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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Man Utd defeat against Arsenal ‘hurt’

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Man Utd defeat against Arsenal ‘hurt’ Arsenal strengthened their grip on a top four place with a win over Manchester United last weekend (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is still ‘hurt’ by Manchester United’s defeat by Arsenal last weekend.After the high of completing an unprecedented Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, United were brought crashing back down to earth by Unai Emery’s side at the Emirates.Arsenal strengthened their position in the increasingly competitive race for Champions League qualification with a 2-0 victory which came courtesy of goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.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 Advertisement Bernd Leno was in outstanding form against Manchester United last weekend (Picture: Getty)United missed several gilt-edged chances and hit the woodwork twice, while Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Bernd Leno for keeping a rare clean sheet.ADVERTISEMENT‘You’re always measured on results,’ said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday FA Cup quarter-final at Wolves.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But we played a good game against Arsenal, played so much worse and won games and that’s the strange thing when you’re a manager you can look behind the result and say that was a good performance didn’t get what we deserved.‘It’s so strange, the Arsenal one, very disappointed in the result it hurts more than anything.‘But we can’t look at the performance and say we were s**t because we weren’t, to be honest and blunt, we weren’t, we played well.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 10:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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CARICOM health ministers to tackle mental health

first_img Sharing is caring! Share GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Health ministers at the 21st meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), which ended on Saturday in Georgetown, Guyana, have agreed that mental health would be a high priority on the region’s health agenda.The decision came in the wake of calls on Friday morning at the opening ceremony by Guyana’s Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, for concerted efforts to tackle mental health in a similar manner as other risk factors to chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs)Ramsammy, who spoke passionately about the matter, reminded the meeting of health ministers, chief medical officers and other stakeholders in health that neuro- psychiatric illnesses represented a particularly disabling problem within the region.“No one can deny that neuro-psychiatric illnesses represent a major burden of disease area, but our collective response has been low profiled and inadequate,” he said.The report of the Caribbean Commission on Health and Development in 2005 that emanated from the Nassau Declaration 2001 — the Health of the Region is the Wealth of the Region — did address the issue of mental health; and CARICOM heads of government had subsequently mandated the development of a regional plan for mental health.Unfortunately, it has been difficult to obtain reliable data on the epidemiology of mental illness in the Caribbean. However, when isolated studies were done for individual populations the prevalence rates of the major mental illnesses were not very different from those reported regionally. Analysis of direct and indirect costs of the two major mental illnesses – depression and schizophrenia – in one member state for example revealed the astonishing figure of JA$3.8 billion (US$44.8 million) for one year.It was against this background that the COHSOD viewed mental health as one of the primary contributing risk factors to chronic non-communicable diseases and resolved that this matter – whether or not it was placed on the global agenda — would definitely be on the health agenda of CARICOM countries.Ramsammy, who led the closing press conference of the COHSOD on Saturday, announced that mental health would be included in the priority concerns of the region going to the United Nations high level meeting on chronic disease prevention in New York in September.He was of the opinion that mental health was not getting the attention it deserved and avowed that CARICOM would again take the lead in launching an offensive against this health problem, thus ensuring that it was not only “talked about,” but would receive the attention it should be given in the Caribbean.Caribbean News Now Share Tweetcenter_img 24 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle CARICOM health ministers to tackle mental health by: – April 20, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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‘Infamous Few’ set to ride for MVFD

first_imgMetamora, In. — The Infamous Few will rumble down the roads of Franklin County to support the Metamora Volunteer Fire Department Saturday, July 7.The ride starts at the Pioneer Restaurant & Grill and ends at the fire department with a meal at 5 p.m. Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $20-per-rider and $5 for passengers.At the fire department, there will be a dunk tank, bounce house, a parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks. There will also be shirts, patches and other cool swag available for purchase.last_img

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AG Curtis Hill announces changes to leadership team

first_imgIndianapolis, In. – Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced changes to his executive leadership team.Joan Blackwell, who has served as Chief of Staff since 2017, has been named General Counsel for the Office of the Attorney General.Previously, Blackwell worked as an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg, where she focused her practice on bankruptcy, commercial law and litigation matters; as a section chief in the Office of the Attorney General under a previous administration; and as a staff attorney to the Hon. Frank J. Otte of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana. Currently, Blackwell also teaches courses at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.“Joan is an excellent lawyer and a truly outstanding member of the legal profession,” Attorney General Hill said.Mary Beth Bonaventura, who has worked as Special Counsel for the past year, has been named Chief of Staff for the Office of the Attorney General. Before joining the office, Bonaventura worked as Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Prior to heading that agency, Bonaventura served 31 years as a judge in Northwest Indiana. At the conclusion of her judicial service, she was Senior Judge for the Lake County Superior Court, Juvenile Division – one of the state’s toughest juvenile court systems.“Mary Beth has an impressive breadth of leadership experience,” Attorney General Hill said. “She is uniquely qualified to oversee the multiple functions of our office as we continue to work hard every day serving the people of Indiana.”last_img read more

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Yellow card: I deserve it, but I was rude to ‘an idiot’ — Mourinho

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Jose Mourinho branded Southampton’s goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes “an idiot” after they clashed in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at St Mary’s. Mourinho received a yellow card from referee Mike Dean after the altercation in the second half, where the Portuguese was understood to be annoyed at time-wasting tactics from the Saints. The Tottenham boss’ frustration boiled over after watching his side labour to a poor defeat, as well as losing striker Harry Kane to injury on the south coast, where Danny Ings’ first-half goal gave the hosts the points. Asked about the incident after the game, Mourinho said: “I think the yellow card is fair because I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot. “And for some reason, I was rude, but I was and because I was I deserve the yellow card.” Southampton counterpart Ralph Hassenhuttl played dumb on the incident. “I cannot tell anything, I’m so concentrated on my game, I can only look at what I can teach my players,” he said. “I don’t want to say anything. I have a very high opinion about this manager – he did so much for football. “To win against his team is one thing that is interesting me today. It is not easy to play such a strong side.” Mourinho was perhaps deflecting from what was a disappointing showing against the Saints as Spurs’ top-four hopes suffered another blow. He also heavily criticised VAR after a possible penalty for a foul on Dele Alli in the first half was not reviewed, while Kane had a goal chalked off for offside in the action where the striker injured himself. “For me the referees are not the referees,” he said. “I think the VAR should change their name because Video Assistant Referee is not true. “It should be VR – Video Referee – because they are the referees. It is strange. You see the refs on pitch and they not the refs, they are the assistants. “The other guys in the office are the ones who make the big decisions of the game. In relation to the offsides, we had Harry Kane’s goal against Brighton disallowed for offside by I don’t know what margin.”Tags: Andrew SparkesJose MourinhoMike DeanSouthamptonTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

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Sturridge: Team can plug Suarez gap

first_imgDaniel Sturridge is ready to step up and fill the sizeable gap left by Luis Suarez in the Liverpool attack – but says his team-mates need to do likewise as they begin life without the prolific Uruguayan. Suarez finished as Liverpool’s leading scorer in each of his three seasons at Anfield, including netting 31 goals in the Barclays Premier League last term as the Reds claimed a top-two spot. However, Brendan Rodgers’ men will not be able to rely on Suarez next term after the 27-year-old was sold to Barcelona for a club-record £75million this summer. It will not be easy to replace Suarez’s goals or his all-round contribution to the team, but England striker Sturridge insists there is more than enough talent at Liverpool to ensure the Reds continue moving forward. The 24-year-old, who was second to Suarez in the Premier League scoring charts last term with 21 goals, said in several national newspapers: ” It was a unique partnership, and I wish Luis all the best. We shared some good times together. We created history with our goals and became the most successful Liverpool partnership in one season. “But in terms of next season for the goals, I’ll step up myself and everyone has to. It’s everyone’s job to do that, the new boys who have come in as well as the players who have been there all season. “We will move forward as a team.” Although Suarez has gone, Rodgers has been busy adding to his squad this summer, with England internationals Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana being brought in along with Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren. Sturridge believes the future looks bright for the 18-time English champions, adding: ” This is a huge club, with a lot of players who can step up. Luis has left. That’s football, he’s moved on. “For me, with the signings the manager has made – exciting players, young players, up-and-comers as they call them – we are going to have that winning mentality. “We will still have the mentality to move forward, be an exciting squad, playing attacking football and that’s the Liverpool way. “Whether we are underdogs or favourites (next season), it will not change our mentality. We are a young, hungry squad looking to put our stamp down, not just in the Premier League but Europe as well.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Former Badgers ready to try their luck in NFL

first_imgKelsey Fenton / The Badger HeraldTravis Frederick perfectly fits the mold of a Wisconsin offensive line product. At 6-foot-4 and 338 pounds, he is the type of burly blocker who bulldozes opponents instead of relying on quick feet to dance in the trenches with an oncoming pass rusher.The top-rated center in this year’s draft, Frederick also collected 13 starts at left guard for UW and could see time at either spot, depending on the needs of whatever NFL roster he lands on. He anchored the Badgers’ line in 2012, starting all 14 games at center, earning a spot on the first team all-Big Ten squad and proving himself a valuable source of stability during last year’s quarterback carousel.Scouts point out that Frederick, who skipped his final year of eligibility, may not have the athleticism to keep up with the speedy, physically gifted defensive tackles and linebackers he will duel at the next level. The Sharon native only hurt his stock at February’s combine when he managed only 21 bench press reps and ran a remarkably slow 5.58 second 40-yard dash. Helping to make up for that is his physical strength and the pedigree of coming from a program that churns out Grade A NFL-ready linemen annually.The massive, unkempt bushel of hair cloaking the better part of Frederick’s face speaks to his style: he’s the grungy, old-school power run-blocker consuming a wide swath of space in the middle. On the right team – one that doesn’t count on him to regularly pull and block downfield – he could be a serviceable starter as a rookie.Verdict: Frederick should expect to hear his name called in the later half of the second round or early in the third round.By Ian McCueMarcus Cromartie may not have been the most recognizable of Badgers to play at Camp Randall this season. He didn’t easily stand out among the cornerbacks at Wisconsin. He therefore definitely struggled to stand out among the Wisconsin defense. That doesn’t mean he can’t have a shot at playing in the NFL, though.The 6-foot-1 cornerback is looking to carry on the family list of defensive backs that includes his brother Antonio Cromartie and cousin Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – both Pro Bowlers in their veteran careers.The family genes have treated him well to this point, and his performance at the Wisconsin Pro Day will likely treat him the finishing touches as he is projected to be drafted by the time the draft finishes Saturday.After not being invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis – a sign many take as an obvious sign of lacking draft prospects – Cromartie showed his talents well at the pro day, running a 4.35-second 40-yard dash, the best time by any Badger that day. He matched it with 14 reps on the 225-pound bench press and a vertical jump of 34 inches.His 40-yard run is a big reason why Cromartie has crept into NFL draft relevancy since March 6. He is ranked 30th by nfldraftscout.com among the 218 corners entering the draft – 20 places higher than former teammate and fellow draft hopeful Devin Smith. Smith was the Badgers’ top corner on the depth chart and even bested Cromartie in the end of season conference awards, but with an emphasis on speed in the position, Cromartie’s time has separated him.But his fate still remains in question. The draft-scouting website rated Cromartie the 233rd-best prospect, which will place him on the fence since only 224 players will be drafted. He may end up being less recognized after all.By Sean Zaklast_img read more

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Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92; trailblazing pitcher was mentor to many

first_imgPreviousFILE – In this Sept. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, left, congratulates pitcher Don Newcombe after an 8-0 win against the New York Giants, at the Polo Grounds in New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/Matty Zimmern, File)Former Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe prior to throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a National League Divisional Series baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Oct. 06, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Dodger Duke Snider ,Right, and Don Newcombe before a National League Division Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday October 4, 2008, at Dodger Stadium. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFormer Dodger Duke Snider ,Right, and Don Newcombe tossed out the first pitch before a National League Division Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday October 4, 2008, at Dodger Stadium. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Former Dodger Duke Snider ,Right, and Don Newcombe tossed out the first pitch before a National League Division Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday October 4, 2008, at Dodger Stadium. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Former Dodger Duke Snider ,left, and Don Newcombe before a National League Division Series baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday October 4, 2008, at Dodger Stadium. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe with Jaime McCourt, owner of the Dodgers.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe waves to the crowd. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe waves to the crowd. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe signs autographs before the game.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Friday night September 1. 2006 in Los Angeles,Calif., Former Dodger Don Newcombe was honored with a resolution from the city of Los Angeles, Newcombe signs autographs before the game.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham SXSports)Brooklyn Dodgers great Don Newcombe throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles on Monday, May 7, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager, left, with Manny Mota, center, and Don Newcombe, right, during the Old-Timers game after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-2 during a Major league baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)Former Los Angeles and Brooklyn Dodgers, Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (32) with Cy Young, MVP and Rookie of the year award winner, Don Newcombe (36) during the Old-Timers game after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-2 during a Major league baseball game on Saturday, May 10, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)Former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Don Newcombe, right, with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly prior to a Major league baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)Brooklyn Dodgers great Don Newcombe after throwing out the first pitch before a Major League baseball game against the New york Mets at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 23, 2010, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe prior to a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles on Monday, May 7, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)Bev Snider, wife of the late hall of famer, Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers Duke Snider with former Brooklyn Dodgers Don Newcombe as the Dodgers honored Snider prior to a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier, left, hugs former Brooklyn Dodgers’ Don Newcombe during a press conference about his retirement prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Aug. 03, 2018 in Los Angeles.Former Brooklyn Dodgers’ pitcher Don Newcombe sits alone on Jackie Robinson Day prior to a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)Former Brooklyn Dodgers’ pitcher Don Newcombe, right, with former Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dodgers, Sweet Lu Johnson, center, and Tommy Davis, left, on Jackie Robinson Day prior to a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 15, 2012. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers is pictured in action, date and location unknown. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, shakes hands with former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe before a baseball game, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)FILE – In this Sept. 19, 1956, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Ebbets Field in New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/File)FILE – This is a Feb. 28, 1951, file photo showing Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Donald Newcombe in Vero Beach, Fla. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Harry Harris, File)FILE – In this Aug. 18, 2012, file photo, former Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe stands on the field at Turner Field, where he received the Beacon of Hope Award before the Civil Rights Game, in Atlanta. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/John Amis, File)FILE – In this April 13, 2015, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe acknowledges fans prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)FILE – In this June 8, 2016, file photo, former Dodgers player Don Newcombe, second from right, reacts as he stands with his wife, Karen, center, manager Dave Roberts, left, Kenley Jansen, second from left, and Joc Pederson, right, as the Dodgers celebrate Newcombe’s 90th birthday prior to a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)FILE – In this June 8, 2016, file photo, former Dodgers player Don Newcombe reacts as he stands with his wife, Karen, as the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate his 90th birthday prior to a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)FILE – This is a March 1956 file photo showing Brooklyn Dodgers’ Don Newcombe. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo)FILE – In this July 1, 2014, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe throws a ceremonial pitch before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)FILE – From left, in a July 12, 1949, file photo, Roy Campanella, Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and Jackie Robinson pose at the 16th annual All-Star Game at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn, New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/File)FILE – In this Oct. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe, second from left, holds up Dodgers manager Burt Shotton in the Dogers dressing room after they won the National League pennant against the Philadelphia Phillies, in Philadelphia, October 2, 1949. Other players are unidentified. (AP Photo/File)FILE – In this Sept. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, left, congratulates pitcher Don Newcombe after an 8-0 win against the New York Giants, at the Polo Grounds in New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/Matty Zimmern, File)Former Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe prior to throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a National League Divisional Series baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Oct. 06, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 33Former Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe prior to throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a National League Divisional Series baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Oct. 06, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandDon Newcombe sat on more buses with Jackie Robinson than most men, maybe more than any man. He sat down with Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley in 1970 to create the Dodgers’ community relations department, believed to be the first of its kind in Major League Baseball. He sat with players who struggled with addiction. He sat in the front row of press conferences introducing new owners, managers and players.And when those players wandered off the field during batting practice at Dodger Stadium, Newcombe often sat in the seat closest to the third-base dugout. He was unmistakable: a preternaturally distinguished gentleman in a trademark Fedora, polished shoes, collared shirt, and a tailored suit with a pocket square. His title was Special Advisor to the Chairman, but his presence always transcended his title – and his seat.Newcombe died on Tuesday following a long illness. He was 92.“I always went over there and made a point to talk to him,” Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill said. “I think that’s important for me just to get a perspective of the game from a different era. He was the best – an MVP, just an incredible talent. I learned a lot from him about taking care of yourself. That was something he preached almost every time I saw him. He was extremely vocal about his struggles. “The Dodgers are one of the franchises you talk about that have so much history in the game and to have a piece of that here and now it’s gone,” Hill said. “This is a sad day.”Newcombe was among the franchise’s last links to its Brooklyn roots. He was the 1949 Rookie of the Year, and the National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner in 1956.Newcombe was among the pioneering African American players on the Dodgers – along with Robinson and Roy Campanella, he took part in baseball’s first integrated spring training camp in 1946 – and an icon for the American Civil Rights movement. He became the first black pitcher to start a World Series game, in 1949, and the first to win 20 games, in 1951.At a fundraising event for Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010, President Barack Obama called Newcombe “somebody who helped Major League Baseball become what it is, but also helped America become what it is.”“I would not be here if it were not for Jackie and if it were not for Don Newcombe,” Obama said at the time. “What he went through for us today to be here and play this game – him and Jackie and Campanella,” Jansen said. “Those three Dodger greats did a lot for us to have this moment to play this game. I learned so much from him – what he went through. … I learned to be a better father to my kids, a better husband. Definitely learned a lot from him.”Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who migrated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles with Newcombe and the Dodgers in 1958, also offered his condolences Tuesday.“Don Newcombe was a big man in every way. He had a big trophy case (MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year winner). Don was admired by Dr. Martin Luther King and he was a big champion in the fight for equality along with Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella. The former 27-game winner was an even bigger winner when he overcame his battle with alcoholism and helped others whenever he could. He truly was a big man on and off the field and he will be missed by all.”Newcombe is survived by his wife, Karen, three children, one stepson and two grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this story.RELATED: Don Newcombe’s rare interview: Dodger great talks about barriers and breaking them down Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img A four-time All-Star, Newcombe finished his baseball career with 149 wins, 60 losses and a 3.56 earned-run average. He lost two years of his prime to military service during the Korean War. He pitched for the Dodgers from 1949-58, including 11 games after the franchise moved to Los Angeles. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in June 1958 and finished his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1960.After he announced his retirement from MLB, Newcombe was lured to Japan by the Chunichi Dragons. He played his only season in Japan’s top league as an outfielder, hitting 12 home runs in 81 games. Along with Larry Doby, he was one of two players who spent time in MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball and the Negro Leagues.“Don Newcombe had a ton of talent and he was a great competitor,” Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda said. “He was a helluva pitcher and he was one of the best hitting pitchers I have ever seen.”Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax called Newcombe a “mentor at first, friend at the end, missed by anyone who got to know him.”Newcombe was one of three players honored in an on-field ceremony last September as “Legends of Dodger Baseball,” along with Fernando Valenzuela and Steve Garvey. His contributions to the team extended beyond the field.A recovering alcoholic, Newcombe helped formalize the first substance abuse program tailored specifically for major league players. Up until his final years, Newcombe annually traveled from his home in Sherman Oaks to the Dodgers’ spring training camp to tell players about the dangers of alcohol abuse.“You could just tell what it meant to him,” Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw said. “He had a pretty incredible life. A great story, a pioneer for a lot of different things in baseball. Getting to know him over the years, a great man. He’ll be missed for sure. The Dodger uniform meant a lot to him.”Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said learning of Newcombe’s death was “definitely a sad moment.”“I kind of accept it today, that he’s gone, compared to two weeks ago when I talked to him on the phone,” Jansen said. “He was kind of in and out. That gives you a reality check that he’s getting there now. To see how the last few months go for him, sometimes it’s the best for him to be in heaven today. He definitely will be missed. I’m going to miss him a ton.”Jansen, who was perhaps closest to Newcombe among the current Dodger players, said their conversations ran the gamut on and off the field.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

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Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley defends QB Kyler Murray: ‘All he cares about is winning’

first_img Related News NFL trade rumors: Cardinals may be shopping quarterback Josh Rosen “I’ve personally spoken with the majority of teams that he met with (at the Combine) and everyone was glowing about their conversations with Kyler,” Riley said during an interview Wednesday on The Dan Patrick Show.Murray took home the Heisman Trophy after he threw for 4,361 yards and tallied 54 total scores last season. Oklahoma finished with a 12-2 record and advanced to the College Football Playoff semifinal, where it fell to Alabama. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley does not believe the recent reports about Kyler Murray are accurate.Former general manager and current NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly said Tuesday that Murray received the “worst comments” he has ever heard about a highly rated quarterback. But, Riley, who coached the star at Oklahoma, said that was not the case.  center_img Former NFL GM: Kyler Murray received ‘worst comments’ I ever heard about a high-rated QB “Kyler was a tremendous leader for us,” Riley said. “A tremendous leader … And as far as processing offense, he just had the greatest single season in the history of college football, so I think he can process just fine.”The Cardinals are “almost universally” believed to be planning to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the top pick in next month’s draft, according to an earlier report from NFL Network.last_img read more

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Celtics legend Paul Pierce defends Al Horford’s decision to explore other opportunities in free agency

first_imgHorford, 33, is coming off a season in which he averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 53.5% from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range. He helped the Celtics to a 49-33 record, but they were eliminated from the playoffs early by the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Star Kyrie Irving will also be a free agent this summer and it’s been reported that his chances of re-singing with the Celtics are low. Al Horford has the support of at least one former Celtic as Paul Pierce defended Horford’s decision to explore other opportunities outside of Boston. “A lot of these guys when they get in their late 20’s or early 30’s and they know there’s light at the end of the tunnel, they try to maximize their dollars,” Pierce told MassLive.com. “So if there’s an opportunity for Al Horford to get more money, I’m sure that’s something you have to look into.” Horford initially declined his $30.1 million player option with the hopes of working out a new three-year deal with Boston in July, ESPN reported Tuesday.However, it was later reported that though the two sides discussed contract scenarios the gap was too large for the Celtics and Horford to reach an agreement. Instead, he wants to find a three- or four-year deal from a different team. “It’s something that I haven’t even stopped to think about,” Horford said about free agency last month (via MassLive.com). “I’ve enjoyed being here in Boston. Just have to wait and see what we’re going to do as a team. And it’s steps that the management is going to do moving forward and continue to get better.” Lakers free agency rumors: L.A. interested in adding Brook Lopez, DeAndre Jordan, Nikola Vucevic Pierce also explained that Horford may want to move on from Boston because the Celtics haven’t won a title during his three seasons with the team.”It might have been different if they won a championship with him here, but they didn’t win a championship and now he’s at the point where this is his last big contract,” Pierce said. “You gotta understand the player is always going to do what’s best for them and their family.” Related Newslast_img read more

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