McGregor faces lay-off

first_img “We have two attacking full-backs in Andy Robertson and Ahmed Elmohamady – which is the norm these days – but maybe we have to find that resilience and organisation again to stop the goals going in. “Because realistically, we can’t expect to score three every week to win a game in the Premier League. “I always say the Premier League it’s difficult to score goals, we’ve scored goals in each of our last three games and not been able to win which is a big blow to us.” ”The specialist has said he needs to rest and stop diving on it,” said Bruce. ”If you’ve got a sore shoulder and you’re diving on it every day…we need to take him out and make sure he recovers. ”Hopefully in four to six weeks he’ll be back to normal. We’re just delighted he doesn’t need an operation. We first thought it might need one.” Bruce has no doubts about Harper’s credentials, with the 39-year-old having turned in a series of strong performances last season when McGregor suffered a damaged kidney and broken rib. But with the Tigers having shipped 11 goals in five outings since their 1-0 win over QPR in their Premier League curtain-raiser, it is hardly the time for unwanted disruption in the back-line. “Harper will give us that experience that we saw last year, he came into the fray and did fantastically for us,” said Bruce. “I wish he was a few years younger, I’m sure he does too, but he’s a very good goalkeeper. There’s no worries. None at all. “But when we do analyse the last few weeks we have to say maybe we are too open. The 32-year-old has been ruled out for at least a month after aggravating an existing shoulder injury that the club have been managing for a number of weeks. McGregor’s place will be taken by experienced deputy Steve Harper, starting against Crystal Palace on Saturday, while the Tigers boss also confirmed McGregor would not be linking up with Scotland ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Poland. Press Association Hull’s hopes of a first clean sheet since the opening game of the season have been hit by the enforced absence of goalkeeper Allan McGregor.last_img read more

Allardyce: Players lost control

first_img The fracas occurred late in the first half following a tackle from Everton’s James McCarthy on Morgan Amalfitano, with a large number of West Ham players confronting the Republic of Ireland international. Both McCarthy and Winston Reid were booked by Clattenburg, which will mean the West Ham defender is suspended for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce accepts why the club were charged by the Football Association following a melee at Everton – but felt referee Mark Clattenburg could have helped defuse the situation. Press Association The FA’s disciplinary action stated “both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion”, with a deadline of December 1 for a response to the charge. Allardyce said: “I can’t argue with it. We got so frustrated probably by the decision of the referee at the time. “We lost our control a little bit. I don’t condone what we did, but I can understand why the frustration crept in. “We have to try to control ourselves better in those situations because we could have easily lost a player to a red card in that congregation of players based on the feeling of frustration that they felt at the time. “Both sets of players were involved. We have to try to keep more control. “To be fair to my players they don’t often do that. Very rarely do they lose control, rarely have they done that sort of thing in my time here. “While I will remind them about it, I don’t think it will be a particular problem for us.” West Ham went on to lose the match 2-1, having fallen behind in the first half to a goal from Romelu Lukaku which looked offside. While Allardyce does not condone his players losing their cool, the Hammers boss believes had the referee clamped down on some late challenges, the heat would have quickly been taken out of the flashpoint. “I don’t think it helped. Particularly the first one, if he gives a free-kick and deals with the situation, we could have got on with it. Because he didn’t give a free-kick that spilled over into frustration,” he said. “When you see your team-mate is, to your mind, unfairly treated, then you want to stick up for each other. “Obviously, you don’t want to extend it to the levels that we saw on Saturday.” West Ham host in-form Newcastle, one of Allardyce’s former clubs, looking to get back to winning ways following what has been a fine start to the season before the international break. “We have let ourselves slip in terms of points gained over the past three games, where we should have accumulated far more,” said Allardyce, whose side are sixth. “It is all right saying that you have deserved more, but in this game you make sure you get more, come off the field having produced the performance and result that the performance deserved. “We didn’t do that against Aston Villa and Everton.” last_img read more

Syracuse unable to bounce back after early goal to No. 9 Robert Morris, loses 4-0

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 24, 2018 at 6:55 pm Contact Anthony: amkhelil@syr.edu Robert Morris’ Anjelica Diffendal raced up the ice, fired a cross-ice pass to teammate Sarah Lecavalier, who then passed the puck to Emilie Harley. Harley ripped the puck toward the net.SU goalie Abbey Miller deflected the puck downward, but the puck bounced directly to Diffendal, who snuck the puck past Miller for a goal to put Robert Morris up 1-0.Less than three minutes into the game, Syracuse (12-20-2, 11-8-1 College Hockey America) was down a goal to No. 9 Robert Morris (20-7-4, 14-3-3) in what would eventually result in a 4-0 loss for SU. Once again, the Orange played from behind. SU was shut out for the 10th time this season, the third time in its last four games. What has been a reoccurring theme throughout the season continued Saturday as Syracuse struggled after its opponent scored first and early.“It’s always tough. We struggle playing from behind. We have to got to keep our heads up in those situations,” SU defender Lindsay Eastwood said, “We can’t get down after one goal.”Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said that playing from behind early in the game had a psychological effect on the Orange in tonight’s matchup. However, he believes SU exhibited a good amount of energy in the first period, something the Orange failed to show in its previous game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It (energy) seemed pretty good, the girls were ready to play, it was senior day, there’s all that energy,” Flanagan said, “But then we coughed up that first goal.”The first goal SU gave up in tonight’s game was hard for the team to shake off. Flanagan believes it’s important to forget about early goals and pick heads up. RMU followed its first goal by scoring three second-period goals. After the second goal by the Colonials’ Brittany Howard, it seemed the Orange’s energy was deflating.“I feel the second one was kind of a bad goal,” Flanagan said, “You could feel the bench sag.”After being down early in the game, the game snowballed for the Orange. Syracuse has had success scoring first. SU defender Megan Quinn acknowledges that Syracuse performs much better after getting on the board before its opponents.She believes that playing from behind, especially after giving up an early goal, has an effect on the team, even when it shouldn’t. It’s something the Orange must adjust before the start of the CHA tournament.“It sucks to get behind from the start, when we do get our first goal we are always stronger,” SU defender Kristen Siermachesky said, “It is always tougher playing from behind.”SU has had a tough time this season trying to reverse the momentum after an opposing teams scores first. Flanagan knows that once SU gets down early it becomes a psychological game, not something that has to do with tactics. SU must improve on answering opponent’s goals, he said, rather than allowing the games to unravel.“All of us have the heart, it’s just things weren’t clicking for us,” Siermachesky said. Commentslast_img read more

Long raring to go as Euros draw near

first_imgShane Long has been in good playing form as of late; speaking after the Republic’s friendly against Belarus last night, the Tipperary man said he’s looking forward to getting out on the pitch at the competition The Gortnahue native is part of Martin O’Neill’s 23 man squad for the tournament which gets underway later this month in France. Ireland are in arguably the toughest group with Italy, Belgium and Sweden.Our first match is against Sweden on June 13th.last_img

NSoft unveils new partnership with Pinnacle

first_img ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Provider of omni-channel solutions for gaming and betting operators worldwide NSoft has unveiled an agreement with well regarded online operator Pinnacle. The company’s games range is now enriched with NSoft’s virtual games suite, allowing players to now enjoy draw based games such as Lucky Six, Next Six and Lucky X as well as in Virtual Sports Betting Games Greyhound Races, Virtual Greyhound Races, Virtual Horses and Virtual Motorcycle Speedway.Carlos Vargas, NSoft Business Development Manager stated: “We are thrilled to be part of Pinnacle’s two decades of success with the signing of this agreement. I feel confident that their customer base will enjoy our products and this liaison will be very beneficial for both parties.”The brand is available to players in over 200 countries around the world, offering the best possible odds. Pinnacle has focused on building trust with the betting community through its integrity, its values and by providing a level of customer satisfaction to compliment its unbeatable odds.The company is fully licensed and regulated by the Government of the Netherlands Antilles, which requires the company to have the funds available to honour the winnings of its customers at all times.This collaboration enables NSoft to further introduce its premium content and boost its operations. NSoft has outlined its ambitions to continue innovating and has already lined up a range of new products.Paris Smith, Pinnacle CEO added: “Pinnacle is very excited to add Nsoft to our product portfolio. NSoft is known in the gaming and betting industry as a provider of innovative onlinegames, and through this new partnership, we continue to enhance our customers’ experience with complete and world class virtual gameofferings.” Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

FAVORED PATH OF DAVID STORMS HOME TO TAKE $75,000 EDDIE LOGAN STAKES BY ONE LENGTH UNDER TALAMO; MULHALL TRAINEE COVERS MILE ON TURF IN 1:36.07

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2015)–Hammered in the late betting to even money, the Kristin Mulhall-trained Path of David sat mid-pack going into the far turn and unleashed a furious stretch rally under Joe Talamo to take Thursday’s $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes by one length while covering one mile on turf in 1:36.07.With the temporary rail set at 20 feet, Imperious One, who was part of a three-horse speed brigade throughout, spurted clear turning for home, but Path of David collared him inside the sixteenth pole and won comfortably.“It felt like the pace was pretty honest which we thought was going to happen,” said Talamo. “We were able to save ground around the first turn and by the three-eighths, I had so much horse I didn’t want to take the chance of getting him stopped. I took him to the outside and he did the rest.”Heavily favored in a field of ten 2-year-olds, Path of David paid $4.20, $3.40 and $2.40. A Kentucky-bred gelding by the Gone West stallion Istan, Path of David followed up on an impressive one mile turf maiden win at Del Mar in registering his second win from six career starts. Owned by Sam and Janet Alley and Ike and Dawn Thrash, he picked up $46,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $90,555.“I was a bit worried when the rails were out today but when I saw the winner of the fourth race today close well, I was happy with that,” said Mulhall. “We’re probably going to try the dirt with him next. He got good when he stretched out and I think we’ll try the dirt again with him.”Trained by Doug O’Neill, Irish-bred Imperious One was off at 6-1 and paid $5.20 and $3.40 while finishing a half length in front of Arabian Leopard.Far back in last position until the field turned for home, Arabian Leopard, who was handled by Martin Garcia, rallied well for third, finishing 3 ¼ lengths in front of Canada. The second choice at 9-2, Arabian Leopard paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.84, 46.77, 1:11.70 and 1:24.05.Note: The Eddie Logan Stakes is named for one of Santa Anita Park’s all-time favorite employees, the late Eddie Logan, who manned his shoeshine stand at The Great Race Place from its opening on Dec. 25, 1934, until shortly before his passing at age 98 on Jan. 31, 2009.First post time for a nine-race card on Friday, New Year’s Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Injury-hit Liverpool look to avoid FA Cup upset

first_img Liverpool are in the middle of a gruelling schedule – it will be the team’s sixth game in 19 days – that is taking its toll on the squad. Manager Jurgen Klopp is without a senior centre back for the match, as Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure are all hurt, while attackers Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are also injured. The match comes three days after a League Cup semi-final match at Stoke, and five days before a Premier League game against first-place Arsenal. Klopp could even make 11 changes to the team. “It will be a team that hasn’t played too often together,” Klopp said. “If this is a chance for Exeter, then they have to take it.” This will all be music to the ears of Exeter’s players, whose team is 16th in the 24-team League Two – a gap of 76 places to Liverpool in the English ladder. The last time Exeter reached this stage was in 2005, when they took Manchester United to a replay after a goalless draw at Old Trafford. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It’s a match that has all the ingredients of a classic FA Cup upset. An injury-hit, inconsistent and potentially jaded Premier League heavyweight making a 500-mile round trip to a team in the lower reaches of the fourth tier with a small ground, poor field, and a recent history of shocking a top side. Exeter’s home game against Liverpool today is the pick of the games in the third round of the FA Cup, when the giants of the Premier League join the teams from the lower leagues and non-league in the world’s oldest club knockout competition. As always, the search is on for a huge shock on one of the most exciting weekends in the English calendar and it could come at the 8,500-capacity St James’ Park, which – located in the south-west corner of England – is one of the most remote grounds in the country. THREE-PEAT Arsenal are bidding to become the first team since Blackburn in 1884-86 to win the FA Cup in three straight years, and to extend its record-setting haul of FA Cup titles to 13. With his team having its best chance in years to win the Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to rotate his squad. Wenger said Thursday that Alexis Sanchez is not yet ready to return from a hamstring injury, but midfielder Mikel Arteta is available. GRUELLING SCHEDULElast_img read more

CEO of NCN resigns

first_img…as power struggle deepens at state media entityThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the state-owned National Communications Network (NCN), Lennox Cornette, has reportedly tendered his resignation from the entity as a rift and internal power struggle for total control deepens.Cornette’s resignation has been accepted by the Board’s Chairman, Enrico Woolford, and will take effect on March 15, 2018. He is expected to proceed on accumulated leave sometime during January next year.This newspaper understands that the Board had continuously voiced concerns over Cornette’s leadership style and inability to implement decisions in a timely and effective manner. It had also related concerns over the management of key internal departments which were still bleeding the company’s finances.“There is also a lot of power rifts and fighting between Mr Woolford and Mr Cornette for control. They hardly agree. In the end the employees suffer, and the company was not achieving its objectives. The Prime Minister is aware of the concerns of the Board, and Cornette, too, has had his ear,” a senior manager at the company revealed yesterday.Cornette’s resignation also comes at a time when his contract is nearing an end.“He knows that it will not be renewed by any board which Mr Woolford heads, so he basically bit the bullet,” the manager related.Cornette’s suitability for the top post came in for questioning after he was selected ahead of several more suitably qualified individuals, including Woolford. He replaced Molly Hassan, who served as the entity’s last CEO under the former PPP Government. She, too, resigned, citing concerns about the manner in which she was being treated following the change of Government back in 2015.last_img read more

Voir dire continues for defendants “Smallie”, “Catty”

first_img“Mango Man” murder caseThe High Court in Georgetown was the scene of continued heavy security on Monday as the murder trial involving defendants Mark Royden Williams, called “Smallie”, along with Sherwin Nero, also known as “Catty”, continued.However, it was a voir dire (trial within a trial), which means that what transpired cannot be publicly disclosed as it may be prejudicial for the ears of the 12-member jury that was empanelled earlier this month when the Demerara Criminal Assizes got underway.The two men stand accused of the August 30, 2007 murder of businessman Kumar Singh, called “Mango Man”. Reports were that on the fateful night, four gunmen invaded Singh’s Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home during which the businessman was shot dead. It was in July 2008 that the two suspects were initially charged for the capital offence.Williams has spent nearly 11 years behind bars awaiting trial and he is also a death-row inmate. The duo has denied being guilty of the businessman’s unlawful killing. Justice James Bovell-Drakes is presiding over the matter while State Attorneys Tamica Clarke and Tiffini Lyken are prosecuting the case.Defence counsels Nigel Hughes and Ashley Henry are representing Williams and Nero. Williams had escaped prison in July 2017 after being sentenced to death in February of that year for the 2008 Bartica Massacre.The case continues today at the High Court.last_img read more

SOCU clears Patterson in time for AFC conference

first_imgDHB design corruption probe…hours after new evidence submitted by TeixeiraAs the Alliance For Change (AFC) prepares for its two-day National Conference which commences today, Executive Member and Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson was cleared by the Guyana Police Force of any wrongdoing in regard to the award of a sole-sourced contract for a feasibility study into the construction of the new Demerara Harbour Bridge.Gail TeixeiraThe contract in question was awarded to Dutch company LievenseCSO, and a probe conducted by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) upon request from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had flagged Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the $148 million contract be sole-sourced instead of being processed through the Procurement Board, as the law says should be done.As a result of that finding, the Opposition last August asked the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) to investigate the PPC’s findings; and in a statement from the Force on Friday, SOCU said it had obtained legal advice on the matter: no corrupt act was found.“There was no misuse of funds. There is no evidence that a criminal offence has been committed, and there is no evidence of any collusion between Arie Mol/Lievense CSO and the personnel from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure,” the Police said in the brief statement.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonThe request for the probe into the corrupt deal was made by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Gail Teixeira. At the time, however, Teixeira had expressed concerns after she was informed by SOCU that, in addition to then Police Commissioner David Ramnarine and the Force’s legal advisor, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who is also the Chairman of the AFC, was also notified of her request for the probe.“I noticed they have informed the Minister of Public Security of the investigation. I do not know what the reason is for this… I find it unusual that the request was also sent to the Minister of Public Security. Usually, investigations of this nature are not forwarded to a Minister, it goes through an investigative process,” Teixeira, a former Home Affairs Minister, had stated during a press conference.One political observer believes the Police Force acted under instructions from the “There is compelling evidence to prove that the Harbour Bridge fiasco reeks of corruption and wrongdoing, but the writing is on the wall for Patterson. He is the most unpopular (figure) in the AFC, and this new instruction to clear him of wrongdoing is to bolster his chances of getting a few votes at the AFC congress (this weekend).“It is a crying shame that some in the hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force have now become political puppets of the corrupt APNU/AFC cabal. The Police may follow political instructions, but the Guyanese voters will not be fooled. We will use our ballot to reject this evil, vindictive, corrupt cabal,” the commentator posited.This move by the Police comes days after Teixeira had written the Procurement Commission, calling for another investigation into the Feasibility Study for the New Demerara River Crossing in light of new revelations that the cost has been racked up by $131 million more than what the PPC had investigated and found to be the cost in its August 2018 report.“New information has come to light that, I am of the firm opinion, requires further investigation by the PPC,” Teixeira noted in a letter, dated June 12, 2019, that was released to the media on Friday.In addition to two varying time periods emanating from the Public Infrastructure Ministry for the duration of the feasibility contract, Teixeira, who is also the opposition party’s Chief Whip, pointed out that new information reveals that the cost of the study had in fact been racked up to a whopping $293.4 million.“The cost of the Feasibility Study for the New Demerara River Crossing/Bridge was far in excess of the original figure given…US$709,091, or Gy$146.3 million, and far in excess of the figure approved by Cabinet…of $161,514,420 to be used from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (Asphalt Plant Accounts) to cover costs of the Feasibility Study for a New Bridge Across the Demerara River. In fact, the feasibility study cost the taxpayers $293,439,182, or approximately US$1.4 million. This is $131,924,762 more than what the PPC had investigated and found,” she outlined.According to Teixeira, further checks also found that there was no appropriation for the MPI in the 2016 Budget for a feasibility study for the new Demerara Harbour Bridge crossing, nor were any funds allocated to the DHBC for such purposes by way of a subvention or grant in that year.She added that MPI’s 2017 Budget also lacks an allocation for this study, and $150 million is assigned to the DHBC for maintenance of the Bridge.However, the Opposition Chief Whip noted that the Public Infrastructure Minister had stated, during the 2019 Budget debate, that another $100 million was being requested under his capital budget for consultancy services for the new Demerara River Bridge/Crossing, and he had refused to answer questions on this, which created more confusion and suspicion in regard to the issue.Against this backdrop, the Opposition Chief Whip calls on the Public Procurement Commission to look into these new revelations.“This information exposes a level of collusion, conspiracy and corruption that requires urgent investigation and intervention with a view to bringing criminal charges against the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr. David Patterson, and other persons connected to the award of the contract for the Feasibility Study and payments to LievenseCSO… The public expects unflinching diligence by the PPC in order to protect the Guyanese people’s interests and uphold the constitutional and legal provisions with regards transparency and accountability of the country’s assets and resources,” Teixeira noted in the correspondence.last_img read more