HAYES MAKES HISTORY

first_img× For the second time this season, Jerome Hayes, the slugging star on Mark Sportswear, has hit a Homerun over the monster fence at the Yard at Quartz Master Stadium. In doing so, the rookie LG star makes the history books as Jerome becomes the only rookie LG player in our 21 year history to hit two home runs over the fence at the Yard in the same season.last_img

LVG: United could have won title

first_img As he watched the matches at his grand Cheshire home, all he felt was envy. United, of course, are not in the competition this season after their seventh-placed finish under David Moyes last term. But Van Gaal hopes to be dining at the top table again next year. “Of course I miss it,” he said. “When I look to the matches this week also, great matches and also sometimes disappointing because the level was not always high and the difference between the teams was very high, I believe, so I miss it very much. “I hope we shall achieve our goal for the season and play next season in the Champions League but we still have 15 points to fight for. It is not done yet.” The squad will heed Van Gaal’s warning about complacency. But given that United are eight points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with five matches to go, it would take some collapse for the Red Devils to slip into the Europa League places. The Dutchman has already started scouting players for next season. He has also taken comfort from the fact that some of his signings from last summer have started to find form. Daley Blind and Ander Herrera are playing their best football of the season and against Chelsea Luke Shaw looked like the young left-back who shone so brightly for Southampton last season. Shaw has not had the best of seasons since joining United from Saints for £28million, but Van Gaal is convinced the 19-year-old will grow into a man and excel next season. “I believe in Shaw so for me it isn’t a surprise he played very well against Chelsea and I am very happy for him,” Van Gaal said. “It is of course the first season for a 19-year-old boy because he is still a boy and he is growing and maybe next year he is an adult in the pitch and I hope so.” Van Gaal still has a number of players missing for Sunday’s game at Everton. Defenders Phil Jones (ankle), Marcos Rojo (adductor) and Rafael (rib) are out and midfielder Michael Carrick (calf) is also unavailable. Centre-back Jonny Evans returns from suspension, but there are doubts over midfield duo Daley Blind (ankle) and Adnan Januzaj (ankle). Press Association Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United may well have won the Barclays Premier League this year had it not been for their wretched start to the campaign. Table toppers Chelsea stretched their lead over third-placed United to 11 points last weekend with a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard grabbed all three points for the Blues with a 38th-minute winner, but in truth there was little between the two teams and Van Gaal is already plotting to overthrow the champions elect next season. He admits he may not have had to wait that long before getting his hands on the top prize, though. Had it not been for a poor run of three wins in their opening 10 games, Van Gaal thinks it could have been United running away with the title in April, rather than Chelsea. “Yes, we had a very bad start,” the United manager told MUTV when asked if he wondered what might have been this season. “I have already explained that after several matches why so I don’t have to repeat myself but if we had started well, we could have been the champions.” With Chelsea now two victories away from opening up an unassailable lead, Van Gaal has already admitted defeat in the title race. His focus is now on qualifying for the Champions League. The world’s top club competition returned with a bang this week. Bayern Munich thrashed FC Porto 6-1 to set up a semi-final against Barcelona and Real Madrid edged a tense battle against their neighbours Atletico thanks to Javier Hernandez’s 88th minute winner. But while the rest of the football-loving public gasped and shrieked at a week of enjoyable continental football, Van Gaal did not enjoy it anywhere near as much. last_img read more

Lakers sign Alex Caruso to two-year deal on two-way contract

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCaruso caught the Lakers’ attention in Summer League with his hustle, playmaking and ability to play point guard while Ball sat out Monday’s game against Sacramento with a sore right groin. Caruso posted 18 points, nine assists and four steals while going 7 for 9 from the field (4 for 5 from 3-point range) in 30 minutes. Through four games, Caruso has averaged 6.5 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 50 percent in 17.5 minutes per game.The Lakers liked Caruso’s hustle and steady presence when he played for the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League last season. Caruso averaged 11.9 points, 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from 3-point range. After starring at Texas A&M for four seasons, Caruso joined the Oklahoma City Thunder to open 2016 training camp before being waived Oct. 17.In the first season the NBA has implemented the new mechanism, only players with four or fewer years of NBA experience are eligible to sign two-way contracts for a maximum of two seasons.Deal inkedThe Lakers officially signed free-agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal on Thursday, increasing their regular-season roster to 12 players. The Lakers can have as many as 20 players on their training camp roster and 15 players for the 2017-18 regular-season. That roster total does not count Caruso’s signing because of his two-way deal. The Lakers have yet to sign second-round draft pick Thomas Bryant, who could be another candidate for a two-way contract. Guard David Nwaba is also expected to clear waivers on Friday afternoon after the Lakers waived him on Wednesday.The Lakers will hold an introductory news conference for Caldwell-Pope on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka are expected to attend. The Las Vegas Summer League has done more than just provide a platform for No. 2 draft pick Lonzo Ball to give early glimpses of his NBA potential. It has also given Alex Caruso a forum to convince the Lakers to keep him.The Lakers and Caruso agreed to a two-year deal on a two-way contract, a new mechanism that allows NBA teams and their Development League affiliates to split the costs depending on how much time a player spends on each team’s roster.Caruso can spend up to 45 days with the Lakers, not including any time prior to the start of the South Bay Lakers’ training camp or after the G-League season ends. NBA teams can have as many as 15 players on their regular-season roster as well as two additional players on two-way contracts.“This is an ideal situation for Alex, that gives him a great chance to play in the NBA,” said Caruso’s agent, Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group. “Alex can continue his development under Luke (Walton) and his coaching staff and will benefit from the resources and relationship shared between the Lakers and the South Bay Lakers.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more