Pardew confirms Gomis interest

first_img After losing Demba Ba in the January transfer window and with speculation growing over the future of Papiss Cisse, Pardew has admitted that he is looking to strengthen up front. And with Gomis seemingly looking for a way out of Lyon with just a single year remaining on his contract, the Newcastle boss has confirmed the French international is on his radar. “We have expressed an interest in Gomis,” Pardew told The Times. “We think that he’s a player who has great potential. “He’s a French international who’s played at the highest level for his club and we’re perusing it.” He added in the Chronicle: “The Lyon president has come out and said we are involved with Gomis – and I can confirm we are. “Bafetimbi is a player we think could do very well for us. He is on our sights.” Gomis has scored over 100 goals in Ligue 1 with St Etienne, Troyes and Lyon and has 12 France caps, scoring three goals. While Pardew is looking to beef up his attacking options, he also confirmed that there may well be exits from St James’ Park before the transfer window closes. “We are trying to strengthen our attacking area. In midfield and at the back we are comfortable,” he added. “I really feel there will be a player or two who moves on because of a little overload in midfield.” Press Associationcenter_img Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed the Magpies are interested in signing unsettled Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis.last_img read more

Despite obstacles, Masha Tritou battled back to contribute for No. 28 Syracuse

first_imgMasha Tritou had an opportunity, and she wasn’t about to blow it.In a season plagued with injuries, illness and fluctuating playing time in singles, Tritou had the chance to prove her place in Syracuse’s starting lineup against then-No. 3 Georgia Tech on April 1.Tritou, who had only competed in three singles matches between Feb. 9 and March 30, dominated GT’s Nami Otsuka by commanding the net with her six-foot frame. At fourth singles, the junior won 6-2, 6-4, to put SU one point away from an eventual program-defining win. After impacting a win of such magnitude, Tritou felt she was back, she said.“I appreciate the fact that (SU head coach Younes Limam) believed in me in such an important match,” Tritou said, “It’s a different feeling to win when you haven’t had matches in your face and you do it like that.”After an unspecified illness and an assortment of injuries, Tritou was bumped out of SU’s starting singles lineup after a two-set loss against Virginia on Feb. 3. Despite spotty singles time, the junior has seized opportunities in doubles to regain her original position as a full-time player for No. 28 Syracuse (14-5, 6-5 Atlantic Coast).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTritou began the season in the Orange’s starting singles lineup for its first four matches, all in the third and fourth slot. Despite a 3-1 record to start, Tritou battled with nagging injuries, she said. Against Columbia on Jan. 28, the junior lunged for a ball and immediately felt discomfort in her right arm, Tritou said. With help from “magic cream,” Tritou won the match, but the pain didn’t go away.“I wasn’t 100 percent,” Tritou said.After a two-set loss in Virginia, Tritou did not attend the next three home matches because of an illness she was dealing with, she said. When she returned to the team against Brown, Tritou only had a spot available at doubles.Tritou paired with Dina Hegab at third doubles, but the duo was inconsistent at the start of their tenure together. Before the start of their consistent pairing together against Brown on Feb. 24, Hegab and Tritou had only played once prior on the season.“It was different,” Hegab said, “It just took time for us to work.”While the pair’s chemistry improved, Tritou still dealt with multiple injuries throughout February and the beginning of March. During that time, Tritou’s days consisted of a regular practice routine with “many hours of work” in the training room with assistant athletic trainer Bradley Sammut.As she made progress, Tritou told the coaching staff that she started to feel 100 percent. A week later, she returned to the starting lineup against Pittsburgh on March 30. While Limam said it was mostly a decision based on matchups, Tritou said the change gave her confidence.Though Limam expected Tritou to be “a little bit rusty” in her singles return, Tritou said she felt good during the first set despite losing 5-7. Tritou knew she had to make adjustments to her game after being swept 6-0 in the second set. Two days later, Tritou recovered from a two-set loss with the win against Georgia Tech, her first since March 13. After the victory, Limam was open to keeping her in the lineup as both a singles and doubles player, he said.Since SU’s match with Pitt, Tritou has played singles in three of the last four matches, posting a 1-2 record. With three matches left before the ACC tournament, Tritou will look to find comfort in the fourth slot for the Orange.“It’s a different feeling when you’re contributing to the team (in singles),” Tritou said, “I love playing, and doing everything I can do to help us win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 11, 2018 at 12:52 am Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more

Shohei Ohtani made it to Angels opening day lineup, despite a rough spring

first_imgOAKLAND — In the end, talent and history won out over spring training statistics.On opening day, Shohei Ohtani was in the Angels lineup, the designated hitter batting eighth. He will start as a pitcher on Sunday afternoon, in the fourth game of the season.All of that seemed questionable at times during a spring training when Ohtani struggled to perform.When it came down to decision time, though, the Angels put little weight on what he’d done in March, instead looking at his performances over the past five years in Japan and his raw tools. A healthy Garrett Richards opens Angels’ season with optimism A look at the 2018 Angels, position by position “We’re going to see how this goes,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “The way it’s mapped out, especially with a six-man rotation, it gives us a chance to be very feasible. We just want to see how it works out… There’s a lot on his plate. He feels very comfortable he’s going to be able to handle it.” “With all of our players we try to make them as comfortable as possible so we look into historical workloads with everybody and try to allow that to happen if possible,” he said. “With the other starters in our rotation or guys who are candidates to join our rotation at some point in time, biomechanically and from a workload management standpoint, the less load and volume it stands to reason he greater the opportunity for recovery is.”As for his hitting, in the spring the Angels had him available to hit any day except the day before and after he pitched. If they continue that, he could hit again on Friday night, and then not until Tuesday, the Angels second home game of the season.center_img Angels hope newcomers can boost offense, key improvement in 2018 “Our evaluations, historical evaluations plus the track record in a league which we deem as close to the major leagues as you can get, point us in the direction of saying, ‘Give this guy the opportunity to let his ability and his tools show,’” general manager Billy Eppler said before Thursday’s opener. “So that’s what were going to do.”Now that he’s on the major league roster, it seems the Angels are going to stick close to what Ohtani’s routine was in Japan. His first start will come on seven days rest from his last outing of the spring. He has started only one time in the spring on less than six days rest, and that was following a 31-pitch outing.Eppler wouldn’t say if the Angels plan to keep him pitching once a week indefinitely.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Max Muncy drives in half of the Dodgers’ runs in Game 1 win

first_img“He has a really good ability to control his slider,” Muncy said. “He can throw it just in the zone early in the count and make you think you have a chance at it, and then once he gets ahead of you he can expand off that.“Tonight it just didn’t seem like he had his command and we did a really good job of not chasing balls out of the zone. He gets a lot of chases. And we kind of saw he didn’t have his command, so the biggest thing was try to keyhole him a little bit and we feel like we did a good job of that.”Coincidentally, Muncy also had three RBIs in Game 1 of last year’s NLDS against the Braves. According to Stats LLC, he joined the Cincinnati Reds’ Don Gullett (1975-76) as the only men to begin the postseason with three-RBI games in consecutive seasons.“For Max to stay in there and take good at-bats, and not offer at balls out of the zone and get a pitch that he can handle (was) big,” Roberts said. “Regardless, I just think that the at-bat quality he’s done all year has been unbelievable. So to take that ball the other way for the base hit (in the fourth inning) and just stay in there, he just keeps having good at-bats.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Fortuitously for the Dodgers, two of the game’s critical plate appearances fell squarely in Muncy’s lap Thursday. He finished with two hits and three RBIs in the 6-0 win.With two outs and the bases loaded in the first inning, Muncy saw five pitches from Corbin. Only one caught the strike zone, and the Dodgers’ fourth walk of the inning gave them a 1-0 lead.Batting with two outs and the bases loaded again – this time in the seventh inning against veteran right-hander Fernando Rodney – Muncy squared up a 2-and-1 fastball for an RBI single. At 4-0, the game was out of reach, the first win of the series firmly in the Dodgers’ hands.In between, Muncy reached base twice. He singled to lead off the fourth inning against Corbin. In the fifth inning, he pulled a hard ground ball to Nationals first baseman Howie Kendrick. When the ball rolled under Kendrick’s glove and into right field, Cody Bellinger trotted in from third base with an unearned run.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Corbin has limited lefties to a .289 on-base percentage in his career – .260 in this, his seventh major league season. Muncy was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts against Corbin prior to Thursday.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — For Max Muncy, the difference one year can make was spelled out for him on the Dodgers’ lineup card Thursday.In October 2018, Muncy found himself on the bench to begin the World Series. Two left-handed pitchers, Chris Sale and David Price, started Games 1 and 2 for the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers were observing a fairly strict platoon. Muncy, a left-handed hitter, was relegated to the bench.The Nationals started a left-handed pitcher, Patrick Corbin, in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. Yet there was Muncy, playing second base and batting sixth, in Dave Roberts’ first lineup of October.“He’s earned it,” Roberts said. “Ideally you get a guy that the handedness (of the pitcher) doesn’t matter, and doesn’t affect production, and Max has shown that all year long, the consistent approach and at-bat quality.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Disciplined Services cite political interference among grievances

first_img…as Opposition continues pre-election outreachAs General and Regional Elections draw closer, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has uncovered a litany of complaints among one of the most important branches of society, the Disciplined Services.The joint services in actionAccording to PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, he has been engaging with numerous men and women in uniform over the past month. What he discovered is disconcerting. Ali said that these professionals have come to him complaining bitterly about political interference and favouritism that have hampered their career advancementOther complaints, Ali said, included obsolete equipment, poor working conditions, limited support for their families, a work environment in which political directives are becoming more prevalent, poor salaries and benefits, lack of access to personal development, and limited community support and attention to welfare issues.“Securing our borders, fighting crime, keeping our homes and community safe requires a healthy mix between well trained and highly motivated manpower backed with the necessary equipment, tools and enabling environment that would foster higher level of performance leading to better results,” Ali said on Sunday.“In ensuring men and women in uniform are able to perform at the highest levels here are some of the initiatives the next PPP/C Government will pursue to enhance the welfare and wellbeing of our men and women in uniform and their families.”Among the things Ali promised another PPP Government would do for the Disciplined Services is to implement affordable housing and support in access to financing, as well as support to families and enhanced training and access to skills development.He also pledged that there would be a return to equitable career development and merit-based promotion without political interference, favouritism and bias, as well as access and support for university education.In terms of the work environment, Ali promised improved and enhanced working conditions, remuneration and benefits. He also noted that their policy directives would see to enhancing access to healthcare and support and reform to improve the effectiveness of the Force.Crucially, Ali is also adamant that the next PPP Government will reinstate the annual bonus that the Disciplined Services enjoyed before the allowance was scrapped by the current Government, with one Minister reportedly saying at a political rally that officers’ loyalty were bought by the across the board bonus.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has previously called on Government to reinstate the one-month tax-free bonus that was traditionally given to members of the Disciplined Services and for this to be further extended to all public service employees, including those working in the sugar belt.He has argued that fiscal space exists for the reintroduction of the one-month tax-free bonus previously offered to the Disciplined Services, namely the ranks of the Guyana Defense Force, Guyana Police Force, Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Prison Service. Among the measures he has touted is Government cutting back on millions in wasteful expenditure.last_img read more

Two tourists experience a close call while climbing cliff in Tumbler Ridge

first_imgTumbler Ridge RCMP was notified of two climbers stuck on the cliff face at Bergeron Falls shortly after 2:00 p.m.Both parties had tried to climb the face, following more experienced persons in the group.They soon found out however, that they were not prepared for the climb and had overextended themselves.- Advertisement -Tumbler Ridge and North Peace Search and Rescue were dispatched to the site. With the assistance of a helicopter and rope rescue team, both parties were successfully extracted from the cliff side.This incident serves as a reminder to be appropriately prepared, and to limit activities to those within your knowledge, skills and abilities.Advertisementlast_img

District of Taylor Council decides to prohibit roosters within urban limits of District

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council meeting on Monday, Council made a decision regarding a variance to a zoning bylaw.Council has made the decision to prohibit the keeping of a rooster within the urban limits of the District.At a meeting in August, resident Tammy Smith requested that Council makes a variance to the zoning bylaw to accommodate her chickens and one rooster, this following a complaint the District had received from an undisclosed resident.- Advertisement -The District did not disclose the specific complaint but did list their own reasons for not allowing a rooster, such as noise issues.Since Council has voted in favour of not allowing roosters, the District has given Smith notice for the removal of her rooster.last_img

TRANSFER BLOW! Tottenham miss out on midfield target as Barcelona make move

first_imgTottenham have received a blow in their pursuit of Villarreal’s Denis Suarez after it emerged that Barcelona want to activate their buy-back clause for the playmaker.Barca sold Suarez to the Yellow Submarine last summer with the option of re-purchasing him for around £2.5m.Tottenham had hoped to lure the Spaniard to north London this summer having scouted him regularly since January.But, according to Sport, Barca manager Luis Enrique has also been keeping close eye on the 22-year-old since he left the Nou Camp and has decided the player will add something extra to the Catalans’ squad next term.Villarreal are desperate to keep hold of Suarez, who has played a pivotal role in their successful pursuit of Champions League football this season, but they know their hands are tied by the buy-back option in his contract. Denis Suarez in action for Villarreal 1last_img read more

Man allegedly punched and kicked pregnant partner in the stomach

first_imgCOURTS: A man who allegedly kicked and punched his pregnant partner in the stomach during a violent assault has had his case adjourned. John Latta, aged 32, of Creatland, St Johnston appeared at Letterkenny District Court. Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court how the victim was kicked and punched in the stomach during the vicious attack which occurred on in August of this year.Inspector Sheridan said, “The defendant punched and kicked the victim who was his partner at the time in the stomach, knowing she was pregnant.“Both parties have a young child together, and the child was present during the assault.“He delivered a series of punches to the victim and she sustained a cut to her head, but she didn’t receive any medical attention.Solicitor for the defendant Kieran Dillon requested an adjournment for his client – as there was an issue regarding his bail conditions and access to see his child.He was seeking a relaxation of the conditions imposed, and suggested that the injured party was going to withdraw the complaint.However, Inspector Goretti Sheridan said she had no correspondence from the victim to suggest that she was willingly to relax the conditions set and that she was going to withdraw the complaint.The case was adjourned until the 3rd of October.Man allegedly punched and kicked pregnant partner in the stomach was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP

first_imgSTEPHEN DOHERTY’S ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND UPDerry City Reserves are the early leaders of this season’s Ulster Senior League after this weekend’s round of games.City drew 3-3 with Kildrum Tigers in St Johnston. Last year’s league winners Fanad United inflicted a second defeat in a row on Cockhill Celtic – Fanad ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Eunan Kelly and Seimi (Nanny) Friel.Drumkeen United got their first win of the season after a 3-0 home victory over Bonagee United and Swilly Rovers and Letterkenny played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening (our pictures are from that game).Letterkenny took the lead in this game after  40 seconds thanks to a  Glenn Hamilton header but Swilly equalised through Ruairi Kelly.On Saturday in the USL Div One League Cup, Swilly defeated Letterkenny Rovers by 2 goals to nil and Drumkeen United got the better of Bonagee United by the odd goal in 9. RESULTSFOUR LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUESwilly Rovers 1-1 Letterkenny RoversDrumkeen United 3-0 Bonagee UnitedCockhill Celtic  0- 2 Fanad United Kildrum Tigers 3-3 Derry City Reserves ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIV ONE LEAGUE CUPSWILLY Rovers  2-0  Letterkenny RoversDrumkeen United 5-4 Bonagee United SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP was last modified: June 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND UPlast_img read more