Poyet takes blame for heavy defeat

first_img The Uruguayan was swiftly installed as a 1/4 favourite to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job with bookmaker William Hill after a humiliating afternoon at the Stadium of Light, and although he insisted he had not heard from owner Ellis Short in the immediate aftermath of the debacle, he took the criticism on the chin. Poyet said: “I am responsible. I am one of the few in football nowadays, I am honest. When things go right, I tell you I am responsible, and when things go wrong, I tell you I am responsible. I don’t pick and choose. “There’s one thing Gus has got, he’s got a bigger heart than anyone.” Sherwood was thrilled with his side’s display, but was taking nothing for granted despite seeing them ease themselves six points clear of the drop zone. He said: “It’s a fantastic step towards safety, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, we realise that. We have managed to drag Sunderland into it now and push them underneath us, but it’s all about next week now, Swansea at home, and getting the points there. “I’m sure our fans will be very jubilant and welcoming the players to a home fixture. The boys are looking forward now to playing at home in front of an expectant crowd. “Losing becomes a habit, doesn’t it, and winning does also, so we are hoping to continue that, albeit it’s only three games.” Meanwhile, Poyet was less than happy with a comment from former team-mate Chris Sutton in a BBC blog in which he likened Sebastian Larsson’s delayed return for the second half to a pub team player having a cigarette at half-time. Poyet said: “Seb Larsson is one of the biggest and best professionals we have got at the football club. He had a massive cut in his leg, they were trying to stitch it, they couldn’t do it quickly enough. “He didn’t want to come off because he felt responsible for the 4-0 in the first half, and we waited for him. We asked the referee to delay a little bit the second half – there are some rules in football which mean you can do it, but not for long – and he came out. “It’s very disrespectful about one hell of a professional. Seb Larsson doesn’t deserve that.” “I hate people when they pick and choose and they change, they have got too many faces. I am not. I am responsible and as the one who is responsible, you are the one who has to take it.” Asked if he was determined to carry on in his mission to drag the Black Cats out of trouble for the second successive season, Poyet remained defiant. He said: “I do. That’s not even in question. I need to accept the responsibility. I pick the team, we train in a certain way and then Saturday 3pm, that’s the thing.” Sunderland’s hopes of a much-needed victory were dashed inside 44 chaotic minutes as Villa ended a 614-minute wait for an away league goal, and then built upon it in impressive style to race into a decisive 4-0 lead. Christian Benteke set the ball rolling with a neat 16th-minute shot from Leandro Bacuna’s pull-back and after Gabriel Agbonlahor had helped himself to a double, followed suit a minute before the break with a powerful header which gave bemused goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon no chance. The defeat saw Villa leapfrog Sunderland, who are now in 17th place and just four points clear of the relegation zone. However, there was support for Poyet from former Tottenham team-mate and Villa boss Tim Sherwood. He said: “It’s not great, is it, when you are beaten heavily at home, but Gus will bounce back. He’s that type of character who has seen it all and done it all before. Press Association Under-fire head coach Gus Poyet took full responsibility after Sunderland were trounced 4-0 at home by fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. last_img read more

United and PSG agree Di Maria fee

first_img United gave Di Maria permission to speak to PSG after agreeing a 63million euro (£44.3million) fee with the big-spending French club. United signed Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7million last summer, but after an encouraging start his form dipped drastically and he only started one of the final 10 games of last season. The former Real Madrid winger was left unsettled after an attempted burglary on his Cheshire home in February. Since then, the 27-year-old and his family have been living in a city-centre apartment in Manchester owned by former United defender Phil Neville. Di Maria said as recently as June that he wanted to stay at United, but it became apparent that he had his heart set on a move to the French capital in the last couple of weeks. The Argentinian was due to report for duty during the second leg of United’s pre-season tour of the United States on July 25, but failed to show. After United’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in Chicago on Thursday, Laurent Blanc said both clubs were “close” to striking a deal for the former Benfica player. ”Manchester United and PSG are two big clubs and negotiations can be difficult but we are close to the end,” the PSG coach said. Press Association Angel di Maria looks set to have a medical with Paris St Germain over the next 24 hours after Manchester United agreed to sell the midfielder to the French club for 63million euros. United manager Louis van Gaal claimed at the time that he had no idea where his star midfielder was. ”I don’t know where he is,” the United boss said. ”You can ask that every week but I don’t answer that question.” Van Gaal is expected to move quickly to sign a replacement for Di Maria. The Dutchman is interested in Barcelona forward Pedro, who was frustrated by his lack of game time at the Nou Camp last season. Press Association Sport understands Di Maria is due to hold talks with PSG officials in Doha on Sunday and is expected to undergo a medical with the French champions. If all goes to plan, he could sign for PSG as early as Monday. last_img read more

Stars align at Kempton for King George Christmas cracker

first_img The latter is also responsible for Vautour, emphatic winner of the JLT Novices’ Chase at last season’s Cheltenham Festival and successful on his reappearance in the Stella Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot last month. Leading the home team is Colin Tizzard’s Cue Card, who has returned to his best this term with wins in Wetherby’s Charlie Hall Chase and the Betfair Chase at Haydock. Silviniaco Conti was beaten seven lengths by Cue Card on the latter occasion but cannot be discounted as he has won this race for the last two years. Al Ferof, a former Nicholls inmate, has finished third in the last two renewals of the King George and showed his well-being with a facile victory in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon earlier this month – his first outing for Dan Skelton. Another strong contender is Smad Place, who was given the go-ahead to run after the devastating Hennessy Gold Cup winner satisfied trainer Alan King in a workout on Monday morning. “He schooled grand and Wayne (Hutchinson, jockey) was very happy with him,” said the Barbury Castle handler. “He’s been confirmed for the King George and, at this stage, everything is going according to plan.” Completing the 10 are David Pipe’s Ballynagour and the Rebecca Curtis-trained Irish Cavalier. Irish challengers Don Cossack and Vautour are among the star names among the 10 horses left in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. Don Cossack, trained by Gordon Elliott, has been the star performer over fences so far this season with impressive victories at Punchestown and in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal. He is owned by Gigginstown House Stud, who have two other possibles in Noel Meade’s Road To Riches and Valseur Lido, trained by Willie Mullins. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Williams edges out strong field to win Burnham Memorial Two-Stage Cycling Race

first_imgA FIRST-place position by former Caribbean Senior Road Racing champion, Marlon Williams, in Stage One was enough to give him an overall victory against a strong field yesterday in the Forbes Burnham Memorial Two-Stage Cycling Race.Forty-two of the country’s top cyclists competed from Linden to Georgetown yesterday morning, before 30 of them (those who did not complete the first stage could not start the second) rode from Carifesta Avenue to Belfield on the East Coast of Demerara and back for the finish.Team Evolution cyclist, Williams, who clocked 2:59:50 from Linden to Georgetown, but who faded to sixth position in the afternoon leg, had still done enough to finish with an overall time of 4:14:28.Curtis Dey, who finished third yesterday morning and fourth in the afternoon, was two seconds behind in the overall count at 4:14:30, while Marcus Keiler, who won the Courts Mashramani 50-mile Road Race on Sunday in Berbice, placed third overall.Keiler had made ground in the afternoon with a third-place finish.  He tallied 4:14:34. Christopher Griffith won the East Coast leg in 1:14:30. He was followed by Andrew Hicks and Keiler; with Dey, Kemuel Moses and Williams making up the top six.Hicks placed fourth overall in a time of 4:14:35, while Paul DeNobrega finished fifth (4:14:36) and Stephano Husbands sixth (4:14:38)Meanwhile, Paul Cho-Wee-Nam won the veterans battle ahead of Alex Mendes and Jaikarran Sookhai, while Mario Washington was the overall Junior winner.  David Hicks finished second and J. Thom third.The race was organised and sponsored by the Forbes Burnham Foundation and supervised by the Flying Stars Cycling Club.last_img read more

Year in Review: Born Leaders

first_imgBEN SCHMIDT/Herald photoThis past year shed a spotlight on head coaches at the University of Wisconsin.Just as 2006 began, football coaching legend Barry Alvarez said his good-byes after the Badgers’ Capital One Bowl victory over Auburn, as Bret Bielema then took over the reins.Being the second-youngest coach in NCAA Division I football at age 36, Bielema had a great amount of weight on his shoulders. Making matters more difficult, Wisconsin was a team that was predicted to finish in the middle of the Big Ten after losing several key members from a year ago.Nevertheless, Bielema guided the UW football team to an 11-1 record and a return trip to the Capital One Bowl, becoming just the sixth rookie head coach in NCAA history to win 11 games. Along the way, Bielema earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors, becoming only the second coach in Wisconsin history to win the award — the other being his predecessor, Alvarez.”It’s a tremendous honor,” Bielema said his award in a Nov. 21 press conference. “It’s something that I’ll carry with me for a long time, but really it’s a reflection of what our team has been able to do, and our staff.”I’m very proud of what our guys have been able to accomplish here.”But Bielema wasn’t the only head coach on campus to enjoy success this past year.Wisconsin’s softball program hired its first new head coach — the second in its 10-year history — in Chandelle Schulte.Despite inheriting a team that lost six starters on the diamond, Schulte led the softball team to a 22-win season, the Badgers’ eighth season with a .500 record or better. She also recorded her 300th career victory as a head coach after several successful seasons at both Southern Charleston and the College of Charleston before arriving in Madison.While it may have been no surprise, Ed Nuttycombe led the UW men’s track and field team to yet another dominating season. For the third straight year, Nuttycombe was named the Big Ten’s outdoor and indoor track and field Coach of the Year. But Nuttycombe let his team do the talking for him as, also for the third straight year, the Badgers won the Big Ten Triple Crown — cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field championships in the same academic year.Several other UW head coaches hit some personal milestones as well.Women’s soccer head coach Dean Duerst — already the program’s winningest coach in his 13 seasons at the helm — earned his 150th career victory and volleyball head coach Pete Waite marked his 450th career win.But the one Wisconsin head coach who earned the highest honors was Mark Johnson of the women’s hockey team.After leading the Badgers to the national championship, Johnson was named the 2006 American Hockey Coaches Association Division I Coach of the Year.The title and award are just the latest of Johnson’s achievements, though, as every year since Johnson has taken over as head coach, the Badgers have set a new school record for wins.It’s easy to see, with all these accomplished head coaches, how Wisconsin is quickly establishing itself as a school of winning tradition on many college athletic fronts.last_img read more

Lakers more encouraged with growth than with 110-93 loss to Thunder

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY >> The cast of characters has changed on the court and behind the scenes. But Magic Johnson’s arrival does not mean the Lakers will show much on-court magic just yet.Johnson witnessed the Lakers experience a 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena because of season-long issues.Thunder guard Russell Westbrook may have reminded Johnson of himself. Despite shooting only 4 for 18 from the field, Westbrook (8 for 9 from the foul line) posted his 28th triple-double of the season and second against the Lakers with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 17 assists. Westbrook, Johnson and Rajon Rondo are the only three NBA players in the last 40 years to log at least 17 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists in a game.Meanwhile, the Lakers struggled once again from the field (40 of 101), from 3-point range (7 of 35) and in the third quarter (Lakers were outscored 28-19). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Obviously it sucks to lose,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “But there was good building going on with that.”The Lakers were expected to endure more short-term pain even after they shuffled their front office earlier this week with an eye toward the future. Johnson and Walton saw just that as the Lakers (19-40) lost their third consecutive game. But Walton also saw “a lot of really good things” that left him encouraged about the team’s long-term development.Walton followed through on his pledge to lean more on his young group after trading high-scoring sixth man Lou Williams to Houston this week for a first-round pick and Corey Brewer.Despite shooting only 3 for 12 from 3-point range, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell scored a team-leading 29 points on 12-of-26 shooting with six assists, four rebounds and a career-high four steals in 35 minutes.Though he believed Russell forced shots at times, Walton also saw Russell showing some “really good moments” in both showing vocal leadership and leading a late fourth-quarter charge that cut a 20-point deficit to single digits with 4:18 remaining. “My teammates did a great job of finding me. But I’m definitely trying to find ways to be aggressive,” Russell said. “I just spoke on what I saw. Guys did the same with me. They spoke on what they saw on what I could’ve done better at or what I could’ve done in certain aspects. I try to do my best.”With Williams no longer there to share ball-handling duties and shots, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson appeared more assertive and comfortable with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds, though he was just 6 for 17 from the field.Walton liked Clarkson’s defensive effort on Westbrook despite his numbers, noting “that’s what you do on superstars, you make it hard on him.” Meanwhile, Clarkson admitted Williams’ absence made him feel less inclined to shoot on almost every possession.“I just try not to force stuff knowing the ball is going to come back,” Clarkson said. “I was trying to look for my teammates, trying to make plays and when the shots come, you just take them.”Lakers forward Julius Randle had his 12th double-double of the season (13 points, 11 rebounds) despite committing five fouls. Walton liked the decision making from rookie forward Brandon Ingram, who had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes, including all of the first quarter. Lakers reserve forward Larry Nance Jr. had a season-high 12 rebounds. Rookie center Ivica Zubac had 11 points and six rebounds, while pleasing Walton with his defense on Thunder center Enes Kanter (four points on 2-of-12 shooting).Those developments did not make Walton bear a smile as wide as Johnson’s. But Walton still talked with his players more about their positive developments than their negative ones.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Axne seeks to revive federal tax credit for advanced biofuels

first_imgWASHINGTON — Congresswoman Cindy Axne has introduced a bill that would make a federal tax credit for cellulosic or “advanced” biofuels permanent.“It was a $1.01 per gallon tax credit for producers that expired (at the end of 2017),” Axne told Radio Iowa. “I am re-establishing that tax credit so that our farmers can be supported, we can create more jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, represents Iowa’s third congressional district. She said reviving the tax credit will support more innovation in developing so-called “advanced biofuels” made from things like corn stalks and husks.“Really using that waste of plant material, and animal waste as well, to create energy from it,” Axne said.The biofuel industry has been hit by EPA waivers that have reduced the amount of biofuel production required under the Renewable Fuels Standard and Axne said this tax credit would help advanced biofuels producers recover.“Anything that helps our farmers and our ag community, as we all know in Iowa, helps all of us in this country,” Axne said. “I’m hoping that we’ll be able to get this through. I’m feeling pretty good about it.”Republican Chuck Grassley is sponsoring a bill in the U.S. Senate that would extend the 39 federal tax credits, including this per gallon tax credit for advanced biofuel producers.last_img read more

Iowans with disabilities urged to make their votes count

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa will play a pivotal role in the selection of 2020 presidential candidates – but too often, Iowans living with disabilities just don’t vote.About 11% of Iowans report having a disability, but that figure jumps to 30% for people age 65 and older. National Disability Voter Registration Week starts Monday, July 15, an effort to make this bloc of voters more influential.Rik Shannon, public policy manager for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says barriers faced by people with disabilities will be acknowledged during “Rev Up” week.“‘Rev Up,’ stands for register, educate, vote, and use your power,” says Shannon, “all of which are really applicable to a growing segment of the population. People with disability in 2020 will number about 23% of the vote.”It’s estimated one in four U.S. adults has a disability. A study by Rutgers University found that if people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without, there would be nearly 2.5 million more votes cast.Democratic presidential hopefuls have been in Iowa for weeks, but Shannon says exposure to the candidates doesn’t necessarily turn into votes. The Rutgers study showed that, although the 2018 midterm elections experienced the highest voter turnout ever among people with disabilities, a nearly 5% gap still existed between them and other registered voters.“That was even more significant in Iowa, where we had 64 percent of people without disabilities turning out, versus only 56 percent of people with disabilities,” Shannon adds. “So, that’s an 8.6 percent gap.”In January next year, Democratic voters in both Iowa and Nevada will be able to caucus through their phones for the first time, after the Democratic National Committee mandated that caucuses find ways to be more inclusive.last_img read more

Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity and Home Instead Senior Care Donate…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Home Instead Senior CareMore than 130 families coping with Alzheimer’s disease will now receive much-needed support thanks to the Hilarity for Charity and Home Instead Senior Care Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program. Hilarity for Charity®, a movement established with the Alzheimer’s Association®, led by actors and writers Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, announced the partnership with Home Instead Senior Care® to offer grants for in-home care services to eligible U.S. and Canadian families in October of 2014. Today, the first grants were awarded to Alzheimer’s families in need, totaling more than 6,000 hours of care.Grant recipients will be connected with a Home Instead franchise in their community, which provide a professional CAREGiverSM specially trained in how to most effectively and compassionately assist individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Grants range from short-term grants of 25 hours to long-term care, based on the need of the family.“Sometimes, just a few hours a week can provide a welcome break for family caregivers,” explains Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead Senior Care. “Having the peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for by a highly-skilled CAREGiver can allow families to focus on the other areas of their life that they may have neglected since an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.”The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program is funded by Hilarity for Charity donations, including the organization’s annual Variety Show fundraiser in which nearly $1 million was raised in 2014. To supplement this funding, United States- and Canada-based Home Instead Senior Care franchise owners pledged more than 37,000 hours of in-home care services, valued at $740,000. Individuals living in Canada or the U.S. and providing care to the nearly six million loved ones in North America living with Alzheimer’s disease are eligible to apply.For more information about the Alzheimer’s Care Grant Program, including how you can donate or apply for future respite care grants, visit www.HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com.last_img read more

20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $229,500 INTO FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_img20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $229,500 INTO FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA; FIRST POST TIME FOR EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2020)–Live racing will resume at Santa Anita with a four-day week on Friday and fans will be greeted by a substantial 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $229,500.With a carryover from Saturday of $197,331 to shoot at, $140,508 in new money was wagered today, creating a total Jackpot pool of $337,839.With no single ticket winner, there were 294 consolation tickets with six, each worth $255.30.With an eight-race card on Friday, approximate post time for the third race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is at 2 p.m. PT.First post time Friday is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.There will be special holiday racing on Monday, Presidents’ Day and it’s also Dollar Day at Santa Anita, with one dollar beers, sodas and two dollar hot dogs.Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday and Thursday in the Grandstand Paddock Room. Admission is free and the Paddock Room will open at 10 a.m.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more