Queens Park Rangers chief appalled by Championship restart plans

first_imgRelatedPosts Sheyi Ojo joins Cardiff City on season-long loan Crystal Palace boss relishes Eberechi Eze capture Crystal Palace insist on £20m Eberechi Eze Queens Park Rangers Chief Executive Lee Hoos has slammed the English Football League’s plan to resume the Championship (second-tier) season on June 20, saying clubs were informed of the decision only moments before it was made public.The Championship has been suspended since March 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the government has given the green light for elite sport to return from Monday behind closed doors provided strict conditions are met. Hoos told QPR’s website: “I am absolutely stunned by this announcement, as is our Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, and our manager, Mark Warburton.“Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs, nor with the Championship doctors’ working group by anyone in the Football League regarding this matter.“Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule.”Clubs are set to resume full contact training this week and Hoos is worried players will not have time to get up to speed before the season’s restart.“I have made our feelings known to the EFL; having spoken with a number of CEOs at other Championship clubs, I am not a lone voice on this matter,” Hoos said, adding: “We are absolutely appalled.” QPR were 13th in the Championship, six points behind Preston North End, who occupied the final playoff spot when the season was halted.The top flight Premier League will resume on June 17, with all matches also to be played behind closed doors.Reuters/NAN.Tags: English Football LeagueLee HoosQueen’s Park Rangerslast_img read more

Indian River County gives out laptops to students for remote learning

first_imgIndian River County wants to make sure students are prepared for remote learning since all schools in Florida have been close through April 15 due to coronavirus.On Wednesday, school district officials started giving out laptops to students who don’t have access to them at home.School officials want all students to have access to laptops so they can do online lessons.The district has 10,000 laptops available, and the devices will be given out again on Thursday at six schools across Indian River County from 10am-2pm.People are lining up at VBE to check out a laptop for their household. There is a wait- but we are all smiles, and everything is running smoothly! If you do not have a device at home, please visit one of our 6 distribution sites between 10-2 and check one out! pic.twitter.com/RuiaKQBW1P— Indian River Schools (@IRCSchools) March 18, 2020 Here are the laptop distribution sites in Indian River County:Citrus Elementary School2771 4th StreetVero BeachMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.Dodgertown Elementary School4350 43rd AvenueVero BeachMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.March 195 p.m. – 7 p.m.Osceola Magnet Elementary School1110 18th Avenue SWVero BeachMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.Vero Beach Elementary School1770 12th StreetVero BeachMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.March 195 p.m. – 7 p.m.Fellsmere Elementary School50 N. Cypress StreetFellsmereMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.Sebastian Elementary School400 Sebastian BoulevardSebastianMarch 18 & 1910 a.m. – 2 p.m.March 195 p.m. – 7 p.m.last_img read more

Radford urges Windies batters to make crucial adjustments

first_imgCANTERBURY, England, (CMC) – Assistant coach Toby Radford has urged the West Indies batsmen to make critical adjustments to their technique in order to succeed in the challenging English conditions.Radford, who hails from Wales, warned that conditions were often seamer-friendly and it was therefore important the tourists made the most of their second three-day first-class match against Kent starting Sunday, in order to continue their acclimatisation process.The Windies played well in the first warm-up match against Essex last week, and will look for another solid workout when they face a Kent side led by England limited overs batsman Sam Billings.“The conditions in England, generally you get a lot of swing and seam. You think the ball is there to drive and then it dips and nips away, so what we’re urging is to play as late as possible and as straight as possible.“We know the conditions and we know what to expect. The last few days we have worked really hard and our preparations are coming along quite well.”West Indies arrived in England last Saturday and opened their tour a few days later against Essex at Chelmsford where they impressed in the outing.Roston Chase, one of the rookie batsmen on tour but who is expected to be a key member of the line-up, gathered half-centuries in the contest to immediately find his touch.The 25-year-old has played just 10 Tests but was the leading scorer in the recent three-Test series against Pakistan when he stroked 403 hundreds at an average of a 100, including two centuries.Only three members of the Windies 15-man squad – Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Kieran Powell – have played a Test in England before but Radford said despite the inexperience, confidence was still very high.“We have a young side and we have a very talented side. We really believe we are developing and there is huge confidence in the dressing room,” he explained.“We are not the finished article, there is still a lot of work to be done but I believe in this team we have players who will entertain and show the world what we’ve got.”Following the upcoming match, West Indies will play a third three-day warm-up match against Derbyshire – a day/night contest using the pink ball as the visitors prepare for the first Test match under lights in England at Edgbaston starting August 17.last_img read more

Oduduru Chases NCAA History to Texas

first_imgTRACK & FIELDReigning NCAA Division I 200m champion, Divine Oduduru started his quest to become the second Nigerian man to successfully complete a sprint double at the Championships on an explosive note early yesterday morning at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas where he scorched to a wind-aided 10.96 seconds, the fastest time in the first round of the 100m event and 19.97 seconds, also the fastest time in the first round of the 200m event.The Texas Tech University undergraduate is bidding to become the second Nigerian after Olapade Adeniken to win the 100m and 200m titles at the same NCAA Division I Championships. Adeniken ran 10.09 seconds and 20.11 seconds in the colours of University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) to successfully complete the sprint double at the championship in 1992 and became the second African to do so following Namibian, Frankie Fredericks’ feat a year earlier for Brigham Young University.Oduduru will thus become the third African to win the two titles if he succeeds in the finals on Saturday.And it seems it is going to be difficult to bet against the Nigerian who has taken the collegiate track world by storm since bursting on the scene last year and winning the 200m outdoor title out of lane eight at the championships in Eugene last June.This year, he has gone sub-20 in the 200m thrice and sub-10 in the 100m thrice – doing both in the span of a single hour at Baylor.He was the 10th man in world history to do so in the same day. He is the only man in the world to have gone sub-20 thrice this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Betby goes live with Advabet

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 Betby’s Sergey Tsukanov: Esports is here to stay May 15, 2020 BETBY grows esports portfolio with Rocket League addition July 7, 2020 Sports betting supplier Betby has agreed a new partnership with Advabet which will make its sportsbook and Betby.Games esports offering available with the igaming solutions provider.Under the agreement, the Betby.Games offering will be available through the Advabet solution, which will include FIFA, NBA 2K and Rocket League competitions, with more events to be added.Leonid Pertsovskiy, Chief Executive Officer at Betby, said: “Advabet is an exciting, up and coming, innovative brand who we are proud to enter a commercial partnership with.“Our Betby.Games offering continues to go from strength to strength and with the return of live sports we see more appetite than ever to have a multi-product solution which appeals to a wide range of players. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”Advabet white label and turnkey online casino solutions will now be strengthened by Betby’s sportsbook offering which covers over 50,000 sporting events each month, encompassing a range of more than 80 sports around the globe.Sergiu Cravcenco, Chief Executive Officer at Advabet, added: “Betby’s innovative products and customer-centric attitude are things that stood out for us in our search for new offerings for our platform.“We both share an exciting vision for the future and working together we will look to continue to grow at an exciting pace.” Sharelast_img read more

“I am in no rush to sell Matthew Cudjoe, I want his development”- Sammy Anim

first_imgSammy Anim Addo, manager of 16-year old Kotoko winger, Matthew Cudjoe, says there is no rush to get the player to Europe despite massive interest from some foreign clubs.The winger has been making the headlines in the country for his good displays for Kotoko since the start of the season after he joined from Division One side, Young Apostles FC.Reports have linked the player to trials with some big European clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich but Anim Addo says he will not be enticed by money to send the player away. Rather, he will ensure that Cudjoe is properly groomed for the big time.“Matthew Cudjoe is on a development programme that we, Young Apostles, have with Asante Kotoko and so, we are making sure that we are developing him properly.If I had wanted to send him to Europe, I would have done so when we went to Italy for a scouting programme after the Baby Jet Football Tournament in 2018. He was the best player and the top scorer in that competition.People have approached me with money to let the player go but I am not interested in that. I want to see that he develops gradually and I have the patience for that.What makes me happy is that we are all seeing his potential and I am happy for the support and encouragement he is getting. If Brazil and the other leading footballing countries did it with Neymar, Mbappe and co, why should we not do same with Matthew Cudjoe?”After making a second half appearance for Kotoko in the Super 2, Cudjoe was showered with money from the fans and the image of him carrying the money in his jersey went viral after the encounter.So far, Cudjoe has played for Kotoko against Legon Cities, Berekum Chelsea, Ebusua Dwarfs and Hearts of Oak in the Ghana Premier League.last_img read more

U20 World Cup wrap: Nigeria destroy DPRK as Brazil, Germany advance

first_imgA round-up of Thursday’s FIFA U20 World Cup Group matches as the tournament reaches Day 6.Nigeria 4-0 Korea DPRNigeria bounced backed after their opening loss to Brazil with a 4-0 win over Korea thanks to a brace from Saviour Godwin, and goals from Kingsley Sokari and Isaac Success. The Flying Eagles will need to win their last game against Hungary to ensure automatic qualification from the group stages.Nigeria’s U-20 coach Manu Garba has said that his half-time team talk ensured the win. “We had a plan for what we wanted to do (in the first half) but they weren’t doing the right thing. We talked to the team and in the second half and they got the job done.”Germany 3-0 UzbekistanGermany won their second game in a row with a 3-0 win over Uzbekistan. Marc Stendera scored a brace, while Kevin Akpoguma scored the other for the team to go through to the next round. Honduras 0-3 FijiFiji, who lost 8-1 to Germany in their first game, kept their hopes alives when they beat Honduras 3-0 on Thursday. Iosefu Verevou and Saula Waqa scored for Fiji while there was also an own goal from Kevin Alvarez.Hungary 1-2 BrazilBrazil grabbed a 2-1 win over Hungary thanks to a penalty in the last few minutes of the game. Danilo scored Brazil’s first goal while Andreas Pereira converted from the spot. Bence Mervo scored for Hungary. –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

World Cup preview: Colombia vs England

first_imgEngland and Colombia clash in the World Cup last 16 on Tuesday with Gareth Southgate urging his side to make their own history with a rare knockout stage win.England made a positive impression in the early stages of the tournament and are now looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006.”It is 10 years since we have won a knockout fixture,” said the England head coach at his pre-match press conference on Monday.”For this team, this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have before them. The lads have got the chance to write their own stories.”The tournament is considered wide open following the elimination of Germany, Spain and Argentina, but Southgate refuses to get carried away with his team’s chances.”We have been in this position before many times over the last however many years,” he added. “It is pointless to think about what might happen after the game here. “We will focus on the game and our performance and everything will fall into place from there.”Maybe the teams who aren’t here weren’t as strong this time. If teams are beating Spain and Germany they have also got to be respected. We haven’t even discussed anything beyond [Tuesday].”For Colombia, doubts still persist over whether star man James Rodriguez will be fit to start for the South Americans in Moscow.James, 26, went off injured during Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal on Thursday that saw Jose Pekerman’s side seal top spot in Group H.Jose Pekerman (right) is confident James will be fit to face EnglandThe playmaker missed training on Friday and Saturday, and a scan subsequently showed he has a swelling in his right calf, though the Colombian football federation says the muscle is not torn. The Colombia boss is confident James will be fit to start at the Otkritie Arena: “We had good news after his medical tests. After his MRI (scan) we knew that he doesn’t have a serious injury.”We still have one-and-a-half days to see how he feels, and as always we hope that he will be able to play in the following games.”If the Golden Boot winner at the 2014 World Cup misses the game, though, Pekerman suggested Sevilla forward Luis Muriel could replace him in the starting XI.”Muriel is an option,” he said. “He was great during the match against Senegal.”He was able to change the pace, he’s technically gifted and really fast. He works well with the team.” Team newsEngland are expected to revert to the side that started against Tunisia. That means midfielder Dele Alli has recovered from the thigh injury he picked up in that opening Group G win.Meanwhile, Colombia are set to make a late decision on James’ fitness. However, fellow midfielder Abel Aguilar is likely to feature having recovered from the muscle problem that saw him sit out that final Group H win.Opta stats England are unbeaten against Colombia, having faced them five times previously (W3 D2). Their last encounter dates back to May 2005 in New Jersey. England won 3-2 thanks to a Michael Owen hat-trickEngland beat Colombia in their only previous World Cup encounter thanks to goals from Darren Anderton and David Beckham (2-0), it was in the group stages of the 1998 tournament. Current England boss Gareth Southgate was an unused sub that nightColombia have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup for the third time but it’s the first time they have accomplished it in consecutive tournaments (1990, 2014, 2018). The only previous occasion they’ve gone past the round of 16 was in 2014Three of Colombia’s five goals at this year’s World Cup have come from set-pieces (two from corners, one from direct free kick) whilst England scored more goals from dead-ball situations than any other team in the group stages (6)Colombia have scored in each of their last eight World Cup games, the longest current run of any team as of the end of the 2018 group stages. The last time Colombia failed to find the net in the tournament was in June 1998 against England (0-2)None of Colombia’s 21 games at the World Cup has ended goalless. In fact, only the USA (33) and Austria (29) have played more games in the competition without ever registering a 0-0England have won only two of their last eight knockout games at the World Cup (v Denmark in 2002, v Ecuador in 2006). They had progressed in six of their eight previous games in the knockout phaselast_img read more

Clayton Kershaw set to face former teammate Matt Kemp in Dodgers’ opener against Padres

first_imgThe left-hander was 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA last season for the two-time defending NL West champions. He’s 3-0 on opening day, allowing one earned run in 25 2/3 innings, with 26 strikeouts and three walks.“Clayton’s on the move, as far as never looking back and always getting better,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s basically what everybody wants out of all our guys, to just to continue to get better and to push themselves to get better.”A stunned Kemp left the only baseball home he’d ever known in Los Angeles to move down Interstate 5 to San Diego. The Padres are counting on him, along with new outfielders Wil Myers and Justin Upton, to punch up an offense that was baseball’s worst last season.“I’ve already thought about it. I’m excited,” Kemp said of his return to Dodger Stadium. “I’m sure it will be a little bit different, especially going to the stadium where I grew up in my professional career. It’ll be emotional.”James Shields, the new lynchpin in the Padres’ rotation, opposes Kershaw. The right-hander was 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA for Kansas City last season before signing a $75 million, four-year deal with the Padres. He often visited Dodger Stadium growing up in nearby Newhall. “Adding Shields and some of those other guys to the mix, man, it makes the pitching staff even better than it was last year,” Kemp said. “If everybody stays healthy and does what they can do, this team is going to be special.”• MORE BASEBALL PREVIEW: NL West team-by-team previewBoth teams went through major overhauls during the winter, with the Dodgers’ goal to win the World Series for the first time since 1988 and the Padres aiming to get back to the playoffs, where they haven’t been since 2006.Los Angeles fans attending the sold out game will get their first up-close look at baseball’s highest-paid team, with the Dodgers’ $272 million projected payroll moving them well ahead of the second-place New York Yankees.Besides Kemp, the Dodgers bid farewell to Hanley Ramirez, Dee Gordon and Dan Haren. They brought in veterans Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick to shore up the infield defense, added former Padre Yasmani Grandal behind the plate and are expecting big things from rookie Joc Pederson in center field.Much of the makeover occurred during a dizzying 48-hour stretch at the winter meetings in early December, when the Dodgers moved 19 players in six different deals, including two that involved three teams.“It’s crazy. We basically got a whole new team at the winter meetings,” Kershaw said. “It was fun to watch. The whole goal is to win, and hopefully we can do that with these guys.”• MORE BASEBALL PREVIEW: 2015 MLB pre-season predictionsBesides redoing the outfield, the Padres added third baseman Will Middlebrooks and catcher Derek Norris.“This year they’re just going to try to hit that three-run homer every game,” Kershaw said of the Padres. “They’ve got so many guys that can drive the ball out of the ballpark, so it’s a completely different team than last year.”Shields has been a workhorse, throwing more innings than any pitcher in baseball since 2007. He’s joined by a pair of durable rotation mates in Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy. Andrew Cashner has looked dominant this spring coming off elbow, shoulder and neck injuries last season.“You’re talking good players who are happy to be there,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “That’s a good thing.” Clayton Kershaw has some homework to do before his opening-day start for the Dodgers. The reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner needs to figure out how to get ex-teammate Matt Kemp out.Sure, Kershaw watched Kemp hit during his several years with the Dodgers, but now Kemp is part of the opposing San Diego Padres, who bring their retooled lineup to Dodger Stadium in the teams’ season opener today.“Honestly, I have no idea how to get him out yet,” Kershaw said, who will be making his fifth career opening-day start.• BASEBALL PREVIEW: Can Kershaw extend brilliance into postseason?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Comedian Larry David says he urged Jets to draft Lamar Jackson in 2018

first_imgMORE: NFL Mock Draft 2020Speaking on “The Michael Kay Show” on Tuesday, David said he called then-Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and urged him to pick the current Ravens QB with the No. 3 overall pick.”I did call Mike Maccagnan before the 2018 draft, and I recommended that he draft Lamar Jackson — I have a witness,” David said. “I have a witness.” (Perhaps it was the late-great Bob Einstein?)Maccagnan’s response to the recommendation was “condescending,” David said. “He kind of laughed at me, but who can blame him?” David continued. “Nobody thought Jackson was gonna be this — except for the Ravens.”The Ravens traded back into the first round, selecting Jackson with the No. 32 pick. Maccagnan was fired after the 2019 NFL Draft.You can listen to the full segment here, with the Jackson-Maccagnan-David recommendation starting at the 3:25 mark.Larry David visits The Michael Kay Show and discusses some New York sports. #TMKSonYES pic.twitter.com/69sukmubMB— YES Network (@YESNetwork) January 7, 2020David also suggested to then-Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum that he draft USC running back Reggie Bush in the 2006 draft, when the Jets picked fourth overall. Bush went No. 2 overall to the Saints, while the Jets took future Pro-Bowler and offensive line stalwart D’Brickashaw Ferguson with the No. 4 pick.MORE: Ranking 2020 NFL free agents Who knows jokes better than comedians? Maybe that’s why it’s no surprise that Larry David is a Jets fan.But this isn’t a laughing matter: The storied jokeman of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame says he urged the Jets to draft 2019 NFL MVP candidate Lamar Jackson before the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s no matter for the Jets or their fans, though: While Sam Darnold — the quarterback the Jets did draft in 2018 — hasn’t played to MVP-caliber levels yet, he is pretty, pretty, pretty good.Darnold set career highs in yards, touchdowns, completion rate, yards per game and passer rating in his sophomore season, while lowering his interception total. Darnold also infamously dealt with a bout of mono in 2019, which sidelined him for a month early in the year. Darnold helped lead the Jets to a 6-2 record over the team’s last eight games, during which he threw 13 touchdowns to four interceptions with two rushing touchdowns, as well.If NFL general manager isn’t in David’s future, he’s got a pretty good shot as Frank Costanza’s lawyer.last_img read more