Eagles dare to spoil Gerrard’s day

first_imgDeparting Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s final appearance at Anfield ended in disappointment as his side could not give him the send-off the occasion demanded. The 34-year-old midfielder bade an emotional goodbye to his spiritual home in a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, ahead of his summer move to Los Angeles Galaxy. For the majority of the 44,673 inside the ground the result was not important. But you can guarantee there was one man on the pitch for whom this stung as much as any other defeat. Adam Lallana’s opener was cancelled out by Jason Puncheon’s free-kick before substitute Wilfried Zaha scored 23 seconds after coming on as a substitute. Glenn Murray spoiled the Liverpool celebrations of their long-time servant by firing home the rebound after missing an added-time penalty as Palace deservedly left with three points. Two mosaics – SG8 in the Kop and Captain along the lower tier of the Centenary Stand – and a guard of honour paid tribute to one of the club’s greatest players. However, in the first half there was little evidence of the Gerrard whose name and deeds are writ large in Liverpool’s rich history. It was Jordan Henderson spraying the raking crossfield balls and making driving runs into the area, his midfield colleague restricted to dropping deep and knitting play together with easy lay-offs. The testimonial feel of the pre-match guard of honour, mosaic and back-slapping was extended into the first 20 minutes with hardly a shot or tackle in anger. Liverpool’s breakthrough, in the 26th minute, came via a helping hand from former Reds academy graduate Martin Kelly, whose backpass to Scott Dann sold his central defensive partner short allowing Lallana to steal possession and fire past Wayne Hennessey. After that Palace dominated with Yannick Bolasie, who gave Dejan Lovren all kinds of problems on the left side of a reconstituted three-man defence, Joe Ledley and Puncheon all threatening. It was the preamble to a brilliant equaliser as Puncheon whipped a 43rd-minute free-kick over the wall to leave Simon Mignolet, who had shifted his weight fractionally to his right, motionless. That was not scripted as part of Gerrard’s fond farewell and the question was whether the Liverpool captain, kicking towards an adoring – occasionally imploring – Kop, could do anything about it in the second half. When the ball dropped invitingly on the edge of the area many expected to see Gerrard charging in to smash home, much like his famous strike against Olympiacos. Instead it was Henderson, the man expected to at the very least take over the armband from Gerrard next season, who arrived and bundled a shot into the ground and wide. When the Liverpool captain finally got himself in a position to shoot his effort did not carry the power to beat Hennessey. The fact he was that far forward at all was out of necessity as Eagles substitute Zaha had put the visitors ahead with his first touch after coming on when he converted a deflected cross from Bolasie, who later hit the crossbar, despite there being a suspicion of offside. Palace boss Alan Pardew would argue that was some compensation for not getting a penalty earlier for Martin Skrtel’s challenge on Lee Chung-Yong, whose protests earned a reprimand from referee Jon Moss. Lucas Leiva’s appearance off the bench drew one or two glances from Gerrard, concerned his swansong may be cut short, but Brendan Rodgers’ plan was to move his captain further forward. That allowed him to at least be in the vicinity of the right areas as almost the whole ground was willing the ball to fall to the home captain for one last hurrah. One 30-yard free-kick and a sliced effort well over from ‘Gerrard territory’ were as close as he came. He fought till the end, with one crunching tackle on Pape Soure winning the ball back in a dangerous position, but even his often super-human powers could do little about the penalty award for Lucas’s foul on Zaha or prevent Murray firing in the rebound after Simon Mignolet had initially saved. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ashwin, Saha rescue India

first_img… Teenage paceman Alzarri Joseph enjoys dream debut with prized wicket Virat Kohli(REUTERS) – An unbeaten century stand for the sixth wicket by Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha put India in a respectable position after the first day of the third Test against West Indies in St`Lucia yesterday.Alzarri Joseph dismisses Virat Kohli for his maiden Test wicket on the first day of the third Test at Gros Islet.Alzarri Joseph dismisses Virat Kohli for his maiden Test wicket on the first day of the third Test at Gros Islet.The visitors were 234 for five at the close of play with all-rounder Ashwin on 75 and wicketkeeper Saha on 46, the pair having added 108 to leave honours even at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet.Opener Lokesh Rahul chipped in with a brisk 50 earlier but India’s batsmen were otherwise bogged down until Ashwin and Saha cut loose against the second new ball, plundering 46 runs off the final nine overs.The late flurry took the gloss off what had been an encouraging day for West Indies after the hosts won the toss and decided to bowl.Teenage paceman Alzarri Joseph enjoyed a dream debut, in his third over claiming the prized wicket of India captain Virat Kohli, caught at first slip for three.Joseph (2-38) also snared Rohit Sharma, caught behind for nine, while all-rounder Roston Chase continued his excellent series by picking up two wickets with his off spin.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel (1-68) was expensive although he at least took the first wicket of the day when Shikhar Dhawan (one) gloved a short ball down the leg side to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins bowled with discipline in the four-pronged pace attack but went wicket-less.The day belonged to Ashwin, who was dropped on 21 and received another reprieve on 35 when he was caught at point off a Gabriel back foot no-ball.THORN IN SIDEAshwin has been a thorn in West Indies’ side the entire series, making a century and claiming seven wickets in the first Test before picking up another six victims in the second match.Rahul followed up his 158 from the second Test by reaching his half-century in 64 balls before falling to the very next delivery when he flicked Chase straight into the waiting hands of short fine leg.“I wanted to attack the bowlers and put them under pressure because the wicket was a little damp the first hour,” said Rahul.“The ball was doing a bit with sideways movement … and with this being an open ground, and with the breeze, there was swing throughout the day.“I did my job pretty well, got the team off to a decent start and the boys carried on from there. We’re pretty happy with our effort at the end of the day.”India lead the four-Ttest series 1-0.INDIA 1st inningsL. Rahul c K. Brathwaite b Chase 50S. Dhawan c Dowrich b Gabriel 1V. Kohli c Da. Bravo b Joseph 3A. Rahane b Chase 35Ro. Sharma c Dowrich b Joseph 9R. Ashwin not out 75W. Saha not out 46Extras: (b-5, lb-2, nb-7, w-1) 15Total: (for 5 wickets, 90 overs) 234Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-19, 3-77, 4-87, 5-126Bowling: S. Gabriel 16-2-68-1 (nb-5), A. Joseph 14-3-38-2, M. Cummins 14-5-36-0 (w-1), J. Holder 15-6-27-0, R. Chase 23-8-38-2, K. Brathwaite 8-1-20-0.RefereesUmpire: Nigel LlongUmpire: Rod TuckerTV umpire: Gregory BrathwaiteMatch referee: Ranjan Madugallelast_img

‘Candy Man’ Hardy to face Carlos Monroe Jrfor WBA FEDELATIN Middleweight title

first_imgGUYANA’s Simeon ‘Candy Man’ Hardy will step into the ring against American, Carlos Monroe Jr, on May 11 for the WBA FEDELATIN Middleweight title, in Atlanta, Georgia.“I’m excited about this fight,” the 31-year-old Guyanese boxer told Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview.The New York-based Hardy also added that the “chances are good and a title is on the line. It’s short notice and I’ve been expecting something like this, so I was working with the intent of a call which eventually came and I took it without second thoughts… Carlos is a young strong undefeated prospect and I’m going to beat him. I’m excited and looking forward to this fight.”In his 16 professional bouts, Hardy, a former WBC CABOFE Champion, came out victorious 14 times, winning 11 by TKO. He however, he was defeated twice. In his last fight, ‘Candy Man’ won via a first round TKO over Brandon Baue.Monroe is a 24-year-old undefeated fighter, who won 11 of his 14 fights by knockout.Hardy’s first blemish on his record came against Armenian Vito Gasparyan, where he suffered a Unanimous Decision loss, despite a good showing in the ring.Before migrating, the Sophia native had kayoed Iwan Azore to win the vacant CABOFE welterweight title at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Hardy’s last fight in Guyana was against Howard Eastman in 2012, when he picked up a Majority Decision win after out-boxing the former Commonwealth middleweight champion.last_img read more

Grassley says he is supporting and praying for Ernst

first_imgNEW HARTFORD — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he is praying for his colleague and fellow Senator Joni Ernst.The private life of Senator Ernst has become very public lately, with the release of documents surrounding her divorce. There are allegations of extramarital affairs, physical abuse by her now-ex-husband and Ernst said Wednesday night she was raped while she was a student at Iowa State University.“People know how much I respect Senator Ernst and I don’t think I should comment in any way on her private life,” Grassley says. “She’s got to deal with a very tough situation that probably shouldn’t be discussed publicly but it seems to me she’s handling it very well.” Grassley, who is 37 years older than Iowa’s junior senator, was asked if he’s attempted to talk with Ernst since the personal details of her life went public, to offer his advice or comfort.“Obviously, I support her totally and it may sound sentimental to say that I’ll pray for her,” Grassley says. “To be more direct to your question and not to really expand on anything I said, but yes, I did reach out to her.” Grassley says it should be clear from the schedule Ernst keeps that “she’s working hard for Iowans every day.”last_img read more

Reed blazes unique trail… Pittsburgh native making his mark at ESPN the Magazine

first_imgby Malik VincentPittsburgh has its fair share of natives that have made a name for themselves in the fields of media and journalism with Sharon Epperson from CNBC; Bev Smith, formerly of American Urban Radio Networks; and the late Dennis Schatzman, author, former Courier city editor and Los Angeles Sentinel columnist. KEITH REED Keith Reed, originally from Lincoln-Larimer, is moving on a similar path.As a sports and business journalist, Reed’s itinerant journey has landed him in four different states. He has had jobs with publications such as the Boston Globe, Cincinnati Inquirer, and Catalyst-Cleveland magazine where he was the editor-in-chief.Last year, at age 34, he accepted a position as senior editor of ESPN the magazine.“I’d learned of my talents at an early age,” Reed said. “I knew I could write.”His duty, along with the other five senior editors at the magazine, is to conceive and execute all of its content. Specifically, Reed has been designated to head up its coverage of fighting sports such as mixed martial arts and boxing, as well as business-related topics.“On a day-to-day basis, I’m having some of the most fun that I’ve had in my life at this job,” Reed said. “The relationships that I built with my colleagues is amazing. Some of them aren’t just that, they’re some of my best friends. Some of us grew up in the business together.”Jemele Hill, a staple on ESPN TV shows like Around the Horn, ESPN’s First Take, and The Sports Reporters gives Reed’s work at what they call “the mag”, high regards.“Hiring Keith was one of the best decisions they could have made for the magazine,” said Hill, who is a contributor. “He brings this innate practicality as a journalist. He’s very curious and he brings real world experience to the job. It’s really refreshing.”Reed graduated from Westinghouse High School in 1995. He transferred there after being excused from Schenley after his freshman year, where he was a part of the city’s magnet program.“I got in a lot of trouble that year,” he said. “My grades weren’t great so they kicked me out.”Just before Reed got to Schenley, he and his mother Yvonne lived in Washington, DC.“It was a good thing for me to experience a major metropolitan area at that point in my life,” he said. “I got to see a lot of good things and progressive Black people that were rich and powerful.”That may have played a part in him choosing not to stay in Pittsburgh past high school. He matriculated to Coppin State College, a historically Black college/university in Maryland, that fall. He earned a degree in English in 2000.“I tried to get him to stay and attend Pitt,” said Yvonne Reed, who is a graduate of Point Park College with a journalism degree. “He attended the Black college tour and visited Coppin. He liked how it was in a bigger city (Baltimore) and how they had a great journalism program.”In his sophomore year at Coppin, he learned that he’d be a father to his son Malik. Reed has full custody of the now 15 year old. His younger son, Elijah, lives in Pittsburgh.“Granted, I love my job,” he said. “But the greatest thing about it is to be able to provide a good living for me and my boys.”“Keith has been a dedicated father,” Yvonne Reed added. “He does and has done everything he can to support his boys, both morally and financially.”He and his older son currently live in West Harford, Conn., which is close to ESPN’s Bristol campus.Reed proudly serves as treasurer of the National Association of Black Journalists, the organization he credits with most of his professional opportunities.“It’s a big deal to me to be able serve as a leader of NABJ,” he said. “I’ve met a lot of people there. It’s created so many ways for me and some of my closest friends to grow.”According to Reed, being from Pittsburgh, with its small-town feel, isn’t the worst thing for success in his field.“You don’t have to be from DC, Chicago, New York, Boston, or Miami in order to make it to ESPN,” he said. “I’m a kid from a rust-belt city who grew up in a neighborhood with a lot violence, but also in a family that had a lot of love.”His mother is his biggest inspiration. He credits her for establishing a “solid foundation” for his success.“She would write me stories when I was very young,” he said. “I would read them and automatically want to emulate it. It fueled an interest for me to become a good writer.”Print publication encompasses most of Reed’s experience, but he hasn’t ruled out other possibilities in his career, down the road.“Don’t be surprised if you ever saw me on one of the shows, in the future,” he added.“I’ve told him for a long time that he would be great on television,” Hill said. “He’s established himself as a very good resource for the business end of Sports. He would be a true asset if that is something that he chooses to do.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at mvincent@newpittsburghcourier.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.)last_img read more

The quietest man in the world becomes the protagonist of this bar fight

first_imgPhotograph of a bar. Image: iStock Internet is one of the best inventions in history. Thanks to him, our lifestyle has changed completely and especially when communicating, hence many social networks have appeared. Social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, have helped us greatly in communicating with the rest of society and that is why in our day to day, we always find a moment to share our things. A video of a fight in a bar went viralAn unperturbed man appears eating his kebabSocial networks signal their harmonious tranquilitycenter_img We upload photos and stories, show the music we are listening to at the moment or share news that we find interesting, among many other things, however when we do we are not aware of the popularity that a simple publication can get. When we share things we do it thinking that only our circle of acquaintances will receive it, however there are some publications that go viral and can make a person the center of all eyes.This was the case of Chris Hill, a 52-year-old man who became the protagonist of a video that has already traveled the world. This man was quietly eating a kebab and some fries in a restaurant where suddenly an aggressive fight began. Chris, instead of reacting to seeing this brutal scene, remained seated and enjoying his food at all times, and this fact is what really surprised Internet users.Wow fight In kens kebab pic.twitter.com/WcvGgE2kqY– Beth Deakin? (@xbethdeakin) January 11, 2020The calm reaction of this man has taken all the prominence of the video and many users have created their own memes as a result. Some people compared the men in the fight with personal problems, such as depression or anxiety, and Chris as themselves when facing them. Others decided to equate each of the characters in the video with the current political situation and baptized Chris as Africa and the men in the fight as Iran, USA. and Europe.last_img read more

Vegalta Sendai loses Isaac Cuenca for the next six months

first_imgAfter dialing six goals and give one assist in his debut in the J-League (Japanese First Division) with Sagan Tosu, in whose salvation he ended up playing a fundamental role, Isaac Cuenca accepted Sendai’s offer with the aim of “being up and being able to play Asian competition”, as revealed to AS in an interview published last January.The Catalan, whom Japan had allowed him to relaunch his career, also revealed the interest of Vissel Kobe by Andrés Iniesta, a club with which he could not negotiate due to the Cup final. “Sendai pushed hard and decided to accept,” Isaac revealed Basin. The Spanish will leave the pitch only temporarily. It is estimated that he will return after summer and be available to play the final stretch of the season in Japan. The season in Japan has not yet started and Vegalta Sendai has already been forced to deal with bad news. And is that Isaac Cuenca, the Spanish player in which the club had deposited much of their hopes this course, will be low during the next six months due to an injury to the meniscus of the right knee. Before the Spaniard, Ryutaro Iio (back), Shun Nagasawa and Alexandre Guedes (ankle) were injured.Isaac Cuenca returned to Spain on February 5 and underwent surgery days later. Although the FC Barcelona squad has already started the recovery process, it was not until Wednesday when Vegalta Sendai announced that You will not be able to count on your big star until the end of next August. An absence that will further diminish the team led by Takashi Kiyama, who saw in Cuenca a fundamental piece in attack.last_img read more

Fort St. John Bylaw statistics: 2012 – 2013

first_img“This information assists us with organizing patrols, looking at problem area and applying proactive enforcement strategies,” Rogers writes.These statistics are broken down into four different categories; animal control, unsightly premises, traffic bylaw and other bylaws, each of which have a variety of subsections (which are attached to the bottom of this article).Within all of the subsections, only three bylaw concerns have risen instead of fallen, according to the report. These include files investigated into unsightly premises, which rose from 102 instances in 2012 to 111 in 2013. Snow removal complaints rose from 32 to 36, while general parking complaints only saw an increase from 264 to 265.- Advertisement -“[Unsightly premises] includes empty lots, residential, commercial area and it also includes complaints on noxious weeds, garbage and garbage carts,” Rogers goes on to write. “We are looking at improving the Unsightly Premises Bylaw, changing it to a Property Standards Bylaw.”Rogers adds, “This will assist the department in dealing with the various derelict and poorly maintained units in the city.”Some other points of interest include the decrease of dogs impounded, which changed from 153 in 2013 to 131 in 2014.Advertisement Also, the amount of parking tickets issued decreased from 546 to 420, but the per cent paid dropped from 73 to 65 per cent.“We are working hard to switch the old and out-of-date parking meter mechanisms to new and improved digital units which are easier to read.”stats 1 stats 2 stats 3 stats 4last_img read more

GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 23 were John & Kathleen Durcan, Ardeskin and Anna Pearson, Carnbeigh. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 5 & 19 with the jackpot now standing at €3,400.The winners in the Annual Lotto Bumper Xmas Draw were as follows: 1st Prize: €200 SuperValu Shopping Voucher (In Association with SuperValu) – Pauric Mullooly, The Glebe, 2nd Prize: €150 Home Heating Oil Voucher (In Association with E&J Oil Services Ltd) – Colm Gallagher, Mountcharles, 3rd Prize: 10 Bags of Coal (In Association with Cassidy Coal) – Pauline Brogan, Drumenny Upper, 4th Prize: €100 SuperValu Shopping Voucher (In Association with SuperValu) – Cormac Oates, Woodvale, Rossylongan.Why not come along to the St. Stephen’s Day 5K FUN WALK. Leaving Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel Car Park at 11.00 am along the shores of Lough Eske. €5.00 per Adult with Registration at 10.30am and children are free-of-charge. In aid of the Four Masters Senior/Reserve Team Training Fund 2013. The Annual Charity Hurling Challenge will take place on St. Stephen’s Day at 2.00 pm in Tir Conaill Park. Past and present players will tog out in aid of a local charity. Please come along and support.The Senior Board AGM takes place on Friday December 28th at 8.00 pm sharp in Dom’s Pier 1. Everybody welcome.The Annual Dinner & Presentation of Club Awards for 2012 will take place in Dom’s Pier 1 on Friday January 18th. Tickets are now on sale priced @ €25.00 from Dom’s Pier 1, Sean Dunnion & Mickey Martin. The special guests will be our All-Ireland winners Paul Durcan, Barry Dunnion and Karl Lacey with the Sam Maguire Cup. Music by Free Whiskey.  GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Four Masters GAA club noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL RUNNERS TAKE ON THE DUBLIN CITY MARATHON CHALLENGE

first_imgHundreds of Donegal athletes have taken part in the Dublin City Marathon.Maria McCambridge was the second woman home.And a number have put in terrific performances to smash personal bests while others fulfilled the ultimate dream of completing their very first marathon.Runners from across the county including Inishowen AC, Finn Valley, Letterkenny, Milford Ac and the Rosses AC all had athletes in the race which attracted a record field 14,600 people. One man not doing his first marathon (or his one hundredth for that matter!) is Peter McGlynn.The Letterkenny man is in Dublin along with another well-known Donegal man Roy Hunter.One of the performances of the day must go to well-known Donegal Democrat man Ciaran O’Donnell who smashed his personal best to cross the line in an amazing time of 3 hours and 12 minutes.Another man who posted a fantastic time was Milford AC runner Damien McBride in a time of 3 hours and 11 minutes. Photographer and Finn Valley man Conor McGonagle also ran his heart out and posted a superb time of 3hours and 47 minutes.Darren Price and Ciaran O’Donnell who both did amazing times of 3.12 in the Dublin Marathon today.Well-known Dublin athlete Maria McCambridge, who is married to Letterkenny man Gary Crossan, was the second fastest woman home in a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes – just four seconds behind the winner of the women’s race Wanjiru Macharia from Kenya.Runners from Finn Valley and Castlefin after successful runs in today’s Dublin Marathon. Word has it that the lads enjoyed a pint of Guinness or several after all their hard work. Congrats all ’round!Former Finn harps player Martin McGinley also posted an excellent run of 3 hours and 32 minutes. DONEGAL RUNNERS TAKE ON THE DUBLIN CITY MARATHON CHALLENGE was last modified: October 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal runnersDUBLIN MARATHONlast_img read more