Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees’ injured third-baseman, said he looks forward to left hip surgery and a healthy return to the lineup.“I’m not concerned,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press. “I’m actually, in many ways, relieved that there’s something tangible that we can go fix.”Rodriguez had surgery on his right hip in 2009, missed about the first month of the season and still finished with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs — plus helped the Yankees win the World Series.This surgery, however, is not the same as the other one. It reportedly will be more complex, since it’ll repair not only a torn labrum but also a bone impingement and a cyst. The surgery is next month because it was determined he needed some time to strengthen the hip first.“I am fully committed to a very hard road back,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve done it before in ’09 and it was a great result, both on a personal level and on a team level, more importantly. I take it as a great challenge and I’m excited for the challenge.”A 14-time All-Star and baseball’s priciest player at $275 million, Rodriguez plans to further discuss the hip situation at a news conference later Saturday afternoon.He batted .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs in last season’s playoffs, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers. He originally thought he was having issues with the right hip again — he wasn’t — and it wasn’t until November that the issues within the left hip were detected.Rodriguez finished this past regular season batting .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs. He now has 647 career homers, fifth-most in baseball history and 13 shy of the No. 4 player on that list, Willie Mays.
Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorWhen the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Marshall Thundering Herd on Friday night, only one team will remain unbeaten after 40 minutes. It will be one of OSU’s tougher tests in the early part of the season, as the Buckeyes look to move to 6-0 before a game with No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday. OSU has earned two quality wins over Navy and Providence through the first five games, so securing another solid victory against Marshall could help keep the morale high, and help propel OSU through some upcoming challenging games, both out of conference and within the Big Ten. Marshall, a 4-0 team from Conference USA, is OSU’s final game in the Global Sports Invitational. In the unbracketed event, both teams have wins over North Carolina Central, Western Carolina and Jackson State. The Buckeyes and the Herd each took care of NC Central and Western Carolina, but it was Jackson State that made the distinction. Jackson State was the most recent win for both Marshall and Ohio State, but while OSU took care of business on Wednesday with a 30-point win, Marshall was in a tight game, only edging the Tigers by 10 points, after trailing at half. However, OSU coach Thad Matta said that Marshall’s athleticism will bring challenges for his team. Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni has experience in the NBA with his brother Mike D’Antoni, coaching in Phoenix and New York.“They’re wide open,” Matta said. “That’s their style … They got a heckuva point guard and guys that can flat out shoot the basketball.”For Ohio State, the key to the game will be keeping Marshall’s offensive productivity to a minimum. While the Buckeyes have yet to eclipse 80 points in a game, the Herd have exceeded that mark in all but one game. OSU has been a fairly stout defense, holding opposing teams to just 56.6 points per game and 42.5 in the past two games. The Buckeyes should be the toughest test for Marshall so far, and if the Herd can find a way to produce offensively like it has all year, there could be a shootout brewing.The Buckeyes strong-suit is their defense, but their offense has not been particularly bad this year, either. OSU averages 73 points per game and is led by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate who scores 13.2 points per game. Sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle is coming off a double-double against Jackson State in which he had 11 assists. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams and senior Marc Loving had 15 and 19 points, respectively last game. The Herd are led by junior guard Jon Elmore who averages 19 points per game. Marshall will be without starter Ryan Taylor because of a suspension after being ejected from his last game against Jackson State. Taylor averages 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is still questionable to play. He suffered a sprained ankle against Providence on Nov. 17 and sat out the last two games.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament never will be the same. No, it’s not because Connecticut and Butler made James Naismith spin in his grave with an unprecedentedly awful championship game. Nor is it because of further expansion. After failing to agree on a new contract with CBS, Gus Johnson will no longer call tournament games for the network. So, for the foreseeable future, the tournament will lack the voice that captured the frenzied nature of each game. Imagine if Jim Nantz called Ron Lewis’ shot against Xavier in 2007. As we transitioned to commercial, we would’ve been hit with some unbearable pun, such as “a three for Ron and overtime for all — the Musketeers and Buckeyes after this.” Yes, we’ll still get our dose of Johnson during Big Ten play, as he still is expected to do basketball for Big Ten Network. No one can turn each play in an Iowa-Northwestern game exciting quite like he can. Big Ten fans won’t lack his pizzazz, but most of the nation will — on the big tournament stage. He called NCAA Tournament games for 16 years, but now his presence will be replaced by guys like Tim Brando, who unleashed this gem of a call after Butler’s Matt Howard beat Old Dominion with a buzzer-beating tip-in: “Butler … did it again!” Clearly, there are few who can capture the moment quite like Johnson can. Traditionalists might prefer an understated announcer, in the Pat Summerall mold. Yet, it’s hard to mimic his voice and simultaneously speak so eloquently with such few words. Summerall and Johnson are on opposite ends of the spectrum — really. Most announcers try to strike a balance between the two … unless you’re Joe Buck, who is in a class of his own. He always sounds like he just found out his dog died right before going on air. Johnson reactions are more genuine than most. Sports fans tend to get excited when they see a remarkable play in a tense moment, and Johnson’s announcing style mimics this. Take his call of OSU’s Matt Sylvester’s game-winner against an undefeated Illinois in 2005. After he hit the shot, Johnson screamed uncontrollably, much like Buckeye fans. This informal style apparently is appealing to the Internet savvy. In March, someone created an online soundboard for Johnson, capturing his best bytes, including “here comes the pain” or “he’s got getting-away-from-the-cops speed.” CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell conducted an informal poll on Twitter, which showed that two of every three people say Johnson gets them to watch a game they normally wouldn’t watch. Apparently Johnson’s stronghold in the social media realm is something that CBS, which caters to its viewers’ median age of 55, doesn’t understand. As the lead college football announcer for Fox, Johnson may be taking a step forward in his eyes. Still, the entertainment value of the NCAA Tournament takes a clear step backward with his absence.
Senior forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) leads the Ohio State field hockey team in goals, points, and shot percentage. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsOhio State senior forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey never intended to play field hockey. But she decided to give it a shot in seventh grade since her best friend’s family was greatly involved in the sport.Humphrey, now one of the most decorated players to come through the Buckeyes’ field hockey program, had participated in other sports, including soccer. But the thought of playing field hockey had never entered Humphrey’s mind. The moment she picked up her stick, though, everything changed.“I just really enjoyed field hockey when I first started,” Humphrey said. “I continued through high school and played travel ball, and that’s what got me here.”Of all the sports the Virginia native played, soccer best prepared her for her career in field hockey — perhaps a little too well. “Playing soccer is the first and foremost thing that got me ahead of the people I was playing with,” Humphrey said. “It’s such a similar game. When I started field hockey, I didn’t have to learn about the game because it’s so similar to the way soccer is played. I just had to learn how to play with my stick and not my feet.”When she stepped on campus in 2014, it was clear Humphrey could be a star for the Ohio State coaching staff. Humphrey was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times and led the Buckeyes with 32 points (12 goals, eight assists) her freshman season.It was a clear sign of things to come for Humphrey, who said she has tried to involve her teammates in the offense.“Throughout the years, I’ve tried to bring people with me instead of just me being the attacking force,” Humphrey said. “When I get all my teammates on board, it excels my skills even more because I have all that support behind me.”With much of her final season left to go, Humphrey has already compiled many accolades.She’s been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s second team All-West Region (2014), first team All-West Region (2016), and the second team All-Big Ten (2015, 2016).While those honors are nice, being selected three times to USA Field Hockey’s Young Women’s National Championship, the most exclusive tournament in the United States for high-level field hockey athletes, will always stand out in Humphrey’s mind.“Getting the elite training was big,” Humphrey said. “That pool of girls are the most skilled and competitive in the country. Having that experience, learning from each other, learning from coaches, it’s all really shaped the way I play. Learning from all the different coaches and having such great diversity all come together at this one elite event really broadens all those athletes’ skill levels.”This year, Humphrey has continued her trend of leading the team offensively.Humphrey leads Ohio State in goals, points and shot percentage. At times, she’s been the lone source of offense, which was the case when her two-goal effort wasn’t enough in a 3-2 overtime loss to Northwestern Friday.Jarred Martin might’ve just been named head coach at the end of the 2016 season, but he understands how much Humphrey has meant to Ohio State field hockey.“Maddy is an elite player,” Martin said. “She will go down as one of the best OSU field hockey players to ever put a jersey on. What she does on the field, what she does at practice — he intensity and speed she plays with, it’s special. When she gets on the field, she’s a game-changer.”Although Ohio State has yet to finish with more wins than losses in a season since she arrived, it has not been the result of a lack of effort from Humphrey through the past three seasons. There’s been no shortage of effort left on Buckeye Varsity Field.Sitting with a 4-3 record with four games remaining before the Buckeye Invitational, Humphrey hopes that when her days at Ohio State are over, she is remembered as someone who was there for her teammates rather than just a great player.“I would say an elite team player because I want to set that standard for my teammates to rise with me,” Humphrey said. “Being an elite person and a team player is the best way to be an athlete on the field because you bring everyone into the same goal. That’s what I want to be remembered as, just someone who was there for their teammates and tried to bring them up to be elite.”
Barcelona can win the title the next weekend in the match against Real Madrid but Zidane confirmed that they are not going to give their opponent the guard of honour – but Valverde insisted that at least Iniesta would deserve it…Andrés Iniesta revealed that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season and it is going to be his last El Clasico as a player for him – and his coach admitted that he is irreplaceable.The Spanish manager spoke about the midfielder as he said, according to Football Espana:“He deserves the whole stadium to give him a guard of honour.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We’re very excited and we’re going to give it our all. We want to be the best. We’ve been working since our first day together.”“It’s been very difficult. When you win a trophy, everything seems simple, but there are many games and months behind you.”“I didn’t expect us to win it by such a big margin, I thought it would be tighter, but the players have been extraordinary.”“What I’ve learned from Iniesta? The decisions he makes at each moment of a game, how he positions himself before receiving the ball and how he already knows where he’s going to play it.”
River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo, spoke to the press about what he feels for not being able to play at the Estadio Monumental next Sunday.The general feeling coming from pretty much all the River Plate fans is the same as Marcelo Gallardo’s, they think that Conmebol has stripped them of their given right to play the Copa Libertadores final at their own stadium.The G-20 summit took place last weekend in Argentina with absolutely no incidents, which is an indicator that the match could’ve been resumed next weekend and something fishy is happening between Conmebol and FIFA as both organizations made the final call.All the Argentinean press has expressed themselves against this call, which is viewed as completely unfair towards all the River Plate fans who paid their ticket for this specific game.Just this last weekend as the ‘Millonarios’ played at the Monumental against Gimnasia La Plata, the very same corner where the Boca Juniors bus was attacked got completely filled with cops and no incidents took place.This order reflected the contrast between this past Sunday and last weekend’s Saturday, it also sparked more rumors about the incident being planned by members of the club in order to distract the Boca players so they would lose the final.Duras palabras de Marcelo Gallardo, técnico de River: 🗣 “La Copa Libertadores, muchacho… jugar a 10.000 kilómetros…”🗣 “Recordaremos esto como una vergüenza total, le robaron al hincha”#CopaLibertadores2018 pic.twitter.com/8MTjHM5Frb— MARCA (@marca) December 3, 2018Manager Marcelo Gallardo spoke to the press after the 3-1 victory against Gimnasia, the media wanted to get him to talk against Conmebol for making this decision but he refused to explode at first.Although in the end, he did leave a few headlines that indirectly attack the organization: “All I care is about focusing and using all the energy we have to prepare the squad,” said Gallardo via ESPN.“This is the only way in which we can defend the fans. I feel that they were robbed of a unique opportunity.”“I want to tell all the fans that this group of players will do everything in their power to represent them in the best possible manner, with the only goal of giving them what they deserve.”“We are going to defend them in the best place that we can do it, which is inside the pitch. I am just as scandalized as all the genuine River fans who lost their chance to watch their club play in their stadium, and in the same conditions that we went to play at Boca.”Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“I will not act in a different manner from which I have so far, I would betray my philosophy. It’s not my problem that the other side acted the way they did in order to gain an advantage, this doesn’t represent the River Plate fans,” he added.🎙️ Marcelo Gallardo: “Se vio un equipo bastante claro para jugar, con muchos chicos que debutaban en el Monumental”.#VamosRiver ⚪️🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/BMVbo5oNrw— River Plate (@CARPoficial) December 3, 2018“The decision was already made by Conmebol, it cannot be changed even if it’s absurd. Of course all the preparation changes completely, we are traveling over 10 thousand kilometers to play,” he continued.“It’s the Copa Libertadores from South America guys, it will be played at 10,000 kilometers…”“A day will come in which we are going to stand still and think about what just happened. Maybe we are going to remember this as a complete embarrassment.”“Today it was us, maybe it will be another club tomorrow. It doesn’t really matter anymore, what matters is that the fans were robbed of a unique possibility,” he concluded.Now that the decision has been set in stone with no chances of it getting reversed, both squads are programmed to travel to Madrid during the week and start their training sessions in their respective camps.VÍSTASE SR. MARCELO GALLARDO pic.twitter.com/f4o08dPTH7— Richard Fabian 🇱🇺 (@MachadoFabian1) November 27, 2018Do you agree with Gallardo or do you think it’s fair that the final is getting played at the Bernabeu? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed he’s talked to Gianfranco Zola over his comments regarding Chelsea’s interest in Callum WilsonEarlier this week, the Blues assistant coach praised Wilson and revealed that a striker of his quality will be of interest to many clubs, aside from Chelsea.But Howe sought out for Zola for talks over his comments after Chelsea’s 1-0 Carabao Cup win against Bournemouth.“I spoke to Gianfranco afterwards and yeah we had a little chat about that situation,” said Howe, according to Sky Sports.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…“But Gianfranco is an incredible person and a really nice guy. And, you know, Callum from our perspective is a huge part of what we are doing here.”Wilson has managed eight goals and five assists in 16 Premier League games for Bournemouth this term.Bournemouth will face Brighton on Saturday, where they will hope to avoid a fourth straight defeat.
According to a ‘Focused Enforcement’ state trooper dispatch, while the troopers are out to curb DUIs, they will also be on the lookout for additional driver behaviors that often contribute to fatal crashes, such as speeding and driving too fast for conditions. The focused enforcement by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers over the holiday is intended to prevent major injury and fatality crashes through enhanced enforcement. Don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report any time of the year by calling 911! To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State and Wildlife Troopers started the Annual Click It or Ticket high visibility enforcement effort on Monday. The effort runs through June 2. Colonel Barry Wilson, Director of the Alaska State Troopers: “Memorial Day weekend serves as a kick-off to summer. People celebrate with barbecues, camping and other family gatherings. We want people to go out and have a good time. We just ask that you do it with a plan in place to get home safe… wear your seat belt. Additionally, if you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive impaired, be sure to have a designated driver, stay the night or call a cab. Again, if you plan to celebrate on Memorial Day weekend, have a plan to get home safe.”