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Garry Monk demands consistency from Swansea

first_img The Welsh club go into the game with just one win in seven league games and pressure growing on the manager who led them to eighth place and their highest top-flight points tally last term. Monk is convinced good results against Chelsea and Manchester United prove little has changed since last season’s storming campaign, but says the time has come for his players to start producing on a weekly basis. Press Association Monk said: “If you look at our performances against the bigger teams this season we have performed really well and played some of our best football but against teams around our level, we have not performed how we should. “There’s no excuse – it’s about the players mentally preparing themselves to deliver the performances they have done in those (big) games. “We have worked a lot on our mentality and our strength as a group, and we have to have the courage and the bravery to go out and play our way and impose ourselves. “When we do that we are a handful for anyone and we are a very dangerous team, and it is about reminding the players of that.” Monk’s men relieved some of the pressure with a priceless 2-1 win at Aston Villa a fortnight ago before last week’s heavy defeat at home to Arsenal left them in 13th place in the table. But Monk rejected suggestions that after a period of sustained success since arriving the top flight the club might be sliding towards a season of struggle at the wrong end of the table. He added: “Every team has a difficult period in a season – last season we started really well but we also went through a period similar to this. “In the last two games I have seen a lot more positive things and a lot of ourselves coming back. Of course results are the be-all and end-all, but if we continue to do what we’re doing, I think you’ll see the results come, for sure.” Monk once again has a fully-fit squad to choose from and indicated he will keep faith in striker Bafetimbi Gomis who has not scored since the win over Manchester United at the end of August. Monk said: “I’ve got great confidence in Bafe. The whole team needs to work better to create chances for him. Bafe works well and is a good person, and the whole team is determined to work towards putting a string of results together.” center_img Swansea boss Garry Monk has urged his side to show belief in their own ability as they bid to start climbing the Barclays Premier League table against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday. last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Twins wasted an outstanding performance by Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) before Jorge Polanco hit an infield, walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th to complete Minnesota’s 4-3 win over the Brewers. Maeda struck out 12 and carried a no-hitter into the ninth before Eric Sogard hit a leadoff single, chasing the pitcher and sparking Milwaukee’s three-run rally.— Carlos Santana launched a three-run homer that was fair by inches and upheld upon video review, giving the Indians a 6-3, 10-inning win over the Pirates. Santana also provided a two-run single before Cleveland squandered a 3-1 lead.— Brandon Lowe slammed a three-run homer and Austin Meadows hit a solo shot as the Rays beat the Yankees, 6-3 to end New York’s six-game winning streak. Tampa Bay received four innings of shutout relief after Blake Snell allowed three runs over five frames.— Tim Anderson was 4-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs in the White Sox’s 10-4 drubbing of the Tigers. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) had three hits and three ribbies in Chicago’s third win in a row.— The Blue Jays coughed up a four-run lead before Travis Shaw scored on a throwing error in the 10th inning to lift Toronto past the Orioles, 8-7. Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhk) extended his torrid hitting surge for the Jays with four RBIs on a home run and a three-run double. August 19, 2020 TORONTO (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers are one win away from advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs following their second consecutive shutout of the Montreal Canadiens.Carter Hart stopped 29 shots and Michael Raffl (RAH’-ful) scored the game-winner in the Flyers’ 2-0 win over the Habs. Hart made 23 saves in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Montreal to become the youngest Flyer to post a playoff shutout.Raffl put the Flyers ahead 6:32 into the game after being inserted on Philadelphia’s top line with Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) and Jakub Voracek (JAY’-kuhb VOHR’-ah-chehk). Phil Myers gave the Flyers breathing room by beating Carey Price late in the second period.Price stopped 20 shots for the Canadiens, who will try to stave off elimination in Game 5 on Wednesday.In other Stanley Cup first-round action: — Victor Robles robbed Austin Riley of a home run and every starter contributed to a 17-hit attack in the Nationals’ 8-5 win against the Braves. Eric Thames had three RBIs for Washington, which trailed 5-2 in the fifth after blowing a three-run lead to Atlanta in the ninth inning on Monday.— Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer during a seven-run sixth inning that helped the Phillies turn a 4-2 deficit into a 13-6 thumping of the Red Sox. Rhys Hoskins, Phil Gosselin and Jay Bruce also homered as Philadelphia handed Boston its ninth straight loss.— Homers by Brandon Nimmo, J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario powered the Mets past the Marlins, 8-3. Rosario had three RBIs and New York’s bullpen blanked Miami over 4 2/3 innings.— The Royals’ game against visiting Cincinnati was postponed to give the Reds another day to conduct additional COVID-19 testing. The clubs are now scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday.MLB-NEWS-RANGERS SUSPENSIONS UNDATED (AP) — Hockey Hall of Famer and Winnipeg Jets standout Dale Hawerchuk has died at 57 following a battle with cancer.Hawerchuk scored 45 goals and collected 103 points as a rookie after being selected first overall in the 1981 draft, helping the Jets make the playoffs after winning just 11 games the previous season. He held most club scoring records after nine seasons with the Jets, contributing with 379 goals and 929 points in 713 games.Hawerchuk later spent five seasons with the Sabres before stops in St. Louis and Philadelphia. He ended his career with 518 goals and 1,409 points in 1,188 games over 16 seasons.In other NHL news: — Vladimir Tarasenko is out for the rest of the Blues’ first-round series against the Canucks after aggravating his surgically repaired left shoulder. The team says the 28-year-old winger returned to St. Louis to have the shoulder looked at by team doctors. In other Game 1 action on Tuesday:— Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) had 24 to lead the Heat to a 113-101 victory over the Pacers. Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Heat, who used an 11-2 surge that made it 107-95 with just over 2 minutes remaining. T,J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon scored 22 points apiece for the Pacers, who played the last three quarters without Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) because of an eye injury.— James Harden’s 37 points and 11 rebounds led the Rockets to a 123-108 win over the Thunder. Jeff Green scored 22 points and Eric Gordon added 21 for Houston, which played without All-Star Russell Westbrook because of a quad injury. Gordon scored 16 points and Harden had 15 in the first half to help the Rockets take a 68-52 lead. Danilo Gallinari matched a playoff career high with 29 points for the fifth-seeded Thunder.NBA-NEWSCeltics lose Hayward for about 4 weeks 2 Rangers suspended for throwing behind hitter after slamARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers manager Chris Woodard has completed a one-game suspension for his actions during Monday’s game against the Padres.Texas reliever Ian Gibaut threw behind San Diego infielder Manny Machado following a grand slam, leading to his ejection and subsequent three-game suspension. Woodard became incensed with the plate umpire for ejecting Gibaut, who has appealed his suspension.Elsewhere around the majors:— Braves outfielder Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) has been placed on the 10-day injured list after potentially being exposed to COVID-19. Markakis initially opted out of the shortened season because of concerns about the coronavirus. He rejoined the Braves a couple of weeks ago and provided a boost to an injury plagued lineup, batting .353 with six RBIs in 11 games. — Wil Myers belted a grand slam and Jurickson Profar (JUR’-ihk-suhn PRO’-fahr) added a two-run blast to account for the Padres’ scoring in a 6-4 win over the Rangers. Joey Gallo slammed a three-run homer for Texas. — Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) and Pablo Sandoval homered as the Giants ripped the Angels, 8-2 to end a five-game losing streak. Yastrzemski also made a diving catch to rob David Fletcher of an RBI single and end the second inning. — The Dodgers pulled out a 2-1 win over the Mariners on Corey Seager’s RBI single in the eighth inning. Starter Tony Gonsolin pitched two-hit ball over six shutout innings to help Los Angeles pick up its seventh consecutive victory and improve to 18-7. — The Diamondbacks have a six-game winning streak after Nick Ahmed crushed a three-run homer and had five RBIs in a 10-1 laugher over the Athletics. and had five RBIs, Luke Weaver allowed a run on three hits over five innings, retiring the final 10 batters he faced.— Yu Darvish is 4-1 after striking out seven and allowing one run over six innings of the Cubs’ 6-3 decision over the Cardinals. Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer and Ian Happ opened the scoring with a solo blast as Chicago beat St. Louis for the second straight day. Cowboys cut McCoy after injuryUNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a day after the newcomer sustained a season-ending leg injury.McCoy tore his right quadriceps muscle Monday while engaging defensive tackle Antwaun Woods during an individual drill.The injury waiver means the Cowboys pay only the $3 million signing bonus on the $18 million, three-year contract McCoy signed as a free agent during the offseason.In other NFL news: Nikola Vucevic (NEE’-koh-lah VOOCH’-uh-vihc) scored a playoff career-high 35 points and had 14 rebounds as the eighth-seed Orlando Magic downed the Bucks, 122-110. Terrence Ross scored 18 points, Gary Clark added 15 and D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 11 assists for the Magic. The quartet helped Orlando hold reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) without a field goal over the final 11 minutes.Antetokounmpo finished with 31 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee.Damian Lillard continued his torrid scoring output by delivering a team-high 34 points in the Trail Blazers’ 100-93 win over the Lakers. Jusuf Nurkic (NUR’-kihch) had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Portland, while C.J. McCollum added 21 points.The Lakers erased a 16-point, first half deficit and led 84-78 before falling. Los Angeles also wasted LeBron James’ triple-double of 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists.Lakers forward Anthony Davis finished with 28 points and 11 boards.center_img UNDATED (AP) — The Celtics say forward Gordon Hayward will be sidelined for around four weeks after suffering a severe ankle sprain in Boston’s playoff-opening victory over Philadelphia. With him out, it could mean a shift to a three-guard lineup and more minutes for Marcus Smart.Also in the NBA:— Utah guard Mike Conley has returned to Walt Disney World after the birth of his son and will go through a quarantine period before joining the Jazz for their playoff series against Denver. Conley is subject to a quarantine of at least four days in accordance with the NBA’s COVID-19 policies. He could be back for Game 3.NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEFlyers blank Habs again…Caps stay alive Update on the latest sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSBlazers surprise Lakers, Magic stun BucksLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It was a tough day for the NBA’s top seeds as the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers dropped their playoff openers. — The Golden Knights rallied to beat the Blackhawks, 4-3 and become the first team to advance to the next round. Alex Tuch (tuhk) broke a 3-3 deadlock 1:34 into the third period. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) had a goal and an assist for Vegas, which trailed 2-0 and 3-2. Corey Crawford turned back 35 shots for Chicago.— The Capitals played with determination in avoiding a four-game sweep, scoring the last three goals to defeat the Islanders, 3-2. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) scored the tying and go-ahead goals, with the game-winner coming 3:40 into the third period. The Islanders owned a 2-0 lead until Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) and Ovechkin scored less than two minutes apart early in the second period. Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots and blanked the Islanders after Matthew Barzal scored midway through the first period. — The Stars have a three-games-to-two lead after John Klingberg scored the tiebreaking goal in a 2-1 triumph over the Flames. Klingberg beat Cam Talbot 72 seconds into the third period, one game after setting up three goals to help Dallas beat Calgary. Jamie Benn’s short-handed goal put the Stars on the board, but the Flames tied it on Mikael Backlund’s goal later in the first period. Anton Khudobin (koo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 29 shots for the Stars.NHL-NEWSHawerchuk dies at 57 — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant received an injection Tuesday for his ailing left wrist, sidelining the slugger for at least two days. Manager David Ross said Bryant also saw a specialist for the injury. The earliest the 2016 NL MVP could return to the lineup is Friday against the crosstown White Sox.— Indians manager Terry Francona is missing his team’s three-game series with the Pirates, which began Tuesday. General manager Mike Chernoff said Francona will have a “scheduled procedure” to address a gastrointestinal issue. Francona also sat out seven games earlier this month because of the ailment.— Rays two-way rookie Brendan McKay will have season-ending surgery on his left throwing shoulder Wednesday. McKay was 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA in 13 games last season and went 2 for 10 with a home run as a designated hitter. — The Mets are placing starter David Peterson on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder fatigue and recalling Corey Oswalt (OHZ’-wahlt) to take his place. Peterson is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 17 strikeouts and eight walks in 21 2/3 innings over four starts. He was due to start Tuesday’s game at Miami.NFL NEWS MLB-SCHEDULEAstros win 6th straight UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros picked up their season-high sixth straight win by outlasting the Colorado Rockies in a pitchers’ duel at Minute Maid Park.Myles Straw’s RBI single with one out in the 11th inning lifted the Astros past the Rockies, 2-1. Houston starter Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) and Rockies hurler Antonio Senzatela each tossed three hit ball with no walks over eight scoreless innings. Raimel Tapia hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th to put Colorado up 1-0, but a sacrifice fly by Kyle Tucker extended the game.Also on Tuesday’s major league schedule: — Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford will likely miss a second straight season because of an injury suffered during the preseason. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has confirmed that Alford will miss four to six months. — Browns Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb has been placed in concussion protocol after he got hurt during the team’s first fully padded practice. Chubb finished second in the NFL last season with 1,494 yards. — Jets wide receiver Vyncint Smith had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and could be sidelined up to two months. Coach Adam Gase confirmed the procedure and prognosis and said Smith will likely miss five to eight weeks. —The Vikings have signed former Cincinnati linebacker Hardy Nickerson for depth. Nickerson played three seasons for the Bengals, appearing in 37 games with nine starts. — The Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.last_img read more

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Looking back with Kurth and Park

first_imgSigns on Trousdale. Profile and cover photos on Facebook. Student organization endorsements. What many see as a fierce competition raging on between factions of the student body is inspiring a very different kind of emotion in two students on campus — nostalgia.“It’s weird seeing it from the other end,” said Undergraduate Student Government Vice President Ryan Park. “You know what they’re going through, and you know how stressed out and anxious and crazy they’re making themselves right now.”The altered viewpoint is not necessarily a bad thing, however.“It’s nice to see it from the other end, because we’re a little more relaxed now,” USG President Christian Kurth said.Looking back on their campaign, Kurth and Park had some ambitious platform points, but they believe they have made a significant dent in them.“I firmly believe that we’ve accomplished five or six very large items on our platform that I haven’t seen other tickets accomplish,” Kurth said.During their administration, Kurth and Park established a farmer’s market on campus, fixed the sidewalks on 28th Street, increased sustainability awareness through the new Environmental Student Assembly and brought back the LA Live shuttle.Other accomplishments, however, were less planned. Kurth believes the high number of alcohol-related transports and incidents that occurred last semester led to USG developing better relationships with the administration to deal with cultural issues on campus.“What I’ll be most proud of at the end of the day is how our [USG] administration has fixed that dynamic,” he said. “The administrators, they can say they care about [the student voice], but for them to actually be willing to come and work with us on things [is new].”Park agreed that if the two do leave a legacy at USC, it would be improved communication and cooperation between USG and the university administration.“USC’s known for ‘work hard, play hard,’ but it will also be one of those work hard, play hard, but also get along with the administration,” he said. “Honestly I think that would be the coolest thing, to [have had] a hand in creating a culture both the administration and the students can agree upon and something they can both enjoy.”Kurth and Park’s collaboration with the administration led to a new social events policy that allows programming on weekdays, as well as events at which alcohol is present on Thursdays.“The policy changes, 1992 was when they were created, and they hadn’t been touched since,” Park said. “The school has become super different since then; we’re not a commuter school anymore. We’re a totally different community so it was awesome to be able to have a hand in changing the way in which the university and students come together and collaborate.”Though much of the student attention has been concentrated on how this will affect their social lives, Kurth said the policy extends beyond The Row.“It allows people to celebrate Chinese New Year. It allows the Chess Club to have a tournament later,” he said. “This isn’t just a huge Greek issue.”The two said they plan on continuing working with the administration on alcohol-related policies including alcohol education in their remaining two months in office. When it comes time to turn over the reins on April 1, however, the two believe the school will remain in good hands.“I’m very happy to know that all the candidates have USG experience, multiple years in most cases,” Kurth said. “I feel comfortable handing this off to any of them. But, it is going to be a really fun, close, tough race.”Kurth and Park have both attributed their own positive experience to the university itself.“There’s something called the USC experience, which is very hard to articulate, put in words. It’s different for everyone,” Kurth said. “But, once you’re here, you feel it, you do it … If I could bottle it and sell it I would, but I don’t know what it is.”As for their future past USC, both have jobs lined up, Kurth will work in investment banking at Wells Fargo while Park will work in sales at the startup BrightEdge.“I think the best years of our lives are still to come,” Park said. “This is just the beginning and USC has definitely equipped us with the tools and opportunities to make the most of what’s out there.”last_img read more

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Trojans looking to move on after loss

first_imgAfter suffering their worst loss since 1997, the No. 12 Trojans took their first step toward turning the page Monday by trying to put the pieces back together on the practice field.USC struggled on both sides of the ball during what was perhaps the most humiliating defeat of the Pete Carroll era, but the coach said he liked what he saw out of his players at Monday’s practice and expects his team to play strong throughout its remaining schedule.Under repair · Linebacker Chris Galippo, who did not practice Monday due to a neck injury, is one of many Trojans sidelined after the weekend. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“We had a very good first day of the week, better than the last couple Mondays for obvious reasons, but it was a very sharp day,” he said. “We’ll just do it one day at a time, and that’s how you rebuild the mentality.”Once labeled USC’s strength, the Trojans’ defense appeared helpless Saturday. It surrendered 47 points and 613 total yards to the No. 8 Ducks in a game that many thought would be a tight battle. But Carroll said most of the blame falls on the coaches, not the players.“The guys were mentally bottled up with the stuff we were doing,” Carroll said. “We tried to scheme in too much. So we made mistakes we normally wouldn’t make. We didn’t play the way we’d normally play. It was a disastrous outcome when they were able to run the ball like that.”Carroll, who said he felt sick after watching tape of the 47-20 loss in Eugene, Ore., was referring to the 391 rushing yards the Trojans gave up on the ground. He said he originally liked the gameplan he and his coaches set up, and that it may have worked with last year’s veteran defense, but it didn’t hit right on Saturday.The players, like Carroll, believe they need to stop thinking about Saturday and start looking forward. Redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Chris Galippo, who was one of many Trojans held out of practice Monday due to injury, said the defense needs to learn from its mistakes.“We’re just going back to basics and taking it one step at a time,” Galippo said. “We’re not putting our heads in our laps, but keeping our heads up and just finishing the season out. You just never know what’s going to happen. Don’t count us out.”Some critics have argued that the Pac-10 is one of the weaker conferences when compared to the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten. But Carroll said the conference is strong from top to bottom this year with great quarterbacking and speedy defenses. He said USC will have a tough opponent every week from here on out.“The comparisons will hopefully be made when it comes bowl time when everybody gets to play,” he said. “This conference — and I talked about it at the beginning of the year — is better than I thought it was going to be, and I thought it was going to be pretty strong anyway.”The upcoming opponents might be even tougher for USC due to the injury bug that has plagued the team recently.Galippo did not practice Monday because he suffered a neck injury Saturday. He had an MRI and X-rays, but said he feels fine and will be ready to practice Tuesday.Junior running back Joe McKnight was also held out of practice due to a number of injuries, the biggest of which is his hurt ankle. But like Galippo, McKnight said he thinks he’ll be ready to go for Saturday’s game.Redshirt junior Damian Williams also did not suit up yesterday because he is nursing a sore glute muscle that he re-aggravated against Oregon. He said he feels stronger than he did last week, but he is still sore.Junior linebacker Malcolm Smith was originally diagnosed with a cracked shoulder after a collision in Saturday’s contest. Carroll said, however, that an MRI showed no crack, so the coach is not sure if or when Smith will return. Redshirt sophomore Shane Horton would start in his place.Junior defensive end Everson Griffen also did not practice due to a sprained toe. Carroll said he will know more about the injury Tuesday night.Junior wide receiver Ronald Johnson also did not appear at practice due to sickness.last_img read more

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NFF Admits Owing Late Amodu Shaibu Two-month Salaries

first_imgFemi SolajaThe Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), monday confirmed that late former Super Eagles coach, Amodu Shaibu, was being owed two-month salary. The revelation was a confirmation that most of the coaches that have been on the employment of the federation in the last few years are still been owed.Against a backdrop of reports that the federation was owing late Amodu and Stephen Keshi who died three days before the former BCC Lions gaffer, NFF yesterday clarified the issue to end unnecessary speculations.General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, confirmed on the federation’s official Twitter handle, @The NFF, that Amodu was been owed two months salaries just like every other management staff at the Glass House in Abuja.The revelation put to rest speculations in a section of the sporting press claiming that Amodu was being owed seven months wages.Sanusi said: “Every member of NFF management is being owed salaries for two months. The NFF will pay all monies due late Amodu to his family.Amodu who died early hours of Saturday in his sleep was buried same day according to Muslim rite.He is the only senior coach to take charge of the Super Eagles on five occasions starting with the 1994 handling of the Eagles after Clemens Westerhof left after the debut at the World Cup in USA. He returned for another spell leading Eagles to the King Fahd Cup (now FIFA Confederation Cup) 1995.Amodu was again in-charge in 1997, 2001 and 2002 and then replaced German Berti Vogts after AFCON 2008 in Ghana.Just like it happened in 2002 when he qualified Nigeria for the World Cup hosted jointly by Korea and Japan and was denied the chance to lead the team, fate again was cruel to the Okpella-born coach in 2010 when he was dumped for Swede Lars Lagerback after getting the ticket for Eagles outing at the first World Cup to be hosted on African soil.Meanwhile, Official sponsor of Nigerian national teams, Globacom, has expressed grief on the sudden death of Amodu.The company in a press statement in Lagos on Monday described the death of Amodu as unfortunate and sad; especially happening barely three days after the country lost another former coach, Stephen Keshi.The deaths of the two legends in such a short space of time, Globacom noted, were quite saddening, adding that the sports community and Nigeria as a whole had been robbed of two icons.Globacom stated that Amodu left indelible footprints on Nigerian football, and that his outstanding contributions to the development of the round leather game in the country would be remembered for a long time.“Globacom commiserates with his family, the Nigerian Football Federation and the entire Nigeria Football Community on the death of Amodu, and prays that Allah will grant him Aljannah Firdaus”, the statement concludedShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Stars Group revises guidance & accounting to reflect its enlarged identity

first_imgShare ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has published its unaudited Q2 2018 results, and further revises its full-year corporate guidance, to reflect its new business entity having undertaken a series of transformative acquisitions.Updating the market, the Stars Group reports consolidated group revenues of $410 million up 29% on corresponding Q2 2017’s $305 million as the company reports growth across its core verticals of Poker, Casino and Sportsbook.Closing a busy Q2 period in which Stars Group governance completed its acquisition of CrownBet and William Hill Australia assets, the Toronto enterprise records an adjusted EBITDA of $168 million (Q2 2017: $146 million).However, the Australian transactions undertaken during Q2 2017 trading sees the Stars Group declare an operating profit of $1 million, with the online gambling group accruing net-losses of $155 million.In its update, the Stars Group details that it has restructured its corporate reporting to reflect the group’s future enlarged capacity, as the company moves to incorporate the assets of Sky Betting and Gaming (deal completed July 2018).In light of its pending enlargement, the Stars Group governance has revised its 2018 full-year guidance reflecting ‘the contributions of its Australia acquisitions and Sky Betting and Gaming assets’, and further accounting for  corporate adjustments incurred through its new long-term debt corporate structure.Updating the investors, the Stars Group anticipates FY 2018 group adjusted EBITDA of between $755 and $810 million, combined with targeted FY-2018 net earnings of between $485 and $545 million, as compared its previous guidance of  $487-512 million.Rafi Ashkenazi,  Chief Executive of the Stars Group Inc commented on the update;“The continued emergence of our sports betting and casino offerings and the addition of our 2018 acquisitions have transformed our business and greatly enhanced the foundation and diversity of our consolidated revenue base, which will now be nearly equally split among verticals and roughly 75% locally regulated or taxed,”“We are now focused on the next stage of our transformation—integration,” concluded Mr. Ashkenazi. “While this will be a phased and measured process, we expect that it will prepare us to not only be a leader within the world’s largest regulated markets but to also leverage the strength of our combined platform to take advantage of new opportunities and markets.”last_img read more

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FIFA cooperating with police over ticket scandal

first_imgFIFA are cooperating with police in the investigation looking into a ticketing scandal at the World Cup in Brazil.Reports have emerged in the media about the scam, which allegedly involves the illegal re-sale of tickets for higher than face value.With probe under way, FIFA’s marketing director Thierry Weil – the man responsible for ticketing at the organisation – released a statement confirming the body are working with the relevant authorities to get to the heart of the matter.”With regard to ‘Operation Jules Rimet’, FIFA is fully supporting the local authorities in their investigations into ticket scalping and any illegal sale of FIFA World Cup tickets,” the statement read.”FIFA’s ticketing experts will analyse the seized tickets in order to validate them as well as to assist the authorities in identifying the source of the tickets and track down the channels of those tickets.”FIFA and the local authorities will ensure that any violations will be sanctioned accordingly.”FIFA takes a firm stance against any form of violation of the ticketing regulations and is very pleased with the great collaboration with the security authorities in our joint efforts to clamp down any unauthorized ticket sales.” Police named the suspected ringleader of the scam as Algerian national Mohamadou Lamine Fofana, but FIFA denied any claims that Fofana held any links to the organisation.”Furthermore, FIFA wants to confirm that Mohamadou Lamine Fofana was never accredited for the FIFA World Cup nor had any access to any official car pool of the FIFA World Cup,” it added.”Please understand that we cannot comment further as the proceedings are ongoing.”last_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers announce TV schedule for spring training

first_imgThe Dodgers-Rangers game on March 23 is also scheduled to be broadcast nationally on ESPN. The March 13 game between the Dodgers and Angels in Tempe is also likely to be televised by the Angels.For those with access to SportsNet LA, the Dodgers’ network will also have a one-hour studio show five nights a week during spring training.Here is the list of games scheduled to be televised: Sat., Feb. 25 vs. Chicago White Sox, 12 p.m. PTSun., Feb. 26 at Milwaukee Brewers, 12 p.m. PTWed., March 1 at San Francisco Giants, 5 p.m. PTSat., March 4 at Chicago Cubs, 12 p.m. PTSun., March 5 vs. Seattle Mariners, 12 p.m. PTFri., March 10 vs. Texas Rangers, 6 p.m. PTSat., March 11 vs. Angels, 12 p.m. PTSun., March 12 vs. Chicago White Sox, 7 p.m. PTThur., March 16 vs. Chicago Cubs, 1 p.m. PTFri., March 17 vs. Seattle Mariners, 7 p.m. PTSat., March 18 at Chicago White Sox, 1 p.m. PTThur., March 23 at Texas Rangers, 4 p.m. PT on ESPNSat., March 25 vs. Oakland A’s, 1 p.m. PTSun., March 26 at Texas Rangers, 1 p.m. PTThur., March 30 vs. Angels in Anaheim, 7 p.m.Fri., March 31 vs. Angels in Anaheim, 7 p.m.Sat., April 1 vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium, 6 p.m. At least 17 of the Dodgers’ preseason games — including 14 from Arizona –are scheduled to be broadcast this spring.The TV schedule announced by the Dodgers Thursday listed 16 games scheduled to be broadcast on SportsNet LA (including all three Freeway Series games in Southern California against the Angels).center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Joc Pederson homers twice more as Dodgers set NL single-season record

first_imgPreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: Cody Bellinger #35, Joc Pederson #31and Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Colorado Rockies, 7-3, at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson hit another one later in the game. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodger starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela, center, stands near the mound after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, top, celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger drops his bat as he drives in a run with a single against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, is safe at first base on a fielder’s choice next to Colorado Rockies first baseman Ryan McMahon during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to a Colorado Rockies batter during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager makes an off-balance throw to first base after catching a line drive by Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. Trevor Story was caught off first for a double play. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black watches from the dugout during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a two run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 rounds the bases after hitting a two run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates his two-run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his two-run home run with Justin Turner (10) during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson #31 reacts after hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger outfielder Chris Taylor #3 fields a ball during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela #49 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 throws to first base during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 throws to first base during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger outfielder Chris Taylor #3 makes a diving catch on a deep fly ball hit by the Rockies Josh Fuentes #8 in the top of the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger outfielder Chris Taylor #3 makes a diving catch on a deep fly ball hit by the Rockies Josh Fuentes #8 in the top of the fourth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda receives a standing ovation during the Dodgers vs. Rockies game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Ross Stripling #68 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Rockies’ Trevor Story #27 throws out the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 at first base in the bottom of the sixth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Justin Turner #10 fields a ground ball during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Gavin Lux #48 fields a ground ball during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Gavin Lux #48 throws to first base during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Caleb Ferguson #64 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 makes a great stop on a ground ball hit by the Rockies’ Ryan McMahon #24 in the top of the eighth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 makes a great stop on a ground ball hit by the Rockies’ Ryan McMahon #24 in the top of the eighth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 throws to first base for the out after making a great stop on a ground ball hit by the Rockies’ Ryan McMahon #24 in the top of the eighth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Pedro Baez #52 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodger pitcher Pedro Baez #52 during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium Wednesday September 4, 2019. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 7-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, is high-fived by Corey Seager after the team’s 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: Cody Bellinger #35, Joc Pederson #31and Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Colorado Rockies, 7-3, at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson hit another one later in the game. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 43The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a home run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson hit another one later in the game. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — They hit home runs during the day. They hit home runs at night. They hit wall-scrapers and others that seem to soar out of sight. They hit them to lead off, walk off or just show off a baseball in flight.Joc Pederson hit two home runs in his first three plate appearances Wednesday – just as he did before leaving Monday’s game with an injury – and the Dodgers broke the National League’s single-season home run record during a 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.The win trimmed the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch their seventh consecutive NL West title to four. Both the Dodgers and second-place Arizona Diamondbacks are off Thursday.“A lot of good players,” Pederson said when asked the fuel behind the NL record 250 home runs (with 20 games still to play). “One through 12 – 15, really with all the guys who got called up and contribute. Muncy, Belly obviously contribute for a lot of them. JT, Kiké, Chris Taylor, Will Smith – just go down the list. Anyone can beat you at any time. It’s a special unit that we have and it’s fun to be a part of it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Joc is a guy that … he’s streaky,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Sometimes you’ve got to sort of ride the lows out when he’s trying to find it. But these last 10, 12 at-bats he’s really been locked in. … Staying in the strike zone and when they make a mistake out over the plate, it’s a homer. Just that confidence you see building.”Andre Ethier gets credit for supplying the lumber.The Phoenix-area resident came to Saturday’s game in Arizona and visited with his former team, giving Pederson one of his old bats. Pederson used it to hit a pinch-hit, game-winning home run in the 11th inning Sunday and has used it ever since. That bat is 6 for 7 with a double (that just missed being a home run) and five home runs.“That’s a good bat,” Pederson said with a smile. “He texted me after the game. I’m going to tell him there better be some more coming.”With Wednesday’s walk mixed in, Pederson was the first player to hit five home runs in a span of six at-bats since Josh Hamilton did it with the Texas Rangers in May of 2012.When Pederson struck out in the sixth inning, it ended a streak of six consecutive at-bats with an extra-base hit, tying the National League record held by Larry Walker with the Rockies on May 21-22, 1996.But all the longballs couldn’t part the clouds that have gathered over Hyun-Jin Ryu.For the third consecutive start, Ryu didn’t make it through five innings. He gave up 10 baserunners in 4-1/3 innings, four on walks – the most he has walked since his first start of the 2018 season.Only three scored (thanks in part to a diving catch by Chris Taylor in left field), but Ryu has a 9.95 ERA (21 runs in 19 innings) and 2.05 WHIP over his past four games. Opposing batters have hit .360 off Ryu in those games.“It’s command. It’s just command,” Roberts said, declining suggestions that it could be fatigue causing the lack of sharpness.“His money-maker is the changeup. Even when there’s contact, it’s just a tick too high and when you’re talking about big-league hitters a few inches is a big deal. There were some good ones in there. There were some good curveballs. But I think overall, with the command, he’s off just a little bit.”Ryu’s ERA has risen to 2.45 for the season – still the lowest among MLB starting pitchers but the highest it has been since his May 7 start. Ryu was a clear frontrunner for the NL Cy Young Award and a Game 1 start in the postseason when August started. Both of those things are now very much open to debate.In the days before Wednesday’s start, Ryu worked on his mechanics, seeking to fix some slippage in his arm slot and a tendency to open up his torso too soon in his delivery. Poor balance created by those flaws has thrown off his balance, Ryu said.“My arm slot became lower in recent outings. I came to the realization and I wanted to make some adjustments to make sure it’s not as low,” Ryu said through his interpreter.“I was more conscious early on the game. But it wasn’t as crisp as I want it to be. Obviously I still have to make more adjustments and get back on track.”center_img Pederson hit four of the Dodgers’ 12 home runs in a three-game sweep of the Rockies despite missing the middle game. He was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday after nursing sore ribs suffered when he ran into the right field wall while making a catch on Monday.He picked up right where he left off, hammering a 1-and-2 fastball in the bottom of the first inning over the same wall that had done him harm. It was Pederson’s eighth leadoff home run this season (tying the franchise record).In the third inning, Pederson walked and scored one of the four runs that put the Dodgers in control.In the fourth inning, Pederson added to the lead when he hammered a two-run home run. The 250th home run of the season for the Dodgers broke the previous NL record held by the 2000 Houston Astros.It was Pederson’s fifth home run in a span of seven plate appearances starting with his pinch-hit, game-winning home run in the 11th inning at Arizona on Sunday.last_img read more

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Super Bowl 2020: Patrick Mahomes’ Disney World comment was years in the making

first_imgMORE: 10 incredible stats from Chiefs’ Super Bowl winI bet it feels amazing to be the quarterback who says “I’m going to Disney World” after winning the Super Bowl #Qbs— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) February 6, 2013Congrats to #SuperBowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, the latest to shout those thrilling words… https://t.co/K1wvJrSQCq pic.twitter.com/2m5lrs1E34— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) February 3, 2020Mahomes earned that right on Sunday be completing 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns to two interceptions. He also completed 8 of 12 passes (66.7 completion percentage) for 114 yards and two scores on the Chiefs’ first two fourth-quarter scoring drives, leading the Chiefs to take a late lead.WE JUST WON THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #CHIEFSKINGDOM— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) February 3, 2020In the end, Mahomes got the happily ever after he wanted — and worked for. Once upon a time, Patrick Mahomes wished he could say he was going to Disney World after winning the Super Bowl.On Sunday, his wish came true. The Chiefs quarterback — who became the youngest MVP in Super Bowl history after Kansas City’s 31-20 win over the 49ers — was able to utter those famous words: “I’m going to Disney World!” That comes seven years, nearly to the day, after Mahomes tweeted it would be “amazing” to utter that phrase.last_img read more

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Salah second-fastest to Premier League century

first_imgMohammad Salah1167327 Mohamed SalahKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Liverpool star reached landmark for his total of goal and assists on Sunday and matched Eric Cantona’s achievement in the processWhen Curtis Jones scored his first Premier League goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 home win over Aston Villa on Sunday, it was not just a significant moment for the 19-year-old.In setting up the strike with a cushioned header, Mohamed Salah reached a combined total of 100 Premier League goals and assists in the second-fewest number of appearances in the competition’s history.Salah achieved his century in his 116th Premier League match, the same number Manchester United legend Eric Cantona required to reach three figures for goal involvements.The only player in the competition’s history to manage the feat faster is Alan Shearer, the League’s all-time leading goalscorer, who got there in exactly 100 matches. *****PLShare on: WhatsApp PlayerMatchesGoalsAssists Sergio Aguero1187723 Eric Cantona1165842 Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero took 118 matches, while Thierry Henry did so in 121 appearances for Arsenal.Fewest matches for 100 goal involvements Thierry Henry1217129 Alan Shearer1007921last_img read more

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CALIFORNIA-BRED ACCLIMATE GOES GATE TO WIRE UNDER GARCIA TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH

first_imgCALIFORNIA-BRED ACCLIMATE GOES GATE TO WIRE UNDER GARCIA TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH; TRAINED BY D’AMATO, HE GETS 1 ¾ MILES ON TURF IN 2:48.80      ARCADIA, Calif. (June 23, 2019)–In sharp recent form and blessed with an abundance of natural speed, California-bred Acclimate took six rivals on a merry chase that resulted in a stirring half length victory in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old gelding by Acclamation got the marathon mile and three quarters on turf in 2:48.80.Fresh off a gate to wire victory in a 1 1/8 mile turf starter allowance on May 31, Acclimate broke sharply and was immediately under a snug hold down the hill and enjoyed a three-length advantage heading into the Club House turn.  With favored Causeforcommotion beginning to tire in second position,  Garcia let out a notch a quarter mile from home and Acclimate enjoyed a three length advantage over eventual runner-up Oscar Dominguez a furlong from home en route to a hard fought win.Off at 9-1, Acclimate paid $21.00, $8.60 and $4.40.“It was all in the instruction Phil gave me,” said Garcia.  “He said, ‘Just break, take the lead and don’t look back.  He has natural speed and he is going to handle (the distance) no problem.  When I asked him, he just responded and they never caught me.”Owned by the Ellwood Johnston Trust and Timmy Time Racing, Acclimate, who is out of the Boundary mare Know No Bounds, was bred by the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho, Sal Berumen and Patsy Berumen.  A winner in his first stakes appearance, Acclimate is now 14-5-1-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he has earnings of $175,521.“When this horse gets comfortable, he keeps clipping those steady fractions,” said D’Amato.  “Even though he was going fast, he was kind of doing it the right way.  He didn’t look like he was all out.  I knew they were coming to him at the half mile pole and Martin kind of turned him loose and he opened up again…Hat’s off to Martin.  He rode a brilliant race.”Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez, next to last early, rallied strongly but was second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Red King.  Off at 5-2, Oscar Dominguez paid $4.00 and $3.20.Red King never threatened and finished 5 ¼ lengths in front of stablemate Ya Gotta Wanna, the third D’Amato-trained horse in the San Juan. Off at 7-1 with Aaron Gryder, Red King paid $5.40 to show.Fractions on the race, all set by the winner, were 22.26, 46.10, 1:09.76, 1:34.95, 1:59.86 and 2:24.10.last_img read more

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Camperdown beat St Hugh’s in netball thriller

first_img Camperdown drew level twice in the third quarter, but St Hugh’s maintained their lead going into the final quarter 27-24. It was an exciting and thrilling affair in the final quarter, as at one stage, Camperdown went up by four goals at 29-25, before St Hugh’s rallied to even the score before the team traded goals. At full time, both teams were tied at 34-34. With several of the St Hugh’s players showing fatigue and making several errors, Camperdown took charge in extra time to pull off a four-goal victory. Goal shooter Kadie-Ann Dehaney top scored for St Hugh’s with 36 goals from 60 attempts. Camperdown’s goal attack, Ramone Lawrence, had 30 from 37 and goal shooter Idora McCarthy, 15 from 24. Winning coach Wayne Stewart was very elated after his team’s victory. “Both teams came out and played hard, as St Hugh’s are a good team, but I like the way my girls played this evening. They have been fantastic all season, and it was one of the best finals I have seen. “We had beaten them before, and we were very confident that we would have won again. When we took the four-goal lead in the first minute of overtime, I knew then that it was over,” said Stewart. Gaynstead High and Camperdown High were crowned new champions in the urban area, while defending champions Denbigh High and Holmwood Technical retained their rural titles in the finals of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association netball competition at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday. The match of the day was the urban senior finals between Camperdown and last year’s beaten finalists, St Hugh’s High, where the large crowd in attendance was treated to a thriller. The game went into overtime, and Camperdown emerged 45-41 winners. Both teams were meeting for the second time this season, and Camperdown maintained their dominance over their rivals. In the first game, they won by four goals, and yesterday’s game was no different. It was Camperdown who came out of the blocks the quicker of the two as they raced to a 5-2 lead. St Hugh’s rallied to level at 6-6 before Camperdown took a 9-8 lead after the first quarter. For most of the second quarter, only one or two goals separated the teams before St Hugh’s jumped into a 19-15 lead at half time. Exciting affair DOMINANT HOLMWOOD In the rural junior finals, Denbigh got the better of Knox 28-22, while in a one-sided senior finals, Holmwood picked up their 11th title after crushing first-times finalists Titchfield 49-25. Goal shooter Tracy Ann Francis was in fine form for the champions, scoring 48 goals from 54 attempts. Gaynstead created history in the urban junior finals, as the Dalton Hinds-coached team defeated many-time champions the Queen’s School 25-21. Goal shooter Kelsey James top scored for Gaynstead with 18 from 22 attempts.last_img read more

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Granger will have to give this nation what it wants, whether he likes it…

first_imgDear Editor,If President David Granger hopes that skirting around the CCJ decision and ignoring the importance of swiftly appointing the GECOM Chairman would rally the public to him, he will be disappointed. The last credible polling I saw pegs his popularity at below 38 per cent and the popularity of the corrupt and incompetent PNC-led coalition that he heads, even lower than that.Guyanese in increasing numbers are rejecting these PNC tactics of pretending that the No-Confidence Motion was not successfully passed and that the Judiciary has not spoken. This is bad news for Mr Granger because every day he delays is another day he will be personally held for the destruction of democracy in Guyana along with the shutting down of the economy.The GDP numbers were positive because some US$180 million in oil pipelines pass through the books of Guyana but such a pass-through transaction does not mean any serious tangible economic wealth for the people was created. To better understand the reality in the economy at the granular level which impacts the lives of the ordinary man, just calculate the non-oil GDP growth. From my computation, the non-oil economy declined by some 1.3 per cent. So, Mr Granger does not have real economic buoyancy on his side.The only weapon team Granger has is a public address to the nation but from the way things are shaping up after observing the PNC-held street protest against GECOM, even their core supporters are not interested in following Mr Granger blindly; their number was under 100 protesters.The bottom line remains, there is not much that Mr Granger can do now to shift public sentiments about this no-confidence vote. In the eyes of the majority, the Government has fallen and we have an illegitimate and illegal gang of interlopers who parade as a sort of junta claiming to be a Government.Mr Granger had a chance after the CCJ judgment to level with the people and take back leadership on this issue but as usual, his poor management style bubbled to the top and he failed again. If I were him, I would have addressed the nation. In that speech, I would have stated clearly what I was thinking and why it was important to seek judicial review and apologise to the nation for the delay and thank them for their patience.I would have laid out a road map for the next 3 months and announced a date of the elections as October 18, 2019 (4 months after – enough time for GECOM). I would have announced a new GECOM Chairman (he has 18 names with a world-class citizen like Major General (Rtd) Joe Singh on it).I would outline what my government had done for the people over the last 4 years and the challenges I faced along the way and just ask the people for another chance since the Guyanese people are a forgiving lot. I would have formally launched the campaign. Such firm and bold leadership would have given him a way out of this political impasse and may have even improved his political chances. That is how pragmatic and principled people operate and this is how you gain the respect of the people. This is what Bharrat Jagdeo does every week at his press conference – level with the people.As we all know, there is a major shortage of pragmatism and principled behaviour in the Granger DNA so what we got instead was more subterfuge and deception, more division in the nation, more intransigence and a total news blackout from State House. At the end of the day, the failure of Mr Granger to personally communicate with the people on this CCJ issue is a microcosm of a larger strategic failure of his presidency – his inability to expand his support base outside the usual Congress Place followers. As we saw in 2015, Mr Granger could not have won those elections without crossover votes from the sugar belt, the urban business community and the urban professionals.He has now permanently lost all of these people and there is no chance of him ever recovering them unless he does right by the rule of law and the Constitution. Saying I will follow the Constitution is not the same as actually following the Constitution and unfortunately, team Granger thinks the people are so stupid that they cannot see the “three card trick game” that the PNC is attempting to play on them by gambling with the intelligence of the people.Everyone in the room, save and except for the delusional, know that Mr Granger will have to give this nation what it wants, whether he likes it or not.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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GET A FREE MAKEOVER AT PATRICK GILDEA’S FANTASTIC NEW SALON

first_imgPatrick Gildea and his renowned hairdressing team have moved premises to what is being described by many as one of the most modern and tasteful salons in the country.Patrick GildeaTo celebrate how well the transition has gone, Patrick and his team are offering a free makeover to a customer.To get a free makeover by Patrick and the team, simply read his letter below. Open Letter to Our CustomersHello,As you may already know Patrick Gildea hairdressing team have relocated to River View Business Park on the new Neil T Blaney Road in the New Town area and has already in a short space of time has been described as one of Irelands most beautiful salons.Just for you our valued customer, we want you to be assured and to know that we will continue to offer the same professional, friendly service at our new salon, while also creating a first “”Centre of Excellence”” for Hairdressing. Our promise to you is simple. From the moment we welcome you we aim to make your experience perfect.We are focused on customer experience and providing highly skilled staff. It is for that reason we have relocated to this new spacious premise. It also provides free customer parking with easy access for the customer and will give you a more luxurious, relaxing experience.Our aim for you is to deliver a high quality service at a price that is affordable for you. We are continuously improving and adapting to meet your needs. This new centre provides a place for you where the service reflects the surroundings. We are excited at bringing hairdressing to a whole new level in the North West and we want you to be part of that. That’s what the new salon will do for you.We value you so much that we want to offer a FREE make over to someone our customers would like to recommend . To nominate someone to win this make over go to Patrick Gildea Hairdressing on Facebook and nominate someone you think deserves a treat and tell us why.Thanks for everything, your business is always appreciated. Patrick Gildea Hairdressing TeamGET A FREE MAKEOVER AT PATRICK GILDEA’S FANTASTIC NEW SALON was last modified: July 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalmake-overPatrick Gildea Hairdressinglast_img read more

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WE WERE RIGHT TO PROTEST IN GLENTIES – RIGHT2WATER

first_imgThe large Garda presence in Glenties as the Taoiseach laves. Pic by Nortwest Nwspix.Right2Water estimate that around 150 people took part in a noisy, but mostly peaceful protest at Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s visit to the McGill Summer School in Glenties.Philip Mc Fadden who was one of the organisers said “We were pleased with the attendance- we never expected the turn-out to be massive, given it was originally the visit of Minister Alan Kelly on the Tuesday that we were organizing a protest for. We most certainly knew that there was no need for such a huge Garda presence, as all protests on water charges so far in Donegal have been peaceful.”Philip also noted the contrast between the reception given to An Taoiseach and the one given to Independent T D Catherine Murphy who actually came over and mingled with the protestors. “The work that Catherine Murphy has done on the Siteserv controversy is widely appreciated amongst those people who have the interests and well-being of all citizens at heart. She had no need to hide behind a line of Gardaí ”.Another person who spoke with the protestors was Michael Gallagher of the Families of the Omagh bomb victims, he simply praised those assembled and said they were doing great work in highlighting their cause.Sinead Stewart of Right2Water Donegal said ” We are really glad that we took our protest to Glenties , considering that the McGill school gives a voice to almost all strands of mainstream political opinion we felt Patrick Mc Gill would be more than pleased that, like himself with his novels we have given a voice to the voiceless , a voice to working people whom are never included in the Summer School Debates. We believe that it is through the active campaigns against austerity an water charges that working people are receiving their political lessons , people who have never seen themselves as political before are now making the connections that the political decisions taken by others affects their lives in so many ways.”Sinead also said ”The unions affiliated to Right2Water will be running political education training for activists in Donegal in the next few weeks, this training is another building block for people to deepen their understanding of how to assert themselves politically in their own lives”. Right2Water in Donegal take great heart from the fact that ordinary working people -including a significant amount of women- have come to the fore in the movement against austerity and water charges in the past 5 years or so , over the next few years or so ,in Donegal and elsewhere expect to see people emerging from these campaigns ,who will be up to the task of challenging the political establishment of this county.WE WERE RIGHT TO PROTEST IN GLENTIES – RIGHT2WATER was last modified: July 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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