Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders should make the most of the warm and sunny Wednesday before more torrential downpours move into the region, making for a wet start to the second weekend in a row.A low pressure system is expected to intensify over the mid-Atlantic region on its way north and pass LI to the southeast Thursday into Friday, bringing up to 4 ½ inches of rain, prompting the Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists to issue a flood watch for the tri-state area from Thursday through Saturday mornings.Showers and a possibility of a thunderstorm bringing gusty winds and heavy rains start Thursday afternoon as temperatures hover in the upper 60s.The forecast is similar for Friday before clearing up overnight and giving way to a sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid-70s.
Comment No ideal time to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager, says Gary Neville Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has yet to be confirmed as Jose Mourinho permanent successor at Man Utd (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville insists there was no ideal time to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager.The Norwegian has masterminded a dramatic improvement since his shock appointment in December which has seen United drag themselves back into contention for a top four place and the quarter finals of the Champions League, following a stunning comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.Solskjaer cemented his status as the outstanding candidate to replace Mourinho, despite recent back-to-back defeats against Arsenal in the Premier League and Wolves in the FA Cup, but took until Thursday to confirm his appointment as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I thought United would take the international break to appoint Ole,’ Neville wrote on Twitter, shortly before an official announcement on Solskjaer’s fate was made.ADVERTISEMENTMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Mar 2019 8:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link24Shares Advertisement Advertisement Manchester United were beaten at Wolves in the FA Cup before the international break (Picture: Getty)‘I’m not sure what the plan is now ! Games coming thick and fast so no ideal time to announce without a big distraction to matches . Let’s hope for a snap announcement today!!’United are currently two points behind fourth placed Arsenal following their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates earlier this month and face the daunting task of facing Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in the last eight of the Champions League in a fortnight’s time.Solskjaer’s side are back in Premier League action on Saturday against Watford at Old Trafford and return to Molineux in midweek, three weeks on from their 2-1 cup quarter final defeat.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors
Mason:You’ve heard the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”Well, the Brewers were broken. Something needed to be fixed.For nearly the entire season, Milwaukee has been in position to make a run at the postseason. The Brewers battled with the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central lead earlier in the year but have since been content with holding a sizeable lead in the wild card race. But losing eight of the last nine games and 12 of the past 14 has erased their lead, as the red-hot Phillies have caught up to them.While it’s certainly true managers don’t pitch or swing the bat for their teams, the blame is almost always pointed in their direction first and foremost — sometimes unfairly. But in the case of Ned Yost, the Brewers’ only choice was to ax their skipper.Look at where the Brew Crew stands right now: half a game behind the Mets for the wild card with a chance to make the postseason for the first time in 26 seasons. They still have two series against the division-leading Cubs. The reality is that this season is closing quickly, but the Brewers haven’t been a team playing with any fire or sense of urgency.You’ve gotta blame good ol’ Ned for that.If you’re a manager and your team starts to skid faster than an out-of-control Corvette, isn’t it your responsibility to light a fire under it?The answer is yes, but Yost clearly didn’t do that.Notice I made no mention of questionable pitching and roster moves throughout the season made by Yost. I think those speak for themselves. The Brewers had a Yost infection. Milwaukee fans can only hope Dale Sveum is the cure.Zetlin:Milwaukee, you have a problem.You think firing your manager with two weeks left in the season is a good idea? Oh boy.I’m sick of all the cliches: “Trying to add a spark,” “Light a fire,” “The players weren’t responding to him anymore.”So what were they doing for the first 150 games of the season, exactly? These are major league ballplayers, most of whom have never even smelled the aroma of the postseason. Is that not enough motivation to bring your A game to the park night in and night out? Now what — all of a sudden the players are going to start playing harder and better because Dale Sveum is calling the shots instead of Ned Yost?I’ll believe it when I see it.Sure, Yost has made some suspect moves of late, like trotting Brian Shouse to the mound to face the Phillies’ Pat Burrell to induce a double play when the Phillies’ outfielder is a fly ball hitter and Shouse isn’t exactly a groundball pitcher.Yeah, maybe things needed to be shaken up in Brew Crew Country, but don’t blame Yost for a good old-fashioned choke job by the Milwaukee starting pitchers (not named CC) and hitters. A manager can only do so much.It was risky trading Matt LaPorta in the Sabathia deal, but CC’s lived up to the hype. Maybe this move will pan out, too.But a sweep in Philadelphia? Five-and-a-half games vanished in the blink of an eye?Milwaukee’s toast, with or without Yost.
With Zack Greinke, the @astros now have 3 of the top 5 MLB leaders in WHIP (Verlander 1st, Greinke 2nd, Cole 5th).The last time a team finished with 3 of the top 5 leaders in WHIP in a season was the 1925 Reds (Dolf Luque, Pete Donohue, Eppa Rixey).#TakeItBack— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 31, 2019″You just don’t know when you’re going to assemble a group this talented again,” Luhnow said. “So, you have to take advantage of it. … We are definitely going for it this year.”The Astros also added right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini in a trade with the Blue Jays. The Astros upgraded their rotation in a major way Wednesday.Houston, which had been pursuing a starter for almost all of July, missed out on most of its reported targets but landed Zack Greinke in a deal with the Diamondbacks just before the deadline. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said he was surprised the team acquired the 35-year-old right-hander.“I can’t believe we just added Zack Greinke to this rotation and this team, was probably my first thought,” Luhnow said, via Houston station Fox 26. “I wasn’t sure it was going to happen. Throughout the afternoon there were times I thought it was dead and times I thought it was 50/50. At no point did I think it was over 50/50. Related News MLB trade news: Blue Jays trade Aaron Sanchez to Astros “When it all came together we just looked at each other in the room and said ‘Is this really happening?’ We just kind of had to pinch ourselves. Pretty amazing, pretty special moment.”Jeff Luhnow on his thoughts when he realized Zack Greinke was coming to the #Astros : “I can’t believe we just added Zack Greinke..When it all came together we just looked at each other in the room and said is this really happening?” pic.twitter.com/BHz91vbeeF— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 31, 2019Greinke holds a 10-4 record with a 2.87 ERA in 22 starts so far this season. The six-time All-Star is under contract through the 2021 season after signing a massive six-year, $206.5 million deal with Arizona in December 2015.The Diamondbacks will send $24 million to Houston as part of the deal, The Athletic reported, covering a significant chunk of the approximately $73 million remaining on the pitcher’s contract.”I think it’s a reflection of (Astros owner) Jim Crane’s commitment to winning and not just bringing one championship, but multiple championships to the city of Houston,” Luhnow said. “We’ve put ourselves in a good position to that. Obviously, the players have to go out and perform, we have to have a little bit of luck. … But, we’re in a really good spot right now.”Jeff Luhnow on the #Astros financial commitment in landing Zack Greinke: “I think it’s a reflection of Jim Crane’s commitment to winning and not just bringing one championship, but multiple championships to the city of Houston.” pic.twitter.com/o1eUFBOzIJ— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 31, 2019Houston entered play Wednesday leading the American League West with a 69-39 record. However, the Astros lacked depth in their rotation behind Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley. MLB trade deadline: Best, worst moves from a wild day
Lovren in action against Russia 1 Croatia and England have been two of the most eye-catching teams at the tournament with Lovren and co beating the likes of Argentina en route to the last four.And speaking to talkSPORT’s Declan McCarthy after Croatia’s nail-biting quarter-final victory over Russia, the defender who plays for Premier League side Liverpool said Croatia are confident they can write history at the expense of the Three Lions.Lovren said on the win over Russia: “It gives us this confidence and this boost we need for something like we believed from the beginning.“But there is still a lot of football to play. We have the semi-final against England and they are also one of the favourites to win the tournament and you need to respect that.“We have nothing to lose and we will enjoy this game and hopefully we can write history.” Dejan Lovren says he respects England tag as one of the favourites to win the World Cup ahead of the semi-final showdown with Croatia on Wednesday evening – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.The two teams take each other on at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after England swept aside Sweden, while Croatia edged past host nation Russia.