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Guyanese athletes continue dominance at Suriname’s Telesur 10K Road Race

first_imgGUYANESE athletes continued their dominance in the Suriname’s Telesur 10K Road Race, as Eulene Josiah Tanner took her third consecutive women’s title, and Cleveland Thomas successfully defended his men’s title, after a tight race against his fellow countryman Winston Missigher, yesterday in Paramaribo, Suriname.Josiah-Tanner clocked 40 minutes 29 seconds to continue her rule, leading over Carolien Marlet, who crossed the finishing line over four minutes after Josiah-Tanner (44:48.00s). The last podium positive went to Guyana’s Ashanti Scott after her 45 minutes 51 seconds run.In the men’s race, Missigher was making it very hard for Thomas to take a big win. Thomas led for most of the race, but Missigher was always very close behind. Thomas quickly realised he would need to pull off a last kilometre sprint if he was to ever shake the Missigher, but even then he could not shake the Running Brave athlete.In the end it was a dip at the finish line that gave him the win over Missigher as he clocked 34 minutes 19 seconds. Lorenzo Main was the first Surinamese to cross the finish line, and he did so in a time of 35 minutes 16 seconds.“I feel good but i know I can do better,” Thomas expressed to Chronicle Sport yesterday. He has plans to go back for the second leg of the race later this month, in the hope of improving his times.“I will go back and continue my training so that I can do better in the second leg on May 13,” Thomas promised.last_img read more

Weather could play decisive role in second ODI

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Rain could once again play a decisive role in the second One-Day International of the five-match series between West Indies and India set to bowl off here Sunday.The forecast has predicted overnight showers along with heavy rain and possible thundershowers on Sunday, putting in doubt the prospect of a full 50-overs aside contest at Queen’s Park Oval.Friday’s opener at the venue was cut short after just over 39 overs of the first innings, as heavy rain wrecked the game and forced a no-result.Both players and officials will therefore be keeping an eye on the weather as they look to kickstart a series which holds huge value for West Indies especially.The hosts are chasing valuable ratings points to enhance their position in the ICC One-Day International rankings, in order to qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.West Indies are currently ranked ninth on 77 points and need to be in the top eight by the cut off date of September 30.Failing that, the two-time former World champions will enter a 10-team playoff next year with the likes Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan, in order to secure one of the two remaining World Cup berths.In India, they face opponents ranked third in the world and who were good enough to reach the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in England before losing to Pakistan last Sunday.The Caribbean side entered the series as huge underdogs and against the backdrop of a disappointing 1-1 draw in a three-match series against Afghanistan earlier this month but leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo believes the team can still spring a surprise.“They are a good experienced team, yes we know,” The Guyanese said.“We just have to put our best cricket forward. The team know and I know that if we play our best cricket, that we can do very well in this tournament and we’re looking forward to it.”West Indies have endured abysmal ODI form in over the last year with just three wins in 16 outings – including 3-0 whitewashes away to Pakistan and at home in the Caribbean to England.Further, West Indies have not beaten India in a bilateral series in 11 years, losing 16 of their lat 26 matches.But Bishoo said the Windies were motivated by a desire to do well, especially with the young players looking to make their mark internationally.“One of the most important things about our team is that everybody is very hungry … and they want to do well in international cricket,” he pointed out.“Going forward, the [hunger] is there so we just have to stay focussed, stay as a team, stay as one unit, keep enjoying our cricket … and try to do well in this tournament.”Play today is scheduled to bowl off at 9.00hrs.last_img read more

Jamaica held to 1-1 draw by El Salvador

first_imgJAMAICA drew 1-1 in a dour match against El Salvador in their final Group C match at the Alamodome on Sunday.It was the fourth meeting between the two teams in the Gold Cup with Jamaica winning the previous three matches. However, it was El Salvador who took the early lead, in the 15th minute, when forward Nelson Bonilla got through on goal and slotted into the right hand corner past goalkeeper Andre Blake.Both sides missed opportunities to score as the teams went to half-time with El Salvador leading 1-0.Jamaica would get the chance to equalize in the 64rd minute after the Reggae Boyz were awarded a penalty when Narciso Orellana handled the ball inside the box.Darren Mattocks booted home from the penalty spot and became Jamaica’s leading scorer in the Gold Cup competition. From there the game petered out to a tame draw which sent Jamaica on five points to the top of the group and into the quarter-final round.Mexico (4 points) is to play Curacao with anything other than a loss seeing them topping the group and also go through to the next round.El Salvador who also have four points are also likely to advance as one the of the two best third place teams.last_img read more

The Latest: WNBA Dream player Brown positive for coronavirus

first_imgFans will have to buy tickets through an online registration system on a “one ticket, one certificate” basis within 48 hours of testing negative for COVID-19.Physical distancing measures will be in place inside the stadium and spectators will have to show identification, wear face masks and undergo body temperature testing before entry.___South Korea says it will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic.Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also says fans will be allowed at professional soccer games starting on Aug. 1. But professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August. The Serie A soccer season is being completed without fans and is scheduled end on Aug. 2. Next season should start in mid-September.___The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans from July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao.The Chinese Basketball Association says medical professionals, teachers and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.The league says fans older than 12 “who have missed the stadium will have the opportunity to enter the Qingdao Guoxin Sports Center Diamond Stadium to cheer for their favorite teams and players” from July 31. This season will end on Sunday. That is two months later than originally scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The dates for next season were agreed to by the clubs during a conference call.___Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora says fans will be allowed back into stadiums in September if the virus is kept under control.Spadafora says “obviously the stadium can’t be filled like before but rather a series of measures currently being studied will need to be respected.” F1 says the Eifel Grand Prix will host a race at the iconic Nürburgring in Germany on Oct. 11. That will be followed by the Portuguese GP in Portimão two weeks later and the Emilia-Romagna GP in Italy on Nov. 1.The U.S. GP was initially scheduled for late October. Brazil and Mexico were then to host races in November. Canada was already postponed from its mid-June date.The three new races take this season’s total to 13. All of them are in Europe.___The next Premier League soccer season will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23. July 24, 2020 The Latest: WNBA Dream player Brown positive for coronaviruscenter_img Both baseball and soccer teams will be initially allowed to sell only 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.Spectators will continue to be banned in the city of Gwangju and nearby South Jeolla Province towns.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta Dream center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under quarantine as the team prepares to play in the WNBA bubble. In a statement released by the team, Brown says she has battled “challenging” symptoms including headache, sore throat, chills, body aches, fatigue, loss of the sense of taste, and shortness of breath.Brown says she is feeling better but won’t be able to play when the Dream open the season on Sunday against Dallas.Atlanta acquired Brown from the Los Angeles Sparks on Feb. 10 in exchange for guard Brittney Sykes and center Marie Gülich.___Formula One races in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and three others have been added.last_img read more

Super Eagles on the March Again

first_imgThe Super Eagles began training in Abuja on Monday and by Tuesday virtually all the invited players had reported to camp,  making Rohr to be optimistic of victory in Zambia on Sunday. “We go to Zambia to win. It will be difficult because Zambia have a good team and like the three other teams in our group, any one of us could qualify for the World Cup. We watched them against Kenya (in an AFCON qualifier last month) and the pitch in Ndola is not good, but it will be the same for both teams,” Rohr said.Rohr said picking all three points in Ndola remains his side target. “I’m happy with the preparation because most of the players arrived on time and I’m happy we have good training condition. I’m happy to work with a new and young team because we have a lot of younger players here with some local players here too. We are going to Zambia to win the game, though it would be very difficult. All the four teams in the group can hope to be the best. Of course we have a look on the Zambia team because they have good players; we focus on our team and have good preparation and hope everybody work well,” Rohr told media.Indeed, former Nigerian international, Henry Nwosu, is optimistic that Nigeria is in good shape to take on the Zambians, saying the team is ready for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, just as he advised the coaching crew to work on the team’s attackline.He said that the players must work on their finishing and ensure that they come out tops in the group.According to Nwosu, not even Algeria and Cameroon can stop Nigeria if the players show “hunger” during the game.Former Eagles coach and captain, Christian Chukwu has warned the team to put behind the head-to-head advantage Nigeria enjoyed over Zambia. “We are expecting them to start well, and ensure they do not underrate Zambia, even though we have always beaten them in our previous games, but that’s not enough for us to underrate them, If we give our technical adviser all the support, and encourage the players, we should be able to win our first game against Zambia. These are the boys who want to showcase themselves, I believe they will do what Moses and Success would have done, and I’m happy they were given this opportunity for fight for their shirts in the national team.” Chukwu told Goal.However, finance could mar the team’s preparation and indeed the trip to Ndola if the claims of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, President, Amaju Pinnick is anything to go by.After initially refuting claims of financial challenges, Pinnick had told the Senate Committee on sports that the body needs government’s intervention to prosecute the game.“The draw was done for 20 teams that we qualify for the final phase of the World Cup and Nigeria was drawn against Zambia, Cameroon that has won the Nations Cup and attended the World Cup seven times,” Pinnick said.“Algeria is the highest- ranked team in Africa. Is a group that goes beyond the group of death. The good news is that we have sound technical crew and a lot of players doing well. But the missing link is our financial incapacitation which activates all we do on and off the field. “Before now we have made a request to government for intervention because funds were not coming from our sponsors because it is been very difficult for them so they claimed and so we did not have any choice than to resort to writing to the government. “So we are awaiting a response from them and the game is just in five days. We’ve put all arrangement on ground already. “We have discussed with Arik to go on a chartered flight and we are also about sending somebody to Ndola because there is a new hotel we have secured in Ndola but we could not pay for it. We have been about to secure about 60 rooms but we could not buy their ticket because we owe our traveling agent about 300 million naira. So there is no way we could get it and we have to request the players to come with economy tickets in reflection of what is happening to our economy and 80 per cent of them obliged our request,” he added.Meanwhile, Zambian team have been boosted by the return of midfielder Chisamba Lungu.Chisamba has declined recent Zambia call-ups, including the September 4 home game against Kenya, in the two sides’ final 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifier that finished 1-1 in Ndola.The midfielder from Russian Club, FC Ural, joined camp on Tuesday in Ndola and is the eighth of nine foreign-based call-ups in the Zambia team ahead of Sunday’s 2018 World Cup Group B qualifying clash there against Nigeria.“Chisamba has been a very good player and it came as a surprise to me and to many Zambians when he said that he won’t be coming. So I just had to call him back and told him this is your country. ‘We are all here for national duty so you just have to honour your call, so he said ‘OK, I will come’,” Wedson Nyirenda said.Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba believes his team can secure qualification to Russia despite being drawn with heavyweights.“We have a chance to qualify, we still believe in ourselves. Even if we failed to qualify to the Africa Cup of Nations, we don’t have to get distracted; we have to work hard on the field and stay focused and united until we reach our destination in Russia,” he told The Post Zambia.Speaking in the same vein, Zambia Sports Minister, Moses Mawere, has expressed confidence that the Chipolopolo will beat the Super Eagles in Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ndola, charging the players and coaching crew not to disappoint as expectations from football fans are high, especially after Chipolopolo failed to qualify for next year’s AFCON in Gabon.“The country’s expectation is high; the only hope is the World Cup after failing to qualify to the Africa Cup of Nations. I challenge the players and coaches to step up and perform better. We need to beat Nigeria, we can do it,” Mawere told Zambia Post.A win for the Super Eagles would be a morale booster in their attempt to participate in the next World Cup.Meanwhile, former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West, has warned Rohr and his wards to be wary of tricky Chipolopolo forwards, saying that Zambia’s strength is the ability of its dangerous strike force to rip apart any unsuspecting defence.“Zambia’s strength is its forward. The boys are fast and dangerous. They may not be as good as the generation that won the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in 2012, yet, Eagles defence should not go to sleep at any time when we play them this weekend in Ndola,” observed Taribo He is however unfazed with the pedigree of the Cooper Bullets’ firepower upfront. He believes that Eagles have the capacity to contain them.“I am happy with the quality of the boys in the current Eagles. They are young and strong even though they are mostly inexperienced. All they need is the same spirit with which they played Tanzania last month in Uyo,” stressed the ex-international.He said that it will be disastrous for Nigeria to begin the Russia 2018 qualifiers on a shaking note against Zambia.“It will be disastrous for Nigeria to begin the qualifiers with a defeat this weekend. After missing the AFCON back-to-back, starting the World Cup on a shaking note will not be good at all. I hope our boys will play Zambia with the same zeal they played the last AFCON 2017 at Uyo,”Meanwhile, the Zambia Football Federation (ZFF) has elected to lower the gate fees of the match in a bid to ensure full house in the satdium. The FA reportedly announced gate charges as low as 25 Kwacha, less than Nigeria’s Naira, for a section of the popular side and the highest charge of 500 Kwacha for the VIP section. The decision, according to reports is in a bid to fill up the 49,800 capacity Estadio de la Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, venue of the game and create enough buzz to hopefully intimidate the Super Eagles.Tickets came on sales on Tuesday afternoon at a couple of centres in Lusaka and Kabwe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram New Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr will face his first real test on Sunday as Nigeria begins its quest for a sixth World Cup appearance with an encounter against the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola for a place in Russia 2018.Having hoisted its flag in five previous editions of the Mundial-USA ’94, France ’98, Korea/Japan ’02, South Africa ’10 and Brazil ’14, Super Eagles will be campaigning in a group described as ‘Group of Death’, comprising archrivals-Algeria, Cameroun and Zambia, with only one country expected to qualify from the group.last_img read more

Syracuse makes NCAA tournament as 8 seed, to take on Cornell at Carrier Dome

first_imgUPDATED: May 5, 2018 at 9:15 p.m.Syracuse has qualified for the NCAA tournament as the No. 8 seed. The Orange will play Cornell (12-4, 4-2 Ivy League) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday at 7:15 p.m. When SU played in Ithaca against the Big Red on April 10, Cornell beat SU, 13-8.SU has now made the last 11 NCAA tournaments dating back to 2007. No. 12 Syracuse (8-6, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) finished its season on Saturday with a 17-5 dismantling of Colgate. The win snapped a two-game losing skid in which SU fell to Navy and then Virginia, in the first round of the ACC tournament. Syracuse, which won the regular season ACC title, entered Selection Sunday with a mixed resume.  The Orange defeated Virginia and Duke on the road when each team was ranked in the top five nationally. But in between conference games, Syracuse faltered. SU lost five of its nine nonconference regular season matchups, including a 15-3 loss to Albany in the Carrier Dome and a 13-8 loss at Cornell. Last season, SU was the No. 2 seed and defeated Yale in the Carrier Dome before losing to Towson in the quarterfinals. Syracuse hasn’t made Championship Weekend since 2013. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 6, 2018 at 9:03 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

Conor McGregor takes a jibe at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s tweet, ridicules his style

first_imgLast Updated: 4th August, 2020 18:08 IST Conor McGregor Takes A Jibe At Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Tweet, Ridicules His Style In a now-deleted tweet, Conor McGregor took a jibe at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fighting style, after the latter sent a warning to Justin Gaethje It all started when Joe Rogan shared a video of Justin Gaethje training at his studio. In the video. Gaethje can be seen intensely training, which was loved by his fans as he continued practising for one of the most hotly anticipated matches between the lightweight and the interim lightweight champ. However, the Eagle was quick to respond to the video of his rival training. Khabib Nurmagomedov took to the comments section to write that Justin is a very nice guy and a good opponent for him. He also warned that when the octagon closes, he will have to be ready for the match as he plans on taking him to the deepest ocean and drowning him. Khabib Nurmagomedov also referenced to Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson, commenting that he’s nothing like them.Also Read: Ritu Phogat Has Potential To Become MMA World Champion Someday, Khabib’s Manager ClaimsConor McGregor attacks Khabib Nurmagomedov, deletes tweet later Wasiq Agha WATCH US LIVE First Published: 4th August, 2020 18:07 IST Written By 1 month ago Khabib Nurmagomedov expresses desire to fight Georges St-Pierre after Justin Gaethje The video and the subsequent response of Khabib Nurmagomedov were later shared by BT Sport’s Chamatkar Sandhu. It was then Conor McGregor decided to respond to Khabib’s comments. The 32-year-old in a now-deleted tweet took at dig at Khabib Nurmagomdeov, poking fun at his style. Referring to Khabib’s warning to Gaethje that he will get the better of him in the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje encounter, Conor McGregor wrote his own interpretation of his tweet. The UFC icon wrote that in other words, Khabib will resort to running around outside the cage as he shits his pants. Conor McGregor continued that within the first ten seconds of the fight Khabib Nurmagomedov will be diving at the legs of his opponent, having a good whiff of his jockstrap.Also Read: Khabib Nurmagomedov Expresses Desire To Fight Georges St-Pierre After Justin GaethjeThis is not the first time Conor McGregor has taken to Twitter to take a jibe at Khabib and then deleted it later on. Earlier this year, Conor McGregor had taken a dig at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s legacy and fighting style while discussing some of MMA’s most effective moves. While the tweet was later deleted by him, the stunning tweet still found its way on social media after ESPN took note of it.Also Read: Conor McGregor’s UFC 246 Gear Up For Grabs With Gloves Auctioned At around £17,000Image Courtesy: AP COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img 1 month ago Ritu Phogat has potential to become MMA world champion someday, Khabib’s manager claims FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 month ago Conor McGregor’s UFC 246 gear up for grabs with gloves auctioned at around £17,000 WE RECOMMEND In the world of UFC, altercations between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are always around the corner. While the majority of the UFC news has been directed at the Khabib Nurmagomedev vs Justin Gaethje fight on October 24, Conor McGregor has taken to social media to take the latest jibe at Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC star in a now-deleted tweet poked fun at Khabib’s style, by commenting on a video shared by UFC commentator Joe Rogan.Also Read: UFC’s Khamzat Chimaev Flew To Conor McGregor’s Native In 2018 To Bash Up Irishman Khabib Nurmagomedov responds to Justin Gaethje training video 1 month ago Mike Tyson predicts super-fight against Conor McGregor, says he would thrash Irish fighter 1 month ago UFC’s Khamzat Chimaev flew to Conor McGregor’s native in 2018 to bash up Irishman last_img read more

Barbados and Grenada removed from EU global tax haven list

first_imgThe European Union on Tuesday announced Barbados and Grenada are among eight jurisdictions removed from a new list of global tax havens following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns.In a statement, the EU said the two Caribbean countries are joined by the Republic of Korea, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.It said they were removed from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes and included in a separate category of jurisdictions subject to close monitoring.Delisting justifiedThe EU said the Council agreed Tuesday that a delisting was justified in the light of an expert assessment of the commitments made by these jurisdictions to address deficiencies identified by the EU. In each case, the commitments were backed by letters signed at a high political level, it added.Vladislav Goranov, the Finance Minister of Bulgaria, which currently holds the Council presidency said, “Jurisdictions around the world have worked hard to make commitments to reform their tax policies. Our aim is to promote good tax governance globally.”  Nine Caribbean countries still listedThe decision by the European Council leaves nine jurisdictions including Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia, on the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions out of 17 announced initially on December 5, last year.St. Lucia also to be delistedLast Friday, the St. Lucia government said it expected to join Barbados and Grenada, in being removed from the list.Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said he had a conference call with EU officials on Friday to identify the problem areas. He said he hopes by the time the next review is conducted the island will be off the so-called blacklist.The list excludes a number of British Overseas Territories such as the Cayman Island and Bermuda that were on a previous EU blacklist from June 2015. Complaints about the methodology of that last list saw it scrapped and replaced with the new register.In its statement Tuesday, the EU said that the list also carries recommendations on steps to take to be de-listed.last_img read more

WATCH VIDEO: Frank Ribery slapped on the face by a fan

first_imgFranck Ribery was confronted and insulted by a supporter during Bayern Munich ‘s 3-1 DFB Pokal win atHamburg on Wednesday night.A fan ran onto pitch during the dying seconds of the Bavarians’ victory at the Imtech Arena and struck the Frenchman in the face with his scarf.The supporter then made an offensive hand gesture towards Ribery before eventually being apprehended by stewards and escorted from the field of play.Ribery had been making his first start of the season for Bayern after missing the opening weeks of the 2014-15 campaign through injury.The 31-year-old marked his return with a deflected strike 10 minutes into the second half, after first-half efforts from Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba had put Pep Guardiola’s men in complete control of the tie.Pierre-Michel Lasogga pulled a goal back for the hosts in the closing stages, but Bayern held on comfortably to set themselves up nicely for Saturday’s Bundesliga clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.last_img read more

LA Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is peaking at a good time for himself and his teammates

first_imgIf it wasn’t obvious back in December, around the time the Dodgers backed away from a potential trade for Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen is the best relief pitcher in Los Angeles.Dave Roberts called upon Jansen to record the first five-out save of his career Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, then a more traditional three-out save the next night. Jansen got the final three outs Sunday against the San Francisco Giants, giving him three saves in a span of five days.It’s notable, though hardly unexpected, that Jansen is 5 for 5 in save situations in the early going.More notable is the timing. The Dodgers are getting peak Jansen while many of their middle relievers have struggled, and Jansen is peaking in his final season before free agency. Publicly, the 28-year-old right-hander prides himself on being the leader of the bullpen. Other than Jansen, the unit has combined to post a 4.80 ERA in 30 innings. Jansen has spoken up in the past, but teammates and coaches say he’s leading by example this season.“I just know how well he prepares,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I talk to Kenley as I do all players every day, getting his pulse and letting him know my thoughts about potential four-out saves … He’s been very consistent as far as his preparedness and willingness to do whatever I ask him.”As for free agency, Jansen insists he isn’t thinking about what might be. He doesn’t want to be distracted by contract negotiations, whenever they arise, and will leave that task to his agent, Adam Katz of Wasserman Sports.“If I’m not meant to be here, I’m still having fun playing the game I love,” Jansen said. “It’s a second chance. That’s my attitude. I’m just going to have fun.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img A second chance?“The first chance was as a catcher,” he said.Multisport connectionDodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson played with San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija last year with the Chicago White Sox. When they chatted in the outfield shagging fly balls before games, the two bonded over something unusual.“He went through the same stuff with me, with the media always wanting to talk to him about football,” Thompson said. “Me, it was basketball. He went through the same stuff.”Samardzija was a star wide receiver for the University of Notre Dame, but opted to play professional baseball instead.Thompson’s father, Mychal, played 12 season in the NBA; his brother Klay is in his fifth season with the Golden State Warriors.“Really, I don’t mind” answering basketball questions, Trayce Thompson said. “I understand the dynamic with me and my family.”With Samardzija, Thompson said, “we would talk about baseball.”AlsoWhile the Dodgers travel to Atlanta, Carl Crawford is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Crawford is scheduled to rejoin the Dodgers in Denver on Sunday, the earliest he can be activated from the 15-day disabled list. … Steve Decker replaced Roberto Kelly as the Giants’ third base coach before the seventh inning. Kelly left after he was hit in the head with a baseball in the Giants’ dugout. … The scheduled pitching matchups for the three-game series against the Braves: Alex Wood will oppose the Braves’ Julio Teheran on Tuesday; Ross Stripling will oppose Williams Perez on Wednesday; Clayton Kershaw will oppose Matt Wisler on Thursday.last_img read more