“But I don’t see him leaving Tottenham, it’s an expensive deal and we’re looking at a couple of loans. “If we can find them we’ll do them but we need to get them over the line and at the moment we’re not close to anybody. “The chairman is trying for his life and Les Ferdinand is working on that side of it as well, but it’s not easy.” Rangers will train at England’s Burton training base at St George’s Park on Friday as they look to end a miserable run of results away from home against Stoke. Reknapp’s side have lost all 10 of their league games on road this season. “It shouldn’t be a psychological factor,” Redknapp said. “They’re passionate fans at Stoke and it’s a difficult place to go but we have to go away and pick up some points. It needs to start sooner than later. “We’ve done little bits in training but it’s about players. You can change what you eat for dinner, whether you go on the coach or the train, but it’s about players and how they perform.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp admits the club sold Jordon Mutch to raise money for permanent signings but claims Rangers are not close to striking any deals before the end of the transfer window. “We had an offer for him and it was a money back type of deal,” Redknapp said. “He’s a good lad and I liked him a lot but he hadn’t really got up and running here. “There’s plenty of potential in him but we’re looking to get one or two in so we had to try to raise some money if we could. “We’re just struggling to bring anyone in, that’s the problem.” Redknapp ruled out signing a number of players reportedly linked with the club, including Yann M’Vila, Rudy Gestede, Aaron Lennon, Dani Osvaldo, Bakary Sako and Emmanuel Adebayor. Rangers had made an enquiry for Sako but made no progress while Redknapp said any deal for Adebayor would be too expensive. “He’s at Tottenham and I don’t see it happening,” Redknapp said. “Adebayor is an excellent player. You don’t play at Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Tottenham if you’re not a good player. Press Association Mutch joined Crystal Palace on Thursday for a fee believed to be around £4.75million, having made only 11 appearances since moving to Loftus Road last summer. Rangers had been looking primarily at loan deals but the Mutch transfer means Redknapp may be able to spend before the January transfer window shuts on Monday night.
– Essequibo need 38 runs for victory, with five wickets in hand.A composed century from former national youth player Brain Sattaur powered the East Coast franchise to a commanding position over West Berbice at stumps on day two of the fourth fixture in the Jaguars Franchise League three-day cricket tournament yesterday atRicardo Adamsthe Bush Lot ground.Sattaur, the left-handed opener smashed an enterprising 105, as East Coast were bowled out just before the close for 321, an overall lead of 277 runs.West Berbice closed on 27 without loss after 10 overs, still needing a further 251 for victory.Displaying his wide array of strokes, the left-handed Sattaur batted with good composure in an innings which spanned 179 balls, inclusive 12 fours and four sixes. Sattaur received support from National middle-order batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj, who made an attractive 78.Meanwhile, at the start of the day’s play, the hosts after resuming from an overnight position of 179-9, extended their first innings total to 187 before fast bowler Cordel Mars, who finished with figures of 2-34, wrapped up the home side’s innings when he bowled Keon Joseph for 37.Fellow fast bowler Royston Simon (4-48), Rodulph Singh (3-24) and Bhaskar Yadram (1-34), were the other bowlers who have created the problems during the latter part of day one.With a first innings deficit of 44 runs, the visitors openers Rajendra Chandrika and Brain Sattuar added 26 for the first-wicket before a breakdown in communication between the pair, saw the Test opener run out for 16.Chanderpaul HemrajThe young Yadram then joined Sattaur, and hit four fours in a breezy 27-ball 28 before he was removed by pacer Steven Harris at 64-2, but thereafter the visitors were able to build on a substantial amount of momentum through the Sattaur-Hemraj association.While Sattaur was a little tentative at the beginning of the innings, the left-handed Hemraj quickly settled down, and was quite confident from the onset.On a pitch that had little during that period, the duo didn’t face any difficulty as the partnership progressed, and by lunch the visitors were 124-2, with Hemraj remained undefeated on a well-crafted 42 while Sattaur was on 30.Upon resumption the pair displayed even more purpose, and brought up their respective fifties in their partnership 121 for the third-wicket before Hemraj was removed by Harris. His innings spanned 83 balls, with six fours and four sixes.His dismissal triggered the quick removal of Joshua Persaud (1) and Kamesh Yadram (17). Persaud was Harris’s third victim while left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie claimed the wicket of Yadram.However, the left-handed Sattaur was unperturbed at the other end, and was unbeaten on 94 at the tea break in company with Ramnarine Chatura on four.He brought up his hundred immediately after, but thereafter Motie and Andrew Dutchin engineer a batting collapse.Only Ameer Khan (46), of the remaining batsmen could provide some sort of determination with the bat.Motie finished with figures of 4-91, while Dutchin had 2-47 to complement Harris, who ended, with 3-76.Meanwhile, at Young Warriors; East Bank were bowled out for 139, replying to Lower Corentyne’s first innings total of 148. Batting a second time Lower Corentyne closed the day on 43-5. Nial Smith has so far taken all five wickets.At Port Mourant; Upper Corentyne resuming on 267-7 were bowled out 317. In Reply West Demerara were bowled out for 133. With a first innings lead of 184, Upper Corentyne have decided to enforce the follow-on. West Demerara batting a second time reached 59-1. Tagenarine Chanderpaul in unbeaten on 20, with Akshaya Persaud on 33.At Tuschen; Georgetown resumed on 13-0, were bowled out for 245, with Leon Johnson 91 and Christopher Barnwell 48. Ricardo Adams and Akeeni Adams took three wickets apiece while Keemo Paul picked up two wickets.Set 193 to win, Essequibo reached 155-5, with Ricardo Adams on 95 and Mark Williams on 34. Barnwell has so far taken 4-37. Essequibo needed a further 38 runs for victory, with five wickets in hand.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm Contact David: email@example.com | @DBWilson2 Syracuse’s freshman class has stood out over its first three games of the 2012 season.Cornelia Fondren, Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes have started every game for SU this season and have had no trouble adjusting to Division-I basketball.“Each minute, each game I feel more comfortable playing,” Butler said. “And it feels like regular games—almost like high school kind of.”The Orange (4-0) freshmen face perhaps their toughest test of the season this weekend—a 27-hour whirlwind in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout. SU opens up with Georgia Tech (2-1) Friday at noon and tips off just 26-and-a-half hours later against Virginia (3-0) Saturday at 2:30 p.m.Syracuse passed its first supposed tough test with flying colors, dismantling a St. Joseph’s team that received three votes in the most recent AP poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Yellow Jackets and Cavaliers should prove to be tougher competition. Both teams are perennial tournament teams from an ultra-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. Plus, the Orange doesn’t have the luxury of four days to prepare as it did for the Hawks.Syracuse spent Wednesday traveling to Puerto Rico. It had a chance to practice at Mario Morales Coliseum on Thursday morning, but even that day was cut short by Thanksgiving.Not only will the freshmen face their fiercest competition yet, but they also face the most unique conditions any of them have ever had to deal with.The difference for SU this year was expected to be the freshman class. The No. 6 class in the country was the best the school ever had, and it was supposed to get Syracuse over the hump and back to the NCAA tournament, perhaps even giving the program its first-ever tournament victory.Through three games, Fondren, Butler and Sykes have more than proven themselves.Sykes has led the freshmen with 7.3 points per game. Butler has averaged six points per game this year as well, but she has shot 6-for-16 from beyond the arc. Fondren has chipped in with three points per game.“It’s a huge help, and it’s a huge motivator,” senior guard Elashier Hall said. “When they come in and they hit big shots it gets the team going, especially on defense and defense translates to our offense.”But it’s not just the shooting that’s seen improvement thanks to the freshmen. Adding depth alone has allowed the Orange to more effectively get out in transition, but it also helps to add some of the best athletes the program has seen.“It’s the weapons that we have,” senior center Kayla Alexander said. “Especially the freshmen who came in. They came in, they contribute, they start, they get up and down the court, they play good defense; it’s a big difference.”The two-day stretch the San Juan Shootout provides is a unique proposition for a trio of rookies contributing heavily early. But despite the results – four blowouts – the freshmen have been tested.After an easy opener at home against Farleigh Dickinson, a trip to Maine provided a grueling road environment. Since then, SU hasn’t played a home game and won’t return to the Carrier Dome until Dec. 4.With the role they’re expected to play all season, another challenge will prove just how close Syracuse is to the goals it came into the season with tied with the arrival of the freshmen.“It’s everything,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We need their contributions, we need their depth on the court. So we need to do everything we can to keep them on the court.” Comments
While in the men’s canoe singles, Andrzej Jezierski flies the flag for Ireland – he goes down-stream from 10.40.In the 200 metres of the women’s kayak, Jennifer Egan is in heat 3 and the first of the Irish in action today.That takes place at 10am.In gymnastics, the Irish contingent of Kieran Behan, Daniel Fox and Rohan Sebastian contiue their artistic qualification round.Behan performed the best of that bunch on the first day of the event – he’s spent the night in 18th place.Meanwhile, it’s also day 2 in the women’s contest – Tara Donnelly, Nicole Mawhinney and Éilis O’Reilly flying the flag there. After getting knocked out of the 1000 metre competition yesterday, Peter Egan & Simas Dobrovolskis take to the water again today in the 200 metres Kayak double.They’re in action from 10.25.In the singles’ version of the event, Tom Brennan is in heats action from 11.05.
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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The American Legion raises the flag at every Wellington High School football game.But the flag pole is in very bad condition. The Wellington American Legion has started a fund at the Impact Bank for a new flag pole. Any contribution to this fund will be greatly appreciated.If you wish to donate to this fund all you have to do is go to the bank and tell them to put the money in the football flagpole fund. There are two classes at theÂ WHS that are raising funds for the same flag pole fund.“We are wanting to get theÂ new flag pole up before next season,” said David Carroll, Wellington American Legion Adjutant. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Penprakhai Tiangngok, a 34 year old IFBB Pro athlete from Thailand, competed in a field of 18 pro women’s physique athletes in Phoenix, Arizona on Sept. 10 and came out on top against the tough competition.Penprakhai Tiangngok shows the form that won her first place in the IFBB Pro Women’s fitness event held in Phoenix, Arizona on Sept. 10.Penprakhai, who was the sole Thai competitor in the event, trains under the tutelage of 3 times Ms. Olympia winner Juliette Bergmann, who with her husband Jim Lensveld owns and operates the Better Bodies Gym (www.betterbodies.asia) located in Na Jomtien, near Pattaya where Penprakhai prepared for the contest.With her first place victory, Penprakhai now qualifies to compete in the 2017 Ms. Olympia Women’s Physique tournament in Las Vegas.
Statistics leave no doubt. Eibar has visited Camp Nou 5 times and has suffered as many defeats, with only 4 goals in favor, and 19 against. In addition, the ‘nightmare’ not only occurs when you visit the culé fief, but extends to Ipurua. And it is that the eibarreses have not yet won against Barcelona in the First Division, and they only managed to tie in a Gipuzkoan feud in the last match (2-2) of last season (2018-2019) when those trained by Ernesto Valverde were already league champions .“It will be a tremendously difficult game, but we must do our job and give everything, be ourselves. We will see what happens, because the illusion and the dream can not be taken away from us”, the Serbian goalkeeper warned. “Camp Nou is the worst course in the world for the game of Eibar”, Marko Dmitrovic, goalkeeper of the Gipuzkoan team, admitted on Wednesday. The style of the team trained by José Luis Mendilibar, with pressure up and advanced defense, which leaves spaces behind, until now has always been taken advantage of by the squad led by Leo Messi. The eibarreses must suffer before the second classified in the league, a fearsome Barcelona in his fief, where he has not yet lost. “We know that for our style it is a ‘bad’ field to play. But it is a joy to compete against some of the best soccer players in the world. You have to suffer and fight to try to get something positive. “ The Eibar of Mendilibar has always acted with courage in the fief Blaugrana. The same will happen again on Saturday. “We do not know how to play backwards. We are not going to change anything. At the Camp Nou it is difficult to score, because we are going to face one of the best rivals, Barcelona, and in such a large and wide field, in which they get out of the pressure very easily. The key will be to press well together, play with great intensity. Eibar players must prepare their lungs to compete for more than 90 minutes, “Dmitrovic said.“From the first minute you have to press well, be compact, and take advantage of the minimum chances that we will have. In addition, we must try to avoid individual errors that are penalizing us in the last days,” said the doorman. He referred to the last duel played with defeat against Alavés (2-1) in Vitoria.Last week he could not play Eibar when the duel against the Royal Society in Ipurua was suspended due to air pollution due to a fire from a landfill in Zaldibar (Bizkaia). “Due to bad circumstances, the Sunday derby was suspended. It has been a rare week, but we are looking forward to Saturday’s game.” stressed.A few weeks ago Quique Setién arrived on the bench in Barcelona to replace the late Ernesto Valverde, who was the leader, although tied for points with Real Madrid. Now, the Catalans are second, to a point of Madrid. “When a new coach arrives you need time to catch their ideas, strategies and different movements. Maybe now they do not dominate as much as in the first round, but surely in a couple of weeks they will be playing as their coach wants,” he ventured.Eibar-Real Sociedad TicketsThe Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation confirmed Wednesday the new date of the Eibar-Real Sociedad postponed last Sunday, which will be held on Tuesday, March 10 in Ipurua from 20 hours.Tickets purchased are valid for the new date. But fans who cannot go to the duel between the two Guipuzcoan First Division teams, have until Friday, February 28 to request the Eibarrés club to return the money paid by their locations.
The Aces started the game on a 10-2 run as they shot 51 percent from the field in the first half to establish a 30-point advantage.Jarrid Famous anchored Blackwater’s rally in the third quarter, outscoring Alaska, 27-12, and almost doubling their first half production.The Elite even got to within seven after a triple from Dave Marcelo at the 11:53 mark of the final quarter, before Alaska rode the hot hands of Manuel to get the win.“They took it to us, they were awesome in the third quarter. They deserved to come back,” said Compton of the opposition. “That was great heart for them, for a team that is struggling. But I got two words that changed the fourth quarter and that’s Calvin Abueva.”Famous wound up with 27 points, 21 rebounds, and three blocks while JP Erram got a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds but could not avert Blackwater from falling to 0-3.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska overcame a shaky third quarter to wallop Blackwater, 93-74, for its first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Vic Manuel dropped 15 of his 27 points in the payoff period as the Aces denied the Elite’s rally that cut a 30-point lead, 49-19, to seven, 66-59, early in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Antonio Campbell also poured in 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for Alaska to erase the memory of Friday’s heartbreaking 103-109 defeat to Rain or Shine.Calvin Abueva also came up big despite having a 0-of-10 shooting clip. Abueva made his presence felt in different areas, finishing with 10 boards, six assists, two steals, and two blocks on top of his three points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Calvin Abueva gave us the fire,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton. “I can’t describe it. He played just like exactly what we’re looking for. He helped us on the rebounds, he got the loose ball, and he got a lot of shots for his teammates.”“I told Calvin, you helped us basically win this game especially that part of the fourth quarter. He made so many extra unselfish plays that as coaches we love. If he plays like that, I’m confident we have a chance against the really talented, stronger teams. He was awesome and I think it rubbed off on everybody in the fourth quarter.” ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Japan Sumo Association to consider opinions on female ban MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The scores:ALASKA 93 — Manuel 27, Campbell 23, Enciso 7, Exciminiano 7, Magat 6, Racal 5, Teng 5, Baclao 4, Abueva 3, Banchero 2, Casio 2, Thoss 2, Galliguez 0.BLACKWATER 74 — Famous 27, Erram 11, DiGregorio 9, Sumang 9, Belo 5, Marcelo 4, Sena 4, Banal 2, Maliksi 2, Jose 1, Cruz 0, Palma 0, Pinto 0.Quarters: 27-11, 54-29, 66-56, 93-74.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
View comments But coach Norman Black put the win in perspective, reminding everyone that all they did was force the Fuel Masters to cash in on their twice-to-beat advantage.“It’s just one game,” said Black. “We need to win two. That’s why [Phoenix] worked hard to get that twice-to-beat advantage; we need to win one more to advance to the semifinals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe two teams will play sudden death on Friday.The Bolts, finalists in the last two editions of this tournament—losing in both instances to Barangay Ginebra—looked like it had finally run out of gas in the season-ending conference. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal That may be an understatement.The Bolts doubled their first-half output in the third quarter alone, seizing a 66-55 lead that seemed to have left the Fuel Masters stumped.That, and with Meralco’s defense regaining its bite, allowed the Bolts to grab control the rest of the way.“I’ll say it over and over again,” Black said. “Tonight it was about our defense. In the first half, we struggled because Phoenix is a very good defensive team. We just made a few adjustments and tried to take away their help defense and it worked for us.”So good was Meralco’s defense that according to PBA statistics chief Fidel Mangonon III, Phoenix matched its lowest output in a game under coach Louie Alas, tying the 72 points it scored in a loss to TNT in the 2018 Philippine Cup.Durham finished with 26 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Chris Newsome added 16 points and three boards while Baser Amer chipped in 14 points and six assists. Durham engineered a big third quarter run that gave the Bolts a 60-45 edge.Eugene Phelps led Phoenix with 27 points 17 rebounds, while Calvin Abueva chipped in 18 and 12 boards before fouling out with late in the game.The winner of this quarterfinal showdown will face the winner of the Alaska-San Miguel Beer duel that was being played at press time. —INQUIRER SPORTS Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown PBA IMAGESFrom winning just one game in their first seven outings, the Meralco Bolts are now within one win of making the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, skating on the wheels of a five-game winning streak.The Bolts lived another day, coming out strong in the second half to turn back Phoenix Petroleum, 90-74, Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT After a win to open its campaign, Meralco lost six straight, needing every bit of that five-game winning run to get to within sniffing distance of a semifinal berth. Making that run even more remarkable is that all those five wins were do-or-die games for the Bolts.Buried to a 1-6 record following a six-game slide, Meralco has now won five straight and is on the verge of making another semis trip in the Governors’ Cup.Phoenix was actually ahead after a defensive struggle in the first half but the Bolts came out firing in the third period, scoring 33 points to turn the game in their favor.And it looked like Meralco would sputter in this one, falling prey to Phoenix’s defense and struggling to get any rhythm in the first half.“Their defense on (Allen) Durham in the first half was really good,” admitted Black. “But we stepped up in the second half and our shots started falling.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lack of bigs catches up with UST in crucial loss to Adamson Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title