Cole considering his options

first_imgChelsea are losing their battle to keep Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge. Cole’s representatives are in discussions with Chelsea regarding a new deal, but Press Association Sport understands the left-back is more likely to head for pastures new. Other major European and American clubs like Real Madrid, Paris St Germain and the Los Angeles Galaxy are said to be interested in the 33-year-old’s signature. Mourinho wants Cole, along with John Terry and Frank Lampard – who are also out of contract this summer – to stay at the club, but he is willing to be patient. “They are with the club on their future,” Mourinho said regarding Cole, Terry and Lampard after the 0-0 draw against Norwich. “Now it’s time to wait a little bit. The summer is a long summer for us. “For the players involved in the World Cup it’s a different story, but for us, as a club, it’s a long time to be calm, to discuss and to analyse options and the market and possibilities.” The excellent form of 18-year-old Southampton left-back Luke Shaw means Cole faces an anxious wait to see if he is named in England’s World Cup squad, which is announced next Monday. Press Associationcenter_img Speculation mounted that Cole would leave Chelsea in the summer after he cried on a team lap of appreciation following the final home game of the season against Norwich on Sunday. Cole, whose contract expires in June, has started just 14 Barclays Premier League games this season after losing his place to Cesar Azpilicueta. last_img read more

Bruce Bowen, saying he was excused for criticizing Kawhi Leonard, criticizes Clippers

first_imgBowen’s original comments about Leonard – a King High of Riverside graduate – came on Sirius XM Radio on June 22. In part, Bowen said: “I think there’s nothing but excuses going on. First, it was, ‘Well I was misdiagnosed.’ Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they’re trying to rush you? You didn’t play for the most part a full season this year. And you’re the go-to guy, you’re the franchise, and you want to say that they didn’t have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?”According to ESPN, Bowen was expected to be offered a new deal calling Clippers games prior to those comments.Related Articles The Clippers declined to comment.The team could create enough salary-cap space to sign two max-contract free agents next summer, when they are expected to attempt to recruit Leonard.The Clippers hired Bowen before last season to partner with legendary play-by-play broadcaster Ralph Lawler. Bowen replaced longtime analyst Michael Smith. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Bruce Bowen defended comments that he said caused the Clippers to excuse him from his role as a television analyst after he criticized 2019 free-agent-to-be Kawhi Leonard: “If you can’t get free agents in California, in Los Angeles, that has nothing to do with Bruce Bowen, that has to do with the organization.”Speaking Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” the three-time NBA champion with the Spurs said he was just doing his job when he expressed his thoughts about the strained relationship between the San Antonio Spurs and Leonard, the superstar who recently was traded to the Toronto Raptors and who reportedly has a desire to play in LA.“One thing that I thought about in all of this – Kawhi never said, ‘I want to play for the Clippers.’ Kawhi said he wanted to play for the Lakers,” Bowen told Patrick during the nationally syndicated sports talk show.“And so, unfortunately, if you’re going to run your organization based on hopes, maybe, and getting rid of others … if I tore him down and I was disrespectful to him, that would be one thing. But that’s not the case. As an analyst, I’m supposed to talk about what I think and what I feel for this game that I love, and so if you can’t do that, what does that say about your organization?” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Asked Thursday whether he thought Leonard had any influence on the Clippers’ decision to let him go, Bowen seemed doubtful.“I don’t think I am that powerful where I would be the reason that someone would not want to come to a team,” he said. “What are you doing? Are you playing or are you listening? And if you are listening, then listen to the words that are said and recognize constructive criticism, because that’s my job, to be critical of someone’s play.“But I don’t think I’m big enough that someone would say, ‘I’m not going there because Bruce Bowen is there and he’s on the mic.”last_img read more