It should be recalled that Martins was on the books of Shanghai Shenhua from 2016 to 2018 before he sustained a knee injury which ruled him out for six months, he was released in June 2018. Martins said he is working hard and also waiting on Shanghai Shenhua to determine his next step. “I am still working hard to see what happens next,” Martins was quoted as saying by Sports Sohu. read also:Video: Inter Milan celebrate Obafemi Martins goals “I’m very excited to come back here, and I am very happy to be able to score goals to help the team. This game helped me adjust my state and recover to the best.” Martins scored 32 goals and recorded nine assists in his first stint with Shanghai Shenhua. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Super Striker, Obafemi Martins, is currently training with Shanghai Shenhua in a bid to get a permanent deal at the Chinese club. The 35-year-old started training with Shanghai Shenhua in February, and it was reported in some sections of the Chinese media that the former Newcastle striker was on the verge of replacing Odion Ighalo, who joined Manchester United on loan from the Chinese outfit. Ighalo will play a vital role if Martins is to be offered a deal by Shenhua, because the loan deal between Manchester United and Shenhua ends on May 31. If Manchester United decides to offer Ighalo a permanent deal, Obafemi Martins will be the first choice replacement for the former Watford striker. Shanghai Shenhua hierarchy are waiting on Manchester United before deciding on what to do with Martins, who has been impressive in the friendly matches he has played for the club, scoring twice in three games.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Mesmerizing Wedding Looks From Different CountriesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks
HORSE RACING-COUNTRY HOUSE RETIREDKentucky Derby winner Country House retired with foot injuryUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been retired because of a foot ailment.Blackwood Stables says the 4-year-old won’t race again after being treated for laminitis in his right front foot.Country House finished second in the 2019 Derby as a 65-1 shot and was placed first after Maximum Security was disqualified. That race at Churchill Downs was his last. Just how many sticks are used each season in the NHL isn’t known, but it’s a lot. Boyer figures Red Wings players go through 70 to 120 each year, which would translate to about 1,600 for a full team — and more than 50,000 across the 31-team league.MLB-ASTROS-BAKERBaker to MLB: Tell teams to ‘stop the comments’ on AstrosWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dusty Baker wants Major League Baseball to end the criticism of the Astros over sign stealing, and take steps to ensure pitchers don’t throw at his players.The new Houston manager spoke out Saturday in response to a wave of harsh comments during spring training about the Astros’ use of video to steal signs in 2017 and 2018. Baker called on the league to “Stop the comments and also stop something before it happens.” He said he has been hearing talk of “seemingly premeditated retaliation.” Associated Press An illness knocked him out of the Preakness, and he developed a condition in his left front leg in June that required re-admittance to a renowned equine hospital. Then he developed problems in his right front leg, and work was done to keep him alive and well.POLE VAULT-WORLD RECORDDuplantis breaks world pole vault record againGLASGOW (AP) — Armand Duplantis has broken the world pole vault record for the second time in eight days.The American-born Swede eclipsed his own mark by a centimeter when he vaulted 6.18 meters at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday. Duplantis also broke the record in Torun, Poland last Saturday with a vault of 6.17 meters. — Lamar Stevens scored 23 points to lead No. 13 Penn State over Northwestern 77-61. Myles Dread scored 16 for the Nittany Lions. They led for all but 6:29 to win their eighth straight. Boo Buie and Pete Nance had 12 points the Wildcats, who lost their ninth in a row.— Jonathan Laurent and Kalib Boone each scored 16 points to help Oklahoma State beat No. 24 Texas Tech 73-70 for its first win over a ranked opponent this season. Isaac Likekele added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Cowboys. Oklahoma State has won three of four after dropping its first eight conference games. Kevin McCullar and Davide Moretti each scored 15 points for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders had won their previous three games. The Cowboys scored the first eight points and held the Red Raiders scoreless for more than four minutes at the start.NHL-SCHEDULEPastrnak scores 42nd goal; Bruins roll past Detroit, 4-1BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak (PAS’-tur-nahk) scored his 42nd goal of the season Saturday to lead Boston past the Detroit Wings 4-1, giving Bruce Cassidy of the Bruins his 200th victory as an NHL coach. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano paced an uneventful final practice before the Daytona 500.Logano led eight Ford drivers in speed during Saturday’s 50-minute session of final preparation for NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl. He was followed by Kevin Harvick, teammate Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, rookie Cole Custer, Aric Almirola, David Ragan and Michael McDowell.William Byron in a Chevrolet was next at ninth fastest.Toyota drivers — the manufacturer only has five entries in Sunday’s season-opening race — did not participate in final practice. Only 26 of the 40 cars used the track time.Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start from the pole Sunday alongside Alex Bowman. Logano and Byron, winners of their respective qualifying races, start on the second row. Brad Marchand scored his 25th goal of the season and assisted on Pastrnak’s goal for the Bruins, who have won eight of their last nine games. Charlie McAvoy added a goal and an assist and Charlie Coyle had his 13th goal. Tuukka Rask finished with 25 saves to improve to 14-0-6 at home this season.Darren Helm scored for the Red Wings, who have lost three straight and have the fewest points in the NHL. Jonathan Bernier finished with 37 saves.Cassidy has 153 victories with Boston and 47 with the Washington Capitals.NHL-SABRES-BOGOSIANSabres demote Bogosian to minors, unclear if he’ll report BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have assigned Zach Bogosian to the minors after he cleared waivers on Saturday, though it’s uncertain when or whether the veteran defenseman will report.Bogosian’s agent, Darren Ferris, didn’t provide any hint of what his client’s plans are in a text to The Associated Press.Bogosian’s options are limited after the 12-year NHL veteran went unclaimed a day after being placed on waivers. He must report to Rochester of the American Hockey League, accept re-assignment elsewhere or risk losing out on what’s left of the $6 million he is owed on the final year of his contract.Bogosian’s demotion comes a little over a week before the NHL’s trade deadline, and a few months after the often-injured 29-year-old requested a trade.NHL-VIRUS-STICK SHORTAGE CONCERNS Amid virus outbreak, concerns about a hockey stick shortageUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak in China is raising concerns about a potential shortage of the hockey sticks used by the world’s top players.Two major manufacturers, Bauer and CCM, have factories in China that have closed. Officials with both companies say they are monitoring the situation. Warrior, the other major supplier of custom sticks for top hockey players, has not been affected because its production is based in Tijuana, Mexico.Bauer and CCM say there has been no impact on the production of sticks for amateur players.NHL equipment managers, players and their representatives are trying to navigate the situation the best they can. Detroit Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer said he has enough inventory for the next couple of weeks but isn’t sure what might happen after that given a two-week lag time for sticks to be delivered. February 15, 2020 LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPENInbee Park takes 3-stroke lead at Women’s Australian OpenADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park hasn’t won an LPGA tournament in nearly two years, but she could soon be adding Australian to her 19 tour victories.Park took a three-stroke lead at the Women’s Australian Open on Saturday, shooting a 5-under 68 that included a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. She has a 54-hole total of 15-under 204.Nineteen-year-old Ayeon Cho will play in the final group with her fellow South Korean. Cho shot 69 on Saturday and was alone in second. American Marina Alex was third at 11-under after a 70, four strokes behind. Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger said Friday the Astros “stole” the 2017 World Series title from them, and that Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) stole the MVP from the Yankees’ Aaron Judge. Los Angeles pitcher Ross Stripling indicated he might intentionally throw at Houston batters.Houston players, management and ownership spent the first day of camp apologizing for their actions and professing remorse. But many players and front offices around the league didn’t feel they went far enough.Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said he wanted to hear the Astros use the word “cheated” when addressing the situation.NASCAR-DAYTONA-FINAL PRACTICEJoey Logano leads final practice before Daytona 500 Garrett hit a career-best six 3-pointers while added seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BWEE’-kay) added 15 points and 17 rebounds.The Jayhawks won their 10th straight since falling to the Bears at Allen Fieldhouse in early January. Kristian Doolittle had 27 points and 12 boards to lead the Sooners.In other top-25 games Saturday:— Obi Toppin scored 19 points, Jalen Crutcher had 17 and No. 6 Dayton won its 14th straight game with a 71-63 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday. Dayton shot 53 percent from the field and hasn’t lost since a 78-76 overtime game against Colorado on Dec. 21. The Flyers remain unbeaten in regulation this season after carrying the fifth-longest winning streak in Division I into the game. Tre Mitchell had a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds and Samba Diallo added 10 points for the Minutemen. They’ve dropped seven of their last 10 games. — Patrick Williams scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds as No. 8 Florida State played without star guard Devin Vassell and held off Syracuse 80-77. M.J. Walker scored 16 points, including five 3-pointers, as the Seminoles won their 20th straight home game. Elijah Hughes added 25 points and four rebounds playing all 40 minutes as he returned from a groin injury that limited him to just three minutes in Tuesday’s game against NC State. Joseph Girard scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds for Syracuse. When confirmed by the International Olympic Committee, that will knock Russia off top spot in the Sochi medal table in terms of golds. The host nation would have 10 golds, against 11 for Norway, and 28 total medals, the joint-most along with the United States.Germany is in line to inherit the relay gold, subject to IOC confirmation.,The Latest: Oosthuizen shoots 30 on front for 67 Update on the latest sports RUSSIAN DOPINGRussia to lose Sochi Olympic gold medal in new doping caseSALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Russia is set to lose a biathlon gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in a new doping case.The International Biathlon Union on Saturday announced a two-year ban for Evgeny Ustyugov, who was part of the gold medal-winning men’s relay team six years ago, citing evidence he used the banned steroid oxandrolone around the time of the Olympics.His results from the 2013-14 season have been disqualified, including the Olympic victory. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 3 Kansas wins 10th straight, 87-70 over OklahomaUNDATED (AP) — Marcus Garrett scored a career-high 24 points, Devon Dotson added 19 and third-ranked Kansas rolled to an 87-70 victory over Oklahoma. The Jayhawks kept pace with No. 1 Baylor in a two-team race toward the Big 12 title.
The University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team looks to get back to its winning ways against Big Ten rival Minnesota Thursday.After losing to No. 22 Michigan at the McClimon Complex Sunday, Wisconsin (7-3, 1-2) travels west to take on Minnesota (6-5, 1-2), searching for its second Big Ten victory.After being shut out by the Wolverines in a 3-0 loss over the weekend and only managing four shots on goal, the Badgers’ offensive squad is looking for improvement against the Golden Gophers.Freshman midfielder McKenna Meuer, who has three goals on the season, said she is hoping a simpler mindset will help the offensive attack this Thursday.“In practice we worked on basically just getting back to the basics,” Meuer said. “[We worked on] keeping the ball, switching the field, basically the principles of attacking when you play soccer. So we’re definitely not looking to get shut out again.”The Wisconsin offense will have its hands full with a Minnesota team that boasts a stingy defense that has allowed only four goals in its last eight games.Head coach Paula Wilkins said she realizes just how good Minnesota’s defense is.“Their competitive mentality is fantastic,” Wilkins said. “They are great in the air. They’re great battling for first balls and second balls. We use the term ‘Earn the right to play.’ So, we need to win the ball first so that we can knock the ball around a little bit to spread them out. If we play into their hands and play pretty central, we’re going to struggle, so we need to get wider on them.”UW’s defense has been reeling as of late, allowing eight goals in its last five games, including two games in which the Badgers let up three goals.Team captain and senior midfielder Lindsey Johnson said she wants to see more unity in the defense.“We need to just get back to how we were playing at the beginning of the season,” Johnson said. “We need to play together as a team, get up together and defend together. That’s how we were good and didn’t allow little goals.”Minnesota’s offensive attack is led by sophomore forward Taylor Uhl, who has a Big Ten-best 11 goals on the season along with six assists.Johnson said she knows how dangerous Uhl is offensively and said her defensive squad needs to keep an eye on Uhl at all times.“We just need to keep track of her the whole game,” Johnson said. “We obviously know that she is going to be a threat, so we need to keep count of her and not let her turn and not let her get shots off. If she does, then we’ll hopefully be there. We have trust in our entire box.”Wisconsin has struggled in its rivalry with Minnesota recently, going 1-4-1 in the last five years. In their last meeting, Minnesota knocked Wisconsin out of the Big Ten tournament, defeating the Badgers 2-0.Although the Gophers have gotten the better of the Badgers lately, Wilkins said she still appreciates the rivalry that exists between the two teams.“The border battle is a wonderful thing,” Wilkins said. “It’s something that we have to take pride in. It’s something that I have learned about since I have come here as a coach, and we are definitely going to talk about that.”Sunday, Wisconsin will travel to Ohio State, where it will take on the Buckeyes (7-3, 2-1), who are tied for third in the Big Ten.Ohio State has won seven of its last eight games and has scored at least two goals five times during that stretch.Senior forward Tiffany Cameron is the biggest threat the Buckeye’s have offensively, sporting nine goals and an assist on the season.The Buckeyes lead the all-time series with the Badgers with a record of 9-8-4, including a 1-0 victory over UW last season.Meuer said the team has a rivalry with Ohio State comparable to the Minnesota rivalry and is expecting a fight.“I know from my sisters playing here that they hated Ohio State,” Meuer said. “Ohio State is a huge rival, almost right up there with Minnesota. It’s going to be a brawl. It’s going to be a really big game and it’s going to be a tough competition.”
The NFC champions have added to their defense.The Rams have agreed to a two-year deal, worth as much as $16.75 million, with former Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, according to a report from NFL Network. Giants RB Saquon Barkley weighs in on Odell Beckham Jr. trade: ‘I was sad to see him go’ NFL free agency news: Cowboys sign former Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb Two-year deal for LB Clay Matthews with the #Rams worth a max of $16.75 million, source says. He had more lucrative offers on the table but he just welcomed his third child and really wanted to play close to home. Plus, a shot at another ring doesn’t hurt.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 20, 2019The 32-year-old also confirmed the move on Twitter.#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/21Z13cmGUG— Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) March 20, 2019Matthews tallied a career-low 3 1/2 sacks along with 43 total tackles in 16 games for Green Bay last season. Matthews made six Pro Bowls over his 10 seasons with the Packers. He has recorded 83 1/2 sacks over 143 NFL games.The Rams finished 2018 with a 13-3 record and advanced to the Super Bowl, where they fell to the Patriots. Related News