George Ford’s golden boot helps Bath to Champions Cup victory over Leinster

first_img Ford sent an early reminder to new England head coach Eddie Jones of his quality by booting 14 points – three penalties, a conversion and a drop-goal – as Bath also collected a second-half penalty try. Ireland star Johnny Sexton kicked 11 points for Leinster, including the conversion of substitute back-row forward Josh van der Flier’s late try, but Bath had done enough. They now face home and away European appointments with Aviva Premiership rivals Wasps next month, and while they will be disappointed after failing to convert many of their chances into points, it was still a key win. Bath’s Wales international lock Dominic Day was ruled out due to appendicitis, so Stuart Hooper featured in the starting line-up and captained a side that opened its Champions Cup campaign after last Sunday’s scheduled opener in Toulon was postponed following the Paris terror attacks. Leinster head coach Leo Cullen reacted to the Wasps defeat by changing more than half his starting line-up, and Bath made all the early running, with wing Semesa Rokoduguni leading a promising early break deep into opposition territory. But when Hooper infringed at an eighth-minute ruck, Sexton kicked Leinster ahead with ease from 40 metres, only for Ford to land an equalising penalty and then kick a drop-goal six minutes later as Bath looked to make their possession monopoly count. Leinster had not been in the game as an attacking force, and they were fortunate not to fall further behind seven minutes before the break when impressive Bath wing Matt Banahan ran strongly from just inside Leinster’s half. Banahan’s power ensured that Bath got behind the Leinster defence, yet after centre Kyle Eastmond shipped out possession, a Banahan knock-on as he delivered a scoring pass to an unmarked Hooper meant that Leinster escaped. Press Association England fly-half George Ford ensured that Bath launched their European Champions Cup campaign in winning fashion at the Recreation Ground – but Irish heavyweights Leinster are lurching towards an early exit. The visitors enjoyed their best spell as half-time approached, but they could not add to Sexton’s early penalty and Bath trooped off with a 6-3 interval lead that should have been considerably more, given the amount of ball they had. Ford launched the second period by making a slashing midfield break, yet the fact it ultimately came to nothing summed up an opening 45 minutes when Bath’s intent was not matched by deed. Ford and Sexton then exchanged penalties in quick succession as Bath moved 9-6 ahead, and that was the cue for Cullen to change both his props, with Jack McGrath replacing Cian Healy and Martin Moore taking from Mike Ross. Sexton completed his penalty hat-trick to tie the scoreline, but Bath’s forwards had started to enjoy a clear upper hand, which was underlined when referee Jerome Garces awarded them a 62nd-minute penalty try. Leinster could not cope with Bath pressure from a set-scrum near their own line, and Garces’ patience ran out following a second reset scrum, with Ford’s conversion opening up a seven-point advantage. But Leinster fought back impressively, and a flowing attack ended in Van der Flier touching down, with Sexton adding the extras to again level things up. It ensured a frantic final 10 minutes launched by Sexton missing a penalty from just inside his own half, but Ford came up trumps with just four minutes remaining and Leinster were left with just a losing bonus point for their efforts. Leinster, crushed 33-6 at home by Pool Five opponents Wasps last Sunday, have now lost their opening two games of a European campaign for the first time since 1996 as Bath triumphed 19-16. And with Champions Cup holders Toulon also in the toughest group of this season’s tournament, Leinster are already struggling to progress, even if it took a 76th-minute Ford penalty to deny them a draw. last_img read more

Sam Johnstone joins Preston on loan from Manchester United

first_img Press Association Johnstone enjoyed a successful loan spell at North End last year, helping them gain promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, and the 22-year-old has now gone back to his home town club for a month. The goalkeeper, whose father Glenn played for Preston, is eligible to play in the club’s next game against Rotherham on January 2. Johnstone is yet to play for United, but was on the substitutes’ bench for the first six matches of the season while David de Gea was the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. “I’m delighted to be back and hopefully I can start playing some games,” Johnstone told Preston’s website. “It’s great to be around the team at Manchester United, they are the biggest club in the world but, at the end of the day, I’m 22 years old and I have to think about myself a little bit and I need to be playing first-team football. “I get to do that now in the Championship which is a great league to play in.” The move comes after Jordan Pickford, who has been Simon Grayson’s first-choice goalkeeper this year, was recalled by Sunderland halfway through his season-long loan. center_img Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has signed for Preston on a one-month loan deal.last_img read more

USC taps UNC’s Winston Crisp as Vice President for Student Affairs

first_imgAlong with centering his attention on diversity, inclusion and access at UNC, Crisp primarily focused on student health and safety, both in terms of personal safety and group safety, including Title IX, alcohol and substance abuse and interpersonal relationships. Crisp’s retirement from his position at UNC was never meant to be permanent, he told the Daily Trojan in an interview. During his retirement, he relaxed and “rededicated myself to what matters to me.” He concluded that he still wanted to help students navigate their paths through higher education.  With Folt as president, Crisp believes there will be a strong commitment to creating a community in an environment that will be more conducive to student development. Winston Crisp, former vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will serve as USC’s vice president for student affairs starting Aug. 16, President Carol Folt announced Wednesday.  “I still wanted to find a new way and new challenges to allow me to do that,” Crisp told the Daily Trojan. “Luckily, that ended up coinciding with the opportunity to visit and get to know USC a little bit.” Crisp credits his experiences as a first-generation black student with how he tends to feel about and address gaps within student life. He plans to create an inclusive and diverse community by meeting students, learning about their challenges at USC and then working with Student Affairs to give students the necessary support to work through them.  “There’s so much transition, and there’s so much that you need to learn, and you feel like a fish out of water at times,” Crisp said. “I think every student experiences that on some level, but I think that first-generation students, who do not have mentoring within a knowledgeable world of higher education, have extra challenges.” “The truth of the matter is, I fell in love,” Crisp said. “… And that led to continued talks with President Folt about whether or not I might be interested in learning more.” Crisp, who worked at UNC for 26 years — including seven years as vice chancellor — before his retirement last October, will follow Ainsley Carry, who left for the University of British Columbia in April. Crisp will replace Monique Allard, who was appointed as interim vice president after Carry’s departure. “Every single student that comes to campus, without regard to what adjective you put in front of them, is supposed to have the same opportunity to dream and to figure it all out, and to pursue their dreams in life as every single one of us does,” Crisp said. “And that’s what I’m dedicated to, is helping to figure out how best to create a community that allows people to do that.”center_img Since his time at UNC, Crisp has maintained a strong relationship with Folt. In late May, Folt invited Crisp to visit USC to help her think of ways to engage with student life at USC, meeting with several student leaders on campus including Undergraduate Student President Trenton Stone.  Winston Crisp / Photo from USC News “I am excited that Winston will be bringing his expertise and enthusiasm to USC,” Folt, who began her duties as president on July 1, said in the announcement. “Our students are sure to benefit from his vision for campus life and his deeply caring approach to student affairs. He is a compassionate and creative leader and always places students first.” “I don’t pretend that I understand the community the way that it needs to be understood, so more than anything, I’m excited about the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and to get out there and start meeting people and really learning from you all how best I can help and how best I can fit into the community,” Crisp said. “If a student is not healthy and not well, they’re not ultimately going to be able to do all of the things that they’re there to do, that they’re hoping to do,” Crisp said. Crisp places USC is in a unique position, citing its resemblance to a public university in its commitment to access for students from all backgrounds.  According to Folt’s announcement, Crisp was known for his close relationship with students, providing pizza during study breaks and garnering a following among students on his Twitter account, @ViceCrispy. In his role as vice president, Crisp looks forward to learning more about the student life at USC, hoping that his experience and skills will be a good addition to what he says is already a tremendous community.last_img read more

Ronaldo Nazario Opens Up On Neymar’s Barcelona Exit

first_imgRelatedMourinho Snubs Ronaldo and Messi, Names Football’s ‘GOAT’April 26, 2020In “Featured”Analysing A Potential Neymar Switch To The City Of LoveJuly 22, 2017In “Europe”I Have Now Won Best Player Five Times – Ronaldo Fuels Messi RivalryOctober 24, 2017In “FIFA” Former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo Nazario has suggested that his own exit from Barcelona was similar to that of fellow Brazilian, Neymar, who moved to PSG in the summer.Ronaldo also attributed a lack of attention to detail on current LaLiga player contracts as the reason why fiscal matters are often overlooked, causing problems down the line.Speaking to Brazilian newspaper Veja, Ronaldo said, “Players have to make time to see everything, they have to focus on their own business.”“Neymar’s departure was similar to mine, and though I don’t know the details or what happened in the negotiations, there may have been an issue with the Barcelona board, which was also the case when I left.”It’s an interesting point and one which once again highlights the problems involving Barcelona’s board, and their management of the club.last_img read more

Murray return starts well as back holds up

first_imgAndy Murray emerged unscathed as he completed a rain-delayed 6-3 7-6 (4) win over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at the Aegon Championships on Thursday in his first match following a four-week break caused by a back injury.The top seed, who missed the French Open after being struck down in Rome, needed only 45 minutes on day four of the Wimbledon warm-up event to ease past Mahut.Murray faces a busy day ahead at a cold and damp Queen’s Club. He will be back on court again for a third-round match against Australian Marinko Matosevic as organizers try to get the grasscourt event back on schedule.“It is tough to get into a rhythm with all the delays. I managed to get through it in the end and hopefully it’s a good warm-up for later,” Murray said in a courtside interview.“Missing the French Open was tough. You realize how much it means to you.“[Today] the back felt great especially with the conditions we have had. It is very cold and I’m sure, as anyone who has had a back problem knows, that’s not good. “But even with all the stopping and starting it feels great and that is probably the most satisfying thing about the match.”Resuming at 6-3 2-2, Murray rattled through a brisk second set and brought up match point by threading a screaming forehand down the line winner.Moments later he finished off Mahut, who will long be remembered for his record 11 hour five minute epic against American John Isner at Wimbledon in 2010, with a blazing passing shot.last_img read more

GFA to call for stakeholders meeting on league delay next Monday

first_imgEmergency Committee member of the Ghana Football Association Kweku Ayiah has revealed that a meeting involving the association’s top hierarchy and Premier and Division One clubs will be held next Monday.The meeting according to him will address the current situation of uncertainty over the start date of the Ghana Premier League which has forced almost all the Premier League clubs to alter their pre-season plans.The clubs, especially the premier league teams have expressed worry and Kweku Ayiah who doubles as an executive committee member explains to Joy Sports the top hierarchy of the association is equally worried as the clubs.“We have a league calendar which we abide by it but we have situations where they are matters of litigation, we also migrated from the CAF platform to the FIFA platform so the clubs had to be taken through registration processes,” he told Joy Sports“The ideal situation was that after the registration the league would have started, unfortunately there was one case which was pending at review with the other one at the Ethics committee and with that case it can take forever but it is not a question of not having the league going on.“It is a worry to the GFA, the  executive committee, the emergency committee as well as the President so what the GFA intend to do is that we have invited all the clubs for a stakeholders meeting on Monday for us to jaw-jaw to put our together to decide in the best way forward.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

ATP List: Džumhur moved up for one Position

first_img(Source: The best tennis player from B&H, Damir Džumhur, moved up for one position in the rankings of professional tennis players of the world and he is currently on the 87th place with 593 points.Among the other BH tennis players, Mirza Bašić moved up for seven positions and he is currently the 214th player of the world (233 points).Aldin Šetkić moved back for one place, and he is currently the 219th on the ATP list (228 points).Tomislav Brkić made a considerable progress on the list, and moved up for seven positions. He is currently ranked as the 233rd player of the world, with 209 points.Serbian tennis player, Novak Djoković remains on the top of the list, with 13,845 points.last_img read more

PICTORIAL: FIFA World Cup in Uganda

first_imgVIDEO#ReadyFor TweetsShare on: WhatsApp President Museveni and his cabinet receive the World Cup trophy at State House today.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The  FIFA World Cup trophy is in Uganda, as it continues its world tour ahead of Russia 2018. The tour, sponsored by Coca-Cola, one of the World’s largest beverage companies, serves as one avenue of cementing their relationship with their customers and the soccer fans. President Yoweri Museveni and cabinet received the trophy today, it was displayed at a VIP dinner  later and will be available for the rest of Ugandans to view inside Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala on Tuesday. For one to access the ground, they will only be required to buy a bottle of soda made by Coca-Cola. This will be the second time the precious trophy is coming to Uganda since 2009.last_img read more

Peter Lim turns to Rodrigo’s sale

first_imgThe company of Peter Lim, Meriton Holdings, bought the rights to Rodrigo Moreno from Benfica in January 2014 for 30 million. It was one pure and simple investment. And today, in 2020, Lim continues to see her as such despite the fact that Rodrigo He was ‘transferred’ to the club that he bought months later, Valencia, and It has delivered remarkable sports performance, especially in recent years. Therefore, with the mediation of Jorge Mendes, Lim has put the Spanish international on the market in the latest transfer windows with a minimum sale price: 60 million euros. And Rodrigo has been close to packing and leaving Mestalla at the sweetest moment of his career. However, for some things or others, the sale never ended.Lim intended to put Rodrigo, at 29, back on the market this summer. But the economic situation of the clubs will be complicated, with what it seems difficult for any team to spend 60 million on a player, given the losses they will incur due to the crisis. Thebes already warned him the day before yesterday in a meeting with the clubs: “Forget about millionaire signings, go thinking about youth squads and play off on loan.” Jorge Mendes will try again this summer or when the next transfer window opens. Another thing is that there is a club that meets the economic aspirations of the Singapore magnate for Rodrigo.The big three touched RodrigoThe first time he was close to leaving Valencia was in 2018. With the arrival of Lopetegui to Madrid, the Hispanic-Brazilian became a number one white target. But in the end, Florentino did not fulfill the claims of his then new coach. Last summer he was even closer to leaving. Lim reached an agreement with Gil to go to Atlético for 60 million but before the rojiblancos had to place Correa, something that did not happen. Rodrigo came to say goodbye but in the end the operation was not closed. The last time was in January. Barça chose him as a substitute for Luis Suárez but he only wanted a loan without compulsory purchase and Lim did not swallow.last_img read more

Jazz stun Rockets, steal Game 2 at Houston

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Jazz squandered a huge early lead before using a big fourth quarter to regain control and head home for Game 3 on Friday in Utah with a chance to take a series lead over the top-seeded Rockets.Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said Mitchell was the key to the win even though he didn’t lead the team in scoring.“He was breaking us down,” D’Antoni said. “He was getting in there and was finding guys in the corner. He’s a handful whether he’s finishing or not.”The Jazz were behind by two with eight minutes left before using a 16-2 run to pull away.After trailing by 25 points at halftime of the 110-96 loss in the series opener, the Jazz jumped out to an early lead in this one and led by as many as 19 in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “Last game, we came out completely opposite. Tonight, they kind of caught us off-guard,” Houston’s James Harden said. “We adjusted to it in that second quarter, but we can’t get down 19 no matter who we’re playing.”Houston regained the lead in the third quarter but couldn’t keep pace with the Jazz in the fourth as their normally potent offense went cold.Harden had 32 points and 11 assists, and Chris Paul added 23 points as Houston fell to the Jazz for the first time this season after winning the first five meetings.Jazz coach Quin Snyder was pleased at his team’s balanced scoring effort on a night six players finished in double figures, and he raved about the contribution of Ingles.“Every time Joe has needed to step up his game, he has been able to,” Snyder said. “He’s committed to that. He knew tonight he would need to make some shots and he was able to do it.”Houston was down by one entering the fourth but Utah scored eight straight points on 3-pointers from Dante Exum and Jae Crowder before Mitchell’s dunk made it 100-94.Harden made a basket after that before Utah scored another eight straight points, with two 3s from Ingles, to make it 108-96 with 4 1/2 minutes left.Harden ended a 2 ½-minute Houston scoring drought with a 3-pointer about a minute later that was the start of a 9-3 run that got the Rockets within 111-105 with 1:46 left. But Rudy Gobert made one of two free throws before Exum put it out of reach with a dunk.Utah led by nine before Houston used a 16-5 run to go up 71-69 for its first lead since it was 6-5 with about seven minutes left in the third. The Jazz went back up 86-85 by the end of the period.After taking just four shots in Game 1 and finishing with 11 points, Gobert got going early Wednesday and had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting by halftime. But he was mostly quiet after the break, and finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) drives to the basket during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — Utah had a four-point lead in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night when Donovan Mitchell missed a jumper and sailed above three Houston Rockets to grab the rebound and finish with a nifty one-handed slam.He did it right near the Jazz bench and his teammates went wild, cheering and pretending to fall backward on each other in awe.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding TIP-INSJazz: Snyder said before the game that he didn’t know when point guard Ricky Rubio would return. … Utah assistant Igor Kokoskov was hired as head coach of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. … Ingles got a technical in the second quarter for arguing with Paul.Rockets: Luc Mbah a Moute had four points and four rebounds in his second game back after missing the first series after dislocating his right shoulder on April 10. … Paul also received a technical for barking at Ingles. … Clint Capela finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.THEY SAID ITThe notoriously low-key Harden when told by a reporter that he looked irritated by Utah’s defense on Wednesday: “I look like that all the time. 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Joe Ingles led the Jazz with a career-high 27 points, but it was the star rookie who provided the highlight of the night as the Jazz evened the Western Conference semifinals 1-1 with a 116-108 win.Ingles made a career-best seven 3-pointers and Mitchell added 17 points and a franchise rookie-record 11 assists for his first game this postseason where he scored fewer than 20 points and didn’t lead the team in scoring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut he certainly provided an emotional boost to his team with his highlight-reel worthy play. He smiled broadly when it was brought up postgame, and said he was just trying to get the rebound on his miss when he made a split-second decision.“I just happened to be up there,” he said. “So I said: ‘Why come down with it?’” Villanueva hails Alab Pilipinas championship winlast_img read more