Ambode Asks FIFA to Consider Lagos for Football Project

first_imgGboyega AkinsanmiLagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday received FIFA President, Mr. Gianni Infantino, urging the football association to consider Lagos as preferred location for football project.He received the FIFA president alongside the CAF President, Mr. Ahmed Ahmad, FIFA Secretary-General, Mr. Fatimah Diouf-Samora and, NFF President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick among others.At the reception, Ambode explained that the establishment of the project in Lagos would further boost football development in the continent.The governor said Lagos “has the potentials to host the project. Nigeria is very strong in youth soccer, urging that to further boost it, the global football association should site it project in Lagos. “And has you decides the location for the next FIFA projects, Lagos stands to welcome all your projects. We have the population, enthusiastic and tourism potentials to receive any of your project.”While expressing his delight at the selection of Lagos for the FIFA summit, Ambode said the summit would apparently boost the standard of the game in the country.“We are delighted that Lagos is considered as the second African city to host the summit aimed at discussing football development. It is very important to us because soccer is a major sport in the state and contributes to its developments.”Also at the meeting, Infantino said the summit would afford the body to discuss and decide new strategies to improve the game especially youth football.He said: “We are here to discuss with CAF and NFF few projects that will help improve standard of football in the country.“Also at the summit, we will be discussing strategies on how to improve the standard of youth and female football development. I know that Nigeria is a major force in the Africa,” he added.Infantino stated that the summit was a strategy developed by FIFA’s, to discuss with every stakeholder on solutions confronting the game globally.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Three-star quarterback Edouard verbally commits to Syracuse

first_imgA three-star quarterback, Edouard initially committed to Miami (Fla.), but pulled his verbal on Sept. 1. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Edouard ultimately chose SU instead of offers from Penn State, Arizona, Tennessee and Nebraska, among other schools.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEdouard’s verbal commitment further establishes Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald’s recruiting prowess in the area. Edouard is the fourth Florida native to commit to the Orange since McDonald joined the staff last January.Edouard becomes the 16th player in SU’s Class of 2014 and the second quarterback, joining two-star recruit A.J. Long. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Alin Edouard has verbally committed to Syracuse, according to a tweet from Hialeah (Fla.) High School teammate A’lique Terry on  Sunday night.Alin Edouard has Committed to Syracuse University @ALLEN_EDWARD2 #TBREDFAM #Salute— A’lique Terry (@105_Quai) October 21, 2013 Published on October 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Klitschko Retires, No Rematch with Joshua

first_imgFormer heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing – ruling out a rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua.The Ukrainian, 41, was knocked out in the 11th round by current champion Joshua at Wembley Stadium in April.Joshua, 27, had hoped Klitschko would sign his rematch clause for a proposed fight in Las Vegas on November 11.“I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” said Klitschko.The two-time former champion, who held the unified title from 2006-2015 before losing to Joshua’s fellow Briton Tyson Fury, ends his career with a record of 64 wins and five defeats. “I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career,” he added.Joshua must now face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev before December 2 or risk being stripped of his IBF belt. Bulgarian Pulev, 36, has a record of 25 wins and one defeat, which came to Klitschko in 2014.Klitschko won Olympic super-heavyweight gold at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, before turning professional later that year.He built an unbeaten 24-0 record before losing to American Ross Puritty in 1998 in his only fight to take place in his native Ukraine.After claiming the WBO belt with victory over American Chris Byrd in 2000, Klitschko was upset by South Africa’s Corrie Sanders and American Lamon Brewster in 2003 and 2004 respectively.He then went 11 years unbeaten, until losing the WBA, IBF and WBO titles to Fury in November 2015.The Germany-based fighter announced his retirement on a video posted on his website, with so many people trying to access it that the server crashed.In his video statement, Klitschko said: “Twenty-seven years ago I started my journey in sport. It was the best choice of a profession I could have made. Because of this choice I have travelled the world, learned new languages, created business, built intellectual properties, helped people in need.“At some point in our lives we need to switch our careers and get ourselves ready for the next chapter – obviously I am not an exception to this.“I am expecting and hoping my next career, which I have already been planning and working on for some years, will be at least as successful as the previous one, if not more successful.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

CARICOM warns of the impact of climate change on the region

first_imgBUDAPEST, Romania, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque says climate change remains an ‘existential threat’ to the development of the Caribbean.Addressing an international conference on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters, LaRocque said that “it has been recorded that between 2000 and 2017, member states of our Community suffered at least seven major disasters in which damage ranged from 33 to 226 per cent of the affected country’s gross domestic product (GDP)”.LaRocque made reference to the 2017 experience where the estimated cost of reconstruction after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria was put at five billion US dollars.Prediction of more intense, frequent storms “For us therefore, especially with the prediction of more intense and frequent storms, seeking to build resilience against that phenomenon is urgent,” he told the conference that is also being attended by several CARICOM foreign ministers.Romania, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is using the conference for debate and exchange of good practices regarding resilience to natural disasters, and to identify and develop cooperation models between States in order to reduce the effects of global warming.Need access to fundingLaRocque, in highlighting the factors required to build the necessary resilience, stressed the importance of having access to concessional development financing well in advance of a disaster.But he bemoaned the fact that CARICOM countries, because of being labelled middle-income countries, cannot access this type of financing, since the principal criterion used is GDP per capita.“From our perspective, there is urgent need for the international community and international financial institutions to change the criteria for access to concessional development financing by middle-income Small island Developing States (SIDS).“Substantial weight must be accorded to our vulnerability in this regard. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) has begun looking at the issue. We need the support of all OECD members,” the CARICOM Secretary General told the Conference.He also made reference to the ongoing threat to the region’s financial services sector from what he described as the ‘unwarranted labelling of some of our economies as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions by the EU”.LaRocque said that financial services sector is a significant contributor to public finances in many CARICOM states and a source of funding for building resilience.On Tuesday, the EU listed six Caribbean countries in a new list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions which the Europe said was based on an “an intense process of analysis and dialogue steered by the Commission”.LARocque told the meeting here that the EU blacklisting ‘amounts to an attack on our economies,” and  acknowledged Romania’s understanding of CARICOM’s concerns with regards to the EU’s actions and processes and its assistance in bringing them to the attention of the appropriate EU authorities.last_img read more

Balkoff! Dodgers beat Texas Rangers 1-0 on a balk

first_imgKela flinched his hands maybe an inch ‑ an illegal balk ‑ and Hernandez was awarded home plate to cap an otherwise uneventful 1-0 Dodgers win.Kela might have flinched his hands less than an inch, but home plate umpire Marvin Hudson saw it right away.“It was so noticeable,” Bundy said, “whoever we had left in the stands saw it too.”It was the Dodgers’ sixth walk-off win this year. They had not won on a balk in their final plate appearance since May 31, 2010 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.The San Francisco Giants will visit Dodger Stadium for three games beginning today. The Dodgers’ offensive problems are hardly behind them; they scored only six runs in four games against the Rangers that were not the result of balks. Sometimes, like in the ninth inning Thursday, it’s better to be lucky than good. Grandal and Andre Ethier walked to lead off the inning, but Alberto Callaspo grounded into a double play. The next batter, Jimmy Rollins, was behind in the count 1-2 when Hernandez (who was pinch-running for Grandal) made his move.“The younger someone is, probably the higher chance it’ll work,” Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said. “I’m not shocked to see it work.”Greinke did not factor into the decision, but he allowed the Dodgers to win in spite of their malaise at the plate by throwing seven scoreless innings.Greinke allowed four hits, walked none and struck out eight batters, yet still has not won a game since May 5. His 44-day drought between wins is the longest he’s endured as a Dodger ‑ longer even than the time around his recovery from a broken clavicle in April 2013.Even if Greinke starts in turn five days from now and beats the Chicago Cubs, he will have extended the streak to 49 days between wins. The 31-year-old right-hander hasn’t had a longer winless drought as a starting pitcher since 2005.“I don’t really think about that,” Greinke said. “Things will take care of themselves.”Greinke has been an excellent pitcher in the meantime. He has a 1.99 ERA since his last win. In 14 starts this season, he’s allowed 20 runs (19 were earned).The Dodgers had their chances to score.Singles by Ethier and Rollins gave the Dodgers runners on first and third base with one out in the seventh inning. Justin Turner pinch hit for Greinke but flew out, and Joc Pederson lined out to center field to end the inning.Callaspo led off the fifth inning with an infield single and Pederson walked with two outs. That inning ended when Yasiel Puig smoked a hard line drive that hung in the air long enough for center fielder Leonys Martin.Puig hit a stand-up triple into the right field corner in the first inning, but a groundout by Adrian Gonzalez and a line-drive out by Howie Kendrick ended the Dodgers’ first chance of the evening.Rangers starter Anthony Ranaudo allowed five hits, four singles and the triple by Puig. Don Mattingly decided he had to do something about the Dodgers’ putrid hitting. So, he he held a team meeting before Thursday’s game against the Texas Rangers. The meeting was short, the message simple ‑ “just what we needed to do to win,” catcher Yasmani Grandal said. Who knows, maybe it will sink in over time.Nine scoreless innings later, Dodgers third base coach Lorenzo Bundy decided it was time to do something else.Kiké Hernandez was standing on third base with two outs. A rookie right-hander, Keone Kela, was on the mound for Texas. Bundy told Hernandez, “as soon as he comes set, break home,” and Hernandez obeyed.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

AAF’s Charlie Ebersol: ‘We wouldn’t be doing this’ if we thought it would fail

first_imgEverbody knows spring football leagues are doomed when they try to compete with the mighty NFL. Everybody, that is, except Alliance of American Football (AAF) co-founder Charlie Ebersol.The new eight-team spring football league co-founded by Ebersol and former NFL/ESPN front office insider Bill Polian is off to a strong start through Week 5. CE: You know, I’m very superstitious. I wake up every morning trying to figure out how we continue to succeed. I will say what Tom Dundon said. He does not start businesses A) to bail or B) to sell. So his expectation in coming in and putting in the kind of money he put in is that we are not only committed to but we are expecting to be here in seven, 10, 15 years. I’m pretty confident based on what we’ve built that’s going to be the case. The short answer to your question is yes. The long answer is we wouldn’t be doing this if we thought (this wouldn’t last). Room to improve at 5-0? Steve Spurrier and the Apollos have high expectations.📰 | https://t.co/Q5xs7spaGZ pic.twitter.com/I8uPub6GwU— The Alliance (@TheAAF) March 11, 2019SN: Did Colin Kaepernick really want $20 million to play in the AAF?CE: We don’t want to comment on the specifics of the conversations, but I will tell you that we think the world of Colin. He’s an exceptional player. Certainly a very strong advocate. But ultimately our league is about being a league of opportunity. Players want to get back to the NFL. They come in. We pay every player the same amount of money. We give every player the same opportunity to get back to the NFL. We’re thrilled when they get back to the NFL. We want to do that. Any player that wants to do that as part of our system, we put all the systems in place to give them the best chance ever to go succeed in the NFL. MORE: AAF Power Rankings for Week 6The sports media world and Madison Avenue sat up and took notice when TV ratings for the AAF’s broadcast debut on CBS equaled that of an NBA game telecast on ABC. With NFL castoffs such as Trent Richardson and Steve Spurrier finding a second life, the quality of play has been good in a league where players only earn $75,000 a season.The AAF has even drawn raves from NFL insiders such as Rich Eisen of NFL Network for injecting more tranparency into instant replay calls. There are signs that the NFL may allow its younger players to get more on-field experience by playing in the AAF, according to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.Americans love a comeback story. Rather than trying to compete with the NFL, Ebersol is smartly positioning the AAF as a second-chance league that gives NFL washouts, near-misses and hopefuls another crack at redemption. On the other hand, the news that NHL owner Tom Dundon made a big money investment in the AAF shortly after the league’s Feb. 9 kickoff raised plenty of eyebrows. David Glenn of The Athletic reported that the new league was in danger of missing payroll. Ebersol counters that it was an extraordinary large investment by an investor who’s committed to the future of the league. The 36-year old Ebersol is the son of legendary NBC Sports guru Dick Ebersol and actress Susan Saint James. While still a college student at Notre Dame in 2004, a badly burned Ebersol dragged his unconscious father from the wreckage of a plane crash that tragically killed his younger brother Teddy and two others.MORE: Full AAF 2019 schedule, TV channels, rostersThe documentary filmmaker went on to direct ESPN’s “This Was the XFL” about his father and WME boss Vince McMahon’s failed attempt to create a spring football league in 2001.So is AAF already in jeopardy? Was Dundon’s $250 milllion a cash infusion or a bailout? And will the billionaire investor’s deep pockets ensure years of future solvency for the lean and mean startup? Especially once McMahon’s reborn XFL kicks off in 2020?Sporting News recently talked with Ebersol about the past, present and future of the AAF. Responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.SPORTING NEWS: The AAF has kicked off to mostly positive reviews. Your thoughts so far?CHARLIE EBERSOL: The football is pretty good. I’m pretty excited about that. Ultimately, quality of football is always the primary focus. I would argue Bill Polian has done an extraordinary job of delivering on his promise. We’re pretty happy with it. … One of the things that we always wanted to say is, ultimately, could you create a game that really felt like the NFL? Or people right on the cusp of the NFL?SN: Isn’t that what doomed the original XFL back in 2001? When you got past the cheeleaders, and the catchy “He Hate Me” player nicknames, the product on the field stunk.CE: You’re 100 percent right. … Ultimately, good football markets itself. So we haven’t had to go out into the marketplace and spend millions of dollars to tell people about our league — because as soon as people saw the football they started marketing it for us. One of the things we’re really hyper-focused on is letting the people be the drivers of the excitement. That has paid off for us.SN: Let me play devil’s advocate. No spring football league has survived — ever. Not the XFL in 2001, not the USFL in the ’80s, not the World Football League in the ’70s. Bruce Jenkins of the San Franciso Chronicle wrote that the AAF is “doomed to failure.” Your response?CE: (Laughs). Hey, listen, everyone who’s tried to do this before has failed. Bill Polian and I did not go into this business thinking this was going to be sunshine and rainbows. We had a healthy amount of skepticism, even ourselves, about what would happen. Ultimately, having (new chairman) Tom Dundon get involved … I tell people my favorite thing he’s ever said to me is when he first called me. He said, “I’ve been watching you for a while. I know you’re a tech start-up. And you’re trying to do all this other stuff. But let me ask you a question. Do you want to keep raising money in Series A and Series B and Series C? Or do you want to just raise Series Infinity right now — and be funded for life?” I said, “I’ve never heard of Series Infinity — but I’m in. Show me where to sign.” I was like, “You don’t mind if I trademark that and start selling it on T-shirts?”✌️ TD’s on the night for Trent Richardson! @aafiron | #MEMvsBHM pic.twitter.com/YZklJW7wfV— The Alliance (@TheAAF) February 10, 2019SN: How would you describe Dundon’s $250 million? A cash infusion? A bailout? What?CE: It was an extraordinary large investment. Let’s start there. If you take the conversation out of “startup football,” and you just use the word startup, this company has actually existed as an actual company for about 13 months. In 13 months we raised multiple hundreds of millions of dollars. Tom put a quarter billion dollars into the company. If you ask any startup in (Silicon) Valley, if you ask Uber or Lyft or Apple, any of these companies, that level of investment at this stage is extraordinary. From our perspective in the sports world, we’re used to hearing billions. But we started as a very small company 13 months ago. We’ve grown into a company where a very seasoned and intelligent and systematic investor like Tom was willing to write a quarter of a billion dollar check. It’s the only time in my life I’ve ever had to defend the viability of a company that had just received a quarter billion dollars.SN: What does a check for a quarter billion look like?CE: (Laughs) Tom showed up my house with this six-foot-wide check. It was Publisher’s Clearinghouse.SN: Bottom Line: What does $250 million buy you? Three, four, five years of operations?CE: It’s bigger than that. What Tom offers is not just capital. He offers infrastructure. Keep in mind that all of the serious people who’ve tried to do this before me had serious infrastructure behind them. The World League. NFL Europe. The XFL had NBC and the WWE. When we started this It was just Bill and I. Thirteen months ago Bill and I had one employee. Today we have over 1,100. Running a company with 1,100 employees, regardless of what they’re doing, takes a very specific set of skills. But the systems he’s able to put in, the procedures. It’s saving us tens of millions of dollars. So we have the ability to build a much better version of this company. As he describes it, we built the company up to adolescence. Now he’s matured us into an adult. … He has decades of corporate governance experience at building companies of this size and growing them. We feel pretty good.MORE: 10 AAF players who have made a case for the NFLSN: What role can legalized sports betting play in the success of the AAF?CE: Because of the success of Opening Weekend people have started to take certain things for granted. But think about how crazy that is. Thousands of people are betting on a game — and a league — that did not exist (last summer). And they’re betting on that. So right there, that’s great. Gambling is one of a handful of engagement tools that we feel very strongly about. One of the reasons we built our game the way we did is that football’s greatest value is that it’s the only four-quadrant piece of entertainment in the U.S. It’s the only thing where Mom, Dad, Billy and Sue all watch together at the same time. It’s crucial to us. … We offer all our materials to people who want to do gambling and want to have the ability to do gambling. But at the same time recognizing we have a unique advantage here, where we can give access to a sport that we already know people are excited about and want to be a part of in a unique and new way. I think that’s where we really excited.SN: Like the original XFL with the SkyCam that was later adopted by the NFL, you guys have been smart about technology. I love how you give TV viewers an inside look at instant replay decisions. It’s the kind of transparency we need more of in TV sports. Will technology be your killer app?CE: I jokingly told (AAF officiating consultants) Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino that they just wrote themselves out of jobs. The two of them, and Bill Polian, came together and said they have this great idea to do this. I said, “It’s a fantastic idea. But if the NFL ends up liking this, I don’t know how you get to keep your gig.” Ultimately, that’s the genius of what Bill Polian has created. He’s found the very best people who’ve done this. Look at my group. Every one of our head coaches has NFL experience. … Half of the referees that are in our league are currently in the official development program for the NFL.Everything around this league is about recreating and tapping into the NFL. Look, people keep saying the word developmental like’s it’s a dirty word. Developmental is a great word. We’re not just developmental for players. We see ourselves as developmental for coaches, for officials, for everybody involved in our league. We are doing something here to make the ecosystem of football better. We do it by being the ultimate professional version. This is not a marketing stunt. This is not some opportunity for a college coach to figure out if they’ve got what it takes in the NFL. We’re saying to our players and everybody else: We want to get you back to the NFL. We’re going to give you the best path to do that.SN: Who are your early standouts?CE: Clearly, Steve Spurrier (head coach of the Orlando Apollos). He’s been fantastic. (Running back) Trent Richardson (of the Birmingham Iron) is one of those stories that I’m deeply excited about. He gave an interview a couple of days ago. I read it and called him. I said, “Trent, you almost had me in tears. You are the epitome of what we’re trying to do here, which is giving players the ability to rewrite their stories, start from scratch and do something different.” I hear him say how he never played football for himself before. He always did it for other people. Now he’s doing it for himself and the love of the game. That’s extraordinary. Obviously, (quarterback) Garrett Gilbert of Orlando is showing everybody why he should be playing in the NFL. I think that’s great. That’s what we’re trying to do. There’s players nobody is paying attention to. John Wolford is the starting quarterback of the Arizona Hotshots. Left a job in finance to take one last shot at football. He’s proven that it was worthwhile. Look, we want to graduate a huge amount of these guys to the NFL this year. And it looks like we’re going to.MORE: 2019 NFL free agents: Ranking top players by positionSN: How would you describe the relationship between you and the NFL?CE: Evolving. Obviously, we are on their network. We worked closely with them to create a contract that allows players to really move back to the NFL as we did with Josh Johnson. We work closely with them on our tech platform so that it matches up. Basically, everybody on my competition committee either currently serves or did serve on the NFL competition committee. We’re trying to create a symbiotic environment, where everybody within the system is getting the benefit of being in the NFL system. I think to a very large degree it’s been working.SN: Will both the AAF and XFL survive? Or will the weaker go under?CE: It’s impossible for me to talk about another business. What I know is I’m sitting in a place today that’s very different from where I sat at any point in time. I have a new chairman of the board in Tom Dundon who is committed to a very long-term business plan. Every business he’s walked into, he has not only succeeded but he has far surpassed expectations. When the guy was 20-something years old, he built a multibillion business. … So from my perspective, we are in a unique place to win. One thing that Bill Polian always says: If you put a team together that’s focused on themselves, and is focused on the team, you win the Super Bowl. If you put a team together that’s focused on the competition, you don’t make it to the playoffs.SN: What are your thoughts so far on TV ratings?CE: Well beyond what we ever thought. Looking at our ratings compared to other, well-established big leagues. … One of the differences between now and 17 years ago with my dad and Vince, for them to succeed, for them to justify spending tens of millions on marketing and $12 million on fireworks and all this other stuff, for them to justify that, they had to pop a massive rating and they had to maintain that rating. We’re the exact opposite. We did this entirely organically, entirely through word of mouth. And we had a phenomenal partner in CBS. Then going into Week 2, with the NFL Network and TNT, they gave us what their internal expectations were. When the ratings came out, they were flabbergasted. Again, this is organic. We’re doing no off-air marketing. So people are finding this on their own. Over a million people per game are engaging with the app. We had 3.5 million people on our platform, watching the video and playing the game. Those are professional league numbers. Not a developmental or a minor league engagement. That’s more viewers than most pro sports do on TV. And we’re doing it on iPhones.SN: Are any new corporate sponsors coming in?CE: You’re going to see a lot of new commercials (and sponsors). One of them is At Home. It’s funny, we picked our eight markets based on a lot of different factors. We firmly believed we didn’t want to be in the big eight markets. Because we wanted to give people something they would want to be part of Day One. You don’t go to New York because you don’t want to compete with the Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, Nets, etc. But also from a brand perspective you want to be in a situation where brands are really connecting with the audience. So the CEO of At Home came to the Opening Night game in San Antonio. Feeling that energy, and seeing who our demographic was, he came back to us. So we’ve got an exciting deal there. There’s a handful of other sponsors that you’ll start to see throughout the game. But we will not increase the amount of commercial time. … We’ll still be able to deliver a 2 1/2-hour game because of how we structured the ads. We don’t want the fans to pay for our success by costing them more time. We actually build it around our existing infrastructure. So no matter how successful we are, we will protect our fans’ experience.MORE: Odell Beckham Jr. gives Browns a killer offenseSN: Bottom Line: Will AAF be here in 5 years?last_img read more

Florida High School Student Gets into All Eight Ivy League Schools

first_imgHe heard from Yale first, and then received acceptance letters from Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth, and Cornell.“With each school, I was more and more in shock,” adds McFarland, who says he plans to study medicine or law.According to Craig’s mother, Donabel Santiago, he has always demonstrated strong initiative.The single mom explains, “I’m very proud of him. I have three kids and I told them I don’t accept a ‘B’ as a grade because I know that they can bring me A’s.” A North Florida high school student has quite a decision to make on his college education.Craig McFarland,a student at Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, recently learned that he has been accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.The teen, who has a 4.98 grade point average and and has never gotten a “B” on his high school report card, is unsure which university he will ultimately attend.“With coronavirus, I can’t do that, so the only metric that I have is based on experiences of current students and their virtual campus tours,” McFarland says.last_img read more

Elly leads Southern qualifiers for Grand Medal Final

first_img Hampshire county player Elly Gardner booked her place in the 2013 England Golf Grand Medal Final when she scored a two-shot win in the South Region qualifier at Ifield, Sussex. Elly, who plays off three, had a net score of one-under 71 and leads 10 qualifiers for the Grand Final. She commented: “It’s absolutely amazing, I’m really, really pleased. When I shot under my handicap I thought that might be enough to qualify but I wasn’t expecting to win.” The 21-year-old from Botley Park will be joined at the Grand Medal Final at Northants County Golf Club on June 29 by: Terri Linskey of Pedham Place, Kent; Anya Davis of Drift, Surrey; Amanda Lucking of Cowdray Park, Sussex; Clare Bolger of Ham Manor, Sussex; Julie Wilding of West Hill, Surrey; Lisa Grainger of Windlesham, Surrey; Judy Ames of Royal Winchester, Hampshire, Sue Hornsby of Croham Hurst, Surrey and Deborah Wheeler of Holtye, Sussex. The event was contested by the best women club medal players from five counties: Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex. All the regional finalists returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2012. At the regional qualifier Elly was one-under par for her front nine – despite never having seen the course before – and came home in three over. “It was a great day’s golf and hopefully it will continue,” she said. “This will be my first national final so it’s going to be a new experience and I’m really looking forward to it.” Elly, who has a degree in golf management, started playing when she was about eight but has become increasingly serious about her golf over the last few years and is now hoping to play national championships. Last year, she was top qualifier for the Hampshire championship and also shot the best 18-hole net score in the event. This was the first of six regional medal finals. The others are: South West on 25 April at Sherborne, Dorset; East on 30 April at Gog Magog, Cambs & Hunts; Midlands South on 3 May at Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire; Midlands North on 22 May at Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire; North on 23 May at Eaton, Cheshire.   Qualifying net scores Par 72, CSS 75 71 Eleanor Gardner (Botley Park) 73 Terri Linskey (Pedham Place), Anya Davis (Drift), 74 Amanda Lucking (Cowdray Park), Clare Bolger (Ham Manor), Julie Wilding (West Hill) 75 Lisa Grainger (Windlesham), Judy Ames (Royal Winchester), Sue Hornsby (Croham Hurst), Deborah Wheeler (Holtye) Click here for full scores 22 Apr 2013 Elly leads Southern qualifiers for Grand Medal Final last_img read more

Simeone: “Oblak saved the Atleti”

first_imgDiego Pablo Simeone He went through a press conference after the victory of Atlético de Madrid against Levante on the 19th day of LaLiga. The coach valued the final stop of Oblak and insisted on the ten chances of the rojiblancos. João Félix’s lack of gasoline: “We should ask him. We see him integrated, with great enthusiasm. He is a different player than what we have and every time the ball passes through him we have a sense of danger. We need to find him much more and that he finds the spaces to have better solutions for the team. Today he had one in the first, two in the second and three with the one he had in the middle distance. The road he is following is the one we expected. “Lack of success: “We have to be more blunt. Football is blunt and if you don’t have it you are close to losing.”Oblak awards: “I’m not the one who decides who wins one prize or another. Nor would it be fair to talk about the other goalkeepers who have other teams but for us Oblak is the best goalkeeper in the world.”Morata’s offside: “He is doing a tremendous job of support, back play, second line arrival, assisting his teammates and working very well defensively. He has scored in the last League match and that is what we ask him to always work for the team and in the last three games scored two goals. “ Victory: “Complete match until the end we could solve it before with the goal situations we have generated, ten. In those situations that we could not be concrete. In the last minutes the great stop of Oblak was the title of Oblak saved the Atleti. The reality is that we would have closed the game if we had converted any of the goal situations we had. I say the headline because we forgot about the ten goal times that were not goals and luckily that Oblak saved us. He is the headline. “Oblak stop: “For our part, he is considered the best in the world. He is one of our captains and today he performed at the most important moment of the game. He had a good previous stop with his left hand in the 70’s but the last one is from a player who makes you to win games. Today he gave us the chance to take a game that we had to solve before. “last_img read more

LFA Collects over L$200, 000 from ‘Red, Yellow Card’ Penalties

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association (LFA) has announced that over 150 yellow cards and about 55 red cards were issued during the first phase of the 2015/2016 national league in the 1st and 2nd division.The LFA said FIFA badge assistant referee John Rogers issued the highest cards in a total of 50 yellow cards and 10 red cards.Accordingly, yellow card attracts a fine of L$1,000, while red card attracts between L$2,000 to L$10,000 – depending on the degree of the foul.The chairman of the Competition Committee, Ansu Dorley told journalists yesterday in an update during the end of the first phase of the league.Ansu said among the 10 top clubs, BYC FC and ELWA United were the only teams that didn’t receive red cards, but were the highest receivers of yellow card disciplines.He clarified that most of the clubs paid their fees by mandating the LFA to deduct the funds from games’ intakes.He also announced that BYC topped the 1st division log with 24 points; 29 goals and seven goals against; followed by current football champions, Nimba United, with 21 points, 13 goals but 18 goals against. FC Fassell sits 3rd place with points; and LPRC and LISCR sit 4th and 5th places respectively with 13 and 12 points.For the 2nd division, Monrovia Club Breweries topped the table with 28 points.The Go Blue Boys were certificated as the “Best Team” in the 1st division league in the first phase, while BYC coach Cooper Sarnoh was certified as “Best Coach.”Coach Sarnoh is among the three coaches with License B certificate as a coach in the 1st division league.BYC striker Mark Paye was awarded a “ball’ for being the highest goal scorer in the top flight league. Mark netted 10 goals, including two hat-tricks.Meanwhile, the second phase begins Wednesday, April 27.There was no update on the female league.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more