By Mike CollettKevin Pietersen dominated the front and back pages of Britain’s newspapers on Wednesday with many sympathising with the controversial batsman whose England comeback bid has been thwarted by new cricket director Andrew Strauss.The flamboyant South African-born right-hander, who hit a career-best 355 not out for Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday, has said the snub has left him “absolutely devastated”.His former captain Strauss, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new director of cricket, said there was “massive distrust” between them but Pietersen had notbeen banned.The Guardian’s front page was dominated by a huge photograph of the maverick batsman under the headline ‘Kevin Pietersen 355 not out. Except he is.’The Sun’s back page had the headline ‘Traitors’ with a double page spread headlined ‘Retired .. Hurt’ while the Daily Mirror back page screamed ‘Betrayal’, highlighting Pietersen’s remarks “They say they don’t trust me, but how can anyone trust them?”The incident has also dominated social media discussions.“Anyone else struggling to explain to their nine-year-old that Pietersen isn’t allowed to play for England?” tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan.Another former captain Nasser Hussain said: “The ECB have shot themselves in the foot again. After the appalling way Peter Moores’ sacking (as coach) was handled, they need to get their act together.”Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith also joined the debate and tweeted “I see the head boy (Strauss) is making English cricket a laughing stock again.”Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego said: “Has ‘trust’ ever won a game of cricket ? I thought it was runs and wickets. Is there a new World Cup of trust England are hoping to win.”The fallout went beyond cricket with former England football skipper Gary Lineker saying “Strauss’ decision seems extraordinarily petty. I have never been in a dressing room where I have liked or even respected everyone. You deal with it.”Broadcaster Piers Morgan, a friend of Pietersen’s, added: “Trust? Trust? I wouldn’t trust Andrew Strauss to run a bath let alone English cricket.”In his column Pietersen, 34, wrote: “I am absolutely devastated that it looks like my hopes of an England recall have been brought to a close, especially given everything that has been said and asked of me.”“They have used the word trust to justify not selecting me, well, trust is a two-way thing.”Pietersen will fly to join Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.Strauss, who fired England coach Peter Moores on Saturday to raise Pietersen’s hopes of a return to the team, explained his thinking at a news conference at Lord’s on Tuesday.“The truth about Kevin is that he is a phenomenal cricketer. But over months and years trust has eroded between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB,” Strauss said.“There is a massive trust issue between me and Kevin.”
Apoel were the big winners of the weekend’s top of the table clash against Apollon and moved above the Limassol side at the top of the table as the championship now enters the crucial playoff stage.Omonia made sure of their place in the top six with a convincing 2-0 over AEL, overtaking Nea Salamina in the process, who could only draw at home to Alki.In a tense and fiercely contested game at the Tsirion stadium Apoel came back from a goal down, to defeat their big championship rivals Apollon 2-1.The champions just about deserved their win in a game where chances were few and far between with both sets of players more intent on keeping a clean sheet than scoring at the other end. In the opening 45 minutes Apoel managed just one good goal-scoring opportunity to Apollon’s none, while in the second half, each side had a chance each, both in added time with Papoulis and Zahid being denied by the respective goalkeepers.This was the third consecutive match that Apollon has lost to Apoel, and this despite taking the lead in this tight game just after the hour mark through their top scorer Facundo Pereira. However Apollon hung onto their lead for just three minutes, something that their coach Sofronis Avgousti said was pivotal in the final outcome.It was a soft goal to concede as Natel’s strike from the edge of the box caught Apollon goalkeeper Bruno Vale both unsighted and wrong-footed.However it was apparent over the 90 minutes that Apollon sorely missed the Croatian Anton Maglica who left Apollon for China earlier this month to continue his career at Guizhou Hengfeng. His departure may tip the scales in favour of rivals Apoel and AEL especially as the transfer period ended on the last day of January.Apoel seem to have found a new hero in their tall gangling striker Norbert Balogh. For the second consecutive game the Hungarian proved his worth, this time latching on to Zahid’s through ball to beat Apollon goalkeeper Bruno Vale from the edge of the penalty box six minutes from the end. Balogh could have doubled his tally in added time when clean through, but he unselfishly squared to Zahid who somehow managed to make a hash of it and the chance went begging.Anorthosis finished the regular season with a 3-2 away win to Ermis Aradipou but it all proved pointless as they finished outside the top six.Cleary disillusioned and saddened with all the off-field events going on at Anorthosis, their coach Jurgen Streppel made his feelings known when he took his entire team to the post-game press conference and accused the club of leaving the players unpaid for 2-3 months and without even a club doctor.Andreas Panteli resigned over the weekend as the club’s president.Omonia overcame a lacklustre AEL at the GSP stadium with their Costa Rican striker David Ramírez grabbing both goals, one in each half.AEK needed 53 minutes and a rather soft penalty to break the deadlock against relegation threatened Enosis Neon Paralimni at the Arena stadium.Eventually AEK ran out 3-0 winners with Larena, Akino and Triscovski getting onto the scoresheet.Alki managed a draw against Nea Salamina and the point may prove precious as they battle to avoid relegation. Both goals were scored in the first half with Alki taking the lead through Carlos in the 17th minute and Fustar equalising on the half hour.In the final weekend game Pafos FC moved well clear of the relegation zone as they overcame Doxa Katokopias 1-0 thanks to a 55th minute Angulo goal.
“I’m just there to win,” Woods said in a posting on his website this week.“I’ve been better with each week I’ve competed. A little more crisp. I’m starting to put the pieces together.”Woods missed his third Masters in four years last year after spinal fusion surgery, but has contended in his past two starts, sharing fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and second at the Valspar Championship.“It’s fantastic what we’re seeing of Tiger. He looks in control of his game,” said Britain’s Justin Rose, last year’s Masters runner-up.Woods, who at a low point doubted he would ever play competitive golf again, has seen interest in his comeback tale at age 42 send resale prices for Masters badges soaring several thousand dollars above face value.“I got a second chance on life,” Woods said. “I am a walking miracle.”Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 US Open, hasn’t won a tournament since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, hasn’t played in a major since missing the cut at the 2015 PGA Championship and last won the Masters in 2005.“I’m just really looking forward to playing,” Woods said. “It’s the best-run tournament in the world. The golf course, the patrons, the entire atmosphere — it’s a golfers heaven.”A streak of 12 rounds at par or better has shown Woods has regained his health. This week will tell if he has found the form that made him a global superstar.“It’s a lot different than the first two comebacks. He wasn’t ready,” said Australia’s Jason Day. “He came back too soon. Now he’s hitting it longer than before.”That’s part of the reason some oddsmakers have made Woods the tournament favorite.“That’s kind of funny,” Woods said. “Six months ago the odds were I wasn’t even going to play.”– Top rivals ready too –Woods played two nine-hole practice rounds two weeks ago at Augusta National, his first at the course since the final round in 2015.“They resurfaced a few of the greens but they still look they have been there for 100 years,” Woods said. “My yardage book was basically the same.”Woods, whose 79 career PGA wins are three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, faces a world-class field with several top rivals playing their best as well.Multiple major winners Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson plus 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas have won Masters tuneup events and reigning British Open champion Jordan Spieth, the 2015 US Open and Masters winner who was third Sunday at Houston, is peaking at the perfect time.“I’ve made some big strides from my past couple of tournaments. I’m very excited for what next week holds,” Spieth said. “I’ll try to nail it in the next few days and try a little speed control at Augusta and hopefully I’ll have a chance at the weekend.”– Garcia shares a locker –Defending champion Sergio Garcia will try to become the first repeat winner of the Masters since Woods in 2001-02, having become a husband and father since ending his major drought after 73 failures, daughter Azalea named for one of his favorite Augusta National holes.“Azalea’s first flight and she did amazingly well! We made it to Augusta for @TheMasters and are excited for a very special week,” Garcia’s wife Angela tweeted.Adding to the specialness of the week for Garcia was an image tweeted Sunday by Augusta National of his new Champions Locker Room plate alongside that of Spanish countryman Jose Maria Olazabal.Last year, Olazabal sent Garcia a note for inspiration saying, “I’m not sharing my locker at the moment, and I hope that I get to do it with you.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tiger Woods missed his third Masters in four years last year after spinal fusion surgery © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Mike EhrmannAUGUSTA, United States, Apr 2 – Anticipation built Sunday around Augusta National for Tiger Woods returning to the Masters, ticket scalpers already offering prized passes to the unfolding drama at the year’s first major golf tournament.Players traveled Magnolia Lane to the clubhouse on the eve of Monday’s first official pratice session for the 82nd Masters, where 14-time major winner Woods will try for a fifth green jacket after his fourth back operation.
Fernando Torres is a clear upgrade on Mario Balotelli, according to former AC Milan striker Hernan Crespo.Chelsea forward Torres moved to the San Siro on a two-year loan deal last month to replace Balotelli, who joined Liverpool for £16m.The decision to replace Balotelli with Torres was seen by some as a further example of Milan’s descent from Europe’s elite, but Crespo disagrees.And he has backed former Milan team-mate Filippo Inzaghi – now the club’s head coach – to get the best out of Torres when Serie A returns to action this weekend.“I think that the Spaniard is the perfect attacker for Pippo Inzaghi’s side,” Crespo told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “Especially when you look at the Milan midfield.“Balotelli is a champion who can change the game with one piece of skill, but you can’t ask consistency from him.” Fernando Torres 1
1 The EFL Cup clash between the London rivals in October was marred by coin throwing and fighting Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have solved their crowd trouble issues ahead of Monday’s rematch with Chelsea.The EFL Cup clash between the London rivals in October was marred by coin throwing and fighting between rival fans.But moves to improve the segregation, policing and stewarding have meant that since that night, such ugly scenes have all but disappeared.Vice-chairman Karren Brady has worked tirelessly to put an end to disorder in the stands, and Bilic is confident she has succeeded.“It is not that I think it – it is definitely the truth,” the Hammers manager said.“I have monthly meetings with Baroness Brady. We have talked a lot about that and I know how much effort, through her of course, has been put into solving those problems.“She, or we, have done it so I am not expecting (a repeat).“Of course there could be individual things that may happen, but the club has done a really great job regarding that. They have approached it since that game really seriously. We have done it, yes.”Bilic will come up against a familiar face when the Premier League-leading Blues arrive at the London Stadium.Winger Victor Moses, who was on loan with the Hammers last season but struggled to hold down a first-team place, has just been rewarded for his fine Chelsea form with a new contract.Yet Bilic says Moses’ performances this term come as no surprise, and revealed that even former West Ham star Dimitri Payet marked him out for big things.“I am glad for him,” the Croatian added. “He was our player and we enjoyed that year.“His potential, his characteristics, his strength, were always like amazing. His pace, quality on the ball and stamina is basically top, top class.“Sometimes you have to push him to do it day in, day out, and now he is doing it. His place was anything but guaranteed at the beginning of the season. but he proved himself.“I remember once I spoke to Payet during last season. Payet said that, even including himself, Victor is the best player that we have at West Ham.”
Pogba dropped.But matic still playing#MUNARS #Mufc pic.twitter.com/dTDWoXjJXf— Karthik (@karthik_rus) December 5, 2018 BEST OF With Unai Emery naming a back five, his Portuguese counter-part duly reacted. In came Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo to accommodate Chris Smalling at the back, with Diogo Dalot and Matteo Darmian provided the width from their wing-back roles.World Cup winner Pogba and Mourinho seem destined for a nuclear fallout which will result in one of them leaving the club; their relationship seems to take one step forwards and two steps backwards.After a very public spat during a training session, the Portuguese responded by keeping the France international as his captain.But after only being able to muster a 2-2 draw against Southampton at the weekend, it seems as though Pogba’s performance in central midfield was not good enough to warrant a place for the game against the Gunners at Old Trafford. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT scrap Matic has several stinkers and keeps his place. Pogba has one poor game and is axed immediately pic.twitter.com/c6Bn27kWyE— Babs (@Babs_SP) December 5, 2018 One bad game and Pogba is on the bench. Matic 10’s of bad games but still plays. Why? Jose probably favouring players @MrStephenHowson @AdamMcKola @FullTimeDEVILS @ManUtd #MUFC— Pratik Deodhar (@AlwaysRedDevil) December 5, 2018 Most Read Football Stories Nemanja Matic is one of Mourinho’s most trusted deputies Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED latest Jose Mourinho has risked the wrath of Manchester United fans once again after dropping Paul Pogba and keeping Nemanja Matic in the team to face Arsenal.The United boss named the Serbia international in his side for the visit of the Gunners, who are unbeaten in their last 17 games in all competitions. If Pogba is a virus, Matic must be the Plague— Patrick (@Pogblah) December 5, 2018 Pogba dropped. Matić still playing. Martial and Rashford starting solely so he can blast them if they don’t perform and praise Lukaku. Pray Arsenal don’t turn up today.— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) December 5, 2018 If Pogba can continuously be dropped to be made an example of, the inclusion of Nemanja Matic yet again is unexplainable. He has shown that he can play terribly for a long spell and get away with it. It’s ridiculous at this point.— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 5, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions As you can imagine, several loyal Pogba fans took umbrage with Mourinho’s decision, and vented their frustrations on Twitter.Check out the best responses below! The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 Relatively happy with that team, still don’t understand how Pogba gets benched but Matic keeps his place, unreal. #MUFC— Paul Murray (@Murray_P96) December 5, 2018 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba have endured a turbulent relationship this season Back 5. No Pogba. Matic virus. Darmian disease. What’s the loss margin? Sticking by my 0-4. #mufc https://t.co/3YdcNqMfP9— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) December 5, 2018 2 i dont understand how its matic over pogba wtf— seray (@manuni7ed) December 5, 2018
JIBE Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Chelsea have told Atletico Madrid they will recall Alvaro Morata from his loan spell if the La Liga side do not pay £50million this summer to make his move permanent. (Sunday Telegraph)Leeds United are close to signing Wolves’ winger Helder Costa on loan (Birmingham Mail) 4 latest Borussia Dortmund forward Jacob Bruun Larsen is on the radar of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. Larsen, 20, made 30 appearances for Dortmund in 2018/19, starting 17 times and scoring three goals in a breakthrough 2018/19 season. (Mail on Sunday)Birmingham City striker Che Adams has said goodbye to his team-mates ahead of a £16m move to Southampton. (Mail on Sunday)Matt Targett will complete his move to Aston Villa on Monday (Sky Sports)Mauricio Pochettino says he does not have the final say on transfer targets at Tottenham. (The Independent) punished 4 Bruno Fernandes has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs this summer Paul Pogba will hold talks with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next week in a bid to force his way out of Old Trafford. (The Sun)Real Madrid could offer Marco Asensio in a stunning swap deal to sign Liverpool star Sadio Mane (Sunday Express)Manchester United are plotting a shock bid for Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn – but he’ll cost them £50million (The Sun)Liverpool and Tottenham have distanced themselves from signing highly rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, paving the way for the 24-year-old to join Manchester United. (Sunday Express) Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS deals Getty Images – Getty 4 TROPHY Getty boost 4 Marcus Rashford is close to signing a new £15.6m-a-year deal at Manchester United (Manchester Evening News)Arsenal will have to fork out £100million to Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha this summer. (Mail on Sunday)However, Palace chairman Steve Parish fears selling Zaha will prevent him from being able to sell the club to new owners. (The Sun)Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has contacted Real Madrid to offer them playmaker Christian Eriksen as the Dane is refusing to extend his contract with the club beyond summer 2020. (Marca) Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVEALED Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has emailed staff that the club wants to add more ‘exciting’ players this summer after completing the signing of England Under-21 defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (Sunday Telegraph)Diogo Dalot has been told he can leave Manchester United after the Aaron Wan-Bissaka was confirmed a Red Devils player on Saturday (Evening Standard)Tottenham will loan Jack Clarke back to Leeds United when they complete the signing of the 18-year-old (Phil Hay)Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence believes the European champions must spend big in the summer if they want to mount a serious Premier League title challenge. (Daily Mirror) Pochettino gave a frank interview with Spanish media to discuss Spurs’ transfer policy Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Zaha’s status as a Palace player looks uncertain this summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ getty LATEST talkSPORT.com round up all the latest transfer news and gossip from Sunday’s papers and online… Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star
Wednesday Indiana State Police arrested the mother and step-father of an 11-year-old special needs girl on one count each of Neglect of a Dependent (felony).The pair was incarcerated in the Clay County Jail. Arrested were Autumn Renee Stone Snodgrass, age 29 and Stephen C. Snodgrass, age 36, of 3995 East County Road 1500 North in Clay County. Autumn R. Stone Snodgrass was taken into custody yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:15. Stephen Snodgrass was taken into custody last evening at 8:47. The case was investigated by ISP Detective Michael Featherling. Assisting were ISP Detective Sergeant Sam Stearley, troopers from the Putnamville Post, Clay County Prosecutor’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Probation Office, Clay County Department of Child Services, Clay County Health Department, and Suzie’s Place Child Advocacy Center of Terre Haute. The investigation originated on August 18, 2017 when Indiana State Police, Clay County Probation Officers, and Clay County Community Corrections Officers went to 3995 East County Road 1500 North in Clay County to conduct a home compliance check.No one was home, but officers noticed the home was in deplorable condition. Over the next few days, Indiana State Police gathered information from various sources, which ultimately led to a Clay County search warrant for the home. On August 29, 2017, Indiana State Police and the Clay County Probation Office served a Clay County search warrant on the residence. The mother, step-father and daughter were interviewed with the daughter ultimately placed in foster care and currently doing well. During execution of the search warrant, investigators documented that the small outbuilding shack type home was unclean, no indoor modern plumbing, unprotected electrical outlets, unprotected electrical wires in and around the building, trash strewn about, raw sewage on the ground around the structure and adjacent to the small water well, and numerous other health hazards.
By Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – Two former Marshfield High School athletes are off to great starts this summer in the California Baseball League.Daulton Varsho is a minor league catcher and designated hitter for the Visalia Rawhide, while his former Tiger teammate Elliot Ashbeck is a pitcher for the Lake Elsinore Storm.In seven games this season, Varsho was batting .375 with two home runs, 11 RBI’s, four walks, and six strikeouts.In a 3-1 win over Rancho Cucamonga April 5, Daulton went 2-5 with a run scored, an RBI and a strikeout. At Modesto April 12, Varsho was 2-2 with two RBI’s, two walks and a run scored. Two days later, he was 1-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.His two best games have come against Ashbeck’s Lake Elsinore ballclub. In an April 9 matchup, Varsho went 2-4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run, and five RBI’s. On April 11, Daulton had another big day, going 1-2 with a home run, three RBI’s, a walk and a run scored.In that April 9 showdown, Ashbeck got the best of his former Marshfield battery mate, with a flyball out to centerfield. They almost faced off again, but Ashbeck was pulled from the game right before Varsho led off the bottom of the 8th inning for Visalia. Ashbeck did not pitch in the April 11 matchup.Elliot had appeared in three games between April 5 and April 12. He threw two innings against Stockton April 5, walking one batter while striking out three. In that April 9th contest with Visalia, Elliot tossed three innings, striking out three batters. Ashbeck did not have a good outing April 12 versus Lancaster, giving up two hits and a run — it was unearned — while walking one and striking out three in two innings of work. With seven innings of work over three games, Elliot has an ERA of 0.00. He has walked two, struck out nine, and has surrendered two hits.It’ll be awhile before Ashbeck and Varsho see each other again. Elliot’s Lake Elsinore team is at Visalia for a four-game series June 21-24. Through 10 games, Visalia was 6-4 and tied for second place in the California League North Division, while Lake Elsinore was 4-6 and in third place in the South Division.