The Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has made huge waves in MLB in recent weeks as players continue to criticize commissioner Rob Manfred and the way he handled the situation. The story’s reached the point that players in other sports are taking notice, with NBA superstar LeBron James weighing in via Twitter on Tuesday. Even Mike Trout, the game’s brightest, albeit often dullest and least quotable star, voiced displeasure over the lack of punishment for the Houston players.”I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything,” Trout said. “It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected, a lot of people lost jobs. It was tough.”And now the controversy has caught the attention of the NBA’s most well-known player. Manfred’s made it a point of emphasis to bring more attention to the game of baseball, but this likely isn’t what he had in mind, and it seems like it’s going to keep coming for the foreseeable future. Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your…..— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 18, 2020players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball(⚾️) is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports! #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 18, 2020The Astros, of course, won the World Series in 2017, a season they cheated by relaying signs through trashcan banging and other means. MLB punished members of the club’s front office and docked draft picks, but players were not reprimanded nor was their championship stripped. James’ comments are more negative publicity for Manfred, who has become an unpopular MLB figure amid this scandal. Earlier this week, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner went took on Manfred by name after the commissioner referenced the Astros’ 2017 World Series trophy — which is called the Commissioner’s Trophy — as “a piece of metal.”“Calling the World Series trophy a piece of metal,…..the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says commissioner on it,” Justin Turner to me today about the MLB Astros cheating crisis and Ron Manfred’s explanation. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/Sq3XHWE8W6— Liz Habib (@LizHabib) February 17, 2020MORE: MLB players rip Astros over sign-stealing scandalAtlanta Braves veteran outfielder Nick Markakis, who’s long been one of baseball’s quietest players, didn’t hold back his frustration.“To see something like that, it’s damaging to baseball. It’s anger. I feel like every single guy over there needs a beating,” Markakis told reporters Tuesday morning as he reported to spring training.“I know as players we do not agree with what they did. We don’t stand behind them and never will we support them for their actions. I think they got off pretty easy. They are going to be able to go out there and compete with no ramifications at all,” Markakis said of the lack of punishment for players. “I think the commissioner completely handed it the wrong way, but that’s the way he did it. That’s the way we got to live with it. I know a lot of people disagree with him. The way he handled the situation he should be embarrassed of himself.”
WASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is doing his best to straddle a very thin line as to whether President Trump’s tweet on Sunday about four Democratic women in Congress was racist.Grassley was asked about the president’s tweet, which said the four black, Muslim or Hispanic women should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Grassley did not specifically call the comment racist, but did address the topic.“Racism is wrong,” Grassley says. “I think the American people deserve more civility in their politics. I hope I promote civility. If I haven’t, I ought to be called out for it.” Democrats in the U.S. House say they’ll pass a resolution condemning the president’s tweet as racist.Grassley, a Republican, is remaining on the fence. “Democratic elected officials should avoid name-calling,” Grassley says. “Everybody ought to be treated respectfully. That’s true of these members of Congress and that’s true of the president.”Reports say Iowa’s other U.S. Senator, Republican Joni Ernst, when asked Monday if she thought Trump’s comment was racist, said, “Yeah, I do.” Later, Ernst was asked by a CNN reporter to repeat her statement as to whether the comment was racist. She responded, “Uh, yeah. They’re American citizens,” and called the president’s comment “not constructive” and “not helpful.”The president’s tweet targeted New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Omar is the only one of the four who was born outside the U-S. She came here as a refugee from Somalia as a child.
Guardiola’s planning: “We have to start the season later after the summer. We have one game a week for a long time and then we start having two or three a week. We have two games in two weeks and then 72 in one. It’s a bit strange”.Injuries: “With this amount of games, the players fall apart. I’m not surprised. I’m very sorry for Kane and Rashford. The authorities should reflect on it, but all the managers complained and don’t care. Rest of only two or three days, again and again. Players suffer. “Fatigue: “The clubs want to do well. They have a lot of pressure to win or qualify for the Champions League and we push and push. The body says enough is enough.”Example in your template: “Sterling has played more than 3,000 minutes. His performance continues to be quite similar. He may not have scored in recent games, but there is no doubt with him.” English football clubs are loaded with Christmas games and the month of January for the existence of two drinks and the increase of the Premier’s days in festivities. For years, in fact, the failure of British teams in Europe has been attributed to fatigue from their own competition system. Now, Pep Guardiola has dared to publicly ask the regulators of the king sport in England the disappearance of the EFL Cup: “Eliminate this competition. People can live without football for a while. It’s too much.”End to the League Cup: “Eliminate this competition. So there will be fewer games, fewer competitions, less teams, more quality and less quantity. People can live without football for a while. This is too much.”
He Naples was the first Serie A team to use for 25 of its workers the ‘cassa integrazione’, a social buffer that the Italian stadium grants to companies in crisis, a measure also chosen by Rome and Sampdoria in this coronavirus emergency.During March and April, then, employees will receive 80% of their normal salary up to a maximum of 1,400 euros per month, while the players have not yet reached an agreement for their cut, which according to the Serie A direction line will be four months if the postponed matches cannot be recovered and two if, in the end, it will be possible. A difficult time for the families of the “azzurri” workers, whose payments are far from those of the soccer stars. So, Rino Gattuso, Cristiano Giuntoli and all the footballers in the squad decided to intervene to help them financially in the coming days.A gesture praised by tifosi and the Neapolitan press, that he was born from the coach and the sports director and that, immediately, he received the participation of all the footballers, who in recent weeks have already carried out several solidarity events for the hospitals in the southern city.
PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — NLEX may not acknowledge the Philippine Arena as its home court, but that won’t stop Kiefer Ravena from making it his house.Playing for the second time inside the world’s largest indoor arena, the super rookie was sensational once again, going for 23 points, three rebounds, and three steals in the Road Warriors’ 93-90 victory over Blackwater on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s just the kind of performance one could ask from Ravena, who had 22 points and five assists in NLEX’s 115-104 Christmas Day win against GlobalPort.“It’s not so often that you play in this kind of atmosphere. It’s not everyday that the PBA plays here, so I’m making the most of the opportunity here and again, we’re just doing our job to make it to the next round,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRavena’s explosive outing, which coincided with Kevin Alas catching fire from downtown in the payoff period, is just the kind of showing the Road Warriors need as they proceed to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.And with NLEX winning its last four games, the 24-year-old guard is hopeful that the team would be able to sustain its momentum going to the playoffs. LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “It’s nice that anyone from the team can play well. Now, it’s Kevin and with that performance, it’s the right time for him to regain his confidence, the Kevin Alas of last year. For us, it’s always a good sign when other players step up. It’s huge when everybody’s contributing,” he said.The job, however, isn’t over as the Road Warriors still have one last game scheduled on February 28 against TNT before the quarterfinals.Despite NLEX already clinching a playoff berth, Ravena promised to have no letups as the team aims for a better seeding.“We have TNT last game and you know they’re gonna fight for that spot. They’re not out yet, the odds are against them but for now, it’s all about positioning for us,” he said. “Even though we’re secured of the quarterfinals, we want to continue the momentum and finish as high as we can.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacres redeems self in UST win over Adamson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed
Ceres-Negros seeks a repeat of its conquest a week ago when it battles Myanmar’s Shan United on Wednesday this time at Thuwunna Stadium in the AFC Cup in Yangon.The Busmen overcame a resolute stand by the Burmese champions for a 2-0 victory that kept them on top of Group F. Shan is in third with three points, a point behind Home United of Singapore, which hosts Boeung Ket of Cambodia.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES A victory by the Philippines Football League champions in the 5:30 p.m. match will push them closer to a berth in the knockout stage of the tournament.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic expects an even tougher outing against Shan, which only conceded in the 78th minute in their March 6 showdown at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Surely it will be a very hard game for us,” said the Serbian. “It will be the hardest game we still have in the AFC Cup. We played Shan United twice and both were very hard games. We won in Bacolod. But it was the lucky first goal.” Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Generika-Ayala struggles past Smart in Grand Prix Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
TAYLOR, B.C. – A weekend softball tournament in Taylor has raised over $19,000 towards the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund.This year saw the largest showing in the tournament’s five-year history, with 24 teams in competition split up into three divisions. In the finals on Sunday afternoon, D. Crew ended up taking the title in the A Division against McGlovin, Victorious Secret did, in fact, end up victorious in the B Division, while B&C Rail took the C Division title.Hospital foundation spokesperson Jessica Kalman says that organisers nearly doubled their $10,000 goal, raising a total of over $19,000. Kalman added that every single team that won money donated it back to the hospital. In the past five years, the tournament has helped raise over $60,000 for the hospital.- Advertisement – The Arnie Isberg Memorial 1-Pitch tournament at the Taylor ball diamonds. File photo. The 5th Annual Arnie Isberg One-Pitch tournament at the Taylor ball diamonds. Photo by Chris Newton.
4 4 4 Jackson Martinez (Porto) – Click the arrows to view more strikers – The Colombian has gone goal crazy in Portugal, netting 60 goals in 91 games for Porto and has already admitted he would love a move to Arsenal the club he has supported all his life. The Gunners are understood to have held discussions with the 25-year-old but that was prior to Alexis Sanchezs arrival and since then things have gone a tad quiet. Martinez has made it known he would happily accept a move to the Emirates but it will take £35m to prise him away from Estadio do Dragao. Javier Hernandez (Manchester United) – The Red Devils forward has proven since moving to Old Trafford in 2010 that he has an eye for goal. A natural poacher, he is quite possibly the exact type of player Arsenal are crying out for. Currently he is one of six United players who are thought to be having their futures assessed by new boss Louis van Gaal. But should the Dutchman conclude his time is up, then Arsene Wenger should act quickly to snap up the Mexico international for what is likely to be only £7m. 4 Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) – Click the arrows to view more strikers – The difficult Italian striker is well known on these shores and Arsenal have been linked with a move for his services all summer. The Italy international Englands scourge in their World Cup match is thought to be available for £15.8million and while almost double the fee Liverpool are paying for Remy, he is younger and is considered more of an explosive star, both on and off the pitch. Wilfried Bony (Swansea) – Click the arrows to view more strikers – Liverpool and Arsenal have competed for various players this summer. Alexis Sanchez chose the Gunners while it seems Remy has opted for the Reds. Bony is another player both have cast their eye over with the Merseyside club reportedly agreeing terms for the Ivory Coast international but failing to meet Swanseas £20m valuation. Brendan Rodgers decision to bring Remy to Anfield indicates he is no longer interested in the Jacks forward and with the striker making it obvious he wants a move to a top six club, Arsenal could benefit from Liverpools failure to bring in the 25-year-old, who scored 25 goals in his debut season on English soil. Loic Remy and Arsenal were meant to be. It was always thought the French striker would head to the Emirates, particularly when he was spotted in the stands at the Gunners’ last home game of the season. But somehow it appears he is now on his way to Liverpool for £8.5m instead.It’s fair to say Gooners are used to Arsene Wenger’s dithering in the transfer market in recent seasons, but this one left a particularly sore mark as they always felt the QPR forward was bound to move to north London. Remy has history of doing the unexpected – QPR signed him from right under the noses of Newcastle, who thought they had a deal tied up – but while Arsenal fans are unimpressed by their failure to land the France international it should not be all doom and gloom.Wenger has since said he is not looking for new strikers but with plenty of time left in the transfer market, he could yet change his mind and as these players prove, there are still options out there for the Gunners.Click the arrows to view four forwards Arsenal could sign.
But United were unable to match their city rivals, slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Wolves to hand interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a second consecutive defeat.In a dramatic game in south Wales, Championship side Swansea were 2-0 up against Premier League leaders City shortly before the half hour through a Matt Grimes penalty and fine strike by Bersant Celina.But Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back in the 69th minute and the visitors went for the kill, drawing level after an Aguero penalty hit a post and went in off goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.The City pressure intensified and Aguero had the final word in the 88th minute with a stooping header to complete a stunning fightback.It was a lucky escape for City as replays showed Raheem Sterling was fortunate to win the penalty that led to the equaliser, while Aguero was marginally offside for the winner.“If it is not penalty, and it is offside like the people say, I’m sorry,” Guardiola said.“They ask all the clubs about the VAR (video assistant referee) and all around Europe the VAR is there and here it’s not. I don’t like to lose games when the decisions are wrong but the referees don’t want to make wrong decisions, but they must be helped.”Having already won the League Cup and advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals, City remain in the hunt for an unprecedented clean sweep of all four major trophies.– Off-key United –Wolves are in the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998 after dumping out Manchester United © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYTwelve-time FA Cup winners United were below par as they followed up last week’s Premier League defeat at Arsenal with a meek exit at Molineux.Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota sent Wolves into the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 21 years with two goals in six second-half minutes, with United only having Marcus Rashford’s late consolation to show for their efforts.United never convinced and could have lost by more, with Sergio Romero turning Jimenez’s header on to the bar and denying Jota.“I’m very proud of the players. We had composure, shape, good running,” said Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo.“It means a lot because we know how big Wolves were in the 1950s and 1960s and there are people in the stadium who have memories of that. To try to achieve the same is much, much harder now but we will try step by step.”Disappointed Solskjaer, who had only suffered two defeats in 18 games before the Wolves match, described the performance as “a big step backwards”.“We’ve had a great run and now we’ve had two defeats. Against Arsenal we just couldn’t score and today was poor, the poorest we’ve played,” he said.“I’m here until the summer, we’ve got loads to play for in the league and the Champions League.”Andre Gray fired Watford into the semi-finals with his late strike against Crystal Palace © AFP / Ian KINGTONIn the early game on Saturday Andre Gray came off the bench to fire Watford into last four with a late winner in their 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.Javi Gracia’s side had taken the lead through Etienne Capoue’s first-half strike before Michy Batshuayi equalised for Palace after the interval.Championship side Millwall host Premier League side Brighton on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City are still in the hunt for a clean sweep of four major trophies after coming back to win at Swansea © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 17 – Manchester City produced a stunning comeback against Swansea on Saturday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals and keep their quadruple dreams alive as Wolves sent Manchester United crashing out.Pep Guardiola’s team roared back from a two-goal half-time deficit to score three times after the break, with Sergio Aguero grabbing a disputed late winner in a 3-2 victory.
29 29 A new season and everyone knows what that means – new kits!Most of Europe’s top sides have released their new ensembles for the forthcoming season as they prepare to wear them for the first time on their preseason tours.CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE CONFIRMED AND RUMOURED PREMIER LEAGUE KITS FOR THE 2016/17 SEASONBut which one of Europe’s elite clubs boasts the best kit this time?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT ranks all the official home and away kits released by the top clubs in Europe. 29 10. Juventus away – Proof that simplicity is good 29 29 29 26. Leicester City home – Just a little bit plain 29 5. Borussia Dortmund away – Dear Bayern Munich, this is how you make a grey shirt look good 29 9. Manchester United away – A nice nod to the kit worn by the 1968 European Champions 29 29 29 22. Tottenham home – Purely for the number of players with their shirts tucked in 6. Atletico Madrid home – Never change a classic 29 15. Paris Saint-Germain home – A solid effort 29 29 23. Arsenal home – Normally one of the nicer kits, but the collar ruins it 29. Chelsea away – click the arrow, right, to see which of Europe’s elite has the best kit – It looks a bit like someone has attacked it with a highlighter 29 20. Paris Saint-Germain away – Not awful, but not great 29 24. Atletico Madrid away – The gold detracts from the intimidation factor an all black kit should offer 14. Leicester City away – Okay, this this actually their third kit, but it is much nicer than the red away one 16. AC Milan home – Too many vertical lines for this too be any higher 19. Manchester City home – The sleeves let this kit down 29 4. Barcelona home – Beautiful, until you see the price tag (£100 for a short sleeve shirt) 11. Liverpool away – A much better effort that the home kit the red and black go together well 17. Chelsea home – Nice little detailing with the lions stitched into the blue 13. Borussia Dortmund home – Dortmund always manage a good kit 29 29 18. Juventus home – Not a huge fan of the double vertical stripes 28. Liverpool home – The collar, the shoulders, the yellow just no 29 29 21. Real Madrid away – The designers of this kit were clearly huge fans of the Sky One football drama Dream Team 29 29 29 7. Tottenham away – Hopefully Spurs wear this one more than their terrible golden third kit 27. Bayern Munich away – Even Xabi Alonso cant pull off this much grey 29 3. Real Madrid home – Just look at that collar … 25. Barcelona away – Purple not working here 29 8. Inter Milan away – One of Europes best away kits 29 12. AC Milan away – A strong contender 29 2. Bayern Munich home – … but it’s even better in red 29 1. Inter Milan home – Another team that never drifts too far from a classic, and this is one of them