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• ‘It certainly wasn’t how it was portrayed,’ says Lambert
• Keane resigns from role as Aston Villa assistant manager
The Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert, has confirmed his former assistant Roy Keane did turn up at the midfielder Tom Cleverley’s house this week but insists Cleverley said the incident was blown out of proportion by the media, who reported that the Irishman stood ringing the player’s doorbell for 15 minutes seeking an argument.
Keane, who stepped down from his role recently to focus on his position as the Republic of Ireland assistant manager, supposedly wanted an angry showdown about recent ’leaks’ from the dressing room from his time at the club.Continue reading...
Bears safety Chris Conte said he would cut 15 years off his life for his NFL career. But he shouldn’t have to make the choice
If you missed it, Chris Conte – a safety for the Chicago Bears who has recently suffered two concussions – went on the radio Wednesday to say that just being able to play in the NFL is worth the associated health risks. He elaborated, saying that he would “rather have the experience of playing and, who knows, die 10, 15 years earlier than not be able to play in the NFL and live a long life.”
Obviously, as the NFL is under continuous litigious bombardment over alleged negligence with regards to concussions suffered by its players, the remark got attention. But was it a totally ridiculous thing to say?Continue reading...
• Toulon threaten legal action against Leicester fans
As this is the season not to be a curmudgeon, I’d like to welcome Wasps to the Midlands. A look at the map suggests that if there are geographical issues to be had they are more to the east of Coventry, but it is an area which is big enough to accommodate another rugby club.
Discussions about academies – we at Worcester have spent about a million pounds setting up four, one of them at Barkers’ Butts Rugby Club in Coventry – and the like are for the future. For the moment I’m not speaking as a director of rugby at a club just along the M42 and down the M5, but as a former Wasp with considerable affection for his old club and its DNA.Continue reading...
• Walcott injured groin after recovering from serious knee problem
• Arsenal confident Oxlade-Chamberlain will return at Anfield
The Arsenal forward Theo Walcott could make a return to action at Liverpool on Sunday. The manager Arsène Wenger revealed the 25-year-old, who has made just two appearances this season after recovering from a long-term knee injury, is set to resume full training following a groin problem suffered while on international duty with England.
While Wenger will take no chances on Walcott’s rehabilitation, the imminent availability of the forward will come as a welcome boost ahead of the hectic Christmas schedule, which could also see Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shake off their fitness problems.Continue reading...
America and Cuba are moving towards a restoration of relations. And fans will hope their clubs can exploit a rich vein of talent
With the announcement that relations between the United States and Cuba are on the cusp of a major thaw, the North American sports community is anticipating the possibility of Cuban prospects flooding into Major League Baseball, once they are free to do so.
Of all the lingering questions attached to Wednesday’s events, one thing we do know is that such an opening won’t happen overnight, with factions in Congress vowing to oppose shifts in the US embargo.
Major League Baseball is closely monitoring the White House’s announcement regarding Cuban-American relations. While there are not sufficient details to make a realistic evaluation, we will continue to track this significant issue, and we will keep our Clubs informed if this different direction may impact the manner in which they conduct business on issues related to Cuba.
Given that there are MLB teams in Canada, why not Cuba? I'd love to go to a @mets game in Havana! (Even though they'd def lose.)
Havana clearly set for MLB expansion in the not-so-distant future. Montreal probably will get ballpark issues settled. Bingo, 2 new teams.Continue reading...