Sir Alex Ferguson has once again restated his backing for the Glazer family ownership of Manchester United. “You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager. “United are in good hands with David Moyes. He will be fine. He’s a good manager. “I made my decision. The timing was perfect. There is no way back for me now. I’ve got a new life. “I want to go to the Kentucky Derby and the US Masters, the Melbourne Cup. I want to visit vineyards in Tuscany and France.” Besides, with United having given Moyes a six-year contract on Ferguson’s recommendation, he is hardly likely to sanction a change so quickly after he spent 26 years in the job. “I believe in building a football club rather than building a football team,” he said. “I can understand coaches who concentrate on building a football team because it gives them a job. “It’s a results industry. “You only have to look at Paolo Di Canio last week, five to six games into his first season at Sunderland, they allow him to spend £19 million and then sack him. “To me, there is no evidence that that is going to bring success.” Ferguson also revealed he was asked to manage Chelsea by Roman Abramovich not long after the Russian had taken over at Stamford Bridge and praised Wayne Rooney for his return to form, although he did not retract his previous claim the striker had asked for a move in the summer. “He has people who advise him and that’s where all that’s coming from,” said Ferguson. “At that particular moment he wasn’t doing particularly well. “But now we see him today, he’s got his energy back. And he’s doing great.” Ferguson also spoke positively about David Beckham, even though he would have preferred the former England skipper to have avoided the celebrity culture he became so synonymous with. “His focus changed,” said Ferguson. “He got drawn into that celebrity status. “I don’t think he could listen. He just said “I’m in love”. There is nothing you can do with that. And therefore he lost the focus. “But how can you argue with life? He’s an icon for young people; represents himself the proper way. And, I say, well done.” Press Association The Scot has been heavily criticised in recent years for not speaking out against the controversial American family, whose leveraged takeover of the club has cost an estimated £680million in associated costs. Yet even now he has retired – with no intention of returning – Ferguson is still speaking positively on the family’s behalf. “There is a misconception about the Glazers buying the club,” he said. “It created hostility and different factions but you forget, the minute it became a PLC someone was going to buy it. “The Glazers did buy it. And in my time with them – they were nothing but supportive – very strong, single-minded people but always supportive of the manager and the things that happen in the club. “I’ve absolutely no hesitation in supporting the way they’re going about the job – very low key.” Ferguson was speaking exclusively to US TV network PBS. In a wide-ranging interview, the Scot confirmed his belief David Moyes was the right man to replace him. And clearly there will be no going back on that decision. “I’m not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United’s results,” said the 71-year-old.
New Delhi: Experienced English umpire Ian Gould will quit umpiring after the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.Gould is part of the 22 match officials — consisting of 16 umpires and six match referees —who will officiate in the showpiece event. This will be the fourth World Cup appearance for Gould.The 61-year-old, who was England’s wicketkeeper in the 1983 World Cup, has officiated in 74 Tests, 135 ODIs and 37 T20Is so far.ICC’s General Manager of Cricket Geoff Allardice praised Gould’s contribution to the game in the field of umpiring.“Ian has made an outstanding contribution to the game over a long period, particularly in the last decade as an international umpire for the ICC. He has always put the interests of the game first, and in doing so has earned enormous respect from his colleagues and players across all countries,” said Allardice.“His presence on the field will be missed, but I am sure his lifelong association with the game will continue,” he added. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWS
THE Golden Jaguars, Guyana’s senior men’s national football team, will know their 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary round opponents on September 28, after the Victor Montagliani-led Confederation announced on Wednesday, their attempt to deliver a football-first philosophy, and to add more anticipation for fans across the region.Golden Jaguars had finished second in Group C of League B of the CONCACAF Nations League and will be joined by The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Montserrat, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago in the Gold Cup preliminary tournament.The tournament will be played as a direct elimination format from July 2 to 6 in 2021, in a centralised location in the United States.After a knockout format, the remaining three teams at the end of the Preliminary Round will qualify for the Gold Cup Group Stage.By virtue of winning the CONCACAF Nations League, League A and League B, Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Suriname and the USA gained automatic qualification to next year’s Gold Cup.Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Champions, Qatar, will compete as a guest in next year’s Gold Cup as part of a major collaboration between CONCACAF and the host country of FIFA World Cup 2022.CONCACAF and the Asian Football Confederation’s longstanding relationship, which was formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in May 2017, has resulted in various joint initiatives which have served to greatly develop football in both regions. The MOU established a framework for strong collaboration between both Confederations and paved the way for a strategic partnership between CONCACAF, Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation charged with delivering the infrastructure and operations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.The partnership includes Qatar National Team competing as a guest in the 2021 and 2023 Gold Cups.The Qatar team are the current regional champions, having won the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Additionally, the team participated in the 2019 Copa America in Brazil, providing strong opposition for South American national teams in the group stage.Qatar will be the second AFC national team to compete as guest in the Gold Cup, following South Korea who played in the 2000 and 2002 editions.Montagliani, who sits as FIFA’s vice-president, said “the CONCACAF Gold Cup continues to grow as a competition and we are hugely excited at the prospect of the 2021 edition, particularly as it falls in the Confederation’s 60th anniversary year.” Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation president and Senior FIFA vice-president, on behalf of the AFC and the entire Asian football family, thanked Montagliani and his members for the invitation that they have extended for the AFC Asian Champions, Qatar, to play in what he has called a “a prestigious tournament as the Gold Cup”.“When AFC and CONCACAF signed their Memorandum of Understanding in May 2017 we saw the obvious opportunities for both Confederations to help and improve each other both in terms of performances on the field – of teams, players and match officials as well as operations staff – and, just as importantly, the continued development of the game across our continents,” Al Khalifa said.
With a winter storm warning lining most of the East Coast, players from Syracuse University’s football team are having difficulty traveling to New York City for Pinstripe Bowl preparations.Syracuse will take on Kansas State in the bowl Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Yankee Stadium. SU’s first practice is scheduled for Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J.A ‘significant’ winter storm is affecting the Mid-Atlantic Coast through New England, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is predicted to last into Monday, according to a message sent out by the weather service at 4 p.m. Sunday. Blizzard warnings are in effect for New York City, eastern New Jersey and some Southern states.By 11 a.m. on Sunday, at least 1,000 flights to New York City had already been canceled, according to the Associated Press. John F. Kennedy International Airport closed Sunday at 8:17 p.m. due to snow, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. The airport is expected to reopen Monday at 5 a.m.Players were waiting for flights into New York City, according to Twitter posts by several players. Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone and several other players have already arrived in New York City via train, according to a release sent out by the Syracuse athletic department late Sunday evening. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChad Battles and Bud Tribbey were both stuck in the Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Va. waiting for a connecting flight to Philadelphia, according to their Twitter feeds. Keon Lyn is still at home in Miramar, Fla., after his flight was canceled, according to his Twitter feed.Running back Antwon Bailey, wide receiver Van Chew and defensive end Chandler Jones were among the players who have already arrived in New York, according to their Twitter feeds.The weather has affected at least one scheduled Syracuse event so far. The Orange was supposed to take part in a clinic Monday at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, but that has been postponed, according to a release from the New York Yankees.The release from the Yankees also said that the weather was being monitored overnight and further updates on Monday’s scheduled events will come Monday morning.— Compiled by Brett LoGiurato and Dara McBride, The Daily Orange, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Published on December 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Killenaule overcame a strong Carrick Swans challenge in the South Tipp hurling championship at Fethard last night.The Robins took some time to get a grip on the game but when they did they pushed on to win on a 1-24 to 0-19 scoreline.The win for Killenaule means they sit on top of the league championship group with Ballingarry also on two points. Mullinahone and Swans have still to get off the mark.
FOLLOW US First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:03 IST COMMENT Associated Press Television News When Greg Olsen put off a broadcasting career for at least one more season in the NFL, he was looking for a different experience.Not better than what he had in his previous stops in Chicago or Carolina — both places he thoroughly enjoyed. Just different.“There’s a lot of energy, as you said. The first day I’m looking around like, ‘What the hell?’” Olsen said of his first practice with the Seattle Seahawks. “It’s just not something I’m used to. But it’s fun. It’s contagious. You find yourself really enjoying practice, really looking forward to practice. The coaches are into it. The staff is into it. I mean, if you’re on the field, everyone at any moment could bust into a celebration.”Olsen decided in the offseason to stay on the field and not move to the press box quite yet, hoping to prove, even at 35 years old, he can still be one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL.But he’ll be part of a deep group of tight ends with the Seahawks that also includes the return of Will Dissly after his previous two seasons were cut short by major injuries.“The best thing is they’re both the same type of guy,” Seattle offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “They’re all in. They love it. They love to compete. They love football. Football is important to them. It’s not about them, they’re very selfless. So yes, it is exciting.”It’s a position of great depth for Seattle that goes beyond just Olsen and Dissly. Seattle also brought back Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson and took rookie Stephen Sullivan late in the draft as a developmental project.But Olsen and Dissly will be the primary options. For Olsen, it’s his first training camp in a different location since 2011, when he first arrived in Carolina. So acclimating to a new camp has been part of the challenge on top of learning Seattle’s offense.“It’s probably as talented a group as I’ve been in from top to bottom,” Olsen said. “We’re getting six guys reps, which is probably the most in any camp that I’ve been a part of.”Olsen hasn’t played a full season since 2017, but last year appeared in 14 games for the Panthers and had 52 receptions. He may not be the target he was in the mid-2010s, when he had four straight seasons of more than 70 receptions, but with how Seattle uses the tight end in its offensive packages he can still be a major factor.Dissly had his rookie season in 2018 cut short after just four games because of a torn patellar tendon. He rehabbed to get himself ready for the 2019 season, only to have his second year end after six games due to an Achilles tendon injury. When he got hurt against Cleveland, Dissly already had 23 receptions and four touchdowns and was on his way to a breakout type season.Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the reports he received from where Dissly did his rehab work in Southern California were unlike any he’d heard before. Dissly was determined not to be limited when the Seahawks began training camp earlier this month.“We’re thrilled about Will’s progress,” Carroll said. “But then again because of the way he’s been, I’m not surprised that somebody would say that he’s been the hardest worker, the most diligent grittiest guy that they’ve ever seen come through the program.”Dissly said having consecutive seasons cut short by major injuries was tough mentally, but going through the rehab work on his knee helped in committing to what was needed to recover from the Achilles injury.“Everyone was there for me, giving me support, telling me I could do it and just encouraged me to stay strong and be positive,” Dissly said. “It was hard to stay in the dumps when you had that much support. Once we got the ball rolling, it was kind of go into to work mode. Surgery was really successful and then it was just my job to get back and prove those people right that were counting on me to get back.”NOTES: Seahawks SS Jamal Adams practiced Tuesday with a large protective wrap around his left hand. It did not affect his ability to take part in practice and Carroll is expected to address Adams’ situation after the team’s second scrimmage on Wednesday. … WR Phillip Dorsett missed his second straight practice with a sore foot.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:03 IST Talented Tandem Of Olsen And Dissly At Tight End For Seattle When Greg Olsen put off a broadcasting career for at least one more season in the NFL, he was looking for a different experience
Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has been shortlisted by the Spanish Football League (LFP) for the coach of the year award.The Argentinian, who won the honour after the 2012-13 campaign, is up against Athletic Club boss Ernesto Valverde and Rayo Vallecano’s Paco Jemez.Champions League-winning coach Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery, who steered Sevilla to Europa League glory, have not been included on the list.Simone guided Atletico to their first league title since 1996, a championship that was secured when the Rojiblanco side drew 1-1 at Barcelona in May on the final day of the campaign.The South American also led Atletico to the Champions League final where they lost to Real Madrid.Valverde’s Athletic finished fourth in La Liga and went on to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 16 years. Jemez, meanwhile, engineered a major recovery for Rayo, taking them from the bottom of the standings during the campaign to a 12th-place finish.Chelsea’s former Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa will battle it out with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Vela of Real Sociedad for the best striker award.Ronaldo won the Pichichi title for the top scorer in La Liga with 31 goals, four more than Costa.Mexican striker Vela made a huge impact for Real Sociedad, scoring 16 goals and also setting up another 12 as the Basque outfit finished seventh.
“Certainly with a guy like Buster, coming off the major surgery, it might impact his spring training workload and maybe even his early season workload, but for now, all the indications are positive that he’ll be 100 percent,” new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said at the winter meetings in Las Vegas, via The Associated Press.Posey had a procedure in August to repair a torn labrum in the hip and remove an impingement. While he will need to take his time getting back in the swing of things, he should be fully healthy by opening day but won’t necessarily be rushed into full-time duty. Related News MLB hot stove: Brewers reportedly interested in signing Daniel Murphy, bringing back Mike Moustakas Posey, 31, batted .284 with five home runs and 41 RBIs in 105 games last season, his lowest total appearances since 2011. Buster Posey’s injury recovery will carry into 2019.The Giants catcher is expected to be limited during spring training and at the start of next season as he continues his rehabilitation after undergoing surgery this summer. MLB trade rumors: Mets discussing acquiring J.T. Realmuto in 3-team deal that would include Yankees
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Six Angels relievers — including one they certainly hoped not to have to use — combined to hold the Mariners to one run over the final 8-2/3 innings, after Peña recorded just one out.“I don’t know how the bullpen got us to the ninth, to be honest with you,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “These guys were stretched thin. They did a great job. If we had not gotten back into it, there’s no doubt we would have had to go to Plan B to save some guys.”Plan B was catcher Francisco Arcia pitching, which would have made him the first Angels position player to pitch in 25 years.Instead, the Angels relievers and hitters made it a game.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Down 8-0 in the fifth, the Angels got on the board on a Justin Upton two-run homer. The Angels, who have the worst average in the majors against lefties, got nothing else in six innings against lefty Marco Gonzales. In the seventh, though, Gonzales was gone. Upton and Albert Pujols drove in runs and then Simmons was robbed by left fielder Denard Span of a three-run homer. Instead, it went for a sacrifice fly, pulling the Angels within 8-5.But the Angels could not finish the job. They came up empty in the eighth against Alex Colome and the ninth against Edwin Diaz.“Even though it’s a loss, it’s a good feeling knowing no matter what the score, we can catch up,” Simmons said.Simmons said the mood in the dugout was still upbeat, even after Peña gave up seven runs in a nightmare first inning.“It was night and day from what we had seen in his last start,” Scioscia said of Peña, who gave up two runs in six innings in his last outing. “Usually he’s around the zone, has good life, uses all his pitches. He never got comfortable. He missed his spots. Those guys had good looks at him, obviously.”Peña allowed hits to the first four hitters and then a walk. After a strikeout, he issued a walk and then gave up two more hits, accounting for seven runs.Peña, who had a 2.73 ERA in his first six big league starts, sounded undeterred after the game. He said he didn’t even review the outing on video to diagnose what went wrong.“I felt normal, like any other day,” he said through an interpreter. “It was just one of those days that things didn’t go your way.”The last time an Angels starter allowed seven or more runs while getting one out or fewer was Joel Piñeiro in 2011.Peña’s poor performance left the Angels to maneuver 26 outs with a shorthanded bullpen. Of the seven relievers on the roster, two of them were most likely to be used only in an emergency.Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, right, scores without a throw to Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, left, on a single by Justin Upton, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, catcher Jose Briceno, right, and first baseman Jefry Marte, center, have a discussion with starting pitcher Felix Pena during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. Pena did not last the first inning after facing nine batters. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson works against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales delivers to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon, right, slides in to steal second as Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons takes the late throw during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, left, pulls starting pitcher Felix Pena, with first baseman Jefry Marte watching during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. Pena did not last the first inning after facing nine batters. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons turns two, stepping on second to force out Seattle Mariners’ Denard Span, then throwing to first to get Nelson Cruz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Seattle Mariners center fielder Mitch Haniger uses his body to stop a line drive bounce hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons for a single during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger is hit by a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout, left, with Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino looking on after Upton hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun sprints to catch a fly ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Jean Seguraduring the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Seattle Mariners left fielder Denard Span leaps at the fence to catch Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons RBI sacrifice fly ball, to score Justin Upton, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, right, scores without a throw to Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, left, on a single by Justin Upton, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, catcher Jose Briceno, right, and first baseman Jefry Marte, center, have a discussion with starting pitcher Felix Pena during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. Pena did not last the first inning after facing nine batters. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, catcher Jose Briceno, right, and first baseman Jefry Marte, center, have a discussion with starting pitcher Felix Pena during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. Pena did not last the first inning after facing nine batters. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandANAHEIM — Felix Peña left the Angels in a hole that would require an entire team effort to try to escape.They almost made it.Peña gave up seven runs before the Angels even came to bat on Sunday afternoon. They trailed by eight before eventually losing 8-5 to the Seattle Mariners, snapping their four-game winning streak.“We didn’t get the win, but it’s a positive note that down a lot of runs early, we managed to make it a game still,” said Andrelton Simmons, who was robbed of a three-run homer that would have pulled the Angels within one. “We were a couple inches away from a different result.” Noé Ramírez threw 28 pitches in two innings on Saturday and Hansel Robles had pitched the previous two days. That left Jim Johnson, Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson, José Álvarez and Blake Parker to figure out a way to get through the rest of the afternoon.Johnson got seven outs while allowing one run. Bedrosian got four outs, Álvarez got three and Parker got four, leaving just Anderson with eight outs to go. He got five, before the Angels were left with no choice but to use Robles.The Angels rarely use a reliever three days in a row. The last one who did it was Keynan Middleton in April. Middleton soon thereafter wound up on the disabled list with an injury that required Tommy John surgery.“Everyone contributed, everyone did a great job of keeping us in it,” Parker said. “I think our offense did a great job of coming back and scoring some runs. That helps you get into the game a little bit… Just fell a little bit short.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros
Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime The Clippers (44-20) were scheduled to host the Nets (30-34) on Friday at Staples Center as public health emergencies have been declared in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and officials have confirmed the first Coronavirus death and a total of 29 infections in L.A. County.“It’s all very strange and awkward,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday. “We are just going to do what we are told to do and go from there.”“All we do is read and hear about it all,” Rivers said. “We are getting great stuff from our league and they are trying to educate us to the best of their capabilities, but we still don’t know and if I could advise anyone it is to be cautious. We just don’t know, and don’t think you know.”The NBA announced Monday that it was barring non-essential staff from locker rooms after previously recommending that players should stick to fist bumps with fans and avoid taking items such as pens and balls to autograph.The Clippers were scheduled Thursday to hold their first non-game media availability since the introduction of the new guidelines on Monday, when teams were instructed to establish a buffer of at least 6 feet between players and reporters. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The decision to take all the precautions came when the game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena was abruptly canceled just before it was set to tip off. Soon thereafter, the NBA announced that it would go on hiatus following tonight’s action to determine its next steps.Losing games is expected to incur losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the league.On Tuesday, in their final game before the season was suspended, the Clippers walloped the host Warriors 131-107 before a smaller-than-usual crowd at Chase Center – “I was surprised that there were that many fans,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters at the game, which was played before large pockets of empty seats. The following morning, Golden State officials met with San Francisco Mayor London Breed before announcing that they would bar fans from a home game, starting with Thursday’s previously scheduled contest against the Brooklyn Nets.Clippers forward Paul George said Tuesday night he was prepared to play on – with or without a crowd.“We are no different, everyone is pretty much worried about the virus,” George said. “It makes no difference, we have a job to do, just like everybody else has a job to do and they go out and do their job. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “If it’s fans or it isn’t fans, we play ball. We hoop and we’ll go with it.”Kawhi Leonard acknowledged that it would be strange to perform in an empty arena.“It would probably feel like a scrimmage or an open scrimmage,” said Leonard, who scored 23 points in 25 minutes on Tuesday. “I’m not sure how the feel would be. It would be very different if it comes to that. Hopefully, the fans aren’t mad or anything; I think it’s just up to (the NBA league office) and also the fans as to whether they wanna come to the game or not.”Now, no one will gather at NBA games – in line with a recommendation from Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told lawmakers at a congressional hearing Wednesday that he recommended the NBA play games without crowds because of the fast-moving outbreak.Related Articles When the World Health Organization declared the global coronavirus crisis to be a pandemic on Wednesday, the agency’s leader Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus fretted about “the alarming levels of inaction” around the globe.The NBA took action Wednesday night – after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19, the league said in a statement.Following the announcement earlier Wednesday that all of the Division I men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament basketball games will be staged in arenas without fans, there was a report from ESPN that the NBA was said to be weighing whether to follow suit and announce that it too will continue playing and televising games during the coronavirus crisis, albeit in largely empty arenas, or whether it would take a hiatus for a period of time.“If you’re gonna take precautions … take all the precautions,” Clippers guard Lou Williams tweeted before the decision Wednesday. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2