Kearney commits future to Leinster

Kearney commits future to Leinster

first_img Press Association The 26-year-old full-back’s decision to stay in Dublin will have been welcomed by the IRFU after Jonathan Sexton revealed 11 days ago he would be joining an overseas club at the end of the season. Kearney, who has made 45 Test appearances including three Lions caps, is one of Ireland’s highest-profile players and reacted to Sexton’s forthcoming departure by warning the IRFU his Leinster team-mate could be the first of several Irish players to accept a lucrative offer from the French Top 14. Rob Kearney has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union that will keep him at Leinster until 2015.center_img However, the 2012 European player of the year and three-time Heineken Cup winner has chosen to accept improved terms from the IRFU. “I’m delighted to be continuing my rugby career in Ireland. Leinster have always been my home and I’m very excited to be remaining here to play with a great bunch of players and coaching staff,” Kearney said. “I’ve been very lucky to have experienced success with that same group over the last number of years and with the great support we have, it made it a very easy decision for me.” last_img read more

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Mertesacker: We can respond to pressure

first_img Press Association “That is really vital. We are really happy with the fighting performance and how resilient we are.” Arsenal were comfortable in the early stages and although Villa briefly started to make an impression midway through the first half, two quickfire goals put the visitors on course. England midfielder Jack Wilshere showed superb technique to control and fire home the opener at the end of a slick counter-attack in the 34th minute. Less than 60 seconds later he underlined his class again as he seized possession from Fabian Delph and lofted a fine pass for Olivier Giroud to smash home the second. The Gunners then seemed to be well in control and cruising towards victory until Christian Benteke headed home his first goal in four months to set up a frantic finish. Arsenal held on and Mertesacker felt coming through that test was character-building. The 29-year-old said: “We kept going, especially in the first half, when we did extremely well. “We put a lot of pressure on them, took the lead by the two goals that were decisive. “I think that was our own fault when we conceded that goal. We felt a bit too secure at one point. “Overall I think it was fully deserved, but I think we could have played better in the second half, especially on the counter-attack. “There was a lot of sloppy passing, and that is what we don’t expect from us. “But we managed to defend well until the end, and that is another attribute we have learned this year – to keep focused until the last moment.” Mertesacker had been making his 100th appearance for the club but that was not something he was overly keen to celebrate. He said: “Not really – it is good to be in the team at the moment. “We are on a fine way and we need to keep going. “It is not too important that a single player got his century.” Mertesacker, signed from Weder Bremen on transfer deadline day in August 2011, is in talks with Arsenal over extending his contract, as is full-back Bacary Sagna, whose current deal expires in the summer. The scenario is the same for Gunner boss Wenger, although the 64-year-old maintained at the weekend there was “no big major doubt” over the negotiations, with reports a positive conclusion could be announced shortly. Per Mertesacker believes Arsenal’s win at Aston Villa sent a strong warning to their title rivals. The Gunners held off a late rally from the home side to reclaim top spot in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 success at Villa Park on Monday night. Coming after the rest of the top six had won their matches over the weekend, Mertesacker echoed the thoughts of manager Arsene Wenger that the result had been the perfect response to growing pressure. The German defender, who captained the side and was outstanding on the night, said: “All the teams in the top seven won, no-one dropped any points. “There was a bit of pressure, the team could feel that, but we responded. I think everyone was expecting at home that we may drop points. “That was very important, to let the other teams see that Arsenal are alive and that we can respond. “We look at ourselves and think we are good enough to respond to any challenge they give us. “It was a strong one, they gave us a good task, but we gave them a little idea of what can happen.” The victory lifted Arsenal back above main title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea to the summit. Just two points cover those top three sides. Mertesacker said: “It is really tight at the top. “There is no chance to drop any points, so we have to show the other teams that we can feel the pressure but we can respond. last_img read more

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Spooner’s 11-wicket haul leads Demerara to big win

first_imgJOEL Spooner returned with a match-haul of 11 wickets to give Demerara a thumping nine-wicket win over Essequibo in round one of the Hand-in-Hand Under-19 Inter-county three-day encounter yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground.The off-spinner, who was adjudged Man-of-the-Match, had claimed 5-10 in the first innings, grabbed 6-54 in the second to finish with a match-haul of 11-64, as Essequibo, after resuming the final day on 155-9, added just one run before they were bowled out.Latchman YadramFellow off-spinner Pradesh Ballkishun took the final wicket of Mervyn Benjamin, to finish with figures of 4-22 off 10.1 overs.Scores in the match: Essequibo 75 and 156; Demerara 207 and 25-1.Set 24 for victory, Demerara lost Adrian Hinds leg-before-wicket to off-spinner Amit Persaud for two, but Robin Williams, who struck four fours in his unbeaten 18, and Sachin Singh (5 not out), sealed the formality in just 4.3 overs.After the game, Spooner told Chronicle Sport that he was very pleased with his performance, adding that it’s always nice to contribute to the team.Coach Latchman Yadram expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance, adding that his players played some good cricket.He, however, reminded his boys not to be over-confident or complacent as the tournament progresses.Meanwhile, the second round bowls off tomorrow with Demerara playing the Select Under-17 team at GCC while Berbice, the defending champions, come up against Essequibo at Lusignan.This year’s tournament is run by Cricket Guyana Inc. who is tasked with handling the logistical and financial responsibilities.last_img read more

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CBL: Warriors, Izobe Dragons Seek First Wins

first_imgDragons Coach, Reteno Jason, said after losing his first match in Lagos that he was confident the result of today’s game would turn out differently when they step out for this clash.“I have said so because I should have my full team on ground before that match. Fatigue caught up with us playing with just six-man rotation but we hope for better outing next time.The team officials explained they had challenges with the flight arrangement that forced them to arrive in Lagos with fewer men than planned.In their first match on Tuesday, Dragons lost by 86-77 to Eko Kings who now are leading the table. The big challenge before the gentlemen from Libreville is that they are against Raiders that have set their eyes on the Final-Four playoffs.The Dragons will count on Americans Jared Grady who had six assists in the first game and Anthony McDonald who led both sides in scoring 23 points to see them through the Ivorians.After that game, the next match will see an all Lagos affairs on court as Lagos Warriors battle Lagos City Stars in a desperate match.Both sides are still very far from the road to the Libreville play-offs. The Warriors struggled in their first game that they lost. This is a clear chance for them to redeem themselves and to give their fans something to cheer about this weekend.Warriors’ last game was far from being a real battle as they were flogged 93-77 by Eko Kings. They blamed fatigue for the loss. This time they have rested enough and so there can’t be excuses anymore.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos Warriors and Libreville of Gabon Izobe Dragons will be calculating to secure their first wins this evening as they face Lagos City Stars and Abidjan Raiders respectively in the ongoing Continental Basketball League.The four games are billed for the Teslim Balogun Stadium this weekend with the first of the series starting at 4pm today. There will be two games also on Saturday before the tournament moves to Yaoundé for the next four days.last_img read more

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Angels blow three leads in loss to Mariners, ending winning streak

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “We just couldn’t make that big pitch when we needed to try to hold the lead,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Our bullpen went out there and had a little trouble putting some guys away, and those guys didn’t miss some mistakes.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The failures of the Angels’ bullpen spoiled a good night starter Tyler Skaggs, who dominated for five innings before giving up up two runs in the sixth.The bullpen also ruined a nice night for most of the hitters, who combined for 17 hits, although they failed to blow the game open with repeated chances in the first five innings.The Angels got homers from Jefry Marte, who hit a three-run shot in the sixth to make it 4-0, and Justin Upton, whose two-run homer in the ninth stuck Seattle’s Edwin Diaz with his first blown save of the season.But they could never quite provide enough margin for seven Angels relievers who pitched. The only one who didn’t allow a baserunner was Cam Bedrosian, who got two outs. Noé Ramirez got two outs without allowing a run or an inherited runner to score. Otherwise, it was an off night for a group that had been pretty good.Coming into the game, Angels relievers had combined for a 3.47 ERA, which was eighth best in the majors.“They’ve been pitching their butts off the whole season,” Skaggs said. “They’ve been helping the starting staff, but they’ve been pitching a lot.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton connects for a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler slides into home as he scores against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits an RBI sacrifice fly in front of Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino and umpire D.J. Reyburn during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, slides safely into third base ahead of the throw to Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, advancing on a single by Andrelton Simmons during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales throw to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy (27) and right fielder Mitch Haniger chase a ball that fell between them for a double by Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte (19) is congratulated by Albert Pujols (5) after hitting a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners left fielder Andrew Romine watches fans reach for a home run by Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte on a three-run home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler, left, holds the tag on Seattle Mariners’ Guillermo Heredia after Heredia stole second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy reacts after striking out looking with a pair of runners on base, during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Fans try to cover themselves against a steady rain falling in the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. The roof was left open for an extended period before finally being closed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners’ Mike Zunino, left, is cheered by Dee Gordon after Zunino’s two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Seattle Mariners’ Mike Zunino, front, celebrates with Dee Gordon after Zunino’s two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Fans cheers the two-run home run by Seattle Mariners’ Mike Zunino against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton connects for a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler slides into home as he scores against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler slides into home as he scores against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)ExpandSEATTLE — The bullpens for the Angels and Seattle Mariners both blew Saturday night’s game.Except the Angels blew it three times.The Angels coughed up a two-run lead in the eighth and one-run leads in the 10th and 11th, finally falling 9-8 to the Seattle Mariners in a gut-wrenching 11-inning game, with Jim Johnson surrendering the last two leads and taking the loss.It snapped the Angels’ four-game winning streak. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img The Angels had also led the majors in both relief games and relief innings, the result of starters who had been ineffective for much of the season’s first month.Two relievers, Kenyan Middleton and Blake Wood, had already hit the disabled list. Wood’s injury opened the door for Justin Anderson, who had been a revelation. He hadn’t allowed a run in any of his first six big league games, going through some of the toughest hitters in the league.He entered with a 4-2 lead in the eighth on Saturday night, and didn’t retire any of the three hitters he faced. In the middle, he hung a slider to Mike Zunino, who hit a mile-high two-run homer to put the Mariners up 5-4. They added an insurance run to go up 6-4.After Upton’s ballpark-silencing homer in the ninth against Diaz erased that deficit, the Angels took a 7-6 lead in the 10th on a two-out RBI single by Chris Young.Johnson, who seems to be the closer now that Middleton is on the DL, couldn’t hold it. Marte, the first baseman, made a bad throw after handing a tough grounder to his right, allowing the tying run to score.Still, the hitters bounced back and got another run in the 11th, this one when Andrelton Simmons bellyflopped into first with a two-out infield hit as Mike Trout slid across the plate.Given another chance, Johnson failed again.He walked leadoff hitter Robinson Cano. An out later, he gave up a game-tying double to Kyle Seager. Eduardo Paredes entered and gave up a hit, just past diving third baseman Zack Cozart, to drive in Seager with the winning run, ending the 4-hour, 28-minute epic.“It frustrating,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t for lack of effort on anyone’s part. You can look back at a couple things here or there… I’m the old guy, and hopefully I can lead the rest by example and hopefully show them how to come to the ballpark ready to play again tomorrow.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

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Angels tentatively scheduled to face Astros in Mexico in 2019

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels will be playing the Houston Astros in a two-game series in Mexico next May, according to a major league source.The final schedule is typically released in September. Until then, there is no official confirmation of the games.So far, it’s undetermined if the games will be in Mexico City or Monterrey, which is where the Dodgers and Padres played this past May. The games are tentatively scheduled for May 4-5, 2019, and they will be Angels home games, meaning the Angels will be scheduled for just 79 games at Angel Stadium.last_img read more

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Born in the UK: Red Wings’ Brendan Perlini on his English upbringing, a fresh start in Detroit, and the Inbetweeners

first_imgWhile he looks for a place, Perlini said he’s staying with his parents and relaxing at home on off days and practice days, but for game days, he’ll get a hotel by the rink, since his family lives 50 minutes away from Little Caesars Arena.In the end, it’s all worth it for the fourth-year forward, who’s excited for his fresh start in the Motor City, as well as the opportunity to help the Red Wings turn things around as a third-line forward. The team is just 5-12-1 to start the 2019-20 campaign and needs more offense, and in turn, Perlini’s already getting more responsibility than he had back in Chicago. In addition to experience and more pressure on the forecheck, Perlini also said he’s experienced rough stretches, and therefore, is ready to contribute to a positive mindset and help the team snap out of it.”I’ve been through situations like this . . . it’s one of those things where you’ve got to stay with it, stay positive, believe in the process and as quickly as things can go — 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or whatever losses — you can do that the other way and get that many wins. So for us, you know, we just got to keep working hard, we got to control what we can control and that’s it.” From his calm, collected demeanor, it’s easy to see that Perlini’s in good spirits — as he usually is.Now with the Red Wings, where he was dealt by the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 25 following his trade request, Perlini said he’s fitting in just fine, and that being in Detroit has made his entire career come full circle — in a way, of course.MORE: Michael Grabner talks overcoming doubt, injury and settling in with ArizonaEnglish rootsThe 23-year-old’s backstory doesn’t play out the same way as many players’ do; his road started back in the south of Surrey, England, a county just on the outskirts of London. Perlini was born in the town of Guildford, where his father, Fred, was playing the final part of his career with the British Hockey League’s Guildford Flames. His dad had grown up in Canada and played eight games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and in the AHL before moving to the U.K., where he impressed with 90-goal and 130-plus point seasons. After a 1996-97 campaign with the English Premier Ice Hockey League’s Guildford team, he retired and went on to coach the town’s U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 teams.Learning to play the sport was unorthodox for the Great Britain native, given the country isn’t known for hockey, nor does it put a lot of emphasis on it. However, thanks to his family — which also includes his older brother and professional hockey player Brett — he was able to pick it up over time.”It was different in a sense where they don’t have much ice. For kids over here, the opportunities they have in Canada and the States is unbelievable,” Perlini pointed out. “They play more games than the NHL at 10 years old, so it’s great. In England, we played 18 games, and if you’re good enough, you played up with the older team, so you’d play 40 or whatever. Then like, we only practiced one to two times a week.”Despite the lack of resources, Perlini stuck with it, wanting to pursue the sport that’s been in the family, which has Canadian roots. He skated whenever he could at the rink, and the rest of the time, he grabbed a pair of inline skates and took to the streets to continue to build his skill-set.”[I’d be] anywhere, you know, buzzing about on my rollerblades in the driveway or things like that,” Perlini said with a smile. “It was one of those things where if you love the game enough, you’re going to find ways to play it, right?” SN MAILBAG: NHL 2020 Draft, Carlson, HallWalking the boulevard toward a successful career, Perlini’s mentality hasn’t changed. He’s ready to show what he can do in Motown and knows that all of those years of travel — and the atypical journey he took to get to where he is — will pay off.”Whether it’s on the ice, on the street, whatever, I believe you’re always going to develop and get better as long as you’re playing somewhere,” Perlini said. Growing up overseas, Perlini also got the chance to travel all across Europe, seeing France, Sweden, Germany and a number of countries, with the exception of Italy and Switzerland, before he and his family returned to Canada when Perlini was 11.All these years later, he holds his English heritage close.On off days and to simply unwind, he said he turns to music and television to keep the mind at ease. His lineup consists of U.K. series, including The Inbetweeners, White Gold, Cuckoo (which he watches with his brother) and Top Boy — which he is grateful to rapper Drake, who “dug it up from the grave.” In the car or his headphones, he “can jam out to anything,” from country to rap, but likes to stick with the U.K. music scene. He also watches YouTube concerts in his free time, where he mentioned seeing several British bands, including British band Florence + the Machine, who he believes opened one of the shows.”If you can’t tell, I’m obviously English,” he laughs. “For me, I stay with my heritage. I feel like I’m back home to a sense where I’m watching shows, listening to music. So it’s an easy way for me to connect with everyone back home still by doing this.”Road to and around the NHLIn 2007, Perlini and his family relocated to their original hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., where Perlini got to continue his development in Canada. When he was 13, he played 18 games with the Minor Bantam AAA’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, registering 19 goals and 34 points before his family picked up again and moved to Detroit when Perlini was 14.”Been everywhere,” Perlini shrugged.In Michigan, he played for the Bantam Major AAA and Tier 1 Elite Hockey League’s Detroit Belle Tire, which led him to the OHL’s Barrie Colts and eventually on the move again when he was traded to the Niagara Ice Dogs. There, he showed off his goal-scoring and playmaking ability, as well as his strong play at both ends of the ice that made him one of the top power forward prospects available, which led him to be taken 12th overall by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2014 NHL Draft.Brendan Perlini (Guilford, U.K.) is the first British-born rookie to score a goal since Kevin Brown (Birmingham, U.K.) in 1994-95 (w/ LAK). pic.twitter.com/PHZFNOlfmf— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 11, 2016In Arizona, the 6-3, 211-pound forward developed and started to make strides during his tenure with the Coyotes, showing that he has the potential to eventually be a 20-plus goal-scorer while also putting up 17 goals and 30 points in 2017-18. However, he’d again find himself packing his bags when he was traded to Chicago after 22 games with Arizona last season, and while he did have a decent showing with the Blackhawks — posting 12 goals through 46 games — things would fall apart to start 2019-20.Although he signed a one-year, $874,125 contract extension to kick off this season, Perlini was scratched for the nine of the first 10 games of the season, and in his only game on Oct. 12, he logged 7:49 minutes of ice time.With a lack of ice time and opportunity, as well as frustration, Perlini requested a trade.”I thought in the situation I was in there, I just, I wasn’t playing . . . had a few talks with them and with my agent and just kind of decided that you know, it’d probably be best for me and the organization if people did something to move on. You want to play. You want to play the game,” Perlini pointed out. “I’m not here to unfortunately sit around. Did I give my best effort in Chicago? Yeah, 100 percent. Things didn’t work out how we both wanted to, but at the end of the day, sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Now, I got a fresh new opportunity here, I’m excited and should be a really good fit here.”DANG that angle, Brendan Perlini! 👀Watch more: https://t.co/6nKOECyObW pic.twitter.com/nm6pw6pYTD— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 17, 2018Back to Motor CityNow with the Red Wings, the power forward is back home, reunited with his family again in Detroit.While being traded and adapting to new cities, organizations, teammates and systems can be challenging, Perlini wouldn’t have it any other way. Traveling and trying new things is second nature to the fourth-year forward — and provides the same thrill it did when he was a kid back home in England.”I sort of have an advantage in a way . . . I can adapt to living in places relatively easy because I’ve done it my whole life, living in England, Canada, USA. It’s not like it’s completely foreign for me or anything like that, it’s easy to kind of come in, adapt quick and get on with it.”I do enjoy it and each time, it’s something new,” he later added. “It’s fresh, it’s exciting, you’re not constantly kind of stuck in the same thing.”But of course, moving does have its downside; for him, when it comes to moving, the worst part is, well, the move.”I would say the toughest thing, yeah, is all your stuff. This time was easy because my parents are in Detroit, so I was able to go back to Chicago, get my stuff and drive down, but I didn’t have like, obviously I can’t take my furniture or anything like that, so you know, all that stuff,” Perlini admitted. “Just organizing all that stuff. But the team does a decent job in doing a lot of that for you as well but it’s more of just finding a setup, getting a place to live, things like that.” (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/20/8/perlini-110919-getty-ftr-2_1k0out9f9c50d1wr988zbmv3cp.jpg?t=1322443518&w=500&quality=80 NEW YORK — “Whatcha got for me? Funny questions?”After a long morning skate for his Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Graden on Wednesday, Brendan Perlini requests a “fun” interview, one that lives up to his expectations. The fun-loving forward casually settles into his stall in the visiting locker room, legs stretched out and a grin on his face. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f1/2c/brendan-perlini-1-110919-getty-ftr_1p57wr2ectcpu1hs03fthgvh4i.jpg?t=1321607014&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

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49ers, Chiefs honor Kobe Bryant by lining up at 24-yard line of Super Bowl 54

first_imgKobe Bryant was 41; Gianna Bryant was 13.MORE: Kobe Bryant defined the full sports experience for a generation49ers, Chiefs lined up at the 24-yard lines.For Kobe. pic.twitter.com/VDApuK4IUS— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 2, 2020The NFL also honored Chris Doleman in the moment of silence. The Hall of Fame defensive end, who earned eight Pro Bowl nods and three first-team All-Pro honors over his 15-year career, died Jan. 28 at age 58 from brain cancer. The 49ers and Chiefs paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on Sunday ahead of their matchup in Super Bowl 54.The two teams lined up at their respective 24-yard lines — 24 was Bryant’s second uniform number during his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers — and stood for a moment of silence for Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other people who were killed in a helicopter crash over Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26.last_img read more

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Sanford ends GOP challenge to Trump 2020

first_imgDES MOINES — Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is ending his long-shot G-O-P challenge of President Trump’s reelection.During a news conference on the steps of New Hampshire’s statement, Sanford said because of the impeachment fight, there is “no appetite” among Republicans for a “nuanced conversation” about the country’s mounting fiscal crisis. Sanford has warned the country is headed for a “financial storm” because of the spending decisions that are being made in Washington.Sanford began making trips to Iowa late this summer, but he recently announced New Hampshire would be the home base for his long-shot campaign.Two other Republicans have announced they’re challenging President Trump for the GOP’s 2020 presidential nomination. Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld campaigned at the Iowa State Fair. Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh has made a few trips to Iowa this fall.last_img read more

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NYT: Fake Video of President Trump Attacking Media Played During Doral Conference

first_imgA fake video depicting President Trump shooting, stabbing, and assaulting media personalities and political opponents was reportedly played in the vicinity of a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort recently. So far it’s not clear who was responsible for the video that was not played in the main ballroom. Donald Trump Junior, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis were all scheduled to speak at the conference hosted by American Priority at Trump National Doral Miami. None has seen the video.This was shown at Trumps Doral resort… Time to take America back from republicans cold dead hands… https://t.co/38Sp6H1Q1r— Buddy Ray Williams S (@s_buddyluv60) October 14, 2019 Screen shot of alleged videoAccording to the New York Times:The video, which was shown at Trump’s National Doral Miami during a three-day conference held by American Priority, includes the logo for Trump’s 2020 reelection bid and showcases a series of internet memes, the Times reported. One part of the video, the Times said, shows a fake Trump’s head edited onto the body of a man opening fire in the “Church of Fake News” on a group whose faces were edited to appear as a group of Trump critics and news organizations.According to the Times, the clip ends with Trump driving a stake into the head of a person who has the CNN logo for a face before standing and smiling as he looks around. The clip appears to be edited from a church massacre scene in the 2014 movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” the Times reported.So far the video has not been independently verified as of Sunday night and the contents have not been shared.“Sadly, this is not the first time that supporters of the President have promoted violence against the media in a video they apparently find entertaining — but it is by far and away the worst. The images depicted are vile and horrific,” CNN said in a statement Sunday night. “The President and his family, the White House, and the Trump campaign need to denounce it immediately in the strongest possible terms. Anything less equates to a tacit endorsement of violence and should not be tolerated by anyone.”last_img read more

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