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Scoreboard roundup — 2/20/21

first_imgFebruary 20, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 2/20/21 Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBY: ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION   Final  Denver         120  Cleveland      103 Final  Orlando        124  Golden State   120 Final  Boston         121  Atlanta        109 Final  Philadelphia   112  Chicago        105 Final  Phoenix        132  New Orleans    114 Final  Milwaukee      98  Oklahoma City  85 Final  Memphis        109  Detroit        95 Final  Toronto        86  Minnesota      81 Final  L.A. Clippers  116  Utah           112  Denver  at  Charlotte  7 p.m.  (Postponed)  Dallas  at  Houston    8 p.m.  (Postponed)   ——   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final  Carolina   5  Chicago     3 Final  Florida    7  Detroit     2 Final  Edmonton   2  Calgary     1 Final  Winnipeg   2  Vancouver   0center_img Written bylast_img read more

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Subdued atmosphere grips new La Liga season

first_imgAfter a brief yet turbulent close-season marked by the attempted departure of Lionel Messi, little transfer activity and the renewed threat of the coronavirus in Spain, La Liga returns on Friday with a decidedly gloomy outlook.Fans are not expected to return to Spanish stadiums until 2021 at the earliest as infection rates continue to rise across the country, depriving the game of the noise and color for which it is renowned.There is also a subdued feeling as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are among six teams missing the opening weekend due to finishing last season late, with the latter three sides also missing the second weekend. Old tensions have resurfaced at institutional level, meanwhile, creating yet more uncertainty.The federation delayed the release of fixtures and this week threatened to block the first match of the season between Granada and Athletic Bilbao due to a ban on Friday matches, although La Liga are certain the game will go ahead.The financial impact of the pandemic, meanwhile, is being keenly felt across the league, even afflicting the wealthiest clubs.Champions Real Madrid, who usually spend their summers parading big money signings at glitzy presentation ceremonies, are not expected to bring in anyone new. Instead they are focusing on recalling loanees such as Martin Odegaard while clearing out unwanted players. Topics :center_img Still, Zinedine Zidane’s side are the favorites to lift the title after last season’s relentless run of 10 straight victories and given the turmoil at Barcelona.Barca may have clung on to Messi after a two-week saga but are still in deep trouble on a sporting, institutional and financial level.President Josep Maria Bartomeu is threatened by a potential vote of no-confidence, while the club are trying to ease a colossal wage bill, shown by their willingness to part with Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal for cut-price deals.New coach Ronald Koeman, a beloved former Barca player but with a patchy record as a club manager, faces a daunting task in reshaping an ageing side whose weaknesses were woefully exposed by the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Unlike predecessors Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien, the Dutchman will look to impose his authority on a dressing room that many believe has had too much power for too long and it will be fascinating to see how he gels with the players.Hope for Barca comes in excitement around teenage forward Ansu Fati, who recently became Spain’s youngest goalscorer and had a highly promising debut campaign.Sevilla, Villarreal out to challenge AtlánticoAtletico Madrid are used to being Spain’s third force but face competition from Sevilla, who could even challenge the usual suspects in the title race if they build on an excellent season in which they finished fourth and won the Europa League.Sevilla have crucially held together most of their squad after getting accustomed to parting with 10 or more players each summer.Villarreal are also one to watch after recruiting Unai Emery as coach and making some eye-catching signings including midfielders Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin from Valencia plus exciting playmaker Takefusa Kubo, on loan from Real Madrid.Valencia are braced for a testing season after parting with captain Parejo plus Spain forward Rodrigo due to a dire financial situation which meant they were unable to pay their players.Elsewhere, David Silva is back in La Liga for the first time in a decade after joining Real Sociedad, while much-loved Cadiz make a welcome return to the top-flight after a 14-year absence, joining Huesca and Elche in being promoted.last_img read more

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76ers GM Elton Brand apologizes to Lakers’ Magic Johnson; NBA finds no wrongdoing

first_img“To clarify, last November the 76ers sent an email to the Lakers asking if Ben Simmons would be able to speak with Magic Johnson about his Hall of Fame playing career,” the Lakers statement read. “After receiving the email request from the 76ers, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka contacted 76ers general manager Elton Brand and informed him that Magic could only do so if the 76ers gave him pre-written approval. That was the end of the matter.”A 76ers spokesperson sent an email during the offseason, at the behest of Simmons’ brothers, to ask the Lakers for Johnson to speak with Simmons, according to ESPN.Brand says he apologized to Johnson on Monday for the comments made in the radio interview. Brand said he also took the time to smooth things over with Pelinka.”No issue,” Brand told ESPN. “I have a great relationship with Ben and [his agent] Rich [Paul], and we expect him to be a Sixer for a long time. He has taken interest in chatting with some of the game’s all-time greats and we’re supportive. Just because the NBA trade deadline is over doesn’t mean there isn’t still some drama in the NBA.Sixers general manager Elton Brand apologized Monday to Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson for insinuating in a radio interview that Johnson had tried to talk to the 76ers’ Ben Simmons unprompted. NBA to open investigation into Ben Simmons-Magic Johnson meeting request “I had brief dialogue with Rob Pelinka, who I’ve known for a long time, but nothing is planned. Our collective focus is on making a postseason push. Again, we’re not sweating this — end of story.”The NBA on Tuesday afternoon issued a statement in which it said its investigation found no wrongdoing regarding the potential contact between Johnson and Simmons:“We have concluded that Magic Johnson’s statements regarding Ben Simmons do not constitute a tampering violation. The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a meeting between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations ultimately concluded that such a meeting did not make sense at this time but in that context, Johnson’s response to a media inquiry regarding Simmons does not run afoul of league rules.” “[Lakers GM] Rob Pelinka called me and said that Ben wanted to talk to Hall of Famers after the season. Magic was on the list. He asked for authorization … I said no,” Brand said on Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic (via ESPN).The NBA began an investigation into whether the Lakers had done anything wrong, and the Lakers released a statement after Brand’s comments, clarifying L.A.’s request for Johnson to speak to Simmons. Related Newslast_img read more

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Museveni gives Uganda Cranes Sh3.7 billion reward

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Museveni promised more support for sports when the resources allow.Moses Magogo, the President Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA thanked the president for the support he gave to the team.   He also said he was proud of the team since they were in position to reach the knock out stages.Magogo noted that the players put in a lot since a lot of teams including giants dropped out in the initial stages. Museveni with the Cranes contingent. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAEntebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has given Uganda Cranes a sh3.7 billion ($1million) reward for their performance at the ongoing Africa Nations Cup finals.The team returned today from Cairo, where they were knocked out at the Last-16 stage by Senegal. This is the first time the team gets to the knock-out stage since 1978.President Museveni congratulated the team, saying they had achieved a lot  despite dropping off in the knockout stages. He emphasized the importance of sports, saying that in addition to entertaining and improving one’s health, it also generates income and builds one’s character.He also noted the limited budgetary support to sports by government, saying the country is still struggling with basics like security, public infrastructure, roads, electricity and piped water.last_img read more

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Good Evans steers England to joint sixth in Eisenhower

first_img13 Sep 2014 Good Evans steers England to joint sixth in Eisenhower Ryan Evans carded a superb final round 64, Ben Stow 68 and Ashley Chesters 72 to see England finish equal sixth with France and Australia in the World Amateur Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy in Japan. With the best two scores each day to count, the four round total of 540 left the English trio just six shots behind the winners, the USA, who won by two strokes from Canada with Spain third on 537. The England trio began the final day in joint seventh spot 11 strokes behind the Americans and playing the Iriyama Course they staged a fighting finale to close the gap and climb a couple of places on the leaderboard. Evans’ (photo copyright Leaderboard Photography) made a flying start with an eagle-three on the long first hole and with successive birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth was out in 31. He added three more birdies in a back nine of 33 to bring his tournament birdie haul to 17. Stow also produced a bogey-free round starting with a birdie at the first and adding two more in an outward 33. He could only pick up one more shot with a birdie at 17 for an inward 35 and 68. Chesters, the double European Amateur champion, went round in a par 72. In the individual ranking, Stow finished tied eighth on 270, seven strokes behind the winner Jon Rahm of Spain, Evans returned 273 for joint 15th spot, while Chesters finished on 282. For full scores visit the International Golf Federation website.last_img read more

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Whitecaps give Kootenay players a chance to shine at High Potential Player Showcase

first_img August 17-21st – Nelson Prospects Camp Never before has the road to a scholarship or provincial team been paved so smoothly for Kootenay youth soccer players.Now 26 players from the region have the opportunity to prove the province doesn’t end at Hope at the Whitecaps High Potential Player (HPP) Showcase week March 30 to April 5 in Vancouver.The Kootenay players will be part of the 100 invitees from Whitecaps FC Academy Centres across BC.“Kootenay Soccer is expanding all the time and there has been fantastic work going on for years,” Brett Adams, Whitecaps Kootenay Regional Head Coach.“As the professional soccer club we have added to the great work by offering opportunities and highly qualified coaching.”The Whitecaps Northern Academy qualified 23 players while Kamloops and Island have 15 and 14 players attending, respectively.The Academy in Saskatchewan has 19 players able to attend.Locally, in the Kootenays, Adams said the Whitecaps currently offer technical direction in Nelson, Cranbrook, Kimberley and Castlegar.The Whitecaps, part Major League Soccer, also work with youth soccer associations in Fernie and Creston.“The associations are seeing the benefit of having experienced professionals guide their youth,” Adams added. July 13-17 – Nelson Skills Camp July 27-31st – Castlegar Skills Campcenter_img The Whitecaps FC HPP program is a club initiative that has been expanded to the Academy Centre network to identify players that are excelling in their respective regions. “We are excited to be able to introduce this new initiative this year as part of our Academy Centre network and Showcase tournament,” said Whitecaps FC director of soccer development Dan Lenarduzzi on the team website.Adams, a UEFA A licensed coach, which is the highest soccer qualification a skipper can attain, said the HPP camp is a great chance for the Kootenay players to showcase their talents in front of scouts and college coaches.“The idea is to have all of our High potential players the opportunity to be scouted by universities from Canada and the US,” Adams said.“The immediate goal would be help these players secure scholarships.”According to the Whitecaps website, training camp for the HPP teams will begin on March 30. Vancouver-based Pre-Residency and Girls Elite technical staff, along with all Academy Centre head coaches, will lead technical and tactical sessions.Additionally, players will also receive a college prep session provided by Whitecaps FC manager of collegiate transition Ryan Clark.Following a week of training, teams will then head into the Showcase tournament from Friday to Sunday. The Whitecaps FC Academy Centers, which run in the winter during the offseason from club soccer, has allowed players to refine their skills though high-level coaching.“The plan is to give these players the opportunity to work with elite coaches for a long period of time so that when opportunities arise they will be used to a high level of instruction,” Adams explains.“When I started in 2013 we had 100 players in the Academy, we now have 250-plus with centers in Nelson, Cranbrook and Fernie.”The balance of the youth soccer season for Provincial B teams in the interior of the province run from February to mid-July.The Whitecaps are offering a handful of camps during the summer to keep the players sharp in preparation for the Academy Center in the fall. July 7-9th – NEW for 2015 – Cranbrook Prospect Camp August 31st – September 2nd – Nelson Attacking speed Camp/GK Camp The list of Kootenay Players attending the camp (from Nelson unless otherwise stated) include:  U15 Girls Michaela Anderson Sophie Borhi Sofia      Arcuri Julia       Burkart Mattea Lorenzo Shianne Michalchuk Hanna   Quinn Eimily     Taylor  U16 Girls Laurel    Halleran Maya     Ida Jesamyn VanDonselaar Taylor Zimmer Sarah Andreas – Cranbrook  U17/18 Girls Kyra       Burkart Paige     Gattafoni – Trail Naomi   Perkins Hailee   Gerun Jena       Wheeldon Abbie    Bouchier-Willans Tara       Yowek  U15 Boys Jaden    Dyck Ezra Foy Jordan Klassen – Cranbrook  U16 Boys Darian Johnson  U17/18 Boys Nolan Derosa – Trail Dylan Bennettlast_img read more

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