The Batesville Bulldogs Tennis team’s season came to an end with a 4-1 loss to the host Red Devils at The Tennis Regionals at Richmond.
However, Suarez remains determined to find a way out of Anfield and admits even captain Steven Gerrard’s pleas for him to stay cannot offset the lure of the Champions League, while also reiterating he would jump at the chance to go to Real Madrid. “I’m still defending the Liverpool shirt and I will do so until the last minute,” Suarez, who was left at home for Wednesday night’s friendly against Valerenga in Norway because of injury and is unlikely to feature against Celtic in Dublin on Saturday, told Spanish newspaper Marca. “My aim is to reach an agreement with the club in a friendly manner and I hope the clause we agreed a year ago is fulfilled. Up to now, it hasn’t been. “It’s not that I want to or am desperate to leave, but I like things to be clear and a year ago I made my position to the club clear. “Gerrard has a lot of history with Liverpool and his words are very important but everyone should understand that I need to play the Champions League to keep growing as a footballer. “Now I have the chance, I want to take it. A Champions League team (Arsenal) is making a big effort to get me and one always wants to be where they feel comfortable. “There were a lot of rumours (about Real) that were different to reality: Madrid never called me personally or Liverpool to try and negotiate. “Every player aspires to reach the top and Real Madrid is among the most important clubs in the world. It would be very difficult to say no to Real Madrid.” Asked where he would choose to go were it up to him Suarez, who earlier in the summer complained about his treatment by the British press, added: “I would decide what’s best for my private life and my family.” Suarez maintains he has an agreement with Liverpool which, following their failure to qualify for the Champions League, allows him to leave if any club bids £40million. Arsenal tested that theory with an offer which exceeded the figure by a pound but it was rejected by the Merseysiders who insists they have no obligation to sell at that price, only open negotiations. Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, told Press Association Sport he did not believe there was a “cast-iron” buy-out clause and as he understood the situation Liverpool were not under any obligation to sell. Suarez thinks differently however. “We (Suarez and his agents) had an offer from a Champions League team, we considered the situation and decided that, as a new coach (Rodgers) was coming, and the club was making a big effort to get into Europe, we should renew my contract with a new clause: if we didn’t get into the Champions League I could leave if there was an offer of over £40 million,” he told Marca. “I don’t feel that (these are his last days at the club). I’m still enjoying being at Liverpool and the moments I’m experiencing with this club. “I’ll remember the day of my debut, and that I came here from Ajax with great expectations and then played some unforgettable games.” On his last two public appearances – Gerrard’s testimonial on Saturday and an open training session on Monday – Suarez was cheered by fans. That appreciation will not repeated in the wake of Wednesday’s developments despite the player’s protestations of praise for the support he has received during a turbulent time at the club in which he was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and received a 10-game suspension – six of which are still outstanding – for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. “The Liverpool fans are incredible. I’m very grateful for their support,” he said. “I’m very proud to feel their love and it demonstrates that I’m doing a good job.” Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has backed Rodgers’ stance over Suarez. “I think it’s probably right for Brendan Rodgers to take him out of the group,” Carragher, who retired at the end of last season after more than two decades with Reds, told Sky Sports News. “No one player is bigger than the squad, and he’s not actually going to be playing because he’s banned, so Liverpool need to concentrate on getting right for that first game of the season against Stoke. “And if Suarez is a distraction for everyone he needs to be taken out of the group.” The 35-year-old also believes Liverpool might be more willing to let the former Ajax forward leave Anfield if it was not to one of their main domestic rivals. “Arsenal are a big rival for a top-four place,” he added. “Maybe if he wanted to go somewhere else it wouldn’t be such a big issue and maybe Liverpool would sanction a deal because nobody wants unhappy players at the training ground, on the pitch….it affects other people. But it’s very difficult for Liverpool.” The Reds boss is unhappy with the attitude shown by the Uruguay international – who seems intent on forcing a move to Arsenal – in recent weeks and has been told to train on his own. Rodgers rejected Suarez’s claim he had reneged on an agreement last summer which would allow the player to leave for a Champions League club, saying interviews given by the 26-year-old suggesting as much showed “total disrespect” to the club. Press Association Wantaway Liverpool striker Luis Suarez still hopes to come to a “friendly” resolution with the club over his transfer saga despite incurring the wrath of manager Brendan Rodgers.
When pitchers and catchers begin to report this week, to many, it is a sign of good things to come.Reporting day means it is almost time for baseball season to begin. It means spring is almost here and, for those of us who are still in school, it means we can see the light at the end of the tunnel as summer break approaches.However, each year, we are always disappointed come spring training.We’re in that void between the end of the professional football season and the beginning of March Madness. This time in sports can be less exciting than actually doing homework on a Sunday, instead of watching almost eight straight hours of football.The day pitchers and catchers report could be one of the most overrated days in sports. It’s like a freshman hearing about the riots happening in Madison during Halloween only to find out you have to pay to get onto a street you walk down every day.Getting excited for pitchers and catchers reporting and spring training is like getting excited for the NFL Combine or Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. You go in with such high expectations only to be let down by reporters overanalyzing a player’s performance or over-speculating how a team is going to do the following season.Spring training means watching the guys who you know are going to start get about three at bats a week until the final days before the season. It means watching guys who will disappear into the minor leagues hit triples, then never hear from them and hearing the same reports on “Baseball Tonight” again and again.This year will be no different than years past. Every year, the same storylines are repeated on a daily basis to the point of nausea. This spring, there is no doubt all eyes will be on Yankees’ spring training. With almost half a billion dollars invested in three players and Alex Rodriguez going from A-Rod to A-Roid topping headlines, we can count on hearing hourly reports from the Grapefruit League on the status of CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett.Of course, news of steroid scandal is also nothing new to spring training. In the past, we have been used to daily reports by Pedro Gomez covering Barry Bonds and how he deals with allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs.After Rodriguez’s admission to using steroids, there have already been daily broadcasts from the Yankees’ spring home in Tampa, Fla. Shortstop Derek Jeter has already deferred to talking to the media after practices have started, trying to avoid the daily onslaught of press and attention.But, of course, the focus won’t solely be on the Bronx Bombers. The attempt to sign Manny Ramirez by the Los Angles Dodgers has been futile due to the left fielder hold out for money and the organization not willing to pay top dollar for the 36-year-old. Things are sure to be resolved in the coming weeks, especially because both Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu signed, which will certainly lead to more pressure being put on the Dodgers to sign Ramirez.While spring training does have its perks, namely going to cheap games and watching baseball from a lawn on a beautiful Florida or Arizona spring day, only those who can afford such pleasures can benefit from the enjoyment of spring training. For the rest of us, we are usually stuck in the cold, watching athletes who earn more than we can imagine enjoy the southern sun.With the Yankees and Ramirez sure to be the hot topics of spring training, other subjects are sure to come up. But, as we watch highlights from games in late February and early March, there will really be nothing to get excited about until opening day in the first week of April.Once the season actually starts, attention will surely switch to the NFL Draft, which is almost equally overrated as spring training.Ben Solochek is a senior majoring in history and journalism. Hate spring training, too? E-mail him at [email protected]
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