Sumaila set to leave Sundowns as offers pour in from France, Belgium

first_imgGhana defender Rashid Sumaila is set to leave South African side Mamelodi Sundowns after receiving offers from France, Russia and Belgium for the centre-back.Belgian giants Standard Liege are among the clubs interested in the defender who is out-of-favour at the South African club.Sundowns says they will not prevent Sumaila from achieving his dream of playing in the top-flight leagues of Europe and will allow the Ghanaian to leave if the offer is right.The 21-year-old defender joined Sundowns at the beginning of the season from Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko and formed a solid partnership in the heart of the defence alongside Alje Schut. But after the arrival of Thabo Nthethe from Bloemfontein Celtic, Sumaila has been relegated to the bench. This has resulted in clubs making offers for the centre-back, with one believed to be coming from Standard Liege.“I won’t mention the name of the clubs but I can confirm to you that we have received offers from Russia, France and Belgium and are prepared to listen,” Sundowns communications co-ordinator Thulani Thuswa told KickOff.com.“It has always been our policy not to stand in the way of players, and if the offer is right for Sumaila we are prepared to engage with interested parties,” adds Thuswa.Should Sumaila leave at the end of the season, it will leave Pitso Mosimane with Wayne Arendse as the alternative option for the centre-back position.last_img read more

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Kawhi Leonard struggling with his shot, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers isn’t worried

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “Landry told me – listen, guys tell me things that aren’t true, I think you already know that – but Landry told me the other day that he’s traveling with us,” Rivers said. “I asked him, ‘Does that mean playing?’ And he says, ‘I wouldn’t be traveling if not.’”George said he’ll welcome Shamet onto the court. The two haven’t played together yet; George returned from rehabbing offseason shoulder surgeries on Nov. 14, three days after Shamet was hurt in the Clippers’ win over the Raptors.“Another guy who spaces the floor, another guy who plays defense, a weapon on both ends,” George said. “That’s what we’re adding back to our group.”Rivers added that Rodney McGruder, out with a right hamstring strain, also could return soon – at least according to McGruder: “Rodney told me he’s playing Friday. I don’t believe that, I can tell you that. But that may be true. I don’t know. We’ll find out.” The 6-foot-7 forward has been brilliant in other respects, including averaging a career-high 7.9 rebounds per game, to go with nearly two steals per contest and contributing a career-best 5.3 assists per game, almost three more than his professional average.“What I loved, honestly, I thought he set the tone with this passing,” Rivers said Tuesday, when Leonard finished with five assists. “He kind of let the game come to him. He got everybody else going first, then he tried to get himself going, and he couldn’t do that tonight. But I love that he was getting everybody else going.”SEE YOU SOON?Rivers said he couldn’t verify the veracity of the information, but he’s heard from a relatively reliable source (Landry Shamet) that Landry Shamet could return to the court during the team’s upcoming six-games-in-nine-days trip. The second-year guard has missed the past 12 games with a high left ankle sprain.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “First thing he said when he sat on the bench is, ‘My goodness, am I getting great shots.’ Right now, they’re not going in, but they will. You know they will. I love the shots he’s getting.”Leonard, who left Staples Center without addressing the media Tuesday, has mentioned he wasn’t able to work on his game as usual this offseason and has subsequently remained unavailable to play back-to-back games with what the NBA reported was an ongoing injury to the patella tendon. It’s possible that it’s just a matter of finding a consistent rhythm.Also, he and the rest of the still-jelling Clippers concede that their chemistry remains a work in progress.“I think right now everybody is, in a good way, like, ‘Hey I just got a good look, I got me a shot.’ Or, ‘Hey, you got a mismatch, you take him.’ It’s been that kind of feel,” said Paul George, Leonard’s All-Star sidekick. “I think once we get to a point where we’re just playing, the ball moves around, the ball hops around, and we show that throughout a game … once we continue to keep playing, we’ll build that chemistry.”Although Leonard is shooting a subpar-for-him 43.9 percent from the field through 16 games for the Clippers (16-6), he has scored 25 or more points in 10 of those contests. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime No, Kawhi Leonard’s shot wasn’t hitting the mark in the Clippers’ 117-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, when he finished 3 for 15 from the floor.And yes, he was similarly, woefully off-target Nov. 11, when the Clippers faced his former team, defeating the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors 98-88 despite a 2-for-11 line from Leonard.But it’s going to take more than a couple of dud shooting nights from the career 49.2 percent shooter to concern Coach Doc Rivers.“I tell you, he had great shots, so I don’t attribute it to much of anything,” Rivers said after Tuesday’s game, which was one of only five in Leonard’s career in which he took 10 or more shots and made 20 percent or fewer of them.last_img read more

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No surprise – Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw will make ninth Opening Day start

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It just means I’m old, I guess,” Kershaw joked. “You don’t ever want to make light of the situation. It’s very cool. The cliché is it’s just another game and it is. But I guess Opening Day means a lot, symbolizes a lot of things. I’m excited about it. It’ll be cool.”The major-league record for consecutive Opening Day starts is held by Hall of Famer Jack Morris, who did it with three teams (the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins). The longest stretch of consecutive Opening Day starts with one team is 12 by another Hall of Famer, Robin Roberts, who did it with the Philadelphia Phillies.“To be with the same team that long, with the Dodgers a team with such a long list of great starting pitchers, to be associated with them is kind of special,” Kershaw said.Kershaw has a 1.05 ERA (six earned runs over 51-2/3 innings) with 59 strikeouts and eight walks in his eight previous Opening Day starts. The Dodgers won the first seven but lost 1-0 to the Giants on Opening Day last year.MANNY MONEYWhen the news broke Tuesday morning that Manny Machado had agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers were just taking the field for the first full-squad workout of the spring. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Hernandez and Taylor are right-handed hitters. Muncy is the Dodgers’ only left-handed option at the position. Moving him there against right-handed pitching would free up first base for Cody Bellinger (expected to play more in right field this year) and is “a possibility,” Roberts acknowledged Tuesday.“We still have time to hone in on that,” Roberts said. “And things can change as they always do. Right now, he’s going to take some grounders there. But a lot of his work is going to be at first base.”BUEHLER’S DAYDodgers right-hander Walker Buehler is the only one of the team’s starting pitchers who hasn’t thrown a bullpen session during camp. Roberts said the team is “slow-playing” him after a 177-inning workload last season.Buehler is tentatively scheduled to throw his first bullpen session on Wednesday.“But if I don’t, nobody freak out,” he warned reporters Tuesday.center_img GLENDALE, Ariz. — It is the least surprising news of Dodgers spring training every year for nine years now.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked to name his Opening Day starter on Tuesday.“Clayton Kershaw,” Roberts said. “Does that surprise you?”It shouldn’t surprise anyone. The starting assignment on March 28 at Dodger Stadium against the Arizona Diamondbacks will be Kershaw’s ninth consecutive Opening Day start, extending his franchise record. “It’s good for Manny. It’s good for the Padres,” Roberts said. “So we’re going to see a lot more of Manny this year.”That Machado and Bryce Harper were both unsigned so deep into February had many bemoaning the state of the free-agent market. Many players went on record with their feeling that changes were needed in the system when talented free agents were not getting paid.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said he always felt that narrative was “overstated.”“Internally, we expected him to get arguably the highest free-agent contract ever. I guess free agent-wise it’s A-Rod’s $252 million and he beat it and it’s fitting for a guy with his talent,” Friedman said.“I do think there’s some challenges that we need to work out as an industry. But there was a lot of noise and chatter trying to incite things with things like saying there are 100 free agents (unsigned). There aren’t 100 major-league free agents. Saying guys were getting frozen out – clearly, that’s not the case. The rhythm of a negotiation can play out in different ways. Obviously, this one took a little longer. But ultimately he got a very strong contract – as he should.”2B OR NOT 2BDuring Tuesday’s first full-squad workout, Max Muncy did some work at second base with Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor. Roberts said Muncy would continue to work there some during the spring and also get some action at second base during spring games.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, June 10 – Sunday, June 12, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, 2016: Friday, June 10, 2016No reports were filed.Saturday, June 11, 2016•1 a.m. Officers investigated a battery and curfew violation in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington by known suspect(s).•5:14 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of medication in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.•1:46 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 1100 block S. Washington, Wellington.•4:37 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to vehicles in the 1000 block S. Washington, Wellington.4:45 p.m. Officers took a report of a verbal disturbance in the 1100 block N. C, Wellington by known subject(s).•5 p.m. Officers investigated disorderly conduct in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington by known suspect(s).•7:05 p.m. Officers investigated a theft and criminal damage to camping equipment in the 500 block Lake View Road, Mayfield.•10:15 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended in the 200 block N. Park, Wellington.•10:33 p.m. Danny R. King, 58, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended.•10:40 p.m. David E. McBee, 53, Sedgwick, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlamp.Sunday, June 12, 2016•8:05 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary of food items in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect(s).•9:35 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a laptop by unknown suspect(s) in the 700 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•11:39 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•12:04 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block W. 10th, Wellington.•12:26 p.m. Officers took a report of found BB gun in the 1200 block N. C, Wellington.•3:53 p.m. Officers investigated disorderly conduct in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington by known suspect.•6:02 p.m. Officers took a report of found keys in the 1800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•7:59 p.m. Officers investigated probation violation and disorderly conduct in the 900 block W. 7ty, Wellington by known suspect.•8:23 p.m. Gary W. Webb, 62, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with probation violation and disorderly conduct.last_img read more

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