Spurs’ Son to begin military service during league suspension

first_imgTottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min will begin mandatory military service in his native South Korea while the Premier League remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the London club announced on Monday.Son, who returned to South Korea at the end of March, is currently in quarantine and will begin service later this month.The 27-year-old, who has been sidelined since he fractured his hand in February, was originally meant to serve 21 months but earned an exemption when he led South Korea to gold at the 2018 Asian Games. “The club can confirm that Son Heung-Min will commence his mandatory military service in South Korea this month,” Spurs said in a statement https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2020/april/son-update.”Our medical staff are in regular contact as he concludes his recovery after fracturing his arm in our 3-2 win against Aston Villa on Feb. 16 and continues to train.”Tottenham, who were eighth in the league table when the season was suspended, said Son would return to London following the conclusion of his military service in May. Topics :last_img read more

Young fans ‘earn’ shoes from LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant

first_imgBryant then singled out the Lakers’ Game 6 close out victory against the Denver Nuggets in the 2009 Western Conference Finals as his favorite memory. “That was a dicey game there coming down the last three minutes,” Bryant said. “But we were able to make a couple of plays and the ball bounced our way a couple of times. Trevor [Ariza] made a big steal and turned the tide for us.” Upon further reviewEven as he saw Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay play with as much consistency as the fluctuating stockmarket, Denver coach Mike Malone still started him. Yet, Malone praised Lakers coach Byron Scott for handling rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell differently. “Sometimes the bench is the best teacher,” Malone said. “Byron does a good job and he knows what’s best for D’Angelo and his team.”But Russell has since landed the starting spot. He posted 24 points on 9-of-21 shooting and six assists in 36 minutes. “To D’Angelo’s credit, he didn’t pout and he didn’t cry. He kept on working and improved,” Malone said. “He has shown Byron Scott he is more than capable of being a starter. These young guys come in talented. But it sometimes it takes them a while to understand the mental toughness.” Malone then predicted, “D’Angelo Russell by the end of this season is going to be well on his way toward becoming a great Laker for many many years.” Injury updateThe Lakers determined veteran guard Lou Williams will sit out for at least a week after an ultrasound taken on Wednesday confirmed a strain in his left hamstring. According to the Lakers’ initial timeline, Williams will miss at least a total of five games. That will also include home games against the Atlanta Hawks (Friday), Golden State Warriors (Sunday) and Orlando Magic (Tuesday). But instead of Bryant telling them the answer, the Lakers’ 37-year-old star only revealed he named his dog after a character in the Harry Potter series. They eventually guessed correctly that Bryant named one of his dogs, “Crucio.”“Every timeout, they’d throw out 15 names,” Bryant said, smiling. “They got my shoes.”Memory laneIt did not take long for Bryant to single out the toughest player he matched up with the Denver Nuggets.“Carmelo Anthony,” said Bryant, his longtime friend who was later traded to New York in 2011. “Are you kidding? That’s not even a question.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img DENVER – With the outcome in question as the clock ticked away, that usually marked the time when Kobe Bryant would perform a few things.He would take over a game. He would make a clutch shot. He would lead the Lakers to victory. But in the Lakers’ 117-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at Pepsi Center, Bryant spent the waning seconds doing something else. After playing only 11 minutes because of soreness in his right shoulder, Bryant spent the game’s final moments signing his shoes and giving them to some youngsters sitting close to the Lakers’ bench. “They earned them,” Bryant said, laughing. “The young ladies sitting in front of them, too. They had a contest going on and wanted to know what the name of our pet dog was.”last_img read more