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Craigan takes Under-19 post

first_imgStephen Craigan has taken over as Northern Ireland’s Under-19 manager. Craigan said: “I am extremely honoured to be given this position with the Under-19s. “During the last year I worked as Stephen’s assistant and have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the squad. “We have many good young players coming through the ranks and it’s definitely an exciting time to be involved with the Northern Ireland youth set-up.” Craigan’s first chance to manage the side competitively comes in October when they face Belgium, France and Iceland in a qualifying tournament for the European Under-19 Championship. The 36-year-old, who retired from international football in 2011 after winning 54 caps, had been working as assistant under Stephen Robinson. Robinson had been in charge of the Under-21s and Under-17s and will retain those positions. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Reds hopeful over Sturridge fitness

first_img The England forward, who has scored 23 goals for the Reds this season, was forced off after 66 minutes of Sunday’s 3-2 win over Manchester City with an apparent hamstring injury. Sturridge has since been assessed and has not yet been ruled out for the leaders’ game at Carrow Road on Sunday. A report on the club’s website, www.liverpoolfc.com, read: “A small strain was detected following a scan. “The 24-year-old will now undergo a treatment programme in order to try and be available for the trip to Carrow Road.” Liverpool are two points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table and know that victories in their final four games will secure a first title since 1990. Title-chasing Liverpool are hopeful striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit for this weekend’s Barclays Premier League trip to Norwich.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Any win will do for McIlroy

first_img McIlroy won his first two major titles by eight shots and was six ahead after 54 holes on his way to victory in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool last month. But the 25-year-old is just one ahead of Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger after a third round of 67 at Valhalla, with Rickie Fowler another stroke back in third and Phil Mickelson and Jason Day within three of the lead. Rory McIlroy admitted he would take any kind of victory after claiming a narrow lead heading into the final round of the US PGA Championship. “I’ll take a win any way it comes,” said the world number one, who is seeking his second major title in four weeks and third win in succession. “If that means having to scrap it out with a couple of people coming down the stretch, so be it. Any win would be very satisfying. “I didn’t have my best stuff for some of that round today. Obviously I finished well with three birdies in the last four holes but the middle of the round was pretty scrappy. “The last two days it has not been quite as good as I can be. If everything does click tomorrow, then obviously I feel like there’s a very low score in me. “The biggest thing I was concerned about on the back nine today was not being in the lead. I got tied for the lead there for a while and I wanted to just get back in the lead. “I’m really confident right now no matter who is on that leaderboard; I feel like I have a pretty good chance in beating them. “It’s more mentally and physically tough whenever you’re at this end of a leaderboard, especially a few weeks in a row. But I gave myself Monday off here this week and I still feel pretty fresh going into tomorrow.” Wiesberger was a total of 12 over for his previous two appearances in the US PGA before this week and had only made one halfway cut in five previous majors, but carded a flawless 65 which was completed in stunning fashion. The 28-year-old world number 70 holed from inside three feet on the 505-yard 16th, almost holed his second shot to the 17th and then left an eagle pitch just inches short on the 18th. “It was a dream come true really, going out there with Phil (Mickelson), one of my heroes,” said Wiesberger, who lost a play-off for the Lyoness Open in his native Vienna in June, the event he won in 2012 for his second European Tour title. “I played beatifully today, I didn’t miss a lot of shots, set up a few nice opportunities on the last few holes especially. I’m very proud of myself the way I played. “It’s a completely new situation for me so I am quite a rookie in this particular situation. I know what I’m capable of doing. I know if I drive the ball well and don’t get ahead of myself, I can play good golf. “I’ve never played well in the majors. I’ve played well in the other bigger events in Europe and won a couple. It’s not the same, but you kind of get a feeling for what you have to do, how you have to handle yourself. It’s just on a different level but you’re still out there with your caddie trying to do the best you can. “I’m friends with Rory and I’m sure it’s going to be a nice situation out there tomorrow again. Hopefully do the things well that I did today and just enjoy myself. From now on, it’s just a bonus, really.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Indian Premier League I worked on being the best father and best husband, says Warner recalling ball-tampering ban

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Hyderabad: The 12-month ban a thing of the past now, David Warner said he just tried to be the best father and the best husband in the aftermath of the career-threatening ball-tampering episode. Warner and Steve Smith were handed 12-month bans by Cricket Australia for their role in ball-tampering in South Africa last year, a punishment which both the player have already served. Post the ban, Warner was in imperious form in the ongoing IPL and signed off his season with 692 runs, the highest so far in the tournament, before heading home for World Cup preparations.”I have had time off to work harder at my game. Put the bat down for 16-18 weeks and just worked hard on being the best father and husband that has worked for me. Yeah, I try to be the funny man in the team, the prankster,” Warner said at the post-match press conference on Monday.Warner, who is the leading run-getter in the ongoing IPL with 692 runs, said he just backed his natural instinct.”It’s obviously great to get out there and do your job properly. We’ve got a great deck to bat on. The groundstaff have worked tirelessly to prepare good wickets and then it’s about going back to basics and backing your instincts. I think it just goes back to being still as a batsman. I get the tendency to moving around a bit if there have been a few dots. But I have worked hard over the last few months. The game plan is to back yourself, just back your natural game,” he added.Warner predicted high scores in the upcoming ODI World Cup in England, starting May 30.”This World Cup, you’ll see some high scores. Hopefully the ball doesn’t swing as much. Obviously England are the home team and they’re great. We’re world champions. I’m sure it’ll be great,” signed off the Sunrisers Hyderabad opener.Warner signed off his IPL 2019 campaign in style, notching up his eight fifty of the season to help Sunrisers take a step closer towards qualifying for the play-offs with a comfortable 45-run win over Kings XI Punjab here Monday.Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson said it was complete performance from his team on Monday.”I guess through the season you’re looking for points and we’re in the crunch time in the tournament. It was a big game for us and it’s been close to a complete performance,” Williamson said. last_img read more

Phillips quietly growing as QB

first_imgAfter throwing just seven times in his first start against Indiana, Phillips has been asked to throw 50 times combined in his last two games.[/media-credit]What a difference a year can make.Last season, Curt Phillips wasn’t even at the Big Ten Championship game. Now, he’s the starting quarterback on the biggest stage a conference game can offer.At home in Tennessee still rehabbing from his third surgery on the ACL in his right knee, the quarterback still dreamed of one day getting his shot. Phillips remembers the feeling he experienced, sitting at home and watching his teammates play for a conference championship without him there.“It was disappointing,” Phillips said. “I wanted to be there with the team, that was frustrating. But it’s that much extra motivation, when something’s taken away from you.“Now I get my opportunity to be a part of it.”Phillips has never played against Nebraska, Wisconsin’s opponent in the conference championship game. Last time around it was redshirt freshman Joel Stave making the start, as Danny O’Brien made a late game appearance to run the two-minute drill.But after the last two weeks, it’s no doubt who the Badgers’ best quarterback is in the clutch.Leading Wisconsin back in the final seconds against both Ohio State and Penn State only to see both games lost in overtime, Phillips has begun to develop a reputation for stepping up when it matters most.The hurry-up, two-minute drill that Phillips has thrived in so far for the Badgers resembles the offense the quarterback ran at Sullivan South High School in his hometown of Kingsport, Tenn.And for a team that has lost its five games by an average of less than four points, that kind of ability to close out, or rather, bring a team back, is something this Wisconsin team desperately needs.“It’s great to have that kind of faith in somebody that he’s already been there and done that,” redshirt junior left guard Ryan Groy said. “He’s already done it, we know he can step up in those situations.”And he’s also shown improvement. After only throwing the ball seven times against Indiana, Phillips has thrown 25 passes in each of his last three games, throwing for 191 yards and two touchdowns – both career-highs – against Penn State Saturday.“Each game I feel like I’ve settled down a little bit, especially from the first start,” Phillips said. “I had some mental mistakes I shouldn’t have made (in his first start), being a little giddy I guess. But I feel like I’m more comfortable and relaxed.”It’s been hard to say Phillips has had adequate time to get comfortable this season. The redshirt senior has been sacked nine times this season, a result of lackluster play in the offensive trenches, team’s sending consistent blitzes to challenge the inexperienced quarterback and stop the Wisconsin running game and the quarterback holding onto the ball for too long.With the Big Ten Championship game marking just his fourth start for the Badgers under center, Phillips says he’s starting to find his comfort zone as “the man” for his team’s offense.“I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable, like I’m on the same page as my receivers,” Phillips said. “At first, I felt I knew what was going on and what I was seeing from the defense, but I wasn’t getting it out that fast because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t making any mistakes. So now I can play a little bit faster and trust myself.”It was an observation also reflected by his head coach, Bret Bielema. “I think the part that probably has shown up, in my opinion, from an old defensive coach, there are some plays where he maybe wasn’t quite sure he could throw it,” Bielema said at his Monday press conference. “If you just hesitate a half second, sometimes that window can close.”Wisconsin’s No. 1 wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, who was named a consensus first team all-Big Ten selection Monday, has seen his production vastly decrease since the injury to Stave, recording just seven catches over the past three games.But, like Bielema and Phillips, Abbrederis also voiced both receiver and quarterback are still learning from one another.“We’re just trying to figure each other out, with the play-calling, trying to understand what he’s good at,” Abbrederis said. “I think we’re good chemistry-wise and as the weeks go on we just keep getting better and better.”Phillips admitted he needed some time to adjust to the starting role. When he took over the offense nearly a month ago, it was the first time he received the majority of reps at quarterback since fall camp. But he found the learning curve slighted thanks to a lasting friendship with a former Wisconsin quarterback.And not just any quarterback. This one led Wisconsin to their first Rose Bowl in a decade, a feat Phillips will look to achieve with a win on Saturday.“One person, I’ve always looked to for advice is Scott Tolzien,” Phillips said. “I usually talk to Scott a couple times a week. We’re pretty close, he’s always good to talk to because he keeps you grounded.“He’s always got some good advice, right before the competition opened up when Joel got hurt he said to make the most of it because I had already come this far and to just to have fun with it.”So, will he brag to his friend if he ends up winning Wisconsin its first Rose Bowl since 2000?“No, I haven’t made it that far yet,” he laughed. “We have to win this one Saturday.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more

Turbin the other part of the running back reunion in Seattle

first_img 8 months ago Goff seeks to end Rams’ disappointing season on a high note SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND When Robert Turbin made his first trip to Seattle for a workout with the Seahawks, he packed enough clothes to stay for an extended period. He ended up going back to Sacramento, California, unsigned after the workout ended. But the bag remained packed just in case another call came.“I actually left my bags packed in my car, in the trunk of my car. I said, ‘Somehow, someway, hopefully, we’ll get back there.’ Then, the next week came, and here I am,” Turbin said on Thursday. “I felt really good about the workout. They just needed other needs at the time. Here I am now.”The call Turbin was hoping for came last Sunday night when the Seahawks realized they needed multiple running backs after three major injuries in the span of three games. And while the return of Marshawn Lynch is understandably getting most of the attention, the signing of Turbin is also important.No one expects Lynch to come in after more than a year away from the game and be able to handle a full workload for this Sunday’s matchup against San Francisco. The same could be said of Turbin, who hasn’t played since Week 6 of last season. But in unison, the duo that shared backfield duties for the Seahawks from 2012-14 may bring just enough of what Seattle needs this week against San Francisco and into the postseason.“Both of these guys are good players. They’ve been through a lot. They know a lot of stuff. Football comes easy to them,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Still, they’re going to have to put together a really good week to really have the hold on it so they can have command and feel confident and play like they want to play.”Turbin’s never been able to match the same level of production he had in Seattle when he served as Lynch’s backup. For the three seasons, he was with the Seahawks, Turbin played in every game, averaged 4 yards per carrying and rushed for more than 250 yards in each season.After leaving Seattle following the 2014 season, Turbin played for Cleveland, Dallas and Indianapolis. He was never able to win a starter’s role, fell into being a lightly-used backup and was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season.He had just one workout — back in the spring — before Seattle called a couple of weeks ago.”We wanted to keep football as a priority for 17 weeks and we did that, and the opportunity presented itself,” Turbin said.How the carries will be split between Lynch, Turbin and rookie Travis Homer is unknown. Even the Seahawks coaches may not know until Lynch and Turbin get their initial carries against the 49ers and see how they respond to being hit for the first time in more than a year.Turbin understands that as much as he worked out daily with the hopes of getting another NFL shot, it doesn’t come close to simulating what it’ll be like on Sunday night.“You throw the pads on and the helmet and the intensity of the game are obviously higher,” Turbin said. “That’s really hard to mimic when you’re training. Guys talk about it all the time when they come back for training camp. It’s like, man, I thought I was in shape until I got here to training camp. We’ll see how it goes.”NOTES: Seahawks DE Jadeveon Clowney (core) said he intends to play after missing the past two games. Clowney missed Week 15 because of illness and last week still dealing with his core muscle injury. Clowney suffered the injury in the first matchup with the 49ers and is hoping Seattle can win and possibly get a first-round bye in the playoffs for more recovery time. … T Jamarco Jones was limited in practice on Thursday listed with a shoulder injury. Jones started at left tackle last week with Duane Brown out. 8 months ago Jets’ Darnold looks for positive finish to up-and-down year FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV 8 months ago Finally, Fields vs Lawrence: ‘This is the future of the NFL’ Associated Press Television News Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 27th December, 2019 11:45 IST Turbin The Other Part Of The Running Back Reunion In Seattle When Robert Turbin made his first trip to Seattle for a workout with the Seahawks, he packed enough clothes to stay for an extended period. First Published: 27th December, 2019 11:45 IST 8 months ago New Year’s gift ideas for all types of friends in your circlelast_img read more

Rank ups Spanish profile with €21 million YoBingo.es acquisition

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 John O’Reilly – Rank Group PlcRank Group Plc has today confirmed that it has moved to acquire Spanish online bingo operator YoBingo.es for an ‘initial consideration’ of €21 million cash.The acquisition sees Rank ‘deepen its commitment’ to the Spanish online gambling market, in which it currently operates its EnRacha online casino and games brand.Operated by QSB Gaming, YoBingo maintains a ‘top two presence’ within the Spanish online bingo sector, holding 30% market share. For its 2017 corporate performance, the asset generated €10 million revenues and an EBIT of €2.5 million.Updating investors, Rank governance details that it has acquired all QSB Gaming properties outright, undertaking its initial €21 million transactions.Furthermore, the London listed gambling group has added a number of ‘future performance’ related earn-outs the transaction, increasing YoBingo’s deal valuation to €52 million cash.Confirming the acquisition, new Rank Group Plc Chief Executive John O’Reilly, commented:“The acquisition of the YoBingo Group expands Rank’s digital footprint in Spain.  Spain is an exciting high-growth regulated market which we believe offers strong multi-channel potential. The YoBingo Group is a well-established operation that we intend to further develop and to cross-sell into our established Spanish retail operations.” Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

Governor rejects GOP plan to restrict attorney general’s authority

first_imgDES MOINES — Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has rejected a plan to restrict the authority of Iowa’s attorney general.Reynolds says she shares concerns raised by Republican lawmakers about having Attorney General Tom Miller join lawsuits challenging Trump Administration policies, as those lawsuits conflict with the policy goals of the Republican-led legislature and her. However, Reynolds said she’s cautious about redefining the attorney general’s duties since he’s elected to the job by voters.Reynolds and Miller recently met privately to discuss this proposal. The governor announced today that Miller has agreed to consult with her and join lawsuits on behalf of the state only when she agrees. If the governor doesn’t agree with a lawsuit’s aims, Miller may still join it — but independently under his own name, not on behalf of the State of Iowa.Here is the letter Reynolds sent the legislature, explaining her decision:“I share many of the concerns expressed by members of the Legislature about the past actions of Attorney General Tom Miller in courts outside of Iowa. He has participated in litigation throughout the nation, repeatedly taking positions in the name of the State of Iowa that are in conflict with Iowa’s statutes, the policy goals of the Legislature and Governor, and the best interests of Iowans. But I am cautious about approving a provision that redefines the scope of the Attorney General’s duties because I am mindful that the Attorney General is also elected by, and directly accountable to, the people of Iowa.“As a result of the Legislature’s leadership on this issue, Attorney General Miller and I have had the opportunity to engage in a thoughtful discussion about the appropriate balance of authority between the Governor and the Attorney General with respect to Iowa’s involvement in litigation. And ultimately, Attorney General Miller agreed to my proposal to adjust our litigation practices in a manner that I believe addresses my core concerns without amending Iowa’s current statutes.“Attorney General Miller has agreed that so long as he serves as Attorney General, he will not prosecute any action or proceeding or sign onto or author an amicus brief in the name of the State of Iowa in any court or tribunal other than an Iowa state court without the consent of the Governor. He retains the authority to participate in litigation or author letters in his own name, as Attorney General of Iowa. Attorney General Miller has also agreed that if the Governor requests that he prosecute an action or proceeding or file an amicus brief in any court, he will do so or facilitate outside counsel, and that such participation requested by the Governor shall be conducted in the name of the State of Iowa.“This agreement is an appropriate interpretation of the authority and duties provided for under existing Iowa law and our constitutional structure. It ensures that the State of Iowa will speak with one consistent voice when it participates in court proceedings outside of our state. And it respects the Attorney General’s independent authority and accountability to the people of Iowa.“I commend the Legislature for starting this important discussion and Attorney General Miller for his willingness to reevaluate our practices with respect to engaging in litigation on behalf of the State of Iowa. I look forward to working with Attorney General Miller to ensure that the State’s litigation advances the interests of Iowans.”Attorneys general from other states, including Republicans from Idaho and Nebraska, sent letters to Reynolds urging her to reject the plan that would have required Miller to get approval from the governor, the state executive council or the legislature before signing on to any lawsuit filed in a court outside of Iowa.The proposal was included in a budget bill and Reynolds used her item veto authority to remove it before signing the measure into law.Attorney General Miller released this statement on the governor’s decision:Today I have entered into a compromise agreement with Gov. Kim Reynolds concerning lawsuits filed by my office. I do so for the following reasons.The legislation would limit the ability of my office and my successors to bring litigation outside the state courts of Iowa.  My greater concern was always about the institution of the Attorney General and its powers and duties. My successors were always more important than the current Attorney General. By vetoing the legislation, Governor Reynolds is protecting this interest and concern. A long time ago when I was first elected Attorney General of Iowa, my elders — the other state Attorneys General — preached to me the importance of the powers and duties of our office and the great obligation to protect those powers and duties. I will not be haunted by the ghosts of my elders. While I am Attorney General, I agree to get the consent of the Governor to bring out of state cases when the State of Iowa is the plaintiff, but not when the Attorney General of Iowa is the plaintiff. This means that generally I will not be suing the Trump administration. I brought a selective number of lawsuits against the Trump administration in the last two-plus years. I believe they were well grounded in the law. According to the available polling data, these cases, such as the ones concerning the Dreamers and separating children from parents, were supported by a majority of Iowans.  The cases were also supported by Iowans in their overwhelming re-election of me just last November. I am reassured by the fact that the cases will continue to be brought by my 26 Democratic Attorney General colleagues, and they will do a very effective job.This agreement allows my office to continue to protect Iowans through consumer enforcement actions, which are primarily filed in Iowa courts. It also allows me to express my opinion on matters affecting Iowans before federal agencies and Congress.This is a good-faith agreement between Governor Reynolds and me. In my opinion, there are too few good-faith compromises today in Washington and Des Moines. This also leads me to make this agreement.last_img read more

Celtic declared champions as Scottish season is ended

first_imgPremiership clubs agreed on Friday that finishing the season was no longer a realistic option.Scottish clubs will not be allowed to return to training until June 10 at the earliest.The cost of testing and the fact a high percentage of players will be out of contract in May and June were also highlighted by clubs as reasons why making a return to finishing the campaign was impractical.“The SPFL has today announced that, following consultation with all 12 top-flight clubs, the Board of the SPFL has determined that the 2019/20 Premiership has been concluded with immediate effect,” the league said in a statement.By calling the season to an end, the SPFL can now release a final instalment of prize money to clubs based on their league position.“On Friday, Premiership clubs expressed their clear and unanimous view that there was no realistic prospect of completing the outstanding fixtures from season 2019/20,” said SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster.“The SPFL board met this morning and in line with the express agreement of member clubs in April, the board determined that League season 2019/20 and the Premiership be brought to an end.“This decision now enables us to pay out around £7 million ($8.5 million) in fees to help clubs stay afloat during this incredibly difficult time.”Leagues in France, Belgium and the Netherlands have also called their seasons to a premature end.However, many more across Europe are hoping to follow the example of Germany’s Bundesliga, which has already returned behind closed doors and with a series of strict safety measures in place to protect players and staff.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Celtic were crowned champions for a record-equalling ninth consecutive season as the Scottish Premiership campaign was declared over on Monday.Neil Lennon’s men were 13 points clear at the top of the table when the season was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic in March with eight games remaining for the majority of clubs.Second-placed Rangers had a game in hand to try and cut that gap and were due to face Celtic twice more before the end of the season.A points-per-game formula for determining final league placings also sees bottom club Hearts relegated unless there is any progress in talks over league reconstruction.“It is, of course, a real shame that we were not able to see out the league in front of our fans. However, no one can deny how deserved this title is,” said Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell.“While we rightly celebrate this fantastic, deserved achievement we must take time to consider the wider circumstances we have all been experiencing and remember those who have helped us through these unique and challenging times with such bravery and selflessness.“We dedicate this title to everyone who has cared for us and all those who have been affected by these times of challenge and difficulty.”The three leagues below the Premiership were ended over a month ago when clubs passed a controversial resolution that allowed the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) board to also bring the top flight to a halt if it deemed the games could no longer be played.Last week Rangers failed to gain support of the 42 member clubs for an independent inquiry into how the vote on the resolution was passed.– Prize money to be released –last_img read more

Power lifting champ Linda Paulson is PNG flag bearer

first_imgIn the team farewell ceremony last night at the Murray Barracks oval, the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was handed the flag by the representative guards of the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment following which he announced the flag bearer and handed over the flag to Paulson to carry.When announcing the flag bearer, mistress of ceremony Ellie Webb said that the chosen athlete embodied all that was good about the team and embodied sporting abilities and achievements and would  proudly represent the nation and lead Team PNG in the opening ceremony.Webb says that Paulson was a humble athlete who was committed and displayed the virtues of honesty and an example of what sports could do for people.She says that Paulson was a dedicated member of the athletes commission and was now a senior athlete who had represented PNG on the international stage with distinction.Recently being a world record holder and gold medalist, she is a three times gold medalist at the Pacific Games with aims to bag another gold in front of the home crowd.Speaking to Loop PNG after the announcement an emotional Paulson says that she was humbled and touched by the choice for her to carry the flag and lead the home contingent into the opening ceremony.She says that she was also excited and wished all her team mates a good Games, adding that they must perform and give the visitors a good fight as they were competing on home soil.In the flag handover ceremony, the military guards marched on with the PNG flag and handed it to their Commander in Chief, the Prime Minister who in turn handed it to Paulson.last_img read more