Unfancied Huddersfield go top after home draw

first_imgPromoted Huddersfield Town extended their unbeaten record after three games of the Premier League season but could not manage a third successive win as visiting Southampton held out for a goalless draw.Seven points was still enough to put the Yorkshire side on top of the table on goal difference, at least until Manchester United play Leicester City in the late game.Huddersfield were the better side but goalkeeper Fraser Forster kept them at bay with saves from new signings Steve Mounie and Tom Ince.Nathan Redmond wasted two chances for the visitors, who otherwise failed to trouble the Town defence until the last minute, when Ryan Bertrand’s effort was cleared off the line.They also remain unbeaten after three games. Elsewhere, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reached a milestone of 500 Premier League points after Spanish striker Joselu, defender Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave them a 3-0 home win over West Ham.The Magpies chalked up their first points of the campaign but the result did not make happy reading for the Hammers, who suffered a third defeat in successive opening league games for the first time since the 2010-2011 season, when they were relegated.Joselu fired Newcastle ahead in his first start for the club with a 36th-minute goal of the highest quality, capping a fine move as Mikel Merino released Christian Atsu and the Ghana winger squared the ball into the heart of the penalty area.Clark headed in a superb Matt Ritchie cross from the right in the 73rd minute to make it 2-0 and late substitute Mitrovic put the icing on the cake when he rounded West Ham keeper Joe Hart and stroked the ball into an empty net.Watford meanwhile played with 10 men for three quarters of the game but held on comfortably for a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos was sent off for a wild tackle on Anthony Knockaert midway through the first half, home manager Marco Silva responding by subbing the skilful Nordin Amrabat for defender Craig Cathcart.Watford’s plans were undermined again when Cathcart was injured and had to be replaced by Andre Carrillo for his debut having signed on loan from Benfica.Either side of Britos’ red card Brighton hit the woodwork, first with Knockaert then through Tomer Hemed, but they struggled to carve out opportunities against a Watford side who defended deeply.Teenager Tammy Abraham scored his first Premier League goal with Swansea City’s first shot on target this season before Jordan Ayew’s second-half strike sealed a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.The 19-year-old Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, volleyed in Leroy Fer’s cross on 44 minutes after a tepid first half at Selhurst Park.Ayew then latched on to a through ball after error-prone defending by Palace before rounding goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and poking the home on 48 minutes.The home side sprung to life when French midfielder Yohan Cabaye was brought on in the second half but with few clearcut chances, Palace never really looked like avoiding their third successive loss of the season.last_img read more

Solskjaer perfect fit for Man United, says Rashford

first_imgManchester United striker Marcus Rashford has given his backing to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the wake of Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking by Tottenham Hotspur.Pochettino was one of the leading contenders for the United job when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December but the club appointed Solskjaer on an interim basis instead, and named the Norwegian permanent manager in March.“Ole is a great guy and he has the club’s interests at heart so there’s not a better person for the job in my opinion,” Rashford told Sky Sports.Solskjaer came under scrutiny after United made their worst start to a league season in 33 years, but the team appear to have turned a corner in recent weeks after winning five of their last six games in all competitions.United are up to seventh in the Premier League after beating Brighton on Nov. 10, but are still 18 points adrift of leaders Liverpool and nine shy of fourth-placed Manchester City, who currently occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.Rashford said he bought into Solskjaer’s vision for the club and that the manager was one of the main reasons he agreed to extend his contract in the close season.“I could see where his head was at, where he wanted the club to be at and for me it was just a no-brainer,” the 22-year-old added.“We were on the same page and wanted the same things for the club … There was no hesitation from me over signing a new contract.”United resume their league campaign at fifth-placed Sheffield United on Sunday.last_img read more

NBA: Griffin warning as Clippers down Lakers

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, reacts as Los Angeles Lakers forward Thomas Robinson, right, goes to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Blake Griffin believes the Los Angeles Clippers will need to raise their game in the playoffs after scoring 36 points in a 115-104 defeat of the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.Griffin led the scoring for the Clippers, who improved to 47-31 to move to within one game of the Utah Jazz in the race for the fourth seed slot in the Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot But Griffin — who topped 10,000 career points in the first quarter — was unhappy with an inconsistent display which saw the Lakers (21-55) reduce a 21-point lead to eight during the closing stages.Griffin later admitted that the Clippers’ failure to kill off opponents was a concern.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It’s still something that needs to be worked out,” said Griffin. “I thought at times we came out to start the game the right way and then we took our foot off the gas.“I thought we let our offense dictate our defense, had some bad turnovers early in the first quarter and it got them going a little bit. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Backing up Griffin, Chris Paul weighed in with 29 points and 12 assists while J.J. Redick had 19 points. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ NBA: Standout scorer McGrady gets Hall of Fame nod Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “I thought we came out well in the third quarter, but we just haven’t put the lid on games very well,” added Griffin, calling on his team-mates to sharpen up for the playoffs.“You can’t win games in the playoffs playing inconsistently, so it is concerning,” Griffin said. “How much concern? I’m not really sure. I just know we can’t do this in the playoffs and win games because every team that makes the playoffs is a good team and knows how to play and knows how to finish games. We have to do better.”Saturday’s victory at Staples Center also marked the 800th career win for Clippers coach Doc Rivers.Rivers however was also unhappy with the patchy performance.“I loved the way we started the game,” Rivers said. “I didn’t like how — this is the third game in a row with our bench, and they’ve been really good, but we have to figure that out.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View commentslast_img read more

Dalton Myers | It’s not all about football

first_img Additionally, ISSA’s football competitions are such huge events that maybe it’s time they use it as a platform for youngsters including these student-athletes. Our young men face so many challenges, including substance abuse, at an early age. This is something we could look into. Like many, I believe that there is more to be unearthed from our schoolboy football competitions. I also believe that while the competitions are very helpful, it’s unclear the extent to which they can potentially hamper the development of the national football programme. However, I personally don’t believe that it’s ISSA’s job to solve our football problems. Indeed, the body is an influential stakeholder but that job lies squarely at the foot of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). The JFF, as the governing body for football, should come up with a model that includes schoolboy competitions to complement a national football academy and the other local collegiate and club competitions. The Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) has indicated that the Red Stripe Premier League is set to start a week after ISSA’s competitions. My hope is that one day, the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) and the PFAJ will be able to attract similar types of sponsorship from many partners so the student-athletes can look forward to a financially rewarding competition post-high school. Until then, all the best to the competitors. “Perstare et Praestare.” – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to daltonsmyers@gmail.com The Jamaica Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) earlier this week launched its 2018 scholboy football competitions, set to start on Saturday, September 8, with much fanfare and excitement. This includes the Manning Cup, Walker Cup, daCosta Cup, Ben Francis Cup, and Champions Cup. I am really happy for the respective stakeholders, especially student-athletes who get a chance to showcase their talents in a very competitive environment despite the many challenges. If we remember, back in 2013, telecommunications company FLOW had a deal worth approximately $150m expiring at the end of the 2017 season. When that arrangement was not renewed, in came Digicel (with a $75m deal) to sponsor the urban-area Manning Cup and Wysinco (with $100m) to sponsor the rural-area daCosta Cup over the next three years. Other sponsors KFC, ($18m) and SportsMax (over $28m), will also be contributing to the competitions. Additionally, the major sponsors have indicated several sponsorship activations to ensure that they get returns on their investments. I can only imagine how happy the schools are about these recent developments as I would imagine that this will help to bolster their football and, by extension, general sports programmes. I know that ISSA has consistently maintained that it is a board of principals merely carrying out their duties of ensuring that students get a good physical education. While that may be the case, they manage two of the largest sporting events in Jamaica, which probably requires a structured business model with a CEO or managing director. What I would love to see as part of the mandate of ISSA over the next three years is some of these sponsorship funding being invested in some critical areas. Lack of proper facilities, like playing surfaces, can hamper the honing and development of the skills and techniques of these student-athletes. Yes, I know we have a national problem, but this will help the youngsters in this crucial stage to develop better fundamental football techniques. Maybe ISSA could look to partner with a company that could help maintain and rehabilitate these facilities free of cost to schools or use some form of cost-sharing measures. The top schools have better-than-average surfaces, in some cases – better surfaces than our tertiary institutions and clubs, but the majority of schools struggle with developing and/or maintaining proper facilites. ISSA indicated at the launch that this year, the hope is to protect the intellectual property rights of the organisation and its sponsors, as well as to ensure that “comfort, security and satisfaction are paramount”. I am sure that somewhere there was the promise of promoting proper nutrition and a focus on the health and wellness of players and support staff. This is important not just in terms of giving greater rest periods between matches, but also, for example, for a heavy focus on medical check-ups, and a concussion policy. ISSA’S SPONSORHIP PLATFORM FOR YOUNGSTERSlast_img read more

Roraima Airways now accepting payments in G$

first_imgHigh foreign exchange rateIn light of the recent unpredictability of the exchange rate for the US dollar, Roraima Airways has announced that it is accepting payment in Guyana dollars for airline tickets and related services at the exchange rate applicable and mutually agreed upon on the day of the transaction. This includes tickets bought for travel on Dynamic International Airways.The company has also said that those travel agents who are remitting payments for tickets sold on Dynamic International Airways are encouraged to remit these payments in United States dollars, based on the fact that these agents might have access to United States dollars at competitive exchange rates. However, Roraima will accept remittances from travel agents in Guyana dollars at a mutually agreed exchange rate to the US dollar.Further, Roraima Airways has said it notes the efforts of the Government of Guyana to stabilise the exchange rate, and will monitor the rate over the coming weeks with a view to determining whether the rate needs to be adjusted.“We have been in discussions with Dynamic, and the airline is committed to maintaining its competitive airfares of USD$579, which are currently the lowest offered on the Guyana/New York route. The airline is also committed to working with the rates locally available,” Roraima’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Gerry Gouveia, has disclosed.Gouveia also pointed out that Dynamic remains fully committed to its investment in, and service to, Guyana; and will continue to contribute to various social development efforts, in keeping with its good corporate citizenship.The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) last week estimated that the real exchange rate, when available and used for the purchase of foreign exchange, is Gy$230 to US$1 for the replacement of imported inputs into the sectors.The body said it has considered the issues affecting the manufacturing sector, including the reported deteriorating rate of the Guyana dollar and dire impacts it will have on business and employment, and is accordingly encouraging all of its sectors to implement cost-cutting measures. The GMSA has noted that some entities have started to rationalise employment.But Government quickly dismissed this claim, saying that the GMSA rates are far from reality. The Bank of Guyana (BoG) has said that the rate quoted by GMSA is not a uniform transaction rate, but is rather the online rate charged by one of the largest commercial banks in Guyana for its credit and debit card transactions, and it represents a very small share of the cambio market transactions.Meanwhile, on Friday, following a meeting with bankers, Finance Minister Winston Jordon declared that the Administration has noted with concern that US dollar account holders are hoarding, and causing confusion by applying for transfers.last_img read more

Environment Canada issues winter storm warning for Fort Nelson

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Fort Nelson.According to Environment Canada, Hazardous winter conditions are expected.Snow at times mixed with freezing rain will continue this afternoon through tonight before easing Thursday morning. Approximately 10 cm of snow has already fallen this morning around Fort Nelson with a further 5 cm this afternoon.- Advertisement -The band of snow is expected to shift to the southwest towards Sikanni Chief tonight, where 10 to 15 cm is forecast.Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.Drivers are being reminded to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.Advertisement For up-to-date road conditions, you can visit DriveBC.ca.last_img

Card clubs count on video poker

first_imgGARDENA – Six solemn poker players engrossed in hours of consecutive poker hands at the Normandie Casino didn’t need chips, a dealer or even cards. They were using the card club’s newest innovation to draw in younger, Internet-age players: a video poker table. Lee Porter of Los Angeles flipped over his virtual cards and looked at other players from under a blue baseball cap before tapping a touch-screen monitor built into the table in front of him. He called to a passing waiter to bring him a coffee, and then silently reviewed his cards and placed his bet by tapping prompts on the monitor. “I ain’t got to tip a dealer,” Porter said, counting one of the advantages of playing poker on a computer. A player sitting next to Porter said he likes the game because hands move faster and players don’t have to wait for a dealer to shuffle cards. In a bid to meet competition from Indian casinos and other challengers for gambling dollars, the South Bay’s two card clubs – the Normandie Casino and Hustler Casino – are upgrading technology in the casinos and on their Web sites, adding video poker tables, plasma flat-screen TVs, automated card-shuffling machines and other upgrades. The Hustler Casino, opened by pornographer Larry Flynt in 2000, now has 89 tables and has grown in recent years. The Normandie Casino has 53 tables and is the state’s oldest surviving casino. Card clubs take a cut of each hand played at their tables. Unlike Las Vegas commercial and Indian casinos, card club players bet against one another rather than the house. The clubs also can’t offer slot machines, which are the largest revenue generators at casinos. “Card clubs don’t have slots, and we’re not as big as the Indian casinos,” Normandie Casino General Manager Karlo Deza said. “In order for us to remain competitive, we have to think of innovative ways to bring in action. We want to attract younger players and bring in more foot traffic.” Keeping up with Indian casinos is a challenge for California’s card clubs. The state Assembly last month approved the expansion of several Indian casinos, allowing more than double the number of slot machines at their facilities. Total revenue at California’s 57 Indian casinos was $7.7 billion in 2006, according to the Indian Gaming Industry Report by Alan Meister, an economist with Analysis Group in Los Angeles. That adds up to an average of about $135 million at each Indian casino, and represents a 10 percent increase from 2005, Meister said. Nevada’s commercial casinos showed 8percent growth in 2006, bringing in $12.7 billion in revenue, he said. In contrast, California’s 90 card clubs generated about $737 million in revenue in 2005, an average of about $8.2 million each, according to the American Gaming Association. Gardena’s Hustler and Normandie casinos generated $25 million and $35million, respectively, in revenue last year, club officials said. Though they make significantly less than Indian and commercial casinos, the two clubs are the second-largest tax generator in Gardena and collectively will add more than $8.5 million to city coffers this year, officials say. Gardena officials say card-club revenue exceeds other types of city funding, and it’s necessary to maintain current city operations. “I have a $43 million general fund operation,” Gardena City Manager Mitch Lansdell said earlier this year. “Eight-and-a-half million is half of the Police Department. If I don’t have that money, what do I look like? A couple departments wouldn’t exist, or all departments would be scaled back. “… We would be a very different organization if we didn’t have the card clubs. They are a major employer, a major tax contributor. They are also one of the reasons why people come to town.” Local casinos have also increased their monitoring of player habits – through players club or reward club cards – to determine what they like to eat, play and buy in the clubs. “We can look at a real-time snapshot of the game on a moment-to-moment basis,” said Hustler’s marketing director, Al Underwood. “All this is in an effort to give customers a better experience. If they have a better experience and keep coming back, it’s good for our revenue.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wenger admits Arsenal interest in 18-year-old Monaco striker ‘similar to Henry’

first_img Arsenal are keeping close tabs on Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe 1 Arsene Wenger has revealed an interest in Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe – who he has compared with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.The 18-year-old has been tipped for a big future and has wowed with his combination of pace, finishing and dribbling ability.Last season Mbappe replaced Henry as Monaco’s youngest ever top flight goalscorer with his strike against Troyes at the age of 17 years, two months and one day.Wenger has admitted he failed with a bid to sign the French wonderkid last season, with Monaco handing him a three-year professional contract when links with the Gunners first emerged.But the manager insists Arsenal are still keeping tabs on the youngster, who reportedly rejected interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid to remain at Monaco this year.“Look, it was at stake last season but he decided to stay where he was,” said Wenger when asked about emerging star Mbappe.“Yes, he has similarities to Thierry Henry. First of all, he’s from the Caribbean as well and he has a huge talent.“He plays for Monaco and Thierry Henry played for Monaco. When I was in Monaco I could see with Thierry Henry similarities.“He’s a guy who’s electric like Thierry was, can dribble, can pass people and is efficient.“Guys with a super talent are ready at 18. Those who are not playing at 18, 19 don’t have that exceptional talent, and he does play over here [in France] at the top level.“But of course after that, what makes the career after is the mental aspect that Thierry had. This young boy has to show that he has similar qualities on the mental front that Thierry had.”Asked if Arsenal still retain an interest, Wenger added: “We follow him, we know him very well, he’s developing well.“He extended his contract last season with Monaco, so it’s Monaco who will decide about his future.”last_img read more

Britney is still longing for life on center stage

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Britney Spears, who is pregnant with her second child, says she’s not ready to retire from performing. “I can’t wait to do that again,” Spears, 24, tells Harper’s Bazaar in its August issue, on newsstands July 25. “But I really have to take my time and do it right and be safe. Actually … not that safe. When you perform, you have to be dangerous.” Spears, who darkened her hair and posed naked for the camera of lensman Alexi Lubomirski for the Bazaar photos, says her first pregnancy made her feel “paranoid” because she was new at everything. “This one, I was like, I just gotta wing it. It was weird for me at first because of who I am. I’m not supposed to be this huge pregnant superstar.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The four Champions League games played more frequently than Chelsea v Barcelona

first_img 5 5 5 3. Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid have played each other 14 times 2. Milan and Barcelona have played each other 15 times 5. Chelsea and Barcelona have played each other 12 times in the Champions League – Scroll through the gallery to see the games played more frequently 3. Juventus and Real Madrid have played each other 14 times 5 5 When Chelsea face Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, it will be the 13th time the two sides have met each other in the Champions League.This makes it the fifth most played fixture in the competition – overtaking Arsenal v Bayern Munich on 12 – since its rebranding from the much better European Cup. READ MORE: The night Ovrebo and Barcelona ended Chelsea’s Champions League dreamScroll through the gallery to see the four matches played more than this action-packed game.Ranking the best ever Chelsea v Barcelona goals 1. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have played each other 18 timeslast_img read more