To celebrate the arrival of City’s new suit, the founders and designers of DSQUARED2, Dean and Dan Caten said: ‘We wanted the players to feel as confident in this suit as they do when they pull on their team jersey.‘Every element of the DSQUARED2 for Manchester City suit is designed to show modern tailoring sophistication: from its Italian refined wool fabric and the sartorial skill used in construction, and the contemporary fit, it’s a statement of masculine elegance.’City players have been snapped wearing their new modern, slim-fit suits after enjoying a training camp in Abu Dhabi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City may arguably play the best football in the Premier League and now they will perhaps look the most stylish off the field as well.According to UK’s Dailymail, the Etihad Stadium outfit unveiled a new club suit yesterday, which is exclusively designed by renowned fashion brand DSQUARED2.City and DSQUARED2, an Italian brand, announced their multi-year partnership in October last year. Since then, DSQUARED2 have dressed the club’s players and coaching staff in their pre-match outfits for away Champions League matches.
“Just getting a little more consistent at-bats, it’s a little easier for me to stay consistent,” Hernandez said, downplaying his recent torrid stretch.Hernandez is also tearing apart left-handed pitching, batting a National League-leading .411 (23 for 56) against southpaws.Hernandez has also found different ways to break into the lineup, starting 10 times at second base, 11 times at shortstop, eight starts in center field, five starts in left field and even one start in right field.“I really believe I can play every day,” Hernandez said. “It’s really up to whatever team I’m with and whatever that teams needs from me.“I can only control what I can control, and that’s what I do on the field.”Hernandez has also sought out advice from veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins as he tries to hone his craft and become a viable everyday option.“Kike talks to me. I don’t talk to him, I try to run away,” Rollins said, laughing. “When you play with a guy up the middle, you have to have a relationship with him. You’ve got to talk to him about situations and different things about the game.“He’s a guy who wants to learn. His skill is very great. When he’s in there, he’s doing the job, he’s doing what’s expected of him. He makes plays, he’s smart and he doesn’t make mistakes. If you do that, you’ll find yourself thriving when your number is called.”Crawford gets nodSo why did outfielder Carl Crawford get the start against Reds left-hander David Holmberg?Mattingly said it was two-fold. Not only is Crawford swinging a hot bat, but outfielder Scott Van Slyke — the normal option against left-handers — was feeling sick.“Scott’s not doing too well. He’s a little under the weather,” Mattingly said. “Carl’s also starting to look like himself again. He looks like he’s getting hot.”VIDEO: Don Mattingly talks about starting Carl Crawford against a left-handed pitcherAlsoThe Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation dedicated its first universally accessible field for children with disabilities with the new Dodgers Dreamfield at Baldwin Recreation Center in Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen, Adrian Gonzalez and his wife Betsy, Joc Pederson and his brother Champ and Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten attended the dedication. It was the 38th Dodgers Dreamfield. … Eight members of the SoldierCare Project participated in ceremonial first-pitch ceremonies. SoldierCare Project is a Studio City-based humanitarian and non-political outreach to wounded and PSTD veterans across the country. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s been really good,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “(President of Baseball Operations) Andrew (Friedman) and I were talking the other day. When you talk about all the things he can do, you almost automatically throw him into that utility role, and it’s unfair. “Kike looks like a guy right now who can play every day.”VIDEO: Watch Don Mattingly break down Kike Hernandez’s recent hot streakFinally getting regular playing time, Hernandez is showing surprising pop, steadiness at the plate and a flair in the field at a myriad of positions.Hernandez recorded a career-high tying three hits for the second consecutive game on Friday night and is batting .469 (15 for 32) with three doubles, two homers and five RBIs in his last 13 games since July 24 entering Saturday’s game. Sometimes baseball players can be typecast, much like actors who repeatedly get cast for similar roles.When Kike Hernandez came to the Dodgers in an off-season deal with the Miami Marlins, he was billed as a super utility player who made the biggest splash by implementing the fan favorite “Rally Banana.”Turns out all Hernandez needed was an opportunity.Since Howie Kendrick sustained a hamstring injury Sunday, Hernandez has made six straight starts and is seeing his stock rise rapidly.
He was born in Sarajevo in 1991 and the destiny brought him and his parents to Stuttgart, where he lives now. As he says, he never stopped feeling like a Bosnian. The hero’s name is Asmir Osmanagić, he is a bachelor in mechanical engineering, and currently a student of master studies in the same faculty. At the same time, he is a referee in football matches, and he has been dealing with that activity since the age of 14.Asmir’s story begins in a somehow classical way, he is a boy who got to love the football ball when he first met with it and started training the most popular sport.“Stuttgart has around 100, even 150 football clubs, and the most famous ones are VFB Stuttgart and Stuttgart Kickers. I started my career at the age of six in MTV Stuttgart. Since I has issues with asthma, my parents decided I should reduce football activity and start swimming or playing tennis. That did help me with asthma, but football was in my heart,” says this 24-year-old.Asmir continued training swimming and tennis and playing football recreationally with his friends. One anecdote from a simple football match with friends brought him to the black shirt and a whistle.“When I was about 12 years old, I was playing football with my father and friends. One man, who was then in a club from Stuttgart, noticed that I have a lot of sense for football and asked me whether I wanted to be a referee. Although it is unusual that someone starts dealing with that at such an early age, I accepted the challenge and already at 14 I judged my first match. It was raining and I judged a U12 match, those were boys who were only two years younger than me,” Asmir remembers.Already at the age of 15 Asmir started judging matches of seniors and it was evident that he has a great potential. Thus, the fast progress and transition to stronger leagues and competitions was not surprising.As of the next season, he will be a referee in the third German league that was won by Dynamo Dresden in the past season and in which teams such as Hansa Rostock, Energie Cotbuss, Fortuna, Osnabruck and others compete. He was also a referee in matches where numerous BiH international players played.Asmir no longer has asthma issues thanks to regular trainings and healthy lifestyle. When asked about his career of a referee in the future, Asmir said:“For now, I do not see myself in the second leaguer or in Bundesliga. I am focused on the third league where I will try to justify trust and opportunity. I just want to be as good as possible in this and if in the next several years I get a chance to go to a stronger league, I will be happy to take it. Currently it is very difficult to make prognoses. I also have hard times, I am dedicated to university and judging, while my friends party. I travel a lot, now I will even cross greater distances, but I know that will pay off one day,” said Asmir Osmanagić, one of the youngest referees in the history of the German third league.(Source: korner.ba/photo: korner.ba)
DES MOINES — Democratic candidate Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor, has been criticizing the role Iowa and New Hampshire play in the presidential nominating process. He’s planning a town hall forum next Tuesday in Des Moines to discuss the issue.“There’s no reason that Iowa and New Hampshire that hardly have any black people or people of color should always go first,” Castro said during a conference call with reporters yesterday.New Jersey Senator Cory Booker told Iowans yesterday that if he fails to get enough support in qualifying polls, there will be a billionaire on the stage for the televised debate later this month, but no black candidate since with California Senator Kamala Harris dropped out of the race this week. Castro hasn’t qualified for the debate either“My concern is not the presence of any one candidate on the debate stage only,” Castro said yesterday. “We need to change the whole game.”Castro is not a fan of the caucus process.“There’s no reason that a caucus system that makes it harder for working people and people with disabilities to participate should be what we begin with,” Castro said. “We need to work to reform how we elect a president in the first place.”Later today, Castro is among the candidates who will participate in a forum in Waterloo that’s sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Iowa Farmers Union is hosting a forum in Grinnell this afternoon where several candidates will speak.
BEARING FRUIT The preliminary-round matches are scheduled to run from February 20 to March 20. Teams comprising both boys and girls, will compete to be named in the top eight. These top eight schools will playoff at the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival, scheduled to take place on April 7. Billy Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, endorsed the expanded programme. Heaven said it has been bearing fruit with several alumni now playing at the highest level. Scotiabank is the exclusive sponsor of Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket and the official bank of West Indies Cricket. According to Hope McMillan-Canaan, manager – public and corporate affairs at Scotiabank, the bank was committed to the programme for the long haul. Eighteen new schools have been added to the Kiddy Cricket lineup, moving the number of participants from 224 up to 242 for the Scotiabank-WICB Kiddy Cricket programme. The 2017 programme was officially launched at Sabina Park yesterday. Key stakeholders from the West Indies Cricket Board, the Jamaica Cricket Association, the Ministry of Education and Scotiabank were on hand to welcome the participants. There has also been an increase in the number of coaches, one for each parish, an adjustment that will allow at least 16 schools in each parish to get special attention during the programme. According to Phillip Service, West Indies Territorial Development Officer for Jamaica, “with this new structure, we have been able to provide greater quality coaching to more boys and girls, improved assistance in the cricket skill development of young cricketers, as well as to have a closer link with the schools in the programme”. Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket started in Jamaica in 2001 and has exposed thousands of young children to the game in a modified form, where they play ten overs per match consisting of ten persons per team. Since its inception, numerous players have gone on to represent their countries and the West Indies. Some former Kiddy Cricketers of note in Jamaica are Brandon King, who now represents Jamaica, and Jermaine Blackwood, who plays for the West Indies at the highest level.