Injury fells Cardiff captain Hudson

first_imgCardiff captain Mark Hudson has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Despite finding first-team chances hard to come by, the 31-year-old has experience which the Bluebirds will miss in their relegation run-in. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are second bottom of the table and host Hull on Saturday. The centre-back, who has only played twice in the Barclays Premier League this term, suffered the injury in the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United at the end of January. Hudson said on Twitter: “Yes unfortunately I am out for the rest of the season. The hamstring injury at Man U was worse than first thought.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ben Arfa appearance cancelled

first_img A statement issued on Tuesday by The Back Page said: “It is with great regret that we must announce that the planned appearance of Hatem Ben Arfa at The Back Page shop later today has been cancelled. “Since accepting the invitation last week, it has become increasingly clear that Hatem will be excluded from the training day event at St James’ Park today. “In light of the increasing media circus that news has prompted, both the Back Page and Hatem agree that staging the event would be counter-productive and cancellation is the most logical course of action. “Hatem sends his apologies and is saddened that he’s unable to meet supporters at this time. “The shop remains open as usual today and we look forward to seeing many fans after they’ve visited SJP.” The club themselves on Tuesday announced a “long-term” extension to their partnership with their official kit supplier Puma that will take it “into the next decade”. Puma have supplied Newcastle’s kit, replica and training wear since the 2010/11 season. The Magpies’ 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign gets under way at St James’ Park on Sunday when they face reigning champions Manchester City. And Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hopeful midfielder Cheick Tiote and forward Siem de Jong – one of the club’s numerous new signings, and a player the manager has likened to former England striker Teddy Sheringham – will win their battles to be fit for selection. Pardew told Sky Sports News: “On whether Siem and Cheick will be be available – it will be disappointing if they are not, but they are running well today. “So they could be available and make it an easy job for me to pick my strongest team. But we’ll have to see.” On De Jong, he added: ” I think he is a terrific player. “I have been lucky enough in my career to manage some great players and I think he could be one of the best. “I worked with Teddy Sheringham and he reminds me a lot of Teddy in the way he conducts the game, the way he conducts himself, and that will be shown on a matchday.” Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa’s appearance at a book shop to meet fans on Tuesday has been cancelled because it would be “counter-productive”. France international Ben Arfa, 27, has become a peripheral figure for the Magpies and has been training with their development squad this summer. His meeting with supporters at The Back Page in Newcastle was set to take place on the same day as the Tyneside outfit’s open training day at St James’ Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj joins Borussia Dortmund on loan

first_img Press Association Manchester United’s winger Adnan Januzaj has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old Belgium international has struggled to fit into the team under manager Louis van Gaal, though he did score the winner against Aston Villa earlier this season, and will move to the Bundesliga club. Januzaj tweeted a picture of himself holding a Dortmund shirt and said: “Pleased to sign for Dortmund ?? ! Looking forward to new season”. center_img Dortmund announced that Januzaj will wear the number nine shirt for the club. Januzaj told the club’s website: “Borussia Dortmund are a big club and the fans are meant to be really incredible here. I would like to achieve great things with this team.” Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc added: “Adnan is a highly talented and technically adept player who rounds off our attack.” Two weeks ago, Van Gaal reacted angrily to suggestions that he did not give Januzaj enough of a chance to make an impact last season – but added that the winger needed to find consistency. Van Gaal said then: “Adnan had eight starts last season and 14 substitutions so he didn’t have any chances? This is not true, in my opinion. “The other players have no right? (to a place in the team) Only Adnan has a right? He has to compete with 23 or 24 other players. “He is 20 years old. The characteristics of a young player is he is not consistent. He has to show that. Maybe he can show it this season. It is possible.” last_img read more

Smalta Girls Schools Tournament… Sixteen goals scored on opening day

first_imgSIXTEEN goals were scored on the opening day of the 2016 Smalta Girls Schools Pee Wee football Tournament as action kicked off yesterday at the Ministry of Education ground.In game one between St. Agnes and St. Pius, the former registered a 2-0 win thanks to Amanda McPherson (5th) and Shequeena Smith (9th) while South Ruimveldt won via walkover from St. Gabriel’s in game twoGame three was an interesting encounter with Enterprise beating Stella Maris 3-1 thanks to strikes from Kemeora Warren in the 14th, Tanya Mohabir in the16th and Emmaria Mercier 20th while Stella Maris score came from an own goal in the .Game four ended in a 1-1 draw between F. E. Pollard and St. Angela’s. Carletta Ross’ 13th minute strike for St Angela’s was cancelled out by Cedranessa Benn in the 23rd while St. Margaret’s won via walkover over Tucville in game five.North Georgetown demolished Smith Memorial 4-0 in game six with Alicia James registering this year’s first hat trick with goals in the 5th, 17th and 20th. the fourth goal was an own Goal in the15th.Game seven saw West Ruimveldt beat Winfer Gardens 2-1 thanks to Gabriella McGarrel’s double (3rd and 10th). Winfer’s score came off an own goal while game eight had St Stephens needling Redeemer through Odelli Straughn (7th)Matches continue next weekend.last_img read more

Paris, LA to host 2024 & 2028 Olympics in unique double allocation

first_imgBy Karolos GrohmannLIMA (Reuters) – Paris was awarded the 2024 summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games yesterday, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double allocation.Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event 100 years after its last Games in 1924 while Los Angeles will also organise its third Games after 1932 and 1984.IOC president Thomas Bach embraced both cities’ mayors on stage after a unanimous show of hands by IOC members ratified the awards.The announcement was celebrated in Paris with the unveiling of a giant set of interlaced rings, the symbol of the Games, in a heavy downpour on the Trocadero square with lights glittering on the Eiffel Tower in the background.“In the coming seven years we will prepare the Olympic Games with all our energy,” French President Emmanuel Macron, who had personally campaigned for the bid, said.“Together we must do everything in our power to ensure that Paris hosts a magnificent games in 2024.”The IOC decided in July to award both Games at the same time, following the withdrawal of four of the six cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics, amid concerns about the size, cost and complexity of organising the world’s biggest multi-sports event.Los Angeles then dropped its bid for the 2024 Olympics, for which it had been campaigning for over two years, in return for receiving the 2028 edition. This paved the way for Paris as the sole 2024 bidder to win the Games unopposed.MOMENTOUS DAY“This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States,” said LA mayor Eric Garcetti. “For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels.”Paris, with a Games budget of 6.8 billion euros (6.12 billion pounds), had failed with previous attempts to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.The LA Games have a budget of $5.3 billion and will essentially follow the plan they had in place for 2024, including housing athletes at the UCLA campus.Both Paris’ bid co-chair Tony Estanguet and LA bid chairman Casey Wasserman are to stay on and lead the host cities’ preparations, mayors Anne Hidalgo and Garcetti confirmed in a news conference after the announcement.It is the first time the IOC has awarded a Games 11 years in advance, as it traditionally gives the next Olympic host city seven years to prepare.The Olympic body, however, was eager to secure the future of its prime product after Boston, Budapest, Rome and Hamburg all pulled the plug on their 2024 bids mid-race.Bach said the unanimous IOC decision would secure the future of the Games and ensure successful Olympics.“It is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary,” he said.Both the 2014 winter Games in Russia’s Sochi and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics were mired in controversy over corruption, embezzlement and doping allegations, dealing a major blow to the reputations of the event and the IOC.Tokyo, the host of the next summer Games in 2020, has also had to fend off allegations of corruption regarding the decision to award it the Games four years ago.last_img read more

FB : Syracuse unable to stop running quarterback for 2nd straight week; Chew’s streak snapped

first_imgSyracuse’s defense had no answer for B.J. Daniels.The Orange felt it was ready for the South Florida quarterback going into the game. It had success against Daniels in a win last year, limiting the dual-threat signal-caller to 123 total yards and forcing him to throw two interceptions.But this time around did not go as planned for SU.‘We knew that B.J. was a truly gifted guy who could do it with his arms or his legs and could throw the ball,’ free safety Phillip Thomas said. ‘We prepared pretty well for it. Things didn’t come out the way it was supposed to be.’Daniels beat the Orange with his arm and his legs Friday, amassing 371 total yards in USF’s 37-17 romp in the Carrier Dome. For the second straight week, SU failed to contain a running quarterback as Daniels ran 21 times for a team-leading 117 yards. And the senior’s success came without the Bulls’ leading rusher or receiver on the field due to injuries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I thought B.J. Daniels played arguably one of his best games since he has played here,’ USF head coach Skip Holtz said. ‘He stood in the pocket and made some key throws on third down in the second half. He utilized his feet when he needed to. He made some plays.’Connecticut had great success using a read-option offense with quarterback Scott McCummings and running back Lyle McCombs last weekend against the Orange. The Huskies picked up 198 yards on the ground in a 28-21 win over SU.South Florida used the same formula Friday to gash the Orange for 236 yards rushing, and Daniels was at the heart of that attack.On USF’s second play, the Bulls went to the zone read for the first time, where the quarterback has the option of giving the ball to his running back or keeping it himself. Daniels faked the handoff to Demetrius Murray around the left end and took it up the middle through a huge hole. The play could have gone for a huge gain, but Daniels tripped himself up and fell untouched after a 7-yard pickup.‘He’s a good quarterback,’ SU middle linebacker Marquis Spruill said. ‘He played the zone read very well. … He just got the better of us.’But it was more than just Daniels’ athleticism that SU struggled to defend. Daniels also went 23-of-34 for 254 yards in the game. He completed passes to 11 different receivers, did not throw an interception and was not sacked in the game.And it was Daniels who really put the game away in the fourth quarter.After SU wide receiver Alec Lemon dropped a fourth-down pass in the end zone, the Bulls quarterback led his team on a scoring drive to put the game out of reach.South Florida led 23-10 with just less than 10 minutes left and took over on its own 17. Daniels started the drive with a zone-read keep up the middle for a 9-yard gain. Three plays later, he bounced another run down the left sideline for a 30-yard pickup to the SU 22.Daniels ran for 46 yards on the drive and threw for 22 more before Murray capped it off with a 2-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 30-10.‘B.J. Daniels played an excellent football game,’ Holtz said. ‘He has really matured as a quarterback. He is not just an athlete that plays quarterback. He has truly become an athletic quarterback who can stand in the pocket.’Chew’s consecutive catch streak endsThough Syracuse’s receivers struggled with drops throughout the loss to USF, one of its starters watched from the sideline.Van Chew had one pass thrown his way in the first quarter and that was it for the senior wideout. Chew made a catch in 22 straight games entering Friday’s contest, but he left the game with an undisclosed injury after just the one target.Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib threw his first pass of the game for Chew. Nassib faked a handoff and went deep downfield, but the ball was overthrown and Bulls cornerback Kayvon Webster almost came up with the pick.There was no contact between Chew and Webster on the play, and it did not appear the receiver got hurt, but he was not involved in the offense the rest of the game.SU head coach Doug Marrone said Chew’s disappearance was not performance-related.‘He got hurt today,’ Marrone said. ‘He was banged up.’ Published on November 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

After 2 top-10 finishes, Justyn Knight hopes to win his first national championship

first_img Published on June 8, 2017 at 11:44 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Ever since finishing 10th in the 5000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational last year, Justyn Knight has failed to miss the podium in any event.The junior hasn’t finished worse than second place since the New Year, winning races five out of the eight meets he’s competed in. Three of those first-place finishes were at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships, as he earned gold in the 3000- and 5000-meter at the indoor championships in February. Then last month, Knight took home the outdoor 5k crown with a time of 13:52.38.The one title not yet on his resume is an individual national championship.He can win that this Friday at Hayward Field, on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Knight will run the 5000-meter with 23 other competitors in a one-race final scheduled for 10:25 p.m. eastern on ESPN.“It’s not going to be a breeze,” Knight said at an NCAA press conference in Oregon. “We just got to stick toward our goals … and just continue to go.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnight ran the nation’s fastest time this year in the event (13:17.51) — the fourth-fastest collegiate time ever — and he won his heat of the NCAA East Preliminary in 14:13.64. The third- and fourth-best times this season, from Southern Utah’s Mike Tate (13:34.28) and Colorado State’s Abbey Jefferson (13:37.23) didn’t make it past qualifiers in the west. Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, the 17-time national champion and most decorated NCAA runner in history, ran the second-best time this season (13:24.72), but he won’t compete due to injury. Cheserek was the only other runner besides Knight to break 13:30 this year.“It’s very unfortunate that Edward wasn’t able to make it out to the championships this year,” Knight said at the press conference. “He’s done a lot for this sport. (But) even if Ed was here, I think my expectations would stay the same.”Courtesy of SU AthleticsThe fastest runners left in the competition are Tulsa’s Marc Scott (13:37.45) and Stanford’s Grant Fisher (13:37.77).“(Knight) knows what it takes,” said Frank Bergin, Knight’s coach at St. Michael’s College School in Canada. “He’s always had a really good perspective on where he could or should be in a race.”In 2015 as a freshman, Knight finished sixth in the 5000-meter run at the championships (13:50.96). Last year, he improved his time by more than 10 seconds (13:40.40), which would have won him the title the year before. But in 2016 it made him 10th and the Vaughan, Ontario, native failed to reach the podium for the second straight year.Knight briefly stood on top of the world just over a month ago, thanks to his performance in the 5000-meter at the Payton Jordan Invitational in May. Knight’s 13:17.51 finish gave him the then-fastest time in the world in 2017. While Olympic-level runners have since passed him, Knight is the only competitor in the national championships in the world’s 81 fastest finishes this year.Jennifer Knight, Justyn’s mother, said he has stayed calm the past week, trying to keep a “winning attitude.” This is Knight’s third year in a row at Hayward Field for the outdoors, and though he’s raced there for other big races, like the world juniors, he wants to make some happier memories there in this event.“He feels ready,” Jennifer said, “and prepared for it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Against Albany, Syracuse’s week-long ground ball focus worked

first_img Comments At the postgame press conference, after Syracuse beat then-No. 15 Albany, goalkeeper Nate Siekierski sat on the podium and squinted. A reporter read aloud the faceoff stats where the Great Danes edged the Orange by one. Siekierski, who had faced 48 shots from SU, gave up 13 scores and allowed a player who hadn’t recorded more than two goals in a game in his three-year career to put in six. That stat, and the allusion that Albany had the edge in the possession category, didn’t add up.“We got worked. I was just looking at that stat,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said of SU’s ground balls advantage. “That’s a tell-tale sign of why you lose a game by eight goals.”

No. 17 Syracuse (1-1) captured a bounceback victory by executing a gameplan it set out over the course of the week in practices and film sessions. With the addition of a bevy of ground ball drills, SU laid the framework to dominate possession, which allowed its offense to come alive.Prior to the week, SU players and coaches said the difficulty of facing Colgate in its first game of the season was the inability to scout them appropriately. This was a new Raiders team — far different than the team the Orange dominated 17-5 a year earlier — and it was under the leadership of a new coach: Matt Karweck.But the Orange hadn’t had a chance to scout themselves, either. Colgate dominated possession, and it started on successful faceoffs. It continued with turnovers and mishandled pickups. Even when the Orange had the ball, it gave the ball back soon after with bad passes and shots right to the chest of Colgate goalkeeper Connor Mullen. The Orange failed to convert on many of their 50/50 opportunities, too.The few times the Orange possessed the ball for a large stint led to doorstep opportunities and long-distance strikes from way outside the crease. Syracuse showed it had what it takes to score, it just needed the ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Colgate had a lot of possessions. They had a lot of shots,” SU head coach John Desko said after the loss to Colgate. “Again, we didn’t have … we didn’t know what they were going to do offensively or defensively.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorAfter the game, the Orange noticed one glaring stat: Colgate outworked SU on ground balls 31 to 25. Though just a slight advantage, the Raiders’ ability to maintain possession tired out the Orange defense and limited Syracuse’s offensive opportunities, Desko said. So SU made ground balls the focus moving forward.While practices typically consist of a typical routine mixed in with a few “more interesting” passing drills, SU defender Tyson Bomberry said, the Orange included “at least one” ground ball drill into every single practice after Colgate.“I think we just made an emphasis this week to make sure we play you through the whistle,” Bomberry said. “Sometimes when a ball gets knocked down, everyone has to play through the whistle and get the ball and clear it. Or pick up the ball and start the offense again.”The Orange did one-on-one, two-on-one and three-on-two drills. Coaches tossed balls at all different angles, Syracuse faceoff specialist Danny Varello said, and SU players battled. Albany brought similar uncertainty because Saturday was its first game of the season — a similar lack of information that plagued the Orange a week ago.Syracuse dominated on ground balls Saturday. In addition to improved production on faceoffs, it took advantage of a Great Danes unit that lost one of the country’s top faceoff specialists in TD Ierlan. SU kept with loose balls early and often in the game, and it helped the Orange maintain possession.Syracuse used a number of players on weakside help to deny Tehoka Nanticoke of a lane to the goal. When he fell to the ground, an SU player always trailed to scoop up the loose ball. Long offensive opportunities were prolonged by SU’s ability to stick with its own shots after deflections. When SU lost the ball, there was a player there to scoop up the error.After the game, when prompted about ground balls and whether or not they were sick of them or not, SU players chuckled and buried their heads into their chest. The Orange focused more on it than they ever had in the past, Desko said, and it worked.“When you win a game and you look at the film and it’s like, ‘Ah, we should work on that a little more,’” Desko said. “But they’re not as glaring as when you lose.” Published on February 20, 2019 at 1:10 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Liverpool Suffer Familiar Frailties

first_imgRelatedUCL Wrap: Madrid, Tottenham Clash Ends In Draw; City And Liverpool Secure Important WinsOctober 17, 2017In “Europe”UCL Review: English Sides Dominate Last 16 Lineup With Liverpool’s QualificationDecember 7, 2017In “Europe”UCL Wrap (Late Kickoff): Champions Real Thrash Hapless APOEL To Secure Last 16 As Liverpool Lose Three-Goal Lead To Deflate Qualification HopesNovember 22, 2017In “Europe” Liverpool were seemingly cruising away to Sevilla last night at half-time but familiar defensive woes surfaced once more and they surrendered a 3-goal lead to draw 3-3 away in Spain.It was an electric first half of football that saw goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane give Liverpool a 3-goal lead at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – a stadium where the home side Sevilla had not lost a match in over 12 months.It seemed like a continuation of the team’s recent good displays that had resulted in a 13-1 aggregate scoreline in their last four games, but as former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson said “If anyone should know it’s never over when you’re 3-0 up, it’s Liverpool”.The result in Spain is not by any means a disaster. All Liverpool need to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League is a point against Spartak Moscow in the last round of group games. What would be of utmost concern to Jurgen Klopp as they prepare to face Chelsea this weekend and Everton in the Merseyside Derby is the return of their well-documented defensive frailties that have beleaguered his team.Alberto Moreno has earned praise, and his starting place in the team, this season after showing significant improvements in his game so far but it was a torrid night for him on a return to his boyhood club. Wissam Ben Yedder was unfortunate to not score early on after a Moreno error on the left but a needless foul from the Spanish left back was what led to Ben Yedder heading beyond Lorius Karius from an Ever Banega free kick.Moreno was nervous again as he failed to properly control a Coutinho pass in the Liverpool box and his subsequent trip on Ben Yedder led to the penalty for the second goal. Moreno was obviously getting the runaround from Franco Vazquez and was replaced by James Milner in the 63rd minute.Klopp’s Liverpool shabby defensive record with set-pieces was again brought to the fore as they conceded a late equaliser for the third time in Europe this season. Quite worryingly, only RB Leipzig and Qarabag have conceded more goals from set-pieces than Liverpool – a trend that has been their Achilles heel since Klopp took over.Jordan Henderson was unsure of his movements for the corner kick and after Ragnar Klavan’s mistimed header fell to Guido Pizzaro, he did not miss from 12 yards.“In the second half we stopped playing football and were passive,” he said afterwards. Indeed, the stats showed Liverpool’s passing accuracy dropped to just 59 per cent in the second half as the players struggled to keep their cool. “We opened the door for them and didn’t close it in the last minutes,” added Klopp.Klopp’s Liverpool side lost 18points from winning positions in the league last season and have the third worst defensive record from set-pieces in both the Premier League and the Champions League. There still is no clear evidence of improvements in defensive areas and as such there is alot to ponder about. After all the progress of the last couple of weeks – albeit shortlived – they must now pick themselves back up.last_img read more

InBet removes the online and offline divide with Café Bridge

first_img Hot Swap delivers “instant win” for Inbet’s retail betting clients January 2, 2019 Submit Share Share Related Articles Inbet and Iforium join forces to create successful software deal November 13, 2018 Inbet to boost betting volume through Atomic platform December 20, 2018 StumbleUpon Inbet Games has confirmed the launch of Café Bridge, a new payment service which provides players with a single account, accessible from both physical gaming venues and online platforms.For end users, it enables a simple move between online and offline action, with a cash deposit option which is important for those who are unwilling to utilise online payment methods and remain concerned over the privacy of their transactions.For businesses, Café Bridge provides a tool to connect their land-based and web-based operations, expanding the audiences of both, as well as creating new marketing opportunities.This new release is the latest step towards InBet’s vision of “bridging all dominant gambling and betting formats” within a coherent and universal gaming environment.Pavel Korolev, Business Development Director for Inbet Games, said: “Too often we have heard stories about gamblers who were unable to indulge in their favorite leisure because of being reluctant to use credit cards for depositing the money. Café Bridge will help you bring them back to the table.“A liaison between the offline and online gambling worlds, it allows players to anonymously deposit cash at designated locations, receiving a text message with a code in exchange. The code would then grant access to the player’s personal account from any location – a partner betting shop, a nearby casino, or from the comfort of their own home.“Operators will love the ease of expanding their online audiences with Café Bridge. Once land-based customers switch to accounts that are equally good for online gaming, only imagination sets the limit for promotional activities. Complimentary chips for online games, free trials and conditional bonuses will drive old patrons to explore new ways of gaming and betting, boosting their loyalty and enhancing their overall gaming experience.”last_img read more