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first_imgWest Brom have received an apology from referees’ chief Mike Riley for the penalty awarded against them in the draw with Chelsea earlier this month. Clarke told wba.co.uk: “We’ve had a phone call from Mike Riley to apologise. “It doesn’t get us any more points but it’s nice of Mike to phone. If he’s apologising, he obviously feels it was the wrong decision. We have to put it behind us now and move forward.” It is the second apology West Brom have received in a month after referee Howard Webb also said sorry for not giving them a penalty during the goalless draw with Stoke. The club have sent a letter to the Premier League and referees’ body Professional Game Match Officials Limited highlighting four penalty decisions that have gone against them in the opening 11 games of the Barclays Premier League season. “The purpose of the letter is to try and provoke discussion,” said Clarke. “It’s not necessarily a discussion between us and the authorities but a discussion between everyone and the authorities to see if there is a way we can improve the game. “If there is technology that can be used to help referees make difficult decisions, which is what they have to do, then let’s look at it and see what we can come up with.” West Brom sit 10th in the table ahead of the derby clash with Aston Villa on Monday. Press Associationcenter_img The Baggies looked set for a famous victory at Stamford Bridge before referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty deep into injury time when Ramires went down after colliding with Steven Reid. Eden Hazard scored to earn Chelsea a 2-2 draw, leaving West Brom boss Steve Clarke furious. last_img read more

first_imgMark Mentors, Civil Defence, Kano Pillars, Rivers Hoopers and Gombe Bulls will represent Nigeria at the 2017 FIBA Africa Zone 3 Club Championship elimination series starting on Saturday.Executive board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) took this decision on Tuesday following series of extensive deliberations with FIBA Africa and relevant basketball stakeholders in Nigeria. Speaking on behalf of the federation, the NBBF President, Musa Kida, said the board decided to accommodate more clubs in the overall interest of the game in the country as part of their policies when they came on board.“In the light of prevailing circumstances, based on consultations and advice from FIBA Zone 3, it became expedient to give Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls another chance to participate in the Zone 3 Club Championship in Lagos 11th – 18th November.”The NBBF said it also added Rivers Hoopers of Port Harcourt for heeding to the directives given by the board to stay away from the unsanctioned competition.“We could not do this and leave out Rivers Hoopers who also heeded the Board’s directive and did not go to play in the non-recognized Final 8 competition in Kano.”The federation said the move was made in the best interest of players who are innocent of infractions committed by their clubs in participating in the national playoff that was not sanctioned by the Kida led NBBF board.The board warned that the latest decision should not be seen as a weakness and a license for clubs to go against the directives of constituted authority in future.According to the federation, the decision was not taken to be politically correct, but in the overall interest of the players who are our clients.The competition will hold between 11th to 18th of November, 2017 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgZach Randolph 17 points and seven rebounds for the Kings. Bogdan Bogdanovic and George Hill each had 10 points. Sacramento had won four of its previous five games at Golden 1 Arena. Hield made consecutive 3s to pull the Kings even at 95 with 15 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Griffin hit his fallaway jumper. Trailing by 18 early in the third quarter, the Clippers ran off 17 unanswered points, including three consecutive 3-pointers by Williams.Both Williams and Griffin had 12 points in the third, when the Clippers outscored the Kings 29-10. TIP-INS Clippers: Ex-Clipper Baron Davis was among the crowd. . LA was again without injured starters Danilo Gallinari (sore hip) and Milos Teodosic (foot injury). Patrick Beverley underwent season-ending microfracture surgery on his right knee. SACRAMENTO — Blake Griffin made a 10-foot jumper with 3.2 seconds remaining and had a season-high 33 points to lead the Clippers over the Sacramento Kings, 97-95 on Saturday night. The Clippers squandered a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead, but Griffin sent them home from their five-game road trip with a pair of victories.Lou Williams made four 3-pointers and had 18 points for the Clippers, who have beat the Kings 10 straight times in Sacramento. Austin Rivers added 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds. PreviousSacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, walks off the the court as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, celebrates the Clippers’ 97-95 win in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. Griffin scored with 3.2 seconds left in the game. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, left, and DeAndre Jordan, right, stop the drive of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, right, grabs a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, goes up for the go-ahead shot over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, in the closing moments of the Clippers’ 97-95 win in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield goes up for a shot over Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, left, goes to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, rear, and Lou Williams, front right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, center, questions referee Rodney Mott about a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, right, goes up for the shot against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson, right, blocks the shot of Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, center, drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, drives against Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, walks off the the court as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, celebrates the Clippers’ 97-95 win in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. Griffin scored with 3.2 seconds left in the game. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, left, and DeAndre Jordan, right, stop the drive of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, left, and DeAndre Jordan, right, stop the drive of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Clippers won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ExpandBuddy Hield had career highs of seven 3-pointers and 35 points for the Kings. Hield missed a wild, running left-handed shot at the buzzer. Kings: The Sacramento bench had a 31-13 advantage in the opening half, when the Kings led 61-47. … The Kings shot 4 of 19 in the third quarter after shooting 58.5 percent in the first half. UP NEXT Clippers: Play the Lakers on Monday.Kings: Visit Golden State on Monday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgAt the same time, despite his weekend remarks, he has enjoyed his time in Detroit, so he very well could be trying to raise his trade value for the good of the team. Either way, Castellanos is pointing out something and that statement could easily influence some of the conversations about his game. We’ll see if this changes his worth in other teams’ eyes though and results in a deal.One thing is for sure though, if and when Castellanos leaves Detroit, he’s not going to miss Comerica.”I mean, they can move in center and right-center field,” he said. “There’s no reason I hit a ball 434 feet off (Nationals right-hander) Anibal Sanchez and it goes in the first row. That shouldn’t happen. But I’m not in charge of that either.” “This park is a joke,” he told reporters, via the Detroit News. “It’s to the point where how are we going to be compared to the rest of the people in the league in terms of power numbers, OPS, slugging and all that stuff when we got a yard out here that’s 420 feet straight across center field?”Castellanos was a top-10 prospect before he made his MLB debut in 2013, but he has never quite developed the power many evaluators thought he would. He was given a future 70-grade power by MLB Pipeline in 2013 which has been given to only a few players such as Miguel Sano with the Twins and Joey Gallo of the Rangers. Related News MLB trade rumors: Cubs interested in Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanos MLB trade rumors: Cubs, Braves may be looking at Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanoscenter_img Despite those projections, he has never hit more than 26 home runs at any level despite power numbers going up across the board in MLB. The 27-year-old seems to have an idea why, and he says opponents even point out part of the problem.”We’ll get on second base or third base and they’ll come up and be like, ‘Man, how do you guys do this?'” Castellanos said. “We play 81 games here, man. I don’t want to hear about the two you hit that are questionable.”To an extent Castellanos does have a point. He has 104 home runs in his career with 60 of those on the road. In his six-plus seasons with the Tigers at Comerica Park, he has hit a home run every 34.9 at-bats. In road games, he homers in every 26.4 at-bats.That is a difference, but it’s not a huge one. It probably comes out to about two home runs hit in an average per year (3,118 career at-bats at 26.4 ABs per home run = 118 career homers or 14 more in total over seven years).So how does this matter in the bigger picture? Castellanos, 27, is a free agent after the season, and it’s unlikely that he’ll re-sign with the Tigers. So Detroit is trying to trade him, and teams like the Cubs are interested. And if he wants to be traded, which he very well could, he might be trying to get better teams interested in him, leading to either a World Series chance this postseason or simply a chance to get with a team he could feel out and possibly consider re-signing with. Nicholas Castellanos is one of the Tigers’ two best trade chips, and he might be trying to help his value in an odd way.The Detroit outfielder hit a walkoff home run in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, but he chose to vent his frustrations while speaking about the game.last_img read more