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Mignolet relishing Reds challenge

first_img The Belgium international completed his move from Sunderland on Tuesday night after putting pen to paper on a long-term contract, and he is set to battle against Reina and Brad Jones for a starting berth. Reina has been closely linked with a return to old club Barcelona over the last few months, but the Spaniard insists he sees his future at Liverpool. Manager Brendan Rodgers has also stressed 25-year-old Mignolet has not been signed as a replacement. “It’s a challenge, but that’s what you want. You want to play in the big games, you want to play for a big club and to play with pressure,” said Mignolet, whose transfer fee could rise to more than £11million. Press Association “I’m very confident in myself and my own abilities and I can’t wait to get the first clean sheet under my belt. I’ve never been a nervous person. I’m quite confident in my own abilities.” He added: “Competition can only be a good thing. I’ve been in big competitions wherever I’ve been – in Belgium with the national team and in Sunderland with Craig Gordon and Keiren Westwood, who are international goalies. Now it’s the same again with Pepe and with Brad. “It’s only a good thing – to be competitive and to train as hard as you can, it can only bring the best out of you. “Pepe is an experienced goalkeeper who has proven a lot over the years. I’m looking forward to working with him, the same as I am with Brad and the goalie coach.” Mignolet, who becomes the Reds’ fourth signing of the summer following Manchester City’s Kolo Toure, Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Sevilla’s Luis Alberto, also refuses to be daunted by the step up to Liverpool. “It’s a big club and when you arrive it’s a big thing,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “I’m very pleased to be here and I’m looking forward to getting started.” Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio, meanwhile, thanked keeper Mignolet for his efforts at the Stadium of Light. The Italian told the club’s official website, www.safc.com: “Simon is a fantastic footballer, a fantastic professional and a fantastic lad and I would like to personally thank him for his contribution to the team last season.” center_img New Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is looking forward to the challenge of trying to supplant Jose Reina as the Reds’ number one.last_img read more

Vice President Mike Pence discusses coronavirus in Palm Beach County

first_imgVice President Mike Pence was recently named the head of the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response.On Friday, Pence visited Palm Beach County to talk about the coronavirus at a news conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.The vice president said that according to our health experts, the threat of the coronavirus spreading in the United States remains low.WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE: There have been 61 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S.Gov. DeSantis said there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Florida, but the state is ready to respond.last_img

Former cricketer and coach Utpal Kalita died in a tragic road accident

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Former cricketer and coach Utpal Kalita died in a tragic road accident near Goalpara today. He was 36. Kalita played district level cricket for Goalpara and was also the part of last year’s coaching staffs in the Assam Cricket Academy. The incident occurred when Kalita was on way to Goalpara by his car from Guwahati. The car first turned turtle near Barbala and hit a tree. Utpal was rushed to the nearby hospital where he was declared dead. Another passenger travelling with Kalita was injured in the incident.last_img

Cricket News T20 Mumbai League: The Unimpressive Tale of Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun is one player most eyes were pinned in the ongoing edition of the T20 Mumbai League. The left-handed all-rounder seems to grab attention whenever and wherever he plays. He has been in and around Mumbai cricket and the India Under-19 team for a while now. Arjun has played a vital role in Aakash Tigers MWS’ campaign so far.In the batting department, coach Vinod Kambli initially sent him to bat at No. 3 but in the last couple of games, has was promoted up to open the batting. Arjun has been getting constant starts but has failed to kick on and get substantial scores. With the ball, the left-arm seamer has picked up four wickets but has been expensive. However, he was impressive in his last outing when he picked up 3/27 bowling a couple of excellent overs at the death. Earlier, Arjun has played for India U-19 against Sri Lanka but wasn’t able to produce impressive performance. In the end, he was dropped from the squad and wasn’t given a longer run. Since then, Arjun hasn’t featured in India U-19 squad. With the talent hunt on by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Arjun needs to step up his game if he needs to be in contention for long. Otherwise, it has been seen that players with better talent take it a step further. The likes of Rohan Gavaskar, Aniruddha Srikanth have already been sidelined. With one managing an International series against Australia, other managed to play for Chennai Super Kings, but should it end there? – Well, for Arjun, the cricketing fraternity across the globe would except a lot more. But will that happen? – Time will tell.Disclaimer : The opinions and facts expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. They do not reflect the views of News Nation. The NNPL does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same. Arjun Tendulkar has played for India Under-19 against Sri Lanka. Arjun is currently playing T20 Mumbai League. In his last outing, Arjun scalped three wickets for 27 runs.  highlightslast_img read more

Race : D-III WNEC rallies around heartbroken coach

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetscenter_img UPDATED: Nov. 15, 9:08 p.m.Keith Emery wanted to stop at the cemetery to pay respect to his father, Donald, who died a week before Western New England University’s first game this season. But he just couldn’t do it before the biggest game of his coaching career.‘The last time I visited my dad before a game, we lost,’ said Emery, the head coach of Division III Western New England. ‘I couldn’t risk it.’ Emery and the Golden Bears had never earned an NCAA playoff berth. After serving as a part-time head coach, he took over one of the worst teams in Division III football full-time in 2005. WNEU finally had a chance to win the New England Football Conference championship for the first time in school history last Saturday when it took on Framingham State.Coaching without his father in the stands all season was tough for Emery. Donald Emery sat in the bleachers for every game and nearly every practice since his son became WNEU’s first full-time head coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo when the Golden Bears rallied for a miracle 20-13 win over Framingham State in the NEFC championship game last weekend, Emery said his father must have been out on the field with the players he loved to watch.For 56 minutes, Emery said the Golden Bears looked inept. Quarterback Bryce Brown battled strong winds throughout the game and was picked off on two straight fourth-quarter drives. A larger and more physical Framingham State defensive line shut down WNEU’s powerful running game, too, as the Rams built a commanding 13-0 lead.But with 3:47 remaining in the game, the head coach said divine intervention, or something like it, kicked in. Emery called a play that sent four wide receivers straight down the field, and Brown hit junior Brendon Thompson with an arching pass over the middle of the field for a 65-yard touchdown, cutting Framingham State’s lead to six.‘It was something I saw on tape all week,’ Brown said. ‘The strong safety was slow to rotate over to help with coverage, and I put enough air under it. It was a perfect catch.’With the gusting wind at their backs and only one timeout remaining, Emery decided he couldn’t risk giving the ball back to Framingham. He needed get the ball back to Brown and his offense.Freshman kicker Nick Fox-Edele booted a perfectly placed onside kick, junior Phil Tsopanides recovered and the Golden Bears had the ball with a chance to win what looked like a lost game.‘Something was going on down there,’ Western New England Athletic Director Mike Theulen said. ‘To score so fast — and God willing — recover that critical onsides kick. It was miraculous.’After a season of mourning, the Golden Bears rallied for their coach one more time in 2011.The team, Brown said, had become part of the Emery family. Brown, along with fellow team captains J.J. Jachym, Matt Danko and Scott Wojciechowski, made sure their entire team went to Donald’s wake and funeral.When the team faced Norwich (Mass.) University the following Saturday, Emery admitted his game preparation was a little off. And he also wasn’t prepared for Brown’s last pregame tribute: the Golden Bears would wear helmet decals that read ‘DE’ to honor Donald Emery.‘I was speechless,’ Emery said. ‘You can’t ask for better players, and we rallied around that.’The comeback last Saturday against Framingham continued on the team’s 10-play drive after the onside kick.When the Golden Bears faced a fourth-and-nine at the Framingham State 11-yard line, Brown scrambled for 10 yards and a first down. On the next play, and with 26 seconds left in regulation, Brown took a quarterback sneak up to tie the game 13-13 from one yard out. Brown, who was injured during a critical game last season, said that late score was important to him. The quarterback had to watch on the sidelines as the Golden Bears lost a game that could’ve clinched them a spot in the 2010 NEFC championship game.Following Brown’s touchdown, Nick Fox-Edele had to make the point after attempt for the lead.But the kicker who had been spot-on with his onside kick pushed the game-winning PAT wide left, and the game went to overtime.Framingham elected to play defense in the extra period, and in four plays, Brown scored his second touchdown on a run from 12 yards out. This time, Fox-Edele nailed the extra point to put WNEU up seven.‘If it was possible to exhale, we exhaled a little after that,’ Theulen said. ‘Our defense was playing lights out all game.’That lights-out defense, led by defensive tackle Mark Devlin, clamped down the Framingham offense four times on their overtime possession. On fourth down, a pass by Framingham State quarterback Dino Mancinelli hit the turf.And Western New England won its first championship, 20-13.Theulen, who grew close to Donald Emery, said that somewhere he was cheering WNEU’s crazy, NCAA-clinching comeback.‘If you believe in magic and all that, it’s been a storybook year for Western New England,’ Theulen said. ‘I can tell you with all conviction that losing him at the beginning of this season pulled this team together.’For Emery, winning the NEFC this season — his first without his father in the stands — meant a little more. The support he received from his team was overwhelming.‘This university and this team had my back during a rough time,’ Emery said. ‘It’s meant the world to me to coach here, these kids, this team, everything.’nctoney@syr.edulast_img read more

Carl Crawford joins Dodgers’ growing disabled list

first_imgIn the span of four days, the Dodgers have placed four players on the disabled list. What’s worse is the progression: from nerve irritation (pitcher Joel Peralta) and a strained hamstring (outfielder Yasiel Puig) to season-ending elbow surgery (pitcher Brandon McCarthy on Monday) and cortisone shots (outfielder Carl Crawford on Tuesday).It is April 28, and the Dodgers are already enduring the type of injuries that make fans wonder if Andrew Friedman is actively trying to make a trade to bolster the roster.The latest casualty is Crawford, who strained a muscle in his right oblique swinging and connecting on a triple in the second inning Monday.“Misfortune is something that keeps happening to me,” Crawford said, a choice of words that his teammates might want to borrow. “It’s a bad tear,” Crawford said. “I’ve been icing it today, but right now I can’t even cough or sneeze without it hurting.”Jansen, Ryu recoveringTwo pitchers who are on the road to recovery, Kenley Jansen and Hyun-Jin Ryu, took significant steps forward in their rehab.Jansen threw 20 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium and will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The Quakes begin a seven-game homestand that day.Jansen expects he’ll need six or seven rehab innings total before he’s able to return to the majors. That means he is still on track to return by the ambiguous target date of “mid May.” Judging by the radar gun — Jansen said his last pitch registered 96 mph — don’t expect it to be much longer. “It’s always different when you’re facing hitters,” he said. “You’re being more aggressive. Today I worked on stuff and I also tried to be aggressive.”The last hurdle for the pitcher to clear is covering first base on a ground ball. Jansen still hasn’t worked on that since he underwent surgery to remove a growth from his left foot in February. Friday, he said, “if there’s a ground ball back to first I’m going to let it go. I’m not going to go to first. … That comes at the end of my rehab.”Ryu threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, his second since he was cleared to throw off a mound in his rehab from left shoulder inflammation. He was clocked throwing in excess of 80 mph.Mattingly said that Ryu will throw another bullpen session Friday and is on track to return sometime in “early June.”AlsoFormer Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda said it was “terrible” to hear that former Dodgers slugger Kirk Gibson has Parkinson’s disease. “The guy’s been a huge competitor,” added Mattingly. “I hope that same fight is going to be probably this.” … A date for McCarthy’s Tommy John surgery has not been announced yet. … Mattingly said the Dodgers’ weekend rotation against the Arizona Diamondbacks has not yet been determined. Scott Baker’s next start will be either Friday or Saturday. Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list and Kiké Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Tuesday’s game. Hernandez started in center field. Alex Guerrero, the Dodgers’ hottest hitter this season in a reserve role, got the start in left field and figures to see more time there in the coming weeks. Guerrero was tested early Tuesday when the second batter of the game, Matt Duffy, hit a fly ball to him. The Giants’ third hitter, Angel Pagan, forced Guerrero to field a ball off the wall; Guerrero took a poor route to the ball but would have been hard-pressed to do more than hold Pagan to a double.“The inexperience, that’s probably the biggest thing you see, is just the fact that (Guerrero) hasn’t been out there very often,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said prior to the game. “So there’s going to be things that could possibly come up that he hasn’t dealt with — dealing with the wall, dealing with different situations. Athletically I think he’s shown that he’s been comfortable out there. He’s had a little bit of time, played it a few times, some in spring training, and has looked good. We’ve been comfortable with what we’ve seen.”Crawford won’t have a clearly defined timetable for recovery for at least a few days. Mattingly estimated he’ll need more than two weeks but less than two months. Crawford will need to go out on a minor league rehabilitation stint before he returns to the Dodgers.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Bruins’ David Krejci makes unbelievable block to save goal

first_img Stanley Cup 2019: Blues’ Ivan Barbashev suspended one game for high hit on Bruins’ Marcus Johansson While the Bruins’ second line is struggling to score, they are finding ways to contribute.Down 1-0 in the closing seconds of the second period, forward David Krejci made an unbelievable block on an open net to keep the deficit at one going into the second intermission. The Blues defenseman then put a shot on net, but Krejci came out of nowhere to deflect the puck away.Had that shot gone in, the Blues would have taken a 2-0 lead into the third period and had even more momentum. Tuukka Rask over committed on the pass and found himself facedown on the ice out of his box leaving a seemingly open net for Pietrangelo. David Krejci with a huge save to close out the second period pic.twitter.com/UmojaFpJAY— Brandon Murphy (@2Murphy8) June 7, 2019On the play in question, defenseman Torey Krug tried to clear the puck but whiffed on a pass and got tangled up with a Blues player in his own zone.Pat Maroon then corralled the puck and put a pass in front of the net to Alex Pietrangelo. Related Newslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, February 05, 2014:•5:00 a.m. Officers investigated an aggravated battery of a known suspect in the 800 block S. G, Wellington.•Michaela B. Cliffman, 19, Wellington was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.•Haley N. Goodman, 25, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with fail to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.•1:24pm Officers investigated a theft of tennis rackets in the 800 block E. Homestead Dr, Wellington.last_img

Is it Safe to Open Mail and Packages During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

first_imgHealth experts add that the risks are very low that COVID-19 will remain on envelopes or packages long enough to infect anyone who handles them.Officials reiterate that it remains a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and to also avoid touching your face, after handling deliveries.As many other businesses across the nation, the U.S. Postal Service has been limiting visitors to its facilities, and is practicing social distancing guidelines. Is it safe to open mail and packages during the pandemic?According to the the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the answer is “yes.”They say there is no evidence that the virus is spreading through mail or parcels.Instead, it is mostly spread as droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes are then inhaled by people nearby.last_img read more