Richards: Hart one of best in world

first_imgManchester City defender Micah Richards has no doubt Joe Hart remains England’s best goalkeeper, and one of the finest in the world. The 26-year-old was not at fault for either of the goals conceded – he had no chance of saving the first – and he made two particularly good saves as City laboured in the second half. Richards said: “In my opinion, he’s one of the best in the world. “Obviously as a player you always go through difficult times but the best always rise to the top and he is top three in the world and definitely the best in England, that’s for sure. “I think he’s mature enough, he’s bright enough to get over this sort of hurdle. “Everyone goes through a difficult spell in their career. He has gone through it and he’s one of the best so he will get over it and I thought he did very well.” Hart’s performance followed on from a good showing for England last week but it remains to be seen whether he retains his place for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash against Swansea. Costel Pantilimon has been given a chance by City boss Manuel Pellegrini in Hart’s place and the Romanian has so far done little wrong. Pellegrini was non-committal when asked after the game who would play at the weekend. Richards said: “Pantilimon has come in and done really well, so it’s a hard topic for me to really comment on. “All I can really say is both are quality players and I’m just glad Joe Hart is back to his best now and it’s up to the manager to decide who he picks.” Richards does feel that Hart, 26, having been long established as number one for City and England, is judged by tougher standards than his contemporaries. He said: “Every keeper makes mistakes but when you are England’s number one it is a lot harder than normal. “The people who he is up against, (John) Ruddy and (Fraser) Forster, are top keepers but when you are playing for Manchester City and are England’s number one, it is added, extra pressure. “He can’t make the mistakes they can make and get away with them.” Hart’s efforts helped repel a spirited effort from Plzen in City’s final home match of the Group D programme. City, having already qualified for the last 16, were below par but might still have expected to win more comfortably against the Czech minnows. Sergio Aguero, from the penalty spot, and Samir Nasri both put City ahead but the Czech claimed equalisers through Tomas Horava and Stanislav Tecl. It was not until the last 12 minutes that City finally made sure of victory with goals from substitute Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko. The goals scored, after Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing of Tottenham, took the tally to 22 in four home games but Pellegrini was critical of the defensive work. Richards, who came in at right-back as Pellegrini made seven changes, said: “In the first half we were pretty poor. After the Spurs game confidence was high and we probably thought we could come here and walk the game. That wasn’t to be. “It shows why they are champions. They can hurt you and they scored two goals, but in the end we had too much for them. “As a defender you are always disappointed when you concede a goal, and the manner we conceded them was disappointing. “The first one was a good strike but it is very disappointing conceding them the way we did.” The win kept City’s hopes of finishing top of their group alive, although they will need to win by at least 3-0 and their last game at Bayern Munich in a fortnight. Key midfielder Yaya Toure will also be suspended for the trip after being booked late in the game. Richards said: “Let’s not get too excited! “Munich are a fantastic team, but we will go there and we have got goals in us. We’ll be looking forward to that game.” Hart lost his place in the City side earlier this month after a series of error-hit displays over the previous year. After five games on the bench, manager Manuel Pellegrini restored him for Tuesday’s 4-2 Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen at the Etihad Stadium and he did not disappoint. Press Associationlast_img read more

Explosive Police frontline gives them edge against Winners tonight

first_img… Large turnout expected for finaleIN the sport of football the team with the most goals in a game is declared the winner and the customary match winners come from the attacking third.This is why many pundits are predicting a win for Police when they face the Mining Town’s Winners Connection in today’s final of the 2017 Edition of the Mayor’s Cup, at the Mackenzie Sports Club, Linden.Both teams are coming off of impressive victories with Police firing five past Soesdyke in their 5-1 triumph last Sunday at the MSC ground while Winners Connection managed to beat counterparts Milerock by a 3-1 margin in their encounter to set up a highly anticipated clash with the Lawmen for the top prize.The pundits believe that even though the game is being played in Winners Connection’s backyard and with the expected large turnout of support from the community combined with the age-old rivalry that exists when teams visit from Georgetown, the sheer explosive front line of Police may prove too powerful for the hosts to handle.Added to that, they are brimming with confidence following a string of victories or at minimum last-four appearances in nearly all the competitions they’ve played. The Lawmen have to be rated as the most in-form team in the country.The return of Dwain Jacobs from national duty has added even more potency to an already star-studded lineup, while talismanic striker Quincy Holder, who netted a beauty in their previous encounter, has shown how difficult it is to contain him.He will be supported by players the calibre of Philbert Moffat, Sharma Fraser, Steffon Ramsay and Rawle Haynes, all proven goalscorers with loads of experience.It could be a long difficult night for the Connection backstoppers, who will have to play way beyond their current potential to stop the rampaging Police strikeforce.On the other hand, Keon Sears, who netted a brace in their semi-final clash, will be the leader of the pack in search of goals, while the wily veteran Rawle ‘Boney’ Gittens is expected to pull the strings from midfield.Gittens is also known to make some surprising attacks upfront so it would be interesting to see what will be the strategy employed by the team’s coaching staff.Then there is the nippy Derrol Dainty, whose deceptive skills and poaching ability are underrated, but extremely important and he too could have a say in how the game finishes.Marmalique Davidson, who was kept off the score-sheet might be eager to steal the spotlight from Gittens and Sears so Police will have to ensure that whoever is assigned to him is equally competent to keep him quiet.It appears the defences of both teams are in for a torrid time and which one cracks first could decide the outcome of this year’s competition.The playoff for third place also has great significance because of how the teams from the Mining Town think.They do not allow visiting teams to dominate them in their hometown so immediately you see why the Milerock versus Soesdyke matchup is an exciting precursor for the main course.Milerock would want to give the home fans a positive start, while Soesdyke most likely would like to bolster the belief of Police with a victory over the hosts.Over $1M in total prize money is up for grabs with the winning team set to receive $500 000 and the Ministry of Citizenship trophy, while the runners-up take home $250 000 and the Busta trophy.The third- and fourth-place finishers will walk away with $150 000 and $100 000 along with trophies donated by John Fernandes Ltd and Cummings Electrical respectively.last_img read more

Brentford duo feature against Spurs

first_imgSam Saunders and Toumani Diagagoru featured for Brentford’s development side in a match against Tottenham on Tuesday afternoon.Winger Saunders has been out for three weeks with a knee problem, while midfielder Diagagoru has not featured this term after suffering a knee injury during pre-season.Striker David Clarkson, recently signed on loan from Bristol City, also played against a Spurs team that included William Gallas and former Bees loanee John Bostock.AdChoices广告Saunders played the first half and Clarkson an hour, while Diagagoru lasted the entire 90 minutes.Brentford won the game 2-1 with goals from Harry Forrester and Mike Grella.last_img

Hall strives to make guests’ experience enjoyable

first_imgHeather Hall, Thornton School of Music production manager, always dreamed of dancing in Disneyland parades, so while studying dance at UC Irvine, she decided to audition.She was cast as a dancer in the Electrical Parade, and soon learned it was much harder than it looked.Spotlight · Heather Hall, production manager at the Thorton School of Music and an employee at Disney, helps hire and train student staff members at USC. – Rachel Bracker | Daily Trojan“My first performance, I was so overwhelmed with excitement and joy,” Hall said. “But at the same time, I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be because the parade route is a lot longer than you think and it’s also really tiring. I was so excited, but I was dying at the same time.”Hall had been a performer for most of her life before dancing at Disneyland. She said her parents enrolled her in her first dance class when she was four because she started to dance whenever she heard music. She also spent several years playing piano and clarinet.“I started getting too busy, so I had to choose,” she said. “Do I want to focus more on dance, or do I want to do music? I chose dance, but I was still doing a lot of singing and choir, so music has always been a big part of my life.”Hall left her San Diego home to study dance at UC Irvine. She spent her last two years in college dancing at Disneyland, but wanted a change when she graduated.“When I graduated college, I think that’s when I realized I really enjoyed dancing, and it’s always something that will be a part of my life in some way, but I’m ready to be behind the scenes,” Hall said.She continued working for Disney, but transitioned to behind-the-scenes production as a stage manager and administrator, working for the Guest Talent Program department, where she worked with community groups who came to the Disneyland park to perform.“I’ve always been really intrigued with events and I had at one point thought that maybe I’d be an event planner,” Hall said. “I thought this would be a really good opportunity because it combined my arts background with dance as well as the event production. I didn’t really anticipate being there long, but I ended up having such a good time and learning so much.”Eight years later, she still works for Disney on weekends, but, for about two years, has spent the week days in Thornton’s MacDonald, Ramo and Newman recital halls as production manager. She heard about the job from Director of Operations and Concerts Michelle Maestas, a friend from Disney, and applied partly because her fiance, who she met at UC Irvine, was working on his masters at USC.“I was looking for a larger role than what I was doing at Disney,” Hall said. “Our department was so small that there wasn’t really a lot of opportunities to move around.”Hall is now responsible for hiring and training student staff members, updating operating guidelines and managing Thornton productions from small student recitals to large events like the recent Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.“There are a lot of events here and working with the students is awesome because I love training and sharing the knowledge that I have with other people,” Hall said. “My drawing point was definitely working with these kids and giving them advice before they graduate.”Hall said she has been able to share lessons she learned from her experience with Disney with student workers to make events run as smoothly as possible.“The ultimate thing I learned [at Disney] is to make the guest experience the best it can be,” Hall said. “What I try to instill in the students that work for me is that we’re going to make this the best and we want them to be happy, so we need to give them the best service we can. It’s not always going to be perfect, but that’s what we’re always going to strive for, so we’re going to do our very best.”Hall said spring is the busiest season for Thornton performances, with numerous recitals and other large events. Though summer provides a break from the many performances, Hall is not entirely taking a break from events. She is currently planning her wedding, set for August.last_img read more

Ryan and O’Donnell included in squad for Six Nations climax

first_imgLeinster and Munster forwards Jack Conan and Dave Kilcoyne have been called up, while Andrew Conway is the only uncapped player in the squad.Ireland take on Wales in the Principality Stadium for a rare Friday night fixture tomorrow week, before welcoming England to the Aviva on Saturday March 18th.Italy head coach Conor O’Shea says, based on Ireland’s performances so far, they’re going to be tough to beat. Jared Payne and Joey Carberry also feature in the 36-man panel.Payne made his return to action for Ulster last weekend after missing nearly four months due to a kidney injury he suffered while playing against Australia in the November Internationals.That game was also Carberry’s last appearance for Ireland, and he’s one of three out-halfs included alongside Jonathan Sexton and Paddy Jackson.last_img read more

UKGC fines independent bookmaker Mark Jarvis £94,000 for interaction failures

first_img Busy Blueclaw bags series of betting account wins August 12, 2019 StumbleUpon UKGC shows no uplift in illegal gambling complaints May 19, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit UKGC warns of white label conduct following FSB failings  May 6, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has fined independent bookmaker Mark Jarvis £94,000 for failing to interact with a customer that displayed problem-gambling traits.Reporting over a period of 19-months, the UKGC details that Leicester highstreet bookmaker Mark Jarvis failed to follow adequate social responsibility procedures, relating to a customer who spent £34,000 on its B2 gaming machines.In its report, the UKGC further details that £11,250 of the funds had been stolen from the customer’s employer.Further to the penalty, the UKGC has demanded that Mark Jarvis overhaul its betting shop responsibility procedures, as its staff had failed to follow ‘customer interaction codes’, which would have alerted them the early signs of problem gambling.Richard Watson, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said: “This case is a clear example of why gambling operators must have and implement effective social responsibility policies and procedures. All operators, regardless of size, need to ensure they really know their customers”. Sharelast_img read more

Yankees sign Trevor Rosenthal to minor-league deal, reports say

first_img Red Sox ace Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery He has struggled on the mound this season, posting a horrendous 22.74 ERA in 12 appearances with the Nats and a 7.00 ERA in 10 games for the Tigers. Over those 15 1/3 innings, Rosenthal walked 26 of 85 batters faced and threw nine wild pitches. Related News Carlos Carrasco pitches strong inning in first rehab appearance since leukemia diagnosis Surely Trevor Rosenthal is hoping his third team this season will be his last for a while.The Yankees have signed the free-agent reliever to a minor-league contract,  Andersen Pickard first reported and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and other outlets subsequently confirmed Tuesday. Still, the Yankees seem comfortable taking a risk on the former All-Star closer, whose fastball continues to average 98 miles an hour despite undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017. Carlos Correa injury update: Astros star (back) pulled from game vs. Tigers, sent home to rest Rosenthal was released by the Nationals in June and quickly signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers, though he elected free agency earlier this month after being designated for assignment by Detroit.last_img read more

Dzanan Musa has been selected the 2017/18 ABA League Top Prospect

first_imgDžanan Musa of Cedevita has been selected the 2017/18 ABA League Top Prospect in the voting of the ABA League coaches, fans and the ABA League itself. He won the contest ahead of Goga Bitadze of Mega Bemax and Aleksa Radanov of FMP.It’s official – young gun Džanan Musa of Cedevita is the best young player of the season in the ABA League, as won this title in the voting contest of the head coaches of ABA League teams, ABA League fans and the ABA League commission.The excellent guard of the Zagreb side has finished the voting with a total of 64% combined votes, ahead of Goga Bitadze of Mega Bemax, who had 16% and Aleksa Radanov FMP, who finished the voting with 5% of combined votes.Let’s mention that Džanan Musa was the best in votings of both fans and head coaches of the ABA League sides, which makes his achievement even more impressive. He also got the vote of the ABA League commission.For Džanan Musa this has been the third season with the Cedevita senior team and it has for sure been the one in which he gained full affirmation, as he became the undisputed leader of the Zagreb ABA League powerhouse. The 18-year old was averaging 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and a valuation of 15.9. Therefore, we can conclude that he has earned himself the Top Prospect title fully deservedly!last_img read more

What channel is Steelers vs. Cardinals on today? Schedule, time for NFL Week 14 game

first_imgThe Steelers will try and stay in the thick of the NFL playoff picture as they head to West and take on the Cardinals in Week 14 on Sunday.Pittsburgh (7-5) looked dead in the water after losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to injury early in the season. However, the Steelers have turned things around, winning seven of their last night games and propelling themselves into the second wild-card spot in the AFC playoff picture. MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 14Steelers vs. Cardinals: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Dec. 8Time: 4:25 p.m. ETThe Steelers vs. Cardinals game will start at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 8.After Sunday’s game, the host the Bills in primetime on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 15 while the Cardinals host the Browns.Steelers schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8 (SNF)at Patriots8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 2Sept. 15vs. Seahawks1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22at 49ers 4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4Sept. 30 (MNF)vs. Bengals8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 5Oct. 6vs. Ravens 1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 6Oct. 13 (SNF)at Chargers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 7BYE—Week 8Oct. 28 (MNF)vs. Dolphins8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 9Nov. 3vs. Colts1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Rams4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 11Nov. 14 (TNF)at Browns8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 12Nov. 24at Bengals1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 13Dec. 1vs. Browns4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 14Dec. 8at Cardinals4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Bills8 p.m. ETNBCWeek 16Dec. 22at Jets1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 17Dec. 29at Ravens1 p.m. ETCBSCardinals schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8vs. Lions (T, 27-27)4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 15at Ravens (L, 23-17)1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Panthers (L, 38-20)4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 4Sept. 29vs. Seahawks (L, 27-10)4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 5Oct. 6at Bengals (W, 26-23)1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 6Oct. 13vs. Falcons (W, 34-33)4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20at Giants (W, 27-21)1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27at Saints (L, 31-9)1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 9Oct. 31 (Thursday)vs. 49ers8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 10Nov. 10at Buccaneers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 11Nov. 17at 49ers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12BYE—Week 13Dec. 1vs. Rams4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8vs. Steelers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Browns4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 16Dec. 22at Seahawks4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 17Dec. 29at Rams4:25 p.m. ETFox As with Steeler teams in the past, the defense has been the engine powering the team’s success this season. Pittsburgh is fifth in total yards allowed per game (317.2), seventh in passing yards per game allowed (213.5), sixth in scoring defense (18.8) third in sacks (43) and first in takeaways (30).MORE: Watch Steelers vs. Cardinals live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Arizona (3-8-1) is in the midst of a rebuilding season and that’s as evident as ever as the team’s currently riding a five-game losing streak. Rookie quarterback’s played well this season, throwing for 2,866 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Murray’s also added another 446 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Not to mention the Cardinals also feature coach Kliff Kingsbury who’s in his first season in charge in Arizona. Kingsbury was expected to bring a cutting-edge offensive mind to the NFL, but that hasn’t been exactly the case as the Cardinals rank in the bottom half of the league in most offensive categories. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Steelers vs. Cardinals game on Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels and a full Week 14 NFL schedule.What channel is Steelers vs. Cardinals on today?TV channel (national): CBSTV channel (Pittsburgh): KDKA-TVTV channel (Phoenix): KPHO-TVLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Steelers vs. Cardinals game will be shown on CBS to select viewers in the West and Mid-Atlantic. For local viewers in Pittsburgh and Phoenix, you can find the game broadcast on your CBS affiliate station. Andrew Catalon will call the Steelers vs. Cardinals play-by-play action, and James Lofton will provide analysis.You can also live stream Steelers vs. Cardinals by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.last_img read more

Henry’s desire to succeed as manager undimmed by Monaco misery

first_img“Some were not what I was looking for and some were as a number two.”“I won’t do a number two job because I want to be a number one.”Henry, who has spoken with basketball and athletics coaches since being fired to gain extra insight into coaching top level athletes, says it is frustrating having to wait around for another opportunity but  he is convinced football coaching is where his future lies.“I came out of it fully reassured that’s what I want to do, zero doubt about it,” he said.All Henry asks is for transparency from his employers.“Communication and honesty from the start is key,” he said.“What’s the job? Is the job to stay up, is the job to win the League or be in the Champions League?“But how and what is success? Is success improving players? Ultimately, results are the most important thing, but I want to improve players as well.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Thierry HenryLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | France football legend Thierry Henry is keen for another chance to prove he can be a successful manager despite his unhappy brief tenure at Ligue 1 side Monaco.The 42-year-old — Arsenal’s record goalscorer — told the Daily Telegraph that although his phone did not ring for four months following his sacking, things have picked up since then and he has received five offers.Henry’s dream return last October to manage Monaco, the club where he established his reputation as a top class striker, turned into a nightmare.Having been part of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez’s backroom team at the World Cup — where they reached the semi-finals — he lasted just over 100 days after only four league wins.“Call me crazy if you want, but I love football and I believe I can be a successful coach,” he said.“I’m not thinking about the pain, I’m not thinking about failure. I don’t like easy.“I like to lead and it’s on me to make it happen. The same when I joined Arsenal as a player, the same when I went to Belgium with Roberto. It’s an evolution.”– ‘Communication and honesty’ –Henry, who was a member of the France squads that won both the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000 title, said although he has been contacted over jobs, he has yet to find the right fit.“My phone didn’t ring for four months after I left Monaco and then all of a sudden I got five calls,” he said.last_img read more