Hughes dismisses Nzonzi rumours

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes has played down any suggestion midfielder Steven Nzonzi might leave the club. Nzonzi was this week quoted by The Sentinel as responding to a question about his future by saying: “You never know in football, so I cannot answer that. “Everybody is talking about what will happen next season, but as a player you do not know.” The Frenchman, who joined the Potters on a four-year deal in the summer of 2012, had a transfer request rejected by them in May 2013. And he recently admitted he had not found it easy in February when, for the first time in his Stoke career, he went through a run of Barclays Premier League games being named as a substitute rather than a starter. The 25-year-old, now back in the first XI and a scorer in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Aston Villa, has also emphasised he is happy at Stoke for the time being though – particularly as part of a team producing a more flowing brand of football since Hughes succeeded Tony Pulis last summer. And regarding Nzonzi, Hughes told Press Association Sport: “I think he is enjoying his football at the moment. “I have seen quotes in recent articles and I think all he is saying is that, like all the guys at the club, he is concentrating on getting to the end of the season, making sure we get as many points as we can and seeing where it takes us.” Asked about the perception that Nzonzi, who reportedly pushed for a move at his previous club Blackburn, is something of a troublemaker, Hughes said: “No. “Steven sometimes gets frustrated with himself, and probably too much so, but I think he is maturing as a player and a person. “He understood when he did go out of the team that him not getting back in was through no fault of his own – it was just a consequence of the players who had come in doing well. “But as soon as he got back in the team he performed well, his level was high and as a consequence he stayed in, and that is how I like it to be.” He added: “We are trying to build the club and build the team, and he is very much integral to that process.” Stoke, currently 10th in the Premier League on 37 points, have seven games left this term. They have lost only one in their last eight and are looking to better their personal bests in the division in terms of final position (11th) and points total (47). Their manager was speaking on Wednesday in Manchester, where he presented non-league outfit Wythenshawe Amateurs FC with a cheque for £100,000 as part of the Budweiser Club Futures programme. Wythenshawe, who play in the Manchester Football League Premier Division, are one of eight non-league clubs this season to have been awarded one of the scheme’s £50,000 grants, and they went on to win the additional £100,000 ‘Super Grant’ via a Facebook vote. They plan to use the money to build a new facility at Holly Hedge Park in Wythenshawe, designed not only to host the players, but also to act as a social hub for the local community. And former Manchester United player and Manchester City boss Hughes said at the venue: “This takes me back – I have muddy shoes again, which is reminiscent of days gone by! “I grew up playing on pitches like the one Wythenshawe Amateurs have had to play on. “It has only taken me about 20 minutes to get here today and it is great to be able to support clubs like this.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: ‘Bama taking cost-cutting measures amid pandemic

first_imgFIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021.___Three riders competing at the Vuelta a Burgos cycling race in Spain have been dropped from the event after being in contact with someone with the coronavirus.UAE Team Emirates says Colombian riders Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila will not start the second stage.The team says they were in contact with a person who turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. They have been isolated and sent home in accordance with protocols by the team and international cycling body UCI. The Latest: ‘Bama taking cost-cutting measures amid pandemic FIFA has ratified a coronavirus relief plan that will make $1.5 billion available to soccer communities and national associations around the world.All of the 211 FIFA member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million.Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer during the plan’s third phase.The massive spending plan aims to help men’s and women’s professional soccer as well as youth and grassroots soccer through a system of grants and loans.Each of the six soccer confederations will also receive a grant of $2 million. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports. Associated Press July 29, 2020center_img Spanish soccer club Sevilla says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus.The club has not disclosed the name of the player. It says he has not shown symptoms of COVID-19 and is in good health and isolated at home.Sevilla says the positive result was discovered on Monday. It immediately informed sports and health authorities and temporarily suspended the team’s training sessions. It also disinfected the club’s facilities in accordance with the strict protocols in place because of the pandemic.Sevilla is scheduled to face Roma on Aug. 6 in the Europa League.___ The team says the three riders returned two negative tests three days before the race.___The first two stops on the 2021 World Sevens Series rugby circuit have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says the joint events in Dubai from Nov. 26-28 and in Cape Town from Dec. 4-6 have been cut because of the “ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.”The 2020 series was curtailed and New Zealand declared champions of the men’s and women’s titles after sports around the world were shuttered in March. Planning for the remaining qualifiers for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is ongoing. Twenty-one of the 24 places in the Olympic tournaments have been confirmed.A dozen teams are set to play in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments in the first half of next year for the remaining spots in Tokyo.The last five stops in the 2020 series were canceled in June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic.He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.“Under normal operations, a large percentage of our annual budget comes directly from ticket sales and TIDE PRIDE memberships,” Byrne said, referring to Alabama’s ticket priority program.“In the event we have to adopt a modified seating model at Bryant-Denny Stadium, this number will be impacted significantly. While we don’t yet know the effects on individual ticketholders, we do know that we will need your continued and generous support.”___last_img read more

In year of change for Badger receiving game, Jake Ferguson has been safety valve

first_imgJake Ferguson has already been turning heads in just his first season as a redshirt freshman for the University of Wisconsin football team. The tight end is second on the Badgers in receiving yards and tied for first in touchdowns.After losing their primary passing option, tight end Troy Fumagalli, to the NFL last year, the University of Wisconsin football team began the season unsure who their next receiving threat would be. With Quintez Cephus departing the program amid sexual assault allegations from July and Danny Davis being suspended two games for his involvement in the incident the team also lost two of their top three wide receivers in yards, receptions and touchdowns to start the year.In total, this represented 1,466 yards and 55 percent total receiving yardage that the Badgers would need to replace. In terms of scoring Fumagalli, Cephus and Davis caught 15 of the Badgers 25 passing touchdowns. If you exclude Davis, who returned in week three, those numbers drop to 1,048 yards and 39 percent of the receiving game and 10 of Wisconsin’s 25 passing touchdowns.Football: Zander Neuville suffers season ending injuryWisconsin Badgers tight end Zander Neuville is likely to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a serious left Read…With such a large portion of their offense missing Wisconsin would need to be creative in finding options for quarterback Alex Hornibrook to get the ball to. Though wide receiver A.J. Taylor has unsurprisingly led the team in receiving yards and touchdowns, Ferguson’s involvement in the offense has surprised Badger fans and outsiders alike.The tight end currently has 259 receiving yards and two touchdowns, placing him second in both categories. His biggest game so far was in a tight contest at Iowa where Ferguson stepped up for 58 yards and a score in the tight 28–17 contest.Much of this early success can be credited to the chemistry he and Hornibrook have developed both on and off the field with the two texting regularly.“He’s texting me all throughout the night — actually texted me last night at 12 and I’m usually in bed by 10. He texted me multiple times ‘Jake, Jake wake up. You’re gonna have a lot of these looks.’ It’s kind of annoying at sometimes when I’m trying to sleep but at the same time it’s good to have that.”Ferguson’s comments came after Hornibrook found the tight end in the end zone during the 41–24 rout of Nebraska.Football: Badgers season hinges on Saturday’s appointment with WolverinesThe No. 15 University of Wisconsin Badgers (4–1, 2–0 Big Ten) will face their season-defining match-up at the Big House Read…After the game, Hornibrook responded to Ferguson’s comments about the developing relationship between the tight end and quarterback.“He’s always talking about my texts,” said Hornibrook. “He did a great job winning in one on one situations. That’s something I can count on him to do and he did a great job today getting open.”What is perhaps most shocking about Ferguson’s rise is how he stayed so under the radar despite his athleticism at the tight end position. Going into Wisconsin’s first game against Western Kentucky, Ferguson wasn’t even listed on the two-deep depth chart.In a conversation with tight end coach Mickey Turner in February he mentioned only Zander Neuville and Kyle Penniston by name as the two players that would take over at tight end, though Turner did mention there were some freshmen he had high expectations for.Despite exceeding early expectations, Ferguson still has areas of his game he needs to improve. Though he has been exceptional in his route running and reliability as a receiver Ferguson’s blocking can still keep him off the field at times. And with Neuville, the Badgers leading blocker at tight end, suffering a season-ending injury the pressure will only be greater for Ferguson to develop those skills.Football: Takeaways from “ground em’ pound em” victory at Camp RandallSaturday night the Wisconsin Badgers met the Nebraska Cornhuskers for what should have been a marquee matchup, hampered by the Read…Though Neuville didn’t often show up in the box score as a receiver, his blocking abilities were enough to put him on the John Mackey Award watch list this season. Both the Badger coaches and Ferguson realize these are large, but necessary shoes to fill if they want to maintain the same level of offensive production.“[Neuville] was a monster in the blocking game really could do everything,” said Ferguson. “So when he went down early last week it was Coach Turner’s message we really need to step up and take on those roles.”While Ferguson still has a ways to go in becoming an every-down player, his performance so far puts him in an excellent position to become the next great Badger tight end.last_img read more

US Boxer Tests Positive after Fight with Joshua

first_imgAmerican boxer Eric Molina has been suspended for two years after testing positive for a banned substance following his heavyweight fight with Anthony Joshua in December 2016.The 36-year-old tested positive for the prohibited substance dexamethasone.The steroid is permitted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) out of competition. Molina was stopped in the third round as Joshua successfully defended his IBF heavyweight title in Manchester.Dexamethasone is not a performance-enhancing drug but is used to treat conditions including asthma and cancer. It is prohibited during competition because it can give endurance athletes an unfair advantage, especially at altitude.Molina did not deny taking the substance or contest the anti-doping rule violation, but he did question the length of the ban.He admitted to being injected with Tribedoce DX, a vitamin B12 supplement, by a member of his team on the day of the fight which contained the banned steroid.UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) said his actions were not intentional and that he “did not look to cheat”.“Every athlete is solely responsible for what is in their system and must adhere to the strict liability principle,” said Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead.“All athletes at any level should familiarise themselves with the Wada Prohibited List and ensure they do not put themselves in a position where they may breach anti-doping regulations.”Molina’s ban runs from the date of the provisional suspension – 28 October 2017 – until midnight on 27 October 2019.It is understood the case was delayed by the logistics of Molina being based in another country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mediacle maintains tier-1 momentum with LeoVegas partnership

first_img Related Articles LeoVegas demands Spelinspektionen clarifies rules on deposit limits July 13, 2020 Submit Share Strong Q1 opening sees LeoVegas recover lost ground May 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Santosh Jain – MediacleStockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB has become the second industry incumbent to partner with industry full-service marketing agency Mediacle, optimising its localisation capabilities for emerging markets.The agreement will see Mediacle work with LeoVegas marketing teams, optimising campaigns and customer engagement for new markets.A specialist agency in industry marketing and player acquisition strategies, Mediacle offers operators tailored marketing solutions to help expand and scale within new markets, helping incumbents reach out to a wider audience and improve customer segments.This summer, Mediacle confirmed Stockholm-listed multi-brand operator Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) as the first customer of its emerging market services.“We are extremely delighted to offer our services to LeoVegas and I’m confident that we will be able to help them to grow even faster in certain markets”, said Santosh Jain, the CEO of Mediacle Group.“Mediacle has proven its expertise by offering top-class services and support to the prominent B2C brands in the iGaming industry. The addition of LeoVegas to our clientele is a testament to our high-quality services.” Share LeoVegas launches home campaign against the black market May 12, 2020last_img read more

Sanctuary Gearing Up For Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — The Fourth of July, a time for fireworks, cookouts, and cardboard boats.This year’s Maritime Festival will feature the 2018 Cardboard Boat Regatta as one of the marquee events at the Thunder Bay River. Michiganders throughout the sunrise side have been hard at work, assembling their cardboard boats to win the coveted Thunder Bay Cup. Racers can also win additional awards. Judges will evaluate each boat for design, creativity, and performance. People show great ingenuity when it comes to creating these makeshift vessels.“I was surprised the first time I saw them,” said Regatta Organizer Phil Hartmeyer. “People would get incredibly creative with these designs and, we’ve had boats that have come back three years running.”The race will begin at 2:15pm, starting with the kids paddle class. Four classes divide the racers into their respective category. The kids paddle allows children 10-14 to battle it out. The single sailor class puts individuals against each other. Class three is two sailors and class four is the whole-crew group which features more than three sailors. Awards will be handed out around 4:00pm.“In addition to the boat regatta, we’ve got games and activities for the kids,” said Hartmayer. “We’ve got food vendors and all sorts of things going on so, it’s great way to celebrate family, celebrate summer, and celebrate Alpena.”For information on how to register and details on the event, visit the Friends of Thunder Bay website by clicking here.   AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Preview: On The Deck Episode 3 ‘Choctaw’Next Campers press into CPR training to get certifiedlast_img read more

John Stones: Chelsea target makes Everton transfer request

first_imgEverton’s John Stones has handed in a transfer request following Chelsea’s repeated attempts to buy the defender.The Premier League champions have had bids of £20m and £26m rejected for the 21-year-old England international, with a further £30m attempt also reported.Everton manager Roberto Martinez has repeatedly said Stones will not be sold this summer and the club have not responded to the latest development.The centre-back moved from Barnsley to Everton in February 2013 for about £3m.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who substituted John Terry during their 3-0 loss at Manchester City and saw his skipper sent off against West Brom last Sunday, wants to strengthen in central defence.Stones is expected to be in the England squad for next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland when it is named on Sunday evening. Chelsea’s first game following the international break is a trip to Goodison Park on 12 September.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

All Africa Games: Black Meteors to use only locally-based stars

first_imgBut head coach Malik Jabir’s options of solidifying his squad further has been curtailed due to limited finances.Ghana’s Sports Ministry is reported to have informed handlers of the Black Meteors through the Ghana FA of government’s inability to foot the travelling bills of foreign-based players for the competition hence the need to wholly fall on the best talents from the domestic competitions. The Ghana Under-23 team, the Black Meteors played the qualification process to the Brazzaville games with a squad made up of foreign-based players within the age-group. Ghana will be competing against Senegal, Nigeria and Egypt in Group B of the men’s football event at the Brazzaville games. Defenders: Amos Acheampong (Tamale Utrecht), Emmanuel Nti Mensah (New Edubiase United), Richard Osei Agyemang (Berekum Chelsea), Baba Mensah (Inter Allies), Lawrence Lartey (AshantiGold), Patrick Kojo Asmah (BA United), Jeremiah Arkorful (Tema Youth) Supersport checks have confirmed that a list of 20 players has been submitted by Coach Jabir but he faces another potential tug-of-war over release of players by their respective clubs.Most of the selected players feature for clubs in the First Capital Plus League (FCPPL) which is just two games away from ending and the All Africa Games is also scheduled to be played just within the period the clubs will be fighting for survival in the FCPPL. Forwards: Dauda Mohammed (Kotoko), Bright Adjei (Tema Youth), Richard Gadze (Ebusua Dwarfs), Samuel Tetteh (WAFA)–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars), Eric Ofori Antwi (Kotok0), Felix Annan (WAFA) Ghana will fall on local players in an attempt to defend their gold title at the 2015 All Africa Games men’s football event. “Yes, just as I have been informed, we are to make do with local players for the All Africa Games. We have selected the best players available and will take them to the tournament. We are hopeful of doing well,” head coach Malik Jabir confirmed. Midfielders: Sadiq Alhassan (Wa All Stars), Abdul Latif Anabila (New Edubiase United), Kennedy Ashia, Tamimu Muntari (Liberty Professionals), Conney Idan, Kwame Boahene (Medeama) Black Meteors squad for All Africa Gameslast_img read more

Jamil Wilson, C.J. Williams leave Clippers with difficult roster decisions to make

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jamil Wilson’s days are numbered. They always were. Thanks to the NBA’s new two-way contract he signed before the start of the 2017-18 season, he had only 45 days to play with the Clippers. He must spend the rest of the season with their G League team in Ontario.Too bad.Related Articles Clippers forward Blake Griffin ‘could’ be back in the lineup as soon as Friday So, what will the Clippers do with Wilson and fellow two-way player C.J. Williams?They could sign them to standard NBA contracts, but they don’t have two open roster spots.“It’s going to be tough,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I won’t tell you our plans, but they’re not going to be great, I can tell you that. That’s all I can tell you. You’ll see. No, we just don’t have a lot of good options. We have to play them right now because we need them, and they’re playing great.”Wilson has played in 15 games with the Clippers, starting 10, and averaged 7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. Williams has played in 21 games while filling in for injured small forward Danilo Gallinari, starting seven, and averaged 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 16.4 minutes.Under other circumstances, either or both could shift to a reserve role once Griffin and Gallinari are sound enough to play. But since the Clippers don’t have roster spots available for either of them, they’re ticketed for a return to the G League when their 45 days come to an end next month.“The fact that you could lose them would hurt, and that could possibly happen,” Rivers said. Wilson has played very well in an unexpected role, filling in for the injured Blake Griffin as the Clippers’ starting power forward. Griffin could return to the starting lineup Friday, after sitting out for 14 games because of a sprained left knee. Wilson could be sent back to the G League.Griffin was set to practice Wednesday with the G League team in Ontario, then rejoin his Clippers teammates for Thursday’s workout before the coaching and medical staffs determined whether he would play Friday against the Lakers. Or whether they’d hold him out for another game. Meanwhile, Wilson didn’t want to go back to the developmental league. After all, he’s been something of a savior for the Clippers, proving he belongs in the NBA with a breakout performance in which he scored a career-high 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings.Wilson, a 27-year-old rookie from Marquette, didn’t expect to become a starter with the Clippers after spending two seasons in the developmental league. Now, he admits to feeling worried about his future in the NBA.“I’m not going to lie to you, he said. “Some days I wake up and you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Sometimes that can make you timid and kind of put you in a funk. But then you just kind of embrace the moment. Being around these guys, it’s a great feeling.“They don’t let you feel sorry for yourself or anything like that. It a little nerve-racking, but at the same time you’ve still got a job to do. At the end of the day, it’s still basketball. The ball is still orange. The goal is still 10 feet. You try to use that to bring you back down to earth.”The Clippers don’t want to lose him from their roster for the second half of the season, but they have no choice. The NBA created two new roster spots this season, but with the caveat that the 16th and 17th players could only spend 45 days with their team then they must return to the G League. Clippers’ role players make their marks in blowout victory against Kings last_img read more

Lakers’ Luke Walton said team plans to talk to NBA this summer about schedule

first_imgThe Lakers had at least one player, though, who likes the schedule as is.“I like it; only one game on the road,” Lakers rookie center Ivica Zubac said. “We get there a day earlier so we have some time to rest. I don’t think that’s a problem.”Taking on the challengeAt the end of practice, Walton asked what Randle thought of Zubac on Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns after he scored 25 points and had 13 rebounds last Friday.“Towns scored two buckets on me, what are you talking about?” Randle said during a shooting session. “He wasn’t cooking on me.”Walton considered Randle’s response “just trash talking.” Moments later, the No. 7 pick in 2014 (Randle) downplayed the significance of matching up against the No. 1 pick in 2015 (Towns) after they played in separate stints at Kentucky and competed against each other in high school.“He’s one of the good young players of the league. It’s always fun to measure up and compete,” said Randle, who averages 13 points on 48.1 percent shooting and 8.7 rebounds per game. “That’s who I should be every night. I need to be more consistent.”Walton plans to feature varying defensive assignments on Towns, who averages 24.6 points on 53.5 percent shooting and 12.1 rebounds per game. Beyond hoping that strategy slows Towns down, Walton figured the varying combinations would help develop his young players.“Anytime guys you grow up playing against, it’s fun to go out there and compete,” Randle said. “I don’t compare my self to anyone. We’re two different players”Injury updateWalton considered it “most likely” rookie Brandon Ingram will sit on Thursday against Minnesota considering he has yet to complete a full practice since missing the past two games with tendinitis in his right knee. On Wednesday, Ingram performed a series of stretches to extend his range of motion and took a few shots. MINNEAPOLIS >> As he reflected on his 10-year NBA career, Lakers coach Luke Walton remembered the so-called Grammy trip in which the Lakers traveled east for about two weeks. The slate of back-to-back games became a staple, too.Never had Walton experienced what his Lakers players are currently enduring. When the Lakers (21-53) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (29-44) on Thursday at Target Center, it will mark the Lakers’ sixth one-game trip in a Midwestern city.“If we’re doing a one-game trip to Phoenix or Golden State, that’s easy,” Walton said. “But here you’re changing time zones and losing two hours.”The Lakers have traveled twice to Houston, once to San Antonio and once to Oklahoma City. The Lakers will return to San Antonio on April 8. Lakers forwards Julius Randle and Tarik Black as well as guard Jordan Clarkson all acknowledged the difficulty in managing such an itinerary. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s tough travel-wise. It’s kind of hard,” Randle said. “You just deal with it. But what else can you do?”Walton has scheduled practices after the team lands to combat jet leg, though the Lakers have lost all four of those games arguably because of factors beyond traveling issues. Still, Walton said the Lakers will plan to talk with the NBA this summer in hopes to reduce those trips next season.“It comes from a good place,” Walton said. “The NBA is trying to find a way to get less back-to-backs. They are trying to even things out.”The Lakers played 16 back-to-back games after playing 18 in the 2015-16 season, but Walton argued that might not be a good thing.“I’d rather have more back-to-backs,” Walton said. “If there’s a way to do it where there’s a closer city, there’s a lot of different options. Without all the information, I have no idea how to suggest what’s a better way.”last_img read more