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Kinnear seeks Pardew talks

first_img The 66-year-old, who managed the club between 2008 and 2009, has signed a contract reportedly for three years to work alongside Pardew. And having not yet spoken to the manager, he hopes to address that at the earliest opportunity to plan for the season ahead. “Alan’s aware of the situation,” Kinnear told Sky Sports News. “I’m hoping to meet Alan sometime tomorrow to go through the team itself and where it’s glaringly clear we need to be improve.” He added: “That will be my job, to find and buy these players. I’m not picking the team, that’s what the manager gets paid for. I’m there solely to see he gets the best possible team on the pitch. “The tactics are down to him; if he wants my ideas, he can ask for them. I’ve already had two days with Graham (Carr, chief scout) and I intend to see him on Thursday morning. Between the three of us we will sit down and iron it out, if those two decide a player is not any good I’ll listen – it’s not a case of ‘like it or lump it’.” Kinnear’s departure from the club four years ago was down to health issues but he insisted he is fit and ready to return to the Barclays Premier League. The former Wimbledon and Nottingham Forest boss suffered a heart attack before a game against West Brom in February 2009 and, with United favourite Alan Shearer taking charge for the remainder of the season, Kinnear left the club at the end of his contract in May of that year. But he said: “I’m as fit as a fiddle now. I’m absolutely delighted with the situation. I’ve been working out in the gym, I go for long walks, I’ve lost lot of weight – I’m in the best physical shape I’ve ever been. I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to come back. I have turned down managerial jobs in the lower leagues, because I felt I’d gone past that and I wanted to get my teeth into something in the Premier League.” Newcastle were relegated that season but Kinnear was keen to absolve himself from blame. He said: “When I took over we were third from bottom, we were lying 12th when I had my heart attack and we were flying – you could get a million to one on that we were staying up. “I had the heart attack, I don’t really like talking about it, and from there we got relegated. I think the people in and around that club were trying to implicate me in the fact we got relegated when actually it was a load of crap. If I’d still been there that would never happened – just for the record, I’ve never been manager at a club that’s got relegated.” Joe Kinnear will meet with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew as soon as possible after confirming his return to the club as director of football.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Van Gaal confident over De Gea

first_imgLouis van Gaal is confident David de Gea will resist Real Madrid’s overtures and sign a new contract with Manchester United. Van Gaal completed his seventh signing of the season on Thursday when Victor Valdes put pen to paper on an initial 18-month deal. The arrival of the highly-decorated former Barcelona goalkeeper prompted speculation regarding the future of De Gea, whose contract expires at the end of next season. Press Association “David de Gea has developed himself in the six months that I’ve been here very much. I’m very pleased with his development. Valdes left Barcelona last summer following a long association that stretched back to when he was just 10. The goalkeeper has been training with United since October in a bid to help him recover from a serious knee injury he suffered in March. Van Gaal, who handed Valdes his Barca debut 13 years ago, is satisfied the player has fully recovered from his injury. ”When we invite Victor Valdes to have his rehabilitation here in Manchester United you do that for him and also for yourself,” Van Gaal said. ”You have the chance to see his rehabilitation but also if his quality is still the same and he has confirmed both.” The signing of Valdes, who was linked with Liverpool, is a clear indication that Van Gaal is ready to snap up any of his targets if they become available this month. “We were very quick to buy Victor Valdes. Did you notice (that)?” the former Bayern Munich coach said. ”When we can, we deal quickly.” De Gea has played a big part in the 10-match unbeaten run that has propelled United into third position in the Barclays Premier League. Despite the recent upturn in form, Van Gaal is still not completely happy with his team and has far bigger aims than just qualifying for the Champions League. ”My ambition is that I have the best players who can collaborate with each other to form the best team in the world,” the United manager said. Van Gaal’s ability to get United back into the Champions League will be helped hugely if the injury situation at Old Trafford remains as it is. The Dutchman is without just one player – Ashley Young – for the visit of Southampton on Sunday. That means Daley Blind is in line to make his return from a two-month knee injury layoff and Luke Shaw will also be available to face his old club. Shaw has only made 10 appearances for United since his £28million move from Saints due to two ankle injuries and a hamstring problem. When asked whether he was worried about Shaw’s injury problems, Van Gaal said: “Yes. You are right because I have put to him the same question. The Dutchman then moved to allay fears that Shaw was likely to be injury-prone for the rest of his career. “No,” he said when asked if he feared repeated the teenager would suffer a pattern of injuries throughout his playing days. “It is dependable of the manager, if the manager still has trust in the player – it is always like that. When reminded about his criticism of Shaw’s fitness during the pre-season tour of the United States, Van Gaal added: “It was a long time ago. That was the beginning of our relationship and collaboration. That has passed.” Real Madrid are reported to have identified De Gea as the man they want to replace Iker Casillas as their first-choice goalkeeper. Senior sources at United are understood to be “relaxed” about De Gea’s situation and Van Gaal himself appears to have little doubt his no.1 will stay at the club. “I think so, yes,” Van Gaal said when asked whether De Gea’s long-term future was at United. “I think there is no problem for him to sign. “When you are a (regular) player, then probably you are the best, and then the manager is very happy that a player that is fixed in the line-up will stay.” Having won six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues with Barcelona, Valdes, like Van Gaal, is well-accustomed to success. The Dutchman therefore expects his new arrival to battle hard for a place in the first team. ”Nobody is happy to be number two and he has to have ambition to beat David De Gea – but it shall be very hard for him,” Van Gaal said. last_img read more

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MAINEiacs Charities plans annual sportsmen’s supper

first_imgBANGOR — MAINEiacs Charities of the Maine Air National Guard will host the 53rd annual Sportsmen’s Supper on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Elks Lodge on the Odlin Road.Over the years, the Sportsmen’s Supper, open to Guard personnel and the general public, has attracted sportsmen who enjoy the camaraderie, music, guest speakers, door prizes, raffles and a great meal. A social hour and vendor fair are from 4 to 6 p.m. and the dinner and auction are from 6 to 9 p.m.“Last year we filled the hall at the Elk’s Club and everybody had a great time,” said MSgt Chris Labonte, who helps coordinate the festive affair. “Significant dollars were raised for MAINEiacs Charities. We expect this year’s supper to be another full house with lots of fun and prizes. The buffet style meal is always a big hit with many choices, including roast beef, stuffed chicken and much more.”Labonte says some impressive door prizes and many other donated outdoor items will be given away as part of a raffle and silent auction.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textV. Paul Reynolds, editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal, newspaper columnist and host of the popular weekly radio program “Maine Outdoors,” will emcee the event and share some observations about doings in the Maine outdoors.Jim Leighton’s Maine bluegrass band Original Condition also will perform.Tickets to the Sportsmen’s Supper are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available from Chris Labonte (754-7162), Jim Leighton (944-3128) and V. Paul Reynolds (745-3133).MAINEiacs Charities will use the proceeds to supports needy Guard families and other worthy causes in the greater Bangor community.last_img read more

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West Genesee’s Llanos, Viau win state tennis qualifier

first_img Tags: J-EMarcellusskaneatelesTennisWest Genesee A close first set was 5-5 until Llanos and Viau broke serve, and then took the set 7-5. Newly energized, the Wildcats’ pair then beat Manta and Wang 6-4 in the second set to claim that state tournament bid, the fourth in Viau’s decorated career.And it didn’t end there because, in the finals, Llanos and Viau prevailed over Jamesville-DeWitt’s Mona Farah and Tara Pollock, claiming the first set 6-3 and then having an injury to a J-D player end the match.Still, Farah and Pollock advanced to the state tournament that gets underway Saturday at Tri-Valley Fitness in Latham, while Manta and Wang won the third-place match over Cazenovia’s Alex Galle and Nina Royer for the final berth.Llanos and Viau weren’t alone among local sides, either, as Marcellus, Skaneateles and Jordan-Elbridge each brought players to the state qualifier, too.For the Lakers, Ella Danforth and Emma Miller gave Manta and Wang a tough opening-round match before taking a 6-4, 6-4 defeat, while the Mustangs’ Kaitlyn Kemp and Morgan Walsh fell to Clinton’s Mei Cassidy-Heekin and Madeline Walters 6-3, 6-2.In singles, J-E’s Anise Bort, who finished second in the sectional Division III singles tournament, went up against the no. 2 seed, Utica-Notre Dame’s Ellen Lyga, in the first round and won the opening game before Lyga took over and prevailed 6-1, 6-1.Marcellus had two singles players on hand as Danielle Copp took a 6-0, 6-0 defeat to Baldwinsville’s Brooke Tutor and Kathleen DeMarle, in the same quarter of the bracket as Bort, lost to Phoenix’s Brielle DeRoberts 6-0, 6-2.Ellen Lyga went on to advance to the finals, earning a trip to the state tournament along with Christian Brothers Academy’s duo of Gieselle Vlassis and Grace DelPino.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The doubles match went to WG’s duo, though, as Llanos and Viau won 6-2, 6-2, moving within one match of a state tournament berth.Thursday’s semifinal pitted the top seed from Fayetteville-Manlius, Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang, against Llanos and Viau. When they had met five days earlier in the sectional Division I final, Manta and Wang rolled 6-1, 6-1.But at Drumlins, and with a state tournament berth at stake, everything changed.center_img With strong performances in a quartet of matches last week, West Genesee girls tennis players Angelina Llanos and Katie Viau earned a berth in this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships – and got a bit of payback, too.The annual Section III state qualifying tournament returned to Drumlins, where 16 doubles teams vied for those three state berths, with Llanos and Viau starting out as the no. 4 seed.In Tuesday’s opening round, the Wildcats pair handled Whitesboro’s Kyrie Cleary and Karlie Cubino 6-2, 6-2. Next was a quarterfinal against Liverpool’s Julie Schewe and Angelica Underwood, whom they had met in singles during the regular season.last_img read more

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NBA Draft: The case against picking Malachi Richardson

first_imgDaily Orange File Photo Published on June 16, 2016 at 10:06 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Liam Sheehan | Staff Photographer Turned overRichardson’s explosiveness toward the rim came with its drawbacks at times, as the occasional erratic drives mentioned in the case for drafting Richardson yesterday resulted in opponents breaking out in transition the other way.Richardson turned the ball over 79 times this season compared to 77 assists. He was the only ball handler on the Orange that had more giveaways than helpers — and it wasn’t even close. Michael Gbinije had a plus-55 assist-to-turnover margin, Trevor Cooney was plus-30 and Frank Howard plus-28.Richardson liked to use any and all space he had in front of him to maneuver the ball, but his lanky frame extended it too far out at times while exposing a flaw that needs reassuring before a team spends a lottery pick on him. Commentscenter_img Related Stories Malachi Richardson: ‘Shots will fall eventually, that’s what I’m here to do’Crunching the numbers of Malachi Richardson’s impressive responses to low-scoring 1st halvesHow Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson fared at the NBA Draft Combine on ThursdayMalachi Richardson reportedly signs with agent, officially ending his college career Posting upRichardson will likely be a two-guard in the NBA, but if a team needs him to play the small forward spot and feels comfortable slotting him there because of his success at SU in the position, he’ll need to develop some sort of potency from the low block.Comparisons to Kevin Durant and LeBron James are obviously far-fetched, but the two small forwards in have both mastered the turnaround jumper and distributing from the low block —something Richardson didn’t get much of a chance to do since he mainly had the ball on the wing and the top of the key.The added diversity would make him more appealing despite his perceived niche at shooting guard. But the lack of an arsenal from the low block may be a roadblock for his draft stock. The entire mock draft world hasn’t piled onto the Malachi Richardson bandwagon yet, and those holdouts may have valid reason.While there is a strong case to take the 20-year-old in the back end of the lottery in next Thursday’s NBA Draft, a cluster of flaws that popped up throughout his freshman season raise justifiable doubts. Scoring inconsistencies, an unproven low-post repertoire and a turnover-to-assist ratio less than one could steer teams away from spending a lottery pick, or even one in the late teens, on the former Syracuse wing.Here’s some analysis countering yesterday’s case for drafting Richardson so high, this time campaigning for his drop in the draft for argument’s sake.Front-loadedFor whatever reason, Richardson fared far better in the points column in second halves of games than in the opening 20 minutes this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis responses to low-scoring first halves were impressive — he only scored in single digits six times in 37 games — and stretches where he seemed unstoppable bailed out his stat line and, at times, the Orange.But that same streakiness is reason for slight concern, as cold periods in his freshman season flashed some inconsistency that can only hurt the otherwise natural scorer at the next level.last_img read more

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Uzbekistan native enjoying tennis in America

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team is full of young and energetic players from all corners of the globe. One Badger’s energy, however, stands apart from the rest and has had a positive effect on the play of his teammates throughout the course of the regular season.His name is Jakhongir Jalalov, or “Johnnie” as his teammates call him, and he is a freshman who hails from Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. Johnnie has made certain his smile and team-first mentality did not get left behind on the 13.5-hour flight.“It’s really fun [playing with Johnnie],” fellow freshman Oskar Wikberg said, “because he is always vocal and always pumps everybody up. He brings a lot of motivation to the team and the players so that is really good.”Regardless of the score of the match, as soon as Johnnie is finished playing on his court he immediately runs to the nearest court to cheer on his teammates and give them the emotional support needed to win a tough Division I tennis match.“I think it is really important to give moral support to your guys,” Jalalov said. “We all know, and I know from my past experience, that it is important to do so no matter what the result is. We all know to be very proud of each other, regardless of what the result will be.”The moral support he gives his teammates does not go unnoticed with head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “He brings a great team morale to the table,” Van Emburgh said. “When he comes out there and is really playing with a lot of intensity, and becoming a vocal leader, it adds a lot to the team and that is an area that we have really been trying to work on.”While being a great teammate and motivator is important, it does not yield results and that is where Jalalov’s play on the court comes into the equation. Heading into the Big Ten tournament, Johnnie is 17-14 (6-3 in the fall) in singles play and 16-10 (3-2 in the fall) in doubles. At the number three court for doubles, Jalalov sports an 11-6 record where he is 10-5 with Wikberg as his partner.His success on the court was the main reason coach Van Emburgh was attracted to the 20-year-old. “He is a really competitive person,” Van Emburgh said. “He had a good junior career internationally and [has so far gotten us] a bunch of singles and doubles points. You know he is a really nice guy and he has started to work harder and harder, so it’s just been a really good fit [here at Wisconsin].”“I feel like he’s only going to continue to get better,” Van Emburgh continued, “and we are looking for him to continually step up in the years to come.”What attracted Jalalov to the Wisconsin was the good academics, coupled with a good tennis program.“It is a good mix here,” Jalalov said, “and that is exactly what I was looking for [in a school].”As one of five international players on the team, Jalalov has found his niche here in Wisconsin. “We feel really comfortable as a team,” Jalalov said as assistant coach Joe Bates spanked him jokingly with a tennis racquet. “By the end of the season we really feel like we are together as a team.”Part of that bonding experience has come away from the tennis court, where Jalalov and Wikberg are roommates.“He’s just a really good guy,” Wikberg said. “He is really fun and just an all-around good roommate and teammate.”Still, no matter how close teammates are, there is a difference between playing in Madison and playing overseas. “The main difference is now I play for my teammates, and to represent my program, and my university,” Jalalov said. “Now I am in a team environment, which is completely different than [back home] when I played for myself.”The new environment that Jalalov finds himself in seems one he was made for, and he’s thriving in it.“I think he’s adjusted great, both on and off the court, and he’s just been excited since day one to be a Badger and to wear that ‘motion W’ across his chest,” Van Emburgh said.At the end of the day, this smiling, energetic and full-of-life character from Uzbekistan is just like any other teenage boy here on campus. And if you ask Wikberg, he’s your average roommate who has his fair share of quirks.“Um, he is really flexible,” Wikberg said of Jalalov. “Like, he’s really flexible and can do things with his body that actually scare me.”The Badgers travel to Ohio Wednesday for the start of the Big Ten Tournament where they will face Purdue in the first round. Wednesday also holds another date of significance for this Badgers’ squad: it’s Jalalov’s 20th birthday.last_img read more

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Braun Strowman, Josh Reddick grapple with ‘ChangeUp’ questions

first_imgThe Monster dwarfed Reddick, who’s listed at 6-2 and 195 pounds and knows better than to risk getting those hands if he ever enters the ring. WWE Superstar Braun Strowman continued his tour of MLB stadiums Wednesday with an appearance at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, site of the 2020 Royal Rumble. The “Raw” wrestler threw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Twins-Astros game.Before he took the mound for that toss, he took a few minutes to talk wrestling, baseball and powerlifting on “ChangeUp,” DAZN’s nightly MLB show. Strowman had a co-star for his segment: Astros outfielder and wrestling superfan Josh Reddick. .@RealJoshReddick and @BraunStrowman GET THESE HANDS. ✋🤚#ChangeUp pic.twitter.com/6LECO9JDlA— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 24, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNStrowman, the son of a prodigious slow-pitch softball power hitter, was in Milwaukee on Sunday to do the first-pitch honors before a Dodgers-Brewers game. His catcher that afternoon? Ryan Braun, of course.Looking good out there, @BraunStrowman! The Monster Among Men threw out the 1st pitch today at the @Brewers game! pic.twitter.com/nEazfEYJiB— WWE (@WWE) April 22, 2019Earlier this month, Strowman made an appearance at Yankee Stadium during the buildup to WrestleMania 35.last_img read more

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Warriors, Kevin Durant face reality he might not return in NBA Finals

first_img“I was hoping that today would be the day that he would get out on the floor. It’s not gonna be today, it’s probably going to be tomorrow,” Kerr told the room full of reporters Thursday. “So the hope would be that he can make it back before the end of the series.”Re-read the last part of Kerr’s comment, with a maximum of only three games remaining in the Finals, and you see the very real possibility is this: Durant may not make it back this postseason. Related News Warriors injury updates: Klay Thompson to play Game 4, but Kevin Durant out Warriors’ Mark Stevens banned 1 year, fined $500K for shoving Kyle Lowry Kevin Durant won’t play Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters.If you’re wondering, it’s been 30 days since Kevin Durant, who suffered a strained right calf in Game 5 of the Warriors’ West semifinals series against the Rockets. As NBC Sports Bay Area noted:”The Warriors aren’t saying he will miss what’s left of the NBA Finals, but the pattern of their statements since mid-May keeps sliding it closer to the possibility that the Toronto Raptors won’t have to deal with Durant.”It’s a mild calf strain. It’s more serious than we initially thought. He’s progressing. We don’t know when he’ll be back. He’s doing everything he can to get himself ready to play. We have to go with the guys we have. He had a really good workout today, ramped it up and it went well. He’s unavailable for Game 4, a game the Warriors desperately need to win trailing the series two-games-to-one.”Understand that the two-time defending champions have other health issues. DeMarcus Cousins, back in the Finals from a torn quadriceps, looked out of sorts in Game 3. Klay Thompson (strained hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4, but at what effectiveness? Draymond Green is dealing with a cranky knee, Andre Iguodala, 35, is limping on a sore calf, too, and Kevon Looney is trying to get back from a break in his ribcage.None is exactly Zdeno Chara playing with a broken jaw in the Stanley Cup Final, but it’s a sufficiently long list that Stephen Curry’s dislocated finger scarcely registers.“He’s just trying to get healthy,” Green said of Durant. “I’m not really sure if he’s been held out or he is – I mean, obviously, I think he’s still recovering and whatever. But, yeah, I don’t really know what’s Kevin’s day-to-day dealings with the training staff. I try to spend as (little) time in the training room as I can.”According to multiple reports, Durant is being diligent with treatments and rehab, sometimes going above and beyond what’s necessary, according to NBC Sports Bay Area, which adds that Durant “wants to play, yearns for a chance to help the Warriors achieve their desired goal of a three-peat.”But the clock is tick, tick, ticking.Back at it Friday pic.twitter.com/i6x2hSDMAY— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 6, 2019“Knowing he’s not playing Game 4, we know what our rotations are going to be, everybody will lock in and go win that game,” Curry said. “And then when we get on the plane to go to Toronto (for Game 5 on Sunday), ask the same question. And we hope at some point he will be back, and when he does, like we said, we’ll be able to transition our perspective with him available.”But until then it’s just on the daily, the moment is who is out there. Who is ready to play? And can we go win?”Big final question there, posed by the guy who scored 47 points in Game 3 and, in Thompon’s and Durant’s absence, it wasn’t enough. Who is Mark Stevens? What to know about Warriors minority owner who shoved Kyle Lowry Every bucket from @StephenCurry30’s #NBAPlayoffs career-high 47-point outing in Game 3 ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/soFwX46GFz— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 6, 2019“It would suck if Kevin can’t come back,” Thompson said. “I still think we would have a good chance to win the Finals, but obviously that takes a huge hit. I don’t think it would make us the clear-cut favorite anymore without him.”Adopting Curry’s “who’s ready to play?” mantra, Thompson takes on an outsized role starting Friday. If he can score a little and is up to containing Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, then Golden State has a shot at winning and buying Durant at least until Thursday’s Game 6 to try and get back.But it’s going on five weeks since the Warriors initially projected that Durant would be sidelined two to three weeks. Time’s running out.last_img read more

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NBA free agency rumors: Avery Bradley signing with Lakers, agent says

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Bucks sign Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother NBA free agency rumors: Grizzlies, Tyus Jones agree to $28M offer sheet The latest Lakers signing will boost their bench further after the team added Danny Green and re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.He will also join, among other newcomers, Anthony Davis, acquired in a trade, and DeMarcus Cousins, who signed with Los Angeles.While with the Grizzlies, Bradley averaged 16.1 points and 4.0 assists per game. Avery Bradley is heading back to Los Angeles — but with a different team.The free-agent guard plans to sign a two-year, $9.7 million contract with the Lakers on Monday once he clears waivers, Bradley’s agent, Bill Duffy, told ESPN. NBA trade rumors: Thunder sending Jerami Grant to Nuggets for first-round pick The deal will include a second-year buyout option.Bradley, 28, was waived by the Grizzlies on Saturday to make him a free agent. He started the 2018-19 season with the Clippers but was traded in February to the Grizzlies for JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple. Related Newslast_img read more

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Bill Peters resigns as Calgary Flames head coach: Everything we now know

first_imgpic.twitter.com/F1JdMLbAt6— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 28, 2019Peters issues letter of resignationOn Friday, Treliving announced that he accepted a letter of resignation from Peters as a result of the ongoing investigation into the racial slur and physical abuse allegations the now-former head coach was facing. He would not offer any insight into whether Peters would have been fired had the resignation not come — suggesting that it is not best to deal in hypotheticals.”Effective immediately, Bill Peters is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames organization.”This morning, #Flames GM Brad Treliving received and accepted a letter of resignation from Bill Peters: “Effective immediately, Bill Peters is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames organization.” pic.twitter.com/IImaQVaXml— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 29, 2019Geoff Ward was announced as interim head coach of the Flames. He coached the team in Wednesday’s overtime win against Buffalo and has been an associate for the Flames for just one full season. Flames head coach Bill Peters has resigned during an investigation after a former player accused him of using a racial slur during an interaction years ago.The player in question, Akim Aliu, played for Peters with the Rockford IceHogs — the Chicago Blackhawks’ minor league affiliate — during the 2009-10 season. Aliu wrote in a series of tweets Monday that recent criticism of former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock did not surprise him and that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” when it came to Peters, who he labeled as Babcock’s “protege.” The Flames head coach worked as an assistant under Babcock in junior hockey with the Spokane Chiefs from 1999 to 2002 and broke into the NHL coaching ranks as Babcock’s assistant with the Detroit Red Wings in 2011.MORE: Calgary Flames GM denies rumors of Bill Peters firingAliu alleged on Twitter that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room” in his rookie year because he did not approve of Aliu playing hip-hop music in the locker room.On Tuedsay, Aliu gave a detailed account of the incident to TSN, which also independently corroborated his account with two of his then-teammates. Other players have since come forward with stories of their own unpleasant experiences with Peters, while Calgary general manager Brad Treliving promised a “thorough” investigation into the matter.Here everything we know so far about the Bill Peters situation.What is Bill Peters accused of saying?Former NHLer Akim Aliu accused Peters of repeatedly using racial slurs toward him in the IceHogs locker room before a morning skate during the 2009-10 season.The Nigerian-born Aliu, 20 at the time, told TSN on Tuesday that Peters said “Hey Akim, I’m sick of you playing that n— s—,” when he entered the room, referring to Aliu’s hip-hop music.“He said, ‘I’m sick of hearing this n— f—ing other n— in the ass stuff,'” Aliu told TSN. “He then walked out like nothing ever happened. You could hear a pin drop in the room, everything went dead silent. I just sat down in my stall, didn’t say a word.”TSN reached out to two of Aliu’s his former teammates — Simon Pepin and Peter MacArthur — on Tuesday to corroborate the story. Aliu said Peters never apologized for his comments and instead used a racial slur again when they had a one-on-one meeting.“You know, I’m just sick of this n— s—. It’s every day. From now on, we need to play different music,” Peters said, according to Aliu.Aliu tweeted that he rebelled against Peters in the incident’s aftermath and was sent down to the ECHL not long after as a result. He also said he never confronted the coach about the incident directly.”What am I going to say? I was 20 years old and a first-year pro. I was too scared to speak up,” Aliu told TSN. “I beat myself up every day over it.”Flames, NHL issue statements over allegationThe NHL called Peters’ alleged behavior “repugnant and unacceptable” in a statement Tuesday.Rumors swirled that Peters had been fired when he was not seen on the ice for the Flames’ practice in Buffalo on Tuesday, but Calgary GM Brad Treliving told reporters the coach has not yet been relieved of his duties. Treliving said he had alrady spoken to both Peters and Aliu, and while he could not speculate on what might happen, Treliving to the need for a “thorough” investigation into the matter.”We hope to have this completed quickly, but it’s got to be thorough,” Treliving told reporters. “It’s got to be thorough and it’s got to be done correctly and I’m not about to comment on anything halfway through or give tidbits or give soundbites at this point other than to say the serious nature of this is not lost on us. We take it with extreme seriousness and until such time as I personally can talk to all parties involved and everybody we want to as part of this, we’re not going to comment.”A statement from #Flames GM Brad Treliving in Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/qcvqZpnjkF— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 26, 2019ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski reported Tuesday that the only reason Peters has not yet been fired is that the team’s lawyers are working on a way to remove him without having to pay the rest of his contract. According to CapFriendly, Peters is signed through the 2020-21 season; financial details of the contract are unknown.Later Tuesday evening, Treliving issued a statement that Peters will not be coaching while the team’s investigation continues. “Bill Peters will not be behind the bench for the Flames game [Wednesday] night in Buffalo,” the statement read. “Associate coach Geoff Ward will handle head coaching duties.”Prior concerns were raised in CarolinaABC’s Mark Armstrong reported that a prior concern had been raised by players and staff members within the Hurricanes organization to Ron Francis regarding concerns about Peters. No change was made.Francis was the Hurricanes’ GM from 2014-18, the same exact time Peters was the head coach. Francis is now the first GM of the Seattle expansion team.”Close relationships spanning decades were ruined because of Francis’ decision not to fire Peters,” The Athletic’s Sara Civian added.How NHL players reacted to Akim Aliu’s claimAnother former IceHog, Sean McMorrow, tweeted on Tuesday that Peters was the “worst human being ever to coach me” and that he was treated “terrible” by the now 54-year-old head coach.Michal Jordan, who played for Peters during his time with the Hurricanes, accused Peters of physical abuse during an unspecified game.1) Never wish anything bad to the person but you get what you deserve Bill.After years making it to the NHL had experience with the worst coach ever by far.Kicking me and punching other player to the head during the game…— Michal Jordan (@TheBigCzech23) November 26, 20192) then pretending like nothing happened…couldnt believe my eyes what can happen in the best league.. happy that i dont have to go thrue that stuff on daily basics anymore.— Michal Jordan (@TheBigCzech23) November 26, 2019Current Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour — who served as Peters’ assistant — confirmed Jordan’s account on Wednesday and said the team’s upper management handled the situation correctly after players raised concerns about Peters.The Athletic’s Sara Civian reported Tuesday that one source within the Hurricanes organization simply said “Karma’s a b—” in response to the allegations against Peters.Peters issues apologyOn Wednesday, Peters wrote a letter of apology addressed to Treliving and sent to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sportnet’s Eric Francis along with the Flames GM.”I am aware that there is no excuse for language that is offensive,” the statement read. “I meant no disrespect in what I said, and it was not directed at anyone in particular. But that doesn’t matter, it was hurtful and demeaning. I am truly sorry.”A statement from Bill Peters, in the form of a letter to CGY GM Brad Treliving:: pic.twitter.com/YouP6ZABrm— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 28, 2019Later Wednesday, Treliving told reporters that the investigation was still ongoing, adding that the Flames have “tried to be as open as transparent as possible.””I know everybody wants everything done immediately [and] the world we live in is immediate,” Treliving told reporters. “We are not trying to stall or take time or drag our feet. It’s a serious matter.”Aliu called Peters’ apology “misleading, insincere and concerning” in a statement of his own Thursday morning.last_img read more

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