Back to school for Suarez in bid for Juventus move

first_imgTopics : Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is due to sit a language test on Monday in a bid to obtain Italian citizenship that would enable him to move to Serie A champions Juventus, Italian and Uruguayan media said Sunday.There have been widespread reports that Juventus are chasing the 33-year-old Uruguayan who, if the moves go through, would line up alongside defender Giorgio Chiellini, the Italy defender he famously bit in a World Cup match in 2014.However, Juventus have already used up their limit of two non-EU signings following the arrival of Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo and U.S. international Weston McKinney and would only be able to add Suarez if he can obtain an EU passport. The media reports said that Suarez is eligible for Italian naturalization as his wife is a citizen of the country, although it was not clear how the process, which usually takes several years, would be completed in one month.The Uruguayan television program Polideportivo, as well as several Italian newspapers, said on Sunday that Suarez would take a level B1 Italian test — regarded as lower intermediate and the minimum level required — on Monday.The new Serie A season starts on Sept. 19 although the transfer window does not close until Oct. 5.last_img read more

FA general secretary Alex Horne to leave post at end of January

first_imgThe Football Association general secretary, Alex Horne, has announced he is to leave the organisation at the end of January.Horne joined the FA in 2004 as finance director and, in 2006, was appointed Wembley Stadium’s managing director.He became the FA’s chief operating officer in July 2008 and was a leading figure in the St George’s Park National Football Centre development. Horne took up his current post in 2010.“After 11 fantastic years I have decided to look for a change of direction and I will be leaving the FA at the end of January,” he said.In an FA statement, Horne said: “I am incredibly proud to have worked for The FA for over a decade in many differing roles. It’s been a privilege to have played my part in the financing, build and opening of Wembley Stadium and the National Football Centre at St. George’s Park, both of which will provide a huge benefit for the game.“More importantly, it’s been a pleasure to work alongside so many devoted and talented people within The FA who are passionate about developing and improving football across the country at all levels. “This is probably the toughest decision I have made during my career. But after 11 fantastic years at The FA, I have decided to move on.“At the age of 42, the time is right for me to look for a change of direction and I will be leaving the organisation at the end of January next year.”The FA chairman, Greg Dyke, said: “On behalf of the board and the staff at the FA, I would like to thank Alex for his dedicated leadership in a variety of roles over the last decade. I will now work with the board on finding his successor.”last_img read more

Late rally comes up short in Angels’ loss to White Sox

first_imgAndrelton Simmons made the mistake in the sixth inning, just after he poked the Angels’ first hit of the game up the middle. As David Fletcher hustled into third, drawing a throw from center field, Simmons thought he could get to second.By the time he realized he couldn’t make it, he was too far from first and got tagged out on a relay from third baseman Yolmer Sanchez to first baseman José Abreu.Making matters even worse, it ended the inning before Mike Trout had a chance to bat with two runners on.“You try to push the envelope,” Simmons said. “When it rains it pours.”Down 2-0 at the time, the Angels then gave up two more runs before they finally mounted another rally in the eighth. PreviousLos Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun tries to catch a foul ball hit by Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu as fans reach in during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Abreu was safe on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, steals second as Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada reaches for a high throw from home during the XX inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton makes a catch on a ball hit by Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago White Sox’s Yoan Moncada, right, scores on a sacrifice by Avisail Garcia as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado goes after as errant throw during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson is congratulated by teammates after scoring when Jose Abreu was walked with the bases loaded during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons attempts to throw out Chicago White Sox’s Yoan Moncada at first during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Moncada was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches from the dugout with teammates during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia is tagged out at home by Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado as he tries to score on a fielder’s choice by Matt Davidson during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Chicago White Sox’s Matt Davidson breaks his bat as he hits into a fielder’s choice during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun tries to catch a foul ball hit by Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu as fans reach in during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Abreu was safe on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 11Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — The Angels 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night showed two sides of a struggling offense.For much of the night, they looked lifeless and flat as one hitter after another turned and jogged back to the dugout.And then, when they finally had the beginning of a rally, over-aggressive baserunning cost them that too.“You see that crop up from time to time when you aren’t swinging the bats the way you can,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “You try to force things. And unfortunately you get into some situations where there are some bad outs. That’s baseball. No one feels worse than Simba about that play.” This time they did manage two runs, one on a Fletcher RBI double and one on Trout’s bases-loaded walk. Justin Upton left the bases loaded with a popup. Simmons, who was hit in the hand by a pitch in that inning, said afterward that he’ll be OK to play on Wednesday.In the ninth, Ian Kinsler’s single was all they could manage against closer Joakim Soria.The Angels ended up losing their second in a row to the White Sox (36-64). The Angels (50-52) fell two games under .500 for the first time all year. They have lost five of their past six, mostly because of a struggling offense.Although they’ve had trouble with Cy Young winners like Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel in that stretch, on Tuesday they looked helpless against Carlos Rodon.The Angels have the fourth-worst average in the majors against lefties, a continuing issue that defies explanation considering how many right-handed hitters they have.“The guy threw a really good game,” Kinsler said. “He had us chasing his slider down and in to the right-handers a lot. I think we were all doing it.”Although they went quietly for most of the night, it wasn’t for lack of effort, Kinsler said.“Anytime you aren’t swinging the bats well, it looks like there’s no effort,” he said. “That’s just baseball. There’s nothing happening so it looks like you’re not trying, but that’s not the case. We worked hard. We got ourselves back in the game. We gave ourselves opportunities late to try to tie that game up.”While the offense did little, Felix Peña gave the Angels a chance by allowing just two runs in six innings.He gave up both runs in the third. With one out and a runner at second, he allowed an infield hit to Yoan Moncada and then he walked Sanchez and Abreu, forcing in a run. Another run scored on a sacrifice fly.Peña got through the next three innings without allowing a run, the first time he’d finished six innings. The 84 pitches were a new high, after six big league starts.“I thought Felix Peña did a great job,” Scioscia said. “He only missed with a couple spots. Outside of the walks in the third inning, for the most part he had the ball on the fringes. It was down. He had good movement. He used his breaking ball and changeup well and got through six innings.”As a starter, Peña has a 2.73 ERA, with 32 strikeouts in 29-2/3 innings.Peña has continued to cement his role as a competent major league starting pitcher, which is an accomplishment considering the Angels got him in hopes that he could be a multi-inning reliever.Injuries forced him into the rotation, and now there doesn’t appear to be anyone waiting to take his job for at least a month, when they may get back Shohei Ohtani or Matt Shoemaker.“I think he’s starting to get into that starter mentality better,” Scioscia said before the game. “It’s a little different when you always pitched out of the bullpen. There is a lot on his plate getting, an opportunity to get in the rotation for the first time. But I think he has got a lot of confidence. He goes out there and makes his pitches. He’s been pitching really good baseball for us.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap victorious over Jorgensen in Korea Open quarterfinals!

first_imgAdvertisement bqqfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmv0iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb377ex( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 71x61Would you ever consider trying this?😱m4vCan your students do this? 🌚3tvRoller skating! Powered by Firework Parupalli Kashyap was victorious over Jorgensen in Korea Open quarter finals by a margin of 24-22; 21-8 on Thursday. Now he will face the World no 1 Kento Momota in the semifinal of the tournament.Advertisement The match between Parupalli Kashyap and Jorgensen was highly interesting in the first set. At the beginning of the match, Jorgensen took a lead of 3 points. At one point of time, Jorgensen was leading by a margin of 11-8. However, Parupalli Kashyap came back into the match brilliantly and made the scoreline 12-12. The set was well in balance. However, Kashyap took the set with keeping his nerves stronger than his opponent at the end. The first set ended with a scoreline of 24-22 in favour of Kashyap.Advertisement In the second set, Jorgensen was not able to give the same fight. Maybe he was very upset after the narrow defeat in the first set. On the other hand, Kashyap came into the second set with more confidence. He destroyed his opponent Jorgensen in the second set of the match by a margin of 21-8. Kashyap is the last hope left for India in this tournament and he will certainly wish to put up a great performance in the semifinal against World number one.US Open 2019: Sumit Nagal puts up a commendable performance against Roger FedererAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more