hold – checking 3rd par with Rory Press Association A quick scan of his record – played 13, won only one – does the former Shamrock Rovers boss few favours, with defeats in Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in the last two World Cup qualifiers particularly disappointing. But there is more to the story, with O’Neill working hard behind the scenes to strengthen the Northern Ireland set-up from the bottom, while also overseeing a changing of the guard in the senior side. Talks will resume after Tuesday’s final qualification match in Israel, and Taylor hopes they go well. “I strongly believe the way forward is with Michael at the helm and leading us into the Euros,” Taylor told Press Association Sport. “I really feel if he carries on then everyone will be better for that continuity. “It’s going to take time, no question. Some of the young lads coming into the national side are not even playing club football, but we have a small pool of players and it’s not as though we can go out and sign someone, so you do the best you can. “Michael is very, very passionate. He’s hurting as much, if not more, than anyone else. “If you take the blip in Luxembourg out of it, the performances in all the other games – irrespective of the results – have been strong. “It is a period of transition at the moment. It’s a young squad and although the results haven’t always come the lads have set a standard of performance – getting the win against Russia, going very close to a result against Portugal. “The lads will learn from this campaign.” If O’Neill does get the chance to continue his work with Northern Ireland, it is highly likely he would ask Taylor to stay on in his backroom staff. At 42, the former Fulham and Birmingham goalkeeper is only just starting to get used to the idea of his playing days being over, but he would be keen to remain involved at club level even if he was offered a full-time role by the IFA. “I sat down with Michael and he asked me to help out for five games. If he stays that doesn’t necessarily mean I stay on, we’ll have to sit down and talk. “I had hoped to play again this season but I’ve had a niggle with my shoulder and it’s set me back a bit. The coaching is something I’m very keen to progress with and there’s no reason why I couldn’t combine Northern Ireland coaching with a job at a club.” O’Neill, whose position would be strengthened by a second competitive success against Israel, will have to do without suspended trio Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Oliver Norwood, but is hopeful there will be no further withdrawals. Chris Brunt and Martin Paterson both sat out training on Sunday due to minor knocks from the Azerbaijan game but are not thought to be serious doubts. “Brunty and Martin won’t be training but it is just precautionary and we expect both to be fine for the game,” he said. “The lads who played can do very little work two days after a game anyway, it’s more of a recovery session for them but the lads who didn’t play can do a little more. “The majority of work for the match will be done the day before the game.” Northern Ireland coach Maik Taylor has called for the Irish Football Association to hand Michael O’Neill a new deal despite the side’s troubling run of results. Taylor, who is working on a short-term deal as goalkeeping coach less than two years since winning his last cap, believes O’Neill needs to stay on when his contract expires at the end of the year.
LUCKNOW, India, (CMC) – West Indies Kieron Pollard has praised the professional performance by his side after they trounced Afghanistan by seven wickets in the opening One-Day International here Wednesday.Pollard, in his first series as captain after replacing Jason Holder two months ago, said he was pleased with how West Indies executed their run chase after being set 195 for victory at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium.Roston Chase top-scored with 94 while Shai Hope struck an unbeaten 77 – the pair adding 163 for the third wicket – as the Caribbean easily overhauled their target with 21 balls to spare.“It’s something that has been haunting us for a very long time, losing early wickets [and] not batting 50 overs so today was a conscious effort to bat 50 overs and [there’s no two] better guys to do it but Shai Hope and Roston Chase,” Pollard said.“Chase [got] that opportunity to bat up the order in one-day cricket and he showed the kind of player he is. Shai Hope, we know he’s a class batsman and what his role is in the team so again, kudos to those two individuals.“I think they batted well and brought us to victory. Unfortunate for the couple guys who didn’t get a score but that’s what team cricket is all about.”After winning the toss, West Indies executed brilliantly with the ball to dismiss Afghanistan for a modest 194 off 45.2 overs, with fast bowlers Jason Holder (2-21) and Romario Shepherd (2-32), along with off-spinner Chase (2-31), all picking up two wickets each.Rahmat Shah top-scored with 61 and 19-year-old wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil struck 58 in a 111-run, third wicket partnership but once the stand was broken, West Indies ran through the middle and lower order.Pollard, playing his first ODI in three years, said the bowling effort was an expression of the ideal type of cricket West Indies wanted to play.“There are conversations we’ve been having in the last couple of days in terms of how we want to play cricket and then we got the opportunity to bowl first and express ourselves,” he explained.“And who better to start but our [former] captain Jason Holder and he’s continue to prove he wants to be the number one all-rounder in all formats so that [was a] brilliant spell to open the bowling along with Sheldon (Cottrell).“And the guys that came in, young (Romario) Shepherd on his debut – being sort of economical – and then Hayden Walsh, I thought it was a total team effort.“In terms of the field, there were a couple blemishes but we’ll take that because of the effort the guys would have given in the field in terms of the enthusiasm and intensity.”West Indies will face Afghanistan in the second ODI at the same venue on Saturday.
The Nigerian team will welcome to camp midfield lubricator Kelechi Nwakali, who missed Thursday’s opening leg, and Amapakabo is happy to have the former U17 World Cup winning captain strengthen his squad for important battle.Nigeria, who overturned a two goal deficit against Libya in the earlier round, winning 4-0 at the same venue, are confident of erasing the one goal deficit from Omdurman and soaring over Sudan to the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations holding in Egypt, 8th – 22nd November.The two finalists in Egypt will fly Africa’s flag at the Men’s Football Tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the slim lone goal defeat behind them, Nigeria’s U-23 boys have started intensive training sessions in the city of Asaba ahead of tomorrow’s make-or-break Africa U23 Cup of Nations final qualifying clash against Sudan.Last week Thursday at the Al Merriekh Stadium in Omdurman the first leg ended 1-0 in favour of the Sudanese, whose contingent flew into Abuja yesterday afternoon and headed to Asaba same day for the all-important match.The Imama Amapakabo charges had their first feel of the Stephen Keshi Stadium yesterday morning, and trained again in the evening as the team continues to perfect its strategy on how best to secure the final AFCON tournament ticket ahead of resilience Sudanese side.
Comments Eight different players made Syracuse’s first eight field goals in its season-opening win against Fordham. Scoop Jardine pulled up for 3 from the right wing on SU’s first possession, and by the time C.J. Fair hit a 3 from the right side as well, four starters and four bench players each made one field goal.‘I think it’s a great thing, but a lot of people say we don’t have one great player,’ guard Brandon Triche said. ‘But I think the biggest thing is that we have six or seven guys who can score the ball and can put the ball in the hole and can carry this team.‘And so it’s going to be so much harder for a defense to stop all seven of us.’James Southerland became the first player to make two field goals for SU on Saturday when his 3-pointer with 6:26 left in the first half put the Orange up 24-10. In all, 11 players scored and only two reached double-digits for No. 5 Syracuse (1-0) against the Rams. Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters showed flashes of their ability to take over a game, but the SU offense remained balanced.That’s something that likely will remain a trend for SU as it takes on Manhattan (1-0) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Monday, in the second of two games in the Carrier Dome as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Albany (0-1) and Brown (1-0) play at 4 p.m., and the winners and losers play each other on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team that comes out of the two-day regional tournament as the winner advances to the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 23.Syracuse’s balanced scoring was something head coach Jim Boeheim forecasted back on Oct. 14 at SU’s media day.‘If you have more than one guy who can score and be a go-to guy, that’s important, and I think that’s what we have,’ Boeheim said on media day. ‘I think we have had that last year, and we have had that in other teams. Even when Carmelo (Anthony) was here, Gerry (McNamara) made as many big shots as Carmelo did.’In the first half against Fordham, the offense was wholly balanced. SU was able to move the ball around the Rams defense, eventually finding a player in position to drive or shoot.On one possession early in the first half, Syracuse passed the ball around the arc until Fab Melo came up and set a pick for Michael Carter-Williams. The freshman guard drove toward the basket, attracted the defense and dished to Melo, who made a nice adjustment against a defender at the hoop for the finish to put Syracuse up 14-8.Two possessions later, Carter-Williams fed Melo on the low block. He didn’t have much leverage toward the hoop, but he made a nice feed to Southerland for a jumper at the left elbow.At halftime, four players — Joseph, Jardine, Triche and Southerland — tied for the team lead with five points.‘It’s a good way to start off the season,’ Joseph said. ‘I think that everyone contributed well today. We got a great bench contribution in my mind.’Like Triche said, some of the criticism about this year’s Syracuse team is that the Orange has no go-to scorer who can take over when his team needs it every time.But the breadth of players who can take over for spurts of time on SU is there. Triche said having so many playmakers increases the intensity of practice.The tougher practices may propel the maturation process for some of the Orange’s younger players. Waiters, a sophomore, played very well off the bench in both of SU’s exhibition games and against Fordham.‘If we’re able to bring it, as far as our experienced guys, bring it, and make the younger guys mature up,’ Triche said, ‘it’s going to be much easier to score the ball, and it’s going to be a great thing for us.’Though some players showed the ability to score at will, no one took over the game against the Rams. Different players dominated different spurts.And with two games in two days this week putting a strain on the players’ energy, it can be an advantage for SU against Manhattan and Albany or Brown.‘I think we’re going to be balanced,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think we got a lot of guys that can score, and I think that if the minutes stay the way they are right now, I think that balance will be there.’firstname.lastname@example.org Published on November 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: email@example.com | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+
With a little under 2,022 days until the Qatar World Cup kicks off, the tiny yet hugely ambitious Gulf state will officially unveil the tournament’s first completed venueÂ friday.The Khalifa International Stadium — complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar’s controversial bid for the World Cup — will host the country’s biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final. On the pitch it will be a battle between arguably the country’s biggest teams, Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez, and Al Rayyan.But off the pitch, the stadium will provide a solid example of Qatar’s progress for the World Cup, a mere 2012 days before the tournament kicks off.“I think it is a source of immense joy and pride,” Nasser Al-Khater, a senior figure at World Cup organising body, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, told AFP.“It’s a stadium dear to our hearts, Khalifa Stadium, so we’re happy that it’s the first stadium to be completed.“It’s real, it shows you the progress you’ve been working hard on is actually coming to reality.“And you can see it and you can feel it, it’s tangible. It’s a thrill.”The stadium was first built in 1976 and has just gone through its second refurbishment.It will house 40,000 fans during the World Cup, hosting matches played up to the quarterfinal stage.Significantly, it will also host the 2019 World Athletics Championships.As part of its revamp, Khalifa includes technology that will provide air-conditioning for fans.Approximately 500 jet nozzles will blast out cold air, keeping temperatures at around 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit), for fans.Chilled water is piped to the stadium from a cooling centre about one kilometre from the stadium, then once it arrives, cold air is pushed into the stadium.The man responsible for the system, Qatar University’s Dr Saud Ghani, said he believed Khalifa represented a world-first.“There isn’t on earth, one open air, air-conditioned stadium,” he said.Dr Ghani said the system at Khalifa would use up to 40 per cent less energy than other cooling methodsIronically, it may not be used to regulate temperatures for fans during the 2022 World Cup after FIFA decided to move the tournament to Qatar’s winter in November and December.Khalifa is the scene of one of Qatar’s major sporting triumphs, the 1992 Gulf Cup victory.It was also the stadium where Saudi Arabia secured their first ever World Cup qualification, with a thrilling 4-3 win over Iran.Khater would not give a figure for the redevelopment of Khalifa, though one estimate puts the cost at $90 million.Qatar is spending up to $10 billion on stadiums and training grounds, officials have said previously.However, Khater denied reports earlier this year that the country has slashed its budget by up to 40 per cent, claiming the original figure needed for stadiums was an estimate only.In February, Qatar’s finance minister Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said the country was spending almost $500m every week on major infrastructure projects for footballâ€™s biggest tournament.Khalifa’s rebuild has not been without tragedy though. In January it was alleged that Briton Zac Cox died in a fall at the stadium.The revamp has occurred as Qatar has been strongly criticised for the ill-treatment of its migrant workforce — which numbers more than two million, claims the country has largely rejected.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I think our guys are really dead set on going from the hotel to the ballpark and back to the hotel and kind of keep it really simple and minimize associating with others.”Outfielder Joc Pederson acknowledged that “a few tougher conversations” have occurred to remind players not to get “lackadaisical” just because the Dodgers have not been hit by an outbreak.“I think that all we can control is what we have in front of us,” Pederson said. “The Marlins are dealing with a lot of stuff. But, what we have is what we have in front of us right now. We have to prepare to win a game today and continue to go about our business every day, thinking that the season will continue.”Roberts said the Dodgers did not change anything about their travel in response to the Marlins’ outbreak, praising the organization for “staying ahead of it” and being “very conservative” already. The flight to Houston on Monday was the Dodgers’ first of this season and started a nine-game trip that will also take them to Arizona and San Diego.For players like Pederson, the travel experience was already going to be “different.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Players can only play the season in front of them, Pederson said before making a transparent reference to the 2017 World Series banner hanging at Minute Maid Park.“We’re supposed to play 162. We’re not playing 162. We’re playing 60,” Pederson said. “Some teams are not playing 60 because of obviously, health concerns. It is what it is. We’re all doing our best to prepare every day to win a World Series.“So, I don’t know. That’s a tough question. But, I find it hard to believe that the winner of this year has a World Series ring, there shouldn’t be an asterisk by it because … I mean, they’re not cheating their way to get there, you know what I mean? We’re playing under the rules that are given to us and the amount of games that we’re allowed. So that’s out of our control. Let the best team win, I guess.” An outbreak of coronavirus among the Miami Marlins has sent shockwaves rippling throughout Major League Baseball.Less than a week into a delayed and abbreviated season, games are being canceled for health and safety reasons. The Marlins – with half of their roster reportedly testing positive for the virus – will not play for at least a week and MLB has had to make other revisions to the schedule. The New York Yankees have had to change opponents and will play the Baltimore Orioles this week instead of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Marlins’ opponent over the weekend. As of Tuesday, the Washington Nationals have no opponent to play this weekend; they were scheduled to play the Marlins.The likelihood is that all 30 MLB teams will not be able to complete even a 60-game schedule. The possibility for more outbreaks – and more damaging health results – will hang like a cloud over the season.“Uncertainty, I think is appropriate (description),” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “I do know that our guys are taking it seriously, not to say that another club wasn’t. But obviously with this spike right now, it kind of hits home for all of us and could eventually affect the season which we’re trying to guard against. “Obviously everything is going to be different. So many protocols,” said Pederson who is the father of a young daughter and has a second child on the way. “We’re doing what we can to make this successful and continue to play. I’m wearing a mask all the time, gloves on the plane. Do your best to not use like the remote control, the telephone, things at hotels that could be contaminated, and just take extreme precautions to stay safe for our teammates and our families and our teammates’ families.”All players should be aware by now that they are taking a “risk” by playing this season, Pederson said.“Obviously, those are just true feelings and emotions and that’s why some people have elected not to play this year,” he said. “They’re real. The health concerns – I know some people think are fake but they’re extremely real. And then you see the people on the front lines fighting and doing their best to save lives – it’s scary.“So, yeah, we’re definitely taking a risk by participating and that’s why we’re trying to be good teammates to us and the umpires and the other opposing teams, to hold each individual accountable to keep everyone safe because the last thing I would want to do is not be able to see see my family or my loved ones – I guess, if you died in the worst-case scenario – but for months or weeks because of a quarantine issue.”With the coronavirus already impacting the season, the legitimacy of a champion crowned in October – if MLB can get there – will come into question.“First of all, I don’t think that we expected this season to be unscathed and for us to not have any roadblocks,” Roberts said. “I hope that this is the worst, as bad as it gets. Obviously, canceling or postponing games isn’t ideal. To the question of the integrity (of the season), I think right now I’m gonna withhold judgment until we know more as far as how things play out. But 60 is a small sample as it is. And when you start to get under that number, it changes, I think, a lot of people’s opinions.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“Madden 20” has not yet reached its worldwide release date, but people who subscribe to EA Sports’ EA Access were able to play the game beginning July 25.Those who have played “Madden 20” offered immediate feedback, and some of it gets weird. We’ve already gone over how Russell Wilson looks weird in the video game, but apparently EA Sports didn’t stop with the Seahawks QB. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen also has an … interesting new look. Cover star Patrick Mahomes is also exceeding expectations as to what he can do on the field. While he’s not one of the game’s 99-overall players, his skill set makes him seem like one.MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsGreg Olsen in ‘Madden 20’the worst player likeness in Madden 20?Greg Olsen. pic.twitter.com/LrjUGEVP1X— James Brady (@JamesBradySBN) July 25, 2019Yikes. A few things stand out right away.1. In the latest pictures of him, Olsen doesn’t have a beard.2. In photos where he does have a beard, it’s blond, not black.3. Also, his hair is blond, not black.Olsen is the fifth highest-ranked tight end in the game at 89 overall. You’d think a player with his stature would actually look like himself in the game. We can excuse a generic look for a fifth-string running back who might not play, but you’ve at least got to get the stars right.Patrick Mahomes in ‘Madden 20’I can promise you that Mahomes will be the most annying player you’ve ever faced in any madden 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/n40r84SHMO— Richard Teat (@T_Riggerd) July 24, 2019While this video is funny on the surface, it’s not an actual issue for Madden. Since Mahomes threw into double coverage, the ball probably should have been intercepted, but that’s another issue. The video is mostly critiquing Mahomes’ ability to just run backward and launch the ball almost the entire length of the field to his intended target.It’s an absurd situation, no doubt, but Mahomes was able to pull off those absurd plays last season. Just check out this throw across his body.This really happened pic.twitter.com/gwMLCpKyrG— The Kingdom (@MahomeSZN) July 24, 2019Expect to see more absurdity from Mahomes both in real life and in the video game.MADDEN 20 NEWS:Player ratings at each positionOverall team ratingsBest offensive teamsBest defensive teamsRunning glitch in ‘Madden 20’A Reddit user uploaded this video of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott falling on his teammate and having everyone around him, including himself, just stop as if he was tackled. The title of the post on Reddit is, “I swear this has been in the game for almost half a decade.”It’s an unfortunate bug that appears to keep happening in this game. While some argue Elliott technically wasn’t down so it’s actually realistic, there’s a problem. Elliott just stops running entirely, and it looks like the user isn’t able to control him for a few seconds. Meanwhile, defenders just walk around him like the play is over. It’s a glitch that unfortunately hasn’t been fixed. Refs are not good at their jobsThis is another video from a Reddit user that shows Madden’s still-flawed challenge system. The catch was clearly made out of bounds and shouldn’t have counted in the first place, but EA Sports keeps things somewhat realistic by purposefully getting calls wrong so users can challenge plays and feel like real coaches; however, that system doesn’t always work out, as you can see above.Hopefully this is just a weird one-off scenario and not something that will happen over and over within the game.
From Germany they continue to point out that the future of Erling Haaland remains in Dortmund. The Bild newspaper flatly denies speculation about a € 75 million clause that would take effect this summer if Real Madrid were seriously interested in the Norwegian player. “It is false information,” writes the newspaper in its online version, stressing that said clause cannot be made before the summer of 2021. In the event that the BVB changes its mind and decides to put its star up for sale before that date, it would request a much higher amount than the one established in said clause. It’s more, always according to Bild, the player himself (with a contract until 2024) also does not consider the option of leaving Dortmund in the next summer market. The Borusser team took over the services of the Red Bull Salzburg striker in exchange for 20 million euros and the Haaland environment continues to be convinced that the Bundesliga is the perfect place for the world soccer fashion boy to continue growing. “I feel like home,” said Erling, whose goal would be to play in the Premier one day. This is stated by Bild, who concludes his article with the following phrase decicated to Madrid: “Hard times for the real”.
Both teams had chances but the goaltenders held the score at 0-0 after the first 20 minutes.The second period had Dawson Creek getting chances with the man advantage but the Avalanche goaltender held the visiting team off the board. Alaska went on to score 2 quick goals before the period was over.The third period started with the Rage down 2-0. The score of the game was no indication of how Dawson Creek was playing as they were working hard and generating opportunities, just unable to find any luck in the scoring department. The Av’s answered back with another goal making it 3-0. Moments later Ryan Matthews would finally get the Rage on the scoreboard with a nice wrist shot. As the time was running out the Avalanche would finalize the score at 4-1. – Advertisement -The Rage will play the Avanlanche one more time tonight before heading on the road to Fairbanks for games this weekend.
─ Police issue wanted bulletin for ex-copKurt Anthony Duncan was, in the wee hours of Monday, gunned down while trying to make peace between a man and a woman outside of Seeta’s Bar in Station Street Kitty, Georgetown.Wanted: Keon DavidDead: Kurt Anthony DuncanBased on information received, the 32-year-old father of five of Pike Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown was shot once to his chest by an ex-policeman who was at the establishment at the time.Initial reports from the Police revealed that at about 2:00h on Monday, a woman who was imbibing at Seeta’s Bar got into a heated argument with a handyman who was at the time wiping the ground. That argument escalated into a scuffle, and Duncan, who was also at the drinking spot, intervened.The dead man’s wife and five childrenThe suspect, Keon David, then whipped out a gun and discharged a round that hit Duncan to the chest. The injured man was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.David, on the other hand, left the scene, but the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has since issued a wanted bulletin for his arrest. His last known address has been given as Sophia, Greater Georgetown. He is said to be 32 years old and a former member of the Police Force.At the late Kurt Duncan’s home on Monday, his sister Candacy Duncan explained that her brother had been a “family man” who would hardly ever go out. She said, “We are not coping well, because I really can’t even talk right now; it’s just so shocking. I know my brother is not no peace-maker. He doesn’t get no problem with nobody. He’s a family man, and I don’t know if he gone out must be to take a few drinks with he friends. I know he don’t normally do that, and that is what happened”.Duncan’s distraught family members are still trying to come to grips with what has happened, and are pleading for justice. The sister is hopeful that the Police would do their work and ensure her brother gets justice, especially since he has left five young children to mourn.His wife, over at her residence, had strength only to call for justice for her husband.“I ain’t resting! I got to get reason! I is not one of the wife or one of the mothers what the family is just get killed just like that and it left like that. I ain’t giving up! I got to get a reason why! I ain’t giving up for nothing!” the woman cried.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect is asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 226-1389, 226-7476, 911, or at the nearest Police Station.