Jose Mourinho explains why it’s easier for Man Utd to play against the better teams in the Premier League after Spurs lose 2-1 at Old Trafford “There are coaches from NBA, Formula 1, tennis, NFL, rugby. But the Amazon guys, they cannot know.”Amazon will be delighted with their investment after controversial Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino in a dramatic season.The first full campaign in Spurs’ new home has been hit with a series of crises on and off the field and should make for good TV. MANCHESTER UNITED refused to allow Amazon to film Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford dressing room.The Portuguese suffered a 2-1 defeat as he returned to his former stomping ground thanks to Marcus Rashford’s double.1 Jose Mourinho is being followed around by Amazon cameras this seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd United prevented Amazon from capturing behind-the-scenes footage for a documentary they are producing on Tottenham’s season.Spurs chief Daniel Levy secured a £10m deal to allow Amazon’s cameras access to the stadium, training ground and behind-the-scenes areas.But they hit a stumbling block when Old Trafford chiefs became the first to stop the streaming giant from filming in the away dressing room.Mourinho is also starring in a Netflix documentary about coaching and has joked they should keep quiet about it as their rivals produce their own show.He confirmed: “I’m doing an episode for Netflix, it’s true. Eight coaches of eight different sports.”I’ve filmed it already, I don’t know when it comes out. My part is done.
“I have a few days left before camp officially starts,” Matsuzaka said through an interpreter during a five-minute interview session in the baggage claim area. “My excitement has not reached its peak, but I would love to meet my teammates.” Moments earlier, his non-stop flight from Los Angeles touched down on schedule two months after bumpy negotiations led to a six-year, $52 million contract. That’s on top of the $51.11 million the Red Sox paid the Seibu Lions for winning the right to negotiate with him. All that money bought a 26-year-old right-hander who was revered in Japan since he pitched a no-hitter in high school and has a catchy nickname that already has shown up on T-shirts around Boston. But he has one spring training goal shared by all major leaguers. “I would try not to get injured,” he said. It’s all about Daisuke Matsuzaka. He arrived at the airport early Monday night, then got in a car for a ride to Fort Myers, about 130 miles away, to settle in before his first workout at the Boston Red Sox training camp. TAMPA, Fla. – Dice-K arrived at spring training. And so did crowds of reporters, photographers and television crews who flocked to Florida to chronicle the $103 million Japanese ace’s landing. That didn’t count the handful of puzzled passers-by who wondered what all the fuss was about Monday at Tampa International Airport. Matsuzaka, arriving in Florida wearing a pink polo shirt with an alligator logo, strode briskly from the escalator to a waiting media horde – 17 photographers, 10 TV cameras and about a dozen reporters – nearly all from Japanese outlets. Some bystanders joined in and took pictures with cell phones and digital point-and-shoot cameras. With a serious expression, Matsuzaka politely answered a rapid-fire series of questions as cameras flashed throughout. Is he concerned about a new spring training routine? “I think my experience getting ready in Japan is not that significantly different,” he said, standing beside a member of the marketing firm that represents him in Japan. What was it like to train in Southern California for about the past month without a team coach’s supervision? “Compared to outfielders or hitters, I don’t have to do the same thing,” he said, “basically just running and building my strength.” His arrival at spring training had been eagerly anticipated since he reached a contract agreement on Dec. 14. There were varying reports about his travel itinerary. Some had him flying by private jet to Fort Myers. Others had him traveling on a regularly scheduled flight from Los Angeles to Tampa. His plans weren’t announced until early Monday – commercial from L.A., but in the first-class cabin, of course. The first official workout for pitchers and catchers is scheduled for Sunday. Matsuzaka plans to hold his first formal news conference in Fort Myers late Thursday afternoon. By then he will have met teammates who also showed up early. “I want to see what he brings to the table,” Jonathan Papelbon, another newcomer to Boston’s rotation, said Monday, then broke into a smile. “He’s got a new acupuncture guy he’s bringing in so I might try some acupuncture. “If he needs something, obviously I’ll be there. And, hopefully, if I need something, he’ll be there for me.” While Papelbon is making a transition from the closer’s role, Matsuzaka’s adjustment is more demanding – a new team, a different culture and a load of expectations that come with his past success and present salary. His new pitching coach, John Farrell, thinks he can handle that. “The calmness and the mound presence he shows is outstanding,” Farrell said recently. Matsuzaka joins a rotation that includes Papelbon, Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett and Tim Wakefield. It could be one of baseball’s best. And for Matsuzaka, it’s just starting. On Monday, seven photographers focused on the down escalator, waiting for their first glimpse of him. One female passenger from Switzerland asked who they were waiting for and was told it was a Red Sox pitcher. “A soccer player?” she asked. Matsuzaka isn’t universally known, and there was one reminder that his journey to major-league stardom has a ways to go. The message board above Belt 9 showed which flights’ bags would be unloaded there. One was the flight from Los Angeles. Just under it was a flight from Boston. That’s where he should be pitching in two months – at Fenway Park in front of passionate, demanding fans where he will make another much anticipated arrival. “I would like to meet everybody’s expectations by playing well,” the $103 million pitcher said. He picked up the one bag he carried and walked quickly to the car taking him to his new job while others waited to collect his luggage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
With Canyon High’s baseball team no longer in playoff contention with one game remaining, the focus turns to the team’s star slugger, Johnny Hay, who is chasing the Foothill League single-season home run record. After a two-game homerless streak, Hay hit No. 12 in a 10-1 victory Wednesday over Burbank, putting the stocky senior one home run shy of former Valencia standout Richie Martin’s record of 13 set in 1999. After a slump-filled junior season in which Hay batted just .236, he has been exceptional this season. He is batting .366 with 27 RBIs and a .944 slugging percentage in 23 games. Tied for third in the state in home runs, Hay is averaging one home run per 5.9 at-bats. Hay’s last home run was a towering, 400-foot shot deep beyond the fence at Burbank. Valencia, ranked No. 3 in Div. I, boasts a 2.19 ERA and .347 team batting average. Nick Pappas is 9-0 with a 1.22 ERA, and UC Riverside-bound Michael Hur is batting .429 with six home runs and 27 RBIs. “This is the most consistent team I’ve ever had,” coach Jared Snyder said. “They’re just so unselfish. They don’t worry about records, stats or who they are. The only thing they want to do is win games and help their teammates. It’s pretty awesome to have kids like that. It’s just a good group of kids. They really are.” More to come: Third-place Saugus (12-11, 7-7) clinched a playoff berth by defeating Burroughs of Burbank on Wednesday, but there’s more to be accomplished. The Centurions hope to pad their record with another victory tonight at Burroughs and perhaps secure a first-round game instead of a wild-card berth. “A lot of our guys who struggled early are starting to hit well, so I think we’re gaining some momentum at the right time,” said first-year coach John Maggiora, the program’s third coach in three seasons. Saugus won just four of its first 13 games and at one point lost six in a row. At the beginning of the season, Maggiora said finishing .500 was a primary goal. Casey Stevenson is batting .410 with 17 RBIs, and Peter Ibarra is 301 with five saves and a 2.94 ERA in 16 appearances. email@example.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Every time he steps in, he has a chance to hit it out, so it’s exciting,” coach Scott Willis said. “Yes, I think he’s got a chance to hit another one, but hopefully he won’t (overswing)m because usually you don’t hit one when that happens.” Canyon (10-14 overall, 6-8 Foothill, which wraps up today at 3:15 p.m. against visiting Burbank, has failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth successive season. The Cowboys fell short by losing three games the past 10 days. Teams must finish among the top three to qualify for the Southern Section playoffs in a six-team league, and Canyon can finish no better than fourth. At-large entries must have .500 records or better to be considered. Matt Warr, who was 4 for 5 Wednesday against Burbank, is batting .402 with five home runs and 22 RBIs. Colby Hyatt, a transfer from L.A. Baptist of North Hills, is batting .353 with two home runs and 11 RBIs, and he is 4-5 with a 2.89 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 68 innings. Best season: Valencia (23-3, 13-1), which has clinched its fourth league title in five years, takes a 13-game winning streak into today’s 3:15 p.m. finale at Hart. It’s the Vikings’ best regular-season performance.