A Board Member of Asante Kotoko Jerry Asare has taken a swipe at the Ghana League Clubs Association for their inability to organize this year’s Top 4 tournament.GHALCA on Tuesday confirmed the cancellation of the pre season tournament having explained their inability to put together the competition after failing to secure the Accra and Kumasi stadia.“I believe it is not the best, Alhaji Raji and his guys should be up and doing and check whatever problem they are facing to rectify it so it doesn’t happen again because organizing tournaments and cancelling it is not the best for GHALCA”, said Jerry Aare in an interview with JOY Sports“It’s unfortunate this has happened, we saw it earlier and for kotoko this will not affect our plans in any way”.League champions Asante Kotoko would have battled AshantiGold, Hearts of Oak and Medeama SC for the title as off-season champions.
“Whether it was necessary or not, I don’t know,” Manfred said. “We decided to do it out of an abundance of caution because we want the focus to be on a nice, clean game on the field.”The caution was born out of the abundance of fans — 44,276 was the largest crowd ever at Citi Field apart from the 2013 All-Star game — but also the abundance of opinions. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw chimed in with his, saying he felt the league was “maybe a little bit bullied into suspending” Utley. Manfred took exception to the remark.“Sometimes people say things that probably later on they might have wished they didn’t say,” he said. “The thought of Joe Torre being bullied by anyone, I find to be just a little laughable, to tell you the truth.”Utley’s predicament wasn’t laughable. He didn’t do any interviews before the game — most players do not in the playoffs — but he issued a statement Monday morning that was in keeping with the spirit of his postgame comments Saturday.“The Players Association and my agent (Joel Wolfe) are handling the appeals process,” the statement read. “I have nothing more to say other than to reiterate that I feel terrible about Ruben’s injury. Now my teammates and I are focused on Game 3 and doing everything we can to win this series.”Rollins startsJimmy Rollins started at shortstop for the first time in the series, relegating Corey Seager to the bench for a night.After Mattingly recently informed Seager he was the team’s primary shortstop, Rollins started only two of the Dodgers’ final six regular-season games. Seager gave Mattingly little choice by batting .337 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in his first 27 games. But the rookie had one hit and four strikeouts in eight at-bats in Games 1 and 2, and Game 3 starter Matt Harvey had been tough on opposing lefties (.204 batting average).Rollins’ .322 career batting average at Citi Field is his highest at any venue in which he’s made at least 30 plate appearances.The manager declined to explain which of these was the determining factor in his decision.“I can argue for Corey. I can argue for Jimmy,” Mattingly said. “I can throw all the scenarios of experience, inexperience. You can throw all that in there, but Jimmy’s name came out for us today.”AlsoThe game’s first pitch was delayed when the Dodgers’ video review phone malfunctioned. … Former Mets outfielder Rusty Staub, 71, threw the ceremonial first pitch less than two weeks after he reportedly suffered a heart attack. … The Mets officially added Triple-A infielder Matt Reynolds to their roster, taking the place of Tejada. … Tejada was on the field in crutches with his teammates during pregame introductions. It was reported he will not need surgery on his fractured right fibula. … Dodgers pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder labrum surgery) and Brandon McCarthy (elbow ligament replacement surgery) both jogged and threw on the field prior to the game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Utley wasn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 3, nor did he play. Howie Kendrick started at second base and Justin Turner started at third, which was not unreasonable considering they were two of the team’s hottest hitters in Games 1 and 2.When his name was announced during pregame player introductions, Utley heard boos from seemingly every soul in the building. The 36-year-old veteran remained stoic as his face was shown on the video board.Beyond Mattingly’s reassurance that Utley and his family felt safe, commissioner Rob Manfred and Mets manager Terry Collins tried to downplay the possibility of any disruptions beyond the game.“We can play angry but we gotta play under control,” Collins said, a message he said he relayed to starting pitcher Matt Harvey.Manfred said he had planned to speak to both managers and the umpire crew in separate pregame meetings, “just to make sure everybody’s on the same page.” NEW YORK >> Joe Torre, the Chief Baseball Officer of MLB, tried to remove Dodgers infielder Chase Utley from Citi Field this week by suspending him for Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series. Was Torre trying to punish Utley for his late, high slide in Game 2 on Saturday, or to protect him?Utley immediately appealed, and his case still had not been heard Monday. Even the commissioner of baseball wasn’t sure if Utley’s appeal would be resolved by the time the Dodgers flew home Wednesday. So Utley was allowed to play in Game 3 — two days after Utley’s slide fractured the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada — though not without an unprecedented level of precaution.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pulled Utley aside, knowing the 36-year-old veteran would be the focus of fans’ vitriol in the first playoff game ever at Citi Field.“We’ve had numerous conversations since the other night, you know, with all the stuff off the field that has happened, and just all the stir about it,” Mattingly said. “Those type of things and make sure he felt comfortable as far as being safe, make sure his family felt comfortable as far as being safe, those type of issues. Those are the things that get in your mind.”
ST Due to the results of the previous matches that Trabzonspor played, the future decision on the staying or leaving Trabzonspor will be critical today. Namely, the last five matches revealed the following results which directly influenced the decision on the Halilhodzic’s staying in the club. To be more precise, Trabzonspor wrote 2 victories, that is 2:1 against Metalist and 1:0 against Legia Warszawa. On the other side, Trabzonspor was defeated by Karabukspor with the result of 3:0. In addition, they wrote down two draws against Kasimpasa and Istanbul Basak.When he started to lead the Trabzonspor, on the official welcome ceremony he said that he would do his best to bring the team into the UEFA Champions League but admitted that the future was hard to predict. However, now all eyes are on the next match which will be decisive for Halilhodzic as well as for the Trabzonspor.The match all are waiting with lot of patience will be played today at 15:00 o’clock against Mersin İdmanyurdu.Vahid Halilhodžić (born 15 October 1952) is a former Bosnian footballer turned manager, currently in charge of Turkish club Trabzonspor.Regarded as one of the best Yugoslav players in the 1970s and 1980s, Halilhodžić had successful playing spells with Velež Mostar, and French clubs Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain before retiring in the mid-1980s. He also appeared for the Yugoslav national team and was part of the squads which won the 1978 European Under-21 Championship before earning 15 full international caps for Yugoslavia.
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