Lukaku marks comeback with winner

first_img The on-loan Chelsea forward will also be looking for it to give his form a lift as it was his first goal since the end of December which gave his side a 1-0 win. He was on target for the Toffees on his debut at Upton Park back in September, prompting a run of eight in nine games. Substitute Romelu Lukaku marked his return from a month on the sidelines through injury with a late winner against West Ham to breathe much-needed life into Everton. With the hosts coming up against a barrier – both physical and mental – in the final third, it seemed both sides were happier counter-attacking. But when Carlton Cole flicked on a ball to Nolan, exploiting a space between the centre-back pair of Sylvain Distin and John Stones, deputising for the injured Phil Jagielka, Barry appeared to have both arms around the Hammers captain’s midriff before he went to ground on the edge of the area, although Moss waved play on. The introduction of Andy Carroll, on for an injured Carlton Cole, saw West Ham raise their game as they started to dominate the physical battle. Steven Pienaar came closest to scoring less than two minutes into the second half when Leighton Baines teed him up for a low shot from the left of the penalty area, but Adrian did enough to tip it on to the post and then recover to claim Deulofeu’s rebounded effort. Pienaar did not do so well with Baines’ next pass, looping a shot over the crossbar, while Carroll forced Howard to tip over a rasping left-footed effort from distance after Stone’s poor touch and drilled over another powerful half-volley. Lukaku finally made his return on the hour and Aiden McGeady arrived 10 minutes later, but they struggled to add any life to Everton up front. That was until eight minutes from time, when Baines’ cut-back picked out Lukaku on the penalty spot and he rammed home left-footed. Energised, the Belgian was narrowly over with a volley on the turn but he had already done enough. Since then the well has run dry with just that single goal four days after Christmas, but manager Roberto Martinez insisted this week the player’s enforced break with an ankle injury sustained in the Merseyside derby had given the Belgium international chance to rejuvenate himself. Surprisingly he did not start the match and was held back for an hour by Martinez, but he proved his manager’s pre-match assessment was not just empty words with a first-time strike in the 81st minute. It was perhaps fitting a striker should decide what was, in the majority, a rather turgid affair on the 34th anniversary of the death of Goodison’s greatest goalscorer Dixie Dean. With his loan spell due to end in three months, and no prospect of a permanent stay so far, Lukaku will never match Dean’s record of 383 goals in 433 appearances, but this strike was an important one as the Toffees had failed to score in three of their last four league matches and had won just twice since the turn of the year. That run has seen them drop well off the pace for Champions League contention but this result will give them a much-needed lift. Up to the goal being scored, the major talking point was referee Jon Moss’ assessment that Gareth Barry had not fouled Kevin Nolan just as the West Ham captain looked to be clean through on goal in the first half. A red card at that point may have changed the outcome, especially with West Ham having won their last four and with four clean sheets in their last five games, and manager Sam Allardyce was visibly aggrieved at the decision. Everton, who have lost once in 21 league games at home, struggled to trouble goalkeeper Adrian, with only Steven Naismith’s angled strike and Gerard Deulofeu’s weaving run through the Hammers’ massed ranks to shoot narrowly wide genuinely threatening. Press Associationlast_img read more

Head Coach Lawrence says T&T need change in mentality

first_imgCLEVELAND, Ohio, (CMC) – Head coach Dennis Lawrence has called for a change of mentality in the Trinidad and Tobago side following their heavy 6-0 drubbing at the hands of giants United States last weekend.They trailed just 1-0 at the half-time break but capitulated in the second to concede five goals in their Group D encounter of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at FirstEnergy Stadium.“How can you be so good for 65 minutes and so awful for the last 25 minutes, which is a bit of a surprise,” a stony-faced Lawrence complained.“But that’s our mentality, we have to change the mentality and we have to learn to stand up and fight. So 65 minutes [of good football] but not good enough.”He continued: “I thought we lost concentration, we started to go gung-ho to see if we could get back into the game. That’s not the way we do things. You have to stay organised and believe that what you were doing, which was working, is going to get you back into the game and we just lost all focus. “People started to go gung-ho, leave runners and in the end we paid the price.”T&T were solid in the first half and had a couple of chances to take the lead but spurned them. The misses chances came back to haunt the Caribbean side with half-time approaching when Aaron Long scored in the 41st to put the USA in front.In the second half, Trinidad held their own inside the first 20 minutes, Levi Garcia shooting over after finding himself in an excellent position to equalise.Yet again, T&T paid dearly as the USA then scored five goals in a devastating 24-minute period to run out easy winners.“At half-time I said to the boys ‘we’re right in this’ because that’s the way I felt in the first half,” Lawrence pointed out.“We showed good energy, good enthusiasm, I thought we were well organised, we kept some of their key players off danger positions – we didn’t allow (Michael) Bradley to get on the ball, we didn’t allow Christian (Pulisic) to get into good spaces and we did our job.  “So at half-time I was very confident that we had a chance in the game. Like I said before, up until the 65th minute, everything was going fine and then we just totally collapsed, lost concentration and that’s our mentality we have to change.”The defeat was T&T’s second following their opening loss to Panama last Tuesday in St Paul’s, Minnesota.Already eliminated and with one match remaining against fellow Caribbean Football Union side, Guyana, Lawrence assured there would be changes for the encounter in Kansas City on Wednesday.“I think when you lose a game in that manner you have to expect changes, so there’s definitely going to be changes,” he stressed.“We need to now start thinking forward and put this behind our backs as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Barnwell fireworks keep Jaguars in contention for semi-final spot

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Veteran all-rounder Chris Barnwell struck his second straight half-century as Guyana Jaguars stayed in contention for a semi-final spot with a four-wicket victory over struggling Windward Islands Volcanoes here Friday night.In pursuit of a challenging 259 in a contest reduced to 42 overs per side at Queen’s Park Oval, Jaguars reached their target with four balls to spare, with Barnwell hammering 89 off 84 deliveries.West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer struck 45 from 49 balls while opener Chandrapaul Hemraj gathered 40 from 42 balls and captain Leon Johnson, a breezy 34 off 33 balls.Another veteran had earlier taken centre stage, left-hander Devon Thomas top-scoring with an up tempo 93 off 94 deliveries as Volcanoes put together a strong effort to reach 258 for five.Emmanuel Stewart chipped in with 51 from 52 balls while Keron Cottoy extended his good form with a cameo 28-ball unbeaten 45.With the win – their third in four games – Jaguars moved to 12 points, joining West Indies Emerging Players and hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on a similar number of points.However, Emerging Players top the charts, courtesy of net run rate with Red Force lying second.Sent in, Volcanoes received their early impetus from Smith, who stroked 10 fours and a six, as he put on 36 off 32 balls with Desron Maloney (17) for the first wicket before adding 73 for the second wicket with Kavem Hodge who made 24.When Hodge and captain Kirk Edwards (0) perished in the space of seven balls, Volcanoes were 110 for three at the end of the 22nd over but Smith inspired another half-century stand when he helped post 77 for the fourth wicket with Stewart.Smith was eventually fourth out in the 34th over becoming the second of left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul’s two wickets, but Cottoy arrived to play a blinder, smashing one four and four sixes as he added a quick-fire 60 off 32 balls in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership with Shane Shillingford (16 not out).The Jaguars’ run chase received an early blow when Kemol Savory fell cheaply for four in the fourth over with eight runs scored but Barnwell masterminded three successive half-century stands to turn the tables on Volcanoes.The 32-year-old, who punched half-dozen fours and three sixes, put on 75 for the second with Hemraj, 53 for the third with Johnson and a further 65 for the fourth with Reifer.By the time he departed in the 34th over, Jaguars still needed 58 runs from 42 balls but Reifer belted two fours and sixes in a 35-run, fifth-wicket stand off 30 balls with Jonathan Foo (17 not out) to formalise the win.With the knock, Barnwell pushed his aggregate for the tournament up to 229 runs at an average of 57.last_img read more

Stenson Hopes to Win Nine More Majors to Surpass Ibrahimmovic

first_imgIbrahimovic recently signed for Manchester United after scoring 50 goals in 51 matches for French champions Paris St-Germain last season.He also won 12 trophies in four seasons with the French club.Stenson has little time to savour his Open win given the fourth major of the year, the USPGA Championship, starts at Baltusrol on 28 July.“This is huge back home and it has been quite chaotic with all the media, but it’s all good and I’m just going to try to recharge,” he said.The world’s top four players – Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson – have all withdrawn from next month’s Rio Olympics.They have cited concerns over the Zika virus, which has been linked to defects in newborn babies and also found to cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that leads to temporary paralysis in adults.Stenson, now fifth in the world rankings, said he is looking forward to competing in Rio in what is golf’s first appearance at the Olympics for 112 years.“I’m a huge sporting fan in general and to see an Olympic Games from the inside and participate is going to be huge,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.“If I can do myself and my country proud by bringing home a medal, that would be awesome. I’ve got a Claret Jug now and any Olympic medal would be quite nice to put next to it in the trophy cabinet.”Stenson birdied four of his final five holes at Royal Troon and had 10 in total in a round of 63 to finish three shots clear of American Phil Mickelson.“I was so zoned in the last five holes I didn’t know how many birdies I had made in that round,” said Stenson.“I was so focused on getting the job done, it was not until I had that birdie putt at the last that I could let go and realise I’ve done the achievement of my career.“It was just an added bonus for that putt to drop and set a new Open record, but it was all about bringing that Claret Jug home to Sweden and be the first Swedish male to win a major championship.“It’s huge and it’s going to get better and better with time I’m sure.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Open golf champion, Henrik Stenson, has said that he may need nine more majors before he can be compared to another Swedish sporting legend – footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Stenson won his first major last Sunday with a record-low total at Royal Troon.Compatriot Ibrahimovic, 34, is one of sport’s most iconic figures and has won trophies in Spain, Italy and France.“I think I said I needed to win 10 majors to get up to his recognition,” said Stenson, 40. “Maybe five will do it. We’ll see! One at a time.”last_img read more

Unruh director takes leave of absence this fall

first_imgAlthough the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics is saying goodbye to its director this fall, officials say the institute’s mission to facilitate student political discourse will continue under a new interim director.Politics – Under Dan Schnur, the Unruh Institute focused on engaging students in political discourse through interactive discussions. – Daily Trojan file photoDan Schnur, the director of the institute since 2008, will take a leave of absence from the university this fall to serve as the chairman of California’s Political Practices Commission, a bipartisan independent body that serves as the chief political watch dog group for the state.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Schnur’s appointment on June 1.“The people of California deserve a political environment that is fair and puts their needs first,” Schwarzenegger said in a press release. “Dan Schnur has spent years teaching and advocating for equality and transparency in California politics and I am grateful that he will continue his service to our state in this new role.”Having served on four presidential campaigns, the most recent of which was in 2000 as the director of communication for presidential hopeful and Arizona Sen. John McCain, Schnur said one of the most important lessons he has learned is that anyone can have political influence.“I was 20 when I joined my first presidential campaign,” Schnur said. “I drove from my home in Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. The most important thing I have learned on the campaign trail is that even a young person can make a real difference if they decide to get involved.”Schnur has worked to get young people engaged in the political process at USC. He has taught a number of classes at the university in political science and journalism, and played a major role in the organization of the USC College/Los Angeles Times poll.“The polls received national and international attention,” Schnur said. “But to me, the most important part is giving the students an opportunity to experience how political opinion and polling is accomplished.”Part of polling, Schnur said, is bringing students into political discussions. One of the Unruh Institute’s more visible events, the weekly “Students Talk Back” luncheons, give students the chance to participate in conversations with current political figures.The Daily Trojan co-sponsors the luncheons, which also include speakers from campus political organizations.“Our focus is on providing quality experiences for students to engage with politics,” said Kerstyn Olson, the deputy director for the institute. “We supplement the USC course experience by creating programs for students to engage in outside the classroom.”Ann Crigler, professor and chair of USC’s department of political science, will serve as acting director for the institute during Schnur’s absence this semester.Crigler said the institute has several events planned for the semester — and elections — ahead.“We will be hosting a combination of things this semester, such as a series of programs on the elections that will be important to get students to know what’s going on,” she said.With the goal of bringing students together in the political realm through discourse and hands-on experience, those involved in the Unruh Institute said it is a resource for all students.“Steve Jobs of Apple talks about making a dent in the universe,” Schnur said. “The single best way for anybody to do this is through public service. If you are serious about making your city or country or world a better place to live, the place to do it is working on behalf of a candidate or cause you believe in.”last_img read more

WSOC : Goalkeeper Anghel emerges as dependable leader for SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Phil Wheddon has made it a point to let Brittany Anghel know she’s running the show this year. When the Syracuse goalkeeper controls the defense, she has to be a ‘puppet master.’So far, she’s been pulling all the right strings.Anghel has already posted half as many shutouts this season — three — than she did all throughout her freshman campaign last year. In fact, she’s been so impressive that Wheddon, the SU head coach, said at the Fairfield University 20th Anniversary Invitational this past weekend that she’s among the best goalkeepers in the Northeast and beyond.It’s a point he wasn’t afraid to repeat Wednesday.‘Brittany has continued to excel,’ Wheddon said. ‘Her foot skills are superior to many of the goalkeepers I’ve seen. Her shot stopping and her ability to be a presence behind our defense is phenomenal, and I know our defenders are very, very comfortable, as is the coaching staff.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnghel said Wheddon might be quick to compliment because he is her coach. But she said it’s still nice to get that endorsement from a man who has worked with U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo in the past.‘I do believe in a sense because he’s from such a high level of soccer, and it feels good actually to get that recognition,’ Anghel said.Wheddon began to work more closely with Anghel this year because the goalkeeper coach she worked with last year, Katie Ely, didn’t return. This season, the focus has been on the more minuscule details of playing goalie.Those small details, like the way Anghel angles her feet a certain way or has the right footwork for a jump ball, can add up to major stops during a match.‘There all sorts of little things that I’ve really focused on with both Brittany and (backup goalie) Sarah (Dejak),’ Wheddon said. ‘And we’re seeing the benefits of their focus, not necessarily mine during the training sessions.’All those little things have added up for Anghel, who has played every minute of every game this season and has allowed less than one goal per game. She also has 21 saves and a save percentage of more than 80 perfect.What’s been the most pivotal part to the ‘puppet master’s’ early season success has been her communication with her Orange teammates on the field.As a freshman last year, Anghel was overwhelmed in taking on the responsibility as the starting goalkeeper for a Division I program. She wasn’t as straight forward with her commands to the rest of the team.‘Last year, I was little more timid because I was a freshman,’ Anghel said. ‘Even though I knew I couldn’t be timid, I still was.’This year is a different story. Anghel has been more vocal to everyone on the backline, letting them know how to best position themselves. By communicating with the defense, Anghel said it ends up doing the work for her. If a defender is in the right place at the right time, the defender can stop the offensive threat before an opponent even gets a shot off.Anghel attributes being louder on the field to knowing more about the game. With the knowledge she picked up from being the starter a season ago, it’s easier to read a play.‘This year, I have a better understanding about where I want people to go, and last year, I didn’t so much, so I think that plays into it,’ Anghel said.She gives most of the credit to Wheddon, who has molded her into the goalkeeper he wants her to be. Anghel said Wheddon is one of the best coaches she could have.Maybe that’s another reason why he thinks she is among the best in the Northeast.As for Anghel, although she didn’t say she was among the top goalies in the area, she certainly isn’t going to argue with Wheddon’s assessment.‘I’d say so,’ Anghel said. ‘I’m very competitive, so I’m not going to go saying that there’s better out there.’ Commentscenter_img Published on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Homecoming planned for Tipp minors this evening

first_imgTipp boss Liam Cahill has urged the dual players to bottle the hurt and win the All Ireland minor football final in two weeks time. The team will be greeted by the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly on the steps of the cathedral.Following that the Tipp panel will make their way to Munroe for a reception at 8.30pm.That event will be hosted by Moyle Rovers GAA club, home of the Tipperary minor hurling captain Stephen Quirke.last_img

Smith, Boyo, Babalakin Shine at Lakowe Club Golf Event

first_imgOlawale Olatunde trailed smith with one stroke having returned 164 (82, 82) at the event leaving Cobos Clasens to grapple with the third place.In the ladies category, Idowu Babalakin shot 183 (86, 97) to coast home with the lady’s title, leaving Njide Ndili with a distance runner up placement at the event.Omamofe Boyo also got rewarded for his two days golf as he emerged the best net player in the Men’s category, having edged Vivek Changrani on countback ruling after they both returned 147 at the event,Campbell Eliot, Director of Golf at the facility says that there are quite a number of improvements in this year’s event compared to previous edition and it includes the quality of play resulting from improved playing conditions.“There is no gain saying that Lakowe is the best facility in this part of Africa and our culture of constantly keeping the facility at tip-top shape all year round has won for us some of the most committed golf players and also raised the rating of the club among members and guest. We sure do have lofty plan for the future of the game and the club,”  he said. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Seven handicapper, Richard Smith was the run-away winner of the 2018 Lakowe Lakes Golf Club Championship in Lagos yesterday, after shooting 163, (81, 82) nineteen over gross score after 36 holes.Smith, who finished his first round of the two days championship outside of top-three yesterday, rode on his stable consistent scoring on the par 72 course to claim the club’s most revered honour and replace Tunji Adebayo as the 2018 Champion on Sunday.“The course was very well set up and I believe, the great atmosphere helped me to return these great scores. I also think I had good playing partners who helped my game” he said while receiving his winner’s trophy at the closing gala.last_img read more

Premier League set to resume on 17 June with Man City v Arsenal and Villa v Sheff Utd

first_img Source: BBC Sport The Premier League season is set to restart on 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, the BBC has learned.The matches are the two games in hand.A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June.Clubs are still discussing the idea at a meeting on Thursday, but it is understood all have agreed in principle at this stage.There are 92 fixtures still to play.The Premier League was suspended on 13 March because of the pandemic and it will be 100 days after Leicester City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on 9 March that competition will resume, with games now behind closed doors.On Wednesday, clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training, having started non-contact training last week.So far 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the league.Premier League players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week, with the capacity increased from 50 to 60 tests per club for the fourth round of testing.Any players or staff to test positive must self-isolate for a period of seven days.Plans for the third phase of Project Restart include a step towards normal training and build-up to competitive games.Liverpool currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the table while Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places. Tags: ArsenalMan CityPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Maiden rugby forum successfully staged

first_imgThe Ghana rugby family has successfully held its 2014 Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Forum under the theme “From Eaglets to Eagles” at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday 29th August 2014.Ghana Rugby Football Union, Mr. Herbert Mensah, was elated about the historical event and noted, “Not only was it the first time ever that all Rugby Stakeholders were involved in the process of drafting a Blueprint or Roadmap for Ghana Rugby, it was also the very first time that coaches were presented with IRB (International Rugby Board) Level 1 Coaching certificates for both 15s and 7s coaching.”The Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Forum 2014 (GRSF 2014) was held after approximately three months of intensive assessment of the state of Ghana Rugby that included numerous meetings with associations, clubs, sponsors, players and many others who desperately want to see Ghana rugby soar higher.The GRSF 2014, attended by more than 40 stakeholders, allowed for constructive discussion and collaboration as well as presentations by various stakeholders with ample time for questions and answers.In line with the values of Rugby, the emcee Mr. Ernest Afloe who is also a Board member, ordered the Forum to start on time despite the fact that there were only a few delegates who arrived on time and despite the fact there was no power at the time.Mr. Mensah who opened the GRSF 2014 stressed the fact that Rugby in Ghana is not for the Ghana Rugby Football Union Board, but for the Rugby family in Ghana and abroad that include a wide spectrum of stakeholders ranging from players, schools, clubs, associations, coaches, referees, administrators, government bodies, supporters and fans as well as the sponsors and donors without whom there will be no growth in Ghana Rugby. To ensure constant interaction, the draft Blueprint was published on the Ghana Rugby website – for stakeholders to continue with their inputs.Mr. Ernest Hanson, Vice President of the GRFU Board, summed up the essence of the Blueprint that broadly consists of three sections namely: the current state of Ghana Rugby; the preferred state of Ghana Rugby; and guidelines for action to achieve the preferred state.He emphasised that the Ghana Rugby Family faces many challenges and called for sacrifices and patience from stakeholders.“Enormous efforts are required on the fronts of governance and structure, building technical capacities in terms of both coaching and officiating, implementing the development framework that stretches from junior 6 year old level to senior national team level for men, women, boys and girls across the various forms such as ‘Get Into Rugby’, Tag or Touch Rugby, 7s, 10s and 15s,” Mr. Hanson said. He also noted that the establishment of regular tournaments for junior and senior level players as well as for Ghana’s national teams, the Eagles and Eaglets, are essential.Mr. Hanson reminded the Forum that the new Ghana Rugby Board started their administration with about GHS 240. Funding of Rugby is therefore the key priority of not only the Board, but indeed of everybody involved in Rugby, he said.Mr. Michael Ako Wilson, President of the Ghana Rugby Players Association (GRUPA), highlighted stumbling blocks that players faced in the past. They included medical insurance, player registration and records, rugged playing pitches, inadequate competitions, poor camping conditions, unfair wages and treatment, ineffective coaching, awful travelling conditions.“We as players simply ask for a vibrant media and PR agenda, a proper blueprint, feasible projects, laudable policies, strong Rugby Family relationships and involvement in overall management,” he said.Upper East Mr. Emmanuel Linford Bamfi, who presented the development of Rugby in Zone 4 (Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions), said the Zone has seen no development to date.“We should not be rushing the development but rather make sure that establish a manageable and sustainable programme starting at grassroots level with the selection of a few willing schools in each Region that can also take part in meaningful and sustainable tournaments. Senior rugby will flow logically from this if we can do it right,” Mr. Bamfi said.When he took his turn, Mr. Sydney Yankson in charge of financing and sponsorship for the GRFU Board took participants through Brand Exposure, Event activation, Consumer Engagement, Supporter database, Interactive Social Media and Potential Target Sponsors.Mr. Yankson also stressed the importance of the image of Ghana Rugby and advised members to root out indiscipline, bad management and washing dirty linen in the public. Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah shared his experience when he visited the International Rugby Board. “When I visited the IRB (International Rugby Board) soon after the June election of the new Board it was made abundantly clear that after eleven years Ghana  Rugby is not ready to become a full member of the IRB. The positive message from the IRB, however, was that Ghana Rugby just have to get a few basic aspects in place to qualify.”Mr. Mensah stressed that new policies and procedures in line with the IRB policies and procedures guidelines will be issued, but noted that those would not be his or the Board’s dictates, but global requirements.Mr. Mensah assured participants that his outfit will incorporate all inputs to the draft Blueprint and to transform the Blueprint into succinct communiqué for various stakeholders.“The most important aspects is that we have now come to the point where blueprint must transform to action. Many project teams – committees don’t work – will be formed and it will be for the project team leaders to grab the proverbial bull by the horns and with their chosen project team members turn dreams into reality,” Mr. Mensah said.Even though organizers said invited the National Sports Association (NSA) and the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) were invited to contribute to the forum and success of rugby, no official from the two institutions responded to the invitation.last_img read more