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GPL Preview: Coaches under pressure as league resumes

first_img                                                                J.E SARPONGCoach J. E. Sarpong is one of the most experienced and renowned coaches we have in Ghana football today. The coach brought Ebusua Dwarfs from division one to the premier league but the mysterious thing happening to the club cannot be comprehended. The coach has been under intense pressure with the team lying 16th with five points winning only just a match, losing four and drawing two after seven matches played. Dwarfs now take on Techiman City at the Robert Mensah at Cape Coast.Will Dwarfs secure a win against Techiman City at home? We will wait to see at the end of the 90 minutes.Read: Preview to matchday 8  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports We take a critical look at some coaches who are under intense pressure as we build up to match day 8 of the Ghana Premier League.                                                                                                                   KENICHI  YATSUHASHIThe head of Accra Hearts of Oak has been under intense pressure and has been described as a “childish” person by a management member of the club when he took advantage of posting some internal issues within the club unto his official Facebook page.Hearts of Oak have failed to win three matches in a row with the last game ending in a defeat in the MTN FA Cup round of 32 against division one side Samatex.Hearts of Oak now play WAFA at the Accra Sports Stadium but the question is, will WAFA deepen the crisis of Accra Hearts of Oak who have failed to win a match after three matches?We only wait to see.                                                              BASHIR HAYFORDAshantigold won the league with Coach Bashiru Hayford but the team after winning the league are going through serious problems. Bash has been accused of chasing the girlfriend of one of the players, but all remains a rumor. He was jeered after their home defeat against Dreams with the fans calling for his head. The Miners have win only one match, which was on the opening day fixtures, losing two and drawing four out of seven matches played with seven points occupying the 13th position .Coach Bashiru Hayford has dared the management of the club to pay him if they want to sack out of the club. They play New Edubiase in a home away from home tie. Another defeat will surely mark the end of his reign as Ashgold boss.                                                               MICHAEL OSEI Coach Michael Osei seems to have restored the spirit of Kumasi Asante Kotoko after winning two matches on a row.Osei, who was asked to take over from Coach David Duncan after he was asked to step aside by the management of the club, won his first match against Liberty Professionals in Kumasi by 3-1 and followed it up with a 2-0 victory over Real 24 Hours.The team will be hoping to continue their impressive performance as they play Dreams FC at Dawu. Can Kotoko produce the magic against Dreams FC who have not lost any match at their home grounds? Until the end of 90 minutes we can tell.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw will make Triple-A rehab start Saturday

first_imgCHICAGO — Left-hander Clayton Kershaw will make a rehabilitation start in Triple-A before returning to the Dodgers’ rotation, potentially next week.Kershaw is expected to throw four innings or approximately 60 pitches for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday. If all goes well, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, Kershaw’s next start will be for the Dodgers.Kershaw threw 45 pitches in three simulated innings Monday afternoon and said he expected to pitch “somewhere” in four or five days. His unstated preference was apparently to skip the rehab start and return to the Dodgers’ rotation.“He stated his case – as he has always done. Which is great. It’s what you would expect,” Roberts said. Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.However, Kershaw has pitched just five innings in an actual game over the past seven weeks. After his May 1 start, he went on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis for 30 days. He returned without making a rehab start and made only one start before going on the DL with a lower back strain (the third consecutive season he has spent time on the DL with a back injury).That lack of competitive innings over the past two months was a factor in the decision to have Kershaw make a rehab start this time, Roberts said. But the primary focus is “putting him in the best chance to have success and health.”PRIOR MEMORIESFor Dodgers first-year bullpen coach Mark Prior, this week’s series at Wrigley Field is a return to the scene of his prime – and perhaps a reminder of what might have been.Prior said he had been back to Wrigley Field twice since his big-league career ended in 2006 at age 25 – once to speak at a Cubs event and once for … another pretty big event.“Came back here for the World Series,” Prior said. “I sat in the stands and watched. It was great. It was unique. I’d never actually watched a game from the stands here.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img This Dodgers-Cubs series is Prior’s first time on the field at Wrigley since his playing career ended prematurely due to injuries. But the ending isn’t the part Prior wants to remember.“Lot of good memories,” said Prior, who was 42-29 over five seasons with the Cubs, going to the All-Star Game in 2003 and pitching in the National League Championship Series that year. Prior was the Cubs’ pitcher in Game 6 when the infamous Bartman incident took place.“I mean, look, everybody at some point who’s been around the game has had their ups and downs and I had my ups and downs, for sure. But no doubt I loved playing for the Cubs. I loved playing in Chicago. I’m proud of it. My first year we lost 99 (actually 95) games. The next year, we turned it around (and made that NLCS). It kind of felt like we did a lot of really good things. It was fun.”MAEDA HIPRight-hander Kenta Maeda walked a career-high five in just 3-2/3 innings in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader and has not been sharp since returning from a strained right hip. In two starts since coming off the DL, Maeda has allowed five runs on 10 hits and eight walks while striking out only three in 8-2/3 innings. Before going on the DL, Maeda was averaging 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings (by far the highest of his three seasons with the Dodgers).“There’s no pain in that area, no sense of discomfort,” Maeda said through his interpreter of returning from the strained hip muscle. “But I just feel my mechanics aren’t there and I’m a little bit protecting it.“Just sort of being able to put weight on my back leg and the timing of everything that follows that hasn’t been there. … There’s no pain, no discomfort. It’s just automatically protecting it. So I need to make sure I get rid of that during practices.”ALSOBefore the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Dodgers activated left-hander Rich Hill from the DL and optioned Breyvic Valera back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Valera is 5 for 29 (.172) in 20 games with the Dodgers this season.In addition, right-hander Brock Stewart was recalled from OKC (again) to serve as the 26th man allowed for the second game of the doubleheader.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Ross Stripling, 6-1, 1.76 ERA) at Cubs (LHP Jon Lester, 8-2, 2.28 ERA), Wednesday, 11:20 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)last_img read more