Rooney bundled home Anthony Martial’s cross to end a barren run in the Premier League that had stretched to 999 minutes, before Juan Mata added a third at the death. Louis van Gaal has had his doubters during his 14-month spell in charge, but United are now top of the table for the first time since they beat Swansea 4-1 in David Moyes’ first game in charge on August 18 2013. United’s stay at the top of the pile then, just like Moyes’ tenure, was a brief one – they were knocked off the top the following day – but Van Gaal will be hoping his team can remain there for the rest of the season. Van Gaal’s old friend Dick Advocaat can only dream of climbing so high in the standings. Sunderland are bottom of the table after seven matches. Advocaat made his intentions clear from the start. Ola Toivonen came in for Jermain Defoe and Sunderland lined up in a defensive 4-5-1 formation. As has been the case for the majority of the season, United had plenty of possession but initially struggled to do anything with it. Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia bombed on down the left and right flanks respectively while Martial’s trickery and strength caused the visitors problems, but Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon saw little of the ball. The only time Sunderland came under any real threat was when Pantilimon booted the ball up in the air and caught it outside the penalty area. Wayne Rooney ended his 11-match goal drought as Manchester United climbed to the top of the Barclays Premier League for the first time in over two years with victory over Sunderland. Luckily for the goalkeeper, he was spared a card and Mata drove the free-kick into the wall. John O’Shea headed into David de Gea’s arms and the Spaniard then saved with his legs from Yann M’Vila during a rare promising spell for the visitors. The home fans became anxious as Mata, Rooney, Martial and Michael Carrick were guilty of wasteful passing in the final third. But there was no need to worry. In the fourth minute of first-half injury time Daley Blind found Mata, who squared to Depay and he finished from close range. Sunderland brought on Steven Fletcher for Adam Johnson, but 38 seconds into the second half they conceded again. Martial bundled his way into the box and squared for Rooney. Lee Cattermole tried pushing the United captain out of the way, but the ball struck the striker’s knee and went in. The strike meant Rooney became United’s joint third-highest league goalscorer, moving alongside Denis Law. De Gea saved at his near post from Toivonen and Patrick van Aanholt, but Sunderland never looked like getting back into the game. Depay wasted a chance for a third, but Mata fared better, driving home Ashley Young’s cross in the final minute to spark chants of “We are top of the league” from the Stretford End. Manchester City’s defeat at Tottenham at lunchtime opened the door for United to move to the summit and they grasped the opportunity, winning 3-0 at Old Trafford. After an admirably stubborn effort in the opening stages, Sunderland buckled in first-half injury time when Memphis Depay scored his first Premier League goal. Press Association
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“Ghana Football Association (GFA) held a meeting on Tuesday morning, to examine comments made by goalkeeper Razak Brimah on social media. The meeting was necessitated by the unfortunate words used by Brimah which management finds unacceptable,” the statement added.“We have also received a written apology from Brimah over the comments which we have considered in reaching a decision.“Management determined that Brimah’s comments on social media were in violation of Article 6(1) & (2) of the Black Stars’ code of conduct.“We render an unqualified apology to the general public. We will continue to count on the unflinching support of Ghanaians to help us win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations,” the statement added.It was understands that Brimah is likely to lose his starting role to Fatau Dauda as Ghana face Cameroon in the semi-finals of the AFCON in Franceville tomorrow.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ghana Football Association has imposed sanctions on Black Stars goalkeeper Razak Brimah following his outburst on Facebook on Monday.The 29-year-old hit back at critics, using the ‘F’ word numerous times in a video post after local supporters blamed him for conceding a goal against DR Congo despite Ghana’s 2-1 win in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.Although he later issued an apology and promised to exhibit good behaviour henceforth, Ghana FA went ahead with the decision, noting that the amount will be used for charity.
Published on October 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @SamBlum3 Syracuse redshirt junior defender Tyler Hilliard and senior defender Jordan Murrell were named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s national team of the week Tuesday. Murrell also earned a spot on College Soccer News’ national team of the week.Syracuse defeated Albany, 2-1, on Oct. 7, thanks in part to Murrell’s corner-kick goal that night. He also assisted on both of Hilliard’s goals in SU’s 3-1 win over Wake Forest on Saturday. Murrell’s six assists on the season rank him second in the Atlantic Coast Conference.Syracuse was also named the No. 2 team in the country in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America coaches poll Tuesday.The Orange will try to solidify that ranking as it travels to Connecticut on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. matchup against the Huskies in Storrs, Connecticut. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on August 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse’s season ends with 4-3 overtime loss to Mercyhurst in CHA championship Syracuse ice hockey released its 2016-17 schedule Thursday and the Orange’s slate is highlighted by four games against teams that advanced to last year’s NCAA tournament.SU returns 17 players from last year’s team, which won a program record 14 conference games and finished 19-14-3 overall. Syracuse won eight consecutive games before losing to Mercyhurst in the College Hockey America championship.Below is SU’s full 2016-17 schedule. It will be the ninth season for both head coach Paul Flanagan and the program.CHA games in bold* — ExhbitionAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSaturday, Sept. 24 — vs. Montreal*Friday, Sept. 30 — vs. Bemidji StateSaturday, Oct. 1 — Bemidji StateFriday, Oct. 14 — at NortheasternSaturday, Oct. 15 — at NortheasternFriday, Oct. 21 — vs. ColgateSaturday, Oct. 22 — at ColgateFriday, Oct. 28 — vs. LindenwoodSaturday, Oct. 29 — vs. LindenwoodFriday, Nov. 4 — at Robert MorrisSaturday, Nov. 5 — at Robert MorrisFriday, Nov. 11 — at MercyhurstSaturday, Nov. 12 — at MercyhurstSaturday, Nov. 19 — Minnesota Whitecaps (Professional team)*Sunday, Nov. 20 — Minnesota Whitecaps*Friday, Nov. 25 — at North DakotaSaturday, Nov. 26 — at North DakotaFriday, Dec. 2 — vs. Rochester Institute of Technology Saturday, Dec. 3 — at Rochester Institute of Technology Friday, Dec. 9 — vs. ClarksonSaturday, Dec. 10 — at ClarksonWednesday, Jan. 4 — at Boston CollegeTuesday, Jan. 10 — at CornellFriday, Jan. 13 — vs. Penn StateSaturday, Jan. 14 — vs. Penn StateFriday, Jan. 20 — at LindenwoodSaturday, Jan. 21 — at LindenwoodFriday, Jan. 27 — vs. Robert MorrisSaturday, Jan. 28 — vs. Robert MorrisFriday, Feb. 10 — vs. Mercyhurst Saturday, Feb. 11 — vs. MercyhurstFriday, Feb. 17 — at Rochester Institute of Technology Saturday, Feb. 18 — vs. Rochester Institute of Technology Friday, Feb. 24 — at Penn StateSaturday, Feb. 25 — Penn State Comments
Jill Peter / The Badger HeraldWith a slightly more spring-like afternoon Wednesday at Goodman Diamond, warmer temperatures did not accompany hotter hitters in a Big Ten doubleheader between Wisconsin and Northwestern. But despite only scraping together eight hits between the two games, the Badgers found a way to score seven runs, taking the two games by scores of 3-1 and 4-2, respectively.It wasn’t Wisconsin (35-9 overall, 12-5 Big Ten) who struck first in either game, as the Wildcats (25-18, 9-7) notched all three of their runs in the first innings of both games. Northwestern leadoff hitter Kristin Scharkey led off the first game against Wisconsin ace junior Cassandra Darrah with a triple and subsequently scored when the second batter, Mari Majam, brought her home on a single.Darrah knew that the Wildcats were a very capable offensive team – Northwestern is second in batting average in the Big Ten tied with Wisconsin at .313 – and remained composed after yielding the two hits and run to open the game.“I just needed to slow things down. I know that they score because they’re big hitters, so that didn’t really fluster me or anything. I just knew I needed to shut down the next couple [of hitters] to slow them down,” Darrah said.Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy also recognized the talent present in the top of the Northwestern batting order, but also credited her pitchers – senior Meghan McIntosh threw for Wisconsin in Game 2 – with being strong in coming back to shut the Wildcats down after both shaky first innings.“The top of their order is very good. Northwestern, they work the count and score a ton of runs. I put the credit to their one and two hitter. They’re really nice leadoff kids,” Healy said regarding the Wildcats’ Scharkey and Majam. “The pitchers did settle in. After giving up runs, I think they showed a lot of composure. I give credit to coach [Tracie] Adix, our pitching coach. She’s a bulldog and she’s tough. And I think the pitchers are taking on her persona a little bit.”After Wisconsin fell down 1-0 to open the first game, Darrah kept the Badgers down only one and stranded two runners on base in the top of the first inning. Then in the bottom of the inning, Wisconsin took the lead right back. With the bases full of Badgers, thanks to three walks from Northwestern starter Amy Letourneau, junior Stephanie Peace beat out a throw home on a grounder back to the mound to tie the game at one. One batter later, freshman Macy Oswald earned yet another walk to force a run in and give Wisconsin the lead.That proved to be all Wisconsin would yield, as Darrah went all seven innings and gave up only four hits for victory No. 20 on the season.Junior third baseman Michelle Mueller gave the Badgers some insurance in the seventh inning when she crushed a 2-0 pitch over the fence in left center.When Wisconsin fell behind 2-0 to start the second game, it looked as if it might not come back. The Badgers were held hitless through the second inning until senior left fielder Kendall Grimm bounced a single up the middle in the third. Only one batter later, senior Whitney Massey went deep for the Badgers with her 11th home run of the season and tied the game at two.In the bottom of the fourth, it was Mueller at the plate with a runner on second base. And once again, Mueller provided the Badgers with the insurance they needed when her home run barely eclipsed the center field fence.“I felt pretty confident,” Mueller said of her performance at the plate. “We worked on a lot of small ball and brought out the small ball machine and hit some small ball from about noon on. “That really made me feel comfortable, and I just had my timing down with the pitching and my weight back like I’ve talked about with the coaches. I just had a good feel today.”Working with a two-run lead, McIntosh found her way out of a jam in the top of the fifth inning, stranding two runners on second and third base. She had little else to sweat about the rest of the way and went all seven innings, surrendering only three hits and striking out six.Despite the Badgers’ lackluster offensive performance, the team picked up wins No. 34 and No. 35 on the season, the most wins in program history.“We’ve focused all year on saying it’s not all about batting average, but it’s about scoring runs, and I think the team is buying into that,” Healy said. “Of course we want the batting average to look good. But at the end of the day, who cares if you hit .500 on the day and score no runs? You’d rather just figure out a way to push runs across.”
Submit Looking beyond the “usual runners and riders” for platform and sportsbook delivery September 18, 2019 “I can’t get on to the integration fast-track with my technology supplier unless I’ve got increased turnover, and I can’t get the turnover without the content that I need to integrate.” Does this sound familiar?Conall McSorley, Business Development Director at gbet, is on hand to explain his take on the ’cause and effect’ dilemma that brings such frustration for operators making their way in the increasingly expensive and competitive sports betting space.In an interview last month focused on the gbet rebrand, I discussed the ongoing challenge to allay migration concerns and alleviate specific pain points for sportsbook operators.One of the fundamental questions that operators have to ask themselves is this: What is the compelling reason for a customer to come and use my product? If you can’t answer that question, or show that you can differentiate yourself for one of the following – pricing, product, content or functionality, then you’re probably with the wrong technology supplier. I would encourage every operator to regularly evaluate performance across a variety of different criteria, because that’s the way core dependency relationships work. Fundamentally, the delivery of a sports betting platform and product is software as a service, and the end product is the consumer betting experience.A key part to ongoing operator evaluation of their service provider must be a response plan to the most common warning signals. For example, if you’ve got increased acquisition costs, falling retention and lifetime value (LTV) levels, or you’re seeing your number of dormant or inactive accounts increasing, quite clearly something is wrong.If we assume that your pricing is just as good as your competitors, but you’re still seeing this ‘KPI decay’, then the problem could well lie with your fundamental technology. What does your software supplier give you in terms of uptime, stand out functionality, speed of third party integration, or back office reporting to better understand the trends within your existing business?Historically, best practices from other industries haven’t really been taken into the betting space, where businesses consistently review their suppliers and core dependencies, before evaluating to what extent those suppliers are actually improving their finished product. However, I see a change towards a more pragmatic approach to this evaluation, and one in which technology suppliers are judged on merit, not simply cost, against a comparative benchmark.With some operators, it becomes a chicken and egg type scenario, i.e. your basic content is not going to lead to acquisition and turnover growth, but if this growth is the criteria to prioritise your requirements in the eyes of the technology supplier, you’re kind of between a rock and a hard place. That kind of conversation, initiated by frustrated operators, is being had on a regular basis.So, where does gbet come in to the equation? We’re a bespoke, tailored service that will deliver on your platform and product requirements and guarantee uptime and performance. How? Because we have built a stable, robust, modular platform with proven scalability. Why? Because that’s what you’re paying your licence fee for!In the previous interview, we referenced the notion that operators can be resistant to change based on customer migration concerns. What I would say here, is that these operators need to pause for thought, because what’s actually happening is that their customers are migrating to one of their competitors while they’re debating changes on a software and technology level. Put simply, it makes no business sense to stay with a supplier that isn’t matching your expectations in terms of enhancing your end product, because vanilla is not going to cut it anymore – the sports betting space is too competitive for that.If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling further behind. The best evidence of this in sports betting comes when the market leaders roll out something new, and you see competitors bending over backwards to prioritise matching that enhancement, just to make sure that they’re keeping pace. As soon as that happens, you have this trickle down through the industry. However, if you don’t have the commitment of your platform supplier to jump on new enhancements and you don’t enjoy the consequent acquisition/turnover boost, then you’re likely to be further down the chain for the platform supplier… and that’s the chicken and egg scenario! Betting consolidation for Betdaq through fixed-odds sportsbook August 1, 2019 Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon Round table – gbet: The future of sportsbook personalisation June 20, 2019
NBA superstar LeBron James has proved he’s a role model both on and off the basketball court by opening a school for underprivileged children.The I Promise School will house 240 at-risk third and fourth-grade students in James’ hometown Akron, Ohio.The school is a joint venture between the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools.”We just want everything for them,” the three-time NBA champion said. “Everything and more. So it’s going to mean a lot to me.”James will serve as primary donor to help form the extra-curricular goals of the school. The school’s board will oversee the curriculum development.The 33-year-old, who recently moved from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year contract worth $154m (£116m), hopes the school will help kids who are falling behind in education and struggling at home. The former Cavs star missed 83 days of school in the fourth grade because his family did not have a car.Several other families offered care and support, and the following year he started playing basketball.”School didn’t mean anything to me,” he said. “There were just a lot of empty days, empty nights and just kind of a no-future thought process.”It was mentally challenging. No kid at eight, nine should have that stress… so I know exactly what a lot of these kids are going through.”James says having a bike was a huge factor in his childhood as it offered him an escape from dangerous parts of his neighbourhood and the freedom to explore. Because of that, every student will receive a bicycle when they arrive at the school. Students will also be provided with meals during the day, as well as services to help them deal with stress, or parents who are struggling to make ends meet.The school will also provide services to families, which include job placement assistance for parents and an on-site food bank from which parents can take food to prepare at home.”We want to create an environment of family where you want to always be around your family,” said James. “No matter the good and the bad, you always want to be around that support system.”By using my voice and letting the youth know and the people that need the guidance know that I care for them and I’m going to be their voice, it’s passionate for me, because like I said, sports is just the ultimate to bring people together, so that’s what I’m here for.”In 2015, James announced an initiative that would pay for more than 1,000 kids to attend college. He has also funded the ‘Wheels for Education’ programme, which started in 2011 and provides kids with school supplies, access to computers, and a bike as part of a system designed to keep kids motivated to complete their homework and get good grades.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Our asset allotment is better,” Kupchak said. “Our circumstances are better.”The Lakers have a young developing roster in point guard D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown. They just selected Brandon Ingram with the No. 2 pick. They just hired a young up-and-coming coach (Walton). They also have about $60 million to spend partly because of Bryant’s retirement following a storied 20-year NBA career.Before, the Lakers faced other restrictions. They only had room to sign one player to max contract. Concerns persisted about Bryant’s durability after suffering season-ending injuries in three consecutive seasons, including his left Achilles tendon (April 2013), right knee (December 2013) and right shoulder (January 2015).“We just didn’t have that much to sell,” Kupchak said. “‘I’m going to come to Los Angeles, but who am I going to play with? Last summer, you get to play with Kobe. But Kobe’s been injured. Is Kobe going to be healthy, Mitch? I don’t know that. Who else am I going to play with? You’re going to love playing with Julius Randle. But he only played one game. You’re going to love playing with the No. 2 pick, but he hasn’t played at all. We didn’t have as much to sell last year and the year before.’”Mixed reviewsThe Lakers hardly seemed thrilled when Russell secretly recorded a video of teammate Nick Young admitting to infidelities, only for the video to appear on a gossip website. But Kupchak seemed OK with Russell offering self-deprecating humor about the situation in a recent Foot Locker commercial.“I actually saw the script,” Kupchak said. “I thought it was good.”Young did not feel the same way, tweeting, “real funny,” with obvious sarcasm. Nonetheless, the Lakers are expected to part with Young either by trading him or buying out his contract.Kupchak sounded mindful of the backlash over the commercial after watching the debate unfold on various sports talk shows.“I forget what the show was, but somebody was critiquing it. One of the basketball people said he didn’t think he should’ve done it,” Kupchak said. “Then five minutes later, they had somebody else critiquing and they thought it was great. So I don’t know how you look at it. But I thought it was pretty good.” The Lakers’ 16 NBA championship trophies, the sunny skies and proximity to Hollywood once represented the only visual selling points they needed to land their next star.That hardly impressed LaMarcus Aldridge, though.Aldridge thought his first free agency meeting with the Lakers last summer focused too much on Hollywood glitter and not enough on basketball substance. The Lakers’ front office, former Lakers coach Byron Scott and Kobe Bryant attended the meeting. But so did officials with Time Warner Cable and AEG. “I don’t think we’re going to have to rely on our partners as much as we have in the past,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “We can focus a little bit more on the basketball side of it. We do have more to sell. The franchise and the city have always sold themselves. I’m not sure we’ll concentrate on as much as that as we did last year.” Kupchak said the Lakers’ pitch “will depend on the free agent.” He also suggested that he, executive Jim Buss and coach Luke Walton will lead the meetings once free agency begins on July 1.Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant represents the top target, though he may just stay with the Thunder considering they advanced to the Western Conference finals. Or the Lakers could target Toronto forward and former USC standout DeMar DeRozan, though the Raptors also advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. Other options could include Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, Atlanta’s Al Horford or Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum.“There may be meetings; there may not be meetings,” Kupchak said. “Things could be done quickly. It could take a week or two. There may not be face-to-face meetings; maybe a couple. It depends on how quickly things move.”The Lakers did not just whiff on Aldridge in free agency. In the past three seasons, the Lakers could neither retain their own star players (Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol) nor attract new ones (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan, Greg Monroe).Kupchak conceded things “might not be different” with their latest free-agency efforts. After all, the Lakers finished the 2016-17 season with their worst record in franchise history (17-65). Yet, Kupchak argued that the Lakers “have more to sell.”
Best B&H K-1 fighter Dzevad “BH Machine” Poturak will defend the title of world champion in the WAKO version of the competition NO LIMIT 8 Fighting Network, which will be held on the 11th of March in the Zetra Olympic Hall in Sarajevo.On this occasion, his challenger will be Polish champion Michal Turynski, who is on the top of challengers list of WAKO Federation.Poturak said that he already started with preparations for the organization of the competition, as well as training, because he does not like to leave anything for just in case.“Considering the fact that I have not lost a single match in B&H in the last 12 years, I will try my best for that not to happen now. I want to keep the belt of world champion in my hometown and my country, and I have a big motivation for that. This will be a top competition and a night to remember,” said BH Machine.Dzevad Poturak (1977) was born in Sarajevo, and he is the best B&H kick boxer of all times. He is K-1 world champion by WAKO version. He fought at several great K-1 tournaments, he became the champion of K-1 Fighting Network Prague that was held in 2007, he performed at the K-1 WGP in Japan in 2010, and he won the third place at K-1 WGP Final 2013 in Zagreb, when he became one of the top four fighters in K-1 organization.Also, this popular B&H kickbokser received the award or plaque, last year in Croatia, as a new member of Atrium Hall of Fame of Martial Arts.(Source: klix.ba)
Paul Put; the new coach of the Kenya national teamNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Belgian Paul Put on Saturday signed a two-year contract to replace Stanley Okumbi as the new coach of the Kenya national team.Put, 61, has previously managed Burkina Faso and Gambia at international level and was unveiled at the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) annual general meeting in Mombasa.He will take over the role immediately to prepare the team for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup which starts in Kenya on December 3.“This is a big announcement today. We have been consulting on how to restructure and strengthen the Harambee Stars technical bench, and Paul Put is our new coach,” FKF chairman Nick Mwendwa said.“He is the best person we have found, and we believe the journey to the African Cup of Nations finals in 2019 is still a reality as he takes over.”The Belgian arrives from a short but successful coaching stint at Algerian club USM Alger, leading them to the semi-finals of the African Champions League, and will be assisted by Okumbi. Put was also formerly in charge of Jordan but resigned in January 2016 due to health concerns, a month after a Belgian appeals court handed him a two-year jail term for allowing a Chinese businessman to bribe players when he was coach of Lierse.Put was one of more than a dozen managers, players, coaches and agents charged in connection with a huge match-fixing scandal dating back to 2004-2006 in his homeland.He was initially given a two-year suspended sentence but the appeals court ordered him to serve time behind bars.The Belgian was banned for three years following the scandal, but world football’s governing body FIFA did not extend the ban worldwideShare on: WhatsApp