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Fulham earn first point under JokanovicFulham earn first point under Jokanovic

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Huddersfield 1 Fulham 1 Fulham picked up their first point under new head coach Slavisa Jokanovic in an open encounter.AdChoices广告The Whites were gifted the perfect start inside two minutes, Ross McCormack calmly finishing past keeper Jed Steer after a dreadful mistake by Jonathan Hogg.But Huddersfield levelled through Mark Hudson and, despite plenty of attacking intent from both sides, neither team could find a winner in the remaining 70 minutes.A first win after three consecutive losses under Jokanovic, and just a second victory in 14 games, looked likely when McCormack profited from Hogg’s careless pass to slot in his 17th goal of the season.But Huddersfield responded impressively and, after Jamie Paterson’s strike hit the post, Hudson levelled when he stretched to divert an Emyr Huws free-kick past Andy Lonergan.Both sides threatened to take the lead before the break but the Terriers created the best openings soon after the restart, with Lonergan making fine saves to keep out efforts from Nahki Wells and Joe Lolley.Fulham, who had a strong McCormack penalty claim turned down in the first half, also had a couple of sights of goal, Alex Kacaniklic shooting in to the side netting and his replacement Moussa Dembele heading wide.But Jokanovic’s men were forced to settle for a point, which leaves them just four points clear of the Championship relegation zone. Fulham: Lonergan; Richards, Hutchinson, Burn, Garbutt; Cairney, O’Hara [Matilla 81], Christensen, Hyndman [Parker 45]; Kacaniklic [Dembele 61], McCormack.Subs not used: Lewis, Stearman, Ream, Fredericks. last_img read more

Saban finds good and bad in College Football PlayoffSaban finds good and bad in College Football Playoff

first_imgATLANTA — Nick Saban’s opening remarks were a preview to the answer he gave to a question about the College Football Playoff.At today’s press conference leading into Saturday’s SEC title game, the Alabama coach said one of the best things about playing in the SEC title game is you have to “earn” your way into the conference championship game at the Georgia Dome.“There’s no committee,” Saban said. “There’s no vote. There’s no anything. You play your way and you earn your way here.”Then when asked about the 12-member playoff selection committee determining which four teams will make the playoffs, Saban started his answer by saying, “I don’t really have an opinion on all that. I don’t think anyone would listen to whatever my opinion is.”Then proceeded to give his opinion.“I think this is what everyone wanted,” continued Saban after a pause.” I said this from the very beginning before any of this started. The BCS had created a criteria of picking the best teams and there was 12, 13, 14, I don’t know how many years of experience that went into creating that criteria that produced at least some number that kind of ranked the teams.”Saban said the failure of the BCS was only two teams were chosen to compete for a national title, thus leaving out a number of times a third team worthy of playing for it all.“When there were three good teams, it created a tremendous controversy,” Saban said.Now there’s a chance a great team will miss out on making the four-team playoff. That will entice great debate, but Saban said the difference between the BCS and the College Football Playoff is there the voting aspect of the playoff.“The polls were taken into consideration, but there was really never a vote,” Saban continued.So while Saban said the playoff has created “a lot of energy and enthusiasm” and is great for fans and college football “in a lot of ways,” he believes people only have interest playoff games now.“How many of you can remember spending all day New Year’s Day watching every bowl game,” Saban said. “Because they were all good and they were all good games with all good teams and now the only game anyone is interested in is the teams that are in the playoff. I think the downside to that is there are a lot of good football teams out there that have had great seasons. A lot of players and I just love to see people respect all the bowl games and all the teams that have had great seasons.”There are entirely too many bowl games for each one to be viewed equally. The bowls are so watered down, but he’s right about great teams getting overlooked.last_img read more

Olympic football qualifiers, tennis moved from China over virusOlympic football qualifiers, tennis moved from China over virus

first_img Women’s Olympic football qualifiers and a Fed Cup tennis event have been shifted out of China due to growing concerns over the deadly coronavirus, officials said on Sunday. The football tournament had already been moved from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, to Nanjing in Jiangsu province, but will now be held in Sydney, the Asian Football Confederation said. “The safety of all players, officials and fans is of paramount importance to Football Federation Australia and the Asian Football Confederation, and we are confident we will host a successful tournament here in Sydney,” Australian football chief Chris Nikou said in a statement.China’s Xinhua news agency said the Chinese Football Association took the decision to offload the Olympic qualifiers, which involve China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand, after cases of the virus came to light in Jiangsu. “In consideration of the wide spread of the 2019-nCoV virus across China, after the negotiations with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the CFA decided not to host the qualifying matches to ensure the health of all athletes, coaches and working staff,” the CFA was reported as saying. No date has been given for the re-arranged competition, which was originally scheduled for February 3-9.Separately, the International Tennis Federation said next month’s Fed Cup’s Asia/Oceania Group I event had been moved from Dongguan, southern China, to Kazakhstan because of increasing travel restrictions in China. “The decision to move the event to a different venue was taken due to increasing travel restrictions in China at the present time and followed consultation with independent security advisors,” the ITF said. The women’s team event, involving China, Taiwan, India, South Korea and Uzbekistan will now be held in the Kazakh capital on the originally scheduled dates, February 4-8. China is drastically restricting travel to contain the epidemic, which has killed 56 people and infected nearly 2,000. Written By COMMENT WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Last Updated: 26th January, 2020 20:01 IST Olympic Football Qualifiers, Tennis Moved From China Over Virus Women’s Olympic football qualifiers & a Fed Cup tennis event have been shifted out of China due to growing concerns over the deadly coronavirus, officials saidcenter_img LIVE TV First Published: 26th January, 2020 20:01 IST Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Bonner Maher taking on major endurance event for charityBonner Maher taking on major endurance event for charity

first_imgTipperary senior hurler Patrick “Bonner” Maher is set to take part in the ‘Sea to Summit’ endurance race this Saturday in Mayo.He’s raising money for the ‘Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund’ along with ‘Running for Josie’, a charity set up by Kilruane MacDonaghs hurler Seamus Hennessy.The two time All Ireland winner decided to undertake the 56km race to stay fit in the off season and to fundraise for both causes. The event involves a 4km run, an 8km cycle followed by a run up and down Croagh Patrick, then a 35km cycle and a 4km beach run to the finish line.The Lorrha Dorrha hurler told Tipp FM Sport this week that he’s looking forward to this weekends challenge.last_img read more


first_img Related news stories IRISH show jumpers stamped their mark all over the four-star Hampton Classic in the US this weekend, culminating in a 62,000 euro win by Tipperary’s Kevin Babington in the World Cup Grand Prix this evening (Sunday).Babington, riding the nine year-old mare Shorapur, showed a clean pair of heels to the USA’s Brianne Goutal and Nice de Prissey, the only other combination to go clear in the four horse jump-off.Third place in the Grand Prix went to Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney and Freestyle de Muze, who had one fence down in the final round.Meanwhile Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and Picolo walked away with Saturday’s Longines Cup, accompanied by Babington and the Irish Sport Horse Mark Q in fourth place and Limerick’s Paul O’Shea in fifth aboard Skara Glen’s Sienna. Richie Moloney also took sixth place with Carrabis Z, which helped him win the show’s 30,000 US dollar Longines Rider Challenge Final on 300 points. Darragh Kenny was second in the table on 200 points.Moloney also took fourth place in Friday’s Grand Prix Qualifier with a double clear round on Freestyle de Muze, just ahead of Cork’s Shane Sweetnam and Venturo 9 in fifth, and just behind Tyrone’s Ronan McGuigan and Capall Zidane in third. The Qualifier was won by the USA’s Molly Ashe-Cawley and Carissimo.Kevin Babington and Shorapur winning at Bridgehampton today. Picture: Shawn McMillen Tags: bridgehampton, kevin babington, shorapur, world cup IRISH RIDERS DOMINATE AT BRIDGEHAMPTON’S WORLD CUP EVENT 1 September 2014, 00:21 Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Showjumping News  »  IRISH RIDERS DOMINATE AT BRIDGEHAMPTON’S WORLD CUP EVENT 30 August 2015, 01:04 O’Shea wins Bridgehampton Longines Cuplast_img read more

Dangote Reiterates Arsenal Ownership DesireDangote Reiterates Arsenal Ownership Desire

first_imgAfrica’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has again stated his desire to become the owner of Premier League giants Arsenal.His latest statement about buying the North London outfit came during his interview with Philip Billing of the Financial Times.When asked about Arsenal, Dangote said: “I love Arsenal and I will definitely go for it.”He further said that the club should be worth about $2bn and that he would involve himself in rebuilding the team — “chipping in my own advice” — as the owner of the club.Chief Aliko Dangote also confirmed that he would divert his attention to football once his refinery project has been completed.He said: “When I buy it, I have to bring it up to the expectations of our supporters.”“Once I have finished with that headache, I will take on football.” He concluded.Relatedlast_img read more

Fury Wants To Follow In Klitschko’s FootstepsFury Wants To Follow In Klitschko’s Footsteps

first_imgTyson Fury believes he can remain a world champion until he retires and that he can replicate the sustained dominance of the division like retired heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko.Ukrainian Klitschko ruled the heavyweight division as undisputed world champion for over four years until he lost his titles in a surprise defeat to Fury in Germany in 2015.Fury relinquished the titles as he was unable to defend them amid drug addiction struggles and mental health problems.But the Briton has since bounced back impressively.The unbeaten 31-year-old wants to stay at the top after regaining his WBC heavyweight belt in February with an emphatic win over Deontay Wilder, who he is due to face again once the coronavirus is subdued.“I’ve won every single belt in boxing. From the English title to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world. All done, all finished. Considered the best, done,” Fury told Sky Sports on Tuesday.“If I don’t box again, I’m happy, but if I do box again, then I continue to box. If we get past this thing, which hopefully we will, then we’re going to keep boxing and just keep taking on contenders.“Klitschko did it until he was 40. A lot of the great champions are continuing, and continuing.“I ain’t boxing for money, I ain’t boxing for fame, I ain’t boxing for a belt. I’m boxing because it keeps me mentally happy and I like to do it.”A tantalising blockbuster reunification bout with fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles, was in the works before the coronavirus pandemic hit.But the bout is now being planned for 2021 after Fury fulfils his contractual obligations for a third fight with Wilder.While Fury contends he has nothing to prove, he admitted he doesn’t want to walk away from the ring when he is still at the peak of his power.“Nothing to prove to anybody. Not one thing to prove at all, but I box now, because I love boxing and I’ve been doing it all my life,” he said.“Why walk away when I’m still only young?”RelatedTyson Fury and Deontay Wilder: Two Men, Same Journey but Different Routes to the Pinnacle of BoxingNovember 29, 2018In “Boxing”Swansea City vs Manchester UnitedJune 30, 2017Similar postAnthony Joshua: Blockbuster Tyson Fury Fight “Needs To Happen”April 16, 2020In “Boxing”last_img read more

Mancini says he will ‘probably’ sell BalotelliMancini says he will ‘probably’ sell Balotelli

first_imgManchester City manager Roberto Mancini cast doubt over Mario Balotelli’s future after his red card in the 1-0 defeat by Arsenal.The Italy striker was dismissed for two bookable offences as City fell eight points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.His challenge on Alex Song, missed by the referee, may be investigated by the Football Association.Asked whether he would try to sell Balotelli, Mancini said: “Probably.” He admitted Balotelli, who has scored 17 goals in 31 club appearances this season, is now unlikely to play again this campaign.“I like him as a guy and a player,” added Mancini, who signed Balotelli from Inter Milan for £24m in August 2010. “He is not a bad guy and a fantastic player but I’m very sorry for him as he continues to lose his talent and his quality.“I don’t have any words for his behaviour.“I hope for him he can understand he is in a bad way for his future and I really hope that he can change his behaviour in the future. He will probably not play in the next six games.“I need to be sure I always have 11 players on the pitch and with Mario this is a big risk.”Balotelli, dismissed for two fouls on Bacary Sagna moments after Mikel Arteta’s 87th-minute goal gave Arsenal victory, has now been sent off twice this season, and Mancini added: “He’s young and could be my son and when you are young you can make mistakes. “Mario made a mistake and I hope for him – not me – that he can change.“He clearly created a big problem but he has also scored important goals for us this season. He needs to change his behaviour if he wants to continue to play. I have seen players like him, who have all this talent, and they are finished in two or three years.“Mario should change, he must change, and I hope for him that he does.”Mancini refused to concede defeat in the title race even though he now faces the prospect of losing out to rivals United.And the Italian insists he is still the manager to lead City forward. ” Sure – 100%,” he said.“No, it’s not mathematically (over), but it’s clear now that it’s very difficult,” he added. “We have a game in three days and we will try to win. Never say never in football.“In life until it’s over you should do your best. In the end if we don’t win it’s probably because they (United) did better than us.“It’s clearly difficult (to lift the players) but we play in three days and this is good. We are a professional team, with professional players. It’s important we start to win and finish the championship well.”last_img read more

Season titles decided at West LibertySeason titles decided at West Liberty

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (Aug. 26) – Season-long point races at West Liberty Raceway were de­cided on Saturday night with three of the racing divisions coming down to a scant two point mar­gin going into the evening’s race program.The Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Models took to the track with Chad Holladay holding a slight two point lead over Nick Marolf. Holladay immediately put his car on the top side of the track and proved he was definitely the car to catch, leading the 25-lapper from flag to flag.Tyler Bruening started 10th and charged toward the front, taking over second after a lap 11 cau­tion. Marolf was third.The Performance Concepts IMCA Modifieds also took to the track with a two-point margin separat­ing the top two in the standings. Chris Zogg took the green from the pole with Dakota Hay­den to his outside just two points out of first.Hayden led flag to flag but Zogg finished at the runner-up to earn his second consecutive track championship.The Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA Northern SportMod 15-lap feature belonged to Cody Harris, who drove a flawless race and easily outraced second place finisher Cory VanZante. Dalton Simonsen fin­ished third and earned his second consecutive track title.Johnny Spaw won his second feature in a row after topping the main event Friday at Farley. Spaw led the Kile Motorsports IMCA Stock Car feature on Saturday despite challenges early from Da­vid Brandies and late from Greg Gill. Spaw’s win also earned him the track championship.Jason Klerk de Reus not only won the US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Compact feature but the misfor­tune that point leader Alex Hayes suffered on the white flag lap made Klerk de Reus a three-time consecutive Sport Compact Track Champion.The next event at West Liberty Raceway will be the season-ending Ideal Ready Mix Liberty 100, which will be run Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23. Qualifiers will be run on Friday and champion­ship events in all divisions, including the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models, will be held on Saturday.Point standings for all IMCA divisions become official on Oct. 23.last_img read more

From school shooting to a walkout, how the movement unfoldedFrom school shooting to a walkout, how the movement unfolded YORK) — Tragedy struck at a high school in Florida exactly one month ago, and now tens of thousands of students across the country and the world are rallying in solidarity. Seventeen people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. But this school shooting is different.The school’s students have become outspoken activists, pushing for gun control. President Donald Trump has met with some of the students and faculty as well as lawmakers about what can be done to quell gun violence. Florida Gov. Rick Scott this month signed a bill that raises the legal age to buy a gun, among other restrictions.Here’s a rundown of the emotional events that transpired in the past month.Wednesday Feb. 14: Parkland shooting A shooter opened fire at his former high school, killing 17 people and sent students running for their lives.Student Michael Katz told ABC News he heard “screaming everywhere. I just got underneath my teacher’s desk.”The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was taken into custody off campus. He slipped out of the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, according to two law enforcement sources and an eyewitness.Fourteen students, between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, and three staff members were killed in the shooting.Friday Feb. 16: An emotional vigil Hundreds of people attended a local vigil in honor of the slain and injured victims, and it marked one of the first public calls for gun reform.Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel pointedly said, “If you are an elected official and you want to keep things the way they are and not do things differently, if you wanna keep the gun laws as they are now — you will not get re-elected in Broward County.”Wednesday Feb. 21: Looking for legislative action Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas appeared at two very different, high-profile events that had similar missions: to enact changes in gun policy.Students boarded buses for the six-hour trek to the state capital of Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers. But just as the students started on their journey, state lawmakers voted down a measure to ban purchases of assault rifles like the one used in the Parkland shooting.Several other students and families impacted by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, as well as those from a number of other mass and school shootings, gathered at the White House to participate in a listening session with Trump. There was the story of Samuel Zeif, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor, who, through tears, told of frantically texting his loved ones and then realizing his brother was in a classroom on a floor above him, where the shooting was happening.“Let’s be strong for the fallen who don’t have a voice to speak anymore,” said Zeif, who turned 18 the day after the shooting. “And let’s never let this happen again. Please. Please.”Thursday Feb. 22: CNN holds a town hall CNN hosted an event at a packed arena just eight days after the shooting, with Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and others in attendance. Rubio, a Republican with a long history of support from the National Rifle Association, faced questions from angry students and parents.One of the most tense moments came when Parkland student Cameron Kasky asked Rubio if he would refuse future donations from the NRA. Rubio demurred, and largely avoided answering.Sunday Feb. 25: Returning to the school While holding hands and accompanied by their parents, thousands of students returned to school for the first time after the shooting on Feb. 25 for an orientation.It was later revealed that Trump had lunch with NRA leaders at some point either the same day or the day before.Monday Feb. 26: Trump talks with governorsDuring a meeting with the nation’s governors, Trump talks about the various approaches to gun reform. The conversations showed the deep conflicts held among the lawmakers, differing on views about arming teachers or raising the age limit to buy rifles, among other issues.Wednesday Feb. 28: Kids go back to schoolTwo weeks after the shooting, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas headed back to class for the first time since the shooting.Counselors and therapy dogs were on hand once students entered the school. The students were told that the focus wasn’t going to be on schoolwork.As the students were attempting to return to their old schedules, Trump held a meeting with lawmakers where they discussed different approaches to gun reform. He suggested potentially raising the age limit to buy rifles, banning bump stocks, and possibly allowing to make it easier to take guns away from dangerous individuals.While politicians worked to decide how to take action, a member of the private sector just went ahead and did it. Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack announced that the retailer would no longer sell assault-style rifles and would not sell guns to anyone under 21 years old.Thursday March 1: Trump meets with the NRA againThe day after meeting with lawmakers about possible gun law reforms — which included suggestions that ran in the face of the NRA’s preferences — Trump tweeted that he met with NRA leaders.The tweet, where Trump described the meeting as “Good (Great)”, was the first public disclosure of the meeting.Wednesday March 7: Florida House passes gun lawsThe Florida House of Representatives voted to pass a gun school safety bill spurred by the shooting.The bill included a mandatory 3-day waiting period to buy a gun, raised the age to buy a rifle to 21 years old and included a measure to arm some teachers and other school personnel who undergo special training sanctioned by the state. There was a provision that allows school districts that don’t want to participate to opt out of the program.Friday March 9: Gov. Rick Scott signs the billThe school safety bill moved from the House to the governor’s desk, and on March 9, Scott signed it while surrounded by parents of the Parkland shooting victims.Wednesday March 14: National walkoutStudents across the country and around the globe are coming together in a National School Walkout today to call on Congress to pass tighter gun control laws.Over 3,100 events are registered, according to organizers for the ENOUGH National School Walkout. The walkouts are across the nation, from Maine to Maryland, from North Dakota to North Carolina, from the White House to Washington State, and even in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more