Press Association Jose Mourinho insisted he would never interfere in medical decisions after Thibaut Courtois suffered a head injury in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. “Doctor Biosca (Chelsea’s medical director Paco Biosca) says there’s nothing to be too much worried about,” said Mourinho, after confirming Courtois had gone for tests. “On the bench I don’t communicate with the doctors. I just get decisions. ‘Can he stay (on)?’ ‘Yes’; ‘He has to leave’. ‘Okay’. “I have no time and no medical qualities to discuss that. “I was just worried for the kid (Courtois), not worried about the game and the performance. “We have two of the best three goalkeepers in the world, so when one of them is injured and comes out and the other one comes in, no problem, no change in my heart beat. “(I was) so confident that Petr could do once more a fantastic job for us.” Cech began the season as second choice after a decade in the first XI and made his 480th appearance for Chelsea, just his second as a substitute. The 32-year-old plays wearing a rugby scrum cap after fracturing his skull against Reading in October 2006 in an incident which heightened medical procedures at football stadia. Mourinho, who was unhappy with Cech’s treatment eight years ago, believes Chelsea acted properly in relation to Courtois. “I always tell them (Chelsea’s medical team) when I’m on the bench I don’t want to communicate with them,” Mourinho said. “I just want them to give me a decision and they gave me a decision. For me that’s correct. “The club doctor, or the club medical department to take control and the responsibility.” The Belgium goalkeeper initially played on following his collision with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez before being replaced by Petr Cech and leaving the stadium for precautionary tests at a hospital. The decision left the Premier League regulations on head injuries facing further scrutiny amid concerns that clubs have too much say in whether a player can continue or not.
Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) BANGOR — The Ellsworth boys’ basketball team has grown to persevere in games like this.For 31 of 32 minutes Friday night, nothing Ellsworth did could seem to shake a pesky Winslow team hungry for a tournament upset. The Eagles made shots, played strong defense and forced turnovers, but every time they appeared on the verge of building a comfortable lead, the Black Raiders clawed their way back into the game.“They really fought us,” Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis said. “They really made us work for everything, and you have to give them credit because they’re a great team.”Fortunately for the Eagles, so are they — and when push came to shove in this hard-fought tournament showdown, Ellsworth’s poise and leadership in the clutch made all the difference.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth withstood a multitude of Winslow runs Friday to earn a 58-51 victory in the Class B North quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The win saw the Eagles outscore the Black Raiders 16-6 down the stretch to earn their second straight trip to the regional semifinals.“Over the past few years, especially with the turnaround last year, we’ve gotten some great experience that’s helped push us through to win these games,” senior Darby Barry said. “That experience really matters here, and tonight, it carried us to a big win.”Although Curtis scored the game’s first five points to put the No. 2 Eagles (16-3) up 5-0, Winslow responded with a layup and triple of its own to tie the game. Curtis then added five more points to put Ellsworth up 12-7, but the Black Raiders scored the final basket of the first period and the first three of the second to take a three-point lead.Yet Ellsworth regained the lead midway through the second quarter as Austin Harris sparked a 7-0 run to put the Eagles up two possessions. Seventh-ranked Winslow (12-8) scored the next four points to tie the game at 19, but Ellsworth answered with five of the next seven to take a three-point lead into the break.After Winslow scored the opening basket of the second half, Barry drained two 3-pointers to key an 8-1 Ellsworth run that put the Eagles up 32-24. The Black Raiders responded once again, though, this time with a 21-10 spurt that put them ahead 45-42 early in the fourth quarter.Ellsworth scored the next seven points to take a four-point lead before Winslow bookended a Hunter Curtis free throw with two quick baskets to pull back within one. Yet Jackson Curtis then converted a layup and went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line to ice the game and book the Eagles’ spot in the Class B North semifinals.“One of the things you train for is to be able to come through for your team in those big moments down the stretch,” Curtis said. “You want to be that guy that has the confidence to take the shots, and I’ve been in that situation before and know what it’s like.”Jackson Curtis had 26 points for Ellsworth, and Barry joined him in double figures with 12. The Eagles also got nine points from Hunter Curtis, seven from Harris and two apiece from Connor Crawford and Adam Inman. Colby Pomeroy had 17 points for Winslow.Ellsworth faced a tough challenge in containing the 6-foot-4 Pomeroy, who finished two points shy of 1,000 for his career, as well as the 6-3 Jason Reynolds, a top rebounder. The Eagles didn’t completely neutralize Winslow’s potent bigs, but Peter Austin’s team did prevent them from combining for the type of effort they put forth three days earlier against Orono (36 combined points).“We didn’t play quite as well as I would have liked on the offensive side, but defensive-wise, we did a good job of challenging their shots,” Austin said. “We knew that Pomeroy was a good player coming in, and we did what we could to stop him.”Ellsworth will be back at the Cross Insurance Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, when it takes on No. 3 Washington Academy (14-5) at 7 p.m. Washington Academy, which defeated sixth-ranked Maine Central Institute (13-7) 56-45 earlier Friday night, earned a 45-43 road win over the Eagles to open the season before Ellsworth got revenge Jan. 8 with a 62-42 victory in East Machias.If Ellsworth can topple Washington Academy in the rubber match Wednesday, it would advance to the Northern Maine title game for the second time in the past five years. Doing so will require the Eagles to contain the Raiders’ 6-5 big man, Cecil Gray, and overcome possible double- and triple-teams against Jackson Curtis.“If that’s what happens, our kids are going to have to hit shots for us to win,” Austin said. “That’s what it’s about this time of year, and I think we’ll be a little bit looser next time.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at email@example.com. Bio Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
By Mark BendeichMONZA, Italy,(Reuters)-Eliud Kipchoge ran the quickest recorded marathon on Saturday, crossing the line at the Monza Formula One track in two hours and 25 seconds but missing out on an ambitious attempt to break the two-hour barrier.The 32-year-old’s time smashed the official mark of 2:02:57 set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014 but will not enter the record books largely due to a non-compliant system of pacemaking.“The is not the end of the attempt of runners on two hours,” the Olympic champion said after the race, likening the challenge to climbing a tree. “When you step on the branches… immediately you go to the next one.”Kipchoge rated it as the finest performance in a career that includes a gold medal at the Rio Games last year and a personal best official time of 2:03:05, the third-fastest in history.“This journey has been good, it has been hard, it has been seven months hard preparation. It has been history in the world of sport,” he added.Kipchoge and the only other competitors, Eritrean Zersenay Tadese and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, ran behind an arrow-head formation of pacemakers, to reduce drag, and a car beaming a green line on the road behind it to show the required speed for the sub-two hour target.Amid deep scepticism, Nike (NKE.N) pitched the attempt as sport’s “moon shot”, with a keen eye on sales of its running shoes. It designed a lightweight shoe, Zoom Vaporfly Elite, with a carbon-fibre insole as part of the meticulous preparations.Nike’s arch rival, German firm Adidas (ADSGn.DE), also has its own ‘Sub2’ project, also with a new shoe.30 PACEMAKERSIn 2014, “Runners World” magazine predicted a sub-two under normal race conditions would not happen until 2075, based on analysis of more than 10,000 top marathon performances.The race began in pre-dawn gloom at a brutal speed behind pacemakers, who were world class runners in their own right, including former world champion middle distance runner Bernard Lagat of the United States.A total of 30 pacemakers split into groups of six, taking turns to set a tempo in a race run 63 years to the day after Briton Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes.The Monza track was chosen for its wide, sweeping curves, lack of undulation and cool, low-wind environment. The runners were also delivered essential fluids on the move by moped in order to prevent them slowing down at feeding stations.The sub-two hour mark required a pace below four minutes and 35 seconds per mile, which the determined Kipchoge managed to match until falling behind the pace car in the last two laps of the 2.4 km circuit.Kipchoge completed the first half of the race in 59:57, just one and a half minutes off the official half-marathon world record set by Saturday’s second-place finisher, Tadese.The 35-year-old Eritrean, the oldest competitor on Saturday, finished in 2:06:51, followed by the youngest, 26-year-old Desisa, in 2:14:10.
(BBC) – The Washington Redskins American football team will review its name after demands from major sponsors.Its headline sponsor, Fedex, joined a fresh wave of calls to scrap a team moniker long-criticised as racist.The Washington DC-based team has faced years of pressure over a name seen as offensive to Native Americans. The latest calls come amid a fresh focus on racism sparked by worldwide protests.FedEx made the request at the behest of its own investors.Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, said: “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organisation, sponsors, the National Football League (NFL) and the local community.”At the turn of the millennium, FedEx paid $205M (£165M) for the naming rights to the Redskins’ 82 000-seat stadium in Maryland. The deal expires in 2025.But that is not the delivery giant’s only tie to the team. The boss and founder of FedEx, Frederick Smith also owns a minority stake in the Redskins.The team has been under pressure to change its name for decades.Six years ago, FedEx shareholders voted to allow the Redskins to keep its name after the shipping giant received a complaint from the Wisconsin-based Oneida Indian tribe.But as firms assess their stance on issues around race, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests, FedEx has now called for the team to rebrand.Last week, 87 investment firms and shareholders wrote to FedEx, along with fellow Redskins’ sponsors Nike and PepsiCo, calling on the firms to sever ties with the Redskins, according to trade publication AdWeek.“‘Redskins’ remains a dehumanising word, characterising people by skin colour and a racial slur with hateful connotations,” the letter written to PepsiCo said.“We have been in conversations with the NFL and Washington management for a few weeks about this issue,” a PepsiCo spokesperson said.“We believe it is time for a change. We are pleased to see the steps the team announced today, and we look forward to continued partnership.”As of Thursday, Nike’s website did not display any Redskins merchandise. The Washington-based team was the only one of the 32 NFL teams no longer listed in the site’s index.Nike did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.In the past, the team’s owner Mr Snyder has remained steadfast on keeping the name, calling it a “badge of honour”.
Nigeria’s Assistant Coach Nduka Ugbade said: “We were beaten by Niger two years ago but we will not allow that to happen again. We are going to do battle against them again no matter the situation.”Today’s match is one between the solid defence of Niger, who have yet to concede a goal thus far, and the rampant Eaglets attack, who have netted seven goals.The first semi-final will be between Group A winners Ghana against Cote d’Ivoire, who fought back from a 5-1 loss to Nigeria to beat Burkina Faso 3-0. The game will kick off 4.30pm at the same venue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Golden Eaglets will hope to avenge their elimination from the 2017 Under-17 AFCON when they face hosts Niger in the semi-final of the zonal 2019 Under-17 AFCON qualifier tonight.The grudge match will kick off by 7.30 pm this evening at the Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey.Niger shocked the more illustrious Eaglets to qualify for the 2017 Under-17 AFCON in Rwanda.
Lexi Thompson LPGA pro Lexi Thompson spent part of Easter weekend golfing with President Donald Trump and right-wing pundit Rush Limbaugh.The White House released photos of the threesome from the golf course at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.On Sunday, Thompson announced on Instagram that she would be taking a break from social media because of “hurtful things being said to me” and that any subsequent posts would be from her management team. As of Tuesday afternoon, Thompson had not posted on Twitter or Instagram since announcing her hiatus. With her Twitter feed filled with posts promoting products and services, it seems likely she’ll have sponsor obligations to manage during her hiatus.This month was not the first time Thompson has golfed with Trump.The White House announced in March that Trump and Thompson played a round together.In 2016 — before Trump was president — Thompson told the Arizona Daily Star that she had a relationship with Trump through her family and had played with him on multiple occasions. She said then that Trump had offered her a membership to one of his courses as a place to practice.“He knows our family very well,” Thompson told the Daily Star, per Golf.com. “He treats us amazing. He goes out there every weekend when he is home.”She told Golf Digest in 2017 that golfing with Trump had changed since he became president because of the added attention, but that she did not discuss politics with him.“I’m not into politics, so honestly I can’t even ask him anything,” Thompson said.Thompson is a 10-time winner on the LPGA tour with one major win at the 2014 ANA Inspiration.Trump has played with other prominent golfers including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Dustin Johnson.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ryan W. Knickmeyer1978-2005Ryan Knickmeyer came to The Badger Herald in the fall of 2003 as a sports writer, and became associate sports editor the next year. Ryan was slated to take over as sports editor last semester before learning that he had cancer. Despite the diagnosis, Ryan always remained upbeat and continued to serve as men’s hockey beat writer for the remainder of last season. Those who had the honor to work with Ryan will always remember his contagious smile and his undying spirit. Ryan W. Knickmeyer, 27, taken from us far too soon …MemoriesThe smile, so easy it seemed one of life’s constants. The cackle, so evil and good-spirited it could make you crazy.Ryan was bold and happy and so brave in his battle — never tragic. He was a friend, and a good one.He was obsessed with HDTV and had an odd habit of bringing up random Xbox games at random moments. And he knew a bit more about the Badgers than he should have.He paid attention out of the side of his mouth and he made you feel stupid when you needed to feel stupid. Undemanding and unrelenting, he made life easier for everyone around him.But, mainly — to me — he was that comfortable smile and that brilliant cackle. Those are the things I will remember. — Jake LeonardRyan was a hard worker, excellent conversationalist and Chicago Cubs enthusiast. I loved our rants about the Cubs’ failures and once-in-a-blue-moon successes. I also loved teasing him about how he could never be a true Cubs fan in that he wasn’t a born-and-bred Chicagoan.Throughout his nearly yearlong struggle with cancer he kept a level of optimism I to this day cannot even imagine bearing. I will always admire him for his courage and attitude throughout his struggle. Ryan’s presence was missed the day he left the Herald office but his occasional visits brought an instant burst of excitement among staffers.My thoughts and prayers remain with his family and friends through this incredibly difficult time. Rest in peace, Ry. We all miss you already. — Cristina DaglasHow could I ever forget your comments from your secret sports corner? Even when I was a timid little associate editor you always had the compassion and humor to joke with me. It made this intimidating job all the more easier! Even when I was completely stressed out and overworked you always had a ‘calm down, it’ll be okay’ attitude — I can’t thank you enough for it. I really believe your humor saved me from a complete breakdown on more than one occasion. And if you didn’t have some jest to throw my way, you always told me what English classes to take and definitely the ones to steer clear of. I don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t told me which professors were worth never having! You were an incredible asset to this paper and a great person to joke with when deadlines kept creeping closer and midterms always seemed to be around the corner. You’ve been missed greatly here and we will always think of you. Thank you for your support — I’m taking English 482 next semester and hoping it’s a good one. — Meg CostelloYou can’t find a better person than Ryan. He never had a harsh word for anyone and would always listen to anything. He was a great man and my deepest sympathy goes out to his family and wife.When someone passes on, you remember general things about a person — what’s he like, his friends, hangouts, things he likes, how he acted toward you, general things. But you also remember specific things. And I remember this specific time when we were debating the merits of a headline I wrote for an ASM meeting (“SSFC plans to rule universe” I believe — it didn’t get published as such), and we got to talking about driving around our respective towns in high school. And, now, in college, no one does — it’s a thing young people do to feel older, and older people don’t like spending money on gas. And we talked about the nice police officers who were those kids in high school that just rode around. That’s just the thing that I remember about him today. — Matt DolbeyIt is perhaps too easy to conflate hyperbole and reality in describing Ryan Knickmeyer. He was, genuinely, one of the kindest, warmest and most remarkable people I have ever been privileged enough to know. He was also — even through the last time I saw him, long after his illness had been diagnosed — one of the most spirited individuals one might ever encounter. There was nothing phony about his laugh, often as it may have been heard, or anything insincere about the ear he would lend anyone in need of a friend — no matter how petty their problems may be by comparison.I don’t know what I will miss the most about Ryan — nor am I sure when I will be able to fully grasp that such a tremendous soul has passed. But I do know that there is one less vacancy in heaven today and, with it, an eternal void left behind on earth. — Mac VerStandigI can’t count how many nights I’ve spent in the last year wondering how he could do it. Ryan dealt with more than most of us will ever be able to imagine, but never let his pain show. Instead, he used his time to tell all of us story after story — most of which related to Badger athletics. I’ll never forget seeing him flash his trademark grin as he told me about Wisconsin hockey players that I had never previously heard of, or the sound of his voice, giving me heck about something on the page during one of his visits to the office last semester. Ryan just had a way of energizing those around him with his presence. I feel honored to have gotten to know him and to work alongside him.So, to Ryan — I hope we’ll be able to make you proud on the sports page. Save a spot for me up there. Oh, and I’m making the trip across the pond for a Newcastle match sometime — I’ll give the lads some heck for you. — Tom ZiemerRyan,Working with you was an experience I will never forget. What can be a wearing, stressful job just wasn’t when you were around. It didn’t feel like work most of the time, just talking sports with a friend.There was never a negative moment. Whether taking part in endless debates with the opinion corner, tearing it up on the softball field, or foolishly trying to talk to Jake and me about soccer, you were always upbeat. When the conversations became more serious, you were still the same guy. Handshakes grew firmer, greetings lasted a few seconds more, but we were still just friends talking sports.There are more memories than this page will hold, but the most enduring may be the simplest. Cheap burgers at Brats on Monday nights, talking about old music at the end-of-the-semester party, laughing at Bo’s latest press conference gems … It won’t be the same without you. — Michael RobinsonWhen I think back about Ryan, the thing that sticks out more than anything else in my mind was the unending strength and compassion he possessed. There was never any quit in the man that I knew. Not once through the whole ordeal did I hear a complaint, a want for pity or sense of foreboding. No, what I remember was the man, who though weak from the rigors of chemotherapy, would trek out of his way up the three flights of stairs to the office just to sit in a chair next to the sports desk and check up on how the staff and the paper was doing. At a time when nothing should have been more important than his health and well being, Ryan always seemed more concerned with everybody else. And that’s the type of man he was.I know it’s cliché to say words could never describe what he meant to us all, but as I struggle to do his memory justice in the short space I’ve been given, I can’t help but feel as if words cannot truly express the aura he possessed. Though he’s been taken from us well before his time, his memory forever remains in our hearts, and the effect he’s had on myself, as well as anyone who has known him, will never diminish. Rest in peace Ryan. — Adam ParksRyan,I don’t even know what to say, I’m gonna miss you at the hockey games, hanging out with you and talking about anything under the sun. You are such a genuine, good person who instantly makes people feel better when they’re around you. I’m going to miss you. — AJ MacleanI’ve spent the better part of an hour sitting here at my computer, trying to decide just what to write about Ryan. The truth is, there is nothing I can say that can do his memory justice or express what he meant to those who knew him.Ryan left me with many memories: our traditional Monday bacon cheeseburger dinner at State Street Brats, his game-winning single in a Herald-Cardinal softball game and our late-night chats at the Herald office. He could spend hours talking about Badger sports, especially when it pertained to UW hockey. However, the lasting memory I have of Ryan is and always will be simply the good-natured guy with the ear-to-ear grin who put everyone around him in a good mood, no matter how bad things got for him. — Joe ZiemerMy fondest memory of Ryan was the first time he expressed interest in joining The Badger Herald sports staff. Way back in 2003, I was sitting at my desk during my first registration issue as sports editor. I get this rambling voicemail from some guy contemplating dental school who wanted to take a stab at sports writing. I returned his call, told him to come to our next meeting and sign up for stories. Ryan quickly became a fixture at our meetings, gabbing it up with the rest of the staff about anything and everything. No one liked to shoot the breeze more than Ryan. Even toward the end, the guy would fight through the pain to smile and chuckle his way through conversation. I like to think he’s somewhere right now sipping a brew and spinning another epic yarn. — Drew Hansen
In what will undoubtedly be an emotional night for players, coaches and fans alike, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (20-9, 12-6 Big Ten) will play one last home game Thursday night against the Iowa Hawkeyes (21-8, 10-8). It will also be the last time Badger fans will get to see Ethan Happ, Khalil Iverson and Charlie Thomas share the floor at the Kohl Center. Together, these three have been through just about everything a college basketball player could expect to go through. Each played their first year at Wisconsin during a time of change, but were still able to reach the Sweet Sixteen in both 2016 and 2017. Happ has been around even longer. As a redshirt freshman under Bo Ryan during his first season, Happ faced the likes of Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker day-in and day-out in practice and was there for the monumental Final Four win over Kentucky.But, despite all their wins, the group experienced struggles under a host of young players last season, finishing just 15-18 on the year. Throughout last year, the team was brought together under a collective goal to bounce back better than ever in 2019 — thereby making Happ, Iverson and Thomas’ last season a special one.Men’s basketball: Brevin Pritzl may be Wisconsin’s secret weapon this postseasonBrevin Pritzl was born and raised here in Wisconsin. Playing basketball at De Pere High School — just outside of Read…When asked about his biggest takeaway from his legendary UW career, Happ was quick to answer that was the relationships he built with his teammates. “I’ve been lucky to have spent five years with really good people. And because of my experience with guys like Nigel Hayes, Vitto Brown and Frank, I know the relationships will go way beyond Badger basketball,” Happ said.Those friendships have obviously been paying dividends this season, as Wisconsin has made a 180 flip since last year and seems primed to make a deep postseason run. Before they can do that, however, they’ll have to go through an Iowa team who will be a change of pace from what Wisconsin has seen lately. Between the matchups with Northwestern, Indiana and Penn State, Happ and Nate Reuvers didn’t have too many big bodies to battle with down low. But Iowa is very different from those small ball clubs. Boasting both Tyler Cook — 6-foot-9, 253 pounds — and Luka Garza—6-foot-11, 245 pounds — as their best players, Iowa has some size. Cook, a 2018 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention nominee, is coming into Thursday night’s matchup averaging 15.8 points and 8.1 rebounds a game and very well could cause problems for Reuvers down low. Meanwhile, Garza — a sophomore averaging 12.8 points and 4.6 rebounds — could throw a wrench in what Wisconsin has been able to do against other smaller teams.Basketball: UW students share stories of pick-up culture at The Shell“Slide Shell” has become common among campus vernacular at the University of Wisconsin, especially for those who share a love Read…Because of his height, Garza should be able to hold his own down low against Happ, which will likely allow the Hawkeyes to bring fewer double teams and stay tight on Wisconsin shooters.This could take away some open looks for Badger guards such as Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice, but neither of the two appear worried about any changes in the game plan. “We try not to change too much, and want to keep playing inside-out, Wisconsin basketball,” Davison said. “We’re always working on getting it to Ethan and letting him get his man in foul trouble to help open up more opportunities for everyone.”Happ has been one of the focal points of the Wisconsin basketball program ever since he started getting consistent minutes, so look for Gard to feed his big man on Senior Night. Also, watch out for Iverson and Thomas to get big-time minutes over their younger counterparts, as they have been just as important to this program as anyone else.You can catch the game live Thursday night at 6 p.m. on ESPN, or listen to it on 100.9, Badger Sports Network.
Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 15:03 IST Rob Gronkowski Hilariously Demolishes Lego Bust Of Steve Harvey On New Year’s Eve: WATCH Rob Gronkowski and a number of celebrities starred in Fox’s New Year’s Eve special with Steve Harvey. The Patriots tight end went overboard on the night. Steve Harvey to Gronk: “Why is he here? Why are you here? What is wrong with you?” pic.twitter.com/tOM4ubKgV3— Mark (@tole_cover) January 1, 2020 Colin DCunha COMMENT Rob Gronkowski, however, took to repeating his NFL histrionics on the New Year’s Eve special. Clearly on board with the festivities, the three-time Super Bowl champion took matters and Steve Harvey’s Lego bust into his own hands and spiked it into the ground – a throwback to the numerous times he did this with footballs during his time in the NFL. That wasn’t all. Gronkowski then danced in the wreckage of the Lego bust as Steve Harvey wore an expression of absolute amazement on his face.Also Read | Bill Belichick Reveals An Interesting Anecdote About Rob Gronkowski’s Pre-draft Visit“Are you serious?” Steve Harvey was heard saying after Gronkowski’s demolition mission. “I don’t want to work with him no more. Why is he here? Why are you here? What is wrong with you? You’re mentally imbalanced. This nut right here.”. Whether the ‘Gronk’s’ wrecking-ball effort was scripted is not known. However, the two quickly made up as Fox’s New Year’s Eve special continued later on.Also Read | Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Ambiguous Over Coach Jason Garrett’s Future In Dallas FOLLOW US LIVE TV First Published: 2nd January, 2020 15:03 IST Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Rob Gronkowski is a three-time Super Bowl champion, four-time First-team All-Pro and has made five Pro Bowl appearances. His exploits in the NFL have amazed a number of Patriots fans over the years. However, on New Year’s Eve, American comedian and host of Fox’s ‘New Year Eve with Steve Harvey’ was left amazed by Rob Gronkowski for all the wrong reasons.Also Read | Rob Gronkowski Slams Tom Brady And Patriots For ‘negative Mood’ Ahead Of Cowboys WinRob Gronkowski destroys Lego likeness of Steve Harvey on New Year’s EveRob Gronkowski, sporting a navy shirt with a yellow No. 87 on the front and an old school leather helmet, was in presence with Steve Harvey at Time’s Square for Fox’s annual coverage of the New Year’s Eve festivities. While there were a number of celebrity appearances on the New Year’s Eve special, former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s antics were the one that grabbed the most attention. A Lego bust of Steve Harvey was on the mantle as the Family Feud host took charge of Fox’s ‘New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey’.Also Read | Antonio Brown Rips Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster In Twitter Tirade WATCH US LIVE
Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros In Richards’ previous start, he gave up a two-run homer after a two-out error by Zack Cozart, and those were the only runs in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros. On Saturday, Andrew Heaney gave up a grand slam after a two-out error, and that again was enough to beat the Angels.This time, Richards managed to hold the Blue Jays for the next four innings, but the Angels hitters couldn’t do enough to erase the deficit.They managed two runs in the fourth, but they could have had more after the first three hitters of the inning reached. They wasted runners by hitting into double plays in the second and seventh. In the eighth, Martín Maldonado led off with a double and scored on a groundout and a flyout.“We still tried to battle,” Young said. “Still tried to put some runs on the board. Garrett did a great job after that inning, recovering and putting up zeroes on the board for us. I don’t think the guys were deflated. It definitely (stinks) to make a mistake like that in the first inning to start the game, and that kind of set the tempo of the game. But the guys did a good job turning the page and trying to battle back. We just couldn’t get enough.” Richards then threw a slider that Morales pounded into the right-field seats, making it 5-0.The Angels have, statistically, been one of the best defensive teams in the majors this season, but they’ve sprinkled in a few more errors lately, and they have been costly.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak “We were a little flat tonight as a group,” Richards said. “But we’ll be able to come back and get them tomorrow.”Richards suggested a late arrival in Toronto on Sunday night, followed by an off day on Monday, was responsible for the team being “flat.”Certainly, an ugly first inning can make any team look that way.Richards had allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the first, but he appeared to be out of the inning with no more damage when Martin hit a fly ball to right.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“With two strikes I was pretty far over, close to the line and playing a little shallow,” Young said. “Running back on the ball, I tried my best and looked back and it came across the lights just enough to where it changed my depth perception of the ball, and I missed it. It was unfortunate.” PreviousAngels outfielder Chris Young makes an error when a ball hit by the Blue Jays’ Russell Martin goes off his glove, allowing two runners to score on the play during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in Toronto. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the third inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsToronto Blue Jays’ Russell Martin hits a ball to right field, and reaches on an error by Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Toronto. Two runs scored on the play. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays’ Justin Smoak (14) and Teoscar Hernandez (37) celebrate after scoring against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Kendrys Morales #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays slides back safely to second base on a pick-off attempt in the fourth inning during MLB game action as Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim waits for the throw at Rogers Centre on May 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak (14) makes it back to second as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) misses the tag after Kevin Pillar lined out to third during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a double in the first inning during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Rogers Centre on May 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)The Blue Jays’ Kendrys Morales, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards, center, during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Kendrys Morales #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Rogers Centre on May 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)Toronto Blue Jays’ Kendrys Morales celebrates after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim grounds out in the fourth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani heads to first base as he grounds into a fielder’s choice during the fourth inning against Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays’ Russell Martin (55) is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) as he is caught in a rundown during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Russell Martin #55 of the Toronto Blue Jays is caught in a run-down before being tagged out in the fourth inning during MLB game action as Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws the ball at Rogers Centre on May 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)The Angels’ Mike Trout reacts after he struck out in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game in Toronto. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays turns a double play in the seventh inning during MLB game action as Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slides into second base at Rogers Centre on May 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)TORONTO, ON – MAY 22: Noe Ramirez #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 22, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani reacts as he pops out to end the game on Tuesday in Toronto. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)Angels outfielder Chris Young makes an error when a ball hit by the Blue Jays’ Russell Martin goes off his glove, allowing two runners to score on the play during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in Toronto. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 20Angels outfielder Chris Young makes an error when a ball hit by the Blue Jays’ Russell Martin goes off his glove, allowing two runners to score on the play during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in Toronto. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)ExpandTORONTO — With the Angels’ hitters giving the pitchers little margin for error, they also couldn’t withstand … an error.Chris Young had trouble with the lights on a catchable fly ball in the first inning, and it led to four unearned runs in the Angels’ 5-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.Young ran into right center and reached out for a line drive off the bat of Russell Martin. The ball nicked off Young’s glove, and two runs scored. Garrett Richards then compounded the error by giving up a two-run homer to Kendrys Morales.At that point, the Blue Jays had a 5-0 lead, which was too much to overcome for a team that has now hit .176 and scored 25 runs in its last 10 games.