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“Luis was the best LFC player I played with bar (Steven) Gerrard. Gutted he’s gone but was inevitable he would go to Spain one day,” Carragher wrote on Twitter. “It was the right time for everyone he wanted to go we got a good price considering incident at WC (World Cup). “I would sign one striker as we have (Rickie) Lambert and hopefully a promising Belgian (Lille’s Divock Origi) alongside Sturridge – you need four. “I like (Wilfried) Bony but with all attacking mdf’s (midfielders) looks like it will be one striker most of the time Sturridge main man, so price important.” Former Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann was of a similar opinion. “Glad the Suarez saga is over. Not surprised how it ended. The club will be better off without him,” he wrote on Twitter. Ex-Liverpool captain Phil Thompson is confident his old team will cope with the loss of their world-class striker. “A Luis Suarez in your side is always going to make your side far better,” he told Sky Sports News. Press Association “He might have been the best player in the world the way he played last year. “He was absolutely superb and it was wonderful to have him playing for Liverpool and to be a star. “We made him a superstar. Suarez gave everything for the cause and certainly helped Liverpool get Champions League football. “It’s not just about one man. It was a tremendous season and a lot of people came to the fore with a different brand of football. “With or without Luis Suarez, I’m quite sure that will take place. It’s whether we get the goals again. “But Liverpool Football Club has been surviving over the years. I go back to watching Roger Hunt and Ian St John and then along came Kevin Keegan and along came Kenny Dalglish and along came Ian Rush. “You were always worrying if there’ll be someone else, but sooner or later there is a superstar. “Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler came along and then Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez. “There have been great players and this football club will always move on any way. “Yes, it will be a loss without Suarez and his ability but I’m quite sure we are in good hands, as long as we spend the money right.” Gerrard, who rates Suarez as the best individual he has played alongside, posted his own tribute on Instagram alongside a picture of the pair celebrating together. “On an emotional day for me would just like to say what a pleasure it has been playing with an amazing talent such as Luis,” he wrote. “I would like to thank him for his outstanding contribution on the pitch during his time @liverpoolfc and to wish him and his family all the best on his new adventure in Spain. #lfclegend.” Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes it was the right time for the club to sell controversial striker Luis Suarez. The Reds have agreed a club-record fee of £75million with Barcelona for the 27-year-old Uruguay international, who will have his medical ahead of signing a five-year contract next week. Carragher played alongside Suarez for two and a half years before retiring last summer and admits that while it is a blow to lose a striker who scored 82 goals in 133 appearances, it was the end of the road for him at Anfield after he incurred a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup – his third lengthy suspension while a player at the club.
February 14, 2020 — The Buffalo Sabres have placed defenseman Zach Bogosian on waivers. The move comes months after Bogosian asked to be traded and opens a spot on Buffalo’s blue line for young players. Bogosian has five points in 19 games this season and is in the final year of his contract.MLB-NEWSHaniger has second surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger isn’t likely to take the field anytime soon following his second surgery in less than a month. The Mariners say the 2018 All-Star had a lower back procedure Thursday that followed core surgery in January.Both are related to a ruptured testicle sustained in a game last June. — Former President Barack Obama — a huge basketball fan, officially the game’s First Fan during his eight years in office — made an unannounced appearance at an NBA Cares event during All-Star weekend in his hometown of Chicago. The event was for volunteers to fill several backpacks with school supplies.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN7-time major champion Inbee Park tied for lead Down UnderADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park moved into contention for her 20th LPGA Tour victory on Friday by taking a share of the second-round lead at the Women’s Australian Open.Park shot 4-under 69 to put her at 10-under 136 at Royal Adelaide, tied with first-round leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff. Because of the virus outbreak in China, the Women’s Australian Open will be the last LPGA tournament for a month after the cancellation of three scheduled events in Thailand, Singapore and China.TOKYO OLYMPICS-VIRUSNo ‘Plan B’ for Olympics; questions over Chinese presenceTOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China.The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people globally with almost 1,400 deaths in China, but only one in Japan, where fear is rising with so much attention focused on the outbreak. UNDATED (AP) — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to his team’s active roster on the Monday following the team’s fourth game.Signed as a rookie free agent in 2014, Hurst played in all 16 regular-season games for the Ravens last season, with two starts at left tackle. He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for an NFL-record 3,296 yards rushing in 2019.The 28-year-old Hurst signed a four-year contract in March 2018.In other NFL news: UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers announced Friday that fans seeking to attend the Feb. 24 memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, at Staples Center must register to purchase tickets and there will be no outside overflow areas.Tickets will be priced at $224 each, two for $224 and $24.02 each — combinations of numbers that like the date, 2/24, represent the No. 24 worn by Bryant and the No. 2 worn by Gianna on her girls basketball team.Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.In other NBA news:— Kobe Bryant was one of eight finalists announced as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, a decision that came as absolutely no surprise in his first year of eligibility. Joining Bryant as first-time finalists for the Hall: 15-time All-Star Tim Duncan, fellow 15-time All-Star Kevin Garnett and 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings. The other finalists have all been to this point previously. He is the eighth NHL coach to lose his job this season and the sixth fired for performance reasons. That matches the most for one season in NHL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Assistant Dean Evason was named the Wild’s interim coach. Boudreau was in his fourth season with the Wild. He previously coached the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks.Minnesota is 27-23-7 and three points out of a playoff position in the Western Conference.In other NHL news:— The St. Louis Blues say Jay Bouwmeester (BOH’-mees-tur) had surgery Friday to insert a defibrillator to restore his heart’s normal rhythm. The Blues defenseman collapsed on the bench during a game in Anaheim this week. General manager Doug Armstrong says the procedure was performed at the UC Irvine Medical Center. Update on the latest sports Associated Press In other MLB news:— All-Star closer Josh Hader lost his salary arbitration case against the Milwaukee Brewers, dropping players to 1-6 in hearings this year. Hader will earn $4.1 million rather than his $6.4 million request. Hader earned $687,600 last year. He had 37 saves in 44 chances and went 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA in his second straight All-Star season. He failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of the NL wild-card game.— The Cleveland Indians are already dealing with adversity before taking the field for their first full-squad workout. Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) injured his left knee during a workout in Arizona and will have surgery. The team says he tore cartilage on Wednesday. Clevinger won 13 games last season.— The Atlanta Braves have signed first baseman Yonder Alonso to a minor league contract with an invitation to the major league spring training. The 32-year-old Alonso gives the Braves depth behind Freddie Freeman, who had surgery in October on his right elbow.— Washington Nationals general Mike Rizzo is not satisfied with the way the Houston Astros attempted to apologize for their sign-stealing scandal. Rizzo’s Nationals beat the Astros in last season’s World Series. Rizzo says he would like to hear members of Houston’s organization use the word “cheated” to describe what they did. —Relievers Brooks Pounders and Deck McGuire have agreed to minor league contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-handers are expected to join the team in spring training this weekend. Pounders split last season between the Indians and Mets organizations. McGuire pitched for the Samsung Lions in Korea. —Philadelphia Phillies president Andy MacPhail says team ownership is willing to go over the luxury tax threshold to make the playoffs. The Phillies have made several high-profile free-agent signings over the past few seasons, including a 13-year, $330 million deal for outfielder Bryce Harper last year. Philadelphia signed pitcher Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million contract this offseason.— Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent Friday from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams and obtained by The Associated Press.Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from federal minimum wage laws, MLB opted to give those players a wage increase between 38% and 72%.NFL-RAVENS-HURST SUSPENDEDRavens OL James Hurst suspended 4 games for PED use Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-NEWSMinnesota fires BoudreauUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have fired coach Bruce Boudreau. —The Washington Redskins have released cornerback Josh Norman, who struggled to live up to the $75 million, five-year contract he signed in 2016 after an All-Pro season in Carolina. He was let go with one year left on that deal. Norman’s release and $12.5 million salary-cap savings could pave the way for Washington to give cornerback Quinton Dunbar a raise.—The Buffalo Bills aren’t renewing the contract of chief administrative officer Dave Wheat. No reason was provided in a statement released by Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula. The two thanked Wheat for nearly 20 years of work with the Bills. The team also announced Kim Pegula will retain her title as team president for a third year.—The Buffalo Bills aren’t renewing the contract of chief administrative officer Dave Wheat. No reason was provided. Statement released by Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula thanked Wheat for nearly 20 years of work.KOBE BRYANT MEMORIALTicketing plan for Kobe Bryant public memorial released
Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter once attacked life the same way he attacked opposing hitters on the baseball diamond.“You just take it one pitch at a time,” Smelter said. “That’s all you can do.”But once chronic shoulder problems dealt a curveball to the junior’s once-burgeoning baseball career, he began taking things one snap at a time.Currently the team leader in receptions and receiving yards, Smelter is looking to continue his impressive return to the gridiron ranks when Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to Bobby Dodd Stadium to take on the Yellow Jackets (3-3, 2-2) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.Smelter, who prior to the 2013 season hadn’t played football since high school, is still adjusting to life as a college football player following three seasons as a pitcher for Georgia Tech’s varsity baseball team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s been quite a process, but I’m definitely happy,” he said. “I’ve had success so far, but there’s still room for me to improve.”During his high school days, it was hard to find any area of his game that needed improvement. As a star pitcher at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Ga., Smelter threw two no-hitters and led his team to state championships in 2008 and 2009. He even got to play a game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, which he said was one of the greatest experiences of his life.On the football field, he was nearly as dominant. Although he saw time at quarterback and running back, Smelter excelled as a wide receiver and safety, setting school records for both interceptions and receiving yards. He even received offers from Southeastern Conference powerhouses Auburn, Georgia, Louisiana State and South Carolina.However, Smelter had played baseball since he was 3 years old. It was his first love, and pitching was what he did best.Professional scouts and college coaches were well aware of it, too.“He had a fantastic 94-95 mph fastball,” Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall said. “He was comparable to some of the best young pitchers in the game.”The Minnesota Twins selected Smelter in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.“It was a great experience, for me to be put in that position,” Smelter said of draft day. “I was really nervous, but it was great.”But rather than dart for the pros, Smelter decided to enroll at Georgia Tech and play for Hall. Smelter’s mother, Cora, wanted her son to have a college education. And as Hall remembers, she was hell-bent on it.“Cora told the pro scouts that if, worst case, her son gets a degree from Georgia Tech, that’s a wonderful thing.” Hall said. “The support from DeAndre’s entire family was tremendous.”At first, that decision paid off. In addition to starting 15 games in the outfield, Smelter allowed only one run in more than 17 innings as a freshman relief pitcher. He looked like the highly coveted recruit that mowed down hitters at Tattnall Square.That was before his shoulder began to fail him.“I just kept putting way too much stress on my labrum,” Smelter said. “I was playing the sport I love, but I wasn’t able to play to the best of my ability. That hurt more than anything.”His earned-run average ballooned to 8.53 in 2012, and it only dipped to 7.02 this past spring. After such a promising start, both his fastball and his chances at a baseball career faded. So when the opportunity to suit up for the football team for the next two seasons presented itself, Smelter jumped on it.Even in Georgia Tech’s famed option attack, he has caught 14 passes for 211 yards through six games, leaving him well on pace to surpass Orwin Smith’s team-high 288 yards last season.Head coach Paul Johnson said Smelter’s work ethic is among the best on the team.“The biggest thing is he’s very coachable. He listens because he wants to be good,” Johnson said. “DeAndre is becoming more and more a part of our plans. He’s got great ball skills and athleticism.”Although football is now No. 1 on the agenda, Smelter still plans to take advantage of his final season of baseball eligibility this spring. Coach Hall said he can’t wait to see how Smelter rebounds from what has been a tumultuous college career thus far.“As terrific an athlete as he is, he’s an outstanding person,” Hall said. “I’d love to see him have a great bounce-back year.”Smelter, meanwhile, has learned that if you keep battling back from adversity, another opportunity will always present itself.He was dealt a curveball, but he didn’t strike out.“The most important thing is having fun and enjoying the rest of my time here,” he said. “I’m still just taking it one play, one read at a time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2013 at 2:05 am Contact Tyler: [email protected]