Jol calls for one last effort

first_img Press Association He added: “After that the pressure was a bit off us and now you see all these teams like Aston Villa and, before Monday, Sunderland with Paolo Di Canio picking up points. “They got spirit from that and that is what we need as well, because I feel you need to take things into your hands and you need another three points. “The first half I was disappointed, but the second half we never gave up and were in it until it went 4-2. But it wasn’t the best performance, of course. People were shouting to get Bryan Ruiz off and then he scored two goals after that. “I was really happy because he is a good player, but it was not the best performance – not as a team, not as an individual.” While Fulham peer nervously over the shoulder, the fate of opponents Reading was already sealed heading into the game. The Royals and QPR were both relegated after a drab 0-0 draw last weekend, but Nigel Adkins’ men responded well by the Thames. Hal Robson-Kanu’s brace was complemented by goals from Adam Le Fondre and Jem Karacan, meaning Ruiz’s double was only a consolation. “We know where we are in the division,” Adkins said. “The attitude and application from the players since I joined the club has been first class. We saw another steady progression in what we’ve wanted to do over a short space of time. It is evolving well, which I think is important. To score four goals away from home in the Barclays Premier League is no mean feat.” Talk just a few weeks ago revolved around a top-10 finish, but a poor run of form looks to have put paid to that. Jol has been frustrated by his side’s recent displays and wants them to play with more passion in their remaining games against Liverpool and Swansea. “That is disappointing,” the Dutchman said. “We had 40 points at a very early stage, so that was remarkable.” center_img Martin Jol wants Fulham to head into their remaining games with a different mentality after a fourth successive defeat, 4-2 against Reading, meant survival is not yet assured.last_img read more

Westwood looking to regain spot

first_img Sunderland have been linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven’s Holland Under-21 international Jeoren Zoet, but Westwood’s experience has put him at the head of the queue as new manager Paolo Di Canio overhauls his squad. The former Coventry keeper will return with more than most to prove, but everything to gain after spending every second of the Italian’s eight games to date sitting impotently on the bench. However, goalkeeping coach Domenico Doardo has had a chance to see what he can do in training, and the club’s fans are well aware of his ability after seeing him put together a run of eight successive starts the season before last with his run only ending because of a bout of illness. Westwood’s misfortune on Wearside did not initially affect him at international level, where he was chosen as the natural successor to Shay Given. He started the August friendly in Serbia and the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan, Germany and the Faroe Islands before Trapattoni decided he needed his first-choice goalkeeper to be playing regularly. As a result, Millwall’s David Forde got the nod for November’s friendly against Greece and has started six of the seven games since with Westwood earning a rare opportunity in the 4-0 friendly victory over Georgia on June 2. It was after that appearance that he admitted he may have to look for another club. He said: “I love it at Sunderland, but if I’m not going to play… It’s a tough decision, but I need to play football, I think that’s evident in itself.” However, he was prescient too as he considered his options. He said: “A lot of stuff can happen over the off-season. Basically, I just want to play football. I’m looking forward to the future, if I’m honest. It’s been a frustrating 12 months or so, so I’m looking to come out of the dark times and into some good ones.” The 28-year-old keeper endured a miserable 2012-13 campaign as his lack of club action – he made just three appearances for the Black Cats, all of them in the Capital One Cup – cost him his place in Giovanni Trapattoni’s starting XI. Westwood admitted earlier this month that he might have to leave the Stadium of Light to play regular football, although Simon Mignolet’s impending move to Liverpool looks to have opened the door once again. Keiren Westwood will begin pre-season training determined to re-establish himself as number one for both Sunderland and Ireland.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Harmanpreet Kaur-Mithali Raj ‘spat’ throws us back to these top fights in Indian cricket

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The fall-out of India’s unceremonious exit from the 2018 Women’s World T20 has taken an ugly turn, with Mithali Raj’s manager lashing out at Harmanpreet Kaur and calling her a “manipulative, lying, immature, undeserving captain”. Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta said everybody could see the kind of favouritism that was being shown to certain members of the team. A lot of eyebrows were raised when Mithali, the leading run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals and the most consistent batter in this tournament, was dropped as India suffered a batting collapse to be eliminated from the competition. The Harmanpreet-Mithali ‘spat’ is nothing new to Indian cricket. Here is a list of other famous spats between players.Read More | Mithali Raj’s manager lashes out at India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur1.)    Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar 1984The first major scandal to plague Indian cricket involved the two icons of that time. Kapil Dev, who led India to World Cup glory in 1983 and Sunil Gavaskar, one of the best players of all time, had a major fall-out during England’s tour of India in 1984. In the Delhi Test, Kapil Dev played a poor shot and this resulted in India suffering a major collapse to lose the game. Reports emerged that Kapil would be dropped and in the next Test at Eden Gardens, India’s best all-rounder was not picked. Kapil accused Gavaskar for his omission which the star batsman denied. At the Eden Gardens, the crowd chanted, “No Kapil, No Test” and pelted Gavaskar with rotten vegetables and fruits. Gavaskar vowed never to play in the Eden Gardens.Read More | Who is better as India captain – Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni? 2.)    Mohammad Azharuddin and Navjot Singh Sidhu 1996During India’s tour to England in 1996, India had lost the ODI series 0-2 and was preparing to play the Test matches. After a warm-up game, there were reports of differences between Navjot Singh Sidhu and skipper Mohammad Azharuddin. The differences grew so much that Sidhu walked out midway through the tour. Years later, in his autobiography, “I was There – Memoirs of a Cricket Administrator”, former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele said Sidhu could not stomach the constant bad mouthing of Azharuddin and abandoned the tour in a huff.Read More | ICC Women’s World T20: India thrashed by England, Australia in final3.)    Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid 2007The Greg Chappell era in Indian cricket is considered to be the most poisonous period of Indian cricket. The confrontation with then-skipper Sourav Ganguly led to plenty of distractions for Indian cricket. The Ganguly-Chappell spat also resulted in a tense period when the relationship between Ganguly and Rahul Dravid touched rock bottom. In an interview to a news channel, Ganguly said, “When I came back to the team, I had spoken to Dravid about that much later and told him that these were the things going on. He said he knew it all but ‘couldn’t control Greg.” In response, Dravid said, “He can’t put words in my mouth as I have never had any such conversation with him.” The Chappell era will be best remembered as the period when the Indian dressing room was fractured.4.)    Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh 2008The first edition of the IPL in 2008 saw ‘Slapgate’ dominate the headlines. In the game between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, Harbhajan Singh allegedly slapped Sreesanth after the end of the match. The incident came to light as Sreesanth was caught by TV cameras crying on the field. Harbhajan was captain of the side and had lost his third game on the trot. The IPL disciplinary committee banned Harbhajan for the remainder of the tournament and the BCCI, in a separate incident, banned him for five ODIs for breaching the Code of Conduct. Sreesanth had downplayed the incident at that time. Recently, in one episode in the 2018 season of the reality TV show Bigg Boss, Sreesanth said he cried because he felt helpess.5.)    MS Dhoni and Virender Sehwag 2012India suffered a 4-0 whitewash in Australia and was under the pump in the ODI tri-series. Following a big defeat against Australia, skipper MS Dhoni remarked three senior players – Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir – were not being picked together because they are ‘slow fielders’ and could cost the side at least 20 runs. Sehwag, in response, took a great catch in the game against Sri Lanka and when pressed by journalists as to what was his view of slow fielding, Sehwag remarked, “Did you see my catch?”Notable mentionsSuresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja were spotted arguing in a game against West Indies in Port of Spain in 2013. The differences came about when Raina had not taken the catch which caused Jadeja much anger. After Raina took the catch, Jadeja marched to him and confronted Raina, with Virat Kohli cooling the situation down.Gautam Gambhir and Kohli were involved in two spats in the IPL in 2013. After Royal Challengers Bangalore won against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli was pumped up in his celebration and there was an ugly showdown between Kohli and Gambhir following the end of the match. In 2015, there was another instance when the two collided, this time Kolkata Knight Riders won against Kohli’s side. last_img read more

Badgers’ season opens under sun

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin softball team touched down in the Arizona desert yesterday, and will open up its season Friday afternoon against some of the nation’s best — preseason No.1 Arizona and No. 5 Arizona State.After weeks of practicing inside the McClain Center, the Badgers are eager to get back on the dirt.”I think we’ve prepared enough that we’re ready to go physically,” said senior outfielder Samantha Polito. “We just have to see how we take it out on the field mentally.”The psychological aspects of the demanding three-day event may prove to be the deciding factor for UW. But even with a weekend more comparable to the labors of Hercules than a typical early-season tournament, head coach Chandelle Schulte knows that in the long run, the experience should be beneficial.”It’s a double-edged sword,” Schulte said. “If we get blown out it may not be a good thing, but eventually it will help us.”In an age where schedule fluffing in the early-going is standard practice in collegiate athletics, Wisconsin sure seems to be taking a completely opposite approach, playing five top-tier teams in three days.The Badgers will open up its season with a doubleheader, playing Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State Friday.Then Saturday, the Badgers will play Florida before matching up against Arizona State. ASU is led by sophomore outfielder Kaitlin Cochran, who along with junior pitcher and teammate Katie Burkhart, are early National Collegiate Player of the Year candidates. Cochran, a first team All-America selection one year ago, batted .437 to go along with 17 homers and 61 RBIs.The Badgers will wrap up the tournament Sunday when they face the top-ranked Arizona Wildcats, who also possess four legitimate Player of the Year candidates in catcher Callista Balko, shortstop Kristie Fox, outfielder Caitlin Lowe and pitcher Taryne Mowatt, who amassed 21 wins last season to complement a 1.28 ERA.”We’re all pretty excited about an opportunity to play against them,” Polito said. “But we’re just going to go out there like it’s any other game. The name on the shirt doesn’t matter, just the girls out on the field.”Though along with a No. 1 ranking and such high expectations comes additional pressure, an area in which Schulte says UW has a decided advantage over UA.”They’re pretty flawless,” Schulte said. “But we have nothing to lose, and they do, so that’s the approach we’re taking. We’re certainly capable of holding our own. “[And] they have one of the best pitchers in the country. … You just can’t play afraid because really, they’re that good.”This year, success for UW will ride heavily on the right arm of senior pitcher Eden Brock, who will likely see a heavy workload this weekend.Brock, who tossed a no-hitter against UW-Parkside last fall, is confident that if the Badgers stick to their game plan, they just might be able to run the gauntlet.”We’re playing some really good competition,” Brock said. “[These are] some of the top teams in the nation, but I think staying relaxed under pressure, working on fundamentals and making the plays we can make will help us get through it.””[Brock] has proven herself,” Schulte said. “Eden’s our No. 1 right now and is going to be the one that we go to.”Leading the way in the field is Polito, who along with junior catcher Joey Daniels, was named Wisconsin’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year last season after leading the team with a batting average of .324. Daniels was second on the squad at .322.Much of UW’s power will come in the form of junior outfielder Katie Hnatyk, who has smashed 19 home runs in her first two years as a Badger, which puts her only one shy of Wisconsin’s career record, held by Kris Zacher and Boo Gillette.last_img read more

NASCAR at Kentucky: Odds, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch for Quaker State 400

first_imgHe has already won four times this year — including once at a 1.5-mile track in Charlotte — and he will be the man to beat.This week is pretty simple: everyone is chasing Truex, but firmly expect Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski to threaten to win, as well.The Quaker State 400 starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.What are the betting odds for Kentucky?Martin Truex Jr. 7/2Kyle Busch 5/1Kevin Harvick 5/1Brad Keselowski 8/1Joey Logano 8/1Chase Elliott 10/1Kyle Larson 12/1Ryan Blaney 20/1Alex Bowman 20/1Denny Hamlin 20/1Clint Bowyer 25/1Jimmie Johnson 25/1Erik Jones 25/1Kurt Busch 25/1William Byron 40/1Aric Almirola 40/1Austin Dillon 60/1Daniel Suarez 60/1Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 100/1Ryan Newman 200/1Chris Buescher 500/1Paul Menard 500/1Daniel Hemric 500/1Matt DiBenedetto 500/1Michael McDowell 1000/1Ryan Preece 1000/1Ty Dillon 2000/1David Ragan 2000/1Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. 2000/1Field (all others) 1000/1Which NASCAR drivers should you watch at the Quaker State 400?Kentucky Speedway was repaved in 2016. Since then, Kurt Busch has two top-10 finishes (fourth, sixth). The year before the repave he earned a top 10, as well. He has 10 top-10 finishes this season, including ones at Las Vegas, Atlanta, Fort Worth and Kansas. Kentucky should be a great track for him. This is Martin Truex Jr.’s race to lose.The 2017 Cup Series winner is the two-time defending champion at Kentucky Speedway and there is zero reason to think he won’t have a chance to win this week. Erik Jones has raced twice in his career at Kentucky Speedway in the Cup Series, finishing sixth and seventh. He also has intermediate racing down as he has four top-10 finishes at 1.5-mile tracks this year alone. Jones should be happy to go to Kentucky.Joey Logano has five top-10 finishes in his last six races at Kentucky Speedway and two since the repave. With two wins, nine top 5s and 12 top 10s this year, a win at Kentucky is far from out of the question.One sleeper for the Quaker State 400Aric Almirola only has two attempts at Kentucky since the repave as he missed the 2017 race due to injury, but he finished in eighth last year at the event, so it’s not out of the question he does so again. He also has a seventh-place finish at another intermediate track this year and top-10 finishes in three of his last five races. He hasn’t won yet this year, but it seems to be a matter of time.last_img read more

Jasmin Grebić getting closer to Barcelona: I cannot betray my Relatives and Friends

first_imgAfter the departure from Sarajevo, over Bihać, Trieste, Venice, San Remo and Nice, Jasmin Grebić from Sarajevo, who rides his bike to Barcelona, arrived near Marseille. After 16 days and more than 1,500 kilometers, Jasmin does not lack optimism and strength.“I’m surprised with how easily I drive for all these days. I guess that God gives some strength to people to withstand difficult moments in their lives,” he said.Grebić confirmed that his trip, which he started on the 1st of July in Sarajevo, goes as planned and that he feels great, despite the tiredness.“I drive approximately 5 to 6 hours per day, with the average speed of 20 km/h, in case of the flat land, and 16 km/h in case of hills. The sun is very strong during the day so I’m trying to drive in the morning, starting from 5 a.m.,” said Jasmin. (Source: read more

Digicel 5K Night Run runs off tonight downtown Kingston

first_imgKINGSTON:a strong contingent of supporters from both the private and public sectors, corporate area schools and the special-needs community are expected to converge on the downtown Kingston waterfront for the fourth staging of the Digicel Imagine 5K Run, which goes live at 7 p.m.Already in high gear ahead of the race this evening, the company is saying thanks for the outpouring of support it has received to date.”It’s really inspiring to see how many persons, groups and organisations have come on board to support the Digicel 5K Run for special needs,” said David Butler, CEO of Digicel Jamaica. “We’re very grateful for the support we’ve received. It’s been tremendous so far and we’re anticipating a very successful event later on tonight.”He added: “When we look at the kind of awareness we’ve been able to generate around the special-needs community through this event and the help that we’ve been able to garner for them, we must thank all our sponsors who really have played a big part in making this happen.”Sponsors of the event include Running Events Jamaica, Jamaica Producers Group, Urban Development Corporation, Express Fitness, Logo Stitch, Marksman, Gatorade, Main Event Entertainment Group, KSAC, National Outdoor Advertising, National Solid Waste Management Authority, Lithographic Printers, Innovative Signs, Red Stripe, WATA, GraceKennedy, Facey Commodities, Mother’s, Dairy Industries and ProComm.Media partnersAdditionally, local media houses, including the RJR Communications Group, KLAS, Sun City Radio, SportsMax, Irie FM, Love 101, Mello FM, Power 106, Business Access TV, Nationwide News Network, The Gleaner Company Ltd and The Star, have partnered with Digicel in a big way this year to help drive the awareness of this very worthy initiative.”Over the past three years, the Digicel Foundation has been able to make a real impact on improving the quality of life of persons with special needs in Jamaica,” said Butler. “None of this could have been possible without the support that we continue to get.”To facilitate the race’s 7 p.m. start time, road closures will occur at 6:30 p.m., so participants are encouraged to head out to the venue early and participate in the pre-race warm-up sessions in the Digicel parking lot. To get further updates and information on race day activities, persons may visit Digicel’s social media pages.The race will officially start following the singing of the National Anthem by the talented Kimiela ‘Candy’ Isaacs, who is also a member of the special-needs community.last_img read more

Bayern thankful for late Lewandowski double

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring during their match against Werder Bremen in Bremen, nothern Germany, on August 26 © AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Aug 26 – Late goals in quick succession by Robert Lewandowski gave defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich their second straight win with a 2-0 victory at Werder Bremen on Saturday.Bremen’s last win over Bayern was in 2006, but the hosts held their star-studded opponents until the 72nd minute when Lewandowski first struck. The Poland hot-shot audaciously flicked Kingsley Coman’s low cross into the net with his heel before doubling the damage by firing through the legs of defender Robert Bauer and Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka on 75 minutes.Thomas Mueller’s decoy run opened up the Bremen defence for Lewandowski, who seized the chance for a third goal in two league games.“He is certainly the best striker in the Bundesliga and one of the best in the world,” enthused Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.“He is simply our little firecracker.”Lewandowski added: “Werder played very defensively which didn’t make things easy and there wasn’t much room for us. We had to be patient and take our chances.”There was more good news for Bayern as Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made his first appearance this season after a fractured foot.Later, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin to resume his battle with Lewandowski to be Germany’s top scorer.Aubameyang netted after just 15 minutes from a Nuri Sahin cross before the Turkey midfielder grabbed Dortmund’s second when he blasted home from the edge of the area.Gabon’s hot-shot striker Aubameyang has now scored in each of his last eight games in all competitions dating back to last season.The home victory puts Dortmund top of the fledgling table on goal difference ahead of Bayern.Stuttgart’s Holger Badstuber (C) scores the opening goal past Mainz’ Rene Adler and Fabian Frei (R) during their match in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on August 26 © AFP / THOMAS KIENZLELike Dortmund and Bayern, Hamburg have also won their opening two games after a 3-1 victory at Cologne on Friday.Elsewhere, Wolfsburg enjoyed a 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt with Daniel Didavi scoring their first-half winner.Frankfurt’s Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was denied a penalty after being fouled in the area, with the video assistant referee ruling he was offside.After losing their Champions League play-off at Liverpool on Wednesday, Hoffenheim fought back twice to claim a 2-2 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.A 4-2 defeat at Anfield means Hoffenheim will play in the Europa League group stage this season. They fell behind at Leverkusen after Brazilian left-back Wendell put the hosts ahead with a penalty on 33 minutes at the BayArena.Hoffenheim equalised when striker Andrej Kramaric fired home just after the restart, but the scores were level for only two minutes.Germany winger Karim Bellarabi slotted home from 12 metres to put Leverkusen 2-1 ahead before Kerem Demirbay’s cross was met by Mark Uth, whose shot went in off the underside of the crossbar on 70 minutes.Borussia Moenchengladbach conceded a goal after just 35 seconds in their 2-2 draw at Augsburg.The game had barely kicked off when Alfred Finnbogason slotted home for Augsburg but goals by Denis Zakaria and Oscar Wendt made it 2-1 to Gladbach at the break.However, Augsburg’s new Venezuelan signing Sergio Cordova, 20, hit an 89th-minute leveller, his first goal for his new German club.VfB Stuttgart’s Germany centre-back Holger Badstuber scored his first goal in the Bundesliga since December 2009 to seal a 1-0 win at home to Mainz before Simon Terodde slammed a penalty against the post for the hosts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Concern over Maradona after health scare in Argentina thriller

first_img0Shares0000Argentina great Diego Maradona has a history of health problems. © AFP / Giuseppe CACACESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Diego Maradona roared and gesticulated through every anguished second of Argentina’s rollercoaster World Cup victory over Nigeria on Tuesday before triggering alarm with a health scare after the final whistle.Lionel Messi may have dominated the on-field action in Saint Petersburg, but from his VIP box in the stands Maradona reigned supreme as the undisputed centre of attention. The 57-year-old football legend started the evening dancing playfully with a female Nigeria fan, saluting and waving to well-wishers applauding him in the moments before kick-off.Throughout Argentina’s nerve-shredding 2-1 victory, which secured the South American giants’ passage into the last 16, the host broadcaster television feed regularly cut to images of Maradona as the tension mounted.When Messi gave Argentina the lead early in the first half, Maradona screamed his delight, crossing his hands across his chest and gazing to the heavens.The 1986 World Cup-winner looked increasingly frazzled as the game wore on, at one stage slumped forward in his seat just before half-time.After Nigeria made it 1-1 from the penalty spot after the break — a scoreline that would have sent Argentina crashing out of the tournament — Maradona grew increasingly distraught.By the 80th minute he sat with his hands covering his face, unable to watch as the seconds ticked towards a footballing calamity for Argentina.Yet when Marcos Rojo swept in a sumptuous volley with four minutes remaining, Maradona exploded with emotion, shouting an obscene insult before raising the middle finger of each hand in the direction of the pitch.– Cocaine addiction –But the jubilation turned to alarm soon after the final whistle when a video emerged on social media of Maradona walking with difficulty and being guided into the dining room of the VIP section by two friends.Other photographs showed two uniformed paramedics attending to him, with one appearing to take his pulse.Argentina media reported that Maradona had suffered a spike in his blood pressure. Argentinian newspaper Ole later reported that Maradona was able to walk and had gone to his hotel.Maradona has had a series of health problems, including cocaine addiction.In 2007 he reportedly came close to death after being admitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires to be treated for hepatitis and substance abuse.As images of him being treated by paramedics went viral late Tuesday, some commentators expressed concern about his health.English former footballer turned broadcaster Stan Collymore said he believed it was time Maradona “took a break from football.”“The guy had serious heart issues years ago, yet FIFA and sponsors keep indulging him and he himself,” Collymore wrote on Twitter, above a widely shared image of Maradona being tended to by paramedics.“Whatever you think of him, anyone deserves decent health,” Collymore added.BBC broadcaster Mark Chapman said Maradona’s plight was “sad.”“Maradona was the greatest footballer of my youth,” Chapman wrote on Twitter.“Now he appears to be the joke cutaway of choice for tv directors. Not that he helps himself but sad.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgManchester City (Donegal) Supporters Club – Next Meeting Details The next meeting of the Manchester City (Donegal) Supporters Club will be held in Bonners “Heart of the City” Bar, Ballybofey on Tuesday 18th September at 7.15pm. City v Real Madrid will be shown live in Bonners immediately after the meeting. All new members welcome.  —MAN CITY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Man Utd Supporters Clublast_img read more