Dauda Lutterodt assistant coach of the local Black Stars has thrown his weight behind Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah on his choice of players that made the provisional list for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.The coach, who spoke with JOY Sports after the release of the list at the Ghana FA secretariat, said the gaffer had his reasons to omit some big names as John Mensah, Richard Kingson.On Monday Appiah, released a 26-man list of players that will fight for places in the final 23-man squad that will make it to the World Cup next month, with some notable names missing.Forward Mahatma Otto who has been in a scintillating form for Norwegian side Sogndal was a notable omission on the list.But Lutterodt insisted that the task of choosing a player into a team was a very tasking one and the coach had to take so many things into consideration before arriving at his final list.“I keep saying that the most difficult job in the world is the job of coaching. It’s a very tasking job and it is even more so in this country.“Let us all wish him (Appiah) well. Whatever list he comes out with, he has his reasons. The most difficult list that he is yet to bring out is the list of 23. Everybody may be good enough in all the departments and he has to take a decision.“If they ask all of you to bring a list, you will each bring a different list. So, the list he has brought is okay,” he noted.The experience coach pointed out that Appiah has both technical and psychology reasons to have invited each of the players in the list. “For Appiah to have dropped any player, he has the reasons for dropping that player. You don’t know those reasons, I don’t know those reasons.”He said from his understanding of the coach who according to him, loves to win, he wouldn’t drop any player if he believes such player will help him succeed.
NBA playoffs 2019: Nuggets’ Jamal Murray ‘phenomenal’ in win over Spurs These three Warriors face more pressure with DeMarcus Cousins out The Trail Blazers may have a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder, but Damian Lillard knows they have to perform on the road if they want to progress in the NBA playoffs. A 114-94 victory Tuesday at Moda Center backed up the Game 1 win in Portland, with Lillard contributing 29 points, four rebounds and six assists. “I’ve had experience of being 2-0 before,” he told reporters. “I’m happy about it but I really don’t care. “I know how quickly things can change. I know that a series doesn’t start until you win a game on the road. And I also know how capable their team is. “We’ve just got to maintain our focus, stay sharp and understand that how we’ve played in the first game and second game is not going to be good enough in the third game, especially on their home floor. “We’ve just got to keep our heads down and keep working.” On to OKC.#RipCity pic.twitter.com/FJwNYtkjUF— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 17, 2019Portland is unbeaten in its last five games after finishing the regular season on a roll, and Lillard credited the work done in practice for their impressive run. “It’s the preparation,” he added. “When you’re in the right place and doing the right things that you prepare for, a lot of times the ball ends up in your hands. “We’ve been really sharp in our preparation and in going out there and executing it. Only CJ McCollum had better stats for Portland as the Western Conference’s No. 3 seed gained the momentum in their first-round series. However, Lillard called for caution given that they have not made it through to the conference semifinals since 2016. Related News “We’ve been sharp and a lot of things have come for us in a positive way because of that.”Games 3 and 4 are scheduled for Friday and Sunday in Oklahoma City.
The Lakers liked Ennis’ progression after acquiring him from the Houston Rockets for 32-year-old guard Marcelo Hueretas averaged a career-high 7.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and 2.4 assists in 17.8 minutes through 22 games.The Lakers also have considered free agent shooting guard Ben McClemore, who played four seasons with the Sacramento Kings.Ring chasingThe idea no longer seems like a fantasy. After hoping to join a playoff team in recent seasons, Nick Young may soon have his wish.The Golden State Warriors have considered Young as “one of a couple of options” to sign with their $5.2 million trade exception, according to league sources familiar with the situation.Young might have some say in the manner after also fielding interest from Oklahoma City and New Orleans. After opting out of his $5.7 million player option with the Lakers, Young hopes to land a more lucrative deal.Young met with the Warriors, Thunder and Pelicans on Saturday, though no offers have been made yet. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers entered the free-agency period without any intention of making any bold moves.As they have narrowed their list of needs on outside shooting, backcourt depth and veteran leadership, the Lakers have considered a surprising option.The Lakers have had continued conversations with Rajon Rondo’s representatives about possibly signing the 10-year NBA veteran to a one-year deal, according to a league source familiar with the situation.After Rondo’s representative initiated contact with the Lakers shortly after free agency began on Friday, the Lakers have had follow-up conversations. They plan to have more talks today after performing what a source called “due diligence” on Rondo. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers see Rondo as a “great fit,” according to a source, because of his basketball IQ, recently successful outside shooting (37.6 percent last season) and for playing a mentorship role for rookie guard Lonzo Ball. Former Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who had Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka as his agent, often praised Rondo for his championship experience with the Boston Celtics (2006-15), his passing ability and smarts.Still, acquiring Rondo carries some risk. Despite his noted improvement, Rondo was never known as an elite shooter after shooting 30.3 percent from 3-point range through 10 NBA seasons. Rondo has also had reported clashes with coaching staffs in Dallas (2014-15), Sacramento (2015-16) and Chicago (2016-17). Though the Bulls waived Rondo last week, teammates praised him for how he mentored the younger players.The Lakers have considered other options in bolstering their backcourt.They reportedly met on Sunday with free-agent guard Dion Waiters, who averaged 15.8 points while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from 3-point range last season in Miami. Though Waiters made $2.9 million, he will likely spark a significant raise after having a breakout season with the Heat.The Lakers were also among the teams that expressed interest in Tyler Ennis after free agency, according to a league source familiar with the situation. It’s not currently clear which of the other NBA teams also reached out. Discussions were considered preliminary, the source added.
Morgan was joined on the scoresheet by the likes of Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd, with Lavelle and Mewis firing braces.Next up for the USWNT is a match against Chile, who fell 2-0 to Sweden in their opening match in their first ever World Cup appearance.And the former WWF champion says that he expects the USWNT to make short work of Chile when the two collide on Sunday as he took to Twitter to cut a promo in typical Hulk Hogan style.#Hulkhogan and the whole #WWEuniverse are cheering on our #USAwomenssoccer team for the big victory this Sunday brother!!!!HH pic.twitter.com/lGfHNKGDhu— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) June 14, 2019″I can feel the power brothers, and I can smell victory also,” he said in the video.”I’m used to being around champions, and I’m used to winning championship belts, brother, but the way I see it, this Sunday the USA Women’s World Cup team is going to be victorious when they wipe Chile off the face of the map.”That Women’s World Cup team, they’re a bunch of Hulkamaniacs, with the lead Hulkamaniac Ashlyn Harris, training, saying their prayers and eating their vitamins.”So this Sunday, whatcha gonna do when the USA Women’s World Cup team runs wild on you, brother?”The USWNT were certainly victorious in their opening match, but they were still the subject of heavy criticism with regards to the manner in which they won.Pundits from around the world criticized the USWNT’s decision to run up the score and the ensuing celebrations that followed each goal. Wrestling star Hulk Hogan took to Twitter on Friday to offer words of encouragement to the U.S. women’s national team ahead of this weekend’s World Cup clash with Chile.The USWNT put together a record-breaking start to their World Cup campaign on Tuesday, thumping Thailand 13-0 behind five goals from striker Alex Morgan. Former Canadian national team stars Clare Rustad and Kaylyn Kyle were among the more vocal, saying the U.S. should be “‘disgusted and embarrassed” by their actions.Hogan, a six-time WWF champions and six-time WCW champion, has previously offered similar messages of support for the U.S. men’s national team.The 65-year-old wrestler recently returned to WWE after departing the company in 2015 following a racism scandal.