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Sammy Lee: “Michael had a huge personality”

first_imgSammy Lee (Liverpool, 1959) played as a midfielder for Liverpool from 1976 to 1986, where he met and became friends with Michael Robinson. The two also played for QPR and Osasuna after leaving Liverpool.What was Michael like?The thing about Michael is that he had a huge personality. When he came to Liverpool, he entered a very good team and made a fantastic contribution to the football club, but, for me personally, he was more than that. He was just an absolutely excellent guy in every way and his death is a sad, sad loss for all of football.What impact did Michael have on your career?When I finished my time in Liverpool as a player, Michael was very, very important in my departure first to QPR when he was there, and then, and even more important to me, Osasuna in Spain. He was crucial in all of those decisions of mine, and he played a hugely important role in everything I learned on the stage after Liverpool, both as a player and as a coach.So Michael was helping you when you left LiverpoolWhen you leave Liverpool no matter where you go, it is always difficult. Michael first helped make this happen by influencing me to go to the QPR and then helping me adjust to life in London; It was very important because it was not an easy moment for me, personally or professionally. Leaving the club you have loved and been with all your life is a brutal change and Michael helped me a lot. How was your time together in Spain?He was excellent with me in all of that – it’s always difficult to leave the club you grew up with and supported all your life – but that moment comes for everyone and both Michael and his wife Chris helped a lot and made life much easier for me and my wife. After Liverpool it was the best experience I had as a player because I got to know a new culture and that’s where my love for training started, because I was lucky to go to Osasuna in Pamplona and the people there were absolutely fantastic with me and Michael. That was my best football experience as a player after leaving Liverpool.Football was everything to Michael …Yes, he had a passion for life and soccer and I think that all this passion was evident on TV, his knowledge of soccer was evident. I noticed it in every conversation I had with him.After his injury, he knew how to start a career on television.He knew how to take advantage of what happened to him and created a second option in the world of commentators in Spain, he was loved, and rightly so because he was passionate about it. He loved life, the main parts of his life were his family and soccer and he was passionate about both.People here in Spain are absolutely devastated …It was just a guy with great enthusiasm. He came out of it in everything he did, both in his playing days and in his later career. So they love him in Spain, I know they really love him.last_img read more

Huskies win unexpected Sierra title

first_img Glendora 62, Damien 60 Griffin Ramme’s shot was blocked as time expired, crushing the Spartans’ dreams of a Sierra League title. Damien (24-4, 8-2) kept the game close, trailing by a point entering the fourth quarter. But the Tartans’ Dominic Tiger-Cortes hit back-to-back 3-point baskets to extend his team’s lead to seven and the Spartans never fully recovered. Diamond Bar 59, Chino 48 Senior Mickey Dolentes scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers as the Brahmas (16-11, 6-4) defeated the Cowboys to clinch a playoff spot. Nick Turner scored 24 points to lead the Huskies (21-6, 9-1). SIERRA LEAGUE Jonathan Black scored 10 points for Diamond Bar. Alfred Martinez scored 21 points for Chino. CITRUS BELT LEAGUE Redlands East Valley 87, Rialto 63 John Howard-Holcombe scored 19 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Wildcats (17-9, 8-5) defeated the Knights. Eisenhower 65, Carter 49 Nicholas Carter scored 15 points and Kauri Black and Alex Varner each had 13 points to lead the Eagles (13-13, 6-7) past the Lions. Andrew Bock scored 18 for Carter. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Bonita 59, Diamond Ranch 57 Sophomore center Chris Cunningham had 14 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the visiting Panthers (16-9, 6-2) against the Bearcats. MAJESTIC LEAGUE Packinghouse Christian 78, Lake Arrowhead Christian 35 Junior guard Joel Pulliam scored 24 points with nine assists and senior forward Spencer Hirsch added 15 as the Bears (12-9, 8-2) defeated the visiting Eagles 4-14, 2-8). MT. BALDY LEAGUE Don Lugo 57, Montclair 53 Eric Sanabria scored 15 points as the Conquistadores (10-18, 6-5) defeated the Panthers in a tiebreaker game to advance to the playoffs for the first time in two years. The same scenario occurred to the teams last year, when Montclair won. Nate Ambriso scored 15 points for Don Lugo. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Chino Hills didn’t expect to be the lone team atop the Sierra League standings after Thursday’s regular season finale. The Huskies’ 56-27 victory against Ayala, combined with Glendora’s upset of Damien, gave Chino Hills its first outright Sierra League title. last_img read more