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Di Canio backed by former chairman

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first_img Former Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray also described David Miliband’s decision to quit as Sunderland’s vice-chairman and non-executive director in response to Di Canio’s past political statements as a “sad knee-jerk response”. Di Canio has admitted to having fascist leanings, telling Italian news agency ANSA in 2005: “I am a fascist, not a racist.” Wray, who appointed the 44-year-old as Town boss in May 2011, does not think the outspoken views will conflict with Di Canio’s attempts to keep Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League. He told BBC Radio Five: “It is a sad knee-jerk response. I doubt David Miliband has ever met Paolo Di Canio. I’ve known him for two years. I don’t think politics was ever discussed once.” He continued: “Paolo will have many strong views. He probably has a strong view on whether Italy should be in the Euro, gay marriage or the endangered Siberian tiger, but I doubt if it’s really relevant to keeping Sunderland in the Premiership. “I think anybody’s political views and their private views – as long they’re private and how they conduct themselves away from their job – are pretty irrelevant. Nothing of that was ever discussed during his time at Swindon. He was focused on success for us and that’s what he’ll do for Sunderland.” Sunderland dismissed O’Neill on Saturday evening following the club’s 1-0 home defeat against league leaders Manchester United. That result left the Black Cats without a win in eight games and just a point clear of the relegation zone. With seven games remaining, Di Canio faces a fight to keep Sunderland in the top flight but Wray believes the former West Ham, Lazio and Celtic striker will be a roaring success on Wearside. “He will galvanise the team. He is passionate; he eats, sleeps and drinks it. He is full on 24 hours a day and will be focused on the last seven games of the season,” he said. “The Sunderland fans who are nervous now and are doubting the appointment should have no fears and trust what I saw in him is what (Sunderland chairman) Ellis Short will have seen in him as someone who is committed to the job.” Wray added: “There was no doubt that when he was at Swindon he was cutting his teeth in management, but I can assure you I think he’s ready for the step up. He’s learnt a lot, he’s very intelligent, he’s a quick learner and he’s his own biggest critic. He’ll have seen where he’s gone wrong in the past and I think it’s a really astute appointment.” Paolo Di Canio will “galvanise” Sunderland, according to the man who gave the controversial Italian his first chance in management.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FA fines Mourinho

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first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined after his sarcastic appraisal of officials following the loss to Sunderland. Mourinho lost his 77-match unbeaten home record in the Premier League to Sunderland, whose win at Stamford Bridge sparked a revival which secured their top-flight status. Following the win, which saw his assistant Rui Faria sent to the stands and later given a six-match stadium ban, Mourinho congratulated his Chelsea players, Sunderland and then moved on to the officials. Mourinho refused to answer questions from the media, instead making a statement. He described referee Mike Dean’s performance as “unbelievable” and “fantastic”, before moving on to referees’ chief Mike Riley, saying “what they are doing during the whole season is fantastic, especially in the last couple of months, especially in matches involving the teams that were in the title race, it’s absolutely fantastic”. It was found that Mourinho’s comments, in themselves, did not question the officials’ integrity, but amounted to disrepute and improper conduct. A FA statement read: “Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Jose Mourinho has been fined £10,000 in relation to comments he made after Chelsea’s game against Sunderland on April 19, 2014. “While the commission did not find that Mourinho’s post-match comments called into question the integrity of the referee appointed to the above fixture and/or the integrity of Mike Riley, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, they did find that the comments brought the game into disrepute and the charge for improper conduct was found proven. “Meanwhile, Mourinho has lost his appeal against an independent regulatory commission’s decision to fine him £8,000 in relation to Chelsea’s game against Aston Villa on on March 15, 2014. “Mourinho denied a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his behaviour in re-entering the field of play and approaching the Match Referee in an attempt to speak to him, in or around the 90th minute of the game amounted to improper conduct. “The charge was found proven by an independent regulatory commission and that decision was upheld by an appeal panel on Thursday.” The Football Association on Thursday evening announced Mourinho had been fined £10,000 in relation to comments made about the match officials following the 2-1 Barclays Premier League reverse on April 19. The Portuguese also failed in an appeal against his £8,000 fine for his conduct towards referee Chris Foy at the end of a defeat at Villa Park in March. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Carver vows to keep fighting

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first_img The Tyneside club sat just five points clear of the drop zone on Saturday evening after a 3-2 home defeat by Swansea, their seventh in succession, something they have never suffered in the Premier League before. They head for in-form Leicester next weekend desperately needing to halt that trend by denying Nigel Pearson’s rejuvenated side a fifth win on the trot if they are to ease clear of the mire beneath them. Beleaguered Newcastle head coach John Carver is refusing to throw in the towel despite the Magpies being sucked into a Barclays Premier League survival fight. However, Carver, who has guided his team to just two victories in 16 attempts in all competitions since taking over from Alan Pardew, remains unbowed in the midst of a developing crisis. He said: “It was a huge disappointment, a huge disappointment – but we are not ready to quit, not ready to pack in, not ready to thrown in the towel. That is very important, and that applies to me and the rest of my staff. “Yes, I am getting stick from the crowd and I can take all that. I’ll take that on the chin, I’ll explain to people why I do things, I don’t have a problem with that. If anybody wants to talk to me about it, I will talk to them about it. But I won’t give up on it and I will fight to the end.” Carver’s disappointment was compounded by the fact that Newcastle took a 20th-minute lead at St James’ Park when striker Ayoze Perez claimed his first goal since December 28, and they were still leading when fans rose to protest against owner Mike Ashley’s stewardship in the 34th minute – a reference to the £34million the club banked during the last financial year. However, they conceded – as they had looked like doing for some time – from a set-play when Nelson Oliveira headed home his first Swansea goal in first-half injury-time, and the visitors never looked back as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jack Cork increased their lead before substitute Siem de Jong’s late consolation strike. Asked about what lies ahead, Carver said: “I have got to try and make those guys feel 10 foot tall, as much as I can. Sometimes it is quite difficult, but it is my job and my responsibility to try and pick them up and do that.” In contrast, Swansea boss Garry Monk left St James’ with a third successive victory on Tyneside under his belt and the club’s best ever Premier League points total of 50 with four games still to play. But asked if his players had exceeded expectations, Monk said: “No, I want more, always push for more. “I just knew if I could get the players to commit to the hard work I have asked them to do from the start of the season that we could get to something like this. “It’s a hard road to get to there, but I am always the type that will demand more – they know that, the players and everyone at the club, so my job now is to make sure that we finish the season with some more wins, if possible, and more points. “There’s no point in just beating the record, you want to try to surpass it and make it difficult for anyone to catch us or for us to surpass it again next season. “That’s what I’m trying to lay down now.” Monk did, however, have a few words of comfort for Carver. He added: “They have got quality players. Newcastle have the quality, for sure, and John is doing as good as job as he can and pushing the players, and they will be fine.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Men’s basketball falters, falls late to Cal

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first_imgCal (11-5, 2-2) visited the Galen Center on Sunday to take on the Trojans (15-2, 2-2), and the Pac-12 clash lived up to the pre-game hype. Forty minutes of tightly contested basketball kept getting better and better, as both teams got hot from beyond the arc and traded scores tit-for-tat until the very end.Although USC had the final possession, Cal had the last laugh, leaving Los Angeles with its first road win, 74-73, versus an AP Top-25 team since November 2014. “It was a great college basketball game. Both teams played extremely hard,” head coach Andy Enfield said after the game. With 5.2 seconds left and the Trojans down by one, Enfield called a timeout. He drew up a play for junior guard Jordan McLaughlin to take the ball all the way upcourt.The captain did just that, dribbling behind the back and splitting a double team to extend his drive past half-court. McLaughlin made it all the way under the basketball, but three Bears suddenly pounced on him, and Ivan Rabb got a clean block from behind. While Cal’s Jabari Bird’s jump made contact in front of McLaughlin, the referees deemed that he jumped straight up and didn’t blow the whistle. USC had dropped its first home game of the 2016-17 season. Final play aside, the Trojans lost Sunday’s game at the free-throw line, where they went a measly 10-of-21. McLaughlin, a 89 percent shooter at the stripe this season, sank 3 of 8 — including two misses with 45.3 seconds to play and the Trojans down by one. After he missed both free throws, the game looked over for the Trojans. However, junior guard Elijah Stewart stole the ball in Cal’s backcourt to set up another Trojan possession. McLaughlin attacked the rim, but Bird denied him, swatting the ball out of bounds. McLaughlin inbounded the ball to sophomore forward Chimezie Metu, who slipped but recovered in time to hand the ball back to the point guard for a lay-up on the far side of the bucket. The Trojans led by one with 14.1 seconds to play. Rabb, Cal’s AP Preseason All-American, had been double-teamed all night by a host of Trojans, but on the Bears’ final possession, he was alone with Metu. The towering sophomore fouled Rabb with 5.2 seconds to play, and the Cal star drilled both free throws — the game’s final points. Rabb finished 6-of-10 from the floor with 17 points and eight rebounds. He had picked up his fourth foul with over six minutes to play, but he played smart in the final minutes.Despite the loss, the Trojans can take away many positives from the game. Metu, to his credit, matched Rabb throughout the game. “I knew it was going to be a battle coming in. I was just going to play a good 40 minutes,” Metu said about guarding the Bears’ power forward. Metu shot 9-of-15 from the floor, including a run of five consecutive makes. He dominated Cal’s seven-footer Kameron Rooks, who was playing his second game back from a knee surgery. Credit is also due to freshman forward Nick Rakocevic, who played 24 minutes, mostly without foul trouble. Rakocevic eventually drew four fouls after picking up two in the span of 30 seconds, but he held his own against Cal’s physical front court.For grad transfer Charles Buggs, the frustration continued. USC’s sixth man picked up three fouls in quick succession, forcing Metu to stay on the court for 38 minutes. The Trojans sorely miss sophomore co-captain Benny Boatwright’s 6-foot-10 frame, to say the least. Meanwhile, Boatwright’s replacement starter, freshman DeAnthony Melton, continued to shine with his extra playing time. Melton logged his best game of the season, contributing 13 points, a team-high seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals over 34 minutes. A reticent shooter this season, Melton looked comfortable on Sunday, going 4-of-9 with a pair of 3-pointers. As a team, USC shot 7-of-12 from downtown.The Trojans face a tough road trip next week in the altitude against Utah and Colorado.last_img read more

Okiki’s Brace Gives Sunshine Stars Win over Wikki

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first_imgIt was a battle of strikers when hosts Sunshine Stars beat Wikki Tourists 3-1 as Nigeria league leading scorer Godwin Obaje netted his 12th goal of the season with Afolabi Okiki grabbing a brace to take his tally to 10 goals.Obaje restored parity for Wikki in the 40th minute after Sunshine took the lead in the 29th minute, when Okiki slotted home a penalty.Okiki proved to be the sharper striker on the day when he produced the winning goal in the 53rd minute via a superb header off a pullout.Skipper Sunday Abe then made the game safe for Sunshine with a third goal in the 84th minute.In stoppage time, Okiki would have completed his hat-trick, but he failed to beat the Wikki goalkeeper when he came face-to-face with him. RESULTSIkorodu Utd 1-0 Warri Wolves3SC 2-0 Abia WarriosHeartLand 0-0 Plateau UtdSunshine 3-1 Wikki TouristNasarawa Utd 2-1 Lobi StarsTeam       P W D L GF GA GD PtsRangers 17 9 4 4 27 19 8 31Abia Warriors 17 8 6 3 19 13 6 30Wikki Tourists 17 8 4 5 25 11 14 28Kano Pillars 17 8 4 5 24 17 7 28Lobi Stars 18 8 4 6 21 16 5 28Rivers Utd 17 9 1 7 20 16 4 28Akwa Utd 17 8 3 6 23 16 7 27MFM FC 17 7 5 5 19 16 3 26Ifeanyiubah 17 8 2 7 16 17 -1 26Warri Wolves 17 7 4 6 11 12 -1 25Sunshine Stars 18 6 6 6 21 17 4 24Enyimba 14 7 3 4 16 12 4 24Nasarawa Utd 18 8 0 10 20 24 -4 24Heartland 18 6 5 7 14 16 -2 23Plateau Utd 18 5 7 6 19 24 -5 22Tornadoes 17 6 2 9 19 22 -3 20El-Kanemi 17 6 2 9 18 22 -4 203SC 18 6 2 10 19 30 -11 20Giwa FC 17 4 2 11 11 26 -15 14Ikorodu Utd 18 3 4 11 14 30 -16 13Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

2 more Oakland games postponed, this time at Seattle

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first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 08:06 IST 2 More Oakland Games Postponed, This Time At Seattle The first two games of Oakland’s series at Seattle have been postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing after a member of the Athletics’ organization tested positive for the coronavirus COMMENT The first two games of Oakland’s series at Seattle have been postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing after a member of the Athletics’ organization tested positive for the coronavirus.The positive test already caused the postponement of Oakland’s game Sunday against the Houston Astros. Now games against the Mariners on Tuesday and Wednesday are being put off. The A’s are also scheduled to play at Seattle on Thursday.Major League Baseball said Monday it will continue to provide updates as necessary.On Sunday, the A’s said they would self-isolate in Houston. There were no details provided on whether the positive result came from a player or someone else. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TVcenter_img First Published: 1st September, 2020 08:06 IST FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News Written Bylast_img read more

Popular T&T pannist Ken “Professor” Philmore dies following motor vehicle accident

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first_imgThe Trinidad and Tobago government led the tribute to ace pannist and music composer, Ken “Professor” Philmore, who died at the San Fernando Hospital, on Sunday, six days after he was involved in a vehicular accident.“Through his music he did this country proud wherever he played, bringing recognition not only to our country but to our beloved national instrument, the steelpan. He showed us that through dedication and love for the art form, it was possible to become one of the best,” Communications Minister Stuart Young said in a statement.Car overturned Philmore, 58, had been in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital since Monday after he sustained serious injuries in the accident when his vehicle overturned on the Solomon Hochoy Highway in Claxton Bay, last Monday – Republic Day.Pan RoyaltyThe government statement said the pannist was “widely acknowledged as pan royalty in Trinidad and Tobago and was arguably one of the top steelpan soloists in the world.”.The Trinidad Express newspaper reported that the family had been informed earlier that there was no hope of recovery and doctors removed tubes from the life support machine, in the presence of family members.People shocked, in a daze The president of Pan Trinbago, Keith Diaz, said the steel pan fraternity remains in shock as the death of the ace pannist, while the Mayor of San Fernando, Junia Regrello, said many people were still in a daze following the news.“This is really a sad day. Anywhere you turn, people as asking, is it true?”Philmore composed several songs for the annual Panorama competition, including “Pan By Storm” (1990), “Pan Ecstacy” (1991), and “Pan in the Party” (1992).In 1988, he appeared with Tina Turner and Lionel Hampton in New York. In 1996 he was honored by Pan Trinbago as one of the most promising arrangers.He appeared as a special guest with Mercer Ellington, son of “Duke” Ellington and was featured on the title cut of Ellington’s album Queenie Pie Reggae. He has also appeared in concert with the world renowned Latin American musician Tito Puente.last_img read more

Three takeaways from the Titans’ dominant win over the Jaguars

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first_img His impressive Marshawn Lynch-esque run wasn’t the only record the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner set.In Henry’s efforts, he:Now has three 70-plus yard rushing scores since 2017. It’s the most in the NFL, as he moved in front of Fournette (2) who is the only other player with more than one in that time span. Tied Lorenzo White and Hall of Famer Earl Campbell for the most running touchdowns (4) in a single game in Titans/Oilers franchise history.Is the first player with four scores in a game since Patriots running back Jonas Gray in Week 11 of the 2014 season.Became the first player in the Super Bowl era that has rushed for 200-plus yards and four or more touchdowns on 20 or fewer carries. Henry did that on just 13 carries.Set a franchise record for the most rushing yards in a single game, beating Chris Johnson’s previous mark (228) set in 2009, which was also against the Jaguars. Now, that’s impressive.The Jaguars didn’t find the answer in Cody KesslerMaybe it was a fluke, but it seemed like the Jaguars might have found an answer to their offensive troubles when they benched Blake Bortles in favor of Kessler, who led Jacksonville to it’s first win in almost two months.It didn’t.Kessler, who spent two season with the Browns before getting traded to the Jaguars for a conditional 2019 seventh-round draft pick, had another low-output game. The down side to this week’s performance was that he couldn’t turn it into a win. In Indianapolis, Kessler was an efficient 18-of-24 passing for 150 yards. Again on the road at Nissan Stadium, he improved slightly but fell prey to a top-five pass rush in Tennessee.Kessler finished the loss completing 25 of his 43 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown, but he was sacked four times and only managed to convert two of the team’s 12 third-down tries. Jacksonville moves to 4-9 with the loss and will have to put up better performances to get through the rest of its season. The Jaguars will face the Redskins and Dolphins in the coming weeks before closing out with the AFC South leading Texans.  The Titans have a tough road aheadTennessee moved above .500 (7-6) with this overwhelming victory, but entered the week as one of a number of teams that held 6-6 records. The win certainly helps the Titans remain in the hunt for the final conference playoff spot, but three other teams — the Dolphins, Broncos, and Colts — are also close behind the Ravens (7-5), who currently have control of that final spot. Tennessee will need to keep winning to earn that berth, but it won’t be easy because out of those four teams in the mix, the Titans have the toughest remaining schedule. One rusher did impress, but it wasn’t Fournette. Titans tailback Derrick Henry had a career game highlighted by this record-tying touchdown run. He’s now the second player in NFL history to run for 99 yards and a score, matching Tony Dorsett’s long rush from 1982.  Related News NFL free agency rumors: Kelvin Benjamin signing with Chiefs Next, they will catch a break against the struggling 4-8 Giants. But, they’ll have to turn around and play the Redskins before closing out the regular-season against the Colts.So while the Titans will say they are focused on one game at a time, each game holds major playoff implications that have to linger in the back of their minds. DERRICK HENRY WENT BEASTMODE!!! 😱😱😱99 YARDS. #TitanUp📺: @nflnetwork + @NFLonFOX📱+💻: https://t.co/DJUityQHC9 pic.twitter.com/wOe7cktiyE— NFL (@NFL) December 7, 2018Henry’s night didn’t stop there.Here are three takeaways from the Titans’ win over the Jaguars. Henry led Tennessee’s offenseMarcus Mariota hasn’t been the most consistent quarterback. But with an even more inconsistent rushing attack, the Titans have had to rely mostly on the fourth-year play caller when he’s healthy.However, against the Jaguars, Henry helped power Tennessee to its seventh win.The Titans had only two other games where they registered more rushing than passing yards  — a Week 3 meeting with the Jaguars without Mariota and a Week 6 contest against the Ravens. In this game, Henry carried the load and ran for 238 of the team’s 264 yards on the ground. WATCH: Ryan Shazier shows off latest progress by deadlifting After the Jaguars beat the Colts 6-0 on Sunday behind new starter Cody Kessler, Jacksonville looked as if it would carry that momentum into Tennessee when it opened Week 14 against the Titans.While Kessler wasn’t impressive in his debut, the inconsistency of Tennessee on both sides of the ball and the return of running back Leonard Fournette gave the once third-string quarterback a chance to give his team the late surge it needed. But, that just wasn’t the case as the Titans cruised to a 30-9 win. last_img read more

On deck: Dodgers at Reds, Saturday, 1:10 p.m.

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first_imgTHE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP HYUN-JIN RYU (2-6, 4.42)Vs. Reds: 2-1, 4.44At Great American Ball Park: 0-1, 6.00Hates to face: Arismendy Alcantara, 3 for 4 (.750), 2B Loves to face: Zack Cozart, 0 for 9, 4 KsREDS RHP ASHER WOJCIECHOWSKI (1-0, 5.21)Vs. Dodgers: 0-0, 7.20At Great American Ball Park: 1-0, 1.86Hates to face: Cody Bellinger, 1 for 2 (.500), HRLoves to face: Chris Taylor, 0 for 3— Bill Plunkett DODGERS at REDSWhen: Saturdays, 1:10 p.m.Where: Great American Ball ParTV: SportsNet LAcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Indians, Rays interested in Blue Jays’ Justin Smoak

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first_img MLB trade rumors: Yankees will not give up top prospect for anyone less than Noah Syndergaard Each team also sits in the middle of the pack in runs scored as Tampa Bay is 17th and Cleveland in 20th.Smoak is an unrestricted free agent after the season. MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Phillies among teams interested in starter Tanner Roark MLB trade rumors: At least 6 teams still interested in Robbie Ray Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak may be on the move.The Blue Jays and Indians are both on the lefty, according to multiple reports. Sounds like interest in Justin Smoak is picking upMultiple contenders checking on him per sources. @JonHeyman mentioned CLE. Told Rays also intrigued#BlueJays like Smoak, consistent defender w OPS+ above 110 for three straight years, but listening on pending free agents— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 30, 2019Smoak is a sought after target and also has garnered interest from the Phillies among others.The Justin Smoak market is starting to smoke. In addition to the Indians, @bnicholsonsmith mentions Rays. They are indeed interested as are the Phillies and 1 or 2 others. He’ll likely move.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2019Smoak, 32, is batting .215 with 18 home runs and 46 RBIs, but he has a solid .357 on-base percentage and gets on 37% of the time against right-handed pitchers. Related News His power is also a hot commodity especially for Cleveland and Tampa Bay as both sit middle of the pack in home runs this season.The Indians are 19th in MLB with 140 home runs and the Rays are 20th with 139.last_img read more