Surrey coach Michael Di Venuto has said he is interested in signing the disgraced Australian stars, Steve Smith and David Warner, for a county stint this season.Smith and Warner were handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia (CA) for their involvement in the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa in March.Warner was identified as the chief conspirator in the cheating row which also saw Smith stripped of the Australian captaincy besides a one-year ban. Like Warner, Smith also lost his IPL contract. Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months and lost his contract with an English county side.(Steve Smith’s father dumps son’s cricket kit in family garage, says ‘He will be fine’)Surrey is missing the services of their overseas signing for the season Mitchell Marsh who is currently unavailable due to an ankle injury. South Africa’s opening batsman Dean Elgar will also vacate a place after his stint gets over in May.WATCH DAVID WARNER’S EMOTIONAL APOLOGYWith two overseas places up for grabs, Di Venuto, who was Australia’s batting coach until 2016, is keen in roping in the banned Australian duo. However, Surrey will have to take approval from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) before offering Smith and Warner a contract.(Ball-tampering scandal: Teary-eyed David Warner fails to win social media sympathy)”From an Australian perspective, it is probably important that they play a bit of cricket at some stage,” Di Venuto said.”I don’t know if they are allowed to play in this competition. I know what it states in their sanctions that they can’t play domestic cricket in Australia. We have got a relationship with Mitch to see how he goes with his ankle but we have got a spot we have got to fill as well.(Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith and David Warner out of IPL 2018)advertisement”So, if they are in the right mental state to play cricket and the ECB will have to allow it to start with, then we’d be mad not to look at some of the world’s best players potentially playing,” he added.While Smith and Bancroft garnered public sympathy after their emotional press conferences, a teary-eyed Warner faced further wrath for evading key questions from the media.The incident took place on the third day of the third Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town last month.Smith and Bancroft confessed to their mistakes in orchestrating a plan to gain an unfair advantage over South Africa in the Cape Town Test.Smith and Warner were handed one year bans from international and domestic cricket after Cricket Australia completed its probe while Bancroft, who was caught on camera rubbing sandpaper on the ball, was slapped with a nine-month suspension.The tainted trio also lost their central contracts following the entire episode.
Crystal Palace striker Sorloth on his way to AA Gentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth is on his way to AA Gent.Sorloth, reports VG, will join Gent on-loan – which will extend into next season.Jess Thorup, the Gent coach, is driving the deal having worked with the Norway striker at FC Midtjylland.He is leaving just as Palace wrap up a loan deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.Sorloth has managed just one goal for Palace. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devil drives between defenders Brice Johnson #11, Marcus Paige #5 and Marcus Paige #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Duke stars Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow seem like locks to be lottery picks on June 25, when the 2015 NBA Draft rolls around. Point guard Tyus Jones has a great shot at being a first round pick. Senior guard Quinn Cook? He was vital to Duke’s success this season, but his NBA potential is a little less clear. Well, at least to those who didn’t play with him on the 2015 national championship team.Basketball Insiders‘ Alex Kennedy wrote a great piece on Cook’s NBA prospects, and spoke to Okafor, who had nothing but praise for his former [email protected] praised @QCook323 and said he’d love to play with Quinn again. Full article: http://t.co/1lRWwrBv01 pic.twitter.com/p4ZfERqzrL— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 17, 2015Cook is ranked as the No. 55 prospect in the draft by Draft Express, but the site’s mock draft doesn’t have him being selected. While the other three Blue Devils all look like safe bets to be drafted, we imagine Duke fans would like nothing more than to see Cook land with a team. If that team winds up being Okafor’s? They’d probably sell a bunch of gear in North Carolina.[Basketball Insiders]
76ers’ Jrue Holiday was big.It had been a while since Philadelphia won a playoff game, in Boston, but Monday night the 76ers were undaunted by that gory past — and the Celtics considerable home-court advantage.Doug Collins’ band of young, talented players held it together in the fourth quarter — unlike in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series — and earned an 82-81 victory to even the series at 1-1 and assume home-court advantage.Seocnd-year forward Evan Turner made the driving, go-ahead layup with 40.4 seconds left and Phlly held off with six straight free throws down the stretch. Turner finished with 10 points, including his layup that put the Sixers up 76-75. He added two free throws with 12 seconds to go.Guard Jrue Holiday scored 18 points and Andre Iguodala added 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Sixers, who blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Celtics won Game 1.Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ray Allen scored 17 points for the Celtics.Game 3 is Wednesday in Philadelphia.Philadelphia led 57-49 entering the fourth, but Boston tied it twice before going up 72-71 on Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer, setting off a series of shots from beyond the arc.Holiday answered with a 3 for the Sixers, then Ray Allen got the lead right back for the Celtics on a 3-pointer with 1:40 left. The Celtics had a chance to extend the lead after forcing the Sixers into a 24-second shot clock violation, but Rondo missed a shot and Iguodala got the rebound, leading to Turner’s layup to put the Sixers up 76-75 with 40.4 seconds to go.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett sprained his MCL in the first half of an Oct. 25 game against Penn State, but stayed in to lead the Buckeyes to a 31-24 double-overtime win.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Urban Meyer said his quarterback had a sprained MCL, some Ohio State fans might have cringed — for good reason.It’s the second straight season the third-year OSU coach has seen his starting quarterback suffer that injury, after all. But unlike then-junior Braxton Miller — who missed two games and all but the opening drive of another with the same injury in 2013 — redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to play this weekend after hurting his knee on Saturday against Penn State.On Monday, Meyer stressed that Barrett would play in the Buckeyes’ Saturday matchup with Illinois, and the quarterback reiterated the same point — barring unforeseen circumstances — on Wednesday.“It would have to be something drastic happen between now and Saturday at 8 o’clock,” Barrett said. “But I plan on playing Saturday.”During the Big Ten teleconference on Tuesday, Meyer said he expected Barrett to be “full-go” at practice on Wednesday, but that didn’t quite end up being the case.“He went — I wouldn’t say quite full — be he’ll be full tomorrow, they’re telling us,” Meyer said after Wednesday’s practice. “He did good, real good.”Barrett said practice went “fine” for him, and added he did most of the things he would normally do at practice, but not everything.“I was limited at first, but then today got out there and did team stuff at the end, which was good,” he said.“Dropping back, jogging a little bit, just normal things.”Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker agreed that Barrett seemed “fine” in practice, and said the quarterback was trying to make sure he takes care of his knee.“Obviously he is trying to be careful with his knee, you don’t want to tweak it anymore,” Decker said Wednesday. “Hope to have him as healthy as possible coming back for the game, but he has looked fine to me.”While he’s been limited in practice since the injury, Barrett didn’t miss any significant time during the Buckeyes’ double-overtime win against the Nittany Lions. In fact, he ran for 32 yards during the extra periods and scored both of OSU’s overtime touchdowns on the ground.On the other hand, Miller originally hurt his knee during the Buckeyes’ opening drive in their second game of the 2013 season against San Diego State University, and didn’t return to the field until week five against Wisconsin.Despite the stark contrast in the amount of time missed, Meyer said Barrett’s injury is “very similar” to the one Miller suffered just over a year earlier. But he was sure to stick to his expertise when addressing why Barrett could play when Miller could not.“I’m not a doctor,” Meyer said. “(Barrett’s injury is) probably not as severe.”Meyer added that MCL sprains are fairly common and don’t require surgery, and went on to say some players simply react differently to injuries.“Everybody is built differently, I guess, but once again, I’m not a doctor,” he said.As he decided to leave speculation out of the picture and trust the medical experts when it comes to the differences between Miller’s injury and Barrett’s, Meyer said he listened to his medical staff after the initial injury as well.“At halftime, they said he got an MCL sprain,” Meyer said. “I said, ‘how bad?’ And they said, ‘well, we’ll see how it goes.’”Apart from one drive when redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson all took snaps, Barrett didn’t miss any game time after spraining his knee.Barrett — who tore his right ACL in the last game he played at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, before spraining his left MCL against the Nittany Lions — said he’d never played through a similar injury in the past. He added he wouldn’t have stepped back on the field if he wasn’t fully ready to play.“I’ve actually really never played with an injury to this degree,” he said. “But I knew that I could take a drop, I could run, so it was just one of those things like, ‘Hey man, if you play, you play.’ It’s not like going in there half stepping, because if so, the team could use a Cardale Jones that could go full-go.”Even after playing through it on Saturday, Decker said Barrett is likely still hurting in practice this week.“I’m sure he has got some pain but he played the whole second half with it, so I have no doubts that he will be back and be ready,” he said.Barring “something drastic,” Barrett is set to lead the Buckeyes against the Fighting Illini on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Romelu Lukaku believes the goals will come eventually once he has fully clicked with his teammates at Manchester UnitedThe 25-year-old striker netted 27 times in 51 games for his maiden campaign at Old Trafford following a £75m move from Everton.But Lukaku has struggled to score goals in his second season at United with just four strikes in 12 appearances across all competitions.However, Lukaku has no such problems with the Belgium team after scoring five times in his last four outings for the national side.Now the Belgian has suggested that part of his United struggles could come down to having a closer bond with his international teammates ahead of the club’s Champions League game against Juventus.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I don’t know,” said Lukaku in a pre-match press conference on the United Youtube. “With Belgium, I’ve been playing for 10 years, since I was 16. Players know me much more.“Here I still think my teamwork between myself and my teammates can improve and be much better. It’s something that we’re working.“The players need to know me and know my movement. When that starts clicking I think the results I have with Belgium will also come here.”Lukaku, who earlier revealed his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo, hasn’t scored for United in his last seven appearances ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Juventus.The Red Devils are second in Group H with four points from two games.
Sergio Busquets praised fellow teammate Malcom calling him a great player who is working hard following his goal in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan.“We dominated the game, although in the second half they pushed us,” the midfielder disclosed to Football Espana after Tuesday’s Champions League clash.“We scored and they equalised from a silly ball. We wanted to go through as group leaders.“We had a very good first half, with some great chances. We defended very well but without success in the end. The second half was more open.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Malcom’s a great player. He’s working hard to get minutes and his goal will come in handy for him.“We didn’t play well in the Copa, but some of the criticism was unfair. He’ll help us a lot until the end of the season.“When Lionel got injured, we lost some imbalance. We’ve all taken a step forward, except during the game against Rayo.“We’ve given everything and when Messi returns, we’ll be even stronger.”
For the Juventus manager, the Italian Lega Serie A has what it takes to fight racism but “there’s fear to make decisions.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes there’s an easy way to combat racism in the Italian Lega Serie A.But according to him, there is a fear of making decisions stopping this fight.“This isn’t anything new, many have spoken about it just to fill their mouths,” Allegri said to Sport 360.“It’s very, very easy, it’s not a matter of splitting an atom in four. There are devices in the stadiums to identify who isn’t respecting the rules.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“If I’m not mistaken, the person who threw a banana at Aubameyang can’t go into stadiums anymore. In Italy, we have a problem: there’s fear to make decisions,” he added.“We are all scared of taking important decisions because these are very unpopular. You get him and you give him a lifetime ban.”“And then the second point [on making an on-pitch response]; say there is a penalty and racist abuse starts, what are we supposed to do?” he commented.“This thing amuses me because I have heard many pundits saying this and that. In Italy, we are world champions in these cases. Instead of hushing and acting, we all make big speeches when it’s better to hush.”
Robbie Keane believes that Tottenham are “on the verge of something special” under Mauricio Pochettino and expects the Argentine to prolong his stay at the club.Despite several reports linking Pochettino to the United job, former Spurs striker Robbie is convinced he’s going nowhere.“I’m very convinced he’ll be here for a long time,” Keane told Sky Sports.“He’s said so many times that he’s happy at the club. He’s said he’s building something very, very exciting.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He hasn’t won anything since he’s been here but the progress since he’s come in… when Jamie (Redknapp) and I were here, Tottenham were a mid-table team, maybe getting to a quarter-final.“It went on another step under Martin Jol. Harry (Redknapp) then came in and did an exceptional job. This club is moving forward with (Pochettino) at the helm. It’s important he stays here.“For him to win something at this club, for what he’s built, would be great for the team. He’s turned people like Harry Kane and Dele Alli into superstars. It’s been amazing, so it’s important for the club and Daniel Levy to keep him here.“Winning a trophy needs to be as soon as possible but what he’s done in the last few years has been exceptional. I think they’re on the verge, Tottenham, of doing something special.”