Breaking: West Ham sack manager Pellegrini

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City West Ham have sacked manager Manuel Pellegrini, the club have confirmed. The decision from the club board comes hours after the Hammers’ latest defeat to Leicester City at the London Stadium. The east London club fell to a 2-1 defeat despite Leicester making nine changes to their regular starting XI. The result leaves them sat just one point above the relegation zone. A statement from co-chairman David Sullivan read: “It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision. Manuel is a gentleman and it has been a real pleasure to work with someone of his calibre. “However, it has become clear that a change is required to get the Club back on track in line with our ambitions this season. “We felt it was necessary to act now in order to give the new manager as much time as possible to try and achieve that goal.” The Chilean signed a three-year deal in May 2018, presiding over three transfer windows where the club twice broke their transfer record on Felipe Anderson in 2018 and Sebastien Haller last summer.Tags: Leicester CityManuel PellegriniWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

Cricket News Mayank Markande is all set to make his debut

first_img New Delhi : India and Australia are all set to play the first of two-match T20 series. Interestingly, India has made some interesting changes to the squad. At the toss, Virat Kohli announced that Mayank Markande will be making his debut. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to this pressure and deliver his best game. The Australian skipper Aaron Finch has won the toss and has asked the opposition to have a bat first. RELATEDThe young sensation had earlier picked a five-wicket haul in the four-day game against England Lions and soon after the game was finished, he was picked for the squad. Mayank, who made his domestic circuit debut in 2018 for Punjab has been working regressively with the full fortitude since then. He is known to toss the ball up and give extra flight and eventually gives him the all-important breakthroughs.In what is a testimony to Mumbai Indians’ scouting team, Markande was picked up from nowhere in the 2018 auction for 20 lakhs after he impressed the think tank in the pre-auction trials. He won over the captain’s confidence as well in the nets and was thrown into the deep sea straightaway as Mumbai chose to field him in their starting eleven over bigger names. Earlier to India call up, Mayank also boarded the flight to Dubai for the preparatory camp of Asia Cup. Mayank was seen having long chats with the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who was advising him about his bowling.In what was a testimony to his talent, he has been named as a part of the India T20 squad in the Quadrangular One-Day series. He has made a solid kick start to his career, ticking most boxes in impressing the experts in the IPL. With just a little over ten minutes to start, Mayank must be having the butterflies in his stomach. Mayank Markande makes his T20 debut. KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav replace Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the playing eleven. Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to have a bowl first. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Michael Gbinije’s career comes to screeching, unfitting halt in Final Four

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON – Michael Gbinije seemed lost as his eyes fixated on the bright camera lights in the distance. He fidgeted with his lip, covered his mouth with his right hand and cleared his throat before an answer that was simple, but one that carried far more depth than its six words.“I’m a little crushed right now.”Gbinije’s season was over. His college career was over.Syracuse’s best, most consistent player, who morphed into a star point guard and scored in double digits in each of the Orange’s 37 games, finished a memorable run from the bench after fouling out with 1:25 remaining.When he exited for the last time, the entire sideline stood to embrace him one at a time. Jim Boeheim met him with a firm handshake and a pat on the back, if only as consolation for a spectacular season that came to an unspectacular end in front of 75,000-plus people and with SU in the Final Four.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije’s 28-percent mark from the field was not enough in 10th-seeded Syracuse’s (23-14, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) 83-66 loss to No. 1 seed North Carolina (33-6, 14-4) in the national semifinal on Saturday night, but a tainted end could only take away so much from everything that came before it.“He’s a hell of a guy and a hell of a player and that’s all you can ask for of a teammate,” Trevor Cooney said. “Making this run is a bond that we’ll share forever and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else.”For the first time in the NCAA Tournament, Gbinije played the fifth-year senior struggling to lift his team from the depths of a game with its season on the brink. He did it against Gonzaga and helped Malachi Richardson do it against Virginia. But against the Tar Heels, 12 points, no 3-pointers and five fouls couldn’t resuscitate the Orange one final time.After Gbinije picked up his third foul with 4:23 left and SU trailing by 11, Cooney looked up at the scoreboard hanging from the ceiling before lowering to a squat on the court. Each jolt Syracuse delivered that gave a sliver of possibility at another comeback was met with an answer. Each answer hit the chance of Gbinije extending his career one more game harder.“The sad thing about tonight’s game, he got probably some of the best shots he’s gotten all year,” Boeheim said. “… It was just one of those days when he could not get the ball to go in the basket.”Those days came few and far between in the past 37 games. Gbinije still managed to score 10 or more points even on nights when it seemed like he did everything to prevent that. Only four times this season did he shoot less than 30 percent from the field. Only five times this season did he fail to hit a shot from behind the arc.It almost seemed unfair that in one game both would happen as Syracuse was on the verge of being the lowest-seeded team ever to make the national championship.“It’s never easy because it’s not just a game,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “It’s the end of your career as a college student, as a college basketball player.”When Gbinije first walked in the door at Syracuse, assistant coach Adrian Autry raved about the all-around product. Gbinije couldn’t show it off in his first year after transferring from Duke, and rarely had a niche to flourish in until this season. A shift to the hardest position on the court, according to Cooney, came with a mix of intrigue and hesitation.Gbinije struggled against smaller guards at first. He looked better off the ball at times. He was Syracuse’s best scorer, but had to handle the ball in an offense hardly predicated on one player. As the season progressed, those questions were buried and Gbinije solidified himself as a Syracuse starter instead of a Duke transfer still finding his way.“Just an incredible player, one of the best players in the country all year, one of the top players in the ACC,” Hopkins said. “…Everything you want from your son or daughter is how we feel about Mike.”From home in his redshirt year at Syracuse, Gbinije watched Syracuse lose to Michigan in the Final Four. That was a game decided in the final 15 seconds. In his fourth year at Syracuse, Gbinije again watched the Orange lose in the Final Four. He was still sitting in the last 15 seconds, but this time the game was well past decided.He was the second player to jog off the court behind Cooney, and that jog slowly turned to a walk as each player slowed to touch hands with the Syracuse fans lining the tunnel. Gbinije held a towel over his mouth as he dripped with sweat, hiding any facial expression that could sum up one final game, if there even was one.“That finality,” Hopkins said, “is always pretty tough for anybody.” Comments Published on April 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more