Riise stresses need for more goals

first_img Now former Liverpool full-back Riise believes Fulham must be far more cut-throat when on the ball against Chris Hughton’s Norwich, to lead into Saturday’s imposing league trip to Arsenal. “We had 60 per cent possession (against Sunderland), we dominated possession but we didn’t take our chances,” Riise told Fulham’s official website. “We should be more experienced to keep control of the game, especially when we got back to 2-1. “We’ve been conceding too many goals, especially from set-pieces. “We have to do better in games like this, and now we’ve definitely got to get the win against Norwich.” Fulham boss Meulensteen hopes loan signing Clint Dempsey will quickly hit the form that so endeared him to Craven Cottage regulars in his first stint at the club. United States forward Dempsey, on loan from Seattle Sounders, scored 50 league goals for Fulham between 2007 and 2012. And after two quick appearances at the start of his second Fulham stint, Meulensteen expects him to hit full form. “It won’t take long for him to be right back up there,” said Fulham’s head coach. “He’s just got to keep working, but that’s his character and that’s exactly what we know he will do.” Clinical finishing is the only route to Barclays Premier League safety for Fulham now, according to John Arne Riise. Press Associationcenter_img The Fulham defender has challenged his side to sharpen up in front of goal for Tuesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich at Craven Cottage. Rene Meulensteen’s side were swatted aside 4-1 by Sunderland on Saturday, in a dispiriting league defeat in west London that drags Fulham straight back into the relegation picture. last_img read more

Other Sports Magnus Carlsen closes in on Tata Steel Chess title, Viswanathan Anand joint-third

first_imgIan Nepomniachtchi, the Russian Grandmaster who was also in with a faint chance, lost his chance to challenge Carlsen for the title as he lost in 35 moves to US Champion Samuel Shankland, who had earlier resigned from a drawn position in his previous game against Holland’s Anish Giri. The decision to resign from a position which was deemed a draw by a majority of experts prompted Giri to describe it as the American having an ‘hallucination.’Giri, on the other hand, drew in 31 moves against Teimour Radjabov but he remains the only player who can effectively dethrone Carlsen for the Tata Steel title, trailing by just half a point heading into the final round.The final round will be played on Sunday and Anand’s campaign will end against fellow Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi. The title will be decided when Carlsen takes on Giri, with their rivalry dominating the chess landscape. Giri has drawn 16, lost one and won one encounter against Carlsen but their rivalry exploded on Twitter in 2018, when Carlsen said Giri had to win a title in order to be taken seriously. Anish Giri has won one and lost one game against Magnus Carlsen.Viswanathan Anand will take on Vidit Gujrathi in the last round.Carlsen will be aiming to win the Tata Steel title for the fifth time. New Delhi: Magnus Carlsen closed in on the Tata Steel Chess tournament with a win over Poland’s over Jan-Krzysztof Duda in 71 moves  on Saturday while former five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand’s chances of securing the top spot effectively ended when he was held to a draw in 41 moves by Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren. On the penultimate day of the tournament in Lieden, Anand had to secure a win in order to stay in contention and hope for Carlsen to lose or draw the match against Duda but the reigning world champion showed his class and came out on top after the Polish GM made a blunder on pawn h6 and this resulted in him losing his queen to come under immense pressure.Although Carlsen also lost his queen a couple of moves later, Duda employed a solid defensive line but missed out on some key moments yet again to give Carlsen a big win. With Carlsen winning, the onus was on Anand to win against Ding. Playing with black, Anand was put under pressure but he held his line and managed to reverse the position. Both players attacked and had their winning moments but the players agreed to a draw. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

`We need everyone on board as one team to achieve lasting success’ – Forde

first_imgQUALIFYING for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the collective achievement of everyone who has contributed to Guyana’s football and it will take a further joint effort to reap the full benefits, according to GFF President Wayne Forde.The Golden Jaguars, with goals from Neil Danns and Emery Welshman, defeated Belize 2 – 1 in their final CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier at the National Track and Field Centre on March 23.With the win, Guyana finished 7th on the 34-team table and will make their first appearance at the June 15 – July 7 CONCACAF showpiece; something Forde said belongs to the entire nation. “So many great football servants have gone before us and we stand on the shoulders of those giants.It is truly a very humbling experience for me to be at the helm of the sport at this time and to share this extraordinary accomplishment with the other dedicated members of the GFF Executive Committee, who contribute in equal measure to the intense work and many sacrifices this qualification campaign demanded of us all. I feel a deep sense of pride for the sport, in particular, which has had its challenges both on and off the field for many decades,” Forde said.According to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) boss, “the sum of all tourism promotion and advertising cannot surpass the global visibility that the Concacaf Gold Cup will bring to Guyana. When our boys walk out on to the pitch for their first game, the millions of people that will be watching either live or on television around the world will Google ‘Guyana’.” Forde made a plea to stakeholders– from politics to business – to appreciate the magnitude of this opportunity and to work with the GFF to embrace its potential.Meanwhile, despite the success, the GFF president made it clear that it’s not business as usual, since he believes that there are still a tremendous amount of work required in order to lay a robust and lasting foundation for the sustainable development of football in Guyana.“We are finally moving in the right direction, but we need everyone on board as one team to achieve lasting success. The GFF cannot overhaul football without the help of corporate Guyana, the Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders. A well-run sport will produce well rounded men and women,” the GFF president posited.last_img read more

CAP- Super Eagles players in training session yesterday afternoon in Rouen,…

first_imgINTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYConfident S’Eagles Ready for Mali in Rouen.as Okechukwu, four others beat Siasia’s deadline for OlympicsFemi SolajaThe Super Eagles are good to go for victory against their Malian counterparts in today’s international friendly match at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen, France, according to interim Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf.Yusuf, who is assisted by Imama Amapakabo and Kennedy Boboye, have worked with a relatively young team in three training sessions but he is confident that the players will give their best against fellow West Africans tonight. “Yes, we have had only three training sessions. But they were very good sessions and the team has bonded very well. We expect to go all out even though it is a friendly match.“We are working with players who have self –belief and there is excellent team spirit.”Only two players, namely Turkey –based defender Kenneth Omeruo and Belgium –based midfielder Wilfred Ndidi were being expected as at yesterday afternoon.In camp are Odion Ighalo, Ogenyi Onazi, Brown Ideye, Carl Ikeme, Alex Iwobi, Abdullahi Shehu, Umar Aminu, Kingsley Madu, Moses Simon, Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Musa Muhammed, Etebo Oghenekaro, Babatunde Michael, Raheem Lawal, Gbenga Arokoyo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Daniel Akpeyi and William Troost Ekong.Today’s match is the first of a two –game arrangement that will see the Super Eagles leave for Luxembourg City on Saturday, to play that country’s senior national team on Tuesday night.In another development,the camp of the U-23 National Team, Dream Team, came alive on Wednesday with the arrival of five of the invited foreign based players hitting camp to beat the deadline handed down by Head Coach Samson Siasia.First to arrive the camp of the Dream Team was captain Azubuike Okechukwu who was looking fit and ready as he wasted no time in joining the team’s morning training session.Next was Portugal based defender Stanley Amuzie who came in around 2pm thereby being part of the team’s evening training session, and the number was increased when the team was having dinner with the arrival of the trio of Godwin Saviour, Taiwo Awoniyi and Usman Mohammed, with back slapping and hugging from their team mates and officials.And yesterday afternoon, the camp was further boosted when England based Nathan Oduwa arrived. Team Captain Okechukwu expressed delight in being called upon to wear the colors of the country as he sees it as a thing of pride and honor.“This is a big family and any time I am called upon to be part of the family, I feel highly honored and as such will do every thing to make it. I have had a hectic season and as such had wanted to rest a little with my family, but this is a call to duty which I must honor, so I had to cut short my rest to beat the deadline set by my coach who I know is a no –nonsense person.”With the arrival of the six players, the camp now has seven of the eight foreign based players invited to camp, with France based midfielder Sodiq Popoola expected in camp today.Meanwhile, Coach Siasia is expected to release the list of players for next month’s Suwon Invitational Tournament in South Korea later tonight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Paulo Goncalves set for his first Dakar in Hero colours

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 3rd January, 2020 16:28 IST FOLLOW US LIVE TV Former World Rally Champion Paulo Goncalves will be representing Hero MotoSports Team Rally for the first time in the Dakar Rally starting on Sunday. This is the fourth consecutive appearance for Hero MotoSports Team Rally at the world’s most grueling and competitive rally raid. “This is my first Dakar with Hero MotoSports and I am extremely excited,” said Goncalves. “We have had an eventful past few months and my earlier outings with the team have been very promising. I look forward to supporting the growth of this young and impressive Team.”Paulo Goncalves set for his first Dakar in Hero coloursWith impressive results over the previous three years, the Team this year will be represented by 2019 Pan Africa Rally winner, Joaquim Rodrigues, ace Indian rider CS Santosh, and Sebastian Buhler, besides Goncalves. Buhler replaces Spain’s Oriol Mena, who unfortunately aggravated an existing injury, ruling him out of Dakar 2020. “It is a great opportunity for me to be a part of Hero MotoSports Team Rally in Dakar 2020. I have been preparing extensively and have already trained on the bike, so I think I’m well prepared for this big challenge,” Buhler said.  “I’m glad to be a part of this team. It’s sad that Oriol could not be fit in time for the Dakar.”READ | UFC: Donald Cerrone’s Top 5 Moments Ahead Of His Clash Against Conor McGregor At UFC 246Oriol finished 2018 and 2019 editions of the Dakar with Top-10 finishes and was the ‘Rookie of the Year’ during Dakar 2018.  To fill his spot, the team management decided to rope in Buhler, who has been training under the Hero MotoSports’ rider development program. Buhler, 25, is from Germany and this will be his second attempt at the Dakar after an impressive top-20 finish during his debut attempt in 2019, as an independent participant. READ | Haryana: Girl Bags Gold Medal In 11th National Dance Sport ChampionshipIn a short career span of six years, Buhler has won four titles and secured 45 podium finishes. The 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally comprises 12-stages, which will conclude in Qiddiyah near the country’s capital of Riyadh.  The competitors will battle over 5,000 kms, covering an overall distance of nearly 7,900 kms.  In addition to discovering the Saudi Arabian dunes in the second half of the Rally, the first half will take the competitors through a labyrinth of tracks where navigation-skills will be essential. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally is currently going over its final stretch of preparations ahead of the ceremonial flag-off on January 4. Wolfgang Fischer, team manager, Hero MotoSports Team Rally: “We are excited to be at the Dakar Rally for the fourth consecutive year. It’s a bittersweet moment for us though while we have the Champ, Paulo joining us this year at Dakar, Oriol will miss out as his recovery from the injuries is still not adequate for competitive racing. READ | Anthony Joshua Fires Warning, Says He’ll Knockout Deontay Wilder In 6 Rounds “We are constantly working towards shaping young talent and it is a delight to have the promising young rider, Sebastian join the team as the fourth rider in the Rally. We have had the most successful ‘Road to Dakar’ campaign this year and are fully prepared for the upcoming Dakar.”center_img Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 16:28 IST Paulo Goncalves Set For His First Dakar In Hero Colours Former World Rally Champion Paulo Goncalves will be representing Hero MotoSports Team Rally for the first time in the Dakar Rally starting on Sunday CS Santosh, who will be making his sixth straight appearance at Dakar, said he is looking for a good outing. “I am very excited to be racing at the Dakar again and I’m hoping to give my best. We have had a good run-up to this year’s Dakar. The preparations have been thorough and we are extremely motivated for the Rally,” said the 36-year-old. Established in 2016, Hero MotoSports Team Rally has rapidly emerged as one of the top teams in international rally-racing, delivering impressive performances across the world.  With two back-to-back Top-10 Dakar finishes and a 100% arrival rate for the machines, Hero MotoSports Team Rally has made its mark at the Dakar Rally.READ | Justin Bieber Accepts St. Louis Blues Goalie Jordan Binnington’s EPIC Breakaway Challenge COMMENTlast_img read more

Lawyers oppose appointment of members to Haiti’s high command

first_imgA group of human rights lawyers has called on President Jovenel Moise to reconsider his appointment of several people to the top positions within the Haitian Armed Forces (FAD’H).In a statement, the Office of International Lawyers (BAI), said it had taken note of the press release naming the officers by President Moise. “The BAI is not surprised that, without regard to the many innocent victims of the bloody coup of September 30, 1991Moise took the responsibility of appointing the high level staff of people with a tainted past including those engaged in torturing and sentenced in absentia at the Raboteau massacre in Gonaïves on 16 November 2000.”According to the statement, announcing the appointments, Brigade General Sadrac Saintil has been named Chief of General Staff with Colonel Jonas Jean as Inspector General, Colonel Jean-Robert Gabriel and Colonel Derby Guerrier as Assistants Chief of Staff with Colonel Joseph Jacques Thomas as Secretary of the General Staff and Colonel Fontane Beaubien the member of the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief.But in the statement, the BAI said that the Minister of Defense, Hervé Denis, “cannot pretend ignorance of the judgment and sentence in absentia of Colonel Jean Robert Gabriel, since this judgment was published in the columns of the official journal of the Republic, Le Moniteur of Thursday, November 23, 2000”.It said that Denis had assured that all members of the General Staff were clean and had all been subject to a vetting.Regarding BAI’s charges against Colonel Gabriel, the Minister is reported to have indicated that “there is nothing negative against him in the vetting regarding the violation of human rights”.last_img read more

Taekwondo Club “Novi Grad“ won Ten Medals in Croatia

first_imgMembers of the Taekwondo club Novi Grad from Sarajevo, won ten medals (four golden, four bronze and two silver ones) at the International Tournament “Karlovac Open“ in Croatia.Esma Bahtanovic, in two competitions, Benjamin Husic and Ira Grgic won golden medals, Tadea Selimic and Emir Kunovac won silver medals, while Tarik Kunovac, Nijaz Kunovac, Naida Tutic and Iman Nalic won bronze medals.More than 800 participants from 80 clubs and 17 countries in categories of cadets, juniors and seniors participated in the tournament.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

$100,000 reward offered for tips about noose found at Altoona construction site

first_imgALTOONA — A coalition of trade unions is putting up a $100-thousand reward for tips that lead to an arrest in connection with a noose found hanging at a construction site in Altoona.“There’s absolutely, positively no place for this kind of behavior in the union construction industry,” Earl Agan, president of the Central Iowa Building Trades, said, “and anything at all we can do to help bring whoever’s responsible for this to justice — and send a clear message to everybody else that this is not acceptable — we’re going to do.”The noose was found at the Facebook Data Center. Investigators believe it was put there on Juneteenth, the holiday that marks the end of slavery in America.“There’s no way shape or form anybody should have to put up with this at the workplace,” Agan says, “and we don’t want anybody to feel unwanted when they come to work in the union construction industry.”The reward money comes from dues paid by construction workers across the country.“The general presidents and business managers of this area just felt strongly enough about it that we felt it was the right thing to do,” Agan says.The Altoona Police Department is investigating the incident. Tips may be submitted confidentially by calling 202.227.2964 or emailing reward@nabtu.org.The reward offer expires September 1st and $50,000 will be paid if a tip leads to the arrest of a person or persons. The other half of the reward will be paid if there’s a conviction.last_img read more

De Gea’s career crossroads a danger to Man Utd’s revival

first_imgDavid de Gea. PHOTO via @ChampionsLeague Share on: WhatsApp Madrid have since gone onto win the Champions League for the past three seasons with Keylor Navas in goal. The Costa Rican has performed well, but is not seen as being in De Gea’s class, as evidenced by the fact Real pounced to sign Thibaut Courtois earlier this season when the Belgian also refused to extend his contract at Chelsea.– PSG, Juventus interested –As Real have reigned in Europe, United have faded. In the four seasons before De Gea signed, Alex Ferguson’s side reached three Champions League finals. In the seven seasons since, United have made the quarter-finals just once and look likely to fall short of the last eight once more.Courtois’s arrival appears to have closed the door to a move to Madrid.However, PSG and Italian champions Juventus are reportedly interested and could offer De Gea the guarantee of Champions League football — while United battle just to make the Premier League’s top four once more — as well as a better chance to compete in the latter stages unless big changes are made at Old Trafford.Solskjaer hailed De Gea as “the best goalkeeper in the world” this week as he pleaded with him to commit his future to the club.The Norwegian has lifted the mood of players, staff and fans with is affable nature off the field and much improved results on it, making him the front runner for the manager’s job on a full-time basis.A huge task remains ahead for whoever is in charge, though, not just to recruit the right players to make United contenders for titles at home and on the continent once more, but to convince one of their few truly world class talents United’s new project is worth hanging around for.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s solitary defeat 16 games in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s caretaker reign in charge against Paris Saint-Germain exposed the gulf the English giants still have to bridge to become a European powerhouse once more.But that the Red Devils travel to Paris on Wednesday trailing only 2-0 from the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie is thanks to David de Gea.The Spanish number one made two brilliant stops from Kylian Mbappe and Juan Bernat three weeks ago as PSG threatened to run riot to again underline his calibre as one of the best goalkeepers in the competition.With Paul Pogba suspended for the return to his native city, De Gea is the one United player who could walk into a PSG side that has divided goalkeeping duties between 41-year-old Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon and Alphonse Areola this season.Worryingly for United that prospect is all too real with De Gea so far holding out in contract negotiations to prolong his current deal beyond the summer of 2020.According to reports, De Gea is seeking at least parity with Alexis Sanchez as the club’s highest earner.The Chilean joined United on a contract worth up to £500,000 ($660,000) a week including bonuses last January, but has not had anywhere near the desired impact, scoring just five goals in 41 appearances.By contrast, De Gea has won United’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons and believes his consistency should be rewarded.But for a matter of minutes on the final day of August in 2015, De Gea’s career could have been very different. A similar contract standoff between the player and club seemed to pave the way for a move to Real Madrid only for the fax confirming the transfer to miss the deadline.last_img read more

Olympia’s Saturday Drop-off Site for Recycling Closes After November 18

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOlympia’s Saturday Drop-off Site, located at 1000 10th Avenue SE, is closing for the season. If you have fall leaves, yard debris or scrap metal to dispose of, bring them to the site between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 18, 2017. The site will close for the season at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 18, and will reopen the first Saturday in March, 2018.Recycling Still Available During the WeekendCity of Olympia Recycling Customers may continue to bring extra recycling during the off-season. Our acceptance list is the same as your curbside recycling:Plastic bottles, jugs, tubs and bucketsMixed paper and cardboardAluminum Cans, tin cans and potsGlass jars and bottlesNo plastic bags, garbage bags or plastic wrapFees and RatesThere is no fee for recycling or scrap metal disposal. The cost for yard and wood waste vary, depending on volume and the type of material you bring. Customers are required to unload their own vehicles, so bring only what you can physically handle. Visit olympiawa.gov/satdropoff for more information.last_img read more