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Kiss wants players to deliver

first_img The Australian will provide the continuity from old regime to new when he hands over the reins to Joe Schmidt after the tour. The new coach will be in Texas to run the rule over the squad when he touches down on Friday and watches the clash at the BBVA Stadium on Saturday. Kiss said: “Every Test is a must-win game. There is a real opportunity on two fronts, to bring players away so that they are well informed about what is required at this level and to prepare for Test matches come November.” He added: “For ongoing transition into a new structure there is an opportunity to know what the players can do.” With 10 players away with the Lions and a number of others injured or rested, Kiss has a host of new faces to pick from. There are seven uncapped players in his squad. And with Schmidt taking over ahead of games against New Zealand, Australia and Samoa there will be little chance for manoeuvre in November, meaning players need to take their opportunities in Texas and Toronto. Kiss added: “These two Tests are ideal for that. It is a long time since we last played these boys in 2011, it was 60 minutes before we got away from it was tough, right until the back end. “It is a different team, the US have variation on their gameplan, their attack is better and they are improving. We want to win two Tests, That’s what it is about and if we come out the other end well informed about what faces us going into November it will be a good thing.” The decision on whether to introduce water breaks has not yet been made with the game expected to be played in high temperatures and humidity. The call will be made at the match committee. Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony admitted the going had been tough at training, and he said: “The heat has been a factor for us and in training today we got 70 minutes and a bit of a shock of what heat and humidity will do, training has gone well and it is an opportunity to get good Test rugby.” Press Associationcenter_img Ireland coach Les Kiss has thrown down the gauntlet to his young squad ahead of Saturday’s Test against the US Eagles in Houston.last_img read more

Pearson accepts FA charge

first_img Press Association The FA has confirmed that the 51-year-old has accepted the charge of using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a spectator” during his side’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool and has requested a personal hearing. Pearson had refused to apologise to the fan despite a video emerging of the incident and calls from the Leicester City Supporters Club to say sorry. Pearson said in the wake of the incident: “I have had run-ins with fans in the past and in the heat of the moment these things happen and there won’t be any apology.” He added: ‘If people were offended by what happened in some ways that is regrettable, but there’s no need for me to apologise to someone of that ilk.” The heat has increased on the Foxes boss following an awful run of results which has seen his side take just two points from their last 11 Barclays Premier League games. They lie three points adrift at the bottom of the table ahead of a trip to fourth-placed West Ham on Saturday. center_img Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has accepted a Football Association charge of using insulting words towards a fan.last_img read more

2017 PAHF Indoor Men’s Cup…Guyana born Roberts wrecks Guyana as Canada wins

first_imgGUYANA’s comeback against Canada in yesterday’s Pan American Indoor Men’s Cup was wrecked by Guyana born Canadian, Johnathan Roberts.Guyana went down 5-8 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with Roberts scoring six of the eight Canadian goals.The locals took a while to get going and when they finally found their stride, there was too much to do with too little time remaining.Canada opened the scoring in the 13th minute through Roberts’ penalty corner before he returned to score the second and third through field goals in the 19th and 20th.With that the Canadians had assumed the lead commandingly or that’s what they felt as they returned from the break with the same dominance.This time it was Micah Teixeira who slammed in the fourth through a penalty corner in the 22nd.Guyana born Johnathan Roberts slammed home six goals out of Canada’s eight goals on a night when he was heavily marked (Samuel Maughn photo )After four unanswered goals, Guyana finally found their footing to score their first, through a Jamarj Assanah field goal.The Canadians were unbothered and answered right back through a Roberts field goal and then penalty corner, both in the 28th.Assanah tried the comeback for Guyana again by working the keeper off a penalty corner in the 32nd but Roberts answered right back in the 33rd with a field goal of his own.Assanah was determined and scored his and Guyana’s third of the night through a field goal in the 34th before Canada’s Devohn Noronha Teixeira scored the country’s 8th in the 37.With time running out, the locals seemed desperate to at least make the scoreline decent and with a penalty corner from Aroydy Bradford and a field goal from Marvin Dannett, the game ended 5-8.Trinidad and Tobago leads the way with an undefeated streak of four wins from four games and they are on 12 points with Canada in second on 9 Points up to press time.Argentina, who are currently third, would need to beat Barbados by more than a-five goal margin if they are to move into that second spot. Up to press time, the game was 2-0 in favour of the South American side.Guyana remain fourth on the table with Barbados fifth and Mexico sixth.In today’s fixtures, Canada play Trinidad and Tobago in the first Men’s game at 15:45hrs with Barbados playing Mexico at 17:00hrs and Guyana tackling Argentina at 18:15hrs.last_img read more

Bournemouth Signs Levante Midfielder

first_imgColombia midfielder, Jefferson Lerma, has joined Bournemouth for a club record £25m fee from Spanish side Levante on a five-year deal.Lerma played in all Colombia’s matches at the World Cup in Russia, including their last 16 defeat by England.He is the Cherries’ third signing of the summer transfer window. The Premier League club had already recruited midfielder David Brooks from Sheffield United and full-back Diego Rico from Leganes.The fee for Lerma eclipses the £20m Bournemouth paid Chelsea for Dutch defender Nathan Ake last summer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC enters season with trying schedule

first_imgFollow Nick Burton on Twitter @NickMBurton Take a glance at the USC football schedule this year, and you’ll notice a few quirks: a couple of notable conference mainstays are missing that home game against Arizona isn’t on a Saturday and how are the Trojans playing 13 regular season games?All of this makes for an interesting and unique schedule for USC this year, especially compared to the last few. Most notably, Oregon is off the slate for the first time since 2004, and Washington for the first time since 2000. Back on the schedule are Oregon State and Washington State after a    two-year hiatus.The shift is due to the Pac-12’s new schedule rotation, which dictates out-of-division games. USC will play the Beavers and the Cougars for the next two years before returning to the Ducks and the Huskies in 2015 and 2016, then back again to Oregon State and Washington State in 2017, and so on.It’s a dramatic difference in schedule difficulty for USC. The Ducks and Huskies have a combined 72 wins in the last four years, 42 by Oregon alone. In that same timespan, the Beavers and Cougars have won a combined 35 games.Oregon State and Washington are more or less interchangeable as opponents. The Beavers have been slightly better in recent years, but the difference is insignificant compared to that of Oregon and Washington State. Playing Washington State instead of Oregon is quite literally swapping one of the top teams in the nation — not just the conference — with a team that hasn’t had a winning season in a decade and has finished dead last in the conference four years running.The switch, however, does have one ominous consequence for USC: a trip to Corvallis, Ore., where the team’s last victory came in 2004. Twice the Beavers spoiled a probable title run for the Trojans with a shocking upset in Corvallis, knocking off No. 3 USC in 2006 and No. 1 USC in 2008, the lone loss of the season that year. In 2010, No. 20 USC converted just four of 16 third downs and was battered around by the unranked Beavers in the legendary Reser Stadium fog, which seemed to shroud all hope for USC.This year’s trip to Corvallis will be for a Friday night game, one of three weeknight games on the docket for USC this year. The Trojans will open their season at Hawai’i on a Thursday and then host Arizona on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Coliseum, the first regular season home game the Trojans will ever play on a Thursday that hasn’t fallen on Thanksgiving.“It’s gonna be exciting,” USC redshirt junior linebacker Hayes Pullard said. “The fans can come in during the week, maybe miss a couple classes. I’m sure some people will like that.”The thought of some 70,000-plus people descending upon Downtown Los Angeles precisely at rush hour (kickoff is 7:30 p.m., meaning many people will be arriving at the Coliseum between 5 and 7 p.m.) is worrisome enough that the athletic department created a webpage dedicated to explaining some of the many ways this will be different from your average Saturday home game.But the team isn’t concerned with traffic or a ban of on-campus tailgating. For them, it will be treated like all other games, with a hotel stay the night before and meetings throughout the day before heading to the stadium. And with no Saturday game the week before, the team will still have a full week of practice and then some.“We’ll still bring that same intensity like it’s on Saturday,” Pullard said. “Coach [Lane] Kiffin still puts the emphasis on prep, not hype. When you’re prepared, you’re confident, and that’s our mindset.”The only one of the three weeknight games where the schedule poses an issue is the Friday trip to Corvallis. USC hosts Utah the Saturday before, meaning the team will lose a day of rest that normally falls on Monday.“It does break up your routine, and you try to stay in your routine as much as possible,” Kiffin said. “I don’t think many coaches would prefer that. I think we’d all just like to play every Saturday. But we also understand the impact of television contracts and why we do that, so we’ll just deal with it the best we can.”With seven home games and six road trips, USC’s schedule is slightly imbalanced. The 13-game regular season is made possible by the Trojans’ season-opening trip to Hawai’i. The NCAA allows teams that make the trip out to the islands to schedule an extra home game, giving them extra revenue to offset the higher cost of travel.“[The extra game] is just another chance to compete,” Pullard said. “Another chance to get better for postseason.”The so-called “Hawai’i exception” allows USC to schedule four nonconference games — including Notre Dame — instead of three, adding in Utah State this year in addition to Hawai’i, Boston College and the Irish.There is no particularly foreboding stretch this season, as there was last year when the Trojans took on three ranked teams in four weeks in No. 2 Oregon, No. 17 UCLA and No. 1 Notre Dame. This year, their four games against preseason ranked teams come every other week in a seven-week stretch to end the season, as Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA are interspersed with Utah, Cal and Colorado.last_img read more

From Niš to 150: Better Collective’s Serbian growth continues

first_imgShare Share Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Better Collective has set a target of 150 employees in Serbia by the end of 2020 after opening new offices in downtown Niš.In the presence of the Ambassador of Denmark, H.E. Mr. Anders Christian Hougård, and the Mayor of Niš Darko Bulatovic, as well as numerous associates and friends, Better Collective opened the door to a new 2000 m2 office in the city centre.“The city of Niš is an ideal destination for new investments, which is why Danish companies are growing their businesses here,” said Hougård. “The city has great potential to be harnessed.”The company, which has been operating in Niš for three years, already has more than 100 employees in the city. Jacob Folmand, director of the office, said there would be more job openings to come.“The plan is to have 150 employees by the end of 2020,” he confirmed. “Given that, at this point we have 105, it seems to me that number will be even higher. We are thrilled with the talent found in Niš and Serbia, and we want to continue to grow our business in this city.”Better Collective CEO Jesper Søgaard pointed out that the first office outside Copenhagen opened right in Niš. “It is a fantastic city and has a great business climate,” he said. “We are very happy to have started our own international expansion right from here. “The original plan was that in 18 months we would hire 12 people, but we realized it was unrealistic, given how talented people in Serbia are, and decided to expand our business here.” Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

Filippo Inzaghi to stay as AC Milan coach

first_imgFilippo Inzaghi has been handed a reprieve, and will remain as Milan Coach for the time being.It had been widely expected that the Rossoneri boss would be given his marching orders following last night’s defeat to Genoa, with his side languishing in 10th place in Serie A.However, Milan Channel, the club’s official television channel, is now reporting that Inzaghi will stay, and will take charge of Sunday’s match at Napoli.The Rossoneri are currently closer to the bottom of the table than to the Scudetto, sitting 27 points clear of relegated Parma, while lying 33 points adrift of champions-elect Juventus.It had been expected that such a poor showing would see Inzaghi replaced by Primavera coach Cristian Brocchi until the end of the season.However, it now appears that the Milan hierarchy have decided to stick with the former striker for now. Part of the reasoning behind the decision could be the uncertainty over the ownership of the club, with president Silvio Berlusconi on the verge of selling to Thai investor Bee Taechaubol. –last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell nearing likely return vs. Denver

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO >> Even with the time away from basketball, D’Angelo Russell spent Sunday in his first practice in over a week showing his lack of limitations.Despite missing the past three games with a mild MCL sprain in his right knee and a strained right calf, the Lakers’ second-year point guard completed all of Sunday’s practice without any restrictions. He reported that he felt “good” and did not feel any rustiness. Most of the shots during the end of the practice went into the basket. Even if the Lakers (16-34) technically have listed Russell as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets (21-25) at Staples Center, both Russell and Lakers coach Luke Walton sounded optimistic he will play.That prompted Walton to offer a playful dig to Russell.“You’re moving so well I’m surprised that you couldn’t play 3-on-3 yesterday,” Walton told Russell. Once Russell returns, can he match and elevate his season-long averages of 14.3 points on 39.6 percent shooting and 4.4 assists?“We expect him to play. It’s not like we don’t think he can penetrate teams’ defenses or anything like that,” Walton said. “If he’s cleared to play, we expect what we’d always expect out of him.”That goes beyond producing. The Lakers have wanted Russell to fill the leadership vacuum that no one took ownership of during his absence.“Like most young guys, it’s great sometimes and not so great other times,” Walton said of Russell’s leadership. “It’s not easy at this level.”Still, the Lakers have reported Russell showing relative improvement in that area.“I try to lead by example more than just talk,” Russell said. “It’s easy to talk and not produce. So I try to produce more and then let the talking feed off of that.”Say you’re sorryWith the benefit of hindsight, Walton wished he changed his recent coaching approach with Lakers third-year forward Julius Randle a bit differently.“I felt bad I got on him that bad in the film session,” Walton said.Walton still plans to issue tough love to Randle. Nonetheless, the Lakers’ coach offered some contrition over his recent criticisms because he was unaware Randle had pneumonia.The Lakers have ruled Randle out for at least today when he will be reevaluated. That did not stop him from watching practice wearing a sweatshirt. Afterward, Randle remarked that he felt better.“The training staff said he is not contagious,” Walton said. “But I won’t touch him.”Walton put Randle on the active roster during Thursday’s loss to Utah, though he did not play for precautionary reasons. The Lakers listed Randle as questionable for Tuesday against Denver.Deng likely unaffectedLakers forward Luol Deng is not expected to be affected by President Trump’s recent executive order that bans refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the United States. Deng has dual citizenship in his native South Sudan and in Great Britain, which granted his family political asylum. He also has a green card in the United States, where he has lived since age 14 when he attended Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ. Deng’s native South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.center_img The Lakers technically had the day off on Saturday, though plenty of players reported to the team’s practice facility for informal work. Since Russell felt his knee hurt too much to play in 3-on-3 drills, he spent Saturday working out in the weight room and completing sprinting drills.Still, Russell does not expect to experience rustiness as he did when he had 13 games earlier this season because of a sore left knee.“This one wasn’t that serious,” Russell said. “Last injury, I would say it was a little more serious. So I had to take a little more time off.”During his time off, Russell watched some painful developments.Last week, the Lakers suffered their most lopsided loss in franchise history in a 49-point defeat to Dallas. While Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram posted six points on 2-of-12 shooting as a starting point guard last week in Dallas, he moved back to the second unit and went scoreless on a combined 0-of-11 clip in the past two games. In two starts in Portland and Utah, Lakers veteran guard Jose Calderon went scoreless and missed a combined six shots.last_img read more

Seaton Carew and Saunton head 2014 venue list

first_img Two prestigious clubs with challenging courses at opposite ends of the country have agreed to host the blue riband men’s events on England Golf’s calendar of venues for 2014 just released. Seaton Carew in County Durham will stage the English Open Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy in late June while the English Amateur Championship will return to Saunton in North Devon in late July. The Brabazon Trophy will be making only its second visit to Seaton Carew. The only other occasion it has been played there was in 1985 when Peter Baker, who went on to become a Ryder Cup player, and Roger Roper shared the title. Since then the club has hosted the Boys under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy and the Seniors Home Internationals. The regional qualifying events will be staged at Effingham in Surrey and Ringway in Cheshire. Saunton (picture © Tom Ward) has been a regular on the England Golf fixture list, staging the Brabazon and Carris Trophies plus the County Championship finals as well as a number of R&A events and this will be the fourth occasion that it has hosted the English Amateur. The first time was in 1937 when Frank Pennink beat former champion Leonard Crawley 6 and 5 in the final. Pennink went on to become a Walker Cup player, President of the English Golf Union, course designer and renowned golf writer, as was Crawley. It was another 56 years before the English Championship returned to Saunton with David Fisher beating Richard Bland 3 and 1 in the 1993 final, while in 2001 the title went to Scott Godfrey when he came out on top 4 and 3 over Simon Robinson. The East and West courses will be used for the first two days qualifying while the match play will be held on the East. Several clubs not previously having staged England Golf or EGU events are on the 2014 list including Matfen Hall and Hexham in Northumberland, which will host the Seniors Championship in early June. However, the Mid Amateur for the Logan Trophy in early July visits Worksop in Nottinghamshire, scene of the Men’s County Finals in 2004, which saw Surrey triumph. Of the junior events, the under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy and under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy return to their ‘traditional homes’ on the four-year rotation, the McGregor to Radcliffe-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, its regular base from its inception in 1982 until 1998, and the Carris to Moor Park in Hertfordshire, its home from 1935 to 1987, both in July. The under 14 Championship for the Reid Trophy in August calls in at Enville in Staffordshire, which staged a highly successful Seniors Championship in 2007 and the 1984 playing of the Presidents & Guests event. The Boys County Championship finals will be played at Sandiway in Cheshire, scene of the Champion Club Tournament in 1997, the County Champions event in 1984 and the 1988 Seniors Championship, in late August. Another Staffordshire club, Trentham, scene of the 2008 Seniors County Finals, the 1986 County Champions Tournament, and the 1994 Mid Amateur, will host the Champion Club Tournament in September. The Men’s County Finals are scheduled for Royal North Devon in late September and the Seniors County Finals for Hindhead in Surrey in early October. The last visit to Royal North Devon was in 2008 for the Boys County Finals but Hindhead will be hosting the an England Golf event for the first time. The 2014 fixture list is: 13 May – Brabazon Southern Qualifying, Effingham 20 May – Brabazon Northern Qualifying, Ringway 4-6 June – English Seniors Championship,  Matfen Hall and Hexham 25-28 June – Brabazon Trophy, Seaton Carew 4-6 July – Mid-Amateur Championship, Worksop 9 July – English Schools Championship, Woodhall Spa (Bracken Course) 15-17 July – Under 16 Championship, Radcliffe-on-Trent 22-25 July – Under 18 Championship, Moor Park 28 July-2 August – English Amateur Championship, Saunton (East and West Courses) 5-7 August – Under 14 Championship, Enville 9-10 August – Junior Champion Club, Woodhall Spa (Bracken Course) 16-17 August – London Pride EGU Gold Medal, Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin Course) 26-28 August – Boys County Finals, Sandiway 13-14 September – County Champions Tournament,  Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin Course) 20-21 September – Champion Club, Trentham 26-28 September – County Finals, Royal North Devon 5 October – England U16 v Scotland U16, Sandwell Park 7-9 October – Seniors County Finals, Hindhead 12 October – England U16 v Ireland U16, Delamere Forest 16 Jan 2012 Seaton Carew and Saunton head 2014 venue list last_img read more

T&T’s Walcott captures javelin gold at Pan Am

first_imgTORONTO, Canada, (CMC):Trinidad & Tobago’s Olympic champion, Keshorn Walcott, extended his recent good form when he won gold in the men’s javelin at the Pan American Games yesterday.Though his winning mark of 83.27 metres was way short of his best, the 22-year-old still managed to walk away with yet another major title, adding to the one he landed three years ago at the London 2012 Olympics.American Riley Dolezal, who measured 81.62m, finished with silver while Brazilian Julio Cesar de Oliveira took bronze with a throw of 80.94m.Walcott found his winning throw in the second round, leaving the remainder of the field – which included countryman Shakeil Waithe who finished last – battling to play catch-up.Two weeks ago, Walcott threw a personal-best 90.16 to smash the T&T national record and win at the Lausanne Diamond League meet.The mark was the second best in the world this year behind Kenyan Julius Yego’s 91.39m.In the men’s triple jump, veteran Bahamian Leevan Sands conjured up a season-best mark, to clinch silver behind winner Pablo Pedro Pichardo of Cuba.Pichardo measured a distance of 17.54 metres while Sands, an Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist, jumped 16.99.Cuban Ednia Caballero, meanwhile, picked up gold in the women’s discus with a throw of 65.39m with fellow national Yaime Perez taking silver with 64.99.last_img read more