West Point YMCA Soccer Leagues Thrill Fans

first_imgPlaying barefoot with one player in boots, young boys making up teams that are participating in the on-going YMCA soccer leagues entertained soccer fans at two centers in West Point Township last weekend.In fact one of the teams, Munchi’s striker was Monicah Mieh, a girl known to play among her male peers.The three-day U- 12 and U-14 YMCA (April 8-10) soccer leagues, sponsored by DonamiSports began on Friday at two sports fields in West Point Township.Team teams each competed in the two tournaments and the winners are expected to be awarded with giant size trophies, donated by DonamiSports, whose president and chief executive officer, Doc Lawson was presence during the games.In the U-12 soccer league, Power from God FC defeated PC Sport 5-4 on penalties in the first game and Africa 54 lost 0-2 to Jr. FC in the second game.Jr. Zion lost 0-3 to IYP FC in the third game and Retsaah FC lost 0-1 to Tabella FC in the fourth game.In the quarter finals Power of God FC was beaten 0-2 by Africa 54 and Muchi was leading 3-0, having dominated the greater part of the game.In the U-14 division, WPYP and Kanu FC drew 1-1 but YPYP won the penalty shootout 5-4 in the first game last Friday.In the second game, West Point Barca defeated B. Field FC 2-0; Spartan FC won Jr. Armom Tree 1-0 and Jr. B. Munchen defeated West Point United 3-0.The final match in the preliminaries was between Glory FC and Central Mosque FC and Glory won 5-4 on penalties.In the first game in the quarter finals, WPYP defeated West Point Barca FC 6-5 on penalties. Other matches included Spartan, winner three’s encounter against winner four, Jr. B. Munchen FC.Both groups had their semi and finals scheduled yesterday.The two tournaments are being held in twelve communities in Monrovia and one each in Harbel, Kakata, Margibi County and Gbarnga, Bong County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Shrek’ reigns over box office

first_img Dergarabedian said the adult humor peppered throughout “Shrek the Third” made it appealing to all ages. “If you attach a PG rating to an animated family film, it can cross over to an older audience with edgier content,” he said. “That’s why the ‘Shrek’ series has been so successful. You don’t get to $122 million with just kids.” “Shrek the Third” dislodged 2002’s “Spider-Man” for the No. 3 slot among all-time openings ($114.8 million) but fell short of surpassing last summer’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” which had a then-record debut of $135 million. Anne Globe, head of marketing for DreamWorks Animation, said the film featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and scores of other famous names performed “really significantly beyond our expectations and we’re thrilled.” While the debut of “Shrek” relegated Sony Picture Entertainment’s “Spider-Man 3” to a distant second place, the web-slinger added another $28.5 million to its haul in its third weekend for a domestic box office total of $281.85 million. The picture added another $49.6 million in overseas markets for an astounding worldwide total of $747 million. “It’s certainly on its way to becoming the biggest Spider-Man ever and the biggest (Sony) picture ever,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution. In a distant third place was the 20th Century Fox horror film sequel “28 Weeks Later” which took in an estimated $5.15 million in its second weekend for a 10-day total of $18.6 million. “The audience is zoning in on our zombie movie,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s senior vice president and general sales manager for distribution. In the shadow of the summer’s first two blockbusters has been the surprisingly durable Paramount/DreamWorks thriller “Disturbia” which finished in fourth place with a gross of $3.7 million. The movie, with a production budget of just $20 million, has grossed $71.3 million to date.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The big green ogre in “Shrek the Third” may not want to be king of the land Far Far Away, but he has no problem with the title of king of the box office. The latest entry in the Shrek franchise opened with ticket sales of $122.9 million over the weekend – the third-largest opening of all time and the biggest animated opening in history, according to studio estimates Sunday. The blockbuster debut comes just two weeks after “Spider-Man 3” set the opening weekend record ($151 million) and one weekend before the debut of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which is also likely to elbow its way into the upper echelons of the box office record books. “When you have a marketplace that’s devoid of new family fare, every kid in the country got worked up into a frenzy and their families went along with them,” said box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers. “It culminated in this huge, record-breaking gross.”last_img read more

Atletico Madrid cool interest in Chelsea striker

first_img Fernando Torres Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’ proposed move to Atletico Madrid is on the rocks as the La Liga champions cannot afford the Blues’ asking price, reports in Spain have suggested.Torres is keen to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with the arrival of Diego Costa guaranteeing him limited first-team opportunities.Atletico manager Diego Simeone has expressed in an interest in Torres, who emerged from Atleti’s academy to become captain at the age of 19.However, according to AS, the deal is in danger of collapsing after Atletico baulked at Chelsea’s asking price.The Blues want £13million for Torres, while the Atletico are only willing to fork out around £10m.The La Liga champions are also concerned by Torres’ high wages, with the striker currently earning £175,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge. 1last_img read more

‘I hate watching him’! Former Chelsea star tells Blues to forget about signing Real Madrid star

first_imgFormer Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has told the club to forget about signing Real Madrid star Pepe.The Portugal defender, whose contract expires at the end of next season, has been linked with a move to the Blues.But Wilkins claims any move for the Brazil-born centre-back would be disastrous.“Jose Mourinho obviously knows Pepe from Real Madrid,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I’m told, off the field, he’s a diamond of a young man.“But watching him, he frustrates the life out of me. I hate watching him. He’s a feigner and a red card walking.”last_img read more

2 killed, 16 hurt in sandstorm crashes

first_imgA family of 11 visiting from Fortaleza, Brazil, and on their way to Las Vegas were in a van that crashed. Nine of them were injured and taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with broken arms, legs and lacerations, a family member said. “All my family was in this van, all 11,” a sobbing Fernando Amaral Pontes, 46, said. Markan Rios, a passenger in the van, was visibly shaken as he waited next to the crumbled van for someone to take him and Pontes to the hospital. “I couldn’t see anything. It was too much and too quick,” Rios said. “I was coming in, and I saw the sand, and we slowed down, but the truck in front of us had stalled and we couldn’t stop.” Anthony Valdespino, who drives through the area daily, told KCAL Channel 9 “everybody just came to an abrupt stop. There were people that were speeding, and unfortunately I don’t know if they made it through or not.” Valdespino recalled the sound of brakes screeching all around him. “I’ve never seen dust like that,” he said. “I’ve lived out here most of my life, and I’ve never seen dust that thick like that before.” The accident happened just west of Edwards Air Force Base and at the northern edge of Los Angeles County. It was about 40 miles northeast of the site of a fiery truck pileup Friday night in a tunnel on the Interstate 5 freeway in Santa Clarita. The cause of that crash, which killed three people and injured 10, is still under investigation. Authorities said 31 vehicles, including one passenger car and dozens of big rigs, piled up in a chain-reaction crash inside the tunnel that carries truck traffic through the area toward Los Angeles. Tuesday’s crash left big rigs and passenger cars scattered and bent on the pavement and dirt center divider. The CHP closed all northbound lanes of Highway 14, causing traffic to back up for miles. It reopened about five hours later.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! L.A. COUNTY: Winds lead to wrecks that involved 15 vehicles on Highway 14. By Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Over a dozen vehicles slammed into one another when a blinding sandstorm surprised motorists Tuesday in the high desert north of Los Angeles, killing at least two and injuring 16. Two of the injured were in critical condition after the crash that left vehicles scattered across Highway 14, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ron Haralson said. The pileup was reported around 1:40p.m. during a sandstorm whipped by winds gusting up to 55 mph, the National Weather Service said. About 15 vehicles were involved in three separate collisions, said California Highway Patrol Officer Henry Ross. He said the cause of the crashes were under investigation but that poor visibility and high winds “didn’t help matters at all.” last_img read more

DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY LAUNCH NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL SOCCER COMPETITION

first_imgMel O Donnell Liam Mc Gettigan and David Boulette present a cheque on behalf of SellM8 to Kevin McHugh Photo Cristeph/Brian McDaidSOCCER: Donegal-Soccer-Academy have launched a new primary school soccer competition which will begin over the coming weeks.Head of Donegal Soccer Academy, Kevin McHugh today announced plans for the competition which he feels will breathe new life into soccer at primary school levels across the county. There is FIVE x Sections from all over the county and qualifying will take place in each area over the coming weeks, Finals will be held in November.Kevin McHugh told Donegal Daily, “D-S-A will have all our qualified coaches at each area and they will referee the games using the same methods and rules we use at our Academy sessions.“It’s been a very busy month with the Boys and Girls Academy starting up and the organizing of Soccer 7’s, but it’s a competition we hope will grow each year and we are delighted @ Donegal Soccer Academy to be associated with anything that promotes team participation for girls and boys.Updates and results from on all area matches will be posted up here on Donegal Daily. DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY LAUNCH NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL SOCCER COMPETITION was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Soccer AcademysoccerSportlast_img read more

BRAVE GEMMA SAYS A HUGE THANK YOU TO DOCTORS WHO SAVED HER LIFE

first_imgA Donegal teenager has said a huge ‘thank you’ to the doctors and nurses who helped save her life by fronting a fundraising campaign which has so far raised €11,700.Brave Gemma Carroll from Glenswilly was a perfectly normal girl who felt unwell during study-time for her Junior Cert.She put it down to nerves but four days later after being admitted to Letterkenny General Hospital she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Gemma has been in and out of hospital on a regular basis fighting her illness ever since.But despite this she has helped raise a large amount of money thanks to many local organisations who have held an assortment of charity events from horse ride-outs to running marathons.Among the events was a Mrs Brown coffee morning which was organised by the Resource Centre and raised a whopping €4,107.Gemma and her sister Edel last week returned the compliment to Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital by giving a cheque for almost €12,000 to the Medical Research Foundation. Gemma said “Everyone has been so good and it’s great to be able to give something back after all the wonderful help Crumlin and Letterkenny General Hospital have given me.” BRAVE GEMMA SAYS A HUGE THANK YOU TO DOCTORS WHO SAVED HER LIFE was last modified: May 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Crumlin Children’s HospitalGemma Carrolllast_img read more

Warriors’ Steve Kerr explains why Stephen Curry’s injury still lingers

first_imgHOUSTON – The shots splashed in the net like they always do. Too bad, Stephen Curry can only take those shots at the end of morning shootaround.The Warriors have sidelined Curry at least for the next five games, including Thursday’s contest in Houston, because of a sore left groin that has kept him sidelined for the past three contests. Though Warriors coach Steve Kerr has said Curry’s MRI results have left him “encouraged,” the Warriors have since learned that Curry still feels symptoms.“So …last_img read more

The New Evernote For iOS: This Is The One We’ve Been Waiting For

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Evernote A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jon mitchell Evernote 5 for iOS is out, and it’s the upgrade fans of the life-organizer apps have needed for a long time. Everything is faster, smoother, more capable and prettier, right down to the new, classier icon. And it just gets better from there.The most important change is that the app is now much better organized. Evernote users are organized people, but the old Evernote apps for iOS were crazy and disorganized. Even worse, they weren’t even remotely similar between iPhone and iPad versions.The small version was basically a least-common-denominator iPhone app organized in nested lists with lots of forward and back buttons. The iPad version, frankly, was a skeuomorphic monstrosity, a flat grid of fake piles of paper that all looked the same sprawled out to the full width of the screen. In both versions, it was incredibly difficult to find what you needed.The new Evernote 5 has a uniform look and structure, with tabbed navigation that lets you see every section at once and smoothly swipe between them. The iPad version shows nice, swipe-able previews of notes along the top. Both sizes have new Quick Note buttons, and this is such a needed feature. With one tap from the app’s main screen, you can instantly open a new text or photo note or launch the Page Camera to scan a document. Evernote is for capturing information as well as storing it, and it needed to be fast and painless. Now it is. The update makes the note views you’re used to even easier to use, and it also adds a new Places view. Evernote has geo-tagged notes for a while, recording the places they’re created. Now there’s a tab to display notes on a map, which is a neat way to organize certain kinds of records and memories.There’s a tab for Premium Features that you can’t remove, which free users might find annoying, but let me tell you, if you want to seriously get into Evernote, you are going to upgrade. Not only do you get a bigger storage and upload allowance, text search within PDFs, shared notebooks and other such perks, you get to store your notebooks offline, so you can access them without a connection. That is a huge benefit.Once you’ve upgraded, the Premium Features tab lets you manage your offline notebooks and set a passcode lock for the app. You can’t make it go away and access it from the settings menu, which you get by tapping your name in the upper left corner. I wish premium users had that option, so the main screen would be cleaner. But this is a very minor gripe about an otherwise amazing update.You can download Evernote 5 for iOS for free from the App Store. It’s a great complement to Evernote 5 for Mac, which is coming very soon. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Recharge your Fitbit while you run

first_imgIt sure would be nice to go for a run and never worry about your Fitbit dying. Researchers have previously come up with several strategies for harvesting the energy in our footfalls. Now, scientists have invented two lightweight devices that are small enough to actually fit in a shoe sole and still generate enough electricity power for wireless data transmissions while you walk, they report online today in Smart Materials and Structures. Both devices make use of the voltage induced in a stationary coil when a moving magnet’s magnetic field passes through it. The device shown in the above picture, known as the swing harvester, pushes a stack of 14 magnets through a set of coils when your legs shift during a stroll. The other, called the shock harvester, consists of a spring-loaded magnetic circuit that vibrates in the heel of a shoe when it strikes the ground. As of now, the devices can generate enough current during a fast walk to power a temperature sensor in a shoe that wirelessly transmits its readings over 10 meters. With further research, the scientists hope to boost the power output to recharge other wearable electronics.last_img read more

ISL: Gianluca Zambrotta resigns as Delhi Dynamos coach

first_imgDelhi Dynamos FC announced on Wednesday that they have mutually terminated their contract with coach Gianluca Zambrotta.The 40-year-old former Juventus and Italy side-back became the coach of the Indian Super League (ISL) team last season. He guided the club in 14 games, leading them to the ISL play-offs.”It’s been an honour and a privilege for me to manage Delhi Dynamos FC and work in the Indian Super League. While my new assignment takes me away from Delhi, I have nothing but fond memories of the Club and its Fans,” Zambrotta said in a statement.Last season, Delhi Dynamos won five games, lost three and drew six times under Zambrotta’s guidance. Delhi Dynamos had lost to Kerala Blasters in the semi-finals.Zambrotta, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, is set to join Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League (CSL). He is expected to serve as an assistant coach under former AS ROma and England manager Fabio Capello.Jiangsu finished 15th in the Chinese Super League last season. They were eliminated by Shanghai SIPG in the first knockout stage of the AFC Champions League last month.last_img read more

Tackling spinners is our main focus, says New Zealand opener Tom Latham

first_imgNew Zealand’s century-maker Tom Latham on Thursday said tackling the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal is their main focus going into the three-match ODI series against India starting Sunday.Latham, who struck a brisk 108 off 97 balls in New Zealand’s 33-run win over Board President’s XI in the second practice game, said the visitors are relying on video footage to study the Indian spinners.”Our focus is big on spin here. We are focussing on facing more spin than seam here and finding ways to score, to hit gaps and find boundaries. That’s probably the biggest thing coming over here,” said the left-handed batsman at the post-match press conference.”Playing against a couple of left armers and the leggie (Karn Sharma) today was an ideal preparation. Whatever we need we can get, stuff from the footage and that sort of things. We obviously know that they (Kuldeep and Chahal) are quality bowlers and they have done really well in the previous series,” Latham added.AP PhotoLatham, who batted at No.5 instead of his usual opening slot, said that batting down the order was more of a mental shift. “It is probably a more of a mental shift than technical. I guess it is about sticking to your game plan. The ball is not as quite as new but, on the other hand, there are more gaps and I guess it is more tactical and mental switch as against anything else,” said Latham, who hit a half-century in the first practice game.advertisement”Yeah it is obviously a little bit of change from the last couple of years but that is something we have discussed about. It was nice to have spent some time in the middle and get familiar with the role today. Having Colin (Munro) at the top can be very destructive and if he and Martin (Guptill) can get going, they can be unstoppable,” he added.New Zealand found some much-needed momentum heading into the series, as they beat Board President’s XI after Ross Taylor and Latham struck breezy centuries. Post Luke Ronchi, Latham has been keeping wickets for the Kiwis and he said he was putting in a lot more hard work in his new role.Meanwhile, Saurashtra pacer Jaydev Unadkar, who struck a 44-run cameo off 24 balls for the Board President’s XI, said he was batting well since the last couple of domestic seasons. He also returned with figures of four for 57 with the ball.”I was batting well since the last two seasons in domestic cricket. But I have got the confidence and I am happy that it is coming on in the bigger stage. Today’s knock will boost my confidence,” Unadkat said.”I will definitely be looking to add that dimension (of batting) to my game because that is what is the need of the hour, a bowler who can bat and slog well is always beneficial for the team,” he added.The left-arm pacer, who played for the Rising Pune Supergiants, said his performance in the IPL boosted his confidence. “The way I was bowling in the IPL did give me a lot of confidence, and sometimes it’s all about confidence for a bowler. I am in good rhythm and I am confident of bowling what I want to bowl. All is looking good for me and I need to continue,” Unadkat said.The Saurashtra pacer said being in the selectors’ radar motivates him. “It’s a good thing to be in the radar of the selectors or the team management. It motivates you, pushes you to do even harder, to get that place in the (India) team. I have played for the country in the past and I know what it takes to be there. So, to keep developing as a player is all I can do and I hope that I can get a chance to play for the country again and prove myself. I got the chance because I deserved it and I am good enough to bowl,” Unadkat said.last_img read more

At Home On Clay: Federer Yet To Drop Set In Return To French Open

first_imgAnother Milestone ✅@rogerfederer becomes the first to reach the Roland-Garros men’s singles round of 16 for a 14th time as he sails past Casper Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6(8).#RG19 pic.twitter.com/FIHDQn6zWr— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 31, 2019By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares PARIS — Roger Federer’s return to Roland Garros after a four-year absence could not have gone better through three matches.The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not dropped a set so far— keeping his 37-year-old legs fresh for the challenges to come.Federer reached the fourth round Friday with a 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (8) win over Casper Ruud, a player whose father was in the draw when Federer made his French Open debut in 1999.Norway’s Casper Ruud, right, congratulates Switzerland’s Roger Federer with winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)One more win and Federer will be right back where he left off on his last trip to Paris in 2015 — the quarterfinals.“A few months ago I didn’t know what to expect,” Federer said. “Now I know where my level is at. I still don’t know exactly where my absolute best is, but I feel like it could be there.“So I’m happy I’m putting myself in a position like this … after not having played so many years here. The first goal has been reached by getting this deep into the tournament.”Federer became the first man or woman to play 400 Grand Slam matches, and improved his career record at the biggest tournaments to 345-55.Wearing an image of the Eiffel Tower on his sneakers, Federer showed the fans in Paris his full arsenal of shots in the concluding tiebreaker.Switzerland’s Roger Federer’s shoes, one adorned with the Eiffel Tower, kick up clay as he serves in his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Norway’s Casper Ruud at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)There was a swinging forehand volley winner, a difficult low volley to set up an easy put-away, one of his trademark forehand passing shots, a volley winner to save a set point and a sharply angled overhead smash to end it.Federer will next face Nicolas Mahut or Leonardo Mayer for a spot in the quarters.The 63rd-ranked Ruud is coached by his father, Christian, who was in the stands on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Switzerland’s Roger Federer plays a shot against Norway’s Casper Ruud during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)last_img read more

Ashes could herald new era for Tests with names and numbers on shirts

first_imgEngland cricket team ‘It’s almost like we never left’: Smith and Warner link with Australia squad in UAE Support The Guardian Topics Share via Email Read more Since you’re here… The Ashes Share on WhatsApp Australia cricket team As part of this tournament, during which the top nine sides will compete for points over a two-year cycle before a showpiece final in 2021, the ICC is understood to be considering the introduction of names and numbers on whites in order to make the players more easily identifiable on the field of play.Such adornments have been the norm in one-day international cricket for some time. The coloured shirts first worn during the 1992 World Cup had player names printed across the shoulders and squad numbers were added for the 1999 tournament. In 2003 they were introduced to the backs of shirts and jumpers in the County Championship.But Test cricket has been played in plain whites or creams ever since the first encounter between Australia and England in Melbourne in 1877. One minor change came in 2001 when England brought in a small embroidered cap number below the crest – denoting where a player sits in his country’s history – with other teams then following suit.This latest move to put larger squad numbers and names on the backs of players is yet to be signed off by the ICC board and may well draw scorn from some traditionalists. But there is a growing sense that the small change will help supporters old and new – in the ground or watching at home – while broadcasters will doubtless welcome it. Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img news Australia sport Cricket Despite a recent survey by MCC showing that 86% of 13,000 respondents consider Test cricket their favourite format to watch, the ICC is keen to market and promote it further via its new Test championship. Squad numbers will help build player brands while the replica shirt market may also be boosted as a result.Players are expected to be able to choose their squad numbers from one to 99 and will likely marry these up against their existing ones for limited-overs formats. It means when England take the field for the first Ashes Test in 136 days’ time, their captain may well be sporting the “Root 66” he has made his own. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest England’s and Australia’s cricketers are set to wear shirts with names and numbers on the back during this summer’s Ashes – a first in 142 years of Test cricket.The five-match series that begins at Edgbaston on 1 August following the home World Cup, with England seeking to regain the urn they lost in Australia in 2017-18, is slated to be the first played under the banner of the International Cricket Council’s new World Test Championship. Sign up for our weekly cricket email, The Spin. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Tottenham want Fernandes, Aarons and Mateta?

first_img Read more Share via Email What time is it? Nope, not Dinner, Question or Hammer. It’s Rumour Time! Well, it’s probably more like half-past Rumour Time, in all fairness, but let’s not allow tardiness to diminish our fun, eh?First to Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino is planning a clear out. So say cheerio to Serge Aurier, toodles to Victor Wanyama, farewell to Eric Dier, later days to Danny Rose, bon voyage to Toby Alderweireld and au revoir to Jan Vertonghen. And it’s hello to £18m Sporting Lisbon ace Bruno Fernandes, welcome aboard to Gremio playmaker Everton Soares, what-ho to Norwich’s Max Aarons, ahoy hoy to West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson and how-do-you-do to Mainz hotshot Jean-Philippe Mateta. Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Soccercenter_img Vitória’s João Teixeira: ‘Facing Arsenal on the big stage is going to be a good night’ Rumour Mill Manchester United, meanwhile, want RB Salzburg’s prolific Erling Braut Haaland, although the 19-year-old is also being watched by … well basically everyone. Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is also making a soft blipping noise on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s radar.Dayot Upamecano remains a target for Arsenal, with Unai Emery hoping to bolster the centre of his shaky back four. The RB Leipzig player would set the Gunners back around £40m. And in other Unai news, Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simón is a target for Real Madrid.Wolves have found the fire of their summer passion for Benfica’s Ruben Dias are not quite been extinguished. They’ll be back in for the defender come January. And the Molineux club will face competition from West Ham in a tug-of-war over £36m Milan man Suso.And Papy Mendy, Daniel Amartey and Filip Benkovic are all heading for the door at Leicester. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter featureslast_img read more

Chelsea trump Man Utd in tight FA Cup final

first_imgChelsea 1 Manchester United 0: Hazard seals FA Cup glory in possible Conte farewell Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 02:09 5/20/18 EdenHazard - croppe Getty Images Chelsea ended an underwhelming season on a high note as Eden Hazard sunk Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final. Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.The 27-year-old forward fuelled speculation over his future this week by stating he will wait and see how Chelsea’s close-season transfer policy develops before committing to a new contract at Stamford Bridge.But he was all business at England’s national stadium as he turned the first half into an ordeal for Phil Jones – the United defender whose clumsy foul meant Hazard won and converted a 22nd-minute penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now United improved upon a tepid showing after the break and Alexis Sanchez had a goal ruled out for offside, but even the late introduction of Romelu Lukaku on his return from an ankle injury could not force an equaliser.It meant a sweet victory for Antonio Conte over his rival Jose Mourinho on what could prove his farewell outing as Chelsea coach, with the FA Cup a notable consolation after their Premier League title defence slumped to a fifth-place finish.Slotted. #FACupFinal pic.twitter.com/eaCSgrQdEA— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 19, 2018As in the semi-final win over Tottenham, David de Gea was preferred to United’s regular cup goalkeeper Sergio Romero and the Spain international was called upon in the ninth minute.Jones gave away possession and Tiemoue Bakayoko set Hazard running at the backpedalling England defender, who he skipped past and forced De Gea to save with his right boot at the near post.Bakayoko and Sanchez had half-hearted penalty appeals turned down but there was little doubt for referee Michael Oliver when he later pointed to the United spot.An utterly hapless start to the game continued for Jones, who blundered through Hazard as the Belgium star darted around him after bringing Cesc Fabregas’ lofted pass under his spell.Conte was furious on the touchline after Jones was only yellow carded – in line with the International Football Association Board update brought in from last season – but Hazard was a picture of calmness as he stroked home, sending De Gea the wrong way.Jones had a chance to make amends but headed wide at the far post from Ashley Young’s left-wing cross, with United belatedly arriving as an attacking force in the closing minutes of the half.Antonio Rudiger blocked well from Marcus Rashford after Paul Pogba drove a counter-attack in stoppage time.11 – Alexis Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including David De Gea (12). Peripheral. #FACupFinal pic.twitter.com/bfzjb3Rn5T— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 19, 2018Mourinho’s side enjoyed their first sustained spell of pressure early in the second half, with Ander Herrera liberated from attempting to shackle Hazard and lending greater impetus to United’s midfield play.Thibaut Courtois beat away a drive from Rashford and Pogba saw a deflected 57th-minute shot loop behind, before Nemanja Matic scuffed wide wastefully against his former club.The pressure looked to have told in the 63rd minute but Sanchez was fractionally offside – a decision confirmed by VAR – when he prodded in after Courtois denied Jones.Chelsea attacks had become a rarity by the time N’Golo Kante marauded forward and played in Marcos Alonso. The wing-back was denied by his countryman De Gea and Young escaped penalty claims for handball as Chelsea followed up.Courtois denied Rashford one against one before the England forward made way for Lukaku, and Mourinho would no doubt have preferred a glorious 82nd-minute headed chance fell to the Belgian as opposed to Pogba.United’s record signing was unmarked but directed substitute Anthony Martial’s corner wide, condemning his boss to a trophyless campaign. Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have won their eighth FA Cup and their first since 2012, level with Tottenham – only Manchester United (12) and Arsenal (13) have won more.- Jose Mourinho has lost his first cup final in charge of an English club, after winning each of the previous six (4 x EFL Cup, 1 x FA Cup, 1x Europa League).- United mustered 18 shots in the game; they last attempted more shots without scoring in a match in all competitions in October 2016 (38 v Burnley in the Premier League).- Eden Hazard’s penalty was the first scored in an FA Cup final since Ruud van Nistelrooy for United versus Millwall in 2004 (excluding shoot-outs).- Thibaut Courtois attempted 42 passes in the game, more than any of his outfield team-mates. read morelast_img read more