The Mets do not think Zack Wheeler’s trade value has been damaged.New York believes it can “still get a solid return” for the 29-year-old right-hander, even though he is on the injured list with shoulder fatigue, according to a report from the New York Post, which cites an unidentified team source. MLB trade rumors: At least 8 teams have inquired about deal for Mets’ Noah Syndergaard Dominic Smith doesn’t want to be traded: ‘I only want to play for the Mets’ Wheeler is expected to throw a bullpen session sometime early this week and there’s a chance he could make at least one start, and possibly two, before the July 31 deadline, the report says. He’ll be a free agent after the season.Wheeler holds a 6-6 record with a 4.69 ERA in 19 starts so far in 2019. He has spent his entire MLB career with the Mets. Related News Mets’ benching of Pete Alonso due to Derby slump immediately pays off with pinch-hit homer “Honestly, I hate change,” Wheeler told The Athletic last month. “I’m a homebody. I like the group of guys we’ve got here. … I can’t tell you how many years my name has been in trade talks. I’m kind of used to it right now. But it never gets easy.”The Mets entered play Sunday with a 45-53 record. They’re six games out of the second wild-card spot and trail the Braves by 13 games in the National League East.New York began trade talks and “shifted into a more aggressive sell mode” in early July, according to a previous report from SNY. “I’m not just saying that because it’s the right thing to say,” Wheeler said. “I’ve got history here. I love the team. I love everything about it here. Sure, some things could maybe get better. But I love it here all around. I love playing here.”The Yankees and Red Sox were both reportedly looking to acquire Wheeler prior to the injury. He had been linked to the Cubs and Braves, as well.
== Video of ribbon cutting ceremony NORTHWOOD — The Diamond Jo Worth casino near Northwood opened its sports gambling operation Thursday afternoon. The FanDuel Sportsbook includes three betting windows, six video displays including a large video wall, 11 self-service betting kiosks and one sports ticker. FanDuel started a decade ago as a daily fantasy sports provider but last year got into the sports gambling business. FanDuel Midwest regional manager Jeff Hoose says they are partnering with the Diamond Jo’s parent company Boyd Gaming to open sports betting operations at their Iowa properties in Northwood and Dubuque as well as two more in Indiana. “We’re very excited about it. It’s legal here in the Midwest and FanDuel is on the vanguard of that. FanDuel is about fun and excitement and changing the way you watch games, and now we can do that. Now the people here in North Iowa can come down, walk up right to the counter, and bet on their local team tonight.” Hoose says when you walk into the sports betting area and try to place a bet, you may feel a little intimidated. He says the staff is ready to help explain how sports wagering works. “There’s a lot of lights and numbers up there. It can be confusing if you haven’t done it before. The good news is, we’re here to walk you through it. We love doing this, it’s what we do. We’re meeting people every day who are going to be making their bet for the first time. We’ve got live people back there, I’ve got four people behind the counter right now and I’ve got other people wandering the floor. They’re going to walk you through it, they’re going to tell you everything you need to know to make sure you are a seasoned pro by the time you get to that window.” While the Iowa Legislature approved sports gambling this past session on the heels of the United States Supreme Court’s decision last year that legalized sports gaming across the nation, bills to legalize sports gambing stalled in the Minnesota legislature this year. A number of Minnesotans crossed the border for yesterday’s opening day, including one man who drove over 400 miles from International Falls to Worth County. Hoose says FanDuel knows they for now will be able to tap into the Minnesota market. “Diamond Jo has always drawn a lot of people from Minnesota and now this should only amplify that.” Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle placed the opening bet. He says he expects a lot of people will travel down I-35 from the Twin Cities to take advantage of the sports betting operation. “I definitely do. I think Minnesotans are always looking for a new experience and FanDuel is a new experience and I think it brings people in from all over the country. Right now we’ve got the State Fair going on. I think once the State Fair is over, it definitely is going to bring an opportunity, and it’s a new way of fans get involved with sports. Being here in Iowa, which is closest to the Cities, it definitely will.”Randle wagered $93 for the Minnesota Twins to win yesterday. Randle wore 93 when he played for the Vikings. The FanDuel Sportsbook is located between the main cashier’s cage and the Big Wheel Bar. == Video interview —- FanDuel Midwest regional manager Jeff Hoose == Video interview — Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famer John Randle
UNDER PRESSURE —Ben Roethlisberger throws under pressure from Buffalo Bills’ Nick Barnett (50) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert) by John WawrowAP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)—Coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t blame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for showing his frustrations after a penalty that backed the Pittsburgh Steelers to a yard from their goal line.Tomlin was just as upset with the penalty, and yet not surprised with how Roethlisberger responded. After taking a step backward, Roethlisberger moved the Steelers forward with a 98-yard, go-ahead touchdown march in the final two minutes of the second quarter of a 38-7 preseason rout of the winless Buffalo Bills on Saturday night.“I’ve been looking at Ben going on six years now, I’m not surprised by it,” Tomlin said.Roethlisberger hit eight of nine passes for 95 yards on a drive he capped by threading a 6-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 13 seconds left. And the spark could be credited to an illegal substitution penalty that put the Steelers on their heels, facing second-and-11 from their 1 yard line.Shortly after the penalty was called, Roethlisberger showed his displeasure by angrily gesturing at the bench.“He definitely got fired up and got a little hyped,” Brown said. “He’s special. The things he’s able to do in two-minute situations, there’s something special about his leadership and playmaking ability.”Brown had seven catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns, including a 39-yard catch from backup Byron Leftwich in the opening minute of the second half. Roethlisberger shook off a slow start in going 17 of 24 for 169 yards passing in helping the Steelers (No. 7 in the AP Pro32) improve to 2-1.The Bills (No. 19) dropped to 0-3 this preseason while continuing a trend of familiar struggles on both offense and defense. And that’s not what coach Chan Gailey was looking for this week in expressing a desire to see more consistency from his starters.“We got a little bit rattled,” Gailey said, referring to allowing the Steelers to score at the end of the half. “We have to hold our composure better than we did.”On the bright side, Bills defensive end Mario Williams—who became the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player after signing a six-year $100 million contract in March—was credited with his first two sacks of the preseason.Steelers running back Isaac Redman also scored on a 2-yard run, Leftwich threw two touchdown passes, including a 10-yarder to Derrick Williams, and running back Chris Rainey scored on a 41-yard touchdown run with 2:44 left.The Steelers defense also contributed, forcing three turnovers—a forced fumble and two interceptions—all of which led directly to touchdowns.In closing the half with a touchdown, the Steelers gained more yards (99 in total) than the 96 they had in their first six possessions. The key play on the drive occurred with the Steelers facing third-and-9, when Roethlisberger hit running back Jonathan Dwyer with a perfectly placed 33-yard pass up the left sideline.“I just started calling my own plays,” Roethlisberger said. “We went no-huddle and up-tempo, and we were throwing the ball.”Roethlisberger did it with an offense that’s missing two key starters, running back Rashard Mendenhall (right knee) and receiver Mike Wallace (contract holdout). And it was a unit that lost rookie first-round draft pick, right guard David DeCastro, who did not return after hurting his right knee on the second possession.The good news is, there’s a growing belief in the Steelers locker room that Wallace is prepared to return soon.Brown welcomed that possibility.“We definitely need No. 17 here,” Brown said, referring to Wallace’s jersey number. “It’s going to be interesting to get him back, because he adds another explosive dimension on the field.”Pittsburgh concludes the preseason by hosting Carolina Thursday.NOTES: Players cut by the Steelers Monday were DBs Myron Rolle, Andre Freeman, and Walter McFadden; LBs Ryan Baker and Mortty Ivy; DTs Mike Blanc and Kade Weston; WRs Paul Cox, Juamorris Stewart and Jimmy Young; K Daniel Hrapmann; OL Kyle Jolly; LS Matt Katula and TEs Jamie McCoy and Justin Peelle. Rolle is a Rhodes scholar who played at Florida State but skipped his final season to study at Oxford in England…The team claimed RB DuJuan Harris off waivers from Jacksonville. As a rookie last season, Harris had nine carries, one reception and returned 14 kickoffs…Among the veterans who did not practice or were limited Monday due to minor injuries were WR Jerricho Cotchery (back), OT Marcus Gilbert (calf), DE Brett Keisel (ankle), RB Isaac Redman (ankle) and LB LaMarr Woodley (back). Keisel’s injury appeared serious when he left the game in Buffalo Saturday, but the veteran said Monday he will be fine…LB James Harrison remains on the PUP list. Harrison, though, refused to rule out playing in Denver Sept. 9.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has announced changes to the elk hunting season in the East Kootenay.For this fall, the elk hunting seasons in the South Trench of the Kootenay region will be as follows: General Open Season for antlerless elk in 4-03 Zone X (includes portions of 4-2 to 4-5 and 4-20 to 4-22), Sept. 20 to Sept. 30 – CLOSED. Senior/youth season for antlerless elk in 4-03 Zone X (includes portions of 4-2 to 4-5 and 4-20 to 4-22), Sept. 10 to Sept. 14 – CLOSED. Senior/youth season for antlerless elk in 4-26 Zone X (includes portions of 4-25 and 4-26), Sept. 10 to Sept. 19 – CLOSED. For a detailed map of Zone X, please consult Page 52 of the 2012-2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/hunting/regulations/All other elk hunting seasons in the Kootenay region remain unaffected. The elk hunting seasons were initially expanded in 2010 to help reduce crop damage in the South Trench area.However, crop damage has persisted, despite a decrease in elk numbers.The ministry is considering a number of site-specific measures in those agricultural areas hardest hit. Local stakeholders are currently reviewing options to ensure elk are managed sustainably and in a manner that meets the interests of all involved.This year’s hunting season closures are guided by the Kootenay Elk Management Plan that called for a 20- to 40-per-cent reduction to local elk populations. Elk populations now have been reduced 35 per cent, and lowering the elk harvest is now needed to maintain elk numbers at the management target agreed to in the plan, and to avoid continued population declines.Population surveys conducted in January 2013 estimate there are 7,509 elk in the South Trench area. The 2008 population for elk in the South Trench was estimated at 11,580.
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Power hitter Johnson Charles has described the West Indies as an improving side, with less than a week before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in India. Charles played a brilliant match-winning knock as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to win their two-match T20 Series 2-0 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday night. The powerful opener smashed 92 not out off just 48 balls with six big sixes and 10 boundaries to be named Man-of-the-Match. “Tonight (Monday) I had a good batting pitch. The ball was coming on nice. Not much sideways movement. I just decided to stick to what I know. I am a power hitter so I did just that,” Charles explained. “We have moved from strength to strength. From the first game we have been improving in this game we have improved a lot more. We just look to improve as the games go by and hopefully we can go into the World Cup with everybody in form and we could win this World Cup,” he said. Windies motored to a victory target of 154 without loss after the Zimbaweans made 153-7 off 20 overs. The best bowler was seamer Carlos Brathwaite with 3-23, which helped to restrict the innings after a solid start. Charles’ opening partner, Andre Fletcher, made 56 not out off 35 balls with three sixes and five fours, on a good batting surface. “We are best friends and we come from the same team,” said Charles. “We always speak to each other at the wicket and keep complimenting each other. We just motivated each other to do the best that we can.” The St.Lucian cricketer was a member of the West Indies Cricket team which captured the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago. He was not named on the original squad, but was called up as a replacement for Darren Bravo, who pulled out citing the need to focus on developing his game in the longer format. “I just see it as me coming back for my place and that’s just how I see it,” said Charles. “With that said everything is left to the Almighty Father and that is what he saw as fit and that’s what happens. So I am just going to do what I have to do now that I am here.”
The House of Representatives Tuesday, August 12, overwhelmingly voted to summon authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to explain “why NEC failed to alert the Legislature about recommendations to postpone the Special Senatorial Election.”In the wake of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in Liberia, NEC recently recommended the postponement of the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.According to NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, NEC may be unable to deploy staff in the field to conduct civic/voter education as well as recruit and deploy 25,000 polling staff at polling centers in Liberia, and as such, postponing the poll was the best option available.Chairman Korkoya said the Commission’s recommendation is also based on the fact that the Ebola outbreak would hinder the smooth conduct of campaign activities by candidates, who are desirous of contesting the election.He said the health emergency in Liberia may affect the conduct of free, fair, transparent, and credible election come October.Accordingly, NEC communicated said postponement to the appointing power, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to inform the high court about the inability of the Commission to run the election but failed to officially inform the Legislature.In the wisdom of plenary, as the first branch of government, “NEC should have communicated with the Legislature any decision relative to changes in the pending election before the Executive or the Judiciary.”President Sirleaf Tuesday informed the House of the postponement, requesting an audience or support in a decision to postpone the election.Plenary took offense to that assertion, adding; “The President should not be the one informing us about this recommendation instead, that should be the work of the NEC.”In keeping with their oversight responsibility, Lofa County Representative Clarence Massaquoi made a motion to invite NEC Chairman Cllr. Korkoya to appear before the House on Thursday, August 14, in order to provide reasons “why up to present, NEC has not informed the Legislature of their (NEC) action.”This will be Cllr. Korkoya’s second appearance before the House relative to the ensuing Special Election.Cllr. Korkoya first appeared before the House early this year to justify why US$1.9 million was expended by the Commission for vehicles rental purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“They got caught. And it’s time that they are held accountable. The evidence is overwhelming,” Mace added, urging the jury to declare the trio “guilty on all counts.”The defendants are Jose Maria Marin, ex-head of Brazil’s Football Confederation, former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, who was elected president of CONMEBOL in 2014, and Manuel Burga, who led soccer in Peru until 2014.They are charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.Mace said they were blinded by greed into accepting a combined total of $21.45 million in bribes — Napout $10.5 million, Marin $6.55 million and Burga $4.4 million — in exchange for bestowing television and marketing rights for soccer matches.Mace showed the court bank records, company financial documents and reminded jurors of testimony from cooperating witnesses throughout the trial.Now into a fifth week, the trial began on November 6, two and a half years after the United States unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer.“This is a unique look inside a broad and powerful internal conspiracy,” said Mace.“A conspiracy to enrich the soccer elite of the world, bribe after bribe, year after year at the expense of the organization they were supposed to serve.”Marin’s elegantly dressed wife began to pray in the gallery, her eyes moistening and her hands clutching a rosary as she heard the accusations against her husband.If convicted, the defendants risk up to 20 years behind bars for the most serious offenses.They are just three of the 42 officials and marketing executives, not to mention three companies, indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million.Defense lawyers were to follow government prosecutors in presenting their final arguments. They have previously admitted widespread corruption at FIFA but said there was no evidence that their clients were involved.Jurors are expected to begin deliberations this week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, one of three defendants in the FIFA trial, arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn © AFP / Don EmmertNEW YORK, United States, Dec 13 – US prosecutors urged a New York jury to convict three wealthy South American former soccer officials “on all counts” in the face of “overwhelming” evidence, delivering closing arguments Wednesday at the FIFA corruption trial.“The three defendants thought the payouts would last forever but they won’t,” assistant US attorney Kristin Mace told the federal court in Brooklyn, a day after the defendants declined to take the stand in their own defense.
It is perhaps an indication of how ill-fated last summer’s spending spree at Liverpool was that Emre Can proved the pick of the Reds’ new arrivals in a hugely underwhelming 2014/2015 season.Can, who was deployed in a multitude of roles throughout the campaign, showed glimpses of the reputation that accompanied him to Merseyside from Bayer Leverkusen for £9.75m.The 21-year-old, who lined up for Germany at the 2015 European Under-21 Championship, epitomised Liverpool’s season which peaked and troughed to eventual disappointment.The Reds put together a 13-game unbeaten run between Christmas and March which coincided with Can’s introduction to the starting line-up on the right side of a three-man defence.While the German was rightly lauded for his displays, Liverpool’s worrying collapse towards the end of the season conveniently saw Can at his worst; naive and completely bereft of positional knowledge in his auxiliary right-back role. This was categorically illustrated in the humiliating 6-1 final day defeat at Stoke, in which the German was hooked at half-time.Signed as a central midfielder, many Liverpool fans now ambitiously look to Can as a natural successor to outgoing captain Steven Gerrard and, again, there were flashes of evidence throughout the season.Dynamic, expansive and an on-field presence; Can captains Germany’s Under-21 side on a regular basis and evokes similar characteristics to arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever player.But while he was accomplished in midfield and shone as a hybrid centre-back during the Reds’ surge to the brink of Champions League qualification, Can’s versatility could serve to inhibit his progress as a player.The ultimate prototype for versatility in modern day Premier League football is Phil Jones. The Manchester United centre back-cum-right back-cum-defensive midfielder has become a jack of all trades rather than a master of one. Jones has publicly expressed his desire to hold down his preferred role at the heart of the defence, but his reputation as a utility man undermines those demands.Can was indeed useful in a variety of different roles, but it always felt like he was a contingency plan and he is in danger of following in Jones’s footsteps by becoming his club’s fall guy.The most worrying aspect of Can’s season is Liverpool now don’t know where his best position is and, when he was utilised in his favoured role in central midfield in the FA Cup tie with Blackburn, he somewhat flattered to deceive.Rodgers must now establish where his influence lies; particularly as Liverpool’s current central midfield options are alarmingly all very similar.With Lucas Leiva likely to leave, the Reds, arguably, lack a distinctive goalscoring midfielder or anchorman with Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and new signing James Milner all boasting the same attributes.Can, therefore, must be the man to attempt to fill the Gerrard-shaped hole in Liverpool’s midfield. While this is an unenviable task, the chances of it happening will be negated if he continues to be deployed in a plethora of diverse roles.If Liverpool fans need a trace of evidence to suggest Can is able to do so, his virtuouso performance against Serbia Under-21s on Wednesday night, which included a classy equaliser, could raise a few eyebrows.He is, of course, far from the finished article. His trigger-happy nature needs to be curtailed, particularly after his sending off against Arsenal and two clumsy challenges against Chelsea and Manchester United that led to penalties last season.But if he can learn to curb his enthusiasm – much like Gerrard did – Liverpool already have a ready-made replacement for ‘captain fantastic’ in their ranks. Versatility is useful, but it is an overrated trait when a niche excellence is sacrificed.Play Can in his correct position and Liverpool may just reap the rewards. Emre Can 1
1 Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes the increased competition for places in attack has helped him improve his game.The Frenchman faces a battle with Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott for a spot in Arsene Wenger’s first-team forward line in the coming season.The north London club have also repeatedly been linked with Edinson Cavani and Karim Benzema this summer but the former Montpellier hitman welcomes the challenges to his role as the club’s go-to goals machine.“You have to deal with that (competition) all the time and it helped me be a better player,” the 28-year-old said. “People are always talking about different players.”Giroud, who smashed 14 goals in 27 Premier League appearances last term, added: “I don’t have a precise target (for the new season) but I always want to improve, so I want to score more goals than last year. It would be nice to score at least 15 or 20 goals. My best record is 16 in the Premier League and I want to beat that.”
1 Christian Benteke was an unused substitute in the League Cup final as Liverpool lost to Manchester City in the penalty shootout Christian Benteke didn’t get a look in as Liverpool lost on penalties to Manchester City in the League Cup final.The Belgium international struggled with injuries under Brendan Rodgers, but his return to fitness combined with the arrival of Jurgen Klopp was expected to kick start his career on Merseyside.He has, however, failed to make an impact on his new manager, to such an extent that, despite the club investing a sizeable £32.5m in securing his signature, he was overlooked in the Reds’ defeat to City at Wembley Stadium.MICKY QUINN TELLS TALKSPORT BENTEKE DOESN’T FIT IN WITH KLOPP’S STYLE AND BELIEVES THE STRIKER WILL LEAVE IN THE SUMMER So, is this latest snub by Klopp a sign that his time is up at Anfield?Here’s what Liverpool fans think…