Bayern won’t take Chelsea lightly, says Bayern’s Davies

first_imgThe Bayern Youngster, meanwhile, said he loves the position as a left-back and doesn’t think about returning to the left-wing.“I guess my future is the one of a left-back.”His convincing appearances as a substitute for David Alaba made him irreplaceable and he has exploded into life this season. Austrian international Alaba has since moved to the central position.The rookie developed to one of the top acts as he dropped back from his original position as a winger.Davies said his first days in Bayern’s shirt had been “nerve-wracking.” Everyone around him was constantly playing perfect passes. “Every single one was world-class. I just thought, wow, how can this happen in every training session.”The high standard in Bayern’s training units helped him to improve and get to a new level.“I came here to learn, and it can’t surprise anyone that I am still learning,” he added.He praised Alaba’s support next to the help he received from his coach. “I always listen to their advice. I think that is what a young player should do.” He said he is the new kid on the block, taking a close look at all the stars around him.“I only knew them from television before I came here. It was breath-taking for me to practice and play with them.”He said he and Bayern’s newest arrival, former Citizen winger Leroy Sane, could damage opponents due to their speed qualities.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Alphonso DaviesKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  Bayern Munich’s left-back Alphonso Davies is full of determination when talking about this season’s Champions League campaign.Ahead of the last-16-round second leg against Premier League side Chelsea on August 8, the 19-year-old Canadian told Xinhua in an interview, “things somehow start from the beginning when we face a confident Chelsea in the re-match.”The German record Champion isn’t taking the Blues lightly despite their 3-0 lead achieved in the first leg in February.Davies said Bayern is sufficiently concentrated to make it to the next round despite the long break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.“We can win this season’s Champions League campaign, but don’t think about the following games. Chelsea is coming first,” the former winger commented. Davies admitted that the 2020 German Champion remains one of the favorites to win this season’s campaign.The starting point is more or less the same for all participating teams, the Bayern professional said.The final (last-8 to final) round will be played in a tournament mode from August 12 in the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The final is scheduled for August 23.Last week, his side returned to action after the national league finished its season on June 26, followed by the German Cup final on July 4. The Bundesliga was the first European league to re-start its interrupted season.“You can’t tell if it is an advantage to have had a break or not. You can say that the season doesn’t feel like finished for us,” Davies said.The entire team is determined to add the missing piece to a so-far successful season with the Bavarians taking the national double.“We didn’t party a lot, far from that. Everyone knew we still need to continue to get the thing done,” he emphasized.Football has always delivered surprises after first-leg games, he underlined. Therefore “we know we can count on a lead but at the same time are aware we face another tight 90 minutes against the Blues.”Chelsea’s convincing performance in the 2019/2020 Premier League season’s last games backs up his stance.The Bundesliga’s rookie of the year said the Champions League stands above all for Bayern’s squad and head-coach Hansi Flick.last_img read more

Single dad adopts 13-year-old boy abandoned at hospital by adoptive parents

first_imgA North Carolina foster dad adopted a 13-year-old boy who was abandoned by his adoptive parents two years ago.According to Fox 35, Peter Mutabazi has been fostering kids for three years. Mutabazi shares his experiences as a foster dad through his Instagram: fosterdadflipper.One of the children he fostered was a boy named Tony.  Tony had originally been adopted by a Oklahoma couple when he was 4, and the couple abandoned him when he was just 11 years old.Mutabazi fostered Tony for only a weekend, but after learning his story, he decided to adopt him.Fox 35 reported that on Nov. 19, the adoption was finalized and the pair were officially father and son.“ADOPTED TODAY!!! I was chosen, I was wanted, I was cherished, I grew in his heart, I was the missing piece and I’m loved today despite of my short coming,” Mutabazi wrote on Instagram. “‘Little souls find their way to you, whether their from your womb or someone elses.’ I found my little/big soul today!”last_img read more

Deaf golf in the Brabazon spotlight

first_img Deaf golf will come into the spotlight this week when the Brabazon Trophy gets underway at Seaton Carew in County Durham.The competitors at the event – one of the Majors of amateur golf – include 18-year-old Paul Waring of Felixstowe Ferry in Suffolk, who has been profoundly deaf from birth.The host club also includes a group of deaf golfers among its members and its plans for a new practice area will include facilities for deaf golfers and those with other disabilities.  Seaton Carew treasurerJim Cockburn remarked: “Everyone and anyone is welcome here, we include everyone.”Paul is a scratch golfer who secured his first appearance in the Brabazon – the English men’s open stroke play – with a two under par score and a share of second place in the Southern Qualifier.This week’s championship will be just the beginning of a high-profile month for Paul, who will go on to represent England Deaf Golf in the World Deaf Championships in Michigan, USA, from July 12-18.He is already the European Deaf Champion and his schedule reflects his ambition:  “to be a successful amateur and then to play on the European Tour.”Paul’s route to the top of the game puts an extra emphasis on communication. He explains the issues created by being deaf: “It makes learning more difficult as communication with your coach has to be different, for them and you. And, if you can’t hear the difference in a good and bad strike, or how a bunker shot should sound, you have to rely on the feel of the shot.”That means lots of practice and a good relationship with the coach: “Both my previous coach, Kevin Lovelock, and my current coach Graham Walker (the England Golf men’s coach), have been brilliant with me,” said Paul.There’s also the issue of communicating with playing partners. Paul uses a combination of lip reading, signing if appropriate, and gestures.He encourages other deaf people to play golf, remarking: “Why not? It’s great fun and you get to meet lots of new people.”Paul started playing golf when he was 12, encouraged by his father, and has represented Suffolk at every level from U14 upwards. He’s been a regular at England Golf boys’ events and at other prestigious junior competitions and this year, is playing more men’s tournaments.He has an impressive record in deaf golf. As well as his European individual title, he helped England win the team event in Finland and, also last year, he won the England Deaf Golf Open, the Spring and Autumn Tournaments and the Order of Merit.Meanwhile, Paul’s focus is on the Brabazon, which starts on Wednesday and continues until Saturday. “I’m very much looking forward to it, I want to play in the best tournaments I can, and this is one of the best.”For all the championship news, reports and pictures please click here.England Golf is committed to increasing the number of deaf and disabled people playing golf. If you are interested in getting started then click here to contact England Golf. 23 Jun 2014 Deaf golf in the Brabazon spotlight last_img read more

Golf Week will celebrate club golfers

first_img3 Aug 2016 Golf Week will celebrate club golfers It’s time for Golf Week – England Golf’s annual celebration of the handicap game for men, women and juniors Over 500 club golfers from all over the country will gather at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire next week for the finals of a host of team and individual events. The five-day festival of golf runs from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12 and includes the finals of the Club Team Championship, the England Golf Captains’ tournament series, the women’s Grand Medal Final, the Junior Champion Club tournament, and the men’s Gold Medal Final. In addition, England Golf and Your Golf Travel ambassador Charley Hull will be at Golf Week on Tuesday for a Lady Captains’ event, which includes a Q&A, clinic and golf on the Blue course. Other events during the week include a competition for teams of county presidents and secretaries and a Rules school. Golf Week was held for the first time last year to highlight the grassroots game and was a huge success. It gave the full championship experience to club golfers who had qualified for the finals, many of whom were also entertained at gala dinners.  England Golf championship director James Crampton said: “We were absolutely delighted by the feedback we received. Players told us that they enjoyed the sense of occasion and the challenge of the three excellent golf courses at Frilford Heath. “We are really looking forward to our second Golf Week and the opportunity to share the championship experience with many more club golfers.” The schedule for Golf Week is: Monday 8 August – Club Team Championship, Blue course Tuesday 9 August – County Presidents & Secretaries, Green course  Tuesday & Wednesday, 9-10 August – England Golf Captains, Blue and Red courses Thursday 11 August – Grand Medal Final, Red course Thursday & Friday, 11-12 August – Junior Champion Club, Blue course Friday 12 August – Gold Medal Final, Red course Click here for more information Caption: Players at the inaugural Golf Week (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Fighting Irish hold on to beat Pitt 23-17

first_img“Again, got off to a pretty good start offensively, but as we’ve shown, we are really good at stubbing our toe, whether it be a penalty here or a drop here. But that’s us,” Kelly said after the Irish held on to beat the Panthers 23-17 Saturday.Quarterback Dayne Crist passed for a TD and ran for another in the first half, completing 12 straight passes at one point. And the Irish got three field goals from David Ruffer, who stayed perfect in his career (16-for-16) while setting a school record for consecutive makes.“You can just see the way we operate it, it can be really effective,” Crist said. “We’re happy with the way we were moving the ball while we were in that tempo.”Still, the Panthers climbed back into it. Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri hit Jon Baldwin on a 56-yard TD to bring the Panthers within 23-17 with 7:23 left.Pitt (2-3) got the ball back twice thereafter—at its own 10 with 4:45 to go and again at its 7 with 1:37 remaining. But on its final series, Gary Gray broke up a fourth down pass intended for Baldwin and Notre Dame (3-3) ran out the clock for its second straight win following a three-game losing streak.“We’re moving the ball. We get down in there. We have to settle for attempted field goals. We don’t finish the drive,” said Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, who’d beaten Notre Dame in thrillers the previous two seasons.Sunseri, who completed 27 of 39 passes for 272 yards and also ran for a second-half TD, agreed that not cashing in on earlier opportunities cost Pitt a chance at victory.“We have to come in and understand that we had the game, but we have to capitalize in the red zone whenever we’re down there,” Sunseri said.“They had us off balance defensively with the no huddle offense at a faster tempo than we could have ever practiced,” Wannstedt said.“That kind of got us on our heels a little bit the first half. Defensively, our kids, the second half, they battled to the last play.”Pitt (2-3) opens Big East play Saturday at Syracuse (4-1).The Rutgers at Pittsburgh game Oct. 23 will start at noon. ESPN Regional will televise the game as its Big East Conference game of the week.Rutgers will play at Pitt for the first time since winning 54-34 in 2008. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)—Brian Kelly’s baby, his spread offense, was clicking for a half. Notre Dame’s no-huddle was snapping off plays so rapidly that Pitt’s defense was hurrying to get organized. The speed early on was almost dizzying. But the 17-3 lead the Irish forged by halftime— thanks also to Pitt’s struggles to score from inside the 20—didn’t end in a comfortable win for Notre Dame. Not that style points mean anything to Kelly. ELUSIVE—Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist, left, eludes Pittsburgh defensive tackle Jabaal Sheard on his way to a 10-yard touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 9. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) last_img read more

NC State star Charles leaves behind primer in how to handle fame

first_imgby Jim LitkeAssociated Press Writer (AP)—He never quite believed it himself.At least that’s what Lorenzo Charles always said—from the second after he flushed one of the most dramatic baskets in the history of the college game all the way to the end of his life. Sadly, that came June 27, when the charter bus that Charles was driving crashed along Interstate 40 in Raleigh, N.C. He was 47. TRAGIC ACCIDENT—This April 4, 1983 photo shows North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Charles (43) dunking the ball to give N.C. State a 54-52 win over high-flying Houston, whose destruction of the field justified the moniker “Phi Slamma Jamma” in the NCAA Championship game in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/File) I heard him say it near the end of a phone conversation one April afternoon three years ago. Charles was one of several North Carolina State players contributing memories for a story to mark the 25th anniversary of the Wolfpack’s improbable 1983 NCAA Championship. Like his teammates, he was asked to recreate the last few seconds of the final game against a Houston team fronted by two future Hall of Famers—Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler—that almost no one believed could lose.Charles recalled where everyone else was on the floor, and what they were doing, heartbeat by heartbeat. When he got around to Olajuwon, his opposite that night, the description was so vivid you could have guessed what the Houston center ate during the pregame meal. Charles didn’t enter his own highlight reel until the very end, and even then, reluctantly.In the video clip, though, he looks like the only player with a clue of what’s about to unfold. He leaps out from underneath the basket just in time to grab guard Dereck Whittenburg’s desperate heave from 30 feet out and dunk it in one fluid motion: N.C. State 54, Houston 52.“I was out of position,” Charles chuckled, “because when you’re going for a rebound and putback, you’re supposed to be a step or two away to build up some steam. But it turned out to be the perfect place.”That’s all?“I could see the ball was going to fall short, and my only concern was Hakeem. I was waiting for that big arm to swoop by and block my shot. And,” he paused, still marveling all those years later, “it never happened.”No matter how the question was asked, Charles kept describing his contribution as a lucky break. It was too humble. There had to be more.“No, that’s pretty much it. Turned out to be right place, right time,” he said softly. “Just maybe not the guy people expected.”Another long pause ensued.“I have a hard time,” he said softly, “believing it myself.”It was neither the first nor the last time he said that. His teammates confirmed that was vintage Charles. Opportunistic and tough as nails the second he stepped on the court, just the way you’d expect a kid from Brooklyn to be; saying only so much and laughing a lot as soon as he stepped away. Always deflecting the attention somewhere else.So it came as little surprise that Charles hardly cared the moment after his dunk has become even more memorable still. That was when the buzzer sounded and NC State coach Jim Valvano stormed the floor like a one-man tidal wave, looking for someone to hug.Maybe it’s because Valvano was at his absolute peak as a showman. Or because a decade later, his body wracked by cancer, Valvano cast the same magical spell over a national TV audience—“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up,” he said that night—he had cast over a dozen youngsters for a few months in 1983.Either way, Charles was happy the spotlight settled where it did. His own NBA career didn’t last as long as he’d hoped. He stayed in the game by playing in smaller leagues all around the world, then tried his hand at coaching. Charles eventually wound up back in Raleigh driving a bus.Somehow, the unending interest in Charles’ singular feat always caught him by surprise. Maybe that’s how he made you feel better simply for asking.What Charles chose to remember most, though, was the effort Valvano coaxed from his team night after night during that meat-grinder of a season. Whittenburg, the Wolfpack’s best shooter, broke his foot early on and N.C. State had to run the table in the ACC tournament just to make the tournament. Then came a series of squeakers. Last up was high-flying Houston, whose destruction of the field justified the moniker “Phi Slamma Jamma.”“I’m sure lots of people figured we didn’t even belong on the same floor,” Charles said, “But a lot of them forgot how tough it was just surviving the ACC week in and week out. North Carolina had Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins. Maryland had Lenny Bias. Virginia had Ralph Sampson.”And so convincing was Valvano in the role of underdog that according to most retellings, he was all N.C. State had. In fact, the Wolfpack had a topflight trio of guards—flanking Whittenberg was Sidney Lowe and Terry Gannon—and rugged, reliable presences underneath on both ends of the floor in Charles and Thurl Bailey.But once Valvano got going, even his own kids forgot about that. He’d be in the middle of drawing up the pregame sets, then put the clipboard under one arm and scream, “You got to be a dreamer.” A moment later, a composed Valvano would point to the blackboard and add, “And if all five of you don’t get back down the floor and play defense every time, they’re going to break that dream into little, bitty pieces.”Whittenburg, who recounted that story three years ago, added, “Then. he’d have to stop himself from cracking up. He never failed to make you laugh or feel good about yourself, and there aren’t a lot of people you meet in life who can do that.”And even more unfortunate, another one of them is gone.last_img read more

Greek federation angrily condemns slur of NBA draft pick

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greece’s basketball federation condemned remarks by the leader of an extreme right Greek political party who likened a recent NBA draft pick to a “chimpanzee.”The federation on Thursday described the remarks aimed at Giannis Antetokounmpo as “unacceptable and racist.”Antetokounmpo, an 18-year-old Greek shooting guard and the son of Nigerian immigrants, was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was received this week in Athens by conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.Nikolaos Michaloliakos, the leader of the far-right Golden Dawn party, likened the 6-foot-9 player to a “chimpanzee” during a television interview Tuesday.Antetokounmpo was selected 15th in the 60-player NBA draft on June 27. He was seen celebrating the news at the Barclays Center in New York, crossing himself in the Orthodox Christian fashion, waving a Greek flag and hugging family members.Golden Dawn has seen a recent surge in support as Greece endures a sixth year of recession. The party has mounted an aggressive campaign against illegal immigration and the austerity measures imposed under the country’s bailout program.In elections last year, the party won 18 seats in the 300-member parliament, and is currently the third-strongest in opinion polls.Prime Minister Samaras has frequently described Golden Dawn as “neo-Nazis.” It is a label which the party rejects, though leading members of Golden Dawn have in the past openly expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler and denied the Holocaust occurred.Samaras said he felt “great emotion” at his meeting this week with Antetokounmpo and his parents.“I thank you for honoring our national colors,” he said. “I hope you drive them crazy with your slam dunks. … All of Greece is so excited for you.” Milwaukee Bucks first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo speaks at a news conference June 28, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)last_img read more

Inside Conditions—Let the dead, bury the dead

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEThe Pittsburgh Pirates late GM Syd Thrift said this when asked about the struggling chances of the franchise achieving future success when he took the job, “It ain’t easy resurrecting the dead.”Recently the Pittsburgh Steelers appeared to be just a step or two from the graveyard but a funny thing happened on the way to the cemetery.  The grave robbers got cheated because when the pallbearers opened up the door of the hearse to remove the body and transport it to the gravesite, the hearse was empty.There have been, I say there have “been” not “Ben” reports that the dearly departed was spotted over at the North Shore getting blasted on a 1/2 keg of Bud Light. The demise of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014 has not only been exaggerated, it may have been totally fabricated. The Indianapolis Colts breezed into Heinz Field looking like Arabian stallions but left looking like “Aunt Bessie’s” mule.The Steelers were a team that had been almost totally out of sync both offensively and defensively for almost half of the season, cringing after suffering hideous losses at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns sometimes appearing as if they were boys against men. The light switch for the Steelers seems to have clicked on at the most opportune time with the Steelers outlasting the Colts last Sunday evening at Heinz Field by the score of 51-34. It was an historic win for Ben Roethlisberger who may have almost singlehandedly rescued the Steelers from the coroner’s office.Big Ben had this to say.  “We just felt like they couldn’t stop us because we were just clicking. It was one of those nights that players talk about when things feel like they’re going right.” Ben Roethlisberger might not have been a pure hater of other teams’ QBs but the way the Steelers offense had been performing over the past three or four weeks, very few people gave the Steelers even a remote chance of competing with the high kicking Colts.Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin also offered his postgame thoughts. “He won’t admit it but I’m sure it bothered him. You don’t ascend to the position that he is professionally without that competitive fire burning.” Whether the defense of Pittsburgh or Indianapolis were clicking was a moot point because both defenses surrendered 907 combined passing yards, the second most ever, trailing only the 971 yards that the defensive squads of the  Detroit Lions  and the Green Bay Packers gave up on Jan. 1, 2012.I have witnessed some great games in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers but none may ever top this historic performance. I was there when “fast” Willie Parker ran the Steelers to victory when he scooted 75 yards to clip the wings of the Seattle Seahawks in Detroit Super Bowl XL. I was also able to witness the “Immaculate Reception II” the touchdown catch of Santonio Holmes that pulled the feathers off of the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa to win Super Bowl XLIII.  However, this victory may have breathed new life into the Steelers 2014 season and may have saved the journey of a few other folks that may have been on their way to the gallows.(Aubrey Bruce may be reached at: abruce@new­pittsburgh­ or 412-583-6741. Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribe.) Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter us at our mobile app at read more

Pirates sign 3B Jung Ho Kang to 1-year deal

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates and the veteran third baseman agreed to a one-year deal Thursday that will bring Kang back for the 2019 season.The move comes a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for Kang, paying him a $250,000 buyout instead. Financial terms on Kang’s new deal weren’t immediately available.“We feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup,” general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. “Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both.”Kang was a star in his native South Korea when the Pirates signed him to an $11 million, four-year deal in January 2015. He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting 15 homers and driving in 58 runs in 2015, when Pittsburgh won 98 games. It would be the high point of Kang’s time with the Pirates.The 31-year-old Kang didn’t play in the U.S. between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests in South Korea. He made it back to the majors with Pittsburgh in September, collecting two hits in six at-bats during the final weekend of the season.___More AP baseball: and In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)last_img read more

Trailblazing RB Wally Triplett, first African-American to start for Penn State, dies at 92

first_imgIn this Nov. 11, 2105, file photo, Penn State great Wally Triplett visits during the NCAA college football team’s practice in State College, Pa.  (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)Triplett was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame this year, and his appearance in that game is part of Penn State lore. According to the school, the team was asked to consider the possibility of leaving Triplett and Hoggard at home for the game in then-segregated Dallas. Teammates responded by saying: “We are Penn State, there will be no meetings” — a reference to a previous Penn State team that voted to cancel a game at segregated Miami.The story remains an important part of Penn State history, especially given the school’s well-known “We Are” moniker.Triplett was drafted by the Lions in the 19th round in 1949. He played in 18 games for Detroit from 1949-50. On Oct. 29, 1950, against the Los Angeles Rams, he had 294 yards on four kickoff returns, an NFL record that lasted until 1994.“As the first African-American to be drafted and to play in the National Football League, Wally is one of the true trailblazers in American sports history. He resides among the great men who helped reshape the game as they faced the challenges of segregation and discrimination,” the Lions said in a statement. “His contributions date back to his days at Penn State as the Nittany Lions’ first African-American starter and varsity letter winner, highlighted by his appearance in the first integrated Cotton Bowl. Wally’s legacy also reaches beyond breaking color barriers, having served in the United States Army during the Korean War.”George Taliaferro was the first Black player drafted in the NFL when he went six rounds before Triplett in 1949. Taliaferro also died recently .___More AP NFL: L and In this July 30, 1953, file photo, veteran halfback Wally Triplett of Penn State U., originally from La Mott, Pa., poses in action during his second year with Chicago Cardinals and fourth year in the National Football League.  (AP Photo/File)DETROIT (AP) — Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92.The Detroit Lions and Penn State announced Triplett’s death Thursday. Triplett was the third African-American selected in the 1949 draft, but he was the first of those draftees to play in a regular-season game. He played in 24 games for the Lions and Chicago Cardinals.Triplett was also the first African-American to start for Penn State, and in 1948, he and teammate Dennie Hoggard became the first African-Americans to play in the Cotton Bowl .“This is a tremendous loss for not only our football program, but the Penn State community as a whole,” Penn State coach James Franklin said in a statement. “Wally was a trailblazer as the first African-American to be drafted and play in the NFL, and his influence continues to live on. He had a profound effect on me and the team when he visited in 2015 and shared valuable lessons from his life story and ability to overcome.”last_img read more