Here’s why A’s, Giants rivalry will be spiced up in Oakland

first_imgAs if the A’s and Giants rivalry needed it, Major League Baseball spiced up the Bay Bridge Series by holding its annual Players’ Weekend later this month, featuring unique uniforms with nicknames on the back.A’s fans will get to see Hurtado, Simmy and Slydah — better known as Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien and Liam Hendricks — facing Hum Buss, Grandpa and DJ BC Craw — aka Buster Posey, Alex Dickerson and Brandon Crawford — at the Coliseum on the weekend of Aug. 24-25.MLB, in conjunction with the …last_img read more

It’s a Bochy family reunion for Giants’ first pitch as Brett throws to Bruce

first_imgCLICK HERE if you’re unable to view the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It’s been 32 years since Bruce Bochy last found himself behind the plate.His son Brett asked him to catch one final pitch.During an emotional pregame ceremony, Brett Bochy surprised his father and threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Bruce’s last game as the manager of the San Francisco Giants. Bruce spent parts of nine seasons in the major leagues as a reserve catcher with the Houston Astros, …last_img read more

LeBron James defends Like Walton record amid job speculation

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James stands in front of head coach Luke Walton during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 124-106. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LeBron James has defended Luke Walton’s record amid ongoing speculation concerning the Los Angeles Lakers coach’s future with the franchise.Walton is widely expected to be shown the door by the Lakers at the end of the season after a disappointing campaign which saw them fail to make the playoffs for a sixth straight year.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’m not talking two or three games here, everyone is back in the lineup. We’re talking like 15, 20, 25 games.”The Lakers injury toll also included James, who missed 17 games between the end of December and February after suffering a groin strain.The NBA superstar’s absence — the longest injury layoff of his career — triggered a slump which saw the team fall out of playoff contention in the Western Conference.James said that when all of the Lakers’ key personnel was fit, the team had been a match for most other sides in the league.“We had a defensive rating of fourth in the NBA, and we were like seventh in offense when we played together over 23 games,” James said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Games of death Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew However, James said injuries and suspensions throughout the campaign left Walton short of resources for key parts of the season.James cited the suspensions handed down to Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram in the first game of the season as well as a litany of injuries as reasons for the team’s problems.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“No one expects for a suspension to happen on opening night,” James told Spectrum Sportsnet television in an interview.“No one expects for injuries to happen the way they did with our franchise this year. Where your starting point guard is out for numerous games. Your starting small forward is out. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “As good as that is, it’s not enough for Luke to even know what he has on a consistent basis, when you don’t have a consistent roster every night during the season.“Like you said, control what you can control and you’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt. I think he played the hand as well as he could.”The Lakers wrap up their campaign on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

India, Israel will do wonders in next 25 years: Carmon

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) India and Israel will do wonders in the next 25 years and the best is yet to come, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon said today.The senior diplomat was speaking at the 69th Independence Day celebrations of the Jewish country hosted by the embassy here.”This Independence Day coincides with 25 years of our diplomatic ties with India. And, these years mark 25 years of an ever growing partnership.”We are feeling very proud. The visit of President (Pranab) Mukherjee last year and our President Rivlin last November, and the expected visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the coming months is nothing short of historic,” Carmon said in his address at the event.The celebrations were attended by a host of personalities from different walks of life, including noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and Ambassadors of the Netherlands, Zambia and various other countries.Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel represented the Indian government at the event.”We are two countries proud of our ancient culture and heritage and two modern democratic societies eager to grab the future,” Carmon said.”The 25 years have solidified our ties in the field of agriculture, defence, water and other areas. The event signifies the best of Team Israel and Team India,” he said.”I am very happy about this 25 years of friendship and I am the oldest friend in this Indo-Israel friendship,” Jethmalani said with a smile.Disc Jockey Avital Barak, who was flown in especially from Tel Aviv for the event said, “I am excited about the event and visiting India for the first time.”advertisementShe belted out Hebrew songs with a liberal dose of Bollywood numbers, signifying the cultural connect, as guests grooved to the Indian beats.”Music unites heart and it does not need a visa or passport to reach you. I am very happy to be here,” she told PTI.India and Israel are holding a series of events to celebrate 25 years of their diplomatic ties.India had established full diplomatic relationship with Israel in 1992 though it had recognised the country in 1950.India is the largest buyer of Israel?s military hardware with the latter supplying various weapon systems, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles over the last few years, but the transactions have largely remained behind the curtains.Israeli president Reuven Rivlin had visited India in November last during which both sides had decided to “broadbase” their already close defence partnership. PTI KND SRYlast_img read more

Balboa: Leon is going to love Donovan

first_imgLandon Donovan Balboa: Leon is going to love Landon Donovan Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 13:57 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Landon Donovan LA Galaxy Isaiah J. Downing Liga MX León The U.S. national team legend consulted the former LA Galaxy star on his surprising move to Liga MX and believes it can be a positive experience When Landon Donovan was weighing the decision to come out of retirement and join Liga MX side Club Leon, he reached out to a select number of people about the move. One of those people was a fellow American who made the same move more than two decades ago.U.S. national team legend Marcelo Balboa spent a year playing for Leon, joining the club shortly after his successful showing at the 1994 World Cup.”He asked me questions about Leon and I told him everything I knew, and a few days later it comes out that the president says its a done deal,” Balboa told Goal. “It’s a great club, an absolutely fantastic club. The fans are absolutely fantastic people. They accepted me, a guy who played for the United States, and they treated me well. I can see the appeal of why Leon wants him, and all those things.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Donovan’s decision to come out of retirement to play in Mexico was seen as a surprise, to the point that it was thought to initially be just some publicity stunt or hoax. Now that it appears to be a very real return for the 35-year-old star, the question is whether he will be able to come out of retirement for a second time and play well enough to keep the move from becoming a disaster.”It’s not easy playing in Liga MX, he’s definitely got his work cut out for him,” Balboa said. “But since when have you seen Landon back off a challenge. I think all athletes love a challenge. He’s [soon going to be] 36, it’s going to be a challenge for him to get fit, it’s going to be a challenge for everything, but I think it’s a different chapter in his life and just chatting with him, and knowing how competitive he is, I think he’s ready for it.”Balboa spent a year at Leon before being a part of Major League Soccer’s launch in 1996 as a member of the Colorado Rapids. Fellow U.S. legend Eric Wynalda also had a brief stint with Leon, which counts U.S. national team goalkeeper William Yarbrough among its current players.”I tried to get into Liga MX a long time before I got an opportunity after the 1994 World Cup,” Balboa said. “I always thought it was an attractive league. I think it’s a very, very competitive league. It fits the style that I wanted to play and then I played there and it was a perfect fit for me.”I think there’s a lot of players out there that would love the opportunity to go to Liga MX. Landon’s just fortunate to be able to find it.”The brave don’t live forever but the cautious do not live at all. I’m excited for this new adventure 😎⚽️🦁💚— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) January 13, 2018Donovan made a career of frustrating Mexican fans with his exploits against El Tri, but the reality is he developed a strong following among Mexicans and was often mobbed by fans whenever he would travel to the nation for matches with the U.S. national team and LA Galaxy.Balboa sees Donovan receiving that same sort of support from Leon fans, though not from the teams he will be facing in Liga MX.”They’re going to love Landon. The people in Leon are going to love Landon and the the people he plays against are going to hate him. That’s just what it is,” Balboa said. “When I played for the U.S. and Leon, and I got killed when I went to America or Toros Neza or Veracruz, people hated me because I was the American center back. The good thing is they all thought that I was (Alexi) Lalas so I didn’t care.”I think there was a time when (Donovan) was younger, and all the stuff that happened at Azteca, where Mexicans hated him. But they respect him.”While some view Donovan’s decision to come out of retirement as a bad move, Balboa sees it as one that will prove successful for a player he feels still has something to give on the field.”The guy retired at too young of an age to begin with,” Balboa said.last_img read more