Buying Confed Cup tickets made easy

first_img8 May 2009Buying tickets for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup just got easier with the opening of four special ticketing centres enabling fans to get their tickets over the counter.With the 14 June kick-off of the eight-nation “Festival of Continental Champions” drawing near, Fifa has opened special ticketing centres in all four Confederations Cup host cities.Main Ticketing Centre at Sandton Isle, corner Rivonia Road and Linden Street, Sandown, Johannesburg. Mangaung/Bloemfointein Venue Ticketing Centre at Lochlogan Waterfront Mall, corner Charles and 1st Avenue, Bloemfontein.  Rustenburg Venue Ticketing Centre at the Waterfront Mall, 1 Augrabies Avenue, Rustenburg.  Tshwane/Pretoria Venue Ticketing Centre at Brooklyn Mall, corner Middel and Fehrsen Street, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria. Soccer fans will no longer have to fill out application forms when buying tickets for the World Cup warm-up tournament – they will only need their identity documents.Within 24 hours of all four ticketing centres opening on Monday, about 18 000 more tickets were sold – a clear indication that interest and excitement around the event was growing in the country.Fifa said on Tuesday that about 340 000 Confederations Cup tickets have been sold, leaving roughly 300 000 tickets still available.2010 Local Organising Committee chief executive Danny Jordaan said he believed that South Africans were realising that the Confederations Cup might be their only chance of watching some of the best players in the world live in their own back yard.“The indications we are getting from the sales of the Fifa World Cup next year is that it will be over-subscribed, and that means that many South Africans are likely to miss out,” Jordaan said.“That is why it becomes vital for them to go out and purchase a Fifa Confederations Cup ticket. South Africans are very passionate people, and we hope that by simplifying the process there’s now no stopping them from filling the stadiums.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Painters turn back Road Warriors

first_imgMeanwhile, Alaska and Magnolia shoot to extend their respective winning streaks to four when they collide with separate sides in a Petron Saturday Special double-header also at the fabled Big Dome floor.The Aces take the court against Blackwater at 4:30 p.m., looking to win four straight for the first time in what seems like ages, while the Hotshots try to keep solo second place when they tangle with TNT KaTropa at 6:45 p.m. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Arellano whips San Beda, books outright semifinal berth MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Playing without Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance, the Kings dropped to 2-4 like the Road Warriors.Ahanmisi drained 5-of-7 triple tries and helped the Painters lead by as large as 21 with the help of a Rain or Shine defense that was unrelenting in the second half.The Painters thwarted several Road Warrior rallies that had NLEX coming within 10 points a couple of times in that period.NLEX tumbled to a fourth straight defeat after opening up with two victories.The Road Warriors continued their tailspin because they simply could not execute when they needed to—and the Rain or Shine defense had a lot to do with that.ADVERTISEMENT It was a great way to bounce back for Rain or Shine, which became the butt of jokes after losing to doormat KIA Picanto, 98-94, over the weekend, and Garcia did a good job in making his Painters move on from that debacle.“I just told them that we cannot take that back,” Garcia said in Filipino after drawing 20 points from point guard Maverick Ahanmisi and twin digits from three others at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just asked them to focus on our next six games, because that will be very important.”The win was the third in six games for the Painters, the same record now held by Phoenix Petroleum, which held on later in the night to clip Barangay Ginebra, 87-82. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia wasn’t exaggerating when he said two nights before that he had witnessed his team’s best practice.The Elasto Painters justified that claim when they ran roughshod on NLEX Friday night, 97-86, and Garcia now has just one wish as Rain or Shine jockeys for playoff position in the PBA Philippine Cup: “I just hope we can be consistent in playing this way.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw to debut in 1st Test as India announce 12-man squad

first_imgIn a break away from tradition, the Indian cricket team on Wednesday announced the 12-man squad for the first Test match against the West Indies a day before the first ball of the series is to be bowled on October 4.India vs West Indies Live Score Test MatchTeenage batting sensation Prithvi Shaw will make his Test debut in the first game of the two-match series, becoming India’s 293rd Test player.18-year-old Shaw has played only 14 first-class games, scoring 1,418 runs at an average of 56.71, and will open alongside KL Rahul, who was the third opener in England and survived the axe after posting a breezy 149 in the final Test at the Oval.”We have a change at the top of the order and we will give these guys enough space and enough chances to feel comfortable at that position,” India captain Virat Kohli told reporters. “We want them to be confident about what they are doing.”Virat Kohli, Prithvi Shaw share a light moment as India get down to practice in RajkotYoung @PrithviShaw is all set to make his Test debut tomorrow at Rajkot. How well does he time the ball? #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/5LLvl7GKkQBCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2018India have named three spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja – in the team. Fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur have also been included.The final XI however, will be announced by captain Virat Kohli at the toss on Thursday.Also read – Virat Kohli tells Prithvi Shaw the secret behind his success in EnglandadvertisementUncapped opener Mayank Agarwal, all-rounder Hanuma Vihari and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj are the three players to miss out from India’s original 15-man squad. India have named three spinners and three fast bowlers in the 12-man squad (Twitter Photo)The Test series against West Indies will be India’s last chance to play some red-ball cricket before their tour to Australia. The Indian team are again not scheduled to play any practice games before the Test series as of now due to a cramped schedule.Also read – We know the Indian conditions and know how to go about our job: Ajinkya RahaneAll set! #TeamIndia gear up for their practice session on the eve of the 1st Test against West Indies #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/penzpeSDHdBCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2018India, who last lost a Test series at home in late 2012 against England, started the year with a 2-1 loss to South Africa but then thrashed debutants Afghanistan at home in a one-off Test before flying to England, where they won the T20 series 2-1 but lost the ODI series 1-2 before going on to lose the five-match Test series 1-4.The trip to Australia will be the last chance in 2018 for Kohli’s men to show they can match their formidable home form with success abroad and show the world why they are the world’s top-ranked Test side.India 12-man squad: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw (debut), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.last_img read more

Manchester City v Aston Villa: match preview

first_img (s 76′) 2 Walker Read more 26 Mahrez Match stats 14 Hourihane 22 Engels 39 61 22 Mendy Goal attempts Match previews Lineups 6 Douglas Luiz Manchester City 18 Targett 17 Trezeguet Man City 8 Lansbury Possession AVL MNC Topics Share on Facebook 17 Man City Off target 6 Aston Villa 9 Man City On target 5 Aston Villa 20 Bernardo Silva 21 Silva 8 Gundogan 31 Ederson 7 Sterling Share on Messenger 13 7 11 Nakamba Share on Twitter 10 Aguero Dean Smith has Aston Villa looking like they belong in the Premier League but a visit to the Etihad Stadium may prove a chastening experience. Manchester City will be hungry to cut the gap, for a day at least, to three points behind Liverpool. Smith believes his side can get a result. “We’re not taking on a superhuman team, although they look like it at times,” he said. “It’s a team that can make mistakes and when they make mistakes you’ve got to punish them.” Graham SearlesSaturday 12.30pm BT Sport 1 25 Fernandinho Fouls (s 71′) 12 Steer 10 Grealish (s 73′) Venue Etihad StadiumLast season n/aReferee Graham ScottThis season G5 Y13 R2 3 cards/gameOdds H 1-9 A 28-1 D 10-1MANCHESTER CITYSubs from Bravo, Carson, Foden, Angeliño, García, Agüero, Harwood-Bellis, Mahrez, Otamendi, WalkerDoubtful NoneInjured Rodri (hamstring, Nov), Zinchenko (knee, Dec), Sané (knee, Jan), Laporte (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y18 R0Form WLWWLWLeading scorer Agüero 8ASTON VILLASubs from Steer, Nyland, Kalinic, Davis, Konsa, Elmohamady, Lansbury, Taylor, Hause, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey, Kodjia, Trézéguet, ChesterDoubtful NoneInjured Jota (hernia, Nov)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y14 R1Form LDLDWWLeading scorer Wesley 4 12 Angelino Share via Email 40 Mings 21 El Ghazi news Premier League 1 Heaton Share on LinkedIn AVL39MNC61% 7 McGinn (s 76′) 5 Stones 27 Joao Cancelo 24 Guilbert Share on WhatsApp 39 Davis Corners (s 84′) 17 De Bruyne 9 Gabriel Jesus Substitutes 3 Taylor Substitutes 47 Foden Aston Villa 30 Otamendi The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football 1 Bravo 15 Konsa Aston Villa Share on Pinterest 10 5 9 Wesley Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Male Disney Cruise worker claims harassment by female boss

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — A middle-aged male former labour analyst at Disney Cruise Line says his younger female manager created a hostile work environment by bullying him about his age, bragging about sleeping with married men in the office and passing him over for promotions.Anthony McHugh says in a lawsuit filed last month in federal court in Orlando that the female manager discriminated against him because of his sex and age. He says she called him a “stuffy old fart” in front of staff and wouldn’t provide him with an iPhone or tablet like she did for staff younger than 40.Experts in workplace law say it’s uncommon for a female manager to be accused of sex discrimination against a male underling and creating a hostile workplace.Disney says the lawsuit is without merit.The Associated Presslast_img read more

US dollar falls amid weaker manufacturing data

first_imgNew York: The US dollar decreased in late trading on Friday, as investors digested a mixed batch of US economic data, amid worries over slowing activities in the manufacturing sector. In late New York trading, the euro increased to $1.1194 from $1.1175 in the previous session, and the British pound rose to $1.3164 from $1.3027 in the previous session, Xinhua news agency reported. The Australian dollar was up to $0.7014 from $0.6997. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe US dollar bought 111.09 Japanese yen, lower than 111.49 Japanese yen of the previous session. The US dollar fell to 1.0174 Swiss franc from 1.0193 Swiss franc, and it decreased to 1.3427 Canadian dollars from 1.3470 Canadian dollars. The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index declined to 55.5 per cent in April, 0.6 percentage point down from 56.1 per cent in March, which marks the slowest reading since August 2017, said the not-for-profit professional supply management organization on Friday. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days The reading fell far short of an estimate of 57.5 per cent by economists polled by MarketWatch. The disappointing data has partially offset robust US job statistics in April. US total non-farm payroll employment increased by 263,000 in April, and the unemployment rate declined to 3.6 per cent, said the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, pointing to a bullish labor market. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, decreased 0.31 per cent at 97.5208 in late trading.last_img read more

Rich Data Poor Data

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s March 2 Analytics Issue. Subscribe today!In the 2000 edition of Baseball Prospectus, Keith Woolner identified 23 problems — avenues of analysis that had been dead ends for turn-of-the-millennium statheads. (For instance, No. 10: “Projecting minor league pitchers accurately.”) Woolner named these Hilbert Problems, after mathematician David Hilbert, who in 1900 outlined his own set of 23 vexing mathematical problems that he hoped would be solved in the 20th century.Of Hilbert’s 23 math problems, just 10 have been answered — not a great track record for more than a century’s worth of work. While Woolner’s baseball problems don’t lend themselves to mathematics’ hard-and-fast proofs, we have become a lot better at, say, “measuring the catcher’s role in run prevention” (No. 3). There’s still a margin of error in calculating how valuable Yadier Molina is to the Cardinals; nevertheless, the progress in baseball is remarkable.Analysts have made huge strides in “separating defense into pitching and fielding” (problem No. 1): The discovery that pitchers have relatively little control over balls in play has increased the value put on fielding and pitchers’ strikeout ability. And research into “determining optimal pitcher usage strategies” 
(No. 20) has led teams to transform struggling starters into top-shelf middle relievers with ERAs that would make Bob Gibson blush. Indeed, the shift toward pitching and defense reflects the rise of sabermetrics as much as the decline of juiced balls or juiced players.And all of this has taken 15 years, rather than since William McKinley was president. Sure, teams could still glean more about “assessing the ‘coachability’ of players” (No. 13) or “quantifying the manager’s impact on winning” (No. 22). But baseball analysts can’t complain, unlike their counterparts in other fields.As I describe in my book “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail but Some Don’t,” the rapid and tangible progress in sports analytics is more the exception than the rule. It’s important to remind sports nerds — who, as they look at streams of PER or wRC+ numbers, have become a bit spoiled — of this fair and maybe even obvious point. Because out there in the wider world, questions far more basic than Woolner’s remain unresolved. We still have tremendous trouble predicting how the economy will perform more than a few months in advance, or understanding why a catastrophic earthquake occurs at a particular place and time, or knowing whether a flu outbreak will turn into a bad one.It’s not for any lack of interest in data and analytics. For a while, I gave a lot of talks to promote my book and met a lot of people I might not encounter otherwise: from Hollywood producers and CEOs of major companies to the dude from India who hoped to be the Billy Beane of cricket.But there’s a perfect storm of circumstances in sports that makes rapid analytical progress possible decades before other fields have their Moneyball moments. Here are three reasons sports nerds have it easy:1. Sports has awesome data.Give me a sec. Really, I’ll only need a second. I just went to Baseball-Reference.com and looked up how many at-bats have been taken in major league history. It’s 14,260,129.The volume is impressive. But what’s more impressive is that I can go to RetroSheet.org and, for many of those 14 million at-bats, look up the hitter, the pitcher, who was on base, how many people attended the game and whether the second baseman wore boxers or briefs. It’s not just “big data.” It’s something much better: rich data.By rich data, I mean data that’s accurate, precise and subjected to rigorous quality control. A few years ago, a debate raged about how many RBIs Cubs slugger Hack Wilson had in 1930. Researchers went to the microfiche, looked up box scores and found that it was 191, not 190. Absolutely nothing changed about our understanding of baseball, but it shows the level of scrutiny to which stats are subjected.Compare that to something like evaluating the American economy. The problems aren’t in the third decimal place: We sometimes don’t even know whether the sign is positive or negative. When the recession hit in December 2007 — the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression — most economists didn’t believe we were in one at all. The recession wasn’t officially identified until December 2008. Imagine what this would be like in sports! We’re not sure how many points Damian Lillard scored last night, but we’re reasonably confident it was between 27 and negative 2. Check back in a few months.As if statheads weren’t spoiled enough, we’re getting more data all the time. From PITCHf/x to SportVU, we have nearly a three-dimensional record of every object on the field in real time. Questions once directed at scouts — Does Carmelo really get back on defense? What’s the break on Kershaw’s curve? — are now measurable.2. In sports, we know the rules.And they don’t change much. As I noted, there has been little progress in predicting earthquakes. We know a few basic things — you’re more likely to experience an earthquake in California than in New Jersey — but not a lot more.What’s the problem? “We’re looking at rock,” one seismologist lamented to me for my book. Unlike a thunderstorm, we can’t see an earthquake coming, nor can we directly observe what triggers it. Scientists have identified lots of correlations in earthquake data, but they have relatively little understanding of what causes one at any particular time. If there are a billion possible relationships in geology’s historical data, you’ll come up with a thousand million-to-one coincidences on the basis of chance alone. In seismology, for instance, there have been failed predictions about earthquake behavior in locations from Peru to Sumatra — all based on patterns that looked foolproof in the historical data but were random after all.False positives are less of an issue in sports, where rules are explicit and where we know a lot about causality. Take how we evaluate pitcher performance. It turns out that if you want to forecast a pitcher’s future win-loss record, just about the last thing to look at is his previous record. Instead, focus on his ERA, or better yet his strikeout-to-walk ratio, or maybe even the PITCHf/x data on pitch velocity and location.Why? Winning is the name of the game, and you win by allowing fewer runs than your opponent. So ERA says more about winning than a pitcher’s record. But you can do even better: Runs are prevented by striking out batters (and not walking them), and strikeouts are generated by throwing good pitches, which is why WHIP and strikeouts per nine innings also serve predictive purposes. Understanding the structure of the system gives statistical analysis a much higher batting average.3. Sports offers fast feedback and clear marks of success.One hallmark of analytically progressive fields is the daily collection of new data that allows researchers to rapidly test ideas and chuck the silly ones. One example: dramatically improved weather forecasts. The accuracy of hurricane landfall predictions, for instance, has almost tripled over the past 30 years.Sports, especially baseball, fits in this category too. In Billy Beane’s first few years running the A’s, the team had awful defenses — bad enough that Matt Stairs briefly played center. Beane theorized that because defense was so hard to quantify, he shouldn’t focus on it. His assumption turned out to be completely wrong. As statheads came to learn about defense, it proved to be more important than everyone thought, not less. Because the A’s were playing every day and Beane could study the defensive metrics like dWAR that emerged, he learned quickly and adjusted his approach. His more recent teams have had much-improved defenses.Contrast this with something like presidential elections, in which lessons come once every four years, if at all. Mitt Romney’s belief that the 2012 election was his for the taking (it wasn’t, according to both public polls and political science research) may have led him to underinvest in his get-out-the-vote operations. He underestimated Barack Obama’s popularity and his own ability to sway voters with his message. Republicans will have to wait until 2016 to improve their approach.It also helps that sports has a clear objective: winning. Obvious? Sure. But that’s not the case in other subjects. What counts as “winning” for the U.S. economy, for instance? Is it low inflation or high growth? If it’s growth, does it matter how the income is distributed? You have opinions about that, and I do too, and we might not agree even given all the data in the world.But the zero-sum nature of sports competition (there are a finite number of wins and championships to go around) also yields the greatest risk to continued innovation. When I was working for Baseball Prospectus a decade ago, most of the innovation was occurring among outsiders like us. It was competitive, but the point of getting a data “scoop” was to publish it for the rest of the world to see.Now almost all MLB teams employ a statistical analyst, if not a small gaggle of them. But those analysts are working on behalf of just one team — and have less incentive to share. At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference every year, the panels featuring current employees of major league teams are deathly dull because if the panelists said anything useful to a roomful of their competitors, they would be fired. Sports analytics runs the risk of losing the momentum of the past 15 years.Woolner, for his part, is now the director of baseball analytics for the Indians. No doubt he has 23 new problems to solve. But now it will take the rest of us longer to know when he has cracked them. read more

Willie Mays Was Way Better Than Alex Rodriguez

History was made Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, when New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez launched his 661st career home run into the left center-field bleachers. The blast moved Rodriguez past Willie Mays into sole possession of fourth place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard.Certainly, we’ve reflected positively upon Rodriguez’s immense talent — steroids notwithstanding — in the past. But we also thought it would be a useful public service to once again point out that passing a legend on a prestigious statistical list doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the better player. In the case of the Say Hey Kid versus A-Rod, it’s Mays in a landslide.An easy way to measure Mays’ dominance over A-Rod is to look at the all-time wins above replacement (WAR) leaderboard1Using Baseball-Reference’s version.. By total WAR, Mays ranks as the fifth most-productive player in major-league history, trailing only Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and pitchers Cy Young and Walter Johnson. Mays also ranks as the third-best non-pitcher ever, according to JAWS, which attempts to balance a player’s aggregate WAR compilation against the brilliance of his peak. Among position players in the history of baseball, only Ruth had a better prime — as measured by WAR in a player’s best seven seasons — than Mays did when he was at the top of his game.Rodriguez also ranks highly in WAR, but his numbers are nowhere near those of Mays. A-Rod ranks 17th all-time in total WAR, trailing Mays by about 40 wins. At his career rate of WAR per 162 games, Rodriguez would have to play five and a half more seasons of 162 games apiece — that is, until age 44 — to catch Mays. It also bears mentioning that Rodriguez hasn’t even played more than 150 games in a season since 2007; at a more realistic rate of 125 games per year, he’d have to play until age 46 (with no decline in performance) to reach Mays’ total.Since Rodriguez has recently missed big chunks of playing time in which he could have been accumulating raw WAR, his peak ranking fares a bit better than his overall WAR rank. That’s why A-Rod sits at 12th all-time in JAWS. But the difference in JAWS between No. 3 Mays and No. 12 Rodriguez is the same as the difference between Rodriguez and No. 33 Charlie Gehringer.And the gap isn’t likely to close much before Rodriguez retires. While A-Rod is having a resurgent start to the 2015 season, Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA projection system still only predicts about 0.7 more wins above replacement left in his career before his contract runs out (and, coincidentally, he begins to provide negative value) following the 2017 season.So, any way you cut it, Mays provided much more value in his career than A-Rod.From a skills perspective, Mays was also a better ballplayer than Rodriguez in most facets of the game.Using percentile rankings in Fangraphs’ rate statistics for five key skill indicators — plate patience, contact and power hitting, speed, and (position-adjusted) defense — we can measure how good both Mays and Rodriguez have been in each category relative to their peers over the same range of ages2In this case, ages 20 through 39, since Mays didn’t debut until age 20 and Rodriguez hasn’t yet played past age 39.. They’re not exactly the canonical five tools of scouting lore (arm strength is wrapped up inexorably in defense), but they should give us an idea of the raw building blocks that made up Mays’ and Rodriguez’s playing styles:Mays and Rodriguez were both among the pre-eminent power hitters of their eras, and the two are also very close in terms of patience at the plate (in fact, A-Rod has drawn walks at a slightly greater rate than Mays, relative to his era). But Mays separated himself from Rodriguez — and just about everyone else ever — as an all-around ballplayer with his speed, defense and ability to make contact at the plate. Not only did Mays compile a fantastic statistical record, but he did it without any real flaws in his game.And it’s not as though Mays’ playing style was particularly better suited to his era. During Mays’ career, power hitting was more correlated with WAR — and defense less correlated — than during A-Rod’s era,3Relative speed, patience and contact-hitting were of roughly equal importance in both eras so it’s possible Mays’ edge in defense would have produced even more value in the modern game than it did during his playing days.Either way, Rodriguez — while an all-time great — is no Mays. The former’s passing of the latter on the all-time home run leaderboard should not be mistaken to mean that there’s any debate between the two in playing ability or career value. On both counts, Mays soars high above A-Rod. read more

Bayern Munichs Kingsley Coman to undergo surgery

first_imgBayern Munich have confirmed that Kingsley Coman will undergo surgery after sustaining a syndesmosis ligament tear in their opening day 3-1 win over HoffenheimThe French winger got caught up in a late challenge by Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz towards the end of the first half at the Allianz Arena.While laying on the pitch, Coman was in tears and had to be consoled by his team-mates before being helped off the pitch by Bayern’s medical staff.And now the club have confirmed that he will be out for “several weeks”.“Kingsley Coman sustained a syndesmosis ligament tear above his left ankle in the 3-1 victory over TSG Hoffenheim,” read a statement.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That was the diagnosis of an examination by the medical unit after the match. Coman has to undergo surgery and will be sidelined for a number of weeks.”Just last season in February, the 22-year-old had to undergo surgery on the very same left ankle which left him sidelined for the final three months of the campaign.It also cost him a spot in France’s World Cup-winning squad this summer.Bayern won the game itself 3-1 after goals from Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Arjen Robben (who replaced Coman) to begin the defence of their Bundesliga crown on a winning note.last_img read more