City move to brink of title glory

first_img Edin Dzeko settled any nerves by breaking the deadlock after 64 minutes and followed up with his fifth crucial goal in the last three games. Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure – netting City’s 100th league goal of the season with a quite brilliant solo effort – added further strikes in the dying moments to send City two points clear at the top, with just one game to play, in some style. He looked beaten after James Milner picked out Pablo Zabaleta with a clever reverse pass and the Argentinian set up Toure, but the keeper saved with his feet. City continued to create chances but struggled to find the target. Kolarov fizzed in a low cross from the left but neither David Silva nor Dzeko could get a firm touch. Samir Nasri curled a long-range effort over. Villa finally pieced together a decent attacking move after half an hour but 22-year-old striker Jordan Bowery, handed a chance following injury to Gabriel Agbonlahor, could not turn in Andreas Weimann’s deep cross. Weimann scented an opportunity himself as Villa broke following a City corner but he lacked the conviction to beat Zabaleta and his long-range shot was deflected wide. City fans began to get anxious but their side finished the first period back in control as Zabaleta crossed into the danger area for Silva, only for Villa to scramble the ball clear. Milner then whipped in a fine ball for Nasri from the right but the Frenchman volleyed wide. The hosts looked to step up the tempo after the break but Dzeko failed to control a long Toure ball and Villa, well led by captain Ron Vlaar, hacked clear from numerous other attacks. Silva headed back into the area after Villa only half-cleared a corner but Vincent Kompany’s opportunistic overhead kick was aimed straight at Guzan. Guzan dived to his left to punch away a well-struck Kolarov free-kick from 25 yards. City finally picked their way through as the rain pelted down again as Silva fed Zabaleta down the right and his low ball was gratefully tucked in by Dzeko six yards out. Once Villa were breached, they could not prevent further damage. Zabaleta got inside the full-back again to pull the ball back and although Nasri’s initial shot was blocked by Guzan, Dzeko had a simple job to tap in his second. With the tension finally lifted and the crowd at last in full voice, Toure went close to a third with a free-kick deflected narrowly wide. Villa might have set up a tight finale when Weimann’s header six minutes from time crashed against the crossbar and bounced away off the line. Instead substitute Jovetic made the win comfortable by finishing from the edge of the box and Toure broke from his own half to add a fine fourth. Press Association Manchester City struck four second-half goals against a spirited Aston Villa side to put one hand on the Barclays Premier League trophy with a 4-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. With a superior goal difference to Liverpool, City effectively need only a draw from their final game against West Ham on Sunday to claim their second title in three seasons. After Liverpool’s capitulation to Crystal Palace on Monday, City had been expected to cruise home. That they found the going tough on a night of heavy showers was credit to a Villa side who, safe from relegation, supposedly had little to play for. Dzeko’s heroics, in the absence of top scorer Sergio Aguero, further underlined his return to form and confidence this season after recent goals against Crystal Palace and Everton in the run-in. Title nerves and anxiety in the crowd became increasingly obvious throughout a goalless first half. City completely dominated possession but Villa, defending deep and with five across the back, repelled wave after wave of attacks. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan was well protected after dealing with a couple of early shots. The American was first tested when Aleksandar Kolarov fired at him from a tight angle on the left. last_img read more

Federal High Court Emerges Winner of CJN Games in Kogi

first_imgYekini Jimoh in LokojaThe Federal High Court yesterday emerged the overall winner of the 22nd edition of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Games in Kogi State.The Federal High Court topped the medals table released yesterday by organisers of the games, National Sports Association for Judiciary (NASAJ) with 19 medals comprising eight gold, six silver and five bronze medals to emerge the overall winners of the week-long competition. The medals chart signed by Technical Director of Games for NASAJ, Abruku Raymond, reveals that the National Industrial Court came second with eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals beating the host, Kogi State Judiciary which had the highest number of 22 medals to the third position.Kogi Judiciary won seven gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals while the Federal Judicial Service Commission finished fourth with six gold, six silver and nine bronze medals.The final football match in the tournament between National Industrial Court and Appeal Court ended 4-3 on penalty shootout in favour of the National Industrial Court.The 90-minute display of soccer artistry could not produce any goals as both teams traded tackles and tried to outsmart each other but met stiff resistance from the defenders.Speaking at the end of the week-long competition, Kogi Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Aromeh Adoji, described the tournament as excellent and commended the organisers for a good job and the contestants for good sportsmanship.Adoji expressed delight that the tournament turned out successful and expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Kogi State Judiciary contingent adding that the its performance in subsequent editions.He said that the state was able to meet most of its expectations from the competition saying that new talents, no doubt, would have been identified just as the competition boosted the economy of the state while it lasted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Coronavirus: Real Madrid footballers in quarantine leads to La Liga suspension

first_imgSpanish top flight La Liga has been suspended for “at least the next two rounds of matches” as a result of the Real Madrid squad going into quarantine because of coronavirus.It comes after a Real Madrid basketball player, who shares training facilities with the La Liga club, tested positive for the virus.Real are due to play at Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.The Spanish club has closed the facilities of its sports city.“The recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the football first team, given that the two squads share facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid,” a Real statement said.La Liga said it will “revaluate” the situation following the completion of quarantine “in the affected clubs and other possible situations that may arise”.Real, who are second in La Liga, were due to host Eibar on Friday, and had already cancelled all pre-match media duties. Source: BBClast_img read more

Sports Issues

first_img2014 Commonwealth Games: the value will be the sameI, Afi, may be described as a prophet of doom or an unpatriotic citizen of Ghana in my quest to be frank and sincere with my motherland. I dare say the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, at which Ghana will definitely participate, will be no different from previous ones when it comes to performance and winning of medals. Infact – the value will be the same! Infact, we may not win more than five medals or nothing at all because we have over the years, not made any frantic efforts at winning any medal when it comes to preparation of athletes for the competition. For countries which have won medals, it has not been just a matter of days, but years of preparation and I don’t know whether mother Ghana has embarked on any such preparations to merit a medal at the Games. Why am I saying so? For the whole of 2013, not a single pesewa had gone to any of the Associations to organize local competitions or participate in international events, whilst other countries prepare their athletes for a period of four years. All the associations that have organized local competitions and participated in international events have done so at the benevolence of their chairmen or presidents or other philanthropists or corporate organizations, whilst those who have not been able to organize anything are the unfortunate orphans. With this, how does government or the nation expect any medal from any of the athletes going for the Commonwealth Games? For those, who may care to know, it is not possible to win medals at international games with just one or two competitions as preparations. Athletes who have won medals at international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games have before the games, competed in several competitions to improve their timing, fitness level and competitiveness. What about the case of Ghana? we have limited competitions for almost every event, and yet, we want to win medals at the Commonwealth Games as hoped by the Minister of Youth and Sports during the inauguration of a 25-member committee to plan Ghana’s participation. A little research conducted by advanced countries show that, athletes who win medals at the Olympic Games and other international events are prepared over a period of four years with special attention given to training schedules, dieting, personal management and all. It is based on this that I find no justification in the expectation of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), the National Sports Authority (NSA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) that we win more medals at the games. I know deep down the hearts of the GOC and NSA that, they are aware we may be coming home either empty-handed or with very minimal number of medals. So if the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) think Ghana can make any significant impact at the games, then it is definitely a mirage. Ghana is not in a position to make a major breakthrough at the Games because we did not, and have not prepared for the event. I have taken great pain to study the medal trend of Ghana at the Commonwealth Games and it is obvious we may be heading for the worse competition ever.From the records, Ghana’s best performance at the games had been 1962, 1966 and 1974 where we ended the competition with a total of nine medals each, then 1970, where we had seven medals. These modest successes could be attributed to the fact that, they were the golden moments in Ghana Sports, but on the contrary, we have seen a constant decline since 1978, with five medals as the best so far. In our last participation, which was Delhi 2010, we only managed four medals, with the disabled team contributing two out of the four. What is even more disheartening is that, our disabled athletes have since the Paralympic Games in London, become training horses without competition, and so how would they be in a competitive state to deliver? Our mainstream athletes have been engaging in some competitions but for obvious reasons,may not be enough to put them in the right frame for medals. I am not ruling Ghana out of the competition but I strongly believe our impact will be insignificant. Yes we may win some few medals in Athletics, Weightlifting and Disability Sports, but it will be the same story of; “what happened?” “What did we do wrong?” After which we shall go to bed for another four years. I urge Ghanaians to manage their expectations. We have to accept the fact that, we are going as a commonwealth nation and next, for political reasons, other than participating to win medals. I rest my case!  Afi Xorlali will be back next week!last_img read more

Newcastle resume talks with Dede Ayew again

first_imgNewcastle United have resumed negotiations with Marseille over the transfer of Ghana international Andre Ayew.Ayew, 25, is out of contract at the end of the season, but has been linked with a number of sides following his performances at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.The Magpies have already spoken to his representatives to make an offer ahead of this summer’s transfer window.Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton have also been linked with Ayew, who has scored six goals for Marseille this season.Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund have also shown ineterst in Ayew, but Newcastle are convinced they can lure the forward to the north east.Ayew has scored two goals in his last three games for Marseille. –last_img read more

Gloucestershire battle to English County Finals victory

first_img Tags: Buckinghamshire, County Finals, Gloucestershire, Norfolk, Royal North Devon, Staffordshire, Surrey, Women, Yorkshire 21 Sep 2018 Gloucestershire battle to English County Finals victory Gloucestershire won the English Women’s County Championship today in a battle of endurance on the storm-swept links of Royal North Devon Golf Club.Storm Bronagh succeeded Storm Ali and Storm Helene to deliver more brutal conditions for the six teams, with today’s winds easily the worst of the week.Because of the adverse conditions today’s three matches were each reduced to four singles and two foursomes. At the start of play, Gloucestershire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire were all in the title hunt, with the South West team holding a slight advantage thanks to their superior total of game points.But it was Gloucestershire who literally swept to victory, beating Buckinghamshire 5-1, while Surrey’s challenge was derailed by Staffordshire who won that match 4.5-1.5. In the final match of the day Norfolk scored their first win of the week, beating Yorkshire 4-2.This is Gloucestershire’s second win at County Finals, following their 2016 success, and captain Andra Knight commented: “They are an incredible team and what they achieved today was just amazing. We were hoping for a win, but to come in 5-1 was the icing on the cake.“The wind was incredibly challenging out there but our players are so resilient and they just want it for each other.”Today, players were muffled up with only eyes showing between snoods and hats, flags bent, the winds howled and buffeted and club selection was an art form. As an example, the par three fifth measured 102 yards to the front, 115 to the flag – and was playing at 185 yards.To add insult to injury, Gloucestershire’s Alex Saunders had her ball stolen by a crow on the 10th but she was able to drop a replacement, win the hole and go on to win her match 5/4.Some of the golf was of remarkable quality by any standards and quite outstanding in the conditions. Gloucestershire’s Caley McGinty almost holed in one on the short 14th, where her ball circumnavigated the hole, and she repeatedly demonstrated her lovely short game, chipping dead on the 15th to close out her match.Moments earlier, team-mate Ebonie Lewis had also claimed her point on the 15th, after leading throughout her game. And within minutes Ffion Tynan pulled off a remarkable come-back to win on the 17th and seal Gloucestershire’s victory.The 15-year-old had been three down after 10, but after some chocolate and encouragement from her coach and her caddie, she turned her game around to maintain her 100% winning record of six wins from six games.The foursomes were played at the end of the order and Grace Connelly and Charlie Hiatt lost no time in adding another point to Gloucestershire’s total with their 8/7 winMeanwhile, a very determined Staffordshire team put paid to Surrey’s title ambitions. Emily Brennan (3/2) and Morgan Thomas (5/4) led the way for the Midland North team before Georgie Taylor (1up) and Georgina Wilkie (half) secured the win, followed by team captain Jenny Rhodes and Rachel Bishop who sped to a 7/6 win.Norfolk saved their best till last, scoring their first win of the week over Yorkshire and claiming 5th place in the final table. There were halved results for Chloe Gibbs and Imogen Leeder and wins from Tiffany Mills (2/1) and the foursomes pairings of Jo Herd and Jasmine Campbell (5/4) and Chloe Rowswell and Abigail O’Riordan (4/3).Final placings: 1 Gloucestershire 2 Staffordshire 3 Surrey 4 Buckinghamshire 5 Norfolk 6 Yorkshire.Click here for full results• Royal North Devon Golf club hosted the championship as part of its celebrations to mark 150 years of women’s golf and each player was presented with a commemorative mug.Caption: The winning Gloucestershire team, from left. Back row: Jessica Brown, Ebonie Lewis, Sam Round, Rachael Archibald, Charlie Hiatt, Caley McGinty.Front row: Ffion Tynan, Alex Saunders, Andra Knight (captain), Claudia Ovens and Grace Connelly.Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

“Saints Have a Plan” Campaign Helps Future Grads Develop Job-Hunting Tools

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Even before the Class of 2015 arrives on campus for its senior year, Saint Martin’s University is working to help its members glide smoothly into life after graduation.While four or more years of education provide the knowledge and experiences to succeed in a particular career, many students get through their senior year without an essential – job-search skills. Through “Saints Have a Plan,” an innovative program masterminded by Ann Adams, the University’s associate dean of students and director of career development, seniors are learning the “how-to’s” in a timely manner.“College and University career centers have always offered this help,” she says. “We want students to have a plan before they are out there looking for work. With Saints Have a Plan, we’re just making it fun by packaging it and incentivizing it.”The inspiration for “the plan” came to Adams as she considered a troubling fact: Although the University’s Career Center offers an extensive array of resources and assistance to help seniors poised to transition out of college, many fail to take advantage of them until they are about to graduate, if at all. Others want to begin the process but are overwhelmed by the complexity of job-searching.In 2013, almost half of Saint Martin’s graduating seniors were job-searching at the time of graduation, missing the optimum time to get support, says the nine-year Career Center veteran.“The ideal time for them to start job-hunting is much earlier, when they can attend job fairs, get help developing resumes and start networking with potential job sources. Everyone wants to help students and offer them advice and referrals, but it is different when they become one of hundreds of job-seekers.”Last February, Adams e-mailed seniors an invitation to the new program that included a form about their post-graduation plans. The idea was to encourage students with no particular plan to get started, she said. As those without a plan developed one, they were awarded raffle tickets. Steps in the plan included listing grad schools or employers where the student was applying, getting their resume and cover letters spruced up, and creating a LinkedIn profile to enable networking online. When their plan was done, they earned a T-shirt and other goodies.  The campaign was a community effort, with professors who joined in wearing “plan” T-shirts and donating class time for Career Center staff to introduce the event. Offices donated services, gift cards and baskets, the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association sponsored tee-shirts, and local merchants contributed generous raffle prizes.Adams said 67 percent of seniors completed a plan, a high number, given some seniors completed their degrees in December and were no longer at school.Buoyed by the pilot program’s success, Saints Have a Plan will roll out again this year. Seniors completing their academic coursework in December will develop plans this fall, and those finishing coursework in May or August will submit plans beginning in January. Adams is also hoping to find additional sponsors to help build the program.In July, Adams shared information about her new program with colleagues at the national conference of the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.“The presentation went very well and drew a great deal of interest from career counselors – even faculty from St. Mary’s dropped in after seeing the topic on the program,” she says.last_img read more

Experience the Fun, Prizes and Giveaways at Lakefair’s 50+ in the…

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Lynessa Stone, Advanced Health Care V.P. of Marketing, planning member of the Lakefair 50+ CommitteeYou may have experienced the crowds, the sights, the food and rides of Lakefair over the years that it has been a summertime fixture in Olympia, but you’ve probably never experienced the annual event specifically geared towards this communities seniors: Lakefair’s 50+ in the Park.  If you find yourself in that “50+” age category or know someone who is, we invite you to come down Friday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to experience all that this day offers to our older, but wiser, citizens.Dozens of local business, like ours at Advanced Health Care, that focus on helping our senior and older adult population will be there to provide information and resources to the community, all while providing free music, entertainment, prizes, and games!  Major sponsors include Clarus Eye Center, Artesian Place, Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates and the newly constructed Fieldstone Cooper Point community.Danny Vernon returns as the beloved headliner in his “Illusion of Elvis” act.  Live demonstrations of ZUMBA and the performance of Mr. Nat Jackson, the “Jump Rope King” (fastest jump roper in the United States in the 70+ age category) will leave you impressed!Raffle prize drawings held throughout the day and each business will have free giveaways at their booths, too! 50+ in the Park is a fantastic event for ALL AGES in our community and it’s FREE! We hope to see you there.Lakefair weekend: Heritage Park, Friday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

Busy Pajama Day

first_imgBy Kathy MieleSteven walked into the room and had a concerned look on his face. It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon and I was still in my pajamas.“Are you feeling alright?” he asked.“Can you hold on for a minute?” I said to my sister, then turned my head so Steven could see that I had my phone’s headset on. “Hey, you’re home early for a Saturday,” I said to him.“I’m just stopping in for a minute. I have two more appointments before I’m really home,” he said.“Hey, Liz can I call you right back? Steven just stopped in for a minute.” I clicked my headset off and turned back to Steven. “I’m sorry. What did you say when you first walked in?”“I asked if you were feeling OK.”“Yeah, why?”“You’re still in your pajamas and bathrobe,” he said.I put down the shorts I’d been sewing a button on. “No, actually I’ve had a really busy day,” I said. “I’ve baked a batch of brownies, I’m on my third load of wash, and I’ve got a pot of sauce simmering for dinner.”I cinched my robe tighter as I headed for the laundry room to switch a load out of the washer and into the dryer. “Right now I’m working on some clothes that needed mending.”“Oh,” Steven sounded happy. “Did you get a chance to sew that missing button on my shirt?”“Done,” I answered, pointing to the pile of finished pieces already on top of the dryer.Reloading the dryer, I hit the start button and headed for the kitchen. “Do you want me to make you some deviled eggs?” I asked. “I hard-boiled a dozen earlier this morning.”“Sure, that sounds great,” Steven said as he followed me into the kitchen.“Careful, I just washed the floor. It’s not completely dry yet,” I called as he stayed in the doorway and I tiptoed in to get the eggs started.“Wow, you have been busy,” he said leaning against the doorframe.“I’ve gotten so much done. I love pajama day!” I said, cracking the shell of the first egg. “How’s your day going?” I asked.“Busy,” he said. “But not as busy as yours.”I had to laugh. “I’ve still got a few more things I want to get done before I get showered and dressed. But at the rate I’m going, if it gets any closer to dinnertime before I’m finished I might as well get showered and put on a fresh set of jammies!”I handed him a plate with a few deviled eggs and sat next to him at the dining room table while he ate.Steven shrugged his shoulders. “Hey, who’s going to know, right?”Just then the doorbell rang. I looked around the corner and saw a neighbor standing at our front door. I leaned back against my chair, trying not to be seen. “Can you get that for me?” I asked.Steven looked at me. “What’s wrong?” he asked.“Are you kidding?” I waved my hand in front of me. “I’m in my pajamas! They’re going to think I’m some sort of sloth, just hanging around all day.”“You could always explain what pajama day means to you,” he said.“Very funny,” I said as I hid in the kitchen while Steven got up to get the door.“By the way,” I whispered. “I’m not home, OK?”last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED PARADISE WOODS CRUISES TO 10 ½ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MARGARITA STAKES

first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED PARADISE WOODS CRUISES TO 10 ½ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MARGARITA STAKES AS SHIRREFFS & SMITH TEAM FOR 1 1/8 MILE TALLY IN 1:51.95ARCADIA, Calif. (April 27, 2019)–Winless in seven starts dating back to November, 2017, classy Paradise Woods annihilated six other distaffers in taking Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita by 10 ½ lengths under Mike Smith.  Owned by Steven Sarkowsky and Pam and Martin Wygod, Paradise Woods, in her third start for trainer John Shirreffs, got a mile and one eighth geared down in 1:51.95.Breaking from the far outside, she laid a close second to Just a Smidge around the Club House turn and with Smith conscious of maintaining a one lane buffer between the two, Paradise Woods was in hand while one length off the pacesetter with three furlongs to go and in the blink of an eye, enjoyed what appeared to be a five length advantage at the three sixteenths pole.“I wanted to engage her against Just a Smidge but when you engage horses they are taught to fight,” said Smith, who was aboard for the first time today.  “They will get after each other, so the pace would have been quicker, I might be losing a little bit of ground, but I got her to do it relaxed.  If I can get them to relax, I’d rather do that.  Once I came into the far turn and engaged her, you saw what she did, she took off and she might have done that earlier.”Most recently a much improved third in the Grade I Beholder Mile, Paradise Woods, whose last win came in the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes here on Sept. 30, 2017, was off at 3-5 and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.Bred in Kentucky by Steven Sarkowsky, Paradise Woods, a 5-year-old mare by Union Rags out of the Forest Wildcat mare Wild Forest, registered her third graded stakes victory today, as her first came in her second career start, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, in April, 2017.With the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $945,890 from an overall mark of 14-4-2-3.“When we first got her, she was very anxious,” said Shirreffs. “When she gets mad, she stays mad for a long time, so we spent a long time focused on ways to keep her from getting anxious…She has tremendous ability and we need repeatable performances and we need her to develop a style. As you saw today, she was sitting there relaxed, she was just off that filly (Just a Smidge), but she wasn’t pulling.“This is very gratifying because Marty Wygod really wanted to campaign her this year and there was a lot of criticism about not breeding her.”In a separate race for the minors, German-bred La Force ran on for second money, finishing 5 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Exuberance. Off at 5-2 with Drayden Van Dyke, La Force paid $2.80 and $2.60.The biggest price in the field at 55-1, Exuberance, who bested Just a Smidge by a half length, paid $6.40 to show with Norberto Arroyo, Jr. up.Fractions on the race were 23.37, 47.35, 1:11.59 and 1:38.30.last_img read more