Humphries gets second Virginia Sprint Series win of season

first_imgBy Jim HainesWAYNESBORO, Va. (May 16) – Tom Humphries had just enough time to get in and out of the winner’s circle before the rains came Saturday night at Eastside Speedway.The first repeat winner in the 2015 Virginia Sprint Series, Humphries took the checkers about five minutes before thunderstorms brought an end to the evening.After rain delayed the race program, Chris Ware and Bill Rice took off and led early as the IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car field shuffled positions in the fast-paced feature.Ware led running the middle line as Humphries made his way to second, then went low and into the top spot on lap 10.Jerald Harris challenged and then took second from Ware before setting his sights on Humphries.Glenn Worrell and French Grimes were coming through the field as the laps clicked by. With five to go, Harris was closing on Humphries as Worrell and Grimes were catching up.Laps ran out, however, before Humphries could be caught as he scored his second victory of the young season.Harris, Worrell, Grimes and Tony Harris completed the top five.The next race will be Friday, May 29 at Dixieland Speedway in Elizabeth City, N.C.Feature results – 1. Tom Humphries; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Glenn Worrell; 4. French Grimes; 5. Tony Harris; 6. Chris Ware; 7. Troy Severin; 8. Brian Lawson; 9. Kevin Fletcher; 10. Charlie Ware; 11. Anthony Linkenhoker; 12. Bill Rice; 13. Mike Keeton; 14. Glenn Poore; 15. Eliah Omwake.last_img read more

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FIFA U-17 World Cup: How Said’s hat trick powered Golden Eaglets to Round of 16

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-Falcons, Golden Eaglets coach dies in Osun Breaking: Netherland send Eaglet packing from FIFA U17 World Cup FIFA U17 World Cup: Eaglets to battle Netherlands in last-16 Nigeria became the first team to reach the Round of 16 of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Brazil on Tuesday night on the back of a superlative hat trick by forward Ibrahim Sa’id. Two goals in five second half minutes turned the table against a well-organized and cohesive Ecuador in Goiania.Sa’id put Nigeria in front after only five minutes as goalkeeper Lopez made a hash of an attempted pass to his defender. An alert Sa’id intercepted and slotted past Lopez from outside the box.The lively and tactically-disciplined South Americans were level five minutes later, as Mejia turned Ferdinand Ikenna from just outside the box and pulled the trigger. The ball grazed the upright and then went into the net off the back of goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu.The Eaglets had endeavour, enthusiasm and pace, but were easily checkmated by the strong and highly coordinated Ecuadorians. Two minutes to the end of the first period, substitute Akinkunmi Amoo found Sa’id in the box, but the latter could not get the decisive touch needed to pull Nigeria level before the break.Nine minutes into the second half, Ecuador were awarded a penalty by the Video Assistant Referee as Charles Etim had a slight contact with an advancing Ecuadorian attacker in a melee. Johan Mina sent Jinadu the wrong way to put the South Americans in the lead.The Eaglets, five-time world champions, pushed, searched and frisked with determination, just as they did against Hungary in their first match before scoring three goals in six minutes in the second half to beat the Europeans 4-2 and bag the three points at stake.Short and stray passes in the opposition’s critical zone, anxiety and wayward shooting did not help the Eaglets’ search for goals as time wore on.However, substitutes Ibraheem Jabaar and Amoo had come close and captain Samson Tijani had fired over the bar before Sa’id drew Nigeria level in the 85th minute with a sweet, angled drive after receiving a pass from Jabaar.Four minutes later, it was Sa’id again, blasting past Lopez from inside the box from a determined team move. Lopez got his hand to the ball but it was too hot to halt its flight into the net.Jabaar went to the ground when he should have scored and Olakunle Olusegun shot narrowly wide in added time, but the Eaglets picked their three points for a maximum six in two matches and will await their opponents in the Round of 16, even as they travel to Brasilia for their last Group B game against Australia on Friday night. Tags: Golden Eagletslast_img read more

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O’Connor takes control at Leinster

first_img O’Connor, who currently holds the same role with Aviva Premiership club Leicester, has agreed a three-year deal and will link up with Leinster on July 1. He will succeed Joe Schmidt, who was recently appointed as the new Ireland coach in succession to Declan Kidney. Leinster have announced the appointment of Australian Matt O’Connor as their new head coach. O’Connor, 42, is a former Australian international who coached Australia A before joining the Leicester staff in 2009. During his time at Welford Road, Leicester have won two Premiership titles and reached the 2010 Heineken Cup final. Tigers are also through to this season’s title play-offs and will play Harlequins next Saturday. O’Connor said: “I am delighted to join Leinster. The playing staff, coaching team and facilities are first-class, and I have been hugely encouraged by the hunger within the province to push on despite enjoying an unprecedented period of success on the field in recent years. “I look forward to working with the province’s established and burgeoning talent from the renowned Leinster academy, and I am also pleased to work with the current coaching team who have played such a key part in the province’s success over the last four years. “At this time my focus remains with Leicester, but I would like to thank the Leinster board for this vote of confidence. My family and I are hugely excited about starting this new chapter in our lives.” And Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson added: “We are delighted that Matt has agreed to become head coach, and we believe that he will be carry on the fine work which has been done over the course of the last eight years. “Matt joins Leinster with an impressive pedigree. We were impressed by his vision for Leinster Rugby, and speaking to him it is clear that he is excited about the opportunity. We look forward to working with him over the coming years. “Obviously, we are still in contention for three trophies – the Amlin Challenge Cup, RaboDirect PRO12 and British & Irish Cup, and all of our focus will be on trying to end the season on a high in all three competitions.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Barclays Premier League team of the week

first_imgSimon Mignolet Press Association Produced several impressive saves to secure a clean sheet at Tottenham, where it was vital for morale that Liverpool avoided defeat in Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge. Hector Bellerin Inspired Newcastle to a much-needed 6-2 win over Norwich with four goals, including two headers and an outstanding long-range strike. Also impressed with his linking of play. Ander Herrera Even if he scored the second goal in Manchester United’s 3-0 win at Everton, his creativity from midfield was what truly caught the eye. Quite why Louis van Gaal chooses not to start him every week, only the manager will know. Manuel Lanzini Scored one and assisted another in West Ham’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace. If he continues to perform like that his loan will likely become a permanent transfer. Jamie Vardy Scored Leicester’s two goals to secure a 2-2 draw at Southampton when they had been 2-0 down. Enjoying the finest form of his career, the forward particularly impressed in the way he recovered from missing an excellent chance to equalise by scoring his second. Wayne Rooney Finally scored in the Premier League – for the first time in 11 months – to prove that class is permanent. The goal was Manchester United’s third in their 3-0 win at Everton, and will likely be followed by more given the improved confidence that should follow. Wilfried Bony Scored twice for Manchester City in a 5-1 defeat of Bournemouth to prove that he is capable of replacing the injured Sergio Aguero, and did so having not started a game for them since September 15. Assisted Aaron Ramsey’s goal, and contributed to Arsenal’s clean sheet, with a typically-energetic performance in the 3-0 win at Watford. Chris Smalling The in-form central defender was again convincing in another clean sheet for Manchester United during Saturday’s 3-0 win at Everton. Jan Vertonghen One of the main reasons Liverpool so rarely looked like scoring in the 0-0 draw at Tottenham on Saturday. The key component in, statistically, the Premier League’s joint-best defence so far this season. Raheem Sterling Instrumental to Manchester City’s 5-1 defeat of Bournemouth. Particularly impressive were his three goals, given his occasionally-erratic finishing is frequently criticised. Georginio Wijnaldum last_img read more

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Cricket News India vs West Indies, 4th ODI in Mumbai: India win by 224 runs, lead series 2-1

first_img Both Dhawan and Rohit have gotten their eye on and scoring at a brisk asking rate. West Indies have to break this stand soon. However, the next person who walks in is a certain Virat Kohli, who already has four consecutive centuries in ODIs in India.  Here are the playing XIs of both sidesIndia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit BumrahWindies: Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope(w), Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:05 (IST) Ambati Rayudu blasts his fourth six and enters the 90s as he deposits Roach over deep midwicket. The bowler missed his length and the full toss was punished. Can Dhoni compliment Rayudu’s approach? Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:46 (IST) 15:58 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 15:31 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rohit Sharma is nearing his fifty while Kohli is in great form. Things are once again looking ominous for the West Indies. If they can get either batsman out, it could stall India’s momentum.  11.6 overs: Khaleel Ahmed on fire, picks important M Samuels’s (17) wicket, WI 56/6. 18:57 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rayudu and Rohit are growing in confidence. West Indies need a wicket urgently but Rohit is motoring along as he nears a century. 20.1 overs: K Yadav to A Nurse (5), 4 runs, 83/7 17:07 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 18:21 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:35 (IST) 18:18 (IST) 14:01 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Welcome back for the run chase. Chandrapaul Hemraj has started well and he blasts a four and a six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. At the other end, Jasprit Bumrah is maintaining it tight. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 17:27 (IST) SIX! Now Dhawan is looking in great touch as he hoicks a length ball from Roach into the stands at wide long on. India are making great progress Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 17:17 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 17:10 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:52 (IST) Rohit Sharma is now motoring away with three boundaries off Rovman Powell. He is now entering the zone where he can reach his century and then open up to another huge score.  13:40 (IST) OUT! Keemo Paul strikes in his first over. Short ball and Dhawan pulls it hard but straight to the fielder at mid wicket. Kieran Powell takes the catch and cheekily, Paul mocks Dhawan’s signature show of strength celebration while taking the catch. Shikhar Dhawan c K Powell b Paul 38 (40).  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Right, we are all set to begin. Sachin Tendulkar, one of the legends of the game, rings the bell as the game is about to start. That has gotten the crowd going.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 14:44 (IST) FIFTY! Rayudu hits his 10th fifty. He has been really calm and collected. Now, he must convert this into a big score if the No.4 conundrum for India has to be sorted.  18:26 (IST) Dhoni miscues a lofted shot and Fabian Allen, running back, cannot hold on to it. However, next ball, Dhoni cannot capitalise on the life and flicks a full ball on the pads straight to short fine leg. MS Dhoni c Hemraj b Roach 23 (15).  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:49 (IST) A warm welcome to the fourth ODI between India and West Indies from the Brabourne stadium. Virat Kohli is in the form of his life, but somehow the West Indies have managed to stay alive. The scoreline 1-1 is an apt reflection of two sides who have really fought hard. One thinks that the Guwahati ODI, which India won comfortably, was an aberration.  14:39 (IST) 16:45 (IST) Kedar Jadhav finishes things in style as India reach 377/5 at the end of 50 overs. Rohit Sharma the star with 162 while Ambati Rayudu gives him great support with 100. West Indies have a huge task in hand. Join us in 40 minutes for the chase.  13:13 (IST) 16:19 (IST) 16:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Seventh 150+ score for Rohit Sharma. What an ODI freak this man is. Paddles the full ball to the fine leg fence and extends his record. What a phenomenon 4.4 overs: WICKET! S Hope (0) is out, run out (Kuldeep Yadav), 20/2 Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rohit is now toying with the bowling here. Blasts Keemo Paul into the deep midwicket stands and carves a yorker length ball to the sweeper cover fence. This is carnage in Mumbai.  Dhoni gets hit on the wrist from the throw when Rayudu completed his century. After a short medical time-out, he slams two boundaries off Keemo Paul, one through square third man and the other to long leg. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:12 (IST) 16:28 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rayudu greets Marlon Samuels, who picked up three wickets in the previous game, with a flat six over long off. He really clobbered that and the partnership is now nearing 150.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In CENTURY! Finally, after so much effort, Rayudu blasts his third century. He gets there with a tap to point and he hares off for a quick single. He had a chance for a century in Vizag but he has done it in Mumbai. The wheels are coming off the West Indies bowling attack. Rayudu hammers two boundaries as India smash 25 runs in the last two overs.  SIX! Monstrous hit from Rohit Sharma and that has gone outside the Brabourne stadium. Advances down the track and hoicks it out of the park. In between, he gets two edges that land safely in front of the slip cordon. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 4.2 overs: WICKET! C Hemraj (14) is out, c Ambati Rayudu b Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Windies 20/1 16:14 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma both strike boundaries off Keemo Paul as India continue to make good progress.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In FIFTY! Rohit Sharma slams his 37th fifty. So what if Virat Kohli fails? India still hve Rohit and he has shown the application to survive on this deck. Latches on to a short ball from Keemo Paul and pulls it to the deep mid wicket fence.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:38 (IST) WICKET! F Allen (10) is out, c Rohit Sharma b Kuldeep Yadav; West Indies 77/7 15:46 (IST) Will Kedar Jadhav be drafted into the playing XI today? Will Rishabh Pant play as the keeper and ‘rest’ MS Dhoni? What can one say with the selection conundrum that is prevalent in Indian cricket today?  OUT! Gone! Brabourne has been stunned into silence. No fourth consecutive ton for Kohli in ODIs. Roach stays wide of the crease and gets this cross-seamed full ball to straighten outside off, Kohli pokes at it and the edge is taken by the keeper. This is almost surreal. Virat Kohli c Shai Hope b Roach 16 (17).  20:32 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:23 (IST) Oh, no! One more gone. West indies are in deep trouble. S Hetmyer (13) is out, lbw Khaleel Ahmed, 45/4  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 14:28 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 15:37 (IST) Rohit Sharma hits another boundary but plays out the rest of the over from Jason Holder very cautiously. After two overs, India are 9/0.  18:10 (IST) SIX! Now Dhawan also joins in the fun. Poor ball from Holder. Going down the leg side and the left-hander flicks it effortlessly to the deep square leg fence. India are making good progress at 34/0 after six overs.  19:40 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Good over from Keemo Paul. Troubled Rayudu with full deliveries that swung away late outside off but the batsman responds with a cracking drive through cover for a glorious boundary. 14:56 (IST) 19:29 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In SIX! Ambati Rayudu continues to ease the pressure off Rohit Sharma by hammering Ashley Nurse over the long on fence. Rohit, meanwhile, is calmly coming closer to his century. Now, all eyes will be on MS Dhoni after Rohit’s dismissal. Can he prove his detractors wrong? He has six overs to show that he is back in form. India opt to bat. Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja are back. Rishabh Pant misses out and so does Yuzvendra Chahal. For West Indies, Keemo Paul comes in for Obed McCoy. 17:03 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The left-hander is now in full flow. Two consecutive fours off Ashley Nurse have pushed the opening partnership past fifty for the first time in the series.  15:13 (IST) 27.5 overs: WICKET! K Paul (19) is out, st MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja, 132/9 15:17 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The run-rate has slowed down a bit and the pitch is becoming slightly sluggish to bat on. Chasing a total in excess of 270 might not be easy on this deck. India need a good partnership. Rohit Sharma has now broken Sachin Tendulkar’s mark of 195 sixes as he blasts Keemo Paul down the ground for his second six. It is starting folks. The carnage is about to begin. 16:33 (IST) 12:54 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 5.2 overs: WICKET! K Powell (4) is run out, brilliant fielding display by king Kohli. WI 20/3.  Rohit blasts two fours off Kemar Roach while Rayudu slog sweeps a low full toss outside off to the deep mid wicket fence. Both batsmen are in that zone and we are all set for fireworks. 21.2 overs: R Jadeja to J Holder, big hit, 6 runs, WI 97/7 India have crossed 300 in just the 43rd over. With Rohit starting to tee off, his fourth double century and India crossing 400 might not be too far-fetched. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 36.2 overs: WICKET! K Roach (6) is out, b Kuldeep Yadav, 153 all out.It’s all over! India won by 224 runs Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 14:21 (IST) WICKET! A Nurse (8) is out, c Rohit Sharma b Kuldeep Yadav, 101/8.   Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rohit Sharma! You star. Gets to his 21st century and in front of home town fans. What a moment. Wife Ritika Sajdeh is beaming away. He has laid the platform for yet another double ton. Buckle up, folks. This is only going to get interesting.  11.3 overs: WICKET! R Powell (1) is out, b Khaleel Ahmed, 47/5. What a comeback by Indian bowlers after a few poor shows.  15:02 (IST) New Delhi: Rohit Sharma continued his magnificent form as he blasted his seventh 150+ score in ODIs. He was well supported by Ambati Rayudu as the Andhra batsman notched up his thrid century. Kedar Jadhav ended the innings with a flourish while MS Dhoni missed out on his 10,000-run landmark by just one run. India have reached 377/5 after 50 overs and West Indies have a massive task ahead of them. Get live cricket score and updates of the fourth ODI from the Brabourne stadium here (LIVE SCORECARD) Rohit Sharma gets off the mark in style as he launches Kemar Roach inside out over extra cover with a boundary off the first ball of the match. The pacer recovers and concedes just five runs in the first over.  13:28 (IST) 13:52 (IST) 13:56 (IST) WICKET! There will be no 200 for Rohit Sharma. Ashley Nurse gets the wicket. Wide and quick ball, Rohit throws his bat at it and the outside edge flies to short third man who takes the catch. Ends a sensational innings from Rohit. What a player. Rohit Sharma c Hemraj b Nurse 162 (137).  20:14 (IST) 18:53 (IST) 12:46 (IST) 13:04 (IST) WICKET! Superb stuff from Fabian Allen. Rayudu dances down the track but Allen darts a quick ball close to the body, the batsman dabs it to the off side and thinks about a quick single, however, Allen races to the ball, turns and releases it quickly to score a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Ends a wonderful knock from Rayudu. Ambati Rayudu run-out Allen 100 (81).  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 14:06 (IST) 16:56 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Both Rohit and Rayudu are building a steady partnership as India make steady progress. West Indies need to get rid of Rohit quickly. After 25 overs, India are 137/2. last_img read more

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Spain’s Lopetegui Sacked on Eve of World Cup

first_imgHe said: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach, we wish him the best of luck, what the Spanish gets, will have to do with the work he has developed.“We have to work on a series of decisions that come two days before the beginning of Russia 2018. There is a lot to do.“I do not feel betrayed, Lopetegui, while he has been with us, has done an impeccable job, another is how this has been done, without knowledge of the federation.“We will touch the staff as little as possible, as soon as we have something to communicate, we will do it.”Spain’s World Cup campaign is now in chaos with their first game against Portugal on Friday.On Tuesday, Real Madrid announced the Spain boss would take over as their new manager following Spain’s involvement in the World Cup.“Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup,” the Real Madrid statement read.“Real Madrid C. F. announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons.“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”And now the 51-year-old will be replaced a day before the tournament starts.Rubiales is said to be fuming at the Real Madrid announcement, only learning about it 15 minutes before it was made public, after Lopetegui signed a new deal with Spain until 2020 on May 22.But now it is being reported that the players – led by Sergio Ramos – wanted him to stay.Spain are among the favourites for the tournament but face a huge task should Lopetegui go.It is being claimed the most likely candidates to replace him are Under 21 manager Albert Celades or Fernando Hierro.Spain open their campaign on Friday against Portgual before facing Iran and Morocco.The press in Spain were split on the decision to make the announcement of the appointment now.Spanish newspaper SPORT branded the appointment as ‘reprehensible’.“The consequences of it can be disastrous for the Spanish team,” wrote Lluis Miguelsanz.“What is clear is that Lopetegui has been negotiating his future as the new Los Blancos coach while preparing for the World Cup, something that is ethically already reprehensible.“There is no doubt that the coach has all the right in the world to train whoever he wants, but his standing is questioned by the proximity of the start of the competition.“The situation demands immediate explanations.”Spanish newspaper Marca, meanwhile, appeared to defend Real for their appointment and dampened down worries over its timing.Marca, known to be a Real mouthpiece, published: “That it was not the ideal moment is evident … but it is also true that circumstances have determined this outcome.They added: “It is clear that the arrival of coach Julen to Madrid has not been done at the most opportune time for the national team.“But with the professionalism and commitment of all, the squad should not be affected. Surely it is like that (UK Express)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Spain have sacked Julen Lopetegui just two days before their first World Cup match – despite the late efforts of senior players.RFEF president Luis Rubiales revealed the decision after a dramatic morning when a press conference was called for 9.30am and then delayed over an hour and a half.Lopetegui was announced as the new Real Madrid manager Wednesday and Rubiales has confirmed he has now sacked him.last_img read more

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Jordan Ayew has won 17 points for Crystal Palace; they’d be in relegation battle without his goals

first_imgJordan Ayew has been Crystal Palace’s saviour for much of this season and the stats back this fact.His goal on Saturday in the 1-0 win over Watford is not the first time this season that the Ghanaian striker has won points for Palace this season.In fact, the player has won a total of 17 points for the Eagles this season.Aside from five match-winning strikes, Jordan has also scored the point-earning equaliser in two games this season.The Ghanaian was on the scoresheet earlier in the season, netting the only goal in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa in August 2019.Jordan celebrates winner over West Ham in OctoberIn October, Jordan scored the last winner for Palace against West Ham – a 2-1 win before scoring the equaliser with a header in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates two weeks later.Jordan Ayew heads home against ArsenalHe then scored another magnificent 90th-winner against the Hammers in December.Sakho celebrates with Jordan after magnificent winner over West HamJordan was on target against the Gunners yet again in the new year, scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on January 11.Jordan scored leveller for Palace against Arsenal in JanuaryJordan then scored the only goal in last weekend’s 1-0 win at Brighton, a crucial goal in the battle against relegation.Jordan AYew scores only goal of the game against BrightonAn on Saturday, the Black Stars forward found the net with a brilliant finish against West Ham in the first half, a goal that turned out to be the only one of the game, giving Palace their second win in as many games.Jordan Ayew scored for Palace against WatfordJordan’s goals have basically kept Palace out of the relegation dogfight.Palace are currently 11th with 39 points, 22 points above the relegation zone.Without the Black Stars striker’s goals, Palace would be down in 14th place, just five points above the relegation zone in the Premier League.And, given Palace fans’ reactions to the player after recent weekends, they know just how crucial Jordan’s fine form this season has been for their survival.Games Ayew has won points for Crystal Palace in this seasonCrystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa (Scored Winner)West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace (Scored Winner)Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace (Scored Equaliser)Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham (Scored Winner)Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal (Scored Equaliser)Brighton 0-1 Crystal Palace (Scored Winner)Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford (Scored Winner)last_img read more

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Mido: Former Spurs forward sacked by Zamalek after 37 days

first_imgFormer Tottenham and Middlesbrough forward Mido has been sacked as the coach of Zamalek for a second time after only 37 days in charge of the Egyptian champions.The 32-year-old, who had a six-month spell in charge in 2014, was re-appointed on 4 January.He won his first four games, but a draw and a defeat was followed by a 2-0 loss to arch-rivals Al Ahly on Tuesday.That left Ahly seven points clear of Zamalek at the top of the table.Mohamed Salah takes over as interim coach while the club looks to recruit a foreign boss.Director of football Hazem Emam, who was appointed at the same time as Mido, has also been dismissed. Mido, who took over from Brazilian coach Marcos Paqueta, is the third coach sacked by Zamalek this season following the dismissals of Jesualdo Ferreira and Paqueta.Mido retired from playing in 2013 and took on his first coaching role at Zamalek in January 2014.During his first season in charge, Zamalek finished third in the league and secured a place in last year’s Confederation Cup.He also won the Egypt Cup, making him the youngest Egyptian manager to win a major trophy.He was replaced in July 2014 by Hossam Hassan following some modest results and differences with the club management. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Iowa governor forms new board to guide flood recovery

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is creating a new state board to oversee the response to last month’s catastrophic flooding.“To move forward, it’s critical that we not only provide funding at the state level, but also have a central point of coordination and plan to use the funds,” Reynolds said late this morning during a news conference in her statehouse office.Reynolds issued an executive order Monday, establishing a 15-member Flood Recovery Advisory Board. She’ll be the board’s chairwoman.“This recovery will be difficult and it will be complex and it will require significant coordination at the local, state and federal levels,” Reynolds told reporters.The governor also is asking legislators to set aside $25 million in state funds for flood recovery. The first $15 million would be used for flood mitigation, including help in making levee repairs.“Sometimes it can take months to years for FEMA and other federal funding to be made available to Iowans that are impacted by the flood and we know that these communities and Iowans cannot afford to wait,” Reynolds said. “…In addition to that, we’re asking the legislature to approve another $10 million in Fiscal Year 2020 for the Workforce Housing Tax Credits to help accelerate housing improvements in impacted areas.”House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, a Republican from Clear Lake, said responding to the housing need in flooded areas is a priority.“It’s so important that we recognize that if people don’t have homes to live in…they may not stay,” Upmeyer said. “That would be critical.”Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, a Republican from Ankeny, indicated there’s room in the budget for this extra spending.“We are proud of our conservative budget that has provided resources to help address a natural disaster of this magnitude,” Whitver said.The governor says she’s asked federal officials if there are ways the state can line up contractors or take other steps that would speed up the process of buying out flood-ravaged properties. FEMA’s website indicates it’s a lengthy process that can take a year to 18 months.Reynolds said she’s asked FEMA to set up a “mini processing center” in Council Bluffs where flood victims may find out what disaster assistance may be available.AUDIO of Governor Reynolds news conference, 25:00last_img read more

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Evans comes from three back to win at Lake Macquarie

first_img26 Jan 2014 Evans comes from three back to win at Lake Macquarie Ryan Evans ensured the England flag was flying high Down Under despite the cricket catastrophe by winning the Lake Macquarie International at Belmont in New South Wales. A closing round of 68 for a 72-hole aggregate of 281, seven under par, gave the England international from Wellingborough a two-shot winning margin from New Zealand’s Luke Toomey and Jarryd Felton from Australia. Evans, 26, (pictured) was near the top of the leaderboard all week and although his closing 68 was not the best round of the day it was enough to see him to his second overseas title following his success last year in the Biarritz Cup. Going into the final day, Jordan Zunic led on 210 by three strokes from five players including Evans, Toomey and Felton. But while Zunic well back with 74, the others battled it out for the title. Evans found two birdies on the front nine and added to that by picking up further shots at the tenth, 15th and 17th for his 68. Although Toomey recorded four front nine birdies, he also dropped three shots and despite coming home in 33 for 70 it wasn’t enough to catch Evans. Felton was also home in 70 which included a front nine of 34 containing four birdies. But again he came up short. Harry Casey from Middlesex made the cut but finished down the field on 298. So Evans, who led the qualifiers from the previous week’s Australian Amateur but went out in the first round of match play in searing heat, is the first English player to win the Lake Macquarie since Adam Gee in 2006. Leading final scores: 281 R Evans (Eng) 70 69 74 68 283 L Toomey (NZ) 73 69 71 70, J Felton (Aus) 68 70 75 70 284 J Zunic (Aus) 65 75 70 74 Other English score: 298 H Casey 73 73 78 74last_img read more

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