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This week’s home highlight is a double header of junior basketball at Bristol Metropolitan Academy on Saturday afternoon. Flyers Under 18 II get us started as they host Vale Vipers for a 1pm tip-off. Flyers Under-16 girls have the headline slot for their subsequent game against Surrey Blue Storm (3pm tip-off).
The 34-year-old has scored two goals in the European competition, the first one came against Borussia Dortmund in the knockout stages and the other was against Manchester City earlier this week.His goal at the Etihad proved to be the difference between Pep Guardiola’s side and the north London club as the latter progressed to the semi-final of the Champions League.Llorente’s starts in the league came when Harry Kane was sidelined with injury, but that hasn’t stopped him working hard to help his team, whenever they need his services.Friday’s edition of Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo is in full praise of the Spaniard as they claim Llorente to be a ‘discreet person’ who has always put Spurs’ ‘interests ahead of his’.The frontman had ‘several interesting proposals’ to leave Spurs in January, but Kane’s injury opened the door for him to play regular football.Mundo says the job Llorente does may not be as visible as done by others and it looks like the European newspaper are unhappy with the lack of recognition for Llorente, despite his crucial role in the side.His goal against City side helped Tottenham create history at the Etihad as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semi-final, where they face Ajax.With Kane suffering another injury, Llorente may have another important role to play and if he does manage to score another winner to help Spurs make it to the final, then he’ll certainly get the recognition he deserves.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo Fernando Llorente has made only four league starts for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, while he is yet to start for his side in the Champions League this season.
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Bestseller × Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $14.99$18.00 $0.00 Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive By Nate ThompsonLocalSportsJournal.comGRAND RAPIDS – After June 5, Jacob Buchberger may face one of the toughest decisions of his life.That’s the day the Major League Baseball first-year player draft wraps up, and Buchberger has a more than a decent chance at being selected during the three-day event that features 40 rounds and a handful of compensatory picks.Three years ago, the idea of the 2016 Montague graduate and current Davenport University junior being considered a pro prospect would have seemed like a fairy tale.But with one fortunate tryout in front of Davenport’s head baseball coach, Kevin Tidey, and hours of grueling work in the weight room and on the field, Buchberger is writing his own story.Now, fresh from turning in one of the best offensive seasons in Davenport history and being named the top player in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Buchberger may have to decide whether to return to school for his senior season, or take a giant leap of faith into professional baseball.Jacob Buchberger. Photos courtesy of DavenportAs Coach Tidey said, it’s a nice problem for Buchberger to have. If he comes back to school, Buchberger will be a part of what is expected to be a stacked team at the Division 2 school that could contend for big things next season.But if Buchberger leaves, he’ll be pursuing an opportunity that thousands dream of, but few achieve.“It’s always been a dream of mine to get drafted and play pro ball,” said Buchberger, who is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds and has packed on more than 30 pounds of muscle since his days at Montague. “Right now, it’s really hard to say what I’ll do. I know I’ll be super happy, but I don’t want to let that emotion from getting drafted affect my decision. I’ll sit down and talk with my advisors, my coaches and my family, and then make a decision.”Buchberger will have his first chance to show his talents to big league scouts up close this Sunday when he participates in the Philadelphia Phillies pre-draft camp. Then on May 30, he’ll do the same with the Cincinnati Reds.He’ll get a chance to show off his unique combination of speed and power. They are traits that helped him bat a stellar .429 in 182 at-bats with the Panthers this spring, while scoring 54 runs, hitting eight home runs and knocking in 40 runs. He also stole 22 bases in 25 attempts, helping lead the Panthers to a 32-18 record and third-place finish in the GLIAC.“He’s a five-tool player,” Tidey said. “He’s a big kid now for us, and it’s amazing how much he’s progressed. He hits for power and average, he runs like a deer, and he fields his position as well as anyone.“He’s really a specimen (physically),” Tidey added. “We were a little worried at one point he was getting too big and it would affect his speed, but he keeps running faster and faster. Even in the field, he moves so well for a kid his size.”It’s hard to believe now, but just three years ago, Buchberger didn’t receive any college interest for baseball, likely because he was a three-sport standout at Montague and his main focus was pursuing a college football opportunity. He signed with the Davenport football squad and was listed as a wide receiver during his freshman season, but after a redshirt year, his heart led him in a different direction.“I knew of him a little bit,” Tidey said. “I played college ball with his dad (Montague varsity baseball coach Kevin Buchberger), so I knew what kind of family he was coming from. During one of his visits for football, we invited him to visit with us.”Tidey later invited Buchberger to a workout and was immediately impressed.“He ran well and he showed a lot of bat speed, so that really jumped out,” Tidey said. “And with all that athletic ability, we figured he could really develop down the road.”After his freshman season on the diamond, when he was primarily used as a pinch runner, Buchberger decided being a multi-sport athlete would be a thing of the past.“I just thought it would be better for my future to focus on one sport,” said Buchberger, who played baseball, football and basketball at Montague. “Baseball is a lot less taxing on your body, and in the end, I just followed by heart. It was more in baseball.”Being able to focus on baseball year-round has obviously done wonders. Tidey called Buchberger the team’s best hitter as a sophomore, and his performance this spring was off-the-charts, earning him league MVP honors. He said he got a leg up on the competition by facing quality pitching on a nightly basis while playing with a squad in Kokomo, Ind., in a summer prospect league.“The more you see (tough pitching) the more comfortable you get,” Buchberger said. “I saw the ball a lot better this spring. Still, nobody expects to hit .430 in college ball. But I’ve always held myself to a high standard.”Now on the cusp of achieving a lifelong dream, Buchberger can’t help but pinch himself, especially for a kid coming from a Division 6 high school. Tidey, however, said his star player deserves all the credit. He’s the one who put in the work to transform himself into a potential professional ball player.“It’s a pretty cool story,” Tidey said. “He’s a hard worker and just a good character kid. He deserves it.” FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Other Report a problem This item is… Other Report a problem This item is… Mail Other DEAL OF THE DAY The League Share (2) Thank you! 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Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool turn their attentions back to their quest of challenging for the Champions League places when they entertain West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.His charges will have to put Tuesday night’s League Cup disappointment behind them quickly and the Hammers will provide stern opposition with the Londoners one point and one place above the Reds in the Premier League table.The Anfield faithful will be buoyed by the news star striker Daniel Sturridge is back in contention after almost five months out with a thigh injury.Mamadou Sakho is a doubt with a back problem sustained in the Chelsea defeat, and more changes could be enforced after a physically draining 120 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Possible Liverpool line-up against West Ham:GoalkeeperSimon Mignolet played his best game for the Reds against Chelsea on Tuesday and that should fill the Belgian with confidence following recent criticism.DefenceSakho’s expected absence opens the door for either Glen Johnson or Dejan Lovren to come into the side.The Croatian has struggled to find the form which convinced Liverpool to part with £20m for his services and that could see Johnson given the nod against his former club.MidfieldLiverpool have looked fluid in their new 3-4-3 system, and that will see Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic operating on the flanks once again.Steven Gerrard played the full 120 minutes at Chelsea and Adam Lallana should enter the side for obvious reasons. Lucas and captain-in-waiting, Jordan Henderson, should continue in the middle.AttackRodgers has yet to confirm whether Sturridge will start but, given the England international’s injury woes this season, the Northern Irishman will likely opt for caution and put the striker on the bench.That will see Raheem Sterling continue to lead the attack where the 20-year-old has impressed in recent weeks.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against West Ham? Comment below… 1 Brendan Rodgers Liverpool turn their attentions back to their quest of challenging for the Champions League places, when they entertain West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.