Ayre: 59,000 capacity right for now

first_img With a season ticket waiting list stretching into the tens of thousands, it is unlikely to satisfy the demand for match tickets, but Ayre stressed the proposed new numbers fitted the business plan. “Never say never, people say. I think it is too difficult to answer that question,” Ayre said when asked whether expansion had reached its limit with the latest proposals. “We have great experience from our owners (Fenway Sports Group) who have achieved something similar at Fenway Park (home of Boston Red Sox baseball team) and we are always looking to improve the stadium and you just don’t know where this thing goes over time. “We think the capacity we are aiming for ultimately is around the sweet spot for Liverpool – but that could change. “Sweet spot has a number of points to it: one is the cost to develop and the return on that investment. “If you spend £40million on a stand and you get 5,000 general admission seats, that takes a long time to get that back, so you have to find a solution and other ways to make that return quicker. “The 60,000 capacity as a construction cost feels like the right solution to be able to be sustainable and build the business from, so in that regard that is why we feel that is the right number. “For now we feel we are on the right track and we feel the range of facilities and the quality and authenticity is the right fit for now and years to come.” Work begins on Monday on the £100million-plus redevelopment of the ground’s main stand, which will add about 8,500 seats to the 45,500 currently present. Phase two of the proposals will see an expansion of the Anfield Road end to take overall capacity to just under 59,000. In recent weeks, protests over ticket prices have taken place at Anfield and the fact more than half of the new seats in the redeveloped Main Stand will be non-general admission will have done little to assuage those complaining that ordinary fans are being priced out. The club will meet with supporters’ representatives next week and Ayre is confident they can still keep fans onside. “We built the economic model on the basis of having a range of prices, as we do today,” he added. “We have said all along we absolutely recognise there needs to be some affordable pricing and tickets in the stadium and that is the case today, but maybe there can be more of that. “More importantly for us is people understanding why we increase prices: they have largely increased in line with inflation and, if you look at players’ wages, transfer fees, they are not going down either. “We always want to try to find the right solutions for our fans.” Away from the stadium issue, Liverpool have sent striker Daniel Sturridge to train in Los Angeles for two weeks to help in his rehabilitation from a thigh injury. The England international has not played for the club since August 31. Press Association Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has not ruled out taking Anfield’s capacity beyond the 60,000-mark in the future, but insists it does not make financial sense at this stage. last_img read more

Windies concede ODI  series 2-1 to extend two-year winless streak

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – Not even the return of all-rounder Haylew Matthews and another half-century from captain Stafanie Taylor could spark West Indies Women as they suffered a six-wicket thrashing in the final One-Day International here Wednesday to concede the three-match series 2-1.Choosing to bat first at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, the hosts could only muster 194 all out off their 50 overs, with Taylor stroking 79, Stacy-Ann King getting 38 and Matthews chipping in with 26, in her first outing following an eight-match ban for indiscipline.In reply, the Indians made light work of the target, with openers Smriti Mandhana (74) and Jemimah Rodrigues (69) slamming up tempo half-centuries, to get their side over the line in the 43rd over.Matthews snatched three for 27 to put a dent in an otherwise polished performance from the visitors, but West Indies found it difficult to rebound after being hurt by an opening stand of 141.West Indies have now lost 12 of their last 17 ODIs and have not won a series since they beat Sri Lanka in the Caribbean two years ago.They lie seventh on 13 points in the eight-team ICC Championship, which serves as a qualifier for the 2021 ICC World Cup. Hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the standings qualify automatically while the bottom three move into a qualifying event.There was no ideal start for West Indies, crashing to 50 for four in the 18th over, as India seized the early initiative. Matthews gathered an exciting 39-ball 26 with three fours and a six before being unfortunately run out in the 14th over going for a quick single with Taylor, even though replays showed wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia breaking the stumps without gathering the ball.Taylor then anchored two key stands to keep the innings afloat, putting on 34 for the fifth wicket with left-hander Kyshona Knight (16) and another 96 for the sixth wicket with King.Already with a half-century in the first match, Taylor notched another – her 36th – facing 113 balls and counting five fours and two sixes. She was eventually sixth out in the 48th over with the Windies desperate for runs, smashing a low catch back to leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-35).King followed in the next over after punching two fours and a six off 45 balls, bowled off-stump by a slower ball by pacer Jhulan Goswami (2-30), as the last five wickets went down for 14 runs.Left-hander Mandhana, in her first match since arriving in the Caribbean last weekend after recovering from a fractured toe, then took the attack to West Indies in an innings laced with nine fours and three sixes and requiring a mere 63 balls.She was well supported by 19-year-old Rodrigues whose innings came from 92 deliveries and included six fours.Together they raised the hundred in the 20th over as the run rate bounced along at over five runs per over and by the time Rodrigues missed a charge at Matthews in the 26th over and was stumped in the 26th over, the match was long gone.last_img read more

John Terry Admits Missing Mikel in England

first_imgFormer Chelsea Captain, John Terry, has admitted missing Super Eagles’ Captain and former teammate, John Mikel Obi.The Aston Villa captain, who played alongside the Nigerian at Stamford Bridge for 11 seasons where the pair won the Champions League, Premier League, among other titles, took to the social media to reveal how much he misses playing with Mikel. Mikel, who is on holiday with his family as the Chinese League is on break, posted a picture of his two daughters and wrote: “My love bugs.”In his reaction, the former England captain wrote beneath the post: “Looking well old boy@mikel_john_obi, missing ya mate. Send my love to the family (sic).”John Terry is currently recovering from injury and will wish to still file out one more time with the Nigerian skipper, but Mikel has however ruled out a return to England any time soon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Good Neighbors Campaign marks 20th Anniversary

first_imgThe USC Good Neighbors Campaign, a grant program established on the heels of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, marked its 20th anniversary this October.The GNC has spent the past two decades raising over $17.7 million dollars in support of building and sustaining a positive relationship with the local communities around USC’s campuses.Last year, over 5,500 USC faculty and staff members raised more than $1.7 million dollars for the campaign, setting a new record.“The campaign has grown significantly,” said Carolina Castillo, campaign director and executive director of development for USC Civic Engagement. “We have a pretty ambitious goal for the 20-year anniversary.”This year’s goal for the campaign is set at $2 million.“The Good Neighbors Campaign is a signature program for the university because of the impact we are able to have on our community,” Castillo said. “All of the funds and gifts that are collected for Good Neighbors come from university employees, staff and faculty.”All of the money raised by the university’s employee giving program is used to support programs with an emphasis on providing enhanced educational opportunities, as well as those that serve the community through the promotion of health and well being and economic development.The primary objectives for the 20th year of the GNC and onward include an increased focus on peer-to-peer outreach and increasing the GNC’s marketing efforts to broaden the visibility of the campaign. No specific event has been held to celebrate the campaign’s October anniversary. GNC looks forward to thanking donors, however, with a 20th Anniversary commemorative pin and two complimentary tickets to the USC v. Army men’s basketball game on Dec. 28.Student-led organizations such as Troy Camp, Street Law and Young Researchers are among the 50 programs funded by the GNC.“This is an opportunity also for our students to take advantage of their public service work that they are doing with the local community,” Castillo said of the opportunity the program provides in regard to student involvement and the development of civic-leadership skills.Troy Camp is one example of an organization funded by the campaign that relies heavily on the involvement of student volunteers. The student-led youth development group seeks to broaden the horizons of children throughout the local community through long-term mentoring relationships with USC undergraduate students.“For me, the most rewarding part of working with Troy Camp has been seeing the way that some of the kids open up to me and the other counselors. Being a kid is hard, no matter where you come from,” Troy Camp Director of Communication Brad Silling said. “I think one of the biggest benefits of Troy Camp is that it provides kids a safe space in which they’re free to express themselves and just be kids in a positive and goal-driven atmosphere.”The generous contributions from the GNC make up a significant portion USC Troy Camp’s, as well as many other programs’, annual budgets and facilitate the continued success of such programs.“The campaign has given us the opportunity to grow our weeklong summer camp in May, allowing us to take nearly 200 elementary school students in the past few years,” Silling said. “Without the support of the GNC, we would not be able to reach as many students and have such a strong relationship with families in the surrounding community.”last_img read more

NCAA committee chair says SU’s play during Jim Boeheim’s suspension will ‘certainly’ be considered

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The NCAA will “certainly” weigh Syracuse’s play during Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension differently when evaluating the Orange for the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA told The Daily Orange in an email Wednesday afternoon.The statement came from NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee chair Joe Castiglione via NCAA Director of Media Coordination David Worlock.“The committee will certainly take that into consideration when evaluating Syracuse for possible selection into the field, and seeding as well in the event the Orange make the field,” Worlock said of Boeheim’s suspension in the email.Syracuse posted a 4-5 record in Mike Hopkins’ time as interim head coach. Since Boeheim’s return, SU has gone 6-2 with losses only to No. 7 Virginia and No. 9 North Carolina.Currently, the Orange sits at 16-8 overall with a 6-5 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Syracuse has won four games against Top 25 teams but didn’t receive any votes in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 poll. SU next faces Florida State (16-7, 6-5) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on February 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Watch Nate Diaz slap UFC President Dana White the ‘Stockton’ way

first_imgLast Updated: 24th December, 2019 19:36 IST Watch Nate Diaz Slap UFC President Dana White The ‘Stockton’ Way Apart from Conor McGregor and Michael Johnson, the UFC President has also tasted the ‘Stockton Slap’ from Nate Diaz. Know why did it happen and watch video WATCH US LIVE The Diaz brothers of the UFC are known for mauling their opponents inside the octagon but what makes them ferocious is their approach towards a fight. Apart from demolishing their rivals, the Diaz brothers humiliate them and ‘Stockton Slap’ is one of their deadliest weapon to do so. If you are a UFC fan, you definitely know what ‘Stockton Slap’ is, well if you don’t then it is purely a slap which Nate Diaz throws while fighting his opponents.  All of his opponents have experienced the infamous slap including the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Johnson and Donald Cerrone among others. However, UFC President Dana White is also in the count since Nate Diaz did not miss out to land a Stockton slap on Dana White in 2016.Also Read | ‘McGregor Vs Cowboy’ Ticket Prices Declared For UFC 246; Here Is Where You Can Buy ThemUFC news: When Nate Diaz ‘Stockton’ slapped Dana WhiteIf you are on the other side of Nate Diaz, you would definitely not want to see a ‘Stockton Slap’ coming, unless you are Dana White. Nate Diaz struck the UFC president on the face and Dana White actually asked for it. The Stockton slugger posted a video of himself slapping Dana White with Tupac Shakur’s ‘Hit Em Up’ as the background score. The video instantly went viral and people started assuming that Dana White and Nate Diaz have just ignited a new brawl. However, the UFC president revealed that he wanted to stand on the other side of the ‘Stockton Slap’  with his own consent. Dana White suggested Nate Diaz hit him with his patented move and the ‘Stockton Gangsta’ wasted no time in doing so. Take a look at Dana White tasting the ‘Stockton Slap’ from Nate Diaz. Also Read | Colby Covington Reveals X-ray Report Of Broken Jaw After Getting Hit By Kamaru UsmanUFC news: Stockton Slap journey?The infamous ‘Stockton Slap’ got its name from the Diaz brothers local city Stockton. Before Nate, Nick Diaz used to terrify their opponents with the slap. Well, Nate Diaz continued the tradition after Nick Diaz’s sudden exit from the sport and it is expected to continue till the Diaz brothers keep fighting. Raj Sarkar COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 24th December, 2019 19:36 IST Also Read | Watch Alex Oliveira’s Forehead Split Open After Brutal ‘Hell-Bow’ From Gunnar NelsonAlso Read | UFC: Max Holloway’s Classy Post For Alexander Volkanovski Despite Loss Wins Fans Over FOLLOW USlast_img read more

D’Tigers Coach, Nwora, Expects Tough Game against Côte d’Ivoire

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER Nigeria’s D’Tigers Coach, Alex Nwora, has warned that today’s 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification game against host country Cote d’Ivoire will not be a walk in the park for his wards.Despite missing the presence of some of Nigeria’s biggest names in basketball the team to line up against the Ivorians, Nwora believes D’Tigers will come out clean with their unbeaten record intact from nine games.Portland Trail Blazers guard, Al Farouq Aminu, Stanley Okoye, Obinna Emegano, Ike Nwamu and Christopher Obekpa, will play no part in the final qualifying campaign billed to tip off from today, February 22 to February 24 at the Palaise des Sports Indoor Hall in the Ivorian capital.While he’s not losing sleep over the absence of the top stars, Nwora said it was another opportunity for him to give playing time to other players in the team.Gaziantep of Turkey centre, Tonye Jekiri and Gombe Bull’s rising star, Buchi Agu may be in line for their D’Tigers debut when the team files out today.Speaking yesterday after the team’s last training ahead of the game with Cote d’Ivoire, Nwora said his coaching philosophy of ensuring that everybody in his team gets a piece of the action has made it tactically and technically difficult for opposing coaches.“Everybody that has been called to the team will play. In my system, everybody plays and that is why we are very tough to scout because we don’t have a go to guy. Everybody in the team is good enough to represent Nigeria,” Nwora emphasized.The tough talking coach said that as one of the powerhouses in African basketball, all players who have been invited to the team deserve a spot on the court.“Anybody invited to the national team will play. Nobody is coming here for vacation; they are coming here to work because it is a business trip.”Despite expecting a hostile reception from the fans and tough fight from the host who are condemned to either win or forget qualifying for the World Cup, Nwora said his team must stay grounded and show their dominance as the Number 1 team in Africa.“I know we are going to face a lot of hostilities from the crowd. They have all their players and even brought in a couple of new players that were not in Nigeria when they played us.“It doesn’t matter whether they are playing at home or not. We just have to do what we have to do even though we don’t have some of our marquee players, but we just have to show dominance here”, Nwora continuedHe urged Nigerians living in Abidjan to turn out in their numbers to support the team in their quest to maintain their unbeaten run in the qualifying rounds.Côte d’Ivoire is currently 4th on the log with 13 points alongside Central Africa Republic after nine matches while Senegal have 16 points from seven wins.Meanwhile, Obinna Emegano (Rouen Basket, France) overcame all odds to report to camp on Wednesday night having earlier being ruled out of the last window due to club commitments and travel logistics.The arrival of the point guard whose last appearance for the team was in September in Lagos against Senegal which the team won by 81points to 69 has added to the quality at Nwora’s disposal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS Feb. 8 – Feb, 14, 2016

first_img13-Feb3:29 PMMedical Emergency900 block N. Olive 13-Feb11:12 PMMedical Emergency600 block Sykes 8-Feb6:27 AMTransfer to Wichita Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, 2016 is as follows: Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log 10-Feb7:38 AMMedical Emergency2100 block North H 12-Feb3:16 PMMedical Emergency16 Industrial 9-Feb7:08 AMElectrical Problems100 block North B 14-Feb10:38 AMTransfer to Wichita 14-Feb2:37 AMTransfer to Wichita 11-Feb7:26 PMMedical Emergency100 block W. Botkin 11-Feb12:16 PMATV FireGolf Course 9-Feb1:08 AMMedical Emergency800 block E. 20th South 10-Feb10:47 AMTransfer to Wichita 11-Feb11:25 AMMedical Emergency1500 block N. Washington 9-Feb4:46 AMTransfer to Wichita 11-Feb4:36 AMMedical Emergency100 block Shadbybrook 11-Feb7:50 PMTransfer to Wichitacenter_img 10-Feb2:58 PMTransfer to Wichita 11-Feb8:50 PMTransfer to Wichita 10-Feb12:12 PMDiesel Spill15th & Vandenburg 12-Feb1:14 PMMedical Emergency1400 block E. 16th 8-Feb11:04 PMTransfer to Wichita 9-Feb5:40 AMDiesel Spill15th & A Follow us on Twitter. 10-Feb5:48 PMMedical Trauma700 block W. Harvey 10-Feb12:27 PMMedical Emergency500 block E. 16th 12-Feb2:23 PMMedical Emergency500 block Morningside 8-Feb8:00 PMMedical Emergency1000 block College 8-Feb5:39 PMMedical Emergency1100 block N. Jefferson 14-Feb11:10 PMMedical Emergency1300 block E. Lincoln 13-Feb6:37 PMFire Alarm500 block N. Plum 12-Feb8:41 AMTransfer to Wichita Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Police win national athletics champs, anxiety over London 2017 team

first_imgFULL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTSUganda national athletics championships Scoring Table 2017 – Overall by The Independent Magazine on Scribd Share on: WhatsApp Uganda National Athletics Champs – Kla 2017 by The Independent Magazine on Scribdcenter_img FILE PHOTO: Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi (L) and Uganda’s Ronald Musagala compete in the Men’s 1500m Semifinal during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016. Musagala featured at the Uganda national event this week.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Uganda’s team to the World Athletics Championships due in London will be confirmed this weekend, following the successful completion of the national championships in Namboole on Thursday.Moses Kurong’s Police athletics club dominated the two day National Track and Field Championships July 19 – 20 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.Police club’s men got 166 and the women 191 for a 357 total. Stephen Kiprotich’s Prisons were second with 331.Only one athlete hit the qualifying mark but many athletes tipped to make Uganda’s team having qualified earlier, used the meet to test themselves.The star of the day turned out to be Abu Mayanja, with a time of  1:45.73 in the semi-finals of the 800m. The qualifying time is 1:45.90 800m.There was a return to local track events for Moses Kipsiro, who came second in the 10000m.RELATED STORYlast_img read more

Whitby bounce back to win Club Team title

first_img If at first you don’t succeed … Whitby Golf Club in Yorkshire bounced back to become the England Golf Club Team Champions at their second attempt. “Last year we were abysmal!” laughed Bob Scott, who teamed up with his partner, Janet McGeehin, and their friends Siew Choon Tan and Mike Coates for both attempts. “We weren’t going to let that lie, so we came back to show that we can play well.” This year the team (image © Leaderboard Photography) grabbed their second chance, hit top form, scored 87 points on the Blue course at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire – and flew the flag for their club. Whitby is a small club and an ecstatic Siew Choon commented: “This is a very big deal, it will raise our club’s profile.” Janet added: “I just think it’s absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to send a photo on Whatsapp to my grandchildren. I never, ever, thought I would do anything like this.” They finished one point ahead of the team from Downes Crediton Golf Club in Devon, represented by David Taylor, Fran Shrubsole, Quintin Payne-Cook and Elizabeth Mapson. Behind them, third place was shared on 81 points by Marriott Worsley Park Golf Club in Manchester and Elton Furze Golf Club in Cambridgeshire. The championship was the first event in England Golf Week, which brings over 500 competitors to Frilford Heath to take part in a series of finals during the five-day celebration of handicap golf. This is the second year the Club Team Championship has been held and on both occasions it’s been won by Yorkshire clubs, with Whitby following Shipley’s inaugural success. Today’s event was played in breezy sunshine, which was no problem for the Whitby team with their experience of coastal golf. “This is a zephyr to us,” said Bob, who runs the bar and catering business at Whitby. He plays off seven, while Mike is an eight-handicapper, Siew Choon plays off 18 and Janet off 33. “It was good team work,” said Janet. “When one of us got into trouble some-one else stepped in.” Mike, who chipped in at one point, added: “We did a lot of scrambling.” All four enjoyed the mixed format with the best two stableford scores counting on each hole. “It gets you thinking and plotting,” said Mike. They’re already hoping to make their third appearance at Golf Week to defend their title next year. Caption: Club Team Champions Whitby, from left, Janet McGeehin, Bob Scott, Mike Coates and Siew Choon Tan Click here for full scores 8 Aug 2016 Whitby bounce back to win Club Team title last_img read more