Young facing longtime out with injuryMANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United say winger Ashley Young is facing a lengthy time out with a groin injury, which will require surgery.Young picked up the injury three minutes before half-time in the 1-0 victory at Anfield last week and was replaced by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has made three appearances for United this season.UEFA won’treplace PlatiniGENEVA (AP):UEFA will not replace Michel Platini as president, while he is pursuing legal routes to overturn his eight-year FIFA ban.Platini was banned over a $2 million payment from FIFA in 2011 for uncontracted salary as an adviser to Sepp Blatter.UEFA will meet in Budapest at a congress in May when a new president could have been elected before the European Championship.But UEFA says its executive committee has “decided there will be no UEFA presidential election scheduled until the sports justice appeal bodies, including potentially the Court of Arbitration for Sport, have taken a decision.”Lloyd, Hernandez voted top CONCACAF playersMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP):American midfielder Carli Lloyd and Mexican forward Javier Hernandez have been selected CONCACAF’s Players of the Year.Lloyd, also voted FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, scored a hat trick in the World Cup final, where she earned the Golden Ball as top player.Hernandez scored the first goal for Mexico in its play-off win over the United States for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.
World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Super Bantamweight champion, Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley, has been nominated for three awards that will be made during the second WBC Female Convention that will be held in Tijuana, Mexico, from January 27-31.On October 29 last year, she regained the title that she lost to Mexican Jackie Nava in 2014, with a unanimous decision over Christina McMahon in New York. Her technical brilliance was on display throughout the fight, as she overwhelmed her opponent.The WBC was so pleased with her performance and the overall quality of the fight, that she has been shortlisted as Champion of the Year and for Comeback of the Year. The fight has also been listed in the category, Event of the Year.Speaking to The Gleaner yesterday, Ashley said that she was thrilled to have been in Jamaica recently for the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards ceremony as a nominee, and that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience once more.PROUD OF SELFShe said that she was proud to follow this up with nominations in so many WBC categories, and this was icing on the cake, after regaining her title. It was her hope, she said, that she will come out on top in at least one category.”I think that I have a good shot in the Comeback of the Year and the Champion of the Year categories, and I am optimistic that I will get them,” she said.She added that the public will be involved in the voting, and was hopeful that her fans will cast votes for her no later than today at: http://wbcboxing.com.
WASHINGTON — New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said he expects Matt Harvey won’t pitch beyond the “range” of 180 innings in the regular season unless needed in the final series in early October.As for the postseason, Harvey’s availability will depend partly on how he’s used down the stretch for the NL East leaders. Alderson added the plan is not yet final because he has yet to talk with Harvey’s agent, Scott Boras.“Let me get into detail after we’ve sort of worked it out among the parties,” Alderson said before the first of three games against the second-place Washington Nationals. “I don’t want to get ahead of the situation and create another disconnect.”Alderson already spoke with surgeon James Andrews and Harvey, who has pitched 166 1-3 innings in his first season since Tommy John surgery and is 12-7 with a 2.60 ERA. Harvey is to start Tuesday against Washington.On Sept. 5, Harvey said Andrews had advised him not to pitch beyond 180 innings, putting his postseason availability in doubt.The next day, Harvey wrote on The Players’ Tribune website that he would definitely pitch in the postseason, and that he and the Mets would work out a compromise to ensure his availability.Alderson expects Harvey would be available in the postseason even if he pitches in the season’s final series against Washington on Oct. 2-4. How deep into October Harvey could pitch is another matter.“How he’s used in the postseason is really going to be a function of how he’s gotten through the six months of the regular season,” Alderson said.“I can’t sit here and say he’s going to be available throughout the entire playoffs, because we don’t know how he will feel and what all of the considerations are at that time.”With the Mets also managing innings for rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard, they will continue going with a six-man rotation through the rest of the season, Alderson said.Manager Terry Collins said he is considering a number of options for Harvey after the Sept. 8 start. But such plans are contingent on how the Mets play between now and the right-hander’s next scheduled turn.“It all depends on where we stand,” Collins said. “You can talk postseason all you want. You’ve got to get there. And he’s going to be a big piece to get there.”Three years ago on Sept. 8, Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg pitched his final game of the 2012 season after coming back from Tommy John surgery.Washington won the NL East handily that season, but without Strasburg lost the NLDS in five games to St. Louis.(IAN QUILLEN)TweetPinShare0 Shares