Coronavirus: Premier League ban players, match officials from handshakes

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ The Premier League has banned players and match officials from shaking hands from this weekend until further notice on medical advice. Teams and officials will still participate in the pre-match walk-outs but have been advised against the tradition of shaking hands. A statement from the Premier League said: “The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice. “Coronavirus is a spread via droplets from nose and mouth and can be transmitted onto the hands and passed on via handshake. “Club and Match Officials will still perform the rest of the traditional walk-out protocol ahead of each fixture. “On entering the field of play, the two teams will continue to line up, accompanied by the Premier League music, then players from the home team will walk past their opposition without shaking their hands.” The Premier League has already written to its 20 clubs, advising on the latest contingency plans to deal with the spread of coronavirus. League officials are liaising daily with the government’s public health experts to provide up-to-the-minute advice on how best to counteract the spread of the virus. Fixtures lists and kick-off times remain unaffected as it stands.Tags: CoronavirusHandshakesMedical advicePremier Leaguelast_img read more

National : Former SU lacrosse captain Plunket starts up program at Division III Albright College

first_img Comments While most lacrosse coaches are at practice, Jake Plunket is holed up in his office. His longest days are spent making phone calls and sending emails to recruits for 14 hours. And when he does leave the office, his work goes with him.‘Sometimes I’ll go home for what I think is going to be an early night,’ Plunket said. ‘I get home at 6:30 p.m., and I end up making calls until 10 o’clock at night just in a blink.’Plunket was hired as the first head coach of the brand new men’s lacrosse program at Albright College in Reading, Pa., in October. The head coach — a former Syracuse lacrosse player from 2002-05 — has been working the phones all year, trying to fill out his roster to begin play in Division III in the spring of 2012.Albright received a $1 million donation from the John K. Roessner III Trust in July to fund a new practice facility and the operational costs of the first three years of the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs.Rick Ferry, Albright’s co-director of athletics, said the school wanted to add lacrosse for more than eight years. Many prospective students asked about lacrosse, but the school didn’t have the field space or locker rooms to support new programs, Ferry said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We could say, ‘Well, we have club lacrosse,” Ferry said. ‘If you’re a competitive athlete, you want the varsity level. We didn’t have that to offer.’The lacrosse programs will help attract students who can afford the private school’s tuition, Ferry said. In time, he expects lacrosse to become a ‘high-profile’ sport that regularly competes for championships.To achieve that goal, Ferry had to bring in a high-profile coach. Plunket played on two national championship teams at Syracuse and served as the team captain his senior year. He also played Major League Lacrosse for the Rochester Rattlers from 2007-08.Plunket graduated from Syracuse in 2005 and went to SUNY Cortland that fall for his master’s degree. He planned to be a gym teacher after graduate school, but his plans changed during his first semester. His gym teacher from elementary school, Rich Barnes, then the head coach at Cortland, offered Plunket an assistant coaching job.After helping the team win the 2006 Division III national championship in his first year, he was hooked.‘It got to the point where it’s like, ‘Do I want to be a teacher, or do I want to be a coach?” Plunket said. ‘I jumped at the opportunity to coach, and it’s something I’ve never looked back from.’Plunket spent two more years at Cortland before taking an assistant coaching job at Division III Hampden-Sydney in Virginia for the past two seasons.Ferry said other candidates had more experience than Plunket’s five years — all as an assistant — but his energetic personality and reputation as a tireless worker convinced Ferry to hire him.‘This is a guy that could go out everywhere and anywhere and sell the program and get us on the map,’ Ferry said. ‘That high-energy approach, along with the Syracuse pedigree, I don’t know that guys like that are falling off trees for startup programs.’Plunket wants to pass that Syracuse pedigree onto his players at Albright. He said he wants his program to have the same Division I mentality.The head coach said his team will have fall season and offseason workouts in the weight room every day. Plunket also wants his team to play with the same ‘free style’ SU head coach John Desko encouraged while Plunket was in college.‘You go there, and you’re not put into a certain mold,’ Plunket said. ‘I want to do that as a coach. I’m not going to get on them every time they make a mistake.’His Syracuse connections were crucial in landing Cortland High School senior attack Phil Potter. When Plunket was still playing at Syracuse, he coached Potter at some lacrosse camps in Homer, N.Y. Potter said he remembered Plunket when he received an email from the coach last fall.Plunket wanted Potter to join him at Albright. Potter, though, was being recruited by Division I programs Providence and Binghamton and Division II powerhouse Le Moyne.But he chose Albright because of Plunket.‘Knowing Coach Plunket, he’s one of the best lacrosse players in the world,’ Potter said. ‘When I went and met him for the visit, that really made my decision clear.’Plunket still has work to do. He said he currently has about 10 commitments for next season. And he knows tough times are ahead with a team of first-year players. With road trips planned for recruiting and scouting this spring, Plunket will have the chance to get out of his office, too.But also waiting there is his motivation to succeed. A commemorative Wheaties box featuring his 2004 Syracuse national championship team sits on a shelf across from his desk. To the left of that is a 2007 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship trophy from Cortland’s national runner-up finish that season.‘It lights a fire in me to want to bring the right players in,’ Plunket said. ‘To bring it from the bottom and keep improving and finally one day being at the top level.’rjgery@syr.edu Published on March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Angels drop ugly game to Rays, including an injury scare for Justin Upton

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak “It feels OK,” Upton said. “Obviously it’s going to be sore. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. Hopefully, it’s not too bad and we can work through it.”Upton is the Angels’ hottest hitter, leading the majors in RBIs in May. He had hit seven of his 11 homers this month, hitting out of the Angels’ No. 3 spot.The injury, hours after Keynan Middleton had said he will have Tommy John surgery, was the capper to what was certainly the Angels’ worst day of the season so far, a day chock full of negative developments.Trout is going through a rare cold spell. Trout is now hitless in 19 at-bats, the longest drought of his career. It’s been masked somewhat by seven walks during the stretch. In his last at-bat, he hit a solid fly ball to deep center field, which he said was an encouraging sign.“It’s just timing,” he said. “I’m just late right now. My results aren’t there, but the last at-bat felt better. Just got to work off that.” It was part of a team-wide offensive outage, resulting in a scoreless streak that reached 21 innings before Shohei Ohtani’s homer in the ninth. The Angels have scored eight runs in their last five games. After Justin Verlander blanked the Angels on Wednesday, they went down against Chris Archer on Thursday. Typically a solid pitcher, Archer was perhaps due for a good game after bringing a 5.64 ERA into this one.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.On the mound, the Angels saw two more of their relievers struggle. Jim Johnson entered in a 1-0 game and gave up four runs in the seventh. Felix Peña gave up two runs in the eighth.Two of the runs scored against Johnson when Denard Span hit a homer off the right field wall, above the new line added this year. It was the sixth homer of the season hit by the opponents that wouldn’t have been a homer last year. The Angels have hit three.Another run against Johnson scored after Zack Cozart dropped a popup. It was the second straight game when Cozart made an error that directly led to a run.And finally, there was the Cron homer, which probably stung Angels fans more than it did the team itself.Cron has hit 11 homers this year, including three in his last three games. He is playing the kind of baseball he rarely played with the Angels. According to Cron, and many Angels fans, the only difference is the Rays have given him a chance to play consistently.Related Articlescenter_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 PreviousTampa Bay Rays left fielder Denard Span, right, celebrates with third baseman Daniel Robertson, left, and second baseman Joey Wendle after the Rays defeated the Los Angeles Angels 7-1 in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, hits a solo home run in front of Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, center, and home plate umpire Laz Diaz during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17:Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, left, reaches out to catch a fly ball in the Tampa Bay Rays dugout hit by Wilson Ramos during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17: Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second inning at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to a Tampa Bay Rays batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Joey Wendle, right, relays to first after forcing out Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, left, to get Ian Kinsler for the double play during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17: C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays’ C.J. Cron, right, hits a solo home run in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter C.J. Cron, left, circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17: C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays crosses the plate after a home run while Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17:C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated on his home run by Daniel Robertson #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17: C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated for his sixth inning home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays’ C.J. Cron kicks the ball out of the glove of Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler on a steal of second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Tampa Bay Rays’ Denard Span hits a two-run home run in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Rays’ Denard Span hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks at the home run ball hit by Denard Span #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays’ Denard Span, right, rounds third after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson, foreground, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17: C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays congratulates Denard Span #2 on his 2 run home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 17: Johnny Field #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a home run in the eight inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 17, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer reacts after throwing a pitch for a ball to Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, get congratulations from third base coach Dino Ebel after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is congratulated as he returns to the dugout following his ninth-inning home run during Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium. The Rays won 7-1. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Denard Span, right, celebrates with third baseman Daniel Robertson, left, and second baseman Joey Wendle after the Rays defeated the Los Angeles Angels 7-1 in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, hits a solo home run in front of Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, center, and home plate umpire Laz Diaz during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 24Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, hits a solo home run in front of Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, center, and home plate umpire Laz Diaz during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandANAHEIM — This one hurt Angels fans, in more ways than one.Not long after a C.J. Cron homer put the game’s first run on the board, a statement against the team that traded him, the Angels saw Justin Upton, their hottest hitter, leave the game after being hit by a pitch.It all happened in one painful sixth inning of the Angels’ 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night, a game that ran their losing streak to three and also included a new personal worst for Mike Trout.Initial X-rays on Upton’s left hand showed no fracture, the team announced, so he’s considered day to day. If he ends up missing only a couple days, the Angels would certainly have dodged what could have been a serious issue. Had enough?The good news was the Cron homer was all that Tyler Skaggs allowed in his six innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.88 as he continues the best extended stretch of his career. Skaggs struck out seven and walked three.It was the 17th straight game that the Angels’ starter had allowed three runs or fewer, a franchise record. They had 16-game streaks in 1964 and 1989.Unfortunately for the Angels’ the good starting pitching has come at a time when the support has been absent from the lineup and the bullpen.“We’re not firing on all cylinders,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re putting a lot of pressure on our starting pitching. When these guys start hitting like we can and we keep the pitching going, well be fine.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

LONGSHOT HARD ACES DRIVES UP RAIL & HOLDS OFF HOPPERTUNITY TO WIN GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA BY A NOSE UNDER ESPINOZA; SADLER TRAINEE KEEPS TO HIS TASK AND GETS 1 ¼ MILES IN 2:02.46

first_imgON-TRACK CROWD OF 21,528 COME OUT TO SEE AMERICAN PHAROAH & FOUR GRADED STAKES;SADLER & ESPINOZA EACH TASTE VICTORY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 76TH RUNNING OF GOLD CUP;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED IN ONTARIO, CANADA, PAYS $184,699.20 –30– ARCADIA, Calif. (June 27, 2015)–Longshot Hard Aces, with Victor Espinoza aboard, charged up the rail and won Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita by a nose over Hoppertunity, as the 5-year-old horse by Hard Spun got a mile and a quarter in 2:02.46.In getting his first graded stakes win, Hard Aces was far back early behind solid early splits of 23.37, 45.90, 1:10.17 and 1:35.91, and in a bit of an ironic twist, Espinoza, who appeared in the Winner’s Circle earlier in the day with Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah, Espinoza denied Baffert the afternoon’s biggest prize in a desperate finish before an on-track crowd of 21,528.“I lost a little ground at the start from being bumped by Batti Man, he took me out of the race a little,” said Espinoza, who was last in a field of 11 three year olds and up turning down the backside. “I decided not to encourage him early and save ground. I thought my best shot was to save ground and get through on the inside and it worked out well.”Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Hard Aces overhauled favored Catch a Flight approaching the sixteenth pole and was fully extended to hold off Hoppertunity, who was fanned very wide turning for home. Off at 7-1, Hard Aces paid $17.80, $8.00 and $4.20. With the winner’s share of $300,000, he more than doubled his earnings to $592,145. Hard Aces improved his overall mark to 23-6-3-7.“We got a good trip,” said Sadler. “We were hoping the pace would be there. We saw 45 and change, it looked like there was a lot of speed, but it’s got to come together. Victor did a beautiful job with him. He’s ridden him a few times and he’s not an easy horse to ride. He’s a very difficult horse to ride, so Victor’s gone forward with him for two or three races.“We thought the last race (a third place finish behind Catch a Flight in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Californian) was key. He really stepped forward with a strong race right at the end of a mile and an eighth and he got some more pace today.”Sadler said the Grade I, $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22 would be next for Hard Aces.The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Hoppertunity, who came off a third place run in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs June 13, finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Catch a Flight and paid $5.60 and $3.40.Argentine-bred Catch a Flight, who came off a pair of wins in the Grade III Precisionist Stakes May 2 and the Grade II Californian, was mid-pack early, inched closer to the lead going to the far turn, put a head in front a furlong out but was third best under Gary Stevens.Off at 8-5, Catch a Flight paid $2.40 to show.“He ran a super race, he’s as honest as any horse can get,” said Stevens. “I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but he runs his race every time and he tries hard, it’s all you can ask. No real excuses, he had a good trip.”The Gold Cup, run at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park from 1938 through 2013, was contested for the second year in a row at Santa Anita and for the 76th time since its inception.Sadler and Espinoza each collected their first-ever win in one of America’s most prestigious mile and a quarter races for handicap division horses.There was one winning ticket in Saturday’s Pick Six. Purchased through a hub in Ontario, Canada, it paid $184,699.20.First post time on Sunday, closing day at Santa Anita, is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Hoddle reveals he had seven ribs broken while getting CPR following heart attack

first_imgGLENN HODDLE broke SEVEN ribs during eight minutes of CPR following his heart attack in October 2018.The Tottenham icon suffered a cardiac arrest in BT Sport’s East London studios and his life was saved by sound engineer Simon Daniels’ heroic actions.3 Glenn Hoddle revealed he broke seven ribs during CPR after his heart attackCredit: Rex Features3 Sound engineer Simon Daniels performed CPR on the Tottenham legend for eight minutes in October 2018Credit: Rex FeaturesThe former England international was struck on his 61st birthday and claims he is now “friends for life” with Daniels after his noble intervention.Hoddle “died for 60 seconds” when he fell and smashed his head but Daniels rushed to his aid and performed CPR until help arrived.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamMore than a dozen people phoned for an Ambulance and the ex-England manager was eventually airlifted to hospital.Speaking alongside his new pal on this morning’s ‘Good Morning Britain’, Hoddle said he feels absolutely great.He told host Richard Madeley: “I think the sign of a good CPR is how many ribs you break, and he broke seven, so he did a good job. He did a great job.”After Hoddle admitted he “would not be sitting here today” if it wasn’t for Daniels, the sound engineer quipped: “Well I’ve now got on my CV that I broke Glenn Hoddle’s ribs.”The 62-year-old pundit admitted he doesn’t remember most of the fateful day but invited Daniels to his house around three months later.3 Hoddle claims the pair are now friends for lifeCredit: Rex FeaturesHe said: “I remember asking Simon, saying how many of these have you done?”And he said: ‘No you’re the first.'”I thought he did loads of them you know but everyone said he was absolutely fantastic and of course I owe him my life.”We’re going to be friends for life obviously.”Fans online were quick to praise the pair after the interview aired.One tweeted: “We take the mick out of Glenn Hoddle something horrible on here – great to see him on the road to recovery after his heart attack.”Former Spurs midfielder Micky Hazard also posted: “Wow sitting watching @GlennHoddle, what a hero his friend Simon was, as well as everybody involved with saving Glenn’s life.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50’ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him”Today Hod looks just amazing and to us all Glenn you are and will always be Ghod. Love ya X.”And Lizzi added: “Great to see you & Simon Daniels on @GMB @GlennHoddle looking fit and healthy.”Thank you Simon.”We take the mick out of Glenn Hoddle something horrible on here – great to see him on the road to recovery after his heart attack. pic.twitter.com/Ucwy6tqrRp— Alistair Coleman (@alistaircoleman) February 17, 2020 Wow sitting watching @GlennHoddle on tv am, what an hero his friend Simon was as well as everybody involved with saving Glenn’s life. Today Hod looks just amazing and to us all Glenn you are and will always be Ghod. Love ya X— Micky Hazard (@1MickyHazard) February 17, 2020 Great to see you & Simon Daniels on @GMB @GlennHoddle looking fit and healthy. I was devastated on the day of your heart attack. I have been a lifelong @SpursOfficial fan since I first saw you play as a child. #COYS thank you Simon 🙏🏻— Lizzi (@lizzilouspurs) February 17, 2020center_img José Mourinho jokes Man United should be awarded 2017-18 title after finishing second to FFP breach Man Citylast_img read more

Super Bowl 50: Watch the quarterbacks

first_imgSANTA CLARA, California (AP):Peyton Manning’s last game? Cam Newton’s finest moment?For all the golden tinge the National Football League (NFL) is placing on Super Bowl 50, this one just might come down to how the two star quarterbacks deal with the dynamic defences bent on humbling them.There can’t be a better storyline than a five-time MVP likely to take his final snaps with a championship on the line. Except, perhaps, the league’s rising star carrying his franchise to its first NFL title in the face of detractors.Throw in those defences: Denver rank first overall in many statistics and certainly in intimidation, with a pass rush capable of neutralising any air game; Carolina make game-changing plays to the tune of a league-high 39 takeaways and a plus-20 turnover margin.Add in a pair of coaches at the peak of their NFL careers, a relatively new stadium with nearly all imaginable technology, and a half-century of America’s biggest game and the intrigue metre hits the stratosphere.”If you have any appreciation for the game, and certainly you have watched Super Bowls, played in the Super Bowls, have a sibling that has played in the Super Bowls,” Manning says, ,”it does make it maybe even more special.”QUARTERBACKS: Manning, in his fourth Super Bowl, has been quiet on whether this will be the end of one of the most prolific and entertaining careers in sports history. He’s 39, has been plagued by injuries for much of the last five seasons, and, win or lose, has nothing left to prove.”I think it is important to use all of your experience to your advantage,” Manning says. “I think you can always refer back to prior situations and two-minute drives, or a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line. The more experience you have, you can use that to help you.”Newton doesn’t have that background yet. But he was the NFL’s most dominant and sometimes most polarising player this season. No one has more fun playing the game than the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, 2011 top overall draft pick and 2015 All-Pro quarterback who threw for 35 touchdowns and ran for 10.If Manning represents the old guard, Newton with his celebrations, dabbing and just plain coolness is the future.Some media compared Newton to Usain Bolt.”Really?” Newton says, entertained by the comparison. “I got the opportunity to meet Usain last year. He was a cool guy. He was like real cool, you know? Like internationally cool. I’m just locally cool, you know?”Bolt owns a vault full of gold medals. Newton goes for the gold of Super Bowl 50. Game time is 6:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).last_img read more

Teng says he’s still adjusting despite another impressive showing in Aces win over Picanto

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES #KicksStalker: Westbrook’s signature shoe hits Philippine shelves Teng finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in the game as he led Alaska to its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.The former La Salle star, however, said that the triumph wasn’t just due to his effort alone as the whole Aces squad “picked things up in the second half.”“We all knew we had to step up in the second half to get this win and we needed this win for our next games,” said Teng as he now braces for a showdown with Ginebra next Sunday.“I think were ready for the challenge and we’re up to it. We’re practicing really hard and I think we’ll be ready by that game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFour games in and Jeron Teng wouldn’t deny that he still has struggles adapting to coach Alex Compton’s system in Alaska.“I’m still feeling my way. It takes time to be 100 percent familiarized with the system, but I’ll get there with the help of the coaches who are teaching me a lot of things, and my teammates who are helping me out,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Compton, however, begs to disagree as he sees the fifth overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft thriving.With the Aces struggling to find their rhythm in the first half, it was Teng, who triggered the pullaway in the third quarter, where Alaska turned a 39-34 halftime lead to a decisive 75-39 advantage at the end of the third frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“He’s just always had a knack for dominating,” said Compton of Teng after the Aces blew out the Kia Picanto, 102-65, on Sunday.“He has Alvin (Teng)’s body so he doesn’t have a rookie body. You know how rookies come in and they have to learn how to bang with the big boys? It seems like Jeron’s whole career, even when he went to the next level, he was immediately still one of the big boys. His physicality, he’s inserted that and he helps us in rebounding and getting to the basket. He draws a lot of contact, and the kid’s got a knack for scoring and attacking the basket. We were very happy with the pick we had.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Opposition MP points to gaping holes in Budget 2019

first_img– says no solid plan for oil, business sectors announcedWhile the coalition Government has boasted about the 2019 Budget being the largest ever financial blueprint that outlines plans for that fiscal year, the Parliamentary Opposition has combed through the document and has found several issues which it claimed were not taken into account.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has described the discovered issues as “gaping holes”, which he has said points to the lack of vision that the Government has for the country’s growth and development. He also said Government seems to be oblivious to the concerns of Guyanese.Nandlall has said that, at minimum, the average Guyanese had expected the 2019 budget to at least attempt to rectify this depressing situation and chart a new course for the country. But, instead, it is a “compendium of highly questionableOpposition MP Anil Nandlalldata and a recitation of projects and policies sophistically packaged.”Nandlall said all of this is done with the intention of deceiving Guyanese people into believing that the budget would transform the economy, empower the citizenry, and build sustainable communities for the good life.“I say ‘questionable statistics’ because while the Minister (Winston Jordan) boasts about presenting an early budget, he omits to tell us that the statistics he used are extracted from the Mid-Year Report, with a projection of how he estimates the different sectors will perform for the remainder of the year 2018,” he added.The former minister noted that Budget 2019 makes no reference to a national developmental plan. However, Nandlall posited that the Finance Minister has skillfully managed to package this “farce attractively and with great sophistry. A little probing beyond this glittering exterior reveals how hollow and empty the budget is,” he said.Oil and gasDuring his budget speech, the Opposition MP also noted that Minister Jordan did not mention a word about the fundamentally important local content legislation for the oil and gas sector. Neither did he make any mention whatsoever of the Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill.“These two pieces of legislation will constitute the foundation necessary to properlyNandlall said: “How can we prepare for first oil in 2020 as projected by the Minister, when, in 2019, we do not have these indispensable mechanisms in place?”manage and scrutinise this sector to ensure that Guyana gets its fair share. After all, we are starting out with the most lopsided Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) ever negotiated,” Nandlall posited.Understandably, he said, people are anxious to know the plans which the Government has for the oil and gas sector, for there is no doubt that this sector has the potential to transform the life of every single Guyanese in record time.At the same time, he said, Guyanese are much aware that without the proper regulatory framework, competent management, and strong oversight, we can be visited with the “resource curse” that has befallen so many oil-producing countries in the Third World.“How can we prepare for first oil in 2020 as projected by the Minister, when, in 2019, we do not have these indispensable mechanisms in place? These are gaping holes in this budget,” he added.Foreign direct investmentsNandlall said there was no mention whatsoever of an incentive scheme to attract foreign direct investments. He posited that the incentive schemes that were established under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration for both foreign and local investments have all been dismantled.In fact, the former Attorney General said, many of these investors are currently being pursued by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to recover concessions granted under the PPP.“This budget does nothing to make Guyana an attractive investment climate. Yet the Minister craftily says, and I quote, “GO-Invest had facilitated approximately $73.8 billion in proposed investments, anticipated to create 1,700 jobs across the Coastal Region and Region 9, in sectors such as agriculture, light manufacturing, services, forestry and tourism. To date, $44 billion of the aforementioned proposed investments has been approved. In 2019, GO-Invest is targeting between $60 and $80 billion in investments.” Nandlall said that with all the billions the Minister has referred to, and in all the sectors he has mentioned, he has not said that a single dollar has been invested or will be invested in 2019.According to him, that is the guile and sophistry of this budget. “The budget speech of the Minister is replete with illusory statements like these, intended to fool the Guyanese people,” he added.last_img read more

Tractor driven by ‘drunk’ teen crushes man to death

first_imgA Lindener is now dead after being crushed to death by a tractor after he and his friends ended their drinking-spree.Dead is Rondell Jacobs of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Reports are the incident occurred at about 22:00h on Saturday at the 72 Miles Kaburee Main Access trail.According to reports, at about 14:30h, a 30-year-old man employed to operate the tractor along with his teenage co-worker left their location at 58 Miles Potaro to head to 72 Miles.Along the journey, the duo allegedly began consuming alcohol and at about 17:00h, when they arrived at their destination, they met Jacobs who was in the company of another male.The tractor driver invited Jacobs and his friend to join him and the teenager to “have a few drinks” at a nearby shop.This publication understands that five hours later, the 17-year-old, who was highly intoxicated, took the keys to the tractor and commenced driving.Jacobs was standing on the left sideboard of the tractor while the other two men were sitting on the fuel tank at the back of the vehicle.While heading in a Northeastern direction on the 72 Miles Access trail, the drunk teen tried turning at a junction, but the unevenness of the road caused the tractor to tilt to the left.As a result of this, Jacobs reportedly fell off the tractor and landed on the roadway. The teen continued driving and parked the vehicle a short distance away after he realised that he had driven over the man.According to the police, when ranks arrived at the scene, Jacobs had an open laceration to the left side of his head along with bruises to the left rib area.A beer bottle was also found lying on the right side of the now dead man.Meanwhile, the teenager along with the two other men are presently in police custody. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Muir starts fast, but can’t finish

first_imgThe win sent Valencia (15-11) into a first-round matchup against No. 10 seed Chaparral of Temecula. The Mustangs finished the season 14-13. “It’s very disappointing because we thought we were reaching a peak,” Saulny said. “We don’t really have a consistency to our team and we tend to let teams into the game,” Saulny said. The Vikings, trailing 18-13 early in the second quarter, outscored the Mustangs 17-5, capped by a 9-0 run, to take a 30-23 halftime advantage. “We came out hard, but Valencia took over the momentum and kept it the whole second half,” said Jackson, who collected 11 points. Muir, trailing by as many as 11 points, cut Valencia’s lead to 53-50 on a short jumper by Chris Johnson with 4:13 to play in the game. The Mustangs didn’t score again as the Vikings closed out the game with 14 consecutive points. “You could feel it coming because they hadn’t had a run since the beginning of the game,” Valencia sophomore guard John Otavka said. “We just stayed poised and buckled down on defense.” Austin Judson led the Mustangs with 12 points. Otavka paced Valencia with 21 points. Ralph Anumba scored 16 and Shane Vereen added 11. “They played as a team and we were playing like individuals,” Saulny said. scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Valencia vs. MuirPASADENA – With a team that has a tendency of falling behind early, Muir High School’s first-year boys basketball coach Eric Saulny knew the importance of a strong start Wednesday against visiting Valencia. The Mustangs gave their coach the quick start he was hoping for, but couldn’t sustain the momentum in a 67-50 loss to the visiting Vikings in a CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA wild-card game. center_img Poor shooting and some costly turnovers down the stretch sent the Mustangs home. “To work so hard and come this far, it’s very heartbreaking to lose like this,” Muir senior guard Wendell Jackson said. Things appeared to be headed in the right direction as the Mustangs jumped to a 15-6 lead late in the first quarter by attacking the basket. Muir, however, got away from penetrating the lane and started to rely on outside shooting, a reliance that proved costly. Valencia, which defeated Muir 60-58 in the ninth-place game at the Chaminade Christmas Tournament on Dec. 30, withstood Muir’s initial onslaught and cut the Mustangs’ lead to 15-11 after one quarter. last_img read more