Shamed England football star, Phil Foden, was snapped showing his bum to two girls smuggled into the team’s Icelandic hotel. Foden, 20, and team-mate Mason Greenwood, 18, were sent home in disgrace yesterday after breaching Covid rules. They secretly hooked up with Iceland Miss Universe contender Nadia Gunnarsdottir, 20, and her cousin Lara Clausen, 19, hours after making their England debuts. Foden asked what a pair of Icelandic girls planned to do at their hotel to which Mason Greenwood replied: “What do you think?” The team-mates smuggled the two women in hours after England’s 1-0 win. Icelandic authorities were furious at the breach of its strict Covid-19 guidelines while the pair also broke the “bubble” rules designed to protect them and the England squad. They were waiting to hear if they would be fined by local officials last night before flying home. Footage shows the two Icelandic cousins nervously making their way to the hotel in the early hours of Sunday, with Lara saying she felt “like an escort”. They successfully made their way in, and a photo taken by them and obtained by The Sun shows dad-of-one Foden in his pants with his backside visible. Nadia and Lara also posted a snap of them “chillin with Mason Greenwood & Phil Foden”. The two girls are believed to have spent several hours at the hotel then left before breakfast. Last night England boss Gareth Southgate branded his young players “naive” and said they had “no alternative” but to axe them from the squad. City slammed Foden’s behaviour as “totally inappropriate” while United were “disappointed” in Greenwood. Both are expected to face disciplinary action. Local sources told The Sun: “Football players have been given a great privilege to play. This is so disrespectful to our country’s efforts to control the virus. It seems these two big stars think the rules we are all governed by do not apply to them.” Nadia, a Miss Universe Iceland 2019 finalist, met Greenwood via social media several weeks ago. They are said to have been in contact in the days ahead of England’s arrival in Reykjavik for their Nations League game against Iceland. Lara posted a video of her and Nadia heading to England’s Radisson Blu Saga Hotel hours after Saturday’s match. Video footage also showed a third girl calling Foden on her phone. She giggles: “We can come to the hotel, but I don’t know how you’re going to sneak us in?” A surprised Foden replies: “What are you coming to the hotel for?” Stunned Greenwood tells him: “What do you think?!” The girl laughs as she replied: “Yeah — what do you think, bro!” Meanwhile, Lara told her followers Nadia was initially going to meet Greenwood alone but was asked if she had a “girlfriend”. She said on Instagram: “He is playing for Manchester and I’m joining her and staying in the hotel. How do you feel?” Nadia replies: “I’m nervous. I’m f***ing nervous!” Lara tells her: “I’ve never experienced anything as f***ed up. I was just leaving and thought Nadia was just going to be with this guy (Greenwood). He is there with his friend and he asked Nadia if she had a girlfriend. Nadia said yes, called me and yelled, ‘Come over, Come over!’” Loading… She went on: “I’m not sure, I feel like an escort. “But I’m not doing anything, I’m just coming over as company, nothing more than that.” The footage then cuts to the lobby, where Lara responds to some of the messages she is getting from her followers. She says: “Who is it again? I don’t remember his name?” Nadia replies: “Mason Greenwood.” Lara adds: “And I’m with Phil….What is his name?” Nadia says: “Phil….wait (looking it up)…Phil Foden.” Lara jokes: “Isn’t this just a casual Sunday?” Nadia replies: “OK, f***.” It is claimed Foden and Greenwood had booked them two rooms on a separate floor from the rest of the squad. One picture shows the girls together in one room but sources claim the players later entertained each separately. A source said: “The girls spent several hours at the hotel before leaving before breakfast.” Foden became a dad aged 18 with childhood sweetheart Rebecca Cooke. He recently told how being a young father “brings the best out of me”. read also:England drops Foden, Greenwood for COVID-19 rule breaches But last night he issued an apology, saying: “I made a poor decision and my behaviour didn’t meet standards expected of me.” Lara defended them last night, saying: “They were just young. We were all young and stupid and we all make mistakes. “They treated us really well. They were such gentlemen.” Nadia added: “I was talking to Mason for a couple of days before they came to Iceland. “They did know that they had to quarantine, but we figured that since they were playing Iceland, they had been tested before and it would be OK.” It is the latest scandal to rock England after defender Harry Maguire’s assault arrest in Greece last month. Southgate, preparing for the game with Denmark tomorrow night, said: “Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that two boys have broken Covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble. We had to decide very quickly that they couldn’t have any interaction with the team. “They wouldn’t be able to travel to training. Given the protocols they have to follow they have to travel back to England separately.” Manchester City added: “It is clear that Phil’s actions were totally inappropriate. 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Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 31, 2018 at 7:10 pm Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org | @nick_a_alvarez No. 10 Syracuse (5-3, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) bested No. 7 Notre Dame (5-3, 1-1 ACC), 10-6, in the Carrier Dome for the 900th win in program history. Only Johns Hopkins (977) has more victories. The win puts the Orange in the driver’s seat for a regular-season conference crown. Here are three takeaways from the game. Into The GrooveThe last shot of the third quarter was a weak saucer towards SU goalie Dom Madonna. The redshirt senior plucked it out of the air with ease and laid it off for the official before jogging to the Orange sidelines. He made it look easy, just as he had all game. Dom Madonna posted his best conference performance of the year on Saturday. He stopped shots from a variety of angles and prevented a hapless UND offense from gaining momentum. Madonna finished with 13 saves and six goals allowed. He stuffed doorstep strikes and fell to his knees a few times to stop the low scorchers that caused UND goalie Matt Schmidt so many problems. As the final seconds ticked off, the SU sideline charged Madonna and the crowd gave him a standing ovation. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKilled offDuring Notre Dame’s sixth man-up opportunity, Mikey Wynne heaved a shot towards Madonna and watched it soar wide. As he picked himself off the turf, the official pounded the turf and called a crease violation. The Orange portion of the crowd cheered and Madonna pumped his fist. The Fighting Irish had eight penalties called in their favor, resulting in 5:30 of man-up time. Syracuse never conceded. SU’s kill unit held strong, limiting UND to tough shots and forcing a handful of turnovers. Aside from Madonna’s dominant performance, the Orange defense clogged up shooting lanes and stifled a Fighting Irish attack that couldn’t buy a goal. The performance comes off the Duke matchup when SU allowed two goals while down a man. The Fighting Irish entered the game with a stout defense but it was SU’s unit that outshone the visitors and came away with the win. X-MarkedThe first faceoff of the fourth quarter saw Danny Varello and John Travisano Jr. in a deadlock. Varello looked up at his wings and wiggled his stick, unable to pry the ball loose. The ball skirted and it looked like UND had possession before long-stick midfielder Austin Fusco smacked the ball out and up into the air. Fusco leaped and earned SU the first possession of the final frame. Syracuse has had inconsistencies at the faceoff X this season. It’s resulted in head coach John Desko using a plethora of options. But against the Fighting Irish, and top-20 ranked faceoff man Travisano Jr., the Orange, led by Varello, fared better than usual. Overall, SU had eight wins to UND’s 11, but the timely wins contributed to the historic victory. Varello went 8-for-17 and played a big part in allowing SU’s offense to test Schmidt. The sophomore was benched in favor of three others in SU’s last game against Duke and earlier this week, Desko said he would have a short leash for the man who many expected to fill the shoes of program standout Ben Williams. Varello didn’t play the whole game. He was spelled by Kevin Hutchings and Nick Martin, but both lost their lone tries at the X. Both times, Varello was reinserted and, at least for one game, made it clear that he is the number one faceoff option that Syracuse has on its roster. Comments
They defeated fellow Tipp school Nenagh CBS 1-14 to 0-15 in today’s semi-final, which was played in Toomevara.Andrew Ormond got the game’s only goal in the 16th minute and this score proved, by common consent, pivotal to deciding the outcome of the match.Our Lady’s will play St Colman’s College of Cork in the decider on February 18th when they’ll seek to win the trophy for the first time since 1978.
Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has announced that he is joining Juventus.The 28-year-old has agreed a four-year contract at the Serie A champions. The Germany international’s contract expires at the end of June and he had already confirmed he would not sign an extension at the Bernabeu.He will officially become a Juventus player on July 1st when he completes his free transfer from Real, where he has won La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.The German is Juventus’s second major signing of the summer after Paulo Dybala completed a £23.5m move last week from Palermo.The World Cup winner, who has been at Madrid since leaving Stuttgart in 2010, had been linked with a host of top European clubs and was the subject of intense media speculation during last summer, with reports suggesting that a switch to Arsenal was on the horizon. That proved not to be the case, however, with Khedira instead moving to a side who have won four consecutive Italian championships and made it to the Champions League final this year.Khedira, who is normally deployed in front of the defence as a ball-winning midfielder, is able to cover a lot of ground while also possessing excellent passing and shooting ability and great vision of the game,” Juve said.”Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri is set to add a player of class, quality and international experience to his ranks, ready to enrich one of the strongest midfields in world football.”–
(Credit: Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/70/88/brady-stidham-ftr-getty-031720_1kazza9ujgyi81geg0718vkusg.jpg?t=-385294080&w=500&quality=80 The 2021 NFL Draft scenario that makes the sports world outside of New England roll its collective eyes can’t be ruled out because, technically, nothing about the 2021 NFL Draft can be ruled out a full year ahead of time.But at least one report suggests the idea of the Patriots landing what most believe is a can’t-miss quarterback prospect in Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, one year after losing Tom Brady to the Buccaneers, is a thought worth taking seriously. 2021 NFL DRAFT:Early mock | Big board | Top 10 quarterbacksNew England notably did not draft a quarterback in 2020, leaving the Patriots with Jarrett Stidham and his four career pass attempts as their default starter and Brian Hoyer as his presumed backup. They also added Brian Lewerke and J’Mar Smith as undrafted free agents. Anybody wondering what New England is doing at quarterback, an inquiry raised by SN’s Mike DeCourcy during this year’s draft, is asking a damn good question — one CBS’ Jason La Canfora addressed Monday morning.”There are plenty of people who believe (Patriots coach/general manager Bill) Belichick is willing to take his lumps in 2020,” La Canfora reported on the topic of the Patriots’ outlook for the upcoming season.To be clear, those lumps will be necessary for New England to land Lawrence. Barring an unforeseen development related to the Clemson passer between now and the 2021 NFL Draft — like Joe Burrow jumping Tua Tagovailoa as the 2020 NFL Draft’s top QB prospect due in part to the former’s historic season and the latter’s injury, for example — Lawrence will be the No. 1 prize in next year’s selection process. Which makes the No. 1 overall pick that much more valuable.While it’s reasonable to anticipate a Patriots slide down the standings in the context of Brady’s departure, a ton of roster overhaul and an increasingly competitive AFC East, their falling all the way to the bottom of the NFL and landing the No. 1 pick by default would be a bigger upset than any game result during the dynasty’s 20-year run. But La Canfora raises an important point: This scenario is as much about other teams’ needs as it is about New England’s draft position.As of now, the Patriots could be considered the most QB-needy team in the NFL. In our way-too-early mock draft for 2021, the Jaguars land the No. 1 overall pick and select Lawrence. But what if Gardner Minshew has a big enough year to keep Jacksonville out of the market for a quarterback?The Bengals, projected to land the No. 3 pick in 2021, are now set with Burrow. The Dolphins, projected to land No. 4, are set with Tagovailoa. Barring career-threatening injuries to either passer, Cincinnati and Miami won’t want Lawrence. If Justin Herbert pans out, neither will the Chargers. So in the wake of the 2020 NFL Draft, as free-agent Cam Newton can verify, every team is now set with at least a serviceable starting quarterback.Of course, that can and will change.2020 NFL DRAFT:Grades | Winners & losers | Complete list of picks La Canfora mentions the Steelers and Colts, teams with aging passers in Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers who might not stick beyond 2020, as a couple that could look to select a quarterback like Lawrence in 2021. We’ll add for consideration the Redskins, depending on the performance of Dwayne Haskins in 2020, and the Panthers, depending on the performance of Teddy Bridgewater. The Lions could decide 2021 is a reasonable time to acquire Matthew Stafford’s successor. The Raiders could consider themselves better off without Derek Carr and/or Marcus Mariota. The Broncos’ Drew Lock experiment could fail. The Falcons could start thinking about life after Matt Ryan. The Bears could collapse in an ugly cloud of Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. The Browns’ hand could be forced by another season of decline from Baker Mayfield.So, yeah, the Patriots’ path to Lawrence is complicated and crowded. Belichick will have to take some serious lumps to turn this scenario into a reality.
NASCAR banned Confederate flags from all events and properties on Wednesday in a substantial move for a sport steeped in Southern history and at times plagued by racism.Nationwide protests of police brutality in recent weeks have led to the removal of statues throughout the country honoring people who fought on behalf of slavery in the Civil War. On Tuesday, Bubba Wallace called for Confederate flags to be kept away from NASCAR so the sport could send a message disavowing racism. Other drivers, including Ryan Blaney, came out in support of Wallace’s request. NASCAR in a statement wrote that “the presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.” MORE: Why Bubba Wallace chose a special paint scheme for MartinsvilleWhile the consensus opinion on social media in response to the announcement seemed to be positive, some fans were upset about the change.Here is a look at the range of reactions to news NASCAR would ban the Confederate flag:There were confederate flags at your events?? pic.twitter.com/D2dl1vBk7k— Stephen A. Smith Burner (@SASBurnerAcct) June 10, 2020This is the final straw. I’ve been watching NASCAR since the 70s. I used to go races proudly with my pops. All lives matter. Stay out of politics. You lost a fan— Steven 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸➐ (@LjsGoat) June 10, 2020This and now kneeling? If I see them showing kneeling, I’m done with NASCAR!— Kimberlee K. 🇺🇸 (@KimiSue56) June 10, 20202020 and the confederacy is still taking L’s.— Bobby Mason (@325_Hawks) June 10, 2020sunglasses avi: whatever football I’ll just watch NASCARNASCAR: pic.twitter.com/Y57Dshaajh— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) June 10, 2020The time is always right to do what is right.Good job, NASCAR.— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) June 10, 2020👋👋👋👋👋👋 Should have been done a long time ago!— Tracy Hahn (@tracyhahn1972) June 10, 2020
He hasn’t been helped by an injury to United’s top scorer Marcus Rashford, who has been ruled out for up to three months with a stress fracture in his back.With Rashford sidelined, the sight of France forward Anthony Martial in pain on the turf after an early aerial challenge would have been a huge concern for Solskjaer.Martial was eventually able to gingerly rejoin the fray, but sliced horribly wide with the goal at his mercy when he was picked out by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Juan Mata fared no better with an embarrassing miscue when he tried to meet Wan-Bissaka’s cross with a close-range volley that ended up hitting his own leg.Daniel James went closer with a towering header that belied his diminutive size and forced Nick Pope to tip over.United were made to pay for their profligacy as Burnley snatched the lead in the 39th minute.Exposing United’s weakness at set-pieces, Ben Mee rose above Nemanja Matic and nodded down to New Zealand striker Wood, who got in front of the ponderous Harry Maguire to fire home from close-range.Wood’s 10th goal of the season was the first time Burnley had scored in the first half of a Premier League game in their last 12 games.United had now kept just four league clean-sheets all season and Solskjaer responded by introducing teenage forward Mason Greenwood at the interval.They still looked nervous and Fred was fortunate not to concede a comical penalty after handling when he tripped in his own area.Just when Solskjaer thought it couldn’t get any worse, United hit rock bottom in the 56th minute.A quick exchange of passes carved open United’s defence and found Rodriguez, who ignored the tight angle to unload a blistering strike that cannoned down off the bar and over the line to clinch Burnley’s first win at Old Trafford since 1962. Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Troubled Manchester United crashed to a third defeat in their last four Premier League games as Burnley powered to a surprise 2-0 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were rocked by Chris Wood’s first half opener before Jay Rodriguez scored with a superb strike after the break.It was a dismal display from fifth placed United, who are in such poor form that there will be fresh questions about Solskjaer’s job security in the coming days.Solskjaer could have no complaints about a result that laid bare everything wrong with a rudderless team lacking steel in defence, creativity in midfield and a cutting edge up front.United trail six points behind fourth placed Chelsea but, given how they have struggled so often this season, the only surprise is that the gap isn’t bigger.Stunned by their second home league defeat this season, United’s tally of 34 points is their lowest after 24 matches of a top-flight season since 1989-90.United must regroup to avoid more misery in the FA Cup fourth round against Watford or Tranmere on Sunday before they head to Manchester City looking to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit in the League Cup semi-finals next Wednesday.If United are knocked out of both cup competitions, Solskjaer is likely to find the patience of supporters who idolised him during his playing days will dwindle even further.Those that hadn’t already fled before full-time made their feelings known as they booed United off at full-time.Losing to a Burnley side who had won one of their last 30 Premier League matches against established top-six opposition was another blow for United fans already depressed by the prospect of bitter rivals Liverpool winning the title for the first time since 1990.The gap between United and runaway leaders Liverpool stood at 30 points after Sunday’s defeat at Anfield and there is no sign of Solskjaer bridging the divide any time soon.– United made to pay –
Allderdice has not won a game since late in the 2007 season, when they finished with a 7-5 record.“I talk to my players and encourage them,” said Hazlett. “I tell them to pick their heads up and just play the game. It was obviously hard for them to have gone through some of the adversity that they have in the past, especially going 0-9 last season. We are a young team and it won’t be long before we get ourselves back together again.”Along with Pfleger’s rushing touchdown, he also passed for one other score—a seven-yard pass to Duke Mulhilll in the first quarter. Marlon Brown led the Dragons on offense, finishing with 17 carries for 100 yards on the ground. 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION—Members of the Perry 1989 State Championship team that upset heavily favored Berwick 20-8 to win the Class AAA title, pose for a photo on the sideline at Cupples Stadium Oct. 15. SHUTOUT—The Perry “D” swarms all over Ronald Tyler of Westinghouse. The talented defensive unit didn’t allow the Bulldogs a single point all evening. “It was a good win,” said Allderdice head coach Jerry Hazlett. “It should’ve never even gotten to that point. We should have closed it out a long time ago, which shows you the effort on Langley’s part.” The winning points came off of the legs of Allderdice (1-6, 1-5) quarterback Mike Pfleger—literally. He scored on a four-yard run in triple overtime and tacked on the extra point to bury conference opponent Langley (0-6, 0-6) by the final count of 33-32. Langley, however, was not going down without a fight. Quarterback Jaquan Green completed 17 of 39 passes for 231 yards with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions. They fought back from a 14-0 deficit to get an opportunity to send it to overtime. That effort was capped off by a 30-yard touchdown pass from Green to Louis Helms with 2:09 left in regulation. Langley scored first in the third overtime on a 2-yard Helms pass from Green, but Pfleger responded with a touchdown and extra point to win the game.Next week, watch the two first place teams in Oliver and Brashear do battle at Cupples Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.Other games:Perry (5-2, 5-2) 31, Westinghouse (1-6, 1-5) 0On an evening when the 1989 AAA state championship team was honored with a special ceremony, Richard Lowry, who leads the City League in rushing, ran for 144 yards and a touchdown to help Perry shut out Westinghouse, 31-0. Aaron Patterson ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns, and Greg McGhee passed and ran for scores for the Commodores.Oliver 14 (5-1, 5-1), Carrick 12 (2-5, 2-4)Carrick almost pulled off another upset as they gave first place Oliver a game that would go down to the wire. Both teams scored in the first quarter. For Carrick, quarterback Ryan Roeper took the ball in for a score from nine yards out. Also, Oliver’s Shakil Brown scored on a five-yard run. Both two-point conversion runs failed.In the second quarter, Oliver’s Phillip Upsher-Ferguson scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dante Jeter. The winning points would come on the following two-point conversion by Martise Smith.Carrick would score again in the third quarter on a 16-yard run by Rasheed McKamey but the two-point conversion failed which rounded out the scoring.Brashear 20 (6-1, 6-1), Peabody (3-4, 3-3) 6Peabody is right in the toughest part of their schedule. They could not register a win in bad weather as Brashear had established a game plan and stuck to it.The game plan would be executed through its running attack.Senior tailback Bruce Patterson carried the ball 24 times for 100 yards to lead his team on offense. He was the only player in the game who had over 100 yards of individual offense.“The weather was ugly so we had decided that we were going to keep it on the ground,” said Brashear head coach Rick Murphy. “We understood that they also had a weapon in the tailback so we wanted our defense to contain him and force them to pass.”For Peabody, Shannon Binion scored on a 74-yard pass from quarterback DeVaughn Jemison in the second quarter.Patterson scored on a 14-yard touchdown to add to his 100-yard game. Brashear also scored on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Henri Chatman to Ricky Gay. Cody Magliocca tacked on two field goals from 30 and 23 yards out for the Bulls.Here’s what’s happening next week:WEEK 8 Thursday, Friday & SaturdayLangley at Carrick Thursday, 6 p.m., Oct. 22Schenley at Allderdice Friday, 3:30 p.m., Oct.23Peabody at WestinghouseFriday, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23Oliver at BrashearSaturday, 12 p.m., Oct. 24Dubois at PerrySaturday, 3:30 p.m.,Oct. 24(Follow our continuing coverage and add your comments about City League football at newpittsburghcourieronline.com.)(D.W. Howze can be reached at email@example.com.)
ASIA DURR: Louisville’s senior guard will finish as the school’s second all-time leading scorer and has developed other aspects of her game. She’s averaging 20.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.“She is a joy to coach and loves the game of basketball and it shows in her work ethic,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “She has the ability to score at all three levels — the 3, pull-up jumper and gets to the rim.”MEGAN GUSTAFSON: Iowa’s senior center has already left her mark on the Iowa record book as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She has nearly 2,700 points — more than any man or woman in school history. She’s averaging 27.4 points and 13.3 rebounds this season, a year after scoring 25.7 points per game. She has hit 65.5 percent of the shots in her career, even making one of her two 3-point attempts.“It really is amazing what she has done in back-to-back years,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “When I met with her at the end of last year I said, ‘Well, you know you’re probably not going to do this again.’ And now here she is, proving me wrong. She is doing it again — and she’s doing it even better.”SABRINA IONESCU: Oregon’s junior guard has shattered every triple-double record in NCAA history. She has seven this season and 17 in her career — plenty more than anyone else. The Ducks are 17-0 in those contests, which include 10 against Power-5 programs. She’s averaging 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 8.2 assists this season.“She means everything to the team and the program quite frankly,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “Her competitiveness, her consistency, her willingness to do whatever on any given night and sometimes everything on some nights is what sets her apart.”In this Sunday, April 1, 2018 file photo,Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale holds the trophy after defeating Mississippi State in the final of the women’s NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Notre Dame won 61-58. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)ARIKE OGUNBOWALE: Notre Dame’s senior guard has followed up her historic Final Four with a stellar season. She’s averaging 21.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists and became the school’s all-time leading scorer earlier this month.“She’s the face of our program,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “When you look at what she has done for us over the past four years, it’s been fun to watch her grow. When she gets the ball in transition, she’s so exciting. She’s taught me a lot of things about being fearless and letting things go.”ALANNA SMITH: Stanford’s senior forward was the first international recruit ever for the Cardinal women’s program. She likely won’t be the last with the contributions she made. She’s averaging 20.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. She’s also hit 41 percent of her 3-point attempts.“She’s just been great,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “What I’m most proud of is how much, No. 1, Alanna has improved her skill set and her toughness. She’s a warrior out there. … I love her leadership.”___Follow Doug Feinberg on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberg___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 The player of the year will be voted on by the panel that votes in the AP’s weekly Top 25 poll, and will be announced at the Final Four in Tampa, Florida.“I wish you could hold your vote until after the Final Four since you think one of them will rise and carry their team,” said Lobo, who votes on the AP poll. AP Top 25✔@AP_Top25 No clear-cut favorite for Player of the Year has emerged this season in women’s college basketball. Watch to see the top candidates and read the story here: http://apne.ws/NqEiXAW 21 people are talking about this Wichita State guard Seraphine Bastin (23) pulls in a rebound next to Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Wichita, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) In this Feb. 21, 2019. file photo, Louisville guard Asia Durr (25) looks to shoot past Virginia forward Lisa Jablonowski (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Zack Wajsgras, File) Twitter Ads info and privacy Here’s a look at a few potential candidates, in alphabetical order, though there are certainly others out there:In this Feb. 25, 2019, file photo, Texas forward Jatarie White (40) defends as Baylor’s Kalani Brown (21) works for a shot opportunity in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Waco, Texas. Baylor’s senior center has been dominant on both ends of the court. She’s averaging 15.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)KALANI BROWN: Baylor’s senior center has been dominant on both ends of the court. She’s averaging 15.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.“She gets triple-teamed every game,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “Everybody changes their game plan to play against Baylor because of that kid. If Kalani Brown was standing right there and another player in this league, who would you take? She’s 6-7. So, I mean, that’s my answer, pretty loud and clear.”NAPHEESA COLLIER: UConn’s senior forward is part of an exclusive club, becoming one of only five Huskies to reach 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. She’s also in the top 10 on the all-time blocks list at the school. Collier is averaging 19.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists this year.“I said this the other night, that every coach talks about their players as if they’re the best players ever,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t get caught up in that stuff. (But) there can’t be anywhere a player that’s playing better or does more for their team than Napheesa Collier does. That’s not possible. I haven’t seen every game, every week in every conference. There’s something about her that’s rare — you just don’t see it. You don’t see it at all.” 209:35 AM – Feb 27, 2019 NEW YORK (AP) — With a few weeks left in the regular season, the college women’s basketball player of the year race is wide open.Take your pick. There’s a little bit of something for everyone with talented post players, guards and wings.Usually at this point in the season, there’s a clear-cut choice for player of the year. Sometimes it seems as if the top player in the country is almost a forgone conclusion — even before the season starts.That definitely isn’t the case this season.“I can’t remember the last time it was this wide open or there were this many potential serious candidates,” ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said. “Last year was going to be A’ja Wilson. A couple years ago, it was obviously Stewie (UConn’s Breanna Stewart). There are a lot of people who deserve serious consideration. There’s a handful of players who all make very compelling arguments why they should win it.”
Dodger Manager Dave Roberts says faith and family helped him beat cancer. Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinnis.Los Angeles Sentinel: There have been a few transitions this year. Tell us what we can expect this year from the Dodgers.Dave Roberts: For me, for the Dodgers, the last couple years, we lost in the World Series so we were the second-best team in all of baseball. I think that if you look around the industry we’ve done a lot of good things. We are in a great city, great fans, we draw more fans than anyone in all of sports, and as far as an organization, we win. The goal is to bring a championship back to Los Angeles. We made a few tweaks with our roster. Every year you always try to tweak and get that right form. But as far as our culture, we have guys that are blue-collar, who love to play, love to compete, and as a fan when you come watch the Dodgers play, you can relate to them because it’s a group of guys that play hard and play the game and respect the game. I try to understand and let the players understand the vision of winning a championship. The hard part though is the day-to-day grind. And that’s where I am right now just trying to go out there every day and win a baseball game.LAS: Let’s talk about that grind. How do you approach everyday — like, let’s talk about today, game day — how do you wake up and get your day going?DR: Today was a special day for me actually, thank you for asking, I had a chance to go to the City of Hope. I am a cancer survivor myself. I went there and they had there 43rd annual Celebration of Life reunion for bone transplant survivors. So, I went there and spoke and got to see families and patients. There was close to 1,000 people there.LAS: Speaking of such positive energy, is it hard for you to keep your cool when you are having a bad day? How do you navigate that?DR: In baseball, it’s kind of an outlet. I have grown to understand from the coaches and players that mentored me when I was a player, that when we come to the ballpark, it’s our escape. If I do have a bad day, I don’t let that be known. It is hard though because I’m always trying to pour into the players and coaches and you don’t really get that reciprocation but that’s kind of the job you sign up for. I love coaching, I love teaching and I love relationships, and that is my fuel and that’s my passion.LAS: Does being a former player help you relate more?DR: That’s the first piece of advice. You got to remember how hard the game is. So, I think that is one thing that makes coaches and players’ managers understand that these guys are the best at what they do in whatever sport, football, basketball, or baseball, and the game is difficult. They are pros and to be sympathetic towards that and being able to communicate lends itself to being a players’ manager.LAS: Did you know as a player that you wanted to be a coach?DR: Absolutely not. It kind of just happened. It’s one of those things in life you just take what’s ahead of you and you try to dominate. So, when I went to UCLA, I adjusted. I was born in Okinawa, Japan. My dad was raised in Houston, one of eight children, he was in the 5th Ward so he grew up the eldest, was on his own in the service at 18. This man was my rock. He loved me with tough love and he supported me. He served our country for 30 years.Being biracial with an African American father and a Japanese mother, as you’re growing up and moving around to different countries, different bases, different states, you’re always moving. They really empowered my sister and me to be ourselves. I’ve been fortunate that I have two backgrounds to make me who I am.LAS: Yes, you’re the first African American to coach the Dodgers, and the first Asian American to make it to the World Series. Do you think of that often?DR: In the forefront of my mind, I don’t. I’m more mired in my job each day and I’m very micro-focused on what I’m doing every day. So, when you say it in that context, it just blows me away. by Brandon Brooks, LA Sentinel Managing Editor In a sport that has historically marginalized Black players, African American baseball fans have taken great pride in the accomplishments of legendary ball-players like Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and Willie Mays. When Dave Roberts was named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015, he understood that he too would carry a similar legacy.“It’s hard for me to put into words what it means to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Roberts told MLB.com in 2015. “This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime. The Dodgers are the ground-breaking franchise of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills, Fernando Valenzuela and Hideo Nomo.”“I feel that I have now come full circle in my career and there is plenty of unfinished business left in L.A.,” said the former Dodger outfielder, who went on to be named 2018 National League Manager of the Year.As the first African American manager of the Dodgers, Roberts walks in the footsteps of many Black trailblazers in baseball at a time when the African American population in the MLB is at a low with about eight percent of African American players. According to USA Today Sports, there are 11 teams that don’t have more than a single African American player on their 25-man roster, including three teams that don’t have one. There are only three African American players on active rosters in the entire National League West.Roberts was born in Okinawa, Japan to an African American father, a U.S. Marine, who met his Japanese mother while stationed in Japan. Growing up in San Diego, CA, Roberts says he was fortunate to have a dual heritage. He always embraced both facets of his ethnicity and now he stands as a role model for both Asian American and African American baseball fans.Beyond the social responsibility that comes along with being a sports figure, comes the labor-intensive job itself. Roberts came on as manager to one of the top-five highest-paid franchises in the MLB. After losing in last year’s World Series, Roberts faced criticism from frustrated fans, including President Donald Trump, who took to his Twitter account to complain about Roberts’ decisions during Game 4 of the World Series.Still, Roberts’ leadership led the team to compete in two consecutive World Series and the team is well on their way to the third.“It’s something I really believe in because I think as a young coach or manager, it’s natural to chase results and understand that you’re being judged on results,” Roberts told ESPN. “But to really trust in the process, and getting people to do things the right way, and betting on the results in the back end, I think, is a more attainable goal.”Following some roster changes this season, the Dodgers are currently in first place and hold a 10 ½ game lead in the National League West.As a player, Roberts’ most defining moment came in 2004, known as “the most famous steal in Boston Red Sox history,” boosting the team into a comeback against the New York Yankees that won them their first World Series in 86 years. Now what defines Roberts’ career is his philosophy as a leader, his faith in God, the love for his family, and of course, his love for baseball.It was a sunny Los Angeles afternoon when Roberts sat down with the Sentinel. We met in his office — the L.A. Dodgers’ dugout — just hours before he led his team to beat the Washington Nationals 0-5. L.A. Sentinel Managing Editor Brandon Brooks (left) with L.A. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts. Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinnis.LAS: So, it’s a reminder. And it’s phenomenal. You are a trailblazer.DR: When you talk about trailblazers, there’s obviously no one bigger than Jackie Robinson for me. To walk in his shoes and to be mentioned like that as a trailblazer, everyday people say I’m making history. I don’t see it like that I’m just trying to do the best job I can. I feel very grateful to be wearing this uniform.LAS: In your words, what do you have to say about Jackie Robinson’s legacy?DR: It is a legacy. My kids joke with me because I use that word a lot. I just believe so strongly in that word, legacy. It’s ongoing, it’s generational but it also takes people to follow what he implemented in his legacy go keep it going.I look at it as a responsibility. Then I look at Jackie and how tough he was and the stories I hear about him. He knew when to be tough, he knew when to turn the cheek and he knew when to submit, but in the right context, and it just takes a really strong man.LAS: We are seeing a decline in attendance and representation of African Americans in the MLB? What do you have to say about that and the ways we can change that?DR: It is true. If you look at the overarching numbers of African Americans in baseball, even since when I first got into the big leagues, its tumbled considerably. It’s unfortunate. I think that a lot of young African American kids in the inner-city are gravitating towards football and basketball. The role models in baseball are starting to be less and less. So, now, as an African American kid, to look at somebody and to relate to them and aspire to be them, those are harder to come by. So, as a sport, with our commissioner [Robert Manfred], I serve on the diversity committee and I am proud of that. We are trying to create opportunities for minorities and African Americans in baseball as athletes as players, in front office coaching and all these different scouts.The Dodger Dreamfields – we just built the Jackie Robinson field with Adrian Gonzales and Clayton Kershaw, the RBI foundation —we’ve done so many things like that.For me to be a vehicle, I look for opportunities to go into the city and speak to people of color and just know that there are other sports than football and basketball. But, I think for all of us, it’s about painting a picture that African-American kids are going to be productive in society and be successful and to find a passion. L.A. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts. Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinnis Dave Roberts was born in Okinawa, Japan and is of African-American and Japanese descent. Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinnis.LAS: I know family and faith are important to you. Can you talk about your faith?DR: I think my faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of who I am. Everyone has their thoughts, beliefs and faith, but for my household this is what we believe in. It makes it easier when you have something to hold on to. With life’s struggles and the unknown, that blind faith is tough for a lot of people. People wonder how I can come in positive every day and don’t sweat the small stuff, through cancer and going through different adversities — that’s how. I’ve got a wife of 22 years and my daughter who is fantastic. We are a tight knit group and without those two things I don’t know where I’d be.LAS: Speaking of legacy, let’s talk about your son.DR: Yes! He’s going to be a baseball player at Loyola next year. He’s definitely different than me. He’s more subdued but he’s got a heart of gold and he’s a tough competitor. It’s fun to see my son make his own path and be his own individual.LAS: Can you talk about your battle with cancer? Any advice for people out there who are suffering?DR: I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was stage two, there are four stages so it wasn’t in my blood yet and it wasn’t below my diaphragm. So, that’s the good thing. It was fast moving but my oncologist, my radiologist and everyone was on top of it. Obviously, when you hear cancer, it’s a tough word. That “C word” gets people. People equate that to death, but it went back to my faith, my family and my doctors. My wife, my family, my friends, the fans were there supporting me. We didn’t waver and we knew it was happening for a reason. I never felt sorry for myself. My dad, my mom, my father-in-law came to know Christ because of it because of our stead-fastness.LAS: What is some advice you have for young players?DR: Don’t ever lose that confidence and out-work people. For me, I was a person that played with a lot of people that were a lot more talented than I was, but I just took pride in outworking them and being educated as far as understanding the game and playing the game hard and the right way.LAS: What would you like your legacy to be?DR: I respect the game and I respect people. I think that covers a lot of it. The fans pay big money to watch professional athletes play. How you perform, how you prepare, how you treat fans, how you treat ushers and stadium ops with respect – I think that’s important. As a manager of the Dodgers, I’m on TV and as one of the faces of the organization. To carry myself in the right way is important. I ask for respect and I think the way I treat people in uniform or outside of uniform draws them closer to me and the organization. So, I like to think I’ve done things the right way.Lauren Floyd contributed to this article.First Published June 13, 2019For the full interview go to lasentinel.net.