Arsenal dealt blow as Alexandre Lacazette is ruled out for ‘several weeks’ with ankle injury

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be sidelined for ‘several weeks’ with an ankle problem (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will be out for ‘several weeks’ due to an ‘ongoing ankle injury’.Lacazette first felt the ankle problem during Arsenal’s pre-season friendly with Lyon and subsequently missed the side’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.The Frenchman returned to Unai Emery’s starting XI for a 2-1 win over Burnley before making a substitute appearance in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool the following weekend.After starting and scoring in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, it was assumed Lacazette had fully recovered from his ankle injury but the striker is set to be sidelined for the remainder of September.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness,’ an Arsenal statement said on Friday ahead of the side’s trip to Watford.‘Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks.‘He is likely to be back in action in October.’ Tierney and Bellerin are closing in on their returns for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Emery confirmed that Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will miss Arsenal’s trip to Vicarage Road despite both full-backs returning to training this week.Asked whether they could return, Emery replied: ‘Not yet. It depends on their progress for the next weeks.‘Maybe we can decide to play at the beginning with the U23s, to be ready with us.‘Maybe if they play with the U23s they can take confidence and then after play with us 100 per cent.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesLucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka both had injury scares during the international break, but Emery revealed on Friday that the midfield duo are ‘ready’ to face Watford.On Rob Holding’s fitness, Emery added: ‘He has earned matches with U23s.‘With more minutes with U23 he can be closer to give us his performance.‘At the moment we are working with three centre-backs, thinking on Sunday, now four. Rob is now the five, [Konstantinos] Mavropanos the sixth.’What will the result be at Vicarage Road?Arsenal win0%Draw0%Watford win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Ashley Barnes recovers from injury for Burnley’s Premier League trip to Brighton Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Sep 2019 3:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Advertisement Arsenal dealt blow as Alexandre Lacazette is ruled out for ‘several weeks’ with ankle injury Matches Lacazette will likely miss Watford vs Arsenal – Premier League (Sept 15)Franfurt vs Arsenal – Europa League (Sept 19)Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Premier League (Sept 22)Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest – EFL Cup (Sept 24)Manchester United vs Arsenal – Premier League (Sept 30) Advertisement Comment read more

TRW pension fund breaks buyout record with £2.5bn L&G deal

first_imgThe TRW Pension Scheme has transferred £2.5bn (€3.1bn) in liabilities to Legal General (L&G) in an uncommon partial-buyout arrangement that breaks the UK record for a single transaction.The scheme, sponsored by service provider to the automotive industry TRW Automotive, transferred around 78% of its liabilities in the all-pensioner buyout.The £3.5bn scheme has around 46,000 members, transferring the plans of 22,000 pensioners to the insurer and retaining £1bn of liabilities, mainly deferred members.Neil Marchuk, chair of the trustee board, said the deal was a material de-risking process providing security to the insured members. Joseph Cantle, CFO at TRW Automotive, said the partial buyout significantly improved the company’s balance sheet, transferring the liabilities to L&G.A partial buyout is where pension schemes transfer liabilities in their entirety to an insurer but do not wind down. A buy-in is the exchange of liabilities for an insurance contract against future payments held as an asset by the scheme.The scheme and its advisers had been working towards the deal for some time, running other risk-reduction exercises such as pension increase exchanges (PIEs) and enhanced transfer values (ETVs).Insurance quotes remained in the scheme’s favour given the deal’s record size and the intensely competitive bulk annuity market – particularly since the Budget reforms in March.James Mullins, partner at consultancy Hymans Robertson and adviser to the scheme, said its complex investment hedging had been beneficial in securing the timing and pricing of the deal.The PIE exercise, accepted by just under 40% of members, had made quoting simpler for L&G, as the scheme indexed using the consumer prices index (CPI), a notoriously difficult index to hedge.A PIE exercise sees the member accept an inflated initial pension payment in exchange for the waiving of annual index increases.“This deal could be the catalyst for partial-buyout,” Mullins said. “This scheme was not exceptionally funded, so a buyout looked a long-way off. But the series of steps undertaken meant they have been able to partially buy out two-thirds of the scheme.”The deal represents L&G’s second record-breaking deal of the year, after it insured £3bn of liabilities in a buy-in with the ICI Pension Fund.Managing director of L&G Retirement Kerrigan Procter said: “We have worked with the scheme over many years as they moved from index funds to liability-driven investment, and now to buyout with L&G.”The insurer has now dominated 2014, writing more than £8.3bn in bulk annuities, more than the entire 2013 market.The 2014 market is now expected to break the £11bn mark, with consultancies reporting hundreds of millions worth of transactions before year-end.Mercer’s David Ellis, lead adviser to the pension scheme on selecting L&G, said while it would be pleased with its 2014 performance, other insurers would not be feeling the pinch.“The year before, Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) did very well, and Rothesay Life bought MetLife, which was a multi-billion deal as far as it is concerned,” he said.Mullins added: “Next year will be great as well, with L&G and Prudential and others even more keen to transact to make up for falling individual annuities sales – which is great for competitive pricing.”Bulk annuity pricing power is expected to “see-saw” between insurers and pension schemes as a variety of market and competition factors take hold, according to consultancy LCP.last_img read more

United Heavy Lift, Ocean7 Projects Open Joint Office in Norway

first_imgHeavy sea transport specialists United Heavy Lift (UHL) and Ocean7 Projects are opening a joint office in Bergen, Norway, from where they intend to offer a wider scope of service.As disclosed, the coordinated activities will allow Germany’s UHL and Denmark’s Ocean7 to cover all segments of their industry, offering customers a larger and more diverse fleet.It was also noted that the Bergen office was just the first of a number of joint branches planned to be set up.As noted by Lars Rolner, CEO of United Shipping Group, the two sides are working on opening new offices in Asia and the USA.“We see this new office as a start of building a world-wide network of offices together with Ocean7,” Rolner said.“We have always had the mindset of working together and this cooperation will enhance our ability of offering a wider scope to our customers in the future,” Stefan Petersen, CEO of Ocean7, added.Ocean7 Projects operates a fleet of over 25 heavy lift carriers, including RoRo vessels. United Heavy Lift was established in 2015 and is part of the United Group which also includes United Wind Logistics and United Engineering Solutions. Both UHL and Ocean7 specialize in the transport of heavy, project and breakbulk cargo.last_img read more

Is Censorship in NZ protecting families? Not always.

first_imgThe chief censor hunts for the big five: Sex, horror, crime, cruelty and violenceStuff co.nz 14 August 2016Family First Comment: “Society is becoming more permissive, but parents are becoming more concerned, and rightly so.” – Family FirstChief Censor Andrew Jack says protecting freedom of expression is often the starting point for debates potentially affecting issues like these. When his office had its origins a century ago, the same year a law emerged to regulate the new-fangled “cinematograph”, more topics were contentious.Today, fewer things are candidates for censorship, but a complex media landscape and interplay between lobby groups, prosecuting agencies, and Dr Jack’s independent agency keeps his office busy, sometimes making it the centre of controversy itself.Jack’s Office of Film & Literature Classification has an obligation to protect the public good – the same term used in law a century ago. Irreconcilable arguments on what damages the public good, and on who should be allowed to view or read exploitative or sadistic content, fall on this office.A century ago, with the new Cinematograph-film Censorship Act, officials grappled with the surging popularity of motion pictures, and the controversial storylines some presented. Among the first flicks deemed “objectionable” was 1921’s Certain Rich Man, dealing with drunkenness, young love and business ethics. Eternal Three, featuring an old doctor who took a trophy wife who herself then had an affair, also earned opprobrium in the censorship law’s first decade.After tweaks to the law in recent decades, the independent Crown entity covers films, books and computer games. One thing hasn’t changed. Most people still agree definitions of the “public good” will always be subjective.From his Wellington office, Jack says social attitudes to controversial issues have moved since he took over in March 2011, but the pace is slow.What’s important is ensuring the censorship office keeps in touch with the community, maintains relevance, an ability to reflect social values, not impose them from above. Key to that is frequently escaping the “Wellington ivory tower” and ensuring staff have a life outside work, so Dr Jack says he spends much time talking to community groups.The office’s workload gives you another indication why having a life outside work is encouraged.Jack says “sex, horror, crime, cruelty and violence” are themes his team of around 25 must tussle with most often. And he reckons 40 per cent of his staff’s work relates to studying content police, customs or Internal Affairs supply during investigations or prosecutions. Of that, perhaps two-thirds is child abuse imagery, trafficked online.It can be distressing, disturbing work, and having to review it is the worst part of the job. But one reward is knowing the office can help prosecute predators and traffickers of exploitative content.And while some groups feel society is in a perpetual freefall of increasing permissiveness, Jack says Kiwis are less tolerant of some things than they were five years ago.Surprisingly, he feels society is increasingly intolerant of offensive language. And teenagers are probably more conservative than might be imagined. Depictions of self-harm, sexual violence and animal cruelty are especially out of favour with teens right now, he says.“Young people are often more discerning than they’re given credit for.”The biggest recent controversy erupted when Into the River was slapped with an R-14 rating last September. Conservative lobby group Family First slugged it out with author Ted Dawe. Foreign media, even Hollywood, weighed in too.President of the Film and Literature Board of Review Don Mathieson, QC, a conservative Christian, issued the interim order, overturning deputy chief censor Nic McCully’s​ decision to not restrict the book. The issue see-sawed until that R-14 restriction was lifted six weeks later. Mathieson stood down soon after.Bob McCoskrie​, Family First’s national director, defends the stance he took, and feels the media garbled the issue by presenting the R14 classification as a ban. “We felt that the book was inappropriate for young children the way it dealt with the sexual content and the language.“You can’t be silent and just see things get worse..We’ll always put a line in the sand.”He uses a story of families in the video store – a declining, dying business model – to provide an analogy around crumbling, decaying morals and the utility of age-based restrictions.“If Little Johnny brings you an R18, we immediately say ‘That’s R18, we’re not even even going to read what that movie’s about’.”He said the R14 rating for Into the River had a similar goal in mind.“At the end of the day, it comes down to parental advice, but based on correct information.”He’s sceptical of claims any publicity is good publicity, and thinks the Into the River decision flowed against a current of consciousness many parents share. “Society is becoming more permissive, but parents are becoming more concerned, and rightly so.”He paints a vivid picture of parents in the living room always on edge, quick on the draw with the remote control, ready to mute or change channels when adult-themed ads or promos for salacious TV shows emerge during “family viewing time.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/82968384/the-chief-censor-hunts-for-the-big-five-sex-horror-crime-cruelty-and-violenceKeep up with family issues in NZ. 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Mixed reports on Osimhen and Napoli

first_imgThere are reports Victor Osimhen has put his doubts aside and accepted the move to Napoli, but Nigerian sources continue to insist the Lille forward is undecided. The striker visited Naples and the home of President Aurelio De Laurentiis in Capri earlier this week, as the club put on a charm offensive to convince him to accept. According to Sportitalia, the tactic worked and Osimhen has put the concerns behind him to accept a transfer to the Stadio San Paolo. However, Oma Akatugba of OmaSports.com continues to assure Osimhen has not agreed to the move, despite the pressure from both clubs and his own entourage.Advertisement The other issue in play is agreeing a deal with Lille, who are asking for €50m, although le10sport.com claim the request is closer to €80m. read also:‘Victor Osimhen is still a Lille player’ It has been suggested in Italy that they could include full-back Adam Ounas as part of the package. The Algeria international spent last season on loan in Ligue 1 with Nice. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Ighalo off to UK for Man U deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Odion Ighalo on loan, according to reports. The former Watford striker is currently on the books at Shanghai Shenhua, but the start of the Chinese Super League has been suspended amid a developing coronavirus crisis in China. The Mirror claimed Ighalo is on his way back to Europe and is keen to secure a last-minute transfer. United have been on the hunt for a frontman this month after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku during the summer. Ighalo was once linked with a move to United when he was still at Watford and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be tempted by a short-term solution to his goalscoring problems. Marcus Rashford is currently out injured and Ighalo has continued to score goals while in China, grabbing 10 in 19 appearances for Shanghai Shenhua. United have been linked with a host of forwards this month, including Leicester City’s Islam Slimani, who is keen to return from his loan deal at Monaco. Solskjaer has a host of injury headaches to deal with and the addition of Ighalo or any striker is sure to ease concerns about a depleted squad.Tags: Coronavirus crisisManchester UnitedOle Gunnar SolskjaerRomelu LukakuShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgTENNIS-DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPTop-seeded Simona Halep advances at Dubai ChampionshipsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep’s (HAL’-ehp) first match since losing to Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) in the Australian Open semifinals was a tough three-set win over Ons Jabeur at the Dubai Championships. Halep will meet Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals after Sabalenka beat Elise Mertens in straight sets. Anett Kontaveit beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will play Petra Martic, who defeated Barbora Strycova in straight sets. Jennifer Brady will play Muguruza in the quarterfinal after Brady beat Marketa Vondrousova and Muguruza defeated Veronika Kudermetova, both in three sets. February 19, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLSeton Hall beats ButlerNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sandro Mamukelashvili hit an off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer to give No. 16 Seton Hall a stunning 74-72 victory over No. 21 Butler. The game-winning shot came on an inbounds play after the officials reviewed a missed shot by Quincy McKnight and added two tenths of a second, putting 0.6 on the clock. McKnight inbounded the ball and Mamukelashvili caught it and tossed it at the basket. It hit the rim and rolled in, breaking a two-game losing streak for the Pirates (19-7, 11-3 Big East). Butler (19-7, 7-7) made three 3-pointers in the final 64 seconds to wipe out a five-point deficit. Sean McDermott hit the last two, tying the game at 72 with 8.8 seconds left. Update on the latest sports — Saddiq Bey and Collin Gillespie each made five of Villanova’s 18 3-pointers, and the 12th-ranked Wildcats used their long-range shooting to beat DePaul 91-71. Villanova went 18 for 26 from deep in its 20th straight victory against DePaul. The Wildcats have made at least nine 3s in their last five games, including 17 during Sunday’s 76-56 victory at Temple. Bey finished with 22 points and seven assists. Gillespie and Justin Moore had 17 points apiece. DePaul dropped its eighth straight game. The Blue Demons took the Wildcats to overtime in a 79-75 loss on Jan. 14, but the rematch was a blowout.— Anthony Edwards’ big night for Georgia has left No. 13 Auburn with its second straight loss. Edwards scored 18 points, including a late 3-pointer to slow Auburn’s comeback attempt, and the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 65-55. Auburn fell to 22-4 overall and 9-4 in the Southeastern Conference, thanks to its second straight loss to a team with a losing record. The two straight losses followed seven straight wins. Georgia ended a four-game losing streak. J’Von McCormick led Auburn with 22 points. Georgia’s Toumani Camara sank seven of eight free throws in the final minute to help protect the lead.— Caleb Mills scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half to lead No. 22 Houston to a 76-43 win over Tulsa on Wednesday night. Mills shot 9 of 16, including hitting 5 of 9 on 3-pointers. Nate Hinton added 15 points for Houston which shot 41%. The Cougars moved into sole possession of first place in the American with the win combined with Cincinnati’s loss to Central Florida on Wednesday. Martins Igbanu had 15 points, and Jeriah Horne added 12 points and seven rebounds for Tulsa (17-9, 9-4).NHL-SCHEDULEStars beat Coyotes 3-2 McKnight led the Pirates with 18 points and Myles Powell had 16. Mamukelashvili and Romaro Gill added 15 points apiece.Kamar Baldwin had 20 to lead the Bulldogs, while Bryce Golden added 17 points before fouling out with 2:19 to play.In other T25 hoop news:— Markell Johnson scored a career-high 28 points to help North Carolina State to beat sixth-ranked Duke 88-66 on Wednesday night. Devon Daniels added a career-high 25 points for the Wolfpack, who led by 15 at halftime and by as many as 27 late in a surprisingly lopsided win against the ACC-leading Blue Devils. Vernon Carey Jr. had 27 points to lead Duke. The Blue Devils shot 38% but struggled at the line and from behind the arc. Duke made 4 of 17 3-pointers and 10 of 22 foul shots. N.C. State shot 45%.— Jordan Nwora scored 17 points, Dwayne Sutton added 16 and No. 11 Louisville routed Syracuse 90-66 to end a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals never trailed the Orange after losses at Georgia Tech and Clemson dropped them from the conference lead. They stretched a 41-34 halftime lead to double digits early in the second half before an 18-2 run made it 69-44. Nwora shot just 5 of 18 from the field and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc but regrouped from scoring just seven points the past two games. Buddy Boeheim had 15 points and Quincy Guerrrier for Syracuse.center_img MLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug testUNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year.In other baseball news:— Mike Fiers is scheduled to start a split-squad game for Oakland on Sunday in his first game action since revealing the Houston Astros’ cheating scheme. It has not been determined whether Fiers’ spring training debut will come in the home game versus San Francisco or against Arizona on the road. In a story published by The Athletic in November, Fiers said the Astros had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship. Fiers played on that team. NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.Elsewhere in the NHL:— For the first time since October, the Washington Capitals took the ice for practice as something other than a first-place team. Defensive lapses and a glaring lack of structure have added up to losses in six of nine games and a .500 record over the past 10. It’s a struggle for the Capitals right now, but they hope a trade for defenseman Brenden Dillon and a few adjustments will shake them out of their midseason doldrums. Dillon could play as soon as Thursday night against Montreal, but he can’t solve all everything by himself. Even with Holtby finding a groove, the Capitals have allowed almost 3.5 goals per game during this stretch and not looked like a group that led the NHL for much of the year. UNDATED (AP) — Jamie Oleksiak broke a third-period tie with his first goal in 26 games and the Dallas Stars held on to beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Wednesday night. Oleksiak stepped up into the top of the slot, took a pass from Alexander Radulov and sent a low snap shot past goalie Antti Raanta with 8:22 remaining.Dallas is 5-0-1 in its last six games to pull even with Central Division leader St. Louis.Ben Bishop made 21 of his season-high 39 saves in the first period. Corey Perry and Radek Faksa scored power-play goals for Dallas. Taylor Hall had a power-play goal for Arizona, Christian Fischer also scored in the second period and Raanta stopped 30 shots.In other ice action:— Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) each had a goal and two assists as the New York Rangers scored five times in the third period and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3. Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and assist, and Filip Chytil, Ryan Strome, and Artemi Panarin scored for New York, which won for the fifth time in six games.  Dominik Kubalik scored twice, giving him 25 goals to lead NHL rookies. Drake Caggiula also connected for Chicago, which has just one win in its last eight games (1-5-2). Duncan Keith set up Kubalik’s first goal for his 500th career assist. — Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi expects catcher J.T. Realmuto to be back in spring training in Clearwater, Florida this week and does not believe there will be any fallout from his arbitration hearing in Arizona. Realmuto is seeking a salary of $12.4 million for 2020 after making $6.05 million last year. The Phillies have offered $10 million. Girardi said he expects Realmuto’s focus to be on baseball when he returns from the hearing in Phoenix— Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.— The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. The Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment. — Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Houston to be of its 2017 World Series title.— The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition in an attempt to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field. The “Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game.NFL-NEWSNFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot chargeUNDATED (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson have been jailed in West Texas after federal officials said they found 157 pounds of marijuana in a car in which he and another man were riding. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The complaint says the pair were driving from Los Angeles to Louisiana when the Border Patrol stopped them Monday night and found several large duffel bags of marijuana in their sport utility vehicle. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.last_img read more

Despite lone medal, Guyanese did well at Commonwealth Youth Games

first_imgDESPITE Guyana only landing one medal, won in boxing, at the recently concluded Commonwealth Youth Games, the other Guyanese participants who did not medal also attained various levels of accomplishments at the event.Notwithstanding not medaling, other athletes were able to achieve new personal best times, and reportedly, for the first time at an international event Guyana had two female athletes in a finals, while other performances saw Guyanese participants being approached for scholarship opportunities.This was related Friday at a press briefing held at Olympic House, where the coaches of the varying represented sporting disciplines spoke of the respective athletes achievements. The presser was chaired by the contingent’s Chef-de-Mission, Karen Pilgrim.Guyana was represented in four of the nine sporting disciplines contested at this year’s Games, which was held in The Bahamas from July 18 – 23. With five participants, athletics had the biggest number of athletes. There were also two swimmers, two boxers and a judoka, representing Guyana.In another case of Guyanese boxers standing out, young pugilist Keevin Allicock was the team’s only medalist, landing silver in the boys’ flyweight (52kg) division. Coach for the boxing team, Sebert Blake, used this recent win as a platform to once again throw out an appeal for support for young athletes.Blake noted that Allicock’s win was actually a result of returns on an investment, as an entity had recently began supporting young Allicock.“One of the supporters of Keevin Allicock invested in food and accommodation and everything that he needed. Today we’re able to achieve this medal. So if we as a country invest in these athletes, so that they don’t have to study where their next meal is coming from or where they are going to rest their head, and can really focus on the game itself, I think we can achieve that elusive gold medal, whether in boxing or something else,” Blake said.As the other coaches outlined what their teams achieved, athletic coach Julian Edmonds pointed out that while that sport had no medal, the athletes performed well. In particular, sprinter Onasha Rogers achieved a new personal best in the Girls’ 200m, with a time of 24.33 seconds.Rogers was also fourth in the 100m, where both herself and Kenisha Phillips made it into the finals, after getting pass the heats and semifinals round.The girls had to contest all the 100m races on the same day, and this eventually proved to be too much for Phillips who suffered a hamstring injury and had to pull out of the 200m.“This is the first time in the history of athletics in Guyana that at a major event, we had two females in the 100m finals, which is great. Canada would have been the only other country that had two finalist in the event. It means good for Guyana, it shows that sprinting in Guyana is definitely on the rise. All in all I think the athletic team did their best,” Edmonds opined.He pointed out that Rogers’ performance also saw her being approached by a number of scouts, offering scholarships. However, Rogers is already in the process of taking up a scholarship at Monroe College in the USA.“[Buchanan] showed improvement. This is the second [international] outing for him, last time he went to Azerbaijan [ at the Islamic Solidarity Games], and he didn’t do so well but this time he showed some improvement.At the present moment in the Bahamas, they’re offering judo scholarships, and because of our performance they offered us four scholarships to 4 judokas. So judo is going somewhere in Guyana,” Archer said.In swimming, each of the swimmers were able to achieve at least one new personal best in their events. Daniel Scott achieved a new PB in the boys’ 200m freestyle where he clocked 2:09.90s, while Kenita Mahaica had a new PB in the 50m backstroke, where she clocked 34.23 seconds.last_img read more

Michael Johnson resigns as Golden Jaguars Head Coach!

first_img..Brazilian Márcio Máximo named as interim replacementJUST one year after being named as Head Coach of the ‘Golden Jaguars’, Michael Johnson resigned from the post, according to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), to accept “a position in England that will be announced soon.”  Johnson’s last official date as head coach of the country’s Senior Men’s National team, the GFF said in a release, was August 13, while the Wayne Forde-led Federation named Brazilian Márcio Máximo as the Interim Head Coach and man that will be in charge of the Golden Jaguars when they roar in the up-coming Concacaf Nations League.Johnson, 46, stood on the sidelines for 10 matches during his one year stint with the Golden Jaguars, but only mustered two wins, losing to Suriname, French Guiana (2 – 1), Haiti (3 – 1), Bermuda (1 – 0), the USA (4 – 1), Panama (4 – 2), while drawing with Barbados (2 – 2) and Trinidad and Tobago (1 – 1). Under Johnson, Guyana defeated only Turks and Caicos (8 – 0) and Belize (2 – 1). The game against Barbados was later won on technicality after the Island fielded a player who was deemed ineligible by FIFA and as such, a 3 – 0 result was returned in favor of Guyana.To Johnson’s credit, he would go down as the first coach to qualify the senior men’s team for their first major tournament in the sport – the CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, some pundits had discredited Johnson’s accomplishment, stating that the qualification process was not as difficult as those his predecessors had to play to qualify for the CONCACAF showpiece, and also, given the fact that had Barbados not blundered and made their technical mistake with regards to proper documentation to one of their players, the Golden Jaguars would not have made the journey to the USA this summer.Márcio MáximoWayne Forde, president of the GFF, the release said, on behalf of the Executive Committee, stated that he was proud of the work done by Johnson, especially in aiding the professional development of the senior national programme and the creditable performance of the team at its inaugural Gold Cup participation. Meanwhile, Máximo, the GFF noted, comes to the post with a CONMEBOL pro licence and over 30 years experience as a Coach and Coaching Instructor at both club and national team levels.To date, he has coached the Brazil National U-17 and U-20 teams (1992-1993), Qatar National U-20 Team, Cayman Islands National Team (1999-2002), which resulted in Caribbean Cup and World Cup Qualification respectively and the Tanzania National Team (2006 – 2010), when they reached qualifiers for the World Cup – Germany and South Africa – and also qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time ever. The coach has also worked with club teams across the world including Germany, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica and Scotland (United Kingdom).The new Head Coach, who is expected to arrive in  Guyana next week, will reside in Guyana during his eight-month tenure and will work with the Guyana-based senior national team players to improve their chances of breaking into the team.The GFF release pointed out that Máximo is also expected to contribute to the national development programmes and Coaching Education initiatives.  Following the conclusion of the CONCACAF Nations League, a performance evaluation will be done, which will inform the next steps to be taken.last_img read more

Sports Ministry Sanctions Change of Guard at AFN

first_imgIbrahim Shehu Gusau The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Adesola Olusade, received in audience George as the acting president of the athletics body.Although details of the meeting remained sketchy as at press time, receiving George by the permanent secretary appears an approval of the decisions taken at the AFN meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.Nine members of the athletics board met earlier in the week and suspended Gusau and announced George as acting president.However, in a swift move to denounce the meeting in Abuja, Gusau led some of his loyalists on the AFN board to another Congress in Awka, Anambra State where he denounced the Sports’ Ministry’s alleged interference in the affairs of the athletics body.A Twitter message posted after it’s socalled ‘Extra Ordinary Congress’ in Akwa came out with a resolution declaring it’s autonomy from the ministry, citing ‘interference’ as reason to stand alone.The tweet read in part: “Following the resolution by state chairmen at the just concluded AFN Extraordinary Congress attended by major stakeholders in athletics, the board has decided to declare autonomy from the ministry citing interference” as reason to end years of going cap in hand for government money to fund its activities.Gusau dismissed his suspension, insisting that it was a “waste of time and null and void.”Although the embattled AFN president claimed to have 27 of the country’s 36 states athletics association chairmen with him, insiders at the gathering in Awka revealed that majority of those Gusau claimed to be representing the states were nothing but coaches and some hanger-on in sport.“Who are those they are claiming to have as state athletics chairmen? Majority of them are jobless former athletes and coaches. Let’s wait and see how they will operate their so-called faction when the time comes,” a respectable voice on track and field who did not want to be quoted due to his position in Nigerian sports told THISDAY on telephone last nightNigeria’s Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, who has been calling for a new beginning for the sector in other for the country to take her rightful place in global sports, clocked 100 days in office yesterday.He is out of the country attending the 2019 African Economic Conference on Jobs, Entrepreneurship and capacity building for African Youth in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt.The minister was rankled by the shoddy handling of Nigeria’s participation at the last IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.His ministry directed the AFN to investigate the reasons leading to the disqualification and later reinstating Nigeria’s top athletes, Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru from their respective events.Amongst other allegations against the Gusau led board include, refusing to pay athletes and coaches balance of their allowances when such funds have been released by the Ministry.Gusau’s AFN narrowly escaped ban from IAAF over the $135,000 erroneously paid to Nigeria but took the coming of Sunday Dare as Sports Minister to refund the money in full to the world athletics body just last month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gusau’s faction declares autonomy from sports ministryDuro IkhazuagbeThe suspension of Ibrahim Shehu Gusau as President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN), has received the blessings of the country’s apex authorities on sports matters, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.Gusau’ deputy, Olamide George who is acting as AFN president until the outcome of the panel set up on Tuesday in Abuja to investigate allegations of infractions against the former member of the House of Representatives, was received at the ministry yesterday.last_img read more