In a battle between a home side committed to attack and visitors intent only on defending, the latter triumphed, which may not have made for a good spectacle, but Chelsea – and Manchester City – were not complaining. Much has been made of this being the season when Reds captain Steven Gerrard ends his long wait for a championship medal, so it was cruel that his mistake led to Demba’s Ba crucial opening goal in first-half injury time – only added on because of the visitors’ persistent time-wasting. Substitute Willian scored a breakaway second in the final seconds. While victory took Chelsea within two points of their rivals at the top of the table, the ones to really benefit were third-placed City, still with a match in hand on both the teams above them. The Champions League is still the primary objective for Chelsea and to that end they fielded a slightly weakened side. It showed seven changes from the midweek goalless semi-final first-leg draw at Atletico Madrid, but it still boasted more than 500 international caps with an entire squad value of about £200million. Tomas Kalas, with just two minutes’ action in two different competitions this season, made his Barclays Premier League debut at centre-back and surrounded as he was by massed ranks of blue shirts he coped well. In January Mourinho criticised West Ham for playing a game from the “19th century”, but the Portuguese brought to Merseyside his own unique brand of defensive football – and then some – as they slowed the game at every opportunity. Not only were the visitors happy to defend throughout, they almost actively engaged in not wanting to play the ball anywhere on the pitch, with players frequently looking to run into the corners. In time-wasting and breaking up play Chelsea denied their opponents any opportunity to establish the sort of rhythm which has regularly blown away teams in the first half. They even went as far as going to take throw-ins and free-kicks before suddenly changing their minds and getting another team-mate to leisurely wander over to have a go instead. It was a classic Mourinho destruction and frustration ploy and infuriated Liverpool so much Gerrard engaged in a bit of push and shove with the Chelsea boss in trying to get the ball back into play and Luis Suarez stood to applaud goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer’s time-wasting. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho got his tactics spot on to punch a huge dent in Liverpool’s title dreams at Anfield and keep alive the Stamford Bridge side’s hopes of an unlikely double. Referee Martin Atkinson made a big show of pointing to his watch, intimating he was adding on time, but he did not take decisive action in actually booking anyone until stoppage time. But Mourinho will argue the ends more than justified the means against a side which had won their last 11 league matches and dropped just five points at Anfield all season. That Ashley Cole had an early shot parried away by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was almost surprising considering how much possession and territory Chelsea were happy to concede. A rehearsed corner saw Glen Johnson’s shot deflected behind and Philippe Coutinho volleyed Suarez’s cross into the side-netting before Cole cleared off the line from team-mate John Obi Mikel’s deflection and Mamadou Sakho blazed over from the breakdown. Chelsea’s mindset was exemplified when Andre Schurrle found himself one-on-one with Martin Skrtel on the halfway line, but five seconds later the ball had been passed back to Schwarzer. Optimistic shouts for handball against Jon Flanagan were waved away, while, at the other end, Suarez failed to capitalise on Cole’s mistake in giving away possession by curling a shot over. Ba was not as wasteful when Gerrard slipped in possession 10 yards inside his half to present the Senegal international with a free run on goal and he did well, considering how little of the ball he had seen, to finish expertly. If Liverpool were frustrated in the first half they knew they would face much more of the same after the break, but in addition they found Schwarzer in fine form as he produced a great save to keep out Joe Allen’s first-time effort, although Mignolet’s denial of Schurrle was equally as good. Gerrard tried his best to redress the balance, but twice found Schwarzer with shots from outside the area and once from a header inside it. For once, though, even the Reds’ often inspirational captain could not get his side back into the game and even the return of striker Daniel Sturridge from a hamstring injury as a second-half substitute did not puncture a hole in Chelsea’s thick blue line. Suarez had one last chance in added time, but Schwarzer punched over his fierce shot. Instead the match ended with the familiar sight of a jubilant Mourinho running down the touchline to celebrate substitute Willian’s breakaway goal.
Hoddle has been seeking a return to football and was linked with a second spell at Tottenham when Andre Villas-Boas was axed last season, only to lose out to Tim Sherwood. The 56-year-old former England boss has been working as a pundit during in his absence from the game and in 2008 opened an academy in Spain to improve players released by English clubs. “I’m really pleased to take up Harry’s offer to come in and work with him, Kevin and Joe,” Hoddle said. “I have always loved coaching, and I can’t wait to meet the players, get on the training pitch and get to work.” Hoddle guided England to the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup, losing to Argentina on penalties, but his contract was terminated the following January after he made comments that were offensive to disabled people. Managerial spells at Swindon, Tottenham and Wolves followed before he stepped back from club football. Despite his long absence, Redknapp is backing Hoddle to be a useful addition at Loftus Road. “I’m really pleased to bring Glenn in,” Redknapp said Hoddle is to join coaches Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan in working beneath boss Harry Redknapp in what will be his first tracksuit role since stepping down as Wolves manager in 2006. “After winning promotion last season, the first aim at QPR is to stay in the Premier League and I’m looking forward to helping play my part as we try to achieve that,” Hoddle said. Press Association Glenn Hoddle has been appointed to QPR’s backroom staff, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. “I have been really lucky in the last couple of years to have had Steve Cotterill, Steve McClaren and Wally Downes work with us. They all did a fantastic job here. “I spoke with the chairman about the possibility of bringing Glenn in and he thought it was a great idea. “Glenn will be great. He has a brilliant knowledge of the game and will be fantastic out on the training ground with the players. “He is a hugely-respected coach and, like Steve, has managed his country. “I decided that if I was going to bring somebody in, I was going to go for somebody who was top class and that’s what Glenn is.”
The Spaniard was at fault for Manchester City’s opener in the 3-1 defeat last week but he responded with a brilliant 60-yard run to score the Reds’ third in Sunday’s victory at Tottenham. He considers that to be the initial down payment towards him clearing his debt from the loss at the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno admits he had a point to prove after a less-than-satisfying debut for his new club. “After making my debut and losing against City I had a point to make,” he said. “When I stole the ball from (Andros) Townsend and saw a way through, all I could think about was getting to their goal and scoring. I didn’t care how many metres I had to run. “I hope it isn’t my only one as I hope to dedicate many more to Liverpool’s fans. “If they didn’t know me before, they will from now on thanks to my goal against Tottenham.” Moreno won the Europa League with Sevilla last season before moving to Anfield in a protracted £12million transfer but he is looking forward to making the step up with Liverpool due to reacquaint themselves with the Champions League this month after a four-year absence. “Playing in the Champions League is going to be amazing,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “”It’s all new for me and I’m really looking forward to it. “Plus, we have Real Madrid at Anfield and I’ll be wearing Liverpool’s colours. It’s going to be a unique experience. “I saw the trophy at Melwood and I got goose bumps. Hopefully we can win it this year. Hopefully that day will come.” Press Association
FUTSAL action continued on Tuesday evening at the National Gymnasium with big wins for Back Circle and Leopold Street.In the opening game of the evening, Tiger Bay beat Tucville 4-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Anthony Abrams (5th, 7th & 20th minutes) and Deon Alfred’s 14th minute strike. Tiger Bay had Nicholas McArthur (15th) on target.Leopold Street showed no mercy when they played Mocha, decimating them 6-0 with strike from Okenny Fraser (9th), Eon Alleyne (10th), Cecil Jackman (14th), Darren Benjamin (15th), Carl Tudor (20th) and Rishawn Sandford (20th).Back Circle were also winners against Beacon 7-2. Selwyn Williams three goals (5th, 6th and 7th) coupled with single strikes Stephan McLean (4th), Trayon Babb (18th), Quason Mcally (19th) and Dellon Kelly (20th) ensured that the two goals scored by Beacon’s Kimba Braithwaite (12th) and Joshua Nicholas (19th) were nullified.Bent Street drew with Future Stars 2-2 with Sheldon Holder (16th) and Daniel Wilson (2nd) scoring for the former while Jamal Cozier (6th) and William Europe (15th) scored for the latter.Sparta Boss, through Gregory Richardson (9th), also had to settle for a draw against California Square thanks to Mishack Buretta 19th minute strike.In the final game of the evening, North East went down 0-1 to West Front Road thanks to Hubert Pedro in the 16th.Round-robin matches continue on Saturday with Beacon taking on California Square from 19:30hrs and from 20:30hrs Mocha will play Future Stars.Tucville and West Front Road clash from 21:00hrs while Tiger Bay meet North East La Penitence at 21:45hrs, Leopold Street face Bent Street from 22:30hrs and Back Circle oppose Sparta Boss from 23:15hrs.
It was a glamorous opening yesterday for the 25th edition of the Quadrangular Games hosted by the Lagos Country Club Ikeja as Nigeria’s first Olympic Gold medalist Chioma Ajunwa and IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan football legend Idowu Otubusin graced the occasion as torch bearers.Also among celebrity torch bearers for the Games were Nollywood actress Tina Mba and veteran broadcaster Bisi Olatilo. The colourful ceremony heralded seven days of competitive sports among four clubs namely; Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Apapa Club with Lagos Country Club Ikeja as host.The Chairman Organising Committee of the 25th Quadrangular Games and Vice President of the Lagos Club, Mr. Semiu Oganla said the theme of the Games is Sports and Family Life Redefined and will enhance friendship and sportsmanship among members of the various social clubs.“The theme of the Games emphasis the combining of family life with sports and encourage social interactions between members of the different clubs,” Oganla said.The President of Lagos Country Club Ikeja (LCCI), Chief Kayode Moradeyo praised the organising committee for providing a fair and conducive environment for competition among the clubs who are bonded by oneness and friendship.“As participants we are all friends. I’m delighted with the good organisation. But the fact remains that Lagos Country Club is hosting to win,” the LCCI President said.The silver jubilee edition of the Games which will see the four Lagos-based clubs competing in more than 10 sporting events will end on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ah, slow-pitch softball. Arguably one of the greatest sports ever invented. It is one of few sports that can be played with a group of four-year-olds, a gathering of ‘old-timers,’ or a bunch of college kids with a four-to-one player-keg ratio.Softball also has many different styles of play. People have played it in class with a pencil and spitball. Others have attempted the sport with a metal bat in the middle of a thunderstorm. Most congregate in a cul-de-sac and aim for windows.Either way, we have all played this sport in some form or another, because softball is all about the good times.That’s it. There’s strategy, excitement, drinking, cartwheels, home runs, and did I mention drinking? All you need is some form of a stick and a ball, and you’ve got yourself a guaranteed two hours of joy.And yet, this Friday when the “au natural,” Kat Osterman-like Heralders meet the “Bonds on Bonds” likes of the Cardinal staff for the annual Vilas Park softball skirmish, fun will be in the form of being a Michigan fan sitting in the student section of Camp Randall.There will be arguments, debates, debacles, blood, sweat, tears … and it will all begin when someone from the Herald yells, “Size does matter!”But that is the least of the energy that this beloved sport can spark between two rivaling foes. The best thing about this game will be the heart that both teams will put into the sport.And do our readers actually care who will succeed as the victor? Not really, but the pride will be held within the paper that gets to take home the trophy and write the winner’s article, which will appear Monday in the paper which failed to live up to expectations. Because, let’s be honest, we all want to win.This sport is not only about pride — it’s about history, despite the fact that most people who will take part in tomorrow’s contest didn’t even take up the great sport until last week.Indeed, this slow-styled sport does not take many skills (compared to its respected sister sport, fast-pitch softball).The sport was invented 118 years ago by a bunch of boys awaiting the results of the Harvard-Yale football game. After the Yale victory was announced, someone threw a boxing glove at another, who hit it with a pole. The so-called founder, George Hancock, then yelled, “Let’s play ball,” and the fever began.Leave it up to a bunch of Ivy Leaguers to invent a sport with a pole and boxing glove.Softball was later added to the Olympics in 1996, but after an American sweep at every Olympiad since; it has been dropped, along with baseball, for the 2012 games.The sports up for replacing it include golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports.Sure, that is what the Summer Olympics need — roller sports. That will go perfect with trampolining, table tennis and rhythmic gymnastics.It’s too bad the International Olympic Committee enjoys the thrill of cheap sports. Too bad we can’t see kickball in the Games, or beer kickball for that matter. I’m sure the Russians will claim the throne to that one.Anyway, this bunch of journalists from the Herald is more than thrilled to take part in a little piece of American history. We’ve stretched our fingers; practiced lifting our tape-recorders, bulked up on what we hope was protein from the Asian Kitchen, memorized the Associated Press Stylebook and practiced the great art of throwing balls around the office.We are (cough-cough) athletes and we are ready to play. Our drug tests were clear (prior to 4/20) and we are bloodthirsty.So with this column, I am now pumped and excited to yell,”Let’s play ball!” or … “Size does matter!” Shannon is a super senior who is a former softball player. To discuss this great sport or the game today, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoEach week, they talked about playing four quarters and finishing football games with a win. On Saturday, they finally did both.In only his second career start, junior quarterback Dustin Sherer led the struggling Wisconsin football team (4-4, 1-4 Big Ten) to its first conference win of the season, a 27-17 victory over visiting Illinois (4-4, 2-3) in front of 81,241 fans packed into Camp Randall Stadium.With the game knotted at 17, it was UW freshman cornerback Niles Brinkley who got things rolling for the Badgers on the first play of the fourth quarter with a 47-yard interception return down to the Illinois 36-yard line.“I was just playing coverage,” Brinkley said. “It was a tipped ball and I was just trying to make a play.”Wisconsin converted the turnover into three points as freshman kicker Philip Welch’s 38-yard field goal sailed through the uprights for a 20-17 lead.Sherer then orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard drive that chewed up 5:45 off the clock, capped off by an 8-yard strike to David Gilreath, his second touchdown reception of the day.“[David’s] desire to get in the end zone was the spark that turned everything,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said.Sherer accounted for all three Wisconsin touchdowns, the first of which came on a 15-yard scramble in the second quarter to take a 10-7 lead. Sherer finished with 174 passing yards, 40 rushing yards and three total scores. He outrushed Illinois’ Isiah “Juice” Williams by a 36-yard margin.“I was comfortable, and guys made plays, too,” Sherer said. “It was nice to get out of the pocket and run a little bit.”The Wisconsin defense held the Illini to 309 total yards on offense and forced three interceptions from Williams. Free safety Chris Maragos and cornerback Allen Langford created a turnover each before Brinkley’s fourth-quarter pick.“We wanted to get the momentum on our side,” Maragos said. “[Williams] just overthrew [his receiver] and I was in the right spot at the right time to make the play.“It’s a good thing to have the ball in your hands,” the converted wide receiver continued. “It’s a rare thing now.”Illinois took the second-half kickoff and put together a 70-yard scoring drive, ending with a 14-yard reception by a wide-open A.J. Jenkins in the corner of the end zone. The Illini took a 17-10 advantage, but Sherer and Co. came right back.On the Badgers’ ensuing possession, Sherer found Gilreath on a slant over the middle. The sophomore then scampered for a 49-yard score, tying the game once more at 17. Gilreath finished with three catches for 71 yards and two scores.“I’m not really a possession receiver, so I would hope I can break some out there,” Gilreath said. “I hope I can do that a lot.“Dustin did a great job. The line held up for him, he hit me and I just ran.”With junior running back P.J. Hill banged up with an ankle injury, freshman John Clay got the bulk of UW’s carries in his first career start. He ended with 88 yards on 25 attempts, both career highs.“John has really done a good job of staying in tune with the game,” Bielema said. “For him to handle our offense on first, second and third down is just a continual learning curve.”In Wisconsin’s four losses this season, the defense had given up a combined 85 second-half points. Saturday, the Badgers relinquished a mere seven points after the break, and were the first opponents to hold the Illini under 20 points this season.“We tackled better; we kept the ball in front of us; we didn’t [give up] many big plays,” Bielema said. “If you don’t give up very many big plays, you’ve got a good chance of winning.”Senior linebacker DeAndre Levy led the team with nine tackles, including one sack of Williams.Senior tight end Travis Beckum left the game early in the third quarter with a broken left fibula. He will be sidelined for the rest of the season.In Beckum’s absence, junior Garrett Graham finished with six receptions for 79 yards, including a 45-yard bomb from his roommate Sherer in the fourth quarter.Wisconsin will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Michigan State Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.
Like the sunrise, there are two names that are inevitably in the news every day lately. They just won’t go away, and every time I see their names printed my respect for each of them goes down that much more. Who are they?Alex Rodriguez and Brett Favre.Now, I’m not saying they are in any way equals — A-Rod’s publicity is far worse than Favre’s — but every headline I read about the two (likely) future hall of famers makes me cringe and wish I had some sort of rewind button to make it all go away. But since I am not Marty McFly, this column will have to suffice.My latest problem with this duo? Well, it’s a tossup between the book, “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez” and Brett Favre’s decision to request a release from the Jets.The lesser of the two evils seems to be Favre, so let’s begin there. (First, a disclaimer: I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of any team in the NFC North).So, Favre says he has no intention of coming out of retirement — again. Well, that seems hard to believe after his decision to ask for his release. He must be doing it because he wants to retire as a Packer then, right?Wrong. According to a Sports Illustrated report, one NFL source insists “Brett Favre can’t peacefully retire until he finds a way to get revenge on the Packers.” Really? Revenge on the Packers?I can’t even imagine how many fans he would have left after doing so.Like NBC’s Tiki Barber told Dan Patrick on his show Friday, I think it’s in Favre’s best interest to hang ’em up as a free agent and enjoy retirement. Besides, how much can he really prove as a member of the Minnesota Vikings anyway?After tanking midway through last season, does the 39-year-old Mississippi native really believe he has enough left in his tank to carry a team that plays half its games in the dome where he posted a 6-10 record over his career as a Packer?The best way for Favre to get his revenge would have been to make the playoffs with a Jets franchise that stumbled to a 4-12 record before his arrival. After failing to do so, Favre now appears to feel he still has something left to prove.Now he has the potential to do just the opposite of getting revenge on the Packers.If Favre suits up as a Viking when the two teams square off on the Oct. 5 edition of Monday Night Football, it will be a media frenzy. And tickets will be scalped at astronomical prices when the two teams match up again on Nov. 1 in Green BayBut what if Favre loses? What if Aaron Rodgers out-Favre’s Favre? Imagine this scenario: Rodgers leads the Pack to victory with a Favre-esque overtime drive for the ages.Not only would Favre not get revenge on the Packers in such scenario, but the Packers — who also felt slighted by the quarterback — would turn the tables and get revenge on him.Now for the other athlete I can’t bare to read much more about, A-Fraud.The latest news surrounding the three-time MVP accuses Rodriguez of taking performance-enhancing drugs before and after the dates during which he admitted to doing so. Not only that, but the portions of Selena Roberts’ book that have been leaked to the public also say he was guilty of tipping pitches to opposing hitters as a member of the Texas Rangers.Tipping pitches? Cheating to make yourself better is one thing, but a quid pro quo with opposing middle infielders hurts your own pitchers and frankly, the integrity of the game. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Rodriguez is brushed back once or twice upon his return to the Yankees’ lineup.Now some will say performance-enhancing drugs do just as much — if not more — to damage the purity of the game of baseball, but I cannot help but disagree. Steroids were a part of the culture and part of every player’s natural desire to get better. Tipping pitches, on the other hand, simply betrays teammates in favor of a “slump preventer.”As someone who played baseball for a long time, and as an avid fan, I have admired Rodriguez. He wasn’t just good — as Roberts put it, he was like a “tall tale, something that was too good to be true in so many ways.” Well, I guess it really was too good to be true.Between the steroids and the pitch tipping, Rodriguez goes from a seemingly admirable superstar athlete to an egomaniacal image-obsessed fraud who would stop at nothing to be the best.Unfortunately for A-Rod — and everyone else — there is enough dirt on him to fill a book, just as Roberts did, so it will be some time before the scrutiny subsides. Adding insult to injury is the fact Rodriguez will soon be returning to the playing field, eliminating his ability to avoid the insanity that is the New York media.Hopefully, Rodriguez sans-steroids will manage to perform up to the precedent set by his former, supposedly juiced self. And with the Yankees’ new home run-happy ballpark, he should have no trouble getting a few cheap ones to the opposite field in right.Regardless of how he performs, it seems likely Rodriguez will continue to deny, deny and deny when the best solution to all of his problems would be to come clean, just as he seemed to have already done months ago.Hopefully Favre and Rodriguez will eventually realize the old adage “Any news is good news” does not apply when your name is perpetually linked to increasingly mind-boggling negativity.If not, here’s to hoping the news media will grow weary of their relentless attempts to damage their own previously pristine reputations.Jordan is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. How do you think A-Rod will fare following hip surgery? Have any insider tips on if Favre will end up in Minnesota? Let him know at email@example.com.
Ms Janet Douglas, CMG, British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday announced an expansion of the UK’s overseas network, with the opening of nine new diplomatic posts across the Commonwealth. Three of these nine posts will be in the Eastern Caribbean, with new British Resident Commissioners’ offices in Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These posts, along with the existing Resident Commissioner’s office in St Lucia, will form an expanded network of UK representation in the Eastern Caribbean, under the auspices of the British High Commission in Barbados.In addition, there will be new UK posts in the Bahamas, Lesotho, Swaziland, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. “As a Commonwealth family of nations, it is in our shared interest to boost prosperity, tackle security issues and clear up the environment… After we leave the EU, Global Britain will remain outward facing, open for business and a champion of the rules-based international order,” said Johnson in announcing the opening of the new posts. British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Janet Douglas, said that the expansion was part of a wider initiative to increase the breadth and depth of UK diplomatic presence across the world. “I am delighted that we will be opening new offices in the Eastern Caribbean and are aiming for them to open in early 2019. This decision reflects our historical links with the region, and the UK’s commitment to strengthening our existing excellent relations. These new missions will be innovative and agile, and will improve the UK’s engagement with, and support for the Eastern Caribbean,” she said.
Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Veikkaus seeks new wagering lead as Kauhanen departs to lead Finnish Hippos June 12, 2020 Lottery leaders to address COVID-19 crisis at SBC Digital Summit April 17, 2020 Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has named the six new members of its Ethics Advisory Board, who will focus on the ethics of games and their marketing, gaming harm and the social impact of gaming.The purpose of the advisory board will be to provide an outside view of the company’s board and operative management on gambling activities.In addition to the Chairperson, the Advisory Committee will be formed of five members, each of which will sit on the board for a period of two years. The Chair will report to the Veikkaus Board at the end of March on the activities of the Council during the previous calendar year.Pekka Ilmivalta, Executive Vice President, Legal and Responsibility at Veikkaus, commented: “The establishment of an Ethics Board complements the company’s new, broad-based corporate responsibility measures.“We are investing in developing a safer and more responsible gaming environment, and the Ethics Council outside the company’s operations is an important part of that.”Saija Kivinen will serve as chair of the board. Kivenen has served as legal counsel for telecommunications company Telia Finland, having previously been the company’s deputy legal counsel.Habits researcher for the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) Susanna Raisamo, Executive Director of Sosped Lassi Rajamäki, Game Researcher at University of Tampere Mikko Meriläinen, Professor of Sociology at the University of Jyväskylä Terhi-Anna Wilska, and Jani Halme, creative director at marketing and communications company Toinen PHD, will join the advisory board.The Advisory Board will be authorised to make concrete proposals for solutions, make statements, and provide ethical arguments on practical issues related to gambling and the discussion on gambling. However, it will not resolve individual issues or complaints from outside parties. Submit Related Articles