Barca annoyed and frustrated after Celta draw, says Suarez

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Barcelona forward Luis Suarez lamented his side’s 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday after the champions twice threw away the lead to hand more momentum to title rivals Real Madrid.Suarez scored both of Barca’s goals but Celta forward Fedor Smolov and Iago Aspas each levelled for the struggling hosts. Aspas equalised with a free kick with two minutes remaining.Suarez said: “I’m happy to have been able to help the team with my goals but overall I’m left with sensations of anger and frustration.“We feel as though we have dropped two points and there are many things we need to improve.“We are giving away a lot of points away from home which we didn’t used to do in previous seasons.”Barca were trailing Real in the standings due to their inferior head-to-head record, but Zinedine Zidane’s side can now cement their advantage and go two points clear at the top should they beat Espanyol on Sunday. The Catalans were two points ahead when the season was halted in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic but have won three of their five matches back, also drawing away to Sevilla last week.Barca’s next match is a testing home fixture against third-placed Atletico Madrid, while Real have a slightly more comfortable run-in, with their hardest match looking like being an away game against Athletic Bilbao.Suarez added: “We’re feeling very negative because we have lost two more points in the fight for the title.“We had our fate in our own hands but now we have to wait for Real Madrid to slip up here and there so overall we are feeling frustrated at giving away the two points today.”Reuters/NAN. Tags: Celta de VigoFC BarcelonaFedor SmolovIago AspasLuis Suarezlast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd are among the athletes who are participating in a project which will recognize and celebrate health care workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.“The Real Heroes Project” is a collaborative initiative among 15 leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.Participating athletes will share a personal thank you message on social media utilizing #TheRealHeroes from today. Athletes will cover their name on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of the health care worker they are honoring.Public service announcements will debut on Wednesday across league and team platforms. Other leagues also are participating.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The investment in the former Cincinnati starter is the biggest in a backup quarterback for Dallas since Kyle Orton in 2012-13.The Bengals released Dalton after drafting Joe Burrow first overall.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LOUISVILLENCAA accuses Louisville basketball of recruiting violationsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA that accuses its men’s basketball program of committing a Level I violation with an improper recruiting offer and extra benefits and several Level II violations that accuse former Cardinals coach Rick Pitino of failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance. Update on the latest in sports: The Miami Dolphins say Shula died Monday morning.He won the most games of any NFL coach and led the Dolphins to the only perfect season in league history.Shula surpassed George Halas’ league-record 324 victories in 1993. He retired following the 1995 season with 347 wins, 173 losses and six ties, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.Shula became the only coach to guide an NFL team through a perfect season when the 1972 Dolphins went 17-0. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says that if there were a Mount Rushmore for the NFL, Don Shula would be chiseled into the granite. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-SHULAWinningest NFL coach Don Shula dead at 90MIAMI (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula has died at his home in South Florida. He was 90. NFL-COWBOYS-DALTONCowboys sign Dalton, waive RushFRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have made room for new backup quarterback Andy Dalton by waiving the player who sat behind Dak Prescott for most of the past three seasons.Cooper Rush saw mop-up duty in five games. Prescott hasn’t missed a game in his four seasons.Dalton is guaranteed at least $3 million in his one-year contract.center_img NFL-BEARS-GINNBears sign Ted Ginn Jr. to one-year dealLAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. to a one-year contract.A 13-year veteran who has played in Super Bowls with San Francisco and Carolina, Ginn caught 30 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns with New Orleans last season. He has 409 receptions for 5,702 yards and 33 touchdowns for Miami, San Francisco, Arizona, Carolina and New Orleans.Ginn has returned 257 punts for 2,600 yards with four touchdowns and 307 kickoffs for 6,899 yards and three TDs. He is one of 10 players to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. In 2009 he became the first to run back two for 100 yards in the same game. May 4, 2020 While they head a starry quartet that would take in more than $200,000 per game, 65 players would earn at least $100,000 each time their team wins or loses.That’s according to an Associated Press analysis of their contracts.Most rookies and those making the minimum would get nearly $3,500 each from a major league payroll of about $24 million per game. Clubs would benefit, too, with huge revenue streams flowing from regional sports networks and national broadcast contracts.GOLF-SEMINOLE MATCHGolf returns to TV with charity skins match UNDATED (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson headline a $3 million charity match on May 17 that marks the return of televised golf. They will be partners against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a skins match called “TaylorMade Driving Relief.” All the money goes to COVID-19 relief.McIlroy and Johnson will be playing for the American Nurses Foundation, while the Oklahoma State alumni team will be playing for the CDC Foundation.The match will be played at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida. It will be the club’s first event to be shown on TV.VIRUS OUTBREAK-REAL HEROES PROJECTSports greats celebrate health care workers The notice is the completion of a nearly two-year NCAA investigation.Louisville acknowledged its involvement in federal corruption investigation of college basketball related to the recruitment of former player Brian Bowen II, which led to the ousters of Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich in October 2017.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALL SALARIESAP Exclusive: Trout, Cole top 65 to earn $100,000 per gameNEW YORK (AP) — Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole aren’t the only major leaguers with a big financial incentive to get back on the field.last_img read more

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Why the Rays are headed back to the playoffs in 2019

first_imgMORE: Opening Day schedule for all 30 MLB teamsTampa Bay won a surprising 90 games in 2018, and if not for absurdly good seasons from New York and Boston in their own division and Oakland in the West, the Rays would have easily reached the postseason for their first trip since 2013. They ran with a roster largely bereft of marquee talent and did strange things like begin a game with a relief pitcher who threw only one inning, but it all somehow worked.Baseball rarely rewards this kind of fortune two years in a row, but the Rays should definitely be on every baseball fan’s playoff radar. Admittedly, though, there are reasons to be skeptical. The AL East won’t be any easier this year, and at the time of this writing, the Rays’ official depth chart lists only three starting pitchers while the lineup is no more star-studded than it was last summer. But the ingredients are still there for them to make noise for the second straight year.This begins with the aforementioned pitching rotation. At the top is Blake Snell, who beat Justin Verlander, Corey Kluber and Chris Sale to be the 2018 AL Cy Young winner. After putting together respectable seasons in his first two years in the majors, Snell was a world-beater in 2018. His 1.89 ERA led the league, and he held opposing hitters to a 0.974 WHIP. Snell’s overall velocity climbed from 2017 to 2018, and batters found him mostly mystifying. He benefited some from stranding runners at an 88 percent rate last season, but even with some general regression, Snell should remain an ace.Behind Snell, the Rays have Charlie Morton and Tyler Glasnow. Both are question marks with high potential. Morton was a key piece of the strong Astros rotations of 2017 and 2018, and despite being 35, his velocity has increased over the past three years, up to nearly 97 mph on his fastball in 2018. There are no real signs that he’ll regress significantly, so the Rays have a solid number two starter in Morton. As for Glasnow, he was once a heralded pitching prospect in the Pirates’ system, but has not yet pitched to his potential. Traded to the Rays at the non-waiver deadline last summer in the Chris Archer deal, Glasnow might benefit from the change of scenery. Hopefully, he continues to balance his fastball with his secondary pitches and breaks out in the way fans have anticipated since he debuted with Pittsburgh in 2016.There’s admittedly nothing particularly dazzling about the Rays offense, but good health in their outfield might be all they need to shine. Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is a whiz with the glove, but injuries have kept him out of the lineup with growing frequency since 2016. If he can reverse that trend, he has shown that he can balance his sterling defense with a productive bat.MORE: Justin Verlander not thinking about retiring Newly signed outfielder Avisail Garcia was once dubbed the next Miguel Cabrera while he was with the Tigers, and in 2017 he looked like he had finally arrived with the White Sox thanks to an All-Star worthy season in which he hit .330 with 18 home runs and 27 doubles. But he came back to earth in 2018. Repeated hamstring injuries kept him to 93 games with Chicago, and his batting average dipped all the way to .236. But if there’s a silver lining, he still hit a career-high 19 home runs despite the limited playing time. If he remains healthy, the Rays may have struck gold.On the same day that the Rays traded Archer to the Pirates, they dealt with the Cardinals for outfielder Tommy Pham. Pham then broke his foot on Aug. 3 and missed two weeks, but in 39 games with the Rays last year he hit .343 with 20 extra-base hits. Pham fought for regular playing time with the Cardinals for years, and it looks as if he could end that fight in Tampa Bay. As a regular starter in left field for the Rays, he’s likely to find his groove.Preseason predictions for the American League are pretty steadily calling for the Rays to win around 85 games. Though this would obviously be a step back from last year’s total, it would put them in solid position to be one of the wild-card teams, probably competing with Oakland for the second spot. And like their counterparts on the West Coast, there might not be a lot that’s eye-catching about them on paper, but they’re going to make it work. Earlier this week, the case was made for why the Cardinals would grab a playoff spot in the National League this season after missing out for the last three years. Over in the American League, the competition for a 2019 postseason berth might not be as far-reaching, but outside of the obvious four October teams (Yankees, Red Sox, Indians, and Astros), the rest of the field is still hard to predict.The Athletics were the surprise wild-card team in 2018, and though they might repeat as a wild-card again this year, the other team set to reach the playoffs after missing out last fall is the Rays.last_img read more

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