Milner hails Man City’s character

first_img Midfielder Milner netted City’s fourth in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Craven Cottage as the visitors responded from seeing their 2-0 lead evaporate before going up a gear to triumph and sit one point behind leaders Liverpool. “When they got two back we really had to dig in,” Milner told Press Association “To come back again and show the character to kick on and get the two goals was pleasing. “It’s a good start to the festive period. A lot of games coming up, but if we can keep that desire and that will to win up, that will get you most of the way.” City were coasting at half-time courtesy of Yaya Toure’s excellent free-kick and Vincent Kompany’s goal, but Kieran Richardson pulled one back early in the second half before City captain Kompany spectacularly sliced into his own net. Jesus Navas restored the visitors’ advantage before his fellow substitute Milner converted a delightful cross from Alvaro Negredo to seal victory and kill off any Fulham hopes of a reply. “He’s got great ability,” said Milner of Negredo. “He doesn’t really need to use his right foot, his left foot’s that good. He can do anything with it. “It was all made in the ball really. I just had to make sure I got a bit of contact on it. “I was pleased to see it go in, it just gave us that cushion for the last few minutes.” James Milner praised Manchester City’s character after they fought off a Fulham fightback to stay firmly on Liverpool’s heels ahead of the Boxing Day showdown at the Etihad Stadium. It was City’s third away win from nine games this season, a statistic which contrasts starkly with their 100 per cent home record from eight matches. That perfect record will be tested on Thursday against Liverpool and the rampaging Luis Suarez. City boss Manuel Pellegrini insisted the losses at Cardiff, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Sunderland were not relevant as his team had proved themselves on the road, including against European champions Bayern Munich. He said: “We continue to ask why we don’t play away like we do at home, but we’ve won three Champions League games away, two in the Capital One Cup and in our last three away Premier League matches we won two and have drawn one. “We cannot continue talking about Cardiff and Aston Villa.” Fulham have lost nine of their last 10 games – the win over Aston Villa the anomaly – but boss Rene Meulensteen is optimistic a change in fortunes will soon come. Meulensteen said: “It’s really hard for them to take, to put so much effort in and so much positivity in the way we play. “We never lost that spirit and I said, ‘listen we’re playing well enough, if we get one goal back and we get the crowd going, who knows what happens?’ “It’s just a shame when it gets to 2-2 that we didn’t just steady the ship a little bit. I would’ve been very, very happy if it had finished 2-2. “We’re all aware of what position we’re in, but we also know that if we keep playing like this and if we keep producing this sort of energy we’re eventually going to get the points we deserve. “At the moment we’re conceding far too easily and too many goals and we don’t take our chances that we get. “But these are things we can work on. But the core, the backbone of the performance is good.” In the absence of Dimitar Berbatov, who picked up a groin injury in training on Friday, Adel Taarabt led the line. “He did exceptionally well,” Meulensteen added. “Adel is a guy that is full of creativity and energy going forwards. We used him where he’s good.” Next Fulham travel to Norwich and Hull in matches which could see the momentum shift before the year’s end. “There are a lot of positives to take into the games against Norwich and Hull,” Meulensteen said. last_img read more

Jamie Trimboli leads Syracuse comeback, 9-7, victory over Army

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s Jamie Trimboli took a pass while darting in from outside the restraining box. Winding up a shot, he baited Army’s Ryan Sposito into stepping forward. He then shrugged the midfielder off and stepped further toward the cage. He pulled his stick back once again, out of the reach of another Black Knight defender and fired a shot while falling to the ground.As the two Black Knights Trimboli made miss shook their heads, the SU midfielder ran to the Orange sideline where he was mobbed — knocking helmets with teammates and high-fiving coaches.The senior had just scored his fourth goal of the game. His second in 59 seconds and third of the opening five minutes of the half.Trimboli opened the scoring for Syracuse, dragged SU back from a 5-2 halftime deficit and later grabbed its first lead. After putting up its lowest offensive output of any half this season through the first two quarters, Syracuse clawed back on the shoulders of Trimboli. Second-half adjustments — inverting and spreading the offense — allowed the No. 5 Orange (3-0) to open space in the middle of the field and manufacture mismatches to overcome a suffocating No. 9 Army (3-2) defense en route to 9-7 win in the Carrier Dome Sunday. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorOut of the locker room, Brendan Curry took the ball up the right alley and, after dodging wide, passed into the middle to an uncovered Trimboli. The senior cut Army’s lead to two just 30 seconds into the second half.Syracuse had finally adjusted. Curry had the ball 20 yards from the Army net, but he doubled back to spread out the Black Knight defense. Army’s man-to-man forced the Orange to win one-on-one battles, and that’s exactly what Curry did, opening space and drawing a late slide to leave Trimboli alone in front. “We knew they were gonna press out, they have been doing it on film all year,” Trimboli said. “We just hadn’t gone against it so it was a little shock but we took the shock well.”While Army’s game plan was predicated on slow, often non-existent, slides, the Orange slid on the catch to cover the Black Knights’ top attack, Brendan Nichtern. Brett Kennedy was tasked with the bulk of coverage duties in the absence of Nick Mellen, but Nick DiPietro often left his man to pressure Nichtern. While the close coverage prevented the 2019 30-goal scorer from finding the net more than twice, it allowed Nichtern to find open teammates.With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, Nichtern drew Kennedy and DiPietro to push up on him, leaving Sean O’Brien open at the side of the cage. While both SU defenders reached for the high pass, O’Brien snagged it, faked high, and bounced the ball under Porter’s stick. The ball beating Porter was a rare sight Sunday, though, as the Ontario native set a career high in saves (18), including nine in the first quarter. From the end of the second quarter, Porter and Syracuse held Army goalless for almost 15 minutes. But Army goals bookended the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter, and the Black Knights rebuilt a two-goal lead. Tucker Dordevic took the ball behind the net with nine minutes remaining. Sprinting and dodging from X, the redshirt sophomore skirted Army’s crease before turning and releasing a shot high and in. SU’s offensive shift was paying off. Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerDavid Lipka scored on an identical question-mark dodge 40 seconds later. A move that had resulted in shots high and wide from Griffin Cook all game finally worked, and it evened the score. The difference was the defender. While 5’7 Cook matched against one of Army’s poles all afternoon, Dordevic drew short-stick defensive midfielder Matthew Horace. The inversion — moving midfielders like Dordevic and Lipka behind the cage — exposed some of the largest offensive mismatches.“In the second half we just kind of took a step back and realized that they weren’t going to come to us,” Trimboli said. “So it was up to us to beat our guy one-on-one.”Trimboli didn’t have the same benefit of a positional mismatch — Army covered him with a pole defender, Black Knight coach Joe Alberici said. But it didn’t matter.Less than a minute after his second goal, Trimboli cut down the middle once again. Even when a Curry pass was earmarked for Rehfuss it still somehow found a way into Trimboli’s pocket and soon later under Army’s Wyatt Schupler. Trimboli later finished off SU’s eighth goal, which put the Orange ahead for good. “We were telling our guys to shoot high,” Trimboli said. “But I was pretty stubborn and still snuck a couple low on him.”The second-half adjustment put the game into the hands of Syracuse’s first midfield line. Every single SU score came from its midfielders. It was an adjustment that came after Syracuse’s attack failed to register a point in the first half. And while the attack stayed quiet, the midfield — and specifically Trimboli — showed up.“Today was our day,” Trimboli said. Comments Published on February 23, 2020 at 3:21 pm Contact Mitchell: [email protected]last_img read more

Olympics: Doping showdown comes to a crunch at WADA summit

first_imgLausanne, Switzerland | AFP |Sports leaders are at loggerheads over how to fight the war against performance-enhancing drugs as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) goes into a key reform summit this weekend.Who should control the global doping watchdog? What powers should it have? Who should pay? A welter of questions have been raised as the Olympic movement and sports federations seek to redeem their names after the Russia doping scandal.The WADA Foundation will have to come up with at least the start of some solid answers after its meeting in Glasgow on Sunday. A new report on Russia is due out within weeks, which could heighten pressure to clean up sport.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach last month called on WADA to set up a new independent unit to manage testing around the world. He promised more money if the reforms are carried out.The IOC blames sports federations for letting cheating flourish and wants to eliminate their role in testing, while transferring sanction-taking to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told AFP that the Lausanne-based CAS was currently holding “consultations” with federations and would release a plan on its proposed new sanctioning powers, likely by January.The IOC has also criticised WADA for failing to act quickly on doping allegations in Russia, which was accused of operating a state-sponsored scheme over several years.But there is widespread resistance to the IOC plan outside of WADA, with powerful federations indicating they want to be exempt from the reforms.A system for all? The head of FIFA’s medical commission, Michel D’Hooghe, said world football’s governing body would not surrender control of its drug testing to a new entity.“We respect the WADA and IOC proposals but they concern the smaller federations,” he said.In contrast, Tom Dielen, who heads World Archery, said there would only be a small impact on smaller sports.“We outsource our controls already,” he said. While some federations have said the IOC proposals are too vague, WADA director general Olivier Niggli said that “it will be up to the IOC to convince federations to be part of (the new system), just as it will be up to the IOC to finance it one way or another”.He later told AFP that WADA officials in Glasgow would aim to agree on a “timetable” for implementing the IOC reform, including specifics on how to move forward.Despite tensions between WADA and the IOC, an Olympic source told AFP that the IOC was backing WADA president Craig Reedie’s re-election, guaranteeing that the 75-year-old Scot will be tapped for another three-year term at Sunday’s meeting.But in the latest uncomfortable episode between WADA and the IOC, Reedie was forced to apologise to furious Olympic officials this week over the timing of a decision to suspend Qatar’s doping lab.WADA revealed on Monday that the laboratory’s work would be suspended for four months — just as more than 1,000 officials descended on Doha for the annual meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees.“I apologise fully that this happened. It was not, I promise you, intentional,” Reedie said on Wednesday.Paying the bills The IOC already funds half of WADA’s $27 million (25.2 million euros) budget.Bach said last month that if WADA leads the reform drive it would require “a substantial increase in financing”.Financing from whom remains an open question.One idea calls for federations, freed from their drug-testing responsibilities, to allocate their anti-doping budgets to WADA and the proposed new testing agency.But if key federations like FIFA and the International Cycling Union opt out, it seems unlikely that contributions from minnow federations like archery and judo would be enough to support a new organisation.One proposal was to see broadcasters contribute to the new unit, as they stand to benefit if the public sees competition as drug-free. Bach distanced himself from that idea last month.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

This is how Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth is training amidst the Coronavirus lockdown

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement te9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8qtocwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ete1szb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8lWould you ever consider trying this?😱ahsnCan your students do this? 🌚a2pwxbRoller skating! Powered by Firework Originating from the city of Wuhan in China, the novel Coronavirus has turned itself into a pandemic, causing the normal life around the world to come to a halt. The COVID-19 virus has spread to all countries, and has now impacted in India. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced a 21-day nationwide lock down, in an attempt to curb the further spread of the virus, as celebrities, sportspersons and citizens alike are self isolating in their own homes. Even in times away from the training grounds, Indian badminton ace Sai Praneeth has revealed his technique of staying fit amidst the lock down, and the guidance come straight from legendary badminton champion Pullela Gopichand!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPConfined in their own homes, many sportspersons are doing self-training and physical activities to keep themselves fit, as world sports have come to a complete halt. Amidst the virus crisis, Sai Praneeth has found a marvellous way to keep his shuttling training going.In a video interview session with Times of India, Praneeth spoke on how he is training in his own homes, by following the tips and advice from his coach and mentor.Advertisement “I have been doing my work out at home which Gopi sir has arranged online for all of us, which includes core, agility, strength, mobility etc, and I hope everyone is doing their own activities at home,” Praneeth said in the video session.The 2016 South Asian Games gold medallist, who secured a bronze at the 2019 BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, also urged his fellow citizens to take the lock down seriously and to remain indoors, as the country battles the virus outbreak.Advertisement “As you all know that we are all locked down due to this dangerous Coronavirus. It’s important for us to stay at home and follow the government’s instructions to fight against COVID-19. It is also very important for us to stay fit and active during these tough times,” the former world no. 10 added.The number of confirmed positive cases in India has surged to 1,965, and the death toll is at 50. As of now, the lock down will be in effect till April 14th.Also read-No fixtures? Here’s Ben Stokes about to test his driving skills against F1 stars!Dhoni’s WC winning six is remembered, and Gautam Gambhir is not happy with it Advertisementlast_img read more

Leafs look to start a new winning streak against Spokane

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorThe Nelson Leafs will be looking to get back on the winning track when the club plays host to the Spokane Braves in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League contest Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.It’s the first meeting between the two clubs since Nelson ousted the Braves in seven games during last season’s KIJHL playoffs.The two teams enter the contest looking up the standings at the two front-runners in the Neil Murdoch Division — Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels.Expect the Braves (3-4) to be hungry for a win after Spokane lost 4-3 to Castlegar Sunday in the Lilac City. Meanwhile the Leafs (2-5) had a brief two-game winning streak snapped by the Fernie Ghostriders Saturday. “I don’t know what Spokane has but they always have a good solid team,” said Nelson assistant coach Jason Rushton.Rushton and fellow assistant Sean Dooley have been coaching the team while skipper Chris Shaw serves the final game of a three-game suspension. The Leaf coach and GM was suspended by the KIJHL for using “non approved — by Hockey Canada — players.Shaw was suspended after the Leafs played ineligible players in two games, Sept.18th against Grand Forks and Sept.19th against Penticton.“Spokane is generally a tough team at the start of the year so we just have to take the positives from this game (against Fernie), work hard and hopefully get some bounces,” Leaf veteran Gavin Currie said following Saturday’s game against the Ghostriders.Despite the record and playing on a team of young, inexperienced skaters, Currie is pleased with the progression the Leafs has made since the start of the season.“We’ve got some key injuries to some of the vets but you can see a lot of the D-men and forwards stepping up being huge players and just see them start to be more comfortable with their play on the ice and realize what they need to do to play at this level,” Currie explained.Next home game for the Leafs is Saturday, October when Golden Rockets visit the NDCC Arena.OVERTIME: Rookie Mitch Fowler leads the Braves in scoring with five goals and four assists for nine points. Rance Hughes also has five goals for Spokane. . . .Four players — Colton Schell, Connor McLaughlin, Gavin Currie and Nelson product Adrian Moyls — are tied for the lead in scoring for Nelson, each with six points. Schell leads the team in goals with [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2017)–Looking every bit a turf specialist, Pam and Martin Wygod’s homebred Prospect Park carved out a dawdling pace en route to a facile 3 ¼ length win in Thursday’s $63,000 Santa Anita allowance feature.  Trained by Clifford Sise and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Prospect Park got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.53.A close second to Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes two years ago, Prospect Park, a now 5-year-old full horse by Tapit, was considered a top Derby prospect but his best races since have been on grass.Winless in six starts since winning the Grade III La Jolla Handicap on turf in August, 2015, Prospect Park shrugged off a challenge from Conquest Daddyo to win easily.  Off at even money in a field of six older horses, he paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.10.When asked if he was relieved to see Prospect Park back in the Winner’s Circle, Sise responded, “You don’t know how relieved I am.  There’s been some pressure on me…I haven’t had a good meet, so it was great to see Kent slow it down like that…He always needs about a month between races, so we’ll plan on that.”With two wins, Prospect Park has never been off the board in four starts on turf.  With an overall mark of 17-4-7-2, he picked up $37,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $515,770.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Farhaan, who tracked the leader in third position, saved ground and was clearly second best, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Wanstead Gardens.  The second choice at 3-1, Farhaan paid $4.20 and $3.00.Wanstead Gardens ran on for third money, but never threatened the top two.  Off at 5-1 with Mike Smith, he paid $2.60 to show.With the temporary rail at 20 feet, the winner set fractions of 25.16, 50.76, 1:14.62 and 1:37.42.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Mike Mutebi optimistic of victory away to URA FC

first_img Tags: KCCA FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopURA FC KCCA FC are top of the League with 33 pointsURA FC Vs KCCA FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday 19th, January 2018Kickoff: 4:00pmNAMBOOLE – Twelve time League Champions KCCA FC will pay a visit to URA FC on match day 15 as they wrap up first round of Startime Uganda Premier League.Head Coach Mike Mutebi is aiming to end the first round on a high note as they end URA’s unbeaten run at the moment.In a pre-match conference held at Lugogo on Monday, Mutebi said his side will not abandon their style of play despite eyeing all three points.“Every game is a big game for us, be it Onduparaka, Nyamityobora or URA, every opponent, we play the same way, said Mutebi.“My players play good football and the main point is, they win games that seem a bit tricky.“We shall double the standards of our style of play because we have a continental game ahead of us on Saturday.“I believe we have progressed from last season and am optimistic of an away win at Namboole.Out of the last 7 meetings, KCCA FC has only managed 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses while URA has scooped 2 wins.Mutebi will place his hopes in shot stopper Charles Lukwago, Timothy Awany, Mike Mutuyaba, Muzamir Mutyaba and Jackson Nunda.Sam Ssimbwa will bench on Saidi Kyeyune, scored previously against Kirinya Jinja SS in Jinja, Shafick Kagimu, James Alitho and Odongo Tayo.KCCA top the table with 33 points, 14 matches played and URA FC sit in 6th position with 21points and still unbeaten so far this seasonComments last_img read more

Brentford v Charlton line-ups: defensive switch for Bees, QPR loanee starts as Addicks make four changes

first_imgYoann Barbet returns to the Brentford side in the only change for the visit of Charlton.The Frenchman, who has not played for the Bees since being sent-off at Sheffield Wednesday last month, comes in for Jack O’Connell.Alan McCormack is on the bench against his old club after two months out with a calf injury.Charlton make four changes, including in goal where Nick Pope plays in the league for the first time since October.Jordan Cousins is back in midfield after he missed the game at home to Reading, while Morgan Fox and Callum Harriott also start.Charlton have switched from 3-4-1-2 to 4-4-2, with QPR loanee Yun Suk-young at left midfield.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell; McEachran, Woods; Canos, Judge, Swift; Djuricin.Subs: Bonham, McCormack, O’Connell, Kerschbaumer, Saunders, Hofmann, Vibe.Charlton: Pope; Motta, Fanni, Teixeira, Fox; Gudmundsson, Cousins, Diarra, Yun; Harriott, Sanogo.Subs: Mitov, Johnson, Bergdich, Ghoochannejhad, Poyet, Lookman, Makienok.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Toyota SA project to create 800 jobs

first_imgThe Hi-lux was South Africa’s best selling commercial vehicle (known in South Africa as a bakkie)(Image: Toyota South Africa) Toyota South Africa’s multi-million rand investment in a parts distribution warehouse in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, will create about 800 jobs. The R363-million (US$51-million) project, announced on 17 January 2011, is Toyota’s largest investment in Gauteng province to date and follows a five-year R8-billion ($1.1-billion) investment programme in manufacturing facilities in Prospecton, Durban.The news comes a month after Mercedes-Benz South Africa made a R2-billion ($281-million) investment in its East London plant ahead of its manufacture of the next generation C-Class, which will hit global markets in 2014.The Toyota warehouse will be located near the OR Tambo International Airport and span an area of 80 000 square meters. It will be built in two phases, with the first section scheduled to open in 2012 and the second in 2015.The warehouse will house about 110 000 different parts and components to serve Toyota’s local and overseas market.Of the 800 new jobs to be created, 650 will be involved in the management, selection and distribution of parts. About 440 people will be hired to help construct the facility.CEO of Toyota South Africa, Johan van Zyl, said: “The development of a distribution warehouse of this size and scale is one of the clearest signs that we are committed to South Africa and intent on remaining South Africa’s most popular vehicle manufacturer.“In making this a reality, we believe that the government, through the actions of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Automotive Production and Development Programme, has created a stable and predictable environment in which we as manufacturers can make investments such as the one that we are announcing,” added Van Zyl.The project is a partnership between Toyota and Investec Property Limited, the property arm of Investec, a specialist bank and asset manager.David Rosmarin of Investec Property said: “Site selection was critical due to location, size and accessibility. It has been a lengthy process and we believe that the right site has been selected to accommodate Toyota’s current and future warehousing requirements.”South African market leader for 30 yearsToyota South Africa was established in 1961. It will celebrate its 50th year as a key player in the local motoring industry in 2011 and its 31st year as the market leader.For the past 30 years Toyota has sold more vehicles than any other car manufacturer in South Africa and currently holds a market share of about 23%. It has sold more than 3-million vehicles since its formation and has an annual production capacity of more than 200 000 vehicles.With sales exceeding expectations last year, Van Zyl said: “We are heartened by the strong performance in 2010, especially during the second half of the year. Although the market widely expected an increase in vehicle sales prior to the 2010 World Cup, we did not expect the market to continue at the same pace after July and in some instances even increase the rate of growth.”According to Van Zyl, Toyota had hoped to grow its sales by 20% from 2009, but it exceeded that and reached 24.7%.Although Toyota had to recall some of its stock due to faulty accelerator cables in 2010, the effects of the recall were not felt.Living up to its slogan, “Lead the way”, Toyota has been able to achieve remarkable results over the last three decades.Specialised bankingInvestec was founded by Larry Nestadt, Errol Grolman and Ian Kanto in 1974 in Johannesburg.Today the financing and asset management company operates from three principal markets, South Africa, the UK and Australia, and employs about 6 000 people.Since acquiring its banking licence in 1980, it has bought up many other small companies, including the London-based Allied Trust Bank Limited in 1992 and Reichmans Limited, a finance trade company, in 1990.The company is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges and sponsors rugby, football, horse racing and tennis in all the countries from which it operates.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery at loggerheads with directors over midfield transfer plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery at loggerheads with directors over midfield transfer plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is at loggerheads with directors over transfer targets this month.The Mirror says Emery’s plans to sign Sevilla attacker Ever Banega are over, with Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez now the target.Emery has worked with Banega at both Valencia and Sevilla, and rates the tenacious midfielder very highly.He therefore identified him as a man who could boost his Gunners side, and was looking for the board to stump up some cash to land him.But Arsenal chiefs weren’t convinced, and weren’t overly keen on Emery spending some considerable cash on a 30-year-old.The board believe the money can be invested better elsewhere, and Suarez – who is 25, available for his £20million release clause and has also played under Emery in the past – became Arsenal’s new number one target. last_img read more