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Largest Dutch union demands retirement age freeze in new system

first_imgThe Netherlands’ largest union has demanded a freeze in the state retirement age and pension provision for self-employed workers in return for its support for system reforms.In an interview in Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant, Tuur Elzinga, the FNV union’s trustee tasked with the pensions dossier, said that the union had linked the state pension (AOW) to the proposed new second pillar rules “as these subjects are intertwined for our members”.“They look at the combined financial result, and a decent pension doesn’t make much sense if people don’t have the time to enjoy it,” he said.In the opinion of the FNV, the Dutch government’s decision to raise the state pension age to 67 in 2021 was unrealistic. “People can’t keep up with it,” Elzinga said. “In particular for low-paid workers in hard manual jobs, the longevity-linked AOW age is turning out to be disastrous.“These workers have started their career early and have to work longer, while they tend to live shorter [lives] than higher educated people.”“We are already preparing for an offensive.”Tuur Elzinga, FNVThe FNV trustee added that the current proposals for a new pensions system lacked pension provisions for the approximately 1m self-employed – also known as ‘zzp’ers’ – and flexible workers, most of whom save little or nothing for retirement.“In order to prevent ‘individual pension dramas’, to counter unfair competition between employed workers and self-employed, as well as to keep support for the pensions system, something must be done,” the paper quoted Elzinga as sayingHe indicated that negotiations about the position of zzp’ers in the new social agreement between unions and employers hadn’t produced any results yet.According to Elzinga, “nobody” understood why, despite the economic prosperity of recent years, it was still impossible to link pension benefits inflation.In the coalition agreement between the four parties forming the Netherlands’ new government, the parties said that they expected an agreement on pensions to be reached early next year.However, Elzinga said he didn’t expect social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees would force through arrangements without the FNV’s support.“Given the coalition’s tiny majority in parliament, the government will not succeed without broad support from society,” he said.Were Koolmees to introduce a new pensions contract anyway, the FNV would block a transition if it thought such a setup wasn’t an improvement, Elzinga said.“We are already preparing for an offensive,” he said.last_img read more

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Suspect in triple murder found dead in Monroe County.

first_imgMonroe County, Ind. — Indiana State Police say the body of Richard Lee Burton Jr., 47, was found in a vehicle at the Blackwell Horse Camp in Monroe County. The identity of the body will be confirmed by the Monroe Couynty Coroner’s office.Evidence at the scene of a triple homicide in Washington County Sunday suggests Burton may have killed three people in the 5800 block of South Beck’s Mill Road. At this time police have determined committed that crime.The original story is below: Salem, Ind. — Indiana State Police are looking for one person of interest after the discovery of three dead bodies in Washington County Sunday.At 4:30 p.m. Washington County authorities were asked to conduct a welfare check at an address in the 5800 block of South Beck’s Mill Road, 14 miles south of Salem. When police noticed a deceased body in open view from the outside, additional units, including Indiana State Police detectives were called. Police found two additional bodies following a search of the home. The names and causes of death will not be released until an autopsy in completed.Police say Richard Lee Burton Jr. was living in the home at the time and may have valuable information. Information suggests Burton could be traveling to Tennessee, Texas or Missouri in a blue 1997 Dodge Ram that could be pulling a dark blue camper. Burton is described as a 47-year-old white male, 5-feet 9-inches, blue eyes, with long brown hair, possibly in a pony tail. The vehicle license plate is TK641MUK.Police say if Burton located 911 should be calledlast_img read more

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Lineker tips Leicester to survive

first_imgEx-England striker Gary Lineker has tipped his former club Leicester to win their Barclays Premier League survival fight. A run of five wins in six games has lifted the Foxes outside the relegation zone – and Hull’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal even left them above Steve Bruce’s men on goals scored and in 16th place. Nigel Pearson’s men have crucial games to come against Sunderland and QPR, the teams in 18th and 19th, with the latter looking bound for relegation which could well be confirmed before their meeting with Leicester on the last day of the season. Lineker, a Leicester fan, told BBC Leicester: “I f I was a neutral looking at this, I would say 99 per cent sure Leicester will stay up. “It’s nice to have in the bag that the last game is QPR at home when it’s massively odds-on for them to be relegated by that stage. That might be quite handy if things don’t go too well in the next two games. “If Leicester get any sort of result at Sunderland that will pretty much guarantee they stay up, particularly if they get anything this weekend against Southampton. “I think they will [stay up]. I don’t want to tempt fate but given their turnaround in fortunes, and given the fixtures that other sides at the bottom have got and the fixtures Leicester have got, I would now be quite surprised if they don’t. “It’s not impossible, of course, and lose the next two games and you are bang under the cosh.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ellsworth, MDI swim teams among top finishers at regional championships

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island boys and girls each posted top-half finishes at this weekend’s Class B North swim championships.The boys’ tournament was held Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono. Ellsworth finished second behind Old Town and got two wins each from Sam Alvarado and Camden Holmes. MDI finished fourth.Alvarado is an athlete Ellsworth coach James Goodman has called “a driving force” behind the Eagles’ success in recent years. An accomplished distance swimmer, Alvarado is Maine’s No. 1-ranked swimmer in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.“[Sam] is humble, dedicated and a gentleman,” Goodman said. “He never gives up, and he gets the job done regardless of the odds. … He is one of Ellsworth’s finest sons.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt Husson University, MDI finished second behind Bangor on the girls’ side. A team consisting of Ceileigh Weaver, Ruby Brown, Maddie Woodworth and Lydia DaCorte won the 200-yard freestyle for the Trojans. For Ellsworth, Ellie Clarke broke her record in the 100-yard backstroke once again by finishing in 1 minute, 1.92 seconds. The Eagles finished sixth.Both teams have swimmers qualified for the upcoming state championships. The boys’ meet will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, and the girls’ meet will be held Monday, Feb. 20. Both events will be held at UMaine.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— Zion Williamson could still make reopening night of the NBA season. The New Orleans Pelicans said Wednesday that Williamson is being tested daily for the coronavirus and continues showing negative results. If that continues, Williamson may have to quarantine for only four days when he returns to the team. SPORTS-CORONAVIRUS NHL to be mum on injuries UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is prohibiting teams from disclosing injuries as a way to maintain player privacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an even thicker veil of secrecy for a sport that already uses vague terms like upper- and lower-body injuries. Players asked for the nondisclosure policy to prevent individual coronavirus tests results coming to light. Saying nothing has led to rampant speculation when prominent players like Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby or Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford are missing from practice. July 23, 2020 — Freddie Freeman is back and ready to anchor the Braves’ lineup after a scary battle with COVID-19 earlier in summer camp. The 30-year-old Freeman had career highs last season with 38 homers and 121 RBIs. The four-time All-Star hopes to lead Atlanta back to the top of the NL East for the third straight season. — Mets hitting coach Chili Davis hasn’t decided if he will rejoin the team at any point this season because of concerns about the coronavirus. The 60-year-old Davis has been working remotely from his Arizona home during the pandemic. On a video conference call with reporters Wednesday, he said he’s at risk due to underlying health conditions that he preferred to keep private. — MLB players have the option of having a patch with “Black Lives Matter” or “United For Change” on a jersey sleeve on opening day of the pandemic-delayed season. Teams have the option of stenciling an inverted MLB logo with “BLM” or “United for Change” on the back of the pitcher’s mound during opening weekend games. — The Nationals are planning to raise a new 2019 World Series champions flag before Thursday night’s opener against the New York Yankees. Other festivities include a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Dr. Anthony Fauci and a previously recorded Presidents Race to be shown during the fourth inning. The Nationals also say a Black Lives Matter stencil will appear on the pitcher’s mound during games on opening weekend. — Umpire Angel Hernández will serve as an interim crew chief this season after a dozen umps decided to sit out amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hernández sued MLB in 2017, alleging race discrimination and cited that he hadn’t be assigned to the World Series since 2005 and hadn’t been promoted to head a crew. Eight crew chiefs and four other umpires have opted out of working this season. In other major league news: — Mike Trout has decided to play for the Angels in the shortened baseball season, although his year will be interrupted in a few weeks by the birth of his first child. The three-time AL MVP confirmed his decision Wednesday before his team’s exhibition game against the Padres at Angel Stadium. Trout expressed uncertainty earlier this month about the safety of this unique major league season, saying he wouldn’t risk his growing family’s health to participate. — Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has a torn muscle in his left calf and will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. The All-Star right-hander was expected to follow two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom in a rotation that already will be without No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard all year because of Tommy John surgery. He was 6-11 with a 2.96 ERA in 21 starts for Toronto last season before going 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA for the Mets. — Rockies reliever Scott Oberg will start the season on the injured list because of back soreness. Oberg was 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA and five saves in 49 games for the Rockies last season. He got a $13 million, three-year contract last winter. — Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list. The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers, drove in 84 runs and tied for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland. In other sports news related to the pandemic: — The NFL Players Association says 95 players are known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. That number is up from 72 in the union’s last report on July 10. The NFLPA and the NFL reached agreement Monday on COVID-19 testing as rookies begin reporting to training camps. Most veterans come in next week, though some players rehabbing injuries could report this week. — The NCAA football oversight committee is asking the association’s Board of Governors to avoid making a decision later this week on whether to conduct fall sports championships. The board is scheduled to meet Friday as college sports leaders try to find a path to play during the pandemic. There has been speculation the board could decide to call off NCAA championship events in fall sports such as soccer, volleyball and lower-division football. That could increase pressure for conferences to cancel their seasons. — Tulane says the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of its college basketball game scheduled in China this November. The Green Wave were slated to play against Washington in the Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai. A Tulane spokesman says the decision to cancel the event was made in coordination with Washington as well as Chinese-based partners in the event. — The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin. All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players. The R&A announced Wednesday that New York-based finance and insurance group AIG. And now that the R&A is charge on running the event, it said its official title will be the AIG Women’s Open. It previously was called the Women’s British Open. . OBIT-HASELRIG Former Steeler, NCAA wrestling champion Haselrig dies at 54 A spokesperson for the Montgomery County DA’s Office says the decision was due to lack of evidence after blood test results showed no intoxication. GOLF-BRITISH MASTERS Law and order at British Masters NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England (AP) — David Law of Scotland shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Oliver Fisher, Garrick Porteous and Renato Paratore in the opening round of the British Masters at Close House Golf Course near Newcastle on Wednesday. Aaron Cockerill, Rasmus Hojgard, Lee Slattery and Pedro Figueiredo were another shot back in a share of fifth, holding off a gaggle of nine players on 4 under. Betts and the Dodgers have struck baseball’s first big-money deal since the coronavirus pandemic decimated the sport’s economics. The 12-year, $365 million contract runs through 2032 and removes the top offensive player from next off-season’s free-agent class. The 27-year-old outfielder was acquired by the Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox on Feb. 10, along with pitcher David Price for three players. His deal is baseball’s second-largest in total dollars behind the $426.5 million, 12-year contract for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout covering 2019-30. The four-time Gold Glove winner captured the 2018 AL MVP award en route to Boston’s World Series title. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 80 RBIs last year, down from a major league-leading .346 average with 32 homers and 80 RBIs in his MVP season. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania health officials won’t allow the Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state is the latest jurisdiction to say no to the team as the baseball season begins this week. The state’s secretary of health cited a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Pennsylvania as the reason to bar the Blue Jays from playing their home games in the Steel City. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said this week his team has more than five contingency plans for a home stadium and was in talks with other teams. He declined to name them. Atkins said if the Blue Jays can’t find a major league park, their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, New York, would be their most likely site for home games. — The PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled. The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020. — The head of the Tokyo Olympics says the delayed games could not be held next year if conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic remain as they are. But Yoshiro Mori says he expects conditions to improve and is hopeful a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed soon. The postponed Olympics open a year from now on July 23, 2021.NFL-BILLS Charges dropped against Oliver CONROE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped the drunken driving and illegal handgun charges against Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver, who had been arrested in May during a traffic stop in Houston’s northern suburbs. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWS Betts lands huge contract…No Jays in Steel City UNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts has said yes to a huge contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the state of Pennsylvania has said no to the Toronto Blue Jays. Update on the latest sports The tournament marks the start of the European Tour’s “U.K. Swing,” a series of six events played in England and Wales over the next six weeks devised primarily for ease of travel for players amid the coronavirus pandemic. . GOLF-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN Women’s British gets sponsorship extension, new branding ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The Women’s British Open is keeping its title sponsor and getting a slightly different name. NBA-NEWS Westbrook set to return UNDATED (AP) — Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is set to practice with the team for the first time since revealing that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Westbrook did not travel with the Rockets on July 9 when they flew to Florida for the NBA’s restart. The nine-time All-Star revealed on social media that he had tested positive for the virus on July 14 and he did not arrive in Florida until Monday. Westbrook had to quarantine upon his arrival at Disney but was cleared to join the Rockets for their practice Wednesday. He said his only symptom was a stuffy nose. Also in the NBA: PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers player Carlton Haselrig has died at age 54. Haselrig was a Pro Bowl right guard for the Steelers in the early 1990s and also the only wrestler in NCAA history to win six individual national championships. Pittsburgh-Johnstown wrestling coach Pat Pecora said Haselrig had been in declining health in recent years. Pecora molded Haselrig into a multiple heavyweight division champion at both the NCAA Division II and Division I levels in the 1980s Haselrig didn’t play a down of college football after suffering an injury during his freshman year at Lock Haven. He spent five years in the NFL after the Steelers took him in the 12th round of the 1990 draft. His career was cut short in the mid-1990s due to a battle with alcohol and substance abuse.last_img read more

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Trojans host three-game series against Wildcats

first_imgAfter facing a tough loss last Friday, USC’s baseball team bounced back to win the weekend series 2-1 against the Utah Utes. The Trojans’ pitching staff only gave up two runs in each of the three games, marking a significant improvement from previous series.Sharpen up · Junior RHP Wyatt Strahan will look to improve upon his 4.25 ERA tonight. Batters are hitting .266 against Strahan this season. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanThe Trojans gave the Utes a thorough beating on Sunday, winning the conference match 13-2 and achieving a season high of 19 hits. Seven different Trojans had multiple hits at the plate while four had multi-RBI outings. Sophomore shortstop Blake Lacey went 2-3 at the plate and drove in 4 RBIs.The Trojans hope to extend their winning streak into this weekend’s series against Pac-12 rival Arizona at Dedeaux Field. The Wildcats currently hold a 17-20 overall record and a 6-9 Pac-12 record, the same conference record as the Trojans. Arizona holds the No. 8 spot in the Pac-12 standings while the Trojans occupy the No. 7 slot.Senior starting catcher Jake Hernandez believes that the success from last weekend’s series win will positively impact the team’s mindset entering tonight’s game.“We’re feeling pretty confident going into this weekend’s series,” Hernandez said. “We know what we have to do and what we have to accomplish to win big. It was really huge for us to take 2 of 3 from Utah in terms of confidence in our abilities.”The Trojans did not have a game this past Tuesday, so the team has had more time to prepare and rest up before tonight’s matchup. USC has been concentrating on cleaning up their infield game as well as gaining better control of the batter’s box.“This week in practice it was really all about focusing on staying on top of the ball at the plate,” Hernandez said. “We really need to work on creating more line drives instead of hitting pop-ups to avoid giving Arizona easy outs.”USC faced a major slump in terms of hitting a few weeks ago, causing them to lose important games and entire series. The Trojans have recently turned it around, however, having multiple games with double-digit hits against Utah, Arizona State and Washington.The Wildcats have also been hot at the plate recently, especially coming off of a hugely unexpected series win over No. 22 UCLA this past weekend, taking two of three wins from the reigning NCAA champions. Arizona’s total team batting average is .299 compared to USC’s .271. The Wildcats currently have four starters batting over .300, led by Scott Kingery, who brings a .390 average into tonight’s matchup.Despite this, USC might have the advantage in pitching when assessing the numbers. The Wildcats currently have an unimpressive total team 4.93 ERA as opposed to the Trojans’ 3.75.Ultimately, Hernandez feels that the team who plays the smartest baseball, both offensively and defensively, will win the series.“To win this weekend, we’ve got to stick to what we do best, which is getting guys over and staying focused at the plate,” Hernandez said. “We need to concentrate on making better pitch selections as well as getting out there early for ground balls while out in the field. We’ve just gotta stay within ourselves.”The Trojans will host the Wildcats at Dedeaux Field this weekend. Junior Wyatt Strahan will start for the Trojans in tonight’s match. The Villa Park, Calif. native will throw the first pitch at 7 p.m., which will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, as will tomorrow and Saturday’s 7 p.m. games.last_img read more

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Dominant Vinales storms to Malaysian MotoGP victory

first_img LIVE TV Super job P1! 🔥 Awesome race! ✊ Thanks to @YamahaMotoGP and to all my closest people! 🙏 Siiii 💪 #12gang @MotoGP pic.twitter.com/PssGx8dSd1— Maverick Viñales (@mvkoficial12) November 3, 2019 Last Updated: 3rd November, 2019 19:53 IST Dominant Vinales Storms To Malaysian MotoGP Victory Maverick Vinales stormed to a dominant victory in the Malaysian MotoGP as world champion Marc Marquez fought his way from near the back of the starting grid “In Phillip Island, I felt like I had the victory in my hands but I made a mistake and I crashed,” he told reporters at the Sepang circuit following the penultimate race of the season. “Here all weekend I’ve been very consistent. I knew if I got first place I had a chance to push, push and push.” COMMENT Spain’s Maverick Vinales stormed to a dominant victory in the Malaysian MotoGP on Sunday as world champion Marc Marquez fought his way from near the back of the starting grid to finish second. Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso came in third but there was disappointment for French rookie Fabio Quartararo, who only managed a lacklustre seventh-place after starting from pole. Vinales’ second win of the season was a major boost following last week’s Australian MotoGP, where he crashed out after leading for much of the race and compatriot Marquez went on to win. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider said the victory felt “amazing” after his disappointing performance in Phillip Island.READ | Marc Marquez Wins Australia MotoGP Thriller As Vinales CrashesMaverick Vinales on winning the Malaysian MotoGP The 24-year-old surged into an early lead at Sepang after starting second on the grid and never looked threatened. By the halfway mark, he had opened up a two second lead over second-placed Marquez, and was over three seconds ahead of him when he crossed the finish line. Fighting from the back  Marquez’s performance was even more astonishing, however, after he started 11th on the grid following a terrifying crash in qualifying that saw him thrown from his bike.Within a few laps the Repsol Honda rider, who was crowned world champion for the sixth time last month, had smashed his way through the pack and was trying to chase down Vinales. While he did not manage to catch his compatriot, Marquez nevertheless opened up a sizeable gap with the rest of the field and cruised to a comfortable second place. The 26-year-old said the first lap, which catapulted him to the front, was “incredible” and congratulated his team for the good result. “We started from 11th, and we cannot forget that here normally we struggle a lot,” he said. As well as the rider’s title, Marquez has helped secure the constructor’s championship for Honda this season.And on Sunday, he added another record to his list – the most points scored in a season in motorcycling’s premier class. He has now racked up 395, higher than the previous record of 383 held by three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo. There was a tough fight for third place between Italy’s Dovizioso, who won at Sepang in 2016 and 2017, and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi. Rossi managed to push past Dovizioso on several occasions, only for the Ducati rider to snatch the lead back and finish just ahead of his compatriot. Quartararo had dominated all weekend going into the MotoGP, topping the timesheets in practice and smashing the Sepang lap record, before seizing his fifth pole position of the season.READ | F1: Fernando Alonso To Return After Studying Formula 1 2021 Rules?The 20-year-old Petronas Yamaha rider had been aiming for his maiden MotoGP victory, but in the event, he was no match for his more experienced rivals and fell to the back right at the start. The MotoGP in tropical Malaysia has often been disrupted by torrential downpours in previous years but the rain stayed away this year for the whole weekend. In the Moto2 class, Alex Marquez, Marc’s younger brother was crowned world champion after finishing second in his race Sunday. First Published: 3rd November, 2019 19:53 IST 10 months ago Marc Marquez wins Australia MotoGP thriller as Vinales crashescenter_img Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Press Trust Of India WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US 10 months ago Marquez keen to atone for chequered Australia historylast_img read more

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Mikel Obi retires from international football

first_imgNigeria captain John Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from international football hours after the Super Eagles beat Tunisia to claim third place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Mikel battled injuries and was limited to two games during the group stage, against Burundi and Madagascar.The former Chelsea player has been a key member of the Super Eagles since he made his debut appearance against Libya in August 2005.During his stint in the national team, Mikel played in two Fifa World Cup tournaments and four Africa Cup of Nations, where he won the title in 2013 and a bronze medal this year. Related: 2019 AFCON: Kameni, Mputu and Mikel; “The Survivors” from Egypt 2006″Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my national career,” Mikel wrote on Instagram. “In 2006 I played my first official championship for my country. 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for the national team with Super Eagles. “My national career started in 2003, under 17 World Cup and I’m grateful to the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skill and have an incredible national and international career. “At the age of 32, it’s time for me to retire from the national team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at Afcon 2019. “Thank you to all my Nigerian supporters and to my country for all the trust, support and love you’ve shown me over the past 15 years.”During the Afcon campaign, Mikel secured a permanent switch to Turkish Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor, where he will play in the 2019-20 season alongside compatriots Ogenyi Onazi and Anthony Nwakaeme.last_img read more

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Nathan Eovaldi injury update: Red Sox pitcher to join bullpen this weekend

first_imgEovaldi has spent his entire career as a starting pitcher. He’s made only eight relief appearances his eight-year career. Last postseason he made four appearances out of the bullpen, tossing 9 1/3 innings and giving up just one run.In Game 3 of the World Series last season, an 18-inning marathon won by the Dodgers, Eovaldi set a series record throwing 97 pitches in relief.Boston (53-34) is off to a mediocre start to the second half of the season, going 4-3 after sets with the Dodgers and Blue Jays. The team remains 10 games back of the Yankees in the AL East and two games back of the Rays and Athletics for the second wild-card spot in the AL. Red Sox manager Alex Cora hasn’t specified what Eovaldi’s role will be within the Boston bullpen, but it stands to reason he’ll take over as a hard-throwing closer. Regardless, Cora is welcoming the 29-year-old righty with gracious, open arms.“It’s very significant,” Cora said when discussing the return of Eovaldi. “That’s one more arm, and there’s a few more guys that have thrown the ball well, too. … It’s kind of like the domino effect, like, one more guy is going to help us get the previous inning and the previous inning and the previous inning, but everything starts from the first inning.” The Red Sox will finally get a badly needed boost in the bullpen this weekend as Nathan Eovaldi is expected to join the team during its three-game set with the Orioles beginning Friday, according to the team’s website.Eovaldi, who can’t be activated until Saturday at the earliest, has been on the injured list since late April because of a sore elbow. Giants’ Madison Bumgarner discusses trade rumors: ‘I feel like I’ve done a good job of blocking it out’center_img He had an impressive outing Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket, striking out the side in one scoreless inning of work.Nathan Eovaldi: 1 Inning, 3 K’s, 1 BB on 19 pitches with 11 of them for strikes! #NastyNate @RedSox pic.twitter.com/7vxor8hL51— PawSox (@PawSox) July 18, 2019“I felt good,” Eovaldi said after the game. “Cutter felt better. I didn’t throw any splits today, but threw some curveballs and felt really good. I feel like I’ve gone through all the tests I possibly can. I feel like I’m ready to go. We’ll just use tomorrow as a recovery day and go from there.” Related News MLB trade rumors: At least 8 teams have inquired about deal for Mets’ Noah Syndergaardlast_img read more

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Liverpool sink West Ham to go 19 points clear

first_imgFaced with West Ham’s massed defence and lacking the pace and penetration usually provided by the injured Sadio Mane, Liverpool initially monopolised possession without a cutting edge.Salah and Jordan Henderson finally combined to open up West Ham for the first time.Andrew Robertson was the beneficiary and the left-back’s clip over Lukasz Fabianski was trickling towards the goalline when Issa Diop got back to clear.It wasn’t vintage Liverpool but their pressure eventually produced Salah’s opener from their first shot on target in the 35th minute.Roberto Firmino deftly controlled Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass and flicked the ball into the six-yard box, where Divock Origi was bundled over by Diop.Jonathan Moss awarded the penalty and, after a lengthy VAR check for a possible handball in the build-up, Egypt forward Salah stepped up to send Fabianski the wrong way for his 16th goal of the season.Manuel Lanzini wasted a golden opportunity to equalise early in the second half when the West Ham winger scuffed straight at Alisson Becker.Firmino almost doubled Liverpool’s lead when he swivelled onto Robertson’s cross and forced Fabianski to save.Liverpool’s second goal punished David Moyes’ team in ruthless style as they authored a swaggering counter-attack in the 52nd minute.Breaking from a West Ham corner, Henderson found Salah and he flicked a superb pass with the outside of his boot to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who raced clear to slot a cool finish past Fabianski.Liverpool were still surprisingly creaky at the back, but Angelo Ogbonna headed over from close-range.Declan Rice’s effort was saved by Alisson, with the rebound deflected onto the post by Alexander-Arnold, before Alisson denied Rice with another fine stop.Share on: WhatsApp PHOTO via @LFCLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool moved an incredible 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League as Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured a 2-0 win at West Ham on Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp’s side have turned the title race into a procession and the runaway leaders saw off struggling West Ham to make it a remarkable 23 victories from 24 league games this season.Salah opened the scoring with a first half penalty at the London Stadium and Oxlade-Chamberlain wrapped up Liverpool’s 15th successive league win after the interval.Second placed Manchester City are now so far behind Liverpool that the question is not if but when the Reds clinch their first English league title since 1990.The Reds have won 31 of their past 32 league fixtures, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in October.With 14 games left, Liverpool’s incredible run has given historic overtones to their impending title coronation.The European and World champions are now 41 games unbeaten in the league — just eight away from the 49-match English top-flight record set by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ across 2003 and 2004.Matching that Arsenal team’s achievement in going an entire league season without defeat is within Liverpool’s reach, as is Manchester City’s Premier League record of 100 points.Liverpool’s latest success on a chilly night in east London will be just a footnote when the full story of their likely title triumph is written, but they still managed to record another small piece of history.They have now beaten all 19 of the other teams in the league at least once this season — the first time the club have achieved that feat in the top-flight.Klopp attracted criticism for announcing he and his first-team players won’t be present for the FA Cup fourth round replay against Shrewsbury next week as it falls within the Premier League’s winter break.Instead, Klopp will send Liverpool’s youth team to the match, but at this rate they will win the title so early that his stars will have plenty of time to put their feet up in the final weeks of the domestic season.– Swaggering Liverpool –last_img read more

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