Allam threatens to sell Hull

first_img Press Association Hull owner Assem Allam has reiterated his intention to walk away from the club if his proposed name-change is unsuccessful – which looked highly likely on Monday after the Football Association’s membership committee made a “unanimous recommendation” to its council to reject the request. The governing body spoke out at the end of a day which had seen numerous reports suggest Allam’s idea to rebrand the club as Hull Tigers was set to be quashed. In a statement, the FA said that, at a meeting last Wednesday, its membership committee had made the recommendation to the council after “consultation with stakeholders within and outside of the game”. “The FA’s decision should also serve as a warning to other owners – such fundamental changes to a club’s identity should not be made without the support of the fans.” Allam’s son, vice-chairman Ehab Allam, said at the weekend that a formal rejection by the FA would not stop him pushing for the change in the long term. Ehab Allam told BBC Radio Humberside: “The proposed name change is not about a quick win. It is a long-term change.” His was perhaps a voice of reason between the fans and the club, with his father having previously stirred passions further by telling the fans who sung the ‘City Til I Die’ song that they could “die as soon as they want”. The statement added that a full vote would be taken as planned on April 9 and that Hull were able to respond with a new submission, having been sent the written reasons. Allam later told the Guardian that he would walk away from Hull if his plan failed, but moved to deny he would liquidate the club. While also admitting he would now ask Hull’s season ticket holders to vote on the issue, he said: “We will announce a ballot this week, and we will challenge the decision. “If the FA does not allow our plan, we will walk away, put it on the market to sell the club. We would not put it into liquidation; there is a lot of money at stake. I will get my money when I sell.” His quest to rebrand the club met with a furious response from fans’ groups and led to a war of words with Allam. The Football Supporters’ Federation hailed the reports on Monday and praised the campaign waged by the club’s supporters. FSF chief executive Kevin Miles said: “This is undoubtedly the right decision and credit should go both to the FA and to Hull City fans, who led a tremendous campaign. “The fans’ groups and fanzines who came together under the City Till We Die banner have protected their club’s heritage and 110-year-old name with great dignity. last_img read more

Gerrard devastated by Anfield exit

first_imgDeparting Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admitted he is devastated he will not play at Anfield again. Press Association The 34-year-old’s final appearance at the ground before his summer move to the Los Angeles Galaxy ended in a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. Gerrard was at least given a fitting send off, with a guard of honour, mosaics and songs sung in his honour, and he knows he will never again experience such a feeling. “We knew what the narrative was today and the agenda,” he said. “We talked about it and thought it was important we carried the level of importance from Chelsea and Manchester United. “The only difference today was we probably had a bit more control with (Marouane) Chamakh coming into the team. “We have missed him. Puncheon was terrific. Those two gave us a level of control. After the first 15 minutes and the mistake we made, we improved.” On Gerrard Pardew added his plaudits, saying: “It is very difficult to put into words what Steven has done for Liverpool. “I can only speak as a fan and a lover of football for what he has done for England. “He has carried the nation at times and we should all be honoured to have someone who has conducted himself that way.” “It felt very strange,” he said. “I’ve been dreading this moment, I will miss it so much. I have loved every minute and I am devastated that I will not play in front of these supporters again.” Liverpool wasted the chance to end Gerrard’s 17-year Anfield career on a high after Adam Lallana’s opener was superseded by goals from Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray’s added time penalty rebound. “He got a wonderful send off and did everything right until the very end,” said manager Brendan Rodgers of his captain. “The support he got was brilliant and what they would expect of him; he has been a wonderful player and gave his all for the club. “The result was disappointing. We made poor defensive errors today across the field and got punished at the end of the first half and in the second half we didn’t defend well enough. “Their attacking players posed us problems and we didn’t cope well enough.” Palace were well worth their win and manager Alan Pardew was pleased with the way his side coped with the occasion. last_img read more

Hughes wants Butland to rest

first_imgStoke manager Mark Hughes believes Jack Butland is better off resting his injured finger than risking further problems by joining up with the England squad for shooting practice next month. England Under-21 international Butland is expected to be called to the senior squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland. Hughes, though, would rather Butland – whose only full England cap came for the first half of a 2012 friendly against Italy – spend the time productively with the Stoke coaching and medical staff. “Jack has got to be careful with it. There is an international window coming up and it’s a good time to let the injury settle down,” said Hughes. “At the moment he is due to be very sore for a number of weeks, so he needs to keep out of training sessions where balls are getting blasted at him.” Asked if that is what he would tell England manager Roy Hodgson, Hughes simply replied: “Yes”. Stoke gave a debut to £12million signing Xherdan Shaqiri at Carrow Road, the Swiss midfielder setting up Mame Diouf for an early opening goal with a well-delivered free-kick. Hughes confirmed he wanted winger Jonathan Walters to stay at the club, despite interest from Norwich on the eve of Saturday’s match. The 31-year-old has been recovering from illness this week, but has yet to commit to a new contract. The 22-year-old produced a man-of-the-match display to help earn a 1-1 draw at Norwich on Saturday. Afterwards, Hughes revealed Butland had suffered a fracture around his knuckle while training on Thursday, but after treatment was able to play through the pain barrier. Hughes said: “Norwich did make a bid, but it was nowhere near our valuation. “That (coming so close to the match) was probably a bit of mischief. “But it happens, I have probably been guilty of it myself in the past, so I am not going to be holier than thou and criticise Norwich for that. “It was predictable really that it was going to come out, so we haven’t got a problem.” Hughes added: “Jonathan wants a little bit more in terms of the lengths of a new contract, but we are hopeful we can come to an agreement. “But if we don’t, then we will probably keep him and let his contract run down.” Sections of the Norwich crowd made it clear of their feelings towards the former Ipswich man, who remains a target for Canaries manager Alex Neil. Hughes said: “Wherever Jonathan has gone he has affected people’s perceptions of him and that wouldn’t be an issue for him.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Despite utter lack of passing attack, Hill provides UW thrills

first_imgP.J. Hill was getting upset. He was tired of being tied at home against an opponent that had the gall to do some sort of pre-game war dance at center field. He was tired of all the offensive three and outs. But mostly he was tired of the goose egg the offense had left on the scoreboard through the first 37:49 of play. “First half we weren’t doing so well,” Hill said. “We had a halftime talk and knew we had to get on the ball and play better football.”Hill took it upon himself to change all of that. So with 7:11 remaining in the first half, Hill took the hand off and started to follow fullback Bill Rentmeester before seeing a sliver of open field and cutting back to his left. He split two defenders, breaking a pair of arm tackles, and then spun like a dreidl on Hanukkah, to get in the open field.And then, there was nothing but green. Hill rumbled down the right sideline all the way into the end zone, giving the Badgers a 7-0 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.”When I got out of it I saw an opening, daylight, and I know I just had to put on the speed and get as much as I could,” Hill said of the play. For the second time in as many weeks Hill carried the Badger offense, this time netting 186 yards on 26 carries, good for a 7.1 yards per carry. While the Badger defense pummeled the Aztec offensive players, Hill was doing the same to the defenders, bowling over SDSU players with a kamikaze running style.”P.J. Hill, again, just a guy that has a lot of resiliency during the course of the game, also just his energy and his excitement,” Bielema said. “But the best news is he’s only a freshman. He’s going to get better every day, not just every week, he gets better every day.”But despite all of the success of the running game (Dywon Rowan ran for 79 yards on only six touches) the Badger offense was stagnant and mostly ineffective. How, you ask, can an offense that rakes up just shy of 300 yards on the ground be ineffective? Zero passing attack. Wisconsin’s offense was largely a one-dimensional one as the Badger passing game was totally absent Saturday, with senior quarterback John Stocco and the all-new receiving corps continue to struggle getting on the same page. “I think some of them were just missed throws, things I have to hit,” Stocco said. “I just missed too many throws that I usually don’t. “I really don’t feel good about the passing game at all coming off of this win,” said starter junior wideout Paul Hubbard. “It’s a win, but it’s a real ugly win. You can’t have 85 yards passing in a game and expect to say that we had a good game.”Stocco completed just 12 of 23 passes for a paltry 85 yards, with 31 of those yards coming on the Badgers’ final drive of the contest when the outcome was no longer in doubt. The entire passing game just never seemed to be in synch, with receivers dropping several passes and Stocco continuously missing the mark.”To be honest with you, I really can’t tell you [what was wrong],” Hubbard said. “We had plays set up to be successful, it was just missed opportunities and failed opportunities when we didn’t cash in on the plays that were given to us.”Regardless of the reason, the Badgers realize that they will have to have a more balanced attack if they are to have a chance on the road against No. 6 Michigan next Saturday.”There’s still a lot we need to improve on,” Stocco said. “Michigan’s obviously a very good team.””We gotta have more yards in the passing game to be able to win against big teams like Michigan and the rest of those guys in our conference,” Hubbard said. One thing is for sure: Hill will be ready to go, again. “We’re going to be amped up for that game,” Hill said. “This is the first Big Ten Conference game, so we just gotta prepare and go out and play football.”last_img read more

Breast cancer survivor Anna Smith soldiers on

first_imgWith October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Caribbean National Weekly sat down with breast cancer survivor, Jamaican Anna Smith, to discuss her journey with the disease. She spoke candidly about her decisions, and how she feels now that it is all behind her. Tanya N. RagbeerAt 50 years old, cancer survivor Anna Smith discovered that something was wrong during a breast examination self-test. She found a lump in one of her breasts and was quick to act. “Well, I’d better go to the doctor and find out what it is,” she thought.This was March, 2015. However, it wasn’t until May of that year that she was officially diagnosed.“I went to the doctor and got all my tests done, got my mammogram done. The office that I went to, Pembroke Pink, has a doctor on staff and actually tells you immediately (whether or not there is anything positive),” said Smith.The staff are also quick to respond, so when I did the mammogram, the lady looked at me and said, ‘let me get the doctor’.”Positive diagnosis  When the doctor arrived, he was also forthcoming. “It looks positive,” he told her and immediately recommended additional testing. Smith was sent for a biopsy and ultrasound, which produced positive results though it did not appear to have spread to her other breast, or organs.Anna’s family (husband Patrick, daughter Rachel, and son Ryan) are very supportive of her fight against cancer.Smith, a practical person, told her husband. “It’s positive, I have to make an appointment with a surgical oncologist so I’ll do that today, but right now, I’m going to work.”Several biopsiesThe surgical oncologist scheduled several biopsies: a standard biopsy, an MRI biopsy, and one where “they do the biopsy while you are sitting on a chair, you can actually see your results on a screen in front of you,” she said.  Each came back positive.Following conclusive results on the breast, the doctor recommended checking the other, “just to make sure.” So, Smith was sent back to do additional biopsies on the other breast.“I have always had fibrocystic breasts,” Smith proclaimed.However, the results were negative. Despite the fact, the doctor felt there was a high percentage that something could develop in the cancer-free breast.“We would have to make a decision,” Smith was told “either we wait and see if anything develops in the other one, or you take care of them both at the same time.”No hesitationWithout hesitation, Smith told her doctor, “There is no decision to make. Whatever has to be done, let’s go ahead and do it.”Double mastectomyShe endured a double mastectomy.  “The way I look at it is, that you can’t be afraid. Yes, you’re nervous and you don’t know what stage you’re at, you don’t know how far it’s gone… when you first find out, you don’t know all of these things,”  said the cancer survivor.When the doctor read her the results, she immediately told him, “I don’t want to take out the lump, I just want to take it off.” And when he asked her about the other one, she responded, “I’ll just take that off too.”Not wanting to be consumed by the experience, Smith continued working “like nothing happened” until she received the final results.“If I was to sit at home and focus on it or discuss it a lot before I found out how bad it was, I think I would have been more frightened, but I think that because I kept myself busy, I didn’t focus too much on it.Reconstruction Anna Smith went through six surgeries.  “It would have been probably four, but I had a mishap with one of them so I had to take it out and start all over again,” she explained.The surgeries took a toll on her body.“When you think of the breast, you don’t realize how many muscles are there that you use every day to get up, down, move around. It is very difficult.”Smith faced two options:Take fat from the stomach to build the breasts, which takes an estimated 7-12 hours with one or two surgeries. The results are “more natural” though the healing is longer (six to eight weeks) each.Implants (Anna’s choice); four to six surgeries, each with a recovery time of three weeks. This one feels “less natural,” according to Smith.“I feel fine. When I look at them, they don’t look real to me, but they don’t look bad. Sometimes they are a little uncomfortable. Every day gets a little easier.”“Honestly, if I had to do it again,” added cancer survivor Smith, “I don’t think I would put them on. I would just go without.”last_img read more

Danny Rose on racism: Tottenham defender ‘can’t wait to see the back of football’

first_imgTottenham defender Danny Rose says he “can’t wait to see the back of football” and is frustrated at the lack of action taken against fans’ racism.Racist chanting was directed at several England players, including Rose, during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro.Uefa has charged Montenegro with racist behaviour but Rose, 28, does not expect a significant punishment.The left-back said: “When countries get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London what do you expect?”Rose, who was also abused while on England Under-21 duty in Serbia in 2012, says he will play on but has “had enough” of racism in the game.“How I programme myself is that I think I’ve got five or six more years left in football, and I just can’t wait to see the back of it,” he added.“Seeing how things are done in the game at the minute, you just have to get on with it.“There is so much politics in football. I can’t wait to see the back of it.”The Montenegro disciplinary case will be dealt with by European football’s governing body on 16 May.The minimum punishment is a partial stadium closure, while a second offence results in one match being played behind closed doors and a fine of 50,000 euros (£42,500).Montenegro coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic said he did not “hear or notice any” racist abuse, but England manager Gareth Southgate said “there’s no doubt in my mind it happened – it’s unacceptable”.Rose said he had been ready for more chanting in Podgorica last week but does not expect the situation to change any time soon.This week, Juventus’ 19-year-old Italian forward Moise Kean suffered racist abuse from the stands during a match at Cagliari – with team-mate Leonardo Bonucci’s suggestion that Kean was partly to blame called laughable by Rose’s England team-mate Raheem Sterling.Manchester City’s Sterling was himself allegedly abused at Chelsea in December, while Uefa is investigating an case of alleged racist abuse towards another England player, Callum Hudson-Odoi, during Chelsea’s Europa League win at Dynamo Kiev on 14 March.Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has said he will ask referees to be “brave” and stop matches when there is racial abuse from supporters, but Rose says he just wanted to get the win and get home from Montenegro.“Gareth Southgate was a bit upset after the game because it was the first time he’d been involved in something like that. He didn’t know what the right course of action was,” said Rose.“He said he was fully behind me if I wanted to walk off. I appreciate that, but I just wanted to get the three points and get out of there as quickly as possible.“Obviously it is sad that I had to prepare for that, but when countries only get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London then what do you expect?“You see my manager [at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino] get banned for two games for just being confrontational against [referee] Mike Dean at Burnley – but a country can only get fined a little bit of money for being racist. It’s a bit of a farce.“So that’s where we’re at now in football. Until there’s a harsh punishment, there’s not much else we can expect.” Source: BBClast_img read more

BAL: Africa finally gets a premier basketball league

first_imgThe continent of Africa finally has a top tier professional basketball league following the official launch of the Basketball Africa league.The league is scheduled to tip off on March 13 and will feature 12 teams who have been divided into two conferences.A jersey unveiling ceremony revealed that participating teams have been drawn from countries including Egypt, Angola, Kenya and Senegal with the likes of Zamalek and AS Police all set to feature.FormatThe 12 teams divided into 2 conferences will play 5 games each after which the best 3 teams from each zone will make it to the next round known as the Super 6.These 6 teams will play in a round robin format to determine those that make it to the final four.The final four which is expected to be held in Rwanda where the finals will also be staged will be a single elimination tournament with the winner emerging champions of the BAL.As part of rules and regulations geared towards improving talent on the continent each team will be restricted to having only four foreign players of which two have to be from an African country.The 12 Teams BelowAS Police                                 ZamalekAS Sale                                   AS DouanesFAP                                         Ferroviario de MaputoGNBC                                     Rivers HoopersUS Monastir                         Petro de LuandaGS Petroliers                        Patriots The Basketball Africa League is a collaboration between the National Basketball Association and FIBA with sponsorship from Nike, Jordan Brand and Pepsi.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw ‘taking a few days,’ throwing program on hold

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — The rainstorms passing through Arizona aren’t the only clouds hanging over Dodgers camp now.Clayton Kershaw was given Thursday off and his throwing program has been put on hold after he told the Dodgers’ staff that he “didn’t feel right” after throwing to hitters on Monday and in a bullpen session on Wednesday.“I’m just taking a few days right now,” Kershaw said, giving a form of that same response to multiple questions during a brief interview following Friday’s workout.“This is a good time to take a few days. This is the time to do it. So I’m going to do it.” “To say when he’s going to throw his next ’pen, I can’t say right now. We’re sort of leaving that to him and the trainers to figure out when that is. But right now, to step away and give him a couple days I think that’s what we’re going to do.”Kershaw has been on the DL with back problems each of the past three seasons and missed time with biceps tendinitis last May as well. This isn’t that, Roberts said.“Just kind of an arm kind of thing. Not back. Not fatigue,” Roberts said when pressed for specifics. “He did great work this past winter. It’s more of just you don’t feel right, let’s kind of get back in the weight room, get treatment and kind of get back and re-set.“I think I’m pretty good at reading players, reading Clayton and listening to the training staff. So no one’s alarmed or worried about it.”Kershaw would not offer an estimation of his own concern level.“Right now, I’m just going to take some time off and re-set,” he said again, estimating that he should resume his throwing program “if not by this weekend, then by the first of the week.”“I think it’s just best if I did that,” he said. “I just feel like I’m not going to get another chance to do this during the season. Just feel like it’s a good time.”Roberts acknowledged that pitchers often go through “a dead-arm phase” during spring training – usually later in camp – and this could “potentially” be that. The fact that the setback occurred early in camp means there is time to “re-calibrate and re-set” and still be ready for Opening Day.“There’s plenty of time for him to get his ’pens in and get built up,” Roberts said.Despite his recent injury issues and diminished velocity on his fastball, the Dodgers re-signed Kershaw to a three-year, $93-million contract extension last fall.PITCHING PLANSRainy weather in Arizona has impacted the Dodgers’ schedule for two days, forcing them to adjust the throwing schedule for some pitchers. They were unable to take the field for live batting practice sessions Friday so left-hander Rich Hill will start Saturday’s Cactus League opener against the Chicago White Sox instead.Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is still scheduled to start Sunday against the Angels.EXECUTIVE TIMEChase Utley arrived in camp Friday and plans to spend a few days working with some of the Dodgers’ infield prospects.Utley is expected to make a few visits this spring, staying for a few days each time. A defined front-office role has not been announced for Utley, who retired after 16 big-league seasons last fall.“We want to give Chase as much latitude as he wants,” Roberts said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Kershaw declined to explain what he meant by not feeling “right.” Asked directly if his issues were related to the back problems that have sent him to the DL each of the past three seasons, he repeated his answer.“I’m just taking a few days,” he said. “I’m not going to be super-specific right now. But I should be playing catch in the next few days and kind of go from there. This is super early. I just want to make sure things are right.”Kershaw said the decision to take those few days was “a group effort, yeah, for sure” among the Dodgers’ trainers, coaching staff and himself.Manager Dave Roberts said he did not know when Kershaw would resume his throwing program or when he would throw off a mound next, calling it “sort of a day-to-day thing.”“For us right now, Clayton doesn’t want to miss a workout but when he says he doesn’t feel right, just looking at the calendar, just to push things back is prudent and that’s what we’re doing right now,” Roberts said.last_img read more

NFL training camp openings remain on schedule as league tries to stay the course

first_imgThe NFL has mostly stayed the course since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league year and free agency began in mid-March and the NFL Draft took place in late April, although it was done remotely after plans for a Las Vegas weekend event were scrapped. The 2020 schedule release was pushed back to early May from the traditional week before the draft amid coronavirus-related uncertainty.The 2020 regular season remains on track to start Sept. 10 with the Super Bowl champion Chiefs hosting the Texans.  Not all of the NFL preseason will go on as planned, however. The league last week canceled the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and postponed the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio, to 2021. The @NFL advised teams that training camps are expected to begin as scheduled on July 28 with rookies and selected players permitted to report earlier.— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) June 29, 2020According to a league release, the timetable was announced Thursday in a virtual meeting with team owners.MORE: Steelers tradition ending with camp staying at homeThe league told teams June 7 that they must develop plans to respond to a possible COVID-19 outbreak before players can enter team facilities for football activities, and attached protocols for the plan. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the protocols were were “humanly impossible” to follow. The league was unmoved.  The NFL is not pushing back the start of training camps ahead of the 2020 season as it continues its strategy of staying mostly on schedule with key offseason events.The league informed teams last week that camps are set to begin as planned July 28. Rookies and and certain other players will be allowed to report prior to that date.last_img read more

Zidane invents goal

first_imgBefore the need, virtue. Zidane has applied common sense and while collecting every goal that Benzema gives him, he has had to find his life to continue finding the honeycomb of rich honey just when the French tip has not seen the door or has been injured, as has recently been the case. This is what Marseille has done in the transit from 2019 to 2020. The last eight goals of Madrid have come from players who are not forwards. On January 4 in 0-3 to Getafe (Varane double and Modric’s double), 3-1 to Valencia (Kroos, Isco and Modric) in the Arabic Supercup and the two to Seville this Saturday, from ‘Casemiro Nazario de Lima ‘, as Álvaro Benito tweeted. Madrid has been winning titles in the last five years by jumping to the bullfighter theory of the short blanket of Tim, that coach of the San Lorenzo Argentina of the sixties who said that “if you cover your head you uncover your feet and if you cover your feet, you uncover your head.” From a Madrid that won the Champions League by crushing up without caring to be passive back to this new remodeled by Zidane in which better protect first ‘The giraffe’ Courtois (that’s what Reguilón gave him affectionately) and from there see who scratches a goal in the opposite area. It happened again against Sevilla. Without Benzema, nor Jovic neither Rodrygo far from Lucas Vázquez, the theoretical specialists, had hardly any offensive impact. Zero shots between the three …The solution was in Casemiro …Another shows that Zidane waters the flower himself with his tactical ideas. Casemiro’s double was not a coincidence. Zizou ordered Kroos and Modric to retreat to cover the Brazilian zone and he, on the other hand, go up to the attack to surprise as fake nine the little elastic Gudelj. So Casemiro hunted Sevilla first with his right, then head and was about hat-trick Perfect with left handed.A palpable inertia, that of finding resources, from which Zidane took the chest: “Any of my players can make a difference in the offensive part.” The figures confirm it. Of the 53 white goals this course, Benzema, Rodrygo, Bale, Vinicius, Jovic, Hazard and Lucas scored 29 goals. The other 24 have come, among others, from unexpected players like Modric (five, record in Madrid), Kroos (four, to one of his best record) and Varane (three, also one of his record) …last_img read more