Tennis News Epic Djokovic stuns Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

first_imgLondon: Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final on Saturday with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal in the second longest semi-final ever played at the tournament.Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, will face Kevin Anderson, the first South African in the final in 97 years, for the title after a 5-hour 15-minute marathon.Victory on Sunday for the 31-year-old Serb would take his career Slam tally to 13, four behind Nadal but still seven back from Roger Federer.It was a second day of epic drama at the All England Club after Anderson had needed 6 hours and 36 minutes to beat John Isner on Friday.That set the record for the longest semi-final at the tournament and became the second longest Grand Slam singles match ever played.It also meant that Djokovic and Nadal had been unable to finish their 52nd career clash on Friday night.The Saturday drama delayed the start of the women’s final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.“It’s hard to pick the words. I’m just going through things, flashbacks to the last 15 months, everything I’ve been through to get here,” said world number 21 Djokovic, the lowest ranked finalist in 15 years.“To win against the best player in the world, in one of the longest matches I ever played, I’m just overwhelmed.“It’s very special. It really could have gone either way. It was clear very few things separated us.” Djokovic finished with 23 aces and 73 winners and triumphed despite only converting four of 19 break points.“Until the last shot I didn’t know if I would win. These are matches you live for and work for,” he added.Friday curfew Former world number one Djokovic will take a 5-1 career lead over eight-seed Anderson into the final.The South African won his only match against the Serb in 2008 while Djokovic has beaten him twice at Wimbledon.“Hopefully we can first of all play!” an exhausted Djokovic said of his fellow marathon man.Anderson, who knocked out Federer in the quarter-finals, has been on court for 21 hours at the tournament.“He had a day off which means a lot. I wish I could have one, but it is what it is,” Djokovic said.“I’m in the final of Wimbledon. That’s an incredible achievement.” Djokovic had been in control on Friday, leading two sets to one when the match was halted due the 11pm (2200GMT) curfew.Play in their 52nd career meeting resumed under the roof on Saturday despite bright blue skies and temperatures pushing 30 degrees.Djokovic, the 12th seed, could not convert two break points in a 15-minute opening game of the fourth set.In front of the watching Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Nadal made him pay.The sweat-soaked two-time champion held, broke and held again for 3-0.However, back roared Djokovic with a break and was soon back on level terms at 3-3.In a roller-coaster of a set, Nadal broke for 5-3 causing Djokovic to angrily smash his racquet into his feet four times.He was even angrier minutes later when he squandered three more break points to allow Nadal to level the semi-final with an ace.Djokovic wasted another three break points in the eighth game of the decider.Nadal then squandered three break points in the 15th game before saving a match point in the 16th with a pitch-perfect drop shot.However, the pressure of serving second was relentless and Djokovic wrapped up victory in the 18th game when Nadal speared a forehand wide.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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first_imgUpdate on the latest sports March 11, 2020 Zegarowski has started 30 of 31 games and is second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. He’s third in the Big East in 3-point shooting at 42.4%. He was named to the All-Big East second team.MLB-NEWSYanks’ Britton hit by line drive, has bruised right wristUNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton has a bruised right wrist after getting hit by a line drive during a simulated game Wednesday. The Yankees said X-rays and a CT scan were both negative.Britton was pitching in his second inning when he got hurt on the drive off the bat of Erik Kratz. The 32-year-old left-hander walked to shallow left field while holding his wrist. He kept his right arm still and appeared to be in pain while walking off the field with athletic trainer Gene Monahan. T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-CREIGHTON-ZEGAROWSKINo. 7 Creighton hoping Zegarowski ready for NCAA TournamentOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski was scheduled to have knee surgery Wednesday and the Bluejays hope to have him available for the NCAA Tournament next week.Zegarowski injured the meniscus in his right knee late in the seventh-ranked Bluejays’ game against Seton Hall on Saturday. An MRI revealed the injury Monday.Creighton’s next game is Thursday against St. John’s or Georgetown in the Big East Tournament in New York. Shiffrin had announced earlier Wednesday that she would compete at the event after taking a six-week break from the sport following the death of her father. The American was last season’s overall champion and still had a chance to defend her title.NBA-NEWSUNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) says he initially feared the knee sprain that has caused him to miss his last two games might be a much more serious injury. But Bucks officials say he underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a minor joint capsule sprain of the left knee.The reigning NBA MVP took a hard fall late in a 113-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Antetokounmpo said he practiced Wednesday but still isn’t sure whether he will play Thursday against the Boston Celtics.In other NBA news: Associated Press NHL-AVALANCHE-MACKINNON OUTMacKinnon sidelined at least a week with lower body injuryDENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will be without top scorer Nathan MacKinnon for at least a week after he suffered a lower body injury.MacKinnon was hurt during the second period in Los Angeles against the Kings on Monday. It’s the latest blow to an injury-plagued Avalanche team that’s trying to catch St. Louis for the top seed in the Western Conference.The Avalanche are missing six other players. They will have defenseman Cale Makar back in the lineup when they face the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. Makar has been out the last five games with an upper body injury. He’s second among rookies with 47 points — Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons will miss at least three more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back. The 76ers say the All-Star will miss his eighth straight game when the Sixers play Detroit on Wednesday night. Simmons will continue to undergo daily treatment for his nerve impingement and that he is gradually increasing the activities in his strength and conditioning program. The timeline could have Simmons back just in time for the playoffs. The 23-year-old Simmons averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 54 games.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ACC-MIAMI-CLEMSONDawes leads Clemson past Miami 69-64 in ACC TournamentGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Al-Amir Dawes scored 18 points, and eighth-seeded Clemson defeated ninth-seeded Miami 69-64 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.Aamir Simms added 14 points and 10 rebounds and John Newman had 11 points for Clemson, which finished 18 of 19 from the free throw line. Five-foot-7 Chris Lykes led Miami with 21 points off the bench including five 3s and DJ Vasiljevic added 17.center_img Jones started 113 games for the Dolphins and made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2017. He was their highest-paid player last year at $15 million.In other NFL news:— Marshal Yanda retired from the NFL on Wednesday with the satisfaction of knowing he walked away before being kicked out the door. Yanda played his entire 13-year career with the Baltimore Ravens, who showed their appreciation for the eight-time Pro Bowl guard by sending him off with a framed No. 73 jersey and heartfelt thanks during a news conference. The ceremony began with a video tribute and was highlighted by a lengthy prepared speech from the guest of honor, a man known for keeping his sentences short and for his aversion to talking to the media. Yanda said he “loved that every single day.” Up until that point, it had been a good day on the injury front for the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton faced pitching for the first time since straining his right calf on Feb. 26 and hit an opposite-field homer to right off Britton. Stanton is expected to be sidelined until April.Left-hander James Paxton resumed a throwing program in his rehabilitation from Feb. 5 back surgery and said he felt great and had no pain. He made 25 throws at 60 feet. Paxton said his best-case scenario is for a mid-May return.In other MLB news:— St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be out for several more games because of a sore right elbow. Goldschmidt’s throwing was limited by the Cardinals during the start of spring training, and he made his first two exhibition starts as a designated hitter. He has not played since Sunday. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Wednesday he expected the 32-year-old Goldschmidt to miss a couple more games. The six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .300 with two homers in 20 spring training at-bats.— The Texas Rangers have placed left-hander Yohander Méndez on the suspended list for violating his contract by seeking unauthorized outside medical care. President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels announced the move Wednesday prior to a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants. Méndez has been held out of spring training game action with left shoulder inflammation. The 25-year-old Méndez appeared in just three big league games last year due to an elbow injury. He was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring. NFL-NEWS2-time Pro Bowler Reshad Jones to be released by DolphinsUNDATED (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones is joining the free agent market after 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.The team has decided to release Jones next Wednesday, the first day of NFL free agency. The move had been expected because Jones battled injuries in recent seasons and played in just four games in 2019 for new coach Brian Flores.With Jones’ departure, six-year veteran reserve safety Walt Aikens leads the Dolphins in seniority. The move leaves Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe as the Dolphins’ first-team safeties, but they’re expected to be busy in free agency. San Francisco Mayor London Breed has banned all gatherings of 1,000 or more people for the next two weeks. Shortly after that announcement Wednesday, the Warriors announced they would go ahead with the game, but without fans at Chase Center. Four other events scheduled through March 21 at the building, which seats more than 18,000 people, have been postponed or canceled, including a Post Malone concert.In Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee has prohibited gatherings of more than 250 people in the Seattle area, which has experienced the most COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.The Mariners and Major League Baseball haven’t announced where they will play the team’s season-opening, four-game series against the Texas Rangers that had been scheduled for March 26-29. It was to be followed by three games against the Minnesota Twins from March 30 through April 1. The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Emmert says he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments with only essential staff and limited family in attendance. The decision comes after the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel recommended against playing sporting events open to the general public. The tournaments begin next week.Elsewhere, the Ivy League canceled all spring sports, as many of its schools told students not to return from spring break and prepare for classes to be taught online. The conference had already canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments; other conferences went ahead with theirs as college basketball awaits word on the status of the NCAA Tournament, one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar. NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.WORLD CUP-RACES CANCELEDWomen’s races canceled, Shiffrin denied chance to defend titleARE, Sweden (AP) — The last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup season have been canceled because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus.The decision to call off the three-day event in Sweden hands Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season. Brignone becomes the first Italian women’s overall champion in the 53-year history of the World Cup. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMariners moving games, Warriors going fanlessUNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors’ game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night will be played without fans in the arena, and the Mariners are moving their home games out of Seattle for the rest of March in an effort to slow the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

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first_imgThe IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChampions League final postponed The organization says a majority of senior national team members have indicated in an anonymous survey that they were in favor of the games being pushed back from its scheduled July opening. USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung says the organization would not specify how long of a delay it is asking for but added that most respondents were pushing for a year.USA Swimming and USA Track and Field also have called for a postponement to the games.The International Olympics Committee is considering postponing the Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic.Longtime IOC member Craig Reedie told The Associated Press that everyone can see where things are headed, with the coronavirus pandemic spreading and Olympic hopefuls around the world unable to train. IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today that he expects the Olympics will be postponed. Pound told the paper he expects the IOC to announce its next steps soon.Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia are adding pressure by making it clear they will not go if the games are staged this year. And Germany now says it wants the games postponed until next year at the earliest. The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country not be sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled. — A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers have agreed to terms with former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker of the Houston Roughnecks and former Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead. The person says Walker agreed to a two-year contract and Whitehead will get a one-year deal. Financial terms were not known.— The Giants have reached agreements on one-year contracts with running back Dion Lewis and wide receiver Corey Coleman. Lewis spent the past two seasons as Derrick Henry’s backup in Tennessee and rushed for 209 yards on 54 carries last season before being released this month in a salary-cap move. Coleman didn’t play in the NFL last season after catching five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in eight games for the 2018 Giants.— The Jets and linebacker James Burgess have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to his agent. Burgess started the final 10 games of last season at inside linebacker for the Jets after injuries decimated the position. The 26-year-old linebacker is a favorite of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who also coached him in Cleveland. Burgess finished second on the team to Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams in total tackles with 90.— The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for safety Chris Banjo and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard. The 30-year-old Banjo played in 13 games last season for Arizona and was a valuable contributor on special teams. The seven-year veteran also provides depth in the secondary. The 26-year-old Bullard played in nine games last season and started six.— The Falcons have reached agreements with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, and guard Justin McCray. That word comes from a person familiar with the deals, which won’t be official until Treadwell and McCray pass physicals. The Falcons also have re-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year deal.  Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO GAMESUSA Gymnastics calls for Olympic postponementUNDATED (AP) — Add USA Gymnastics to the country’s growing list of sports entities calling for a postponement to the Tokyo Olympics. Redskins acquire quarterbackUNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots have dropped their longtime kicker and picked up a quarterback.The Patriots said goodbye to another longtime staple of their two-decade run of championships, releasing kicker and franchise leading scorer Stephen Gostkowski. The three-time Super Bowl champion has spent his entire 14-year career in New England.Gostkowski has long passed Adam Vinatieri as the Patriots’ leading scorer with 1,775 points.The 36-year-old Gostkowski started the first four games of 2019 but struggled, missing a career-high four extra points after not missing more than three in any of his previous 13 NFL seasons. He was placed on injured reserve in October and underwent season-ending hip surgery. March 23, 2020 Brian Hoyer is now in the running to become Tom Brady’s replacement after accepting a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. The 34-year-old twice served as Brady’s backup and will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler for the starting job. Hoyer played four games and had one start with Indianapolis last season, completing 54% of his passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.Elsewhere in the NFL:— A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press the Redskins are acquiring quarterback Kyle Allen from the Panthers. Allen was 5-7 as the Panthers’ starter last season, completing 62% of his passes for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He will complete with second-year pro Dwayne Haskins for the starting job and is reunited with Washington head coach Ron Rivera, who was Allen’s coach last season.— The Seahawks landed some needed depth in the secondary by acquiring cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the Redskins for a fifth-round pick. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the move. Dunbar had a career-best four interceptions last season for Washington and started 17 of the past 18 games he played for the team.— Cowboys center Travis Frederick is retiring from the NFL at 29. The 2016 All-Pro says he could no longer perform at his highest level after returning from a neurological disorder that sidelined him for the 2018 season. — The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.” The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but the government said Sunday that the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.— Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely. That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand until the coronavirus pandemic passes.— The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed due to the outbreak. The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest. The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7. The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.— Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa says he has contracted the coronavirus. Van der Burgh retired from competitive swimming but says he has been struggling for two weeks with the illness. He is also adding his voice to concerns for the well-being of current athletes if the Tokyo Olympics are held as scheduled in July and August.NFL-NEWS South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is the AP’s women’s basketball coach of the year. Staley claimed 20 of 30 votes after leading the Gamecocks to a 32-1 overall record, including a 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference.Northwestern’s Joe McKeown (mih-KYOO’-ehn) is the runner-up with five votes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah) has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul.UEFA says no decision has been made on a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight.Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed.In other sports-related developments stemming from the coronavirus:— The top three Canadian junior hockey leagues have called off the remainder of their seasons and playoffs. That means the Memorial Cup trophy given out to the national champion will not be awarded for the first time in its 102-year history. Update on the latest in sports: The USOPC sent a survey over the weekend to more than 4,000 athletes for details on how the coronavirus pandemic has influenced their training and their feelings about the upcoming games. They received responses from 1,780.Sixty-nine percent said they would feel comfortable competing in July if the World Health Organization deemed it safe. But virtually that same number, 68% said they didn’t think the Olympics would be fair under those circumstances.VIRUS OUTBREAK-RUSSIARussia backs slow approach on Tokyo gamesMOSCOW (AP) — Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. IOC President Thomas Bach sent a letter to athletes explaining the decision and why it might take so long, while also acknowledging the extended timeline might not be popular. He said a final decision was likely to come in four weeks.Meanwhile, a group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.VIRUS OUTBREAK-US OLYMPIC TEAM SURVEYSurvey says 68% of US Olympic hopefuls lean toward postponement of gamesDENVER (AP) — Nearly seven in 10 U.S. Olympic hopefuls say they don’t think the Tokyo Games will be fair if they are held in July. The finding is prompting leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to conclude “it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising.” MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSSoutheast Missouri finds a hoops coachUNDATED (AP) — Southeast Missouri has hired Kansas State assistant Brad Korn as its new basketball coach. Korn had spent the past five seasons with the Wildcats, the past four as an assistant coach. He helped the school to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big 12 regular-season two years ago. Korn takes over for Rick Ray, who was fired after going 51-104 in five years with the team and was 7-24 this past season.In other men’s basketball news:— Andy Kennedy has been introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at UAB. Kennedy began his college coaching career with Cincinnati in 2005-06 before a 12-year run at Mississippi. He went 245-156 at Ole Miss, winning one conference tournament and earning two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Kennedy has had 10 20-win seasons as a head coach. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER/COACH OF THE YEARSabrina Ionescu is unanimous choiceUNDATED (AP) — Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu has become just the second unanimous selection as The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year.Ionescu received all 30 ballots from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 poll each week. She averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles. The only other unanimous pick was UConn star Breanna Stewart in 2016. NHL-PREDATORS-INGRAMPredators sign goaltender IngramNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year contract worth $2 million at the NHL level.The 22-year-old Ingram posted a 21-5-5 record for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals this season. He ranked third among AHL goaltenders with a .933 save percentage, third with a 1.92 goals-against average and tied for third in wins.Ingram was a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2016 NHL draft. He played for Canada in the 2017 World Junior Championship.last_img read more

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Dempsey delivers again as Chelsea miss chance to catch Spurs

first_imgFulham 1 Chelsea 1Clint Dempsey’s late equaliser rescued a point for Fulham in the west London derby and prevented Chelsea from moving level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.Spurs’ home defeat against Norwich earlier in the day handed the Blues a golden opportunity to catch their rivals.AdChoices广告They looked set to do just that courtesy of Frank Lampard’s penalty, but Dempsey nodded home Damien Duff’s 82nd-minute corner to give the Whites a deserved draw.Lampard put Chelsea ahead.It was Dempsey’s 22nd goal of a remarkable season for the American, whose header deflected off Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and into the net.The visitors struggled to create chances yet found themselves ahead at the interval.They appealed in vain for a penalty when Ryan Bertrand’s shot hit Stephen Kelly’s hand, but were given a spot-kick in first-half injury time after Danny Murphy’s two-footed challenge on Salomon Kalou.Lampard duly steppped up to net his 150th league goal and again underline the midfielder’s continued importance to his team’s cause.It was tough on Martin Jol’s side, who had enjoyed most of the possession with Dempsey and Kerim Frei bringing saves from keeper Petr Cech.Fulham – and the excellent Frei in particular – caused Chelsea problems after the break and John Arne Riise went close to equalising with a curling effort.Duff’s late corner led to Fulham’s deserved equaliser.Frei’s pace and trickery tested Branislav Ivanovic, while John Terry looked every inch like a man struggling through the pain barrier.Terry, who is nursing a rib injury, was recalled to the starting line-up along with Lampard, Ramires, Kalou, John Obi Mikel and Fernando Torres as interim boss Roberto Di Matteo – aware of his team’s packed fixtures list – rang the changes.The Italian’s selections have proved to be spot-on since he took charge, and Chelsea were on course for their ninth win in 11 matches under him before they shipped yet another late goal.Cech produced a fine save at his near post to push away Aaron Hughes’ header from Duff’s corner.But the resulting follow-up corner by Duff was met by Dempsey, whose leveller was the 20th goal this season Chelsea have conceded in the final 10 minutes of a league game.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Klopp: Salah is an Exciting Signing

first_img“Most important though, for us, is that he is hungry, willing and eager to be even better and improve further. He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it. He is very excited about performing for our wonderful supporters.“He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfill those ambitions with Liverpool.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Egypt star Mohamed Salah as an “exciting signing” for the Premier League giants. The Reds completed the signing of the Pharaohs attacker from Roma just before the weekend and Klopp believes he will bring a lot to his team.“Mohamed has the perfect mix of experience and potential – this is a really exciting signing for us,” the manager told his club’s official website. “He knows the Premier League, he has a pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country.”Klopp added, “His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.last_img read more

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Flying Eagles Land in Germany for Training

first_imgA delegation comprising team officials and 23 players traveled aboard a Lufthansa Airline flight from Abuja on Saturday night and arrived in Frankfurt just before 6am, before a 4-hour road trip to the city. The delegation is staying at The Monarch Hotel.At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Saturday, the seven –time African champions welcomed the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who charged the team to adopt good character and discipline as winning words in the camp and at the global championship, while eschewing any conduct that could tarnish the image of Nigeria.“A good name is forever better than gold. While we implore you to go out there and put in the best efforts to win your matches and do the country and the African continent proud, it is important that you do so with good conduct, discipline and dedication, and with respect for the good name of our dear country.“You are flying the country’s flag and also flying the continent’s flag. It is therefore incumbent on you to show good character on and off the field of play at all times and abide by the tenets of fair-play,” Dr. Sanusi said.While advising the players and team officials to valorize hard work and patriotism, Dr. Sanusi assured that the NFF is committed to giving the team its full support, including payment of their bonuses and allowances in the training camp and at the championship in Poland.In his response, team captain Ikouwem Utin thanked the federation for the support given the team so far and pledged that the players would give their very best to do Nigeria and Africa proud in Poland, while maintaining discipline as their watchword.The Flying Eagles, two-time silver medalists at the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals, will fly out of Germany to Poland on 19th May, five days before their opening match of this year’s competition against Qatar’s U-20 team in Tychy.They would afterwards tackle the United States of America on Monday, 27th May in Bielsko-Biala before concluding their group phase assignment against Ukraine on Thursday, 30th May at the same venue.The 24-nation championship will hold between May 23 and  June 15.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA U-20 WORLD CUPNigeria’s Under-20 boys have arrived in Bad Goegging Munich in Germany for a three-week intensive final camping programme ahead of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup finals in Poland.last_img read more

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Stanleybet launches €12.5 million ‘virtual events’ claim against Cypriot government

first_imgShare Cypriot football seeks betting levy for development programmes June 25, 2020 Submit John Whittaker – Stanleybet CEOEuropean gambling operator Stanleybet is suing the government of Cyprus for breaching European Union trade and business policies.Filing a claim under Stanleybet Malta, the operator is seeking compensation in excess of €12.5 million for loss of operating profits, legal costs and restriction of services relating to the ‘2012 Betting Law’ which banned wagering on Virtual Sports terminals.Furthermore, Stanleybet which operates in Cyprus under a Class A licence, claims that its corporate reputation was damaged as a result of ‘police and prosecutorial actions and measures adopted against them’, following a series of raids in 2014 on its retail properties confiscating equipment and damaging operations.Stanleybet governance states that the 2012 Betting Law should be repealed as the Cypriot government did not notify the final draft to the European Commission prior to it coming into effect, therefore breaching EU business practices.As a further protective measure, Stanleybet governance is seeking to add an injunction prohibiting any legal/criminal action against its properties offering virtual event services to its customers.Issuing a corporate statement, Stanleybet CEO John Whittaker commented on the firm’s claim“The Stanleybet Group has been successfully fighting for the recognition of its right to engage in the gambling and betting business in numerous member states of the European Union for more than fifteen years,”“We have been before the Court of Justice on circa ten occasions and on countless occasions before the European Commission and the national courts of all levels, where in the end we have always been able to obtain through European law what we had been unjustly denied domestically in the first place. We believe in the rule of law, and have no doubt that the Cypriot Courts will do justice to our rights”.The Cypriot government have ten days to respond to Stanleybet’s claim. StumbleUpon EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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William Hill Foundation comes under fire for Alzheimer’s collaboration

first_img Submit Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Carolyn Harris: Banning gambling sponsorships ‘one of the most obvious things to do’ July 14, 2020 William Hill’s partnership with charity The Alzheimer’s Society has drawn criticism from MPs and health practitioners stating that betting should hold no connection with dementia, according to a report in The Times.Last spring, a newly relaunched ‘William Hill Foundation’ announced The Alzheimer’s Society as a lead partner seeking to raise the charity £2 million over a three-year period.Helping the partnership as a part of its ‘Nobody Harmed’ social responsibility corporate directive, William Hill would launch an Alzheimer’s awareness campaign fronted by brand ambassador Robbie Savage.In its 2020 corporate guidance, the FTSE bookmaker underlined that it seeks to become a leading UK dementia-friendly business organisation.“We are working with the Alzheimer’s Society to become the leading Dementia Friendly business in our industry, helping those with dementia to sustain their normal activities for as long as possible, such as visiting their local betting shop, while minimising at-risk behaviours.” – William Hill stated in its 2019 company report.Leading the NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones branded the partnership as inappropriate and insensitive to dementia sufferers.“The notion that a person suffering from this should be encouraged to gamble responsibly is ludicrous and from a safeguarding perspective of grave concern,” Bowden-Jones told The Times.Supporting Bowden-Jones’ criticism, Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm, would brand the William Hill’s collaboration as a ‘dreadful idea’.Harris, who is recognised as the prominent figurehead pushing for wholesale industry reforms, stated that it was inconceivable for a mental health charity to believe that betting shops are ‘appropriate place for dementia patients’.“This is exploitation of the most vulnerable,” Harris said. “Many will be seeking company and to suggest that the bookies is where they will be welcomed and safe beggars’ belief.”An under-fire Alzheimer’s Society maintains that beyond vital fundraising its collaboration with the William Hill Foundation has focused on support and staff training, being able to recognise and protect the sufferers of dementia and related diseases.Alex Hyde-Smith of the Alzheimer’s Society responded: “People with dementia tell us that they want to continue doing the things they enjoy and stay involved in their communities. As a charity, we have a duty to respond by influencing the betting agenda through education and awareness.“The point of and benefit of this partnership is to provide the support and training its staff need to deliver the right environment and protections so the 850,000 people living with dementia can enjoy themselves, safely, protected from the threat of financial harm.”last_img read more

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Clubless EXCO Members: GFA won’t change regulations- Prosper Harrison Addo

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association says it has no intentions of making amendments to its statutes with regards to individuals on its executive committee who are no longer affiliated to the teams that nominated them.This comes on the back of scenarios involving former Ash Gold CEO Fredrick Acheampong and subsequently George Amoako parting ways with the clubs that backed them for the position.According to the FA there isn’t appreciable reason to amend the current statutes on executive committee membership.They also insisted that doing so would lead to anarchy.“If you look at the forms that personalities fill to be vetted and to stand election it only requires you to have been nominated by a club not necessarily your club.“Indeed, if you want to stretch the matter and say that because a person has a left a club the person should be taken away from the executive committee it will lead to absurdity.“If there is a team owner who does not like somebody on the executive committee then the club will sack you.“Does that mean that whenever an executive committee member is sacked from a club we must hold fresh elections?It will lead to confusion and absurdity.If you look at our current rules in conjunction with that of CAF and FIFA when you win an election you stay the for the four years until elections are held again,” he told Citi Sports in an exclusive interview.last_img read more

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Costly Repairs Continue At Alpena’s Public Safety Facility

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Some costly repairs are set to take place at Alpena’s Public Safety Facility.The city has hired Meridian Contracting Services to replace the approximately 24-year old membrane roof. The roof is said to have started leaking almost immediately after construction was completed in 1993. Various patches over the years have helped the issue up to this point.Last year it cost nearly $86,000 to repair the sloped areas of the roof. This year it will take another estimated $45,000 to repair the flat roof area.“Well with this year’s repairs we’re going to be doing the flat areas,” said Mike Kieliszewski, Assistant Building Official. “There’s a mezzanine area over the garage area where the fire trucks are parked, so there’s flat areas there- there’s flat areas at the entrances and along the back of the building.”These repairs are said to come with a 15 year guarantee. Building officials are hoping to start with the repairs next month, with a completion date by the end of June. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena High School Band Members Practiced For Picnic PopsNext Harrisville Man Sentenced For Stolen Credit Cardslast_img read more

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