Pacquiao confirms November 5 fight date against Vargas

first_img(The Sports Xchange) – Manny Pacquiao confirmed yesterday he will come out of retirement to fight World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5 in Las Vegas.The 37-year-old Pacquiao, also a senator in the Philippines, issued a statement to announce his comeback opponent.“Yes, the fight is on,” Pacquiao said in the statement. “Boxing is my passion. I miss what I’d been doing inside the gym and atop the ring.”Pacquiao announced his retirement following an April 9 victory over Timothy Bradley Jr in their third fight so he could focus on his senate duties in the Philippines.Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), who has won world titles in eight weight divisions, was widely expected to return to the ring at some point.Pacquiao, who was elected to the Philippines senate in May, said he will spend the entire training camp in his home country so he can also attend to his legislative work.“Boxing is my main source of income. I can’t rely on my salary as a public official,” Pacquiao said.“I’m helping the family of my wife and my own family, as well. Many people also come to me to ask for help and I just couldn’t ignore them.”last_img read more

Cricket News Rangana Herath to retire after Galle Test versus England

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, has announced that the Galle Test against England, beginning November 6, will be his final international game. The 40-year-old, considered to be the most successful left-arm bowler (pace or spin) of all time, is the last active Test cricketer of the 90s.Herathmade his debut against Australia at the Galle International stadium in 1999 and it is fitting that he will play his last international match at the same venue next month. For the first nine years of Herath’s career, he was under the shadow of Muttiah Muralitharan, the best spinner in the world at that time as he played in only 14 Tests and took 36 wickets.Also Read | Another woman stopped from entering Sabarimala; temple doors to shut todayHowever, in the 2009 Test at Galle against Pakistan, he picked 4/15 in the second innings as Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for 117 in pursuit of 167. Following this performance, Herath, nicknamed Áiyya’ proved to be the match-winner for Sri Lanka and his career changed.From 2009, Herath’s consistency was remarkable and he proved to be Sri Lanka’s ultimate match-winner following Muralitharan’s retirement in 2010. His best year was 2012 in which he picked up 60 wickets at an average of 23.61. He reserved his best for Pakistan, becoming the first and only bowler so far to take 100 Test wickets against them.Read More | Varun Dhawan-Anushka Sharma’s Sui Dhaaga crosses 125 crore worldwide GBO!His crowning glory came in 2016 in the series against Australia. He picked up 28 wickets at an average of 12.75 as Sri Lanka achieved their first-ever 3-0 whitewash of Australia. Herath is only the third bowler in Test history to take five-wicket hauls against every nation after Dale Steyn and Muralitharan.In his final Test, Herath, with 430 wickets, has the chance to join Muralitharan in taking 100 wickets at the venue and has a chance to go past Sir Richard Hadlee’s mark of 431 and possibly Kapil Dev’s mark of 434 wickets. His retirement will leave a massive void not only in Sri Lanka but in world cricket. last_img read more

Cricket News No place for negativity in my life: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgNew Delhi: His technique in seaming conditions has often come under intense scrutiny but Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t have time for doubting Thomases  as he gears up for the battle ahead in the ICC World Cup. Dhawan, one half of world’s most formidable limited overs opening pair, has always performed well in marquee events and is confident that he would be able to replicate his stellar show in familiar conditions like in Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017.He was also India’s most successful batsman in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. “People tell me about my record in ICC events but frankly speaking, the intent has always been the same. It’s not that the effort is less than 100 percent ever. The focus as always is on the process. I am confident that I will have another good ICC tournament,” Dhawan told PTI during an exclusive interview.The 33-year-old had a modest international season before roaring back to form in the IPL, scoring 521 runs for Delhi Capitals to finish fourth in the top run-getters’ list. So was there any kind of pressure as the World Cup was round the corner, “No” was Dhawan’s emphatic reply.”I am not that sort of a guy who feels the pressure. I have the ability to remain unfazed. And critics? Woh apna kaam kar rahein hain (They are doing their job). If I don’t score runs in 5-10 games, it doesn’t mean that everything is lost. I know what kind of a player I am and what my capabilities are,” said Dhawan, who has 16 ODI hundreds and 5355 runs in 128 ODIs.Asked if the dissection of his technique outside the off-stump and the kind of analysis done bothers him, the senior opener replied, “To know what is being written about me, I need to read the newspapers or watch television. I don’t do both, so what’s being discussed hardly bothers me. And as far as social media is concerned, yes I am on twitter and Facebook but I hardly use them.””I am not someone who is constantly checking twitter updates or Instagram comments.I just check it occasionally. Let me tell you something — I don’t have time for negativity in my life. It can bog you down if you constantly want validation from the outside world. I don’t need that,” he said. In fact, he says, Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly’s presence in Capitals’ fold couldn’t have happened at the right time.”Both Ricky and Dada were successful international captains because they had the ability to create champions. Obviously their experience helps. They told me that there is no problem with my technique.” It has now been 15 years in senior representative cricket for Dhawan (having made his first-class debut back in 2004) and the fire still burns brightly in him.”Mera jazbaa aaj bhi utni hi hai (the passion is still the same as it was when I started). As I told you that I have shut out negativity and primarily because I am a happy go lucky person.Before I made my Test debut, I had played nearly nine years of first-class cricket. “Had I not been passionate and hungry, I couldn’t have performed for India after nine years of domestic cricket. Now I have played six years of international cricket. It has been a great journey,” he said.There is a different facet to his personality as he has now started taking interest in classical music and is learning flute.”I am a big fan of Sufi music. The Wadali brothers (Puranchand and Pyarelal Wadali) are my favourite. Now I have started learning flute and I am enjoying it like anything.”So how did he start learning flute?”I realised that I do have time at my disposal when I am not playing matches or training. Once I started listening to flute on Youtube, I took a liking for it and decided to learn the art.””You need to de-stress and for that you need to have a hobby. Har insaan ko life mein kuch shaunkh paalna chahiye. Yeh zaroori hain. I am not someone who would over-think about my game.  “So rather than sitting and chatting in my hotel room, I thought why don’t I learn a bit of music. I am still very new but I now I can identify the raagas like Hamsadhwani.”A devoted family man, Dhawan would shuttle between Delhi and Melbourne, where his wife Ayesha and his three children are settled.”My family often joins me on tours but then children have school. So whenever I get a 15-day break, I am off to Melbourne to spend time with my wife and kids.”With a young family, it is difficult but he attributes it to the strong support system and the sacrifices his wife Ayesha and children make.”They know that my focus is on providing them a good life. I want the best education for my kids and everything that can help them have a better life,” he concluded. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Men’s volleyball hosts Hawai’i for exhibition

first_imgBack for more · Senior outside hitter Alex Slaught recorded a team-best 284 kills in 2015, to go along with 121 digs, which contributed to him being named All-MPSF honorable mention. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanAfter a less than stellar first taste as the head coach of USC men’s volleyball in a fall tournament last month, Jeff Nygaard will look for an improved performance on Thursday in another early exhibition game against Hawai’i.Nygaard, who was announced as the program head coach this past June, won’t have to coach his first official match until the Trojan’s season opener against Penn State in January, but the matchup against Hawai’i will be another chance for the Trojans to see where they are in their fall training program.The team lost one of its best players in program history in setter Micah Christenson, who graduated in the spring. Christenson is a member of the U.S. Men’s national team and was key to the Trojans’ offense.The Trojans face one of the premier programs in Hawai’i, who advanced to the NCAA national championship tournament last year. The team is looking to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2012-2013 season.At the fall tournament earlier this year on Oct. 25, the Trojans dropped all four of their matches against Concordia, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge.USC was the only team at the tourney to go winless, while their crosstown rivals went 3-1.Nygaard took over the USC program after athletic director Pat Haden announced that former head coach Bill Ferguson would not return last May.Ferguson went 150-102 during his nine seasons at USC including three trips to the NCAA chamionships.Last season, Ferguson’s team went 19-9 and finished 2015 as the No. 7 ranked team in the nation. The program, however, finished in the bottom half of the MPSF in the two years prior.The match against Hawai’i starts at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.last_img read more

Men’s soccer on the rise

first_imgSophomore Joey Tennyson leads the Badgers with three goals off of seven shots-on-goal through only five of the team’s seven games so far this season. Tennyson had only three goals last season, second to fellow sophomore Chris Prince who had seven goals.[/media-credit]After a disappointing finish in 2010, head coach John Trask and the Wisconsin men’s soccer team set out to improve early this season.Following last year’s 4-13-3 finish, Trask and his young team are already noticing improvements. Coming off of an unbeaten weekend at Flames Field in Chicago, the Badgers now boast a 3-3-1 record through their first seven games of the season.“We’re improving, and I’m pretty pleased with where we’re at,” Trask said of his young team. “[But] have we really arrived? No. We’re a team coming off a four-win season. We’ve got to find a way to get some positive results, and hopefully we can push this thing forward.”Last year’s team, which lost to eventual national semifinalist Michigan in the Big Ten tournament, was Trask’s first at UW. After winning two Horizon League regular season titles, the 2007 Horizon League Tournament and two Horizon League Coach of the Year titles with Illinois at Chicago, Trask came to Madison with a new attitude and a notoriously ferocious defense.This year, sophomore goalkeepers Ciro Martinez and Max Jentsch have held opponents to one goal or fewer in four games, in which the Badgers are 3-0-1. The Badgers’ solid defense, at times coupled with stellar goalkeeping and steady offense, has propelled them to the best start they have had in the last few years. After closing last year 3-2-1, all signs point to success in the near future for Trask’s young team.Sophomore forward Chris Prince led the team in scoring with seven goals and 14 points last year and netted his second goal of this season Sunday against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Sophomore midfielder Joey Tennyson has three goals on the year, including one last weekend, and sophomore midfielders Nick Janus and Trevor Wheeler each have one, meaning the sophomore class has accounted for seven of the team’s 11 goals thus far.“Even though we’re a young team, we had seven freshmen starting last year, so they got a good 15 games under their belt,” Prince said.“Most of our young players did get a lot of experience last year, so that’s going to help us out a lot,” Tennyson added.The three Badger losses this season have come from Virginia, California-Irvine and Memphis – all schools that received votes to be ranked in the most recent NCAA coaches’ poll. The Badgers had chances to win all three of the games, but silly mistakes led to missed opportunities. Tennyson, who currently leads the team in goals, said he feels that consistently eliminating mistakes like the ones already committed would take the team to the level at which they want to perform.Evidence of the Badgers’ work was shown last weekend, when scoring three unanswered goals to start the game against previously 4-1-1 Drake University proved to be enough to win 3-1 Friday. During the second game of the weekend doubleheader, the Badgers tied a scrappy SIU Edwardsville team, 1-1. The game was scoreless until the 83rd minute, when Prince put the Badgers on top for two minutes before the Cougars’ Derek Huffman scored the equalizer three minutes later.By completing a weekend doubleheader without a loss, the Badgers showed improvement from the previous two weekends, during which they compiled a 1-3 record.The Badgers now move on to a four game homestand on Sunday, beginning with Loyola Marymount, a team with a 2-4-0 record out of the West Cost Conference. The Lions lost a close game to University of California Los Angeles earlier this season, having to play 77 minutes with 10 men. After LMU, the Badgers have a tough stretch that includes games against Indiana, Creighton, Michigan and Michigan State. The Hoosiers, Bluejays and Spartans will all face the Badgers at the McClimon Complex.With the Big Ten opener against Indiana Oct. 2 at the McClimon Complex, Trask and the Badgers hope to have improved in all areas, as some are speculating the Big Ten title will come down to the Badgers and Hoosiers this year.“It’s either us or Indiana, I think, that should finish on top in the Big Ten, and hopefully we should be able to make the NCAA Tournament, too. I don’t think there’s a reason why we shouldn’t,” Prince said.The Badgers have everything they need to succeed – a nationally renowned coaching staff, young talent, veteran leadership and an opportunity for a much improved year. Where there is any possible doubt, Trask shows full confidence in his team.“Are we as experienced? No,” Trask said. “But I’d also say that we’re pretty darn good, so that should not be a hindrance going forward.”last_img read more

No. 12 Syracuse’s tempo, spacing dictate shot quality

first_imgMidfielder Jacob Buttermore dodged to his right and barreled down the outside of the alley, bringing his defender with him.He neared the 20-yard line when Army close defender Griffin Schultz slid, leaving attack Bradley Voigt in space. Voigt caught Buttermore’s feed on his left side, spun to the right and laced a shot between the right post and Black Knight goalie AJ Barretto’s helmet. Syracuse bled half of the 80 second shot clock on the possession that netted Voigt’s second-quarter goal against Army last Sunday. By opting to maintain possession and attempting to draw slides, rather than rushing offense early in the shot clock, the Orange have generated good shot attempts consistently. Despite having the No. 38 offense (out of 69 teams) and averaging 10.7 goals per game, Syracuse has improved both its shots on goal percentage — 55 percent against the Raiders, 75 percent Sunday — and outright shooting percentage.The uptick coincides with No. 12 Syracuse (2-1) topping two-straight ranked opponents and one that could continue Saturday when No. 13 Virginia (2-2) visits the Carrier Dome. UVA freshman Patrick Burkinshaw faced 35 shots on goal against Princeton on Feb. 23, saving 24 of them in his first-ever collegiate action. “I think our shooting can still improve,” Desko said Wednesday. “That being said, everybody’s got a good goalie now.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Colgate methodically built a 3-0 lead throughout the first quarter in SU’s season-opener, the Orange responded with rushed shots early in the shot clock. Trailing, midfielders blindly fired after dodging, not looking to see if a slide had come and opened up a shooter inside. Feeds that reached attacks in front of the cage went straight into the webbing of Raiders goalie Connor Mullen’s stick, when they were on goal at all. In the first three quarters, Syracuse put 12-of-26 shots on target. “You just get rushed,” SU sophomore Brendan Curry said, “and you just want to take the first shot, even though it might not be the best shot.”In the following week of practice, Syracuse focused heavily on its shot. Curry and other dodgers looked for slides and open shooters.Coaches and players also mentioned “changing the plane” as a means to improve shooting numbers. When an attacker catches the ball and looks to shoot, they need to read the goalie for a split second. If the goalie is baiting the shooter high, Curry said, he’ll stare him down and drive a shot low. If he sees a goalie dipping, he’ll lower his eyes while simultaneously aiming for an upper corner. Against then-No. 15 Albany, the Orange shot on goal 29 times, nearly as many times as the Great Danes shot in total (36). Voigt, in particular, feasted in the middle of the defense.On the man-up in the second quarter, Curry caught a pass on the left hash mark at the 25 yard line. Albany close defender Sean Gleason hurried to cover Curry, leaving Voigt with five yards of free space in every direction. A calm pass and quick shot put SU up, 3-2, at the time. As midfielders repeatedly draw slides from Albany’s close defenders, Voigt leaked into the open space created, scoring six goals.“I think we were definitely more comfortable in the offense that were running right now,” Voigt said after his performance. “And I’m not much of a dodger, so I’m a product of the guys that are dodging around me so all credit to the offensive guys that helped me get open today.”Most recently against then-No. 13 Army, SU turned in its most efficient performance, shooting wise, to date. The Orange took 37 shots, 28 of which were on target. Ten became goals. The spacing and tempo lacking against Colgate came in abundance. With Jakob Phaup dominating the faceoff X, Syracuse consistently ran its offense until shooting lanes opened. The only thing keeping the game from turning into a blowout was Barretto, who finished with a career high 18 saves.Early in the second quarter, Voigt nabbed a ground ball yards from the crease, near Barretto’s left post. Voigt fired low. Barretto dropped to his knees and fended the shot off.SU attack Stephen Rehfuss picked up the rebound and went high. Barretto sprung up, knocked the shot up with his stick, turned around and caught the rebound, starting up the clear.After the game, Desko pointed out that shooters can’t change planes up close on the goalie. In the following week, he said, they’d work to fix it in practice. “I think we can still shoot better,” Desko said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 27, 2019 at 10:23 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Sky Betting & Gaming seeks talent for Sky Bet Deutschland expansion

first_imgShare Jochen WeinerUK independent bookmaker Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) is preparing for the next phase of its international expansion, as the operator looks for new talent to join its Munich office for the launch of new asset ‘Sky Bet Deutschland’.Updating the market, SB&G CEO Richard Flint detailed that the bookmaker was recruiting a number German focused employees to be managed by Sky Bet Deutschland Managing Director Jochen Weiner.SB&G detailed that it seeks four Munich-based roles in the marketing and legal teams, nine German-speaking contact centre positions and a possible four new technology roles who will work with the rest of the 50 strong international team in Sheffield.“We are really excited about the opportunity available within the German market. These new hires will allow us to press ahead with our plans to launch there later this year. The fact that we are in a position to do so, so soon after looking into the market, is a testament to our international team and the positive relationship they have developed with Sky Deutschland.” Flint commented.Last September SB&G confirmed its new market expansion into Germany, appointing former Scientific Games and Bwin executive Jochen Weiner as Managing Director.Commenting on SB&G’s German market plans, Weiner stated: “Since joining I’ve been impressed with the way colleagues have pulled together to get us ready to launch a real money product so quickly. There is clearly a healthy market in Germany and we look forward to entering it soon.” Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

David Ocloo returns to Liberty, gets team ready for WAFA clash

first_imgDavid Ocloo has returned to the camp of Liberty Professionals a few days after he put in his resignation.Ocloo walked away from the team after their 2-1 home loss to Hearts of Oak in Week 5 of the Ghana Premier League.He did not cite any reason for his departure and the club did not also officially say anything to the press on the development.However, on Thursday, the club released an interview of Ocloo talking about the loss to Hearts and the preparations ahead of their Week 6 tie at WAFA. This confirms that the coach is still in charge of Liberty Professionals.Citi Sports sources close to the believe that the team and Ocloo may have met to discuss whatever grievances the coach may have had that led to his initial decision to quit and Ocloo was happy with talks and thus, he made a turnaround.Ahead of the match against WAFA, he said that he had put the team in the best shape possible to get a very good result on the road on Friday.“To be honest, I have never played against WAFA but I have watched some of their matches and I have prepared a good strategy to counter them.The players are ready for the match and I have even found a replacement for defender, Samuel Amofa, who is suspended for the match and I am confident that we will bounce back against WAFA.”Liberty will be seeking another win on the road after they beat Dwarfs in Week 5 in Cape Coast. The Dansoman-based team is currently lying in 10th place with 6 points from 5 matches played.last_img read more

Banner Realty honors 30th anniversary by donating ultrasound machine to Huron Humane Society

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Thanks to a local real estate agency, the Huron Humane Society is now saving money and proactively tending to their animals’ health.To celebrate 30 years in the community, Banner Realty has decided not to seek notoriety, but to donate to those who often don’t get much acknowledgement, and aren’t looking for it.“We wanted to continue to bless the community by doing things that are beneficial for the people within the community and in this case, its the non–profits. It’s the people that feed the hungry, and that have clothing for the people that don’t have clothing, and have houses for the people who don’t have homes,” says Margie Haaxma, owner of Banner Realty.Most recently, the Huron Humane Society was on the receiving end of Banner’s generosity, being gifted with technology that will proactively monitor the health of cats and dogs at the shelter.Shelter Manager, Stacy Newhouse, says,”We were put on a wish list from Margie and we were chosen like [for] a Christmas wish list. We listed what we would like to have help better the animals and we were chosen by Margie. We received the ultrasound machine.”The new technology will allow veterinarians and other trained personnel at the shelter to determine if an incoming dog or cat is pregnant. This will cut down significantly on transportation and doctors fees.Newhouse says,”We can check them before they go in to get spayed. Instead of taking them to the clinic to get spayed we can check them before they go so they don’t have to go be put under anesthesia and then we’re told later that they are pregnant.”While there are currently no pregnant animals at Humane Society, Newhouse was able to give an example of just how simple it would be to conduct an ultrasound test, using a stuffed animal.“We would have gel if this was a real patient and the ultrasound wave would bounce off the animal in their stomach to see if they are pregnant.”Banner Realty says this just one way they plan to give back in 2020. After 30 monumental years and with faith for many more, Haaxma says it’s the least she could do.”“It’s not about Banner Realty or the Banner Realty team. It’s about those people that give from their heart and their soul day after day through stress, through trials, whatever -and come out on top and help other people to come out on top. We’re blessed to be a blessing and that’s what we want to be here at Banner.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: animals, Banner Realty, humane society, Huron Humane Society, pets, pregnant, ultrasoundContinue ReadingPrevious Childbirth classes may ease anxiety for first-time parentsNext State of Michigan joins investigation of Juul Labs, maker of e-cigarettelast_img read more

Astros’ Yuli Gurriel suspended five games in 2018, won’t miss World Series

first_img MLB’s 2018 suspension against Astros’ Yuli Gurriel gets negative reaction on social media HOUSTON — Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will be suspended five games without pay in 2018 for making a racist gesture and remark toward Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish in Friday’s Game 3 of the World Series, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Saturday.After hitting a home run against Darvish in Game 2, Gurriel was caught on camera saying the word Chinito – Spanish slang for a person of Asian descent – and pressing his fingers against his eyes. Darvish, who was born in Japan, said the action was disrespectful to people “all around the world.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Whicker: MLB does the wise thing in Yuli Gurriel case In announcing the suspension, the commissioner offered four reasons why Gurriel would not be forced to miss any time for the remainder of the World Series.“First of all, I felt it was important that the suspension carried with it the penalty of lost salary,” Manfred said. “Secondly, I felt it was unfair to punish the other 24 players on the Astros’ roster. I wanted the burden of this discipline to fall primarily on the wrongdoer. Thirdly, I was impressed in my conversation with Yu Darvish by his desire to move forward, and I felt that moving this suspension to the beginning of the season would help in that regard. Manfred declined “to characterize the conversations with the union, beyond the notion that the union was supportive of the general proposition that this type of behavior was not appropriate in our game.”Gurriel, 33, was born in Cuba. This is his first season of professional baseball in the United States. He spent a portion of the 2014 season playing in Japan, and said that his actions were in part motivated by his lack of success against Darvish and other Japanese pitchers.But Gurriel reiterated in a private meeting with Manfred that he intended no disrespect – comments that he echoed through an interpreter after Friday’s game.“Mr. Gurriel to his credit quickly realized that his behavior was wrong,” Manfred said. “He expressed remorse. I met with him today. He reiterated that remorse, and he assured me that he will be offering a private apology to Mr. Darvish.”Darvish wrote on his Twitter account that “I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse (Gurriel). If we can take something from this, that is a giant step for mankind.”MLB has suspended players for anti-gay slurs in recent years: Matt Joyce and Kevin Pillar received two-game suspensions this season, and Yunel Escobar received a three-game suspension in 2012.But this combination of a racial pejorative and an insulting gesture was new, at least for this decade and this commissioner. Manfred said he decided to go beyond the precedent established by the earlier suspensions “as a statement of our disapproval of this behavior.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was born to a Japanese mother and an African-American father, said he had no issue with Gurriel’s suspension waiting until next season.“I just really don’t want to take the focus off this series,” Roberts said. “Major League Baseball handled it the way they felt was appropriate. We support it and we’re trying to move on.“I don’t want any asterisks with him not being in there. I want the best team to win and to have it decided by the 25 players they have on the roster.”Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a written statement that Gurriel’s forfeited salary will be donated “to the Astros Foundation and to a charity directly supporting diversity efforts.” “Last, when I originally began thinking about the discipline, I thought that delaying the suspension would allow the player the opportunity to exercise his rights under the grievance procedure. It now appears, and I have every expectation, that he will not be exercising those rights.”Gurriel will also be forced to undergo sensitivity training in the offseason, Manfred said. Had he been suspended immediately, Gurriel would have had the right under baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement to appeal the suspension and play during the World Series in the meantime. Video: Is Astros’ Yuli Gurriel making racist gesture about Dodgers’ Yu Darvish? Astros’ Yuli Gurriel apologizes for racist gesture after homer off Dodgers’ Yu Darvish last_img read more