His contribution will have come as a huge relief to his boss, who had insisted in the run-up to the game that his frontmen would start scoring soon after a barren start to the campaign. Stoke, who were unbeaten in the league away from home before Saturday afternoon, had dragged themselves back into the game through Charlie Adam’s 15th-minute equaliser, but they could not complete the comeback in front of a crowd of 42,713. Poyet, who celebrates a year in his job next week, sprang something of a surprise when he left former Manchester City duo Rodwell and Johnson sitting on the bench, but the ploy ultimately paid off. Jordi Gomez and Fletcher were the beneficiaries of the Uruguayan’s big call as he attempted to inject firepower into a team which had managed just five goals in its first six Premier League games of the season, and the change paid early dividends. The Black Cats went ahead with just five minutes on the clock when Fletcher bundled his way into space on the right side of the penalty area before floating a cross to the far post for Wickham to head home his first goal of the season. But Stoke, who won 2-1 on Wearside in the Capital One Cup 11 days ago, worked their way back into the game and were level within 10 minutes after staging a trademark counter-attack. Full-back Billy Jones was caught on his heels after the home side were penalised for offside and Victor Moses exploited the space he had left behind to find Adam, who held off the advancing Santiago Vergini before firing low past keeper Vito Mannone. However, Sunderland restored their lead with 23 minutes gone when Gomez worked a short corner with Sebastian Larsson before sending in a cross which Fletcher guided expertly past keeper Asmir Begovic. Press Association Steven Fletcher’s first goals of 2014 belatedly handed Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet an opening Barclays Premier League victory of the season at the seventh attempt. The Scotland international, who last found the back of the net in a league game at Cardiff on December 28, headed home Jordi Gomez’s cross after setting up Conor Wickham for his fifth-minute opener, and then wrapped up a 3-1 win with a second 11 minutes from time. Fletcher, restored to the starting line-up after Poyet relegated £20million midfield duo Jack Rodwell and Adam Johnson to the bench, made the most of his latest opportunity to remind fans of his form on Wearside in the immediate aftermath of his £12million arrival from Wolves. Adam then forced Mannone to tip over a swinging free-kick and defender Ryan Shawcross, on his 27th birthday, powered a header just off target from the Scot’s corner as the Potters pressed for a second equaliser. Winger Will Buckley almost caught Begovic out with a floated cross-cum-shot from wide on the right, but Mannone had to be on his toes to turn away Peter Crouch’s acrobatic volley in injury-time at the end of an absorbing first 45 minutes. Shawcross threw himself into the path of a 48th-minute piledriver from Patrick van Aanholt after the full-back had been allowed time and space, although Gomez was grateful to see Crouch fail to make the most of his woeful back-pass seconds later. As the half wore on, it was Stoke who had the greater momentum with Sunderland retreating and defending well, but inviting further pressure by clearing their lines agriculturally and with little thought of attempting to retain possession. Steven Nzonzi fired wide from distance with 56 minutes gone, but the Black Cats responded and it was the visitors who were defending deep and in numbers as the hour-mark came and went. Mannone did well to clutch substitute Oussama Assaidi’s driven 73rd-minute shot from a narrow angle with Crouch ready to pounce on any rebound, but the game was over within six minutes. Wickham embarked on powerful run from deep and crossed for substitute Rodwell, who comically miskicked in front of goal. However, Fletcher was on hand to help himself and put the result beyond any doubt.
When Wilshere eventually returns to first-team action, he could have well missed around 1,000 days of football in total. Wenger, though, rejected suggestions that should be an on-going concern. “When you are injured and you come back, you always go through a vulnerable period, where you need to strengthen your body again, to gain competition,” he said. “I think he is young enough to get over that and I hope his body will stabilise, I am confident he will and that he can make a career his talent deserves.” Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, who himself spent a large part of last season out injured, believes the players must do their part to help Wilshere through. “He has an enormous talent and support from every department of the club, and from the players because we feel sorry for him, and because we know we cannot waste his talent because he has an amazing career ahead of him,” the Spaniard said. “We are responsible for putting that into his head every day and do not allow him to fall down because at some stage that is the danger, that he does not believe in himself or his body and he needs to trust himself.” Arsenal travelled to Zagreb without midfielder Aaron Ramsey and full-back Hector Bellerin, who are rested. Centre-back Per Mertesacker, who was involved in a minor road traffic accident earlier this week, also stayed in London to continue his recovery from a virus. Dinamo have now not lost in a formidable run of some 41 matches, and l ast season they became the first team to go unbeaten through a Prva Liga campaign. However, the Croatians have never previously qualified for the knock-out stages, and have endured a 15-game winless run in the competition proper. Wenger said: “Croatian football produces always top level technical quality, that is their strength. “We have to focus on our own performance and to beat them have to play at our best and without speculating on any weak link in a team that has not lost a game for 11 months.” Arsenal defeated Stoke 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to continue their Premier League recovery. After returning from Croatia, next up is a trip to Chelsea, whose manager Jose Mourinho is under some pressure following a poor domestic start. Wenger said: “I believe that is part of our job and I would not say much more than that. “What is important is we focus on our game. You are quickly out in the Champions League if you do not start well. “We know we have a vital game and it is important we focus on that.” Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere can put his latest injury setback behind him to play a major part this season after it was confirmed the England midfielder needed surgery to fix a hairline fracture in his left leg. Wenger, who is already without forward Danny Welbeck until at least Christmas following knee surgery, moved to allay fears over Wilshere’s long-term recovery prospects. Speaking in Croatia ahead of the Champions League Group F opener against Dinamo Zagreb, the Arsenal boss said: “Like every player, he wants to play football and he is disappointed, but he has shown in the past he can deal with that. I think he was determined to do it quickly and come back as quickly as possible. “We are still at the start of the season. We are now mid-September, so after three months – mid-December – he can be back. There is still a long way to play after. ” This kind of injury is not a kind of injury which can damage your career. It is just a bone that did not heal well. “They need to put a little clip in. That is nothing major, not a career-threatening injury.” Wenger continued: ” I am not a specialist. I think this was just an accident which was not linked with his ankles. It just a bone injury.” Wenger had initially indicated Wilshere would be out for a matter of weeks, and had been pencilled in for a comeback following the international break. He said: “I am not a bone specialist, so I would not like to give too many details. I have been explained the situation, but I leave that to the medical people. There is nothing malicious in there, just a part of his bone that has not healed.” Wilshere, 23, has battled through a string of fitness issues which have halted his progress in recent campaigns. Following further medical examinations on the injury suffered in pre-season, the decision has now been taken that an operation is needed to properly correct the problem which will see a small plate inserted into the bone, and a rehabilitation time of around three months.
Gardner-Webb, Hampton meet in conference play STEPPING UP: The prolific Jermaine Marrow has averaged 23.9 points and 6.2 assists to lead the way for the Pirates. Complementing Marrow is Ben Stanley, who is producing 22 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are led by Eric Jamison Jr., who is averaging 14 points and 5.6 rebounds.CREATING OFFENSE: Marrow has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Hampton field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 33 field goals and 25 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Gardner-Webb is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 64 points and 11-5 when scoring at least 64.STREAK SCORING: Hampton has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 83.3 points while giving up 75.DID YOU KNOW: Hampton has attempted the fourth-most free throws in all of Division I. The Pirates have averaged 24.7 free throws per game. February 19, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGardner-Webb (11-14, 7-6) vs. Hampton (11-15, 6-7)Hampton Convocation Center, Hampton, Virginia; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Gardner-Webb pays visit to Hampton in a Big South matchup. Gardner-Webb won 74-70 at home against Winthrop on Thursday. Hampton lost 76-68 on the road to Longwood on Saturday. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press
By Steve TongueLONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City stayed ahead of age-old local rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League on Saturday with a deserved 1-0 win away to champions Chelsea.After Jose Mourinho’s United romped to a 4-0 victory over bottom club Crystal Palace, City had much the better of the late game at Stamford Bridge.A second-half goal by former Chelsea forward Kevin de Bruyne won it and left them just ahead of United on goal difference.Chelsea, starting the day three points behind the Manchester pair in third place, dropped to fourth after two more goals from Harry Kane helped Tottenham Hotspur to a comfortable 4-0 win away to Huddersfield Town.United’s win left Palace rooted to the bottom of the table after a record seventh successive defeat without a goal to start the season.Beaten 5-0 away by City in their last game, Palace avoided a repetition but became only the second team since the Premier League began to lose their first seven games. Unlike Portsmouth in 2009-10, though, they have not scored a single goal.Romelu Lukaku’s late strike meant that free-scoring United have hit four goals in a game six times this season.Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini scored before halftime and when Fellaini headed in his second just after the interval, the points were made even more secure.“We started strong and we finished strong,” said Mourinho.England striker Kane continued his astonishing run by following up a Champions League hat-trick in midweek with two more goals as Spurs went 3-0 up by halftime at promoted Huddersfield. Ben Davies scored the other first-half goal and Moussa Sissoko added a fourth just before the final whistle.Kane, having failed to score at all in August once again, made it 13 for club and country during September.“Goals to games it is probably the best month I have had, especially after August,” he said.Watford recovered from two goals down at West Bromwich Albion to go fifth after the home team scored twice in three minutes in the first half through Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans.Abdoulaye Doucoure kept Watford in contention and Brazilian Richarlison headed an equaliser in the final minute of added time.Substitute Peter Crouch earned Stoke City a 2-1 win at home to Southampton after Maya Yoshida had equalised Mame Biram Diouf’s opener. Earlier Saido Berahino, who has not scored for 30 games, missed a penalty conceded by Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, playing his first game of the season.In two key games at the wrong end of the table, West Ham United had a late 1-0 win over Swansea City to move above them but Bournemouth were held at home by Leicester City.West Ham relieved some of the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic when two of his substitutes combined for a dramatic winning goal.Arthur Masuaku crossed for Diafra Sakho to score, taking the London side out of the bottom three and putting Swansea there instead.“It was a difficult atmosphere in some ways,” West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart said of a home crowd who grew increasingly restless.“I‘m never going to criticise the fans, they pay their money and have a right to their opinion.”Bournemouth stay bottom but one after dominating against Leicester but failing to score. Jermain Defoe came closest in the second minute, hitting the bar.In today’s three matches, sixth-placed Liverpool meet up with their former manager Rafa Benitez, now in charge of Newcastle United; Arsenal host Brighton and Everton are at home to Burnley.
Long-time women’s tennis head coach Richard Gallien announced Friday that he would step down at the end of the 2017 season after leading the Trojans for 22 years.“It has been a privilege to have coached so many brilliant young women in my 22 fantastic years at this remarkable university,” Gallien said. “All but two student-athletes who played for me received their degrees, something of which I am very proud.”Gallien compiled an impressive resume over the course of his Trojan tenure, guiding the program to 20 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and earning five Pac-12 Coach of the Year awards. Gallien has led the Trojans to three national semifinals and seven quarterfinals, most recently falling to eventual NCAA champions Vanderbilt in the 2015 semifinals.USC also won four conference titles on Gallien’s watch, finishing in the national top 10 on 11 occasions to date. Four individual players won Pac-12 Player of the Year under him, and three doubles teams were named conference Doubles Team of the Year — including the duo of Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian, who won the NCAA doubles championship in 2013.Photo courtesy of USC Athletics. Design by Steven Kramer“I look forward to coaching our team through the postseason and finishing strong,” Gallien said. “And in the future, I will always be rooting for all the teams at USC.”Since his arrival from Pepperdine in 1996, Gallien has compiled a 367-144 record at USC, though that record does not include seven vacated wins (and one win turned into a loss) from the 2010 NCAA sanctions levied against USC’s football, men’s basketball and women’s tennis programs for “lack of institutional control and extra benefits.” The tennis team’s penalty was self-imposed after former women’s tennis player Gabriela Niculescu made 123 unauthorized international calls to family members using an athletic department long-distance access code for a total cost of $7,000.This season, the Trojans are 5-7, having snapped a four-match losing run on Wednesday with a home victory over Loyola Marymount. Gallien’s final match at Marks Stadium will come against his alma mater Pepperdine on April 19. He will then coach his final regular season contest against crosstown rival UCLA in Westwood three days later before preparing for the postseason.
StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Stephen Mault – BetfairBetfair has teamed up with the Drone Racing League (DRL), the leading authority for professional drone racing to offer betting markets on the final race of the Allianz World Championship circuit at Alexandra Palace London (13 June).The Championship race will be the UK’s first professional drone race and will be held as part of London Tech Week, Europe’s largest festival of technology taking place from 12-16th June, featuring 6 of the world’s greatest FPV (first person view) pilots.Launching its first ever professional drone racing betting market, Stephen Mault, Head of Marketing for Betfair commented: “This is a great opportunity and we’re excited to see how a partnership like this will play out for us in the future given the rise in popularity of the sport of drone racing. Innovation and technology are the lifeblood of everything we do at Betfair and we are committed to constantly finding ways of enhancing and improving the experience of our customers.”With an estimated reach of 75 million fans worldwide, drone racing has been labelled the ‘world’s fastest growing sports’. The DRL’s 2017 season has been broadcast in more than 75 countries around the world, with partner channels including ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1, Disney XD and OSN.“Drone racing is a sport made for betting,” said DRL CEO/Founder Nicholas Horbaczewski.“It combines the raw thrill of short track racing with the complexity and strategy of motorsports. The Allianz World Championship race will be the first time a live audience will see the thrill of professional drone racing up close, and the inclusion of betting will make it that much more exciting for fans. We’re so excited to be able to bring this experience to drone racing with Paddy Power Betfair, a global leader in betting.”Video – What is DRL Drone Racing? Related Articles
Erik Karlsson says he’s not going to return “anytime soon” but will be back for the start of the playoffs “100 percent.” Hopes to play at least a few games before that. Current injury is different from previous groin strain but it’s in the same neighborhood #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) March 8, 2019Karlsson is dealing with a nagging groin injury and is taking a cautious approach in his first season with San Jose.He has totaled 45 points on 42 assists and three goals in 2018-19 to help the Sharks to a 40-19-8 record. They only trail the Flames in the Pacific Division and will likely have to challenge them for the division title without Karlsson.The Sharks have 15 regular season games remaining and will face the Blues on Saturday. San Jose might be without Erik Karlsson for a while.The Sharks defenseman said Friday that he won’t be back “anytime soon.” But, he does expect to be be back before the start of the playoffs, according to a report from The Athletic.
Authorities at the ministries of Labor and Gender Development and Social Protection, as well as the Liberia National Police (LNP) on yesterday appeared before Criminal Court ‘A” at the Temple of Justice, to give account of two state witnesses, Famatta Kanu and Kiadiatu Kamara, who are at the center of a human trafficking case.Their appearance stemmed from a request from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) prosecutorial arm of the government for a Writ of Subpoena ad Testificadum.Subpoena ad Testificandum is a writ issued by a court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court.Judge Roosevelt Willie has also mandated the government entities to explain why they should not be held in contempt for their individual roles played in releasing the witnesses without the knowledge of the Ministry of Justice.“Your failure to adhere to this Subpoena ad testificandum, will lead us to hold you in contempt,” Willie’s order said.The court’s mandate continues, “Failure on your part, the court will have no alternative but to take the appropriate legal action against you.”Famatta Kanu and Kiadiatu Kamara are prime witnesses of the government in regard to a case where the state indicted one Hawa Bangura for human trafficking.The case grew out of developments on November 30, 2017, when one Molley Passawe, chairman of Banjor community, outside Monrovia, reported an alleged trafficking in persons involving Famatta Kanu, 37, and her daughter Kiadiatu Kamara, 4, and a Sierra Leonean defendant identified as Hawa Bangura.The court’s record claimed that when the defendant and the victims were residing in Sierra Leone back then, Kiadiatu Kamara was selling for defendant Bangura and that Bangura persuaded Kamara to come to Liberia with her, to buy some goods (not named).When they arrived in Liberia, the record alleged, they did not have anywhere to sleep until after three days when they came across one Mohammed, who is at large. Mohammed is believed to have provided sleeping place for them.While they were at Mohammed’s place, defendant Bangura allegedly introduced one Lahai as her boyfriend, but her usual sleeping out of the place prompted a serious confusion between the two.During a conversation between Lahai and Bangura, Kamara claimed that she heard Bangura telling Lahai that she had sold two of her children, along with Kamara and her daughter.Bangura is reported to have said that she was going to earn enough money to be able to open a shop back home in Sierra Leone, according to Kamara.Seeing the uneasiness, Kamara reportedly claimed that she informed Bangura about her decision to go back to Sierra Leone.Kamara claimed Bangura told her that she had given money to somebody to buy second-hand clothes for them to take back to Sierra Leone, and so they had to wait awhile.Unfortunately, Kamara alleged that Bangura had arranged and negotiated with her boyfriend Lahai to sell Kamara and her daughter to Passawe.After the arrangement with Passawe about the sale of Kamara and her daughter, Lahai, on the orders of Bangura, took Kamara and her daughter to Passawe’s house for the transaction.It was during that time, the court’s record claimed, that Passawe immediately left them in his room and went outside where he managed to call people, who later arrested defendant Kamara.The matter is currently under further investigation while both individuals have been detained pending court trial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Joe Day Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Day is set to complete a permanent switch to Newport County after a successful loan spell with the League Two side.The 24-year-old made 16 appearances for County before returning to London Road last week but he has now agreed to head back to south Wales in January.Day is expected to remain at Peterborough for the rest of the month but has already agreed personal terms with Justin Edinburgh’s side ahead of a New Year switch.He is set to become Newport’s record signing, with the fee believed to surpass the £20,000 they paid for striker Christian Jolley in 2013.