100 Percent Soccer: How to watch Landon Donovan make his Liga MX debut this weekend (maybe)

By Nick Green | [email protected] | Daily Breeze February 7, 2018 at 6:02 pm Landon Donovan’s much-anticipated Liga MX debut for Club Leon could come as soon as Saturday against Puebla (5:06 p.m. Galavision). The 35-year-old retired Galaxy star — who turns 36 next month — came out of retirement (again) to the surprise of virtually everyone to play in Mexico for the first time at a relatively advanced age. Donovan, the all-time MLS scoring leader, first retired in 2014 then returned to play a handful of Galaxy games at the end of the 2016 MLS season before hanging up his cleats again. Donovan’s reported salary is $185,000 a month, but it’s likely the challenge rather than the cash that’s the major attraction. It’s much the same reason he spent two separate loan spells at Premier League club Everton late in his long and storied MLS career. Despite once infamously spotted relieving himself in Mexico during a U.S. men’s national team practice, Donovan is well-regarded in the country. “I don’t believe in walls,” Donovan told about 7,000 fans when he was introduced in mid-January in a jab at President Donald Trump. “And when I was young, I started playing soccer with Mexicans. And it was always a dream of mine to play in Mexico. And now I’m here, and I’m here to help you all win a trophy, another championship.” Club Leon was already emerging as a potential title contender, with or without Donovan. [email protected]: I’m here to play, win games and be champion … Like I said in twitter, I don’t believe in walls. I always wanted to play in Mexico. I grew up playing with Mexicans #ligamxeng pic.twitter.com/rPEKohLDng — Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) January 16, 2018 The seven-time champion currently sits mid-table with a 2-1-2 record, although Club Leon is one of just four Liga MX teams to have conceded goals in the double digits already. But it has a potent Continue Reading

Soccer on TV: The best games to watch this weekend

The Premier League record book has taken a beating over the last year. And it could be subject to more rewriting during the final games of 2017 and first of the new year. EPL: At the top of the table Manchester City, which won its last 18 games in 2017 to set an EPL record, has a chance to tie Bayern Munich’s European record of 19 consecutive wins in its last game of the year Sunday against struggling Crystal Palace, a match with a painfully early West Coast kickoff (NBCSN, 4 a.m.). Then there’s Harry Kane, who finished the calendar year in style by notching his eighth hat trick of 2017 — and second in two matches — in Tottenham’s Boxing Day rout of Southampton. That gave Kane 39 goals in 36 league matches in 2017, breaking Alan Shearer’s 22-year EPL record by three. Kane has scored a European-best 56 times in 52 appearances overall, two better than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in 2017. He’ll try to carry that success over to 2018 on Tuesday when Spurs travel to Wales to meet last-place Swansea City (NBCSN, 11:45 a.m. PT). Serie A: In Italy’s Serie A, the only top-five European league other than the EPL to play through the holidays, first-place Napoli has a chance to put distance between itself and third-place Inter Milan in what has become a tight battle atop the standings. Napoli, which leads Inter by five points, hits the road Friday to play struggling Crotone (BeIN Sports, 11:40 a.m. PT) and on Saturday Inter will host Lazio (BeIN Sports, 9 a.m. PT), which could move into the top four with a win. [email protected] Follow Kevin Baxter on Twitter @kbaxter11 Continue Reading

Get schooled: Brooklyn and Queens teams and players to watch this fall

September marks the beginning of school and the opening of the cornucopia of sports activity that accompanies it. Here's a look at some of the players, teams and games that we'll be following over the upcoming fall high school season. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jacquelyn Bruno, McKee/SI TechBruno's prospects are kind of scary; the sophomore forward tallied 19 goals and nine assists for the champion Seagulls as a freshman. Taylor Addison, SpellmanForward put herself on the city map by scoring 36 goals as a freshman last season. What's the encore? Emma Pichl, Notre DameThere are few players in the city as skilled as Pichl. The junior defender dazzled last season, scoring 28 goals to help lead the Gators to an 11-3-1 record. Colleen Ryan, Fontbonne HallLooking for a reason the Bonnies finished with a 14-0 regular-season record? Look no further than Ryan, a junior forward, in the open field. Melissa Lijo, FlushingSophomore midfielder assaulted every defense she saw last year while leading the Lady Red Devils to the league's 'B' championship. She tallied 59 shots on goal for 24 scores during the regular season, and added eight more goals in the playoffs. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Greg Davis, MolloyDavis returned from a groin injury last year and helped the Stanners win six of their final seven games and land a berth in the CHSAA state championship match. Imagine what the senior midfielder could do when he's 100% healthy. Oscar Castillo, Bishop FordThis speedy junior forward simply made things happen on offense and defense as a field general for the Falcons last year. He's a 'B' league player that could hang in the 'A.' Alex Zorrilla, MLKZorrilla had one of the best spots on the field: protecting goalkeeper Malick Faye, the Daily News PSAL soccer Player of the Year. Now, the senior defender may be asked to lead the defending-champion Knights himself. Sebastian Guenzatti, Francis LewisFrancis Lewis reached the PSAL semifinals last season, and Guenzatti, a senior defender, was Continue Reading

Get schooled: Who and what to watch in Bronx girls volleyball and XC

September marks the beginning of school and the opening of the cornucopia of sports activity that accompanies it. Here's a look at some of the players, teams and games that we'll be following over the upcoming fall high school season.PLAYER TO WATCH: Jessica Gonzalez, KennedyGonzalez spent most of last season on the bench, watching veteran outside hitters Elsie Almiron and Mariely Hernandez power Kennedy to the PSAL finals. Now, the pint-sized junior - all 5-3 of her - is tasked with replacing the pair of 6-footers. And she can't wait to prove she can handle the job. "I'm a little (anxious)," she says. "But I love the game, and all I can think about is winning."If she hopes to keep the Knights on top of the Bronx A1 division, she'll have to shoulder a large load. Almiron and Hernandez scored the bulk of the team's points last year, giving the squad two towering hitters. Gonzalez lacks that imposing presence, but she makes up for it with hustle and savvy."She's like one of those gutsy kids who's not afraid to do anything out there," says coach Iris Bromfield. "And volleyball is her life. At this point, she's already ahead of Elsie and Mariely (as juniors)."Gonzalez also gives Bromfield options. Her athleticism allows her to play setter, meaning Bromfield can move senior setter Paola Piroli to the front line. Not that Gonzalez cares where she plays. She's just ecstatic that she won't be riding the bench anymore. "Coach can put me wherever," she says. "I'm just happy I'm going to play."GAME TO WATCH: Lehman vs. Kennedy at Walton HS, Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m.The Knights haven't dropped a league game since a 2-0 loss to Bronx Science on Oct. 10, 2007, but that streak could end when young Kennedy faces Lehman in the season opener. The Lions graduated kills leader Maria Loor and setter Carmen Carrasco, but still return Ilirjana Prelvukaj and Janique Rivera from last year's 8-4 squad. TEAM TO WATCH: Bronx ScienceThe Wolverines suffered a down season last fall, going 7-5 and being Continue Reading

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il attends soccer game; first public appearance since stroke rumors

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il watched a university soccer game, a state-run news agency said from Pyongyang on Saturday, reporting on the leader's first public appearance in nearly two months. Kim and other political leaders watched the game held to mark the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the university named after his late father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the Korean Central News Agency report said. The university's 62nd anniversary was Oct. 1 but the report did not say when or where the game was held. It also did not say whether Kim, who is believed to have suffered a stroke in August, attended the game in person. There was no mention of his health. RELATED: N. KOREAN LEADER SAID TO BE RECOVERING FROM SURGERYThe 66-year-old leader had not been seen in public since mid-August, missing two key occasions — the 60th anniversary of the founding of North Korea and Korean Thanksgiving — amid mounting speculation about his health. U.S. and South Korean officials said last month that Kim, believed to have diabetes and other chronic ailments, suffered a stroke, citing unidentified sources. North Korean officials, however, steadfastly denied he was ill. Information about North Korea, one of the world's most reclusive nations, can be close to impossible to confirm. RELATED: U.S. ENVOY BRINGS NEW NUCLEAR PROPOSAL TO N. KOREAIn Seoul, Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Ho-nyeon said late Saturday that he was aware of the KCNA report but had no additional information. South Korean officials had said Kim was believed to have improved in recent weeks. Kim's extended absence from the public eye is not his first, but it is believed to be his longest since assuming leadership of communist North Korea after his father's death in 1994. KCNA's last mention of Kim making a public appearance was on Aug. 14 — around the time Pyongyang stopped disabling its Yongbyon nuclear reprocessing plant and began reassembling Continue Reading

West Lafayette biotech company aims to treat cancer by making cancer cells appear to glow

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A biotechnology company co-founded by a Purdue University scientist has landed $40 million in financing to help refine technologies that make cancerous tissues appear to glow.On Target Laboratories Inc. says the financing led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation will help it further advance two compounds that are armed with a bright fluorescent dye which illuminates cancer cells during surgery but leaves normal cells dark.That illumination can enable surgeons to see and remove smaller cancer lesions they otherwise might have missed, while preserving healthy tissue.“This funding will allow us to continue work aimed at benefiting the lives of ovarian and lung cancer patients worldwide by enabling surgeons to see and remove cancer lesions that they otherwise would have missed if not for this fluorescent imaging technology,” said Martin Low, CEO of On Target Laboratories, in a release from Purdue University.The privately held company that’s based at the Purdue Research Park was co-founded by Purdue chemistry professor Philip Low.Its lead imaging compound, called OTL38, is expected to soon enter into a Phase 3 clinical trial for use in detecting multiple cancers, including ovarian and lung. ► Song for one reaches millions: An Indiana nurse sang 'Dancing in the Sky' to a dying patient ► Doyel: One last soccer game to watch ► FYI: This breast cancer risk factor in many women requires additional testing   Continue Reading

Tynes’ brother to watch from prison

Mark Tynes will take one of the 40 seats in the common room of the Forrest City Correctional Institution tonight to watch his brother, Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, face the 18-0 Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.Mark Tynes, who is serving a 27-year sentence for his role in running a marijuana distribution ring in Florida, has been walking around the halls of the medium-security federal prison in eastern Arkansas with a certain swagger since his brother sent the Giants to the Super Bowl with a 47-yard field goal in overtime in Green Bay two weeks ago. Mark Tynes, 30, said watching Sunday's game - no matter the outcome - will be an "all-time high" for him. Getting the chance to see Lawrence live his childhood dream of playing pro football on the game's biggest stage is enough to make federal inmate No.05559-017 smile. But Mark knows things will be different after the game, once the television is shut off and he's forced to return to his cell. "That's always the hardest part," Tynes said by telephone on Friday afternoon. "I'll go back to my cell and sit back thinking how great it is for him, but at the same time it's really tough because I wish I could be there with him." Mark and Lawrence grew up in Scotland and moved to Milton, Fla., with dreams of stardom. Mark wanted to return to Scotland to play soccer and Lawrence had hopes of kicking in the NFL. Mark is scheduled to be released in 2026 at the earliest. He insists his relationship with Lawrence is the same as it was when they would sit around and talk about their then-boundless futures as kids in Florida. "Nothing's changed except for the wired fence and walls that are between us," Mark said before a security guard cut off the conversation and took him back to his cell. "But as far as the bond goes, nothing's changed." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Ten soccer players to watch in 2008

As a new year dawns on us today, a number of vital questions face the most intriguing soccer personalities heading into 2008: 1. Juan Carlos Osorio: Can the 11th coach in club history lift the Red Bulls into the MLS Cup? More realistically, can he find a veteran defender and guide the club into the conference finals for only the second time? 2. Juan Pablo Angel: Can the Colombian forward continue his scoring blitz (19 goals in only 24 games)? Last year's pace was one of the best in league history. 3. Jozy Altidore: Assuming he doesn't move to an overseas club, can this 18-year-old striker become a dominant MLS player and make the national team? He has all the tools. Yesterday he was called to national team training camp to prepare for the Jan. 19 match against Sweden in Carson, Calif. 4. David Beckham: Can he stay injury-free for all or most of the season so he can bend a few free kicks into the net? 5. Bob Bradley: Can the former MetroStars coach direct the U.S. national team into the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying without many bumps, while managing to find a couple of new starters along the way? 6. Landon Donovan: Will the Galaxy midfielder-forward finally have a breakout season in which he dominates domestically and internationally instead of saving his best for big games? 7. Sunil Gulati: What will he do for an encore? After selecting the first Hispanic national coach in U.S. history (Colombia's Wilmer Cabrera with the Under-17 team), the first foreign women's coach (Sweden's Pia Sundhage) and making Bob Bradley the permanent national coach, removing his interim label, 2007 could be a tough act to follow. 8. Pia Sundhage: Can she lead the Americans back to international glory with only seven months in which to prepare for the Beijing Olympics in August? 9. Hope Solo: Can she put last year's goalkeeping controversy at the women's World Cup behind her and get respect from her teammates before the Summer Games? 10. Continue Reading

What to watch: Kentucky state championships in soccer, volleyball, and cross country

It's crunch time this week for many Northern Kentucky athletes as state championships are at stake in KHSAA fall sports. A total of nine teams around the state will be crowned state champions this week, as well as six individual runners.  Boys soccerAt Lafayette High School, Lexington.Wednesday, Nov. 1: Ryle (23-2-2) vs. Daviess County (20-3-2), 6; St. Xavier (21-3-2) vs. Warren Central (23-1), 8.Saturday, Nov. 4: Final, 5.What to watch: St. Xavier is the state title favorite. The Tigers have the state record with 12 championships but none since 2012. Covington Catholic has Northern Kentucky’s only title, two years ago in 2015. The Tigers are ranked first in the Maher ratings of Oct. 28. Warren Central is 10, Sixth-ranked Ryle takes on ninth-ranked Daviess, the defending state champion.Daviess has played the other two teams in the final four, losing to St. X 6-1 on Aug. 19 and Warren Central 2-1 on Aug. 22. Warren Central, who eliminated Campbell County 0-0 (5-3 penalty kicks) in the quarterfinals, has allowed only eight goals all season. Girls soccerAt Lafayette High School, Lexington.Thursday, Nov. 2: Notre Dame (21-5-2) vs. Daviess County (20-5), 6; Sacred Heart (22-2) vs. West Jessamine (20-2-5), 8.Saturday, Nov. 4: Final, 7.What to watch: The top four teams in the Maher rankings all made it to the semis. The second-ranked Pandas take on the fourth-ranked Panthers. Sacred Heart is top-ranked and faces third-ranked West Jessamine, the defending champions.Daviess averages five goals per game, led by Natalie Hinchcliffe (41 goals). Daviess primarily played against the western part of Kentucky and has no common opponents with the Pandas. Notre Dame did not play Sacred Heart or West Jessamine this year.Notre Dame has three state titles (2004, 2011 and 2013) and five runner-up finishes. Northern Kentucky has six championships in all, counting Highlands in 2005 and 2006, and St. Henry in 2010. No area team has made the state finals since NDA’s win in Continue Reading

Where to watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight in New York City

Go big — and don’t go home. New York City sports bars are girding themselves for Super Saturday, which is turning out to be the greatest sports day in years. The the day’s lineup starts with rounds 4-7 of the NFL draft at noon, continues at 12:30 with the Rangers hosting the Captitals in Game 2 of their playoff series and the Yankees taking on the Red Sox in Boston at 1:30. The 141st Kentucky Derby runs at 6:34 p.m., with the Mets hosting the Nats at 7 p.m. Then comes the main event, aka the “fight of the century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which should start around midnight. “It’s the perfect storm,” said Liam McGreevy, a co-owner of Legends in Midtown. “But we’ve got more TVs than a P.C. Richard’s, so we’ll keep everyone happy.” If you want to watch all the action, including the fight, which is available on Per-Per-View only, here are some spots to hit: Legends, 6 W. 33rd St. This three-level bar will start even earlier with European soccer before showing all the day’s events on its 60-plus TVs and drop-down screens. There’s no cover charge — except for the fight, which costs $30. legends33.com. Louie and Chan on the Lower East Side, an Italian restaurant and Asian-inspired downstairs cocktail lounge, is showing the fight on three large flatscreen TVs, and is offering an open bar from 10 to 11 p.m. with passed snacks including mini lamb meatballs and wild mushroom turnovers. After 11 p.m. there will be food and drink specials. Tickets to the party cost $50 and are available at eventbrite.com., at 303 Broome St., louieandchan.com. Bounce Sporting Club is teaming up with Marquee in the Meatpacking district for a viewing party. Mel Debarge will DJ, and Bounce will bring TVs to outfit all of Marquee. Cover is $40, and for those looking for the VIP treatment, tables start at $2,500. Bounce Continue Reading