Press Association The Dutchman, who can play at full-back or in midfield, missed the defeat to Crystal Palace with a hamstring strain but is back in contention to face the Saints. Otherwise, Paul Lambert is choosing from the same squad with Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N’Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner all long-term absentees. Lambert must attempt to shut out off-field intrigue long enough to secure the one win he believes will secure Barclays Premier League safety. Villa go into the weekend fixtures four points above the drop zone with five games to play, but their scrap for safety was shunted down the news agenda when it was announced this week that assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa had been suspended by the club. As long-term associates of Lambert, the decision has created considerable interest and no little speculation. But an ongoing internal investigation means Lambert cannot speak publicly on the matter. Instead, he has attempted to focus the minds of players and public alike on the real business at hand – securing a potentially decisive win. Southampton visit Villa Park on Saturday, with Lambert looking to end a losing sequence stretching four games. “Forget about the rest of it, my main focus is to prepare for the game, to go and get the lads ready as best as we can,” he said. “We’ll try and get the supporters behind us, get everyone positive and try to win a game. That’s my job to try and do. “(One more win) and we’ll be in touching distance (of safety). We always say to the lads to be positive no matter what, we don’t talk about being negative. “But the lads know the situation, they don’t need me to tell them. They know it themselves and we’ll be ready for this one.” Lambert admits his side seemed to have lifted themselves out of the relegation battle with a 1-0 win over Chelsea last month, but no points from the last 12 available has dragged them back in. “After the Chelsea game everybody thought ‘great, no problem’, nobody foresaw the last four games,” he said. “After Chelsea we were sitting with feet up and all of a sudden, four games later, you’ve got a bit more to do to get over the line. “It (complacency) never came from ourselves, as a group or as a team. Outside people, pundits and all that, thought Aston Villa were totally safe but I’ve never given that implication. “We know that now is the time to win a game.” Artur Boruc has beaten his back injury in time for Southampton’s trip. The Poland stopper’s return offsets the continued absence of fellow goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, also with back trouble. Maya Yoshida (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (ankle) will also miss out. Saints are aiming to hit back to winning form after last weekend’s frustrating 1-0 home loss to Cardiff. Well aware of the watchful gaze of England coaches Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington, Rickie Lambert said he must set all World Cup thoughts aside in favour of fighting for form and goals with Saints. “Most importantly, we’ve got four games to try and get more points for Southampton and try and push us up further in the league,” said the 32-year-old target man. “We got asked the same question a few games ago – ‘we’ve got nothing to play for’ – but then we won three out of four games, so the lads are still very hungry and very determined to do well and that’s what we’ll be trying to do in the remaining four games. “I think we’ve had either Ray or Roy watching our games for the last 10 games I think, so we know we are getting watched and that’s brilliant for them to be watching Southampton. “I try not to focus on it, if I’m being honest. I try to play my own game, I think that’s the best way to go about it. “I think you can’t think too much about it, because I think it might affect your game. “You’ve just got to get on with it, try and do well for Southampton and hopefully Roy or Ray are impressed, that’s it really.” Leandro Bacuna is back in the Aston Villa squad for Saturday’s home clash with Southampton.
New Delhi: Postponing of Tokyo Olympics 2020 has thrown a huge challenge to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who will now have their plates full in the coming months in trying to make it happen in 2021 along with working on the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022.“Postponing the Olympic Games represents a big challenge. In the coming months and year, we will have to focus on the organisation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, of course, but also on the delivery of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, which are approaching fast, and the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022,” the IOC said in a FAQ about Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.“We will need to assess how this workload affects our staff and decide how to organise ourselves to be as efficient as possible in helping the Organising Committees deliver the Games. We will rely on the “Here we go” Task Force to give a clear overview of the situation and of the scope of the challenge ahead of us so that the IOC, as an organisation, can put in place the relevant measures and resources,” it added.The Olympic Games was postponed after a lot of dilly-dallying by the IOC due to growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. A lot of athletes put their weight behind the postponement with Canada becoming the first team to pull out.“The IOC has always taken into consideration the athletes’ voice, which has played a very important role. We are in constant contact with our Athletes’ Commission, whose Chair is a member of the IOC Executive Board and takes part in any consultation, any decision and any vote,” the IOC said answering to a question on whether the postponement was driven by growing clamour from athletes.Asked if cancellation was an option at all, IOC said: “A cancellation of the Olympic Games would have destroyed the Olympic dream of 11,000 athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees, from the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, and for all the people who are supporting the athletes, including coaches, doctors, officials, training partners, friends and family.“It would also have destroyed the work and the enthusiasm of our great Japanese hosts, with Tokyo being the best-prepared city for the Games ever.”Also read: Ex Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Jock Edwards passes awayAlso watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digital
For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kuala Lampur: Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap entered the main draw of the Malaysia Masters 2019 after defeating Vladimir Malkov of Russia 21-12 21-17 in straight games in the men’s singles qualification round here on Tuesday. Kashyap, who recently married London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, will take on Rasmus Gemke from Denmark in the opening round of the BWF World Tour Super 500 event at the Axiata Arena on Wednesday.But it was curtains for Subhankar Dey as he lost 18-21 13-21 to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in another men’s singles qualification match.Also Read | BCCI CEO speaks to Hardik Pandya, KL RahulIndian women shuttlers, Rituparna Das and Mughda Agrey, too bowed out in the qualification round. While Rituparna lost 13-21 24-26 to Indonesia’s Ruselli Hartawan, her compatriot Mugdha was shown the door 17-21 21-18 19-21 by Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet.In the women’s singles opening round on Wednesday, Kashyap’s wife Saina Nehwal, seeded seventh, will be up against Xuan Deng Joy of Hong Kong.
“The love and support you(Victor Ochei)have shown to us Special People is unprecedented. You have worked tirelessly towards the develop mentioned of Wheelchair Basketball and Special People of Nigeria “-Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation(NWBF). The 5th edition of the Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship organised by the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation(NWBF) that held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos had come and gone but the memories from the highly successful competition remain fresh. One thing that should never be left unmentioned is the salutary and patriotic role being played by no less a person than Hon Victor Ochei, former Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly in his unflinching faith that there is “ability in the disability of the Special People” and throwing his hat into the sponsorship ring of the Wheelchair Championship. Ochei has within the spate of five years taken the development of the Special sport to an enviable height in the country. In a clime where people would ordinarily want to invest in popular and crowd pulling sports like football to get back returns, the Delta-born politician has opted to pitch his tent with the physically challenged in the society.According to the President of the NWBF, Bukola Olapade, Ochei had over the last five years spent over N300 million on yearly sponsorship of the International event. Precise financial records at the events reveal that the sum of N300 and N28 million representing an average of N65 million per annum has so far been spent on the tournament by Ochei.An elated Olapade could not help but heap praises on Ochei.“Let me use this opportunity to express appreciation to the sponsor, who after leaving office as Speaker Delta State House of Assembly still sponsors the Championship. This really shows that he is committed to the Special athletes and the development of the game in the country “, he said.So what actually motivated Ochei into the sponsorship of this Championship? “I am motivated into the sponsorship because I believe there is so much ability in their disability”, he stated.According to him, “apart from the financial rewards that would accrue to these special people through the spirit enabling them to be able to take care of themselves and their immediate families, I also believe that the Wheelchair Basketball game has the capacity to expose them to international competitions and by extension creating other medal avenues and opportunities for our nation”.Ochei expressed great satisfaction with the outcome of the 5th edition in Lagos. In his words:” I am really impressed with the level of competitiveness amongst the teams in this year’s Championship and I must say that Wheelchair Basketball would soon be the toast of Special athletes and the Paralympic Committee in Nigeria”.From the highly successful first edition in Asaba 2012, the popularity of the game has continued to soar in leaps and bounds, attracting rare comments from all and sundry including celebrities in the country.Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo aka D’banj, a popular musician had this to say during the 2nd edition of the sports in Lagos.“I am really impressed seeing our physically challenged athletes being given an opportunity to compete against each other in the game of basketball. This is really an eye opener for me and hopefully, when next they are hosting this championship I would be there to contribute my quota to the growth of the sport “.The time has come for the federal government and public spirited corporate organisations to take up the gauntlet by joining hands with Hon Ochei to invest massively in Wheelchair Basketball. Ochei has no doubt written his name in gold in our sports record as a nation. He deserves all the accolades and honours this patriotic fervour has more than qualified him for-Including our National Honours.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A quintuple of Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi, Etebo Oghenekaro, Joel Obi and Tyrone Ebuehi who are recuperating from injury also made the lists.The team is scheduled to take on DR Congo on May 28, before moving out to England to take on Three Lions in Wembley stadium on June 2 and Czech Republic on June 6.Full list:Goalkeepers:Francis UzohoIkechukwu EzenwaDaniel AkpeyiDele Ajiboye.Defenders:Leon BalogunWilliam Troost- EkongKenneth OmeruoBrian IdowuElderson EchejileShehu AbdulahiOla AinaTyrone EbuehiStephen EzeChidozie Awaziem.Midfielders:Mikel ObiJoel ObiOgenyi OnaziMikel AguEtebo OghenekaroJohn OguUche AgoWilfred Ndidi.Attackers:Odion IghaloAhmed MusaMoses SimonVictor MosesJunior LokosaSimeon NwankwoAlex IwobiKelechi IheanachShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram (NAN)The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL )leading top scorer Junior Lokosa and Simeon Nwankwo are the new faces that graced the 30 man provisional list released by Gernot Rohr ahead of the World Cup.Kano Pillars forward Lokosa recording 18 goals as at Match day 21 is getting his first call up as well as Crotone of Italy striker Nwankwo.
Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Following last month’s launch of custom betting commentary with Unibet, Perform has partnered with ICS, to offer professional betting commentary through its custom betting commentary product.As part of the partnership, the commentary will be available on any match, in any language in Perform’s live streaming portfolio.Custom betting commentary allows clients to deliver personalised messages, betting trends and insight to customers watching live streamed sport on their platform in real-time.The commentaries can be added from anywhere in the world, as the service requires only an internet connection and is delivered through a simple online user interface.The deal with ICS allows bookmakers, who may not currently have the resources to deliver the commentary themselves, to deliver bespoke commentary content to its audiences.John Harlow, SVP Betting said: “We are delighted to have partnered with ICS. Our clients have been really excited about being able to communicate with their customers, using OPTA statistics married up to their own messaging and markets to enhance the in-play betting experience.”Ian Holding, founding director of ICS, said: “The opportunity for bookmakers to now broadcast their own bespoke commentary service as part of this new streaming solution is a hugely exciting one. “Perform are industry leaders in providing live streams as part of the successful Watch&Bet service, whilst ICS employ a large team of specialist broadcasters who properly understand live betting.” Share Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Related Articles Submit
The leaked jersey has the representing colours of the club which are gold and black.It has a pattern of black stripes crossing through the gold which flows from the upper parts of the chest to the lower tips of the jersey. Giving it a tiger-like outlook.The shoulder areas are black with gold just at the tip of the hand area.AshantiGold SC signed a three-year sponsorship deal with UK based kit manufacturing company iGimel Sportswear.The Obuasi-based club has been without a kit sponsor for months after their contract with Pokoo sportswear was annulled.The club terminated its contract with the previous kit sponsors after they failed to fulfil their part of the agreement.The new sponsorship deal will see the UK-based kit manufacturing company provide the club with jerseys, bibs, training equipment and other sports garments.AshantiGold, as well as Kumasi Asante Kotoko, were selected by the Ghana Football Association to represent Ghana in Africa at the 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup following the cancellation of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ghana Premier League side, AshantiGold have had their next season home kit leaked on social media.
RACING MOURNS DEATH OF TRAINER LEONARD DORFMANBOOZER STEPS UP TO THE BAR IN SENSATIONAL STARFUTURE OF MILLIONAIRE CLUBHOUSE RIDE UP IN THE AIRBAYERN BREEZES THREE FURLONGS IN 36.60 FOR BAFFERT Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 Joseph Talamo13915142311%$1,065,504 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 15) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke12114151712%$784,816 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer9719131320%$1,968,030 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze15720151713%$1,244,034 Philip D’Amato4398721%$438,310 Bob Baffert621214819%$1,190,338 Peter Miller871618818%$975,450 Elvis Trujillo1261417911%$906,712 FOND MEMORIES OF LEONARD DORFMAN, DEAD AT 92 Highly respected longtime Southern California trainer Leonard Dorfman passed away peacefully early Sunday evening at his daughter’s home in Round Rock Texas. The affable Dorfman, a decorated World War II combat veteran who lied about his eyesight to enlist in the Army at age 19, would have been 93 on June 22.Best known as the conditioner of multiple stakes winners Biggs, Travel Orb, Minnesota Chief, Joni U. Bar and McCann’s Mojave, Dorfman gravitated to the track at an early age and one of his first jobs was grooming horses at movie mogul Louis B. Mayer’s farm in Hemet, Calif., circa, 1937 at age 15.A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Dorfman emigrated to Los Angeles with his mother at the age of 7 and soon thereafter cultivated a lifetime love affair with horses.“He was such a kind and gentle man,” said retired Hall of Fame jockey Donald Pierce, from his home in Encinitas. “He was without a doubt one of the finest horsemen I ever rode for. We had a lot of success together. A lot of guys, they’ll (expletive deleted) you about their horses and how they’re doing. Leonard was always straight up with me and when he told me he had something for me to ride, they were live, believe me.”Long active along with his late friend, trainer Noble Threewitt, on behalf of fellow horsemen in the H.B.P.A. and later the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), Dorfman won 16 races and two stakes with Joni U. Bar, a rangy mare by Nordic Prince, who would go on to become the dam of multiple graded stakes winner McCann’s Mojave.“Leonard had a sixth sense with horses,” said Mike Willman, Santa Anita Director of Publicity and the co-breeder and owner of McCann’s Mojave. “The horse always came first with Leonard. He would often say, ‘There’s always another race.’ He was an amazing, honest man and a wonderful human being. I’ll never forget what Frank Cozza, who bred Joni U. Bar and a lot of other nice horses, told my best friend’s dad one time after they had won a race here at Santa Anita. Frank said the key to success with Leonard was, ‘To just leave that little Jewish fella alone.’” Trainer Ray Bell had this memory: “He had horses being transported by train for L.B. Mayer through the San Bernardino desert, and it was so hot, they opened the doors on the box car. Suddenly one of the horses breaks loose and jumps over a stack of straw bales and into the desert.“Leonard couldn’t notify anyone or stop the train, because he was way in the back, and this was way before cell phones or anything. He decided the first time the train stopped he would get to a phone let them know there was a race horse running around in the desert.“Finally they stopped, probably somewhere in Arizona, and Leonard called L.B. Mayer’s secretary and told her so-and-so is running loose in the desert out in San Bernardino.“Anyway, they finally captured the horse and there wasn’t a scratch on him. So they loaded him up on the next train for Chicago, they met him out there, and he wound up being a useful sort of horse.”Services for Dorfman, who is survived by his wife, Marlene, and daughter, Lisa Crisks, are pending. John Sadler718121111%$561,356 Rafael Bejarano15337242024%$1,729,564 FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern,recovered from a hind footabscess that surfaced after that race, forcing him to miss the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7,breezedthree furlongs for Bob Baffert Monday in 36.60. A finalist for Horse of the Year, it was Bayern’s first recorded workout since early last month . . . Kudos to Matt Ascanio, 33-year-old son of former trainer and long-time Bobby Frankel assistant Humberto Ascanio, on winning his first race as an agent after a month in the business. Matt booked Christian Aragon on Fast Mast, who posted a half-length shocker at a $115.80 win payoff in Sunday’s seventh race for trainer Mike Harrington . . . Galicado, unbeaten in three starts in his native Argentina by a combined margin of 21 ½ lengths, worked six furlongs on the main track Monday morning in 1:12.60 for Ron McAnally, who plans to run the son of Asiatic Boy in the $2 million UAE Derby in Dubai on March 28. “The horse was sent to me during the Del Mar summer meet,” said McAnally, whose proclivity with South American imports is a matter of record . . . When Lucky J Lane won yesterday’s fourth race, it marked back-to-back victories for the California-bred gelding, giving trainer Richard Baltas another double. Unusual Fleet also posted consecutive victories when he won Saturday’s fifth race . . . Bob Baedeker has resigned his position as consultant and racing manager for Live Your Dream Racing Stables, effective yesterday. Baedeker cited differences with LYD founder Don Palmer over the future of the partnership. “I wish Don and Live Your Dream well,” Baedeker said. “Don is focused on the breeding end of the business now while I am anxious to acquire horses ready to run. I will be using my energies to grow my racing management business, Mr. B., LLC.” . . . Apprentice jockey Brandon Boulanger has been suspended threeracing days (Feb. 28, March 1 and 5) for causing interference on Aguacita in Saturday’s sixthrace . . . Congrats to Zoe Metz, Santa Anita’s Interactive Media Coordinator and an accomplished photographer, who celebrates her 19th birthday today . . . Santa Anita will be dark this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday when there will be free parking and free Grandstand admission. Live racing resumes Friday at 1 p.m. Victor Espinoza10219211419%$1,283,180 Peter Eurton49108720%$481,808 Martin Garcia8214131117%$1,145,820 Doug O’Neill899101010%$520,536 BOOZER GOES FROM LONG TO SHORT SATURDAY Boozer, a versatile and consistent son of Unusual Heat, goes from third and long to first and goal when he runs in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for older California-bred or sired horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.The 5-year-old gelding trained by Mark Glatt for Al and Sandee Kirkwood is coming off a sharp second to streaking stakes winner Alert Bay in the California Cup Turf Classic at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 24. Two races earlier, the pace-favoring Boozer won the California Flag Handicap for state-breds on the downhill turf course.“He runs really well down the hill,” Glatt said. “Maybe it’s not ideal going from a mile and an eighth to 6 ½ down the hill, but I want to take advantage of the Cal-bred program. The horse is doing well, so we’ll give it a shot.”CLUBHOUSE RIDE’S FUTURE UNDECIDED The future of Clubhouse Ride remained undecided Monday morning, more than a week after he finished ninth and last by more than 40 lengths behind Shared Belief in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7. “They’ve run a bunch of tests on him to make sure he’s got good sperm,” said Craig Lewis, who trains the 7-year-old Candy Ride horse for owners Murray Seidner (Six-S Racing Stable) and Nikolas Petralia.“There are several offers on the table, so we don’t know what’s going to happen at this point. Should there be any problem with the sperm count, or the money, or they decide not to do the stud deal themselves, then he’ll be back (racing), because he had a minor injury. “The owners are considering a lot of offers but they don’t know if they want to keep him or sell him.”Clubhouse Ride, a two-time winner of the Grade II Californian Stakes, was second in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita last June 28. The chestnut bred in Kentucky by Sidney and Jenny Craig has a 5-9-2 record from 43 starts, with earnings of $1,341,132. Kent Desormeaux10722191121%$1,229,322 Richard Mandella3786722%$402,286
Green footballer William Carvalho William Carvalho continues to promote solidarity initiatives through social networks. The Portuguese midfielder published on his Instagram account an image of him in which he appears dressed in a mask whose colors are those of the flag of Portugal. “Together we are going to feed thousands of Portuguese families. Leave your contribution,” asks Carvalho., accompanied by some phone numbers and a checking account to raise funds.Just a few days ago, William was already showing his human qualities as an ambassador for the charitable association ‘Corações Com Coroa’. The agency representing the footballer announced that it would pay the salaries of the employees of this NGO who cannot work for three months, due to movement restrictions in Portugal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The midfielder returned to the playing field a few weeks ago after being absent for four months after having had a herniated disc. His lack of rhythm shows and Rubi has trusted him intermittently. Your place in the Betis squad is not secure for the next campaign, as it is among the players with whom the Verdiblanco club intends to make cash.
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Middle-order batsman Darren Bravo says the series of defeats suffered by the West Indies in recent times is as a result of the batsmen’s lack of confidence.Bravo scored a century in the West Indies innings and 212-run loss to the Aussies in the first Test on the heels of a crushing defeat at the hands of a Rookie Cricket Australia 11.In October, the Caribbean cricketers were beaten two-nil by Sri Lanka in a Test series, where Bravo was one of only two batsmen to score 50s.”It’s just a matter of confidence,” Bravo said.”Coming in to this series, most of our batsmen didn’t really have that confidence. We lost the series in Sri Lanka; we lost the practice game as well in Brisbane. It’s a matter of confidence.”West Indies were bowled out for 223 and 148 in the first Test against Australia in Hobart, with the second-innings highlight being Kraigg Brathwaite’s 94.In their drawn warm-up match against Victoria X1, Brathwaite followed up his Test performance with a score of 78; Jermaine Blackwood rebounded from failing to get off the mark twice with a score of 69; while Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin scored 45 and 38, respectively.NEED TO STAY AT CREASEBravo is confident that the West Indies can accumulate runs against Australia once their batsmen occupy the crease.”It’s important that whenever we go to bat we spend some time out in the middle. If we spend time, we’re definitely going to score runs,” said Bravo.”Naturally, we play aggressive cricket, where batting is concerned. It’s just a matter of us spending time out in the middle and putting up a very good fight.”West Indies kicked off their training at the MCG with a session yesterday ahead of the second Test, which begins on Boxing Day.The Aussies are due to start their training today.In the meantime, Australia have added fast bowler Scott Boland to their squad as a replacement for the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile.”The Australian bowlers, they have a plan [on] exactly how they want to get us out,” he said. “You respect the good balls and put away the bad balls. Yes, they are a very good team, but at the end of the day, they are still humans,” said Bravo.”I believe the guys have that sort of resilience in them. Most of us have scored international hundreds. We have proven that we are definitely capable of playing at this level. It is just a matter of going out there and spending some time.”