Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out of Japan’s World Cup qualifier in Oman on November 14 due to a knee injury he suffered a week ago, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday.Kagawa was not among the 18 Europe-based players who coach Alberto Zaccheroni planned to call up for his 23-man squad for the Oman game, the association said.The 23-year-old summer signing was injured in Manchester United’s 3-2 Champions League win over Braga on October 23.He will miss the top-of-the-table Premiership game with Chelsea on Sunday as his club wanted him to be out for four weeks.Among the 18 Europe-based players are regulars such as CSKA Moscow playmaker Keisuke Honda and Inter-Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo. They also included Southampton striker Tadanari Lee, who has not played for Japan since suffering an ankle injury in March.In World Cup qualifying, Japan are leading Asian Group B with 10 points from three wins over Oman, Jordan and Iraq as well as one draw with Australia.
TRADE RUMORS: Which teams could target Kevin Love?Leonard went on to score 23 points, adding six assists and five rebounds as the Clippers won, 112-92, to move to 19-7, while the defending champion Raptors dropped to 16-8.Rivers praised the Raptors for how they received Leonard and was certain the often-reserved NBA Finals MVP had been touched by the occasion.”It’s like Maximus coming back as the gladiator,” Rivers said just before tipoff. “He was the champion and just did everything honorably and the right way. I was joking earlier that would be a great intro.”After the victory, Rivers added: “Some players just don’t let you in. But I can tell you that ovation, to him, was very heartfelt. There’s no doubt about that. It meant a lot to him.”I thought what the Raptors did overall — the video, the players coming out, all of them who played with him — that’s the best that I’ve seen since I’ve been in the league. That’s a really classy move by the organization and then by the fans as well.”The Klaw x The North pic.twitter.com/aZzzwl8g46— NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019Kyle Lowry presented Leonard’s ring and the two players shared a moment admiring the memento that contains over 640 diamonds.”I was joking with him and just showing him that the ring was nice and like it was shining too bright — we were laughing,” Leonard said, according to ESPN. “Memories probably just ran through our heads. As far as winning a championship, it pretty much has come full circle now, being able to get the ring and see where the hard work came from.”But it’s more than that. It’s just a journey. For me, as far as playing for the city, the chapter coming closed once I came over with the Clippers, but I still love the city. Those guys on the team, the players, the coaching staff, I still have love for them and wish them the best.” Asked about the video tribute and fans’ reaction when he received his ring, Leonard said: “It was great, it was a great moment. They did a great job putting it together, having all the players out there that won with me, standing there and presenting the ring. It just kind of puts you back in those spots when you were on the floor, or the locker room talk going into the game, and after the game watching those highlights.”It was a special season for us, for me and for the whole city and country. I’m just glad we were able to win. It was a blessing.”The Clippers lost Patrick Beverley to a concussion, while Pascal Siakam had a game-high 24 points for the Raptors, who have now lost four of their last five games.Title teammates foreverKawhi x Kyle in #PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/zxDfvqUge3— NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019 Clippers star Kawhi Leonard was described as “Maximus coming back as the gladiator” by coach Doc Rivers as he made a triumphant return to Toronto on Wednesday.Leonard received his championship ring in his first game back in Toronto since opting to join the Clippers in free agency after he had inspired the Canadian franchise to its first NBA title. The Raptors welcomed him back with a tribute video, and he was greeted by former teammates and coaches in the center of the court, receiving a positive reception from the home crowd.
Jamaica put in an improved showing in the second game of a three-match netball series against hosts New Zealand. However, the Sunshine Girls were defeated 38-61 yesterday (Tuesday night Jamaica time) at the Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The Jamaicans reduced the deficit from the 38-point gap seen in the first game of the series. The Sunshine Girls battled hard in the first quarter but lost ground after the scores were tied at 8-8. That segment finished 14-9 to the hosts. In game one, the score at the same stage was 18-9. In that game, the world number two-ranked Silver Ferns dominated throughout, but in game two, the third quarter was 13-13. That brought the overall score to 42-29. The New Zealanders pulled away, with a 19-9 margin in the last quarter, to a final tally of 61-38. Shantal Slater scored 23 of the Jamaican total from 29 attempts. Turnovers by the Jamaican girls went down from 43 in the first match to 37. The final match of the took place last night at the Energy Event Centre in Rotorua.