Manchester City’s Fernandinho coached by daughter, 3, in coronavirus lockdown

“[I miss] the training sessions, the relationships with teammates and staff, the time before training you are talking with the physios, sometimes the kitchen after breakfast and even on the pitch before training starts — everything,” Fernandinho said.

“We live in different ways, so now we are just isolated far from everyone. You make some phone and video calls, but it is not the same. It is hard, to be honest.”nfl cheap jerseys nike

The midfielder hasn’t played a competitive game since City’s derby defeat to Manchester United on March 8.

However, he could be returning to training at the City Football Academy next month, and he has had help at home to keep himself sharp.6

“My daughter helped me in the first few days and now my son also helps me,” Fernandinho said.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“It is the best way to work and to keep happy. She is 3 years old and my son is 10 years old.

“Before the lockdown in the UK I asked for permission to travel to Brazil to spend this difficult time with my family. The club allowed me to come, and I am here in the northeast of Brazil. We took a house over here with some space for the kids as well and we are here spending this time here. It is really nice.

“Now we are spending more time with the kids, my wife, close friends and family, and it is a different situation. Most of the time you are away, and you have to travel, sometimes you just sleep at home two or three days a week because most of the time you are away.

“So now we spend seven days a week at home and you discover a new life. I am enjoying that time.”

FIFA proposes use of five substitutes per team once competitions restart

FIFA has proposed that teams should be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match, instead of the usual three, as a temporary measure to help cope with potential fixture congestion in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

Football has been at a standstill since mid-March but many leagues and federations are still hoping to complete the season but to do so they would have to cram fixtures into a shorter period than usual once play re-starts.cheap nike nfl jersey

FIFA detailed a temporary plan Monday to help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload.”

The proposal gives competition organisers the option of letting teams use five substitutes instead of three in 90 minutes, and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time.5

“One concern in this regard is that the higher-than-normal frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a resulting player overload,” FIFA said in a statement.

Clubs such as Manchester City face an intense program in three competitions if games can safely restart in the coming weeks.

City could have 19 more games — 10 in the Premier League, up to six in the Champions League and up to three in the FA Cup — being scheduled in as few as 10 weeks through August.

The proposal must be signed off by football’s rule-making panel, known as IFAB. Teams would still be limited to three stoppages of play to make the changes.nfl cheap jerseys nike

IFAB approval should be a formality on a panel which includes officials from FIFA and the four British national federations.

One solution would be national teams playing three competitive games instead of two during the 10-day periods when clubs are mandated to release players for international duty.

The substitutes proposal was announced in anticipation of football resuming though it is unclear when that will happen. Games will be played in stadiums without fans for at least several weeks and likely longer.

“FIFA’s main principle is that health comes first and that no match or competition is worth risking a single human life.” football’s world body said.

Memphis star, AAC Player of the Year Precious Achiuwa to enter NBA draft

Memphis freshman forward Precious Achiuwa is entering the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Friday.

“I’ve decided to declare for the 2020 NBA draft and hire an agent,” Achiuwa said. “This is the next step in my journey and career as a basketball player. I’m really excited for it.”

Achiuwa, the No. 12 prospect in the ESPN Top 100, emerged as one of the most productive freshmen in college basketball, winning American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors.

He averaged 15.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.1 steals for the Tigers, establishing himself as one of the most versatile defenders in the country.nfl wholesale jerseys

“I’d summarize my season as spectacular. Even though a lot of things were thrown at us early and we had a lot of ups and downs, we found a way to be successful,” Achiuwa told ESPN. “I think I was able to show NBA teams my versatility on defense and that I am able to adjust to whatever role that is given to me and still find a way to be successful. We all had to adjust to different roles because of the uncertainty that was thrown at us early in the season. It was sad the way it ended because of the COVID-19.”8

Memphis finished the season 21-10, but its conference tournament and season were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Since the season ended I’ve just been at my house working on my body, doing a lot of cardio, making sure I am in shape and ready to go whenever we’re allowed to play basketball again,” Achiuwa said. “I’m just staying prepared and keep my body and mental state in the right place.”official nfl jerseys cheap

“This is a very weird time that we live in. Taking the next step in my career, becoming a professional with the situation that is going on, it’s going to be one of those moments that you can’t replicate. I’ll always be able to tell people that I was part of the class with the pre-draft process that got [disrupted] by the COVID-19,” Achiuwa said.

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 25, but following worldwide suspensions of basketball activities, NBA teams are lobbying the league office to push it to August in order to salvage the pre-draft process, ESPN reported earlier this month.

“I was definitely looking forward to the pre-draft process,” Achiuwa told ESPN. “That’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that almost every NBA player that was drafted goes through. Unfortunately the situation that we’re in is not going to allow us to experience that.

“The way I can help is by staying at home and doing what health officials tell us. Washing your hands and making sure you keep social distance to ensure everyone stays safe. Eventually we’re going to come back to our normal life and get back to what we do on a daily basis.”

Serbian forward Aleksej Pokusevski declares for NBA draft

Serbian forward Aleksej Pokusevski has submitted paperwork to the league office to make himself eligible for the 2020 NBA draft, his agent Alexander Raskovic told ESPN.

Pokusevski, the No. 27 prospect in the ESPN Top 100, had a productive season in the Greek second division with Olympiacos, averaging 10.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 blocks in 23 minutes per game. He led the U18 European Championship in blocks this summer with 4 per game, while finishing in the top 10 in rebounds, steals and assists.nfl authentic jerseys cheap

He is currently the youngest player eligible for the draft, not turning 19 until Dec. 26. Had he been born six days later, he would not be eligible until 2021.7

Standing over 7 foot with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Pokusevski has unusual dimensions for a player who spends much of his time on the perimeter. He is a highly adept ball handler, passer and shooter, giving him significant potential to grow into as his lanky frame continues to fill out. He also shows intriguing versatility defensively, often tasked with guarding smaller players on the perimeter. His narrow frame is a sticking point for some NBA teams, as he missed nearly three months of action with a knee injury that prevented him from being scouted extensively by talent evaluators.nfl wholesale jerseys

Pokusevksi made his Euroleague debut in March 2019 as a 17-year-old, but saw much of his time in the second division this past season after Olympiacos was relegated due to an ongoing conflict with the Greek league officials revolving around referees and the treatment of archrivals Panathinaikos, then coached by Rick Pitino.

Ravens take Buckeyes’ J.K. Dobbins in NFL draft on heels of record rushing season

After setting the NFL‘s single-season rushing record in 2019, the Baltimore Ravens used a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft on Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins.

For some, including Dobbins, it was a surprise that Baltimore selected him. For the Ravens, it was a surprise that Dobbins fell that far.

General manager Eric DeCosta said he thought Dobbins would be taken in the bottom of the first round, between picks Nos. 25 and 30, and had a chance to be the first running back drafted. Instead, the runner who set Ohio State’s single-season rushing record was sitting there at No. 55, the selection Baltimore received from the Atlanta Falcons in the trade of tight end Hayden Hurst.

“We didn’t really expect [Dobbins to be available there], I don’t think anybody really did,” DeCosta said. “But we just had to take him. He’s just a talented guy. It just made too much sense for us not to take him.”cheap nike nfl jerseys china

With NFL MVP Lamar Jackson leading the way, Baltimore set a new league mark last season with 3,296 yards rushing. The Ravens also became the second team in NFL history with three 700-yard rushers (the 2011 Carolina Panthers were the other). All of those players, Jackson and running backs Mark Ingram II and Gus Edwards, remain with Baltimore.8

But Ingram turned 30 in December and backup Edwards is a free agent next offseason. When Ingram was injured late in the season, Baltimore struggled to run the ball in a playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans, getting 42 rushing yards from its running backs.

That led the Ravens to draft their first running back in the first two rounds since Ray Rice in 2008, which certainly caught Dobbins off guard because of Baltimore’s depth at the position.

“I honestly didn’t know that I was going to receive a call from Baltimore, but God works in mysterious ways, and here I am today,” Dobbins said. “I feel like I’ll thrive in this offense.”

Dobbins ran for 2,003 yards in 2019, the most in Ohio State history. He is one of four running backs with 1,000 yards rushing in each of the past three seasons, along with Zack Moss, Jonathan Taylor and AJ Dillon.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

Even though Dobbins was available, the Ravens could have easily addressed more pressing needs at wide receiver, the interior of the offensive line or the pass rush. But DeCosta learned from former general manager Ozzie Newsome that great players will unexpectedly plummet and you have to be prepared to take them.

So the Ravens made the decision to grab Dobbins, who watched four other running backs get drafted before him.

“We’re a team that likes to run the football. Having running backs is really, really important,” DeCosta said. “This was a guy that’s, in my opinion, one of the very best in college football this year. He’s going to be a dangerous player for us and give us the depth to do what we like to do.”

Redskins OT Trent Williams denies nixing potential trade to Vikings

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams is denying that he struck down a potential trade to the Vikings because he didn’t want to play in Minnesota, he told ESPN on Saturday.

“No, that’s not true,” Williams said.

However, sources confirmed to ESPN that the potential trade partners were informed at some point Friday that Williams did not want to play for the Vikings, as was first reported by NFL Network.

Williams’ agent, Vince Taylor, also denied the reports in a statement Saturday.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

“On behalf of my client Trent Williams and with the permission of the Washington Redskins I sought trade opportunities for the Redskins to trade Trent,” Taylor said. “Once I identified the potential trade partners, I wanted to respect all teams’ rights and the process and allowed the Redskins to negotiate directly with the other teams.

“There has been false reporting that Trent and I objected to particular trades. I will continue to respect the Redskins’ right to negotiate a trade, and hope that the negotiations quickly lead to a trade that is in the Redskins’ interest, Trent’s interest, and the interest of the other team.”7

A source told ESPN that the Vikings had been among the preferred destinations for Williams and that the teams had discussed a deal for more than a month. But they did not come close to anything until Friday morning, when Minnesota increased its offer to include a second Day 3 draft pick, sources said. The Vikings had previously offered one pick on the third day.

With six teams drafting tackles in the first round Thursday, it’s uncertain what teams will want to trade for Williams. The San Francisco 49ers had expressed interest, but there was no deal imminent, and sources said plenty of work remains. The 49ers likely will wait to know whether starting left tackle Joe Staley is retiring before making a move. The 49ers also would have to create more salary-cap space. If the 49ers want to acquire Williams, they would likely have to offer picks in the 2021 draft because they only have picks in the last three rounds Saturday.

Other teams, such as the Los Angeles Rams, might have interest, but lack the cap space to pull off a deal. Both the Rams (Sean McVay) and 49ers (Kyle Shanahan) have head coaches who worked with Williams in Washington.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

The Redskins have maintained they don’t feel they need to trade Williams this weekend if they don’t like the offers.

Friday became the latest twist in a saga that began in June when Williams first requested to be traded or released.

Williams eventually told reporters he was upset over what he termed inadequate medical treatment involving a cancerous growth on his scalp. Sources with the Redskins said at the time — and still maintain — that it was about Williams wanting a new contract.

Pogba will make Fernandes even better at Man United – Maguire

Paul Pogba’s return to the Manchester United first team will help get even more out of Bruno Fernandes, according to captain Harry Maguire.

Fernandes has impressed since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January, scoring three goals in nine appearances.

Pogba is fit again after ankle surgery and should be ready to make his comeback once the Premier League returns and Maguire is keen to see United’s two most creative midfielders play together.

“[Fernandes] been brilliant since he’s come in, off the field around the training ground, he’s a leader and wants to win,” Maguire told Sky Sports.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“He’s just given us that little bit more life and creativity in the middle, something United fans have said we’ve missed over the years.8

“We’ve got Paul to come back as well, who I’m sure will probably make him lift his game even more.

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The suspension of football across Europe halted an 11-game unbeaten run for United, who are still challenging for the Europa League, FA Cup and a place in the top four.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have finally found some consistency after a mixed start to the season but Maguire insists there is still a lot of room for improvement.

“I think you can see from the start of the season we look a lot more like a team and we can probably see where we want to go and where we want to head,” Maguire said.

“I knew when I first came to that Ole said to me loads and loads that it’s a building process but we will get to where we want to be and I can see where we’re heading and the style that he wants to implement on our team.

“There’s still plenty of aspects where we need to improve to get to the top where we want to be. We don’t want to be challenging for Champions League spots we want to be challenging for titles.”

Man Utd-loving, Liverpool-hating mascot battles coronavirus in Singapore

A Liverpool-hating, Manchester United-loving superhero has joined Singapore’s efforts to fight the coronavirus as part of a five-strong team called the “Virus Vanguard.”

The team are part of a public awareness campaign created to reinforce how the authorities want the public to behave during the period of lockdown, which is known as “circuit breaking” in Singapore. Each hero has special abilities which include helping people to stay home, keeping things clean, not to spreading rumours and to look after each other’s mental health.cheap nfl nike jersey

MAWA man’s speciality is ensuring that people keep their distance from each other.7

Growing up in the 80s supporting Manchester United and taunted by two Liverpool-supporting brothers, made him, according to the government’s official website, “despise everything Liverpool including their motto You’ll Never Walk Alone. His hatred for Liverpool so far exceeds his love for Man Utd that it manifested as a telekinesis power.”

This power means he can force people and objects away from each other, helped by a digital distance meter in his eyes.

While MAWA Man, complete with an anti-Liverpool costume and a trident belt, promises to be an important part of Singapore’s efforts to fight the virus, he does have one weakness: he can’t stop Manchester United fans from gathering as he will be compelled to join them.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Singapore has seen a recent spike in infections with over 1,000 new cases reported on Sunday –a daily record — taking the country’s total to just over 8,000.

Pacers’ Victor Oladipo revises routine with play halted

Victor Oladipo was just rounding into form when the NBA season was suspended.

His expected increased playing time, his hopes of chasing a home playoff series and taking the Indiana Pacers on a deep postseason run went on hold — at least for a few more weeks.

Now, 14 months after suffering a serious knee injury, he’s back home in Miami, away from teammates again, doing what he can to be ready when games resume.8

“It hurt just because it took me a while to come back and then, obviously, this happens and now you miss more,” Oladipo said Thursday on a conference call. “I was out there playing, going as best I can, as hard as I can. To say if I was 100 percent out there, I don’t know if I could say that. I’m just going to try and do my best to get better and get stronger.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

A year ago, the two-time All-Star Oladipo went home to rehab from surgery on a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee. The grueling recovery took a full year to make it back to NBA games and another month to start looking like his old self.

In his past five games, Oladipo averaged 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 47.1 percent from the field. His best game was 27 points on 9-for-16 shooting and 5 of 7 on 3-pointers with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

But even if the season restarts, the Pacers know they can’t just hit the go switch. Oladipo must work his way back.

“I think we could adjust as we go but there will be some limitations,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Wednesday, noting 40 minutes per game would be too much. “We want to put a plan in place for Victor to come back. But you know me, we will err on the side of caution with Victor, and the long term, every day. We do that with all of our players. But Victor’s situation does create some special, unique circumstances.”

Oladipo has adapted by making some changes around the house.

He converted his garage into a gym, where he lifts weights regularly along with any other work assigned by the team’s staff, trainers or his physical therapist.nfl nike jersey cheap

There are also one or two Zoom meetings each week with teammates and coaches, the next one Friday.

No, it’s not basketball — but it’s all they can do at the moment.

“I would say the way you stay in game shape is you play games,” Pritchard said. “Our strength and conditioning staff is checking in on them, they have given [workout] programs to every player. I think one of the things that has been most challenging is finding a gym and being the only one in that gym.”

That’s why Pritchard hopes to get as many Pacers players back to Indianapolis when states do reopen. If nothing else, they would at least have workout facilities, face-to-face communication and some semblance of togetherness.

Steve Kerr disagrees with Michael Jordan on Scottie Pippen delaying ’97 surgery

Former Chicago Bulls teammates Michael Jordan and Steve Kerr have had their disagreements before, but this one probably won’t end with anyone getting punched in the face.

Jordan took an unflinching stance in Episode 2 of the documentary series “The Last Dance” when addressing then-teammate Scottie Pippen’s decision to delay foot surgery until shortly before the 1997-98 season.

“Scottie was wrong in that scenario,” Jordan said in the episode, which debuted Sunday night on ESPN. “He could’ve got his surgery done as soon as the season was over and be ready for the season. What Scottie was trying to do was trying to force management to change his contract. And [owner Jerry Reinsdorf] was never going to do that.”cheap nike nfl jersey

However, Kerr, who famously tangled with Jordan in a 1995 training camp, disagreed with Jordan’s position in an interview with Rachel Nichols that aired Tuesday on ESPN’s The Jump.7

Asked whether there was resentment from other Bulls players over Pippen’s decision, Kerr said, “No, not at all.”

“Everyone respected Scottie so much,” Kerr said. “We felt his frustration. He probably should have been the second-highest-paid guy in the NBA or definitely top-five. So we all felt for him, nobody resented him for having that surgery. Later, we all understood, let’s give him his space, and he’s going to be there for the second stretch of the season for us.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Pippen, the clear No. 2 on the Bulls, ended that 1997-98 season as only the sixth-highest-paid player on the team, playing out an $18 million extension he had signed after Chicago won its first championship in 1991. Even Reinsdorf told Pippen that deal wasn’t in his best interest. The contract situation and various trade talks led to a soured relationship between Pippen and the team.

“I decided to have surgery late because I was like, ‘You know what, I’m not going to f— my summer up,'” Pippen said in the documentary.

Kerr also addressed the different scrutiny faced by those Bulls and his similarly dominant Golden State Warriors team in an era of 24-hour media and Twitter.

“I think [Jordan] would have acted differently,” Kerr said. “I think he would have adapted to the scrutiny that he was facing.”

But Kerr also pointed to the toll that attention can take on a player.

“I always will maintain that the reason he went and played baseball was because he was fried emotionally from the scrutiny that really only he felt,” Kerr said. “Watching him, by the time that I got there, and the life compared to everyone else. … It was insane. So I think he had had enough and just stepped away for a little while, came back and was ready to roll.”