Kane nets treble, sets up Sterling as England beats Bulgaria

Kane has 25 goals in 40 internationals. (Reuters)
Updated 07 September 2019

Kane nets treble, sets up Sterling as England beats Bulgaria

  • Kane scored after just 24 minutes against Bulgaria

LONDON: Harry Kane scored a hat trick and set up Raheem Sterling’s goal as England beat Bulgaria 4-0 in European Championship qualifying on Saturday.
England has won all three games in Group A heading into Tuesday’s game against Kosovo in Southampton. England is the main host of the continent-wide Euro 2020, with Wembley staging seven games, including the semifinals and final.
Kane has 25 goals in 40 internationals, the first coming after 24 minutes against Bulgaria.
Sterling pressed the Bulgaria defense from a short goalkick and teed up Kane, who netted from close range.
Bulgaria threatened an equalizer soon after the restart before Kane was on target again in the 49th minute. Marcus Rashford advanced down the left and was tripped in the box by Nikolay Bodurov. Kane netted from the spot.
Kane turned provider in the 55th as he centered for Sterling to bundle into the net.
Kane celebrated his second England hat trick with another spot kick in the 73rd after being brought down by Kristian Dimitrov.
Bulgaria is last with two points after five games.


NBA star LeBron James opts out of wearing social justice message on Lakers jersey

Updated 12 July 2020

NBA star LeBron James opts out of wearing social justice message on Lakers jersey

  • ‘It is just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal’
  • But Lakers star still working behind the scenes to improve the lives of others

LOS ANGELES: NBA superstar LeBron James said Saturday he would opt out of wearing a social justice message on the back of his jersey because it doesn’t “resonate with his mission.”
James, who has often spoken out against racism and police brutality in America, is passing on the NBA’s plan to help bring attention to racial inequality by having players wear messages like “I Can’t Breathe” instead of their family names.
“I didn’t go with a name on the back of my jersey,” the Los Angeles Lakers forward James said Saturday. “It was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players.”
“I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It is just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”
James says he wishes he had had some input into the jersey change.
“I would have loved to have a say on what would have went on the back of the jersey. I had a couple of things in mind, but I wasn’t part of that process which is OK.”
“I don’t need to have something on the back of the jersey for people to understand my mission and what I’m about and what I am here to do.”
The vast majority of NBA players have decided to pick a social justice message when play resumes in Orlando, Florida.
James is one of just about 17 players out of 285 so far who have opted to continue using their family names on the back of their uniforms.
The list of suggested messages, agreed on by the players union and NBA owners and then made available to players, includes “I Can’t Breathe,” which is what George Floyd said more than 20 times before he died with a white police officer kneeling on his neck.
Other messages include: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.
James said even though he isn’t taking part in the jersey messages, he is still working behind the scenes to improve the lives of others, especially people in the Black community.
“Being able to use my platform, use the NBA’s platform, to continue to talk about what’s going on. Because I will not stop until I see real change for us in Black America, for African Americans, for people of color. And I also believe I can do both, though.”
James said he always expected to play in the restart to the season: “I am here for one goal and one goal only and that is to win a championship.”