LeBron brushes off Trump blast: ‘We could care less’

first_imgTopics : “Trying to make me laugh right now? I appreciate that,” James said.Trump told Fox News he turns away when he sees players kneel during the anthem, although players have said the move is to protest police brutality and social injustice, and is not an insult to the flag, military or nation.”I think it’s disgraceful,” Trump said. “We work with [the NBA]. We work very hard trying to get them open. I was pushing them to get open. And then I see everyone kneeling during the anthem. It’s not acceptable to me.”When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game. When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and disrespecting our national anthem, what I do, personally, is turn off the game.” Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James hit back at Donald Trump on Wednesday after the US President branded NBA stars who kneel during the national anthem “disgraceful.”The two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time NBA Most Valuable Player rebuked Trump’s comments in the aftermath of a 105-86 loss to Oklahoma City in the Orlando bubble as the league restarts following a four-month COVID-19 shutdown.James smiled when asked about Trump’s comments that he did more for the black community than any president except maybe Abraham Lincoln, who freed slaves in the 19th Century.  ‘We could care less’ “The game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us who love the game of basketball and we could care less.”James noted global support and respect for the NBA.”Our game is in a beautiful position and we’ve got fans all over the world,” James said. “Our fans love and respect what we try to bring to the game, what’s right and what’s wrong.”Trump took aim at NBA ratings and tossed in a dig at those who have kneeled during anthems in Major League Baseball, although both have enjoyed above-average viewership since making their returns in recent weeks after long COVID-19 breaks.”The ratings for the basketball are way down, if you know. And I hear some others are way down, including baseball. Because all of the sudden, now baseball’s is in the act,” Trump said.”We have to stand up for our flag. We have to stand up for our country. We have to stand up for our anthem. And a lot of people agree with me.”Hey, if I’m wrong, I’m going to lose an election. OK. And that’s OK with me. But I will always stand for our country and for our flag.”James was looking forward to the US Presidential voting on November 3 also.”November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us as Americans,” James said. “We talk about we want better, we want change, and we will have [that opportunity].”Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke about Trump earlier, the election on his mind as he wore a cap that had “Vote” on the front.”Well, we lost one guy,” Rivers said of the reduced NBA viewership.”We know that justice is on our side. This hat that I’m wearing is what our President is trying to get us to not to, which I think is just as disgraceful.” Trump need not hurry to turn on the NBA again, James said.”I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game,” James said.last_img read more

10 things you need to know about Hearts’ new coach

first_imgHearts of Oak are set to appoint 46-year old Kenichi Yatsuhashi as coach. The Japanese is relatively unknown on the continent and his appointment still comes as a surprise to many.Who is this Japanese American and what do we know about him?1.    Yatsuhashi played football professionally for a Division II team in Brazil.2.    Kenichi was born in the United States of America.3.    He has been residing in Brooklyn, New York but spends some time in Japan for holidays. 4.    Kenichi was the head coach of male and female ASA college (equivalent to university in the country) football team for a period of five years.5.    Yatsuhashi speaks two main languages – English and Japanese.6.    Yatsuhashi is active on social media and has been actively updating his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.7.    Kenichi is a renowned youth coach in the States and his coaching stints have mostly been with junior sides. 8.    He has certificates in grassroots soccer as well as goalkeeping certificates.9.    He will be the seventh foreign coach for Hearts of Oak in the 21st century. Other foreign names to have taken the role are German Ernst Middendorp and Sanzio Bahner, Serbs Kosta Papic, Nebjosa Vuvucevic, Bulgarian Mitko Kostadinov Dobrev and Isreali Eyal Lachman.10.    Kenichi will be the first Asian to take charge of Accra Hearts of Oak in their 104 years of existence.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Gyan steers Ghana into quarter-finals, Uganda takes on Egypt

first_img04 Apr 1965Uganda v EgyptW5-1International Friendly 18 Jan 1962Egypt v UgandaL2-1Africa Cup of Nations 29 Dec 2002Egypt v UgandaD0-0African Games 03 Mar 1976Egypt v UgandaL2-1Africa Cup of Nations 28 Jul 1995Egypt v UgandaL6-0Africa Cup of Nations 04 Jun 1967Uganda v EgyptL0-1Africa Cup of Nations Uganda vs Egypt – 10pmMali 0 Ghana 1Starting line-up: D Onyango (GK), D.Iguma, G.Walusimbi, H. Wasswa, M. Juuko, K. Aucho, G. Kizito , T, Mawejje, F Miya, G.Massa (Capt), J. Ochaya.Port-Gentil, Gabon | AFP | Ghana secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations as Asamoah Gyan’s goal was enough for them to beat Mali 1-0 in Port-Gentil on Saturday.On an appalling playing surface, Gyan headed home from Jordan Ayew’s cross in the 21st minute to score his eighth goal at the Cup of Nations over six consecutive tournaments going back to 2008.With two wins from two matches in Group D, 2015 runners-up the Black Stars are certain of another appearance in the knockout stage of a tournament they have won four times.Mali have just one point but are not out of it yet, while Egypt and Uganda meet in the other Group D game later.The state of the pitch meant the teams were not allowed to use it for their pre-game warm-ups, instead being forced to do use an indoor facility.The surface did not lend itself to a flowing game of football, but at least the sizeable Malian community in this Gabonese port city made for a raucous atmosphere.Sadly for them, Ghana initially coped better on the pitch and they should have been in front in the 17th minute.The standout performer at the last Cup of Nations, Christian Atsu did brilliantly on the right before delivering a low ball to the near post which Jordan Ayew would surely have converted.However, Andre Ayew took the ball off the feet of his younger brother and stabbed a shot wide.Nevertheless, Avram Grant’s men were ahead before the midway point in the first period as Jordan Ayew crossed from the right and captain Gyan rose unmarked to head past Oumar Sissoko in the Mali goal.The Ghana players celebrated by running across to the bench and holding up t-shirts with a message of support for left-back Abdul Rahman Baba, whose tournament was ended by a serious knee injury in the opening win against Uganda.Sissoko did well to save a Jordan Ayew cross-cum-shot that bounced awkwardly in front of him and Mali then came out with greater purpose after the break.Just as in their opening goalless draw with Egypt, the introduction of exciting young Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma gave them an extra impetus.Despite that, they could not find an equalising goal, with Moussa Marega heading straight at Razak Brimah from a Bakary Sako cross and defender Salif Coulibaly hooking a shot just wide after Ghana had struggled to clear their lines.Ghana were hanging on right until the end, with goalkeeper Razak making a fine reaction save to deny substitute Kalifa Coulibaly from point-blank range in the 90th minute and then beating away a Sako volley in injury time.Cranes face uphill taskWasswa in action in the game against Ghana.Cranes can look back at their second half performance against Ghana as an indication they can match the very best at the African Cup of Nations.They will need that level of performance, and more, when they face record seven-time champions Egypt today. Uganda’s record against the Pharaohs shows only one previous win – in a friendly.“We need to be mentally strong, physically fit and tactically competitive in that game and see what football gives us,” admitted coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic. 27 Dec 2005Egypt v UgandaL2-0LG Cup Uganda played well for much of their opening match against Ghana but Micho was left to lament a mistake by defender Isaac Isinde that gave the Black Stars the decisive penalty.The Cranes are now looking for their first win at the Cup of Nations after 39 years away from the tournament and they can welcome back defender Murushid Juuko and midfielder Khalid Aucho after both served bans against Ghana.“It is very unfortunate that one moment, one silly mistake cost us the penalty,” Uganda coach “Micho” told AFP.“It is very unfortunate that despite all the domination we had in the second half, we could not score.“But we have picked up the pieces, we have learnt the lesson and we are moving forward to the next game.Defeat today will mean certain group-stage elimination in their first appearance at the tournament in 39 years. 08 Jan 2011Egypt v UgandaL1-0International Friendly Africa Cup of Nations 18 Nov 1977Egypt v UgandaL1-0International Friendly 08 Jan 2005Egypt v UgandaL3-0International Friendlycenter_img 17 Jan 2011Egypt v UgandaL3-1International Friendly 01 Mar 1974Egypt v UgandaL2-1Africa Cup of Nations 29 Mar 2012Egypt v UgandaL2-1International Friendly 21 Jan 1995Uganda v EgyptD0-0Africa Cup of Nations 20 Aug 2002Egypt v UgandaL2-0International Friendly 03 Dec 1972Egypt v UgandaD2-2International Friendly DateMatchResultScoreCompetition 21 Jan 2017Egypt v Uganda 14 Aug 2013Egypt v UgandaL3-0International Friendly Egypt goalkeeping crisisEgypt disappointed in their first appearance at the Cup of Nations after a seven-year absence, with star man Mohamed Salah being substituted in the second half following a poor display.Egypt enter the game with goalkeeping worries following injury to their first choice in the draw with Mali.Injury has also affected the other team in the group Ghana, with coach Avram Grant has called for Africa Cup of Nations organisers to allow teams to replace players who have suffered injuries because of the state of the pitches in Gabon.The Black Stars have lost left-back Abdul Rahman Baba to a serious knee injury suffered in the first half of Ghana’s 1-0 win against Uganda on Tuesday.Egypt also lost goalkeeper Ahmed El Shennawy to injury, and with Sherif Ekramy also in the treatment room suddenly coach Hector Cuper has a bit of a crisis.Essam El Hadary, who came off the bench against Mali to become the oldest player ever at the tournament at the age of 44, will now start against Uganda in Saturday’s second game.“Our responsibility has not changed too much. We still know that we need to win our next game to stay in the competition,” admitted Cuper.Ghana’s forward Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Uganda in Port-Gentil on January 17, 2017. Five facts for the Group D match between Egypt and Uganda in Port-Gentil Saturday :— Tradition suggests Egypt will win 2-1 because that was the scoreline in their favour on the three previous occasions they met Uganda in the competition.— The Pharaohs overcame the Cranes in a 1962 semi-final and during the group phase of the 1974 and 1976 tournaments.— While Egypt have won the Cup of Nations a record seven times, Uganda came closest to glory in 1978 when finishing runners-up to hosts Ghana.— Both countries have been notable absentees from the tournament with Egypt missing the last three editions while Uganda are appearing following a 39-year break.— Striker Mohamed Salah is the best known Egyptian while Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango won the 2016 Africa-based Footballer of the Year award.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more