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  • Price no marker for Rodgers

    first_img Speculation has linked the Slovakia international to a reunion with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez at Napoli but Rodgers has played that down, “It was hard on him at the beginning of the season, like last January when I made the change, I just felt that we needed experience in there,” said Rodgers. “Kolo came in and did really well in the games that he played but I’ve got no doubts about Martin Skrtel, he’s a very good player and the competition will help him. “I think that has been part of the problem here; players that have been comfortable and never really had competition. “It is incredible credit to him for how professional he has been. He has never moaned once despite lots of speculation about him going here, there and everywhere. “He and I have spoken a number of times, he knows where he has been at – he has never moaned or groaned, he has just got on with his work, done extra work so when that time came he was going to be ready. “He was absolutely brilliant against Manchester United but that doesn’t give me a problem, it just gives me a nice problem to think about. That’s my job as the manager.” Defensively Liverpool have been strong so far, winning all their league matches 1-0 – extended a run which has seen them keep clean sheets in eight of their last 10 league games, conceding just three times. Rodgers is likely to have all four senior centre-backs (vice-captain Daniel Agger included) available at Swansea on Monday but will be without right-back Glen Johnson, who is likely to be out for a further four to five weeks with a sprained ankle. “Fortunately for us, with the way it works out and the international breaks, he’ll probably only miss about four Premier League games,” he said. “Glen is the type of player that you never realise how much you miss him until he’s not there. “He played a lot of games last season and sometimes you can take that for granted with him. “Roy (Hodgson) was maybe thinking the same – and then he didn’t play for England. “He’ll go away, work hard and keep himself in the best shape he can. “We’re hoping over the course of the next five weeks he should be back.” “It doesn’t matter one iota. It is not me that puts the price on them,” said Rodgers. “You judge the player on what he is giving you every single day. That’s why I think it was unfair on the likes of Jordan Henderson. “Jordan didn’t set the price tag (£16million) on his head – he came in for a lot of money as a young player. “He’s shown over time and with confidence that you can be a very good player. “For me it doesn’t matter whether it was £1, a free transfer or £50million. “You want good players with strong mentalities, players that are willing to be brave on the ball and want to win games – irrespective of the price.” Competition in central defence is now especially fierce, highlighted by out-of-favour Martin Skrtel impressing last time out in the win over Manchester United on his first appearance of the season in place of the injured Kolo Toure, who himself had enjoyed a good start to his Reds career. Skrtel’s future at the club appeared in doubt from the moment he was dropped last January to allow for the return of the now-retired veteran Jamie Carragher. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned new arrival Mamadou Sakho he will have to earn his place on merit as an £18million transfer fee provides no guarantees. Managing director Ian Ayre described the France international as the club’s “marquee signing” of the summer following his move from Paris St-Germain on deadline day. However, the well-regarded centre-back will not be given an easy route into the first team. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Report: Lakers continue coaching interviews with expanded pool of team officials

    first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Kings retained two lawyers from a Sacramento law firm,  Sue Ann Van Dermyden and Jennifer Doughty, to direct the investigation, while senior NBA official Elizabeth Maringer (a former federal attorney in New York) will join from the league’s side. The group will be tasked with looking into the alleged 2014 incident that has stemmed a civil lawsuit, in which former sports reporter Kelli Tennant accused the then-Golden State Warriors assistant coach of holding her down and kissing and groping her despite her protests in a Santa Monica hotel room. Tennant, who held a press conference Tuesday publicly stating her claims, said she feared that Walton was going to rape her. Subsequent interactions when Walton was Lakers head coach and she covered the team, she said, were a factor in her leaving Spectrum SportsNet LA.“The Kings and the NBA take these allegations very seriously and will collaborate to conduct a complete and thorough investigation,” the league said in a statement released Thursday.Walton’s attorney has called the claims “false” and “baseless” and vowed to disprove them in court. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers As the Lakers narrow their focus on three particular head coaching candidates, their pool of interviewers is reportedly expanding.A large party of team officials headed to Philadelphia on Thursday to interview 76ers assistant Monty Williams, according to a report from The Athletic. While team owner Jeanie Buss and General Manager Rob Pelinka are the principal players in the meeting, the group will also include franchise officials Jesse Buss, Joey Buss, Kurt Rambis, Linda Rambis and Tim Harris.The interview will be the second with Williams; the Lakers have also had two interviews with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and one interview with Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard. The Lakers interviewed former Nets and Bucks coach Jason Kidd on Monday, but subsequent reports played down his chances of landing his third head coaching job.The significant number of cooks in the kitchen is an intriguing development for the Lakers, who have yet to outline their new power structure in the wake of team president Magic Johnson’s surprise resignation on April 9. In the time since, top team officials have not addressed the media, but Pelinka has been the primary operator in the search to replace Luke Walton, who left the team on April 12. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersEach of the reported attendees in Philadelphia is an important player in the organization: Jesse and Joey Buss, the younger brothers of Jeanie Buss, are the assistant general manager and the president of the G League affiliate, respectively, and are involved in team scouting. Kurt Rambis is a team advisor with a long history as a player and coach in the franchise; Linda Rambis, Kurt’s wife, is the director of special projects who is close friends with Jeanie Buss. Harris is the team COO who directs much of the team’s business operations.The Lakers expanding the circle of interviewers could be indicative of a shift in their power structure, as well as a marker of the team drawing closer to a final decision for a head coach. There have been no reports of the Lakers searching for an outside candidate to replace Johnson.Demand is building for Williams, who had a 173-221 record in five years in New Orleans. After the Phoenix Suns fired head coach Igor Kokoskov earlier in the week, ESPN has reported that Williams is the franchise’s top candidate, and they have plans to interview him Friday in Toronto – the day before the 76ers begin their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Raptors.NBA, KINGS BEGIN WALTON INVESTIGATION IN EARNESTThe NBA and the Sacramento Kings have officially started an investigation into sexual assault allegations leveled against former Lakers coach Luke Walton, who was hired by the Kings earlier this month.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

  • Teletović Triple Score “from parking” Part of Competition for the Craziest Basket Score at World Championship

    first_imgThe score of Mirza Teletovic, known as a triple score “from parking” will compete for the craziest basket score at the World Championship, which will be held next year in Spain.The B&H basketball representation, led by two best basketball players of B&H, Nihad Đedović and Mirza Teletović, was the only team that after three victories had to return “home” after the group phase of the Eurobasket.However, what Teletović and other players managed at the last game against Lithuania will remain forever written in basketball history.Mirza has scored from impossible positions and large distances.The captain of the B&H team during the game with Lithuania managed to make incredible shots, and among them, the triple score that the commentator Edin Avdić emphasized as score “from parking”.With Teletović in competition for the craziest basketball score of continental championships is Taiwanese Chih-Shan Hun, French Antoine Diot, Georgian George Tsintsadze, Chun Wai Wong from Hong Kong, Akeem Scott from Jamaica, the Qatar representative Jarvis Hayes, Mamadou Ndoye from Senegal, Bojan Bogdanović from Serbia and Domen Lorbek from Slovenia.At the following link https://www.facebook.com/FIBA/app_219651458217787  votes are accepted until 15 December 2013.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

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