Cortese hits out at spending controls

first_imgSouthampton’s executive chairman Nicola Cortese has criticised the Premier League’s decision to impose wage and spending controls on member clubs. Southampton were one of six top-flight clubs that voted against the spending controls, which were agreed by the narrowest majority at a Premier League chairmen’s meeting last month, but Cortese is the first chairman to speak out publicly against them. The regulations will restrict the amount of losses clubs can make to £105million over three years, and clubs whose total wage bill is more than £52million will only be allowed to increase their wages by £4million per season for the next three years. Clubs will face a points deduction if they breach the new controls. The Premier League chairmen will be presented with the detailed spending control plans at a meeting in mid-April. Saints have reported a £0.9million profit for the last six months of 2012, helped by the increased income of being promoted to the top flight. That result, and a wage bill that is 59% of turnover, would see Southampton comfortably comply with the new financial regulations, but Italian banker Cortese insists owners should be allowed to run their clubs as they wish. He said: “Our results also demonstrate we are already operating within the spirit of likely new Premier League financial regulations in respect of average profits and losses over three years. We believe very strongly that each club should continue to be permitted to run their business – including their pay rolls – as they see fit. This is fundamental to the future integrity of football.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mourinho wants Cech to stay

first_img Cech’s days as Chelsea’s first-choice stopper appear to be numbered. The 32-year-old, who has been Chelsea number one for 10 years, had to settle for a place on the bench on Monday night as Mourinho opted to field Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the first match of the season against Burnley. Mourinho confirmed Courtois would keep his place in the team after an impressive performance in the 3-1 win, which came courtesy of goals from Andre Schurrle, Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic. But the Chelsea boss insisted Cech is capable of winning the jersey back if he stays at the club. “Yes, I want to keep (him),” Mourinho said. “The club wants to keep him and hopefully he stays. “Courtois was my first choice today and he played good enough to be my first choice in the next game. “He is not my first choice for the rest of the season. “When you have a top professional working hard like Petr, if you don’t perform you are in trouble.” Paris St Germain and Monaco are said to be two of the parties interested in Cech’s signature. Jose Mourinho hopes Petr Cech will stay at Chelsea despite his demotion to second-choice goalkeeper. Press Association Mourinho admitted he has a hard task on his hands keeping Cech happy, but he thinks the goalkeeper will not give up without a fight. “No player is happy when he is not playing every game,” he said. “But I know Petr for 10 years, I know he will not relax, he will not sit in a chair and say ‘I have no chance’. He will be exactly the opposite. I am expecting him Wednesday to go to the training ground and fight.” When it was put to him that Cech could request to leave, Mourinho said: “He didn’t ask and I hope he doesn’t ask.” last_img read more

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Guyana Beverages Inc. partners with Archery Guyana

first_imgHYDRATION was the talk of the morning of Tuesday 30th July, 2019, at the Press Conference at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue. Secretary-General of Archery Guyana, Mrs. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon, noted that for Archery and any sport overall, hydration is very importantIn this regard, she expressed pleasure at the fact that Archery Guyana will be entering into a partnership with Guyana Beverages Inc of Plot 4A Area AA1 Plantation Great Diamond, East Bank Demerara, whereby Guyana Beverages Inc. will be sponsoring water products for Archery Guyana.Brand Manager of Guyana Beverages Inc., Mr. Raymond Govinda, indicated that Archery is one of the sports his Company wanted to get involved with and support over the years and that he was happy to make this collaboration.Head Coach Mr. Nicholas Hing, who was present at the briefing, reiterated the need for hydration and proceeded to tell the media more about an upcoming proposed 2-day Indoor Archery Competition. Details will be shared shortly on this.Thanks are expressed to General Manager, Mr. Samuel Arjoon and the Management of Guyana Beverages Inc. for focusing on sports development and for seeking to make Oasis the official water of Archery Guyana.Mr. Govinda ended the presentation ceremony with a powerful charge: “Support brands that support sports!”More information on Archery Guyana can be found on its website www.ArcheryGuyana.org.last_img read more

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Syracuse loses 34-24 in pursuit of No. 8 LSU

first_img Published on September 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Julian Whigham lay flat on his stomach one play and then flat-footed on the next. Following both, the senior cornerback walked away, refusing to watch Louisiana State celebrate its nail-in-the-coffin play at his and the rest of the Syracuse defense’s expense.The Orange clawed its way back time and again on Saturday. Syracuse responded to LSU scores four times — never enough to complete the comeback, but to give hope to a game that could have easily lost it.But when Whigham first got burned a step behind Travin Dural for a 51-yard reception on a third-and-9 play, then followed it up by getting beat on an 11-yard fade throw into the end zone — there was no answer from Syracuse.“We’re never happy when we lose,” defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said. “We never can accept losing. We had chances, we believe, to win the game.“Everybody’s disappointed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s effort on Saturday fit the standard of a moral victory. Players and coaches spoke highly of how their team played. A loss that stings and inspires hope at the same time. The Orange’s defense kept SU in the game in the first 30 minutes, holding LSU to seven points and seven first downs. SU’s offense took over duty in the latter half of the game, with Zack Mahoney tossing three touchdowns.But time ran out for Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) to complete the comeback, as the final blow was too large to sustain in a 34-24 loss to No. 8 LSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.   “Talking to the guys in the locker room after the final whistle, we were just talking about how small a margin of victory really is,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “… Throughout the course of the game, a few plays over the course of the game, maybe three or four that went a different way … things could have went differently.”The first of those bad breaks came as defensive end Ron Thompson wrapped up LSU quarterback Brandon Harris. Thompson had a clean look to bring him down, but was clinging to his feet as Harris pitched the ball to running back Leonard Fournette.The man SU head coach Scott Shafer called the best running back he’s faced in his 26 years turned what looked to be a 5-yard loss into a 50-yard gain. Shafer said he didn’t want to call it lucky, “but it was.”In the second half, LSU seemingly broke open a 7-3 score, appearing to put away a competitive SU team with 10 points in the first half of the third quarter. Riley Dixon’s booming punt went so far that the punt coverage left a gaping hole for Tre’Davious White to run 69 yards untouched to make it 17-3.“I saw a lot of green grass,” White said. “It was big. It was something our team definitely built on.”The play was a momentum shifter, but not the death sentence it could have been. Syracuse put together its most fluid drive of the game in just three plays. Mahoney, who had tested the offense with short and wide throws — and the SU defense, in turn, with little time to rest — threw a pass right into the outstretched arms of receiver Brisly Estime, who needed only one more step to cross the plane of the end zone and slice the Tigers lead in half.The game went back and forth again. Fournette broke free for a 62-yard touchdown run that left Chauncey Scissum and Wayne Morgan chasing his tail as he sprinted in for the score, only slowing up on his very last step. Then a rejuvenated Mahoney led a two-minute, 40-second touchdown drive that concluded in the hands of Ben Lewis to make it 24-17.Syracuse had answers, but not enough. On the drive following Whigham’s defensive lapses, Mahoney threw a ball that was tipped in the air and caught by diving Tigers linebacker Deion Jones.Last season when Syracuse was eliminated from bowl contention, Shafer pounded his fist on the podium so hard that it broke. After Saturday’s loss, he smacked his stack of papers against it. The loss didn’t put a stamp on the season, and it left more hope than it did despair. But it was a win that Shafer still thought his team could have had.“It will be a little painful tomorrow when we watch the film because they’re going to realize just how close we were,” Shafer said. “… I’m just disappointed. I wanted to win this damn game.”  Commentslast_img read more

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3 plays that led to Syracuse’s loss at Clemson, explained

first_img Comments Syracuse (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) led Clemson for more than three quarters of its game against then-No.3 Clemson (5-0, 2-0). But things unraveled in the second half. Syracuse mustered three first downs and allowed 20 points in a second half which crumbled the Orange’s chances at an upset road win.Below is a detailed look at three plays that led to Clemson’s victory.(All screenshots via ESPN.)Eric Dungey’s interception At the top of the screen, A.J. Terrell is in tight coverage on Syracuse wide receiver Devin Butler. The middle linebackers will drop back into a “hook to curl” zone, meaning as Butler and Terrell run vertically up the field, the linebackers will cover the space between Butler and Dungey.As Butler reaches about four yards beyond the line of scrimmage, he’s jammed by Terrell. This slows up Butler and can often affect the timing of routes, which will be a noticeable issue in a few slides.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Butler running straight ahead, the ball is leaving Dungey’s hand. Terrell, who is looking back at the quarterback, can see this. Butler can’t. In this frame, Terrell starts to break on the ball, while Butler still hasn’t turned back for it.By the time Butler does turn back, Terrell has already jumped on what appeared to be an underthrown back shoulder pass from Dungey. With Butler not looking until the ball is almost intercepted, it appears to be miscommunication, coupled with a short, line-drive pass which led to this interception. Clemson turned the interception into three points due to the favorable field position.The failed fourth downRun-pass option plays have taken over football in recent years. The general scheme is that the line will block as if the play is a run. This makes the defense defend against a rush. At that moment, once the defense commits, the quarterback pulls the ball away from the running back and throws to an open receiver whose defender has been sucked up by the run fake. The key to these plays is that the offensive linemen aren’t called for a penalty due to blocking downfield. Unfortunately for Syracuse, that’s exactly what happened.Syracuse is lined up in a run-heavy set with tight end Aaron Hackett and fullback Chris Elmore both in the backfield. Clemson is lined up in what Babers described after the game as a Cover 0 look, a form of man coverage. Pay particular attention to Hacket and left tackle Cody Conway (No. 60), the two most outside linemen on the bottom of the image.As Dungey fakes the handoff to Moe Neal, Hackett rushes toward the Clemson outside linebacker. Conway, an ineligible receiver on this play, isn’t permitted to go beyond three yards past the line of scrimmage. Conway is already at one before Dungey has pulled the ball away from Neal.Now, Dungey is back to pass. Conway (Oval) is three yards past the line of scrimmage, while Hacket (square) is just engaging with his block about a yard or two off the line. Hackett will have to make contact with his defender and move past him without Conway taking another step.After Hackett shakes off his defender, and the ball is in the air, Conway has let his defender run free. But that doesn’t change the fact he is nearly five yards from the line of scrimmage. Hackett catches the ball moments later but Conway is flagged for an illegal man downfield penalty. Instead of a first down, Syracuse is moved back five yards and forced to punt to Clemson. The drive granted to the Tigers off the penalty would turn out to be the deciding one.Travis Etienne’s second touchdownOn Monday, Babers noted that missed tackles led to many of SU’s defensive issues, not elaborate schemes from Clemson. On this play Clemson runs a simple zone blocking scheme in which the linemen often team up on a defensive lineman before moving on to a linebacker. The running back reads the blocks and cuts off the butt of whichever linemen gets the biggest push.At the start of Travis Etienne’s eventual 28-yard touchdown run, Ryan Guthrie appears to be in proper position. Off the line, he’s taken one step to his right and is eyeing the hole to the right of defensive tackle Chris Slayton (shown by the arrow).Moments later, Slayton has shifted to the right, into the hole Guthrie originally eyed. Etienne sees this and cuts the run back off his lineman’s right hip. This redirection, known as a zone cut back run, puts Guthrie out of position. Based on where the run is hitting (the backside A gap), Guthrie has flowed too far to his right and won’t be able to collapse back fast enough to make the play.Here you see Guthrie trying to recover. He dives back at Etienne’s ankles, but it’s too late. The sophomore running back breaks through the weak, low tackle. At the top of the screenshot is safety Andre Cisco, SU’s last chance at a touchdown-saving tackle. Based on where the arrow is pointed (to the right of Etienne) and where Etienne’s hips and eyes are directed (to Cisco’s left), his angle doesn’t look promising.Fast forward a few seconds and Cisco followed the line he looked at before and Etienne cut the opposite direction. Cisco, like Guthrie, can’t recover from his poor angle and is also forced to leap in desperation. Again, the tackle is too weak for the 210-pound Etienne.The other Syracuse players can’t recover either and Etienne darts for his second of three touchdowns on the afternoon. Published on October 1, 2018 at 10:44 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Football chairman praises Tipp progress

first_imgJoe is hoping that the results achieved in 2016 will be replicated next year… Football Board Chairman Joe Hannigan says the Tipperary senior team made ‘mighty progress’ this year.He believes the Premier’s success in reaching the All-Ireland semi-finals is down to the hard work of many people in recent times.Tipp are currently preparing for the 2017 campaign – their first match is against Kerry in the McGrath Cup on January 8th.last_img

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FIU to offer free tuition

first_imgThe scholarship is called the Golden Promise. FIU to offer free tuition The Florida International University (FIU) has promised to pay 100% of tuition and fees for students who cannot afford college. Eligible students must be, US citizens or permanent residents, Florida residents and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FIU awards priority financial aid to those who submit the FAFSA by March 1. Students have until June 30 to apply, but officials say the earlier you file the more money you may receive and the sooner you’ll know how much money you’re entitled to.The students who meet the requirements typically come from families that earn less than $33,000 a year. The Office of Financial Aid estimates that approximately 1,200 freshmen will benefit from the Golden Promise in 2017. The University said beginning with the 2017 freshman class, the Golden Promise will cover gaps in financial aid so that students can take 30 credit hours a year and earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. Students must register full-time, at least 12 hours per semester and must maintain a 2.0 GPA.last_img read more

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Omar McLeod lowers national record at Jamaica’s national trials

first_imgJamaica’s Omar McLeod ran a blistering 110-meters on Saturday at the National Championships in Kingston, to become the new owner of the National Record.McLeod, promised he would run below 13 seconds in the final of the trials for the World Championships in London in just over a month and backed up his words with a 12.90 clocking.The holder of the record before that, Hansle Parchment, finished third in the event, running 13.19 seconds, the quickest he has gone all season.Parchment was bested by new kid on the block, Ronald Levy, who ran 13.13.Seventeen-year-old Dejour Russell, running in his first senior championships, looked ominous, going over the high hurdles in 13.32 to finish fourth, just outside of qualification spots for the World Championships.Andrew Riley, an Olympian last year, was fifth in 13.35, while another Olympian in Deuce Carter was sixth in 13.56.Rohan Cole, 13.58, Stefan Fennell, 13.87, rounded out the field.last_img read more

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Cesc Fabregas gushes over Partey in Atletico Madrid’s loss to Barcelona

first_imgEx-Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, must have been happy with the Catalans’ 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid but his attention was also on Ghana’s Thomas Partey who was playing for the opponents.The 26-year-old featured in the heart of Atletico Madrid’s midfield in their 1-0 loss to Catalan giants, Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga on Sunday.Although Diego Simeone’s men lost the encounter courtesy a brilliant strike from Lionel Messi, Fabregas seem very enamoured with what he saw from Partey andm The World Cup winner shared his thoughts via Twitter in the course of the game. He shared a tweet that was translated into English as “Thomas (Partey) is very good.”Thomas Partey who wears the number 5 jersey for Atletico Madrid has had an amazing start to the 2019/2020 season, cementing his starting role in Diego Simeone’s team.The Ghanaian midfielder has registered two goals and an assist in all competitions this season.last_img read more

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