Stoke announce Johnson signing

first_imgStoke have announced the signing of former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson on an initial two-year contract. Stoke boss Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “Glen will be a fantastic addition to our squad. He commanded a huge transfer fee when he left Portsmouth for Liverpool but dealt with the pressure that comes with that. “He’s a talented defender who also chips in with goals – as we discovered last season when he scored the winner against us at Anfield – and having spoken to him I know how much he’s looking forward to being a Stoke player.” Johnson, who has been capped 54 times by England, moved to Liverpool in an £18million deal in 2009 and made 200 league and cup appearances for the club before leaving at the end of last season. Press Associationcenter_img The 30-year-old has flown to Singapore to join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour, pending what the club call “finalising the formalities” of the deal. Johnson, whose contract includes the option of an extension into a third year, will become the Potters’ sixth signing of the summer. last_img read more

Cricket News Dravid wants to rope Vikram Rathour but may lead to conflict on interest

first_imghighlights New Delhi: After a scintillating performance against England Lions, the head coach of India A Rahul Dravid has written a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to expand its coaching staff eyeing the upcoming challenges. He has requested BCCI to rope former India opener Vikram Rathour and Haryana wicket-keeper Vijay Yadav on board. Dravid, on expanding the coaching staff believes that it will help in workload management.However, Vikram Rathour’s name made it to the headlines and sparked controversy. In lieu of this, the acting secretary of BCCI Amitabh Choudhary passed a note of dissent and believes that having Vikram in the mix will lead to a conflict of interest as Rathour is the brother-in-law of former India offspinner Aashish Kapoor, the chairman of India’s junior selection committee. In a mail, assessed by Espncricinfo, Dravid said, “With regards to our discussion and plans for short- and medium-terms for India A and Under-19 teams in the pathways programme I do feel that with the upcoming amount of cricket for both these teams it would be beneficial to bring in more support/coaching staff into the system.” Dravid wants to expand the coaching staff eyeing the upcoming World Cup.The next edition of Under-19 World Cup will be played in South Africa in January 2020. Vikram Rathour has scored over 11,000 runs in first-class cricket. Dravid told Karim, BCCI’s general manager (Cricket Operations) that expanding the coaching staff will eventually help him, Paras Mhambrey, and Abhay Sharma to shift their focus to the upcoming Under-19 World Cup. He further believes, seeing the dynamics of the coming schedule it’s the hour requirement to have both suggested name on board. “In addition to Vikram Rathour, I would also say we bring in Vijay Yadav to be a part of the coaching staff during the Quadrangular Under-19 series next month. He has been part of the NCA and also Under-19 and India A teams in the recent past.”Karim, along with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, agreed to bring Rathour and Yadav on board subject to the approval of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), the supervisory authority of the BCCI until fresh elections are conducted. Karim also checked with Rathour for his willingness while asking him to disclose any conflict of interest. Rathour understood his work but went onto accept his relation with Kapoor.With Amitabh denying Rathour’s name eyeing to conflict of interest, the final decision hasn’t been made yet. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

PM Rowley hails Skerritt’s victory, warns of hard road to recovery

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley said he had a more optimistic outlook on West Indies cricket following the election of Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow as president and vice-president respectively, of the sport’s regional governing body, Cricket West Indies (CWI).Dr Rowley warned, however, that there was plenty work ahead for the Skerritt-led administration for the Windies to avoid being relegated to the second tier of the game.“The ICC is going to create two divisions of cricket, and West Indies may not find itself in the upper echelons of Test cricket,” said Dr Rowley. “We’re going to find ourselves with Afghanistan, Holland, and Kenya.“What we are looking for now is a best practice model to rebuild a Test team that has declined. What was happening to West Indies cricket is that we were not able to put that ladder down in that pit to climb out of it, and I’m hoping now that Skeritt provides that ladder so that we climb out of it. We cannot continue to have a C-Class horse running an A-Class race.”West Indies are currently ranked eighth in the Test rankings, ninth in the One-day Internationals, and seventh in the Twenty20 Internationals although they are currently the reigning World champions in that format.About the CWI election result which saw Skerritt and Dr Shallow unseat incumbents Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan, Dr Rowley said he was extremely happy about the outcome.“I think it opens the door for us to bring about the improvements that we anticipate,” he said. “It made my day.“Where Dave Cameron is concerned, what happened in India, in any management structure, that is when things should have come to a head,” he said, referring to the players’ dramatic walk-out on the 2014 Tour of India.“To have escaped that and become in charge of a hegemony after that told me that West In­dies cricket was on the wrong track.“You could not have created an environment like that, created those liabilities for future earnings, and be impregnable.”last_img read more

Saco’s speech motivates Orange in 2 victories to close series against UConn

first_imgKelly Saco did not want game one to set the tone for the weekend. The loss was just too crushing.In that first game of its series against Connecticut, Syracuse scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh. But SU stranded the tying run on third, yielding a 3-2 loss Saturday to the Huskies. The close loss and failed rally could have caused Syracuse to fall apart in the weekend’s other two games.But Saco refused to let that happen. The first baseman took charge in the Syracuse huddle in between games. Despite the loss, Saco saw something that had been lacking in the Orange dugout recently. A complete team.‘(I told them) even though we lost — and it would have been nice to win — we played like a team,’ the sophomore said. ‘We kind of came together there, and everyone really pulled for each other. No one was being selfish.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer animated speech inspired the Orange’s play the rest of the weekend. Syracuse went on to defeat UConn 9-6 in the second game Saturday, snapping a three-game losing streak, and then won 5-1 in the rubber match Sunday.Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross has said all year that she is looking for her players to be leaders. Saco’s taking control of the huddle in between games on her own is a perfect example of what she wants.‘I like the things she says during the games and in between games,’ Ross said. ‘She can get the emotion going. She can play that way.’The Syracuse offense was held to eight total runs in the Orange’s three-game losing streak. The Orange pounded out 17 hits in the two wins Saturday and Sunday. Seven of those were extra-base hits. For a team to come out like that after coming up short in devastating fashion, Ross feels it takes a great deal of leadership from within. And that leadership is noticed by Saco’s teammates.‘Coach always says great things, but when (we) hear it from our own teammates, it just kind of pumps us up some more,’ sophomore Jenna Caira said. ‘(It makes us think) like we’ve got to win this, we’ve got to pick ourselves up and get this (win) for the next game.’The Orange is a young team that sometimes lacks the maturity of other Big East opponents with many upperclassmen. Juniors Hallie Gibbs and Rachel Helman are the only upperclassmen in the lineup. Ross considers Gibbs to be one that leads by example, rather than being a vocal leader. With the lack of upperclassman contributors, there is more pressure on the freshmen and sophomores to lead.‘We just need to find somebody that can calm everybody down, keep them in control,’ Ross said. ‘A mature leader is what we kind of need.’Saco has been slowly working into a leadership role all season. She always tries to be a vocal leader on the field, encouraging the pitchers and other infielders. Her struggles at the plate this season (a .205 batting average) limit her ability to lead by example, but Saco is able to channel her struggles into helping her teammates.‘It’s tough when you’re doing bad — I definitely know that from experience,’ Saco said. ‘When you’re just having those days, you need someone to pick you up. I just want to be looked at as the person that picks you up.’ Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

Orange preps to face speedy WVU squad

first_imgCome Saturday, it will be a new level for the Syracuse defense to overcome. With SU’s game against Big East frontrunner West Virginia, the Orange will be facing perhaps the most vaunted defense in the Big East. But at his weekly press conference on Monday, SU head coach Doug Marrone saved perhaps the kindest words for the Mountaineer offense. That is where he knows his Syracuse team will be facing a challenge it hasn’t encountered all year. It all starts with how athletic each Mountaineer is at certain offensive positions, especially the skill positions. ‘We haven’t seen those types of (offensive) players that we will see on Saturday,’ Marrone said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Added Marrone: ‘West Virginia has at least three players who I feel … if they get the ball in their hands in space, that those players can score anywhere on the field, no matter how they touch the football.’ Marrone didn’t elaborate on the names of those three players Monday. Apart from quarterback Geno Smith, the Mountaineers have three offensive players in running back Noel Devine and receivers Jock Sanders and Tavon Austin who anchor the offensive attack. Those three, along with Smith, account for the ‘types of (offensive) players’ Marrone spoke of in his press conference. But the one player at whom Marrone pinpointed the term ‘dangerous’ on Monday was Devine. The running back has had somewhat of a down year numerically, as he sits at sixth in the Big East with 84 rushing yards per game. But this is still the same Devine who has amassed 3,885 rushing yards in his career, just 38 yards shy of No. 4 on the all-time Big East list. However, Marrone is as worried about Smith and WVU’s wide receivers as he is about Devine, and rightfully so, based on the stats. Whereas Devine resides in the middle of the Big East pack in rushing yards, Smith is excelling in his first year as a starter. Smith has thrown just two interceptions to 14 touchdowns and is No. 2 in the Big East in passing efficiency (156.7) and passing yards per game (226.3). Smith’s production, though, may have more to do with Sanders and Austin, who together make up perhaps the No. 1 receiving tandem in the conference. Sanders, on his own, is No.1 in the Big East in receptions per game with six. Austin is tied for second with 5.3. ‘You can’t over-commit to stopping one or the other,’ Marrone said. ‘They have guys who can hurt you.’ But stats didn’t surface with Marrone when the head coach spoke of the WVU offensive attack Monday. Numbers weren’t occurring to him so early in the week. What mattered at the beginning of the week was getting across to the team the core element of how the Mountaineers will attack: with speed. A lot of it. It’s going to be coming, and will be utilized, from four different angles. ‘They have a lot of speed,’ Marrone said. ‘And not to discount the teams we have played or the teams we will play in the future, but this is one of the fastest teams that we will play.’ SU begins preparation for ‘extremely talented’ WVU defense The names Smith, Devine, Sanders and Austin catch all the headlines. They are the four ‘dangerous’ playmakers Marrone refers to when he talks about the Mountaineers offense. But West Virginia has ridden its defense, not its group of offensive playmakers, to a 5-1 record through six games this season. After struggling mightily against Pittsburgh’s blitzing defense Saturday, the Syracuse offense should have its work cut out for it this weekend in Morgantown, W. Va. The Mountaineers not only enter the game ranked No. 1 in the Big East in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense, but also hold a top-five national ranking in all three categories. ‘They have more starts on their defense than any defense we will play,’ Marrone said Monday. ‘They are extremely fast and extremely talented.’ The Mountaineers have accumulated 18 sacks, eight interceptions and allowed just 74 points in its first six games of the season. After having a difficult time finding the end zone in each of its first two Big East games, the Orange will need to find a way to break through the WVU defense if it has a shot at beating the Mountaineers for the first time since 2000. And after the Orange scored just 27 points in its last two games combined, it is heading into the eye of the storm at a difficult time. In what should be the toughest test of the season, SU will have to perfect its game plan come Saturday. Against a stout, disciplined defense like West Virginia, SU will have to hope that is enough. ‘They know exactly what they’re doing,’ Marrone said. ‘They have fine coaches on the defensive staff. And we are going to have to execute our game plan. That will be a great challenge for us.’ Comments Published on October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Audio: Mfon Udoh Inspires MFM Star Odey

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MFM FC striker Stephen Odey says Enyimba captain Mfon Udoh has been his inspiration despite scoring more goals than the former Akwa United star.Odeh is the current top scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with 18 goals, six more than Mfon.However, the Super Eagles invitee refused to compare himself with Mfon, who holds the record for the highest number of goals scored in a single NPFL season – having scored 23 goals in the2013-2014 season.“Mfon Udoh is my senior man,” Odey said after Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Enyimba.When asked if the Enyimba striker inspires him, he said “Sure”.On his team’s title hopes, he added: “There’s nothing impossible, Plateau United went away and drew and (Enyimba) came to our home to draw.“We can also go away to win our away games.”  Writer:                                                                                                                                                                  Kingsley Oyero 1:48 1. RelatedFaouzi GhoulamJune 30, 2017Similar postNPFL: “Local Champion” Mfon Udoh Biblical on Foreign AmbitionFebruary 10, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL TRANSFER WINDOW: AKWA UNITED CLOSE TO MFON UDOH, SIKIRU ALIMI DEALSNovember 8, 2018In “Nigeria”last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Kyler Murray skips charity appearance day before first-round selections

first_imgKyler Murray made it to Nashville for the NFL Draft, but not without causing a little controversy first.The former Oklahoma quarterback touched down in Tennessee just after 1 p.m. local time Wednesday in a private plane with his family and college coach Lincoln Riley by his side. The two players creeping up on Murray include former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa (+350) and former Alabama defensive end Quinnen Williams (+500).Murray, 21, led Oklahoma to a 12-2 record as he threw for 4,361 yards with 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2018. He also ran for 1,001 yards and capped off his final collegiate season by winning the Heisman Trophy. Despite being the No. 9 overall pick of the Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, he opted to pursue a career in football.If Murray ends up being selected on the event’s opening day, he would become the only player ever to be a first-round selection in both the MLB and NFL drafts. In fact, his odds have dropped significantly despite remaining the favorite. ESPN noted that Murray’s odds are down to -400 at the FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey, which is down from previous weeks when he was listed at -1200. However, Murray was scheduled to be at a charity event earlier Wednesday. According to the Arizona Republic, Murray missed out on the appearance because he “had other places to be.”It’s not a good look for the two-sport star, who is projected to go No. 1 on Thursday as the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off. The Cardinals hold the top pick, though there’s been speculation that Murray may not hear his name called first. Related News NFL Draft 2019: Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa top prospects on big boardlast_img read more

Russell Westbrook pens heartfelt goodbye to OKC after trade to Rockets

first_imgIt was a great run for Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.After being drafted as the fourth-overall pick in 2008 by the then-Seattle SuperSonics, Westbrook spent his entire career in Oklahoma City after the team moved before his first official year. Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Thunder send star to Rockets for package including Chris Paul Westbrook won the MVP in 2017, averaged a triple-double each of his last two years and made eight All-Star teams.He has good memories with the organization and he penned a heartfelt goodbye on Instagram on Friday. Related News “I can’t even begin to put into words all of the emotions I have right now,” he wrote. “It’s been one heck of a journey Oklahoma! When I came here, I was 18 years old, bright eyed, and completely unaware of all the amazing things that would soon take place.”I grew up in Oklahoma with an amazing bunch of people. The people here are what makes this place so special. From the fans, my coaches, my teammates, the entire Thunder organization, Mr. Bennett, Sam Presti, my friends, and everyone in the entire community. You are all what makes Oklahoma such a beautiful place, and the reason I’ve loved playing here all of this time.”You have supported me through all of the ups and the downs, and stood by me through the good times, and tough times. For that I am eternally grateful to you. I’ve met so many amazing people who have helped shape me into the man that I am today.”I hope I have impacted the Oklahoma community as much as Oklahoma has made an impact on me and my family. I’m leaving Oklahoma with so many friends and so much gratitude. I could never thank you all enough for sticking with me. It’s been a dream and a whirlwind. #WHYNOT.”center_img James Harden on Russell Westbrook trade: ‘It’s going to be a lot of fun this year’ Westbrook was traded by the Thunder to the Rockets on Thursday in a package for Chris Paul.He rejoins former teammate James Harden in Houston after the two played the 2009 to 2012 seasons together in Oklahoma City.last_img read more

Who is announcing ‘Monday Night Football’ for ESPN in 2020?

first_imgSo the opening weekend will feature Levy, Griese and Riddick calling Titans vs. Broncos and Fowler and Herbstreit calling Steelers vs. Giants.MORE: The 7 worst prime-time games on the 2020 NFL scheduleESPN has not made the announcement official, but these picks shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone following this story. Levy and Riddick have been rumored ever since it was announced that ESPN was looking for a new booth, and the fact they were looking from within the company limited the choices.Still, many will hope this booth will be an improvement over Tessitore and McFarland. ESPN has been tinkering with the “Monday Night Football” booth for years now, trying to make it work. Let’s look at the names being brought in.Steve Levy After ESPN moved on from Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland, reports said the network would look within the company for their replacements. And that’s just what they did, according to veteran media reporter Jim Miller. (The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch also confirmed.)ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth will reportedly feature Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. The network typically carries two “Monday Night Football” games the opening week, and Miller reports the other game of the night will feature Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. Although Miller says the college football season could affect the second game. Steve Levy has been with ESPN in some capacity since 1993. In that time he’s had a variety of roles including “SportsCenter” appearances, announcing hockey games, being on the college football coverage team and more. Joining the “Monday Night Football” booth won’t be new to him, either. He called one of the Week 1 matchups in 2019 alongside Griese.Louis Riddick Louis Riddick (ESPN Images) Riddick is a former NFL player, who played safety from 1991 to 1998. In 2013 he became an on-air talent for ESPN, where he’s been highly praised for his work on the network’s NFL shows. In addition to being a former player, Riddick was also a pro scout and director of pro personnel. He offers some in-depth insights and should be a valuable asset to the booth.Brian Griese (ESPN Images) (ESPN Images) Brian Griese is a former Pro Bowl NFL quarterback. He’s worked at ESPN since 2009 and has primarily been used as a college football analyst. As we mentioned before, he worked alongside Levy in a “Monday Night Football” game in 2019. He has plenty of other experience calling NFL games as well. He worked as a radio color commentator for two seasons (2010-2012) with the Broncos. He returned to the Broncos’ booth in 2018 to call three preseason games as well.last_img read more

Brookdale Graduates More Than 2,000

first_imgBrookdale Community College’s 43rd commencement was held on May 16 with two ceremonies. More than 2,000 Brookdale students celebrated the successful completion of their academic programs this year. College President Dr. Maureen Murphy presents the Outstanding Student Award to graduates Natalia Wybraniec (left) from the English and Reading Division, and Zachary Eisenberg, from the Social Science & Education Division.last_img