Mancini plays down Tevez punishment

first_img The Argentinian striker was this week ordered to undertake 250 hours of unpaid community work after being found guilty of driving while disqualified. The punishment comes at a time when Tevez has been in fine form on the field having scored six goals in his last seven appearances. With City facing Manchester United in an eagerly-anticipated derby at Old Trafford on Monday, Mancini is hopeful that run continues. When asked if the community service was likely to cause a problem for City, Mancini said: “I don’t think so, no. I didn’t speak with him about this.” He added: “I think that Carlos made a mistake and he will pay for this. But usually he has good behaviour.” Another City player, Samir Nasri, has also been banned from driving this week. Mancini does not think these incidents badly affect the image of the club. He said: “I don’t think this. This is their private life. We can do nothing about this. This can happen sometimes.” Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini does not expect Carlos Tevez’s community service order to hamper the club in any way.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Benteke edging closer to return

first_img Press Association The striker has handed the club a major boost and it is thought he could return to action by the end of next month. He has been out since April after rupturing his Achilles, which forced him to miss Belgium’s World Cup campaign. Christian Benteke is closing in on an Aston Villa return as he continues his quick recovery from an Achilles injury. center_img Benteke was expected to be sidelined until Christmas but is on course to return sooner along with fellow striker Libor Kozak, who is also nearing fitness after breaking his leg in January. “Touch wood everything is OK with their rehab and in the next few weeks they will be back,” said boss Paul Lambert, ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Newcastle. “Hopefully, all being right, with a bit of luck if Christian doesn’t have any major hiccups he will be back soon. “I can’t put a 100 per cent time limit on it but he is doing really well. To get him back training is important, first and foremost. “At the minute the guy is doing great. He is looking in great shape, the medical people deserve a lot of credit for getting him in shape. “I don’t want to put pressure on him but having him and Kozak back will be a big boost.” last_img read more

Ireland Women’s Olympic dream over

first_img Two goals in the opening 10 minutes from Lauren Crandall put Ireland on the back foot. Katie O’Donnell added another couple to make it 4-0 in the third quarter before Anna O’Flanagan – with her fourth goal of the competition – got one back. But later strikes from Paige Selenski and Jill Witmer completed the rout for the world’s fifth-ranked team. Ireland Women’s bid for an Olympic spot came to an end as they lost 6-1 to the United States in Valencia at the World League Round Three. Press Associationcenter_img The result meant Ireland will contest the seventh and eighth place play-off on Sunday in their final game of the tournament, knowing they are out of the range of potential qualifiers for Rio 2016. last_img read more

Driver arrested for attempted murder after shooting into another vehicle

first_imgAuthorities in Sebastian, Florida have arrested a 19-year-old man who reportedly attempted to kill another man while driving on County Road 512.The incident occurred on Sunday near the 700 block of County Road 512.According to the report, the victim was traveling in the left lane when a black sedan driven by Jordan Lee Jackson, pulled up on the side of his vehicle. Jackson then fired two shots at the victim’s vehicle, striking it twice.Jackson then got in front of the victim’s vehicle and slammed on the brakes, causing the victim’s vehicle to slam into the back of his. Jackson then rolled down the driver’s side window again and the victim believing that Jackson was going to shoot at him again struck Jackson’s vehicle with his vehicle.Both vehicles then crashed into the median and into the westbound lanes of CR 512.Both drivers then drove away before the police were called.Authorities were later able to identify Jackson and quickly moved to make the arrest.Jackson has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of shooting a deadly missile into a vehicle and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.last_img read more

Shoaib Akhtar slams critics: Why shouldn’t I praise Virat and Rohit?

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has lashed out at the critics who trolled him for praising Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.While reviewing the performance of both Pakistan and Indian cricket teams, Akhtar recently praised Kohli and Rohit, something that has not gone down well with Pakistani cricket fans. The former fast bowler asked his critics why he shouldn’t laud Indian players as they were the best in the business in the current era. “Why should I not praise Indian players and Virat Kohli? Is there any player in Pakistan, or all over the world, which comes close to Kohli? I don’t know why people are angry; they should go look at the stats first before criticising me,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan. He further said people should check the statistics if they have any doubts about Kohli’s abilities. “Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundred right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?” Akhtar added. “This is very strange. We all can see clearly he is the biggest batsmen in the world. He and Rohit Sharma are performing all the time. Why shouldn’t we praise them?” IANS Also Watch: ATTSA Gives 10 Days to Tea Garden Authorities Click to find out detailslast_img read more

DCC through to GCA/NBS final

first_imgDEMERARA Cricket Club (DCC) whipped Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) by 10 wickets in the semi-final game of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/New Building Society Second Division 40 overs competition.By virtue of the victory, DCC have qualified for the final. They will face the winners in the other semi-final game between Transport Sports Club (TSC) and Everest Cricket Club, which is set for this weekend.For DCC, Sachin Singh and Sherfane Rutherford were their main driving forces.Batting first, GCC were bowled out for just 69 in 22 overs, with Martin Pestano Bell the primary scorer with 23, and Devon Lord 19.Rutherford was the pick of the bowlers for DCC, claiming three wickets during his spell, while Antonnel Atwell grabbed two wickets.In reply, DCC reached 70 without loss, with Singh scoring an unbeaten 43, with three fours and three sixes, while his partner Raymond Perez aided with 23.last_img read more

The Latest: World Curling Federation cancels championships

first_imgThe hall of fame said in a release Thursday that the ceremony and related events are postponed until further notice.The museum and ballfields are closed to the public, as mandated under Ontario’s declaration of emergency.___The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESPN will stream a HORSE tournament on ESPN’s app.The NBA HORSE Challenge will have eight participants. The quarterfinals are to be shown Sunday and the semifinals and final on April 16. April 9, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The World Curling Federation has canceled its championships this year. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The series pits the top seniors from each state and were scheduled to play June 5 in Georgetown, Kentucky, and June 6 in Indianapolis. The top juniors were scheduled to square off June 1 at Floyd Central High School near the Ohio River.Indiana also has canceled the junior-senior all-star games on June 3 and the All-Star Shootout on June 6.“I am sad for the players and coaches who comprise this year’s All-Star teams,” Indiana game director Mike Broughton said in a statement. “This is a once in a lifetime experience for the seniors who made the team, but they do have the satisfaction that they are an Indiana All-Star for life.”The Indiana boys hold a 99-44 advantage in the seniors’ series while the Indiana girls lead 50-38.The move comes less than a month after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the boys state tournament for the first time since its inception in 1911. He says “the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.”___Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka.Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge. Haggerty wrote to the AP: “In these unprecedented times, it is hard to predict when we will return to tennis.”___The Indiana-Kentucky boys and girls high school all-star games have been canceled for the first time since World War II.Officials from the two states cited measures taken by both state governments to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, including the closure of schools through the rest of academic year.The boys series began in 1940 but was not played in 1943 or 1944. The girls games were added in 1976 and have never previously been called off. The league has been indefinitely suspended.Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months.Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.”___ Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28.The NRL has been suspended since March 23.The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up.Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”center_img The Latest: World Curling Federation cancels championships The move includes a 30% pay drop in 2020 for ITF President David Haggerty and reductions of 10% or 20% for others.Haggerty wrote in an email to the AP on Thursday that the ITF’s finance committee and board “looked at all areas where we felt we could make savings in the short term to be prepared for the return to tennis.”Haggerty also said that the group’s reserve funds are available to help individual countries’ tennis federations be prepared for tournaments and grassroots efforts once it’s deemed safe to return to competition.The ITF oversees the Fed Cup and Davis Cup, along with hundreds of lower-tier tournaments around the world.The Fed Cup finals this month have been postponed; the Davis Cup finals are scheduled for late November. All tournaments are on hold until at least mid-July. The men’s, women’s, mixed doubles and senior championships will not be held in 2020. The events had already been indefinitely postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The WCF has adjusted its qualifying for the 2021 world championships and the 2022 Winter Olympics to compensate for the missing tournaments.Also Thursday, Curling Canada canceled all of its remaining championships for the 2019-20 season, which ends in the spring.___The International Tennis Federation is putting about half of its staff on furlough and cutting other employees’ salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic. The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar.The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers.The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.The UCI says its leadership has agreed to reduce salaries or allowances and furloughed all 130 employees of the UCI and the world cycling center.___ Montreal hosted the Canadian Track and Field Championships in 2019. The last Olympic trials held in Montreal were in 1996.The Tokyo Games will take place July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021, after being postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus. The Paralympic Games will run from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.___The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Former Toronto Blue Jays first baseman and two-time World Series champion John Olerud, 2006 American League MVP Justin Morneau, former Blue Jays pitcher Duane Ward, and Montreal sportscaster Jacques Doucet were scheduled to be enshrined in a ceremony in St. Marys, Ontario, on June 20. The quarterfinal matchups are Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks against former NBA player and ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups; WNBA great and 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Tamika Catchings against Mike Conley Jr. of the Utah Jazz; Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls against NBA retiree and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce; and Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder against Allie Quigley of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.Players must call their shots before the attempt and dunking is not allowed. The players will be isolated and competing on separate home courts.State Farm is the presenting sponsor and will offer a prize pool exceeding $200,000 to charities working on the coronavirus response. The event will be pre-taped.___The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.” ___The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic track and field trials for next year’s Tokyo Games will remain in Montreal.Athletics Canada announced Thursday that the trials will take place in 2021 at Montreal’s Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. The event is expected to be held June 24-27.Montreal was scheduled to hold the trials this summer from June 25-28, but the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The trials will serve as the final event to determine the athletes nominated to the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams competing in Tokyo. Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak.___Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union.last_img read more

National Indoor Hockey Championships| OLD Fort Top Form advance to 2nd Division quarter-finals

first_img…. GBTI GCC Spice, Tigers continue winning waysTHE YMCA Old Fort Top Form have booked their place in tomorrow’s first quarter-final of the Men’s Second Division competition in this year’s National Indoor Hockey Championships through a dominant performance in their opening games.After disposing of Bounty GCC 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon in Group B of the division, Top Form got the better of Saints Silencer on Wednesday evening with a 5-0 victory at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the venue of the event.In that clash, Omar Hopkinson scored twice, while there was a goal each for Chris Low-Koan, Theodore Thierens and Daniel Woolford.UNBEATENSeveral teams remain unbeaten, including male first division defending champions, Pepsi Hikers, who got the better of Bounty GCC by a 6-4 margin.In that game, Aroydy Branford exploded with five goals, while Robert France netted the other. After three nights, Branford leads all scorers with a whopping nine goals in two games.For GCC, who suffered their second defeat in as many games, Dwayne Scott, Orland Semple, Kevin Spencer and Meshach Sargeant were on target.In the female first division, GBTI GCC Spice and GBTI GCC Tigers registered their third and second consecutive victory when they defeated the GBTI GCC Spartans and Saints respectively.The Spice who were flawless on the first two nights, were tested on Wednesday evening when they battled sister side Spartans.Shebiki Baptiste scored the opening goal for the eventual winners in the 11th minute, while four minutes into the second half, the scores were tied, with Sandy Roopnarine having scored for the Spice, and Sarah Klautky and Abosaide Cadogan for the Spartans.It then took a second strike from Baptiste, late in the second half, to separate the sides.For the Tigers, it was a dominant 5-0 performance against the young Saints side. The imposing Marzana Fiedtkou, who powered her way to three goals and an assist, led the unbeaten side. Gabriella Xavier scored the other two goals late in the game.Meanwhile, Bounty GCC Pitbulls were able to defeat YMCA Old Fort Hard Ball 7-0 in a Men’s Second Division Group A battle, after Samuel Woodroffe and Rahim Oliver netted a brace each. YMCA Old Fort Hot Shotz drew 4-4 with Antonio’s Hickers in an Over-35 battle.Jason Desantos scored a hat-trick for Old Fort, while at the other end Devin Munroe netted a pair for the Hickers.last_img read more

Slusher, Chan look back on year in office

first_imgThough hours at the University Park Health Center and Lyon Center remain the same and students still can’t use paper tickets to get into football games, outgoing Undergraduate Student Government President Holden Slusher and Vice President Ashlie Chan say they are satisfied with their accomplishments, which include starting a free tram to L.A. Live and improving communication with students.When they ran for office last spring, Slusher and Chan had a number of ideas they hoped would improve student life at USC. Slusher said he feels his administration managed to complete a majority of those tasks, and the rest he hopes will be continued by the next administration.“I’m really happy with everything that we’ve accomplished,” Slusher said. “We worked on everything on our platform and those that were not finished were passed off. I’m really proud of everyone we worked with.”The highlights of Slusher’s administration include getting a USC tram to run between the school and L.A. Live and improving USG’s visibility among students. The tram, which began running in November, offers students free transportation to the popular Downtown destination and has been utilized by many students since its inception.To improve USG’s visibility, Slusher and Chan conducted a number of student surveys, tabled on Trousdale Parkway and hosted the Council of Presidents, a meeting that gave student leaders a chance to ask USG questions.Several of Slusher and Chan’s platform points, however, did not come to fruition.Initially, Slusher and Chan had hoped to expand the hours of the health center and the Lyon Center, but the university lacked the resources to hire more staff and told USG the plan wasn’t feasible.“It’s not financially viable,” Helen Moser, USG director of campus affairs, said. “If we were to extend the hours, then it would take away from necessary things that students need … Compared to other schools, our hours of the health center is one of the best in the country.”Chan noted, however, that USG has set up meetings between students and administrators to discuss a three-year plan that might involve extending the Lyon Center’s hours.Other tasks USG had a tough time accomplishing were getting USCards accepted at local businesses, creating a paper ticket option for sporting events and adding more computers to USC’s libraries.Chan said that in many cases USG hit administrative or bureaucratic roadblocks in trying to create significant changes around campus.She did note, however, that the next administration will continue working to create a paper ticket option.Another task the new administration will have the chance to finish is increasing library security, including adding turnstiles to the entrance of Leavey.“The libraries were a little bit slow on that,” Chan said. “We will see more turnstiles and safety precautions taken by next year.”Slusher and Chan had also hoped to repave The Row. Greek Senators Hayden Coplen, Dylan Dan and Max Ukropina were heading this issue but found some major roadblocks as they researched the project.“Until The Row shuts down, we can’t repave it because it’s just going to get worse and worse and worse,” Chan said. “By the time we have a repaved street, it’s just going to go back to the same status as it was before. We can’t repave a lot of the streets until we find solutions to making The Row safer … We would not be able to do anything unless we appealed to the L.A. city, which makes it more of a challenge to get accomplished.”Altogether, USG under Slusher and Chan spent approximately $1.72 million from their $1.8 million budget. Treasurer Ashwin Appiah noted that they saved a lot of money during elections, and whenever they considered spending money, they made sure that it would go back to the student body.“We didn’t want to spend money just because we had it,” Appiah said. “We think before we spend and we see if it goes back to the student body, and if it doesn’t, then we double-think about what we’re using the money for.”Although Slusher and Chan did not accomplish all the items on their platform, Chan said she does not consider them failures because changing circumstances might provide opportunities to complete those items.“We had really lofty goals because if everyone keeps saying ‘no,’ then no change is going to get done,” Chan said. “If we found a compromise then it’s a success in itself.”Chan said the only regret she has is not starting certain projects sooner.“Hindsight is 20/20,” Chan said. “There are only so many things that we can do at one time, so, if anything, maybe we should have done some of these things faster or sooner, but there was really no way we could have measured that.”Chan said she and Slusher are pleased with what they accomplished.“I think it was very smart for us to anticipate that our goals were lofty but feasible,” Chan said. “The ultimate goal was to accomplish everything, and I think we tried our best.”last_img read more

Two English clubs in Champions League action.

first_imgManchester City are at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League tonight, desperate for a victory to keep them in contention in Group E.City have one point after two games.The match will be played in an empty stadium after UEFA ordered the Russians to play behind closed doors as a punishment for racist chanting. Chelsea host Maribor in Group G knowing victory would leave them with one foot in the last-16.last_img