everything he can to return as soon as he can.” Pellegrini accepts it is not ideal to have a captain that is unable to influence matches but he is not thinking of replacing Kompany. The City boss said: “I think if he is the captain it is because he deserves to be the captain. Of course, it’s better to have a captain that is always (playing). “But I think he deserves to have a lot of support at this time and not try to criticise by taking the captaincy away. “I think that as a captain it’s better to be in front of your team every game but you can also work a lot during the week as a captain when you are injured.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FCC Votes to Create Three-Digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

first_imgSuicide ranks among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.That could soon change, now that the Federal Communications Commission has voted to make dialing a life-saving hotline as easy as calling 911.Currently, suicide help typically comes in the form of contacting a loved one or calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is 800-273-8255.However, the FCC just adopted new rules that will soon make that hotline just three digits.Dialing 988 will instantly connect callers with trained counselors at local crisis centers.The new hotline is expected to be available in two years, in order to give the telecom industry time to comply and reconfigure networks.The FCC’s new rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for suicide prevention services will make it easier for Americans in crisis to connect with counselors who can help. Details: https://t.co/xMjkfSlvXF #SuicidePrevention— The FCC (@FCC) July 16, 2020 Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC, says, “It’s a game changer. And I think it’s intuitive for most people that now when you dial an emergency, every child knows that number, 911, of course that’s what you dial.”Suicide rates in the U.S. have risen in the past two decades.According to the CDC, more than 48,000 people died by suicide in the U.S. in 2018. In addition, there was a 35 percent increase in the rate of suicides from 1999 to 2018.Bob Gebbia, president of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says there are multiple factors behind the rise.“There’s generally an underlying mental health condition, anxiety, depression, substance use, with a combination of life events and stressors that, for many, can become overwhelming,” he explains.last_img read more

The Latest: Penguins say Pittsburgh won’t be NHL hub city

first_imgMaine’s Bowdoin College and UMass Boston are canceling their fall sports schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Bowdoin President Clayton Rose cited limitations on campus attendance in an announcement detailing the school’s plans for the fall semester. UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said in a memo that the school will focus on remote instruction in the fall with no on-ground student activities.Both schools compete in Division III. Bowdoin has 31 varsity teams. UMass Boston has 18.Rose said there may be an opportunity for the winter, spring and possibly fall athletes to participate and compete in some form after Jan. 1. But there will be no elimination of programs or furloughs or cuts to athletic administration, staff or coaches.Newman said she is hopeful conditions will improve enough by October that the school will be able to open some on-campus programs. The karate worlds are held every two years. The scheduled 2022 event has also been put back one year to 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.___Another tennis player has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition series organized by Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia.Viktor Troicki says he and his pregnant wife have both been diagnosed with the virus. The former top-20 player from Serbia played against Djokovic in Belgrade during the first part of the two-leg tour.Djokovic was the face behind the Adria Tour. The series started in the Serbian capital and then moved to Zadar, Croatia, last weekend. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Pittsburgh is out of the running to be one of the two hubs for the NHL when the league resumes its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press The Penguins submitted what the club called an “aggressive” bid to be a hub city and was among the 10 finalists — including seven in the U.S. — announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. They announced Tuesday they weren’t selected, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets.Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse said simply being a finalist reflected the city’s support of the team and the NHL.The Penguins are among 24 teams that are in Phase 2 of the league’s Return to Play program, which consists of small group workouts without coaches. Those 24 teams will eventually be part of an expanded playoff format, with 12 teams committed to each of the two host cities.Canada’s federal government last week said it would allow the league to quarantine internally, making Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton realistic possibilities.___ June 23, 2020 The Latest: Penguins say Pittsburgh won’t be NHL hub city ___Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says two unidentified players have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered.Tomlin said Tuesday the players tested positive at some point earlier this year. Both players went through what Tomlin called “the appropriate protocol” and have since returned to work.Neither player visited the team facility at any point during the offseason. The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have been meeting and training remotely rather than in person since mid-March.___ There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria said Sunday he has tested positive for the virus. Borna Coric played Dimitrov on Saturday in Zadar and said Monday he has also tested positive.Djokovic left Croatia after the final was canceled and was tested in Belgrade. The results are expected soon.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The governing body says “the well-being and safety of competitors and fans could not be ensured amid the ongoing epidemic of COVID-19.”Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year. The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.This year’s induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located.Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year.Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced.Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, dismissed from the team following the 2016 Olympics, was among the first-time eligible players on the ballot. U.S. national team members Brad Davis, Whitney Engen, Herculez Gómez and Clarence Goodson also were among 14 first-time eligible players on the 42-person ballot.last_img read more

USC lands J.T. Daniels, top quarterback recruit in class of 2019

first_imgJ.T. Daniels, one of the top quarterback recruits of the class of 2019, committed to USC on Sunday.The junior quarterback from Mater Dei High School announced his decision via Twitter. Daniels, who is ranked the No. 1 quarterback in his class by 247Sports, chose USC out of a pool of talented programs including Alabama, another powerhouse school in Michigan and five Pac-12 schools — Washington, Cal, Colorado, Stanford and Washington. Daniels narrowed his list down to Stanford, Washington, Michigan and USC last week.Besides Daniels, Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., produced stand-out Trojan quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Matt Leinart. As a sophomore last season, Daniels went 315-for-423 with 4,849 passing yards and 67 touchdowns. He is seen as a dual-threat quarterback with a very efficient arm. The junior told Scout.com that Tyson Helton, USC’s quarterbacks coach and the brother of head coach Clay Helton, was his primary recruiter.“I love the coaching staff,” Daniels said. “Tyson Helton was my primary recruiter and we really hit it off. He’s a lot like Clay Helton, very easy to talk with, very personable and one of those guys you know cares about you as more than just a football player.Daniels joins four-star linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd as the only other class of 2019 commit. He will add to a USC quarterback depth chart that includes redshirt freshman Matt Fink and freshman Jack Sears behind Heisman-favorite and starter Sam Darnold. Daniels gives the Trojans a nice cushion at his position, as he will be seen as the starter-in-waiting if and when Darnold declares for the NFL Draft. For USC, the news takes the sting out of losing Matt Corral, a top quarterback recruit in the class of 2018 who de-committed from the Trojans in June and instead went to Florida. Daniels could be the starter at USC as a true freshman as soon as he steps on campus in 2019 should Darnold forgo his redshirt senior season.Though he will only be a junior next season, Daniels said he is confident in his decision. “I know it’s early but I feel like I’m ready. When you know, you know and I know USC is the place for me,” he said to Scout.com. “I just didn’t see any reason to put off the decision when I’m 100 percent sure of what I want.”Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Alabama won the national championship last season. Alabama lost in the national championship game to Clemson. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.,Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Alabama won the national championship last season. Alabama lost in the national championship game to Clemson. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Postponement of Canelo Alvarez’s September fight is another puzzling move

first_imgWhat could happen — and what might be the most likely scenario — is Kovalev beats Yarde, raises his value and then takes on Alvarez later this year. But in the event Kovalev loses, that changes the complexity of the situation, and everything would be up in the air. DAZN isn’t paying the Mexican star $35 million per fight for the next nine fights to take on low-quality opposition. A press release and a statement from Alvarez wouldn’t have been necessary had he not shown such disdain for Golovkin and fought him in eight weeks and still made a deal for Kovalev.Unfortunately, as it always seems to be in boxing, the most obvious moves for the betterment of the sport are the ones not made. In a surprise move, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Wednesday that Canelo Alvarez would not be fighting Sept. 14 because a “decision was made in an effort to secure the right opponent and to do justice to the level of promotion required for a boxing star of his magnitude.”Said Alvarez via a press release: “As a Mexican, it’s a responsibility and an honor to represent my country in both May and September. Those are my dates. However, as a world champion in multiple weight classes, I also have the responsibility of delivering the most exciting and competitive fights possible. That’s why Golden Boy and my team have decided to postpone the date in order to do right by my fans by promoting the best fight possible and with the best opponent possible.” The Saturday date, which is part of Mexican Independence Day weekend, has been a staple for Alvarez; he has fought on it in eight of the last 10 years. His not stepping through the ropes on what has become known in boxing as “Canelo’s day” is significant.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFirst, it means Alvarez and Golden Boy weren’t able to entice WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev to take their offer. Sporting News has learned from a source close to the situation that the offer started at $4 million and ended up getting raised to $6 million.Kovalev and his camp wanted more money considering Daniel Jacobs earned around $12 million to face Alvarez in May. He had every right since he is a more prominent name than Jacobs, and he brings a more marquee bout due to the historical nature for Alvarez chasing a fourth world title in four different weight classes. Seeing that he wasn’t likely going to get what he wanted, Kovalev shifted course and will take on Anthony Yarde on Aug. 24 in his native Russia.Also, the move now allows Alvarez’s rival Gennady Golovkin to step in and steal the date. The Athletic reports Golovkin is in conversations to square off with WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia.The plan all along looked to be that, when both guys signed multi-year deals with DAZN, Canelo-GGG III would settle their score once and for all. However, Alvarez changed his tune. He didn’t want to face Golovkin once again and give him the satisfaction of another lucrative payday. The 28-year-old felt he did enough to win both fights (Sporting News had Golovkin winning both bouts) and didn’t see a trilogy fight as necessary. Other options included WBA (super) super middleweight champion Callum Smith and WBO middleweight titleholder Demetrius Andrade. But given what Alvarez is looking for at this point, Smith and Andrade don’t fit the bill.Alvarez could have fought either Golovkin or Kovalev, and this would all be a moot point. Now it’s hard to decipher what Alvarez is looking for in terms of an opponent. If it comes down to paying the opponent in the case of Kovalev, then he needs to tell Golden Boy to up the ante. Fighters know what other fighters are making. It isn’t a dirty little secret. Boxers put their bodies on the line every time they enter the ring. One punch gone wrong could be the end of not only a fight, but a career and, most importantly, a livelihood. Because of that, boxers deserve to be compensated for what they feel they’re worth.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe Golovkin matter is puzzling. Canelo-GGG III is one of the rare marquee attractions that doesn’t need a title at stake to give it the extra pomp and circumstance. Maybe Alvarez is hurt and wants to heal before a return at the end of the year.Based on what we know, Alvarez is displaying ignorance in refusing to face Golovkin, and his promoter doesn’t want to pay Kovalev what he deserves. last_img read more

Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

first_imgIn this April 5, 2014 file photo provided by the WWE, James Hellwig, aka The Ultimate Warrior, is escorted by his daughters to the stage during the WWE Hall of Fame Induction at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE, File)The Ultimate Warrior, one of the most colorful stars in pro wrestling history, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.The WWE said Warrior, who legally changed his name from James Hellwig to his wrestling moniker, died Tuesday. Scottsdale, Ariz., police spokesman Sgt. Mark Clark said he collapsed while walking with his wife to their car at a hotel and was pronounced dead at a hospital.There were no signs of foul play, Clark said. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy Thursday, county spokeswoman Cari Gerchick said.Hellwig was one of pro wrestling’s biggest stars in the late 1980s. He beat Hulk Hogan in a memorable match at Wrestlemania in 1990.He was in the spotlight again earlier this week, making appearances at the latest WrestleMania in New Orleans and on “Monday Night Raw,” and being inducted into the WWE Hall of fame.“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” WWE said in a statement, adding: “We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.”WWE Chairman Vince McMahon tweeted: “We are all so sad the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters.”The Ultimate Warrior personified the larger-than-life cartoon characters who helped skyrocket the WWE into the mainstream in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Warrior dressed in face paint, had tassels dangling from his super-sized biceps and sprinted to the ring when his theme song hit. He’d shake the ropes and grunt and howl while the crowd went wild for the popular good guy.He made his debut with the promotion when it was known as the World Wrestling Federation in 1987 and wrestled on and off for the sports entertainment empire until 1996.The Ultimate Warrior became the first wrestler to defeat Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania when he used his finishing splash for the pin. He won the championship in front of 67,678 fans at Toronto’s SkyDome in a match billed as “The Ultimate Challenge.”The Ultimate Warrior would defeat Randy “Macho Man” Savage the next year at WrestleMania. Savage, who died in 2011, Hogan and Warrior were all enormous personalities with gaudy costumes and memorable catchphrases. They led the WWE’s transformation from a promotion running weekend arena shows and Saturday morning TV into one booking events at the largest stadiums around the world with millions watching every Monday night. More than 5.1 million viewers watched Warrior’s final appearance Monday night on “Raw.”The Ultimate Warrior had a falling out with the WWE and did not appear on its TV shows after July 8, 1996, until last weekend. He reconciled with McMahon and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He also made an appearance on “Raw” and shook the ropes one final time in front of another crowd that went wild for the Warrior.“Speak to me, Warriors!” he bellowed, as the New Orleans crowd chanted his name.Warrior put on a mask that resembled his famous face paint and cut a promo about 24 hours before his death that seems eerie now.“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” Warrior said. “Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, it makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.”____Associated Press Writer Paul Davenport in Phoenix contributed to this report.last_img read more

Capital High School Student Annali Snyder Served as Page in…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by House Democratic CaucusAnnali Snyder a student at Capital High School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (D-Seattle), Annali is the daughter of Jennifer Snyder and Bradley Snyder of Olympia. Pages perform a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor. In addition to contributing to the efficient operation of the Legislature, pages receive daily civics instruction, draft their own bills, and participate in mock committee hearings.  As a freshman this year, Annali made it onto her school’s varsity soccer team. Annali also enjoys playing with her dog and little brother.last_img

Carragher on defending against Thierry Henry: It was like chasing someone on a motorbike!

first_imgAdvertisement 51mgNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec878( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 76091Would you ever consider trying this?😱cmecqCan your students do this? 🌚6l5mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Carragher, rates Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as the toughest opponent he faced as a player. One of the finest prolific strikers of all time, Thierry Henry, with his 228 goals, remains Arsenal’s all-time record goal-scorer in the Premier League ahead of former England international Ian Wright. The Frenchman scored nine goals in 18 appearances against Liverpool and Carragher heaped high praise on the former Gunner.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BBC Sport“I’ve used this analogy before and I make no apology for using it again. When he hit top gear and ran past you, it was like trying to chase after someone on a motorbike.” Carragher stated.Advertisement “Sometimes as a defender against some of the top players we had at that time; Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie – there’s not a lot you can do in certain situations because they were that good. But in his prime, Henry would simply run past you and there wasn’t a lot I could do”Among all the superstar strikers to embrace the Premier League since its inception in 1994, Thierry Henry belongs to the top-tier. The 1998 World Cup winner joined Arsenal from Juventus in 1999 for a sum of £11 million, which was considered a huge amount in those days. But Henry paid off the dividends by scoring 254 goals in 174 games and was an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s team, including their famous unbeaten Premier League campaign in 2003-04. Henry finished his Arsenal career in 2007 joining Barcelona for €24 million.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Braves rains on Thanksgiving feast for Nelson, edge Leafs 5-3

first_imgNick Farmer scored three times to power the Spokane Braves to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Sunday afternoon in the Lilac City.The win allowed the Braves, one of the youngest teams in the KIJHL, to keep pace with the Murdoch Division leading Leafs.It was also the first time this season Spokane has defeated the Leafs.Nelson, trailing 2-0 after the first period, rallied back to tie the game on a pair of goal by Colton Mamlsten — the second coming on the power play.But Uriah Machuga scored with 43 seconds remaining in the middle frame to put Spokane in the lead for good.Farmer scored his second of the game seven minutes into the third period to increase the lead to 4-2.Patrick Martens answered Farmer with a goal six minutes remaining in the game.With Leaf goalie Patrick Defoe on the bench for an extra attacker, Farmer scores his third of the game into an empty net.Nelson, 8-3-0-1, out shot the Braves 43-34 in the game. The Leafs remain three points in front of idle Beaver Valley, but have played three more games.Nelson remains on the road for a pair of games Friday in Summerland and Saturday in Penticton.Next home game is Wednesday, October 19th against Beaver Valley.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

The emotional letter from Ander, Alberto’s son: “You are my heroes”

first_imgToday is March 19. Father’s Day. Hence Rayo has shared Ander García’s emotional letter. The little one is the son of the red-headed captain Alberto, who accompanies him as he writes and reads a very special letter. It is for its content and its recipients. It goes for them, their new heroes. Those from before used to play soccer, but those from now are bedridden fighting against the coronavirus, or wear a gown and they fight the disease taking care of all of us, or are who help us on a daily basis from delivery trucks, pharmacies, supermarkets, gas stations … Ander sends them a message of hope and gratitude. His and that of a whole society.Hi.My name is Ander and I am 7 years old.For days everything has changed. Before, I used to go see all my heroes on the soccer field and I loved cheering for my team. Now everything is different. My father has explained to me everything that is happening, what is coronavirus and that there are many malita people in the hospital. They are alone, without anyone being able to kiss or hug them and the only way I have to show my love is to write this letter to them. From now on you are my true heroes. All of you who are ill and fighting to heal yourself; those who wear white coats; those that help us in pharmacies and supermarkets and those that transport food so that nothing is missing. In other words, all those anonymous people who help our lives go on.As my dad says, everything will be fine. You keep fighting to heal yourselves, that we from home will help to end everything. From today all of you are my favorites.A very strong kiss.The players congratulated their parentsMany families are forced to celebrate days like this away from their loved ones due to quarantine, but that does not prevent memories and congratulatory messages. Several rayistas have shared theirs on the networks. It is the case of Velázquez (“Happy day to all the dads. To thank mine for everything he has done. If I become half the good father of what he is, I think I will be one of the best in the world”), Catena (“I would love to spend this day with you, but we all have to stay home. I am very proud of you for the way you take care of all of us and for the values ​​that you have instilled in my little sister and me”) , Mario Suarez (“For me you are an example to follow, Dad. A pity that we cannot spend this day together, but we will soon celebrate it”) or Nose (“Thank you for training me as a person and teaching me those values, I see myself reflected in you. Always together”).last_img read more