Sakho has impressed for the Irons following his £3.5million summer move from Metz, scoring eight Barclays Premier League goals as the Upton Park club broke into the top four ahead of Christmas. However, the 25-year-old has also been troubled by a back injury, which saw him sidelined in November and forced him to pull out of Senegal’s international against Botswana. West Ham will continue to offer Diafra Sakho the best possible treatment to help the Senegal striker recover fully from his back problem. Senegal federation president Senghor is adamant the player should not be available to West Ham if he could not play for the national team. He said in a statement: “We will go to FIFA and the English FA to assert our rights and the regulations will apply, so that Diafra (Sakho) will not play for the time specified.” West Ham, meanwhile, hope to have Andy Carroll fit from a foot injury for Saturday’s game at Swansea after the forward missed the FA Cup tie – which ended 1-1 with a late equaliser for Everton – because of a foot injury. Midfielder Alex Song will also be available following his international retirement from Cameroon. West Ham have, meanwhile, confirmed arrangements for season ticket renewals, the last at the Boleyn Ground before the east London club are scheduled to move to the Olympic Stadium. With a high demand expected, supporters are being asked to pay either the full amount or a £75 deposit that will be refunded off the final cost for the 2015-16 campaign, which must be paid by an early deadline of April 17. Following several years of a price freeze, the club confirmed there will be an increase of around five per cent, but not for junior tickets. Joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said in a statement: “It is clear that our final year at the Boleyn Ground and our first year at the new (Olympic) Stadium will be two seasons that no West Ham fan will want to miss. “It is in response to that demand – and the pressures of managing it – that we are beginning next season’s renewals and sales process earlier than normal.” Vice-chairman Karren Brady believes West Ham now has a solid base to move forwards. “Since 2010, our commitment to the fans has been to restore the club’s long-term financial health, while at the same time investing substantially in improving the playing squad,” she added on the club’s official website. “The nine signings we made last summer have all made a big impact and we are planning significant further investment in the playing staff this summer. “We are also improving the financial situation at the club and are on course to meet our target of being clear of external debt by the time we move to our stunning new home on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.” Press Association Subsequently Sakho has since suffered a flare up of the issue which saw him substituted against West Brom on New Year’s Day, which also meant he was not able to join Senegal in Dakar for their training camp ahead of the African Nations Cup and so will miss the tournament in Equatorial Guinea. Senegal have been left less than impressed by the situation, with president Augustin Senghor insisting the federation will insist on the enforcement of FIFA regulations over injured players who have been called up for international duty, meaning Sakho could not play again for the Hammers even if he was fit for the duration of the tournament, which runs until February 8. Press Association Sport, however, understands West Ham had two independent assessments, the latest of which advised against the player making any long-distance flight, as it could worsen his condition. The Senegal federation were informed of this, with their own specialists invited to examine Sakho if they required. Sakho will now remain in London to continue his rehabilitation, although no time frame has yet been set for his recovery. Speaking ahead of the FA Cup tie at Everton on Tuesday night, Irons boss Sam Allardyce had stressed the club would take due care. He said: ”Our major concern is making sure he is fit whenever he is fit. “I just hope it is not going to be too long and is nothing more serious than last time, which was an impingement on the nerve, because that was serious enough.”
By Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Australia and England will play the first day-night Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval in December next year, adding a bold new ingredient to one of cricket’s oldest and fiercest rivalries.The pink-ball Test from December 2 to 6 will be the second match of the 2017-18 series with Brisbane’s Gabba hosting the opener from November 23-27, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said yesterday.Australia has already staged two day-night Tests at the Adelaide Oval, while the Gabba will host a third against Pakistan starting tomorrow.“I want to acknowledge the ECB for their support and indeed our players for supporting the day-night Test match,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland told reporters in Brisbane.“I know there are some people who don’t necessarily view the day-night Test match as something that is needed for Ashes cricket.“But we think that there is going to be more and more day-night Test cricket coming up and the success of Adelaide at the last two matches is for all to see.”Perth will host the third Test from December 14-18 either at the new Perth Stadium or, if the 60 000-seater arena is not ready in time, back at the 15 000-capacity WACA.“We’re optimistic about it being played at the new Perth stadium,” Sutherland added.“There are matters out of our control in that regard but by scheduling it for mid-December, we’ll give ourselves the best opportunity for that third Test match to be played in the magnificent new stadium.”Melbourne and Sydney will stage the traditional Boxing Day (December 26-30) and New Year’s (January 4-8) matches respectively to round out the series.The tourists will also play one-day internationals in the same five cities in January 2018, while New Zealand will co-host a Twenty20 series involving all three countries in February.Sutherland, who has been a major proponent of pink-ball cricket, said consideration had not been given to playing two day-night Ashes matches and that Adelaide had been the natural choice after the success of the first two Tests there.England are to host their first day-night Test next August at Edgbaston against West Indies.Alastair Cook, the England captain, said earlier this year he was against playing an Ashes Test under lights, in comments echoed by Australia counterpart Steve Smith.Both felt the traditional rivalry generated enough interest.Smith came around during last month’s match against South Africa, played with an improved Kookaburra pink ball on a modified wicket, which allowed more of a contest between bat and ball than the maiden day-night Test against New Zealand in 2015.England hold the Ashes after beating Australia 3-2 on home soil in 2015.
… Gladstone Hopkinson recalls winBy Ras WadadaIT was the opening day – Saturday April 1, 1972 – of the inaugural Junior CARIFTA Games staged at the National Stadium in Waterford, St Michael, Barbados where the weather was cool and breezy in the afternoon, ideal for the Under-20 Boys’ 1500m.Among the starters for the three-and-a-half lap event was a 19-year-old lad from Nismes Village on the West Bank of Demerara named Gladstone Gladwin Hopkinson.The-then Goed Fortuin Government School student captured the golden moment when he clocked 4:08.8 seconds to give Guyana their first medal of the Games that attracted 11 countries.“I recall being at the starting line and feeling nervous, but determined to do my best, in particular, determined to beat compatriot McKenzie from Berbice with whom I finished in a dead heat at the trials.“For the first two laps I stayed at the back and was feeling good as the nervousness disappeared and then after the completion of the 2nd lap I decided to go to the front.Halfway through the 3rd lap I was being challenged by two hometown boys from Barbados and they were getting loud support from the home crowd, but I was feeling good and strong so I decided to up the tempo to see what they really had to offer.As I glanced at my team mates in the stands my confidence grew and I was then in a groove so I continued to increase my pace to which they could not respond and with about 600m from the finish line I just pulled away to beat them all by several yards.“It was a great feeling and the many hugs and congratulations from team mates and Guyanese who were there made the feeling more special.“It was a good feeling since my participation was only confirmed a week before the Games thanks to the support of former Guyana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Sports Editor, Peter Haynes who secured sponsorship from Guyana National Engineering Corporation (GNEC) for me to travel,” the now 67-year-old Hopkinson shared with Chronicle Sport via telephone.The La Grange-born Hopkinson was rewarded on his return home with a scholarship to Tutorial High school. As regards the gold medal, the first for Guyana at these Games he can’t say where it is as his mom and a sister, who were both keepers of it, have passed away.
The USC women’s basketball team will look to build on a productive trip to the Carolinas as they return to California to play Long Beach State today at 4:30 p.m. in Long Beach, then come to the Galen Center to play their home opener against Fresno State on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.USC (1-1) started their season off against a very strong opponent in No. 2 South Carolina (2-0) last Saturday, in a game where the lead kept shifting back and forth and neither team was able to pull away. USC was able to seize a 53-52 lead late in the second half, but a 14-0 surge by the Gamecocks killed USC’s chances for an upset.The Women of Troy would bounce back quickly, however, and beat Davidson (1-2)99-64. All USC starters finished with double-digit points, while every player on the roster scored at least one basket.“It’s huge for our confidence,” said head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke after the Davidson game. “We’re on a long road trip, so it’s huge for us to get back on the court and get a big win against Davidson.”The second-year head coach emphasized her team’s resilience as well.“We were determined, and played great defense. A lot of people got a lot of minutes, and we were able to play well against a very good Davidson team.”USC’s tough schedule to start the year continues with their match against Long Beach State (2-0), who is coming off of an 85-73 win over Seattle University, and a 74-62 win against San Diego State. They’re followed up by Fresno State (2-0), who is also off to a hot start after a 67-56 win over Cal Poly and a 65-36 demolishing of Cal State Stanislaus.“I think it’s pretty good,” said freshman guard McKenzie Calvert about the team’s morale. “Right now we’re just hungry. We’re ready to play all the top teams. We’re ready to just prove and get some respect from everybody.”The 49ers’ starting five is highlighted by Madison Montgomery, who leads all starters with 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Their bench is just as loaded, however, as Alex Sanchez leads the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game, and is second in assists with 4.5 per game. Lauren Spargo is also averaging 10.0 points per game off the bench.The Women of Troy beat Long Beach State 89-72 at the Galen Center last season, behind a double-double from Cassie Harberts (24 points, 14 rebounds) and 17 points from Ariya Crook. Harberts and Crook were two of five players to score double-digit points for USC.USC is 22-29 all-time against the 49ers, with the 49ers’ last win in the series being a 51-46 win in Long Beach in the 2005-06 season. Long Beach State finished last year with a record of 17-15 and finished sixth in the Big West Conference with an 8-8 record.The Bulldogs went 22-11 last season, including 13-5 in the Mountain West to take second in the conference, and reach the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing 74-55 to Nebraska.The last meeting between the Women of Troy and the Bulldogs ended with USC pulling out a 63-54 win in Fresno. Crook led the team with 14 points, Harberts added 13 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, and junior guard Jordan Adams finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.“This job is definitely far from finished, and [we have to] just be focused and ready to play, and take one game at a time,” said sophomore guard Courtney Jaco.USC is 6-5 all-time against Fresno State, with the Bulldogs’ last win coming in Fresno in the 2012-13 season, when they won 65-60.USC will compete in the SMU Tournament in Dallas, Texas next weekend, taking on Sam Houston State (0-1) on Friday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m., and either SMU (1-2) or Florida A&M (0-2) on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. They’ll then travel to Moraga, California to face Saint Mary’s on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. before starting a seven-game homestand.
Senior linebacker Cam Smith recorded a season high 15 tackles against the Washington State Cougars on Friday. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan)There is always someone who says this phrase. My grandma says it. My father says it. Even people I am not related to say it. There is always someone.Even that one guy who, while watching the NFL highlights from the 1980s plastic table at the local public golf course and munching on a delectable assortment of overpriced and underfilled Cheddar Cheese Ruffles, a Snickers bar and a well, well-done hot dog, shouts this phrase from the back of the room for everyone to hear.And while I might be inclined to agree with his surprisingly good choice in chips, I almost despise myself for agreeing with the phrase that dribbles off his cheese-stained lips quicker than the slightly-too-sugary original Coca-Cola he has been slurping down. I sigh, but it’s true: “Defense wins championships.”Although the old adage might sound like nails on the chalkboard or Katy Perry’s overproduced fifth studio album to some, it is nevertheless true. Championship winning teams need a solid defense, and not just one that’s going to show up for a couple of quarters. The funny thing is that USC should know how important defense can be. After all, wasn’t it the crucial last-second Vince Young touchdown in the 2006 BCS National Championship that sealed the Trojans’ fate?It is unbelievable how easily we can forget how important containing the opposing defense can be in winning titles. For the weak 52,000-plus fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Friday night — the lowest attendance for a USC game since 2002 against Oregon State — the 2018 Trojan defense did what they unfortunately do best: allow opposing offenses to execute their game plan to perfection. Interestingly enough, I was clamoring to USC football fans two weeks ago about how offensive coordinator Tee Martin’s job could potentially be in jeopardy. Now, 14 days and 73 points later, I’m here not to call for defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s job, per se, but to proclaim that this USC coaching staff is one of the most inconsistent that we’ve seen in recent years. Every year, USC has been defined by one trait. Last year, USC was a sack-happy, option-heavy, Sam Darnold-loving team that could do it on both sides of the ball. This season, it seems that this team forms a new identity every week. One week, the offense can’t seem to complete a pass. The next week, the defense can’t seem to stop a pass. The inconsistency needs to stop because I can’t keep changing which coach’s picture I staple to my dart board. Aside from the expensive costs of printer ink, the football team deserves better because it has the potential to be a top-10 defense, especially in the secondary. Upperclassmen cornerback Iman Marshall, nickel cornerback Ajene Harris and free safety Marvell Tell III have played under Pendergast’s system before and succeeded. Why is it that the team cannot seem to stop big plays from Bryce Love, Lil’Jordan Humphrey or Easop Winston Jr. this season?While coaches cannot be blamed for the unfortunate injuries or departures of Jack Jones, Isaiah Pola-Mao, Ykili Ross or Bubba Bolden, they can be responsible for the lack of development from the rest of the secondary that is healthy, including a boatload of top recruits. How is it possible that five-star shutdown corner Isaac Taylor-Stuart can sit idly by as his team’s defense gets destroyed play after play?The fact that the Trojans’ secondary has yet to record a single interception in four games is no accident. It is definitely no accident that K.J. Costello and the Cardinal’s big tight ends were so effective in that 17-3 loss against Stanford. The Trojan linebackers simply cannot compete when it comes to covering bigger targets like Stanford’s Kaden Smith. Surely, they can stuff the run better than most teams in the Pac-12, but the linebacking corps pass-stopping abilities are a defensive liability. Time after time against Washington State, Gardner Minshew threw darts all over the field with little to no resistance from the porous USC zone scheme. If USC wants to even think about sniffing a Pac-12 Championship, its secondary and linebacking corps must find a way to stop the pass. Otherwise, those golf course hot dogs will never hear the end of it. Keith Demolder is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. His column, “Keith’s Keys,” runs every other Tuesday.
By Seriki Adinoyi in JosA Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State yesterday sacked the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by Amaju Pinnick. Justice Musa Haruna Kurya, in his ruling granted the prayers of Mr.Yahaya Adama and Senator Obinna Ogba to relist the case which among others had sought to nullify the September 30, 2014 General Assembly and subsequent Elective Congress in Warri that brought Pinnick to office as the president of the NFF.However, in a swift move, counsel to Pinnick, Mr. Damon Dashe, appealed the decisions of the court immediately.According to a statement from the NFF, since an appeal, a motion to vacate the order and a stay-of-execution had been filed, on the same day as the judgment, the status quo remains. Hearing in the substantive suit has been fixed for May 30, 2016.Justice Kurya had sustained all the previous orders of the court, thereby effectively making Mr Chris Giwa the head of the NFF until the final determination of the suit.By the orders of the court, the Minister of Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, is compelled to recognise the Giwa-led board of the NFF as the authentic body by law.The order also barred anybody from interfering with the duties and functions of the NFF board under the leadership of Giwa.Counsel to Adama and Ogba, Mr. Habila Azard said his clients had been vindicated, and that “they can now settle down and resume all their functions because that is all we have been fighting for.”But 1ST Vice-president of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, described the development as a very sad one.“This is a sad one primarily because we have enjoyed a period of peace and have been able to work without the court-today-court-tomorrowsituation of the last half of 2014,” said “We have filed for stay-of-execution and that means the status quo remains and anything done is done at the actors’ peril.“I can assure football-loving Nigerians that there is no reason to panic as we are in full charge and there is no trouble whatsoever.“There is no order for the Giwa group to take over the Glass House. In fact many of his so-called board members have called to dissociate themselves from the matter,” Akinwunmi noted.Two years ago, Giwa claimed he had been elected president of the NFF, but world football governing body FIFA did not endorse the vote.In September 2014, then Delta FA Chairman Pinnick was elected NFF boss to replace Aminu Maigari.Giwa and his group then went to the Jos High Court to file to be recognised as the duly elected NFF boss. With the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians and also to stave a FIFA ban, Giwa withdrew the case in October 2014. He later went to sport’s highest ruling body, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), which threw out their case for lacking substance.THISDAY learnt yesterday that the development in the Nigerian federation was already causing discomfort for the new leadership of FIFA.It is now expected that FIFA will step into this latest row particularly as they frown at football matters being addressed in a civil court.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The final weekend of the 2017/18 LaLiga season brings emotional celebrations, tearful farewells and local rivalries as another exciting campaign draws to a close.Champions Barcelona finish their campaign on Sunday evening at home to Real Sociedad – with the Camp Nou sure to give departing captain Andres Iniesta a well-deserved send-off, and the visitors looking for a victory to secure a top half finish.Newly crowned Europa League champions Atletico Madrid will also be sure of a rousing reception ahead of their when they return to their Wanda Metropolitano home on Sunday afternoon, with visitors Eibar still in the running to be LaLiga’s top Basque side for the first time ever. 2017/18 Champions League finalists Real Madrid play their final game before taking on Liverpool on May 26 at Villarreal on Saturday evening, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal hoping to prove their fitness a week before Kiev.Valenciaâ€™s Mestalla stadium is sure to give their team an ovation on Sunday morning, with Los Che back in the Champions League for next term, no matter what happens in their final game against Deportivo La Coruna.Sevillaâ€™s final game of a rollercoaster season sees them host Alaves on Saturday evening with Europa League qualification successfully secured by temporary coach Joaquin Caparros, and the visitors also still in with a shout of finishing the campaign as the leading Basque team.Girona visit Las Palmas Saturday afternoon with Pablo Machinâ€™s men wanting three points which could secure the Catalans a top ten finish in their first ever LaLiga season. Getafe have also had an excellent campaign on their return to the LaLiga Santander this year, and can confirm eighth position with three points at Malaga later on Saturday.It will be emotional at Butarque on Saturday afternoon where departing Leganes coach Asier Garitano takes charge of his final game, after five seasons in which he guided the suburban Madrid club from the Segunda B third tier to security in the LaLiga Santander top flight. Real Betis are the visitors – and will hope for a win to try and pip Villarreal to fifth place in the final standings.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Next significant event for Heat could be re-engaging with Wizards if Beal rejects three year, 111 M extension he’s eligible to sign after July 26. For now, Wizards have rejected all trade overtures on Beal, a potential 2021 free agent— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 17, 2019The Wizards can offer Beal a three-year contract extension later this month and, if he does not accept the new deal, the team could reconsider its options, according to an earlier report from the Washington Post.Beal, 26, averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 82 games for the Wizards last season. He shot 47.5% from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range. According to the Post’s report, “there is a growing belief that Beal will not remain in Washington for his entire career.” Related News NBA trade news: Bulls acquire Tomas Satoransky from Wizards “I’d be naive to say I wouldn’t be (interested in extension talks),” Beal told The Washington Post last month. “Washington is where I’ve been the last seven years, going on eight. It would be great to play in one place forever. But at the same time, you want to win and make sure you’re in a position to do so. I’m definitely going to evaluate who we hire as the GM and who we pick up on the team. All that plays a factor.” NBA free agency rumors: Hawks sign Jabari Parker to 2-year deal The Wizards appear to want to hold onto Bradley Beal.Washington has so far “rejected all trade overtures” about the 26-year-old star, according to a report from the Miami Herald. The Heat have reportedly inquired about a potential trade for Beal and they might consider taking back John Wall, as well. Wall ruptured his Achilles in February and it’s unclear if he’ll return in 2019-20.The Wizards finished last season with a 32-50 record and they’re not expected to be in playoff contention in 2019-20, either.
The women’s U-17 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina will play two friendly matches with the appropriate team of Serbia at the FF BH Training Centre in Zenica.The first match is scheduled for 26th February at 13:00 h and the second one for 28th February at 11:00 h.Head coach Ilija Lucić invited the following 20 players to this gathering:Anamarija Prljević (Inter Posušje), Senada Cerić (Sana), Berina Huseinović (SFK 2000 Sarajevo), Gloria Slišković (SFK 2000 Sarajevo), Ajla Balić (Bochum, Germany), Džejla Kožljak (SFK 2000 Sarajevo), Helena Jovanović (Banja Luka), Jelena Pavlinović (Široki Brijeg), Enna Luković (Goteborg, Sweden), Đurđica Živković (Akademija Atletiko 1919 Orašje), Rajna Tešić (Drina), Kristina Tekić (Radnik Bumerang), Tamara Blagojević (Radnik Bumerang), Ema Kos (Markham FC, Canada), Ana Buhač (Široki Brijeg), Marija Ana Milinković (SFK 2000 Sarajevo), Lamija Duvnjak (Iskra), Janica Filipović (Široki Brijeg), Maja Jelčić (Čapljina), Anja Gačić (SFK 2000 Sarajevo).The national team will gather in Zenica Training Camp on 23rd February.
BRITT — Child mistreatment charges have been dropped against a Britt man and woman. Britt police had accused 37-year-old Kasper Macpherson of physically assaulting a boy under the age of 14 in early May. A criminal complaint says Macpherson while in front of at least 20 people who were at his home at the time poked the boy in the chest, with the child repeatedly asking Macpherson to stop and not hurt him. The boy was later taken to the emergency room with a broken right arm. The complaint also said 44-year-old Jennifer Hampton-Hacker would not answer any questions about the boy’s condition and had the boy respond with what appeared to be coached answers. Macpherson was charged with two counts of child endangerment causing bodily injury, with both being charged with one count of neglect of a dependent person. Hancock County prosecutors filed a motion to drop the charges, saying after obtaining information from the child’s doctor, as well as gathering other facts and talking with witnesses, it would be impossible to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.