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Mayor slams Liverpool match on Grand National day

first_imgCity mayor Joe Anderson has described as “ridiculous” the decision to stage Liverpool’s Premier League match at home to Bournemouth in April just minutes after the Grand National horse race starts at nearby Aintree.Bournemouth’s visit to Anfield has been chosen for live TV coverage and will kick off 15 minutes after the start of the famous National Hunt race four miles away.“Have just seen that Liverpool v Bournemouth is to be played on Saturday 14th April at 17.30pm the same day as the Grand National… need urgent meeting with @MerseyPolice they simply will not cope given the normal pressure of a Saturday. #madness,” Anderson wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday.When a Twitter user said the Merseyside Police had given the green light to both events being held on that day, Anderson replied: “The costs of the overtime for police will fall on the taxpayer and can the transport network cope? Seems a ridiculous decision to suit TV again.”It is the first time for 24 years that Liverpool will play at home on the same day as the Grand National.The Merseyside club hosted Ipswich Town in April 1994 at 1130 local time in front of a crowd of just 30,485 and the race followed at 1550.“As with each year, we’re working closely with the Police and transport providers but we don’t anticipate it affecting racegoers travelling to Aintree for Grand National Day,” Aintree communications manager Grant Rowley told the Liverpool Echo.“People will be heading to Aintree hours before the football crowd goes to Anfield and leaving Aintree well before the football finishes but, as with every race day, we will do everything possible to ensure the best customer experience for our racegoers when at Aintree Racecourse.“Grand National Day is already close to sell-out but of course it’s a shame for anyone who wanted to attend both events.”There will be a crowd of about 70,000 for the race at Aintree with a further 54,000 expected at Anfield.last_img read more

NBA: Aldridge spurs San Antonio past Raptors

first_imgDILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Toronto’s defeat was their fourth straight loss however, and their challenge was hampered by the absence of DeMar DeRozan, who sprained an ankle at the weekend.The Spurs, who sat Kawhi Leonard, had surged into a 13-point lead at one stage in the first half but Toronto drew level in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter at the Air Canada Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDejounte Murray gave San Antonio a two-point lead with a jump shot before Toronto’s Terrence Ross missed a 25-foot effort with 1:17 to play.The Raptors meanwhile were unable to punish a Spurs turnover with 45 seconds left before Aldridge scored two key free throws to help get San Antonio over the line. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)LOS ANGELES—LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Toronto Raptors 108-106 on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila) to stay on the heels of the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference.Aldridge, who also grabbed seven rebounds and two assists, led the scoring as the Spurs notched their fifth win on the trot to improve to 36-9, two games behind the Warriors (38-7).ADVERTISEMENT Patty Mills was the other main scorer for San Antonio with 18 points while Dave Bertans (12) and David Lee (11) also made key contributions.Kyle Lowry topped Toronto’s scoring with 30 points while Ross added 21 points off the bench. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Frustrated LeBron bemoans Cavs organizationlast_img read more

Timberwolves retain Ryan Saunders, NBA’s first millennial head coach

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Though the won-loss record didn’t receive a bump, several of the players were noticeably more productive in the second half of the season under Saunders than in the first half with Thibodeau. All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns and second-leading scorer Andrew Wiggins, for example, each posted increases in shooting, scoring, rebounding and assists.“He gets guys. He connects with them, and you are willing to go that extra mile,” backup point guard Tyus Jones told reporters late in the season.Said Towns, prone to hyperbole: “He’s the greatest communicator, possibly, in the NBA. The process has been so much easier when you have a person like that. The culture is getting better every single day.”Saunders spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards before returning to his home state to work for his father. He was a walk-on in college at Minnesota, where Flip Saunders also played.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Antetokounmpo funds basketball court in fire-ravaged Greece Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card FILE – In this March 9, 21019, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders directs his players against the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. A person with knowledge of the process tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ryan Saunders are finalizing a contract to make the 33-year-old their permanent head coach. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday, May 20, 2019, because the Timberwolves had yet to announce the decision made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Timberwolves have chosen Ryan Saunders as their full-fledged head coach — and the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA.The team announced Monday that the 33-year-old Saunders will stay in the post he held on an interim basis during the second half of this past season, the role long held by his father. The widely expected decision was made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve known Ryan for many years and have always respected his approach to the game, work ethic, basketball knowledge and passion,” Rosas said in a statement.“His coaching style and philosophies are ideal for the modern NBA, and I am confident that as a partner he will get the most out of our players as we build an identity and a sustainable winning model.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWith Saunders and the 40-year-old Rosas, the Timberwolves have a leadership duo that, at the combined age of 73, is only three years older than San Antonio president and coach Gregg Popovich and 12 years older than their predecessor Tom Thibodeau.The next-youngest coach in the league behind Saunders is Sacramento’s Luke Walton, who is 39. He just missed the millennial cutoff, defined by the Pew Research Center as people with birth dates between 1981 and 1996. MOST READ When Rosas was hired earlier this month , Timberwolves chief executive officer Ethan Casson said there was no mandate from owner Glen Taylor to keep Saunders in charge on the sideline, but even Casson acknowledged Taylor’s unabashed fondness for the son of the late Flip Saunders, who was one of the most instrumental figures in the history of the 30-year-old franchise.After Thibodeau was fired on Jan. 6 , the Timberwolves finished just 17-25 under Saunders, but players unabashedly endorsed his leadership. His fifth season as an assistant coach with the team presented a most unexpected promotion to the job his father held over 11 different seasons, including a one-year return in 2014-15 before he died of cancer. Ryan Saunders, who is the 13th head coach in Timberwolves history, even has some of the same facial expressions and nervous tics on the sideline that his dad once displayed.The highlight of the season for the Timberwolves, after they started slowly during Jimmy Butler’s trade demand saga and before they faded late amid a slew of injuries, was their first win under Saunders, a 119-117 decision at Oklahoma City on Jan. 8 on the heels of the ouster of Thibodeau, who held the dual role of president and coach. Saunders was soaked with water by the players, a handful of whom being older than him, in a joyful postgame celebration in the visiting locker room .Though the Timberwolves wound up with a 36-46 record in 11th place in the Western Conference, players spoke often of an enlightened environment around the team after Saunders took over. While also showing an eagerness to experiment with more innovative on-court strategies, he developed a rapport with the majority of the roster.Much of the tension present last season traced to Butler’s dissent, before he was dealt to Philadelphia, but Thibodeau’s old-school style and in-game intensity never appeared to bring out the best in some of the team’s younger players.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Manuel Neuer showing he’s just as good a footballer as Ronaldo and Messi

first_imgManuel Neuer’s inclusion in the FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist may have caused some raised eyebrows among those who only see glory in scoring goals, but there can be no doubting the German has enjoyed an excellent 2014.World Cup and domestic success aside, 2014 has seen Neuer almost redefine the role of goalkeeper into something of a sweeper/keeper, with the Bayern Munich man frequently seen outside of his box, marshalling the backline.And he was at it again over the weekend, as Munich narrowly beat Hertha Berlin. Storming out of the area at every opportunity, Neuer certainly used his noggin and was rewarded with yet another clean sheet.Do you think Manuel Neuer should get the 2014 Ballon d’Or though? Comment below…last_img read more

Chelsea transfer report: Blues plot summer move for Roma centre-back

first_img Roma defender Kostas Manolas 1 Chelsea have added Roma defender Kostas Manolas to their summer shopping list, according to reports in Italy.Incoming boss Antonio Conte is understood to be a fan of the Greece international having monitored him closely in Serie A this year.The Italian is planning to raid his home country when he takes over at Stamford Bridge in July, with Gonzalo Higuain, Antonio Rudiger and Radja Nainngolan all linked with switches to west London.And according to Tuttosport, Chelsea have added Manolas to their list of targets and are ready to sound out his representatives over a deal.Roma, however, are not overly keen to cash in on Manolas this summer as they will be forced to pay his former club Olympiakos a sizeable chunk of any fee.last_img read more

Oliver Bierhoff admits Germany wary of England after success at youth level

first_img1 England’s Under-17s won the World Cup in India in October 2017 Germany’s general manager Oliver Bierhoff admits England’s success at youth-team level has given the world champions a wake-up call.In the last five months England’s Under-17s and Under-20s have won their respective World Cups and that has made other nations sit up and take notice – not least the reigning senior champions.“We can’t rest on our laurels after the successful qualification campaign and the Confederations Cup win,” Bierhoff told a press conference ahead of their friendly against Gareth Southgate’s side at Wembley.“It’s completely different at a World Cup. We are the ones being chased.“We can see what is going on in countries around the world. England are the Under-17 and Under-20 world champions, and France and Brazil have also been improving massively.“Everyone will be watching us and will want to knock us off the top. We know the great potential we have.“Therefore it is important to use the four big matches, against England, France, Spain and Brazil, to improve and keep on developing as a team.“We have to all give 100 per cent and not let up for a second.”last_img read more

Jack Butland could return from broken finger in just three weeks, says Hughes

first_img Jack Butland 1 Stoke boss Mark Hughes hopes goalkeeper Jack Butland could return less than a month after suffering a broken finger while on England duty.The 24-year-old sustained the injury in training and missed the friendlies against Germany and Brazil.It is the second time Butland has been hurt while away with England, as the keeper was sidelined for 13 months after breaking his ankle in a game against Germany in March 2016.The coincidence was not lost on Hughes, who nevertheless is confident this absence will be a brief one.“He’s a little bit disappointed, obviously,” said the Potters manager.“He’s getting these setbacks in terms of injuries, usually when international squads and Germany are involved, unfortunately for us. But we are hopeful it’s going to resolve itself as quickly as possible.“Clearly he’s got a number of fractures in the finger. I have seen the X-ray. There’s misplaced bones in there.“We are reasonably confident that once it settles down and Jack gets to the point where he can manage the pain, more often than not you can get back playing and training.“It’s just about getting to that point. It could be three weeks. It could be four or five.”last_img read more

Leon Britton confident he can handle Swansea City job – talkSPORT Exclusive

first_imgLeon Britton is confident he can steady the ship at Swansea City – but insists he will not become the club’s full-time boss.The long-serving midfielder was placed in temporary charge after Paul Clement was sacked on Wednesday night and will lead the team against Crystal Palace on Saturday.Swansea are sitting bottom of the Premier League, four points adrift of safety, ahead of the visit of Palace.“We will try and freshen things up a little bit in terms of training, doing things a little bit differently, and hopefully the players will relax more,” Britton told Jim White on talkSPORT.“I have had three or four weeks of experience behind the scenes with the coaching staff to see how they go about their daily business and prepping for training and games, I have got experience of different managers and being a player for the last 17, 18 years so I need to draw on that experience.“Yes, it is a difficult situation for everyone involved in the football club but I think I can handle it for the time being. How long that is, I don’t know.“The chairman has mentioned it will be on a day-to-day timescale and we will see where we are after the Palace game.”While Britton is happy to lead the side for the foreseeable future, he insists there is no chance he will succeed Clement on a permanent basis.“It is not the right time for me to put myself forward as the full-time manager,” he said.“I got a phone call the other night when Paul left the football club, asking if I would be happy to take over for the meantime, which is no problem. I am happy to do that and help the club out.“I’m not saying I wouldn’t do it in the future at some point but, at this moment in time, it is not the right move for me to become full-time manager here.” Swansea have won only one of their last ten games, and Britton has called on the squad to show unity as they battle to beat the drop.“I’ve said to the players that in this situation we are in, we need everyone to stick together,” he said“We need everyone on board, everyone together.“That was the same last year to get out of this situation, it was everyone involved in this football club – the players, coaching staff and fans – that got us out of it.”last_img read more

Spurs have not made a bid for £20m-rated Championship star, talkSPORT told

first_imgSpeaking to talkSPORT host Jim White on Tuesday, he said: “Well, the owners have been perfectly clear, they’ve come out and said the key players are not for sale, so they’re not for sale.“That’s really good from our point of view. We saw him score another two good goals at the weekend, his performances have been good and he’s striving to improve. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland buzzing to win championship player of the month, it’s been a good month for everyone involved🙌🐯⚽️ pic.twitter.com/gb2i1pJbtr— Jarrod Bowen (@jarrodbowen_) January 11, 2019“He’s got a good attitude, he’s grounded, he knows he’s got to keep working hard on his game. He works so hard for the team and he’s got a smile on his face, and that’s what we want.“There has been loads of speculation about several of our players, but of lot of it can just be made up.“But it’s good to know we’ve got young players who are working extremely hard, doing well as part of the team who are getting noticed and recognised, and who knows where that takes them individually and us collectively.“But at this moment in time there are no bids on the table for him [Bowen].”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Nigel Adkins IN FULL above! Jarrod Bowen celebrates for Hull City Latest Transfer News Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM targets Reports have claimed he is valued at around £20million by Hull, with Premier League big boys taking notice.However, boss Adkins is adamant the youngster is going nowhere this month. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 1 LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Hull City manager Nigel Adkins has told talkSPORT the club have received no bids for Jarrod Bowen and insists his star player will NOT be sold in January.Tottenham and Leicester City have been linked with the 22-year-old forward, who has enjoyed a brilliant season so far for the Tigers.Bowen – winner of the Championship’s Player of the Month award for December – has scored 13 goals and provided three assists in 26 starts this term. REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father TOP WORK Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star three-way race Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

How Pep Guardiola left Eddie Jones ’embarrassed’ about his coaching skills

first_imgEddie Jones has spoken of the ’embarrassment’ he felt after witnessing Pep Guardiola lead a training session.Jones, who guided England to the Rugby World Cup final earlier this month, thought he knew a thing or two about coaching – until he watched Guardiola in action. 2 Eddie Jones studied Pep Guardiola at Bayern Getty In an extract from his new autobiography, My Life and Rugby, the Australian revealed how a visit to Germany to meet then Bayern Munich boss Guardiola left him stunned and inspired.“Pep was incredibly generous and gave me a lot of time,” wrote Jones in his book, which is being serialised in The Times. “He also allowed me to watch his training sessions with Bayern Munich.It was intriguing because he was coaching some of the best players in the world, and talking to them in various languages, while working with striking intensity.“After a routine warm-up he split them into three groups and had them working on concepts of space with relentless focus. One particular session only lasted for 30 minutes but, as they came off for a break, the players were mentally and physically drained. Despite the freezing temperatures, sweat ran down their gaunt faces. “Pep’s razor-sharp instruction and expectation pushed the players to their limits. But with purpose, intensity and clarity, they had achieved more in half an hour than most teams would in a traditional two-hour training stint.“I had also started to structure our training in short concentrated bursts.“But, rather than feeling proud that Pep and I had the same views, I squirmed at how amateurish my sessions seemed when compared to Guardiola’s sophisticated and intricate coaching patterns.“I liked the way he could move from coaching the team, talking to everyone in ways that opened their minds, to individualistic moments when he would take a player to one side and show him exactly what he meant. He sometimes even used his hands to move a player physically so there could be no misunderstanding about what they needed to do. It was impassioned and it was inspirational. Getty Images – Getty 2 Guardiola is known for his intensity and attention to detail LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekGermany vs Northern Ireland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Fulham vs QPR (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Cardiff (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Man City vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Hull (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 “At the end of a long day, which finished at 7pm, Pep gave me two hours in his office. He talked about space, movement, passing, training and winning.“I left Munich feeling almost dazed.“It was exhilarating to watch, listen to and speak with one of the masters of our profession but, at the same time, it was embarrassing to know how far ahead of me he was.“Prior to visiting Bayern Munich, I thought I knew something about professional coaching.”Guardiola said he watched the Rugby World Cup final – which England lost to South Africa – and that he hoped to invite Jones to the Etihad in the future.last_img read more