For his part, Samaras insists he has no intention of leaving Glasgow any time soon. The 28-year-old arrived at Parkhead on loan from Manchester City in January 2008, before signing a permanent deal the following summer and is now the longest-serving player at the club aside from skipper Scott Brown. While speculation surrounds the future of some Hoops players such as Gary Hooper, Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster, Samaras – voted player of the year by the club’s supporters recently – is “fully committed” to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League champions. He will sit down and discuss an extension to his current deal which finishes next year, at a time to suit both parties. He said: “I have one more year of my contract and hopefully I will be here next season. Six years is a lot but it has gone so fast and when you feel good at the club, people are looking after you and you feel you are part of a big family, I cannot see a reason to leave. “But it is too soon to speak about a contract. When they are ready and I am ready then we will have a chat. But we have plenty of time, don’t worry.” Georgios Samaras is not surprised that Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been linked with a move to Everton. The race for the managerial hot-seat at Goodison Park is under way after it was confirmed that David Moyes will take over from soon-to-be-retired Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United on July 1. “I haven’t heard anything but all I can say is that when you are playing at a high level like the Champions League and doing well then for sure people will come and watch the players or the manager or whoever is part of the team,” said the Greece international. “That is normal. When you are doing well, people will come and watch you. But I don’t know what he is thinking or what he wants to do.” Press Association
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 and allowed just two runs in 6 1/3 innings to lead the Giants to a 7-2 win over the Dodgers in front of a crowd of 49,520 at Dodger Stadium.One question is if Puig will be out the lineup because of the thumb injury.“I felt very good and very OK to play, obviously (because I) played nine innings,” Puig said through an interpreter. The Dodgers have lost the last two games to San Francisco by a combined score of 15-6. Zack Greinke starts today and will try to help the Dodgers avoid a home-opening sweep by the Giants. Not much has gone right for the Dodgers on their home-opening weekend.Yaisel Puig made it on time to Saturday’s game a day after arriving to the ballpark late for the home opener, but his head-first dive into first base in the third inning could pose a problem. Puig said he hit the thumb on his left hand on the base, and he had X-rays after the game. Results were not yet available, but Puig had the thumb bandaged and played the rest of the game. The results are in after two games against the San Francisco Giants, and those weren’t promising. Dodgers starter Paul Maholm, who didn’t crack the starting rotation out of spring training but is pitching because Josh Beckett has yet to return, struggled. He surrendered five runs — all earned — on seven hits and lasted just 4 1/3 innings. He struck out one batter — Bumgarner — and walked two. Michael Morse hit a solo home run in the fourth and Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run shot to left field in the fifth inning. The Dodgers never recovered.“We had some chances. Obviously Madison has been tough on us,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve had trouble figuring out that puzzle with him. Seems like we had more chances today than we’ve had in the past. Hopefully, we’ll get closer to that. Obviously, we weren’t able to do enough to win today.”Puig arrived on time, one source said before 8 a.m., and batted leadoff. He was 1 for 4 and had the infield single in the third with the head-first dive, then was picked off first.“They got me good,” Puig said. “The pitcher has a good move.”Puig was cheered as his name was introduced pre-game and before his at-bats.While he stayed in the game, his status is unclear until the X-ray results. Puig went out to right field in the top of the fourth inning, but when the Dodgers batted in the bottom of the fourth, he was in the locker room the entire time. He wasn’t due up anyway. He emerged as the Dodgers were taking the field with a bandaged thumb. Puig’s left hand is his glove hand, but he continued to play.“He’s done that a few times,’’ Adrian Gonzalez said of Puig sliding into first. “It’s always scary when he does that, but he seems to come out OK. … I wouldn’t call that a dive. Maybe a flopper.”Gonzalez was joking and since Puig returned to the game, all seemed OK. When asked through an interpreter if he was in pain, Puig responded with a comment about the season. The Dodgers couldn’t get much going offensively. Even in the eighth inning, against reliever Santiago Casilla, Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez drew walks, but Matt Kemp hit into a double play and Scott Van Slyke struck out. Kemp, in his second game since being activated from the disabled list, was 0 for 4.Maholm said he will prepare as though he will make his next scheduled start, but that will depend on Beckett’s health. Maholm has made just one other appearance this year for the Dodgers, and it was in Australia. He’s had to go with the flow, bullpen or rotation. “He’s probably the guy that’s been yanked around more than anybody,” Mattingly said “He didn’t know if he was going to the bullpen or if he was starting or if he gets to pitch. It wasn’t a perfect day.”Maholm said he threw a cutter that didn’t cut to Sandoval, who made him pay with the three-run homer. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Honorable Mention: Eric Orze, New Orleans; Hayden Thomas, A&M-Corpus Christi; Will Warren, Southeastern Louisiana. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Davis hit safely in all four of the Demons’ contests last week, including three multi-hit games in a series win over Abilene Christian. He finished 8-for-16 (.500) with five RBI at the plate as NSU dropped an extra-inning tilt against Southern and took two out of three from the Wildcats. The Demons (11-4, 2-1 SLC) play all four games this week on the road with a Tuesday night matchup with Grambling at 6 p.m. followed by a three-game weekend slate against New Orleans. Stone (3-1) tossed the program’s third no-hitter to open the weekend series with Southeastern Louisiana with a 2-0 win. The junior struck out a career-high 13 batters, opposite just one walk. The Bears sealed the series victory with a 2-1 triumph on Saturday but missed out on sweeping the Lions on Sunday. UCA (7-8, 2-1 SLC) travels to Thibodaux, La., for a three-game series with Nicholls, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday evening. Honorable Mention: Brandon Bena, Houston Baptist; Itchy Burts, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jake Dickerson, McNeese; Salo Iza, New Orleans. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State first baseman Peyton Davis is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Central Arkansas ace Gavin Stone earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Pitcher of the Week – Gavin Stone, Central Arkansas – Junior – Starting Pitcher – Lake City, Ark.Stone went the distance on just 112 pitches, including 85 strikes, and recorded just the third no-hitter in program history in a series-opening win over SLU. He retired the side in order through each of the first five innings and struck out the side in the third inning. After surrendering a leadoff walk in the fifth, Stone retired the final 14 batters of the game, fanning eight Lions’ batters down the stretch. He struck out eight of SLU’s nine starters at least once. Hitter of the Week – Peyton Davis, Northwestern State – Junior – First Baseman – Bossier City, La.After tallying an RBI in the loss to Southern, Davis hit 7-for-12 (.583) across three games against ACU, including a pair of multi-RBI games. He homered Friday night to help NSU build an early three-run lead and sparked a pair of three-run innings Sunday with RBI hits. Davis finished with an OPS of 1.289 on the week.