Newcastle cancel dinner party

first_imgNewcastle have cancelled their end-of-season awards dinner as head coach John Carver and his players battle to secure Barclays Premier League safety. A club spokesman said: “Newcastle United Football Club has made the very difficult decision that in view of the current league position, it would not be appropriate for the team and coaching staff to be celebrating the season and collecting awards at a time when our only focus is on the next two games and securing Premier League status.” It is not yet known if the dinner will be rescheduled, but the club has vowed to work with Foundation to find another way to provide support. Press Associationcenter_img The event, which would have raised funds for the club’s charity Foundation, was due to take place at St James’ Park on Wednesday evening, four days before the final-day fixture against West Ham. However, the parlous on-field situation has led officials to cancel it to ensure the focus remains solely on collecting the points required to avert disaster. last_img read more

Florida Man Charged After Forcing Sex, Unknown Substances on Woman

first_imgA North Florida man is behind bars on sexual battery charges, following an incident that allegedly occurred last January.Detectives arrested Efthimios Michael Zachary Mikedis on Wednesday.According to deputies, he offered to give the victim a ride from Orange County to her aunt’s home in Marion County.When Mikedis arrived to pick her up, the victim noticed a gun in his waistband. Mikedis was in the car with his mother, Shannon James, and another man named Robert McDaniel.The victim reported to deputies that she told Mikedis she no longer wanted to go with them, but Mikedis told her she had to.After she entered the van, Mikedis forced an unknown substance into her mouth.He then escorted the woman to a camper behind a residence, where she began to lose consciousness.Photo courtesy: Marion County Sheriff’s OfficeDeputies say the woman recalls being sexually battered by both Mikedis and McDaniel.After she woke up, she tried to call an Uber, but Mikedis forced another unknown substance into her mouth.She then began to hallucinate. The woman told detectives that Mikedis also burned her hair with a cigarette, dragged her by the hair, and put scissors to her throat.The woman was eventually taken to a Winn-Dixie parking lot by James and was forced out of the vehicle.Efthimios Mikedis is charged with one count of sexual battery.Meanwhile, detectives are still searching for McDaniel.last_img read more

POINT OF ATTACK: Carter-Williams’ 13 assists create ample scoring opportunities in Syracuse’s 87-51 rout of Colgate

first_img Published on November 26, 2012 at 3:02 am Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 With a wave of his hand, Michael Carter-Williams turned away Rakeem Christmas’ attempt at a screen. A circular gesture seconds later sent Jerami Grant cutting through the Syracuse offense from one side of the court to the other.The possession ended with the ball in the hands of Christmas — on a pass from Grant — for a well-constructed turnaround jumper that went in and out of the rim. And though the result was a missed shot, Carter-Williams had once again run the offense to perfection. Just as he did all game long.“He’s able to find guys,” senior guard Brandon Triche said. “If we would have made a few more open shots he probably would have had close to 20 assists.”Instead Carter-Williams settled for 13, a career high, and tied for the fourth-highest total in school history. His brilliant distribution was coupled with excellent decision-making in a performance that picked apart the Colgate defense in an 87-51 win. For the third straight contest, Carter-Williams dictated the flow of the game, this time to the delight of 21,085 inside the Carrier Dome.He dazzled the fans from the opening tip on Sunday, assisting on eight of his team’s first nine field goals. With his backcourt partner, Triche, operating almost exclusively off the ball when the two were on the court together, Carter-Williams ran the offense — both half-court and fast-break — with confidence.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA connection was forged with James Southerland, a streaky-shooting senior swingman, who found his range from outside early. Carter-Williams attacked the paint in transition on Syracuse’s fourth possession of the game only to kick it back out to Southerland for a 3-pointer from the wing. It was a play repeated at the 10:34 mark of the first half when Southerland converted his second of four 3s in the first half.“Michael is doing a great job of finding open guys,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s really playing as well as any point guard we’ve had in a long time in terms of getting the ball to people, making plays for other people.”Carter-Williams missed a runner that bounced too strong off the backboard in the opening 90 seconds of the game, but after that he adopted a new mantra. He passed first, passed second and — almost begrudgingly — looked to shoot third.He scored his first points of the game on a dunk to open the scoring at the 19:06 mark of the second half, by which point he had dished out nine assists compared to just one turnover. Carter-Williams finished the game with eight points, four steals and six rebounds to go along with his 13 assists — a total that matched the career high of assistant coach Gerry McNamara.“He was terrific,” McNamara said. “He’s seeing the floor really well right now and really getting everybody involved. The last few games, you really couldn’t have picked apart the game better than Michael has. I’m really happy for his progression and proud of him.”Over the last three games, Carter-Williams has tallied 33 assists while turning the ball over only seven times. It’s evidence that his transition from do-it-all high school star to sparsely used, oft-frustrated freshman to starting point guard is finally settling in for the 6-foot-5-inch sophomore.Even on the plays where his team did not score, he ran the offense successfully to create open shots. On the three possessions prior to the aforementioned miss by Christmas, Carter-Williams created two wide-open looks for sharpshooter Trevor Cooney — one in transition and one in the half-court offense — as well as an easy layup for Grant off a pick-and-roll.With his quickness and size advantage against a team whose point guard, Mitch Rolls, was five inches shorter, Carter-Williams certainly could have scored in double figures. Southerland even said he could net 20 every game with ease.But it was the maturity of a true floor leader that Carter-Williams displayed on Sunday, and his team will be better off for it.“I think I was definitely blessed by God with some court awareness and just to understand the game,” Carter-Williams said. “And I think I’ve worked very hard at it and just tried to find my open teammates.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Louisiana-Lafayette snaps 6-game streak, beats Troy 79-62

first_img 8 months ago PCB rejects Bangladesh’s proposal of playing just one Test in Pakistan & other in Dhaka First Published: 5th January, 2020 11:06 IST COMMENT 8 months ago Residents of NSW coast city told to evacuate Malik Wilson had 18 points and 13 rebounds as Louisiana-Lafayette snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Troy 79-62 in a Sun Belt Conference game on Saturday night. Dou Gueye added 16 points, Cedric Russell scored 15 and Tirus Smith had 15 for the Ragin’ Cajuns.Ty Gordon had 15 points for the Trojans (5-10, 1-3). Darian Adams added 15 points and six rebounds. Louisiana-Lafayette (6-9, 1-3)takes on Appalachian State on the road on Monday. Troy plays Texas State on the road on Monday. FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE 8 months ago Kangana Ranaut, Taapsee Pannu, & Sanya Malhotra will teach you to fall in love with curls Written By WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 5th January, 2020 11:06 IST Louisiana-Lafayette Snaps 6-game Streak, Beats Troy 79-62 Malik Wilson had 18 points and 13 rebounds as Louisiana-Lafayette snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Troy 79-62 in a Sun Belt Conference game on Saturday night 8 months ago DID star Shruti Sinha’s most stylish looks you must check out LIVE TV Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Fijabi, Skoro Vow to Demolish Opponents

first_imgOlaide Fijabi and Waidi Usman, West African Boxing Union (WABU) light welterweight and featherweight champions respectively, have vowed to demolish their opponents.Fijabi will be defending his title against Ghana’s Ben  Ankrah, while Skoro will take on Tanzania’s Juma Fundi in an international challenge duel.Speaking in Lagos on Friday, Fijabi said his opponent will rue the day he agreed to challenge him for the title.“I don’t know who encouraged him to seek to fight me. Whoever or whatever did will discover that this is a different Fijabi. Ankrah will kiss the canvas in the third round. I will daze him,” he boasted.On his part, Skoro said his Tanzanian opponent will know what hits him, but will be unable to do anything about it.“I don’t believe in the saying ‘he didn’t know what hit him’ because people usually know what hit them, but are unable to do anything about it. I will hit him till he surrenders,” he bragged.The event will be broadcast live by SuperSport in 47 African countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dominant Liverpool Hit Five, as Man Utd Fumbles at Home

first_imgInstead, the Brazil international put his side two goals up six minutes after half-time, firing home from Coutinho’s lofted free-kick.Nineteen-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold added a third with his first Premier League goal for the club, chasing down a loose clearance and smashing in off the bar from inside the box.Just two minutes later, Swansea self-destructed further as Salah pounced on a misplaced pass before cutting back to Firmino to tap home – then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the rout by planting the ball in the net after another poor clearance.The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side reclaim fourth spot from Tottenham and restore their one-point advantage over the north London side, who briefly moved above them with a 5-2 win over Southampton in Boxing Day’s 12:30 GMT kick-off.Swansea stay bottom of the table, five points from the safety of West Ham’s 17th place.Earlier in the day, it was Jesse Lingard’s stoppage time goal that denied Burnley a famous win at Old Trafford but he could not stop Manchester United’s fading title hopes from suffering another blow.Ashley Barnes fired the Clarets ahead after three minutes when Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s free-kick was not cleared, and Steven Defour made it 2-0 with a superb 30-yard free-kick into the top corner.Lingard came off the bench for the second half and quickly reduced the deficit with a clever back-heel finish from an Ashley Young cross.United had 75% of possession after the break but struggled to turn their pressure into clear chances until the ball broke to Lingard on the edge of the area in the 91st minute, and he fired into the bottom corner.Lingard’s goal was a dramatic end to a thrilling game but still represents two points dropped for United, who conceded a late equaliser against Leicester on Saturday.Jose Mourinho’s side are 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, who play Newcastle on Wednesday.The United manager was unhappy with his side’s defending for Burnley’s first goal, but praised the way they recovered from going 2-0 down.“The boys do what they can,” Mourinho said. “They are trying hard with the problems we have, with the injuries we have.“I am not happy with the result, I was not happy with the result against Leicester, but I am happy with my players. No critics to my players.”RESULTSTottenham 5-2 SouthhamptonBournemouth 3-3 West HamChelsea 2-0 BrightonHuddersfield 1-1 StokeMan Utd 2-2 BurnleyWatford 2-1 LeicesterW B A 0-0 EvertonLiverpool 5-0 SwanseaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool consolidated their place in the Premier League’s top four with a dominant home victory over managerless bottom side Swansea.Philippe Coutinho’s sublime long-range finish – curled into the top corner after Mohamed Salah’s pass – opened the scoring in the sixth minute.The away side responded well and dominated possession for spells in the first half but Roberto Firmino should have doubled the lead when he dragged wide just before the break.last_img read more

Black Stars donate to Kumasi orphanage

first_imgThe Black Stars visited an orphanage in Kumasi on Wednesday to interact with the kids and donated food items to the children.The national team players and their coaches went straight to the Kumasi Children’s Home soon after arriving in the Garden City from Accra ahead of Friday’s crucial 2014 World Cup qualifying clash against Zambia.Coach Kwesi Appiah, captain Asamoah Gyan and Michael Essien presented the items to the children in the presence of the other players.“We have come here to join these lovely kids to encourage them that there are many better days ahead,” captain Asamoah Gyan said.“The kids are lovely. They look up to us the Black Stars as role models and it is only right that when we come here we spent some of our time with them and encourage them.”As part of their mission to give back to society, the Black Stars normally visit orphanages to encourage the kids and give them material support.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant not planning to play Friday night for Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Regardless, Bryant’s trash-talking this week at least appears in midseason form. Meeks has often become the recipient of Bryant’s trash talk. On one possession, Bryant told him to “stop whining” before mimicking a baby crying. “You have to be physical,” said Meeks, who has started in Bryant’s place averaging 13.2 points on 49.1 percent shooting in 28.1 minutes. “You can’t just sit back and let him do his thing. I’m just playing, being physical and trying to win.”Even with Bryant’s return uncertain, the Lakers believe his mere presence has already bolstered the team.“Kobe is always up for the challenge. So he’ll motivate his defender to go at him and give him a tough time,” Gasol said. “He’s a big talker and he’ll get people going that way. I think that’s how he feels he gets better. He needs to be challenged in order for him to take it one step further.” The Lakers will allow Bryant to determine how much he practices today depending on how his Achilles tendon feels after practicing for two consecutive. All of this makes it uncertain whether Bryant would return when the Lakers host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at Staples Center. “I don’t want him to go until he’s comfortable and confident in playing,” Lakers center Pau Gasol said. “That’s the perfect scenario. We don’t want him to play Friday if he’s not ready to play. We don’t want him to play Sunday if he’s not ready to play.”Bryant’s return would help the Lakers, obviously. They are 11th in the Western Conference. Though Lakers point guard Steve Nash participated in portions of practices Tuesday and Wednesday, he’s not expected to play Friday against the Kings because of ongoing nerve issues in his back. Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will also stay sidelined for about four weeks with a torn left hamstring, though he took stationary shots Wednesday for about five minutes. Lakers guard Steve Blake also has shot with his left hand in recent days after suffering a hyperextension in his right elbow. Because of the Lakers’ depleting backcourt, Bryant’s duties could also entail playing at point guard. During portions of Tuesday’s open scrimmage, Bryant played that position in a lineup featuring Wesley Johnson, Shawne Williams, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill. Bryant is unlikely to play at point guard, though, on defense given his likely limitations with his Achilles. He could either play at shooting guard or small forward, which would likely reduce the roles of Johnson or Jodie Meeks. center_img The Lakers have preached caution with Kobe Bryant’s pending return, knowing the sensitivity surrounding his left Achilles tendon makes it unpredictable when he’ll play in a basketball game for the first time in almost eight months. Even as he spent this week increasing his workload, it’s likely Bryant’s return will stay on hold. He told reporters Wednesday at a Nike-sponsored event that he doesn’t plan to play when the Lakers (9-9) visit the Sacramento Kings (4-11) on Friday at Sleep Train Arena.Bryant didn’t speak to Lakers reporters before Wednesday’s practice, but made his comments to a select few national media outlets at his Nike-sponsored event that day. Bryant will likely provide more detail in his planned interview session after today’s practice. Only the first 15 minutes of Wednesday’s practice were open to reporters before being asked to leave. During that time, Bryant took part in shooting drills in a side basket before eventually joining his teammates in a series of weave drills. He then completed the rest of the hour-long practice that included a full-court scrimmage without limitations. last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The refugee question

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Inside Germany’s football factory

first_imgGelsenkirchen, Germany | AFP | Schalke 04 are a sleeping giant in the German league, yet their youth academy is one of Germany’s most successful, producing World Cup winners, Bundesliga stars and Premier League exports.Germany has just qualified for Russia 2018, where they will defend the World Cup title they won in Brazil when four former members of Schalke’s academy were in the squad.Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, Juventus defender Benedikt Hoewedes and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler all came through the Gelsenkirchen club’s youth set-up.Schalke 04 are nicknamed “The Miners” due to Gelsenkirchen’s industrial setting and their youth academy, called the “Miners’ Forge”, has a long list of talented alumni.Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, 21, Liverpool defender Joel Matip, 26, and Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac, 24, are just some of its graduates.The latest starlet to rise from the academy to Schalke’s senior squad is 19-year-old Weston McKennie, a future US international in the making.But what attributes make a future professional or a World Cup winner?“Talent is important, but that only gets you through the door,” Norbert Elgert, coach of Schalke’s Under-19 team, told AFP.– Have a ‘Plan B’ –“Athleticism and skills as a team player are all important. Then there are also things which are often overlooked — character, personality, desire to improve.“You have to have the confidence to elbow your way up in a squad of 25 to 30 players, or you have no chance, but then you still have to be a team player.”The 60-year-old has seen an impressive list of names roll off the production line at Schalke since 1996. Elgert is passionate about coaching and, with his flowing grey locks, adopts a father-figure role.“We put a lot of emphasis on education, right up to ‘Abitur’ (university entry qualifications),” he said.“We encourage that because what percentage actually make it? — Four or five percent maximum will be Bundesliga footballers.“Whenever I speak to a player about their future, I always ask, ‘what is your Plan B?’“We have to look past football, for those who don’t make it, get injured or get sick.”His success with Schalke attracted an offer a few years ago from Bayern Munich, but Elgert, who was born in Gelsenkirchen, opted to stay.He said Germany’s ability to produce talented young players stems from the lessons learnt from mistakes in years gone by — namely Euro 2004, when die Mannschaft failed to qualify from their group.“It was important for us to learn from the past,” said Elgert.“It wasn’t just enough for German teams to be organised, we were overtaken by countries like Spain, Holland or Italy.“The German Football Association (DFB) has been very innovative with the academies and always kept an eye on what is going on in other countries.”He clearly has strong links to his former players and eagerly asks how Ozil and Kolasinac, who joined Arsenal in June, are regarded in England.His eyes light up when he describes spotting talent — like the teenage Ozil.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more