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September 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgMore players test positive, others returnCINCINNATI (AP) — As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the weekend. Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers worked out at Fenway Park for the first time since Boston opened its summer camp. Also, Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman was on the field after missing the first five days of workouts. In Cleveland, outfielder Franmil Reyes was cleared to return after being isolated for attending a party over the July 4 weekend.Elsewhere in the majors: Update on the latest sports — An array of injuries was largely responsible for the blight on the first five years of Byron Buxton’s major league career. The latest setback for Minnesota’s speedy center fielder was surgery last fall to repair labrum damage in his left shoulder. Buxton worked his way onto a rehabilitation track that would have had him ready for the original season opener on March 26. Having four extra months to heal and train due to the virus outbreak sure didn’t hurt. The Twins play the Chicago White Sox on July 24 to start the 60-game season.— The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand. The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm. The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.— The Seattle Mariners say they had three positive tests for the new coronavirus among 122 individuals that received initial intake tests before the start of summer camp workouts last week. The team has not specified whether the three that tested positive were players, coaches or staff. The Mariners say all three are asymptomatic and are currently quarantined.PGA-WORKDAY OPENHow to make 1 golf course look like 2 different tournaments Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLS-SOCCER RETURNSMoment of silence before MLS kicks offs offKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer’s return to action Wednesday night. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black facemasks emblazoned with Black Lives Matter. — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is in a walking boot as he nurses a sore right heel that will keep him out at least a week. Manager Gabe Kapler says it’s too soon to guess whether the injury could affect Belt’s status to play the season opener July 23 at Dodger Stadium. Belt has dealt with heel pain previously and aggravated it doing agility work. Hunter Pence took batting practice but was unable to run the bases or play the outfield because of minor pain in his foot. Catcher Buster Posey missed another practice because of a personal issue.— The offseason renovations at Dodger Stadium have hitters adjusting to a new backdrop in center field. First baseman Max Muncy was hit by a pitch on his left ring finger during an intrasquad game and says he couldn’t see the ball coming. The black tarp that served as the backdrop in center is gone, replaced by a new center field plaza. Muncy is expected to be ready by opening day on July 23. But manager Dave Roberts says it’s unsettling that a hitter couldn’t see the ball because of the background.— Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Junior Guerra has returned to the team after missing the start of summer camp because of a positive coronavirus test. Guerra is one of four Arizona players to test positive and had not participated in summer camp since its start last week. Guerra said his first test for the virus was negative, but his second about 10 days ago was positive. He returned after testing negative twice in 24 hours. Guerra signed with the Diamondbacks last offseason after spending the previous four seasons in Milwaukee. — Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes (FRAHN’-meel RAY’-uhs) has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend. The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media. Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields (deh-LY’-noh deh-SHEELDZ’) Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. — Sonny Gray has been chosen to start the Cincinnati Reds’ first game back from Major League Baseball’s shutdown due to the pandemic. Gray started openers for the Athletics in 2014 and 2015, throwing a combined 14 shutout innings while getting a win and a no-decision. He’s in line to face the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park on July 24 as Major League Baseball starts a season shortened because of the pandemic. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: — NASCAR cannot meet the quarantine rules in New York and must move its August race from Watkins Glen. The event will instead be held on the road course at Daytona. It will be NASCAR’s debut on the course used by the IMSA sports car series. The Cup schedule released today covers all of August through the regularly scheduled season finale on the oval at Daytona. The Cup Series will also race doubleheaders at Michigan and Dover.— Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and will race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. NASCAR confirmed Wednesday that Johnson has been cleared to return. Johnson’s streak of 663 consecutive starts — most among active drivers — was snapped when he didn’t race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson is the only NASCAR driver to test positive for the coronavirus since the series resumed racing on May 17.— The Ivy League says will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league left open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if outbreak is better controlled by then. The move could have ripple effects throughout the big business of college sports. Football players in the Power Five conferences have already begun workouts for a season that starts on Aug. 29. The Ivy League decision affects not just football but soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country, as well as the fall portion of winter sports like basketball. The league said it has not yet determined whether fall sports can be moved to the spring.— North Carolina says it has paused voluntary football workouts for at least a week after reporting 37 positive test results for the new coronavirus among school athletes, coaches and staff. The school announced results following 429 tests administered as they began returning to campus last month. The school didn’t specify which programs were impacted beyond announcing the pause to football workouts. Officials did say the Orange County Health Department had identified a cluster of five or more related cases. It’s unclear exactly when football workouts will resume. — Stanford is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic for the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions. Stanford projected a deficit of more than $25 million in the 2021 fiscal year and a shortfall of nearly $70 million over the next three years due to the pandemic. The school estimated the cost of sustaining the 11 sports permanently would exceed $200 million. — Wisconsin says seven athletes have tested positive for the new coronavirus since the school started testing them a month ago. School officials previously had said two tested positive out of the 117 athletes who were part of the initial group of tests. The school now has conducted 428 total tests. Wisconsin isolates those who test positive, and the athletic department’s infection response team monitors their recoveries. School officials aren’t specifying which sports are affected by the positive tests.— Ohio State has paused voluntary workouts by athletes of seven sports on campus after getting the results of its most recent coronavirus testing. The school said in a statement Wednesday night that workouts have been paused for football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The university said it isn’t sharing cumulative COVID-19 information publicly to avoid identifying specific individuals and compromise medical privacy.— Associated Press research finds that four-year U.S. colleges have eliminated 171 sports programs because of budget problems blamed on the coronavirus outbreak. About 30 percent of those are in Division I, with Stanford being the only one from a Power Five conference.MLB-NEWS — Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the group that travels to Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the NBA season at Walt Disney World likely won’t include the team’s entire 35-person traveling party. The Bucks closed their practice facility in Milwaukee after receiving results of their Friday coronavirus testing. Horst won’t say whether a positive test came from a Bucks player or another member of the traveling party. The Bucks owned a league-leading 53-12 record when play was halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. They return to action July 31 against the Celtics.— A person with knowledge of the situation says that Kawhi Leonard did not accompany the Los Angeles Clippers on their flight to Central Florida on Wednesday night for the restart of the NBA season. Leonard’s absence was excused and he is expected to join the team at the Disney complex near Orlando sometime in the next few days, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not publicly disclose the matter.— As U.S. team sports prepare to resume, journalists are facing the same issues that their colleagues who cover politics and entertainment have encountered: coming up with new approaches to coverage with reduced access. Professional leagues closed media access to locker rooms and clubhouses in early March. When the games restart, that access is not going to return. Major League Baseball and the NBA will make managers and players available only via telephone or Zoom.— The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not be available this year. The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience. If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders getting the first chance to buy in advance of any public sale.— Northwestern’s football game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field in Chicago is being moved to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. Associated Press July 9, 2020 Ryder Cup postponed until next year at Whistling StraitsUNDATED (AP) — With no guarantee of fans, there won’t be a Ryder Cup this year. The PGA of America says the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin has been pushed back to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PGA Tour still hasn’t allowed spectators at its events, and no other golf tournament is dependent on partisan cheering like the Ryder Cup. After working with the PGA Tour and its Presidents Cup, the decision was reached to move the Ryder Cup to Sept. 24-26 in 2021. That means the Presidents Cup will return to even-numbered years starting in 2022 at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.The Ryder Cup had been scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits, one week after the U.S. Open.It’s the second time in the last two decades the Ryder Cup was postponed. It was moved off the odd-numbered years in 2001 because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mostert has a base salary of $2,575,000 this season and $2,875,000 next season as part of the deal he signed with San Francisco last year.RACING-KEENELAND BREEDER BANNEDVanMeter banned after racist Facebook postLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky horse owner and breeder has been banned from racing and sales at Keeneland Race Course after his racist post on social media. Keeneland says it is banning Tom VanMeter from the premises, including participation by his sales company, while the Lexington track further reviews circumstances related to the recent “reprehensible comments” he made online. The posting drew condemnation across the racing industry. VanMeter later said he was wrong and was disgusted by his actions. In Facebook post last weekend on Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club president Donnie Snellings’ page that called on followers to “Re-post if you are still boycotting the NFL.” VanMeter, who is white, responded with a post that used an abbreviation of the N-word. He later posted, “Put em back in their cage!!!” DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Muirfield Village is gearing up for the first doubleheader on the PGA Tour in 63 years. A new tournament called the Workday Charity Open starts Thursday on the course Jack Nicklaus built. And then it’s onto the Memorial, the tournament Nicklaus created. The goal for tour officials is to protect the condition of the course from 157 players this week and 120 players next week. They also want to try to present a different test. That means slower greens, different tees and rough that isn’t quite as high this week. The last time the PGA Tour had back-to-back tournaments on the same golf course was in 1957, five years before Nicklaus turned pro. The All American Open and the World Championship of Golf were played at Tam O’Shanter in Illinois. Workday is a one-time event replacing the canceled John Deere Classic. The players walked toward midfield, raised their right arms one at a time and held the pose so long that some could be seen stretching fatigued muscles afterward. It was a poignant moment that put two of the nation’s most prominent changes over the last four months — masks and movements — at the forefront of the sport’s return.The league’s teams are sequestered in resorts for the duration of the World Cup-style tournament, which began with a Group A match that was the first meeting between two Sunshine State teams.FC Dallas withdrew Monday after 10 players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19. A day later, Nashville SC’s status was thrust into doubt with five confirmed positive tests.Nashville was supposed to play Chicago in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday but it was postponed.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS In other Workday news:— Three PGA Tour players who have tested positive for the coronavirus but are no longer symptomatic will play together at the Workday Charity Open. The tour announced the change Wednesday in the latest revision of its COVID-19 policies. Nick Watney will play alongside Dylan Frittelli and Denny McCarthy during the first two rounds at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Watney was the first tour player to test positive and reported mild symptoms. The tour said all three players continue to test positive for the virus but have met the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for return to work. Players in those circumstances will either be grouped together or play as singles.NFL-49ers-MOSTERTMostert requests tradeUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers postseason breakout star Raheem Mostert has requested a trade from the team after being unable to renegotiate his contract. Agent Brett Tessler made the request public after talks with the 49ers failed to lead to a new deal to replace the three-year contract Mostert signed in 2019 when he was still mostly a special teams standout. last_img read more

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Nedd wants son to focus on batting ahead of 2020 U-19 World Cup-Proud of Junior Cricketer-of-the-Year Award

September 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgFORMER Guyana off-spinner Garvin Nedd said he’s pleased with his son Ashmead’s achievements this year, following his team’s maiden Regional Super50 title win and being named the 2019 Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) junior cricketer of the year.Need, who will return home for the holidays after being on Windies U-19 duties in the Tri-Series versus England and Sri Lanka, has endured a whirlwind past few weeks. His West Indies Emerging Players (WIEP) upset the entire Regional Super50 roster to win their first ever major title a few weekends back.Nedd then ended with 7 wickets, including a 5-Fer from five games played in the Tri-Series despite the Windies missing out on the final spot. At last Wednesday’s GCB Awards ceremony, Nedd bagged the highest Junior award: Cricketer-of-the-Year and, due to his absence, his father received the award on his behalf.Nedd Snr told Chronicle Sport on Saturday that he was overly impressed with the strides Ashmead has made in recent times, adding that he was privileged to accept the award on behalf of his son.Garvin and Ashmead Nedd“As a parent and coach, it’s good to see the improvements that he has been making to his cricket. We did some remodeling on his bowling action from the last World Cup, so I think its showing now because he’s bowling much better”.The 18-year-old spinner, who has a few hundreds and a double hundreds in domestic cricket, made his batting skills a crucial part of his arsenal whether it was for the WIEP or the WI U-19 team, which he helped save on a few occasions with some rock-solid innings.His father said with the World Cup just around the corner, batting is one of the areas he wants Ashmead to work harder on. “One of my concerns for him is the batting. I think he’s a much better batsman and if he continues to work on his stroke-play and assessing the conditions when batting, I think he is well on his way to becoming a genuine bowling all-rounder.” Nedd Snr. Stated.The West Indies U-19 players will now enjoy the Christmas holiday season before getting back into full game-mode as the 2020 U-19 World Cup bowls off from January 17 to February 9 in South Africa.last_img read more

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Wlaszczuk spreads ball around to hitters in straight-set win

September 17, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: npwsfhnnm.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin looked at the final box score and couldn’t believe what he saw.“I never seen this number,” Yelin said. “Lindsay (McCabe) was .700 hitting percentage. That’s a lot. And Monika (Salkute), I never seen her, out of 29, she got more sets than even outside hitter Silvi (Uattara) — which usually Silvi getting much more — and she was hitting over .400.”Four different players also had at least five kills, due in large part to the play of junior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk.Because of injuries to outside hitters Nicolette Serratore and Valeriya Shaipova, Syracuse has struggled all season to find any viable attacking options aside from Uattara. But Syracuse (8-12, 1-7 Atlantic Coast), mostly Wlaszczuk, spread the ball around to many different hitters in a 3-0 win over Wake Forest (12-9, 2-5) in the Women’s Building on Sunday. “Sometimes I can see that my players are down and some people are on fire so I have to go with people who I know will finish for me,” Wlaszczuk said. “Today, I had confidence to set to every single hitter of mine. They were all doing (a) great job so I just wanted to use them all as much as I could.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first set, when SU needed one more point to win, Wlaszczuk turned to Salkute, a middle blocker, for the final kill. Salkute took Wlaszczuk’s long set and smashed it into the arms of the Wake Forest libero, Caroline Wolf, whose dig attempt sent the ball flying over the visitors’ bench.When the Demon Deacons scored five straight points in the second set — two on service aces and three on SU attack errors — Wlaszczuk went to Salkute again, who hit one just inside the line.“I feel great because I feel like I’m more involved in helping the team,” Salkute said. “I really feel confident that Gosia is setting for me … and that I’m responsible for the kills.”With two points to go in the set, McCabe, a middle blocker, knocked down a kill and then Uattara ended it with one of her own.McCabe finished with eight kills on the day and had her highest hitting percentage of the season. Uattara tallied nine kills and Salkute had 14 for her first double-digit kill performance in almost a month.Wlaszczuk passed the ball well, finishing with 30 assists — her most in a three-set game since September. In the last two sets, she assisted each of the final two kills.She was also successful in keeping the defense off balance by faking a hit and setting the ball for one of her hitters. “I can’t feel more satisfied like when I would pretend I’m hitting and I would set and then Lindsay would hammer the ball at the 10-foot line,” Wlaszczuk said. “It’s just the best feeling ever. I’m happy whenever I trick them and I’m trying to do that more.”Offensive success hinges upon more than just one player completing a kill, Yelin said, before adding that it requires good passing and the involvement of a lot of skills and players.Aside from the assists, Wlaszczuk also contributed with five kills. One came when she jumped as if to set the ball, then smashed it down on the other side of the net, prompting the PA announcer to yell, “Gosia Wlaszczuk with the lefty sky hook.”Though Yelin was pleased with the play of his offense, and his setter specifically, he also saw room for improvement. Said Yelin of Wlaszczuk: “Overall she did really good anyway, but I can see a lot and I want them to understand how much more potential we have.” Comments Published on October 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

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Fiammetta: With Bielema playing ‘respect’ card, Nebraska comes at perfect time

September 16, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: yzhnxslpc.

first_imgSunday evening, shortly after yet another demolition of an inferior non-conference foe, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema sat in the McClain Center media room, talking about things like the Badgers’ strong week of practice, the brief – very brief – moment of “adversity” UW faced in the first quarter against South Dakota and all the “fun things” his team has to prepare for this week against Nebraska.It was all standard fare for a Bielema postgame press conference, particularly in this 2011 season, where the Badgers have won their first four games by a combined 194-34 margin of victory. The questions Bielema and his players have faced thus far typically reference the weaker competition in non-conference play, while some trend toward a sort of nit-picking over the perceived “weaknesses” in UW’s game, such as why the team has committed six penalties in every game or why Alec Lerner’s kickoffs have seemed inconsistent. The answers supplied by the Badgers have been expected, and thus, very few negative things have been written about this team.But Bielema seemed to alter the pattern somewhat in his opening statement following Sunday’s 59-10 victory over the Coyotes. Unprovoked, Bielema played the “respect” card, a bit of a surprise considering the Badgers have already risen to No. 7 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll.“The word ‘respect’ to me means a lot,” Bielema said. “I want people to respect what we do. We spend a lot of time trying to build up a reputation here of playing physical football, a mentality of being able to … put people away and kind of put your foot on them and go. I thought these guys did that.”For a program – and the media covering it – that talks so frequently of “turning the corner” into sustained national prominence, Bielema’s timing in mentioning the level of respect Wisconsin garners is excellent. With the Cornhuskers – as well as ESPN’s “College Gameday” pregame show – finally coming to town for their inaugural Big Ten contest, the Badgers’ couldn’t have asked for a bigger platform under the national spotlight.“[It’s going to be] a great scene, a great environment for college football,” Bielema said. “Hopefully, it’ll be a nice infomercial all week for the University of Wisconsin.”Outside of these two teams, the Big Ten has inspired very little confidence in the college football landscape. Michigan State and Ohio State have each suffered embarrassing non-conference losses, while traditionally mediocre Illinois has emerged as the popular dark-horse candidate. If Wisconsin can turn back Nebraska, it can seize a powerful spot alone at the top of the conference.Sure, road matchups with the Spartans and Buckeyes still loom in late October. But if Wisconsin were to falter against Nebraska, the significance of those contests would be significantly altered.When talking about becoming a consistent national power worthy of the “respect” that Bielema desires so greatly, winning these games against the toughest possible competition is a must. Dominant as they’ve been four games into 2011, the Badgers still have doubters throughout the country. Sure, they’ve looked so good that the only legitimate question seems to be if their sixth-ranked scoring offense and third-ranked scoring defense are benefits of a weak schedule. But that question has been powerful enough to give critics some life. According to Pollspeak.com, the lowest that voters placed Wisconsin was No. 20.Even the most rational Badgers fans would likely disagree with that ranking, and for good reason. And sure, they could very well be coming from one extra-grumpy beat reporter yet to be drawn to the allure of Russell Wilson’s 75.8 completion percentage or 11:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio or Nick Toon’s five receiving touchdowns.When Bielema revisited Nebraska Saturday, he managed to keep his expectation balanced. Sure, the Badgers want respect. They feel they’ve earned it, but also know nothing’s guaranteed moving forward.“We’ll take it for what it is. I realize from the outside looking in, there’s going to be a lot of eyes on us. But it’s only happening because we’ve done what we did.”Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think is at stake for the Badgers this weekend? Let him know on Twitter @mikefiammetta and be sure to follow @BHeraldSports for all the latest Badgers news. You can also listen to Mike on WSUM 91.7 FM’s “Student Section,” every Monday from 4-6 p.m.last_img read more

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Nikhil Poojari aiming to make an impact for Pune City FC on ISL debut

November 17, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: kkcykwsge.

first_imgWhen one looks at the foreign forwards of FC Pune City, it is difficult to guess if any Indian striker will get a look in that line-up. With the likes of Emiliano Alfaro, Iain Hume, Marcelinho, Marko Stankovic battling it out for the starting berth; Indian attacking front in Robin Singh, Alwyn George, Nikhil Poojari have to punch above their weight to have a look in the line-up.But looking at the past record of Pune’s new gaffer Miguel Angel Portugal in a one-off season with Delhi Dynamos, where he always showed faith in young players, the Indian forwards, in particular Poojari, feel hopeful.Citing examples of Vinit Rai and Lallianzuala Chhangte, who broke into the Indian team for SAFF Championship after a strong display for Dynamos last season under Portugal, an excited Poojari feels he could be much more than just a fringe player.Also read – Indian Super League: Miku strike helps Bengaluru FC edge past Chennaiyin FC”I know there is tough competition for a spot in the line-up but I have heard good things about the coach from Vinit and Lallianzuala. He likes to give opportunities to young players and likes to attack from the wing; something I feel is my strength. So I don’t think I will just be a bench player,” said the 23-year-old winger.Nikhil missed all the pre-season matches due to international duties for the SAFF Championship and will be heading into his debut ISL season without any game time with his new teammates.advertisementAlso read – Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters beat ATK in season five openerThe former East Bengal player, where he missed the entirety of the last season due to an ACL injury on his left knee, is not worried about his chances in the team as he reckons that the coach has shown faith in his abilities.Also read – AFC U-16 Championship: India a win away from qualifying for 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup”I am not really bothered about missing out on preseason. In fact, I am excited and want to be an integral part of the team this season. Coach Portugal said he closely followed my performance during the SAFF Cup and liked the way I played, which increased my confidence,” he said.Coach Portugal’s Pune City FC will play their first game against Delhi Dynamos on October 3.last_img read more

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