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I sold peppers, tomatoes for my mum, says Ndidi

first_imgWilfred Ndidi has opened up on the challenges he faced before actualising his dream of becoming a professional footballer. Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On FireBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Born and raised in Lagos, the soldier’s son never had it easy as he interchanged between helping his family survive as well as fulfill his childhood desire. Despite being dropped from Nigeria’s U17 team, Ndidi rose to prominence featuring for Nigeria at the 2013 Fifa U20 World Cup in Turkey before making his way into the Super Eagles squad, where he has become a constant figure. In a no-holds-barred chat with Out of Home Podcast, the 23-year-old narrated his story of how he helped his mother hawk fruits and food items as his contribution to sustain his household. “Though we had some ups and downs and trying to meet up with some bills, I was always there for my mum,” said Ndidi. “My mum was a food vendor and I supported her by hawking. I don’t regret that because growing up was really tough because it was all about survival. There were no fruits that I didn’t sell. “I was the market boy and I was known mostly for selling groundnuts because it comes out every season. Just name them – I sold peppers, tomatoes and avocado. “We basically sold fruits that came with different seasons. And all these were done to survive in the military zone and outside.” Ndidi’s desire to make a living out of football met strong resistance from his father who wanted him in school – however, financial constraints meant that didn’t materialise. On several occasions, he was in his father’s bad books and he would get punished for playing football. Indeed, that goal would have faded into thin air had he not been transferred out of Lagos. “It was difficult because my dad wanted me to go to school but there was no money,” he continued. “What made it easier for me was that when he was transferred out of Lagos. I had the freedom because when he was around, if I go out to train and he gets home before me, I have to explain where I was coming from. And when I tell him I went to play football, I get whooped. “There was a time I got whooped with a cow skin ‘Koboko’ and it was like a tattoo on my body. I couldn’t wear my shirt because when I put my clothes on, it becomes sticky and it’s painful. It was a military kind of discipline.” Unlike other kids, the Super Eagles star never had a chance to train with his age group, but with those older than who played him for an underhanded motive. “Growing up, I didn’t get a chance to play more with my peers because they were training in the evenings while the bigger guys were training in the morning. I was training with the bigger guys but just for ten minutes because I was too small,” he added. “They always put me in when everyone is tired and also for them to be able to give me the training bibs to wash and bring the next day. “My mum kept complaining because I didn’t have the time to wash them because I had to go hawk for her, but before I return, she would have washed them. That was the routine until I left my mum for Nath Boys.” read also:Leicester City resist offers for Ndidi Thanks to an impressive showing at Genk, the midfielder was snapped up by English side Leicester for a deal worth £17 million on January 5, 2017.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

POLL ALERT: Kansas is unanimous No. 1 in Top 25, then Gonzaga, Dayton; Baylor falls 2 spots to No. 2 in week of upheaval

first_img Associated Press POLL ALERT: Kansas is unanimous No. 1 in Top 25, then Gonzaga, Dayton; Baylor falls 2 spots to No. 2 in week of upheaval Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — POLL ALERT: Kansas is unanimous No. 1 in Top 25, then Gonzaga, Dayton; Baylor falls 2 spots to No. 2 in week of upheaval.center_img March 2, 2020last_img

Shane, Walcott cop Region Two Independence cycle races

first_imgAS PART of Guyana’s 51st Independence Anniversary celebrations, the Department of Education in collaboration with the Regional Administration, held a cycle and relay race on the main public road last Thursday, May, 25th.The cycle race wheeled off from Dartmouth while the relay race started from Lima. Both races concluded at the Anna Regina Car Park and were held for students from the various Secondary Schools. During an intensely contested cycle race involving ten pedal cyclists,Janeka Walcott from Johanna Cecilia Secondary School receives her prize from Principal Personnel Officer..Rameeza MullahVidesh Shane from Abram Zuil Secondary School eventually out-sprinted his rivals to emerge the winner of the Male category.Leroy Prince from Charity Secondary was second, while Adrian Singh from Abram Zuil Secondary came in third. Meanwhile, Janeka Walcott from Johanna Cecilia Secondary rode to victory in the Female category while Marva Merroy from Cotton Field Secondary came in second and Deon Farrell of 8th of May Secondary brought third. During the relay race, 8th of May Secondary copped first place with Charity Secondary running in second and Johanna Cecilia claiming the third spot.Coordinators of the event were Amitabh Bisnauth and Gary Williams from the Anna Regina Secondary School. Trophies donated by the Regional Administration were presented to the winners in the presence of Regional Officials including the Principal Personnel Officer (PPO) Bibi Rameeza Mullah; Youth and Culture Officer, Herald Alves, teachers and former national cyclist, Jason Boyce.The events were the first to be held by the Department of Education and according to the organisers, it will now become an annual feature in the calendar of events for the Region.(Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

Syracuse men lead after first night at ACC outdoor meet

first_img Published on May 10, 2018 at 9:33 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman On the first night of the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Syracuse racked up points in the men’s 10K to take the lead in the conference with 23 points.After running in a pack of eight or nine runners for most of the 10K race, Kevin James took the lead and sped up the pace, breaking off with Iliass Aouani and two adversaries. Although Virginia Tech’s Peter Seufer won the event for the second straight year, Aouani took second place and James crossed third.Five out of the seven fastest runners wore orange, with Philo Germano, Dominic Hockenbury and Joe Dragon finishing fifth, sixth and seventh.Madeleine Davison finished 11th in the women’s 10K final with a time of 36:15.32. Louisville’s Dorcas Wasike won the race in thrilling fashion, kicking past Anna Rohrer, the favorite from Notre Dame, in the last 800 meters.In the women’s high jump, Aviana Goode tied for second place with a personal best of 1.69 meters. University of Miami’s Michelle Atherley won the event, adding to the Hurricane’s big first night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the men’s side, freshman Randall Johnson leaped 1.97m, approaching his personal best of 2.00m. His mark was last in the conference.In the men’s preliminary 1500-meter race, Justyn Knight and Simon Smith both qualified for the finals, which will take place Friday night. Knight finished first in his heat.Danielle Delgado, Jamil Adams, Imani Clark, Dasia Pressley, Eunice Boateng, Kashif Miller, Rachel Bonner, Kelsey Potts, Nathan Henderson and Andy Paladino were all unable to qualify for their event’s final race.After the first night, Virginia Tech is leading the conference on the women’s side with 37 points. The SU women are in 11th with four points. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer is seizing his opportunity at third base

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I take pride in that,” he said.Farmer ultimately reached the majors as a catcher, just as the Dodgers envisioned when they converted him in the eighth round of the 2013 draft. But after last season, Farmer knew he needed to improve defensively. He lost a little weight. He took Pilates lessons to improve his flexibility. All of it was geared toward improving his pitch-framing and agility behind the plate.Turns out, it’s helped him at third base too. Could Farmer have made the diving play to retire Longoria on Saturday without all that offseason training?“Probably not,” he guessed.Farmer already had an above-average reaction time and a knack for anticipating pitches from his time as a catcher. He already had the infield footwork of a shortstop. Chris Woodward, who coaches the Dodgers’ infielders, has helped Farmer put it all together at third base.“I think he could be an everyday guy” at third base, Woodward said. “I’m optimistic about guys like him who will their way onto a roster. He just does everything good. Does he do anything great? That remains to be seen.”Woodward said that Farmer compares favorably in that regard to Chris Taylor, whom Woodward coached in Seattle before both men became Dodgers. Taylor didn’t do anything great enough to become a full-time major leaguer until a year ago, when he dramatically altered his swing and learned to play center field. By the end of the year, he was the Dodgers’ everyday leadoff hitter.Farmer and Taylor share a special willingness to be coached, Woodward said. It’s why both men said yes to a new position. In turn, Farmer’s spot on the 25-man roster feels secure – as long as Turner is on the disabled list, and maybe longer.MINOR TRADEThe Dodgers completed a small trade Sunday, getting infielder Breyvic Valera from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder Johan Mieses. Valera, who was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, gives the Dodgers 40 players on their 40-man roster.Valera, 26, played 800 games in the Cardinals’ organization over the past eight years. At Triple-A Memphis last season, he posted a .314 batting average, .368 on-base percentage and .450 slugging percentage. He played in the Venezuelan Winter League after the season and won the league’s MVP award.Mieses, 22, split last season between Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, batting .215 with 24 home runs and 63 RBIs in 118 games.ALSORoberts said that the Dodgers will not skip anyone’s turn in the starting rotation following the team’s first off-day of the season Thursday.Roberts said he’s targeting Wednesday’s game in Phoenix for Yasiel Puig’s first day off.Three of the best athletes at Dodger Stadium watched the game from the stands: soccer player Carlos Vela, basketball player DeMarcus Cousins and Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim.Kim threw out the ceremonial first pitch. LOS ANGELES – Kyle Farmer was cheating toward the third-base line in the second inning Saturday. He knew that Kenta Maeda’s second pitch to Evan Longoria was going to be an off-speed pitch, so there was a better than average chance Longoria would get his bat around quickly and pull the ball his way.Sure enough, Longoria shot a baseball 93 mph down the line. Farmer dove to his right, bounced up, and threw Longoria out by a step. From his instincts to his reaction time to his mechanics, Farmer looked like a natural.In fact, Farmer did not play third base before 2015. He’d spent the previous two years as a catcher climbing the lower rungs of the Dodgers’ organization. For four years before that, Farmer was a shortstop at the University of Georgia. There was a time when third base looked like an experiment that might not make it out of Rancho Cucamonga.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire With third baseman Justin Turner sidelined by a broken bone in his hand, Farmer got his second consecutive start at third base Sunday. He hasn’t started a game at catcher since a Cactus League game on March 3.Farmer’s emergence at the hot corner has created an interesting dynamic in Turner’s absence. Veteran Logan Forsythe figured to get the majority of the starts at third base, but he hasn’t played there since committing three errors in the Dodgers’ loss to the Giants on Friday.It would be premature to declare a change in the Dodgers’ depth chart. Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Farmer “will get a couple starts here and there, see what it looks like, see how he responds” at third base.It is not premature to appreciate how quickly Farmer has taken to another new position in a short amount of time.As a college freshman, Farmer broke the Bulldogs’ record for fielding percentage by a shortstop. Two years later, he broke his own record. “Bill Haselman (the Rancho Cucamonga manager) said ‘we’re going to play you at third.’ I said, I love it, let’s do it,” Farmer recalled. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

Zvjezdan Misimović is transferring to ‘’Guizhou Rehne’’

first_imgB&H football player Zvjedan Misimović is leaving the Moscow ‘’Dinamo’’ in January and according to Chinese press, he has already agreed to transfer to ‘’Guizhou Rehne’’. Our other football player Zlatan Muslimović is already playing for this team.According to the Chinese ‘’Sport Weekly’’, Misimović,  a former player of the German champion ‘’Wolfsburg’’ had already agreed to the terms and signed the contract with the Chinese club. Currently, the press is waiting for the official confirmation of the club.last_img read more

Seahawks vs. Eagles final score: Seattle advances past injury-riddled Philadelphia

first_imgMORE: NFL playoff bracketWentz took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Seahawks pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney in the first quarter. He was evaluated for a concussion and eventually ruled out for the remainder of the game. The 40-year-old McCown came on and made his playoff debut.McCown kept things afloat for Philadelphia (18-of-24 passing, 174 yards), but he was sacked six times and failed to lead the Eagles into the end zone. MORE: Can you name all eight of McCown’s NFL teams?Russell Wilson and wide receiver D.K. Metcalf paced the Seahawks, converting seven of their nine targets for 160 yards and a touchdown. The duo provided two momentum-swinging plays, including Metcalf’s 53-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter and a 36-yard connection to seal the victory.The fifth-seeded Seahawks will head to Lambeau Field in Green Bay to battle the second-seeded Packers next Sunday in the NFC divisional round.IYER: Lynch, Russell can bring back playoff nightmares for PackersSporting News provided live scores, updates and highlights from Seahawks vs. Eagles:Seahawks vs. Eagles score 1Q2Q3Q4QFSeahawks377017Eagles03609Seahawks vs. Eagles live updates, highlights(All time Eastern)Final: Seahawks 17, Eagles 97:37 p.m.: Wilson goes deep to Metcalf who snags a 36-yard reception, effectively ending the game and advancing the Seahawks to the divisional round. 7:31 p.m.: McCown is sacked on fourth down and Seattle will get the ball back with 1:56 to play. Philadelphia will all three timeouts. 7:28 p.m.: At the two-minute warning, Philadelphia has a fourth-and-7 from the Seattle 10. 7:25 p.m.: McCown goes deep to Shelton Gibson and the Seahawks are called for pass interference. Eagles at the Seattle 13. 7:20 p.m.: Eagles force a three-and-out and will get the ball back with a little less than five minutes remaining. 7:15 p.m.: On fourth-and-3 from the Seahawks 24, Sanders drops what would have been a first down. Turnover on downs with 6:24 to play.7:04 p.m.: Philadelphia takes down Wilson for a sack on third-and-8 from the Eagles 41. Seattle to punt it away. End of third quarter: Seahawks 17, Eagles 96:51 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, EAGLES. Elliott hits his third kick of the day, this time from 38 yards out. Philly closes back within one possession. Seahawks 17, Eagles 9.6:40 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, SEAHAWKS. Wilson goes deep to Metcalf who makes a diving grab and gets up to reach out for the end zone for a 53-yard touchdown to extend the lead. Seahawks 17, Eagles 6.D.K. Metcalf makes the catch, gets back up and crosses the goal line for the TD! @dkm14 @DangeRussWilsonThe @Seahawks now lead, 17-6. #NFLPlayoffs📺: #SEAvsPHI on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/NEt2BwLKa5 pic.twitter.com/rND3m8dGoq— NFL (@NFL) January 5, 20206:32 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, EAGLES. Elliott wraps a seven-play drive with a 26-yard field goal. Philadelphia got as close as the the Seattle 5 before moving backwards. Seahawks 10, Eagles 6.6:26 p.m.: Doug Pederson confirms that Wentz is out for the remainder of the game with a head injury. McCown and the Eagles get the second half started on their own 25. Halftime: Seahawks 10, Eagles 3StatsFirst downs: Seahawks 11; Eagles 7Possession: Seahawks 15:58; Eagles 14:02Total yards: Seahawks 229; Eagles 87Rushing yards: Eagles 64; Seahawks 48Passing yards: Seahawks 181; Eagles 23Penalties: Seahawks 7-45; Eagles 4-30 6:06 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, SEAHAWKS. Marshawn Lynch breaks a series of tackles and then muscles his way into the end zone to give the Seahawks the lead. Seahawks 10, Eagles 3.BEASTMODE ‼️ @MoneyLynch #Seahawks extend their lead, 10-3. #NFLPlayoffs📺: #SEAvsPHI on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/NEt2BwLKa5 pic.twitter.com/H77bwkX4wZ— NFL (@NFL) January 5, 20206:02 p.m.: David Moore sets up first-and-goal after a lengthy run following a juggling catch for a 38-yard gain. Pretty play by David Moore.@DmoeSwagg23 circles the defense for a huge 38-yard gain! #Seahawks #NFLPlayoffs📺: #SEAvsPHI on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/NEt2BwLKa5 pic.twitter.com/C7zF1Lag7l— NFL (@NFL) January 5, 20205:58 p.m.: The Seahawks move the chains on third down with a 26-yard D.K. Metcalf reception to get Seattle near midfield. Less than two minutes to go before halftime. 5:52 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, EAGLES. Jake Elliott ties the game at 3-3 with a 46-yard field goal. Philadelphia used a 13-play drive to set up the kick. Seahawks 3, Eagles 3.5:41 p.m.: Seattle gets past midfield but not much further. Ball back to McCown and the Eagles. 5:24 p.m.: The next Eagles drive goes just five plays. Philadelphia has 22 yards on 13 plays thus far.5:23 p.m.: Wentz is reportedly questionable to return with a head injury. End of first quarter: Seahawks 3, Eagles 05:18 p.m.: Josh McCown is under center for the Eagles in replacement of Wentz.5:15 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SEAHAWKS. Myers pockets a 49-yard field-goal attempt to break the tie. Seahawks 3, Eagles 0.5:14 p.m.: Carson Wentz, who originally was in the medical tent, is now headed to the locker room. Michelle Tafoya referenced a head-to-head collision with Jadeveon Clowney.5:11 p.m.: Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham is down on the field and receiving medical attention.5:03 p.m.: Philadelphia’s drive stalls after five plays and the Eagles punt it away. 4:56 p.m.: The Seahawks set up for a 35-yard field goal but Philadelphia blocks Jason Myers’ attempt to keep it scoreless.4:52 p.m.: Russell Wilson scrambles ahead for a 22-yard gain to set the Seahawks up in striking distance.  The Eagles entered the NFL playoffs with several contributors hobbled and bruised, and the injury bug bit them again Sunday as they fell to the Seahawks 17-9 in the final game of wild-card weekend.Already without Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, DeSean Jackson and Jordan Howard on offense, Philly’s attack took another huge blow when quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a first-half head injury that forced backup Josh McCown under center. 4:47 p.m.: Philadelphia begins with a three-and-out of their own. Both teams had a fumble on their opening drives. 4:44 p.m.: The Seahawks go three-and-out on the opening drive and will have to punt it away. 4:42 p.m.: Tyler Lockett takes the opening kickoff to the 28-yard line and the Seahawks will get started on offense.last_img read more

Premier League gameweek 1 results round up

first_imgAdvertisement 3lkhybNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs73fc7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E35mwj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bxp3sWould you ever consider trying this?😱gzwztCan your students do this? 🌚2853Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Premier League has begun from this weekend and we have already witnessed few thrilling encounters in this gameweek. The gameweek 1 started from Friday. Liverpool trashed Norwich City with a margin of 4-1 in the first match of the Premier League.Advertisement On Saturday, in the first match, Manchester City dominated against West Ham United at London Stadium. The match between Bournemouth and Sheffield United ended with a scoreline of 1-1. Burnley trashed Southampton with a margin of 3-0 at their home stadium. The match between Crystal Palace and Everton ended with a goalless draw. Morgan Schneiderlin was a shown a red card in this match following two yellow cards.Advertisement One of the unexpected results of this gameweek was in the match between Brighton and Watford. Brighton won against Watford with a margin of 3-0 in an away match. In the last of Saturday, Tottenham Hotspur edged past Aston Villa with a scoreline of 3-1 in their favour.The match between Wolves and Leicester City ended with a goalless draw. Arsenal edged past Newcastle United with a margin of 1-0. Chelsea were beaten by Manchester United with a margin of 4-0 at Old Trafford. After gameweek 1 Manchester City stayed at the top of the table followed by Manchester United with respect to goal difference.Advertisement Lacklustre Chelsea’s unbeaten run has been ended with a clinical performance of Tottenham Hotspur Advertisementlast_img read more

Germany rethinks to focus on Spain 5 days

first_imgThe friendly match that will face the national teams of Germany and Italy on March 31 in Nuremberg will also be played behind closed doors. This was confirmed by the German Football Federation (DFB) in a statement issued on Tuesday. The decision to suspend all events with more than 1,000 participants was taken by the Bavarian government, also including all kinds of sporting events in this new regulation.“Health is above all”, said Friedrich Curtius, Secretary General of the Federation. “We are in daily and permanent contact with the authorities and trust in his word. Those responsible have defined a procedure, for which we are very grateful, on such a complex and difficult issue for us. It leaves us with a bittersweet taste that this football classic has to be played with empty bleachers“He sentenced. Remains to be seen how the coronavirus outbreak affects the previous friendly of the German team against Spain, scheduled for March 26 in Madrid. The increase in cases in the capital will almost certainly cause a rethinking of Mannschaft plans, which I planned to spend a total of five days in Madrid. The team planned to move to Madrid on March 25 and focus on Spanish lands until March 30.France also without publicThe president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graëtalso reported that the two friendlies that France had set for the end of this month of March will be played behind closed doors. The bleus will be measured at Ukraine (27-M) and Finland (31-M) with no public in the stands. In addition, the French president announced that the clash against the Finns will no longer be in Lyon but in Paris, at the Stade de France de Saint-Denis.last_img read more

Kent has own comfort zone

first_img“Whatever my legacy is, that’s something I can’t control. If you ask one person, you’ll get one answer. If you ask another person, you’ll probably get a different answer.” And if that one person you ask is Kent himself? “Probably a couple of things,” he said. “One is that I never cheated at the game, ever. And the other is that I did my job and I did it right. My mom and dad taught me that if you do a job, do it right. Don’t do it half(way).” Any other questions? Brian Sabean and Ned Colletti had a few. That was back in the fall of 1996, when Sabean, the general manager of the San Francisco Giants, and Colletti, then his top assistant, were considering trading longtime Bay Area fan favorite Matt Williams to Cleveland. The key player coming back would be Kent, an infielder long on potential who hadn’t quite measured up to it yet. The due diligence of Sabean and Colletti included a phone call to Dallas Green, who had managed Kent in New York before the Mets traded him to the Indians at the previous season’s trading deadline. “Dallas told me if we were looking for a social butterfly, somebody to stand on tables and be rah-rah and take everybody to dinner, we should look somewhere else,” said Colletti, now the Dodgers’ general manager. “But he said if we were looking for somebody who would play this game hard day in and day out, who would always strive to be better, who would be bitter in defeat and would try every single day to figure out how to win a ballgame, then this was our guy.” By the time Colletti was hired to run the Dodgers in the fall of 2005, Kent already was here. And it was Colletti who decided to sign Kent to a $11.5 million contract extension. Kent knows there are many opinions floating around about him, and he also knows it is way too late to change most of them. But he operates on the belief that he is answerable only to his family, his teammates and the organization for which he plays. “I have been criticized for being quiet, moody, selfish, arrogant, just a ton of things,” Kent said. “But I don’t think any of that has been detrimental to my game. I think everyone in this clubhouse should be arrogant and cocky and confident. It’s just another aspect of what a ballplayer should be.” tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – It was a little past noon, and the Dodgers’ spring training clubhouse was bustling. A few players were trickling in from the back fields, but most were well into their showers or lunches or whatever they happened to be watching on the various televisions hanging from the ceiling. Jeff Kent, meanwhile, sat silently in front of his corner locker several yards away from his teammates. Having already tossed his uniform into a nearby laundry bin, Kent wore only a blue and white T-shirt and blue shorts. His legs were crossed, his head was bowed and the trademark motorcycle magazine resting on his lap was open to a page he found far more interesting than anything going on in the room. This is Kent at his most comfortable, two weeks shy of his 39th birthday and possibly five weeks shy of kicking off his final six months as a professional baseball player. center_img Is he left undisturbed out of respect, because of all he has accomplished in this game and because of his status as an almost certain Hall of Famer? Or has his notorious and well-chronicled aloofness simply left him without many friends on this team? There is no real answer to that question. No matter how many people might want to stick definitive labels on him, the bottom line is Kent is completely comfortable in his own skin. Kent, a five-time All-Star and the most prolific power-hitting second baseman of all time, prides himself on a lot of things, like his professionalism and the fact that, unlike Barry Bonds, he never has been suspected of messing with the game’s integrity. But mostly, the most misunderstood man on this Dodgers team and possibly in all of baseball prides himself on, well, being misunderstood. “In the 15-plus years that I have played this game, I have had some good years and some bad years, both professionally and personally,” Kent said. “My game has changed over the years, and so has my personality. last_img read more