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Silva ruled out of Manchester derby

first_imgManchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Sunday’s derby against Manchester United and faces up to four weeks out with a knee injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed. The injury means Silva will also miss next week’s crucial Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow and a trip to QPR. He could also be unavailable for Spain’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus and a friendly with Germany. Pellegrini, speaking at his press conference to preview Sunday’s game, said: “David has a problem in his ligament. Maybe he will be out around three weeks so he will not be available for the derby. “He is a very important player but I think we have a squad and we have to replace him with another player.” Midfielder Yaya Toure was also withdrawn as a precaution during the Newcastle defeat due to a groin problem but Pellegrini expects him to be fit to feature this weekend. Pellegrini said: “Yaya has a small problem. We will see him on Saturday but I think he will not have any problems.” Also on the positive side, playmaker Samir Nasri appears to have come through his return to action in midweek, after seven games out following groin surgery, unscathed. Silva was hurt in the early stages of Wednesday night’s 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup as he tangled awkwardly with Ryan Taylor. “Manuel Pellegrini confirms that @21LVA will miss Sunday’s game. Will be out for 3-4 weeks. #mcfc #cityvunited,” City said on Twitter on Friday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

First NSBF wins for NAMS, Kwakwani Under-16

first_imgBy Daniel HaynesBLOWOUTS seemed to be the continued theme of the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) as play continued on its second weekend.There were big wins for all of the teams. For Kwakwani and New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary (NAMS) ,they registered their first wins in the tournament.The first game of the night featured an U-16 matchup between Kwakwani and Tutorial High School, with Kwakwani dominating 53-13. Once again,Kwakwani’s up-tempo style of play coupled with lock down defence contributed to their win.Also,balanced scoring saw Kwakwani with 10 of their 12 players scoring points, with leading scorers being David Conway, Isiah David and Kadeem Dover with 13, 9 and 7 respectively. On the Tuorial side, Zion Gray and Joel Spooner had 4 apiece.Kick-starting the U-19 matchups was Mackenzie High taking on Berbice High;with Mackenzie coming out the winners 43-26.National player Yannick Tappin led the Linden side with 12 points;with two 3-pointers and was assisted by Leon Benjamin. On the Berbice side, national U-16 guard Shamar France led the scoring in a losing effort with 13 points. France also added 5 rebounds and two steals to his stats.The third game of the night saw New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary downing St. Stanislaus College 48-26 in the U-19 matchup. Neil Wills scored 13 in the winning effort with a combination of post moves that seemed unstoppable.Wills also had a power dunk in transition. He was supported by national guard Kelmar Carmichael, who had 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort. Travis Belgrave was Saints’ primary offensive threat with 13 points.St. Rose’s capped off the night,filled with blowouts,with a win over Queen’s College with the game finishing 39-16. Lance Martin led all scoring with 11 points, with Patrice Agrippa contributing 9 points in the win. For QC, it was Johnaton Browne and Damani Thomas who had 9 and 8 points respectively.The games continue today with the Quarter finals for the U-16 category from 14:00hrs. The tournament is sponsored by Digicel, Banks DIH Limited and Beharry Group of Companies.last_img read more

Stock watch: Who stood out during Syracuse football’s loss to Middle Tennessee

first_imgSyracuse football suffered its first loss of the 2017 season Saturday, when former SU head coach Scott Shafer and his defense from Middle Tennessee State beat the Orange, 30-23. Despite forcing three first-half turnovers, SU couldn’t capitalize on its scoring opportunities and allowed three late touchdowns to let its lead slip away.Here’s a look at which players and positions stood out for Syracuse:Stock upChris Elmore, fullbackIn an otherwise abysmal running game (more on that later), the true freshman fullback offered a glimpse of what his size brings to the offense. He said last week that he weighs 274 pounds. It showed. Elmore finished the game with 28 yards, most of which came after contact. He rushed for more yards than both starting running backs, junior Dontae Strickland and sophomore Moe Neal.SU used Elmore in multiple formations. He lined up in the wing and as the lead man in a stack of himself, Ravian Pierce and usually Moe Neal that formed behind Dungey in the shotgun. His presence was especially noticeable in the red zone, so it will be worth monitoring if an expanded role comes his way moving forward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSteve Ishmael, wide receiverIshmael and the rest of the receiving corps had some costly drops Saturday, even though the senior wideout was the one constant positive in Syracuse’s offense. He hauled in 14 passes to tie the Syracuse single-game record teammate Ervin Philips set last season. Through two games, Ishmael now has 26 catches for 250 yards.Ishmael appears to be the new shoulder to lean on for quarterback Eric Dungey with Amba Etta-Tawo gone. Even if the touchdown numbers aren’t there — Ishmael caught just one score last season and does not have one in two games this year — his reliability will be a crucial crutch for an SU offense struggling right now.Jonathan Thomas, linebackerThomas did not play last week because he violated a team rule but returned against MTSU to start at strong-side linebacker. The senior showed what why he’s quietly a key part of a linebacking unit that includes fellow seniors Zaire Franklin and Parris Bennett. Thomas had to bump out for coverage in the slot and, for the most part, he kept pace with MTSU’s weapons, recording one pass defended and an interception that he nearly took to the house. He also recorded seven tackles, two of which were solo feats for a loss.Stock downRunning gamePlace the blame wherever you choose — the offensive line, the running backs or the play calling — but the running game is not getting it done for Syracuse. As he did last week, junior quarterback Eric Dungey led the team in rushing yards with 53. No other player on the team reached 30. Elmore had the next highest total at 28. Primary halfback Dontae Strickland averaged 2.4 yards per carry on ten touches. His backup, Moe Neal, averaged 2.6 yards per carry on seven attempts.A successful attack on the ground was supposed to be what opened up so much more for Dino Babers offense in its second year. With that appearing to be beyond the current roster’s abilities, SU’s offense is struggling to find another option besides short passes.The secondaryAll three of MTSU’s second-half touchdowns came through the air. Two of them were for more than 25 yards. All three seemed to come with relative ease.Richie James, who is on pace to set the FBS career reception record, scored the first one late in the third quarter on a crossing route over the middle. SU limited James to eight catches, but he was still able to do his damage. Syracuse corner Chris Frederick got burned on the worst of the touchdowns, when MTSU’s Ty Lee beat him down the right seam for a 48-yard touchdown. It gave the Blue Raiders their first lead since being up 2-0 in the first quarter. The final score made Juwan Dowels look foolish when he went low and Shane Tucker leapt over him and into the end zone.Depth was the secondary’s narrative entering this season. Graduate transfers paired with talented youth had potential. It was not realized against MTSU’s Brent Stockstill, who threw for 269 yards.Eric Dungey, quarterbackIt would be fair to say you can’t fault Dungey when his running game is nonexistent and his receivers drop too many passes. But the fact remains that Dungey is the general of the SU offense that did not get the job done. The defense forced three turnovers and SU couldn’t take advantage. They settled for field goal attempts four times, one of which missed. Once the offense got to the red zone, it stalled. Dungey said after the game that they struggled with the disguises Middle Tennessee used on its blitz packages. And on one SU’s final chances to match MTSU late in the game, Dungey floated a deep pass too high that got intercepted. It was a game to forget for the leader of SU’s offense. Comments Published on September 10, 2017 at 6:04 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Local GAA results

first_imgKilruane MacDonaghs were 3-16 to 9 point winners over Borrisoleigh.Mullinahone saw off Ballingarry on a scoreline of 3-15 to 7 points.It was a much closer affair between Borrisokane and Holycross Ballycahill with the north Tipp side winning by a single point – 1-16 to 2-12 the final score in Templederry. Last nights other game ended in a draw – Moneygall 2-13  Silvermines 3-10There were two games last evening in the County Intermediate Hurling ChampionshipThere was a high scoring game at Kickham Park where Newport beat Rockwell Rovers 3-36 to 3-12 while Shannon Rovers beat Cashel King Cormacs 1-18 to 3-6.last_img

Donnacha Ryan named on Munster bench

first_imgAhead of that game the Reds have confirmed Argentina fullback Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino and Brumbies flanker Sean Doyle have joined on 3 month deals.Doyle is covering for the injured Peter O’Mahony while Amorosino comes in following the retirement of Felix Jones. Scrum half Tomas O’Leary makes his first start for the province since returning in the summer while James Cronin and Mike Sherry join BJ Botha in the front row.In the back row, Captain CJ Stander switches to blindside, Jack O’Donoghue returns at openside and Robin Copeland reverts to number 8 Darren Cave and Paddy Jackson start for Ulster at centre and out half while Chris Henry is on the bench.last_img

High sights targeted for Peter Ryan

first_imgPeter says he wants to be competing at the business end of events. Tandem cyclist Peter Ryan is aiming for a top six finish in next year’s world championship.The Upperchurch man is back in training after representing Ireland in last month’s Paralympics in Rio.He, and partner Marcin Mizgakski, came 17th in the time trial and were 12th in the road race.last_img

AFCON 92: Eddie Ansah could’ve done better in the penalty shootout – Otto Pfister

first_imgGhana could’ve won the 1992 AFCON had goalkeeper Edward Ansah, done better in the penalty shootout, according to then Head Coach Otto Pfister.Ghana lost 11-10 on penalties to neighbours Cote d’ Ivoire in an epic shootout, without talismanic captain Abedi Ayew Pele.Most fans and pundits alike have based the Black Stars’ defeat in that game on the absence of Abedi Pele.However Otto Pfister has partly blamed the defeat on the poor performance of goalkeeper Edward Ansah during the shootout.”Some people blamed Tony Baffoe for the defeat after he missed the penalty.“But I won’t blame him because anyone can miss a penalty, even Maradona has missed one before,” Pfister said in an exclusive interview with Citi Sports.“Penalties can sometimes be luck, but losing a final 11-10 on penalties says a lot.“It’s not easy but Ansah was not 100% concentrated. If he had saved one kick we may have won the cup,” he added.Ghana came close to winning the AFCON again in 2015, but were once again defeated by Côte d’Ivoire in the final.last_img read more

Diamondbacks clobber the Dodgers again, 9-1

first_imgThe Diamondbacks have outscored the Dodgers, 34-16, while beating them five times already this season and have so dominated them that they hit five home runs Saturday, gave one back and still routed the home team.Deven Marrero’s fourth-inning drive just over the wall in center field went from three-run home run to two-run single when a replay review showed Marrero had passed the runner at first base.That provided little relief.  Hill sandwiched it with two-run home runs to Paul Goldschmidt in the third inning and A.J. Pollock in the fifth. Add in an RBI double by Ketel Marte and it was an all-around bad night for Hill.Goldschmidt’s homer was particularly impressive. It rocketed off the bat at 112.9 mph (the hardest home run he has hit since Statcast began tracking exit velocity in 2015) and curled around the left-field foul pole into the second deck of seats.“It is frustration. It’s definitely not panic,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the 4-9 start. “It is frustration and I think the way to sum it up is we’ve got to play better baseball. We’ve gotta pitch better. We’ve gotta hit better. And the defense has been spotty at times. I think to sum it up we’ve got to play better baseball.”After battling back repeatedly in Friday’s loss, the Dodgers’ offense seemed to have little left Saturday. Diamondbacks starter Taijuan Walker gave up a run in the second then left the game with right forearm tightness. Not a problem for the Diamondbacks — four relievers followed Walker and held the Dodgers to four hits over seven scoreless innings.The Dodgers had their own injury issue. Infielder Logan Forsythe left the game after five innings with a sore right shoulder. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI Saturday night.It might be more difficult to diagnose what ailments plague the Dodgers right now.“You look at the box score today and we had two walks,” Roberts said. “It’s not about trying to artificially create a walk. But scaring guys out of the strike zone, that’s when we’re good.“I’ve said it 100 times – swing at strikes and take balls. Right now we’re not doing a great job of it, to be quite honest. There are times where we have an opportunity to take the walk but we expand. There are pitches we could handle to end the at-bat and we’re not doing that. Collectively, we’re just not doing it right now.”Roberts would not fault his team for a lack of effort or preparation. But he acknowledged that something is definitely missing.“You don’t want to say it’s a focus thing – because it is the same guys and these games are very important,” Roberts said. “But winning the pitches that I’ve seen us win that we’re not winning could be attributed to focus. Again, it’s early but whether it’s early, it’s in the middle or it’s late you still want to play good baseball. Right now, we’re not doing it.”Convincing a team that went deep in the playoffs each of the past two years and has won its division fairly easily for five straight seasons that games in April are “very important” might be the biggest challenge the Dodgers have yet to meet.“It shouldn’t be and it better not be,” Roberts said. “We have a lot of work to do to get to that point where we were last year. They’re very important games to everybody. That shouldn’t be the case.” PreviousArizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock, right, scores after hitting a two-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, center, and home plate umpire Adrian Johnson stand at the plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, right, scores on a single by Joc Pederson as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila stands at the plate during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Arizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock watches his two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, foreground, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsArizona Diamondbacks’ Deven Marrero, right, is congratulated by Alex Avila, left, and Chris Owings after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Deven Marrero, left, looks back toward the first base coach as Alex Avila runs in front of him after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. Avila was later called out for passing Avila following a review. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dogs and their owners walk the warning track around the field during Pups at the Park prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dogs and their owners walk the warning track during Pups at the Park prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Deven Marrero runs behind Alex Avila after Marrero hit what was initially a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. Following a review, Marrero was called out for passing Avila. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Deven Marrerom, center, runs to first as he hits what was initially called a three-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, below, watches along with catcher Yasmani Grandal, upper left, and home plate umpire Adrian Johnson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. Following a review, Marrero was called out at second for passing Avila. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Arizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock, right, scores after hitting a two-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, center, and home plate umpire Adrian Johnson stand at the plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, right, scores on a single by Joc Pederson as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila stands at the plate during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, right, scores on a single by Joc Pederson as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila stands at the plate during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Tommy and Jo Lasorda celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary Saturday night. He took her to a ballgame. Again.Some things, however, can’t last forever.The Dodgers certainly hope not. They lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks again, taking their lumps in a 9-1 loss this time.“We’re still trying to find our groove,” Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger said. “It’s April 14. We play ‘til November or September or whatever it is. I don’t think we’re worried.” Given that they have a mere 149 games to turn it around, they probably shouldn’t be.But the loss dropped the Dodgers to 4-9 to start the season, their worst 13-game start since 1994.The Diamondbacks, off to an 11-3 start, have handed the Dodgers five of those losses. It is part of a streak of 11 consecutive regular-season losses to the Diamondbacks, the longest losing streak to any opponent in Los Angeles history.Last fall’s three-game Dodgers sweep in the NL Division Series takes the sting out of that. But the contrast between the two NL West rivals right now is stark.“Yeah, you can see things – I don’t necessarily like the term ‘the ball is bouncing their way’ … but you can definitely relate to the way they’re playing right now as the way we were playing last year,” Dodgers starter Rich Hill said. “I hate to look back. But those are the comparisons that I do see.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Khedira fears Juve supremacy under threat

first_imgKhedira fears Juve supremacy under threatMilan, Italy | AFP |  Juventus’s Serie A supremacy faces a stiff test with the champions just one point ahead of Lazio as the Italian league kicks off again this weekend following a three-month shutdown.A return had looked unthinkable back in April as Italy counted their daily coronavirus deaths in the hundreds for nearly 35,000 victims in the country.But the situation has improved with strict health protocols in place and all matches being played behind closed doors.Four postponed games will take place first this weekend involving teams at the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak.Atalanta host Sassuolo in Bergamo on Sunday, and Inter Milan are at home against Sampdoria.On Saturday, Torino host Parma and Cagliari travel to Hellas Verona.Next week all teams will have 12 games left to play with Juventus at Bologna on Monday, and Lazio travelling to Atalanta on Wednesday.Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus fell in the Italian Cup final to Napoli on penalties midweek, having also lost the Italian SuperCup to Lazio in December.“Ronaldo, (Paulo) Dybala and our great soloists lack that little bit of brilliance, but I consider it quite normal in this period,” said Sarri.“I didn’t say anything to the players, we were all very angry and disappointed and I think it’s better to be silent right now.”Sarri’s woes have been compounded with Brazilian defender Alex Sandro tearing a knee ligament against Napoli and Sami Khedira picking up a potentially serious tendon problem.Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain and captain Giorgio Chiellini are also not yet at full fitness.– Ronaldo effect –Juventus will be counting on their top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to react after suffering two defeats in a final for the first time in his career, and missing a penalty in the Italian Cup semi-final.Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has scored 27 goals this season, six more than Ronaldo, as the in-form Romans target their third Scudetto and first in two decades.Simone Inzaghi’s side have already beaten Juventus twice this season, in the Italian SuperCup final and 3-1 in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.The top two teams will meet in Turin on July 20.Inter Milan are third, nine points behind Juventus. Inter lost to Lazio (2-1) and Juventus (2-0) just before the suspension.“If I have to find a positive part of this crisis, it’s that I’ve had time to focus and try to find different areas in which the team can improve,” said coach Antonio Conte.Atalanta occupy the final Champions League berth, three points ahead of Roma, with Napoli sixth a further six points back.– Maths madness –While the championship resumes the question remains of what happens in the case of another suspension. Plan B provides for play-offs, the format of which remains to be defined.A final decision could open the way to use a complicated algorithm devised by the federation to establish the final ranking.Who would qualify for the Champions League or the Europa League? Who would go to Serie B?Very simple: PF = PT + (MPc x NPc) + (MPt x NPt)!This formula means that the total points will be calculated taking into account those obtained at the time of the interruption, plus a simulation based on the average points taken at home and away multiplied by the number of matches still to play.Got it?It was even considered at one point to take into account the number of goals scored home and away, for an even more intimidating formula: PF = PT + 0,90 x [(MPc x NPc ) + (MPt x NPt)] + 0,10 x (iag x Δr).“This is madness. We are at the ‘Normale’ of Pisa,” said FIGC president Gabriele Gravina, referring to the prestigious Tuscan university, which has given Italy three Nobel Prize winners and two Presidents.But one sticking point was cleared up Thursday with the Italian government agreeing to ease quarantine restrictions in the case of a positive test with only the infected person isolated.The squad and staff will be closely monitored and a quick test performed on the whole team on match day, boosting hopes that the championship will be concluded.Fixtures (all times GMT):SaturdayTorino v Parma (1730), Verona v Cagliari (1945)SundayAtalanta v Sassuolo (1730), Inter Milan v Sampdoria (1945)MondayLecce v AC Milan (1730), Fiorentina v Brescia (1730), Bologna v Juventus (1945)TuesdaySPAL v Cagliari (1730), Verona v Napoli (1730), Torino v Udinese (1845), Genoa v Parma (1945)WednesdayInter Milan v Sassuolo (1730), Atalanta v Lazio (1945), Rome v Sampdoria (1945)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Florida woman catches duo having sex in her yard

first_imgOfficials are reporting that they arrested two people outside of a home in Key West after the resident of the home told officials she caught the duo drunk and having sex in her front yard.The incident was reported Monday afternoon at a home on Margaret st.The resident who was not identified, told police that she heard a commotion in her front yard and went outside to investigate. That’s when she found the two people having sex up against the wall of her house and called the police.When authorities arrived they found 49-year-old Teresa Ann Behan and 36-year-old Stephen James Dean still undressed in the woman’s yard. Behan admitted to authorities that she and Dean had been having sex in yard before kicking and punching one of the officers.Both Behan and Dean were arrested and are now facing charges of indecent exposure and trespassing. Behan was charged with additional felonies for attacking the officers, while Dean was also charged with threatening to kill the officers.last_img read more