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first_imgFormer Ireland international Denis Leamy believes the game’s current standing in the Premier is even more impressive when the competition from other sports is taken into account.The Cashel man is currently coaching Clonmel, who are top of the Munster Junior League Division 1 table.He’s impressed by the standards being reached by a number of clubs in Tipp.last_img

first_imgJordan Ayew scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season on Saturday, marking his best ever tally in the English top flight.Ayew found the net in the 28th minute of Crystal Palace’s crucial game against Watford.The goal came from Palace’s first shot on target and stemmed a good start from the visitors.It was a great goal from Ayew who, after finding some space on the edge of the Hornets’ penalty area, received a pass from James McArthur, and curled a brilliant finish into the top corner.It was Jordan’s second in the space of a week, having scored the winner for Palace last weekend against Brighton.With nine matches still to go for Palace, Jordan has equalled his best-ever goalscoring tally in the English top-flight and could finally surpass the tally.8 not outThe forward has scored seven goals in the Premier League twice before – for Aston Villa and for Swansea.He scored seven goals in his first season in the Premier League with Villa before netting once in the 2016-17 season while at Swansea.The next season he scored seven more for the Welsh club.He earned a loan move to Palace after Swansea went down to the Championship but endured a difficult goalscoring season, finding the net just once in 20 appearances.However, this season he has already scored nine times in 28 starts, including today’s strike.He has already scored home and away against both Arsenal and West Ham and at Old Trafford against Manchester United as well.Jordan Ayew’s career in the Premier League2015-16 – 30 appearances – 7 goals (Aston Villa)2016-17 – 14 appearances – 1 goal (Swansea)2017-18 – 36 appearances – 7 goals (Swansea)2018-19 – 20 appearances – 1 goal (Crystal Palace [loan])2019-20 – 28 appearances – 8 goals (Crystal Palace) – **current seasonGames Ayew has scored in this seasonMan United 1-2 Crystal PalaceAston Villa 0-1 Crystal PalaceWest Ham 1-2 Crystal PalaceArsenal 2-2 Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace 2-1 West HamCrystal Palace 1-1 ArsenalBrighton 0-1 Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace 1-0 WatfordAyew and Crystal Palace’s remaining Premier League gamesSaturday 14 March 2020 – vs Bournemouth (A)Saturday 21 March 2020 – vs Liverpool (A)Saturday 4 April 2020 – vs Burnley (H)Saturday 11 April 2020 – vs Leicester City (A)Saturday 18 April 2020 – vs Chelsea (H)Monday 27 April 2020 – vs Aston Villa (A)Saturday 2 May 2020 – vs Manchester United (H)Saturday 9 May 2020 – vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)Sunday 17 May 2020 – vs Tottenham Hotspur (H)last_img read more

first_imgRetired players of Asante Kotoko trounced their Hearts of Oak counterparts 3-1 in a friendly match at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.The game, which was used to raise funds for charity and also contribute towards the welfare of the retired players of both sides, saw Kotoko registering all their goals in the first half with Isaac Boakye hitting a brace in the 20th and 42nd minutes, whilst Godwin Ablorddey also found target in the 27th minute.Hearts, however pulled one back from Ayittey Dormon, who took on the Kotoko defence to slot home in the ninth minute.The second half of the game was drab, compared to that of the first half, as most of the players were visibly tired; reducing incursions by both sides for the needed goals, but in spite of this, the “oldies” dazzled the crowd with their dribbling skills.Other players who featured for Hearts included Emmanuel Armah “Senegal”, Sam “Foyoo” Johnson, Jacob Nettey, Ishmael Addo, Amankwaah Mireku, Yaw Preko, Joe Addo and Ablade Kumah.Kofi Abbrey, Prince Polley, Mohammed Odoom, Frimpong Manso, Odartey Lamptey, Isaac Kwakye, Isaac Boakye, Olli Rahman, Godwin Ablorddey, Gariba Ibrahim, Hamza Mohammed, among others, featured for Kotoko.last_img read more

first_imgIt would become fitting for Bryant, who has won five NBA championships and climbed to third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Yet, Bryant hardly sounded as nostalgic for one simple reason.“Win a championship and that ain’t happening,” Bryant said. “The dream’s done.”So, Bryant expressed indifference on how the game plays out. He simply wants to enjoy the atmosphere, play against a competitive team, and of course, win the game.“That is the greatest form of competition. That’s best thing you can have,” Bryant said. “A very physical one, competitive one, that’s what basketball should be. In terms of the game, I don’t know man. I’m really not going to think about it that much.”With the 37-year-old Bryant nursing soreness in his right shoulder for most of the season, however, Scott has mostly just worried about ensuring his star player appears in his last game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The moment has already played out in Byron Scott’s mind, and who could blame him?The Lakers’ coach has witnessed unwatchable games all season as his players labored through another season that will end without a playoff appearance for the third consecutive year. Scott also has embraced the farewell tour for Kobe Bryant, who bonded with Scott during his rookie season with the Lakers 20 years ago.So Scott outlined in exact detail how he hopes Bryant’s last game plays out against Utah at Staples Center on April 13. “The score is tied the last couple seconds of the game and it’s a patented fallaway,” Scott said before the Lakers hosted the Clippers on Wednesday in a designated home game at Staples Center. “Back you down, hit you a couple of times, turn around and hit you baseline and knocks it down for the game-winner. I would love for that to be the ending of the story.” center_img Scott plans to play Bryant around his season average of 28.3 minutes per game in upcoming road games in New Orleans (Friday), Houston (Sunday) and Oklahoma City (Monday). Then, Scott said he will increase Bryant’s workload in his career finale against the Jazz in the 30-minute range. “I hope he goes out playing one of the best games of the season,” Scott said. “I know that is his intention, to go out there playing as hard as he always does.” Expressing gratitudeThe moment usually called for Bryant to take the shot. Yet, with the Lakers leading only by three points with nearly a minute remaining in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Bryant decided otherwise.He passed the ball to Metta World Peace, who buried a deep 3-pointer and added to his legendary performance that ended with 20 points and five steals. Bryant called that play his most memorable moment in his 20-year NBA career.“It said so much about us as a team, about him as a person and how much he has evolved and how we supported each other,” Bryant said. “It wasn’t about the shot. It was the fact as brothers, he had the confidence and he understood he had the support to take that shot.”Make historyBack when his NBA seasons ended in championship parades, Bryant often found it intriguing if his team could play well enough to set the NBA record for most regular-season wins, a mark the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team has with a 72-10 mark. Hence, Bryant urged the Golden State Warriors (69-9) to consider the milestone a top priority as they try to defend their NBA championship.“Why do you have to go after one to give up the other? I don’t understand that,” Bryant said. “If I’m them and trying to set a record, I’m setting the damn record. I don’t care what anybody says. I don’t care how they feel about it or what they say about it. If they have a chance to do that, go do it and win a championship.”Different optionsIn an alternative universe, Bryant would not have become a beloved Laker for life. Instead, he would have become despised in certain segments of Los Angeles, while revered in others. That’s because Bryant considered the Clippers as a free agent in 2004. “They said they really wanted to turn things around and I believed them,” Bryant said. “The fact they were thinking of moving to Anaheim didn’t hurt either. But at the end of the day, Jerry Buss trumped it all.”It wound up becoming hard for Bryant to tell the Lakers’ late owner he would leave for one simple reason.Said Bryant: “When you sit down with Jerry, he looks you in the eye and he tells you what he’s going to do. You tend to believe him.”Trash talkEven as he weathered frustration over the NBA nixing the Chris Paul deal in 2011, Bryant had argued at the time Paul’s arrival with the Clippers could plant the seeds for a competitive rivalry.A playoff matchup never materialized. The Lakers lost in the Western Conference semifinals in 2012 to Oklahoma City. They fell in the first round to San Antonio in 2013. The Lakers then missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons.But had the Lakers and Clippers met earlier, how would that have turned out?“We would’ve swept them,” Bryant said. “The city would’ve been on fire. It would’ve been beautiful for basketball and great for the city. As players, we would have fed off of that and loved that. It would have been a nasty and physical series. Short one, though.”Providing supportInstead of “Lob City,” the Clippers should be called “Hug City.”Before Bryant even took centercourt, Clippers forward and former Celtics nemesis Paul Pierce hugged Bryant,“It’s crazy to think that he and I can sit there and converse and joke around with each other when we had such a professional hatred for each other for so many years,” Bryant said. “To watch him to continue to play the way he’s playing, it’s fun to watch, man. It’s really enjoyable.”Afterwards, both Paul and forward Blake Griffin hugged Bryant. Paul’s son also showed his affection for the Lakers’ star.“Chris and I have been close for a long time. For us, it’s just catching up. I’ve got a chance to see Lil’ Chris and we spent some time together over the All-Star break and had a chance to talk to him in the locker room,” Bryant said. “He came back and hung with my kids and my wife. He and I, it’s more of a friendship than anything else. And with Blake, it’s just saying, ‘Thank you for the years of inspiration and the stuff that he’s drawn from and continues to draw from.’ That’s the gist of the conversations.”last_img read more

first_imgBryce Harper’s deal with the Phillies will be for 13 years and $330M, league sources tell ESPN. It will not include any opt-outs.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 28, 2019Bryce Harper’s deal with the Philadelphia Phillies will be for $330 million, a new record for overall dollars, topping the $325 million of Giancarlo Stanton, league sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 28, 2019The Phillies announced the deal on Friday.We got him. pic.twitter.com/VdoH54Hg5F— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 2, 2019The agreement ends months of speculation about Harper’s future. According to Yahoo Sports, at least a dozen teams had met or planned to meet with the slugging outfielder. The 26-year-old Harper reportedly met wtih the Phillies, Giants, White Sox, Yankees, Dodgers and Padres.The Nationals were also interested in retaining their longtime star, although Harper had reportedly rejected a 10-year, $300 million offer from Washington at the end of the 2018 season. The Nats reportedly offered “much more” than that more recently, according to The Athletic.The Harper news comes nearly two weeks after the Padres and infielder Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal, the largest contract in the history of American sports in terms of average annual value.  Bryce Harper has signed with the Phillies, ending a long-running drama over which MLB team would land the young superstar. Multiple outlets reported the deal is worth $330 million over 13 years and does not include any opt-outs — at Harper’s request. He also gets a no-trade clause.  According to multiple reports, Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, were believed to be seeking a deal in the $400 million range, although as the 2019 season approached observers believed he would not get anywhere near that amount.”Because the player is entering the prime of his career you’re really talking about a unique and rare opportunity,” Boras told reporters in November. “Anyone who’s done what Bryce Harper has done at 25, if you’ve done that, you’re almost a lock to be a Hall of Fame player.”The 2015 National League MVP, who turned 26 in October, hit 34 home runs, with a .889 OPS and career-high 100 RBIs in his seventh season with the Nationals.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I just always play that in my ear anytime I got an opportunity to take the last shot,” he said. “I just lock everything out and it’s like I’m out there by myself.”It may be like he’s out there alone when he takes the shot; afterward, it’s anything but. In the two scrimmages so far, the Lakers bench has taken to shouting out “SAY CHEEEESE” as Waiters lets it fly, one of the most memorable sounds now more audible than ever in the NBA’s TV-friendly set-up.While “Philly Cheese” may not flatter as a nickname, Waiters (a Philadelphia native) embraces it. It started as a joke between him and Heat teammate Hassan Whiteside, and it’s been adapted by the Lakers, who signed him in March prior to the four-month hiatus. Since the team has been practicing at the Disney campus, Danny Green began the trend that is now a running soundtrack to every Waiters heave.The 28-year-old guard couldn’t seem to stop smiling as he talked about it.“Here, it’s like it’s different, man,” he said. “It’s a vibe. Everybody’s just positive. We got our own slang and things like that going on. … It makes you feel good though. You’re excited.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers When Waiters checked in for the first time, James was subbing out. As they passed, he told Waiters: “You got it, Dion.” That’s been what Waiters feels like the entire Lakers group has told him since he arrived.“When you’re young, you’re still trying to find yourself coming into the league,” he said. “I think Bron was trying to help me with that, but I was so stubborn back then. But, I understand now. I’m 28. I’ve done been through a lot. I’m at peace with myself. I’m good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Waiters’ career has had plenty of wild swings, but the past year has been a pretty thorough downturn: off-court incidents and injury derailed his tenure with Miami, which traded him to Memphis where he was unceremoniously waived in February.Just when Waiters was picked up off the shelf by the Lakers and hoping to play again for a contender … the coronavirus pandemic hit. It’s given him a sense of gratitude that he can play at all now.“At this point in my life, I just want to play basketball, take care of my family and enjoy it,” he said. “You just never know. As you can see now, we’re living in a movie with everything that’s going on. Who would have thought we’d be talking like this (over Zoom)?”The Lakers need Waiters as much as ever. With Rajon Rondo out, the coaching staff envisions him as a potential off-the-dribble scoring threat. Though he’s been hot and cold in his career, the one thing Waiters can do most of the time is score: He punched in 12 points in 20 minutes, going 5 for 9.“He just gives us a different dynamic,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We have catch-and-shoot shooters, plenty of them. But what he’s able to do – handle the ball, pick and rolls, playmaking, making big shots like he did tonight – we’re excited about that as well.”Hearing that chemistry is so good with Waiters and the Lakers might seem surprising given his tenuous history as LeBron James’ teammate. Waiters was traded 33 games into James’ first season back in Cleveland in the 2014-15 season, at least in part because he didn’t jell with the remade group. Sharing was a problem for Waiters, heaving up shots when James, Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love was open.But Waiters says he’s grown in the six years since. While he’s retained much of what makes him one of the NBA’s more colorful characters – including his affinity for his Philly Cheese moniker – becoming a parent and going through a few teams has taught him what James was trying to do when he started trying to take Waiters under his wing.Related Articles LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Ever since the invention of the shot clock, hoops players in streets and gyms and parks everywhere have done their own game-winning play-by-play to this soundtrack: “Five, four, three, two, one.”Dion Waiters has chased that feeling his whole life. In his head, he says, that clock is always ticking down.So it made sense then, that in just two nights in a Lakers uniform, Waiters has been a go-to guy as quarters end. After making a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the first scrimmage against Dallas on Thursday, Waiters was back at it Saturday, knocking down a pair of buckets in the final minute of a 119-112 win at HP Field House, in an arena devoid of fans.Waiters loves crowds, he said, and he loves to draw energy from them. But even when they’re not there, he thinks of the countdown.last_img read more

first_imgThe Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) says it does not owe Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) any money, nor does Red Stripe or any other sponsor. In a release yesterday, the PLCA slammed what it described as half-truths and outright lies stated publicly by MBUFC’s representatives. “PLCA wishes to inform all interested parties that Red Stripe has no contractual relationship with or responsibility to MBUFC. Similarly, MBUFC, of its own accord, wishes and desires, was not a member of PLCA from August 12, 2016 until March 31, 2017. PLCA’s board of directors voted to accept the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) recommendation that MBUFC be readmitted as of April 1, 2017,” the release said. The PLCA added that “the incomes and other benefits obtained by it through hard work and much sacrifice are primarily for the benefit of its members and towards financing administration of the league. It is not available purely on the basis of participation in the league.” MBUFC has been at the centre of a football dispute in recent days. Last Thursday, Red Stripe, the title sponsor of the Premier League, said it would end broadcast coverage of the league until ongoing issues are completely resolved. President of MBUFC Orville Powell, in his response last weekend, said money owed to his club is yet to be paid. “The league and sponsor have not responded to us about money owed since last year. It seems we don’t have any value,” Powell said.last_img read more

first_imgHaving challenged the eligibility of several candidates of the ruling Unity Party (UP), to contest the pending special senatorial elections, Sinoe County, District #3 Representative Matthew Zarzar has been heavily criticized by executives of the party.Rep. Zarzar, a UP executive, wrote a complaint against presidential appointed officials that won their primaries and were  qualified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to contest the special senatorial elections.In his complaint, the Sinoe Lawmaker claimed that the officials continue to perform their executive functions in contravention of part five of the 2014 Code of Conduct Act.He said it was wrong  for presidential appointees who were elected by their parties to contest the elections to continue performing their executive functions.Besides, he said, the National Elections Commission should furnish him with the full names of all public officials who are in that category. However, an executive of the party, who addressed journalists on Tuesday, September 2, described the lawmaker’s action as “disappointing and an act of complete dishonesty.”Atty. Miller Catakaw  said, they were shocked and disappointed by the manner in which their executive was going about challenging his own members, who are senatorial candidates of the party. “Why would the party executive challenged his colleagues?” Atty. Catakwa wondered.He went to say; “It was the party that made him a representative; we all rallied around him, to get him to where he is.   How would he fight others and the party’s decision.”According to the lawyer, Zarzar’s complaint to the NEC  has been dismissed.“NEC said that the complaint lacked substance, because he filed it after the constitutional period provided for an individual to challenge the candidacy of an aspirant,” Atty. Catakwa asserted, quoting NEC’s ruling.“His action has brought the party into  public ridicule. He benefited from the party and does not want other executives to enjoy similar opportunity,” the UP lawyer emphasized. “Rep. Zarzar is enjoying [benefits] from the party and is now trying to undermine the efforts  of other executives.” The lawyer added,  “We are surprised by  the UP executive’s action. He benefited from the arrangement of the party and now he is fighting other partisans from enjoying similar [gestures].”Lamenting the behavior of Rep. Zarzar at the time the nation is fighting against the deadly Ebola virus, Atty. Catakwa said, “Instead of worrying about measures to defeat the Ebola virus that is killing our people, he is going about fighting his own partisans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgEuropean Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, has co-signed new regional funding for cooperation with representatives of regional organisations from West Africa up to the year 2020. The Regional Indicative Programme under the 11th European Development Fund amounts to a total of €1.15 billion, an EU release has said.Commissioner Mimica commented: “Regional integration in West Africa is already bearing impressive fruits and today’s signing is the ambitious starting point for preparing new, concrete projects that will benefit the region and its countries. Having almost doubled our support from the last programming period, we will work with a wide range of partners to tackle the challenges that remain in West Africa, such as peace and security, economic integration and trade, as well as sustainable development.”The West Africa Regional Indicative Programme was co-signed by President Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and President Cheikhe Hadjibou Soumaré of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).The Programme focuses on three areas of cooperation:Peace, security and regional Stability including support to ECOWAS in its regional peace and security mandate and funding for peace and security initiatives, including migration.It also focuses on regional economic integration and trade, to strengthen trade, the private sector and regional integration and support infrastructure.Sustainable Development of natural resources and biodiversity which cover support to resilience, food security and nutrition as well as environmental protection, biodiversity and climate change are the other areas of cooperation.The European Development Fund (EDF) is the main instrument for EU aid for development cooperation with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries (ACP). It is funded with contributions from the EU Member States. Regional Indicative Programmes represent an important step in the programming of EU aid under the EDF, complementing the National Indicative Programmes concluded with national governments of ACP states. Preparations are done in close cooperation with the regional organisations so as to ensure that the programmes support their priorities where the EU has a value added.16 Countries benefit from the EU-West Africa Regional Indicative programme. They include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana and Guinea. The others are Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.The 10th EDF Regional Indicative Programme (2008-2013) for West Africa had a budget of €595 million.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratThe A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Councillor, Ron Persaud, wrote to the Mayor and City Councillors of the City of Georgetown seeking permission to set up a used oil refinery within the confines of the City. Mayor Patricia Chase Green read the letter at Wednesday’s Statutory Meeting.“I would like to inform you of setting up a mini used oil refinery. This can produce hydraulic lubricant of 10 barrels per day so we can recycle used oil in the city. I discussed this in part with the Solid Waste Director, Mr Walter Narine, and I would like to, now, formally begin the process,” the letter stated.“There is a facility like this in Tobago just commissioned. We should also be able to get funding through the Low Carbon Development Strategy or Norwegian Region Funds among others. There are also two ways of getting between $100-500 million in revenue by getting central government to implement a used oil disposal fee. The finished product can bring in between $35-50 million as a revenue base per year,” the letter added.Persaud is the representative for Constituency Seven which comprises Bourda-Stabroek Central-Lacytown.Automotive oil recycling involves the recycling of used oils and the creation of new products from the recycled oils, and includes the recycling of motor oil and hydraulic oil. Oil recycling also aids in the preservation of the environment by lessening the likelihood of used oil being dumped on land and in waterways.Used oil re-refining is the process of restoring used oil to new oil by removing chemical impurities, heavy metals and dirt. The used oil is first tested to determine suitability for re-refining, after which it is dehydrated and the water distillate is treated before being released into the environment. Dehydrating also removes the residual light fuel that can be used to power the refinery, and additionally captures ethylene glycol for re-use in recycled antifreeze.last_img read more