Lambert extends Saints contract

first_img The 31-year-old has established himself as a firm fans’ favourite at St Mary’s since joining from Bristol Rovers in August 2009. Lambert has scored 101 goals for Southampton and his 13-goal haul this season makes him the top English scorer in the Barclays Premier League. The striker’s contract had been due to expire at the end of next season but has now been extended by a further two years, and he told the club’s official website, “I’m over the moon to sign with Southampton for another three years.” Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has extended his stay at the club until 2016. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “I am already enjoying myself massively at this club and the aim now is to stay on for another three years and help push the club on further than where it already is. “There is a lot of ambition in this club for the next few years and that is one of the main reasons that I have signed the contract – and that is why I want to end my career here. The core of players who have been together for two or three years are going to be here for another three or four years and that is a really good feeling. “We all have the same ambition and [executive chairman] Nicola Cortese’s ambition for this club drives us all on as well, so it really helps the club with where we are now and it will help with where we want to go.” Lambert’s contract extension follows recent new deals handed to Morgan Schneiderlin, Jason Puncheon and Kelvin Davis – others to have played a key part in Southampton’s rise from npower League One to the top flight. “Rickie Lambert is a very special player for Southampton Football Club,” Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “To have scored over 100 goals is a remarkable achievement, and one which he has made possible thanks to hard work and dedication. “In my time at the club I have been impressed by his mentality and commitment to improving himself in training – attributes that have allowed him to adapt to the Premier League so well. “I am delighted that Rickie has committed himself to the club for a further three years, and have no doubts that he will continue to deliver for Southampton as we look to push on to the next level.” last_img read more

Miller: Dodgers won’t, but rest of us can look ahead to NLDS vs. Nationals

first_imgSeveral days, all right, all the way into October, where the National League Division Series awaits along with the Washington Nationals, who are the real rivals now, even if Dodgers fans would still love to kick Madison right in the Bumgarner.The Dodgers and Nationals are on a collision course that, at the moment, appears as inevitable, although not nearly as emotional, as saying goodbye to Vin Scully.The Nationals lowered their magic number to two Wednesday with a victory in Miami, while the Dodgers continued to try to push the Giants into NL West oblivion.In terms of head-to-head competition, the Dodgers beat the Nationals five times in six meetings this summer, which is certainly encouraging news for Dodgers fans.Before defeating the Marlins, Washington had lost four in a row. The Nationals are also missing Stephen Strasburg, who is on the disabled list with no indication if he’ll pitch again this season.Two of Washington’s key everyday players also are hurting with injuries that might or might not be serious and might or might not actually exist. Daniel Murphy, who hit three homers last October to help the Mets eliminate the Dodgers in the NLDS, is out with some sort of mysterious leg ailment.Manager Dusty Baker initially identified the problem as a pain in Murphy’s “buttocks.” Since then, however, Baker has been reluctant to specify the area in which Murphy is feeling discomfort.“Our trainers are still working on it,” he said recently, before adding, and I’m assuming here, with a straight face, “They’re trying to get to the bottom of it.”The other National whose health is in question is Bryce Harper. Sports Illustrated is among the outlets certain Harper has a shoulder problem, while Washington is convinced he’s fine.Either way, since the All-Star break, Harper is hitting .216 with five home runs, and I’m pretty sure SI is doing a better job at telling the truth.The Dodgers, meanwhile, did the almost unthinkable Wednesday, knocking out San Francisco starting pitcher Matt Moore in the second inning.Moore, in case you’re not aware, throws with his left hand, the same hand with which pitchers have perplexed the Dodgers all season.The team that had batted .210 against lefties entering this game, hit .778 (7 for 9) off Moore, meaning maybe anything’s possible moving forward.Not that the Dodgers are concerned about the future yet. They’re too busy following the lead of their patient manager and hyper-focusing on the right now.Good for them. That’s wise.Personally, though, as a detached observer, it’s never too early to jump negligently ahead.In a world where 2-0 baseball games can last 3:36, it’s smarter sometimes to stay outside the moment. In other words, there’s a lot of fluidity with the Dodgers, in the same manner that there’s a lot of fluidity with the Pacific Ocean.This reality is based on the out-of-town scoreboard, the team’s proximity to clinching the National League West and the condition of a myriad of blisters on a myriad of pitching fingers.But as much as this time of the season can be exacting, it also can be distracting, the temptation to peek ahead never greater in a sport that frowns on looking beyond the next pitch.“As a player, I’ve been there and it’s tough,” Roberts said. “But that’s where you have to be as an organization.”So, even if the Dodgers are unable to contemplate the future, at least publicly, that doesn’t prohibit the rest of us from recklessly dismissing the Giants and the final 10 games of the regular season and taking it several days at a time. LOS ANGELES >> They had a ninth-inning win Monday followed by a doze-off loss Tuesday, the Dodgers impossibly requiring 3 hours, 36 minutes to drop a nine-inning game in which only two runs were scored.But that’s what can happen when you pay attention to the minutes and the minutia, Dave Roberts managing these nights with the exactness of an obsessive neurosurgeon.“We’re so hyper-focused on each day,” he explained Wednesday, “and winning baseball games.”Before the series finale against San Francisco, Roberts responded to a variety of questions with insight, such as “Nothing’s set;” “We’re sifting through options;” and “I think that’s kind of where we’re at right now.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more