Balotelli talks progressing well

first_img Press Association Talks between Mario Balotelli’s representative and Liverpool are understood to be progressing well as the club seek assurances about the player’s behaviour – although any deal will not be completed in time for him to feature against Manchester City. A key aspect of those discussions is believed to be the Merseyside outfit’s desire to obtain some kind of guarantee about the discipline of the mercurial 24-year-old Italy international. Balotelli himself remains in his homeland for now and will not be able to take part in Liverpool’s Barclays Premier League clash with his former side City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday as the transfer would need to be completed by midday on Friday for him to be eligible. Balotelli on Thursday added credence to the reports that he is set to return to English football by saying it would be his last day at Milan’s training ground. The Serie A side followed that later with a statement on their website revealing he had said his farewells to his team-mates. Liverpool have been looking for a marquee striker to replace the departed Luis Suarez this summer but their interest in Balotelli represents a remarkable about-turn from around three weeks ago. When the Reds played Milan in a friendly in the United States, manager Brendan Rodgers expressed admiration for Balotelli but subsequently ”categorically” said he was not a target. Recently, however, a move for QPR’s Loic Remy has collapsed while interest in former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has cooled and attempts to sign Radamel Falcao from Monaco seem unrealistic. With new signing Rickie Lambert the only frontline support for Daniel Sturridge and the transfer deadline nearing, a move for Balotelli has become more attractive. Balotelli is a proven performer and scored Italy’s winner in the World Cup opener against England in Manaus. But the baggage that comes with him is considerable. His spell at City from summer 2010 to January 2013 was a whirlwind one, with occasional sparkling performances interspersed with volatility on the field and erratic behaviour off it. His numerous misdemeanours famously included fireworks being set off in his bathroom, throwing a dart at a youth-team player and training-ground bust-ups with team-mates and manager Roberto Mancini. On the positive side he played a key role in the 2011 FA Cup win and contributed to the following year’s Premier League success, but he also hindered progress by accruing four red cards. City – for whom he scored a total of 30 goals in 80 appearances in all competitions – eventually tired of the circus surrounding him and offloaded the former Inter Milan player to his boyhood club AC Milan. Reports suggest the Reds have agreed a £16million fee with AC Milan for striker Balotelli’s proposed move to Anfield. And while Liverpool have not commented, Press Association Sport understands productive discussions involving Balotelli’s agent and the club took place in England on Thursday and are continuing on Friday. last_img read more

Wenger: Sanchez, Suarez are alike

first_img “Sanchez, he looks like he is made for the English game,” said Wenger, who attempted to sign Suarez from Liverpool in 2013. “Sanchez has settled very quickly. But Sanchez has a kind of game that is instinctive and tough. “They (Sanchez and Suarez) have similarities. They are South Americans, they are provoking players, they go with the ball. “They are very determined as well, both of them. They have plenty of similar attitudes.” Wenger believes Arsenal’s consistency in the Champions League was a factor in Sanchez choosing the Emirates Stadium over Anfield, but the Chilean had other options, too. “I thought Liverpool was a serious candidate because they had Suarez going there (to Barcelona), so you could think that’s an easy way to do the deal but at the end of the day, the player has always the decision,” Wenger said. “There were some other clubs that were in for him as well. The fact that today the transfers at that level take always time to get every detail right, so because it takes time, you think always that somebody else can come in. Paris St Germain … I don’t know, Bayern (Munich) … to do the deal as well.” Wenger is happy that fate dealt him the hand that saw Sanchez, and not Suarez, join the Gunners. Wenger takes his Arsenal side to Liverpool on Sunday with Sanchez in his team, rather than among the opposition. The Frenchman’s pursuit of the Chile forward began at the end of May and he snared his target, signing him from Barcelona, despite Liverpool being linked with Sanchez as a replacement for the Nou Camp-bound Suarez. Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez is like Luis Suarez and “made for the English game”. Press Association “Sometimes it’s coincidence that decides your destiny,” he said. “Maybe if (Nicolas) Anelka had stayed (Thierry) Henry would not have become the player he became. Anelka would have played centrally and Thierry wide.” Wenger denied Arsenal had pursued Mario Balotelli during the summer and declined to comment on why the Italian has struggled at Liverpool. “He’s been in England before,” Wenger said. “He is a very sensitive subject, because it’s an interesting subject. “I don’t know him at all.” Liverpool have struggled this term, but Wenger is not discounting them from challenging for the top four. “They can still come back and I don’t rule them out to fight for the top places,” he said. last_img read more

Irish spirits high despite loss

first_img Ireland are still in the tournament and victory in their final match against Pakistan will ensure their progression to the knock-out stages “No I don’t think it (our confidence) can (be dented),” Porterfield said at the post-match presentation. “There’s a lot of good things to take from the game.” There were also some areas Porterfield felt his side could have improved on. Ireland had been in a strong position to post a much bigger total at 206 for three with 11 overs to go, but were pegged back before being dismissed off the final ball of the 49th over. “We are disappointed as we could have got another 50 or 60 at least. But you have to give a lot of credit to them (India), the way they kept fighting and came back and how well they played with the bat they made it look very easy,” he added. “It was a very good pitch, there was a lot of help and we capitalised on that. We couldn’t kick on like their pair and that was the difference. “The way the lads came in and play with freedom…we just lost wickets at key times but all in all we played very well. “We will refresh, we have put in a lot of yards, win and we are through to the quarter-finals so we have to be ready for that. Press Association Ireland captain William Porterfield insists his side’s confidence will not be dented despite their comprehensive eight-wicket defeat to India. Ireland made 259 batting first but in-form holders India cruised to victory, reaching their target with more than 13 overs remaining thanks to a century from Shikhar Dhawan. Niall O’Brien top scored for Ireland with 75, while skipper Porterfield made 67 as he shared an opening stand of 89 with Paul Stirling. “Its not emotionally draining, it is exciting.” O’Brien was not overly concerned by the defeat and was focused on the Pakistan match. “Today’s game wasn’t be all and end all, we played good cricket, spirits are high,” he told Sky Sports. “We lost our way a little at times. But there is plenty to go forward with, we are enjoying our cricket and playing it with a smile on our faces. “We won’t die wondering, we will give it a good go. “We are looking forward to the game, they are bowling well, but not batting too great. “To get through would mean absolutely everything.” It was India’s fifth win in a row at this World Cup and the triumph ensured their progression of Pool B as winners. Man of the match Dhawan led the way with an 85-ball 100, ably supported by fellow opener Rohit Sharma (64) before Virat Kohli (44 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (33no) saw them home with plenty to spare. “I’ve spent a lot of time on my game, I am used to the pace and the bounce and I am enjoying my game over here,” Dhawan said. “I played more creatively, playing different shots.” “Everyone is spending lots of time over here. With the time the boys have got experience and everyone is doing a good job, our bowlers are bowling quick and in the right areas.” last_img read more

Lyon roars as Aussies crush New Zealand to sweep series

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneySYDNEY (Reuters) – Spinner Nathan Lyon took 10 wickets for the match as Australia underlined their absolute dominance of New Zealand with a crushing 279-run victory in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday to sweep the series 3-0.The hosts were utterly ruthless with bat and ball throughout the series and dismissed New Zealand for 136 having declared on 217 for two after lunch to hand the Black Caps an unlikely victory target of 416.New Zealand had arrived with some confidence they could repeat the singular feat of the triumphant 1985–86 tourists from across the Tasman Sea but will return well beaten after injury and illness ravaged the squad.With captain Kane Williamson and batsman Henry Nicholls missing because of a flu bug, New Zealand had no answer to the fearsome pace of Australia’s quicks and the guile of Lyon’s spin. Lyon, aided by paceman Mitchell Starc’s 3-25, cleaned up the tail on a deteriorating pitch to finish with 5-50 to add to his 5-68 in the first innings.After New Zealand had slumped to 22-4, Colin de Grandhomme scored a gritty 52 and BJ Watling 19 off 108 balls and at one stage it looked like a fifth day might be needed for the first time in the series. But with Matt Henry unable to bat because of a broken thumb sustained earlier in the match Lyon ended the resistance under the SCG lights when he had Watling caught by Pat Cummins.“It’s a great summer for the Australian Test side and it’s very special to be part of it, to win tests at home and be very clinical in all wins, very impressive,” off-spinner Lyon said. “To take 10 on my home deck in front of friends and family is pretty special but every chance you get to put the Baggy Green on is for me a dream come true.”Ross Taylor scored 22 runs for the tourists to take his career tally to 7,174 and overhaul Stephen Fleming as New Zealand’s highest Test scorer. It was a rare glimmer of light for the visitors and five balls after passing that milestone Taylor had his off stump removed by a peach of a delivery from Cummins, the world’s top ranked test bowler.“We were outplayed in all departments,” said Williamson. “We were good with the ball in hand but with the bat we couldn’t be good for long enough … Frustrating and disappointing coming here after playing some good cricket for a long period of time.”PROLIFIC BATTINGEarlier, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne had produced more of the prolific batting that has helped carry Australia to five thumping victories in five tests against Pakistan and New Zealand in their home summer.Warner secured his 24th Test century with an exhibition of batting on his home ground for 111 not out as the hosts looked to quickly inflate the lead of 263 with which they started the day. The opener, born a few hundred metres from the SCG, hit 154 and 335 not out against Pakistan in the first two Tests of Australia’s home season but had failed to get past the half-century mark in five innings in the New Zealand series.The left-hander looked unlikely to repeat those failures on Monday after resuming on 23 with Australia 40 without loss and he reached the milestone with three runs through mid-wicket off 147 deliveries. Three balls later Labuschagne, who had joined Warner after Joe Burns was caught and bowled by Todd Astle for 40, passed the half-century mark for the seventh time in Australia’s five home tests this year.Australia captain Tim Paine declared after Labuschagne, who scored a maiden double century in the home side’s first-innings 454, was caught at long for 59.Warner finishes Australia’s five home Tests with 786 runs at an average of 131, while Labuschagne’s glorious summer ended with a tally of 896 runs at 112 and both man of the match and man of the series honours. “I’m very lucky no doubt to be captaining this group, it’s a special team,” said Paine.“Batting has become very consistent with Marnus leading this year and Steve (Smith) and David back … it’s pretty simple leading this side at times.”Labuschagne was handed a rare penalty by umpire Aleem Dar for running on the wicket but it never looked like the extra five runs being added to New Zealand’s first innings score of 251 would make a difference to the outcome.SCOREBOARDAUSTRALIA 1ST INNINGS 454New Zealand 1st innngs 256Australia 2nd innings o/n 40 for no wickwtDavid Warner Not Out 111Joe Burns lbw Todd Astle 40Marnus Labuschagne c Tom Latham b Matt Henry 59Extras 3b 3lb 0nb 0pen 1w 7Total ; 217-2 decl (52.0 overs)Fall of Wickets : 1-107 Burns, 2-217 LabuschagneDid Not Bat : Smith, Wade, Head, Paine, Cummins, Pattinson, Starc, LyonBowling: Matt Henry 12 – 2 – 54 – 1 (1w), Colin de Grandhomme 13- 1 – 43 – 0,Neil Wagner 9 – 1 – 37 – 0, William Somerville 10 – 0 – 36 – 0, Todd Astle 8 – 1 –41 1 5.12NEW ZEALAND 2nd inningsTom Latham lbw Mitchell Starc 1Tom Blundell c Nathan Lyon b Mitchell Starc 2Jeet Raval c Tim Paine b Nathan Lyon 12Ross Taylor b Pat Cummins 22Glenn Phillips c Tim Paine b Nathan Lyon 0BJ Watling c Pat Cummins b Nathan Lyon 19Colin de Grandhomme c Joe Burns b Nathan Lyon 52Todd Astle c James Pattinson b Nathan Lyon 17William Somerville b Mitchell Starc 7Extras 3b 1lb 0nb 0pen 0w 4Total (47.5 overs) 136 all outFall of Wickets : 1-3 Blundell, 2-4 Latham, 3-22 Raval, 4-22 Phillips, 5-38 Taylor, 6-107 de Grandhomme, 7-128 Astle, 8-136 Somerville, 9-136 WatlingDid Not Bat : Wagner, HenryBowling : Mitchell Starc 9 – 3- 25 – 3, Pat Cummins 11 – 3 – 29 – 1,James Pattinson 6 – 3 – 8 – 0, Nathan Lyon 16.5 – 4 – 50 – 5,Marnus Labuschagne 5 – 0 – 20 – 0.last_img read more

…Dominant Serena Eases Past Bencic

first_img“I just kept saying that February I’ll start looking at the bigger picture of my life,” Williams, seeded second, told reporters. “But right now I’m just so focused that this is kind of all I can think about.”Former world number seven Bencic, who is expected to have a big future in the game, was supposed to give her opponent something to think about.She had upset Williams in Toronto in 2015 and became the youngest player to do so in a completed match since a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova felled her at the 2004 WTA Finals.Bencic trailed 3-1 within minutes of a match that started in oppressive heat on Tuesday but battled back to 4-4 in the first set before Williams changed the game with a single shot.Pumping her creaky knees to lunge for a wide backhand, Williams’ sliced an improbable cross-court winner past the net-bound Bencic to hold serve.It was a deflating moment for the 19-year-old, who had been on a roll, and she duly dropped the set when Williams fired a return that all but punched a hole through her racket.From there, Williams roared to 5-0 in the second set with only a late slump stalling her victory march.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Serena Williams launched her bid for a 23rd Grand Slam title with a 6-4 6-3 win over Belinda Bencic at the Australian Open yesterday, swatting aside doubts over her fitness and motivation on a sweltering day at Melbourne Park.It took 79 minutes for the 35-year-old American to bat them all away, however, an emphatic 6-4 6-3 win at Rod Laver Arena providing a near-perfect launch of her bid to clinch a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era.Fiance Alexis Ohanian, a social media entrepreneur, was a spectator in the crowd but the wedding plans remain on hold for at least another match, and much longer if the American great has her way at Melbourne Park.last_img read more

Former White House staffer discusses Republican Party

first_imgThe panel featured Anthony Scaramucci, former Trump White House director of communications, and Mike Murphy, Center for the Political Future co-director and GOP consultant. Former Democratic California Assemblyman Mike Gatto moderated the event. Scaramucci talked about his book “Trump, The Blue-Collar President,” the title of which refers to President Donald Trump securing the support of America’s working class during the 2016 election and into his presidency. Scaramucci clarified that though the president was far from a blue-collar person in his upbringing and status, Trump has great influence over this demographic.   Scaramucci said Republican voters don’t respond well when Trump makes negative remarks about other prominent figures and politicians. He said Trump will need to take a more moderate approach if he wants to garner support for reelection.   Scaramucci also spoke about his brief time working in the White House in July. Murphy said the Republican Party needs to appeal to a more diverse range of voters in order to get more support in the 2020 election. “We’re up against demography,” Murphy said. “That is a lousy fight to be in … we’re the party of old people … that’s what we have to fix.” “I didn’t realize the dynamics in politics are so drastically different from business,” Scaramucci said. “I thought people that were on the same team with me we were going to work together. It turns out you shoot each other, you shoot to kill in politics.” The Jesse Unruh Institute for Politics, in partnership with ProCon.org and Italian American Lawyers Association, hosted a discussion on the future of the Republican Party under the Trump administration. “He hijacked the Republican Party from the party’s establishment,” Scaramucci said. “He took it from party leaders that don’t like him … He reached into the blue-collar workers and stole a good part of their base.” Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci (right) discussed President Donald Trump’s chances for reelection in the 2020 election. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) “I thought it was really fun to see him disagree a lot with Mike Murphy,” Borie said. “It’s clear they’re in different camps in the Republican Party … It’s good to see there’s good debate going on within the party.” “If you’re making a mistake, own the mistake,” he said. “Be accountable for the mistake. Don’t pass it on … Forgive yourself.” “He’s got great communication skills, but he goes into areas stylistically that I think really really hurt him with people,“ Scaramucci said. “If he dialed back levels of his personality or softened his image like he did at the State of the Union address … his poll numbers [would] go up.” Will Borie, a sophomore majoring in computer science, attended the event to hear Scaramucci speak about his role in the White House. Scaramucci also offered advice to young people, reflecting on the expletive-ladened interview with The New Yorker that cost him his job after 11 days. last_img read more

Hyun-derrated: Pickleball is picking up steam, just as it should

first_imgMore people should know about and play pickleball because it simply is a fun activity that doesn’t take up too much time or cost too much money. It is a convenient, fun way to exercise with friends.  Consequently, pickleball fans and players are hoping that the sport can make it to the Olympics by 2028. Pickleball is on the rise, but it’s still considered a backyard activity by many, and few people tend to take it seriously as a sport. When compared to other net sports like badminton and pingpong (which are both Olympic sports), pickleball does not generate nearly the same level of recognition. Personally, I do not see a dramatic difference between pingpong and pickleball in terms of the setup, gameplay and numbers of players. The only difference is that pingpong has been popular for a long time, unlike pickleball. Pickleball can be played at all ages and does not require much money. Sets can be found for less than $50 and can be set up in the backyard, driveway or even inside.  Nonetheless, there are plenty of people that don’t count pickleball as a “real sport,” and it’s still unknown to many. With net sports like tennis and volleyball dominating, people clearly could not care less about a sport that uses paddles and a plastic ball. To be fair, it’s hard to blame people who don’t take pickleball too seriously. There are no professional leagues anywhere near as large as the NFL or MLB, and there aren’t even official pickleball teams in high school. Why, then, should pickleball be acknowledged as a real sport like football and baseball? Recently, more and more people have been advocating for pickleball, and there is definitely a good reason to do so. Maybe one day, someone’s go-to casual backyard activity can turn them into an Olympic champion.  If all goes as planned, it may not not be too far-fetched to see pickleball played in the Los Angeles Games in 2028. After all, skateboarding and surfing will be included in next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, which almost no one would have predicted 10 years ago. center_img Despite the lack of attention, pickleball has been gaining traction both recreationally and professionally around the world. A big reason for this is simply word of mouth. People who play pickleball like to invite others to play with them since it is not hard to get supplies or to play.  Despite its seemingly casual nature, pickleball is an athletic activity that produces a winner and a loser at the end of a match. It also takes plenty of skill to be good at pickleball. Whether it’s strategic planning during matches or practicing the right form to achieve good topspin, pickleball requires practice and training just like any other sport.  According to pickleballportal.com, “Pickleball would need to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The main criteria are that the sport must be played in 75 countries across four continents for Mens competition or 40 countries on three continents for female sports … and pickleball is not there yet.” Nathan Hyun is a sophomore writing about underrepresented sports. His column, “Hyun-derrated,” runs every other Wednesday. Throughout my four years of high school, I played varsity tennis. My doubles partner and I made the postseason each year, and it was one of the most enjoyable activities I did in high school. I also liked to play badminton during physical education class and routinely played at a friend’s house. According to the USA Pickleball Association, pickleball’s numbers have increased by 650% over the last six years. The USAPA holds many competitions all across the country as well as a national tournament. There is even a pickleball-themed restaurant called “Chicken N Pickle” in Kansas City, Mo., and Wichita, Kan., which features both indoor and outdoor courts.  Net sports like those were my favorite sports to play growing up. I never imagined another variation of tennis until my PE teacher taught us a sport called pickleball. Pickleball, which follows the same general rules as tennis, uses a much smaller court and a paddle instead of rackets. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but it’s a little bigger and has additional small holes. last_img read more

The Point After: USC recruiting is back, and Clay Helton deserves some serious credit for it

first_imgTo many around the country, USC’s early success in the 2021 class is not only mildly uncharacteristic (at least by recent standards) but shocking considering the team’s recent shortcomings on the field. Embattled head coach Clay Helton did himself few favors in 2019 after struggling through an 8-5 campaign that came to a disastrous conclusion in a Holiday Bowl drubbing at the hands of a well-coached Iowa team. After a yearlong hiatus that saw the program fall out of the national spotlight for at least 55 different reasons, the Trojans have returned solidly to form and have sent an unmistakable message to the college football world: USC is ready to “Take Back the West.” It didn’t take long for recruits to notice and buy in and, at this early stage, there are still many rewards for Helton and company to reap.  On Tuesday, after plenty of speculation, the largest domino fell. Helton somehow worsened existing faith and enthusiasm in the program as he led the Trojans to their worst recruiting effort in recent memory after last season. The Class of 2020 cohort finished outside the top 50 nationally and 10th in the Pac-12. Jimmy Goodman is a senior writing about USC sports. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Thursday. USC, despite wallowing in mediocrity season upon season, has re-established itself almost immediately as a monster on the recruiting trails and boards. In light of all that has gone wrong over the past few seasons, Helton’s Trojans have shown a much-needed glimpse into a brighter future ahead. Foreman announced Tuesday his decommitment from Clemson, citing a desire to play closer to home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Certainly, it is difficult to consider anyone a winner from a catastrophic event such as this, but it’s clear that the Trojans have made the most of their time indoors and off campus.center_img Korey Foreman, a local product from Corona Centennial, is not only the best player in the state in the Class of 2021 but in the entire nation as well. The superstar defensive end has shown his capability time and time again to wreak havoc on opposing backfields and frighten quarterbacks into submission.  Since hitting rock bottom, even by USC’s sanctions-riddled standards, Helton was able to rebuild quickly. By hiring experienced assistants in defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, safeties coach Craig Naivar and special teams coordinator Sean Snyder, Helton created a capable, cohesive unit of coaching and recruiting veterans to redefine the Trojan brand. Cheesy recruiting slogans aside, the Trojans’ infusion of fresh blood, new faces and high energy on and offline has resulted in landslide victories on the recruiting trail. After landing a number of blue-chip commitments from the likes of defensive back Anthony Beavers, running back Brandon Campbell and offensive lineman Maximus Gibbs, the biggest catch still lies in wait for the Trojans.  Foreman had long been expected to join USC and former teammates sophomore defensive end Drake Jackson and 2020 signee receiver Gary Bryant. While Foreman’s initial commitment to Clemson came as a relative surprise to many, the path now seems clear for him to make a triumphant homecoming and join a class that already ranks among the top five in 2021. Almost as quickly as it disappeared, it has returned once again. I don’t want to tempt the fates and gods of Southern California football, but I just have to say it: USC recruiting is officially back. When he made the surprise splash hire of cornerbacks coach and nationally lauded recruiter Donte Williams, Helton turned heads up and down the West Coast and across the nation. Almost immediately, Helton found a way to flip the script on USC football and renew a sense of pride and belonging into the program.last_img read more

BetConstruct backs new Spanish operator PASTÓN.es

first_img Updating the market, BetConstruct has secured an agreement to become lead sportsbook provisions supplier for new Spanish market online operator PASTÓN (PASTON.es).The agreement will see BetConstruct’s multi-market sports betting solution integrated within PASTÓN online gambling platform, boosting the operator’s pre-match and in-play betting offering.The new Spanish online gambling enterprise is serviced by Valencia-based gambling firm Euroapuestas Online SAU. PASTÓN operations are led by Fidel Molina, President of Grupo Comatel. “We were very careful with our choice for sportsbook vendor and BetConstruct was a natural choice for us. We have been very happy with the support and product to date, allowing us to grow as a top gaming operator in Spain. We are very happy to be live and operational in record time, and look forward to growing into one of the main players in the Spanish online market” Molina commented on partnering with BetConstruct.PASTÓN.es is the first venture onto online gambling for the group, who have over 25-years retail and land-based betting experience. George Voyatzis, Commercial Director at BetConstruct backed the PASTÓN venture detailing;“BetConstruct continuously focuses on regulated markets globally and Spain, as one of the key European markets, is integral to it. PASTÓN.es is already a premium brand with seasoned gaming professionals, with over 25 years behind it and we are delighted with our partnership which gives them access to our award-winning sportsbook. The PASTÓN team have been patient in building a credible platform that will be very popular for Spanish players” StumbleUpon Related Articles Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Submit Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

NBA Summer League 2019: Social media reacts to Zion Williamson’s debut

first_imgAn ESPN report noted the Pelicans “do not expect it to be a lingering issue.”But there was still plenty for fans, admirers and #NBATwitter to talk about.First, there was Williamson’s appearance.If Zion isn’t careful, the Saints are gonna make him a left tackle.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 6, 2019Then came reactions to his impressive plays including a steal from Kevin Knox that led to one of his trademark dunks.This may be the best steal/dunk in NBA Summer League history. Zion is a freak pic.twitter.com/ZPGTLOyYcC— Kory Waldron (@KWalHoops) July 6, 2019Zion just ripped that from an adult— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) July 6, 2019Zion is just so powerful!! He does things on the court I’ve never seen..WOWZERS🔥— LaChina Robinson (@LaChinaRobinson) July 6, 2019I feel personally victimized by Zion’s dunk.— Becca (@BeccaMVP) July 6, 2019I don’t think Zion has an off switch. Or even a take it easy mode.— Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti) July 6, 2019Zion in that first quarter pic.twitter.com/OyVPuM0eOL— Reese Konkle (@RKonkle_Mavs) July 6, 2019His early exit caused some panic. Zion already icing his knee pic.twitter.com/yZiABzQsEk— Ry (@JustRyCole) July 6, 2019Even his former school chimed in.Zion flexing, that’s all, that’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/LRQKhjlTeH— Duke Basketball (@BlueDevils) July 6, 2019Williamson finished with 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field and 0 for 2 from long distance as the game was suspended due to an earthquake. Zion Williamson might not have played for long, but he still sent social media into a frenzy with his always-impressive dunks.Williamson’s debut was cut short when the rookie did not play in the second half after taking knee-to-knee contact, according to the team.last_img read more