Vlaar could stick with Villa

first_imgRon Vlaar has revealed he could yet sign a new deal with Aston Villa this summer. The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and was expected to quit the club, with talks on hold until they seal survival in the Barclays Premier League. But after helping Villa to the FA Cup final against Arsenal after Sunday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, Vlaar insisted it is possible he could extend his stay. “It’s great and I think we really deserved it, to get through to the final. “We showed great character after losing Nathan (Baker) so early and then going behind. “We’ve shown we can do that. We did it against QPR. We got the equaliser within a few minutes. The team spirit is really good.” Shay Given had little to do, although was bailed out when Kieran Richardson cleared Steven Gerrard’s late header off the line, and the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper believes they can win the Cup. He added: “We know Arsenal are the favourites and it is going to be a tough game but we got through against the favourites today as well and we know within the camp we have got a really good team spirit and we have got a chance. “I thought we deserved to win as well – I think the neutral or even a die-hard Liverpool fan would say we deserved to win the game.” “Yes it is,” said the 30-year-old, who signed from Feyenoord in 2012. “Things have changed for me in the past few months since (Tim) Sherwood took over. “It’s been a hard season for me with all the injuries. Now I just want to play and be important for the team. This helps – you can trust me on that. “I don’t know about my future but to be part of this feels so good. To feel the joy and relief after the West Brom game (the quarter-final). So many people came on the pitch. “The impact for the fans; how big this club and what it all means – I called my dad and said ‘This really means something’. It’s great. Everything helps.” Vlaar helped Villa to their first FA Cup final in 15 years after Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph scored to shock Liverpool at Wembley following Philippe Coutinho’s opener. Villa are still in danger of going down but Vlaar insisted they deserved their victory and he has been blown away by the Cup. “It feels really good – unbelievable. This is just so big for the club and the fans,” said the Holland international. “I’m not that familiar with the English FA Cup. I don’t think I realised just how big it is. You can just see it in the stands and out there on the pitch with us. It’s massive. Press Associationlast_img read more

PM Nagamootoo congratulates Abdulla Hamid on holding another Summer Camp

first_imgTHE Abdulla Hamid annual Summer Camp ended on Saturday afternoon with an on-the-spot visit by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his beautiful wife Sita, as they mingled with the 50-odd participants at the Mackenzie High school basketball court.Upon arrival,the Prime Minister was briefed by Coach Hamid regarding his(Hamid) two-decades old nursery for basketball players in Linden, which is conducted by the former national player and coach..Hamid was excited when the Prime Minister visited for the closing ceremony,which utilised three weeks of the summer vacation where 50-plus kids between the ages, three to 19 years, were taught the basics of the game by Hamid.He was assisted by former national player Shanua Chester and Terron Welch, a current national player who was a product of the annual camp by Hamid.Hamid urged the Prime Minister to do his best for the development of sport, not only basketball, but the wide spectrum of sport in Guyana.The Prime Minister was certainly impressed with the work of Hamid and his team and congratulated them for the annual camp, which was endorsed by his wife. Others who were also present at the special occasion included Members of Parliament Mr. Jermaine Figuiera and Mr. Audwin Rutherford, and Assistant National Director of the Community Development Council, Ms. Sandra Adams.On the final day there were many winners of the various individual skills training. In the Group One 7-11 years category Carmelo Man-son-Hing with 33 points was the winner.In Group two(11-15 years), Ray Marks won with 27 points, while Kayla Brush with 34 points won in the 16-19 girls section, and Kayshawn Adams won in the 16-19 years for boys, notching 28 points, were the top shoots.Mosi Brush,who is 3 years 9 months old, was the youngest participant among the boys, while for the youngest girls the winner was 7 year old Khadi Layne. (Joe Chapman)last_img read more

CWI development players star at CPL 2019

first_imgA MAJOR initiative for the 2019 season was the introduction of 12 development players into CPL. Two Cricket West Indies (CWI)-nominated players were included in each of the franchise teams and we are thrilled to see the immediate success of this programme, as many of the players have made an instant impact.With these young and exciting players getting time on the field to show their value to their teams, it has become clear that the next generation of Caribbean cricketers is developing rapidly and will soon be pushing for higher honours with the West Indies senior men’s teams. Both Hero CPL and CWI are extremely excited with the direction in which these young cricketers  are heading.The standout performances so far include:Leniko Boucher, who is currently second on the Barbados Tridents batting averages, with his 62 not out, setting up victory against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at Warner Park. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been a very strong addition to the Tridents squad. Shamar Springer has been performing well for the Jamaica Tallawahs, claiming a Man-of-the-Match award for this 3-32 against the Tridents. He also scored some valuable runs, making 30 from 20 balls against the Patriots.Ramaal Lewis has also been performing well for the Tallawahs, with both bat and ball. Lewis has been scoring at a strike rate of 145 and has taken four wickets. Dominic Drakes has been succeeding for the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and played a superb innings against the Barbados Tridents where he made 32* as he pushed his side to a near victory. Anderson Phillip returned figures of 3-38 for the Trinbago Knight Riders against the Patriots which his team lost after a Super Over. In a high-scoring game Phillip was one of the standout bowlers. Michael Hall, the Tournament Operations Director of Hero CPL, said: “Hero CPL takes its role in helping to develop the next generation of cricketers very seriously, and we are delighted to have agreed this initiative with CWI and are excited to see how well they have performed on the big stage”Jimmy Adams, CWI Director of Cricket, said: “We’re delighted to see the West Indies development players not just receiving game time in such high-profile games, but also making significant contributions with bat, ball and in the field. We congratulate the development players on their performances so far and we look forward to continuing this initiative with our partners at the CPL.”West Indies Emerging Players:Barbados Tridents – Leniko Boucher and Chemar HolderGuyana Amazon Warriors – Odean Smith and Keagan SimmonsJamaica Tallawahs – Ramaal Lewis Shamar SpringerSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots – Jeremiah Louis and Dominic DrakesSt Lucia Zouks – Jeavor Royal and Roland CatoTrinbago Knight Riders – Amir Jangoo and Anderson Philliplast_img read more

Victory for Liverpool in Premier League action

first_imgManchester United got off to a winning start in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.They eased to a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth in their opener.Summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic added to goals from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. The visitors came from behind to finish 4-3.Philippe Coutinho scored twice for Liverpool while Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane were also on target.Theo Walcott Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers scored the Arsenal goals.last_img

IDB provides funds to help Jamaica strengthen national healthcare system

first_imgIt said Jamaica’s NCD prevention policy seeks to address two main challenges. The first is prevention of NCDs by addressing four preventable risk factors: tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy dietary habits.The IDB said the second is improving the quality of life and care for people living with NCDs. It also involves preventing premature NCD-related deaths.The IDB noted that, five years ago, Jamaica developed the “National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Disease,” and the plan aims to reduce the burden of NCDs and injuries by 25 per cent by 2025.Reduce risk factors for NCDs“The Government’s goals for this loan program are to reduce the public’s exposure to risk factors for NCDs; to provide increased capacity in health centers and hospitals to diagnose and treat NCD patients; and to reorient Jamaica’s health systems to address prevention and control of NCDs through consumer-oriented primary health care,” the IDB said.It said the hybrid loan includes two complementary elements: a US$50 million Programmatic Policy-Based (PBP) loan and a US$50 million investment loan.“The PBP will fund the necessary regulations and policies to implement coherent and comprehensive health sector strategy. The investment loan will fund improvements in Jamaica’s primary care system, and will improve the management, quality, and efficiency of Jamaica’s hospital and health service networks.”First in series of healthcare loans The IDB said the hybrid program is the first of a programmatic policy-based loan series for Jamaica’s health sector, which comprises “two contractually independent and technically linked loans”.The PBP loan, funded from the IDB’s Ordinary Capital, will disburse US$50 million within one year, with a grace period of 5.5 years. The executing agency for the PBP will be Jamaica’s Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MOFPS), the IDB said.The IDB investment loan of US$50 million will be disbursed over a five-year period, with a grace period of 5.5 years. The executing agency for the investment loan will be Jamaica’s Ministry of Health (MOH), the IDB said. The Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, CMC – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it is providing US$100 million in loans to Jamaica to help strength the country’s national health care system.The Bank said the funds will aid Jamaica’s fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).The strengthening of Jamaica’s health policies that target NCD risk factors and treatment, includes “providing higher quality care and improving access to public health networks, with an emphasis on chronic disease management,” the IDB said.last_img read more

Gyan, Ayew and Afful nominated for SWAG top award

first_imgBlack Stars trio, Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Harrison Afful have been nominated for the Football Player of the year in the SWAG Awards scheduled for October.The nominations were announced on Monday along with over ten other categories which would reward Ghana’s leading sports men and women at the Banquet Hall for their exploits in the period under review.Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan is the favourite to pick up the award but he will come into close contention with midfielder Andre Ayew and defender Harrison Afful. Gyan was instrumental in reviving the Black Stars’ campaign when he scored in dying minutes against Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year after Ghana had lost to Senegal in the opening group game. Ghana went on to become runner-up at the tournament. He also won the UAE league title with his former club Al Ain and was named Asian Football Confederation Foreign Player of the year.Ayew’s performances at the AFCON also attracted a lot of attention. He scored three goals and provided two assists to be named as the leading scorer of the tournament.Afful was exceptional at the back for his former Tunisian club, Esperance who won the domestic league title and was an integral part of the silver-winning Black Stars at the AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.Other sports personalities that were nominated included Jennifer Cudjoe for Female footballer of the year, Olympic Gold Martha Bissah for Athlete of the Year and Anthony Baffoe for his contribution to the development of football. Below is the full list of nominees for the SWAG Awards scheduled to take place at the Banquet Hall on October 3.Footballer of The Year:Asamoah GyanAndre Dede AyewHarrison AffulPremiership Player of the Year:Abeiku AinoosonKwabena EduseiAugustine OkrahDiscovery of the Year:Martha BissahPromising Star of the Year:Sharon Akwei (Para Tae-kwondo) Female Footballer of the Year:Jennifer CudjoeAmateur Boxer of the Year:Umar Abdul WalidProfessional Boxer of the Year:Richard CommeyJudoka of the Year:Razak AbugriTae-Kwondo Player of the Year:Sharon Akwei Hockey Player of the Year:Elizabeth OpokuAthlete of the Year:Martha BissahCoach of the Year:Isaac Nii Odartey Lamptey – Trainer of Martha BissahDedication & Valour:Ali JaarahReferee of the Year:J.O. Lamptey SPECIAL AWARDS:Edmund Zankoh – Contribution to the development and promotion of hockey in Ghana.Anthony Baffoe- Contribution to the development of football, esp. at the World Cup Brazil 2014.Magnus Rex Danquah – Contribution to the development of sports in Ghana.Akolya Pattel – Contribution to the development and promotion of cricket in Ghana.Corporate Awards. McDan Ghana Limited – Contribution to the development and promotion of tennis in GhanaDwadifo Adanfo – Contribution to the development of hockey in Ghana.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Clippers’ Branden Dawson won’t face charges in domestic abuse case

first_imgHe’s appeared in only three games for the Clippers this season and is averaging less than 5 minutes a game. Dawson made 29 appearances in the NBA Development League with three different teams. He is averaging 10.3 points and 5 rebounds while playing for Erie, Bakersfield and Grand Rapids. Clippers rookie Branden Dawson won’t be charged with felony domestic abuse for an incident involving his live-in girlfriend that took place March 13 in Los Angeles.The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office found there to be insufficient evidence to support the charge. Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the office, said the case had been referred to the L.A. City Attorney’s office for possible misdemeanor filing.However, Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city, said there will be no such charges because of “a lack of evidence.”The 6-foot-6 Dawson was drafted by the Clippers in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft. He was a four-year standout at Michigan State, where he helped the Spartans reach the Final Four that year. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Alexander: As long as Dodgers mash, they’re fine

first_img“I have seen a much better effort from our guys,” Roberts said the other day. “And to expect you’re going to face quality pitching in the postseason and just tee off and hit homers is very unrealistic. So I think that over the last couple of weeks you’ve seen guys, whether it’s Cody (Bellinger), Muncy, J.T, Manny, do some things with the bat to give themselves up. … The home run will be a byproduct of us having good at-bats.”That said, don’t expect a radical change in style this late in the year. These Dodgers are who they’ve shown themselves to be over the past six months, and they are a reflection of where the game is today: High risk, high reward, players determined to hit over shifts instead of past or through them, and accepting strikeouts as part of the cost of doing business.They will frustrate you, if you are a fan, by getting runners on base and leaving them there. And they will delight you when they launch one. They’ve done it all season, and they aren’t changing now.The official motto, the one the team has promoted all season and the one printed on their snazzy postseason hoodies, is “Determined.”“All Or Nothing” would work, too.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — It used to be a mantra repeated in dugouts, clubhouses and press boxes, the guiding philosophy of offensive baseball: “Get ’em on, get ’em over, get ’em in.”In other words, only the number on the scoreboard mattered, not the style points to go with it. If you had to hit a ground ball to the right side to move a runner along, you did it. If there was a gap that you could poke the ball through, you did it.The number on the scoreboard, in the linescore, remains preeminent today, but it is now complemented by exit velocity, distance and launch angle. Today’s style points, in other words.Which helps explain why the Dodgers are, at once, the most entertaining and most frustrating team to watch in all of baseball.center_img And then? Machado took a called third strike (a slider which, in all fairness, probably was low). Grandal went down swinging on three pitches. And after Cody Bellinger walked to load the bases, Yasiel Puig waved at a low outside fastball on a 3-and-2 pitch to end the inning.(And yes, they did force Atlanta Game 1 starter Mike Foltynewicz to throw 28 pitches in the first inning. Then again, he wasn’t in long enough for it to have a cumulative effect, leaving after two.)Situational hitting and manufacturing runs are seldom in play. And while Manager Dave Roberts has talked of putting a greater emphasis on those lost arts, it can be a tough sell.Asked late Thursday night if the team was maybe a little too reliant on the longball, given the notion that home runs wouldn’t be quite so plentiful in the playoffs, Pederson said:“I never heard of that notion. But yeah, the postseason you’re facing some of the best pitchers, and good pitchers usually don’t give up home runs. So you gotta grind out at-bats, and I think we do a great job of that and hit with runners on base, get the guy over, situational hitting. … But, I mean, sometimes a home run does the job. So I don’t know what to tell you.”For the record: The Dodgers’ batting average with runners in scoring position during the regular season was .253, which is about the middle of the pack in the majors, tied for 13th. With runners in scoring position and two outs it was .199, tied for last in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, the game’s worst team.(Curiously, former Oriole Machado is hitting .309 with runners in scoring position since coming to L.A. with a .910 OPS. There’s a theme there; maybe you can figure it out.)Also, over 163 games, the Dodgers were fourth in the majors in runners left on base. The teams ahead of them: The Cubs, Nationals and Reds.Related Articles The Dodgers led the National League in home runs this year with 235, a club record and second in the majors only to the Yankees. Seven players hit 20 or more, and the club was 77-44 during the regular season in games in which it hit at least one home run and 51-14 with two or more.Which means that in games they didn’t homer, they were 15-27.They mashed in Game 1 on Thursday night, with homers by Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Kiké Hernández, and they mashed again Friday night in Game 2, with Manny Machado’s two-run homer off Anibal Sanchez in the first and Yasmani Grandal’s solo shot in the fifth providing the scoring in their 3-0 victory over the Braves.But what happens when the opposing pitcher keeps them in the park?Thursday night’s first inning was the Dodgers offense in microcosm. Pederson led off with a homer on an 0-and-2 pitch. Justin Turner poked a double down the line. Muncy drew a walk. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

Tony Romo prop bets for Super Bowl 53: How will ‘Romostradamus’ do?

first_imgTony Romo lit up social media during the Patriots-Chiefs AFC Championship Game with his uncanny ability to predict plays before they happened. So it’s natural that online sports books are offering prop bets revolving around ex-Cowboys quarterback’s fortune-telling abilities on Super Bowl Sunday.But a wager around how many plays “Romo-stradamus” will correctly predict is just one of the Romo-themed prop bets in play for Super Bowl 53.  Romo may seem clairvoyant, but he doesn’t have a crystal ball, Nantz on a press call. Instead, he’s a smart, veteran former NFL quarterback who’s studied as much game tape as Brady.”My partner had to have been in his Cowboys days, and remains to this day, some sort of sick film room guru. He took the time that was needed to completely solve the puzzle. So when we have these key moments late in the game, and we’re all dazzled by what he’s doing, this is a testament to years and years of work and preparation. He’s not guessing. He’s not getting some sort of message from the gods. He’s seeing what Brady saw,” Nantz said.He continued: “(Romo) sees the wrinkle, he sees an opening, and basically he’s suggesting this is where the play could go. It just married up. It was just perfect symmetry with what Brady happened to be seeing too. You’re talking about two quarterbacks who have played, or did play, for a long time. They put the effort and work in to really be as good as they could be. And we’re the beneficiaries of it at CBS. But the viewers are more than anybody. They’re having a wonderful ride along the way, being able to hear a game broadcast from kickoff like they never had before.” MORE: Mercedes-Benz Stadium takes big-game rep to new levelBettors can also bet on whether his star turn on TV over the past two seasons will spark return by the 38-year-old Romo to the NFL next season, either as a player or coach. You can even place a bet on whether Romo and partner Jim Nantz will defy the “no betting” edict from their CBS bosses and talk about the point spread during Sunday’s big game.Whether using online sports book Bovada’s prop bets or those of other outlets, fans can bet on everything from the color of Romo’s and Nantz’s ties to the total number of times the duo say “Gronk” or “Hotlanta.” Among the Bovada props: How many plays will Tony Romo correctly predict ahead of the play during the Super Bowl?Over: 7.5 -140Under: 7.5 EvenWhat will Tony Romo be doing at the start of the 2019 NFL season?TV analyst: -400Playing in the NFL: +275Coaching as an offensive coordinator: +450Coaching as a defensive coordinator: +1600How many times will Ted Rath be mentioned during CBS’ broadcast?Over: 3.5+155Under: 3.5-220How many times will the CBS broadcast mention Sean McVay’s age?Over: 1.5-190Under: 1.5+145Announcers must mention that he is 33 to count for 1. Must be mentioned in relation to his age to count toward wager.Will the CBS broadcast mention the point spread or total during the broadcast?No: -350Yes: +225Will Romo and Nantz enter the forbidden zone of sports betting on Sunday? We’ll see.Despite the increasing legalization of sports betting, CBS Sports boss Sean McManus says it’s his network’s policy not to mention point spreads, betting lines, over/unders, underdogs and favorites. CBS is not changing that for the Super Bowl, according to McManus.If a wily old TV veteran like Al Michaels or Brent Musburger calling the game, you could bet the house they’d find a way to slip in a sports betting reference. MORE: Super Bowl commercials: Watch the ads ahead of the gameBut both Romo and Nantz said they had no objections to avoiding the subject during a recent CBS press conference in New York. So wager at your own risk.With the growing legalization of sports betting, and the Raiders poised to move to Las Vegas in 2020, it’s only a matter of time before NFL TV partners start openly addressing betting lines on the air.Younger sports fans are ready for the change, according to the results of BCW’s sixth annual Super Bowl survey.According to the new poll, 67 percent of millennials are more likely to bet on the Super Bowl than any other sporting event. And 54 percent say betting on the game gets them more excited to tune in.Putting money down also impacts how long people watch the telecast, according to the survey. Fifty-eight percent of millennials say betting impacts how long they watch a game telecast but only 18 percent of baby boomers said the same thing. “We are at a moment in our country when activities that were once off limits are being legalized at a rapid pace,” said Chris Foster, president North America of BCW in a statement. MORE: Super Bowl logo has become ‘corporate, soulless’last_img read more

LeBron James addresses Kyrie Irving’s apology call

first_imgLeBron James opened up for the first time about a recent phone conversation he had with Kyrie Irving, revealing the two former teammates are in a good spot now. “We talked and it was a great conversation,” James said of Irving’s apology call, though he wouldn’t reveal any of the specific details of the conversation. Instead, James explained, “He told y’all what he said.” “Me and Kyrie are in a good place right now. I love the man that he’s becoming, I love the challenges he’s accepted and I always wish the best for him,” James told The Athletic on Saturday.Amid frustration with the Celtics’ youth, Irving revealed last month that he called James to apologize for “being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips” when the two were teammates on the Cavaliers. The call came after Irving was critical about some of his current teammates, saying, “The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team.” Related News James also discussed Irving’s recent comments about his free agency when he acknowledged his future was up in the air. The Lakers star said he thought Irving “handled it great.“His post interview was great as well,” James said. “Just a lot of things that’s going on in our league right now, and the one thing you want to focus on is getting that team to place where he wanted it to be, and that’s competing for a championship.”Irving said Friday before the Knicks-Celtics game: “I spent the last eight years trying to do what everybody else wanted me to do in terms of making my decisions and trying to validate through the media, through other personnel, managers, anybody in this business … and I don’t owe anybody sh—.” Kyrie Irving: Knicks trade talk ‘nothing but a distraction’ His comments created a stir from Knicks fans and Irving addressed the issue again after the game. “Obviously you’d hope it would quiet down, but it doesn’t help when across the league it’s just outside noise again, and my name gets thrown into it,” Irving said after Friday’s victory. “Conversations, speculations, everybody’s worried about their credibility. I don’t know how this media empire works. I know it’s a bunch of nonsense to me. So I have a focus on winning a championship this year, and that’s where my focus is going to stay.”last_img read more