Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai to step down in summer

first_imgAfter a positive start to the season, Hertha have won just two of 13 games this year, plummeting to 11th in the table.A 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim on Sunday was their fifth defeat in a row, piling the pressure on 43-year-old Hungarian coach Dardai. On Tuesday, the club announced that Dardai would end nearly five seasons in charge at the end of this season. “Four-and-a-half years of good, constructive work is a long time in professional football, but we have now decided that we need a new impetus in the summer,” said Hertha’s director of sport Michael Preetz.“Pal is an important part of the positive development of the club and will remain a big part of the Hertha family in the future.Dardai has been associated with Hertha since his playing days, and still holds the club record of 373 appearances. Even on Monday, he remained bullish about rumours that he would be sacked, saying that he and his team were doing a “great job” and that he “enjoyed the trust” of the club. On Tuesday, he said that Hertha “is and will remain my home”. “I am thankful for the chance I was given here and very proud of what we have achieved,” he said. The club confirmed that Dardai’s “general” contract would not be cancelled, and that he would remain at the club as a youth team coach.last_img read more

Rassie: We don’t want Japan making a sequel!

first_imgSpringbok coach Rassie Erasmus has warned his men that Japan will be eager to make a point in their World Cup warm-up match on Friday by proving their shock victory in 2015 was not a one-off performance.The Boks had a morning gym workout on Sunday, followed by an afternoon field session in Seki, after arriving on Saturday.They were met by cloudy but hot and humid conditions.“They have an outstanding coaching team who have been preparing for this game for a while now and they will be determined to prove that 2015 was not a freak result,” Erasmus said, recalling the Boks’ 34-32 loss in the group stages four years ago.“They made a movie about the last time they played us and it’s our job to make sure there’s no sequel.”Erasmus said it was great to be there and they had received a warm welcome from their hosts.“We’ve heard a lot about Japan from the many players in our squad who have played here, as well as from one of our coaches, Matt Proudfoot,” he said.“They have all loved their time in Japan and talked a lot about it before we arrived, so it’s great to finally be here and to experience it ourselves.”Coming off the back of winning the Pacific Nations Cup after securing victories over the United States, Tonga and Fiji, Erasmus admitted Japan were a well-conditioned side.“They have reason to be confident and they have just equalled their highest ever world ranking (ninth).“We did a number of detailed recces before coming out and the hotels and training fields are really outstanding, and now it’s down to business.”Bok team management underlined that point by getting straight to work, as the squad began preparations in earnest in Kumagaya, a 45-minute bullet train ride from Tokyo.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Tour of Britain cancelled due to virus

first_imgDutchman Mathieu Van Der Poel won the Tour of Britain last year, but the Alpecin-Fenix rider will have to wait until 2021 to defend the title.The event was set to start in Penzance on September 6 before finishing in Aberdeen a week later.“The decision has been taken in light of the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes continuing with the planning and organisation of the 2020 race impractical,” Tour organisers said in a statement on Thursday.“Across the UK there are significant doubts around the potential to stage large-scale public events and gatherings such as the Tour of Britain as early as September and while any form of social distancing remains in place and there isn’t a vaccine available, people’s health and safety must come first.”There was little appetite to stage the race without fans present, either from organisers or local authorities who bid for stages in expectation of boosting the local economy.“Holding the Tour of Britain behind closed doors or with extensive social distancing rules would not only be immensely impractical, but would rob our venues and spectators of these opportunities and go against everything that cycling, as a free-to-spectate and accessible event, stands for,” the statement said.last_img read more

Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman injures hand in celebration, but will be OK for ALCS

first_imgOf course https://t.co/6T5ECMQ6ZU— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) October 8, 2019Chapman told ESPN Tuesday night he had iced his hand, the bandage was off, and he “feels fine.” He planned to have a full workout Wednesday.General manager Brian Cashman didn’t sound worried.“He had a huge smile on his face, so I think that was a good sign,’’ Cashman said.This came just hours after setup man Zack Britton tweaked his ankle covering first base in the bottom of the seventh. Injuries keep occurring for the Yankees even in the postseason.Closer Aroldis Chapman hurt his hand on a bottle during the team’s postgame festivities after the Yankees finished off the sweep of the Twins in three games in the American League Division Series on Monday. Justin Verlander pushed Astros for ALDS Game 4 start on short rest Three takeaways from Nationals’ Game 4 win over Dodgers Three takeaways from Yankees’ series-clinching win over Twins in ALDS Game 3 Chapman’s hand was heavily bandaged after the incident, but he insisted it’s not a big deal.“I was just celebrating and everyone was jumping around,’’ Chapman said through an interpreter, via the New York Post. “I got hit with a bottle, but it’s fine.” Related News He left the game in the eighth inning, forcing Chapman to get the final five outs of the game. Britton he said he will be fine, as well.The Yankees set an MLB record this year, sending 30 different players to the injured list, which broke the Dodgers’ previous record of 28.New York will face the winner of the Astros-Rays ALDS in the American League Championship Series, which will begin Saturday.last_img read more

Braves catcher Brian McCann announces retirement in wake of Game 5 loss in NLDS

first_img Three takeaways from Cardinals’ series-clinching NLDS Game 5 win over Braves After 15 MLB seasons, Braves catcher Brian McCann says he’s retiring.McCann made the announcement while talking with reporters after Atlanta’s 13-1 loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday. McCann was then traded to the Astros after the 2016 season where he would go on to win his only World Series in 2017. He returned to Atlanta on a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason which wound up being his final season.”That was a big reason I wanted to come back,” McCann said. “I wanted to be a part of this again, put this uniform back on and play in front of my family every night.”The six-time silver slugger sported a .262/.337/.452 career line while hitting 282 homers and driving in 1,018 runs. McCann also posted a career 31.8 bWAR and was named an All-Star seven times. Braves nix foam tomahawk giveaway, will limit ‘chop’ chant during NLDS Game 5 Twitter reacts to Cardinals’ unbelievable 10-run first inning in NLDS Game 5 “I had a long career. Fifteen years is a long time catching every day. And I got to do it my hometown.”— @Braves catcher Brian McCann pic.twitter.com/TQehAywvZw— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) October 10, 2019″It’s time to go,” McCann told reporters. “I had a long career. Fifteen years is a long time catching every day. And I got to do it my hometown.”The Georgia native made his major-league debut with the Braves back in 2005. He would spend nine years in Atlanta before signing a five-year, $85 million contract with the Yankees before the 2014 season. Related Newslast_img read more

Donald Trump tweets Steve Kerr ‘chocked’ when asked again about NBA-China

first_imgTrump vs. Kerr was revived Wednesday when Trump ripped Kerr and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for not condemning the communist Chinese regime, which retaliated against the league after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. In Kerr’s response Thursday, he again lamented what he saw as a collapse of decorum from the office of the president.”All I could think of (Wednesday) night was the contrast of what has happened in 35 years,” Kerr said. “There was no regard for whose side you were on politically, political party, anything like that. It was just, you were an American. The office held such dignity and respect. Both from the people who were visiting and especially the people who sat inside it. It’s just sad it’s come crashing down. That we are now living this.” Kerr told reporters Thursday that he will continue to limit his commentary to topics with which he is familiar. The chief executive didn’t like that answer; he tweeted that Kerr “chocked” (sic).MORE: The Daryl Morey controversy, explainedSo funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China. He chocked, and looks weak and pathetic. Don’t want him at the White House!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2019The White House jab is likely a reference to Kerr saying he has met with the five presidents who served immediately before Trump, beginning with Ronald Reagan in 1984. An opportunity for No. 6 went away in 2017 when the Warriors were disinvited by Trump after the Warriors won the NBA championship. Star guard Stephen Curry had expressed reservations about making the visit. Kerr backed Curry and the team for not wanting to go to Washington, saying it was a “human respect issue.””We see what President Trump does with his words, with his actions, and it’s difficult to reconcile that and just say we’ll put all that aside,” Kerr told USA Today. President Donald Trump isn’t done with Warriors coach Steve Kerr.Trump tweeted disparaging comments about Kerr late Friday, one day after Kerr again declined to voice a strong opinion on the dispute between the NBA and the Chinese government.last_img read more

Tom Brady makes interesting cameo in Paul Rudd’s Netflix comedy, ‘Living With Yourself’

first_imgNFL QB POWER RANKINGS: Russell Wilson new No. 1 after Patrick Mahomes injury; Sam Darnold rises quicklyAbout 9 1/2 minutes into the episode, Miles arrives at the spa — which is inside a strip mall. He sees the six-time Super Bowl champion walking out. 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/L5V6nzX16E— Jim Murray (@bigjimmurray) October 19, 2019″First time?” Brady asks.”Uh-huh,” Miles replies. “You?””Sixth,” Brady says, smiling.This exchange may leave viewers with some questions.Last February, Patriots team owner Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting a sex worker at a strip-mall day spa  in South Florida. In the series, the Top Happy Spa clones its clients and replaces them with newer, better versions of themselves, so while the location seems eerily similar, the scene has nothing to do with the scandal.In an interview with The Wrap , director Timothy Greenberg said the scene was written in 2015, when Brady was in the midst of the Deflategate controversy.  Tom Brady plays a tiny — but interesting — role in Paul Rudd’s new Netfilix comedy series, “Living With Yourself.”The series, which premiered Friday, stars Rudd as Miles, a depressed guy who wants to upgrade his life. In Episode 1, Miles goes to a magical spa — the Top Happy Spa. “There was this implication that maybe he’s a clone and he’s cheating,” Greenberg said. “When I wrote it, he was 37 and had won four Super Bowls. And then by the time I actually make the thing, he’s now 41 and he’s just coming off his sixth Super Bowl win. So he became even more perfect.”What are the odds?All eight episodes of “Living With Yourself” are available for streaming on Netflix.last_img read more

High-flying Falcons soar past Utes

first_img Utah game day AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force came into Wednesday night’s game against Utah holding the nation’s longest home winning streak at 28.The last team to beat the Falcons at Clune Arena was Utah in 2005. Before that, the last time the Falcons had lost at home was in 2003, when — guess who — the Utes beat them.However, the Utes, odd-year magic didn’t work Wednesday night at Clune Arena as the Falcons absolutely crushed the Utes 69-43 before 5,858 fans. The loss was the worst ever for the Utes against the Falcons, eclipsing last year’s 22-point defeat here.Two long scoring droughts, one in each half, kept the Utes from challenging the 14th-ranked Falcons, who improved to 22-4 overall and 9-3 in Mountain West Conference play, and matching last month’s upset victory in Salt Lake.Nick Welch, who scored just two points in the 85-79 loss in Salt Lake, led all scorers with 20 points, while Dan Nwaelele added 19.The Utes, who fell to 9-15 and 4-7 in MWC play, had just one player in double figures as Luke Nevill scored 16 points on 8 of 13 shooting.”We just couldn’t sustain getting stops,” said Ute coach Ray Giacoletti. “We had a lot of breakdowns all the way through with foul trouble and turnovers. And you’ve got to have somebody knock down a shot.”When Utah handed the Falcons one of their four losses last month at the Huntsman Center it was due in large part to 70 percent field-goal shooting.This time, after hitting two 3-pointers in the first two minutes, they went cold and made just 2 of 12 the rest of the way. For the night, the Utes shot just 43.9 percent from the field.Both Shaun Green and Johnnie Bryant, had off-nights. The Utes’ two top 3-point shooters, shot long air-balls on their first tries, which caused the Falcon students to chant “air-ball” at both players during the rest of the game.Green finished with two points and four turnovers, while Bryant went scoreless before hitting a couple of late 3-pointers for six points.That was the Falcons’ strategy to not let Green and Bryant go off.”Our game plan was not to double Luke Nevill, but just make it difficult for him to earn his points,” said AFA coach Jeff Bzdelik. “We certainly didn’t want their other players scoring. We knew Nevill would get his, but we didn’t want all-star games from anybody else.”The Utes actually started the game strong, racing to an 8-2 lead in the first two minutes after Ricky Johns and Luka Drca each sank 3-pointers. The Utes still led 14-12 with 13 minutes left when they went on one of their famous cold streaks, going nine possessions without a score. Meanwhile the Falcons ran off 16 straight points to pretty much put the game away. E-mail: sor@desnews.comcenter_img Relatedlast_img read more

Utah Utes track: Chelsea & Chelsea getting it done for Utah

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com Back in 1986, the name “Chelsea” wasn’t exactly the most popular girl’s name in America, ranking No. 73, according to the Baby Names Ocean Web site.Yet a pair of Chelseas born that year ended up together on the University of Utah track and field team and are two of the top performers for a young and improving program.Chelsea DiGrazia and Chelsea Shapard were both born 22 years ago, and this weekend they will compete for the Utes at the NCAA Regionals in Northridge, Calif. They will be joined by three teammates — Josefin Berg, Shayla Houlihan and Alyssa Abbott.At the recent Mountain West Conference meet in Fort Worth, Texas, Shapard won the 400-meter hurdles for the second straight year with a track-record time of 58.51, while DiGrazia finished fifth in the 1,500 meters at 4:32.01.Third-year Utah coach Kyle Kepler calls his two Chelseas “very gifted athletes” who are leaders for the rejuvenated U. track program.There’s actually a third young woman on the team with the same first name, although sophomore Chelsey Kaplar spells her name differently.Kepler says it’s not a big problem having three women with the same first name, because they run in different events and often train at different times, but the unusual circumstance hasn’t gone unnoticed.”It’s a running joke — people ask, ‘Why didn’t you recruit a Chelsea this year, what’s going on?'” he said.”It gets a little confusing on trips sometimes, so we have to resort to nicknames,” said DiGrazia, who used to be called “Elko” after her hometown in Nevada when there was still another Chelsea on the team. Now that she’s the eldest Chelsea, she gets to be called by her real name, while the others usually go by “Shap” and “Kap” to make things less confusing.”We get mixed up a bit, but she’s a distance runner so she’s in her own world,” says Shapard, with a laugh.DiGrazia has battled injuries throughout her career, including a stress fracture in her foot, plantar fascitis, a painful heel condition, and an SI joint inflammation in her back. Before she ever came to Utah, she fractured a hip while running a race in high school. But she’s been injury-free this spring.She came to Utah as a walk-on after excelling in several sports in Elko. When she showed up for the first day, she thought the warm-ups were the entire workout and was shocked when she was told they had to run to Sugarhouse Park and back, about six miles.”It was a little intimidating at first,” she said. “I had never done anything like that before.”Although she was an 800-meter runner in high school, she joined the cross country team and ran distance races in track. When coach Kepler arrived, he noticed DiGrazia’a speed and, after trying her in the mile, said, “This is what you’re going to do.””It’s my favorite race because it’s endurance plus speed,” says DiGrazia, who has already set the school record in the mile — 4:53 — which she calls the highlight of her Ute career.”She’s one of our natural team leaders with her outgoing personality,” Kepler says. “She is somebody who works tremendously hard. We have to be careful because she’s fragile, but she’s learned how to take care of herself and avoid the injuries.”Shapard’s first love growing up in Park City was skiing. She was an Alpine ski racer from ages 7 to 18 and also excelled in soccer. In high school, she ran track as a favor to a coach she knew, but didn’t really enjoy running the hurdles, an event in which she now excels.”Actually this is the last sport I thought I would ever do,” Shapard said.She wanted a college scholarship, but wasn’t getting offers in soccer or skiing, so she accepted a scholarship at Weber State before transferring to Utah, closer to her hometown.”My first year was rough, because I wasn’t used to running so much,” she said. “I like it a lot. My teammates and coaches here make it phenomenal. I’m glad everything turned out this way.”Of Shapard, Kepler says, “She brings a great blend of competitiveness with a sense of realism. She understands what it takes to be good and does all the things the right way to be good. She’s a great teammate.”Ask her what her biggest accomplishment has been at Utah, and Shapard doesn’t even mention her back-to-back conference victories.”My biggest accomplishment is learning to really love the sport,” she said. “I came from not liking it at all to loving it now. You can ask anyone who helped me in high school and they crack up because I said, ‘I’m never going to do that, it’s stupid.'”Of the two Chelseas, Shapard has the best chance of advancing to the NCAA Championships scheduled June 11-14 in Iowa. She’s ranked 13th in the nation and third in the West, and if she runs her usual time of just under a minute, she should make the NCAAs, says her coach.DiGrazia, on the other hand, will need a career-best about 10 seconds lower than her MWC time. Her goal this week is to get a personal best, under the 4:26 she ran at the Drake Relays, and at least qualify for the finals at the regionals. Among the other three Utes competing Friday and Saturday in Northridge, Abbott will compete in the 800 and 1,500 meters, Houlihan will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Berg will compete in the hammer throw. last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: No need to panic about BYU’s future

first_img Related Cougars looking for fresh start SALT LAKE CITY — After BYU’s shocking loss to Utah State and equally shocking 1-4 record to date, the question I have is, why is BYU’s football program in the shape it’s in six years into the coaching tenure of Bronco Mendenhall?You’d think a solid program would keep progressing each year and would at the very least be comparable to the previous year’s level. However, the Cougars seemed to have dropped a couple of notches, back to the level of mediocre teams of the Mountain West Conference. With a 1-4 record, it’s likely the Cougars will miss a postseason bowl game for the first time in six years and will be lucky to make it to .500.But for you folks who are expecting doom and gloom, look no further than Utah basketball history under Rick Majerus.Rick Majerus? You remember him, don’t you?He coached at Utah for 15 years and brought the Utes some of their highest of highs with 11 NCAA appearances, including a berth in the national championship game in 1998.And what does he have to do with BYU and Mendenhall? Well, if you look closely, you’ll see his initial years were very similar to Mendenhall’s and then, suddenly, everything seemed to go wrong in one season.Majerus’ first team barely made it above .500, going 16-14 (true, he missed most of the season with his heart surgery, but he wasn’t likely to have done much better his first year). BYU went 6-6 in Mendenhall’s first year.Then, Majerus caught fire, going to the NCAAs two of the next three years and the finals of the NIT one of those years.Mendenhall ran off four straight double-digit win seasons, won two championships and took three bowl victories.However, in Majerus’ fifth year, 1993-94, his program went backward, finishing 14-14, with numerous injuries and suspensions hurting the team. He was forced to use several young players, including a freshman forward named Keith Van Horn. The next year, Utah was 28-6, and the Utes were on top for a decade.This year’s BYU program is struggling in Mendenhall’s sixth year with several key injuries, at least one suspension and even a coach-firing. The Cougars are being forced to play several young players, including freshman quarterback Jake Heaps.Now, I’m not suggesting Mendenhall’s Cougars will be playing in major bowl games the next few years, including a national championship four years from now.However, fans sometimes have to look at the long term and realize this season could just be one of those tough years and the double-digit win seasons will return soon.SCAPEGOAT: When teams aren’t playing well, someone has to be the scapegoat, and for the BYU football team, it’s apparently defensive coordinator Jaime Hill.I understand there might be more to the firing than just losing games and giving up yards. But I do find it is interesting that it was the defensive coordinator that got the sack in Provo, when it’s the Cougars’ offense that seems to have struggled the most all season.POLLSTERS LIKE PAC-10: It took an extra week, but Utah finally moved into the Top Ten this week, despite not lifting a finger.A week ago, three schools passed them after their 56-3 victory, but this week, only Arizona, which also didn’t play, passed them in the AP poll. However, losses by Florida, Wisconsin and Stanford, allowed the Utes to move up to No. 10.The pollsters must really like the Pac-10, as not only did Arizona move up five spots without playing, but Oregon leapfrogged poor Boise State to No. 3, as the Broncos only managed to beat New Mexico State 59-0.HAPPY FOR GARY: Even if you weren’t happy with the outcome Friday night, you had to be happy for Gary Andersen, beating a longtime rival like BYU in just his second year as head coach at Utah State.Andersen brought a new spirit of hope to the downtrodden Aggie program and that hope is now turning into significant wins. He learned well from Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham and is implementing those ideas in Logan. Andersen could probably lose every game the rest of the year, and the fans would be thrilled with him as coach because of the decisive win over BYU.I said last week that the Ags were unlikely to go bowling this year for first time in 13 years, but after Friday’s performance, I’m not so sure. The Aggies are very unlikely to win at Nevada and Boise State, but could win the other five against Louisiana Tech, Hawaii, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Idaho and end up 7-5.e-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more