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LAFC’s Adama Diomande says he was called racial slur in Portland Timbers game

LAFC striker Adama Diomande says he was subjected to racial abuse during Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers.

Diomande, who joined LAFC in May, reacted angrily during the second half of his team’s 3-2 win at home, and wrote on Instagram after the game that someone called him by a racial slur.

“Today was the first time in my professional career that I was called the ‘N’ word on the field,” Diomande wrote. “They will say sorry to me after the game and please let it go, but If I don’t say anything racism will just continue to grow.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

“No matter which country, color, religion or which language [you’re] speaking we all are human being and we should respect each other no matter what! #saynotoracism”

Diomande did not specify if the slur came from a player or from the crowd, though he was involved in an incident with Timbers players late in the game.10

Diomande had words with a number of Timbers players in the 90th minute after a hard foul on his teammate Carlos Vela. They had to be separated and Diomande then attempted to state his case to the referee while Timbers players tried to calm him down.

Then a few minutes later, Portland’s Julio Cascante was booked for a late tackle into Diomande’s back, and the LAFC man squared up with a number of Timbers players again.

ESPN FC on Thursday morning reached out for comment to both teams and U.S. Soccer, which organizes the U.S. Open Cup.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

The Timbers, who are also protesting the game’s result over the number of LAFC’s foreign players, issued a statement saying the club would investigate the incident.

“The club is aware of the accusations posted on Instagram following Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup game and is in direct communication with LAFC management, league officials and internal staff to gather more information,” the Timbers’ statement said. “At this time, we are awaiting more details as we actively continue to investigate the matter. The club will provide further information when it becomes available.

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Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren expected to miss Premier League opener

Jurgen Klopp claims he had to convince Jordan Henderson to go on holiday following England’s semifinal run at this summer’s World Cup and expects to be without him and Dejan Lovren for Liverpool’s Premier League opener against West Ham.

Henderson and Croatia defender Lovren both helped their countries to the semifinal and final, respectively, in Russia, and Klopp has given each player time to recover before rejoining Reds training. Henderson will report back Aug. 5 and Lovren will be back the following day, giving the duo less than a week to be fit for the Aug. 12 match against the Hammers.

However, Klopp said the former Sunderland midfielder needed some coaxing to take the time off.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

“It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” Klopp said on Thursday. “I knew it would happen. On the phone, I said ‘crazy’.

“Jordan needs a holiday, so that means Aug. 5 he will be back. Dejan had a party in Croatia and played a day later [than Henderson at the World Cup], so he will be back on Aug. 6.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who travelled to Russia but played in just one match, is a different story, Klopp added.9

“With Trent, I have a special agreement,” he said.

“He wanted to be in earlier as well. As he’s very young, I said ‘OK, have two weeks’ holiday and then we’ll speak and see.’

“If you asked Trent, he would be good to join us in Evian [for their training camp].

“But I’m not sure I will do that. I want to have them desperately but the season is really long.”

Klopp warned of the toll the international schedule is taking on players and their clubs.

Klopp said: “I don’t want to get too football political but if they don’t stop with these games — they are now making it the Nations Cup to make it more important — then all these players who played at the World Cup have to go there again.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

“We had four players in the [World Cup] semis, which is OK, we can deal with that. Tottenham had nine players in the semis. I have no clue how they will do it. That’s a big challenge. It’s a really tough thing to deal with, and in the future we have to change it.

“They play the World Cup, then the Nations Cup, next summer is the final of the Nations Cup, which is really crazy. Everything is now so important in football and we have to collect their bones afterwards, more or less.”

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Astros’ Alex Bregman wins All-Star Game MVP after go-ahead HR in 10th

Bregman’s homer was one of a record-breaking 10 in the game, and it put the AL ahead for good, as baseball’s best put on a power exhibition in the late innings. Bregman’s Astros teammate George Springer hit one out immediately after Bregman.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“There’s a great love affair with both results. I mean, to kind of empty your tank and hit homers tonight at this event is probably the best thing imaginable,” AL manager A.J. Hinch of the Astros said. “Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run, especially when the big boys hit it and especially when the Astros hit it.”9

Bregman and Springer homered off losing pitcher Ross Stripling of the Dodgers — that’s kind of how last season ended too, with Houston battering Los Angeles’ pitchers in the World Series.

“I took a cutter down the middle first pitch, then kind of went into battle mode and was just trying to put a line drive in play and it left the yard. It was crazy. A lot of fun,” Bregman said. “Normally when we go back-to-back, I have to hit it after Springer does because he leads off, so it was pretty cool to see them go back-to-back.”nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Bregman smiled all around the bases. He is familiar with this city, his grandfather having been the general counsel for the old Washington Senators.

“My dad grew up on Ted Williams’ lap. So to see Ted Williams Most Valuable Player on this trophy is pretty special,” Bregman said.

The 24-year-old Bregman is a first-time All-Star in his third major league season. He hit 19 homers last season, and he has 20 so far this year.

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane targets quick return to Premier League

England captain Harry Kane is confident he can recover from the fatigue of a taxing World Cup campaign as he aims to return to action in Tottenham Hotspur’s opening Premier League fixture against Newcastle United on Aug. 11.

After 48 appearances across all competitions for Tottenham last term, the 24-year-old forward continued his prolific form at the World Cup, scoring six goals in as many matches to lead England to the semifinals and win the Golden Boot award.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

Kane returned home with the rest of his England teammates on Sunday and has less than a month of downtime but is already focused on a return with Spurs.12

“I want to be playing in four weeks’ time,” Kane said. “We’ll have to talk to the gaffer [Mauricio Pochettino] at Spurs. It will be a couple of weeks [off].

“The most important thing is mentally [to be ready]. Physically, this has been our preseason. We tick over and are not going to just do nothing for two weeks. We will ease our way into it.

“Physically your body will take you where you never thought it would. It’s always mentally. We train all year round… With the season starting soon it will be hard, but that’s something we have to deal with.”

Kane, the Premier League’s top scorer in two of the last three seasons, has already set targets for a goal-scoring return to action.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“I will hopefully be back for the first game and hopefully try and score in August [for the first time in the Premier League] this year,” he added.

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Wilmar Barrios: Boca Juniors will only consider offers in January

Wilmar Barrios has suggested he would only leave Boca Juniors in January amid links to Tottenham and other Premier League clubs.nike cheap nfl jerseys

Barrios, 24, played for Colombia at the World Cup this summer but will now return to his Argentine club in time for the Copa Libertadores knockout stage.11

Boca Juniors open the round of 16 in August and the tournament runs through November, and it is only at that point which Barrios says the club would be willing to entertain offers for his services.

“It is possible that an offer will come in and our club president, Daniel Angelici, has been clear; if something comes in, he will study it with the idea that I would leave after Libertadores,” he told Clarin.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

“Right now I am focused on Boca, in working and helping the team for what is coming up. After that, we will see what happens. I will have to meet with my agent and with the president.”

Barrios has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham, but reports in recent days have also suggested interest from Everton as well as Chelsea.

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Orioles make progress in Manny Machado trade talks, sources say

The Baltimore Orioles, deep into trade talks regarding All-Star shortstop Manny Machado, have made progress in recent days and have narrowed their focus to a smaller group of teams, sources told ESPN.

The Orioles are said to be “definitely motivated” to get a deal done, according to one official familiar with the conversations.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

They have had extensive conversations with the Philadelphia Phillies, whose front office is loaded with former Orioles officials who were involved in the drafting and developing of Machado in 2010 for Baltimore — including president Andy MacPhail, general manager Matt Klentak and assistant GM Ned Rice.12

Among the Phillies prospects being evaluated by the Orioles are 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Franklyn Kilome, 19-year-old outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz, 20-year-old infielder Arquimedes Gamboa and 21-year-old right-hander Adonis Medina.

Even if the Phillies do not trade for Machado this summer, they would ardently pursue him after he reaches free agency in the fall.

The Orioles also have discussed possible trade combinations for Machado with the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians. He is regarded as the prize of this summer’s trade market, the player with the most potential impact.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Machado, 26, is off to the best start of his career offensively, tallying several career-high figures for the first half, including home runs (23), RBIs (64), OBP (.384) and OPS (.950).

“It crosses my mind, I’m not going to lie,” Machado said earlier this month of his uncertain future. “You just try to enjoy your moment, try to enjoy the season like I have since day one, since I stepped in here. You try to take it all in. Nobody ever wants to think about that day.”

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Pirates demote OF Austin Meadows to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates demoted outfielder Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday and recalled right-handed reliever Tanner Anderson.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

The 23-year-old Meadows was the team’s first-round pick in the 2013 draft. He hit .298 in 48 games with Pittsburgh, but he has lost playing time to Corey Dickerson and Gregory Polanco. In July, Meadows hit .233 as his playing opportunities declined.11

“I’m really excited about what he did, especially that first week,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “The last month hasn’t been as productive, and it’s tough to ask a young player to not play. It’s in his best interests and our best interests to let him grow and develop.”

Huntington rebuffed the suggestion that Meadows’ demotion was related to the possibility that he could qualify for salary arbitration early by gaining Super Two status. The general manager called such projetions “inexact.”nfl cheap nike jerseys

The 25-year-old Anderson had a 2.17 ERA in 27 games with Indianapolis and will provide bullpen depth after Saturday’s doubleheader against the Brewers.

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U.S.’s Bobby Wood looking forward to Hannover after ‘most difficult year’

United States striker Bobby Wood no longer wants to look back on “the most difficult year” in his career following his loan move from relegated Hamburg to Hannover.

Earlier this week, Wood, 25, joined Hannover on an initial one-year loan with a view to a permanent transfer, after only scoring three goals in 25 appearances for Hannover in all competitions last season.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“It was not a positive year,” Wood told reporters of his final year at Hamburg. “It was the most difficult year in my career. I was not able to perform the way I hoped for, and the same applies for many players.”12

After years of struggles in the top flight, Hamburg, the only team to have played in all Bundesliga seasons, suffered their first-ever relegation from the top flight.

“It happened, and I must look ahead now,” Wood said. “Naturally, that’s not that easy. But as an athlete you must write it off as soon as possible. If you allow this to drag you down, you can’t perform.”

At Hamburg, the club he joined from second-tier side Union Berlin in 2015, Wood scored just seven goals in 52 league games, but he hopes he can return to form at his new club and live up to his potential.nfl nike jerseys cheap

“I am aware it wasn’t a good performance last season. But I scored nine goals across all competitions in my first year at Hamburg,” he said. “I am a striker, and I just want to score as many goals as possible.”

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England didn’t match pregame hype vs. Croatia – Ivan Rakitic

Ivan Rakitic said England were wrong to believe they had the edge over Croatia in Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal and that Gareth Southgate’s side didn’t live up to fans’ expectations.

Emphasis was placed before the game on the fact Croatia had needed extra time to see off Denmark and Russia and that England, who beat Sweden 2-0 in the quarterfinal, were considered fresher — and were younger — going into the game.

However, that didn’t prove to be the case, with more-experienced Croatia getting stronger as the match progressed and coming from behind to win 2-1 after extra time.

“All I can say is that they asserted that they were going to be much better physically, that they were superior in that aspect,” Rakitic told Mundo Deportivo when asked if England talked too much before the game.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“But, in the end, it was the opposite. It was we who imposed ourselves and played better in the second half and in extra time. We deserved to win. We imposed ourselves because we were the better team.”

As well as playing 120 minutes twice in the week before the game, Rakitic had a fever on the eve of the England clash.11

The Barcelona midfielder, who has coeliac disease, managed to shake it off just in time to help his country reach their first World Cup final.

“The day before the game my temperature was 39 degrees,” he said. “I was in bed and I was thinking I wasn’t going to be able to take part in a game as important as a [World Cup] semifinal.

“I lost four kilograms during the game because of the effort I then put in. I ran 14 kilometres. I don’t know where the strength came from, but you do it. It comes from inside you.”
Rakitic’s partnership with Luka Modric has been key to Croatia’s progress in Russia, with the duo putting the Barca-Real Madrid rivalry to the side.

The two could have ended up as teammates at club level, too, if Modric, who Rakitic said was a Barca fan when he was younger, had joined the club when he had the chance.

“We all had our favourite team when we were kids and it’s no secret that Luka pulled for Barca,” Rakitic told MD. “But I can say now, the great professional that he is, that we have ‘lost’ him. He’s 100 percent Madrid. You just have to see how he plays in Clasicos. It’s difficult to find someone more Madrid than him.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“Sometimes, when we’re playing against each other, I joke when we change shirts at full-time: ‘Now you have the shirt you always wanted to take home.’ It’s a shame he never ended up at Camp Nou, but it’s also an honour to play against him in La Liga and the Champions League. It’s really special for Croatia to be able to enjoy a player of his level.”

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Arizona’s Zack Greinke to replace Cubs’ Jon Lester on All-Star roster

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke will replace left-hander Jon Lester on the National League All-Star roster.

Lester is due to start for the Chicago Cubs against new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap San Diego on Sunday and would be unavailable for Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington.

This is the fifth All-Star selection for Greinke, who has a 9-5 record with a 3.39 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 23 walks in 114 innings. Since May 9, he has gone 6-3 with a 2.88 ERA in 13 starts.

The 2009 Cy Young winner struggled in spring training, with a fastball that was only in the mid-80s, and at one point said he wondered if he still had what it took to pitch.

For that reason, Greinke, 34, said this All-Star nod is his most meaningful.9

“You guys that saw me pitch in spring training —nfl nike jerseys cheap china¬† I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get any outs this year,” he said Thursday. “To end up doing as good as it’s been so far, it’s pretty exciting.”