Nagashima recovering from stroke

first_imgThe program is said to consist of training to regain his senses in his partially paralyzed right hand and leg, and speech therapy. At home, Nagashima practices reading and writing, and team officials revealed he spoke of his high expectations of the Giants’ foreign acquisitions and Kazuhiro Kiyohara’s comeback. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Former Yomiuri Giants manager Shigeo Nagashima is showing signs of slow but sure progress toward recovery a year after suffering a stroke, Central League club officials said Friday.According to the officials, Nagashima, 69, canceled his walking practice due to snow Friday morning, but visited a rehabilitation facility in the afternoon for a two-hour program he undergoes five times a week.last_img read more

Bayern Beat PSG To Win Sixth Champions League Title

first_imgThe triumph caps a remarkable first season for manager Hansi Flick who only took charge of the Bavarians in November following the sacking of Nico Kovac.PSG remain in search of that elusive triumph in this competition and will end the night bitterly disappointed at the defeat but also at themselves for failing to grab the opportunity to announce themselves as true European heavyweights.The encounter had been billed as one with the potential for fireworks with PSG’s feared frontline of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria paired against Bayern’s ruthlessly efficient team and one-man goal machine Robert Lewandowski.While the deluge of goals failed to materialise, mainly due to the brilliance of Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, the encounter was no less entertaining.Bayern’s high defensive line had been exposed in previous games and with the pace and trickery of PSG’s attack, it was only a matter of when the French team will find opportunities. The opportunities did come but when they did, PSG were thwarted by a combination of Neuer’s brilliance and poor finishing from their usually reliable front line with Mbappe guilty of the most egregious miss in the first half.And as Bayern have shown throughout the tournament, opponents’ profligacy tend to be punished ruthlessly and when Coman guided Kimmich’s cross beyond Kaylor Navas, the outcome was never in doubt.RelatedThe Big Seven Matches This WeekendFebruary 23, 2018In “England”Champions League: Manchester United, PSG to Face Disciplinary Action From UEFAFebruary 14, 2019In “UEFA”The Big Seven Matches This WeekendJanuary 26, 2018In “England” Bayern Munich have won the Champions League for a sixth time, edging Paris St-Germain in thrilling final in Cologne.French winger Kingsley Conan who stared his career at PSG scored the only goal in the 59th minute, heading home Joshua Kimmich’s precise cross.Victory means Bayern end the season with a treble – the second in their history – having won the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal.They also became the only team to win every Champions League game in a season, winning all eleven of their games in the competition.last_img read more

NBA preview 2019-20: Under-the-radar teams, players, rotations

first_imgAfter acquiring Chris Paul, the Thunder have an All-Star point guard who can get the ball to Steven Adams for some easy dunks in the pick-and-roll. Then adding guys like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is a very exciting young player, and Danilo Gallinari, who has always been entertaining, gives the Thunder a very interesting starting rotation. Then add guys off the bench like Dennis Schroder and Hamidou Diallo and Oklahoma City fans certainly will have something to cheer for this season.It should be noted though that is all on paper as the Thunder may try to move Adams and Paul as they try to rebuild, but for now the team actually looks like a fun one to watch early in the season. We’ll see if that translates into wins though.Hawks — No one will pay attention to the Hawks until they get a few more years into this rebuild, but like the Thunder, Atlanta has some fun pieces to watch and build around. Trae Young very well could have won Rookie of the Year last season, John Collins had an argument to be an All-Star and Kevin Huerter became a good rotation player by the end of the season. Add rookies De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish into the fold along with veteran Evan Turner and this team looks like it will be more competitive this season. We’ll see how the depth does in the long run though. The NBA season begins Tuesday and there is so much to talk about before the Pelicans and Raptors tip off.Here’s a look at some of the under-the-radar aspects of the 2019-20 season from rotations you might not think about to potential Sixth Man of the Year contenders. Under-the-radar teams, rotations, playersTEAMSUtah Jazz — OK, they’re only “under-the-radar” to anyone who doesn’t pay attention to the entire NBA, because the Jazz have been to the playoffs each of the last three years after finishing fifth in the stacked Western Conference each season. But there may not have been a move that went more unnoticed than Bojan Bogdanovic signing in Utah, and there may be no move that will have a more quiet, gigantic impact than Mike Conley coming over in a trade. Related News NBA preview 2019-20: Five players primed for breakout seasons Conley allows Donovan Mitchell to play off the ball, which makes him better, and Bogdanovic adds another layer of scoring to a team that really struggled to put the ball in the basket when Mitchell was off his shooting game last season. This team has a real chance to win the West and still no one is paying much attention.Miami Heat — Any team that adds Jimmy Butler instantly becomes competitive, both physically and for the playoffs. The Heat needed to start anew after the first and second eras of Dwyane Wade, and Butler could be just the guy to do that.Add Tyler Herro to the mix to give Miami some much-needed shooting and a bigger role for Bam Adebayo in the middle after the departure of Hassan Whiteside and this team is at the least interesting, at the most it’s a contender for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference.PLAYERSBogdan Bogdanovic — Bogdanovic often gets lost in the shuffle on a team with good, young talent, but he is the sparkplug that makes the Kings’ second unit go. He might not average 25 points a game, but he is more than capable of putting up a 25-point performance off the bench on a regular basis, and that probably is why the Kings reportedly are offering him a max contract extension as he will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.Jrue Holiday — It’s hard to be “under-the-radar” if you’re an All-Star and a two-time NBA All-Defensive team member, but everyone seems to forget about Jrue Holiday. He is now the alpha dog on a Pelicans team that lost Anthony Davis, and he is coming off of a career year. He easily could one-up himself this season and maybe even get the Pelicans fighting for a playoff spot with a good young core of Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball now in the fold.ROTATIONSThunder — The Thunder have been understandably written off after trading Russell Westbrook to the Rockets and Paul George to the Clippers, but this team could actually be pretty exciting this year.last_img read more