Walcott suffered the injury in training on Thursday night and will fly back to England, where he will be assessed by his club Arsenal. It is anticipated the winger will be sidelined for between seven and 10 days. It had been anticipated the 24-year-old would start Friday night’s encounter with San Marino. Instead, he misses both that game, and Tuesday’s crucial trip to Montenegro. Press Association In addition, Walcott is a doubt for Arsenal’s Premier League encounter with Reading at the Emirates Stadium on March 30. The Football Association has yet to comment on Walcott’s injury. Theo Walcott has been ruled out of England’s World Cup double-header with a groin strain, Press Association Sport understands.
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill says next Sunday’s return fixture with Munster at Welford Road is “absolutely critical” to their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the European Champions Cup. “For Leicester Tigers, next week’s game is the most important of the pool,” a pleased Cockerill insisted afterwards, with his charges now nine points clear at the top of the table. “If we can win next week, then in round five we entertain Treviso. If we win next week that will put us on 18 points with Treviso to come at home. That clearly puts us in a good position to qualify from the group before we go to Paris (to play Stade Francais). Next week, for us, is absolutely critical. “Munster are a fantastic club. They are steeped in tradition. They played very well tonight. We probably got the rub of the green. “Next week we will be doubling our efforts, as Munster will. We know they have to come to Welford Road and they have to win. That makes them very dangerous. “Munster are a good side. They have been criticised pretty unfairly for what I have seen in the early part of this season. We came here with a huge amount of respect for them and probably the final scoreline flattered us a bit today.” This was just the fifth time in 67 matches that Munster had failed to win at home in European competition. Their head coach Anthony Foley was a frustrated figure after the game and felt referee Romain Poite’s decision to reverse a penalty against his side when it was 6-6 in the first half was a key incident. “It was a massive turning point in the game. I will go with that,” he said. Press Association Clinical Leicester became the first team to win twice at Thomond Park in European competition after securing an exciting 31-19 victory over Anthony Foley’s misfiring Munster side. Leicester, who led 18-6 at half-time, outscored their opponents by three tries to two – Vereniki Goneva, Mike Fitzgerald and Ben Youngs all touched down – to take a firm grip on Pool 4 ahead of next weekend’s rematch. “Then we overthrow a lineout, we don’t react quick enough and they score (through Fitzgerald). It was 18-6 at half-time. “The boys came out, scored straight away, a good opportunist try. We missed a few kicks at goal. We didn’t get close enough at times and then gave up another soft try. “Leicester took their opportunities, scored three tries and we end up getting nothing out of a game at home. It is a hard one to figure out at the moment. “It can be turned around in a week. We created enough opportunities in the game. We turned over a lot of ball in their 22. I thought at times the boys played well. It was just having the ability to keep the pressure on the opposition and we took the foot off too many times.”
THE Guyana Hockey Board’s (GHB) 2017 season got off to an early start with the Bounty/Antonio’s Grill One-Day hockey competition at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, on Sunday night. Despite a few early showers, brilliant sunshine emerged on an immaculate Providence stadium field which provided players the best opportunity to show off their skills and entertain the modest crowd.The Pizza Hut GCC ladies took advantage by defeating all challengers and completing their dominant showing with a 5–0 drubbing of Woodpecker Hikers in the final.The Bounty GCC men matched their club-mates with the narrowest of victories in the men’s division that was decided by a penalty shootout.Pizza Hut GCC stormed through the women’s competition scoring 33 goals in five matches and only conceding one. Tournament Most Valuable Player, Aliyah Gordon of Pizza Hut amassed a leading 11 goals for her team which was almost double the next highest score in the competition.After a spirited first half in the women’s final that saw the Woodpecker Hikers contain GCC to just one goal, the Pizza Hut ladies rattled in 4 more unanswered goals in the second half for the easy victory.The men’s division saw the eventual victors Bounty GCC take a different path to the summit, as they lost a close duel to the defending champs Pepsi Hikers by 3-2 in the early rounds. With the Hikers playing unbeaten right up to the final, they entered as heavy favourites in their rematch against GCC who had brushed aside Old Fort by 5-0 in their semi-final.The two sides produced some wonderfully entertaining hockey in an unforgettable men’s final that saw GCC take the lead twice but the Hikers drew level on both occasions to result in a final score of 3-3.Tournament Most Valuable Player for men, Dwayne Scott, was particularly outstanding in defence for the Bourda side in thwarting several Hikers’ raids on goal where Scott found himself outnumbered.The match then went into a penalty shootout to determine the winner. After Aroydy Branford and Jamarj Assanah for the Hikers and Kevin Spencer and Kareem McKenzie for GCC all scored their penalties, Hikers’ Andrew Stewart saw his effort go just wide of the post after a fine save by goalkeeper Medroy Scotland.Fittingly MVP Dwayne Scott had the final say in the match and succeeded by the narrowest of margins as his initial shot hit the left upright post before he pounced on the rebound to put in into the net for the win.
New Delhi: It’s match number 50 of Indian Premier League, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians to lock horns with Ashwin’s Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.With just two spots remaining for the Play-offs, five teams will have to fight real hard to avoid elimination.At the Points Table, Mumbai Indians are at the sixth spot with ten points whereas Kings XI Punjab are just above MI with 12 points.In the beginning of the League, Kings XI Punjab were at the top of the tables with five win out of six matches and since then, things are all going south for the KXIP.In the most recent match against RCB, Kings XI Punjab were bundled out for just 88 runs. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match easily by 10 wickets.Talking about the last three games played, Kings XI Punjab has lost all their three games while Mumbai Indians won two out of three matches.The defending champions Mumbai Indians cannot afford to lose one more match in the tournament. It will be interesting to see whether MI can pull this one up and keep their hopes alive. Mumbai Indians has already beaten Kings XI Punjab once this year.On the batting side, Mumbai Indians has Suryakumae Yadav, Rohit Sharma while Kings XI Punjab has the powerful hitter Chris Gayle and KL Rahul in the squad.The bowling lineup of Mumbai Indians consists of few wicket-taking bowlers such as Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan while KXIP has the skipper R AshwinMatch Predictions – Statistically, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians always had neck-to-neck contests and out of 21 matches played, Mumbai managed to win 11 and Kings XI Punjab won 10 games.At the Wankhede Stadium, out of the seven matches played between the two teams, MI won just three games while KXIP won four of them. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority.Matches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.“If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.”Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak. The Latest: Gulfstream Park drops Florida Derby day purses Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue. A player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year.___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 It also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America.___Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off. Associated Press The decision to cancel the tournament didn’t come as a surprise after IIHF President René Fasel acknowledged the likelihood of that happening following an IIHF executive committee conference call Tuesday.Fasel cited numerous challenges facing officials, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. Another issue was players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons.On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potential reopen practice.“It’s really scary,” said Fasel, who lives in Switzerland. “Europe is just collapsed. It’s really a strange feeling. Our neighbors yesterday, the federal counsel decided to close all the restaurants and everything. It’s like war.”___ USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games.___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.” ___The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer. League matches were suspended this week until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico has yet to declare legal bans on public gatherings but has encouraged citizens to maintain a healthy distance in crowded places.___ The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season.The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees.According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”The NHL suspended its season on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.___ ___Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs.“I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). A player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%, saying the changes were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino. A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The Lions issued a statement Friday night announcing they were made aware of an employee who has the coronavirus. The person, who has not been named, is currently at home in isolation. The team says the employee was last at club headquarters on March 13. The team remains in constant communication with doctors to determine the best course of action for ensuring the safety of other employees who have been in contact with the infected person.___The IIHF Council has confirmed that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled to take place in Zurich and Lausanne has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. March 21, 2020 The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run next Saturday for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, now set to be run for $200,000.A pair of smaller stakes — the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island — will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. The Orchid and the Sand Springs were unchanged, both offering $100,000 purses.In all, Gulfstream’s stakes purses that day will be $1.55 million, down from $1.95 million as originally planned.Gulfstream was dark Friday while updating its safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The track in Hallandale Beach, Florida resumed live racing on Saturday even while several top jockeys were choosing not to race because of health concerns.Gulfstream has closed live racing to all fans since March 13. It closed its casino on March 16.
JOCKEY Liam Treadwell, who rode 100-1 shot Mon Mome to win the 2009 Grand National at Aintree, has died aged 34.Treadwell returned to the saddle after initially retiring from professional riding in February 2018.Tributes have poured in from the racing world. A cause of death has not been announced.“We’re deeply saddened to hear about the passing of 2009 Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell,” said an Aintree Racecourse Twitter post.“Our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time!”It was one of the famous race’s biggest shocks when Treadwell triumphed on Mon Mome for trainer Venetia Williams.Sussex-born Treadwell landed the ride after Aidan Coleman opted to ride stablemate Stan.Treadwell, who was also third in the 2015 National on Monbeg Dude, rode 10 winners during the 2019-20 season, all for Shropshire-based trainer Alastair Ralph.Big wins in the jockey’s career included the Byrne Group Plate on Carrickboy at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013 and the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree with Bennys Mist two years later.A statement from West Mercia Police said officers were called to an address in Billingsley, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, following the death of a man.“The death is currently being treated as unexplained. However, at this stage there is believed to be no third-party involvement,” said the statement. (BBC Sport)
Tomorrow night will mark a new beginning for a program that has emerged out of a cloud of controversy and sanctions like a phoenix that is destined to be reborn again and march onto the national spotlight of college football.At many points in the road leading up to this season, the program momentarily took a hit and passed at its own fault, but regardless of the severity of any of these self-inflicted actions, it has and always will quickly rise from its ashes into a long-living being.It seems unfitting to compare the Trojans to a Greek mythological bird, but I believe that the 2015 season will revive the historical tradition of victory that USC football prides itself on.Don’t get me wrong. This year’s team has probably been through more than any other college football team, and I think it hasn’t gotten enough credit for the focus and maturity it has exerted during tough times.Specifically, the team’s leadership — including that of team captains Cody Kessler, Max Tuerk, Su’a Cravens, Antwaun Woods and Anthony Sarao — has been phenomenal when it has come to keeping their teammates’ attention centered on the field during bumps in the road.Fortunately, and I know it’s cliché, all that’s transpired up to now is in the past.All of the excitement and anticipation that has been killing players, coaches and fans for months now has led up to what many people call Christmas in September — game day.The road to the team’s first game sure hasn’t been as glamorous as that of the actual holiday itself. Instead of having the pleasure of building gingerbread houses, gift shopping and decorating Douglas Fir trees, USC players and coaches have been forced to overcome injuries, player personnel changes, student misconduct issues and some other off-the-field drama that I refuse to talk about anymore.After months of practice and preparation, the team surely just wants to get on the field of the Coliseum Saturday night against Arkansas State and show why they were the media’s preseason pick to win the Pac-12 Conference Championship.Ever since the Trojans defeated Nebraska in the National University Holiday Bowl, 45-42, last December, this team has been surrounded with a lot of hype, and now it’s time for them to show they’re for real.Four years ago, a lot of hype surrounded a USC team that marched into the 2012 season ranked the No. 1 team in the nation. They played by the motto “Unfinished Business,” though they were never able to capitalize on that promise.Even with senior quarterback Matt Barkley under center and loads of veteran talent on both sides of the ball, this Lane Kiffin-coached team stumbled to a 7-6 overall record and suffered an embarrassing loss in the Sun Bowl at the hands of Georgia Tech.Expectations were high then and with the team returning one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Cody Kessler, a veteran offensive line, one of the nation’s best defensive players in Su’a Cravens and Heisman Trophy candidate and perhaps the most dynamic player in all college football in Adoree’ Jackson, expectations should be just as high now.In 2015, USC will feature a championship-caliber team that, barring any significant injuries to its key players, should expect to find itself in its first ever Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 5 at Levi’s Stadium.According to the “USC RIPSIT Blog,” on the first day of fall camp, every player was handed a coin that inscribed with one lengthy word —Palinoia.It’s defined as “the compulsive repetition of an act until it is perfect.”This year’s team doesn’t have any business to finish. Rather, it should seek out to chase perfection one game at a time.If it can do that, expect USC to finish towards the top of the national rankings in 2015.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.
For most of the game, it looked like Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak would be the hero to counteract Costa’s villainy, making a string of superb saves to keep Barca out.But with five minutes remaining, former Liverpool striker Suarez bent in a low shot from 25 yards that beat the Slovenian keeper and flicked in off the base of the post.Just 60 seconds later, Messi was played though down the right, cut inside two defenders and beat Oblak with a low shot for his 33rd league goal of the season.Diego Simeone’s side were once again superbly organised, and had to be after Costa’s latest moment of ill discipline. Apparently angered by Manzano’s decision not to play an advantage, the Spain international confronted the referee and was shown a straight red card.Several players were involved in an ensuing altercation, with Gerard Pique eventually ensuring that Costa left the field.Left-back Jordi Alba had already hit the post after a glorious pass from Messi, and Oblak kept out Philippe Coutinho, Messi and substitute Malcom in another fine display. He eventually made eight saves.Atleti’s one good chance came as Rodrigo headed a free-kick over with 15 minutes left. But Suarez and Messi then struck to leave Simeone’s side seemingly in a race with city rivals Real for second place.Messi has now won more La Liga games than anyone in history – moving ahead of former Real keeper Iker Casillas on to 335 victories.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona Saturday moved 11 points clear at the top of La Liga after two late goals ended the stubborn resistance of Atletico Madrid, who had Diego Costa sent off in the first half.Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored superb goals to leave Barca huge favourites to win a fifth title in seven years.Former Chelsea striker Costa was shown a straight red card for abusing referee Jesus Gil Manzano in the 27th minute. And Suarez and Messi made Atletico pay. The crowd of 92,453 chanted Champions after late goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi
The Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Patrick Faber, has confirmed that he was “detained for about three hours” last month when he visited the United States because police thought he fitted the description of a man who was about to launch a gun attack on a school.Faber, who appeared on a television program in Belize on Thursday night, confirmed the incident occurred on April 20 in Henry County telling viewers “there was an incident in the United States with the Henry County Sheriff…”. Faber said he had gone to the school where his two children are studying and was welcomed by the principal.Detained by police, held to gunpoint“I had called the schools to say that I would be visiting, and I was welcomed by the principal to come in. I wanted to check on my children’s progress, and wanted to ensure that the school was aware that I am very much interested in their wellbeing, in their learning environment there and so on. So I made those arrangements and upon arriving at the school on the day that was scheduled, I was greeted by the police and I was held to gunpoint and arrested and I was detained for about three hours.”Cannot blame policeThe Deputy Prime Minister said he later learned that there was a 911 call made to the police claiming that “I was going to the school to shoot, and in fact that I was a threat. According to the Henry County Sheriff’s office, they said that I was described by name and by features and so naturally I cannot blame the police for doing what they did. They acted in a manner that I think we would act here in Belize if we received information that a school was threatened.“Naturally, the police later on found out that was never my intention, that the school was actually expecting me to visit. It’s a normal situation for a parent to check in, especially if you don’t live in the country where the children are going to school.”Faber said that the police apologized “profusely and in fact told me that they would be investigating the 911 call.”
“Might be,” Griffin said of a stretch of games he’s put together that could be the best of his career. “The best part about it is we’ve won games besides those two. We’ve won games.“I’m learning to just take what the game gives you and not trying to force anything besides tonight, unfortunately, with the eight turnovers. I was going for that cripple-double.”He laughed, and even took a swipe at his own free-throw shooting. He made his first 12 before finished 14 of 17 at the line.“On a couple breakaways I haven’t been getting fouled as hard,” Griffin said. “It’s allowing me to attack even more and almost welcome those fouls. I think that puts pressure on defense and ultimately it opens up things for our guys.”A career 62 percent free throw shooter before this season, he has made 94 of 122 in December (77 percent). Maybe the Clippers didn’t look like they had the urgency they needed.Blake Griffin had it.Continuing a remarkable run that may announce a step to another level in his development, Griffin scored 40 points and willed the Clippers to a 98-90 victory over Utah on Saturday night at Staples Center.Using a full assortment of moves that he might have been reluctant to turn to in the past — including relishing trips to the free throw line — Griffin scored 26 of his points after halftime and the Clippers (21-11) needed all of them to halt a two-game losing streak. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was the third time in the last four games that Griffin, who was the league’s player of the week last week, broke the 30-point barrier. Prior to that, he had done it only once.Griffin made 13 of 20 shots and added 10 rebounds.Still, the Jazz and Clippers were tied at 90-90 with 2:33 left before the Clippers made the push to put it away.It started with a pick-and-roll from Chris Paul to Griffin that ended in a left-handed dunk, continued when Paul got a steal and fed Jamal Crawford for a 3-pointers, then Paul and Griffin combined to make three free throws.“We all grow as players. Everyone knows how hard Blake works,” Paul said. To see it coming together like this night after night is something. I think our team believes in him and he knows that.“He commands double teams and if you don’t double him, he can face up, back you down and gets us into the bonus, and when they do start trapping, it gets us open shots.”Paul had 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and the Clippers defense began to assert itself. The Jazz made only 9 of 24 shots in the third quarter.The Jazz went scoreless for the final 2:33, missing four shots and turning the ball over three times.“We got stops,” Griffin said. “After two minutes, they didn’t score. That’s really what the game came down to.”The Clippers might not have expected such a tussle with the Jazz, who started the season with only one win in their first 14 games.“It’s funny, and I’m not psychic, but before the game I talked to our guys and there are certain nights where you have to find certain games to win,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s the team we need to become, we need to beat a team where it’s not a blowout, you’re playing hard and things are not going right, and you’ve got to find a way to win.”Crawford added 13 points and Darren Collison and Matt Barnes each added seven off the bench.Already without injured guard J.J. Redick and injured forward Reggie Bullock, the Clippers were also without reserve center Ryan Hollins, who missed the game for what the club said were personal reasons.Utah (9-24) proved to be a handful for the Clippers. Forwards Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams had 15 points apiece and center Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 17 and grab 12 rebounds. Rookie guard Trey Burke added 12 points and six assists.One game after committing a season-low five turnovers, the Clippers had 13 but were never really sharp.“We couldn’t make shots and every time we got a 10-point, 9-point lead, it was almost guaranteed that we were going to have three turnovers in a row or bobble the ball,” Rivers said. “It was just one of those nights and we made just enough plays to win the game.”