EPL: Watford ambush Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Watford vs. Everton Venue: Vicarage Road Kick off: 4PMWatford face Everton at Vicarage Road this afternoon in the Premier League, with the home side looking to continue their resurgence under new manager Nigel Pearson. Watford seemed all but relegated when Pearson arrived in early December, but four Premier League wins from nine matches have allowed them to move within one point of safety. Having taken 11 points from their last six matches Watford are now looking up, but two losses in their last two games have stunted momentum. A defeat in their last league fixture to fellow strugglers Aston Villa was particularly damaging, while they would have been embarrassed by losing to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup last Thursday. The Hertfordshire club also came out on the wrong side in the reverse fixture back in August, with a second half Bernard goal sealing the 1-0 win for Everton. Both sides have made changes in personnel since then, with Troy Deeney returning for Watford and Everton switching to a 4-4-2 under Carlo Ancelotti. While the changes have not brought about instant success, the Italian’s side are now well clear of the relegation zone. Everton’s away form remains poor, with the Toffees only managing two wins and nine points on the road this season. However, in the four league away games since Ancelotti’s arrival in December they have taken five points, more than the four Silva managed between August and December. Watford possible XI: Foster, Mariappa, Dawson, Cathcart, Masina, Doucoure, Capoue, Chalobah, Pereyra, Deeney, Deulofeu. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Walcott, Delph, Davies, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Kean.Tags: EvertonNigel PearsonTranmere RoversVicarage RoadWatfordlast_img read more

Long in Tigers link

first_img Press Association Shane Long has been given permission to leave the Republic of Ireland’s training camp to discuss a “transfer-related matter”, Press Association Sport understands. The West Brom striker is part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, but has been heavily linked with a move to Hull. A move to the KC Stadium or elsewhere now appears to be closer to happening after the 26-year-old was granted permission to return to England to start talks. last_img

O’Neill counts cost of ugly defeat

first_img Press Association With an hour gone at Windsor Park on Friday night, O’Neill would have been contemplating a famous World Cup qualifying victory with his side 2-1 up and Portugal having lost Helder Postiga to a red card. But Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty were both dismissed to allow Paulo Bento’s side back into the game and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo obliged with a 15-minute hat-trick to seal a 4-2 win. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is facing a player shortage for Tuesday’s clash with Luxembourg after injuries and red cards against Portugal left his plans in tatters. “You have to look at the players that would be available,” he said. “Stephen Robinson has the under-21 lads in Belgium now and it would be a bit unfair to call on his players. Most of his lads have no first team football experience…it’s a big ask.” Paddy McCourt is an obvious solution to bolster the numbers. The winger was not originally selected after a disrupted pre-season left him short of match fitness, but he is now in full training with new club Barnsley. Reduced numbers meant O’Neill was already forced into brave team selection against Portugal. He pitched 21-year-old MK Dons defender Lee Hodson against Ronaldo at right-back, while attacking midfielder Brunt was deployed as an emergency left-back. Both selections raised eyebrows, but O’Neill believes he had no real choice. “They are only gambles if you have got other options,” he said. “It wasn’t really a gamble, it was a no-brainer. “I had one available right-back in Hodson and my gamble was that I played him at right-back. “I though Lee was magnificent, coming in in those circumstances. “The decision with Chris came because I didn’t want to take energy out of the front six. I could have played him and Shane in either position on the left but Brunty has not played any first-team football for West Brom this season and by his own admission felt he’d be better suited to left-back. “Those decisions had to be made.” Brunt and Lafferty will now be absent when their team-mates fly to Luxembourg on Sunday morning and O’Neill has other problems to deal with too. He confirmed that Derby forward Jamie Ward, who has excelled in his last two appearances and scored his first international goal against Portugal, is a doubt alongside Shane Ferguson. Both were substituted in the second half in some discomfort, while an Irish Football Association official said that Niall McGinn was also nursing an injury. With Aaron Hughes, Ryan McGivern and Craig Cathcart already injured before the squad met in Belfast, O’Neill could potentially be down to the bare bones. “We will have to sit down and assess our options,” he admitted. “As well as the red cards the biggest blow is a couple of injuries. “Wardy is possibly out and Fergie may not be available, so that will give us something to think about.” O’Neill has limited options outside of the squad and appears unlikely to delve into a very inexperienced under-21 pool. last_img read more

Pakistan aiming to use ODI series as preparation for ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgPakistan fielding coach Steve Rixon said that his side will be using the upcoming One Day International Series against the West Indies as preparation for the June 1 – 18  ICC Champions Trophy in England.The Guyana National Stadium will play host to three ODIs between the West Indies and Pakistan, starting Friday April 7, while matches will be played on Sunday April 9, and Tuesday April 11.Speaking to reporters on Monday, the former Australian batsman said that his team has shifted their focus from T20 cricket, to the one day game, noting “it’s something we haven’t played particularly well over the years, but we’re looking forward to the improvement there and obviously heading into the Champions Trophy, so very much the focus on One Day cricket.”Pakistan’s fielding coach Steve Rixon.West Indies, who are currently ranked ninth with 84 points in the latest ICC team rankings, are under pressure to improve their position on the table as only the top eight ranked teams as of September 30, 2017, will earn an automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.With the addition of a series against Afghanistan, West Indies now have a total of 12 ODIs – three each against Pakistan and Afghanistan, a one-off against Ireland and five away games against England – before the cut-off date. However, for Pakistan, their focus is largely set on getting quality performance from the players ahead of the ICC showpiece in June.“We’ve set out target on this series from the moment we’ve got together as a group, it is a focus for further down the track, but we just have to focus on playing well and getting focus for the Champions Trophy” According to Rixon.Pakistan is on their first tour of the West Indies since 2013 where they won a five-match ODI series 3-1 and swept a pair of T20 Internationals.last_img read more

Ismail and Luus clinch a thriller for SA

first_imgSOUTH Africa had only won four out of 30 ODIs in which they had to chase 200 or more. But victory looked a mere formality in the Women’s World Cup on Sunday when Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt, their openers, put on 113 in chase of 207.Then, out of nowhere, they lost five wickets for 34 runs, three of them to run outs, to induce panic.A cruise had turned into a full-blown collapse with Pakistan gleefully tightening the noose and it came down to the No. 9 batsman Shabnim Ismail, who had a poor day with the ball, conceding 52 off her nine overs for two wickets – expensive when taken into account the low-scoring contest – to introduce the calm back into South Africa’s chase as she hit back-to-back fours to clinch a three-wicket win with an over to spare.Sune Luus contributed 15 valuable runs to an unbroken 30-run stand for the eighth wicket to deliver the knockout blow for Pakistan, who last won a World Cup match in March 2009.All the tension began in the middle overs of the chase. Nashra Sandhu, who took nine wickets in five matches in the qualifying tournament to put Pakistan in the World Cup, bowled with immaculate control, conceding only 32 runs in a single spell of 10 overs.Then, Sadia Yousuf, who dropped a straightforward catch at long-off to reprieve Lee on 46, picked up the big wickets of Chloe Tryon and Mignon du Preez as Pakistan brought themselves back to life.With the equation down to 16 off 12 balls, Sana Mir, the captain who had one over left, punted on Kainat Imtiaz, who had conceded 40 off seven overs until that point. Ayesha Zafar put down a tough chance at mid-off, the ball went to the boundary, South Africa sneaked home and Mir, who had been Pakistan’s most economical bowler with 1 for 27 off nine overs, was left to rue the crucial decision.The trigger for South Africa’s collapse was the run-out of Wolvaardt. The 18-year old, playing her first World Cup game, batted fluently to bring up her fourth half-century in ODIs. But in the 31st over, she was sold a dummy by the new batsman Trisha Chetty.Wolvaardt was more than halfway down the pitch when her partner decided a second run was not on. South Africa, cruising high and happy at 124 for 1 at that stage, suddenly slipped into a hole. They were lucky to have got away.When Pakistan reflect on the game, they’d perhaps point to the crucial 30 runs which they couldn’t get while batting as a reason for not getting in two crucial points. Opener Nahida Khan top scored with 79, the highest individual score for Pakistan in a World Cup, and potentially set them up for a total of at least 230.But poor running and a succession of desperate strokes resulted in a middle-order muddle. Two of their most accomplished batsmen – Bismah Maroof and Nain Abidi – were guilty of these indiscretions; both of them were stumped in an attempt to hit out when the situation demanded a calmer approach.Nahida was forced back into playing the anchor role before she was run-out in the 39th over. Pakistan were clearly far from their best, and still they put on quite a show.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

St. Jean’s patience pays off

first_imgMICHAEL POPPY/Herald photoLast Saturday was an example of the same concept, different player. The next guy in, Culmer St. Jean, took the field on Illinois’ opening possession in place of injured starter and middle linebacker Elijah Hodge. A credit to his play — he recorded a career-high five tackles and played a solid game while teammates around him struggled — St. Jean had just three things to say after playing his first football game for Wisconsin.”It was fun, fast, and it was a great opportunity,” St. Jean said. “I really was just blessed to be out there.”After making the switch from outside linebacker to middle linebacker this past spring, St. Jean finally broke into the starting lineup this past Saturday. While that switch was different from what he knew, St. Jean took it in stride, and actually hasn’t found it too difficult.”There’s less space, more big guys,” St. Jean said. “But above all, you have more opportunities to make plays. Really, it’s a little easier.” Second on the depth chart to Elijah Hodge, St. Jean has been patiently waiting his turn to get into the game. He was finally given the opportunity to see significant playing time after Hodge was held out of the game with a leg injury. Even with the unexpected opportunity, St. Jean did not change his normal routine.”I approached practice the same way, watched film the same way; I sat down with coach [Doeren],” St. Jean said. “I looked at things I didn’t know at the moment, and I made corrections that needed to be made. Nothing really changed.”However, the Badgers’ starting outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas noted that not just any player is capable of making such a drastic change.”To be in the middle you have to have a lot of versatility,” Casillas said. “[But] the transition wasn’t that bad for him, he’s doing a great job at it.”Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Dave Doeren saw this versatility and used it to make the best of St. Jean’s abilities.”He’s picking up everything really fast, and we knew he would,” Doeren said. “He’s learning everything, learning to hit better. He’s a guy that absolutely has a great future ahead of him.”As a redshirt freshman, St. Jean has a lot of room for growth. He has also has a lot more to learn. Elijah Hodge has acted as his mentor during the transition.”I watch Hodge every chance I get,” St. Jean said. “If I made, or if he makes, a mistake, we’ll sit there and coach each other on the sidelines. We grade each other pretty hard and make sure that we don’t make mistakes.”In order for the Badgers to succeed, so must St. Jean. And while he has just started playing in the field, few doubt his ability to make a difference in the middle. “He’s a very dependable tackler, like all of our guys should be, but of course there’s areas to improve,” Doeren said. “The thing we’re stressing now is when you make a play you have to finish it, and he’s been doing that.”Along with finishing plays, though, St. Jean has to continue to do what he set out to do, and that is being a team leader. With little experience, he must bring the recently struggling Badger defense back to a national powerhouse, and he has no doubt about his ability to do just that.”I definitely feel like I was the leader out on the field,” he said. “I know I have to keep doing what I’m doing, and I’m sure we’ll be fine.”As the Badgers move on to face more difficult settings and higher ranked opponents, St. Jean is not only looking to compete, but become a consistent contributor on the team. Moreover, every week is another chance for him to show the fans and coaches that he can hold down the fort as a starting middle linebacker.”It’s just another game week,” he said. “I was focusing just like every other game we play. Every week you have an opportunity to play. We’ll never count ourselves out. We’re ready for Penn State right now, and that’s all we’re focused on.”last_img read more

WBB : Morrow returns to court, overcomes bulky knee brace in win

first_img Published on March 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Erica Morrow’s first in-game touch in 16 days did not go as planned.After Syracuse won the opening tip, the senior guard took the ball slowly up the court. As she neared the 3-point line on the right wing with little pressure from St. Bonaventure, she dribbled the ball off the side of her foot. It bounced up in the air past her outstretched hand and flew out of bounds.One possession. One touch. One turnover.The bulky brace on Morrow’s sprained right knee may not have directly caused that mistake, but it served as a nagging reminder of the injury throughout the Orange’s 63-50 win over St. Bonaventure in the Carrier Dome. The senior did not play Thursday in SU’s first round Women’s National Invitational Tournament win over Monmouth. She was a game-time decision Monday, and although Morrow did score nine points and dish out four assists, the brace clearly affected her throughout the game.‘It’s a little different,’ Morrow said. ‘I’ve never had to play with one before. It just slides up and down and that’s all the Velcro loops aren’t tightened. … It’s just something that takes getting used to.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMorrow was a step slower than normal against St. Bonaventure but didn’t let the brace negatively affect her performance. Her nine points came on two full-court run-outs, a wide-open 3 and two free throws.And for a team like the Orange that relies heavily on its interior scoring, it didn’t need a huge game from its senior guard.‘It’s perfect within the flow of our offense how I feel,’ Morrow said. ‘I’m just going to continue to get treatment and just keep rehabbing it.’Other than that turnover on the first possession of the game, she only coughed the ball up once more throughout the day.‘For her to not actually go live until a couple days ago,’ head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘And play 29 minutes and go live and do things that she didn’t do before tonight was really big for us. I thought just getting our (starting) five back together on the floor was huge.’Morrow’s return also allowed her teammates to go back to the positions they had played all year.In the win over Monmouth, freshman Rachel Coffey started at point guard and played 22 minutes against the Hawks. When she sat in that game, Tasha Harris and Elashier Hall, SU’s shooting guard and small forward, respectively, rotated at the point.Coffey did not play Monday, and both Harris and Hall saw significantly less time at point guard.‘It’s an adjustment,’ Hall said. ‘Never done it on this level. It’s definitely an adjustment to make. I’m going to keep working on it, of course, in practice against my teammates. But just to get out there and play against other defenders and other teams, it was different.’Hall said she was happy to have Morrow back on the court. And although the brace did not lead to many mistakes by the senior, it did bother her throughout the game.At one point in the first half, referees had to stop play so she could adjust the brace before an inbounds play. She continued to fidget with it throughout the first half as it slid off her knee and down her leg.On her first bucket of the game, two Bonnies nearly caught Morrow from behind on a breakaway layup. As she neared the left side of the rim, she jumped off of both feet instead of going off her right leg but still did lay it in off the glass.Coming out of halftime, she took just one layup off her left leg before the rest of the team ran out of the tunnel. After that, she just jogged slowly along the sidelines to warm up.But even though she was not at 100 percent, Hillsman said she did have a positive effect on the Orange’s performance.‘It was huge, and I give her a lot of credit with her toughness,’ Hillsman said. ‘Because she could just say, ‘I’m done.’ But she refuses to quit. She continues to come out and play. I think that her presence means so much on the floor.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

Chelsea Storm to EPL Summit, City Stumble

first_imgHazard opened the scoring in the 19th minute, drifting in from the left to drill a shot into the bottom-right corner, and a minute later Pedro Rodriguez teed up Marcos Alonso for the hosts’ second.Diego Costa made it 3-0 three minutes before halftime, slamming home at the back post after Nemanja Matic flicked on Hazard’s corner to bring up his ninth goal of the campaign.Chelsea’s fourth goal was a jewel, Pedro returning Hazard’s pass with a sweet back-heel and the Belgian dancing into the box from the right before lashing home with his left foot.Pedro volleyed in the fifth, in the 65th minute, after Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg parried a shot from Hazard.City went into their game on the back of a stirring 3-1 Champions League win over Barcelona and Boro’s former Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes looked determined to restore Catalan pride at the Etihad Stadium.He saved brilliantly from Sergio Aguero and David Silva, only for Aguero to put the hosts ahead in the 43rd minute by converting Kevin De Bruyne’s sumptuous cross for his 150th goal in 223 City appearances.Boro showed more attacking intent in the second half, former City striker Alvaro Negredo almost catching out Claudio Bravo with an audacious lob from his own half before Bravo saved smartly from Adam Forshaw.After Aguero had squandered a late chance, Dutch midfielder De Roon met George Friend’s deep cross with a thumping header to earn Boro a dramatic point.“We did absolutely everything to win the game. It is a pity,” said Guardiola, whose side have drawn their last three home league games 1-1 following previous stalemates against Everton and Southampton. “It is a miss because we have dropped six points in the last three home games, but we are still there. We have to move forward.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea exploited a slip-up by Manchester City to claim top spot in the Premier League by clinically crushing Everton 5-0 yesterday. Marten de Roon’s stoppage-time equaliser earned Middlesbrough a 1-1 draw at City and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea took advantage to move a point clear of Pep Guardiola’s side at the summit.Arsenal and Liverpool could also surpass City before the weekend is out, the former tackling Tottenham Hotspur in today’s North London derby and the latter entertaining Watford.At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea produced one of their most scintillating performances in recent memory as the 2014-15 champions made it five straight wins without conceding a goal.last_img read more

Jamaica Announces Protocol for Re-entry of Jamaicans Stuck Overseas

first_imgFollowing the announcement, the minister said that the website was already receiving 100,000 hits per second. The capacity of the site has been expanded but she, however, urged Jamaicans to be patient. “When you go on that website, you click on immigration (THE IMMIGRATION TAB IS LOCATED AT THE TOP RIGHT CORNER) and you will see a form that asks you to sign in with your email,” the minister said. Johnson Smith added that once an application has been submitted, individuals will either receive, within three days, conditional approval or asked to answer additional questions. Johnson Smith noted that the re-entry process is accessible on the COVID-19 website at jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm or on the new mobile application “JamCovid19”. The websites zero-rate so residents will not need a data plan to browse. The minister stressed that airlines will not accept a booking until the individual has received a travel authorization which is issued at the end of the application process. The Jamaican government has announced a protocol that will allow for the re-entry of Jamaicans that have been stuck overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. “We have started informing the airlines of our protocols for controlled re-entry and advising them that nationals who still hold tickets for their airlines will now be seeking to re-book once they have received the travel authorization through our new online portal (jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm),” she continued. She noted that the process requires personal information including health status, which will only be shared with public health officials. The minister said that returning Jamaicans must agree to a 14-day quarantine period in a government-provided facility. There will be no option to leave before the quarantine period has expired. Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith advised that this phase of controlled re-entry is being made available for Jamaican nationals that have been stuck overseas under distressing circumstances. Jamaicans who live overseas and want to travel to Jamaica for business or leisure are being advised to wait. She also noted that Jamaica does not have the resources to charter flights or to pay for the return of nationals. “Persons will therefore be responsible for making their own arrangements for travel, taking into consideration the limited availability of flights,” she said. Kamina Johnson Smithlast_img read more

GVC’s stand-out online division offsets inevitable UK retail decline

first_img Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Citing market share gains across all operating territories, FTSE250-listed GVC Holdings has backed its underlying corporate strategy to navigate regulatory complexities both home and abroad. Publishing its full-year 2019 results, GVC has recorded a pro-forma net revenue increase of 3% to £3.65bn (FY2018: £3.57bn) driven by the strong growth of its online division and European retail portfolio. Despite competing against tough 2018 comparatives, GVC has marked its online division as the stand-out performer, recording a 14% increase in NGR to £2.17bn (FY2018: £1.91bn).Delivering key technology integrations resulting in ‘real-time CRM and improved gaming cross-sell techniques’, GVC’s online division recorded an underlying EBITDA of £522m (FY2018: £486m).“Online once again delivered the stand-out performance, with proforma NGR growing 13% to £2,170.7m,” said Group CEO Kenneth Alexander. “The Group achieved double-digit pro-forma NGR growth across all of its core online markets and continued to grow share. “Online pro-forma sports NGR was up 16% despite the tough comparison against 2018 which was boosted by the FIFA World Cup.”GVC has retained confidence in its UK retail unit, which absorbed a year of significant shocks including adjusting to the new £2 FOBT stake limit – enforced on 1 April 2019.Despite recording a 3% uplift in OTC wagers to £3.18bn (FY2018: £3bn), Ladbrokes Coral’s retail division reported operating declines across all core metrics, as UK retail NGR dropped 15% to £1.12bn (FY2018: £1.32bn). In its overview of the division’s performance, GVC detailed that Triennial Review measures had forced it to close 245 UK shops during the year, with the company anticipating a further 200 closures during Q1 2020.   Alexander added: “The impact of the Triennial Review is estimated to have reduced UK Retail EBITDA by £118.0m in 2019, and we expect it to remain broadly at that level as further lost revenue from the annualisation of the new measures is offset by cost mitigation and competitor closures.” Absorbing both UK retail adjustments and significant enlargement costs related to its Ladbrokes Coral acquisition, GVC has seen its group-wide EBITDA decline 10% to £678m (FY2018: £755m). Closing its 2019 accounts, GVC governance has declared pro forma underlying profits of £490m, 20% lower than 2018’s corresponding £610m. The FTSE betting group has booked £710m of costs related to ‘separately disclosed items’, having recorded after-tax losses of £140m (FY2018: £56m).  “GVC has a truly global online footprint with licenses in 24 territories,” Alexander concluded. “This diversification provides GVC with a significant competitive advantage and enables us to spread the risk and allocate capital and resource to those markets with the most attractive opportunities. In addition to entering and growing in newer markets, the Group continues to take share in its more established markets.” Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more