Wimbledon: Venus in tears, Murray, Nadal stroll as Wawrinka falls

first_imgThe family of Jerome Barson, who suffered a fractured spine and numerous internal injuries in the smash, said they intend to sue the US star.When she was asked how she was coping mentally, Williams added: “I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. That’s all I can say about it. That’s what I’ve learned.”Despite the tragedy at home, Williams remained focused enough on Court One to clinch a 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 victory over Belgium’s Elise Mertens in the first round.Defending men’s champion Murray celebrated the news that he is about to become a father again by reaching the second round.The top seed and world number one downed Kazakh lucky loser Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, showing little sign of the hip problem which plagued him in the build-up.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Women’s second seed Simona Halep, blasted off court in the French Open final by Jelena Ostapenko, downed New Zealand qualifier Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-1.Ostapenko, the 2014 Wimbledon junior champion, saw off Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Williams, the 37-year-old five-time champion, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her maiden appearance at the All England Club.But that landmark has been overshadowed by her involvement last month in a road accident near her Florida home which resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and — yeah. I’m completely speechless. It’s just…” Williams said in a news conference before breaking down and leaving to compose herself.READ: Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly ‘at fault’ in fatal car crash Durant said to sign two-year deal with Warriorscenter_img LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I have felt OK the last few days and the adrenaline you feel by playing a match numbs any pain you may have,” said the British star after seeing off world number 134 Bublik.Murray next faces Dustin Brown, the man who knocked out Nadal two years ago.German world number 97 Brown came back from a set and a break down to beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4.Joy for Kvitova, Azarenka World number two and two-time champion Nadal secured his 850th career victory with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Australia’s John Millman.Fresh from winning his 10th French Open title, Nadal goes on to face Donald Young for a place in the last 32.“I haven’t had many matches on grass for the last few years, but I had some positive feelings,” said Nadal, who missed last year’s tournament with a wrist injury.Swiss fifth seed and French Open runner-up Wawrinka was knocked out by Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.World number 49 Medvedev, making his Wimbledon debut, handed 33-year-old Wawrinka a sixth first round loss at the All England Club, although his efforts were hampered by a left knee injury which required an ice pack at the changeovers.“I wasn’t feeling the way I wanted to feel. But I played against a great player who was confident,” said Wawrinka whose pain was eased slightly when girlfriend Donna Vekic won her opening match. Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates after beating Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in their Men’s Singles Match on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. APLONDON—Venus Williams wept at Wimbledon over the “devastation” of a fatal road accident for which she is facing legal action as Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal eased into the second round on Monday.World number three Stan Wawrinka was the opening day’s biggest casualty, losing to Russian debutant Daniil Medvedev while there were emotional comeback wins for Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka.ADVERTISEMENT Medvedev, 21, kissed the Centre Court grass to celebrate his victory, his first at any Slam.“A year ago I was ranked 250. If someone told me in one year I would win on Centre Court I would tell you ‘you are joking,’” said the wirey Russian.There was plenty of emotion too for 2011 and 2014 Kvitova as the popular Czech downed Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-4.Kvitova was playing just her eighth match since suffering a potentially career-ending hand injury fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in December.“I felt the energy from the crowd and it was amazing to be back here at Wimbledon and playing on the beautiful Centre Court,” the 27-year-old said.Former world number one Azarenka defeated CiCi Bellis of the United States 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in her first Grand Slam since taking time off after last year’s French Open to have her first child Leo in December.The two-time Australian Open champion made the semi-finals at the All England Club in 2011 and 2012.“I understand that I need to be patient but the competitor in me wants everything quick,” admitted Azarenka.Nick Kyrgios, who beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014, will not get another opportunity to repeat that shock.The combustible 20th seeded Australian was 6-3, 6-4 down to France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert when he called it quits after failing to shake off the hip injury which has plagued him in recent weeks.last_img read more

Sulley Muntari banned after racism complaint, Inter Milan and Lazio sanctioned

first_imgPescara midfielder Sulley Muntari has been banned for one game after he walked off the pitch at Cagliari on Sunday, having been booked for complaining to the referee about racist abuse in the crowd.Serie A’s disciplinary committee also said that no action would be taken against Cagliari because only around 10 supporters were involved in abusing Muntari.Meanwhile, Lazio and Inter Milan were found guilty of racist behaviour by their fans during other games and warned they would face partial stadium closures if there was a repeat.The committee said that Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was the target of racist chanting by Inter fans while Lazio supporters targeted AS Roma defender Antonio Ruediger.Ghanaian midfielder Muntari said he suffered abuse throughout his side’s 1-0 defeat at Cagliari but was booked for dissent when he asked the match official to stop the game.The 32-year-old walked off the pitch in protest shortly afterwards and was then given a second yellow card and sent off.The committee confirmed an automatic one-match ban, saying Muntari’s second yellow was for “abandoning the pitch without the referee’s permission”.The committee described the chanting as deplorable but said it came from a part of the stadium occupied by 2,000 fans and that only around 10 were involved, not enough to warrant a punishment against the club under Serie A rules.It said that around 80 percent of the 7,000 Inter fans in one of the upper tier sections of the San Siro aimed insults at Senegal defender Koulibaly and a similar number of fans in one section of Lazio’s Curva Nord aimed insults at Germany’s Ruediger.advertisementIn both cases, the tribunal ordered the sectors to be closed for one game if there was a repeat incident within the next year.Earlier, the world players’ union FIFPro had called on Serie A to rescind Muntari’s first yellow card.”We urge Italian authorities to hear Muntari’s version of events, investigate why the situation was mismanaged, and take firm action to ensure this never happens again,” said FIFPro in a statement.”Muntari was well within his rights to approach referee Daniele Minelli, as the first point of reference, to make his grievances known and seek a solution.”Professional footballers should expect to be adequately protected by the relevant authorities.”last_img read more

Herediano wins CONCACAF League title

first_imgTegucigalpa, Nov 2 (IANS) Costa Rican club Herediano captured its maiden CONCACAF League title with a 3-2 win on aggregate over Honduran side Motagua.It won the championship despite losing 1-2 in Thursday night’s second leg of the final of this 16-team, single-elimination football tournament organised by CONCACAF, the governing body for the sport in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, reports Efe.By virtue of winning the CONCACAF League, Herediano also has qualified for the 2019 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League, the region’s premier club soccer tournament.The CONCACAF League is a tournament that began in 2017 to provide a springboard to the CONCACAF Champions League for teams from Central America and the Caribbean.–IANSgau/vmlast_img read more

Caught on stump mic: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed racially abuses South Africa cricketer

first_imgPakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed is facing severe backlash on social media for his allegedly racist comments against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second of the ongoing five-match ODI series between the two countries in Durban on Tuesday.Sarfraz Ahmed was getting frustrated as Phehlukwayo and opener van der Dussen were stitching a match-winning stand for the sixth wicket after Pakistan had South Africa reeling at 80 for 5 in chase of a modest 204-run target.In the 37th over the chase, Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic saying: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” (Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?)Sarfraz made the comment even as Phehlukwayo inside edged a Shaheen Afridi delivery to deep fine leg and was running towards the non-striker’s end.Notably, the South Africa all-rounder enjoyed a lot of luck as Pakistan had handed him a reprieve only in the previous over via a dropped catch.Phehlukwayo also got an LBW decision against him successfully overturned after using the Decision Review System. Phehlukwayo remained unbeaten on 69 as South Africa gunned down the total with five wickets to spare and levelled the five-match series at 1-1.While on-air commentator Mike Haysman sought the literal translation of what Sarfraz had said, Pakistani cricketer-turned commentator, Ramiz Raja was heard saying: “Difficult really to translate that. It’s a big long sentence”.Sarfraz is in danger of facing sanctions from the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the match officials can initiate disciplinary action, which may fall under the ambit of the apex body’s anti-racism code.advertisementAccording to the “ICC Anti-Racism Policy for International Cricket- 1 October 2012”, The ICC and all of its Members should “not at any time offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage, vilify or unlawfully discriminate between persons based on their race, religion, culture, colour, descent, and/or national or ethnic origin (inappropriate racist conduct).”Watch video: Shoaib Akhtar reacts to Sarfraz Ahmed’s commentSarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019This isn’t funny. Its pathetic and racist. https://t.co/J3OeIW4CuROsman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) January 22, 2019Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo:”abbay kaale teri Ami kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj””black man wheres your mother sat? What have you asked your mother to pray for you today?”#SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/vw6yuE73OESaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 22, 2019Dear @ICC you should take strict against @TheRealPCB captain #SarfarazAhmed as he was calling @OfficialCSA player @andileluck19 “kaale ” which means black in english !! ?? Rasicm should not allowed at any cost . Check the video below #SAvsPAK #SayNoToRacism pic.twitter.com/2w1Jntmxf1Saimanikanta (@smktweetz) January 22, 2019Here’s what Sarfraz was heard saying to Phehlukwayo in yesterday’s #SAvPAK ODI.Not only racist, but also just a crap sledge. pic.twitter.com/krAbfjWQeeDennis Kohli (@DennisCricket_) January 22, 2019Those were racist remarks, Captain #Sarfraz! You should apologies for your words even if you think you were trying to be funny, clearly you weren’t. Go and seek apologies from #Phehlukwayo in the true spirit of the game.Shukriya!Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) January 22, 2019Never have taken to Sarfaraz for the way he shouts at his fielders openly, but racism was the last straw. Definitely not someone who should be leading an international cricket team. Ban should only be the start for his racist comments.Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 22, 2019Also Read | Rassie van der Dussen guides South Africa to series-levelling victory vs PakistanAlso Read | 2nd ODI South Africa vs Pakistan in Durban: Highlightslast_img read more

SAFF U18: India seal comeback win

first_imgIndia U18 SAFF U-18 Championship 2017: India 2-1 Maldives: Abhishek Halder stunner seals comeback win for Blues Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 19:50 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) India U18 AIFF Media India U18 Maldives U19 SAFF Championship Two well taken goals enabled the young Blues to crawl back into the game after conceding an early goal… India U18s registered a 2-1 win over Maldives in their third match in the 2017 SAFF Championships at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu on Monday.Two well-taken first-half goals from Rebello Princeton and Abhishek Haldar enabled the young Blues to crawl back into the game after going behind to a 18th-minute goal by the Red Snappers.India went into the game with an unchanged lineup from their comprehensive 3-0 win against Bhutan on September 22. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The young Blues started brightly, testing the opposition keeper multiple times in the opening few minutes. However, it was Maldives who drew first blood totally against the run of play in the 18th minute.The trailing side piled pressure on leaders and a well-deserved equalizer came in the 37th minute. A defence-splitting pass from midfield found Rebello Princeton’s run into the box and the forward allowed the ball to bounce before unleashing a powerful volley that found the net.Four minutes later, Abhishek Halder decided to pick the ball up from midfield and run at the opposition defence. A fragile Maldivian defence stood stunned as the youngster dribbled his way out of the crowded opposition midfield to create just enough space and produce a stunning shot from outside the box that hit the net. India went into the break with the scoreline reading 2-1.They were multiple opportunities for both the teams in the second half, with India failing to close the game out and Maldives searching for an equalizer. With the game nearing its end, Aditya Patra produced a brilliant save to secure India’s 2-1 comeback win against Maldives.India are now second in the SAFF U-18 Championship table, with six points from three games. Bangladesh are top of the table with two wins from two games and India will hope they lose points in their game against Nepal, scheduled to kick off later today.The starting XI for India U18 today:Aditya Patra (GK), Deepak Tangri, Sahil Panwar (C), Abhishek Halder, Namgyal Bhutia, Lalrindika Edmund, Lalawmpuia, Zonunmawia, Roshan Singh Naorem, Pranjal Bhumij, Princeton Rebello.last_img read more

Flawless Barca celebrate with another ‘Manita’!

first_imgBarcelona Another ‘Manita’ on Barca’s birthday as even Valverde’s second string look impeccable Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 05:30 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(18) Paco Alcacer Nelson Semedo Barcelona David Ramos Barcelona Real Murcia Barcelona v Real Murcia Copa del Rey Opinion On the anniversary of the club’s founding in 1899 and seven years on from the 5-0 win over Real Madrid, the Blaugrana are in rude health once again November 29 is a special date for FC Barcelona. The Catalan club were celebrating their 118th birthday on Wednesday and it was also exactly seven years since their famous 5-0 win over Real Madrid at Camp Nou. What better way to mark it, then, than with another ‘Manita’!Barca beat Segunda B side Murcia 3-0 away in the first leg and this second match looked like a formality. However, the Blaugrana will have taken nothing for granted after seeing Madrid toil to a 2-2 draw at home to Fuenlabrada on Tuesday. They knew this needed to be a professional performance.Blaugrana 3/10 to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, that has been the nature of Barca’s season so far under Ernesto Valverde. Since losing the Spanish Supercopa 5-1 on aggregate to Los Blancos back in August, the Catalans have been impeccable, conceding only six goals all season, leading La Liga and also their Champions League group.Valverde picked a young side, with Oriol Busquets (no relation to Sergio) making his debut in midfield and opportunities for Carles Alena, Denis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Gerard Deulofeu.Barca Murcia scoreBoth Denis and Vidal took that chance, scoring a goal apiece, along with others from captain Gerard Pique, Paco Alcacer and Jose Arnaiz. Deulofeu, though, was the one real disappointment, as he struggles to make the most of his opportunities since returning to Barca over the summer.The rest of the team was impressive, though, just like the senior side has been so far throughout this season – ever since the Supercopa, loss at least.That seems like a distant memory now and Valverde said after the match: “The sensations are good in general. The team showed attitude and also responsibility in front of the fans. The young players all did well.”Barcelona players celebrate against MurciaAsked if he was worried about Deulofeu, Valverde replied: “He is not ill and he doesn’t have any physical problems, so why should I be worried?”Indeed, the fact that one or two players are off form right now (Luis Suarez is another) will not be too much of a concern for the Barca boss, because his team are hardly conceding any goals and they are picking up impressive results in all competitions.On Wednesday, it was a happy birthday, a special anniversary and another memorable win for Valverde’s Barcelona. Since the Supercopa and all the pessimism of the summer, things could not have gone better.last_img read more

Report: Brighton 1 Watford 0

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion 1 Watford 0: Gross ends drought to help Seagulls return to winning ways Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 00:58 12/24/17 Pascal Gross - cropped Getty Images Watford lost their fourth straight game as Pascal Gross’ strike ended a winless run of seven games for Brighton and Hove Albion. Pascal Gross’ first goal in seven games was enough for Brighton and Hove Albion to edge past Watford 1-0 and make a welcome return to winning ways.Chris Hughton’s side last tasted victory against Swansea on November 4 and have endured a difficult spell since then.Gross’ fourth goal of the campaign – and his first since the 2-2 draw with Stoke City last month – put an end to that run, however, in what was a game that the Seagulls dominated for long periods. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The German had come closest to breaking the deadlock earlier with a fizzing effort, but he eventually got his name on the scoresheet with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area, which was helped on its way by an insipid attempted save by Heurelho Gomes.Watford – missing the spark of suspended duo Abdoulaye Doucoure and Troy Deeney – struggled badly and scarcely threatened a Brighton backline, which included Premier League debutant Connor Goldson.  They will need to pick themselves up for the visit of Leicester City on Tuesday as they attempt to halt a run of four straight Premier League defeats. Brighton, meanwhile, will travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on the same day with a spring in their step. 64: GOOAALL!! Gross. #BHAFC 1 #WFC 0 #BHAWAT pic.twitter.com/OIPXIQFrhK — Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) 23 December 2017 Brighton started in positive fashion and carved open the Hornets’ defence inside the opening five minutes. Tomer Hemed dragged his initial effort wide before Anthony Knockaert latched onto the loose ball and drilled a low cross back across the face of the goal, which was well parried away by Gomes. Watford weathered the early storm and Hughton’s side had to wait until just after the half-hour mark for their first effort on target, Goldson meeting Gross’ deep corner at the back post with a downwards header that was well tipped behind by Gomes. Knockaert then saw a shot from distance well held by Watford’s Brazilian goalkeeper as the Seagulls continued to dominate in the closing stages of the half.Connor Goldson in action on his Premier League debut.   #BHAFC #BHAWAT pic.twitter.com/z6zdnKwZO7 — Brighton & Hove Albion  (@OfficialBHAFC) 23 December 2017 The hosts picked up where they left off after the break, but their lack of firepower continued to be painfully evident.Hemed surged forward with the ball before an exchange of passes ends with him unceremoniously lashing over when well placed on the edge of the area. Inexplicably, Watford’s first attempt on goal did not come until the 56th minute when Richarlison’s effort from a tight angle was pawed away by Mat Ryan.This appeared to spark the game into life, Gross first firing a long-range effort agonisingly wide before breaking the deadlock in the 64th minute with a low drive past Gomes, who will be disappointed that he was unable to repel it. Lewis Dunk then headed narrowly wide from a corner as Brighton looked to kill the game off.Richarlison flashed a late header wide for Watford, while the effervescent Knockaert should have scored a second for Brighton – instead hooking wide with the goal at his mercy.Marco Silva’s side then almost secured the most undeserved of points with one of the last touches of the game as Mat Ryan dropped a looping cross, but Stefano Okaka failed to make him pay as he sent an effort wide off his thigh. read morelast_img read more

Jermaine McGillvary will feel at home when England run out at Anfield

first_img“They all supported Liverpool, and it was definitely because of the John Barnes thing,” says McGillvary, who will win his 16th Test cap as England look to secure a series victory against the Kiwis. “All my uncles loved him, what with him being such a high‑profile black player at that time. They were young men growing up themselves and they adored him. They watched Liverpool because of him.“Off the back of it, I started watching Liverpool with them. For all my family he was a role model; they idolised John, and I idolised them, so it stuck with me.”It has stuck with McGillvary all the way to the present day. Though he is as passionate and proud of his Huddersfield roots as anyone you are likely to meet, there is a twinkle in McGillvary’s eye when discussion turns to him playing at Anfield – an opportunity that passed him by two years ago. Sam Tomkins still has ‘plenty of rugby left’ as England face Kiwis at Anfield Rugby league features Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Twitter For all of England’s squad, the bright lights and big stage Liverpool and Anfield provide makes Sunday’s second Test against New Zealand extra special. There is, however, one member of Wayne Bennett’s squad in particular who can testify to the importance one of world football’s biggest clubs has played on his and his family’s life over the past 30 years.Jermaine McGillvary is not afraid to admit he was an impressionable child when he was growing up in Bradley – a working-class area of Huddersfield – in the 1990s. His shared a modest-sized house in the town with as many as nine family members, including several uncles who, in a family of Grenadian descent, had one particular black role model they looked up to in their youth. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Pinterest Facebook He did not make his Super League debut until the age of 22, after formative spells in the lower leagues with Barrow and Batley; but McGillvary is now widely regarded as one of the best wingers in the world after playing an integral part in England’s run to the World Cup final.He made his debut for the national side in 2015, fearing then his time may have passed. “I couldn’t even dream of playing professional rugby league, let alone for England, and here I am,” he says.“This is the dream of so many players that couldn’t make it this far, so how can you not be happy? I had to wait too long for my international debut I felt, but it’s very rare you get to pull this shirt on regularly. You need to cherish every moment.”As a straight-talking Yorkshireman, McGillvary is also adamant that England’s players have an extra item on their agenda this autumn. Victory on Sunday would secure the series with a game to spare, which is no mean feat against a side who managed to defeat the all‑conquering Australians two weeks ago, before flying to England. Share via Email Topics Read more The Observer New Zealand rugby league I started watching Liverpool with my family. They idolised John Barnes Reuse this content Share on Facebook The NRL is still regarded as the gold standard for club rugby by some distance but McGillvary believes that should England manage to beat the Kiwis – without big names such as Sam Burgess, too – then it may soften the Antipodean approach towards the northern hemisphere.“For us to win a series against a team of NRL superstars, that will send out a statement that while people always see the negatives in Super League, there is a lot of quality,” he says. “Maybe it’ll help the competition take off. All we want to do as players is grow the game, and I don’t think we get enough credit in this country. Let’s get our players put on a pedestal like the NRL’s superstars.“I don’t think we, as English people, big our competition and our game up enough. We’re always trying to compare ourselves to Australia, aren’t we? Let’s celebrate what we’re good at. We need to keep acknowledging that because this team is in a good place.“As for me, who would have thought 10 years ago I would be here? It’s as exciting today as it was when I made my debut.” McGillvary touches down for England in their World Cup semi-final victory over Tonga. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images England rugby league team England missed out on the chance to play at Anfield in 2016 when they failed to reach the Four Nations final but since then the national side have been on an upward curve. Last year’s appearance in the World Cup final has been followed up with June’s 36-18 victory against New Zealand in Denver and then the 18‑16 success at Hull last Saturday in the opening Test of the three‑ match series. This England side, as their coach insisted last week, are one the nation can truly be proud of.“To get that opportunity to walk out there, it would just be a dream come true,” the 30-year‑old says of Anfield. “I did a promo with James Milner and Danny Ings about the Four Nations so to miss out on getting there was gutting. But that heartache gave this group inspiration to improve and we’ve made up for it since then.”McGillvary has made up for lost time in his own playing career. It was not until his late teens that his close friend Leroy Cudjoe, now a long-time Huddersfield team-mate, forced him to give rugby league a go. At that time, McGillvary was working night shifts in a hardware store. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest The more England beat New Zealand, the less they fear NRL playerslast_img read more

Fans Weren’t Buying Tom Herman’s Halftime Interview Message

first_imgA closeup of Tom Herman.NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns reacts during the first half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)LSU spent a lot of time trash talking Texas entering tonight’s game in Austin. So far, the Tigers have backed it up. Longhorn fans may be nervous, and a message delivered by Tom Herman probably didn’t help matters.LSU leads Texas 20-14 midway through the third quarter. The Longhorns are definitely in the game, and just punched in a second touchdown, but the Tigers have looked like the stronger side to this point.At halftime, with the same score, Tom Herman gave a halftime interview, in which he said that his team “would be just fine.” His delivery of that message was less than convincing.I hope the halftime speech sounded a little more convincing this pic.twitter.com/0GWx3fntWh— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) September 8, 2019 Tom Herman is often an easy target for rival fans, for one reason or another, as are the Longhorns when they struggle. That has very much been the case here.Tom Herman in the halftime interview “We are going to be just fine” #LSUvsTexas #hookem pic.twitter.com/JPZNPm8qGQ— Hook’em Fans (@HookEmFans) September 8, 2019Herman during interview: “We’re gonna be just fine”As the awkward but obvious hesitation comes out from his mouth upon interview at halftime.ELI. ARE WE BACK? ARE. WE. BACK?ASKING FOR ALL OF TEXAS. #LSUvsTEX— Fusrodahasian (@fusrodahasian) September 8, 2019“We’re gonna be just fine…” -Tom Herman #LSUvsTEX pic.twitter.com/SSPakneKVn— Pray For The Push (@PrayForThePush) September 8, 2019Tom Herman said, “We’re gonna be just fine” after halftime and I don’t know if I’ve heard a coach more scared for his team.— Jonathan Waldrop (@JonathanWaldrop) September 8, 2019If Herman’s halftime message didn’t instill confidence, the play of Sam Ehlinger might yet.The star quarterback just led the Longhorns on a 19-play, 86 yard drive ending with him calling his own number on a two-yard plunge into the end zone.Statistically, he’s been outplayed by Joe Burrow so far, and Texas has one healthy true running back to give him help. We’ve seen enough Ehlinger heroics through the last few seasons to know not to count him out in a game like this.LSU-Texas is on ABC, with plenty of football to go.last_img read more

Gowtham hits 134 and picks 8 wickets in jawdropping T20 show

first_imgBengaluru: Krishnappa Gowtham produced a jaw-dropping all-round performance in the history of T20 cricket, smashing a 56-ball 134 and then picking an incredible 8/15 in the Karnataka Premier League here. Playing for Ballari Tuskers in the Karnataka Premier League, the all-rounder smashed the fastest hundred in the tournament’s history, in just 39 balls. His 134 was also the highest total with the bat in KPL. He also picked up an astonishing 8/15 in his four-over quota. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Gowtham also registered the most number of sixes in an innings in KPL, with 13 big hits to his name, as his side won by 70 runs under the VJD method. Even though Gowtham’s effort is better than Colin Ackermann, who registered figures of 7/18 in a Vitality Blast in England earlier this month, it will not be considered an official record in the books, as state T20 leagues are not given an official T20 status. Instead, the matches are categorised as ‘Other T20s’. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later After the match, the Karnataka player said: “I don’t think I expected this, nor did anyone else out here. Thanks to everyone who turned up and supported us.” On being questioned which one he enjoyed more between batting and bowling, the cricketer came up with a witty reply: “Well, I enjoyed my girlfriend’s smile.” Gowtham had made a mark for Rajasthan Royals in 2018 IPL when he picked up 11 wickets and aggregated 126 runs at a strike rate of 196.87. However, in the recently-concluded edition of the IPL, Gowtham played only seven matches.last_img read more

Outside the Circle The status of Jordans Principle Part 1

first_imgAPTN National NewsOutside the Circle, the status of Jordan’s principle is a three-part series looking at the status of a motion that was supposed to bring equality to First Nations children.In 2007, the house of commons unanimously passed the motion after a Cree boy with a severe disability died in hospital waiting for Canada and the province of Manitoba fought over who was going to pay his home care.Here is APTN’s Trina Roache with part 1.last_img

Blatter to preside over the final press conference of FIFA Club…

first_imgAgadir – FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will preside over the final press conference of the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013. The final press conference will be held at the Sofitel Hotel Marrakech on Thursday, 19 December following the FIFA Organizing Committee.The press conference will be attended by Committee Chairman Mohamed Raouraoua, Deputy Chairman Abdelilah El Akram, and Event Director Karim Alem and FIFA Secretary General Jérõme Valcke,.last_img

Report by UNP committee on Ranjans claims handed over

The report by the committee appointed by the United National Party (UNP) to investigate claims made by State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake that some Parliamentarians use cocaine, was handed over to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today.The committee headed by Leader of House Minister Lakshman Kiriella conducted inquiries last week and submitted a report on its findings today. (Colombo Gazette)

Mens basketball Kam Williams suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams (15) will serve an indefinite suspension beginning with Ohio State’s game against Illinois on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 17 Ohio State will be without one of its starting five Sunday against Illinois, and possibly in the Buckeyes’ looming showdown versus No. 3 Purdue on Wednesday.Redshirt senior guard Kam Williams was suspended by head coach Chris Holtmann indefinitely for a violation of team rules, per a team spokesman. The suspension was announced two hours prior to the Ohio State-Illinois game beginning.Williams has started in 16 of the Buckeyes’ 24 games this season. He is averaging eight points per game and shooting nearly 49 percent from the field this season, including 46.3 percent from 3-point range.Freshman forward Musa Jallow replaced Williams in the starting lineup early in the season, so it’s plausible that Holtmann will put Jallow into the starting lineup while Williams serves his suspension.Williams has been praised by Holtmann this season for his leadership along with senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and senior guard Andrew Dakich.Without Williams, Ohio State will have to find production from a player off a bench who has not provided the Buckeyes with much scoring this season. Williams has shown the ability this season to not only be a threat from 3, but also has utilized an effective shot fake to create space for himself off the dribble.Williams currently ranks second on the team in effective field goal percentage at 59.2 percent, according to advanced statistical ratings service KenPom. He averages 22.3 minutes per contest. read more

Paco Castillo leaves Antequera

Antequera and Paco Castillo have reached an agreement with which Paco is to leave the club. As a reason is cited the bad performance of Antequera this season, among the last in ASOBAL, and now with Castillo gone, the new coach will be Antonio Ortiz, the until-now assistant coach. ← Previous Story Tominec new Gorenje coach Next Story → Petar Kapisoda joins West HBC

There are only 7 weekends left til Christmas

first_imgThere will probably be at least one lazy weekend between now and C-day.  You’ll watch films, and lie under a blanket feeling the peace of someone with nothing to worry about.The weekend you’ll spend doing nothing because you’re brokeYou know this weekend.  It’s the one where you experience FOMO at it’s highest intensity.You’ve overspent and are on beans and toast til payday as it is, so you really can’t afford to go out.  Alas, this is when everyone else will appear to be doing the best things and having the most fun.The weekend spent decorating your house and watching Christmas movies WE HATE TO be that person, but there are only seven weekends left until Christmas whacks us over the head with its glittering stick.Chances are, if you look at your calendar, most of those weekends are already filled with activity.In fact, we daresay we know exactly how everyone will spend them.The bog standard weekend (this one)This weekend you’ll probably do what you normally do, whether that’s ferrying your kids around from football to swimming lessons or lounging in your own hungover filth (or you know, sitting at home, alone, wondering where it all went wrong).Sure what else would you be doing?The weekend spent foolishly lazing around the place thinking you’ve loads of time Source: hbcstuminEveryone loves this weekend, whether the ornaments you’re putting on the tree are made out of egg cartons by your kids in primary school or ones you splashed out on in a fancy shop because it’s your first Christmas with your significant other.This might be the most magical one of the whole season.  The lights make your home extra cosy, the place smells of Christmas (whether it’s because you got a real tree or that you bought a Christmas-smelling candle in Penneys), and you can finally sing along to your favourite Christmas carols without feeling guilty.  Hooray!The weekend spent filled with regret over what you did at your Christmas PartyEveryone always vows to ‘take it easy’ at their office Christmas party, but it rarely ever happens.Whatever about normal, standard fear, it has nothing on colleague related fear.  This weekend will be spent recalling stupid things you said to the CEO of your company and perhaps even romantic advances you should not have made.Never forget though, this too, shall pass.The weekend spent panic buying crap presents for people you don’t know very wellThere are always a few people on your shopping list that you don’t know very well.  Perhaps you’re buying presents for your girlfriend’s parents for the first time, or maybe you’re just not that close to your brother or sister.These are the hardest of all the presents to buy, are generally left til the last minute, and frequently end up being a bit shite while somehow also being more expensive than all the other presents you buy.The weekend spent reuniting with emigrant friends who are home for ChristmasThis will be an emotional rollercoaster.  You’ll be delighted to see everyone and revel in their presence and the quality of the chats and slagging matches, but the evening will also be tinged with sadness.Why can’t it be like this all the time?  Why did they have to go away?  WHY IS LIFE SO HARD?And then, it will be Christmas, and everything will be warm and wonderful.  Unless of course you hate Christmas, in which case it will be miserable.One way or the other, it’s coming faster than you think!This year’s John Lewis Christmas ad may make you cry>8 things that you’ll recognise if you’ve ever worked weekends>last_img read more

Kenneth McGowan has been missing from Sligo for three weeks

first_img 2 Comments Share837 Tweet Email5 By Cliodhna Russell Mar 5th 2017, 3:19 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3271870 Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 3:19 PM Kenneth McGowan has been missing from Sligo for three weeks He is known to frequent Sligo, Dublin and Kildare. 17,171 Views GARDAÍ IN SLIGO are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Kenneth McGowan.The 49-year-old has been missing from Grange, Co Sligo since Sunday, 12 February.Kenneth was last seen in the Drumcliff area of Sligo at approximately 1.15am on that day.He is described as 5ft 11 inches in height and approximately 11 stone. He has brown hair and a short brown/reddish beard and wears glasses occasionally.He was wearing dark clothing when last seen. He is known to frequent Sligo, Dublin and Kildare.Kenneth’s family and gardaí are concerned for his welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Sligo Garda Station on 071 9157000, Grange Garda Station at 071 9163144, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any garda station.Read: ‘As someone who was assaulted, I know how frightening it is’ – Dancing With The Stars contender>last_img read more

Benitez We need to learn quickly from mistakes

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez says his team needs to learn quickly from past mistakes as they prepare to host Chelsea on Sunday.Benitez has called on his Newcastle team to shake off the disappointment of their game as substitute Isaac Hayden was sent off, Kenedy escaped a red card for a dangerous challenge on Victor Camarasa and later missed a decisive penalty in additional time.“Always you are disappointed when you think that you can win a game especially if it is a penalty in the last minute. Benitez told Sky Sports.“But imagine if we pick another player to do the same and he misses the penalty. We will be talking about this one or that one but it is still the same situation. At the end we lost two points and we were nearly there.“You have to think you have another chance. Maybe next time we have to take the penalty in another way, maybe next time we have to score a couple of goals before.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We have to learn quickly and you have to be ready for the next game to do the right things.last_img read more

Cayman Police investigation in TCI needs more public information appeal again goes

first_img Police read for kindergarten children as part of school program Special Force helping murder cases in TCI Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings Related Items:cayman police, granny hill, james smith, jeff walkin, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Jun 2015 – The Police is still seeking help in the case of Jeff Walkin, who was killed in a crossfire of bullets allegedly between himself and an accomplice and police officers. Today another appeal comes from the RTCIPF, the request says: “Officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in conjunction with the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force is seeking your assistance in helping us with the investigation into the death of Jeff Walkin which occurred about 1:00am Saturday 6th June 2015 along Granny Hill, Five Cays.” The appeal continues with: “We want you to tell us what you saw and heard. All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence. If you have any information that could assist in any of these cases please contact us.” While the Cayman Police Commissioner has not resisted commenting on this investigation; TCI Police Commissioner James Smith has been invisible and save for an initial comment to say he was bringing in the Caymanian team, has been quite silent on the matter.last_img read more

Borough Assembly Looks At Diversifying Invocation Policy

first_imgAn invocation will be offered at the meeting on November 20 by Dr. Keith Hamilton from Alaska Christian College. The resolution will look at two major questions; who is allowed to lead an invocation, and should the borough appeal an October court ruling declaring its current invocation policy unconstitutional? In October, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the borough’s prayer policy violates the State Constitution. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will once again look at a resolution to amend the policy regarding invocations before assembly meetings. The borough has been wrestling with the invocation policy since August 2016 when an invocation invoking the name of Satan was given during an assembly meeting.center_img Dr. Hamilton spoke at the borough assembly meeting on October 23 saying he agrees with the current policy how it’s written:“On behalf of many faith based groups, churches, and individuals I believe the most recent policy in giving invocations is credible and meets the first amendment clause correctly.” The borough will introduce the resolution to amend the current policy at their meeting on November 20. If adopted the assembly intends to amend the policy to broaden the scope of eligible invocation providers to better reflect the diversity of beliefs in the borough. In 2016 the borough assembly changed their policy in an attempt to be inclusive of all religious groups. However, after an atheist, a member of the Satanic Temple and a member of Homer’s small Jewish community were denied their applications to offer an invocation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska took the issue to court.last_img read more