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first_imgHe looked tearful as he departed to a standing ovation in the second half, from some Sevilla fans too, before hoisting the Copa del Rey trophy aloft.“This week I will make my decision public but we will always have days like today,” Iniesta said. Asked if this was his last final with Barcelona, Iniesta added: “It’s a possibility. In a few days I’ll make it public and nothing more. Today is a very special and emotional day.”The top sponsor of China club Chongqing Dangdai Lifan told the state-run Xinhua news agency Saturday he was “positive” they would sign Iniesta, who had earlier this year also been linked with fellow Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian. Madrid, Spain | AFP | Andres Iniesta hinted he may have played his last final for Barcelona after they crushed Sevilla 5-0 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday.Barcelona captain Iniesta said he would reveal his future plans “this week” as the 33-year-old weighs up an offer from China that would take him away from his boyhood club.There was no sign of age catching up with the Spaniard at the Wanda Metropolitano where Iniesta capped a sublime performance by scoring Barca’s fourth goal.center_img “I will say what the decision is this week,” said Iniesta. “I think it’s a little clear but we will see.”Lionel Messi scored in between a first-half double for Luis Suarez as Barcelona ran riot to secure their fourth Copa del Rey triumph in as many years. Philippe Coutinho converted a late penalty to make it 5-0.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

first_imgby Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist During the ring ceremony on opening night in Miami, a microphone picked up NBA Commissioner David Stern telling LeBron James, “I’m proud of you.”No doubt. Although it doesn’t become official until 2014, Stern’s recent retirement announcement cracked the door on the debate about his legacy. In one important sense — more on that in a moment — it’s an open-and-shut case.Charles Barkley weighed in during the Celtics at Miami pregame show, calling his one-time boss, “arguably the greatest commissioner in sports” because since both arrived in 1984, the average player salary had skyrocketed from $250,000 to $5.2 million this season. Factor in relative labor peace, a decided lack of scandal, expansion from 23 teams to 30 and the explosive growth of the league’s fan base internationally, and Barkley’s assessment doesn’t sound far-fetched.Stern is a “player’s commissioner” in nearly every sense, which is why the knocks against him have plenty of merit, too. He inherited one of the best rivalries in sport, Magic vs. Larry, but as Michael Jordan ascended to become basketball’s first truly global figure, he hitched the league’s fortunes to the drawing power of its stars at the expense of its teams. So while Stern often pays lip service to achieving competitive balance, the dominance of two dozen or so superstars has made the argument moot. Only eight teams have won a championship during his stewardship — compared to 15 in the NFL and NHL, and 18 in major league baseball — and as Stern’s cameo alongside James on Tuesday night reminded us, that’s not likely to change anytime soon.If you’re one of those superstars, or lucky to have landed in the right place at the right time, it’s been a good run. Dwayne Wade qualifies on both counts. His breakthrough season came when Shaquille O’Neal parted ways with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles and moved east to claim his last title in Miami. Two seasons ago, James decided to leave Cleveland to take his talents there, too, pulling along Chris Bosh from Toronto in his wake. After a sure-handed 120-107 win over their Eastern Conference rivals, someone asked Wade whether players kept track of how few teams passed out rings during the Stern era like the ones the Heat collected before the game.“I do. I do. I’m sure a lot of players do,” Wade replied. If you know the history of the game, you know not many franchises, not many coaches and obviously not many players have won championships in that long period of time from when I started watching basketball.”During training camp, James was asked a similar question and said, “The game is different, but the way it’s being shaped, it has some similarities.”He’s right insofar as superstars always needed a strong supporting cast — both Magic and Bird had All-Star teammates, and even Jordan needed Scottie Pippen as a sidekick — but these days they have more say over where they play than ever. The labor fight that shortened last season, and Stern’s veto of the Chris Paul-to-Los Angeles trade just before it began were an attempt to slow down that movement, but it was a case of too little too late. Just about every superstar looking for a better home already has found one in the past few seasons — the latest example being Dwight Howard and Steve Nash moving to Los Angeles — which is why the biggest name anyone expects to get moved between now and the trade deadline is Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao.As if the Heat’s title last year wasn’t impressive enough, they added Rashard Lewis and three-point specialist Ray Allen, putting even more distance between them and the rest of the conference. The story is almost as depressing in the West. Oklahoma City, the team Miami beat in the finals last season, figured to have its hands full getting past those Lakers and the Spurs again this year. And in a bid to save money, the Thunder traded sixth-man James Harden to Houston, deciding they didn’t want to take on another long-term contract in addition to the two deals they made to lock up Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.It’s not just the players, of course, who’ve taken notice of how Stern does business. Fans and owners in more than a few of the league’s outposts, from Sacramento to Charlotte, know only too well how the league operates. So do the bookies in Las Vegas, where more than one has the Heat and Lakers as odds-on co-favorites.“It’s great to be in that category,” Wade acknowledged. “It’s special. It’s the one thing, when the banner was going up, you look and you say, ‘Man, this is something that can never be taken away from us.’”Not to worry. There’s likely to be another one or two hanging alongside it sometime soon.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke@ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/Jim Litke.) NBA Commissioner David Stern speaks during a basketball news conference following Board of Governors meetings in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Stern announced he will retire on Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years after he took charge of the league. He will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) last_img read more

first_imgWEST LONG BRANCH –  On Thursday, February 9 at 1 p.m. in the Club Dining Room, Magill Commons, Negro League Baseball expert Larry Hogan will present  “Before You Can Say ‘Jackie Robinson’: Black Baseball in America & NJ in the Era of the Color Line.”   Mr. Hogan will be accompanied by two former Negro League baseball players Mr. Robert Scott and Mr. Pedro Sierra.  Mr. Hogan was on the MLB Hall of Fame committee that voted on the recent induction of Black ballplayers.  He is the author of the definitive book on Black baseball “Shades of Glory.” Mr. Scott was a strong right-handed pitcher whose baseball career spanned from 1941 to 1955. Mr. Sierra had a twenty-two year career that began in 1954, when he left Cuba as a 16-year-old to play for the Indianapolis Clowns in the Negro League and included two stints in the Washington Senators’ system. He left baseball in 1976 and worked for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Recreation for 25 years. The event is sponsored by Monmouth University’s Office of Affirmative Action & Human Relations.For additional information on Black History Month at Monmouth University, call 732-571-3526.last_img read more

first_imgBy Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily The future of Morning Mountain may lie in the hands of the Nelson Cycling Club. The Regional District of Central Kootenay holds tenure on the controlled recreation area on the Crown land that used to be the Morning Mountain (Blewett) Ski Hill — and still owns property at the base of the former ski hill — but may be looking to hand that tenure over to the city’s cycling club. Community Services general manager for the RDCK, Joe Chirico, said the land used for the hill hasn’t been utilized for skiing for many years. As a result, they have been having “issues” with people trespassing on the property and they have been looking to find someone who would actively manage it. That someone could be the Nelson Cycling Club, Chirico said. “The cycling club has expressed an interest in being on the property for recreational purposes,” he said. “Lots of the trails in the Giveout Creek area would finish on the Morning Mountain property.” Over the last few years, the cycling club has held their annual fall mountain bike event — the Fat Tire Festival — on Morning Mountain, as well as extensively used the mountain biking trails above the hill in the Giveout Creek area. “They have shown interest as an active group to mange the property, … so we are looking to formalize an agreement with them,” he said. “It’s in the works but not near completion.” A meeting amongst Area E director Ramona Faust, Area F director Ron Mickel, Chirico and the RDCK’s regional park planner to discuss the options for dispensing and allocating the ski hill funds and signage is the next step in the process. editor@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

first_imgJust when the Kootenay Ice thought it was finally going to end the winless drought Greater Vancouver Canadians scored four times on the power play to skate away with a 6-3 B.C. Major Midget Hockey League win Saturday at the Castlegar and District Community Complex.Shane Kumar and Tyler Sandhu scored 30 seconds apart to erase a 3-2 Kootenay lead as the Canadians won game one of the two-game weekend series.Sunday, Greater Vancouver dumped Kootenay 6-1.Kootenay, sitting in the basement with a 1-17-2 record, looked every bit like the better team Saturday.Two goals by Jake Lucchini of Trail and a single by Castlegar’s Quinn Klimchuck, the latter coming with 33 seconds remaining in the second period, staked the home side to the one-goal advantage entering the third frame.But a parade to the penalty box by the Ice allowed Greater Vancouver to get its power play in gear.Spencer Shoen and Troy Sutherland completed the scoring for the Canadians, which finished the game with five power play goals.Female goalie Kimberley Newell of Nelson was in goal for Kootenay.Sunday, Kootenay continued to clutch and grab and Greater Vancouver also continued to score on special teams, finishing with three more power play markers.Six different Canadians shared in the scoring for Greater Vancouver.Michael Olson-Eyre finished the game with three points for Greater Vancouver.Justin Post of Nelson scored the lone goal for Kootenay.
Brett Soles of Cranbrook took the loss in goal for Kootenay.The Ice return to action Saturday with a game in Grand Forks against the North Island Silvertips. Game time is 4 p.m.Sunday the teams drop the puck at 10 a.m., also in the Boundary City.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more