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Carroll joined the Hammers from Liverpool on a one-year loan deal last August after struggling to establish himself at Anfield following his club-record £35million switch from Newcastle in January 2011. The 24-year-old has been hampered by injury during his time at Upton Park but, since returning to fitness, he has hit form over the last few months. And Allardyce has also seen enough to want Carroll back at West Ham next season, believing the powerful hitman can develop into a “very good player” at the club. “He has shown everybody what he can do and he has massive potential to grow into a very good player if he ends up back here with us,” Allardyce told reporters. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed he is keen to retain the services of on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll and hopes a deal can be finalised as soon as possible. “He’s so willing to learn and become better that I think we could do well for each other, but there is a way to go before that might get sorted. “It’s about negotiation and both parties have to be happy that the negotiation cannot go any farther and it’s a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. We hope it’s a ‘yes’ and we hope it is as quickly as possible.” He added: “I think that my reflection of Andy is exactly what I said from the start – as soon as we get him match-fit, the sooner you will see the goals. “That match-fitness never came until his run after his second injury and I’m still wondering what he might have done this year had we got him off that one minute before he did his hamstring in his first game (against Fulham).” Allardyce also confirmed the club will not be extending on-loan defender Emanuel Pogatetz’s stay at Upton Park. Austria international Pogatetz joined from German side Wolfsburg during January’s transfer window on a loan deal until the end of the season. Pogatetz has made only a handful of appearances with the Hammers though, mainly as a substitute, and Allardyce has decided he will not be looking to retain the 30-year-old. Allardyce said, according to the London club’s Twitter account: “We’ve already said to Pogatetz thanks very much, he’s been a fantastic professional but it won’t be extended, and we’ll decide on the others after the game.” Press Association
Nurse gets extensionTORONTO (AP) — Head coach Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have announced a multiyear extension without divulging the terms. Nurse has won the Atlantic Division title in each of his first two seasons at the helm. The Raptors captured the NBA title last year before finishing with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference this season.Nurse was originally signed to a three-year deal in June 2018 to lead the club.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS UNDATED (AP) — The University of Wisconsin chancellor says Big Ten football will remain on hold until there are answers to questions about COVID-19 testing and tracing, along with possible long-term heart issues related to the coronavirus. Big Ten leaders are reconsidering a fall season after a weekend of meetings about a plan to begin play as soon as mid-October. Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank would not predict which way a vote to return to play would go. She says once Big Ten university leaders have their questions and concerns addressed, “we will try to plan a delayed season.”Also around college football:— Arkansas State’s home football game against Central Arkansas has been pushed back from Saturday to Oct. 10. Arkansas State announced Tuesday that the team cannot assemble a full two-deep depth chart at a specific position group due to player unavailability. The statement did not reveal if the postponement was COVID-19 related, but the program said the “health and safety of our student-athletes will always come first.” Diack was found guilty of multiple corruption charges and of breach of trust but acquitted of a money laundering charge. — The Bengals claimed former Browns kicker Austin Seibert off waivers but expect Randy Bullock to be ready to play in Cleveland on Thursday. Bullock missed a 31-yard field goal with 2 seconds left Sunday when his left calf cramped.— The 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Mohamed Sanu (sah-NOO’). He had 26 catches for 207 yards in eight games with New England last season.— The 49ers are seeking to identify the fan who sent racist messages to Arizona safety Budda Baker. The team says it will ban the person from future games and events. Baker tweeted a screenshot of the derogatory messages on Monday that came after his hit Sunday injured All-Pro tight end George Kittle. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSWisconsin chancellor: Big Ten football still on hold The playoffs were expanded from 10 to 16 teams due to the shortened regular-season.MLB-NEWSStanton activated after missing 32 gamesUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have activated designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, third baseman Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga from the 10-day injured list.Stanton missed 32 games with a strained left hamstring, Urshela was out with a bone spur in his right elbow and Loaisiga was sidelined with a medical condition the team did not specify. Right fielder Aaron Judge is expected to be activated later this week. He’s been limited to one game since Aug. 11 because of a strained right calf. Also around the majors:— Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has been activated from the 10-day injured list after missing 13 games with a strained left hamstring. Turner entered Tuesday’s action batting .282 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 32 games during the shortened season. NFL-INJURIESJets shelve Bell Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets will play at least three games without running back Le’Veon Bell after he injured a hamstring during Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Head coach Adam Gase said Monday he didn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but said it was possible it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury.The Jets also announced they have placed rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims and second-year linebacker Blake Cashman on IR.In other NFL news:— Drue Tranquill has been placed on injured reserve by the Chargers . The second-year linebacker broke his left ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 victory at Cincinnati. Vasilevskiy finished with 22 saves for the Lightning, who are the road team for Game 6 on Thursday.NHL-CAPITALS-LAVIOLETTECapitals hire Laviolette as coachWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have hired a Stanley Cup-winning head coach for the first time in their history.Veteran bench boss Peter Laviolette is replacing Todd Reirden, 14 years after winning a Cup with the Hurricanes. He also led the 2010 Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Cup final. Update on the latest sports MLB-SCHEDULEUNDATED (AP) — Ryan Yarbough won for the first time in 16 appearances while helping the Tampa Bay Rays stay four games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the American League East.Yarbrough gave up one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings in the Rays’ 6-1 downing of the Nationals. It was his first win since Aug 11, 2019 at Seattle.Nate Lowe belted a solo homer and worked out a bases-loaded walk as the Rays improved to 3-4 in a seven-game stretch against last-place opponents.Elsewhere on the major league schedule: — DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit drove in five runs apiece as the Yankees ripped the Blue Jays, 20-6. Voit smacked two of the Yanks’ five home runs and Gary Sanchez added a three-run blast with four ribbies in New York’s sixth straight win.— The White Sox have a three-game lead in the AL Central after Tim Anderson and James McCann homered in Chicago’s 6-2 win versus the second-place Twins. Dane Dunning limited Minnesota to one earned run and three hits while fanning seven over seven innings.— Antonio Senzatella fired a six-hitter and Elias Diaz smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer that pushed the Rockies past the Athletics, 3-1. It was Colorado’s first complete game since German Marquez went the distance in April 2019. — George Springer and Martín Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) homered for the Astros, but Alex Bregman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh to lead Houston past the Rangers, 4-1. José Urquidy (ur-KEE’-dee) allowed three hits and a run in seven innings for his first win of the season.— Miguel Cabrera homered and doubled as the Tigers beat the Royals, 6-0 to end a three-game skid. Matthew Boyd bounced back from a rough outing with a strong performance, throwing five-plus scoreless innings and giving up just two hits. — Tony Gonsolin worked seven innings and Edwin Rios homered for the Dodgers in a 3-1 win over the Padres. Justin Turner had three singles in his return from the injured list, including an RBI single in the first. Los Angeles ended San Diego’s eight-game winning streak and regained a 2 ½-game lead in the NL West. — Huascar Ynoa (WAHS’-kahr ee-NOH’-ah) combined with three relievers on a four-hitter as the Braves topped the Orioles, 5-1. Freddie Freeman laced a pair of RBI doubles and Adam Duvall smacked his 15th home run to help the NL East leaders move 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Miami. — Boston’s Tanner Houck gave up just two singles over five innings to win his major league debut, 2-0 over the Marlins. Jackie Bradley Jr. broke up a scoreless game with an opposite-field double off Miami starter Sandy Alcantara (al-KAN’-tah-rah) in the sixth.— Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) belted a two-run homer and Adam Haseley supplied a two-run single for the Phillies in a 4-1 verdict over the Mets. Jake Arrieta worked 5 1/3 innings before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.— Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run in the Cubs’ 6-5 triumph over the Indians. Javier Baez homered for Chicago, which withstood a two-run homer in the ninth by Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) to increase its lead in the NL Central to five games. — Keston Hiura (HEER’-uh) and Daniel Vogelbach each homered and drove in four runs as the Brewers destroyed the Cardinals, 18-3. Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) and Ryan Braun also provided longballs to support Brett Anderson, who allowed two runs over six frames.— Tucker Barnhart homered and Brian Goodwin prevented one with a leaping catch as the Reds earned their season-high fourth straight win, 4-1 against the Pirates. Michael Lorenzen was sharp in a spot start for Cincinnati, allowing one run and four hits while striking out six over five innings.— The Diamondbacks coughed up a seven-run lead before David Peralta hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to give them a 9-8 victory over the Angels. Longtime Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had two homers, three hits and a career-high five RBIs in his return to Angel Stadium.— The Giants-Mariners two-game series scheduled to begin Tuesday in Seattle has been postponed due to smoky skies caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play Wednesday and Thursday at Oracle Park in San Francisco, with game times to be determined.MLB-WORLD SERIES World Series to take place in Texas; bubble plans announcedUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced the ballparks that will serve as neutral sites for the upcoming division series, league championship series and World Series.Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, will host the World Series as part of a bubble agreement between MLB and the union. The bubble is designed to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. The AL Championship Series will be at San Diego’s Petco Park and the NL at Globe Life, a retractable roof stadium with artificial turf that opened this year. The ALDS will be at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium, while the NLDS will play out in Arlington and Houston’s Minute Maid Park.The wild-card round will be held in the stadium of the top-seeded teams. September 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULENuggets do it again…Heat beat Celts in OT to take openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have advanced to the NBA’s Western Conference finals by storming back from a three-games-to-one deficit for the second straight series. — UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston III is out indefinitely with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Johnston has thrown for 293 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the first two games against Central Arkansas and Miami. TRACK-DIACK TRIALFormer IAAF head Lamine Diack sentenced to 2 years in prisonPARIS (AP) — Former track federation president Lamine Diack was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his role in a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid hush money to keep competing when they should have been suspended for doping.The guilty verdict in a Paris court represented a spectacular fall from grace for the 87-year-old Diack, who was the powerful head of the IAAF from 1999-2015. The court also sentenced Diack to another two years of suspended jail time and fined him 500,000 euros ($590,000). The Nuggets trailed by two before allowing just 33 points in the second half of a 104-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Denver’s comeback follows its rally against Utah in the first round and puts the Nuggets in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.Jamal Murray poured in 40 points and Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a triple-double of 22 rebounds, 16 points and 13 assists. Gary Harris and Jerami Grant each had 14 points in the win.The Nuggets limited Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and Paul George to a combined 24 points, with Leonard scoring 14. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell had a team-high 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, who were trying to reach the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.The Nuggets now prepare for the Lakers. Los Angeles comes off a five-game series win over the Rockets.Earlier Tuesday, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) have helped the Miami Heat take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston. Isles beat Bolts in 2OTEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The New York Islanders will spend at least two more days in the Edmonton bubble after extending the Eastern Conference final to a sixth game.Jordan Eberle scored on a 2-on-1 break 12 ½ minutes into double-overtime to give the Isles a 2-1 win over the Lightning. Anders Lee lugged the puck deep into the Tampa Bay zone before sliding a pass to Eberle in the slot.Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) was superb at times while stopping 36 shots, with some of his best stops coming in OT.The Islanders ended an 0-13 skid on the power play when Ryan Pulock blasted a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sih-LEHV’-skee) 15:41 into the game. New York maintained the lead until Victor Hedman’s goal four minutes into the second period. Butler converted a three-point play with 12 seconds left in overtime to put the Heat ahead for good in a 117-114 triumph over the Celtics. Adebayo blocked Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt in the final seconds to seal the win.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) had 29 points, Jae Crowder scored 22 and Butler finished with 20 for Miami.The Celtics outscored the Heat 27-10 over the final 8:17 of the third quarter and led by 14 early in the fourth. Tatum scored 30 points and Marcus Smart had 26 for Boston.Game 2 is Thursday.NBA-RAPTORS-NURSE The 55-year-old Laviolette became an NHL head coach with the Islanders in 2001, guiding them to playoff berths in each of his two seasons at Uniondale. He spent 5 1/2 seasons with Nashville before being dismissed in January.NHL-WILD-BRODINWild sign BrodinST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Jonas Brodin (YOH’-nuhs broh-DEEN’) to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension. The 27-year-old native of Sweden had a career-high 26 assists in 69 games during the virus-shortened season.
Fulham manager Martin Jol admitted that his team were no match for Swansea, who coasted to a 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage.City’s slick passing game caused Jol’s side problems throughout, while defensive mistakes did not help the Whites’ cause.“We couldn’t do what we normally do and that gave Swansea more belief and strength,” said the Dutchman.AdChoices广告“Even when they’re playing against Manchester United or Chelsea, they always have a lot of possession and you can press them or you can drop off and try to break against them.“We’ve got a lot of players who can put in good performances but I felt that we didn’t play like a team.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian is the pilot of Jamaica’s two-member female bobsled team, and is looking to make history by becoming one of Jamaica’s first-ever women to compete in the Winter Games at the 2018 instalment in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She previously drove for the United States and, in her time there, she obtained a silver medal while competing with former American sprinter Lolo Jones. Fenlator-Victorian then switched allegiance to Jamaica in 2015. She was able to do this because, although she has a mother of German, Polish and Latvian roots, her father hails from Cave in Westmoreland. She spent some time talking to One-On-One about her background in the sport and her goals heading into the 2018 Games. RACHID PARCHMENT: You started out your athletic career as a shot putter. What led to the switch to bobsledding? JAZMINE FENLATOR-VICTORIAN: Yeah, I actually started in track and field. I was recruited to college as a multi-eventer and ended my career as a shot put/discus/hammer thrower. What led me to bobsled was that my college coach actually recommended it to me, ending my senior year right before I was trying to qualify for NCAA Championships. He mentioned that my skill sets being strong, explosive and fast for a short distance could translate over, so he actually submitted my athletics rÈsumÈ to the US programme in the spring time of 2007, and by fall, I was invited to a tryout. RP: Why did you switch to Jamaica? JFV: I was approached early in my career by the Jamaican bobsled team because I have dual citizenship, but I was already in an emerging elite programme with the US, so I decided to stay. But I’ve always had the desire to represent both nations as well. I think it’s important for children, – even adults, to know that there’s more opportunities than what you are told that you have, as well as to live outside the box. Also, I think it’s important, not only just for my generation, but for my kids and other people who are dual citizens or of mixed cultures to embrace all of who they are. To represent Jamaica is a dream come true for me. I didn’t know it was an opportunity when I was younger. I love my heritage, where I’m from, who I am because of that, and I think that if I can represent them on the world stage, then that’s a goal I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m super excited that I have this opportunity. RP: Were you apprehensive about coming to represent Jamaica and what was it like when you came here and saw the facilities available to train here? JFV: I didn’t have apprehensions for my decision to transition to Jamaica. I’ve had a very good relationship with the president of the federation [Dudley Stokes] and the athletes over the course of my career and I’ve trained with them, not in Jamaica, but around the world. So I knew the people, the culture, the hard work and the ethics. I also knew about our funding and that it would be different than Team USA’s. When I’ve been to Jamaica and trained, I love it! Warm weather all the time! It’s amazing! Just going back to the simple life, the simple training that makes big gains is a breath of fresh air, rather than worrying about all these details and putting money on expensive equipment just to have the basics. The close-knit group of athletes that I’m with is just amazing. I’m motivated every day by Carrie Russell, my brakeman, my teammates that have been with the programme for years and what they’ve overcome personally and athletically. It pushes me at a different level that I haven’t had in a very long time. It’s exciting and also a learning experience and I can’t wait to keep growing. RP:You mentioned Carrie as a motivator, but she also thinks of you in the same way JFV: She’s a great person and teammate. I’m so lucky to have her join me on this adventure to victory and to make history. RP: Obviously, you’re referring to qualifying for Pyeongchang 2018. How much pressure is there on you to eclipse the first-ever Jamaican team to qualify for a Winter Games in 1988, especially with their legacy somewhat depicted by the movie Cool Runnings? JFV: We’re looking, as the next generation, to kind of make our own mark, develop our own type of phrase, as you call it. Carrie and I say that we’re fire on ice. We’re the new generation, we’re the hottest ‘ting’, and we’re ’bout to light it up on ice. We’re super excited for that opportunity and with performances coming up, hopefully, we can build and build on that phrase, as well as show that the next generation is here. We’re bigger, badder, faster, and building on what our predecessors have already started.