26 Sep

Football League chief calls for ‘cool heads’ over virus chaos

first_imgEnglish Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has called for “cool heads” as he wrestles with the dilemma of how to finish the season with the coronavirus wreaking havoc. Aston Villa won the EFL’s Championship last season and were promoted to the Premier League The second-tier Championship, League One and League Two last week suspended play until April 3 at the earliest in response to the pandemic. Clubs are awaiting guidance on how to proceed, with concerns spiralling over the potential financial damage to smaller teams if the season is not able to finish. There is also the issue of promotion and relegation to resolve if games cannot be completed. A potential cancellation of Euro 2020 would open a window in the summer to wrap up the domestic season.Advertisement If that is not possible, there have been reports the current top two in the Championship – Leeds and West Bromwich Albion – would be promoted to the Premier League. That could trigger bitter legal action if clubs are unhappy they did not get the chance to complete potential promotion-winning campaigns themselves. Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge All the speculation has led to an alarmist atmosphere around the English game but, with the EFL board set to meet for a further update on Wednesday, former Liverpool chief executive Parry urged teams to stay calm. “These are indeed challenging times for the league, its clubs and the game as a whole,” Parry said. “However, now is the time for cool heads and calm reflection rather than speculation as we look to steer our competitions and clubs through this period of uncertainty.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Great Wall Of China: The Hidden StoryWorld’s Most Delicious Foods10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more

14 Aug

George Springer hears a snippet from the Astros’ 2020 road trip soundtrack

first_imgMORE: Trevor Bauer on how 70 percent of MLB pitchers are cheatingSix position players are left from that now-infamous team. Five have been booed while playing on the road in the Grapefruit League; the sixth, Josh Reddick, has yet to appear in a major league spring game.On Monday, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel heard it at the Tigers’ park in Lakeland. Here’s some of the reaction to Altuve, who has denied allegations that he and other hitters wore buzzers to receive stolen signs last year.Jose Altuve’s first appearance at the plate this spring. #astros pic.twitter.com/axIfy3G1ch— David Nuño (@DavidNunoABC13) February 24, 2020On Wednesday, George Springer got his earful in Port St. Lucie.He was greeted coldly before each of his three at-bats against the Mets. In his second trip, against reliever Justin Wilson, he tried to hit a pitch onto Interstate 95 a few miles away. He failed miserably and instantly became the butt of internet jokes.George Springer is showered in boos as he steps to the plate, tries to hit a ball far to silence the crowd and falls to a knee pic.twitter.com/HhRXIBOGyj— SNY (@SNYtv) February 26, 2020Was Springer already fed up with the fans’ response, or was he just swinging hard at a hittable pitch while preparing for the season? There’s no sign anyone tried to ask Springer after the game, so who knows? If he was trying to stick it to the boo-birds, then that’s not a good sign. That means Springer has already grown rabbit ears, which are really bad things to have in baseball. Rabbit ears betray distraction, frustration and anger. Players know better than to grow them because then they’ll hear worse stuff.The attendance for Astros-Mets on Wednesday was 4,088, a fraction of the people the Astros will be playing in front of a month from now in the regular season. Houston’s first road trip is to Oakland and Anaheim and includes the Angels’ home opener on April 3. The 40,000-plus who are expected at Angel Stadium will likely include a large contingent of Dodgers fans who are ready to vent over their team’s loss to the Astros in the Fall Classic three years ago. The Astros who were around the team then could embrace their role as baseball’s heels and tell those fans to bring it on. If they do that, though, then they better be killers on the field. They best not come up empty the way Springer did Wednesday. Then those fans won’t let them hear the end of it. The Astros boasted the Killer B’s a generation ago: Bagwell, Biggio, Bell and then Berkman. Today’s Astros are associated with other B’s — more like scarlet letters, really: banging, buzzers and boos.Ah, yes, the boos. They’ve been loud, they’ve been constant and they’re not going to stop for a while. Everyone wearing a Houston uniform has heard them during the first week of exhibition games in Florida. They’ve been fans’ direct responses to the club’s sophisticated (and, eventually, against-the-rules) sign-stealing scheme during its 2017 World Series championship season.last_img read more