GUYANA’S Sunburst champion and national men’s champion, Narayan Ramdhani, moved up to the number 3 spot in the men’s singles of the Badminton British Columbia Senior Rankings in Canada, where he is currently training and studying with Shuttlesport Badminton Academy, in Vancouver.Ramdhani was among the top three on a list that included 24 players, when Badminton Canada released the Week 12 rankings.Ramdhani was number 3, with 878 points on the list which is headed by Antonio Li with 1 348 points. Li ranks seventh in Canada’s overall ranking.Canada’s overall ranking is topped by Jason Ho-Shue of E Badminton Training Centre.Ramdhani’s latest ranking marked a move from number four in Week 11, and being at number 10 in Week 8. His upward performances come after playing in only three tournaments so far; reaching the semi-finals and bringing third place in all three and also winning one consolation tournament.In a statement issued yesterday the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) extended congratulatory remarks to Ramdhani, noting that the body “is extremely happy with his progress after just coming out of the junior category and playing in the senior circuit as of 2017”.
FC Bayern Munich has completed the transfer of Philippe Coutinho.The Brazil international passed his medical examination on Sunday and signed his contract at the club’s Säbener Straße headquarters. Coutinho will initially spend a season on loan from Spanish champions Barcelona.FC Bayern possesses an option to buy the 27-year-old following the expiry of his loan contract on 30 June 2020. All parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the agreement.Philippe Coutinho said:“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates.”FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented:“We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Our thanks go to FC Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.”Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic commented:“Philippe made it very clear to us during the negotiations in Barcelona that he absolutely wanted to move to FC Bayern. He’s a world-class player with great ability, who we can deploy in a number of positions in our forward line, so the FC Bayern squad has gained even more quality. Philippe Coutinho will help us achieve the ambitious targets we’ve set for this season.”Coutinho progressed through the youth teams at the top Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. In Europe, he played for Inter Milan, Espanyol and Liverpool.When he moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018, he was the second most expensive player in the world after his compatriot Neymar.With the Catalans, he won back-to-back Spanish championships and, in 2018, the Spanish Cup. He has made 55 appearances for the Brazilian national team, scoring 15 goals to date.This summer, as one of the most influential players he led the Seleção to victory in the Copa América, the South American continental championship. Source: Bayern Munich
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The contentious relationship between Major League Baseball owners and players has apparently healed to the point that there is renewed hope the sides can agree on a course for a 2020 season.Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clark, head of the Players’ Assn., met for several hours on Tuesday in Phoenix, and Manfred issued a statement on Wednesday characterizing the talks as productive.“We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents,” Manfred said. “I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the Clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same.”The offer is for a 60-game season, starting July 19, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Players would receive their full pro-rated salaries — which would be about 37 percent of their full-season salary — and there would be expanded playoffs in 2020 and 2021, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It is possible MLB would have to increase the number of games in their offer to get the players to agree.MLB’s latest proposal also includes implementing the DH in both leagues in 2020 and 2021, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.The news came just two days after Manfred said on ESPN that he was losing confidence in reaching an agreement with the players over the terms of the sport’s return amid the coronavirus pandemic.Compensation was the heart of the issue, with players insisting on receiving their full pro-rated salaries, while owners sought further pay cuts in light of the likelihood of playing games in empty stadiums.On Monday, Manfred said the players had been negotiating in “bad faith” and Clark responded that the players were “disgusted” by Manfred backtracking on his promise from last week that he was “100 percent” certain there would be a season. The two reportedly had a face-to-face meeting in Arizona on Tuesday to help bridge the gap.According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the two sides were “closing in” on an agreement on Wednesday morning. Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported that a new proposal had just been sent from owners, and that there is “no agreement even in principle at this point.”Players would like to receive their full pro-rated salaries for as many games as possible. Players are already losing at least half of their full salaries because the pandemic has already wiped out at least half of the scheduled 162 games.Owners have offered reduced salaries or a shortened schedule of as little as 48 games. Owners could unilaterally impose a schedule, but they would be subject to a grievance from players that they did not make their “best efforts” to schedule as many games as possible.The bridge may have been an expansion of the playoffs. Adding an extra round of postseason play could add significant revenue from television, helping compensate for the lack of fans. The players need to approve any change to the playoff format.Even if the financial and logistical terms are agreed upon, there is still the looming threat of the coronavirus. The virus is still spreading quickly in many states, including California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, states that are home to 10 of the 30 major league teams.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros
EL SEGUNDO — Even while his hand was hurting, while it was being drained and iced, Rajon Rondo still had his eyes. He was asked to use them.Sitting aside for the last 17 games with a fracture in his right hand, Rondo watched how the Lakers (18-13) played without him. Sometimes from the sideline, sometimes on a screen from afar. In fact when he couldn’t fly for the last four-game trip, Rondo said he missed it: not necessarily being in the game, but just alongside his teammates on the bench.“I was just frustrated I couldn’t travel with the team, but obviously the man upstairs had different plans for me as far as resting longer,” he said. “But, like I said, I missed being out there with the guys, coaching, talking trash a little bit from the sideline. That’s the only thing I missed.”The Lakers missed him and Brandon Ingram perhaps even more: The team went 1-3 on the last trip without both key pieces of their playing rotation, and in the last two losses to the Wizards and the Nets, the lack of play-making and scoring punch those two, in particular, can provide were keenly felt. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Still, bringing back anyone healthy into the lineup helps a Lakers team that said it lost steam without its depth on the road the last week. To play the up-tempo style Walton desires, it helps to have more players in the rotation to keep the energy up, and Rondo, especially, is one of the managers who keeps the second unit humming.Rondo devotes as much time to his conditioning as anyone on the team: He has said before that he puts in three hours a day to his body, including treatment and yoga. But even as the Lakers hope he’ll keep the pace high, he’s curious to find out how long it will take to get to that level.“That’s the challenge, especially being off for five weeks: being able to push the pace as far as my cardio, my condition,” he said. “You can do as much as you can off the court and simulate things in the weight room, but it’s nothing like getting on the court and playing at that same pace at an NBA level.”But both Rondo and Ingram have watched a lot of games in the meantime. Walton has asked Ingram to watch the ball movement during games when the Lakers have played without him and to visualize his role when he gets back.He said he can still work on his shooting efficiency and being a contributor on defense.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “How good guys were moving without the basketball, I think most of the time we were getting the best shot for the team,” he said of the details he paid attention to. “I think we did really, really good beyond the 3-point line, so we’re shooting it with more confidence.”Both Rondo and Ingram practiced with the G League affiliate South Bay Lakers during their rehab. The team released some video of Rondo leading a team huddle during one of those practices.It feeds into a part of himself that Rondo has acknowledged: He’s interested in being a coach, GM or front office official when he’s done playing.“I do love teaching the game,” he said. “But I also love dissecting the game and figuring out ways to beat people at the top.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s a relief, then, that both were full participants in practice on Thursday after a long time on the shelf (Ingram missed seven games with a sprained left ankle). While nothing is decided for sure, it puts both closer to being able to return Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Both said a lot rides on how they feel when they wake up Friday morning: For Rondo, it’s the pain and swelling in his hand. For Ingram, it’s the tenderness of his ankle.“I felt really, really good today,” Ingram said. “We’ll see how it responds when I come back tonight, and try to treat it and get back in there, but it felt really good when I was practicing today.”Not all the news on the health front was good for the Lakers on Thursday: JaVale McGee’s continued flu symptoms kept him out of practice, and there’s concern that he could miss his third straight start. The Lakers haven’t won with the 7-footer out of the starting lineup, and Coach Luke Walton said the team particularly misses his shot-blocking ability (2.6 bpg).“He’s still sick: wasn’t in today, getting treatment, getting IVs,” Walton said. “That’s kinda one of the things that’s up to him and the doctors, whenever they feel he’s good enough to play, he’ll play again.”
The Vikings qualified more wrestlers than any school in the San Gabriel Valley and had five Eastern Division champions last Saturday at La Quinta High. Inclan, a two-time CIF champion, started the season at 160 pounds, but dropped to 152 to make Northview a more lethal squad. He’s 41-2. “I am peaking at the very best time of the year and working really hard with my teammates,” Inclan said. “I have the best people possible to go against every day at practice.” Steven Salinas (103), P.J. Martinez (112), Dennis Rodriguez (125) and Steven DeLaFuente (140) all won championships for the Vikings. Martinez won his second CIF crown Saturday and DeLaFuente and Inclan were named lower and upper weight MVPs, respectively. “Mentally all are kids are fresh,” Northview coach Bobby Bellamy said. “Physically, at this time of the year, the kids everywhere are dinged up, but they’re ready to go.” “This weekend all comes down to who wants it the most.” Nick Inclan leads a cast of 11 Northview High School wrestlers into the two-day CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet at Carter High in Rialto beginning today. The top eight wrestlers from each weight class qualify for the State Meet, March 2-3 at the Rabobank Arena . in Bakersfield Thomas Williams (112) and Jonathan Aguirre (145) are among the five South Hills wrestlers vying for a spot at the State Meet. Williams (42-1), ranked No. 1 in the state at 112, dropped a 4-2 decision to West Covina’s Chris Armendariz in the Coastal Division semifinals, but feels the loss will serve as motivation. “I am fine mentally and I will be ready to go,” Williams said. “I am going to learn from my mistakes and move forward.” Sal Castillo (140) and Josh Pearson (189) have realistic chances of qualifying for State. George Munoz won the Masters 152-pound class last year and is again going in as an underdog for West Covina. The Bulldogs senior finished fourth last Saturday at the CIF Coastal Division finals in Huntington Beach and is ready to redeem himself. “I am very hungry right now,” Munoz said. “I started training Sunday for this weekend and expect to do well.” Munoz has one of the toughest draws in the area and will need to be at his best to advance. The Bulldogs have the second most entrants from the area with eight wrestlers. Taylor Louie (103), Armendariz (112) A.J. Guardado (135) and Munoz are expected to advance. Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson (215) may have flown under everyone’s radar, but that’s about to change. Johnson is 42-0 and won his first CIF title at the Southern Division championship at Chino Hills. “I am expecting to win Masters and do well at State, but I am not taking anything for granted,” Johnson said. “I am working hard every day to try and limit any mistakes in my mechanics.” Johnson’s teammate, Garrett Jones, will compete in the 189-pound division. Sierra Vista’s Adrian Gonzales (41-1) lost Saturday in the finals of the 152-pound division, but with that behind him, he is set to battle in possibly the toughest weight class in the area. Along with Inclan and Munoz, Gonzales looks to take the top spot and says he’s learned from his lone defeat this season. “I put Saturday behind me and I like my chances. I am really focused for this weekend and think I’ve corrected anything that needed to fixed,” Gonzales said. Angel Garcia, San Dimas’ 119-pound junior standout, won his third CIF title in as many years last Saturday at La Quinta. Garcia (45-3) has won titles at 103, 112 and now 119 and has his eyes set on a Masters title and a run at State. “I am going in this to win it, but I’ve had my mind on State all year,” Garcia said. “I am a lot more experienced this time around and have been working on minimizing mistakes.” Garcia has yet to place at State, but expects that to change next weekend in Bakersfield. Taylor Louie (103) might be the least recognized standout for West Covina, but at 36-1, he is primed and ready for a run at State. The senior’s lone loss was by disqualification and his coaches believe he’s possibly the most underrated wrestler in the area. “I’ve had one goal all year and that’s to be a state champion,” Louie said. “To be a state champ, you have to beat everybody and I am hoping to do that at Masters.” Bishop Amat will send two CIF Coastal Division champions, Steven Espindola (112) and Andrew Ortega (119), along with teammates Andrew Mascarenas (145), Andrew Hernandez (189) and Julian Silva (215) to the meet. West Covina coach Donnie Stephens is cautiously optimistic about the number of Bulldogs that will qualify for State. “When you get to Masters, anything can happen,” Stephens said. “I know our guys are ready mentally and physically.” The Bulldogs are a senior-led team and experience won’t be an issue this weekend. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!