Pellegrini bids to end Lampard saga

first_img Lampard has been the face of New York City’s marketing campaign ahead of their inaugural season and many fans demanded a refund on their season tickets after it was confirmed he would remain in Manchester until the summer. City boss Pellegrini said: “I think it’s an issue which is finished. Frank now is here. I know that there a lot of different opinions about Frank, about that. I respect all of them, but the decision is taken already and Frank will stay here until the end of the season.” Lampard released a statement via Steve Kutner Management on Friday morning seeking to clarify the situation, although clarity is one thing sorely lacking. “I want to make it completely clear about my situation as I have read a lot of lies and nonsense over the last few days,” the 36-year-old said. “When released from Chelsea last year at the end of my contract I signed a commitment to play for NYCFC for two years starting January 1, 2015. I was then offered the chance to train and be part of the Man City squad in the interim to keep myself in the best shape going into New York. “This period has since been extended by Man City and I will now start playing for NYCFC at the end of this current Premier League season. “There has always been a constant dialogue between all parties in this time to find the best solution for everyone. I can say that I am very excited about arriving in New York and giving everything to the team to make us a success in the MLS as soon as possible.” Pellegrini, meanwhile, did not rule out trying to hold onto Lampard beyond the end of the season. The Chilean said: “I think Frank is doing very well with us and I am happy with him as part of the squad. Not only on the pitch but off the pitch, as a professional, as a leader, which is always good for young players, to see him working here. “But at the end of the season, he finishes his contract here. I cannot say what will happen in the future. If I say I cannot say, you will suppose that maybe he will stay here.” There has been confusion over the precise nature of Lampard’s contract status in relation to both clubs since it was announced on New Year’s Eve that he would remain with the Barclays Premier League champions until the end of the season. That announcement has delayed his debut with sister club New York until midway through their first MLS campaign, to the anger of many fans in the United States. On Thursday, the Premier League announced that, after reviewing Lampard’s status, it was satisfied his contract was solely owned by Manchester City with no agreement in place between the two clubs – which sparked fresh speculation he might never play in MLS. But Lampard issued a statement via his representatives which said he does have an agreement in place with New York and will move there in the summer. Quoted in the Guardian, City said: “The statement on the NYCFC website in July saying Lampard’s two-year contract took effect from Aug 1, 2014 was a mistake. [The] initial statement on City’s website that it was a loan was also an error. “There was a head of terms commitment from Lampard to join NYCFC from Jan 1, 2015. That was extended to the end of this season. Any contract with NYCFC will now take effect from July 1, 2015.” Manchester City and New York City, both part of the City Football Group, have been criticised on both sides of the Atlantic for their handling of the situation. With Yaya Toure heading to the African Nations Cup, City were understandably keen to keep Lampard after his return of seven goals, largely as a substitute, but in doing so they have angered the fan base of New York City before they have kicked a ball in competitive action. Manchester City on Friday admitted making mistakes in the way the former Chelsea midfielder’s move to the Etihad Stadium was reported. It was claimed in August that Lampard had joined City on loan until the start of January after penning a deal with Major League Soccer side New York City FC earlier in the summer. Manuel Pellegrini wants a line to be drawn under the Frank Lampard contract saga. Press Associationlast_img read more

Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona crush Mallorca 5-2

first_imgBarcelona: Argentinean legend Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and led the new attacking trio of FC Barcelona along with Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez — who scored a goal each — as the Catalan club registered an emphatic 5-2 victory over Mallorca to maintain their lead in the La Liga table.In their best performance of this season, Barcelona played in sync as a team – with Sergi Roberto, Ivan Rakitic and Frenkie de Jong also impressing — and dominated Mallorca, which has now lost all of their seven away games so far, reports Efe news.The hosts opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Barcelona goalie Marc Andre ter Stegen gave a long pass to Griezmann from a goal kick and the Frenchman ran more than 30 meters before tapping the ball over Mallorca goalkeeper Manolo Reina late on Saturday.Afterward, despite some Mallorca attempts to fight back, the hosts managed to dominate possession and move rapidly, although Japanese midfielder Takefusa Kubo managed to make some inroads into the Barcelona defence.Reina saved two headers by Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique but could not prevent Messi from making it 2-0.Luis Suarez hit the sidebar after a great assist by Roberto and a one-on-one with Reina, as Barcelona kept up the pressure but it was Mallorca that managed to score through their only shot on target when Ante Budimir’s shot was deflected off Clement Lenglet and deceived ter Stegen.However, Messi soon made it 3-1 by scoring again through a clever long-distance shot.The fourth Barcelona goal, in the 43rd minute, was the true highlight of the game, with Suarez scoring through the back of his foot after de Jong, Messi, Gruiezmann, de Jong again and Serbu Roberto passing in quick succession in an awe-inspiring build up.After half time, Barcelona continued their dominance but slightly eased up on the attacking before Budimir scored a second consolation goal for the visitors with a header on a great cross by Fran Gomez.The hosts’ coach Ernesto Valverde substituted the midfield after 65 minutes, bringing in Arturo Vidal and Carles Alena in place of de Jong and Rakitic, and the Catalans continued to create chances, although ter Stegen saved a Chucho Hernandez shot to prevent a Mallorca third.The match wasn’t over yet because Messi was yet to put the icing on the cake for the hosts with seven minutes left on the clock. He received a pass from Suarez inside the penalty area and sent it in towards the right of Reina.The iconic Number 10 had offered his sixth Ballon d’Or to the crowd in Camp Nou before the match began, and ended the night with a hat trick which helped him go past Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema as the highest goal scorer in La Liga.Having already scored 12 goals this season, Messi continues to justify the tag of being the best in the world.Earlier, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema scored in each half to earn a comfortable 2-0 home win over Espanyol.IANSAlso Read: Lionel Messi scores twice to lead Barcelona over TottenhamAlso Watch: Assam is heating up, Lakhs of People take to street to protest against CAB on Saturday, Watch Herelast_img read more

Thirty powerlifters to compete for glory in GAPF `Raw’ Nationals

first_imgTHIRTY powerlifters, including seven females, are set to vie for supremacy in the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF)’s ‘Raw’ National championships on Sunday, October 1 at the St. Stanislaus College, Brickdam.In the limelight of this year’s `Raw’ Nationals, are two young stars, Britny Mack and Arif Imamadeen, who represented Guyana at the 16th North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) and 32nd South American Powerlifting Federation (FESUPO) Championships, in July of this year.Mack returned to Guyana with three gold medals and established a Pan/ South American record, while Imamadeen won one gold and one silver medal.Also set for the competition is local businesswoman, Indra Mekdeci (72 kg) who shone in the GAPF’s Novice/ Junior Championships earlier this year, and the Bobb sisters- Grace (72 kg) and Blossom (74 kg), who performed at the 2017 GAPF’s Intermediate/Masters competition.Other powerhouses will represent the Hardcore Barbell Club, and Buddy’s, Tower, and Life and Fitness gyms.The weigh-in time for this competition will be 07:00 hours while the competition will get underway at 09:00 hours, starting with the lightweight categories.The event has been sponsored by the GAPF’s premier sponsor, Fitness Express, alongside Buddy’s Gym. Patrons will be able to see local powerhouses compete for only $500 while food and beverages will be on sale.last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports The school said all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including incoming 2020 signings, will be honored.In other sports news affected by the virus outbreak:— Finishers of the virtual Boston Marathon will receive their medals in an Amazon package instead of having a volunteer drape it around their necks on Boylston Street. Runners will have from Sept. 7-14 to complete the 26.2-mile distance and submit proof. There is no time limit, but it must be completed in one continuous run. – Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The rules have been altered, and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are impossible. The system has been dubbed “metegol humano,” or “human foosball.” It involves dividing the field with white chalk into 12 rectangles and restricting each player to a defined space. The ball can be passed across rectangles, and players can dribble inside their areas, but leaving one’s rectangle incurs a penalty. The modified game emphasizes passing and shooting over running and fancy footwork.TENNIS-FRENCH OPEN Track president Michael Printup says most furloughed employees have returned to work.Printup says it’s too early to speculate, but if all goes according to plan he estimates the track could host at least 20,000 fans for NASCAR weekend in mid-August. That will snap a string of five consecutive sellouts that has attracted more than 90,000 fans annually. It would still be a welcome boost for the local economy.In other racing news:– NASCAR and IndyCar have come together for an unprecedented weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IndyCar will start the racing on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Xfinity Series making its debut on the road course. Then NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will race on the oval on Sunday. Fans aren’t allowed to attend what is considered a major milestone for American motorsports.— Townsend Bell is putting his own unique twist on “double duty” this weekend. The NBC Sports analyst will call the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday before jetting off to Florida to compete in the IMSA sports car race at Daytona. When the IndyCar race ends, a police escort will take him and car owners Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan to a chartered plane to make it back to Daytona for the 6:10 p.m. start. July 2, 2020 RACIAL INJUSTICE-OKLAHOMA STOklahoma St finds ‘no signs’ of racism in football programSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State’s athletic director says an internal review has found “no sign or indication of racism” in the football program under coach Mike Gundy. Two weeks ago, star running back Chuba Hubbard criticized Gundy for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel that has been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. Gundy apologized. Athletic director Mike Holder says Gundy needs to invest more time building relationships with his players. But he says he is confident in his coach. — New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the team opens summer training camp Friday. 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the offseason. Minor league hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis will assist Slater— Infielder Breyvic Valera has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Toronto also placed four players on the 10-day injured list in moves retroactive to Tuesday: right-handers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez, third baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder Jonathan Davis. The 28-year-old Valera hit .234 in 17 games last season for the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 20. He hit his first career home run on the final day of the regular season. San Diego claimed him from Toronto on Feb. 12.— Right-hander Max Meyer has agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus as part of a minor league contract to join the Miami Marlins, and he’ll take part in training camp starting Friday. The deal was for less than his slot value of $7,221,200 as the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s amateur draft. Meyer had a 2.07 career ERA at the University of Minnesota. He’s in the Marlins’ 60-man player pool and could crack their rotation at some point this year.NFL-WASHINGTON REDSKINS-FEDEXFedEx asks Redskins to change their name — Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA’s hiatus and added 12 pounds of muscle, and the NBA’s likely rookie of the year knows exactly what he wants when the Grizzlies go to Orlando. With Morant leading the way, the Grizzlies won four of their final six before the NBA stopped play March 12. Memphis goes into Orlando’s seeding games sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 3 1/2-game lead trying to clinch the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2017. The extra pounds not only make Morant stronger, but the guard listed at 6-foot-3 and 174 pounds when play stopped expects he will be able to absorb contact better. – The sudden suspension of the NBA season was a double disappointment for Anthony Davis because it happened on his birthday. Davis is back at work with the Lakers on achieving their interrupted goals after a few homebound months spent largely improving his video game skills. The Lakers were leading the Western Conference and preparing for their first playoff run together when the season stopped. Davis still loves the Lakers’ chances of contending for the franchise’s 17th championship largely because his team is healthy. Davis, LeBron James and the Lakers are gathered for individual workouts this week in preparation for their trip to Orlando.— The coronavirus numbers are rising in Florida and across the NBA. The league says a total of 35 players and staff from the 22 teams that will take part in the rebooted season have tested positive since such checks became mandated on June 23. And statewide, Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time. All that news comes less than a week before teams begin arriving at the Disney complex near Orlando.NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOMFlyers’ Lindblom completes treatment for rare bone cancer Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB NEWSTigers announce partnership with sportsbook operatorDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have become the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership with PointsBet. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer. He rang the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation treatments. The 23-year-old was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. Lindblom says he’s grateful the cancer was caught early and he’s happy to be alive.COLLEGE FOOTBALLTexas A&M, Jimbo Fisher handed recruiting penalties by NCAACOLLEGE STATION (AP) — The NCAA has put Texas A&M’s football program on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher has been given a six-month show-cause order.The Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018. The NCAA says Fisher and an assistant coach had impermissible contact with a recruit. Associated Press Fisher was banned from phone calls, emails and texts with prospects for nine days in January. The school was fined $5,000 and given other recruiting restrictions.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKBoise State cuts baseball, women’s swimmingUNDATED (AP) — Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly $3 million. — Chase Koepka gave up a rare chance to play on the PGA Tour by withdrawing from the Travelers Championship out of safety involving the coronavirus. Now the younger brother of Brooks Koepka is being rewarded . The tour is adding Chase Koepka to the field next week for the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. Koepka got into Travelers as a Monday qualifier. He played a practice round with his brother and Graeme McDowell. Their caddies tested positive for the virus. That led Chase Koepka to withdraw to protect the field in case he wound up with the coronavirus.— Cameron Champ was added to the field in the Rocket Mortgage Classic under a modified PGA Tour policy that allows players who test positive for the coronavirus to be eligible if they had no symptoms and get two negative test results at least 24 hours apart. Champ says he does not believe he ever had COVID-19 based on what specialists have told him. The decision to let Champ play on the eve of the tournament was the latest change to an evolving plan as the tour enters its fourth week back from the pandemic-induced shutdown.NASCAR-WATKINS GLENWatkins Glen open again, optimistic for NASCAR weekendUNDATED (AP) — Watkins Glen International is open again for racing in upstate New York. French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournamentPARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year’s postponed tournament.The French Tennis Federation says up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament.In other tennis news:— Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. His media team says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSICDoc Redman in 3-way tie for lead at Rocket Mortgage ClassicDETROIT (AP) — Doc Redman took a step toward remaining among those to make the cut in every event since the PGA Tour resumed, opening with a 7-under 65 to share a one-shot lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Redman closed his first round Thursday with four straight birdies and seven over the last eight holes at the Detroit Golf Club. He went from being a Monday qualifier to finishing second at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic last year. The 22-year-old Redman is shooting to take the next step with his first PGA Tour victory.Elsewhere in the PGA: — The PGA of America is removing Horton Smith’s name from one of its awards because of his history opposing Blacks. Smith is best known as the first winner of the Masters. The Hall of Famer was president of the PGA of America from 1952 to 1954. The PGA of America board decided to rename the Horton Smith Award after a review found that Smith defended the “Caucasian-only” clause while PGA president. The clause was rescinded in 1961. The honor will now be called the PGA Professional Development Award. It’s given to a member for outstanding contributions to professional education. Detroit said the agreement will enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement. Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, says it is the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with a Major League Baseball franchise.In other baseball news:– All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption to work out at Rogers Centre. Toronto will move training camp from its spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. This exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada. MLB required an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.— The Boston Red Sox are getting ready to open their spring training reboot at Fenway Park. The team is scheduled to hold its first workouts Friday. Weights and exercise equipment were set up in the concourse Thursday to allow players to work out with more social distancing than the usual cramped facilities would allow. Masked grounds crew members worked to get the field ready. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was at Fenway to sign an order allowing the Red Sox to open the ballpark without fans.— Chicago Cubs left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing dishes and is out indefinitely. The Cubs said Quintana lacerated his thumb at his home in Miami on Saturday and needed five stitches. He had surgery in Chicago on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old Quintana is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks. The Cubs will then get a better idea of how much time he will miss. WASHINGTON (AP) — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name. In a statement today, FedEx said they “have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name”. The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. In addition to the stadium name and sponsorship agreement, FedEx CEO Frederik Smith is a minority owner. Majority owner Daniel Snyder has shown no indications he’ll change the name since buying the team in 1999.On Thursday night, Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. The other 31 NFL teams were listed and a search for “Redskins” came up with no results. Nike did not immediately respond to an email message seeking comment.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Fewer preseason games following an offseason without on-field workouts creates more challenges for new coaches, players who changed teams and rookies. The NFL is cutting the exhibition schedule in half and pushing back the start of the preseason to allow teams more time to train because the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of organized team activities and minicamps. Players are strongly considering asking for even fewer exhibition games.— “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association are ongoing. SOCCER-EQUAL PAYAmerican women hire appeals lawyers in equal pay lawsuitLOS ANGELES (AP) — American women players suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay have hired a pair of appellate lawyers, even before a trial. Nicole Saharsky and Brian Netter of Mayer Brown joined the legal team on today. Netter is a former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Players sued in March 2018 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they asked for more than $66 million in damages. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner threw out the pay claims in May but allowed discriminatory work conditions allegations to go to trial. That’s scheduled for Sept. 15.FORMULA ONE-HAMILTON-RACISMHamilton feels responsibility to push for more F1 diversity NBA-76ers-SIMMONS76ers’ Simmons recovered from back injury for restartPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons says he’s finally healthy and ready join the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA restart. Simmons says he’s feeling better now than he did at the start of the season. His last game was Feb. 22 when he took such a hard fall in Milwaukee that he was left lying on his back, vomiting from the pain. He is good to go now and can help the Sixers resume their push to win their first NBA title since 1983. The NBA resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.In other NBA news: — Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson says he feels like he’s in good shape as he prepares to help lead New Orleans’ eight-game push to make the NBA playoffs. Williamson says his top priorities include bonding with teammates after the NBA this week allowed team facilities to reopen for mandatory workouts. Williamson says the Pelicans can be “really special” if they are healthy and in sync when the season resumes July 30 in Orlando. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points in 19 games since coming back from a preseason knee injury. SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton feels it’s his responsibility as a global star to keep pushing for more diversity in his profession and beyond. Hamilton has attended a Black Lives Matter march in London and is setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.RUSSIAN DOPINGWorld Athletics freezes Russia panels because of unpaid fineMONACO (AP) — World Athletics has frozen the program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally after the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time. The Russian track federation owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics says it will freeze the work of its Russia task force and its panel for vetting those who want to compete internationally. They will remain shut down until the World Athletics council meets at the end of July.last_img read more

Blues deny AVB-Abramovich ‘showdown’

first_imgChelsea have dismissed suggestions Andre Villas-Boas is fighting to keep his job following Roman Abramovich’s recent training-ground visit.AVB’s position is under scrutiny after some poor results.Club owner Abramovich watched training on Saturday, increasing speculation that Villas-Boas’ position is under threat.The Russian was reported to have demanded to know Villas-Boas’ tactics for the following day’s game against Manchester United.AdChoices广告The Blues manager was said to have been ‘shaken’ by the exchange, but Chelsea have insisted Abramovich’s visit to Cobham was not unusual.“Roman likes to get down to Cobham and watch training whenever he can,” the Press Association quoted a club spokesman as saying.“He was able to visit on Saturday and he and Andre had a good chat after the training session, which is normal.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Heineken Excites Fans as English Clubs Dominate UEFA Champions League

first_imgFootball fans joined match conversations by sharing their half and full time match predictions and were rewarded with gifts provided by Heineken. While the two matches of the night saw the duo of Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona emerge as winners of their respective games, it was Chioma Nwosu who was the heroine of the night at the Cubana Lounge as she predicted correctly the match results and performed brilliantly during the fans engagement session at interval.“We are excited to share all the unmissable moments of the current season of the UEFA Champions League as we have always done since the 2005/06 season when Heineken established a partnership with UEFA with the sponsorship of the most glamorous club football competition in the world.“We look forward to continually bringing premium experiences to live as we take football viewing experience beyond the comprehension of passionate fans of the competition,” the Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Emmanuel Oriakhi, remarked.Oriakhi stressed that after the draw ceremony this afternoon, “UEFA Champions League fans in Nigeria can continue to look forward to enjoying premium experiences as provided by Heineken at different outlets up to the final match on 1st of June at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was a memorable match night of UEFA Champions League on Wednesday at the Cubana Hut & Grill as fans were treated to an exclusive viewing experience by international premium lager beer, Heineken as Liverpool FC secured passage into the quarter final phase of the competition over host, Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Germany.Ahead of the draw ceremony which comes up this afternoon in Nyon, Switzerland, consumers at the unmissable match moments were delighted that all the four English Premiership clubs with massive fan bases in Nigeria are still in the last eight of the competition for the first time since 2008/09 season.Interestingly, after watching the proceedings from giant screens at the premium arena, the talking point was the domination of English clubs ahead of the Spanish giants Real Madrid (four times) and FC Barcelona that have dominated the scene since 2014.last_img read more

TENNIS : Orange’s increased intensity pays off with current winning streak

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ After Syracuse was blown out in its first two matches, Luke Jensen saw the inexperience of his players hold them back. The Orange struggled to execute on the court and mismanaged finer points in the losses.So the Syracuse coach put an extra emphasis on cleaning up the mistakes and fine-tuning his players’ games.‘You don’t want to lose their confidence and lose their ear, but you just got to point out that the little details and the little specifics are the determining factors sometimes in just winning and losing matches,’ Jensen said.Rustiness and inexperience plagued the Orange (2-2, 1-1 Big East) against South Florida and Texas Christian, but for a team with only two upperclassmen, the problems are somewhat expected. Rookie mistakes, though, did produce some teachable moments for the coaching staff. The season-opening losses caused an increase in intensity in practice, eventually bringing the Orange two blowout wins of its own. Through the process, players have pushed one another, and Jensen feels his team has responded to his coaching.After opening its season with a pair of deflating losses, Syracuse has stormed through two dominating performances of its own. The Orange earned two 7-0 wins over St. John’s and Buffalo. With his team winless, Jensen said Syracuse became hungrier for success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘This is the first time we’ve ever blanked out those two teams,’ Jensen said. ‘… You get their attention. They don’t like losing. It’s a bad taste in their mouth.’Earlier in the season, the team’s lack of experience was evident in the players’ little mistakes off the court. One player forgot her shoes while others have been slightly late for practice and the team van. Yet Jensen sees these mistakes as a chance to emphasize the team’s need to control the simple things.Though the coaching staff strictly emphasizes discipline, managing a young team is a balancing act.Senior Emily Harman chalked the opening losses up to underperforming but thinks the team’s early struggles have helped it move forward. Though Harman noted little change in the structure of practices, the defeats still affected the team.‘We push ourselves even more than we did before because obviously that wasn’t good enough,’ Harman said.Intensity has always been a part of the Orange’s mantra under Jensen, but for the underclassmen, the early losses showed that high expectation for the program.Freshman Amanda Rodgers said Syracuse worked harder after the losses, but they also brought a wake-up call to the rigors of college tennis.‘Now that the five freshmen have two really hard matches under their belt, we can kind of be ready for the next ones coming up,’ Rodgers said.The Orange takes on No. 55 Ohio State on Saturday before visiting Big East opponent Cincinnati on Sunday.Though many factors determine the success of a tennis team, for sophomore Aleah Marrow, the solution was simple. Syracuse fell back into a rhythm after the South Florida and TCU losses. The wins inevitably helped the team’s confidence, too.‘We got off to a slow start in the season, but we won the last two games, and we streamrolled the last two teams,’ Marrow said. ‘… I think we’re just back up to speed with the way we should be playing.’Ultimately, the players have put the two losses behind them and gotten back to work. An unspoken drive to improve has taken over the team, Harman said.Jensen has noticed his players’ new commitment to getting better since the losses.‘They’ve probably been the most intense since I’ve been here in six years,’ Jensen said.Despite the rough start to the season, the team still has its sights set on postseason play. Beating the superior teams on the way to Syracuse’s goal will require a consistent effort.The message came from Jensen, but it extends through the team. And Jensen and his players know bringing that effort will be key to making a run nationally this season.‘That’s always going to be the goal,’ Rodgers center_img Commentslast_img read more

Olympic spirit should exist for all

first_imgThe Olympic spirit is a phrase liberally tossed around to describe the athletes at the world’s greatest athletic stage every four summers. As defined by the Olympic Creed, the Olympic spirit is:“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”Should this be true? Sure. Is it? Probably not.Athletes are inherently competitive, especially the best athletes from around the world, and it seems silly to be able to tell someone who wins for a living to be alright with not living just because it is a special occasion.However, the Olympics are about more than sports. The stories are less frequently broadcast in NBC’s primetime coverage, but there are still heartwarming stories to be found throughout the Games. For example, the story of 41-year-old Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, who once competed for the Soviet Union and in Rio became the world’s oldest Olympic female gymnast, or weightlifter David Katoatau of Kiribati, who danced during the competition to raise awareness for climate change.These are the stories that give the Olympic spirit meaning. Neither athlete medaled and yet their stories are ones that have the opportunity to be told.For athletes in less glamorous sports from less glamorous lands with less chance of a glamorous endorsement, the Olympic spirit rings true. For the majority of athletes, the chance to compete in the Olympics comes with the knowledge that the experience is the most valuable asset. For the likes of superstars such as Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps or Simone Biles, the Olympics are more valuable as a launching point into the next wave of a career.It is smart for these athletes to take advantage of the monetary and career opportunities that are tied to the Olympics for some of the more popular sports, but for the hundreds of other athletes who do not receive the same attention from the mainstream media, the best they can hope for is to embrace and honor the Olympic spirit.The Olympic spirit is applicable in everyday life, and there are endless inspirational quotes conveying the same message. We see them everyday on friends’ Instagram bios and classmates’ notebooks, but most ordinary lives are so far removed from the Olympics it would be seemingly difficult to find inspiration in a creed meant for the world’s most impressive athletes.And yet, here we all are, at the University of Southern California. No, it isn’t Oxford or Harvard, but without a doubt it is an extremely prestigious university who has graduated people who have changed the way the world operates and thinks.All the students at USC were once the Olympians of their high school and now that they’ve won a medal, moved on to the next part of their education.As a competitive student at USC, it is easy to get caught up in the “winners are the only ones who succeed” mentality, but upon closer inspection, the time spent at USC is more similar to a three-week stay at the Olympics than one might think.As the Olympic creed says, the most important thing is to take part, so do not be afraid to experience USC in every avenue. Do not worry solely about winning, but also learn from the battle that college is every day in a variety of ways. As the creed finishes by saying that to fight well is the most essential aspect, it’s hard not to appreciate that as a Trojan, where we live by the motto, “Fight On!”Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

Women’s basketball splits road trip

first_imgThe game was close until the fourth quarter when the Buffaloes started to run away with the lead. The Trojans were able to close it to a 1-point deficit in the last minute of the game, but the Buffaloes closed the game out at the free throw line. With USC up by 3 points in the last 30 seconds, junior guard Minyon Moore stole an inbound pass from graduate student guard Sarah Porter and hit two free throws. However, Utah hit a quick 3-pointer and stole the inbound pass with 13 seconds to play. Mariya Moore blocked the potential game-winning three, sealing the Trojans’ victory. More than halfway into Pac-12 play, the USC women’s basketball team is currently sitting near the bottom of the standings. This past weekend, the Trojans went on a road trip to No. 17 Utah and Colorado, splitting their games with an 84-80 victory over the Utes and an 81-76 loss to the Buffaloes. Senior guard Mariya Moore had a big game early in the Utah matchup, putting up 8 quick points to give USC an early lead. The score at the end of the first quarter was 23-19 USC, after eight lead changes in the first 10 minutes. Moore said she bought into the green-light mentality despite the team’s recent shooting struggles. Head coach Mark Trakh’s Trojans entered Friday’s matchup with Utah coming off two straight wins over Washington and Washington State. USC was 3-7 in Pac-12 play, with its only previous win coming against UCLA. USC shot 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. Redshirt sophomore forward Asiah Jones and the Trojans took charge on the glass, leading the Utes 21-11. Jones had five rebounds for the game, four of which came on offense. “I’m very proud of myself,” Tapley said. “I’ve really have been focusing on the game and how I played, not really worried about the other negative things going around me.” The Trojans finished their road trip at Colorado Sunday. The Buffaloes, who hadn’t won a game in conference play to that point, dominated the Trojans for most of the game, emerging victorious in a high-scoring affair. Utah started the fourth quarter with a quick 5-1 run and lead, narrowing its deficit to 4 points in the first minute and a half. After three more baskets, the Utes tied the game at 68 points with under seven minutes left in regulation. “It’s hard to be in the gym so much and not hit shots, but we are just at the point where, it’s like, at least we are confident now whether we make it or miss it,” Moore said. Although USC suffered its eighth Pac-12 loss on the season, the Moore sisters continued to play at a high level. The sisters combined for 41 points, 13 rebounds and three steals against the Buffaloes. In addition, Minyon Moore played the entire game, while Mariya only missed two minutes. For the Buffaloes, the double whammy of sophomore guard Mya Hollingshed and senior guard Alexis Robinson kept the Trojans at bay, combining for 37 points and 11 rebounds. Hollingshed and Robinson had a strong game on both sides of the ball, draining a combined six 3-pointers and forcing five turnovers. Mariya Moore finished with 23 points on 66 percent shooting in 39 minutes of action, but her biggest play came on the other side of the ball. “I’ve got to sprint with all my effort, I can’t let her get the three off, so I just jump as high as I could,” Moore said. “It probably doesn’t look like I got high up, but I tried to jump as high as I could, and I guess I just tipped it.” At halftime, Moore had 16 points in 20 minutes for the Trojans, equaling Utah redshirt freshman guard Dru Gylten. Moore hit three 3-pointers, shooting 75 percent. She also added three rebounds to her total, while senior guard Aliyah Mazyck forced two steals. At the beginning of the third quarter, the Trojans extended their lead to 10 points with a shot from Mariya Moore. After trailing by as many as 14 points, the Utes entered the final quarter down 68-59. Another standout player was junior forward Ja’Tavia Tapley, who scored 14 points in less than 30 minutes. Tapley missed just two shots and snagged six rebounds. Senior guard Mariya Moore was all over the court against Utah, scoring 23 points and recording the game-winning block. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) The Women of Troy are now 14-9 overall, with six more games to play until the Pac-12 tournament. They will return home this weekend with important matches against Cal and Stanford Friday and Sunday, respectively, at Galen Center.last_img read more

Will Smith drives in 6 as Dodgers rout Nationals

first_imgIn the seventh inning, he came up with the bases loaded and missed a grand slam by a few feet, lining a three-run double off the wall in left-center field as the Dodgers broke the game open.“It’s just showing up and being ready to compete,” said Smith who has hit .345 (10 for 29) with four home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.256 OPS in 10 games over three promotions to the big leagues this year.“The older guys in this clubhouse make it way easier. Just be ready to go and when you’re name is called upon do what I do.”Asked if he expects to stay this time, Smith said only, “I hope so.”Smith’s home run was the first by a Dodgers catcher since Austin Barnes on June 20 (Smith hit a home run as a pinch-hitter on June 23). And his six RBIs are the most by a Dodgers catcher since Barnes drove in seven at San Diego on June 30, 2017. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “We have a long lineup as it is,” Robert said. “But obviously when you get a guy in there in Will who can turn the lineup over, who can drive in runs and who can hit a ball out of the ballpark it’s just tough to navigate. It really is.“Obviously we haven’t seen him a lot up here. But what we’ve seen, what we’ve learned about him and how he’s performed in Triple-A, just watching his swing and his demeanor — it’s real. He’s not going to drive in six every night. But I think you can bet on the quality and to do what he also does behind the plate, a two-way player, it’s pretty special.”Corey Seager also had two hits, including an RBI double, and Max Muncy scored three runs after two singles and a walk as the Dodgers feasted on a diminished Nationals pitching staff.Former UCLA left-hander Matt Grace gave the Nats two perfect innings as the “opener” before Joe Ross replaced him and was battered by the Dodgers hitters for seven runs on nine hits over the next five innings.“I think once they brought Ross in the game we just stayed in the big part of the field,” Roberts said. “I think you saw us take what Joe was going to give us — Muncy going the other way, Corey going the other way, obviously Will going the other way (for his home run). Staying on the breaking ball, the sinker away to the lefties — that right there was the damage.”The Nationals’ only damage against Kershaw came in the first inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Trea Turner and a triple to Adam Eaton who scored on a sacrifice fly.Kershaw allowed just one more hit in his six innings. The Nationals didn’t get another runner past first base against Kershaw until he issued back-to-back two-out walks in the sixth inning. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies WASHINGTON — Will Smith will always have fond memories of his time in Oklahoma City. But he can probably have all of his stuff boxed up and forwarded to Los Angeles.In his first start since returning from Triple-A, Smith had a home run and two doubles, driving in six runs and leading the Dodgers to a 9-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon.“It’s impressive. Those are really good swings on all of them,” Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw said of his 24-year-old batterymate. “What can you say? It was really impressive all around.”Smith was recalled from Oklahoma City on Friday with promises from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of “a good runway” to become the team’s primary starter at catcher. Smith did not play Friday but hit a solo home run in his first at-bat Saturday, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to the center-field wall in his second at-bat then hit an RBI double his third time up. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Smith is the first Dodgers rookie with six RBIs in a game since James Loney had a nine-RBI game on Sept. 28, 2006. Only two other rookie catchers have had six RBIs in a game for the Dodgers, both with Brooklyn – Bernie Hungling (April 26, 1922) and Al Lopez (August 13, 1930).Between his start June 26 (after which Smith was sent back to OKC) and Saturday, Dodgers catchers (Barnes and Russell Martin) had a combined total of three extra-base hits and eight RBIs.Related Articleslast_img read more