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Graziano Pelle confident Southampton will improve

first_img Ronald Koeman’s men are without a win in their opening three Barclays Premier League fixtures and were knocked out of the Europa League at the play-off stage after defeat to Danish champions FC Midtjylland on Thursday. Add to that a number of injuries to key personnel and constant transfer speculation surrounding Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane and it has been a difficult start to the campaign for the south coast club. Press Association However, Pelle says the players remain united and is optimistic they can put their European disappointment behind them with victory over Norwich at St Mary’s. “We have an amazing group,” said the Italian forward. “We don’t have a problem with each other. Football is a lot about confidence. When the result doesn’t come everything looks like it is not your moment. “We can’t any more think about what has happened. Of course we have to look at the game to improve, but now there is a new season. “We need to work hard to again, try to get the same things we did last season. We will do our best and we will be sure that we will have better moments.” Pelle, who has three goals to his name this season, has also called for Saints fans to stick with the team, with the Italy international keen to meet their expectations. “The fans have been supporting the club for a lifetime,” he added. “They, of course, are free to think many things. We have to give them back the feeling that we can have positive moments “They always show us a lot of love and patience. The club has improved a lot because of the great supporters. Together we can go one way to win the game and be back. “Norwich come to play in St Mary’s and we are sure it’s going to be tough to beat us, but we have to show it. No words, just working hard to get the best result.” center_img Graziano Pelle insists Southampton must move on from their indifferent start to the season, beginning against Norwich on Sunday.last_img read more

The Latest: Dutch women’s soccer season canceled

first_imgThe Berlin Marathon says the race cannot be held as planned in September because of new restrictions in the city related to the coronavirus pandemic.City authorities have extended a ban on major events with more than 5,000 people until October 24. More than 62,000 people took part in the marathon last year.Organizers say they will take time to “engage with the consequences of the authorities blocking our events, agree on further steps and then inform you.”There was no mention of any plan to restrict the race to elite runners only. That was the solution used by the Tokyo Marathon on March 1.The Berlin Marathon is typically one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Dutch soccer association has canceled the remainder of the women’s league season and cup tournament following a discussion with the clubs. The Latest: Dutch women’s soccer season canceled Associated Press The French rugby league has canceled the semifinals of its Top 14 league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The LNR’s executive committee abandoned hosting the semifinals on June 19 and 20 and the final in mid-July in the southern city of Nice but says they could potentially be played before the end of summer if health conditions allow.The LNR says it is waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible.France is under lockdown until May 11.___center_img April 22, 2020 The KNVB says the consequences of the cancellation will be clarified on Friday when soccer authorities talk with the clubs.PSV Eindhoven currently leads the women’s league.The cancellation follows Tuesday’s announcement by the government that its ban on all large-scale events was being extended until Sept. 1.The KNVB says it also plans to cancel the rest of the men’s season but will discuss the issue with UEFA before making the final decision.___ ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

VAR implemented better in Champions League than Premier League – Lampard

first_img(REUTERS) – The Premier League can learn from the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in the Champions League and on-field referees must review incidents on pitchside monitors to remove all doubt, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said on Monday.VAR has stirred up a debate since its introduction in the Premier League this season, with a number of decisions either being wrongly overturned or not at all much to the annoyance of managers, players and supporters.Unlike the Champions League, Premier League referees have so far refused to take a second look at decisions on pitchside monitors, preferring to let the officials at the VAR headquarters in London take the final call.“The use of the screen on the side of the pitch can help because we’ve seen… in the Premier League decisions that firstly they’ve taken a long time to get to, which seems to bring in the fact there’s an element of doubt,” Lampard told reporters. “So for the clarity of the referee on the pitch who has to see things live and make quick decisions, I think the idea he can go and look again has to be a good one… the reading at the beginning was that it was going to be used sparingly.“And it hasn’t been used sparingly, It’s not been used at all. I do think that’s probably one thing we could look at.”Chelsea are top of Group H at the halfway stage with two wins and they host second-placed Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday knowing that another win would put one foot in the knockout stages. “I have to accept it’s expected of Chelsea to go through and that is no disrespect to any other teams,” Lampard said. “I said at the start that this group would be tight because all the teams could take points off each other.“But we must understand that even though we are at home now, the quality and the danger from Ajax is as much, if not more than the game we played away because they are such a good technical team.”Lampard confirmed midfielder N’Golo Kante was back in the squad after returning from a groin injury but centre back Antonio Rudiger was set to see a specialist for a pelvic injury later on Monday.last_img read more

2016 NNPC/Shell Cup Enters Semifinals Stage

first_imgAt the Katsina Center, Fosla Academy Secondary School, Abuja defeated Government Secondary School, Kwankwaso, Kano State 3-2 to make their way into the semifinals. It was a keenly contested match as the boys from Kano took the lead on two occasions forcing the Fosla Academy Boys to come from behind to equalise the two goals and eventually scored the third and winning goal to ensure their safe entry into the semifinals.The quarterfinal match in Ilorin between Government Senior Secondary School, Darazo, Bauchi and Government Secondary School, Gusau, ended 5-3 in favour of the former while Excel Education Centre, Port Harcourt also defeated St. Mary’s High School, Ifitedunu, Anambra State 1-0 in Benin to earn a smooth sail into the semifinals.The last quarter final match played in Osogbo between Asegun Comprehensive High School, Ibadan and Pakoto High School, Ifo, Ogun State saw the Oyo State representative ran home with a 2-1 victory.Meanwhile, the semifinals had been slated for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on June 14, while the grand finale comes up two days after.Part of the highlights of this year’s final will be the usual coaching clinic that precedes the matches. The clinic would be conducted for players and coaches from Feyenord FC, Rotterdam.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The quarterfinals of the 2016 NNPC/Shell Cup for All Nigeria Secondary Schools Football Championship had produced four schools that would compete in the semifinals next month in Lagos.The matches were concluded last weekend in four cities across the Country.last_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety crime/incident summary between Friday, June 8, and Monday, June 11.Crimes against a personAt 4:00 p.m. on June 10,  a suspect approached a juvenile who was seated on a bicycle outside 1335 35th St. and grabbed hold of the handle bars. The suspect began searching the juvenile’s pockets and a struggle ensued when he removed a set of keys. The juvenile fell to the ground and the suspect slapped him in the face repeatedly before walking away with the keys. The suspect was detained by DPS officers who responded to the scene and he was subsequently arrested and transported to the Southwest station for booking.At 4:39 a.m. on June 10, a suspect tore open a window screen at 1016 23rd St. and was confronted by a resident as he attempted to gain entry. The suspect then fled on foot and could not be located during a subsequent search of the area by DPS officers.At 7:25 p.m. on June 9, two suspects approached a non-USC male from behind while he was walking through the parking lot at St. John’s Church; one of them punched him in the face. The male fell to the ground and one of the suspects demanded his money. The suspect then forcibly removed currency from the male’s pockets and walked away with the second suspect. The male did not report the incident at the time it occurred, so DPS officers were unable to conduct a search for the suspects.At 11:41 a.m. on June 9, DPS officers responded to a non-USC male who was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Exposition Boulevard and Trousdale Parkway. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to check on the male’s condition or identify himself, but witnesses were able to obtain the vehicle license plate number and gave it to LAPD officers who responded to conduct a traffic investigation. The male sustained an injury to his arm and an LAFD unit transported him to California Hospital for medical treatment.At 10:43 p.m. on June 8, a student was cited to Judicial Affairs for throwing a beer bottle at a DPS officer at Sigma Alpha Epsilon and providing false information to the officers who detained him for questioning. Crimes against propertyAt 3:25 p.m. on June 11, a suspect reached through a vending machine dispenser door in John Stauffer Science Lecture Hall and removed snack items from the lower shelves by manipulating the security door.At 1:37 p.m. on June 11, it was reported that a suspect removed a tan 2000 Cadillac DeVille that was parked outside Olympic Gardens.At 8:39 A.m. on June 11, it was reported that a suspect used unknown means to gain entry to a storage room and removed a vacuum from  Popovich Hall.At 8:24 p.m. on June 10,  a student reported that a suspect removed her unattended purse from a laundry room at Troy Hall and subsequently used a credit card inside it to make several unauthorized purchases.At 5:42 p.m. on June 10, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect driving a vehicle near Adams Boulevard and Orchard Street that was identified as stolen. The officers began following the vehicle and the driver was detained during a felony traffic stop by LAPD officers who joined the pursuit. Further investigation revealed that the driver had purchased the vehicle from a suspect who obtained it by fraudulent means, and she was subsequently released. The vehicle was then impounded ;and LAPD detectives will continue the investigation.At 9:49 a.m. on June 10, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect eating snacks and drinking beverages inside the market at the Mobil gas station without paying for them. The officers detained the suspect and turned him over to LAPD officers who responded to the scene.At 4:45 p.m. on June 9, a non-USC male reported that the rear passenger side fender, front passenger side door and the hood were dented and scratched while his vehicle was parked at the Exposition Boulevard Parking Structure. Miscellaneous incidentsAt 3:48 p.m. on June 11, DPS officers responded to a staff member who was suffering from an allergic reaction to her prescription medication at Bridge Memorial Hall. An LAFD RA unit was requested. The unit examined the staff member and offered transportation for medical treatment, but she declined and was released at the scene.At 5:01 p.m. on June 11, DPS officers responded to a non-USC female complaining of difficulty breathing, chest pains and dizziness at the Keck Hospital of USC. A rapid response team was at the scene examining the female when the officers arrived and she was subsequently transported within the facility for medical treatment.At 1:38 p.m. on June 10, DPS officers responded to a report of an unknown odor inside a room at the Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering and upon their arrival they detected a faint electrical smell. LAFD was requested, but the smell had dissipated before they arrived and the source could not be located. All units then cleared the scene without further incident.At 4:06 a.m. on June 9, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect prowling around vehicles parked in the alley behind Belaire Apartments and detained him for investigation. The suspect was released at the scene after the officers found no evidence of a crime having been committed, but a short time later a vehicle was located with pry marks on the passenger side door. No property was removed.At 7:12 p.m. on June 8, DPS officers on routine patrol observed a suspect lying on the grass outside Century Apartments and detained her for investigation. The suspect appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and the officers found her in possession of two glass pipes containing possible drug residue. A check of the suspect’s name also revealed an outstanding warrant. The suspect was then arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.last_img read more

Can Syracuse football contend for a New Year’s Six bowl berth in the next 10 years? No

first_imgThree minutes into his first press conference and first public appearance as Syracuse’s new head coach Dino Babers said it flatly: “This is not a destination job for me,” followed by just a split second of silence.“I mean this is —,” he continued before cutting himself off and correcting himself again. “This could be a destination job for me.”The attendants laughed. Babers apologized, saying twice that he was a “little nervous.” But he actually got it right the first time.Ten years ago, Ethan Ramsey, The Daily Orange’s sports editor at the time, argued that Syracuse wouldn’t warrant serious national title consideration for “at least the next 10 years, probably more.” He was right on both accounts.Syracuse won’t contend for a New Year’s Six bowl within the next 10 years because Babers isn’t here to stay. He’ll have success, we’ve seen it already, but then he’ll be gone, leaving the Orange struggling to pick up the pieces once again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU is Babers’ 15th stop since he started coaching in 1984. He’s held two other head coaching jobs, both of which came within the last four years. He coached just two seasons at both schools.At Eastern Illinois, Babers took two 2-9 seasons in a row and turned them into a 12-2 conference championship winning campaign in his second year. At Bowling Green, his teams played in Mid-American Conference title games both years, winning the second.He begged SU fans to give him time before and during the season. He prepared them to wait until the second or third year, then knocked off then-No.17 Virginia Tech in the Carrier Dome. He compared his team to the raw batter of a cake, but it’s situated well within reach of a bowl game with three contests left in the regular season. The cake is already in the oven.The team’s exposure is already skyrocketing with quarterback Eric Dungey and receiver Amba Etta-Tawo’s record-shattering performances and Babers’ own postgame locker room speech broadcast on ESPN.“The first year, it’s like I’m watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island,” Babers said before the season. “It’s like I know what’s going to happen next. It’s kind of boring the first year. The second year is really cool. You get to the tempo and speed that you want.“The best thing about this story is I’ve never had an opportunity to go to a third year. … I really hope I get an opportunity to go for a third year at Syracuse because that would be new water for me.”He’s had the chance, he just skipped out early. But you can’t blame him. With success comes notoriety and other, better places to go.Bowling Green wasn’t Syracuse. But Syracuse isn’t Alabama, Clemson or Louisiana State and it’s hard to think it ever will be.Babers often points out the difference between SU and the powerhouses in the South. He makes quips about lacking the same number of coaches Clemson has or the extravagant facilities to wow recruits.A lot of people told Babers not to take the Syracuse job. Only one person did. He’ll get other job offers, it’s just a matter of where.The year after Babers left Eastern Illinois, the Panthers lost seven games and have lost at least five games each year since. Bowling Green is 2-8, amid one of its worst seasons in program history. The Falcons have lost two games by more than 60 points each.Any transition between coaches is rough, but when Babers leaves he takes nearly everything and everyone with him — a reputation he acknowledges and embraces. Babers brought in just three coaches new to him at SU.“I felt that we were in good shape,” Babers said of how he left Bowling Green. “I’m sure that (former Syracuse head coach Scott) Shafer felt like he was in fantastic shape, as most coaches do when they leave a program they think they leave it better than they find it, but that’s not for me to judge. You guys can decide that stuff.”When Babers leaves there’ll be no coordinators to promote in hopes of some continuity. Co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis, defensive coordinator Brian Ward and the rest with likely be gone with him. What’ll be left is a group of players fine-tuned to run a system that probably won’t be coming back.A team stuck rebuilding every several years will have no place on the national stage.Don’t get me wrong. Be excited. Dino Babers is going to have success in Syracuse. It’s just that the more he has and the quicker it comes, the worse it will be for SU down the road.Jon Mettus is an Asst. Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @jmettus. Comments Published on November 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Badgers handling success with success

first_imgMegan McCormick / The Badger HeraldAs the 2012 fall semester began and the Badgers took their respective positions on athletic fields across campus, hype was everywhere, almost tactile in the air. The discussion of which team would have the best season – would it be the football squad or the women’s hockey team or the always-dominant cross country lineup – failed to feature one important team, Wisconsin softball.The 6-0 fall exhibition season – which witnessed a Meghan McIntosh no-hitter and a Cassandra Darrah perfect game – flew by like a fastball. Soon enough as the spring season arrived, win after win started piling up and as the Big Ten season continues, the Badgers have stockpiled a 27-4 start to the season, easily their most successful start in program history.But success isn’t entirely new to this Wisconsin team. The Badgers torched the history books last season with numerous offensive records and a 13-game winning streak en route to a school record 34 wins. What is new – somewhat – is the level of success they’ve had.That 13-game winning streak that was the center of attention in 2012? It’s already been matched by an equally lengthy streak this season and was accentuated by an additional 11-game streak just weeks earlier.“I don’t even realize how many games it is when we’re winning,” sophomore center fielder Maria Van Abel said. “You just kind of play each game, then go back to the hotel and you get up again and play the next game.“It’s not where we’re nervous about losing the next game because we just try to take a one game at a time approach.”Well, it seems to be working.That approach is the 1-0 mindset that former football coach Bret Bielema coined during his seven years before leaving Wisconsin. With Bielema miles away, the softball team has adopted the approach as their own.How do they deal with success? The Badgers just continue to win.In just their third game of the season, Wisconsin topped then-No. 26 Notre Dame, a preseason favorite in the Big East. Then they beat that same team a day later. Then they rolled off six victories in the southeastern corner of the nation before adding another pair out west.“Even when we’ve played these big name teams, it wasn’t like, ‘oh my God, it’s Notre Dame,’” freshman designated player Stefanni LaJeunesse said. “We played like we were at their caliber.”A month later they surprised then-No. 24 North Carolina with a 4-2 victory. Although weather cancelled their game against No. 11 Louisville, the Badgers swept their three remaining games at the Easton Classic and their three games that followed, which just so happened to come against Big Ten foe Illinois.Winning has become a common thing for this team. For Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy, who has directed the program onto a championship course in her three years at the helm, winning is one of the only things right now but it’s far from the most important thing.“The wins are great, and it’s exciting,” Healy said while sizing up her team’s success to this point. “You know as a program where you need to improve, so we need to be getting a little better all the time.”Whether or not they were ready for it, an even further slice of success came Wisconsin’s way Tuesday afternoon as, for the first time this season, the Badgers were ranked – albeit 25th – in the national coaches poll. They had toiled weeks without receiving a single vote on any one of the 31 weekly ballots. Now that they’re ranked, don’t expect that sample to mean much to them.While it’s nice to finally garner some national respect, Healy is taking it with an outward view of her program.“It’s been a good thing because it’s the reality of when you’re trying to build a program. You don’t immediately get respect, you don’t immediately get recognition,” Healy said. “But you would rather be underrated than overrated … It shows us that we’ve got a long way to go.”Where they’re going – they are hoping – is the top of the Big Ten standings. For Wisconsin, that would signify the true measure of their success, as it was a team goal to begin the season.They’ve started their trek toward that goal and through two conference series, Wisconsin (5-1 Big Ten) trails frontrunner and perennial champion Michigan (6-0) by one game. With that 1-0 mentality, the Badgers certainly aren’t looking forward. In fact, they’ve been looking backward as a means of motivation amid their early-season successes.“Last year, we think we could have ended better than we did,” Van Abel said, referring to their late-season collapse that saw the Badgers lose four of their final five conference matchups starting with a two-game sweep at the hand of Michigan.“It’s good to know where you were and to know that you can easily slip back into losing series and losing close games,” Van Abel said. “I think that’s just more motivation for us to keep working hard … and that we don’t have that bitter taste that we had at the end of last season.”One game at a time, they’ll be back in that position soon.last_img read more

Local soccer action.

first_imgIn the first round of the Tipperary Cup defending champions St. Michaels are at home to St. Nicholas.Kick off in Cooke Park is at 7:30.There’s also one fixture in Division 1 of the North Tipp District League with Rearcross versus Arra Rovers also getting underway at 7:30.last_img

#bofcon2017 – Future Perspective – ‘Long road to finding out who will be the new betting industry champion’

first_img StumbleUpon OPTIMA: Taking an operator-led approach to R&D April 12, 2019 Sportradar: Embracing the “next generation” for collecting sports data May 8, 2019 Share Racing Post times Intellr launch around Betting on Football April 2, 2019 Related Articles Share Submit Opening the 2017 Betting on Football Conference (BOFCON) an expert panel debating ‘Future Market Challenges’, details that industry stakeholders are now facing a new reality following mass consolidation and a realignment of the sector’s major players.Simon French Senior Executive at Cenkos Securities states that ‘it is simply too early to judge the winners of market consolidation witnessed in 2015/16’. French points that the sector’s enlarged enterprises now face the realisation of changed market conditions as competitors look for effective scalability, omni-channel capabilities backed by costly player acquisition and marketing spend.Simon Davies Head of European Research at Canaccord Genuity points to new interesting dynamics witnessed between sector competitors. Whilst much attention was garnered by the mergers of Paddy Power Betfair and Ladbrokes Coral, Davies points to Sky Betting & Gaming as being the sector’s best ‘growth performer’, that can compete digitally without any corporate constraints.Assessing industry innovation Ed Birkin Director of Ignite Research, details that sector stakeholders are focused on ‘omni-channel’ gains for their retail assets combined with ‘deeper personalisation’ at a digital engagement level.Birkin notes that the industry will likely see a wholesale change in strategy to retail betting divisions, which moving forward may act as an ‘omin-channel’ acquisition point to bookmaker’s digital services, thus becoming another function of ‘operator marketing’.last_img read more

Centennial Building Will Get a Face Lift Soon

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOwners Mike and Kate Phillips purchased the Centennial Building in 2015. Ever since they bought the nationally recognized structure, it was there vision to have the first floor be something that the public can access. The second and third floors will be short term vacation rentals.“There’s one question and one comment we get from everybody is that well I love that building but I never been able to be in it,” said Kate. “And they want to see it.”The Centennial Building was historically a space for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal society established in the early 1700s. Members were only allowed behind their doors. Over the years, groups of people have stepped inside. But the vast majority of Alpena’s community have not.“For the doors to finally open to everybody it’ll be an interesting change in the building’s history,” said Mike.The idea to open the door to the Centennial sparked when the Phillips’ found out about a new and forming Alpena historical society. The group needed a space. And Mike and Kate had the perfect spot for members to meet.“We’re hoping to share [the building] with the public through the historical society,” said Kate. “The Centennial Building is all about history because it’s been here for so long and the historical society, I think, would be a good fit because it fits that category.”The rooms are empty and in need of repair. Mike and Kate said they plan to keep the Centennial Building close to its original state as they begin transforming this piece of history.“We’re finally getting ready to start the renovations and to give it a face lift and a new lease on life, another 140 years hopefully.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Art in the Loft Introduces New FaceNext United Way Team Searching for 100 Heroes to Help Hit 2018 Campaign Goallast_img read more