Neil Warnock insists Emiliano Sala tragedy puts Cardiff relegation in perspective

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Cardiff City were relegated from the Premier League following a 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace (Picture: Reuters)Neil Warnock insisted Cardiff’s relegation from the Premier League relegation pales into insignificance as the club continues to mourn for Emiliano Sala.The Welsh club’s demotion to the Championship was confirmed on Saturday after Crystal Palace secured a 3-2 victory and preserved the top flight status of their own arch rivals Brighton.Cardiff broke their club transfer record to sign Sala from Nantes in January but the 28-year-old tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash before he even had a chance to make his debut for the Bluebirds.‘We worked really hard for two months to get the lad signed, that puts it into perspective – yes, we’ve got relegated, but life is far more important,’ said Warnock.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You can’t plan for something like that and I didn’t think it would affect the players in the way it did.‘I did think he would score 10 or 15 goals, he was the type we needed. It wasn’t to be.’Warnock admitted he was disappointed not to take the fight for survival until the final weekend with Brighton facing Champions League chasing Arsenal on Sunday, but the 70-year-old pinpointed last month’s controversial home defeat against Chelsea as the result that broke his side’s resolve. Neil Warnock insists Emiliano Sala tragedy puts Cardiff relegation in perspective Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 May 2019 8:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Cardiff broke their transfer record to sign Emiliano Sala from Nantes in January before his tragic death (Picture: Getty)‘They (the fans) knew when I took over the club was in a mess, it’s been reborn – everybody is singing from the same hymn sheet.‘They know we’ve given it our best. We had some great chances in the second half.‘The Chelsea result killed us, that night in the dressing room. It was really low that night, they have kept fighting so I have no complaints.‘The problems we have had to put up with throughout the season, I have nothing but praise for everybody. It makes such a difference when you hear the crowd.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Follow these tips if you want to be a successful buyer in the spring selling season

first_imgHaesley Cush offers tips on how to be a winner during spring selling season.Get pre-approved finance. In the industry if your finance is pre-approved and your offer is not ‘subject to finance’ we call that a ‘cash contract’ and Aussies always take less for cash!Pre-register as a bidder for any auction you have an interest on. Spring is renowned for properties selling prior to auction and buyers missing out. If you are pre-approved you have secured your seat at the negotiating table and agents should inform you if an offer is going to stop the auction.Negotiate terms. If you can’t pay a 10 per cent deposit or settle in 30 days, then tell your agent the deposit and settlement you need. In most cases owners are flexible.Put in offers. The only risk you run putting in an offer is the risk it gets accepted. So if you like it, make an offer and insist it goes on a full contract.Lastly, bid at auctions. If you want to buy a property at auction you need to bid. Waiting for it to go ‘on the market’ can be costly. Many owners will consider lowering their reserve if bidding falls short of their expectation. But without a bid to lower it too, they have little option but to pass it in. Tips for winning in the spring selling season.SPRING does see an upswing in sales.But if you really look at why, it has little to do with the romantic notion that the new life of spring infects buyers and they unwittingly pay through the nose for any available property.Key activities fuel this surge in sales.The best place to start is the end – Christmas. Buyers generally want to be in and settled before Christmas. This means a purchase no later than November. That psychological deadline sees a rise in sales. That rise in sales has historically given owners confidence in the seasonal spring market, which prompts them to list their home for sale, so hence you see an uplift in properties listed.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring Fever: Buyers Tips01:18Finally, the buyers who have been unsuccessful through winter, with less available properties, are now educated and cashed up with that money burning a hole in their pocket.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThis pent up buyer demand all occurs as that fresh wave of properties start to fill the on line portals and decorate metropolitan newspapers causing this perfect property storm.To take advantage of the spring market here are a couple of tips to ensure your offer is taken seriously.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Justin Turner still limited by leg injury

first_imgMILWAUKEE – The left adductor muscle injury that limited Justin Turner to one pinch-hit appearance over the final four games before the All-Star break is still limiting him after the break.Turner was not in the starting lineup for Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said it was a “hope” not an “expectation” that Turner would be ready to start Saturday’s game.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Turner has not been in the starting lineup since July 11 in San Diego but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Turner was feeling “better than he was before the break.” Turner went through a full pre-game workout Friday at Miller Park.“I think for us and the trainers, we just feel like for him to go through the day and batting practice and just running around and see how that feels and feel good tomorrow gives us more confidence he can start a major-league game,” Roberts said. “We’ve come this far not playing him, we just want to make sure we do everything we can.” When they acquired him earlier this week, the Dodgers said they planned to play Manny Machado at shortstop and third base occasionally. But Max Muncy started at third base Friday and Roberts said he was going to give Machado “a little runway” to settle in with the Dodgers at shortstop before he asked him to move between the two positions.A shortstop in the minors, Machado broke in with the Baltimore Orioles at age 19 in 2012 as a third baseman and won Gold Gloves at the position in 2013 and 2015. He moved back to shortstop this season and has not rated very well there in most defensive metrics.“Obviously he hasn’t taken any grounders this year at third base,” Roberts said. “So you have to appreciate that and understand he hasn’t done that all year. I’m going to put him in the best position to have success. For him to be open to it is one thing.“I want him to get acclimated to his new teammates and his new league and stay at short. Over the course of the next week or two, start messing around over there (at third). … He played the last three or four years at third base. It’s not like it’s some big change for him. But I think right now it makes sense for him to focus on shortstop.”BUEHLER GAMERight-hander Walker Buehler was expected to throw a five-inning simulated game with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. When he will pitch in an actual game – for the OKC Dodgers or back in the major leagues – remains undecided, according to Roberts. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Related Articles Roberts would only say Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling will pitch two of the games in the series at Philadelphia which begins Monday. Buehler is eligible to rejoin the Dodgers on Wednesday (promoting him before that would require another player going to the DL).TOLES SENT DOWNIn order to clear a roster spot for Machado, the Dodgers sent outfielder Andrew Toles back to Triple-A. Toles was 6 for 23 (.261) in seven games with the Dodgers.“Getting Tolesy at-bats was going to be difficult,” Roberts said. “So rather than having him sitting on the bench, this will allow him to play every day.”UP NEXTDodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-4, 2.74 ERA) at Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (6-7, 3.78 ERA), Saturday, 4:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)center_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant confident in front office rebuilding quickly

first_imgThe Lakers are considered the NBA’s most valuable franchise, worth $2.6 billion, according to Forbes’ annual rankings that were released Wednesday. The Lakers can thank their lucrative cable deal with TWC SportsNet, worth $5 billion through 25 years. The Lakers’ value increased by 93 percent, according to Forbes, because of the NBA’s new $24-billion national television deal. Of course, the Lakers also have 16 NBA championships.But what about the Lakers (12-31) being on pace to set their worst record in L.A. franchise history?Mindful that the Lakers have enough cap space to sign free agent to a maximum-salary contract, Bryant expressed confidence in general manager Mitch Kupchak and called his track record “phenomenal.”“The league had to protest the trade that he made,” said Bryant, referring to the Lakers acquiring Chris Paul from New Orleans in 2011 before the NBA rescinded the deal. “He pulled that off and saved money. What other GM could pull that off? You have to lean on the track record of the front office and the decisions they make. He makes really solid ones.”Lakers coach Byron Scott said he and Kupchak have talked about potential free agents they like. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW ORLEANS >> Which free agents Kobe Bryant plans to recruit this offseason remains a mystery. He may have told the Boston Herald he would still talk to point guard Rajon Rondo about joining the Lakers despite the Celtics recently trading him to the Dallas Mavericks, Bryant would not divulge who else he would target, although the candidates could include Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Cleveland’s Kevin Love. What will Bryant tell them?“It’s the best organization in the world, the best brand in the world and we win championships,” Bryant said following the Lakers’ 96-80 loss on Wednesday to the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. “There’s no place like winning in Los Angeles.”center_img “We have a lot of holes to fill,” said Scott. “We still feel the future is bright. We just have to take the necessary steps to get there.”Scott has experienced quick rebuilding projects. After finishing 26-56 his first season with the former New Jersey Nets, Scott guided the Nets to the 2001 NBA Finals the following season before losing to the Lakers in four games.“That doesn’t happen that often,” Scott said. “We had three first-round picks and got Jason Kidd in a trade. We struck lightning in a bottle.”Instead, Scott looked at his rebuilding success with the former New Orleans Hornets. After going 18-64 in the 2004-05 season, New Orleans selected Paul in the 2005 NBA draft before making two consecutive playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009.“The way we did it here in New Orleans is the way we’re going to have to do it again,” Scott said. “Progressively it gets better each year and then boom, the guys explode on the scene.”last_img read more

College football 2019: Major media day storylines for each Power 5 conference

first_imgMORE: SN preseason rankings, All-Americans, predictions and moreHere are five storylines that will emerge during the Power 5 conference media days, which begin on Monday with the SEC and the Big 12:  SEC: Alabama quarterback Tua TagovailoaSEC Media Days run Monday through Thursday, and Alabama will take the spotlight in its customary Wednesday spot. Tagovailoa, a second-team Sporting News All-American, will take centerstage alongside teammates Jerry Jeudy and Dylan Moses. Last year, Tagovailoa was riding the high of a pinch-hit appearance that led the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 2017. The hype was real, as he finished with 3,966 passing yards and 43 touchdowns to just six interceptions en route to a second-place finish in the Heisman race.Now, a full-scale dissection begins. Can he stay healthy? What will the offense be like with new coordinator Steve Sarkisian? Can he be considered a franchise quarterback at the next level? Alabama coach Nick Saban can bristle at those questions. How Tagovailoa reacts will generate a larger reaction.Sporting News has Tagovailoa as the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Of course, we already know who the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft is going to be — but he won’t be at ACC Kickoff.ACC: Clemson coach Dabo SwinneyThe ACC Kickoff runs Wednesday and Thursday and will offer Dabo Swinney the chance to address media as a national champion for the second time in three years. This is no longer “little ‘ole Clemson.” The Tigers have been in the national spotlight, with everything from a candlelit fast-food dinner at the White House, a drug test appeal that was denied by the NCAA and Swinney’s joke that he was “Osama bin Dabo” in Alabama.Swinney is typically an affable, open book at news conferences whose answers can run long. It will be interesting to see if he takes a more buttoned-down approach this year. We still don’t think he will. The upcoming launch of the ACC Network (Aug. 22) will be a topic of conversation, and Clemson is carrying the conference’s football flag.Big Ten: Commissioners Jim Delany and Kevin WarrenDelany will preside over his final Big Ten Media Days on Thursday and Friday, though incoming commissioner Kevin Warren will also be in the spotlight. Delany added four teams to the Big Ten; from a football standpoint, half (Penn State, Nebraska) are hits, while the other two (Maryland, Rutgers) are still being questioned. Delany’s tenure is one where the good outweighed the bad, especially with the revenue the conference has generated.Warren will face College Football Playoff-era questions, especially as it relates to the conference’s format (divisions or no?) and scheduling (are nine games a good idea when the ACC/SEC don’t do it?). Warren likely will be in charge when the Playoff field expands, and his introductory news conference shows he’s up to the task.Last year’s Big Ten Media Days featured the Urban Meyer drama. This year’s event should be more reserved, though Nebraska’s Scott Frost and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh will generate the usual headlines.MORE: Meet the first-year coaches  Big 12: Les Miles, Neal Brown headline new coachesBig 12 Media Days run Monday and Tuesday. The Big 12 had the most coaching turnover among the power conferences, with Kansas’ Les Miles, West Virginia’s Neal Brown, Texas Tech’s Matt Wells and Kansas State’s Chris Klieman each facing different challenges at their respective schools. But this year they at least will be able to offset the typical Oklahoma-Texas theme that typically overpowers the event. Media days — the unofficial kickoff to the start of the 2019 college football season — are nearly here.  This is the peak of “talkin’ season,” and college football’s best players and coaches will be in the spotlight with news conferences in front of the national media. That of course, begs the question: What kind of questions can we expect? For one, we’re excited to have Miles back at a media day. He was typically the star while in the SEC, and he’s good for one or two can’t-miss stories. Expect him to be better than ever on the podium while trying to shine a light on a program that has won a paltry five Big 12 games this decade.Pac-12: USC coach Clay Helton  Pac-12 Media Day takes place July 24, getting the entire week of storylines to itself. That might not be good for USC coach Clay Helton, who will be the lead topic of conversation. The Trojans are coming off a 5-7 season, hired Kliff Kingsbury as offensive coordinator before he took the Cardinals job and now have a remodeled staff that faces a brutal first-half schedule. Oh, and the Urban Meyer speculation is off and running.Hot-seat coaches are over-analyzed during media days, so expect Helton to keep it tight and not offer a byte that can be used against him later. Coaches will face the usual questions about the standing of the conference, and as usual, Washington State’s Mike Leach will give at least one off-the-wall headline.last_img read more