Liverpool legend Phil Thompson makes Premier League title and top four predictions

first_img Full Screen 1/1 About Connatix V67539 Read More 1 min. story Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 12:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link666Shares Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More ‘I think Frank Lampard will get the honeymoon period out of the team and players,’ Thompson added.‘There was something that needed to happen in order to unite Chelsea and it may be a bit too early for Lampard but needs must, and there is still a great group of players to work with here.‘The transfer embargo will impact upon them, as will the departure of Eden Hazard, but for the first time in a while he will bring the fans, players and whole club together.‘These players have proved, with more experienced managers than Lampard, that they can make it very difficult for the manager.’ Advertisement More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I said if they didn’t win it last year, they would this year, and I won’t change my mind on that. The likes of David Silva and Fernandinho are getting older, while the injuries pile up.‘It is a good opportunity for Liverpool, so they will win the league. I think Man City will still have a good season and come second, with Tottenham in third and Chelsea earning fourth spot.’Chelsea and Tottenham finished third and fourth respectively last season and Thompson expects the London rivals to swap places during the 2019-20 campaign.That would mean another season of disappointment for Arsenal and Manchester United. Phil Thompson’s Premier League predictions 1. Liverpool2. Manchester City3. Tottenham4. Chelsea5. Arsenal / Manchester United6. Manchester United / Arsenal Skip Ad SPONSORED Comment PLAY / Skip Top articles Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Phil Thompson has made his Premier League predictions (Picture: Getty)Phil Thompson is backing Liverpool to pip Manchester City to the Premier League title this season and has predicted where Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham will finish.The Reds narrowly missed out on the title last term despite amassing 97 points and losing just one league game throughout the 2018-19 campaign.Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are bidding to win a third successive title but Thompson believes they will fall short, with Liverpool coming out on top.He told Sky Sports: ‘I think it is Liverpool’s year. This time last year when I got asked the same question, I went with Manchester City but predicted Liverpool would be a lot closer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Coming Next by Metro Read More Liverpool legend Phil Thompson makes Premier League title and top four predictions Read More Read More Jurgen Klopp previews first game of the Premier League seasonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:32FullscreenJurgen Klopp previews first game of the Premier League seasonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/jurgen-klopp-previews-game-premier-league-season-1982578/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Manchester United spent £80million on England defender Harry Maguire this summer but Thompson still doubts the Red Devils will be able to break into the top four.He said: ‘There are still problems at Manchester United.‘Even if Harry Maguire has half the impact that Virgil van Dijk did at Liverpool then they will do well.‘I think they needed someone up front. Romelu Lukaku has left so they could have done with another forward.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Their midfield is not any stronger but keeping David de Gea was a massive boost for the club. They need more if they are to crack on and finish inside the top four.’On Arsenal, who broke their transfer record on Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe last week, Thompson added: ‘I am unsure why Arsenal didn’t go for tried and trusted in Zaha.‘He knows the Premier League, unlike the £72m Nicolas Pepe, who does not. I don’t know where they are getting that money from.’AdvertisementAdvertisementThompson also tipped Sheffield United, Norwich City and Brighton to be relegated from the Premier League this term.MORE: Arsenal provide fitness updates on new signings David Luiz and Kieran Tierney Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisementlast_img read more

IPE Views: The CMU, the Wind and the Sun

first_imgJonathan Hill may be turning to the fables of Aesop to sell the Capital Markets Union, says Jeremy WoolfeIf there’s anything harder in the world than getting the EU’s 28 member state governments to agree on anything, apart from endless chat, it would be good to know what it is. Clearly, today’s challenge has to be to rein back hard on nations cherry-picking their pet interests at EU meetings. Finance commissioner Jonathan Hill must be well aware he is facing an uphill struggle with his flagship project, to set up an effective Capital Markets Union (CMU) in the EU. For a start, there are the bank interests.However, the CMU could spark off economic resurgence and create jobs. It is a top target for the Juncker Commission, whose priority is to save the reputation of the EU before its mandate ends in 2019. Therefore, must it not be easy to find support for the CMU? Difficult for anyone to oppose it? Aah, but look at the history of other crucial sectors. Sadly, examples of vested interests, leading to let-down, are legion.For instance, talk of a pan-EU patent system, a vital prop to EU technology, goes back to the 1970s. But it got stuck in the mud. Only now is it staggering into effect.As for having the EU states approving rules to get railways to run decent services across the EU, forget it. What you get is talk, talk – and more talk. Good for some jobs in Brussels, may be.Against this, what should Hill do? Bang heads? Perhaps … ? At a recent address to a gathering of the Brussels financial elite, he said: “I think confronting people and, in effect, banging their heads against the wall is one way to go.” Hill then half-apologised for referring to Aesop, of ancient Greek fable fame.The commissioner related a story about a dispute between “The Wind and the Sun”. Which was the stronger? There was a traveller on the road below. “I see a way to decide our dispute,” said the Sun. “Whichever of us can cause that traveller to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger. You start.”Hill continued, that, as the Wind blew and blew and blew, the traveller just wrapped his cloak round himself more tightly. At last, the Wind despaired. Next came the Sun, shining his glory upon the traveller, who soon found it too hot to walk with his cloak on.Critically, the finance maestro followed that, if the sunshine technique for the CMU fails to work, “there are other methods available”. Aesop used “humble incidents” to teach great truths. So, is the new philosophy of the European Commission to apply sunshine as the same kind of “truth”? And could the Sun principle be working already? Perhaps. Only days after Hill’s address, the Commission warmly welcomed an EU agreement on measures to bring in the automatic exchange of information on cross-border corporate tax matters.The EU national economic and finance ministers had been unanimous in taking steps to effectively target companies trying to escape paying fair taxes. The new measures will result in the automatic exchange of information among EU member states.Agreement came only seven months after the presentation of the Commission’s ambitious proposal. Also, it is against as background that attempts to reform corporate taxation in Europe going back to the 1960s.Finally, from Hill, was this statement on the CMU: “Free movement of capital was one of the EU’s founding principles”.Sounds serious. Let’s hope.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney’s Derby debut overshadowed by teammates

first_imgDerby insist all their players will be paid following reports they did not receive their latest wages which were due in their bank accounts on New Year’s Eve. Derby County new sign Wayne Rooney The Championship club had been expecting a new investment deal to be completed before the end of December. However, that had not been signed off which caused a delay in the salary payments. But a Derby spokesperson said all outstanding wages would be paid. It had been reported by the Daily Mail that Derby’s playing staff had been told of the delay, while the club have responded by insisting it is ‘not a major issue’. It is understood cash from the new investment had been expected on New Year’s Eve, but there had been a delay due to the holiday period.Advertisement Promoted ContentTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Date20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsThe 9 Best Robots In Movie History9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Club owner and chairman Mel Morris revealed in May that he was working to bring in new investment and it was reported that he has been in talks with a consortium headed by Henry Gabay, the co-founder and chairman of Duet Group, an asset management company. This has somewhat overshadowed Wayne Rooney’s return to English football with the Manchester United and England legend set to make his Rams debut when they take on Barnsley tonight. He took his place in the dugout as coach at the end of November for the home draw against QPR, but has not been eligible to play until the opening of the transfer window on January 1. Following Derby’s prior match against Charlton on December 30, Morris told talkSPORT of his excitement to see Rooney make his debut. Read Also:Nani: I was never in Ronaldo and Rooney’s shadow at Man Utd Morris said: “It will be fantastic to see Wayne playing here – it will be a big, big occasion for us. “It will be a great game and it has lifted the whole town; you could hear them singing Wayne’s name tonight so it will be a big lift for us. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

No excuses from Giggs

first_img Press Association Ryan Giggs believes the players and not manager David Moyes should take responsibility for Manchester United’s lacklustre start to the season. The Red Devils have claimed just seven points from their opening six Barclays Premier League games and were held to a 1-1 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night when Giggs made his 145th appearance in the competition. That has put some pressure on Moyes, who had the unenviable task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford hotseat after his fellow Scot had enjoyed a trophy-laden 27 years at the club. center_img And while veteran midfielder Giggs admits it was always going to be difficult to replace a man who brought two European Cups to United, the Welshman insists that it is the players and not the manager who must stand up and be counted. “Sir Alex was a great manager and a great influence on the team and the club. You are going to miss someone like that,” he told various national newspapers. “But I don’t think that is an excuse when individuals aren’t playing as well as they can. We are not playing well as a team. “We haven’t got injury problems as we have had in the past. There is no excuse. “It hasn’t been a great start to the season but the good thing about that is we have plenty of time to turn it round. “We know what this club is like, it is ups and downs and we don’t get carried away if we are flying and we don’t get carried away when we are not playing well. “I can’t put my finger on what has happened. We have just not played as well as we can, both individually and as a team. “The results have shown we haven’t played as well as we can do. But we know the quality in the dressing room. “We’re the champions so we showed that quality last year and we have to show it again.” last_img read more

St. Vincent Woman Set on Fire for Refusing Sex Dies, Boyfriend…

first_imgPhoto courtesy of: Loop Jamaica A St. Vincent woman who was doused with gasoline and set on fire by her boyfriend after she denied him sex has died in a Kingstown hospital.The dead woman, Monique Clarke, of Biabou, had been in critical condition at the hospital after the macabre attack on Sunday, August 13.Sister made revelation in social media postHer sister Iesha Richardson said in a social media post that Clarke, sadly, succumbed to her injuries.“Thanks to everyone who tried to help in one way or another but Sad News… not what I wanted to hear…My sister Monique has passed on,” Richardson said.Attack witnessed by 13-year-old boyAccording to reports, the woman was set ablaze after she reportedly refused to have sex or give money to a man with whom she has had an abusive relationship for the past two years.The attack was witnessed by the woman’s 13-year-old son.Police have since charged Pedro Ashton, 33, a laborer of Biabou, with intent to commit murder and he is scheduled to re-appear in court on September 4.Police in the islands say the charge is likely to be upgraded to murder.Monique Clarke died as her family was attempting to raise funds to send her overseas for medical attention.last_img read more

‘He won’t come’ – Ghanaians troll GFA for congratulating Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah

first_imgMake he lef Wembley km play for Accra sports stadium aah😂😂😂😂— A S V P 💥 (@asvp_vicktor) August 1, 2020 😂😂😂 Smart move but dude won’t play wai… Move on— Eben Blanks (@ebenblanks) August 1, 2020 If you they call you to join the national team don’t go oooooo, all this congratulations thing is a trap— Doris Sukah (@Imdoris_Bolsas) August 1, 2020 He won’t come— Ali Khemikal (@UtdOko) August 1, 2020 Still he won’t play for Ghana— ELIKEM (@case__5) August 1, 2020center_img @EddieNketiah9 we dey beg, dont come 😂😂😂😂💔💔— Santa (@iamsantaclaus_) August 1, 2020 The Ghana Football Association’s official twitter handle, raised eyebrows on Saturday, after sending a congratulatory message to Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah, after the Gunners won the FA Cup.Nketiah, picked up the second major title of his career, as Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley.The 21 year old forward, born in England to Ghanaian parents, has already represented England at Under 21 level.However, the Ghana FA, is reportedly keeping an eye on the forward, with plans to convince him to opt for Ghana at senior level.The GFA official Twitter handle congratulated the forward after the game, a move that received mixed reactions from Ghanaian football fans.We need him as soon as possible— Samclef Gh🔥 (@GhSamclef) August 1, 2020 You think he will play for Black Stars??? Tweaaaaaaaa— Oh Ghana (@ktwels) August 1, 2020last_img read more

Awal wants more success with Maritzburg United

first_imgBlack Stars defender Awal Mohammed says Maritzburg United must improve on their eleventh position in the 2012/13 season to continue the club’s focus to “win trophies”.Maritzburg United placed eleventh in the Premiership in the recently completed campaign being a historic feat.Their worst season came in 2006/7 when they were relegated to the second tier league .Speaking to JOY Sports in his hotel on Wednesday, Awal said: “The Club always set long, medium term goals and short term goals for every season and those goals are set around winning. Next season there will be new targets aimed at continuing with the legacy of the Club to win trophies.“We enjoyed the season as players as we got an opportunity to thank the fans and the other stakeholders that played an important role in our success this season.Awal Mohammed is currently a major substitute for injured Isaac Vorsah for the double header against Sudan and Lesotho.last_img read more

Remembering the forgotten man of Ghanaian football – Owusu Banahene

first_imgAhead of the Satellites’ planned appearance at the 2013 WYC in Turkey, Goal remembers Ghana’s dazzling keeper who led the U20s to a runners-up finish in 2001 at Argentina.The last decade has seen quite a few brilliant goalkeepers feature for the Black Stars, notably the likes of Richard Kingson, Sammy Adjei and George Owu; for good measure, you could throw current [alternating] regulars Fatau Dauda and Adam Kwarasey into the mix as well.Somehow, though, those privileged to have lived through a slightly earlier era would be inclined to believe the most outstanding of the lot never got to tend goal for Ghana, and probably never would. And, almost certainly – for those of that particular school of thought – the individual they might have in mind would be a certain Maxwell Owusu Banahene.By the age of 18, Banahene was already something of a legend for Ghana at youth level football, rising quickly to become one of the country’s most promising prospects at the time. As first-choice goalkeeper and team captain, he had guided the Black Starlets to silver and bronze at the U17 African Cup and World Cup respectively in 1999.Two years later, Banahene, again in the capacity of an undisputed No.1 and skipper, would lead the Black Satellites to a runners-up finish in Argentina, conceding just twice along the way, prior to being humbled 3-0 by the Javier Saviola-inspired hosts.Owu – who would later play a part in sealing Ghana’s maiden successful Fifa World Cup appearance – deputised for Banahene at the tournament, while the likes of Petr Cech (now a bona fide Chelsea and Czech Republic great), Maarten Stekelenburg (a World Cup finalist with the Netherlands in 2010) and Wilfredo Cabellero (Malaga’s Argentine goalkeeper who performed so brilliantly in this season’s Champions League) all debuted at that tournament yet were bested by the splendid Banahene. At club level – with Sekondi Hasaacas and later Liberty Professionals – he was doing just fine. This clearly was a young man who truly had the world at his feet.Not for long, though.LOSTIn 2002, Banahene’s fine progress was obstructed in the worst possible way when he suffered a career-threatening knee injury that robbed him of his present and much of his future as it appeared then.A few years later, Banahene could only watch as the Stars qualified to and appeared at the World Cup, with the contributions of goalkeepers who -good as they were – wouldn’t have considered themselves fit to tie the laces of Banahene in his pomp, as well as a good number of the players that featured alongside him at junior level. From that blessed Satellites batch alone, as many as eight played at Germany 2006 namely, Michael Essien, John Mensah, John Paintsil, Sulley Muntari, Derek Boateng, Emmanuel Addoquaye Pappoe, Razak Pimpong, and Owu. Quite tellingly, among the octet mentioned are all four players who shielded Banahene throughout the 2001 World Youth Championships in that spectacular unit constructed by coach E.K Afranie.While his colleagues have continued to shine at the highest level for Ghana, Banahene desperately sought to resolve his health issues and – quite disappointingly – for a while, he was obliged to sort them out by himself. No one else seemed too interested. Liberty, where he played as of the time misfortune struck, failed to help satisfactorily, as did the Ghana Football Association. On his own, there was only so much the young man could do.Unable to bear the considerable cost of treatment alone, Banahene had to abandon his mission of recovery and rehabilitation, for which purpose he had journeyed to England. At that point, all hope looked lost for a career which seemed set for a premature crash, having barely taken off.REDEEMEDFrom nowhere, a ‘saviour’ – one that Banahene perhaps least expected a supportive arm from – intervened. Paintsil had excelled alongside Banahene at Argentina 2001 and perhaps had greater consciousness of his former peer’s potential and plight than most. Paintsil had just secured for himself a move to England’s Fulham and saw in his own progress a fine opportunity to help a brother in misery. Banahene was invited to The Cottagers’ training complex in London where he benefitted from the club’s advanced expertise and facilities in sports medicine and physiotherapy, all at the expense of his colleague-turned-benefactor.Gradually, the former goalkeeping prodigy was nursed back to optimum form and fitness and subsequently staged a comeback at 26, an age at which he should have been reaching his peak instead. Improved as his reputation from the past was, however, Banahene never lacked suitors when he felt good enough to re-launch his career. A number of lower-tier English clubs (with whom he trained while recuperating) expressed some interest but Banahene ultimately signed for Ghanaian side Berekum Chelsea, featuring for a while in the Ghana Premier League.LOST AGAINSo scanty is information available on the player that, try as this writer did, finding reliable news on Banahene’s present bearings seemed almost impossible. For a man who has been out of public consciousness for a while, that is hardly surprising, lamentable as it is. Apparently, though, he is on Chelsea’s books no longer.Wherever Maxwell Owusu Banahene might find himself now, however, he certainly might wonder just what could have been had injury not curtailed his bright beginnings and rendered him what he would always remain to those whoever saw him play: the forgotten man of Ghanaian football.last_img read more

Alexander: Fans respond on how to fix baseball

first_img• Heil also suggested a seven-second pitch clock; hitters entitled to one timeout (i.e., stepping out of the box) per at-bat; relievers getting from the bullpen to the mound in no more than 30 seconds to make the next pitch, with no warmups; one baseball per half-inning (rather than a new ball every time one hits the dirt); and an All-Star Week that would also encompass the trade deadline and maybe the draft, too.Time, it seems, is of the essence.• Tom Cryer, maybe with Shohei Ohtani in mind, suggested allowing a player to be listed as both a pitcher and DH, similar to the NCAA rule, or alternatively allowing a DH for any player, not just the pitcher. Further, he favors limiting extra innings to a three-inning limit and then going to a home run derby to break ties. He didn’t specify whether the losing team would get a pity point, as do overtime losers in hockey shootouts.• Tim Mellin of Highland Park suggested an “open” DH rule: Five or six DH slots available, to be used wherever the manager deemed appropriate, similar to the softball rule where the player who is pinch-hit for can return in the game.• Russ Allison is awaiting expansion to 32 teams and a universal DH, and is in favor of radical realignment based on geography: Imagine a West Division with the Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Padres, A’s, D-Backs, Mariners and a Portland expansion team, for example. “Yes, maybe one step backwards (won’t feel ‘special’ to have LAA-LAD 4 times a year) but several steps forward,” he wrote. “And an attendance rocket straight up … total upside. LONG overdue.”• Vince Scipioni would bypass both the Commissioner’s office and Players Association: No more corporate ownership of teams; players’ base salary limited to $1 million a year (with advertisers making up the rest), maximum ticket prices at $25 and parking at $12, elimination of all cable/internet broadcast deals in favor of over-the-air telecasts, elimination of replay review, uniform changes only at 25-year intervals … well, you get the point. And so much for baseball’s version of capitalism.• Fred Singer of Huntington Beach wrote: “Have each team bat for three innings at a time. After three outs in the first inning, clear the bases and keep going, rinse and repeat. So much time is wasted getting players on and off the field 18 times a game.” Trust me, with all of the advertising dollars involved, there’s as much chance of that happening as of me becoming President.• Edward Lamoureaux, an Angel fan who is also a professor in the Department of Interactive Media and Department of Communication at Bradley University, has the same gripe I do with MLB.TV’s home market blackout policy, but a particular beef: “I do mind being blacked out of Angel games when they play in Chicago or St. Louis … when the Angels go to Chicago, I don’t want to be forced to go to a TV in my home with cable so I can watch the Sox or Cubs broadcast. Sometimes I’m not at home by a TV, often I’m not in a room with a TV, and I never want to listen to their calls.”Sounds fair.He also suggests altering the umpire rotation so umpires who are weak on balls and strikes don’t work the plate; making arguing balls and strikes no longer an automatic ejection, and not legislating shifts, writing: “Anyone who can’t bunt or hit the other way, and who isn’t hitting over .275, should be punished.”• Lamoureaux and Dirk Wilder of Trabuco Canyon take aim at hitters’ habit of messing with their batting gloves between pitches. “Velcro is responsible for slowing the game down,” Wilder wrote.Related Articles Actually, it’s all Nomar Garciaparra’s fault, but I get the point.• Lastly, Greg Johnstone of Ladera Ranch suggested that games could simply end in ties after four or five extra innings, and no gimmicks such as starting each extra inning with a runner at second. “Neither team wins when a game extends to 18 innings, and how many fans are left in the stadium at this point.”Those of us who witnessed Game 3 of last year’s World Series – with Dodger Stadium still nearly full in the 18th – might feel differently. Then again, the Angels exhausted their pitching staff in a 16-inning loss to Baltimore last month and went on to lose 12 of 14 and pretty much spiral out of the wild card race.At this point, they probably wouldn’t argue.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter There seem to be some common threads in the responses to last week’s “Fixing Baseball, Part II” column:I received 20 emailed responses and a couple via Twitter. The majority were from, shall we say, veteran fans. There seemed to be common agreement that games take too long, and that analytics and their spawn (such as shifts, launch angles, homers and strikeouts at the expense of putting the ball in play, and the nightly parade of relief pitchers in the late innings) have made the game less appealing.Oh, and ticket prices are too high and the TV coverage leaves something to be desired. That about cover it?By the way, the idea that older fans seem most willing to care, and to comment, should be a loud wakeup call to MLB executives. It says either (a) the younger generation is perfectly fine with the game as it is played today, or (b) younger fans don’t care enough to weigh in. My suspicion is (b), and if that’s the case nicknames on the backs of uniforms aren’t nearly enough. (Especially when you can’t see them, as will be the case this weekend, but enough of that rant.) Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Along those lines, the most intriguing suggestion came from reader Mark Heil: “Hire WWE writers. WWE understands that story lines drive interest. Baseball has become too much of a hometown sport. People don’t care the way we used to about other teams … What’s missing? The stories to make us care about the different cities. Matchups. Who is pitching against who? Add drama. Hire people to call up talk radio stations and ask the brainless homers if they saw what happened in Los Angeles last night? Root, Root, Root for the hometown – yes, but be realistic about how your team compares.”My only hesitancy would be that 162 games worth of “Monday Night Raw” would wear everyone out, players and fans alike. That said, this goes back to the sport’s inability to tap into personalities and promote its best players to a wider audience.And maybe the issue isn’t so much how they advertise, but where – specifically, maybe promoting the game to people who aren’t already watching it. Heil suggested slipping players or teams into video games or hosting “a contest on Minecraft about designing the best stadiums or replicating a stadium.”I’d hire him.Anyway, some other ideas: Horse dies after injury during workout at Del Mar On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Florida falls to Auburn after controversial no-call in SEC semis

first_imgAuburn took Florida down on Saturday to advance to the SEC championship game, but the finish wasn’t without its share of controversy.Florida, down 65-62 in the final seconds, had the ball in the game’s last possession. As Florida’s Andrew Nembhard advanced the ball up the court for a potential game-tying 3, he was fouled by a trio of Tigers both on the ground and while in the act of shooting. At the very least, he should have been allowed to go to the foul line to potentially tie the game. Unsurprisingly, social media was in an uproar about the finish. Bruce Pearl literally just said Nembhard got fouled in the post game interview on national TV. But the refs didn’t see it 😂— CONNER (@CJ_Clarke1) March 16, 2019What i would say to those refs of the Flor-Auburn game pic.twitter.com/14DFz7fMZN— Brahm (@B_Ham1) March 16, 2019The end of Florida/Auburn might have been the WORST NO CALL EVER. As in the history of no calls. As in ever. You get the pt.— keith sheSHEDSHERYL (@porkchopsuit) March 16, 2019Wow. Just watched #Auburn’s 3-on-1 Kung Fu assault on #Florida’s shooter as he attempted a last second shot. Can’t believe no foul called on that. And I’m not even a Florida fan. #SECMBB #aub— Danny Davis (@Pastor3D) March 16, 2019Nembhard has been clutch in the past for the Gators. He knocked down a 3 in the final second on Friday that lifted them past LSU — and maybe into the last four byes of the NCAA Tournament.Auburn will get the winner of Kentucky-Tennessee in the SEC championship game on Sunday. MORE: Top upsets in March Madness historyInstead, no foul was called, the shot was badly missed, and Auburn escaped with the win. It’s tough to defend the officiating on this one.somehow this was not called a foul pic.twitter.com/iVgmaDqorQ— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) March 16, 2019Auburn seemed to be attempting to intentionally foul up three points, a strategy that has gained more traction in recent years. Although the Tigers got away with it, the strategy would have backfired had a foul been called and Nembhard sunk all three free throws.last_img read more