Lambert confident of new deal

first_img Lambert is midway through a three-year contract after joining Villa from Norwich in the summer of 2012. It has not all been plain sailing for Lambert as Villa only narrowly avoided relegation last season, which included a humiliating Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Bradford and 8-0 hammering at Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League. “He knows what’s happened, and he knows the way we want to go, and as I said, he’s backed it and been excellent.” Lambert, meanwhile, has confirmed striker Gabriel Agbonlahor should return for Saturday’s home clash with West Ham. Agbonlahor sustained a foot injury in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool eight days ago after tumbling over an advertising hoarding, forcing him out of the 4-3 victory over West Brom last week and 2-1 loss at Everton on Saturday. But after making rapid progress, Lambert said: “Gabby looks pretty good at the moment.” Centre-back Ron Vlaar is unlikely to figure after picking up a hamstring problem sustained late in the game at Goodison Park. Press Association Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is expecting no issues in discussions with Randy Lerner over a new deal after hailing the American owner’s vision for the club. Villa sit a respectable 10th in the league this campaign, although they are only five points off the relegation zone. Lambert, though, enjoys a very healthy relationship with Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner, and it comes as no surprise tentative talks have started with regard to a contract extension. “I speak to Randy a lot, and things like that (a new contract) will take care of itself,” said Lambert. “I’ve another year after this anyway. I never look too far ahead. “But I’m sure the discussions between me and the chairman will be the same as they’ve always been. They’ll be pleasant, with no problems either way whatsoever.” Suggested any extension would be a vote of confidence, Lambert added: “They (Lerner and Faulkner) see the vision and what’s happened. “They see the work that has been going on behind the scenes, to have that vision of what you want to do. “If you have that vision, you need people seeing it and backing it, and Randy has been fantastic with that. last_img read more

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Graeme Le Saux fears Chelsea saga will drive women away from football

first_img Press Association Graeme Le Saux fears women will have been discouraged to forge a career in football after Jose Mourinho’s criticism of Eva Carneiro and the subsequent fallout. Mourinho, who is under pressure following a terrible start to the season for the Blues, was told last month he would face no action from the FA over allegations he made discriminatory comments towards Carneiro. However Le Saux believes significant damage has been inflicted on the game by the episode. He said in The Times: “What concerns me most, given the work I’m doing for the FA, is the impact Mourinho’s behaviour may have throughout the whole game. “We’re trying to deal with some very sensitive issues and to change the culture of the game. “Some good people at the FA have taken a kicking after concluding there was insufficient evidence to charge Mourinho, whilst the whole furore may also deter women from becoming involved in football, as well as discouraging clubs from employing them. “A lot of people are working very hard to get the game in a better place, but after the last few weeks it feels as if we’ve gone back 30 years.” World governing body FIFA said it would draw up a new code of practice for team doctors in the wake of the controversy, while Carneiro found support from the Football Medical Association. Heather Rabbatts, who heads the FA inclusion advisory board, recently declared herself ”seriously disappointed” with the FA’s handling of the case. Le Saux said: “As someone who was privileged to play for Chelsea for 12 years, I’m saddened that it has come to this. If what started out as a straightforward employer-employee issue had been handled differently, these negative issues would not have arisen. “The biggest disappointment for me is that Mourinho doesn’t seem to have reflected on the damage he has done to his own image, the reputation of the club and, more important, the reputation of the entire game.” center_img Former Chelsea player Le Saux, who sits on the Football Association inclusion advisory board, suggested the game has “gone back 30 years” because of the saga. Club doctor Carneiro left her role with Chelsea following a clash with manager Mourinho after she and physio Jon Hearn ran on to treat Eden Hazard late in the draw with Swansea on August 8. Mourinho called his medical staff “impulsive and naive”. last_img read more

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Millwall make Shane Ferguson’s loan move from Newcastle permanent

first_img “He has shown a real desire to stay here and is of an age where he needs to be playing football regularly for the sake of his own development, and we have given him that opportunity. “I believe that it is a fantastic piece of business and I would like to thank the board for giving me the opportunity to buy a player of Shane’s quality and age.” Ferguson played 32 times for Newcastle and has also enjoyed loan spells with Birmingham and Rangers. “It’s a relief to get the deal done,” he said. “I’ve been keen to get everything sorted and I’m now really looking forward to my future with Millwall. “I’ve loved every second of my time here so it was a no-brainer to sign on a permanent basis. “My task now is to help Millwall get back to where we belong, which hopefully can be done this season.” The 24-year-old midfielder, who is set to feature for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, has signed a contract until summer 2017 after scoring two goals in 28 appearances for the Sky Bet League One club this season. “Shane has displayed his ability in two different positions for us since he joined on loan, so naturally I’m delighted that he is now with us on a permanent basis,” Lions boss Neil Harris told the club’s official website, millwallfc.co.uk. Press Associationcenter_img Millwall have signed loanee Shane Ferguson on a permanent deal from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee.last_img read more

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Bucksport’s Johann Bradley claims pole vault PVC title

first_imgELLSWORTH — Bucksport High School’s Johann Bradley won a Penobscot Valley Conference title at Monday’s indoor track and field championships at the University of Maine-Orono’s New Balance Field House.Bradley placed first in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet.Also for Bucksport, Danny Bunker took third in the triple jump with distance of 37 feet and 9 inches.The pair led the Bucksport boys to eighth-place finish with 14 points. Brewer won with 108.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGirls’ championshipKiona Osterlin and Rachel Bunker led Ellsworth to an eighth-place finish with 12 points. Orono won with 95.Osterlin placed second in the one-mile run (5:38.88) behind Orono’s Tia Tardy, who set a league record in 4:55.23.Bunker took third in the high jump with a distance of 4 feet and 10 inches.Bucksport’s Mavis Taungatu’a was the runner-up in the shot put with a distance of 36 feet and 7.5 inches.last_img read more

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Young tennis stars shine at International Tennis Federation Junior Tournament in Botswana

first_imgGaborone: Junior tennis players from around the world shone at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) J5 World Tour tournament that ended in Botswana. The week-long tournament that started last Sunday culminated in breath-taking final matches at the Notwane clay courts in the capital city Gaborone on Saturday.South African Robbie Arends emerged victorious over Oska Poulson of Denmark in the boys’ under-18 finals. The South African youngster won the first set 6-3 before labouring to a 6-4 win in the second set as Poulson put up a fierce fight. It was a sweet victory for Arends who had the previous day lost the doubles final where he partnered with Zimbabwean Thabo Ncube against German Joanna Gitzel and South African Kay Samuel.In the girls’ finals, all eyes were on unseeded Belgian Stephanie Ines who had dispatched fourth and fifth seed before beating top seed Louise Van Der Merwe of South Africa to reach the finals against doubles champion Nina Radovanovic of France. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Kagiso Rabada emphasises importance of slower balls in Delhi Capitals’ win

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore suffered their sixth straight loss in IPL 2019.Delhi Capitals won only for the second time in 16 encounters against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Kagiso Rabada’s haul of 4/21 was his best in Twenty20 cricket. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The South African pacer said the wicket at the M Chinnaswamy stadium was not a typical Indian pitch and that using the slower ball was a good weapon. “This was a quick and bouncy wicket. Similar to Mumbai. It was stopping a bit and two-paced. It was not bad for the batters. Coming to India, not all the pitches are cliche Indian wickets. There is turn on offer on some pitches, one can use the slow balls and they can grip. When playing in India, it is dry conditions. In these conditions, the slower balls work,” Rabada said.Delhi Capitals will next take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 12 while Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Kings XI Punjab at the IS Bindra stadium in Mohali on April 13. This loss is Virat Kohli’s seventh consecutive loss in the IPL, having lost the last match of the previous season in addition to the six they have lost in this edition of the tournament. New Delhi: Kagiso Rabada had set the tone by taking the wicket of AB de Villiers in his first spell during the clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday. In the death overs, Rabada came back and took the big wicket of Virat Kohli for 41 and also chipped in with the wickets of Akshdeep Nath and Pawan Negi to finish with 4/21, his best figures in Twenty20 cricket. Rabada’s spell and Shreyas Iyer’s brilliant 67 helped Delhi Capitals win by four wickets and subject Virat Kohli’s side to their sixth consecutive loss in IPL 2019. Speaking in the post-match press conference, Rabada spoke about the method he employed in bowling in these conditions.“In Twenty20s, lots of bowlers bowl cross-seam and it is something one does if there is no nip and swing. It is a tactic which most bowlers use. Ishant Sharma used it today in his first three overs and looked quite tough to play. The message got out to the other seamers to bowl more cross seam and that is why we used a lot,” Rabada said. highlightslast_img read more

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USC Chef Mikery Hatfield turns ‘Cutthroat’

first_imgCutthroat competitor · USC chef Mikery Hatfield competed on Food Network’s reality TV show Cutthroat Kitchen last Sunday. – Photo courtesy of USC NewsIt should come as no surprise that a chef would begin an interview by presenting a dish — and Chef Mikery Hatfield did not disappoint, bringing out fresh sesame and black pepper — crusted ahi tuna, seared rare, over Thai marinated vegetables and slices of grilled pineapple.Hatfield described the components of the dish using words such as “vibrant” and “pop,” gesturing with his hands as he explained that the Thai vegetables add a subtle spiciness to the palate and that the decidedly “un-fishy” taste of the tuna indicates its freshness. Dipping a piece of tuna into Sriracha to “add a little bit of kick,” he added wistfully that he’ll be sad to see the dish leave the menu.“But you know, everything comes to an end,” Hatfield said. “As a chef, you can’t rest on your laurels. We had a great run, it was a good dish, but we have a lot of regulars, and they get to the point where they say, ’What have you done for me lately?’”Hatfield, who works as the head chef at McKay’s Restaurant at the Radisson Hotel, is no stranger to innovation. Over the summer, he unveiled a chicken and waffle burger and took home a seventh-place award from the Better Burger Project, a nationwide competition to incorporate mushrooms into a burger recipe. He’s constantly re-evaluating McKay’s menu, experimenting with new recipes and putting interesting twists on old favorites. And on Sunday, he made his debut on national television as a contestant on the Food Network reality cooking show Cutthroat Kitchen.The show brings together four chefs who have to go through a series of challenges and are eliminated one by one. Each chef starts out with $25,000 to purchase items in an auction, which can be used to sabotage other chefs. However, at the end of the show, the last chef standing will walk away with only the money he or she has left over. Hatfield’s episode, “Electric Boo-Galoo,” was Halloween themed,  which proved challenging when Hatfield was “sabotaged” and had to wear a Frankenstein mask, forcing him to prepare food on top of his head.“I was like MacGyver,” Hatfield said. “I used one of the polished serving domes as a mirror in order to be able to see, and I put a sheet pan underneath me so anytime I cut something it would fall into the pan.”Hatfield stressed that despite the comedic nature of the challenges on the show, his experience there was not too far from his real-life job as a chef.“A day in the life of any chef is ‘figure it out’ because it’s never going to go the way you planned. I employed that type of ingenuity, and that’s how I was able to get it done,” Hatfield said. “You have to use a little ingenuity, a little MacGyver, a little prayer, whatever it takes.”Though Hatfield was eliminated after the first round, he felt proud that he was able to create a product that stood on its own despite the challenges that he faced. Ultimately, he also felt grateful to have been able to interact with his competitors, who all supported each other off-camera despite their on-camera rivalry.“We just got a good mix [of people],” Hatfield said. “Even during the interaction, everyone was cordial and friendly.”At first, Hatfield was hesitant to participate, but when he finally got the casting call and went to the taping in January, he brought all of the skills he had amassed over a long culinary career. A Los Angeles native, Hatfield graduated from the culinary school at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College in 1998 and spent the next year and a half as an intern at the Century Plaza Hotel, preparing food for patrons from Bill Clinton to Ronald Reagan. He spent years at movie studios, from Sony Pictures to Warner Brothers, working his way up to the position of sous chef before taking his first executive sous chef job at Petco Stadium in San Diego, home of the San Diego Padres. Hatfield said coming to USC in 2011, however, was like “coming home” — even though getting here took a long journey.“I’ve always wanted to work at ’SC, and I applied over the years several times, but I think more than ever that this was the perfect time [to start]. Because we’re all about the best USC experience, and I bring so many years of really specific experience with me now, that obviously I did not have years before when I applied to work at USC,” Hatfield.Hatfield’s drive to innovate has been his most prominent quality since his first days in the industry. He still remembers, in an effort to master his craft, staying up all night baking cheesecakes in culinary school and distributing them to his neighbors because he ran out of room in his one-bedroom apartment.“I said that if I’m going to be the chef that I want to be, there can’t be anything in the food service operation that I don’t know, that I don’t have the mastery of,” Hatfield said.Today, that drive for constant improvement inspires him to craft his menu as a reflection of that excellence. But despite his position as head chef, he never forgets his audience.“I called the dish ‘Tuna Thai’d,’” he said. “I try to make it fun. That’s the reaction I want when people sit down at my restaurant, like, ‘Oh, I get it.’ And then they see the plate and they go, ‘Wow.’”last_img read more

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Syracuse picked 4th in ACC preseason poll, Tyus Battle makes preseason All-ACC Team

first_img Published on October 25, 2018 at 4:42 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 16 Syracuse was picked to finish fourth in the ACC preseason poll, voted on by media on Wednesday and released Thursday. The Orange were chosen to finish behind No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Virginia and No. 8 North Carolina.Tyus Battle was named one of five members of the preseason All-ACC first team. He was joined on the preseason first team by UNC’s Luke Maye, Duke’s RJ Barrett, UVA’s Kyle Guy and Boston College’s Ky Bowman. Battle also received 11 votes for ACC Preseason Player of the Year. That trailed Maye, who received the most votes, along with Barrett and his fellow Duke freshman, Zion Williamson.SU freshman guard Jalen Carey received one vote for ACC Preseason Freshman of the Year. That voting was dominated by Barrett and Williamson, who combined for 109 of the 121 votes for that award.The Orange opens up its exhibition slate on Thursday night against the College of St. Rose. The regular season kicks off on Nov. 6, and SU’s first ACC game comes Jan. 5 in South Bend, Indiana, against Notre Dame. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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La Liga Update: Celta, Girona Serve Up Six-Goal Thriller

first_imgCelta Vigo and Girona played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in their Spanish La Liga Matchday 7 clash played at Balaidos.In-form Celta Vigo midfielder Pione Sisto gave Celta an early lead before two goals in four minutes from Portu and Christian Stuani gave the away side a 2-1 lead but the hosts were back level within two minutes courtesy Maxi Gomez. All the four goals coming within the space of eight minutes.The second half didn’t produce much goals like the first half with both sides getting one each. Daniel Wass gave the home side a second lead in the 76th minute before defender Juanpe earned a draw for his side with four minutes left on the clock.The draw moves Celta Vigo from 13th to 11th with 8 points from their first seven league games of the season. Girona also move two spots from 17th to 15th with 6 points ahead of the remaining matches for Matchday 7.Relatedlast_img read more

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Week 15 Fantasy QB Rankings: Jimmy Garoppolo, Ryan Tannehill on the rise

first_imgNote: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for player movement and individual analysis.MORE WEEK 15 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderWeek 15 Fantasy QB RankingsThese rankings are for standard leagues with 4-point passing TDs.RankPlayer1Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. NYJ2Patrick Mahomes II, KC vs. DEN3Russell Wilson, SEA @ CAR4Jameis Winston, TB @ DET5Deshaun Watson, HOU @ TEN6Baker Mayfield, CLE @ ARZ7Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs. ATL8Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs. HOU9Tom Brady, NE @ CIN10Drew Brees, NO vs. IND11Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ NYG12Carson Wentz, PHI @ WAS13Dak Prescott, DAL vs. LAR14Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. CHI15Kyler Murray, ARZ vs. CLE16Jacoby Brissett, IND @ NO17Jared Goff, LAR @ DAL18Derek Carr, OAK vs. JAX19Gardner Minshew, JAX @ OAK20Josh Allen, BUF @ PIT21Philip Rivers, LAC vs. MIN22Matt Ryan, ATL @ SF23Kirk Cousins, MIN @ LAC24David Blough, DET vs. TB25Drew Lock, DEN @ KC26Eli Manning, NYG vs. MIA27Mitchell Trubisky, CHI @ GB28Sam Darnold, NYJ @ BAL29Devlin Hodges, PIT vs. BUF30Dwayne Haskins, WAS vs. PHI31Kyle Allen, CAR vs. SEA32Andy Dalton, CIN vs. NE WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWe also like Brady (@ Bengals) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ Giants) to get back on track in favorable matchups, while Kyler Murray (vs. Browns) and Derek Carr (vs. Jaguars) loom at potential sleepers in favorable spots. Deciding on any of those four vs. Dak Prescott (vs. Rams), Aaron Rodgers (vs. Bears), Jared Goff (@ Cowboys), and Jacoby Brissett (@ Saints) won’t be easy, as they all have pretty similar outlooks. If you throw in deeper sleepers in highly favorable matchups, like Gardner Minshew (@ Raiders), and Daniel Jones/Eli Manning (vs. Dolphins), it gets even more difficult. We’ll even mention rookie Drew Lock (@ Chiefs) because of how well he’s played, though we don’t like that matchup nearly as much. WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPA couple QBs we don’t like this week are Kirk Cousins (@ Chargers), Josh Allen (@ Steelers), and Matt Ryan (@ 49ers). Yes, the Niners were just shredded by Drew Brees, but that was in the Superdome. Ryan is typically worse on the road, and with Calvin Ridley (abdomen) banged up and Austin Hooper (knee) still not 100 percent, he might not have enough weapons to take advantage. WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endOnce again, it’s a week with plenty of worthwhile options. After some owners were burned last week by benching Brees or even Philip Rivers, you can bet there will be a strong “stick-with-your-studs” sentiment this week. That’s fine — if you have the right studs. We generally recommend playing the matchups with proven QBs, so if there’s someone available with a better matchup, don’t be afraid to make a move. MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tips Iti seems like every other position is decimated by injuries right now, and while several quarterbacks are dealing with bumps and bruises (Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Jameis Winston), it’s a fairly stable position in terms of health. As far as results, well, that’s a different story. Our Week 15 fantasy QB rankings reflect that, with several late-season sleepers rising thanks to favorable matchups.Ryan Tannehill (vs. Texans) is in the process of carrying teams to fantasy titles, which no one expected at even the midway point of the season. Winston (@ Lions) just keeps on chucking, and Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. ATL) has proven he can exploit bad pass defenses. Baker Mayfield (@ Cardinals) is also a big riser this week despite a disappointing Week 14. No defense allows more fantasy points to QBs than Arizona, so a bounce-back showing is in order. last_img read more

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