Soriano: City need long-term plan

first_img “In 2003 we did a study at Barcelona and for every player who ended up in the first team from the academy there was an average cost of £2million, which is nothing if you think of the current cost of players. “The principle of bringing players through is fundamental to give a technical identity to a club, because that leads to a style of play. “They have to learn from five years old the style of the team, and then you get the benefits.” City’s rise to Premier League champions was built on a massive spending spree but Soriano insists that will not be the case moving forward. “Our squad is still competitive. Our problem is finding players stronger than those we already have and that’s not easy,” he added. “In the last three years, we have lost £200m, then £100m and now we’re on track to be in the red by £50m, but we have also invested £150m in youth structures. “It is a fantastic project, aimed at financial sustainability.” Press Association The Barclays Premier League champions currently trail neighbours Manchester United by 15 points and retaining their title looks a distant hope. That appeared to put pressure on Mancini’s future but Soriano, who moved to the Etihad Stadium from Barcelona in the summer, has a greater understanding of the situation. “It is not easy to win back any league, especially the Premier League,” he told a press conference in Italy where he was picking up an award for his book, Goal: The Ball Doesn’t Go in By Chance. “One year you can win with luck but in the long term you need planning and investments to reach the final of the Champions League.” center_img Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano appears to have offered some support to manager Roberto Mancini by suggesting the club need a long-term plan to sustain success.last_img read more

The Latest: ‘No chance’ men’s hockey worlds start May 8

first_imgnoonThe Atlantic Coast Conference has canceled all athletics competition and practices through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.The league announced the move Tuesday. The ACC had previously suspended those activities “until further notice.”The ACC’s statement said the cancellations came after a unanimous decision among league member schools, with Commissioner John Swofford saying league officials are “particularly disappointed for our student-athletes.” ___ March 17, 2020 Associated Press Three major one-day classic bike races in France and Belgium have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.Race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation says Paris-Roubaix, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege will be postponed.The cycling season has been turned upside down by the outbreak. Prestigious events like the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and some early Belgian classics have been canceled or postponed. The Giro d’Italia also won’t start at its scheduled May date.ASO has yet to make a decision on the Tour de France. That race is scheduled to start in Nice on June 27.___ The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed. 1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled.The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31. The tournament is hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation. The tour said it would try to reschedule.Europe’s last event was on March 8 at the Qatar Masters. Next on the schedule would be the GolfSixes in Portugal on May 10-11.___12:40 p.m.The Los Angeles Chargers have donated $250,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to make sure hunger relief services continue uninterrupted in Los Angeles County during the coronavirus pandemic. Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. ___1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday. Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected. The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.”Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___10:10 a.m. International Ice Hockey Federation chief René Fasel says it’s only a matter of time before the executive council is left with no choice but to cancel the men’s world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic.Fasel spoke to The Associated Press shortly after the IIHF canceled the Division I Group A and B world championships, which were to be held in Europe in late April.The 16-team world championships are scheduled for Switzerland starting May 8. But Fasel says “there is no chance we can skate.”Fasel says the IIHF is consulting with its host and marketing partners and insurance carrier to determine what contractual obligations must be met before deciding to cancel the tournament.The challenges to go ahead with hosting the tournament are many, Fasel said, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. That group will include the leaders of European and South American soccer who pushed their marquee championships back one year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The inaugural 24-team Club World Cup was set to open on June 17, 2021, in China as a signature project of Infantino. The FIFA president suggests rescheduling the club tournament to later in 2021, or in either 2022 or 2023.FIFA also plans to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization for tackling the new coronavirus.___4:35 p.m. ___9:55 a.m.The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24. It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April.The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___ ___2:15 p.m.The Copa America has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.South American soccer body CONMEBOL says the tournament in Colombia and Argentina will be played between June 11 and July 11.CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez says “it is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and it answers the fundamental need to avoid an exponential development of the virus.” ___10 a.m.The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.center_img The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed.In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___ The Latest: ‘No chance’ men’s hockey worlds start May 8 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:50 p.m. Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year.___12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak. 11:50 a.m.The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the clay-court event will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Main-draw competition was supposed to start in Paris on May 24.___3:20 p.m.The IOC says there is “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage” about staging the Tokyo Olympics with more than four months until the opening ceremony. The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday.___1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact. The Food Bank says the money will be able to help children and their families as children stay home from school, as well as seniors who are self-isolating and hourly workers who are experiencing interruptions to their schedules and paychecks.___4:50 p.m.FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is ready to ask China to postpone next year’s 24-team Club World Cup to make space for the European Championship and Copa America.Infantino says he will propose talks with the Chinese government and the country’s soccer officials in a call Wednesday with a panel of FIFA vice presidents. The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew.___1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected. 11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10.The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg. This year’s European Championship has been postponed for one year.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the spreading coronavirus “makes football and all life in Europe quite impossible.”UEFA plans to play the tournament next year from June 11 to July 11. The 24-team competition is being hosted in 12 different countries.The postponement clears space to give national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League a chance to finish their seasons by June 30.European soccer is in a shutdown and it is unclear when games can resume. UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating.___1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10. After consulting with sports bodies about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the IOC says “any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.”The International Olympic Committee says financial interests will not dictate its decisions “thanks to its risk management policies and insurance.”The IOC says 43% of places at the games have yet to be confirmed.___2:25 p.m. Another issue is players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons. On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potentially reopen practice.___1 p.m.The European Tour is postponing the Andalucia Masters that was schedule for April 30 to May 3 at Valderrama in southern Spain.That makes six regular European Tour golf tournaments have been postponed because of the new coronavirus. A total of eight events on the tour’s worldwide schedule have been postponed, including the Match Play and the Masters. Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Albarado takes home player of the week honors

first_imgSophomore punter Kris Albarado was named the Pac-12 special teams player of the week on Monday following a strong showing in USC’s 17-14 victory over Utah State.Albarado averaged 35.4 yards per punt and played a key role in keeping the Aggies on their side of the field. Five of his seven attempts landed within the 20-yard line, and two of those seven pinned Utah State inside its own five-yard line. For the season, he’s averaging 40.3 yards per attempt.Albarado is in his first year as the starting punter, replacing former All-Pac-12 honorable mention Kyle Negrete. Albarado took over the position after a high school career in which he finished with MaxPreps All-American Medium Schools second-team. He was ranked as the No. 4 kicker/punter in the class of 2011 by Rivals.com.Other Pac-12 weekly awards went to Utah sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson, who threw for 273 yards in a 20-13 win over BYU, and Oregon State junior cornerback Steven Nelson, who had a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 34-30 comeback victory against the San Diego State Aztecs.Albarado and the rest of the Trojans will look to build on the solid special teams performance on Sep. 28 with a road matchup against the Arizona State Sun Devils. In a matchup of ranked Pac-12 teams, the Sun Devils fell to the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday by a score of 42-28.Last season, USC defeated Arizona State at the Coliseum by a score of 38-17. Since that victory, the Trojans have an overall record of 3-4.Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Cahill warns minors to ignore favourites tag

first_imgLiam Cahill’s team will have to get the better of Limerick in order to claim the Irish Press Cup.Following their big semi-final win over Galway the Premier County are red-hot favourites to win this afternoon.The Tipp boss says there are lessons to be learned from what happened in the 1987 final against an unfancied Offaly side.last_img

Burnley Midfielder Cleared Of ‘Alleged Headbutt’ On Everton Defender Williams

first_imgBurnley midfielder Robbie Brady has been cleared by world football’s governing body, FIFA, of alleged headbutt on Everton defender Ashley Williams.The said incident happened during his Republic of Ireland team’s 1-0 win over Williams’ Wales in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Group D.The football body had earlier launched an investigation after TV pictures showed Brady’s head colliding with Williams’ back during the aforementioned game.The incident took place in the 61st of the Monday’s match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.FIFA’s verdict was contained in a statement as follows: “No action will be taken for such alleged incident.”RelatedFIFA ‘Gathering Evidence’ Over Alleged Headbutt By Premier League PlayerOctober 10, 2017In “FIFA”Serial Offenders! Everton Nab UEFA Fine AgainNovember 22, 2017In “England”FIFA Open Investigation Into Racist Claim During The U-17 World Cup FinalJanuary 4, 2018In “England”last_img read more

William Hill hails revenue growth amid 11% drop in profits

first_imgShare Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit William Hill has claimed wagering growth across all four of its divisions in the first half of 2017, although profit before interest and tax was 11% lower than the corresponding period in 2016. However, given that there was some revenue growth (3% to £837.0m) against last year’s figures which had been boosted from the Euro 2016 tournament, and adjusted operating profit (profit before interest and tax, excluding exceptional items and other defined adjustments) was down just 1% to £129.5m, there were several reasons to be optimistic.CEO Philip Bowcock claimed the firm had achieved ‘good progress’ against its three strategic priorities: “Our product improvements combined with improved marketing have seen both existing customers respond positively and the number of new customers start growing again during the period. As a result we are seeing good momentum building in Online’s performance. “In Retail we made market share gains, with growth in both sports betting, despite the lack of a major international football tournament, and gaming revenues. Internationally, our US business continues to perform well and in Australia, with the upcoming Spring Carnival key to the full-year results, we are competing hard and diversifying our product range.”Bowcock said that one of the firm’s strategic priorities was to grow its UK market share. The firm’s retail estate provides 55% of group revenue although adjusted operating profit dropped 14% to £80.9m over the period, with increased staff costs and poor sporting results cited as a cause.While sportsbook net revenue was down 7%, removing the impact of Euro 2016 out of last year’s figures would have seen growth of 3%. Revenues from gaming machines was once again up, by 3% to £250.1m. FOBTs accounted for 54% of revenues in the retail space for the first half of 2017 and, given they are currently threatened by the DCMS’ triennial review, it is a bad time for the firm to be even more dependent on them. It is little wonder that the firm is investing in its own SSBT product and working on enhancing its omni-channel offering.The company added: “The gross win margin, towards the lower end of our guided range of 17% to 18% for the year as a whole, was impacted by volatile sporting results across horseracing and football. The period saw favourable results from the Tier 1 Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot, which softened the impact of the lower margin Tier 2 and Tier 3 results as well as a poorer Aintree festival. Football results were strong at the start of 2017 but very poor towards the end of the season across domestic and European leagues.”Online in the UK had a little more to be positive about. During the period, Online grew UK amounts wagered 13% and UK gaming net revenue 9%. Looking at the UK performance for the year up to Week 23 (prior to overlapping the peak prior year EURO 2016 trading period), Online delivered amounts wagered up 15%, gaming net revenue up 8%, new accounts up 5% and active customers up 7%. William Hill believes these are at or above market growth rates. Bowcock added: “Earlier in the year we targeted £40m of annualised savings as part of our transformation programme and we are on track to deliver this by the year-end. In addition to these savings, the programme has sparked initiatives to further improve our products and customer experience, accelerate our top-line growth and increase efficiency. We are confident about delivering a good outturn in 2017 and beyond.”last_img read more

Kiké Hernandez’s two home runs lead Dodgers past Mariners

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start NEXT GAME: Dodgers vs. Rockies, Sunday, 1 p.m., Salt River Fields; SportsNet LA, 570 AMRelated Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen pitches during spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch during the second inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch during the second inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez hits a solo home run during the first inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez watches the flight of his solo home run during the first inning of Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Hernandez hit a second homer later in the game. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of the spring training game against Erik Swanson #50 of the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez is congratulated by Manager Dave Roberts #30 after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch during the second inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch during the second inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Brad Miller #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers catches a fly ball during the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Brad Miller #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers catches a fly ball during the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers toss the ball to make an out against the Seattle Mariners during the spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez, right, and David Freese talk on the field during the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Omar Estevez #88 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes the tag on Cesar Izturis #83 of the Seattle Mariners while attempting to steal second base during the spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez and the Mariners’ Domingo Santana talk on the field during the spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez hits a solo home run in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez watches his solo home run in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erik Swanson pitches in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez is congratulated in the dugout after a solo home run in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda stretches in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda pitches in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo reacts to being called out on a close play at first base in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Former Los Angeles Dodgers player and manager Tommy Lasorda waves to fans during the spring training game between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Chase Sharpe, left, 9, and Noah Bailey, right, 10, both of Everett, Wa., wait for players to sign autographs before a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Omar Estevez strikes out swinging in the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Rocky Gale grounds out to third base in the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda pitches in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda pitches during a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda pitches in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda pitches during a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Chase Sharpe, left, age nine, and Noah Bailey, right, age ten, both of Everett, Wa., wait for players to sign autorgraphs before a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers’s Will Smith watches his fly ball in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda stretches in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda pitches during a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen pitches during spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen pitches during spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch during the second inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 37GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch during the second inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)ExpandTHE GAME: Kiké Hernandez’s two home runs accounted for all of the scoring in the Dodgers’ 2-0 Cactus League win over the Kansas City Royals before an announced crowd of 13,250 at Camelback Ranch.HITTING REPORT: Hernandez’s first two home runs, both to left field against Mariners right-hander Erik Swanson, gave him a .435 batting average (10 for 23) to begin spring training. … Brad Miller and Keibert Ruiz had the Dodgers’ other hits, both singles. … Miller has reached base in all four of his Cactus League games. He also saw his first action in left field, playing five innings. … Edwin Rios went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .182 (4 for 22).PITCHING REPORT: Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda threw three perfect innings, striking out four. He pitched the third inning out of the stretch for practice, and threw an additional 10 pitches in the bullpen afterward. … Kenley Jansen threw a 1-2-3 fourth inning, hitting 91 to 93 mph on the radar gun. … Yimi Garcia, Jaime Schultz, Josh Sborz and Parker Curry each threw a scoreless inning of relief. … The Mariners were limited to four hits and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If I had the choice of being able to do that, for sure, but that’s kind of difficult.”  – Maeda (through interpreter Will Ireton), when asked if he’d like to save some of his performance Saturday for the regular season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Help wanted: Construction workers for Sumner County Road and Bridge Department

first_imgThe Sumner County Road and Bridge Department is looking for Construction I-II-III works with salaries ranging from $8.75 to $21.02 per hour.  Non-exempt.Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.  Must obtain and maintain a valid class “A” Commercial Driver’s License within three months of employment.  Position involves varied labor intensive and operating duties.  Knowledge of equipment, such as, but not limited to: dump trucks, excavator, crane, and welder is considered.   Motor grader experience preferred. Much of the work is done outdoors in adverse weather conditions.  Successful applicant will be drug tested.Apply online at www.HRePartners.com  Applications close 06/26/2014.  Job description available, contact Sumner County Clerk’s Office, ph 620 326 3395. EOElast_img read more

Simbine surprise 100m winner, Kiplimo 7th in Diamond League opener

first_imgThomas Pkemei LONGOSIWAKENDNF 6Muktar EDRISETH7:40.973 12Conseslus KIPRUTOKEN7:49.00 Share on: WhatsApp POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPOINTS 3Yomif KEJELCHAETH7:32.276 Tamás KAZIHUNDNF 13Hayle IBRAHIMOVAZE7:49.75 5Albert Kibichii ROPBRN7:38.304 7Jacob KIPLIMOUGA7:43.732 4Caleb Mwangangi NDIKUKEN7:33.365 11Edwin Cheruiyot SOIKEN7:48.12center_img 1Ronald KWEMOIKEN7:28.738 8Andrew BUTCHARTGBR7:45.361 Collins CHEBOIKENDNF [View the story “Doha Diamond League – The Blog” on Storify] 14Birhanu BALEWBRN7:52.98 2Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMOUSA7:31.577 9Tariq Ahmed AL-AMRIKSA7:46.72 10Ben TRUEUSA7:47.00 Röhler Moves To Second On World-All Time List With 93.90mDoha, Qatar | AFP |  South Africa’s Akani Simbine surprised a world-class sprint field, including Justin Gatlin, Asafa Powell and Andre De Grasse to claim a season-opening 100m Diamond League victory on Friday.The 23-year-old powered home in a time of 9.99sec to become the first South African man to win a Diamond League 100m, and serve notice that the Blue Riband event could be more competitive than for some time with the impending international retirement of Usain Bolt.“I’m happy with my shape now, just to come up here and set a motivation for the rest of the season is what I was hoping for,” said Simbine.Jamaica’s Powell, a former world record holder, finished second in a time of 10.08secs, and Qatar’s Femi Ogunode was a place further back in 10.13.Silver and bronze medallists in Rio, American Gatlin and Canada’s De Grasse, Bolt’s heir apparent, trailed in fourth and fifth.The women’s double Olympic sprint champion, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson once again beat her main rival Dafne Schippers in the 200m.Thompson stormed home in a time of 22.19secs, around half-a-second down on her winning time in Rio, and pronounced herself “very happy” immediately after.“It’s a great first time (of the season),” said Thompson.Schippers, silver medallist behind Thompson in the same event in Rio, said she was taking the early season defeat as an omen.“Last year, I won every race and she won the most important.“I hope to do it the other way round this year,” said the Netherlands runner, with one eye on the World Championships in London in August.Kiplimo 7thThe day was capped by the 3000m race, that had a tremendous end to the track events with Ronald Kwemoi of Kenya surging home to take the world lead with 7:28.73. Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo finished 7th with a personal best (see results bottom)Caster Semenya said she surprised herself with her finish after winning the women’s 800m,in a time of 1min 56.61secs, the fastest of the year so far.“It’s very, very important to win,” she said.“For us, the main thing is to keep on winning so we will be in the best for the World Championships. “I didn’t know I could kick like that!”Semenya beat Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, who claimed bronze behind the South African in Rio.In the men’s 800m there was a blanket finish for Kenyan runners, who filled the first six places.Eijah Manangoi, the 2015 World Championship silver medallist, took first place, in a season’s best of 3mins 31.9sec.Javelin the highlightBut arguably the performance of the night came off the track in the javelin where Germany’s Thomas Rohler threw 93.90m, only the second man in history to throw such a distance.Czech javelin legend Jan Zelesny threw the best ever 98.48m in 1996, a distance which would be scrapped under a controversial proposal by European athletics to scrap world records set before 2005.“It was perfect, I am super-happy,” said Kohler.“This one is really special.”Asked if he would like to see the records wiped out, the German said he would “support” anything that ensures a clean sport.American double Olympic gold-medallist triple jumper, Christian Taylor, secured victory with a last round jump of 17.25m, to deny compatriot Omar Craddock.RESULT 3000M RACElast_img read more

Obama girls’ run over Brashear 54-17

first_imgSAMONE RAINEY (10) of Obama Academy scored 10 points in the Eagles 54-17 win over Brashear.SAMONE RAINEY (10) of Obama Academy scored 10 points in the Eagles 54-17 win over Brashear. KENNEDY BOWENS of Obama Academy puts up a shot against Brashear, The Eagles defeated the Bulls 54-17 to remain in a tie for 1st place in the City League. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier DALAYSIA ASKEW (4) of Obama Academy puts pressure on Summer Wilde of Brashear as she tries to pass the ball. RAKEYLA LITTLE, a quick guard for Obama Academy goes in for a layup against Brashear. KAYLA PAYNE of Obama Academy scored 10 points in the Eagles 54-17 win over Brashear. MICHAELA PORTER of Obama Academy drives against Brashear in the Eagles 54-17 win, Porter, a freshman scored 11 points in the win. (Photos by William McBride)last_img read more