Aguero blow for City

first_img The in-form Argentinian suffered the problem early in the second half of Saturday’s impressive 6-3 defeat of Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. Among the games the 25-year-old is set to miss is the home clash with Liverpool on Boxing Day. City boss Manuel Pellegrini, asked at a press conference if Aguero might miss the Christmas programme, said: “I think he will be, at least, one month out. “He has a calf injury. Maybe the doctor can say exactly how many weeks he will be.” Aguero has been in outstanding form this season, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, 18 of which have come in his last 16 appearances. His partnership with new signing Alvaro Negredo has also been prolific, with the Spaniard contributing 13 goals to the City cause. He is certain to be missed in his absence although, on the positive side, £22million summer signing Stevan Jovetic is now in contention after an injury-hit start to his City career. The Montenegro international, most recently sidelined by a calf injury, has managed just five appearances since his arrival. In defence Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic are still unavailable. Pellegrini, speaking ahead of the midweek Capital One Cup quarter-final at Leicester, said: “The players that are injured are Micah Richards, he continues to be injured, and Nastasic also and Aguero. Press Association “All the other players are available. We will see which 18 players we pick. Jovetic is okay.” Aguero took to his Twitter account to keep City fans updated on developments. He tweeted: “It’s confirmed – my calf injury will leave me out for at least a month. The good news is recovery work starts today! “We started with therapeutic massages on the area and some bike work. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for the support!” Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will be out for at least a month after suffering a calf injury.last_img read more

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Cazorla apology over Spurs insult

first_img Press Association Cazorla said he was unaware of what was written and said sorry for the message. The Spaniard wrote on Twitter: “Our apoligizes to the Totenham fans, we couldn’t see the paper. #alwaysfootballalwaysrespect” Cazorla signed the brief social media note on his behalf and on the behalf of Robert Pires, the former Arsenal winger, who also appeared in the photo. The unfortunate incident came to the light on the day Arsenal announced the appointment of Dutchman Andries Jonker as head of their academy. The 51-year-old, currently the assistant manager at Wolfsburg in Germany’s Bundesliga, will join Arsenal on July 1 and will succeed Liam Brady in the role. Brady, currently the Gunners’ head of youth development and the academy, will “help to ensure a smooth transition” with Jonker, who spent seven years developing and implementing youth coaching reforms with the Dutch Football Association, the KNVB. Manager Arsene Wenger said on arsenal.com: “I am very pleased that Andries is joining us. “He has a big reputation in the game and was a key part of the team which developed the structures which are now producing such strong young players in Holland. Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has apologised after being photographed holding a placard that insulted north London rivals Tottenham. “I look forward to working with him. I would also like to thank Liam for his work which has been outstanding over many years.” Jonker has also worked as Holland Under-21 and under-15 coach, technical manager of the KNVB and assistant coach to Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he also had a spell as interim head coach. Arsenal have long been renowned for nurturing young talent and the club hope Jonker will build on Brady’s work. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis added: “Youth development is a key part of our philosophy at Arsenal and I am delighted that Andries is joining us. “He has an outstanding track record in developing and identifying young players and creating systems to bring the best out of them. “I know he will build on the tremendous work which has been done by Liam and his team over many years.” He and a female Arsenal supporter held up the paper note to camera that read: “What do we think of Tottenham? S***. And what do we think of s***? Tottenham” The supporter later posted the picture on Twitter, where it was widely shared. last_img read more

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Manu Garba Warns as Eaglets Step up Preparation for Niger

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, Manu Garba, has for the umpteenth time warned impostors to steer clear of the Nigeria U-17 camp, even as he commended his wards for keeping their record intact after five trial matches.The 2013 World Cup-winning coach said his magnanimity must not be misconstrued following spurious reports in the social media that he has extended invitations to some foreign-based Nigerian youngsters, including a certain goalkeeper Edward Onaiwu allegedly attached to English club Charlton Athletic.“I have not invited anybody from outside Nigeria for our screening and assessment,” Garba told thenff.com. “Of course, I allowed some of the boys who came without invitation to train with us after repeated appeals by their parents and guardians about their desire to play for Nigeria. But none of them has the quality we are looking for and they are not in our plans and henceforth, we are not going to allow any uninvited player to train with us,” he affirmed.Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets over the weekend played two friendly matches at the NFF\FIFA Goal Project pitch in Abuja as part of their preparations towards next month’s CAF U-17 qualifying matches against Niger Republic.On Friday, the Eaglets forced visiting Welcome Time Soccer Academy (WTSA) FC of Kano to a 1-1 draw when Usman Musa (Babalolo) came from the bench in the second half to cancel WTSA’s Umar Yusif curtain raiser of the lively two-hour encounter.On Saturday, the Golden Eaglets improved on their performance with a 4-0 win over Frimpong Academy of Minna courtesy of a first half goal by Suleiman Muhammed while Isaq Abdulrasaq, Samuel Michael and Anselem Onyenze added other goals in the second half.Speaking to the youngsters afterwards, Garba praised their efforts, advising them to foster unity and team spirit within their ranks: “There is slight improvement today against Frimpong Academy compared to our performance against the team we played on Friday. We still have work to do but generally, there is improvement and God’s willing, we are going to step up our preparation (against Niger) from next week and we want you to build good relationship amongst yourselves.”last_img read more

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Football tackles high expectations with mix of youth and experience

first_imgLast offseason, junior quarterback Max Browne was ready for his full Trojan debut after sitting behind three-year starter Cody Kessler. A redshirt freshman quarterback named Sam Darnold performed well in summer camp, but Browne, a former five-star prospect, got the nod on opening day against Alabama.USC then stumbled to a 1-2 record under Browne, resulting in head coach Clay Helton’s decision to turn to Darnold.With a calm, unassuming expression on his face throughout the ups and downs of games, Darnold was almost playing in his backyard as he led the Trojans to nine consecutive wins, including their first Rose Bowl victory since 2009. His knack for making critical plays at crucial times has thrust him into the spotlight in Los Angeles and beyond.”Personnel executives have spent the last month or so watching a ton of tape,” NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah said in March. “When you’re studying draft-eligible defenders against USC, [Darnold] jumps off the screen. He only has one year of college playing experience, but he’s clearly captured the attention of NFL evaluators.”While Darnold is the glue that binds his team together, the Trojans lost 11 starters from last year, most notably wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and defensive back Adoree’ Jackson. With Jackson gone, junior cornerback Iman Marshall will have the opportunity to establish himself as the No. 1 corner, and sophomore cornerback Jack Jones will work to build off a freshman year during which he got his feet wet as a backup. Freshmen Je’Quari Godfrey and Greg Johnson will also join the fray.In addition to Smith-Schuster, Darnold also lost key wide receivers in De’Quan Hampton and Darreus Rogers to the NFL Draft. But junior Deontay Burnett will return after scoring seven touchdowns in 2016 — including the late game-tying score in the Rose Bowl — and amassing 56 receptions for 622 receiving yards.Redshirt senior receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. will return from an ACL injury, and incoming five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis will compete with a host of redshirt freshmen at the position. Redshirt junior Jalen Greene (8 receptions, 116 yards in 2016) and sophomore Michael Pittman (6 receptions, 82 yards in 2016) figure to see more balls thrown their way as part of a talented receiving corps.But Helton has always emphasized the running game, and USC is stacked at the tailback position. Leading rusher junior Ronald Jones II should get most of the carries, and the crew only got stronger with the addition of a five-star recruit in freshman Stephen Carr. The offensive line, contrastingly, will lose a wealth of experience after core players moved on to the NFL: ex-starting tackles Chad Wheeler and Zach Banner, as well as former guard Damien Mama. Austin Jackson and Alijah Vera-Tucker, four-star recruits and freshman offensive tackles, are among those who will provide extra strength to the current roster.There are also questions surrounding who will step up on the interior defensive line with Stevie Tu’ikolovatu now fighting for a spot on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Redshirt senior defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow Jr. is back from injury. Freshmen Jay Tufele and Marlon Tuipulotu will look to factor into the competitive group.At linebacker, Cameron Smith and Porter Gustin are the headlining playmakers. Smith, however, is suspended for the first half of the Western Michigan game, stemming from his ejection in the Rose Bowl due to a targeting penalty. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Iosefa seems like the probable replacement at the MIKE position.The Trojans’ X-factor next season may come at tight end, where they have no shortage of size and catching ability. Helton managed to sign two notables, 6-foot-5 Josh Falo and 6-foot-6 Erik Krommenhoek, in his last recruiting class. Sophomore Daniel Imatorbhebhe (17 receptions, 250 yards and four TDs in 2016) spearheads the group along with junior Tyler Petite (10 catches, 156 yards and two TDs in 2016). This year, fans might witness the inclusion of redshirt freshman Cary Angeline.Fortunately this season, the talented Trojan squad will not have to contend with the likes of the Crimson Tide right off the bat. Instead, they will begin against Western Michigan at home and the following week, will stay in the Coliseum to battle the Christian McCaffrey-less Stanford Cardinals. Week 3 features a long-awaited rematch with the Texas Longhorns.USC’s first day of fall football camp is set for July 29.last_img read more

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Lazio player gets four-match ban, €10,000 fine after biting opponent [VIDEO]

first_img@csilvestre09 @strazzy7 so dumb— Donato Daniel Grossi (@Donatog87) July 7, 2020 mate, even I wouldn’t mind to bite some donati pic.twitter.com/QEZrMsyLSe— Castelldefels Citizen (@alexkiryutin) July 7, 2020 Suarez is proud— shwn ➐ (@Totaldeligt) July 7, 2020 Suarez has had some impact on the Football world.— Himmatt. (@FootyHimmatt7) July 7, 2020center_img Lazio defender Patric has been banned for four matches and fined 10,000 euros after he was sent off for biting an opponent in a Serie A game.Patric was captured sinking his teeth into the arm of Lecce player Guilo Donati.The referee did not see the incident but sent off Patric after a review by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).Second-placed Lazio who has been seriously challenging Juventus for the title prior to the lockdown have fallen off the pace since the resumption of the season.They are now seven points of the top having won just two out of their five matches since the restart, including last night’s 2-1 loss to Lecce.Patric will now miss Lazio’s crucial encounter against Juventus later in July.€Take a look at a video of the incident and the reaction on social media below. Someone give Patric a snack ffs man is hungry pic.twitter.com/3LgZxxGSls— Karim (@Futball_Karim) July 7, 2020last_img read more

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Rockies, Nolan Arenado agree to 8-year extension

first_imgNOW IT’S OFFICIAL! It also marks the first time a player has signed for more than $220 million to remain with the same team, according to USA Today.The Rockies had expressed a desire to retain Arenado, a six-time Gold Glove defender and four-time All-Star who could’ve become a free agent after this season. He has finished in the top five in the National League MVP voting each of the last three years and has a career .291/.346/.539 slash line over six MLB seasons.Rockies chairman and CEO Dick Monfort had said the team was confident it could get a deal done with its franchise player, who also had said he liked where he is and wanted to stay in Colorado.“It’s such a great place,’’ Arenado told USA Today. “I really enjoy the fact there’s a comfortability here. You know the coaches. You know the players. Some of my best friends are on this team. MLB hot stove: Phillies ‘concerned’ Bryce Harper will sign with Dodgers, report says We have agreed to terms with Nolan Arenado on an eight-year contract that could keep him with the club through the 2026 season. pic.twitter.com/0MYeCuYSkw— 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗼 𝗥𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗲𝘀 (@Rockies) February 27, 2019The contract would negate the one-year, $26 million deal Arenado signed to avoid arbitration this offseason and adjust his contract going forward. The deal includes an opt-out after three years, according to ESPN’s report.BREAKING: Third baseman Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies are finalizing an eight-year, contract extension worth more than $255M, league sources tell ESPN. Deal includes an opt-out after three years, would give Arenado the largest per-year salary of any position player.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 26, 2019Arenado, who turns 28 on April 16, becomes MLB’s highest-paid position player, based on the contract’s average annual value of $31.875 million, surpassing Miguel Cabrera’s contract with the Tigers that pays him $31 million per year. Related Newscenter_img The Rockies and All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado have agreed to an eight-year extension, the team announced Tuesday.The deal is worth more than $255 million, according to a report from The Denver Post, which confirmed an earlier report from ESPN.com. “I grew up here in this organization, so it feels like home in a way. I’ve been here since the tide has changed, and that’s a really good feeling. I was part of that change.“You want to win in a place where you’ve been all of your life.’’The deal keeps Arenado under team control until 2026 and it includes a full no-trade clause.last_img read more

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Bridgeport Manning Cup contenders

first_imgTen years ago, Bridgeport High School won the Manning Cup with a team captained by Kenardo Forbes and including Theo Brown. Now a stalwart at Waterhouse Football Club, Brown feels his old school has a chance to win the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup this year. Speaking from experience, he says victory for Bridgeport would be well received by the community. According to Brown, the 2016 team has to believe in itself. “They have to believe in their goal, if they want to achieve it and their first goal was to be in the Super Cup,” he asserted. “They achieved that, so basically their next goal is to achieve the Super Cup and to win the Manning Cup,” he said. He recalls how good he felt when Bridgeport beat Excelsior High 3-1 to win the Manning Cup in 2006. “It was a nice bunch of guys,” he reminisced on a unit including Forbes, Theophilus Samuels, Ricardo Martin, Andre Clennon and a young Darren Mattocks. “It was a family, not just a team, so it was easy for us to achieve that goal,” he noted. Anthony Patrick was the coach when Brown and his Bridgeport teammates lifted the Manning Cup in 2006 and Brown credits Patrick for ushering in an era of fine football at the school. Patrick is now coaching St Catherine High School, another team in the second round of the Manning Cup. “He’s a great youth coach,” Brown praised. “You have to look out for him,” he offered as an estimation of how good St Catherine could be. Though Bridgeport lost 0-1 to a prolific Kingston College team in the Walker Cup semi-final earlier this week, Brown thinks the boys following his footsteps at Bridgeport could succeed. He hopes they start well in the second round. “You have to try to win your first two games and make yourself sure of the semi-final,” he instructed. “Bridgeport will meet KC again as the schools are both part of the same second round group. St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Charlie Smith High School are also in that group. This season, coached by Garnet Lawrence, Bridgeport have impressed by winning an ultra competitive Manning Cup preliminary round group G. Lawrence’s players amassed 23 points to finish four clear of Hydel High, who edged St Jago High for second on goal difference. The coordinated team play earned high commendation from Hydel High’s coach, Donovan Duckie. He said: “There’s a quality team, hands down.” To advance to the Walker Cup semi-final, Bridgeport outplayed Denham Town High School 2-0. Brown would be overjoyed if the 2016 Bridgeport squad could win the Manning Cup. “They’re not just playing for themselves,” he explained. “They’re playing for the whole Bridgeport, the whole community. It would be a great achievement, not for me alone, but for a lot of past students.”last_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE: Promoting a Culture of Non Violence

first_imgMohandas Gandhi, the Father of Indian Democracy, once said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with the children.”In March 2013- , Messengers of Peace- Liberia during an official welcoming ceremony for over 15 women from the Women Peacebuilding Leadership Cohort at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, VA, USA, launched its Peace Clubs at The First Assembly of God High School, Buchannan Street, Monrovia, Liberia to inspire young Liberians to become peace building leaders.The discussion at that forum focused on “The Importance of Peace Clubs in Liberian Schools and Communities”. We brought together established peace clubs from two schools—Muslim Congress High School and First Assembly of God High School and one community—Matadi Community in Monrovia, together with Mentees from our Coaching and Mentorship Program for Adolescents Girls in Peacebuilding, Caldwell, Liberia.The program, well-attended by the media, both print and electronic and other young women from USA, Kenya, Somalia, Somali-land, Fiji, Pacific, and Solomon Island, discussed the multiplier effects of functional peace clubs in schools and communities. Experiences were shared; friendships made and hope for a peaceful world was reinforced at this event.Since the launch of our peace clubs, we have observed the growth of several other peace clubs by other organizations and we encourage many more to follow in our footsteps. For according to Tom Peters, an American business management guru, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”The ultimate goal of our peace clubs is to unleash the potentials of a generation of young people to create peace. Our program of non violence and peace education is connecting in and out of school youths around the sub-region to promote sustainable peace. Young people in our peace clubs are empowered with the essential pieces of information, knowledge, attitude and skills to be responsible students, citizens and Peacebuilders.It is incumbent on our peace volunteers to maintain the highest standard of behavior. We teach communications skills for collaboration, peer coaching and emotional intelligence (self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management).Basically, our goal is to organize young Liberians and to make them useful to self and others. According to Bill Gates- an American businessmagnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, inventor, present richest man in the world, “As we look ahead into the next century; leaders will be those who empower others”. To date, more than 20 “Peace Clubs” have been formed, by Messengers of Peace-Liberia, in major educational institutions in and around Monrovia. In many of the high schools, the school principals and some of the senior school teachers are dedicating their time and resources to making these clubs vibrant. We have been impressed by the enthusiasm of our youth and of their willingness to take up leadership responsibilities.We are particularly happy and encouraged to read about on-going discussion on the development of a peace curriculum that would be incorporated in the National Educational Curriculum and used for NGOs, professionals and local community leaders. We echo the sentiments of Mr. Saku Dukuly, Director of the Technical Vocational Education Training that “Educating young people, especially students to understand the dilemmas, tradeoffs and potential of conflict resolution, and prevention is a good thing for our people…”Working with young people in Liberia is our top priority and we sincerely hope that the proposed peace curriculum would focus on making education functional, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, human rights and reproduction health. For a holistic approach to peace curriculum development, we need the inputs of youth and youth-based organizations.It is our believe that with a vibrant peace education program in our schools and communities, there could be a change in controlling violence in schools and improving friendly school environment between teachers, and students, parents and teachers and among neighbors. Discipline amongst students and teachers would increase and so would be positive peer culture.Following our just concluded fundraising drive –“The Dollar for Peace Campaign,” we are now vigorously pursuing the next steps of building strong base for our peace clubs program in 30 additional schools in Liberia. Watch this column for progress made through stories from our volunteers as the momentum builds. We address the root causes of conflict around the country. Join us.We conclude with a quote from Peter Drucker, when he said, “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.” The voices of our volunteer peace messengers will drown out those that preach division and hatred. The world would have to rely on those that speak the language of tolerance and respect.Until next week, Peace, above all, Peace First, Let Peace Prevail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Final day to register for 1st Annual Black Swan Bombers Mixed Slow Pitch Tournament

first_img$1,000$500Teams are required to field at least seven men and three women in order to play. All Slow Pitch National rules apply.This year’s tournament features a home run derby, concession, beer gardens and 50/50 draws. All funds from the concession and 50/50 will go to Walking with our Sisters.Anyone interested in registering for the tournament can contact Connie Greyeyes at (250)793-1468. Registration can be paid by Etransfering Coral.Hopkins@hotmail.com.The tournament is expected to run August 24th-26th at the Taylor Ball Diamonds.Advertisement Black Swan Bombers Flyer. Photo by Connie Greyeyes. TAYLOR, B.C. – Wednesday is the final day for teams to sign up for the 1st Annual Black Swan Bombers Mixed Slow Pitch Tournament.As of today, approximately eight teams have either paid in full or have agreed to participate.The tournament costs $400 to enter and guarantees at least five games for every team involved. If 18 teams sign up for the tournament than $10,000 in prize money will be handed out. Cash Prizes for the tournament are shown below:- Advertisement -Division A:$3,000$2,000$1,000Division B:$1,500$1,000Division C:Advertisementlast_img read more

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Big Unit could return to mound by April

first_img VIERA, Fla. – Travis Lee may miss the first week of the Washington Nationals’ exhibition season with a strained right oblique. Lee said he injured his side last Friday and resumed swinging a bat on Tuesday. “For sure, early next week, we’ll see,” Lee said Thursday of his projected return. SARASOTA, Fla. – Reliever Dustin Hermanson agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, who haven’t yet settled on a closer. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Right-hander Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a four-year contract that includes an option for 2011. “Everything’s kind of coming along and I’m seeing progress.” Johnson threw 55 pitches, all fastballs, in his session. TUCSON, Ariz. – After a third strong bullpen session Thursday, Arizona left-hander Randy Johnson said he might be ready to make his first regular-season start in April. “I’d still like to think some time in April,” said Johnson, who is coming off back surgery last October. “When, I don’t know, but I’d like to think I’m taking the appropriate steps. center_img “When you have an opportunity to cement a working relationship with a young man like Matt, you definitely have to investigate it and I think both parties are happy that we were able to work it out,” general manager Brian Sabean said in a statement. LAKELAND, Fla. – Gary Sheffield met with a Major League Baseball executive to discuss recent comments by the Detroit slugger on whether he would cooperate with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell’s investigations into steroids. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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