EPL: Calvert-Lewin brace hands Everton win at Newcastle

first_imgEverton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin kept up his fine run of form as he scored twice to give Everton a 2-1 win at Newcastle United in a pulsating Premier League clash on Saturday.Advertisement Loading… The 22-year old fired the visitors ahead in the 13th minute, sweeping the ball home from six metres after a deflected Gylfi Sigurdsson shot fell kindly for him.Chances went begging at either end before Fabian Schar volleyed in a 59th-minute equaliser, firing past Jordan Pickford after Andy Carroll had headed a Jetro Willems free kick into the defender’s path.Read Also: Ancelotti ready to block Man Utd £70m transfer bid for Everton strikerEverton, whose lightning breaks kept carving open the home team’s defence all afternoon, struck again five minutes later when Calvert-Lewin bundled in Richarlison’s perfect low cross from the right.Newcastle threw men forward in the closing stages but Everton held on to extend their unbeaten league run to five games, while the Magpies suffered their first home defeat in nine outings.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img It was a second successive victory for Everton’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti, who made his debut at Goodison Park with a 1-0 win over Burnley on Thursday when Calvert-Lewin netted a late winner for the Toffees.last_img read more

Ronaldinho closing in on 70 days detention in Paraguay

first_imgBrazilian great Ronaldinho’s lawyers are hoping the former world player of the year will be allowed to go home after more than two months of detention in Paraguay over a forged passport. Ronaldinho was released from prison to house arrest at a luxury hotel in Asuncion on April 7 “We’re hoping to convince the prosecution to allow Ronaldinho and his brother to return to their country. We can do nothing but wait for the investigation to end,” a defense source told AFP. Former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star Ronaldinho and his brother, Robert de Assis Moreira, are facing up to five years in jail if convicted. The brothers spent more than a month behind bars after they were accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports. The 2005 Ballon d’Or winner and his brother posted bail of $1.6 million and have been under house arrest at the plush Palmaroga Hotel in the historic centre of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion since April 7. The public prosecutor has six months to investigate the case, and has ordered the arrest of 18 in connection with it. “There is not one single serious proof that incriminates him,” Rogelio Delgado, president of Paraguay’s footballers union told AFP. “Although he has a luxury prison, it’s very unfair that he’s still being detained,” added Delgado, a former Paraguay international. The 40-year-old Ronaldinho has been keeping a low profile since being released from behind bars, not least because of coronavirus lockdown measures. “I was completely caught off guard when I found out that these passports were not valid,” Ronaldinho told Paraguayan newspaper ABC last month in his only public statement since his release. Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was crucial in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win. He and sibling Robert – who is also his business manager – initially encountered no problems after arriving in Asuncion from neighboring Brazil on March 4. However, shortly after their arrival, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following discovery that their passports were fake. Read Also: Premier League chiefs, coaches at war over June 12 restart date Ronaldinho, given a rock star’s welcome to Asuncion by around 2,000 children and teenagers, said the documents had been given to him by sponsors of a charity working with disadvantaged children. The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money laundering. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMeet The World’s Most Striking Animals HereWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Great Wall Of China: The Hidden Story Loading… last_img read more

DeVolder, Hogge crowned at Bakersfield, Jernagan takes Speedweek SportMod title

first_imgFifty-three IMCA Modifieds were complemented by 30 Northern SportMods in the finale. Curran ended the night in second with Jason Bannister grabbing third. Jim Pettit II and Jerry Flippo completed the top five.  The final night of the California IMCA Speedweek saw Shane DeVolder win the IMCA Modified feature at Bakersfield Speedway, earning $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. (Photos by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) Almost perfect, Garrett Jernagan raced to his fifth Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod win in six California IMCA Speedweek starts at Bakersfield Speedway. Jernagan clinched the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod crown with his fifth $750 victory of the week.  By Stephanie Deatherage Feature Resultscenter_img BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Aug. 15) – Shane DeVolder won the battle, Bobby Hogge IV won the war and Garrett Jernagan won both on the final night of California IMCA Speedweek presented by Hoppes Motorsports.  Modifieds – 1. Shane DeVolder; 2. Bobby Hogge; 3. Ryan Daves; 4. Jim Pettit II; 5. Jerry Flippo; 6. Cody Burke; 7. Alyssa Smith; 8. Kellen Chadwick; 9. Clint Reichenbach; 10. Troy Foulger; 11. Ethan Dotson; 12. Tom Smith; 13. Gary Dutton; 14. Trevor Fitz-Gibbon; 15. Troy Morris III; 16. Kyle Heckman; 17. Gavyn Manning; 18. Jake Mayden; 19. Tim Yaeger; 20. Paul Stone. DeVolder won the IMCA Modified feature at Bakersfield Speedway, earning $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth, while runner-up Hogge took the overall Modified tour title.  DeVolder regained the lead from Alyssa Smith before a long green flag run got him into lapped traffic. Three cautions slowed the final 10 circuits but neither Hogge or Ryan Daves had anything for the leader and finished in that order behind him.  Brent Curran set the tone early in a SportMod feature slowed by yellows, nailing each restart and checked out on the rest of the pack. Jernagan finally navigated his way into the lead following a lap 11 restart, holding off all challengers as the race ended green, white, checkered.  SportMods – 1. Garrett Jernagan; 2. Brent Curran; 3. Jason Bannister; 4. Brock Crawford; 5. Tanner Thomas; 6. Dylan Potter; 7. James Cecil; 8. Jon McKinley; 9. Matt Mayo; 10. Chase Thomas; 11. Nathan Rolfe; 12. Chuck Weir; 13. Brandon Jennings; 14. Jarrod Mounce; 15. Austin Manzella; 16. Nick Spainhoward; 17. Todd Gomez; 18. Brylon Holder; 19. Markus Frazier; 20. Brian Baker.last_img read more

Cricket News Former BCCI president BN Dutt dies at 92

first_imgKolkata: Former BCCI president Biswanath Dutt, best known in Indian cricket fraternity as Jagmohan Dalmiya’s mentor, passed away on Monday after suffering from acute lung infection.Dutt was the BCCI president in 1989 after a six-year stint as the vice-president of the parent body from 1982-88.He was 92. He is survived by his daughter and son Subrata Dutta, who is the senior vice-president of All India Football Federation.“His illness began with urinary tract infection on September 10. In a week’s time, his lungs got severely infected with fluid accumulation and couldn’t recover anymore. He passed away at our (Bhowanipore) residence at 4.07am this morning. He would have turned 93 on October 10,” his son Dutta told PTI.Also Read | Katrina Kaif reveals release date of first trailer of ‘Thugs of Hindostan’One of the most revered administrators of Kolkata Maidan both in football and cricket, Dutt is known to have played an instrumental role in getting a young Dalmiya under his aegis as a Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer in 1977.In fact, Dalmiya till he was alive always acknowledged that he had learnt the ropes of cricket administration from Dutt.Remembering how Dalmiya caught his attention in his first meeting at the Calcutta High Court in early 1970s, Dutt had said: “There was some dispute in the IFA first division league, and Dalmiya moved High Court challenging IFA’s decision. He was an outstanding speaker and he almost convinced the judge in their favour.”However, the relationship between mentor and his protege was soured during the 1990 BCCI elections when Dalmiya supported the candidature of senior Congress leader late Madhavrao Scindia.Read More | India vs Pakistan: Player ratings as India defeat Pakistan yet again in Asia Cup 2018In one of the most acrimonious BCCI elections to have been ever fought in Kolkata (close second would be 2004), Scindia defeated Dutt, who then retired from active sports administration.But Dalmiya known for his legendary persuasive powers mend fences with his Guru during later years.However, his influence in Kolkata maidan was unquestionable and legend has it that Dutt at one point of time had influence over almost 30 clubs in the first and second division.Whenever there would be an election at the Cricket Association of Bengal, Dalmiya would visit his ‘Bishu da’ (as he was fondly known in Maidan circles) for hi “blessings”.In Kolkata maidan terminology, Dutt’s blessings with a candidate meant that voters (member clubs) will not cast their vote anywhere else.“It’s a huge loss for me personally. Our families share a completely different bond. He was a father figure for entire Kolkata Maidan,” Dalmiya’s son Avishek, who is CAB joint-secretary told PTI in his condolence message.Read More | Pakistan to India’s objection on Burhan Wani stamps: ‘Not all of them are terrorists’Former AIFF secretary Ashoke Ghosh, who was instrumental in India hosting the then coveted Nehru Gold Cup international tournament also began his career him as assistant secretary in Indian Football Association when Dutt was the secretary in 1976.Dutt’s younger brother Pradyot Dutta also became an IFA secretary and later his son Subrata, who is now one of the most influential AIFF official.The Dutt family’s original club is George Telegraph, which is also their business unit dealing in education related verticals.Having served IFA in different capacities in his tenure from 1963-1975, Dutt began his career in cricket administration as CAB secretary in 1977 and became president in 1982, a post he held till 1986.The BCCI also condoled the death of Dutt in a media statement. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgLate goal lifts BoltsEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have followed a blowout win with a nail-biter to take a two-games-to-none lead over the New York Islanders in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final.Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored with 8.8 seconds left to lift the Bolts past the Isles, 2-1. The Lightning had two quality chances that were stopped by Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) seconds before Kucherov fired the puck into the net.Matt Martin put the Isles ahead just 1:24 into the game. Martin has five playoff goals after scoring just five the entire regular season.Victor Hedman tied it late in the first period for the Lightning, who were outshot 28-21. Koepka won the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, and he was runner-up last year at Pebble Beach. WWE-CONCUSSIONS LAWSUITFormer WWE wrestlers’ lawsuit over brain damage is dismissedNEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by 50 former pro wrestlers who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head injuries that led to long-term brain damage. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City upheld a lower court ruling in 2018 that said the lawsuit’s claims were frivolous or filed too late. Cassidy edged out Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) for his first Jack Adams honor. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella finished third in the voting, which is done by broadcasters.Boston finished six points ahead of the next-closest team in the standings when the season came to a halt in March. TENNIS-US OPENWilliams wins in 3 sets; Azarenka cruisesNEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams remains in line to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Her next opponent will be someone she beat in the 2012 and 2013 finals. Kyle Lowry contributed 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 53 minutes as the Raptors outlasted the Celtics, 125-122. He got an acrobatic jumper to fall with 11.7 seconds left. Lowry bounced back after scoring just 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting in Toronto’s Game 5 loss.Norman Powell finished with 23 points off the bench for the defending champs, Fred VanVleet had 21 and OG Anunoby chipped in 13 with 13 rebounds. Anunoby put Toronto ahead by nailing a 3-pointer with under a minute left.Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart combined for 83 Boston points, but Kemba Walker managed just five. Brown was high man for Boston with 31 points and 16 rebounds, Tatum had 29 with 14 boards, and Smart had a triple-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. However, Smart missed a 3-point try that would have forced a third OT.Game 7 is Friday. Associated Press The Los Angeles Clippers are one win away from their first trip to the Western Conference finals following a 96-85 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 4.Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard finished one assist shy of his first playoff triple-double, providing 30 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. Leonard has scored 30 or more points six times during this postseason.Reserve Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell added 15 points to help the Clippers take a 3-1 series lead. They can close out the Nuggets on Friday night. Los Angeles coughed up an early 18-point lead and was tied at 48 early in the third before the Clippers responded with a 21-5 run.Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had 26 points and 11 boards for a Nuggets team that finds itself in an all-too-familiar situation. They were down in their first-round series against Utah before becoming the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Williams fired 20 aces but had to rally to beat Tsvetana Pironkova (sveh-TAH’-nuh pih-RAHN’-koh-vah) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and get to the U.S. Open semifinals. Williams trailed by a set and a break in the all-mom quarterfinal match before winning five straight games to take control.The 38-year-old Williams will have about 24 hours to recover from a match that lasted over two hours. She next faces unseeded Victoria Azarenka, who breezed through her quarterfinal match.Azarenka continued her recent resurgence with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Elise Mertens. Azarenka used a big serve to beat Mertens to earn a meeting with Williams, who is 18-4 against her in their careers.Ararenka won the Open-tuneup Western & Southern Open for her 21st career title. She made her first U.S. Open semifinal since 2013 and eighth grand slam semifinal overall. Naomi Osaka will face Jennifer Brady in Thursday’s other semifinal.In Wednesday’s other quarterfinal action at Flushing Meadows:— Men’s second seed Dominic Thiem (teem) advanced with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alex de Minaur (mih-NAHR’). Thiem is still on the hunt for his first major championship after two losses in the French Open final and this year at the Australian Open. — Third seed Daniil Medvedev beat longtime pal Andrey Rublev 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 in an all-Russian matchup. The 2019 U.S. Open runner-up hasn’t dropped a set in the tournament so far and never faced a break point against No. 10 seed Rublev. Medvedev also produced more than twice as many winners, 51-23.MLB-SCHEDULE Los Angeles acquired Ramsey in a trade with Jacksonville midway through last season.In other NFL news:— Five-time Pro Bowler Aqib Talib announced his retirement from the NFL on his new podcast Wednesday. Talib said he was excited about reuniting with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, But after he began looking at flights and apartments, Talib took a look at the Patriots’ schedule and asked himself if he really wanted to cover the likes of George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Darren Waller and Noah Fant, among others.— 49ers linebacker Fred Warner took part in Wednesday practice after being taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk didn’t take part in the open portion of practice due to injuries. Their status remains in doubt this week heading into Saturday’s season opener against the Cardinals.— The Vikings have placed defensive end Danielle Hunter on injured reserve, taking one of their most vital players out of action for the season opener against Green Bay and at least two more games after that. Hunter has not practiced with the team since training camp activities were first opened to reporters on Aug. 14. Coach Mike Zimmer has only described the unspecified injury as a “tweak.” — The Reds picked up a 3-0 shutout win over the Cubs as Trevor Bauer tossed three-hit ball while fanning 10 over 7 2/3 innings. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) crushed a three-run homer in the first inning off Yu Darvish, who ended a seven-start inning streak. — Pete Alonso’s 11th home run of the season broke a 6-6 deadlock in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 7-6 comeback win over the Orioles. Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto and Andres Gimenez also went deep after Baltimore took a 5-1 lead.— Ramon Laureano’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth completed the Athletics’ 3-2 comeback over the Astros. Tommy LaStella tied it with a two-run double in the seventh after Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) and George Springer homered for Houston.— Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres drove in four runs and the Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. Torres and DJ LeMahieu homered to back Deivi García, who gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings for his first victory in three major league starts. — Danny Duffy won in Cleveland for the first time in nearly six years by pitching four-hit ball into the sixth inning of the Royals’ 3-0 shutout of the Indians. Adalberto (ad-ahl-BEHR’-toh) Mondesi broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the sixth as Kansas City won its second straight since a seven-game skid. September 10, 2020 Brewers, Braves combine for 48 runsUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers scored 19 runs for the first time in a decade on Wednesday, and it wasn’t close to being the day’s biggest offensive assault. Milwaukee’s former major league team outscored the current one as the Braves obliterated their franchise scoring record in a 29-9 dismantling of the Marlins. Adam Duvall led Atlanta’s 23-hit assault with three homers and nine RBIs, including a grand slam.By the time Ronald Acuña Jr. laced a three-run double in the sixth, the Braves had set a team record for runs and led 25-8. Acuña also hit a three-run blast, one of seven homers belted by Atlanta.In Detroit, Corbin Burnes tossed one-hit ball for seven innings before the Brewers completed a 19-0 laugher over the Tigers. He struck out 11 in his third start without an earned run allowed. NBA-DRAFTNBA execs eye November draft LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s board of governors and general managers will discuss a plan later this week to push the NBA draft back to Nov. 18. That’s according to a memo sent to teams, a missive that says the date is based on “initial conversations with the Players Association. The draft has been moved back once from June 25 to October 16. The memo says the additional delay would also allow the league more time to conduct the pre-draft process, including a combine in some form.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS It was the most runs for the Brewers since they scored 20 at Pittsburgh in 2010. Jedd Gyorko (JUR’-koh) homered twice, and Jacob Nottingham, Ryan Braun and Tyrone Taylor also went deep for the Brewers. Milwaukee also hit eight doubles to set a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits.Also around the majors:— Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock each hit RBI singles in the 10th inning and the Dodgers overcame a subpar performance by ace Clayton Kershaw in a 6-4 triumph over the Diamondbacks. Mookie Betts and Kiké (KEE’-kay) Hernández each hit a solo homer for the NL West leaders.— Zach Davies won his career-best, fifth-consecutive start by allowing three runs over six innings of the Padres’ fourth straight victory, 5-3 over the Rockies. Mitch Moreland hit his first homer as a Padre to help San Diego complete a three-game sweep. — Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) smacked a three-run homer and the Giants coasted to their fifth consecutive win by crushing the Mariners, 10-1. Players took afternoon batting practice with the lights turned on amid raging wildfires in Northern California. Some ash flakes rained down on the ballpark, and the smell of smoke was noticeable but not overpowering. Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) was superb at times and helped Tampa Bay kill off a five-minute major and a 5-on-3 situation.Game 3 is Friday.NHL-ADAMS AWARDCassidy nabs Adams AwardUNDATED (AP) — Bruce Cassidy is the winner of the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year after leading the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy. Update on the latest sports — The Pirates were clobbered on Roberto Clemente Day as James McCann homered twice and collected four RBIs in the White Sox’s 8-1 romp in Pittsburgh. Dane Dunning scattered three hits over six scoreless innings for his first big league win.— The Rangers have just their third winning streak of the season after Isiah Kiner-Falefa (fah-LAY’-fah) matched a career high with four hits and Nick Solak had two RBIs in a 7-3 decision over the Angels. Texas had lost six in row and 18 of 21 before winning the series opener Tuesday. MLB-NATIONALS-KENDRICK ILNationals put Kendrick on 10-day IL with strained hamstringWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULERaptors stay aliveLAKE BUENA VISTA (AP) — It took double-overtime for the Toronto Raptors to force a Game 7 in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics. — Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (shuh-ZEER’) has announced his retirement, nearly three years after a spinal injury put his career on indefinite hold. The two-time Pro Bowl selection required spine stabilization surgery after getting hurt against the Bengals in December 2017. PGA-US OPEN-KOEPKABrooks Koepka out of US Open with lingering injuryMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has pulled out of next week’s U.S. Open because of lingering pain in his left knee. The two-time champion had played eight times in a 10-week span, including six in a row. He was trying to catch up from missing so much time from a knee injury suffered last October. It reached a point where he withdrew before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, ending his season in the hopes that time off would help. Kendrick is batting .275 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 25 games this season. Last year, he was the MVP of the NL Championship Series and hit the go-ahead homer in Game 7 of the World Series.NFL-NEWSJalen Ramsey gets record extensionUNDATED (AP) — Jalen Ramsey is becoming the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams. The extension includes $71.2 million, the most guaranteed money ever given to a defensive back. Ramsey will average $21 million per season, another record for a cornerback or safety. Among the plaintiffs were Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Harry Masayoshi Fujiwara, known as Mr. Fuji. Their lawyer says they were posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.last_img read more

Gayle to VC world cup squad

first_imgCMC – TALISMANIC West Indies opener Chris Gayle has been named vice-captain for the upcoming World Cup, which is expected to be his swansong from the one-day format.Cricket West Indies announced Monday that the 39-year-old would serve as Jason Holder’s deputy for the May 30 to July 14  tournament ,while young stroke-maker, Shai Hope, will be vice-captain for the ongoing Tri-Nations Series here which started on Sunday and ends May 17.Gayle, the most experienced player in the Windies World Cup squad, is a former West Indies captain, having led the Caribbean side in 53 One-Day Internationals and 20 Tests between 2007 and 2010.The left-hander, who has featured in 289 ODIs and scored 10,151 with 25 hundreds, earlier this year signalled his intention to retire following the World Cup.“It is always an honour to represent the West Indies in any format and this World Cup for me is special,” Gayle said of his appointment as vice-captain.“As a senior player, it is my responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team. This will probably be the biggest World Cup, so there will be great expectations and I know we will do very well for the people of the West Indies.”He will be a pivotal player for West Indies in the World Cup, having displayed tremendous form in the recent ODI home series against England where he plundered 424 runs to be adjudged Man-of-the-Series.Hope, meanwhile, has emerged as the Windies’ most consistent ODI batsmen in recent times.He marked his 50th match on Sunday with a superb 170 against Ireland as West Indies opened the Tri-Nations Series with a handsome 196-run victory.The right-hander has already scored 1947 runs with five centuries and averages 48.67.“It’s a tremendous honour to be appointed vice-captain for this series here in Ireland,” he said.“Ahead of this tournament I was asked to take on this role and I was happy to accept. Anything I’m asked to do for West Indies cricket I’m always happy and willing to put my hand up, so this is great.”West Indies take on Bangladesh in their second match of the Tri-Nations on Tuesday here.Gayle, however, is not part of the squad, due to his commitments with Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League.last_img read more

Joel Obi: Hoping for an Injury-Free Season with Chievo

first_imgAfter winning the “Allievi Nazionali” Under-17 championship in 2008, Joel Obi was moved to the Primavera formation, where he had over 40 appearances and six goals in just under three years. In 2009, the then Inter Milan Manager, Jose Mourinho notice his immense talent and played him occasionally in the first-team. In 2010, even if without playing, he was registered to the club’s ‘A’ list of players, who won the UEFA Champions League against Bayern Munich.With the arrival of Rafael Benitez in summer 2010, he moved Obi with the first-team and he made his debut for Inter in a Champions League group stage game against Werder Bremen where he played the final 10 minutes of the match after coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute.After some cameo appearances in the Italian Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana injury came knocking and it was not until the 2012-13 season that Obi made another few appearances in the colours of the Nerrazzurri before he was sent on loan to Parma. His return to Inter two seasons later was not two impressive spending just a season before being shipped to Torino.Since then his football career has been bleated by injuries. However, since the beginning of the season, Obi had shown blinks of his old self which probably was what convinced the German-born Nigerian coach to invite him for the two-headed friendly matches against Poland and Serbia, perhaps for a first-hand assessment.His invitation will come four years after his last call-up to the national team, as his last game for the Super Eagles came in a friendly game in 2014 against Scotland.He earned his first call to the Super Eagles in a friendly game against Sierra Leone in Lagos in 2011 and was full of promise, playing 11 games in a row for the senior national team before an injury put paid to his Eagles’ ambition. His next stint with the national team was during the preliminary of the 2014 World Cup but he never made Nigeria’s squad to the Mundial. Surprisingly, Gernot Rohr recalled the midfielder for the friendly games against Poland and Serbia prior to the World Cup, though he was part of the Super Eagles team to Russia, he never featured in any of the team’s group matches before being eliminated.Obi indeed admitted that it would be tough breaking into the team with the calibre of players currently in the Super Eagles squad but felt he had something to offer.“It’s good competition there (Super Eagles) and that’s what you want as a player. It’s only normal to have one eye on the World Cup. Every Nigerian player will want to get into that squad, but it’s based on merit. So, you’ll have to play well for your club and I’m doing that. I’ll focus on doing that, and then if I get the opportunity to play, it would be a dream come true,” Obi said before the kickoff of the Mundial.In an interview with THISDAY, former Nigerian international, Friday Ekpo said his move to Chievo was good for him as long as he would enjoy his football there and an opportunity to still be relevant in the national team as he would always bring his experience to bear.“He’s a vastly experienced player and for injuries that have really punctured his career, he supposed to be one of the leading top midfielders in Europe if not the world by now.“For now, he seems to be injury free and enjoying his game. One thing I know for sure is that on his good day and if he’s injury free he would add value to the team and his vast experience would be a plus,” Ekpo said.The former Inter man, now 27, is presumably at the peak of his physical powers. He made nine appearances (eight of those starts) in all competitions for Torino last season, scoring three times and assisting twice. Then again, there has never been any uncertainty over his productivity and ability. What is rather less apparent is how consistently his skills can be harnessed.Last season, Obi missed five weeks due to injury. In 2016/17, that number was 13. In 2015/16, it was 20. This is the tragedy at the very core of a wondrous talent, the thorn in his flesh as it were: to be eternally buffeted by muscular injuries.Yet, so great is his talent and range that, when fit, he is impossible to ignore, and this is true both for club and country. Following that initial stumble, the reboot of the national team did eventually happen under the late Stephen Keshi, and when he had secured a ticket to the 2014 World Cup, it was to Joel Obi he turned to improve the then African champions.His slaloming brilliance and deft left foot would not have looked out of place in Brazil. Predictably though, just on the eve of the final squad announcement, he suffered yet another injury, drawing a long, plaintive sigh from all and sundry.For former Super Eagles defensive midfielder, Waidi Akani, Obi’s condition would determine whether he is still good for the national team.“Though Super Eagles midfield is not a department that the team is having many problems but Rohr could still use him in other areas. After all, he has been used as a defender for his Italian club at one point or the other. He could, therefore, explore other areas,” Akani said.The former NEPA of Lagos player, however, emphasised that it was not yet Eldorado for the former Torino midfielder, that what would really guarantee a place in the Super Eagles team is how well his body condition is.“His talent has never been in doubt. He is one player I admire so much and sympathisewith. The question has always been on his fitness,” he noted.The 26-year-old has played in the Italian Serie A for Inter Milan, Parma and Torino, he has made a total of 15 appearances for the Super Eagles and is yet to register a goal.Obi has made just 105 league appearances in the seven years since he jogged on to the San Siro pitch to replace Philippe Coutinho.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles midfielder, Joel Obi, last week moved from Torino to fellow Italian side Chievo Verona ahead of the new Serie A Season after the 27-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee in what would be his fourth club for an Italian side. After just making the numbers at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the question on the lips of observers is whether his latest move was to make a statement for Super Eagles Manager, Gernot RohrAfter signing for Chievo Verona from Torino, Super Eagles midfielder, Joel Obi said, “A new adventure is about to begin, but first of all I would like to thank my Torino teammates and all the staff for the unique years spent together.”Chievo is his fourth Italian club after Inter Milan, Parma and Torino.last_img read more

Nittany Lions shut down Badger seniors

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team, after splitting matches against Ohio State and Penn State last weekend, now finds itself in unfamiliar territory — out of first place.In a battle for certain and undefeated command of the Big Ten conference, the No. 4-ranked Nittany Lions (15-2, 6-0 Big Ten) came into the UW Field House Saturday and easily took care of a No. 8-ranked Wisconsin team that was fresh off a convincing victory the night before over the No. 18-ranked Buckeyes (10-5, 3-3).”I just think Penn State played a great match,” Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said. “They kept us off-balance just enough to keep pulling away, and we didn’t have an answer for the things they were putting at us.”The Badgers (13-2, 5-1) begin their attempt to return to the top of the standings this week against a pair of struggling Big Ten teams, both 1-5 in conference play thus far. The Northwestern Wildcats (10-6) visit the Field House Wednesday, followed by the Indiana Hoosiers (8-10) Friday.A learning experience: Part of the recovery will have to come from senior captains Sheila Shaw and Aubrey Meierotto. After strong performances against the Buckeyes, both Badgers came up with negative hitting percentages in the Penn State loss.”They’re pretty upset with how they played. I know Penn State keyed on them specifically, and tried to keep their numbers down,” Waite said. “They figured if they kept the seniors down, it would affect the rest of the team, and I think it did.”Waite said his team will be able to gain much experience in defeat to the Nittany Lions. A major source of learning will come from Penn State’s All-American setter Sam Tortorello, whom Waite believed taught his own setter, Jackie Simpson, a few things.”I think Jackie set a pretty good match, but there were some times when she might have been a little tight,” Waite said. “When you do that, your sets fall a little bit short, and they’re not quite where you want them to be, so the hitters are not in as good a rhythm as they should be.”[For Tortorello,] it wasn’t just setting, it was blocking and defense, so she has the all-around game,” Waite said. “That’s why she’s an All-American, and she will be again this year.”The streak continues: Jocelyn Wack, with 20 digs against the Nittany Lions, added to her streak of double-dig matches Saturday. At 46 straight matches, Wack currently holds the longest match streak of 10 or more digs in the country.By powering the Badgers’ defense to 16.55 digs a game, second-best in the Big Ten, and holding UW opponents to a .127 hitting percentage — the fifth-lowest in the country — Wack has developed into one of the best liberos in the NCAA.However, another impressive Badger streak came to an end in the Wisconsin loss. Serving specialist Megan Mills had hit at least one service ace in each of the last nine UW matches before failing to do so against Penn State. This season, Mills has smacked 14 service aces against only seven errors.Looking ahead: Playing in the Big Ten, the Badgers have learned that there are no easy matches during the regular season against any team. However, having already played four ranked Big Ten teams this season, UW has to be confident this week against the two teams that are tied for dead last in the conference.Of course, it doesn’t stop Waite or the Badgers from losing focus.”Northwestern and Indiana are in the lower half of the conference right now, but Northwestern took Ohio State to a … fifth game,” Waite said. “They’ve got some good weapons, so we have to be ready for them. We just have to keep improving our game, and we’ll be fine.”The Badgers will enjoy their third weekend at home of the last four, which, according to Waite, continues to aid Wisconsin during the games.”I always love being home, anytime you get [two weekends at home] back-to-back, it’s awesome,” Waite said. “With a short week like this, we don’t have much preparation time for Wednesday.”The people that were there [at the Penn State match] saw some great playing, so I think they’ll come back and watch more.”last_img read more

Guardiola Demands Yaya Toure Apology, Agent Refuses

first_img“Unless Mr Dimitri Seluk comes back to the press or to his friends in the media –- because he hasn’t the courage to call me, he goes to the media –- and apologises to Manchester City first of all, then his teammates and afterwards the trainer.“When that happens, Yaya will be part of the group and he will have the chance to play.”Toure has recovered from a migraine that made him unavailable for Saturday’s 4-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth, but he will not be considered for today’s League Cup tie at Swansea City.Seluk had said: “If he (Guardiola) wins the Champions League for City this season, then I will travel to England and I will say on television that Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world.“But if City don’t win the Champions League, then I hope that Pep has got the balls to say that he was wrong to humiliate a great player like Yaya.”In response to Guardiola’s remarks, Seluk said he would only apologise if the City manager said sorry to both his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini and outcast goalkeeper Joe Hart.“I will apologise to Guardiola if he will apologise to Pellegrini for what he did to him,” Seluk told Sky Sports News.“If you are a gentleman, this just does not happen. He signed a new contract last year then he gets pushed out for Guardiola to come in. Pellegrini was a gentleman.“Guardiola also needs to apologise to Joe Hart. It’s not right to come to England and then get rid of a few English players.“Guardiola wants a new future for Yaya, for Hart, and they won’t be the last.”Toure, who is in the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, has featured just once for City since Guardiola’s arrival.He played the full 90 minutes of their Champions League play-off second-leg victory over Steaua Bucharest in August.Guardiola added: “I cannot accept as a coach that every agent, when his player doesn’t play, goes to the media and speaks.“I know how much Dimitri Seluk loves Yaya Toure. If he loves him, show me by apologising to Manchester City for what he said in the papers.”Guardiola said that, as a player at Barcelona in the early 1990s, he would never have dared to allow his agent to speak out against Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, then the club’s manager.“I cannot imagine in my day when a player’s agent would go to the media and speak against Johan Cruyff,” he said.“Maybe it’s the new era, but I’m from the old generation, and an old-generation agent has to make his players his job and the coach his job.“Today agents believe they are more than they are. If you have a problem, we can talk. Until he speaks, Yaya isn’t going to play.”Toure has been at City since 2010 and has won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup during that time.While Toure will play no part at Swansea, captain Vincent Kompany could return, having not played since April after undergoing groin and thigh surgery.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Yaya Toure will not play again for Manchester City until the player’s camp apologises for comments made by his agent, manager Pep Guardiola vowed yesterday.Dimitri Seluk accused the City manager of “humiliating” Toure, 33, by leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad at the start of this month.The Ivorian midfielder, who announced his retirement from international duty yesterday, has not figured in a single City match-day squad since then.“The day after that, his agent spoke and in that moment, Yaya is out,” Guardiola told a press conference.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger finalist for NL MVP, Hyun-Jin Ryu for NL Cy Young

first_imgKershaw is one of five MVP award winners in Los Angeles Dodgers history – Maury Wills (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963), Steve Garvey (1974), Kirk Gibson (1988) and Kershaw.Ryu would be the 13th Cy Young Award winner in Dodgers history, joining Don Newcombe (1956), Koufax (1963, 1965 and 1966), Mike Marshall (1974), Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Orel Hershiser (1988), Eric Gagne (2003) and Kershaw (2011, 2013, 2014). The most successful regular season in franchise history did not lead to any reward in the postseason. But two players who helped make that 106-win season possible could reap individual rewards for their performances.Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and outfielder Cody Bellinger were named Monday as finalists for the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards, respectively.The top three vote-getters for each of the four major awards – Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP – were announced on Monday. Ryu was joined by the 2018 winner Jacob deGrom (New York Mets) and three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals) as the top three in NL Cy Young voting.Bellinger was one of the top three vote-getters for MVP along with last year’s winner Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers) and Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The last time one team had both the MVP and Cy Young award winners in the same season was … the Dodgers in 2014 when Clayton Kershaw won both awards. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img The award winners will be announced next week on MLB Network at 3 p.m. PT each day – Monday (Rookie of the Year), Tuesday (Manager of the Year), Wednesday (Cy Young) and Thursday (MVP).Ryu (currently a free agent) led the majors with a 2.32 ERA and allowed two runs or fewer in 23 of 29 starts. Ryu’s 1.01 WHIP was third in the National League behind deGrom and Jack Flaherty and his strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.79) was second only to Scherzer (7.36).Bellinger, meanwhile, thrust his name into season-long MVP consideration with a torrid two-month start to his season.Bellinger was batting over .400 (.404) as late as May 21 and finished May batting .379 with 20 home runs and a 1.213 OPS. He finished the season with career-highs in nearly every offensive category – home runs (47, third in the NL), RBIs (115), an NL-leading 351 total bases, batting average (.305), on-base percentage (.406), slugging percentage (.629) and OPS (1.035, behind only Yelich and the Angels’ Mike Trout). And Sunday, he was recognized for his defensive ability with the Gold Glove Award among NL right fielders. That defensive ability helped boost Bellinger’s WAR by one measure to a major-league high 9.0 in 2019.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more