Pulis – Unity key to Albion success

first_img Irvine was sacked on Monday after just four wins in 19 league games and seven defeats from the last nine outings. Pulis will work within the current Albion set-up alongside technical director Terry Burton. “We are delighted to secure a man of Tony’s calibre and proven ability,” Burton said. “He made it clear this position excited him and he was eager to get back into the business of winning Premier League points – and there are few who know how to do it better.” The former Crystal Palace and Stoke boss has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at the Hawthorns to replace the sacked Alan Irvine. The Albion board have outlined survival in the Barclays Premier League is Pulis’ priority. They were 16th and a point above the relegation zone ahead of the New Year’s Day trip to West Ham. Pulis will watch from the stands at Upton Park before taking charge for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Gateshead. Fans turned on Irvine at the end of his six-month reign and Pulis has issued a rallying cry. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to accept the job and I do so with a simple but important message for the Albion fans and everyone at the club. “Every successful club is built on unity and that is what I shall strive to help bring to Albion. We need everyone together from top to bottom – the supporters, all the staff, the players, everyone who has an interest in the club’s welfare. “With that, we can go forward together and hopefully take this club up the Premier League.” Pulis left Crystal Palace in August, reportedly following a dispute over transfer policy, after saving them from relegation last season. He guided the Eagles to 11th and won the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year award for 2013-14. He beat Tim Sherwood to the job with the former Tottenham boss losing out on the role for a second time after Irvine was picked ahead of him in June. Press Association Tony Pulis has called for unity at West Brom after he was confirmed as the Baggies’ new head coach.last_img read more

Hill: Bad eggs no excuse

first_img Hill did not disagree with that sentiment – and nor did manager Chris Ramsey when asked after the game – but he insisted it was not an excuse. Hill said: “No matter who is not pulling in the right direction, it should not affect you as an individual. In every dressing room you are not going to get the right type of people. There are certain people who might not put the effort in here and there or might not be right on the training ground, but that should not affect you as a professional. “Did we have the quality? Probably not. But the lads that have gone out there every week have tried everything and given their hearts out.” Rangers still have two games to play this season against Newcastle and Leicester but, beyond that, the short-term future is uncertain. A squad clear-out is possible and the position of the manager also needs to be clarified, with Ramsey having been appointed only until the end of the season. Upstairs, the issue of Financial Fair Play still looms. The club could face the possibility of a large fine – reportedly £60million – if they are deemed to have breached Football League FFP regulations when last in the Championship in 2013-14. Hill said: “At the end of the season people at the club need to sit down and get it right in terms of a fresh impetus and a direction that is right for the club. “Everyone connected with the club needs to ask questions of themselves and learn from this. Of course the club can bounce back, but it is going to be hard.” QPR defender Clint Hill expects serious questions to be asked at the club this summer – but is not blaming “bad eggs” for their relegation. Press Association QPR’s fate was sealed on a dismal afternoon at the Etihad Stadium. They trailed after just four minutes as Sergio Aguero scored the first goal of his hat-trick. Further goals came from Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva as QPR went down without a whimper. Veteran centre-back Hill, 36, said: “All the mistakes and errors we have made throughout the season played out in 90 minutes yesterday. “We just were not good enough and that has been the case throughout the campaign. There are loads of questions that need answering. Ultimately we did not have the quality to stay up. “It is a difficult one to take and we have to apologise to our fans.” Hill does not apportion any blame to Ramsey, who took over with the team already in the relegation zone when Harry Redknapp left in February. The 53-year-old has overseen just two wins in 13 games but Hill hopes he stays on. Asked if Ramsey would be a good appointment, Hill said: “I think so. Obviously he is a good coach who likes his youngsters. It is about getting fresh players in and getting the right culture into the dressing room. “He has come into a difficult situation – with the position we were in and so many of the players not being his. “I feel sorry for him because he has given everything on the training ground. He has tried to raise us and give us a steady platform. In most games we have competed but we have faded towards the end of the season.” The London club’s exit from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed on Sunday as they crashed to a humiliating 6-0 defeat at Manchester City. Prior to the game, midfielder Joey Barton had claimed that not all members of the squad were giving everything for the cause, referring to them as “bad eggs”. last_img read more

Bodybuilding Federation, Government outline plans for 2020 and beyond

first_imgGUYANA Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GABFF) president Keavon Bess and Assistant Director of Sport, Melissa Dow-Richardson, strengthened ties for 2020 and beyond, as the government continues its support of the fraternity.Bess, along with Mr Guyana/2019 CAC gold medallist Kerwin Clarke, made a courtesy call on Wednesday at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Main Street; where the Federation boss presented Dow-Richardson with a financial manifesto on behalf of the Federation for its future endeavours.The document outlined three major areas of work which the Federation plans to strengthen heading into the new year.Those designated areas include continued support for international representation by the weightlifters with more emphasis being directed towards lightening the financial load with regard to the athletes’ competition in the 2020 CAC tournament set for Colombia.The final request was a major one, as the GABFF is keen about Guyana successfully winning a bid to host the 2022 CAC Championships. Guyana once hosted a successful CAC back in 2004 and the federation head was firm that Guyana can repeat such a momentous feat; which will equally boost Tourism in this contemporary time.Regarding the overall support of the bodybuilding guild, the Assistant Director of Sport pledged full support on behalf of the Government. She specified that once transparency and good bookkeeping are upheld, the government will continue to invest in bodybuilding as well as other sports in Guyana. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Rio Paralympics: Team Nigeria Wins First Gold

first_imgChinenye NdukaTeam Nigeria has won its first gold medal from the ongoing 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Roland Ezuruike provided the golden moment, winning the 54Kg event in astonishing manner.Ezuruike set three Paralympics records in his run to win the top prize. Earlier in the day Latifat Tijani won silver medal for Nigeria. She lifted 106kg in the 45kg category to place second behind China’s Dandan Hu.The physically challenged athletes have over the years done Nigeria proud despite the second class treatment they usually receive.Nigeria made its Paralympics debut in Barcelona where she won three gold medals to finish 35th in the medal table.While the heroics of Atlanta 96 is often celebrated, the Paralympics Team did even better than the Olympians, winning three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.The turn of the century at Sydney 2000 is very remarkable in the Nigeria Paralympics history. Team Nigeria had their most successful outing; winning seven gold, one silver and five bronze medals. This feat saw them finishing 22nd in the overall medals table.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Edo Sports Festival: Unity Torch Ends First Leg Tour in Ilaboya’s…

first_imgWhile wishing the state the best outing in both Games coming up this year in Edo, Ilaboya reaffirmed his commitment in collaboration with the state sports commission to make Owan-West a sports business environment.“I am pleased to welcome my brother, Barrister Dudu-Orumen and the Unity Torch to Owan West. We are known for sports. We have a lot to do for our young ones with sports. Soon, we will be having cycling events here as we plan to take some steps towards developing world class cyclists and marathoners in this area.” Ilaboya enthused.The former chairman of Edo Football Association added that he has confidence in the ability and capacity of the state sports commission chairman in delivering the desired results for the state.Meanwhile the Chief Press Secretary, Musa Ebomhiana disclosed the torch bearers have returned to Benin City to prepare for the second leg of the tour which will take them to Esan land next Wednesday, adding that the tour of Edo North was very successful.“We were well received by all the local government chairmen and they promised to present teams that will wrestle Edo Sports Festival’s top position at the end of the festival billed for February 10-15, 2020”, he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The first leg of the tour of the Unity Torch for the Edo Sports Festival which began in Akoko-Edo Wednesday ended yesterday in the Owan West Local Government where its Chairman, Hon. Frank Ilaboya received the Torch.The team bearing the Torch was led by the Chairman of the Edo Sports Commission, Barrister Godwin Dudu-Orumen, himself a son of Owan West who handed the Torch to Hon. Ilaboya at the headquarters of the local government in Sabongida-Ora to mark the end of the first leg of the Tour.Receiving the state delegation and the Unity Torch yesterday, the Owan West council boss, a renowned sports journalist, expressed optimism that the 3rd Edo sports festival would be memorable.last_img read more

Shafer rules out Broyld, Estime, Foy, Morgan for N.C. State game; Wilson practicing

first_img Published on October 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Thursday, Oct. 30, 9:39 p.m.Last week, Syracuse’s offense was suddenly infused with the re-additions of its top two talents at wide receiver. Now both are back on the shelf.Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said during his weekly press conference Thursday that H-backs Ashton Broyld and Brisly Estime will both be unavailable for Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against North Carolina State. Cornerback Wayne Morgan and offensive tackle Ivan Foy are still out, Shafer added. They have missed time due to lower-body injuries.The head coach sighed heavily before answering the question about Foy and Morgan.“Yeah, they’re doing,” Shafer said before sighing again, “they’re doing a good job. They won’t be ready for this weekend.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU released its full injury report a few hours after Shafer’s press conference. Also ruled out for Saturday’s game are: linebacker Luke Arciniega (lower body), wide receiver Adly Enoicy (upper body) and nose tackle Wayne Williams (lower body).Right guard Nick Robinson is listed as doubtful with lower-body injury and left guard Rob Trudo is questionable with a lower-body injury.Broyld and Estime returned from their lower-body injuries last week and played during the Orange’s 16-6 loss at Clemson on Saturday. Broyld bounced back from a four-game absence and was SU’s leading receiver with four catches for 49 yards. Estime, seeing the field after missing three games, didn’t have any catches in the loss to the Tigers.Shafer added that sophomore quarterback Austin Wilson, who had a turn at the starting job in between the injury to Terrel Hunt and AJ Long’s ascension to the starting role, has practiced this week. Wilson had a “pretty good headache” following a hit he took during SU’s loss to Florida State on Oct. 11 and has missed the last two games.“Austin’s doing good, he practiced. He was a little bit rusty, he’d probably be the first one to tell you that,” Shafer said. “But he practiced and got a little bit better Wednesday and he’s got a big, strong arm, so it’s good to have him back out there.” Commentslast_img read more

NBA Draft: How Chris McCullough fits into the Brooklyn Nets rotation

first_imgFormer Syracuse forward Chris McCullough was taken with the No. 29 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets. The hometown fans at the Barclays Center chanted his name before the pick and they got what they wanted.Here’s the Nets’ current contract layout, courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com:McCullough, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward, joins a roster that has seven forwards/centers, most notably Brook Lopez. Mason Plumlee also got significant playing time down low for Brooklyn, but was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night. The other five big men on the roster have contracts that expire in the next one or two years.ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said McCullough may benefit from some time in the D-league, but time will tell if he cost himself an initial NBA roster spot by leaving after one year of college.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on June 25, 2015 at 11:15 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Freshman acceptance rate decreases

first_imgAs the 2017-2018 college application process comes to a close for seniors worldwide, the USC Office of Admissions celebrates the university’s most selective freshman class in its history.Out of a pool of over 56,000 applicants, an increase of 3.5 percent from last year, 8,980 students received admittance, according to USC News. This 16 percent acceptance rate is also a historic low, decreasing half a percent from last year.In addition to being the most selective admissions cycle, this year also features the most academically accomplished admits, according to USC News. The average unweighted GPA for accepted students is 3.84 on a 4-point scale, while 31 percent have received a 4.0 GPA.Archanaa Lingan | Daily TrojanOver 79 percent of admits scored in at least the 95th percentile on standardized tests, while 42 percent scored in the 99th percentile.Beyond the academic numbers, however, Dean of Admissions Timothy Brunold said USC seeks out students who can contribute to USC’s dynamic intellectual, social and cultural communities.“[We look to] find something compelling, something that will enrich the USC community,” Brunold told USC News. “These students have a strong character and a willingness to engage in learning, an eagerness to dig deep into scholarship. It’s about the impact these students will have in class, in the library, in the lab and in the community. These students have a unique perspective, and their presence will strengthen the University.”The newly minted freshman class is also one of the most diverse. Students of color make up over two-thirds of the recently admitted students. Approximately 24 percent of newly admitted students are from underrepresented minority populations — 14 percent of which are Hispanic/Latino and 6 percent are black.The University said it has also maintained its commitment to expanding financial aid for low-income students who will attend USC. It has increased available aid by 76 percent over the last ten years, and USC students graduate with less student debt on average than students at other colleges, according to USC News.last_img read more

Holt: A few MLB predictions

first_imgSmell that? Of course you don’t, because it only remotely feels like spring, a trend that began yesterday and ends tonight as it begins to rain or snow, or both, according to the Weather Channel.But much like the girls going out on the weekend who dress according to what the calendar says, rather than what the thermometer says, the date dictates that baseball begins today, regardless of the climate. And so it shall, with Atlanta and Washington kicking off the 2011 Major League Baseball season.So to buck a two-column trend of Badger-related gloom and pessimism, here are a few outlandish – but remotely possible, and certainly entertaining – MLB predictions, which may get progressively sillier as they go on. You have been warned.There is no All Star GameLast year, some organizations, like Daily Kos and Change.org, as well as two U.S. congressmen, called for a boycott of the 2011 All Star game.This year’s Midsummer Classic will be played in Phoenix, which is significant in two ways. First, Arizona passed strict laws last year to crack down on illegal immigrants. Second, according to MLB.com, 27.7 percent of major leaguers are Latinos.So do this year’s Latino all-stars take a stand against laws that can be viewed as racial profiling? Kansas City closer Joakim Soria might be the only Mexican all star this year, but do fellow Latinos Albert Pujols or Mariano Rivera or Hanley Ramirez take a stand in a gesture of solidarity? Solidarity does seem to be trending nationwide. Maybe the rest of the players agree, or even commissioner Bud Selig makes a statement.With an already heated political atmosphere, let’s go ahead and pencil in a boycott. As much as the players would hate to give up the chance for a meaningless at-bat or two, I’m sure the opportunity to have a less-frantic all star break while also speaking to social justice sounds a bit sweeter.Philly’s rotation dream cut shortAll those rumblings of how Philadelphia’s rotation could be the best ever should be tempered. Maybe Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton could be the best rotation in recent memory.Or maybe they don’t get the chance.Any combination of three of those five would make up a staff any team would want. Everyone but Blanton could be a No. 1 starter on many teams. Therefore, any individual pitcher on that staff is expendable. And the Phillies will indulge that luxury.Brade Lidge is out for three to six weeks with a rotator cuff tear – the third time in four years he begins the season on the disabled list. More importantly, Chase Utley is out indefinitely with a knee injury.Last season, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino all spent time on the DL. Aside from the aforementioned six players all being very important parts of this team, they are also all over the age of 30. Players tend to become bigger injury risks and also take longer to heal as they age. And now Howard doesn’t have Jayson Werth protecting him in the lineup.Chances are, depending on Utley’s timetable for return and if the Phillies are even half as bitten by injuries as they were last year, Philadelphia will need another starting-quality bat, or maybe a closer.With the abundance of riches the Phillies have in their rotation, look for any of the three not named Halladay or Lee to be dealt for an impact offensive player – and before the all star break.That other rotationNo, not C.C. Sabathia and those four other forgettable guys. The World Series defending champion San Francisco Giants.Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Jonathan Sanchez team with Barry Zito to form a mostly-young rotation. And with all those postseason games the 20-somethings also pitched, all reached career-highs in innings pitched.Timmy might be able to pound down a formidable amount of In-N-Out burgers, but is his arm going to hang on all season? Count on two of San Francisco’s young guns – I say Bumgarner and Lincecum – to become intimate with the disabled list this season, much to the joy of Rockies fans.A few improbable scenariosJoe Mauer hits .401 after going 6-for-7 on the last day of the season in an extra-innings game against the White Sox to decide the American League Central. Due to a quad injury in mid-June, Mauer is shelved for three weeks, helping to keep him fresh for a post-all star break tear where he hits .467 after July 20.Derek Jeter gets his 3,000th hit in a July 10 game against the Rays. Because the players decide to boycott the All Star game, ESPN and FOX band together to fill the break with 13 different features covering Jeter’s best moments – including a montage of every single hit the shortstop has collected in his career. Even Jeter finds the homage sickening, prompting him to take a two-week mental health leave to reassess his life.Also, Miguel Cabrera manages to play in a day game while still inebriated, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, despite never being lucid enough to know what the count is. The Chicago Cubs’ television marketing campaign through early August will focus on how the Cubs are not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs; then it will focus on Wrigley Field’s food. The Yankees miss the playoffs, Felix Hernandez posts a 0.78 ERA and the Pittsburgh Pirates finish a game above .500.Well, maybe not that last one; I wouldn’t want to get too crazy.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Glad baseball’s back? Got a take on this season? Email him at aholt@badgerherald.com or Tweet @adamjsholt.last_img read more

Beat writers predict decisive result in Syracuse’s home opener against Colgate

first_img Comments No. 10 Syracuse opens the 2019 campaign against Colgate on Feb. 8 in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. SU last played against Cornell in May, when it lost 9-8 in the NCAA Tournament. The Orange returns most of their key contributors, as they look to reach championship weekend for the first time since 2009. Here’s what our beat writers expect the happen in the home-opener:Nick Alvarez (0-0) War raided Syracuse 17, Colgate 7 After thrashing Siena for four-consecutive years and dominating Binghamton a season ago, look for Syracuse to cruise in another home-opener. This time it’ll beat Colgate, a team that scored 11.9 goals per game in 2018. The Orange will temporarily answer their more pressing questions. Drake Porter and a returning defense will limit the Raiders’ top-two scorers Mike Hawkins and Griffin Brown, as the offense figures out how to replace Brendan Bomberry on the first line. Bradley Voigt makes a strong first impression with the starters and the midfield counters Tucker Dordevic most-recent injury with the returning Jared Fernandez. Like last year, the real test comes next week against No. 14 Albany. Andrew Graham (0-0) Light workSyracuse 14, Colgate 3AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnother season opener, another win for Syracuse. Colgate presents a slightly stronger matchup than the usual openers Siena and Binghamton. On Wednesday, John Desko said Syracuse needs to learn the Raiders personnel, their strengths and weaknesses, something the Orange failed to do in scrimmages so far. Still, Colgate should struggle to find chances against a stout and experienced Syracuse defense. The Orange offense — sans Tucker Dordevic — will find a groove and make it look easy, probably because to some degree, it is. There are questions to answer about replacing Brendan Bomberry and Dom Madonna and whether Danny Varello can get it done at the faceoff X. On Friday, against an overmatched opponent, the answers will come into focus when, of course, Syracuse wins its season opener.Michael McCleary (0-0) Same DealSyracuse 17, Colgate 9This is probably a different Colgate team than the Orange faced a year ago. The Raiders have a new coach, and it’s the first game of the season — when CU still has a season worth fighting for. And, for all the benefits that this distinction brings, Syracuse is the same team as last year, just missing a few of its major pieces from a year ago. But even with a new goalie playing in a shot-clock era that will most likely lead to more shooting and an attack line without one of its best players from last year, Brendan Bomberry, Syracuse will be just fine. It’s the season opener, and Syracuse is 80-19 in those since the program began in 1916. It hasn’t lost one since it joined the Atlantic Coast Conference. There’s no reason to believe Friday won’t be much of the same. Published on February 8, 2019 at 9:29 amcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more