Henderson: We need to step up

first_imgLiverpool’s captain-elect Jordan Henderson has called on players to assume more responsibility in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s departure. The England midfielder has worn the armband in Gerrard’s absence this season and is favourite to take on the role full-time when his team-mate ends his 17-year playing career next weekend at Stoke. With Gerrard heading for a new challenge in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy there will be a huge hole to fill. “I think it will be a huge loss for us not only as a player but a person with his aura around the place,” said Henderson. “But it is up to us as a team to step up to the plate and take responsibility, and not one individual. “There will never be another player or person like him in terms of everything he stood for and how good he was as a player. “But I still feel we have a lot of great players here with a lot of potential and we need to start showing that potential next season. “We have hungry players who want to improve and do well and we have to make sure we are doing that next week and pre-season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Miami Park closed after thousands of citations issued to visitors

first_imgGovernor Ron DeSantis reopened public parks in Florida as part of Phase One of getting Florida operational again, however, the openings were conditioned on visitors following social distance guidelines and authorities being able to enforce these measures.Much of Miami, Broward County, and Palm Beach County remain closed at this time, while other areas in Florida have begun Phase One with the reopening of some stores and restaurants under restrictions. Authorities in Miami Beach have closed South Pointe Park after they say they had to issue thousands of citations to park goers after park rangers noticed many people not practicing social distancing measures and or not wear a face mask.Rangers reported that they issued 7,329 verbal warning for those not wearing face covers, 478 warnings to those not practicing social distancing, and they had to tell 1,335 people to leave the park after the park closed for the evening on the first weekend that the park was reopened.#UPDATE: South Pointe Park is CLOSED until further notice.Friendly reminder that you MUST wear a face cover when enjoying any one of our open #MBParks. https://t.co/OeLibI7rwW pic.twitter.com/ajTF8X3sXb— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) May 4, 2020last_img read more

Rejuvenated defense ready for second shot at MSU

first_imgLouis Nzegwu has a team high 4.5 sacks this season, one of which he got against Kirk Cousins in a 37-31 loss at Michigan State.[/media-credit]Ask any Badger defenseman about their trip to East Lansing earlier this season and they will mention something about a Hail Mary pass, a safety and a double reverse.While all these plays were major factors in Wisconsin’s demise against Michigan State, another factor was the defense’s inability to get off the field.The Spartans converted on eight of their 16 third down attempts and one fourth down conversion.According to the Badgers, the key to getting off the field on third down is what happens on first and second down.“First down,” sophomore linebacker Chris Borland said. “When they’re second and five, it makes it third and two versus a second and eight makes it third and five. Things like that, especially our performance against the run on first down, [weren’t] as good as [they] could have been.”UW found most of its third down success on third and long, only stopping the Spartans twice when faced with third and five or less.Senior defensive end Louis Nzegwu said he believes everyone just needs to be on point.“Everybody [needs] to be on key,” Nzegwu said. “A lot of people weren’t on the same page. This week we had a lot of emphasis to have no mental errors. We’ve really been focusing on our playbook to make sure that we’ve really got it down to a point. Deep in the season like this, pretty much everybody else is done, but we’re still playing, so we’ve still got that playbook deep in our heads, and we all know what to do now [more] than we did back in the middle of the season.”Defensive coordinate Chris Ash simply wants his defense to execute better, which it has been doing through the final games of the season.“It’s not much to do with what we’ve done differently; we just have to execute better, we just have to tackle better,” Ash said. “Most of the third downs, a couple of them that they would convert, we missed tackles on.”But in order to play better this weekend, the Badgers have to be able to look past their mistakes from the East Lansing tragedy and focus solely on the game ahead of them.Since the back-to-back losses at Michigan State and Ohio State, head coach Bret Bielema has put his team on a specific calendar where the players had to focus on their daily schedules.No matter what, Nzegwu admitted that the stinging loss will always remain at the back of their minds.“It’s hard not to think about what we did last time,” Nzegwu said. “But you’ve got to just think about the first day and let it go the rest of the week. You can’t let anything drag you on like that, but it is in the back of all our heads. I think during the course of the week, we’ve had improvement in all phases, so we’ll be well prepared to face them again.”But with five games between the loss to MSU and the rematch in the Big Ten Championship game, the Badgers’ defense is not the same defense that allowed so many third down conversions and let the Spartans stay in the game after being down 14-0.In its four wins against Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and Penn State, the defense did not allow any second half points after giving up 30 points in the second half to Ohio State.Senior safety Aaron Henry even said he believes the heartbreaking loss was a factor in the defense turning its game around eventually and executing.“I think it’s the fine details,” Henry said. “I think it’s guys playing a whole lot smarter. I think it’s guys flying to the ball every play. Every play matters. I’m not saying every play didn’t matter then, … [but] it was tough, us losing, but it was definitely a point that I’ve taken and it’s grown in me. I think it really helped the whole team.”Ash made it very clear that regardless of everything that has happened over the course of the season, his team is focused and ready to get another shot at Michigan State on neutral turf.“I don’t think anyone’s worried about what’s happened before or what’s happening after,” Ash said. “This team is focused. We’ve got one goal in mind, which is to go down and win a Big Ten Championship. End of story.”last_img read more

Tipp football camp ‘like a small hospital’ – Kearns

first_imgKearns spoke to Tipp FM sport after the game, and said he’s not sure how long it’ll take Quinlivan to come back to full fitness..Meanwhile Tipperary still have the qualifiers to look ahead to in the coming weeks.Tipp captain Brian Fox says they’ve a number of things to work on before that game.. The Tipperary football camp ‘is like a small hospital’ at the moment, according to manager Liam Kearns.Tipp had a number of players on an injury list yesterday for their Munster Semi Final against Cork – and during the game the list got longer.One very concerning addition to the list is sharp-shooter Michael Quinlivan, who landed awkwardly on his ankle during the first half.last_img

Premier League Clubs Smash Own Transfer Record

first_imgEnglish Premier League clubs have broken their own spending record for the transfer window, a sports analyst group said yesterday, with more deals expected before business closes next Thursday.Southampton’s 15 million pound ($19.19 million) purchase of Lazio centre back Wesley Hoedt brought the overall spend by England’s 20 elite clubs to 1.184.9 billion pounds, the respected website Sporting Intelligence said. The figure exceeded the £1.18 billion pounds the clubs spent in last summer’s window.Across the 20 clubs, net spending stands at 565 million pounds, with 619.9 million pounds received. The figures do not include add-ons or agent fees.Although the biggest deal of the window was done by French club Paris St Germain, who paid Barcelona 222 million euros ($261.58 million) for Neymar, English clubs have rivalled them for overall spend with Manchester City (221.5 million pounds) leading the way, ahead of Manchester United (145.8) and Everton (139.9).Barcelona could yet emerge as the biggest spending club, however, with British and Spanish media reporting they are about to table a 138 million pound bid, including add-ons, for Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.The Spanish club have already paid China’s Guangzhou Evergrande 40 million euros for Paulinho and been heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele.Should the Coutinho deal go through, it would trigger a chain reaction with Liverpool reported to be interested in signing Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in deals that would exceed 100 million pounds.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FCPPL review: AshGold open 7-point lead as rivals stutter

first_imgFCPPL Match day 17 Results AshGold 1-0 All Stars Scorer: Yakubu Mohammed Hearts of Oak 1-0 Great Olympics Scorer: Foovi Aguidi Forward Yakubu Mohammed’s ninth minute penalty strike was enough for the Miners to seize all three points at home from All Stars on match day 17.The win moves the Miners 7 points apart second placed Aduana who also lost 0-1 against Bechem United. Yaw Arnol’s 10th minute penalty strike proved the difference. Berekum Chelsea further deepened the woes of bottom-placed B.A United as they posted a 2-0 victory over their regional rivals at the Golden City Park on Sunday. Kofi Owusu found the opener in the 62nd minute before Latif Salifu put the game beyond the visitors with his strike two minutes from full time. Four teams – Berekum Chelsea, WAFA, Liberty and Aduana Stars are now level on points – 26 after match day 17. The Western derby produced no goal as Medeama SC and Sekondi Hasaacas took home a point each from the T&A Park in Tarkwa. WAFA 1-1 Inter Allies Scorer: Zakaria Mumuni; Evans Mensah On Friday, New Edubiase United travelled to beat league holders Asante Kotoko 2-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium with goals from Fuseini Nuhu and Bernard Danso. Centre-back Ahmed Adams scored the consolation for the porcupine warriors. At the Carl Reindorf Park, Liberty Professionals emerged victors in a five-goal thriller with Heart of Lions. The visitors went ahead twice but got pegged back on both occasions by midfielder Kennedy Ashia who went to grab a hat-trick. Badu Asiamah and Prince Acquah scored both goals for Lions. Hearts of Oak snatched an important win over city rivals Great Olympics courtesy a 21st minute strike by Togolese forward Foovi Aguidi. The Phobians now have 24 points and move up the ladder to 7th position. Bechem United 1-0 AduanaScorer: Yaw Arnol Kotoko 1-2 EdubiaseScorers: Ahmed Adams; Fuseini Nuhu, Bernard DansoMedeama 0-0 Hasaacas – WAFA SC were held at home by Inter Allies as Evans Mensah equalized a Zakaria Mumuni 11th minute opener. The  Academy side however move to tie with Aduana on 26 points. AshantiGold continued to stretch their lead at the top of the FCPPL table as close chasers Aduana Stars faulted at Bechem. Berekum Chelsea 2-0 B.A UnitedScorers: Kofi Owusu, Latif Salifu Liberty 3-2 Heart of LionsScorers: Kennedy Ashia (2*); Badu Asiamah, Prince Acquahlast_img read more

Brewers outfielder Ben Gamel on inshore fishing, go-kart injuries and puppies

first_imgSporting News writer Ryan Fagan is traveling through Florida and Arizona this spring, stopping at camps and chatting with the players. One of his side projects is a quick-hitter Q/A we’re calling “Two Minutes With …”Up next: Brewers outfielder Ben Gamel TWO MINUTES: Anthony Rizzo | Touki Toussaint | Pat Neshek | Clint FrazierWhat’s your first baseball memory?GAMEL: I vaguely remember T-ball. I started when I was 3. I just remember being on the field. It’s weird, because I don’t remember anything else, but I remember the field.What’s the last show you binge-watched?GAMEL: “The Office.”Any superstitions? GAMEL: Yeah. Don’t step on the line, that kind of standard stuff.What’s your favorite free-time activity? GAMEL: Fishing. In-shore fishing, saltwater back home. Redfish, flounder. I grew up on the intercoastal waterway, so there’s a little hole near the backyard. I like to fish live bait, or paddletails, jigs and stuff like that. What’s one talent you’d most like to have?GAMEL: Something musical would be pretty cool. I’m not any type of a musician. I’d rather play than sing.  What was your first job?GAMEL: I cleaned out houses for my dad. He builds houses. What’s your most embarrassing injury. GAMEL: I had a lot of injuries as a kid. Lots of stitches. Nothing really … oh, wait, one time I got drug by a go-kart. I was trying to jump in. We were doing some weird stuff. I was about 10. My foot got caught between the road and the tire, and the guy was on the gas. It just kind of spun on my ankle and dug a big chunk out of my foot. Almost had to get skin grafts. What’s the best purchase you’ve ever made?GAMEL: Puppy. My dogs.last_img read more

Marguerite Taylor Howard: March 21, 1925 – Dec. 13, 2013

first_imgPreceding her in death are her parents, husband and two granddaughters Guendolyn Rae Cammon and Leslie Zade. Survivors include her son; John (Susan) Howard of Wellington, 4 daughters; Mary Schaber of Leavenworth Washington, Frances Kay Cammon of Chicago, Illinois, Deborah (Sylvester) Alexander of Phoenix, Arizona and Virginia Marie Howard of Augusta, Kansas, 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Marge HowardMarguerite Taylor Howard died December 13, 2013, at the Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington.Memorial Services are pending at this time.Marguerite Taylor Howard was born on March 21, 1925 the daughter of Lloyd and Nancy (Taylor) MacCool in Roanoke, Virginia. She was united in marriage to John Lamar Howard on April 7, 1945. She attended High School in Roanoke, Virginia. Marge was a homemaker and worked for the Wellington Airport in the 1970’s. She was also a Pilot and enjoyed rebuilding Antique airplanes and Flew for the Civil Air Patrol. last_img read more

Dooley pins hopes on veterans, newcomers

first_imgAfter struggling with injuries last season, Austrian League veteran Stephan Palla is also set to return to the Azkals along with Simone Rota of Davao, who has recovered from a knee injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments The Azkals are looking to extend their unbeaten start to three matches in Group F, where the Top 2 teams will clinch berths to the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. But three starters from the win against Tajikistan will miss the clash against Yemen, including Javier Patino who is out due to a long term knee injury.Top defender Amani Aguinaldo is also sidelined by injury, while leftback Daisuke Sato is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the first two games of the qualifying round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Other players like Stephan Schrock and Jeffrey Christiaens announced their retirement from the national team the past week.Dooley has turned to United States-raised wingback Matas, who has played a key role in Meralco’s rise in the Philippines Football League. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees FILE — Philippine Azkals vs Nepal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netWith key players out due to injuries and suspension, Philippine Azkals coach Thomas Dooley is pinning his hopes on a slew of newcomers as well as returning veterans when they face Yemen in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Dooley has called up Southeast Asian Games veterans Dylan De Bruycker and Josh Grommen to join the 23-man side which also includes other newcomers Tyler Matas of FC Meralco Manila and Harry Foll who plays club football for Hansa Rostock in Germany.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Kings, Texters triumph Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30Volunteers spread Christmas cheer to migrant children01:40Filipinos 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 respitelast_img read more

Waxman alleging muzzling in Blackwater-Iraq inquiry

first_imgWaxman and Rice tangled earlier this year when she refused to appear in person to answer questions about the Bush administration’s prewar intelligence.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The State Department said it was cooperating with the committee and is providing the information requested. “Blackwater has been informed that the State Department has no objection to it providing information to the committee,” said Tom Casey, a State Department spokesman. “We have offered to make available for testimony those officials in the best position to respond to the specific issues the committee has raised.” Waxman said his staff was told Monday that State Department officials with what he called “direct knowledge of corruption within the Maliki government” were barred from giving the committee “assessments which judge or characterize the quality of Iraqi governance,” or Baghdad’s ability to address corruption, unless the material was withheld from the public. In the Blackwater matter, Waxman said the company claimed that the State Department insisted on reviewing and approving any documents the company gave to the committee. He also said Rice has refused to testify before his committee about the status of political reconciliation in Iraq and potential corruption in the Blackwater incident. Rice has ordered a review of security practices for U.S. diplomats in Iraq after the killing of 11 Iraqis this month while Blackwater guards were protecting a U.S. Embassy convoy. WASHINGTON – A House lawmaker on Tuesday complained to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about the alleged muzzling of State Department officials in inquiries involving Blackwater USA and Iraq’s government. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the State Department had informed the committee that State employees could not discuss potential corruption in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki unless the information was treated as a national security secret. Blackwater USA, the North Carolina-based security contractor involved in the deaths of civilians in Iraq this month, has also claimed that the State Department had banned company communication with Waxman’s investigators, the lawmaker said. “I urge you to reconsider the unusual positions you are taking,” Waxman wrote to Rice. “You are wrong to interfere with the committee’s inquiry.” last_img read more