Laudrup: Swansea the place for De Guzman

first_imgMichael Laudrup believes Jonathan de Guzman can fulfil his World Cup ambitions at Swansea, provided Villarreal do not price the Welsh side out of a permanent move for the midfielder. He added: “They may take him back to use him to get some money, but in that situation it is important what the player wants “They can try to do a lot of things but the player only wants to play in Swansea. “He is happy here and wants to stay but we cannot say he will be here for certain, as they could put too high a price on him. “If so we have to start all over again. If he goes back he has two years left on his contract with Villarreal but his desire is to stay here. “He is very aware of what he has to do, through playing here he has got a debut in the national team and there is a World Cup in 15 months. So if you want to be in a squad for that you need to be playing regularly for a club.” Press Associationcenter_img The 25-year-old has grown to become a key player for the Swans since joining on a season-long loan, with his range of passing giving them an extra attacking threat. His form has seen him rewarded by Holland coach Louis van Gaal, who handed the Canadian-born playmaker a first cap in the recent friendly against Italy, putting him in the frame for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. But with Villarreal looking to at least recoup the fee of around £7million they paid to sign De Guzman in 2011, Laudrup knows negotiations for a permanent transfer may not be straightforward, and said: “I can’t say 100 percent what will happen but I don’t think that Jonathan will go back to Villarreal to play.” last_img read more

AB de Villiers undecided on Test future

first_imgAB de Villiers remains undecided about his Test future after missing South Africa’s series defeat in England.The 33-year-old batsman missed the tour because he “needed a bit of time away from the game”.The Proteas unsuccessfully tried three different batsmen at number four in their 3-1 loss to England.de Villiers’ agent told BBC Sport nothing has been decided, but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said he does not expect him to return.du Plessis, who had de Villiers as his best man at his wedding, said: “We spend too much time talking about if he is going to come back.“We have to move past the hope of his coming back and find someone who is going to fulfil that role. If he comes back it’s a huge bonus, but I don’t expect it.”de Villiers, who has more than 8 000 Test runs at an average of 50.46, has not played a Test since January 2016.South Africa’s next assignment is a home series against Bangladesh, starting on September 28.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Rob Segedin chasing MBA while in MLB

first_imgAt 27 years old and a veteran of six minor league seasons, Segedin committed to getting his MBA when the year began. His commitment didn’t waver when he was promoted to the majors, then proceeded to bat .295 with 12 RBIs in his first 19 games.Segedin said that studying was easier when he was playing at Triple-A, where the bus rides are longer and down time is more readily available. He would often enlist the help of his roommate, Oklahoma City outfielder Alex Hassan — “a smart guy, really knowledgeable,” Segedin said.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he couldn’t remember coaching or playing with someone who pursued a postgraduate education during the baseball season.“It speaks to his intelligence and drive,” Roberts said, adding that Segedin’s combination of intellect and athleticism “is something we’re trying to create.”The Dodgers’ next road trip is a 10-game swing through New York, Miami and Phoenix beginning Sept. 9. Segedin said his next semester begins three days earlier. DENVER >> August was a good month for Rob Segedin. He made his major league debut with the Dodgers, hit his first home run and became a father.Remarkable as all that is, it’s easy to forget he is also studying toward his Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. A couple of weeks ago before the Dodgers played a game in Cincinnati, Segedin took his final exam in his only class this semester: BUKD-C520, Quantitative Analysis.“I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m just going to take it.’ Whatever I get on it, I get,” he said. “I felt like I did well.”Before the Dodgers take the field Friday to play the San Diego Padres, Segedin will check his phone to get his test score. For those who deride the Dodgers’ front office as a “bunch of nerds,” at least spread the blame to the clubhouse. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I’m talking to my teachers now, trying to get all my stuff early. During the (road trip), I can maybe knock out two or three weeks of classes when I’m not at home with my family. … By getting lectures to me early, I can knock out two weeks in one morning.”Call-ups comingTeams are allowed to have all of their 40-man roster players in the majors beginning Thursday. Roberts said the Dodgers will add at least three players — catcher Austin Barnes, and pitchers Louis Coleman and Josh Ravin — giving them a total of 29 active players for Friday’s game against San Diego.Coleman is on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. Ravin is on the 15-day DL with right triceps inflammation. Left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan was recalled prior to the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies, when the Dodgers were allowed to keep 26 players per MLB rules. He’ll stay on the active roster.AlsoPitcher Scott Kazmir, who threw a simulated game Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, will be activated from the disabled list within a day or two of his eligibility date Sept. 7, Roberts said. The veteran left-hander is battling discomfort in his neck and shoulder that impeded his delivery. … Kenta Maeda will likely start Saturday’s home game against the San Diego Padres, Roberts said, “but that is not a done deal.” … Three prospects from Double-A Tulsa — Cody Bellinger, Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo — were selected to play for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. The prestigious short-season circuit begins play Oct. 11. … Dodgers prospect Chase De Jong was named the Texas League pitcher of the year. The Long Beach native went 14-5 with a 2.86 earned-run average with Tulsa. … Dodgers minor league pitching coordinator Rick Knapp was told his contract won’t be renewed when it expires in October.last_img read more