NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Celtics among teams interested in Enes Kanter

first_img Enes Kanter says Zion Williamson is ‘overhyped,’ calls him ‘Julius Randle with hops’ There appears to be at least three teams interested in signing Enes Kanter.The Trail Blazers, Lakers and Celtics are all expected to pursue the 27-year-old center when free agency begins June 30, according to a report from Yahoo Sports, which cites unidentified league sources. Kemba Walker free agency rumors: Celtics most likely landing spot for star “It’s amazing, like a first year of school,” Kanter told reporters shortly after signing with Portland. “I was actually nervous, but I think they help me a lot. Amazing locker (room). From the first moment that I stepped in everybody was trying to help, talking to me about lots of stuff. It’s become very easy.”The Lakers completed one of the biggest trades in NBA history earlier this month when they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks. They’ll look to add multiple role players to surround Davis and LeBron James if they fail to sign a third star this offseason. Free agent center Enes Kanter is expected to receive interest from the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics on June 30, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 26, 2019Kanter began the season with the Knicks but was released after the trade deadline. He then signed with the Trail Blazers, where he averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 games.Kanter was also a reliable scorer in the playoffs for the Trail Blazers, who advanced to the Western Conference finals before falling to the Warriors in four games. Related News Lakers trade rumors: Los Angeles’ talks to clear cap space ‘have gone nowhere’ The Celtics, meanwhile, will also need to retool their roster this summer as Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are both reportedly planning to sign elsewhere.Boston has reportedly explored trading for Steven Adams, Jrue Holiday and Clint Capela. It also has been linked to free agents Nikola Vucevic and Kemba Walker.last_img read more

Holiday behind bars

first_imgContact with Megan’s mother has been infrequent; she began visiting Jennifer at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla when she was 12. But the four-hour drive often reduced visits to only once a year, she said. While mother and daughter are now close – their bond strengthened by writing weekly letters and phone calls – Hall said the missed holidays and special occasions like the birth of her own daughter makes her mother’s absence seem more devastating. Hall and her toddler-age daughter Courtney visited Grandma Jenny and delivered their well-wishes in person Friday, through a statewide “Get on the Bus” program that unites children with their incarcerated mothers near Mother’s Day. This year’s buses traveled hundreds of miles, carrying 600 children to 17 cities. The program started in 1999 and has grown. A similar Father’s Day program will launch next month. In Chino, the first of five buses rolled onto the dirt-and- gravel grounds of the California Institute for Women around 9a.m. Friday. With its neat, one-story brick buildings, swing set and jungle gym, the prison could be mistaken for a school – except for the double fences with razor wire. The lounge where families gathered is similar to any lunchroom – rows of tables and chairs and vending machines line one side. Friday, the younger children rushed toward the container of toys and books on the other side. Sara Navarrete, 15, and younger brother Robert, 11, traveled from Riverside to Redlands to board the bus that would take them to their mother, Tanya De Bruce, who will be released in 2012. She is in prison for armed residential burglary. The Navarrete siblings are excited to see their mom – their last visit was a few weeks ago, which “was a lot \ fun,” Sara Navarrette said. Their joy is slightly tempered because they are missing school and had exams to take. Make-up tests await them next week. Their mother’s extended absence has forced Sara into the role of mom and sister – laundry needs to be done, homework has to be completed. “Robert tries to help when he can,” Sara Navarrete said. Their grandmother lives with them and cousins are nearby, but the stable presence in their young lives is their father – a fact that De Bruce is thankful for. De Bruce, 35, understands that her action and poor decisions have cost her dearly – lost time with her family, unable to witness milestones in her children’s lives, like the first school dance, getting a driver’s license and first loves. Several of the women expressed remorse over lost time with their family. Some admitted that they regretted their actions, like Liliana Caballero, incarcerated for petty theft. Francine Gonzales said that she is serving time for her “second strike.” Her next offense could land her in prison for a longer time. “I tell my kids not to go to jail like me,” Gonzales said. Much of conversation among families mirrored those of families not separated by prison bars. Favorite movies, soap operasand school work and grades were among topics discussed. Leticia Jauregui is serving a three-year sentence for robbery; her husband is also in prison and her two boys – ages 5 and 7 – are in the care of her sister-in-law. Jauregui will be released in 2008 but she worries about the effects on her boys. Her older son Joseph is quiet and more thoughtful and younger son Gilbert is a chubby bundle of smiles. “I want to be there for my kids,” she said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery: Mother’s Day in prison• Video: Mother’s Day CHINO – Megan Hall has celebrated 16 Mother’s Days without her mother. The San Gabriel Valley native – born in Arcadia, raised in Temple City and later San Dimas – has spent the day without her mother since 1991 when Jennifer Hall, now 49, shot and killed a boyfriend. The woman is serving 22 years to life and is eligible for parole in two years, said Megan Hall, 25. last_img read more

Reconciliation Day: Time to join hands in the spirit of Ubuntu

first_imgJeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and EvaluationReconciling and uniting people who lived as adversaries for many years was always going to be a painful and difficult task. Reconciliation affects every aspect of our life as a country. It is not a once-off event, but a process. It demands that we work together and look beyond our differences. This is the legacy our founding father and former president Nelson Mandela left us with.On 16 December this year we observed National Reconciliation Day without Madiba for the second time, but his legacy of a united and prosperous country lives on in each and every one of us. Tata was laid to rest on 15 December 2013 and we honoured his memory a day later with the unveiling of a nine-metre statue at the Union Buildings. He, along with other leaders, made enormous sacrifices for our country. Some paid with their lives so that we may be free and celebrate this day.Together they achieved the impossible by convincing those who did not see eye to eye prior to 1994 to find each other and work towards building a country based on the values of our Constitution. Our Constitution lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights and is regarded around the world as very progressive.December 16 is used to foster reconciliation and national unity in the true spirit of our late icon as he had envisaged at the start of our democracy. It also serves as a reminder of how far we have come in uniting the country and of the challenges that still lie ahead. This year’s commemoration under the theme: “Social Cohesion, Reconciliation and National Unity in the 20 years of Democracy” coincides with South Africa celebrating 20 Years of Freedom.As a nation, we have come a long way in healing the wounds of the past and in building an inclusive society. The government has over the last 20 years provided leadership in creating an enabling environment for achieving this. It successfully laid the foundation for the removal of obstacles that divided our people on the basis of race, culture, religion or language.As part of our reconciliation we began to ensure the equal spread of national resources. The government started to provide basic services such as water, sanitation, electricity, houses, health and education for those who were deprived prior to 1994.Reconciliation also required government to tackle the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. We have taken decisive steps to promote the economic growth through the implementation of the National Development Plan, the National Infrastructure Plan, the New Growth Path and the Industrial Policy Action Plan.But the task of reconciling a nation is not merely the duty of government alone but a societal responsibility. Through our collective effort and perseverance that we can achieve the social harmony former President Nelson Mandela spoke about and are able to advance national reconciliation. As citizens we need to reach out to each other and break down the barriers that still define us 20 years into our democracy.We need to ask ourselves whether we have done enough to confront and overcome the stereotypes and myths that were entrenched over years under colonisation and apartheid. We remain concerned over the racism-related incidents across the country. They are unacceptable and go against our goal of building a society based on the ethos of Ubuntu where everyone feels valued, respected and safe.Reconciliation requires of us to confront our past and educate fellow South Africans of the past wrongs committed against black people. A major step towards reconciliation is to acknowledge that apartheid was a crime against humanity.Addressing the National Council of Provinces in 1998, former President Nelson Mandela said: “What has been revealed in the TRC shows not only what human beings can do to other human beings, but has actually confirmed the condemnation by the international community that apartheid was a crime against humanity. To kill people without bringing them before a court of law; to bury them secretly, this is an illustration of how apartheid is an evil against humanity.”It is disheartening that the 2014 South African Reconciliation Barometer published by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, shows that 25% of South Africans believe apartheid was not a crime against humanity. We should take this survey as a call to action to do more in educating and raising awareness about the injustices and violence that were perpetrated by the apartheid regime against the majority of people. The youth, in particular, should know our history to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.last_img read more

Pitchin Community Clean Up Week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City staff are inviting you to show your civic pride and participate in Pitch-in Community Clean Up Week.Community registration forms will be available on May 1st, gearing up for Pitch-In Week which starts May 25th and runs till May 27th.Honorariums will be awarded on a first come first serve basis shares the City and the deadline to register is May 13, 4:30 pm. You can pick up a registration form in person at the Visitor Centre, City Hall or CLICK HERE.Completed forms can be returned back to the Visitor Centre, City Hall or emailed to the Community Development Coordinator at Event Page; CLICK HEREFor the City’s webpage; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Playoff LeBron Is Amazing But That Hasnt Been Enough

Shaquille O’Neal21 PLAYERWON TITLELOST TITLE Michael Jordan62 Dave Cowens10 LeBron James26 The Cleveland Cavaliers’ season could come to an end Monday night, and with it the latest chance for the city to end its half-century championship drought. A pair of NBA Finals losses is not the legacy LeBron James was hoping to leave when he returned home two summers ago.As usual, it isn’t because of a lack of statistical performance on James’s part. In these finals, he’s averaging 24.8 points, 11 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game, which would mark only the second time since 19841The first year for which has complete game-level data. that a player has averaged at least 20, 10 and 8 in the finals. (The only other time? That would be when James did it last year.)In terms of average Game Score in the series, nobody else on the Cavaliers — or the Golden State Warriors — is close to James’s 20.2 per-game mark. And in the playoffs as a whole, James leads the NBA in value over replacement player (VORP), Win Shares and John Hollinger’s Player Efficiency Rating-based value metric Estimated Wins Added.Yet it’s not enough, as it seldom has been for LeBron. If he hangs on to his lead this year, James will have been the playoff leader by consensus of these three statistics eight times over his career, tying Michael Jordan for the most since ’74. But he’ll have won a championship in just two of those playoff campaigns; Jordan, by contrast, went six for eight. Elvin Hayes10 IN YEARS LEADING THE POSTSEASON, NUMBER OF TIMES … LeBron’s losses are out of place among playoff stars Tim Duncan20 Clyde Drexler10 “Lost Title” includes losses at any stage of the postseason.Source: Magic Johnson30 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar12 Larry Bird30 How uncommon is it for a player to lead the NBA playoffs numerically and still not lead his team to a championship? Since 1974, the consensus best statistical player of the postseason also won the title about 70 percent of the time. James, on the other hand, has won a ring on only a quarter of the occasions he’s been the playoffs’ best individual performer. If he, like his peers, had 70 percent odds each time, there’d be only a 1 percent chance he’d go two for eight.On the one hand, this is kerosene-soaked kindling for fans who decry James as a choker with a disappointing postseason record. (For what it’s worth, a loss to Golden State would put him about 0.6 titles below expectation, after accounting for the strength of his finals opponents.) On the other hand, it’s tough to criticize LeBron too harshly for some of his off-the-charts statistical performances in losing efforts over the years, particularly given the supporting casts he’s been saddled with at times.But on the — um, third hand? — James’s teammates also have a history of undershooting expectations in ways that go beyond even their performances in the finals. As part of my research into Kobe Bryant’s career, I looked for the effect a player had on his teammates, in terms of whether they met their preseason projections while suiting up with the player in question. And among the top 100 players since 1974 by VORP, only seven2Elton Brand, Alvin Robertson, Charles Barkley, Josh Smith, Hersey Hawkins, Tracy McGrady and Andrei Kirilenko. were associated with bigger, more persistent shortfalls by teammates than James. Mystifying as it may be for a player known for his vision and playmaking skills, LeBron might simply be a difficult player to slot in next to and play your best alongside.All of this makes James’s legacy one of the most complicated to assess of any player in NBA history. And unless he and the Cavs can capitalize on Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension — then conjure up miracles in games 6 and 7 as well — the stark juxtaposition between James’s own numbers and his teams’ record in the finals will continue to dog LeBron into the summer and beyond.Check out our NBA Finals predictions. read more

Opinion Alabama running back tweet unfairly sexist toward women

Sophomore Alabama running back Kenyan Drake (17) avoids defenders during a game against Kentucky Oct. 12 at Commonwealth Stadium. Alabama won, 48-7.Courtesy of MCTThere are few things that bring us together as a country like football.Small towns everywhere gather together under Friday night lights to bask in the glory of high school games. College towns huddle together through scorching heat and blistering cold for the love of the game. Even big cities jump on board to cheer on their own professional teams.Quite simply, football is inescapable. Hell, other countries call it American football. It’s ours. We made it and we love it. We have parties based around it, and companies across the nation bid for their advertisements to be featured alongside the game.So to imply that half of the population can’t follow football is insulting and downright sexist.Yet, here we are. Bring in University of Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, who tweeted Jan. 20 from his personal account, @KDx17, “Most girls like basketball more than football (because) they can follow it alot (sic) easier.”Sure, we can blow it off as another stupid thing an athlete sent out to the cyber world and another thing for which an athlete received a major repercussion (re: backup OSU quarterback Cardale Jones’ infamous tweet about how he didn’t come here to “play school” but rather to play football). But to me, it’s more than that.The idea that women can’t “follow” football easily is a blatant exclusion of women from part of the American identity and it’s downright insulting. Football has always been a boy’s club, sure, but there would be a great deal fewer fans without women filling the stands.But let’s play along with his stereotypes.All those women who cook your meals before games and after practices (because that’s where women belong, right? In the kitchen?) don’t know what’s going on in the game. They’re just there to serve you.Same with that woman who knows how to get grass, blood, mud and the smell of sweat out of your uniform. Football is too complicated for her to realize how all those stains got there, but thank God she can wash it for you.And don’t forget the cheerleaders who follow you to every game, throwing themselves in the air to celebrate your achievements? Surely they have a man nearby telling them when to cheer because they’re too stupid to know what’s happening by themselves.Most importantly, what about all the mothers out there? All the mothers who drive their sons to practices, adorn themselves with buttons with their son looking dashing in his uniform so they can properly cheer him on, pray for his safety in every single play and never miss a game — all those mothers are so blissfully ignorant of what their son is doing.Of course, football has always been a male-dominated sport. It takes almost no common sense to figure that out. But to say girls can’t follow it is sexist, insulting and dated.Sexism starts in the most basic jokes. Saying someone can’t follow something or that they follow a certain stereotype, even in a joking matter, makes sexist comments down the line seem less insulting and detracts from the reality of exclusion.The worst part to me is that Drake later retweeted Iowa State redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Duaron Williams (@UntamedBigDawg), who replied back “Or cuz they basic lol,” as a response to his first tweet. He isn’t sorry for what he did and he doesn’t realize his actions are insulting.But football has and always will be a part of my life that I definitely can follow and no, I’m not “basic.” read more

10 things to look for at 2014 Big Ten Media Days

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) rushes the ball during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Lantern file photoWith kickoff just a little over a month away, the best players from the Big Ten are set to join their coaches for a media frenzy in Chicago scheduled for July 28 to 29.There will be plenty to talk about as the players and coaches take the podium, but here are 10 of the top storylines to look for during the 2014 Big Ten Media Days.10. Player unionizationThe topic of player unionization has been discussed throughout the past year with former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter leading the charge for the players. While the discussion of player unionization has died down over the past few months, look for it to resurface in Chicago, especially when Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald and his players take the stand.9. Michigan vs. Notre Dame in its final yearWhen Notre Dame signed a contract last year to play six ACC teams per season, it was announced that the Fighting Irish would not renew their yearly battle with the Wolverines after the 2014 season. Michigan coach Brady Hoke famously called out the Fighting Irish last spring saying that Notre Dame was “chickening out” of the rivalry game.Michigan went on to win the 2013 matchup in Ann Arbor, Mich. However, with the final year of the rivalry game looming, expect more bulletin board material coming from the Wolverines.8. Record amount of night games for Ohio StateOSU coach Urban Meyer has always been an advocate of night games in college football, and with the recent announcement of the Buckeyes’ fifth night game in 2014, he has gotten his wish. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Illinois at home under the lights as well as Penn State and Michigan State on the road in prime-time starts.The matchup with the Spartans is the game that seems to be circled on everyone’s schedule as the game of the season, as the two met in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game when MSU won 34-24, snapping a 24-game winning streak for OSU.7. OSU’s defenseFor a team that went 12-2 last season, the Buckeyes boasted a less than stellar defense.Enter new defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who joined the Buckeye staff after leaving Bret Bielema’s staff in Arkansas. Ash is no stranger to the Big Ten, as he coached under Bielema while he was at Wisconsin, even helping coach the Badgers to an upset win against the Buckeyes in 2010 –– the only game OSU dropped that season.Expect OSU’s only defensive representative, defensive lineman Michael Bennett, to receive plenty of questions about not only Ash but also of longtime Penn State coach Larry Johnson Sr., who replaced Mike Vrabel after he bolted for a coaching job with the Houston Texans in the NFL.6. Braxton Miller’s off-seasonEver since getting banged up in the Orange Bowl against Clemson, OSU senior quarterback Braxton Miller has stayed out of the spotlight, something a Heisman Trophy candidate usually doesn’t do.Miller sat out all of spring practice after undergoing minor shoulder surgery as redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett took the majority of the snaps.Buckeye fans are hoping for a Troy Smith-like jump from Miller’s junior to senior year, but Miller and Meyer will surely be bombarded with questions as to whether Miller can stay healthy for an entire season.5. Addition of Maryland, RutgersWith Maryland and Rutgers now in the Big Ten, we will see two new coaches and a handful of players who largely have not been heard from by Big Ten fans and members alike.Coaches Randy Edsall of Maryland and Kyle Flood of Rutgers will likely be bombarded with questions as to what their expectations are in the Big Ten East Division and how they plan to make a smooth transition. Players to watch for from these two teams are Maryland wide receiver and preseason all-conference selection Stefon Diggs and now-former Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson.Nelson was a two-year starter for the Minnesota Golden Gophers before transferring to Rutgers this offseason. He was then involved in an altercation with another man and is facing charges of first and third degree assault. He was kicked off the team by Flood. Expect both Flood and Golden Gophers coach Jerry Kill to receive plenty of questions on the situation.4. Penn State coach James FranklinThe second coach to take the reins of the Penn State program since the unfortunate Jerry Sandusky scandal, Franklin will face the Big Ten media for the first time.The former Vanderbilt coach led the Commodores to three consecutive bowl games, something that had never been done in the history of the Vanderbilt program.Franklin inherits a scholarship-deprived team in Happy Valley but brings an intensity that could very well be contagious in the PSU locker room.3. College football playoffAlthough it has been discussed for years, 2014 will be the inaugural season of the College Football Playoff. Gone are the ways of the controversial BCS, and players and coaches will undoubtedly be asked about their feelings on the new process.This topic will be very hit-or-miss as coaches will either dismiss the questions concerning the process completely or express strong opinions either for or against the playoff.2. OSU vs. Michigan State rematchAs alluded to earlier, the Buckeye-Spartan rematch is being tabbed as the biggest game in the conference this year –– as it should be.The Spartans’ upset of OSU in the Big Ten Championship game last year kept the Buckeyes out of the national championship discussion and sent MSU to Pasadena, Calif., where it defeated Stanford.The winner of the Nov. 8 showdown will be the favorite to go on to represent the East Division in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game, and both Meyer and MSU coach Mark Dantonio will probably be asked if it is circled on their calendars just like it is on everyone else’s.1. Bob Bowlsby’s commentsThe Big 12 commissioner’s comments concerning the NCAA have sent wavelengths through not only the college football landscape but college athletics in general.Bowlsby thrashed the NCAA saying that “cheating pays” and that the NCAA “enforcement is broken.” This will absolutely be one of, if not the most, discussed topics at Big Ten Media Days, especially for OSU and PSU, who have been the most recent Big Ten schools to receive heavy punishments for NCAA violations. read more

Praises continue for Dan Ashworth

first_imgThe Football Association technical director will join Brighton and Hove Albion in the spring and the team’s chief executive has praised his workFootball Association technical director Dan Ashworth will leave his job with the England national teams in January.He spends six years with the FA and in the spring he will joining Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League.There, he will be in charge of player recruitment, the academy, and the medical department.And everybody is excited. Like Brighton’s chief executive Paul Barber.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Dan Ashworth is one of the most sought-after technical directors in world football, his reputation has grown enormously over the last few years. We are delighted to have him,” he told Sky Sports.“We are lucky to have an owner who is committed to the club and Dan is really looking forward to the stability that the club can provide and take us to the next level.”“We want our academy to be as productive as possible when producing young English talent. Dan has got a great track record not just with the FA but also with West Brom in the Premier League,” he added.“To ensure that we would continue to play in the top flight, we felt we needed some more senior football experience in our management team. We started the search process eight or nine months ago and Dan was already high on our list. We are delighted that Dan has agreed to join us.”last_img read more

Carra Win reminiscent of victory over Germany in 2001

first_imgJamie Carragher has drawn comparisons to England’s 3-2 victory over Spain to their 5-1 win over Germany in 2001.Carragher played a key role in the England side that came from behind to stun Germany in a World Cup qualifier in Munich.Reflecting on the significance of the win, Carragher told Sky Sports: “I can only go back to when I was playing and the only thing that could match it was the 5-1 win in Germany.“It’s a fantastic result. This is a game they will never forget, whatever they do in their international careers.”Spain threatened to complete a comeback but England were resilient to record their first competitive victory since the semis of the World Cup.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Carragher added: “This a huge result for Gareth Southgate. The World Cup was great but privately we were saying ‘they haven’t really played anyone’ and as soon as they got to Croatia they struggled and couldn’t keep the ball. That’s why tonight is a massive result for Gareth Southgate.“How brave he was. As soon as the game started, Eric Dier, who was England’s holding midfielder, was flying at Sergio Busquets to close him down. That tells you they are on the front foot and going for it.“Watching England is like watching the top teams in the Premier League, you could never say that when I was playing, we always felt that the top teams in the Premier League would be too good for England. Maybe that’s the case but they play like the top teams in the world.“Spain still dominated possession but it was like a great away Champions League performance as you’d see from one of our top teams. They were devastating on the counter, very clinical in front of goal and held on at the end.”last_img read more

Guardiola Sane is the best winger in the world

first_imgPep Guardiola has declared Leroy Sane as the world’s best winger ahead of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup final with Chelsea on Sunday.The Germany international came off the bench on Wednesday to equalise for City against former club Schalke 04 in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash by scoring a superb free-kick from 30 yards out.Sane’s goal helped inspire 10-man City to a 3-2 comeback victory on the night and he will now be eyeing a starting spot at Wembley this weekend as the Citizens chase a second successive Carabao Cup.But opportunities at the Etihad Stadium have been a little harder to come by this season for Sane due to Bernardo Silva’s adeptness down the right wing and Raheem Sterling’s fine form.However, Guardiola holds Sane in very high regard and will not contemplate moving him down the middle.“Playing in the middle he can do it,” said Guardiola on the club website.“But I think he’s better out wide.“I’m not saying he can’t (play in middle) but at the moment we have better players to do that job.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But Leroy is best playing in the world out wide. I’d prefer to use him where he is strongest, he’s an incredible player.”The former Barcelona coach is well aware of the importance that this weekend’s cup final can have on his City team and is wary of a possible revenge-seeking Chelsea, who they thrashed 6-0 in the league on February 10.“It was really important [to win the Carabao Cup],” revealed Guardiola.“In the Premier League, we were flying in that period but in the days before, we went out of the FA Cup at Wigan.“It is not the most important title but we are here, playing at Wembley – a magical stadium, against a top side in Chelsea.“In the moment, I was so happy but today, I wish we hadn’t beaten them 6-0!“I don’t like to play one team in a short period of time, after you’ve beaten them. They are professional players and they will go extra.”The Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and City will take place at Wembley on Sunday with kick-off set for 5:30 PM (CET).GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 20: Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins-Arena on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)last_img read more