FIFA task force recommends pre-Christmas winter World Cup in 2022

first_imgA FIFA task force has recommended that the 2022 World Cup of soccer be held in the winter. A final decision is to be taken at a meeting of FIFA’s executive committee next month.The recommendation announced by the task force on Tuesday, was expected to meet major resistance from Europe’s major professional soccer leagues, including Germany’s Bundesliga, the English Premier League, and Spain’s La Liga, as it would cause major disruption to their domestic seasons.Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters in Doha, where the task force met, that all options would be reviewed at next month’s meeting of FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich.”Some people have concerns, but whatever decision you’re going to take will have some questions about it,” Sheikh Salman said.”But… we need to look at the overall benefit of everybody.”He also said that the task force had proposed shortening the length of the tournament by a few days, but that there were no plans to cut the number of games (64) or teams (32) involved in the tournament.Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup based on the assumption that it would take place in June and July as is traditionally the case, but objections were quickly raised from various quarters, warning that high summer temperatures could be extremely uncomfortable for supporters and potentially dangerous to the health of the players. The entire bidding process for the 2022 World Cup, as well as the 2018 edition of the tournament, which was won by Russia, has also been the subject of much controversy.last_img read more

DeAndre Jordan, Clippers use a third-quarter surge to rout Knicks

first_imgFinal📊Lou: 21p/3r/8aDJ: 19p/20r/3a/1s/2bTrezz: 19p/4r/2a/1s/1bAustin: 19p/5r/2a/1sTobias: 15p/4r/6a/1s/1bMiloš: 7p/2r/5a/2sSam: 10p/6rC.J.: 6p/2r/5a/4sBoban: 6p/3rSin: 4p/1r/2a/3sWes: 2p/1r/1a/1s/2b📸 https://t.co/hywvHhlvgY🎥 https://t.co/32ZpR20RUF#DTLAC pic.twitter.com/IugwRangav— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 3, 2018 Jordan put the Clippers in a position to win, but it took an electric third-quarter surge from his teammates to put them in front of the Knicks to stay. The Clippers started the second half with a 10-0 run that grew to 30-10 and eventually 35-18 entering the fourth quarter.It was too much for New York to handle.Defense was the difference, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“The first half, you could see it, we were going to try to outscore them,” he said. “We were just going back and forth. I asked them if it was an all-star game. It felt like an all-star game in the first half. There was just no defense. Then in the second half we played really hard defensively.”The Clippers’ victory enabled them to stay within a half-game of the Denver Nuggets in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Nuggets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies earlier in the evening. Every game is must-win at this point. Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari has a fractured hand, adding to his injury-plagued season Clippers center Boban Marjanovic proving value after trade from Pistons PreviousNew York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, left, goes to the basket while while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, right, shoots as New York Knicks center Enes Kanter defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Knicks center Enes Kanter, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, drives past New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, right, goes to the basket while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, middle, goes to the basket while defended by New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley, right, and center Enes Kanter during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks guard Trey Burke, right, goes to the basket while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell dunks against New York Knicks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley, left, goes to the basket while defended by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, left, goes to the basket while defended by New York Knicks guard Trey Burke during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley, front, goes to the basket while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, left, shoots under pressure from New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, goes to the basket while defended by New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn, left, and forward Tim Hardaway Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, is fouled by New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 128-105. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks during the first half of Friday’s game against the Knicks at Staples Center. Jordan finished with 19 points, 20 rebounds and two blocked shots in a 128-105 victory. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, left, goes to the basket while while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 15New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay, left, goes to the basket while while defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan played above the rim Friday at Staples Center.Way above it.Everyone else seemed earth-bound by comparison.The Clippers lobbed passes to Jordan and he slammed them through the basket with authority. The New York Knicks missed shots and the 6-foot-11 center grabbed them before anyone could react. It happened again and again during the Clippers’ 128-105 victory.center_img Jordan got the Clippers pointed in the right direction with a 14-point first quarter en route to 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting by game’s end. He also grabbed 20 rebounds and had two blocked shots.Do not pass GO, do not collect $200 🚫 📺 #PrimeTicket pic.twitter.com/4ERlO1gnLr— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 3, 2018Austin Rivers scored 14 of his 19 points in the pivotal third quarter and Lou Williams led the Clippers with 21 in a reserve role.“We’re really hard to stop when he rolls and posts and seals and runs the floor like he did today,” Doc Rivers said of Jordan’s offensive aggression. “There’s a reason why Austin and Lou and those guys were wide open behind the 3. When D.J. rolls, somebody has to go with him.“They (the Clippers’ guards) are standing there wide open.”Jordan was one point shy of his ninth career game of 20 points and 20 rebounds.“I just needed to come out with more intensity,” Jordan said. “That’s the type of player I am. Energy. A lot of emotion. I feel like I was that today. I’ve got to be more of that for our team.”New York’s Enes Kanter scored 14 of his his 18 points in the first half.The Clippers turned a 60-57 halftime deficit into a 92-78 lead entering the fourth quarter by shooting 63.2 percent in the third (12 for 19). Austin Rivers got hot and his teammates followed right along behind him. He made five of six shots, including all four from beyond the 3-point line.New York shot only 33.3 percent in the third (7 for 21) and reached the breaking point.The Clippers kept rolling in the fourth, building a 110-85 lead after Montrezl Harrell’s layup with 6:38 to go. The only reason to stick around at that point was to wait for Boban Marjanovic’s entrance. The 7-3 Serbian has become a Clippers fan favorite since being acquired in the Jan. 29 Blake Griffin trade with Detroit.Marjanovic had six crowd-pleasing points plus three rebounds in the game’s final 5:14.“It was incredible,” Austin Rivers said of the Clippers’ third-quarter surge. “I mean, they scored 18 points. Any time you hold a team to 18 points in a quarter, and we play the way we do offensively, it’s going to be tough to beat us.”Jordan had a monster game in the making in the first half, scoring 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting and taking 12 rebounds. Kanter, Jordan’s 6-11 Knicks counterpart, scored 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds, however.Related Articles The Clippers scored easily and often in the opening minutes, but so did the Knicks. The Clippers led by as many as 10 in the first half, but trailed New York 60-57 by halftime because their defense wasn’t as sound as it should have been.Unlike their loss to the league-leading Houston Rockets on Wednesday, the Clippers played Friday with an energy and efficiency that was lacking two nights earlier. Well, at least they were energetic and efficient when they had the ball in their hands.New York played freely, as if it had nothing to lose, after arriving at Staples Center with losses in nine of its past 10 games. The Knicks tossed the ball inside to Kanter and let him go to work. The Clippers did the same with Jordan at the other end.Jordan tied a career high by scoring 14 points in the first quarter.Advantage, Clippers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Alexander: Manny Machado’s stroll does not go unmentioned in Dodgers’ TV booth

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Orel: “Well, he had a scare like that, an embarrassing scare at Dodger Stadium and ended up with a double. I thought that was going to be the end of it. But he’s not in Baltimore anymore. He’s got to learn these ballparks.”Nor was this the first time Machado’s baserunning quirks have been discussed on the telecast. Manny tends to loaf on routine ground balls, and at one point a few weeks ago the discussion turned to how teams handle real or perceived lack of effort. Hershiser pointed out that in the best clubhouses, the players police themselves and the manager doesn’t have to say much. I don’t recall Machado’s name specifically coming up in the conversation, but the implication was pretty clear.For his part, Machado was quoted by Pedro Moura of The Athletic (subscription required) as saying he acknowledged that some consider it loafing, but that he plays better when he is relaxed: “If I do something different, I might not be the same player. So, I’m going to continue to do it. I’m chill, and I’m going to always be chill.”He might call it chill. Most of us consider it irritating, figuring it shouldn’t require that much effort to run hard for 90 feet.But there is another factor to keep in mind: Machado was called out on a team broadcast, in a situation where he is a rent-a-star, a free agent to be, and it can be reasonably assumed said team might have some interest in entering the bidding this winter.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The sequence: With men on first and third and none out in the ninth and the Dodgers leading 5-3, Machado hit Diamondbacks pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano’s 0-and-2 pitch deep to right field. He walked down the line a good, long while, admiring his drive, then realized he had to hustle to get to second base when the ball hit off the yellow line atop the fence and bounced back instead of going over.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.As heard by the viewers:Joe, describing the play: “He’s just now at first, and he winds up at second with an RBI double, and the Dodgers lead it 6-3.”Orel: “Good piece of hitting, terrible piece of baserunning by Manny … Lately, there’s been too much assumption that the ball’s gonna leave the park. He stays in the box, and this ball goes off the wall. You’re right, Joe. The ball gets to the outfield grass and he does not reach first base for a long time. And there was a chance, if Arizona had been communicating, they probably would have thrown him out at second. Way to go in drivin’ ’em in, but a little too much assumption with the baserunning.”Joe (during Joc Pederson’s subsequent at-bat): “… Granted, he wound up getting to where he would have gotten regardless, with the runners having to hang on,  but that’s kind of besides (sic) the point.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img We have already seen how that dynamic works, in reverse, in this very market. Bruce Bowen found himself out as the Clippers’ TV analyst after a SiriusXM interview in which he criticized Kawhi Leonard for the way he and his people handled his injury last season and forced the San Antonio Spurs to trade him to Toronto.It is no secret the Clippers have their eye on Leonard in free agency following this season, and likely vice versa, though you’ll not hear that from Leonard himself. Under the circumstances, the broadcaster was collateral damage.In this case, Davis and Hershiser and the people in charge of the pictures handled it exactly right Monday night. Fans probably would have welcomed even stronger words and maybe even a reaction from the manager, considering Dave Roberts has disciplined Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig for lack of hustle. As far as I can tell, Roberts hasn’t addressed Machado’s baserunning.Criticism on the team telecast probably won’t sway Machado’s free agent decision. But if it should play a part?No worries. Corey Seager will be back in 2019, and he doesn’t loaf down the [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start We have suggested, more than once, that the Dodgers’ in-house TV network can be overly homerish in its approach. And while the franchise’s mandate was handed down long ago from Red Barber to Vin Scully – to report, not root – the current tone is probably what you can and should expect from a network designed to be all-Dodgers all the time, 24/7/365.(Of course, for more than half of Southern California’s households, and virtually all of its bars and restaurants with TV sets, much of this is just a rumor anyway.)But there was a truly remarkable moment Monday night in Phoenix. Spectrum SportsNet LA play-by-play man Joe Davis and analyst Orel Hershiser came down hard on Manny Machado for standing and admiring a drive that turned out to hit the top of the wall for a double instead of a home run.It was magnificent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more