Defender Glen Johnson appears resigned to leaving Liverpool at the end of the season after insisting he will not “go crawling” to the club for a new contract. Press Association “I have enjoyed the majority of the six years; I’ve had some good times and some bad times, but if I haven’t got a contract then I can’t stay,” said the England defender. “Of course it plays on your mind but that is when you have to be professional and try to do a job for your team, and I respect my team-mates and I want to put in a performance for them. “I want to play for a club that wants me – I am not going to go crawling to anybody. The club know where I am and they know the situation. “There were minor talks at the end of last season but nothing I could accept or reject.” Asked whether he was surprised Liverpool had not made more effort to extend his contract, Johnson added: “I have not really thought of it like that. “Whether it is football or business I don’t really worry about things I can’t control. “All I can do is try to keep doing my job every weekend and whatever will unfold will unfold.” As he enters the last six months of his contract the right-back is entitled to sign a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs, but is remaining focused on his immediate future. “It is not my business to talk to other clubs at the moment,” he said. “I want to play my football, keep winning for Liverpool and I want to respect my contract, and that is what I am willing to do.” Johnson’s first goal since December 2012, stooping to convert a low header after Rickie Lambert’s header had come back off the crossbar, gave his side a 1-0 victory over Stoke. Having ended a three-match losing run in the league the defender believes a top-four finish is still very much within their grasp. “You enjoy winning games, scoring goals and being involved in assists – they are the great parts of football so on a personal level I am very happy,” he added. “Nothing has changed from last year. The backroom staff, the playing staff are fighting for the same cause and the objective is still the same, but in football you go through some sticky patches. “The quality is not in doubt, it is about confidence and trying to put a run of performances together.” Talks to extend his current deal, which expires in the summer, ground to a halt in the close season when the two parties reached an impasse over terms. It is understood the Reds wanted Johnson, who turned 30 in August, to sign a reduced-terms contract to reflect his age but he is unwilling to accept that.
The Potters thrashed Tottenham and Liverpool at the end of last season to finish ninth in the table but have failed to carry that momentum into the current campaign. No wins in six league games so far see Mark Hughes’ side languishing in the bottom three ahead of this weekend’s clash but Howe has warned his players not to underestimate their opponents. Press Association ”When I have reviewed Stoke’s games I have been very impressed,” Howe said. ”They don’t look like a team that haven’t won yet. They are the kind of side that you will see in a few weeks and they will be in a very different position. ”But we don’t need to worry about that. We know that if we are at our best levels we can beat anyone in this league, so it’s down to us. ”The performance against Sunderland was good, but we will prepare for Stoke on an individual basis. ”We are not at the stage where we can start to group games together. We want points from every game.” Bournemouth have enjoyed an encouraging start to life in the top flight. Wins over West Ham and Sunderland, as well as a draw against Leicester, mean the Cherries sit 14th and they scraped past Preston on penalties in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday. A second consecutive league victory against Stoke could see Howe’s side climb into the top half but they will have to do it without captain Tommy Elphick and midfielder Harry Arter, who are both injured. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists Saturday’s opponents Stoke will soon climb away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. ”Both Tommy and Harry are still out,” Howe said. ”Tommy has flown to Sweden to get an update on his injury and Harry is still continuing his rehab. ”Harry has had a little niggle this week, not on his original injury, so it’s just a case of letting that settle down. But that’s only natural when you’ve been out for the length of time that he has. ”Tommy has gone to see a specialist he used when he was at Brighton. Hopefully after that it will be a case of building him back up quite quickly.”
The Eiffel Tower is closed as police deal with a climber who scaled the Paris attraction.Officials tweeted the Tower was “closed until further notice” after the unidentified climber was spotted on the top side.The climber appears to be wearing a red jacket, but doesn’t have any political banners.
Man climbing Eiffel Tower prompts evacuation of the famed French landmark as a safety precaution. https://t.co/8WMXqEZgGa
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 20, 2019
The popular Paris tourist attraction was also evacuated as a safety precaution.
By Richard MartinBARCELONA (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored on the rebound after having a penalty saved to give Real Madrid a scarcely-deserved 3-2 win against Malaga on Saturday while Atletico Madrid recorded their biggest win of the season by thrashing Levante 5-0.Real twice squandered the lead at home to Malaga due to individual errors but restored their advantage for a third time in the 76th minute as Ronaldo knocked in on the rebound when his spot-kick was turned away by visiting goalkeeper Roberto, ending a domestic goal drought that had spanned four games.Atletico took advantage of some woeful defending from their hosts, whose defender Rober Pier scored an own goal in the fifth minute while Kevin Gameiro cashed in on a dreadful attempted clearance by Chema Rodriguez to tap in the second in the 29th.Gameiro struck again after the interval while Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the space of three minutes to complete the rout, netting for the first time in seven league games.Atletico are third, tied with fourth-placed Real on 27 points after 13 games while Barcelona, on 34, visit second-placed Valencia on Sunday with the chance to move seven points clear at the top of the standings.“This was a great performance from us, we began with an early goal and put them under a lot of pressure and created a lot of chances,” Gameiro told reporters.“It’s great to score five goals but we have to keep working like this.”Atletico also set a club record of 13 games unbeaten at the start of a season, bettering their previous tally of 12 from the 1995-96 campaign when they won a league and Cup double.Karim Benzema nudged in Real’s opening goal in the ninth minute after Ronaldo’s header came back off the bar but Malaga levelled in the 16th through Uruguayan Diego Rolan after an awful misplaced pass in the area by Real’s Toni Kroos.It was Malaga’s first goal away from home in the league this season.Germany midfielder Kroos made amends by whipping in a corner which Casemiro leaped to head Real back in front in the 21st minute, while Malaga were denied an equaliser on the stroke of halftime for a foul by defender Paul Baysse on Dani Carvajal as he headed home.“VERY DIFFICULT” Real were without captain Sergio Ramos, who broke his nose in last week’s goalless draw with Atletico Madrid.Coach Zinedine Zidane also rested Luka Modric and benched usual number one goalkeeper Keylor Navas despite the Costa Rican returning from injury, instead keeping faith with Kiko Casilla.Malaga pulled level again 12 minutes into the second half following two errors from Madrid. First Raphael Varane gave the ball away and then Casilla let Gonzalo Castro’s shot from distance slip through his hands.Real took the lead for the third time when Luis Hernandez tripped Luka Modric in the area, allowing Ronaldo to convert at the second time of asking.“We started well and scored early which is important but we started giving the ball away and everything changed,” Zidane told reporters.“The second half was very difficult but we’re happy with the result and need to remember we won, even if things didn’t go exactly as we would have wanted.”Elsewhere on Saturday Real Betis and Girona played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with three goals in a frantic finale while Eibar won a local derby at Alaves 2-1.
Facebook Twitter Google+ The rings were the final addition to the 2016 Final Four spoils for both teams, which included a Final Four sideline chair for each player, a watch and an array of clothing and sneakers. Comments Syracuse had the best season in program history last year, making it to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game and the national championship game. The Orange lost both contests but hosted NCAA Tournament games for the first time in school history and earned its highest rank in program history.The Orange lost 3-point ace Brianna Butler, who set an NCAA record with 415 attempted 3s last year, but returns its other two four scorers in Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes.Orange Madness in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. will provide a first look at this year’s team. Here are three storylines to watch for.Who will emerge from 3 without Brianna Butler?Brianna Butler led the Orange with 129 made 3-pointers last season, converting on 31.1 percent, and holds the SU program record with 373 career 3s. Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman molded the guard into a player with a shoot-first mentality and called her the best shooter in the country at times.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWithout Butler, the Orange will have to rely heavily on senior guards Peterson and Sykes to pick up where Butler left off from behind the arc. One of these two will likely be competing in Friday’s 3-point contest, which will serve as the fans’ first opportunity to see if SU can rely on the deep ball as heavily this season as it did last.Let’s danceAt last year’s Orange Madness, the SU players gathered at midcourt after their 10-minute scrimmage and entertained the crowd with a choreographed dance.If they decide to choreograph another dance this year, expect it to be one of the most entertaining parts of the night from both sides.Last year, the team danced to an array of songs including “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”, “Crank That” and “Hit the Quan,” and the crowd danced and sang along. It was a sharp juxtaposition to Christian rapper NF’s performance at Orange Madness, during which almost no fans sang or danced along.It’s not clear if the Orange will put together another dance this year, but Peterson, one of the leaders of the 2015 dance, will be back on the court for SU.Put a ring on itBoth the SU men and women’s teams will be receiving their 2016 Final Four rings at Orange Madness, SU Athletics has said. Assistant coach Tammi Reiss posted a picture of what the rings look like on her Twitter account, but this will be the first time fans will get to see the rings up close. Published on October 19, 2016 at 10:16 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com
Finance Minister, Audley Shaw phone bill a whopping JMD$8 MillionFollowing public outcry after it was revealed that Jamaica’s finance minister Audley Shaw racked up a J$8.3 million cell phone bill, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that all Cabinet ministers will take responsibility for their telephone bills.Following an emergency meeting of the island’s cabinet at Gordon House in Kingston on Tuesday, Holness said the situation is unacceptable and must be addressed immediately.During the meeting Holness ordered an audit of all cell phone bills of Ministers and State Ministers to confirm the accuracy of information in the public domain.Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew HolnessHolness admitted that there was no standard, clear and consistent policy being applied across government regarding the treatment of communication expenses for Ministers.Read More: Jamaican Government reduces property tax ratesThe Prime Minister has directed the Ministry of Finance to review the respective policies for the provision of communication services including cell phones, operating in the various Ministries. This is to allow Cabinet to make a comprehensive decision on how communication services and expenses for Ministers are treated. Below is a copy of Audley Shaw’s phone bill from April 2016 to March 2017.A copy of Audley Shaw phone bill from April 2016 to March 2017Should phone bills be capped?In the interim, he instructed that cellular phone expenses be capped. The Ministry of Finance has been tasked to advise the Prime Minister, within a week on the appropriate amount for the cap. Any amount exceeding the cap should, therefore, be the responsibility of the respective Ministers unless otherwise approved by the Permanent Secretary.The Cabinet members have agreed that public concerns about the level of some bills are valid.Read More: Income Tax threshold increase for JamaicansIn furtherance of their Ministerial responsibility to be frugal with the public purse, notwithstanding that most of the costs incurred would have been in pursuit of the Government’s business, they have committed to reimburse the Government retroactively the difference between actual bill and the capped amount to be determined and imposed.In the meantime, the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology is being mandated to enter into discussions with telecommunications providers to devise standard cell phone and data packages for Government Ministers.
The Astros acquired Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays while he was serving a 75-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. The 23-year-old pitcher began a minor league assignment Thursday and will reportedly be reinstated once he’s eligible Sunday.“I’m sure it’s an interesting move in the clubhouse,” Wood said. “Their quote, unquote, zero-tolerance policy; that was a pretty interesting thing as well. It’s a crazy dynamic. It’s hard to understand or know how that clubhouse will react.”Wood was referring to the apparent contradiction between a prepared statement by Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow citing the team’s “zero tolerance policy” toward domestic abuse, and their acquisition of an alleged domestic abuser.Wood also questioned how two Astros players would react to having Osuna as their teammate. When video showed a former Astros prospect beating his girlfriend in a stairwell earlier this year, Verlander and McCullers publicly condemned the player on Twitter.“If that organization can accept the backlash from trading for someone in that situation, that’s for them to deal with,” Wood said. “It’s hard to speak on the clubhouse aspect of it without ever dealing with that situation, but I’m sure it will be an interesting part of the rest of their season for sure.”UTLEY LANDS ON DLIn order to activate third baseman Justin Turner, the Dodgers placed veteran second baseman Chase Utley on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation.“It is going to be a short-term thing,” Roberts said. “It’s one of those things where you have players all year long who are dealing with things. When you have an excess of players and you want them to play – whether it’s a Justin Turner or a John Axford coming – there’s certain things where now we can appreciate or recognize something, nurse it, get them back to health. That’s what we’re trying to do.”The Dodgers did not announce the transaction until after Roberts briefed the media Thursday afternoon, so he did not directly address Utley’s injury. The manager said the move was delayed because the team was also contemplating placing a relief pitcher on the 10-day disabled list.Axford, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline, will be added to the Dodgers’ roster on Friday. Roberts said it’s possible that the ailing reliever could join Utley on the DL then.ALSOMaking his first minor league rehabilitation appearance, Hyun-Jin Ryu threw four scoreless innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. The left-hander did not walk a batter and struck out four. Of Ryu’s 47 pitches, 34 were strikes, including two hits (both singles). … Ryu has not pitched since May 2 because of a strained left groin. … Left-hander Zac Rosscup (left middle finger inflammation) threw a scoreless inning in relief of Ryu. … Andre Ethier’s retirement ceremony is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Friday at Dodger Stadium. Actor Jason Bateman will emcee the ceremony, which will include tributes from teammates past and present. … Kevin Hart and Kourtney Kardashian were on the field prior to batting practice, filming segments for Hart’s YouTube series “What The Fit.” Some Dodger players made cameos.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Alex Wood, 7-5, 3.68 ERA) vs. Astros (RHP Justin Verlander, 10-6, 2.24 ERA), Friday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), ESPN+ (out of market only)Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — The last time the two most recent World Series participants were granted a regular-season rematch was 2016, when the New York Mets took three of four games against the Kansas City Royals. The Dodgers will try to turn the tables on the Houston Astros similarly this weekend.At least one player Thursday afternoon did not want to offer a preview, professing that looking ahead would violate his one-game-at-a-time mantra. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts suggested it isn’t always that easy.“For what that’s worth, yeah, each game is one game, but you do want to bring your best playing against a championship team,” Roberts said. “When you get that opportunity to play them again, we know we have to play our best to beat them. We’re going to see some very good pitching.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Astros will send Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr. and Gerrit Cole to the mound in that order. The Dodgers will counter with Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda and Walker Buehler. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “It’ll be fun to see those guys, have some of those feelings from last October, November creep back into our clubhouse,” Wood said. “It’s always fun to play teams like that.”Several of last fall’s familiar faces will not be on the field. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went on the 10-day disabled list July 25 with knee discomfort, joining shortstop Carlos Correa (back) and catcher Brian McCann (knee). World Series MVP George Springer was benched because of a sore shoulder Tuesday but did not go on the DL.Yuli Gurriel is healthy, and the Astros’ first baseman was booed roundly the last time he came to Dodger Stadium. After hitting a home run against Yu Darvish in Houston during Game 3, Gurriel made a gesture toward the Japanese-born pitcher that many interpreted as racist. Gurriel apologized after the game, but animus among Dodger fans followed him to Los Angeles.Gurriel served a five-game suspension without pay at the outset of the 2018 season. Darvish signed with the Chicago Cubs after last season, but Dodger fans are unlikely to forget the incident. When Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader’s name was announced at Dodger Stadium on Monday, less than two weeks after his series of offensive Twitter comments were publicized during the All-Star Game, boos were audible throughout Chavez Ravine.The series finale will offer fans another conspicuous target: Roberto Osuna.
Still on the mend from foot surgery, Gasol, 38, said recently in Spain he wants to continue “playing and competing at the highest level.”“The expectations are to recover and see what happens with the free agent market this summer,” he said (translated from MundoDeportivo.com). “If I recover, I think I can continue playing at a high level.” Related News Pau Gasol’s best basketball years certainly are behind him, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to walk away from the NBA.The six-time All-Star was bought out by the Spurs in March before he signed on with the Bucks. He appeared in just three regular-season games for Milwaukee before a stress fracture in his left foot cost him the remainder of the season. “Having continuity in the Bucks is something that I think would be positive and that I would like,” Gasol said. “I made the decision to leave San Antonio to join this project that I believe has real potential to win the NBA title. This season we were close.”Gasol has enjoyed a decorated 18-year career in the NBA with six All-Star appearances and two NBA titles as a member of the Lakers. He’s averaged 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in that span.However, Gasol’s 2018-19 season showed a steep decline in his productivity. He averaged only 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12 minutes per game between the Spurs and Bucks after averaging 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds in 2017-18. Kevin Durant may never be the same again, Achilles specialist says He said in March he wanted a chance to win a championship with the Bucks and stands by that desire to play in Milwaukee. Kawhi Leonard offers Kevin Durant heartfelt recovery advice
Guidance Office News:College visits during lunch:Monday, Dec. 8 – Friends University. Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Dec. 8, 2014:MondayTuesdayâ€¢ Madrigal Feast 7 p.m.WednesdayThursdayâ€¢ Wrestling at WHS 6 p.m.â€¢Kingman Basketball Tournament (see schedule in sports today feature)Fridayâ€¢Kingman Basketball Tournament.Saturdayâ€¢ Wrestling at WHS 9 a.m.â€¢ ACTâ€¢ Kingman Basketball Tournament TBDSundayâ€¢ NHS Induction 2 p.m.Mondayâ€™s lunch: Beef and Bean Burrito/sauce, romaine and tomato, Mexican corn, pears, tortilla chips/salsa.Tuesdayâ€™s lunch: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, tossed salad w/romaine, applesauce, hot roll/jellyTodayâ€™s News*There will be a Special K basketball meeting in the health room on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Please pick up a parent permission slip in the office today.*ATTN. SENIORS: Remember in order to be eligible for the Crusader Website “LAPTOP” give-a-way at Class Night in May, 2015 – you have to complete a LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION through the Guidance Office. Those completed applications are due no later thanÂ Jan. 9, 2015.”*Students: Donâ€™t forget to pay your sports fee if you are playing a winter sport.*Dancing with the Teachers will be held on January 17 at 7 p.m.Â in the auditorium. Sign-up sheets are in the office.*Students wanting college credit for the Southwestern College classes they are taking need to turn in their pre-enrollment form and money byÂ January 16.*Seniors: The Local Scholarship application is due January 9, but why waitâ€¦ get it turned in before the winter break and you will be able to enjoy your time off with no worries.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marcus Smart made his feelings about NBA officials clear Thursday night.”If they won’t protect me, I will,” he said. The Celtics guard was highly critical of the officiating crew after Boston’s 108-87 win over the Hornets at the Spectrum Center. Smart’s frustration boiled over in the fourth quarter when he was shoved to the floor by Charlotte forward Miles Bridges, who earned a technical foul following a review, but his complaints went well beyond that push. He claims referees treat him differently than other players.Miles Bridges has a death wish pic.twitter.com/Dv37M1SZ5w— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) November 8, 2019MORE: Video tribute, standing O for Kemba Walker in his return to Charlotte”I wish they would call the game the right way,” Smart said. “A lot of the calls that they called, I didn’t understand where the fouls were. It just seems like whenever I get the ball and I’m on offense, I can’t get a call. With Bridges pushing, stuff like that — and I told him, I said, ‘If it was me, y’all [would] probably throw me out the game and everything. So either you clear it up, or I will.'”I allowed y’all, I gave y’all the time. Y’all keep telling me, ‘Let us handle it. Let us handle it.’ I’m coming to y’all first, but at some point, as a player, as a man, you’ve got to protect yourself. . . . If that means I’ve got to lose a little bit of money, I’ve got to lose a little bit of money.”Smart found himself in foul trouble midway through the third quarter when he was hit with his fourth and fifth fouls on consecutive possessions. That led to a substitution and a heated exchange between Smart and Celtics coach Brad Stevens as Smart walked toward the bench.Marcus Smart picks up his fifth foul in the third quarter and is still PISSED when he gets pulled 😂 pic.twitter.com/kVSOZUP8xr— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 8, 2019″At some point, you’ve got to step in and say something as a coach,” Smart said. “But since you won’t, I’ve got to. And I understand from Brad’s standpoint, but at the same time, [from] the player’s standpoint, you’ve got to step in.”The tension didn’t last long, though, as Smart and Stevens smoothed things over during a break in the action. “This is the part about Marcus that I love — his fire, his competitiveness,” Stevens said. “If there’s a moment when he’s upset with us, that’s all part of it. We move on pretty quickly. We’ve been together a long time, and I’ve been yelled at before, and that’s OK. I love him and I trust him, and he’ll get every opportunity.”Smart, who has spent his entire career in Boston since being drafted sixth overall by the team in 2014, brushed off the back-and-forth with Stevens as one of their “little moments” and said that once it’s over, “we go on to the next one.”Both Smart and Stevens understand these incidents can happen with such a fiery player. Smart’s impact and contributions to winning usually outweigh the occasional outburst. Look no further than a typically Smart stat line from Thursday’s game: six points, five assists, two rebounds, two steals and and a plus-10 in 22 minutes. Unfortunately for Smart, the NBA may not be nearly as forgiving as Stevens.”I don’t back down from any challenge,” Smart said. “Like I said, if I have to lose a bit of money to show that and prove, to protect myself, then I’m just going to have to lose a little bit of money.”