Evra reveals formal apology from Liverpool after Suarez racism fallout

first_imgPatrice Evra has paid tribute to Liverpool as a “top-class club” after he received a formal apology for his treatment after Luis Suarez’s racism. “He told me he hopes it’s never too late, because this incident happened nine years ago, but I’m someone [who is] really positive. “I would say it was three days after the show, I was like ‘thank you very much, this letter has really touched my heart’. “I was really disappointed for such a big club like Liverpool to support a big cause like that. “But now I can see it’s real people, honest people working for this club and I have even more respect for Liverpool because they’re fighting against a problem of the human race. “So I was really pleased, and I just said ‘I hope you’re not going to win the league’ but that was like three months ago! “Actually, it was really important for me, and like I say, even though we have a big rivalry between us, this shows you Liverpool is a top-class club.” While it is disappointing it took almost nine years for a formal apology to be issued to Evra, it is a welcome end to a row that has clouded the club. Read Also:Enjoy this clip – Patrice Evra + Pogba playful moments… Liverpool have worked tirelessly to improve their operations on and off the pitch, and the influence of Moore as a compassionate representative of the city’s people has been vital. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Evra was subject to racist abuse from Suarez during the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Man United in 2011, with the Uruguayan receiving an eight-game ban. But in the wake of the incident, Kenny Dalglish’s squad wore ‘Suarez 7′ shirts in their warmup to support the absent striker, with no acceptance of wrongdoing at the time. Back in October, Evra discussed the situation during an appearance on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, with Jamie Carragher apologising in the studio, conceding the club “got it massively wrong.” And ahead of United’s visit to Anfield on Sunday, the Frenchman revealed in his appearance on Super Sunday that Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore had issued him an apology.“I received a personal letter from Peter Moore. He said he hopes it’s never too late. Now I see it’s real honest people working for this club.” Patrice Evra reveals Liverpool sent him an apology for the handling of the Suarez-racism row, after his last Super Sunday appearance. “First of all, I was really pleased that [people] like Jamie Carragher apologised,” he said. “And, of course, I received a personal letter from Peter Moore, and I was really touched about it. Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The World6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Zion Williamson giving Pelicans a big boost

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers He is expected to become a better defender, rebounder and shooter; and he’ll likely learn to read the game better. He says that off the court, he’s working on improving his time management.And yet “he’s doing it all pretty darn well right now,” Reddick said.“The experience has been great,” Williamson said. “I missed the first half of the season, to finally get out there and be with my teammates, it’s been great.”That statement – focused not on Williamson himself, or for that matter, on Zion and LeBron – is indicative of the young man that New Orleans is getting to know, Coach Alvin Gentry said.“I keep telling everyone, he’s all about the team,” Gentry said. “He just wants to be part of the guys, he wants to do everything he can to help us win games and it’s never about him.“These things are tough; him having to stand here every day and you guys ask him all these questions about him personally, that’s really not who he is. He wants to talk about our team and how we trying to get better and trying to make a playoff run. Those are the things that are important to him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut not nearly as much was expected of Holiday as is being asked of his 19-year-old teammate, who has done little in his first 12 NBA games to quell the hype surrounding him.The 6-foot-6 power forward missed the first 44 games of the season while recovering from a right knee scope. But entering Tuesday’s game against the Lakers – Mardi Gras back in New Orleans – the explosive, 285-pound phenom had been phenomenal.In his first dozen outings, Williamson averaged 22.8 points on 58.6 percent shooting, to go with 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists and a usage rate of 27 percent. In his first 10 games alone, he became the third player with seven 20-point games and the third rookie in 30 years to score more than 200 points in that span.Most importantly, Williamson’s presence makes New Orleans – which finds itself chasing a Western Conference playoff berth with 24 games remaining following Tuesday’s – better.With him in the lineup, the Pelicans were 7-5 entering Tuesday, averaging 53.2 points in the paint (5.3 more than without him), 16.4 second-chance points (2.4 more) and pulling down 49.4 rebounds (3.5 more). Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “The kid is going to be special,” James said at the Lakers’ shootaround, not hesitant to share his thoughts on one of the game’s brightest young stars.“He’s super explosive. Super intelligent, as well, out on the floor. Everyone kind of like just recognizes his leaping ability as far as on his dunks, but his second jump when he misses a shot, his ability to pass in transition, he has very infectious energy – you can tell guys like to play with him.”Those guys with front-row seats are similarly impressed, raving – in every city the Pelicans visit – about Williamson’s maturity, his efficiency, his rebounding.“There’s a few players in my career where you feel like you’re watching them or you’re playing with them and you’re like, ‘Man, it’s not his night tonight, it’s not his night,’” Pelicans shooting guard JJ Redick said. “And then you look up, ‘He’s got 27 and eight, and five assists and two blocks. Like what just happened?’”And he’s just scratching the surface, they all say.Related Articlescenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs LOS ANGELES — So you want to know what LeBron James means to Zion Williamson?Likely conscious of how much attention any comment he made about James would draw, the New Orleans Pelicans wunderkind politely swatted away that question about the Lakers’ superstar at shootaround ahead of his first meeting with James.“Honestly, can we ask those questions after the game? My main focus right now is just trying to help my team try to get a win,” Williamson said, promising, “After.”Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday can recall feeling anxious before squaring off with his idols for the first time as a pro: “Being from L.A., Kobe (Bryant) is one of them … and Shaq was one of them, I was kind of scared – not even gonna lie,” he said. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

England women looking to take good form north of the border

first_img2 Aug 2019 England women looking to take good form north of the border Tags: Girls’ Home International, women’s home international Women’s Home InternationalsEngland will be looking to go one better than last year when they finished runners-up to Scotland at Ballybunion in Ireland.The PlayersLianna Bailey, 22 (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire) won the 2018 St Rule Trophy at St Andrews and finished second in the same event this year. She represented England in this year’s European Team Championship and was a member of the team that finished runners-up to Scotland in the 2018 Women’s Home Internationals in Ireland.Ellen Hume, 19 (Mill Green, Hertfordshire) beat Lily May Humphreys in the final of this year’s English Women’s Amateur Championship at Saunton and has also won the West of England Championship and the Faldo Series England Girls’ Championship this summer. She will be making her debut for England at Downfield.Lily May Humphreys, 17 (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) has been in sparkling form this season winning the Welsh and Irish Stroke Play titles and the Annika Invitational Europe as well as finishing runner-up at the English Women’s Amateur Championship. She played on last year’s Home International team and has since represented GB & I in the Vagliano Trophy and England at the European Ladies’ Team Championship.Mimi Rhodes, 17 (Burnham and Berrow, Somerset) reached the quarter-final of the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal Co. Down and was eighth in the German Girls’ Open and ninth in the Annika Invitational Europe. Represented England in the European Girls’ Team Championship where she was fourth in the individual competition. Rhodes was part of the winning English team in last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals in Ireland.Emily Toy, 21 (Carylon Bay, Cornwall) won the New South Wales Stroke Play Championship in Australia at the start of the year and has since claimed the biggest title of her career at the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal Co. Down where she beat New Zealand’s Amelia Garvey in the final.Isobel Wardle, 19 (Prestbury, Cheshire) won this season’s Comboy Leveret and was second at the Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play, third at the St Rule Trophy, fourth at the Portuguese International Ladies’ and fifth at the Spanish International Ladies’. She also reached the quarter-final at the English Women’s Amateur and the last 16 at the Women’s Amateur Championship.Amelia Williamson, 19 (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) won the recent Chiberta Grand Prix in France and was third at the Critchley Astor Salver and seventh at the Dutch International Junior Open. Followed that up by sharing 11th place behind Hewson at the European Amateur at Parkstone. She was part of the winning English team at last year’s Girls’ Home International team in Ireland. Girls’ Home InternationalsEngland will be bidding to defend the trophy they won last year in Ireland.The PlayersJessica Baker, 16 (Gosforth Park Ladies, Northumberland) reached the semi-finals of this year’s English Women’s Amateur Championship before being beaten by Lily May Humphreys. She also produced a last day charge to finish in a share of third place at the English Girls’ Open Amateur and was tied second at the Comboy Scratch Cup and tied fifth at The Leveret. Represented England in the European Girls’ Team Championship.Rosie Belsham, 17 (Whitley Bay, Northumberland) was another member of the English team at the European Girls’ Team Championship. She won the girls’ event at this year’s Fairhaven Trophy, was eighth at the German Girls’ Open and ninth at the Irish Girls’ Stroke Play.Ellie Gower, 16 (Gleneagles) also represented England at the European Girls’ Team Championship. She was third in both the Scottish Girls’ Open and the Fairhaven Trophy and also sixth at the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play.Charlotte Heath, 17 (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) was a member of the winning team at last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals and also represented her country in the European Girls’ Team Championship. She was tied fourth in the Welsh Ladies’ Open, sixth at the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship and eighth in the German Girls’ Open.Thalia Kirby, 18 (Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire) was ninth in the girls’ event at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and had top-20 finishes in both the Scottish Women’s Open and the Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play. She also reached the third round of the English Women’s Amateur.Issy Simpson, 17 (Roehampton, Surrey) was second at both the Scottish Girls’ Open and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. She qualified for the match play stage of the English Women’s Amateur Championship.Caitlin Whitehead, 16 (Carus Green, Cumbria) recently finished second at the English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship. She was a member of the winning English team at last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals and also represented her country at this year’s European Girls’ Team Championship. She won last year’s European Young Masters title and the individual event at the Asia Pacific Junior Championship in Hong Kong.Photo: Credit Vicki Head. Pictured Emily Toy. England Golf has announced its teams for the Women’s Home Internationals and the Girls’ Home Internationals to be played at Downfield Golf Club, Scotland on Wednesday, 7 – Friday, 9 August.last_img read more