Sammy Ameobi netted twice to leave Nottingham Forest with one foot in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs and Swansea’s hopes looking rather slimmer following a 2-2 draw at the City Ground.The Reds winger netted from the edge of the box in spectacular fashion in both halves, to cancel out a fine strike from Rhian Brewster and a controversial penalty by Andre Ayew. It left Sabri Lamouchi’s side sitting in fifth place, five points clear of seventh-placed Millwall, with two games to play – while Steve Cooper’s Swans sit a point behind Millwall in eighth, with Welsh rivals Cardiff currently holding on to sixth position.To add to Swansea’ woes they finished the game with 10 men following Kyle Naughton’s late red card.Swansea should have taken the lead when Ayew planted a header wide, while Connor Roberts also came close with a low, driven shot that found the side netting.So it was not a shock when their bright start ended with the visitors taking an eighth-minute lead. Jake Bidwell whipped in a low cross from the left side to pick out Brewster, who swept home an unstoppable finish from 10 yards.It was no more than Swansea deserved with Forest having looked tentative and uncertain. But the home side did eventually spring into life in the 20th minute when they equalised in spectacular fashion.It was Forest’s first meaningful effort on goal when Yuri Ribeiro fed the ball to Ameobi several yards outside the box.The former Bolton man surged forward a few strides before curling a precise, spectacular finish beyond the reach of keeper Erwin Mulder and inside the upright.Forest were growing into the game and a probing run down the right side from Lewis Grabban ended with a ball cut back across the face of goal that Swansea eventually cleared.Forest’s Tobias Figueiredo was then booked for a robust challenge, right on the edge of the box, on Bidwell. After Ameobi had been inches away from scoring a second for Forest with an angled shot, another challenge right on the edge of the opposite box – and again seemingly just outside – resulted in a penalty for Swansea in the final minute of the first half.Ryan Yates clipped Ayew, referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot and the forward regained his feet to lift the ball to the right of Brice Samba, who had dived to his left, and Swansea had the lead at the interval.Forest levelled again 10 minutes into the second half when Ameobi conjured up another cracker.After being fed the ball by Carl Jenkinson on the right side, Ameobi cut inside Bidwell, powered towards the edge of the box and found the bottom corner with a precise, driven shot.RelatedPosts Arsenal, others rejected me — Ebere Eze FA Cup: Millwall ease past Newport to reach fourth round Nottingham Forest wants Sammy Ameobi When Bidwell delivered into the box again Ayew looked poised to put Swansea ahead for a third time, but Ribeiro and Samba managed to block between them.Swansea found themselves down to 10 men when Naughton launched into a bad challenge on substitute Alex Mighten, to earn an instant red card in the 82nd minute.—Tags: Andrew AyewCity groundMillwallSabri LamouchiSammy AmeobiSky Bet Championship
Press Association McArthur, who was injured during the match at Old Trafford prior to the international break, took part in a light training session on Thursday and could feature. Kevin Doyle has recovered from a groin injury that saw him pull out of Republic of Ireland’s international friendly against the United States and the striker will be on the bench on Sunday. After finishing 11th last season under Tony Pulis, Palace are 17th heading into Sunday’s home match. Palace have lost four of their last five games, including the loss at Old Trafford last time out. Defensive woes have plagued the club, with Palace possessing the second leakiest defence in the competition with 20 goals given away in 11 games. Boss Neil Warnock says the players worked hard during the international break to improve. “We have concentrated on the defence,” the 65-year-old said. “You have to get clean sheets to progress in this league and that is what we will try to do in the next few weeks.” Warnock is also hopeful that his team can be more clinical up front. “We need to create a little bit more,” he said. “The teams perhaps have found us a little bit predictable. “We’ve had easy opportunities in the past games and we haven’t been able to put them away. We have been unlucky but you cannot feel sorry for yourself. “We have eight games until January and we are looking all around to see if we will improve our squad. But we have a good group. We just need more goals.” Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli’s hamstring problem, sustained on international duty with Italy, will be assessed ahead of the trip. With fellow forward Daniel Sturridge ruled out until 2015 with a new thigh injury, manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested summer signing Rickie Lambert will have a greater part to play. Midfielder Jordan Henderson is expected to be involved after being rested by England against Scotland in midweek as a precaution. Boss Rodgers, whose side have won just once in their last six matches in all competitions and taken only one point from their last three league matches, may opt for a change in tactics at Selhurst Park. “You have to find the solutions when you are not winning games,” he said. “You have to assess where you can be better and that is something I will always do. “I am not dogmatic. I have shown in my time here we have played in various systems: possession and fast football, counter-attacking football. “There are other possibilities for us and we will always explore that. “That was one of the reasons we brought in the likes of Rickie. He is a talented footballer but he gives you a different option of playing in a different way. “When he is in the team you have to ensure you get crosses into the box and get service for him, but it is the job of the manager to analyse that and pick what is the best structure in the game to get you a result.” Rodgers also believes a return to Palace would not hold any traumatic memories for them after their late collapse from 3-0 up to draw 3-3 last season, which put the final nail in their title dream. “For me it wasn’t the game that cost us,” he said, referring to the home defeat by Chelsea the previous week which took the destiny out of their own hands. “It is a new season, we have a new motivation to go there and get a result. “It was a disappointment that night but we are very determined to kick-start our season.” Crystal Palace will be bolstered by the return of captain Mile Jedinak for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League home match against Liverpool. The Australia international missed his team’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester United last time out through suspension. Jedinak’s availability is a boost for Palace’s midfield line with Scotland international James McArthur doubtful with a calf problem.
New Delhi: The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to get underway on March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai with Mumbai Indians kicking off the campaign on their home ground.Speaking to IANS, a Delhi Capitals official said that the starting date is set to be March 29 with defending champions MI playing the opener at Wankhede.”I am told that the 2020 edition of the IPL will start on March 29 at Wankhede,” the official said.This means that the teams playing the first couple of games will miss the services of the Australian, English and Kiwi foreign recruits as there will be two international series on at that point in time with Australia and New Zealand clashing in a T20I series that has the last game on March 29 and the England-Sri Lanka Test series which ends on March 31. Speaking to IANS, a senior official of one of the franchises had earlier said that they were keeping fingers crossed that the IPL Governing Council will go back to the old format of having doubleheaders through the tournament and start around April 1. IANSAlso Read: 971 players register for Indian Premier League 2020 auctionAlso Watch: Minister Pijush Hazarika rebuts claims of paid crowd at BJP peace rally in Jagi Road
DEFENDING male champion Avinash Persaud feels that a positive mental approach will be the key to doing well at the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) premier golf tournament – the Guyana Open, which is billed for November 4-5.The 26-year-old, who enjoys the sport to its fullest, claimed his seventh Guyana Open title last year and intends to reach the same heights again, but acknowledged that the task will not be that easy.“I’m excited. It’s a venue that obviously holds good memories for me – hopefully, I can defend my title with ease,” said the Lusignan resident.In a thriller last year, Persaud finished with a total Gross of 149 and a Net aggregate of 145, but emphasised that this year’s tournament will be very challenging, taking into consideration the number of good players around.Despite the challenges he anticipates, Persaud remains optimistic. He pointed out during the exclusive interview that the venue is his home turf, adding that once he does the basic, and plays within his game limits, success will come his way.Joaan DeoTo this end, he has intensified his training, with the view of reaching peak touch when the two-day event reaches.As usual golfers from Guyana, North America and the Caribbean will compete against one another, in what will be a highly competitive two-day tournament.The LGC is using the tournament to once again aid in the sports tourism drive, as the event will draw a wide cross-section of golfers and supporters from various countries.The LGC is anticipating a large turnout of competitors on the nine-hole course, with heated rivalry in the Championship Flight (0-9 handicap), B Flight (10-18), C Flight (19-28) and Ladies Flight.On the distaff side, Joaan Deo, will be looking to retain the title she won in 2016. Deo defeated Shaunella Webster after recording a total Net 138 and a Gross of 180.Meanwhile, as preparations intensify for the Guyana Open, local golfers will meet again today in the Maersk Sealand golf tournament.Tee-off time is 12:30hrs at the country’s lone golf course at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara.
Published on February 11, 2016 at 12:04 am Contact Liam: email@example.com Riley Donahue follows in family’s footsteps while creating own name with Syracuse women This is placeholder text Advertisement Facebook Twitter Google+ Riley Donahue received her first lacrosse stick from her father before she was 6 years old. After watching her two older brothers Dylan and Collin play, she had been clamoring for one of her own.Donahue was shorter than the stick at the time, but her father Kevin dyed the white men’s stick her favorite colors, purple and pink.The stick remains in the Donahue’s garage today. It serves as a distinct twist on Donahue’s lacrosse lineage, which features her dad, three uncles and two brothers, all of whom have played at Syracuse.“I can learn a lot from what they’ve all done here for their programs and the success my family’s had,” Donahue said.After 12 years of playing in the shadow of her family members who have left their mark upon the men’s program, the sophomore is primed to make a name for herself in 2016.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut with current seniors Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana combining for 182 of SU’s 441 total points last year, the upperclassmen will shoulder most of the offensive load on the attack this season. The pair leaves Donahue as Syracuse’s third attack, a position she’s more than comfortable with as she learns from and quietly builds upon her family’s example.Courtesy of Syracuse Athletic CommunicationsRiley Donahue fights off a defender in a game against North Carolina on April 11, 2015. She had an assist and four shots in the game.Even as a freshman in 2015, Donahue provided head coach Gary Gait with a reliable complementary option with the third-most goals, 28, and third-most assists, 15, on the team while starting every game. Donahue already possesses a savvy lacrosse IQ, seizes opportunities on the attack and excels at groundballs, Gait said, but in 2016, he’ll ask for more as he looks to diversify his team’s attack even further.“There’s so much focus of Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana … and (Donahue’s) going to be able to quietly play her game and put up some unbelievable numbers,” Gait said. “Most people talking will be talking about those players, and she’ll just be out there getting the job done.”As a high-profile recruit with a familiar last name, expectations were high for Donahue during her freshman campaign. Treanor and Majorana would thread no-look passes that soared by, catching Donahue unaware. She found herself playing timid at times and taking the field in the Carrier Dome for the first time brought nerves that hindered her play.This year has been noticeably different, though, as Donahue’s confidence blossomed throughout fall practice and pre-season workouts. Over Winter Break, she spent five days a week at Manley Field House doing wall-ball drills, putting shots on net and even occasionally playing with her brother Dylan and other players on the men’s team.She possessed a strong shot, a knack for being in the right place at the right time and even an ability to score last year, Majorana said. But with added repetitions, Donahue’s confidence has increased, making Syracuse even more dangerous.She’s a sophomore, but she plays like a senior. She’s not afraid to lead people out there and now she’s not afraid to be vocal.Halle MajoranaEven as Donahue improves, she’ll take a backseat like she did while growing up. She had her own friends, but would spend a lot of her time at her brother’s practices and watching games.As she grew up, she’d play in the backyard with both of her brothers — sharpening a tough, mental edge. Now she practices with her teammates, coordinating times to meet up for extra work with a group text message with the other attacks.The work isn’t to overtake Treanor and Majorana as the team’s offensive leaders, but to better complement the pair and make opponents’ third defender pay. Even when she had been the star of a team in high school, she shied away from the attention that comes with the leading role.Emma Comtois | Design EditorLaurie Donahue, her mother, remembers Riley pacing the kitchen while on the phone with her high school lacrosse coach, Bob Elmer, who informed his star senior attacker she had earned 2014 CNY Player of the Year honors.“He told her the award and she said, ‘What’s that?’” Laurie said. “She’s just always been that way, hating attention. Riley does what she does for her teammates and because she loves lacrosse.”In 2016, Donahue doesn’t have to be the star. But just like her pink and purple men’s stick, she’s going to take what others have given her and make it distinctly hers.“I just want to build on some of the things that I have learned so far here at Syracuse and try to make a little bit of a name for myself as well,” Donahue said. “On one hand, I don’t have to do much, but on the other, I think I have a really big role to play.” Comments Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.
Published on March 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON — Syracuse had lost to Pittsburgh on Dec. 30 and on Feb. 20. In those games, Pittsburgh’s Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther combined for 15 total points. The Panthers won both those games the same way, limiting Michael Gbinije, relying on Jamel Artis, and using a late-game run to create separation.It’s been 29 years since Syracuse lost to a team three times in one season. And the Orange snapped that streak against the Panthers on Wednesday afternoon. And it was those two previously irrelevant Pitt players that added an unseen dimension.“They were humungous on the offensive end,” Malachi Richardson said. “We just didn’t get out to them fast enough to stop them on the inside.”Johnson finished with a career high 24 points. Luther added 13 more. They made up more than half of Pittsburgh’s offense and were as clutch late as they were hot early in Pittsburgh’s (21-10, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) 72-71 win over Syracuse (19-13, 9-9) on Wednesday afternoon at the Verizon Center.Pittsburgh’s bench outscored its starters 20-11 in the first half, and helped keep separation in the second half when the Orange mounted a late-game run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“His improvement has been dramatic. He’s made us better … a lot of big plays from him,” Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said about the redshirt freshman Johnson. “Ryan, too. Ryan gave us some really good minutes. He’s been good against the zone.”Syracuse led by as many as 10 points, but it was two Johnson 3’s that helped bring Pittsburgh back. The second one tied the score at 26. When the Orange cut the lead from 14 to four in the second half, Johnson hit another 3, from the exact same right-wing spot that he made the others from.And on the next possession down — after a Richardson layup, it was Luther that cleaned up his own miss and scored a bucket to keep stalling the Orange’s run. Artis took just five shots, Michael Young made only four. James Robinson waited until the last minute to be effective offensively. It was these two that were the catalyst.“He stepped up tonight,” Gbinije said about Johnson. “We should have done a better job locating him in the zone. We didn’t and he made us pay for it.”The two also led Pittsburgh in rebounding, combining for 11 boards on the afternoon. They were two unknowns coming in. They averaged a combined 9.3 points per game. Syracuse found a way to lose to Pittsburgh three times this season. Two of them followed one formula, but Johnson and Luther had to switch things up to ensure it happened again.“We came here to shoot last night. I thought I felt pretty good,” Johnson said. “Warmups, same thing. Came out early, got some form shooting in. Then went from there.” Comments
“They win 57 games and then in the playoffs with all that ugliness going on in the background, they beat Golden State in seven and lose to Oklahoma City in six. And we (TNT) just did so many of those games. And they looked to be a different team.”Albert, at the time of this conversation, noted the Clippers had won seven of their past nine. “But there is something that is different about them, maybe because the West is even better has something to do with it,” he said of the Clippers, who have lost three in a row and four of five and next play today at 10 a.m. (on Ch. 7) at Oklahoma City (25-25).Albert pointed to what he perceived to be “bad losses” Jan. 30 at New Orleans, which was without Anthony Davis, and Monday at Brooklyn when the Clippers blew a nine-point lead with 1:46 to play.“They’re just so hard to explain,” said Albert, who has been calling basketball games since 1967. “They win in San Antonio (Jan. 31) by 20 points. … But I don’t think at this point — and that can change — that they’re as good as they were at the end of last season.” Albert, by the way, said of Griffin, “He’s been solid.”Griffin is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and is shooting 50.1 percent from the field while shooting more from the outside. In 2013-14 he averaged 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 52.8 percent operating more in the paint. He is dunking less, meaning there is less ferocity in the paint these days for the Clippers.Griffin has 70 dunks so far, so he won’t get anywhere near the 176 he had a season ago. He had 214 — his career high — in his rookie season.He’s averaging a career-best 5.1 assists.Paul fined $25,000Chris Paul has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for harsh comments he made about rookie referee Lauren Holtkamp after the Clippers’ 105-94 loss Thursday at Cleveland, it was announced Saturday by Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the NBA.Here’s what Paul said postgame to ESPN.com regarding the technical foul Holtkamp assessed him in the third quarter:“I think we have to show better composure, but at the same time some of (the technical fouls] were ridiculous. The tech that I get right there was ridiculous. I don’t care what nobody says, I don’t care what she says; that’s terrible. There’s no way that can be a tech. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court, and when we did that, she said, ‘Uh-uh.’ I said, ‘Why, uh-uh?’ And she gave me a tech. That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.”Scouting the ThunderWhile the Clippers are now in sixth in the Western Conference standings, the Thunder (25-25) are in 10th, three games out of the eighth playoff spot.Point guard Russell Westbrook leads OKC in scoring and assists with respective averages of 26.1 and 7.6. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant (toe) played in the Thunder’s loss to the Pelicans on Friday, but might not play today. He’s averaging 25.2 points and 6.7 rebounds.Griffin on Friday’s lossThe Clippers (33-18) led by 20 points (30-20) late in the first quarter Friday at Toronto, only to lose by 16 (123-107). They trailed by 24 points midway through the fourth quarter, meaning there was a 44-point turn around in less than three quarters.“I don’t think that our energy was the same,” Griffin said. “We came out and jumped out to a great lead playing really good basketball, and somewhere along the way we just kind of lost that pace, and that rhythm.” The question to TNT play-by-play man Marv Albert centered on Blake Griffin, and whether his efforts to take his game more to the outside has helped or hurt the Clippers.Griffin’s numbers are down a bit in many areas — rebounding, scoring, shooting percentage — but up in assists.Albert, who this week along with several colleagues played host to a conference call promoting the upcoming All-Star game — of which Griffin will be a part — took off in a different direction after speaking just briefly about Griffin. To Albert, this is not the same Clippers team he saw at the end of 2013-14.“I think there is something off with the Clippers this season, from what I’ve seen,” Albert said Thursday morning before the Clippers’ blowout loss at Cleveland and subsequent loss Friday at Toronto. “Last year you had the Donald Sterling saga, which they were able to, you know, basically it was ‘them against us’ and Doc Rivers did such a terrific job in keeping the team together. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The Honda Classic: Wyndham Clark solo leader, searches for first PGA Tour win “My problem with the rule is that unless a caddie is clearly lining a player up (which is very obvious), I don’t see how there’s any benefit to it,” he wrote. “Doesn’t make the game any better in my eyes. That being said, we know the rule and have to be careful to go by it”It appears the two parties have set up a meeting with the USGA again tweeting: “Justin, thanks for connecting with us offline. We look forward to meeting with you and talking through these issues. It’s clear we both want to do what’s right by the game.” “You’ve canceled every meeting we’ve planned with you, but we are reaching out again,” the USGA wrote on Twitter. “We were at the first 5 events, and tournaments last year, and your tour has had a seat at the table for 7 years. We’d love nothing more than to give you a seat. Call us.”The USGA was responding to Thomas’ tweet that called out the organization for not effectively communicating new rules to golfers. Related News Justin Thomas heard the four words no one ever wants to hear: “We need to talk.”The message came from the United States Golf Association after Thomas’ latest rant on a questionable penalty. PGA Tour player DQ’d because (wait for it) greens-map book was too big Totally agree… I more so say things in hopes that the USGA starts communicating with the current players to better the game and the sport. The rules are rules, no getting past that. Just hoping going forward, communication is had and ALL GOLFERS benefit from any changes 👌🏽 https://t.co/86TE7L8AnR— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) March 2, 2019Thomas’ words were just some of the backlash the USGA received Saturday after Adam Schenk was assessed a two-stroke penalty for a rules violation in the second round of the Honda Classic. The violation occurred when Schenk’s caddie stood behind him once he was in his stance on the 17th hole on Friday.The penalty wasn’t announced until Saturday and it ended up changing the bogey Schenk carded on the par-3 17th to a triple.After the announcement, Thomas took to Twitter using the hashtag “#growthegame.”#growthegame @USGA https://t.co/jc5E0Y7TjP— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) March 2, 2019In the thread, he responded to multiple tweets clarifying his stance.
The fallen NRL star presented himself to Mackay police and was charged with two counts of public nuisance over an incident at the Townsville casino in January.The former Dally M Medallist will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on March 22.Barba reportedly will not face domestic violence-related charges because his partner Ainslie Currie has not made a complaint.Barba was sacked by NRL club North Queensland without playing a game for the club last month over allegations he was violent towards Currie in the incident.The NRL gave Barba a lifetime ban after viewing CCTV footage of the incident.But Barba’s lawyer Campbell MacCallum claimed on Tuesday he would now attempt to have the ban overturned.”He’s expressed his desire to play football this year,” MacCallum told reporters.”He wants to explore his options in relation to challenging the NRL ban and hopefully play rugby league in some sort of capacity.”I don’t think he’d play NRL but certainly local football, and that’s going to help his focus.”He’s feeling the pressure of the media on him – he’s also feeling the pressure of not being able to play the game that he loves.”It’s certainly pretty distressing for himself and a trying time for his family.”Barba was charged a day after telling a television news crew he had “lost everything” and threatened to “hurt” the reporter.North Queensland coach Paul Green said Cowboys welfare officers would keep in touch with Barba.”Our welfare guys continue to stay in contact with Ben. The club will continue to support him however we can,” he said.Green was not as expansive when told Barba intended to fight the NRL ban.Asked if Barba should be allowed to play again, Green said: “It’s probably not for me to comment.”Besides the two charges, Barba was on Tuesday also banned by Queensland police from entering Townsville’s entertainment precinct for three months.After winning a premiership with Cronulla in 2016, the star fullback copped a 12 game NRL ban for testing positive to cocaine for a second time.He left for stints in French rugby union and the English Super League before being offered a lifeline by the Cowboys, only to be sacked on February 1 over the casino incident.
Love thanked LACE and other stakeholders of the project for putting smiles on her face-Launches House Hold Enterprise Sub-component of YOP; targets 15,000A project intended to provide business start-up grants for youth in 10 communities in Montserrado County has been launched by the Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) and House Hold Enterprise (HHE) sub-component.The HHE, which was launched on Monday, April 16, is a sub-component of the Youth Opportunities Project, which will provide business start-up grants for youth and life-skills training to select beneficiaries to properly manage their own businesses.Joseph Williams, LACE Executive Director, said the initiative is part of the government’s plan to help create an enabling environment for young people between the ages of 18-35 and to create their own revenue through household enterprise and agriculture-related activities.“This sub-component is targeting 3,000 beneficiaries over the 5-year implementation period of the Youth Opportunities Project (YOP),” he explained.He added that the project is being sponsored by the World Bank to the tone of US$10 million. Mr. Williams commended the World Bank for the support, which he noted will go a long way for the young people of Liberia and the benefiting communities.The LACE Deputy Executive Director further noted that the project is placed into several components but LACE is focused on two components to include: The Household enterprise and the Productive, Public Works and life skills support.The ministries of Youth and Sports, as well as Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment are the sole implementing partners under the YOP program.After the transparent lottery process, Williams said, 80 beneficiaries will be selected and they will go through a three-week youth orientation training by the service provider Education Care. After the training, the group will be divided into eight and each group will receive US$2,500 as a start-up.At the completion of the training, Education Care, the service provider, will identify the line of businesses for the beneficiaries and will place them in a group of eight and subsequently work with them for its effective establishment.In a symbolic style to show the transparency of the lottery exercise, Williams shook a white bucket in front of the participants and picked one of the tickets that identified Ms. Love Kromah as the first lucky winner. In a brief interview with reporters, Ms. Kromah thanked LACE and other stakeholders of the project for putting a smile on her face.She promised to utilize wisely whatever she will receive from the project, in a move to sustain herself. West Point, Sonewhein, Logan Town, Clara Town and many others are part of the communities benefiting from the project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)