Quique Sanchez Flores plans to keep his Watford squad grounded

first_img The Hornets head to Sunderland sitting comfortable in 10th place following a run of four wins from the last five Barclays Premier League matches to be some nine points clear of the bottom three. It has been an impressive adaptation to life back in the top flight, and for the Spaniard’s first in English football. Press Association Manager Quique Sanchez Flores has warned his Watford squad it would be “dangerous” to lose sight of their prime directive this season. The striker accepts more testing challenges await – with festive fixtures against the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City ahead. “Everyone knows how hard our Christmas period is, so if we get the three wins in a row (at Sunderland), it kind of gives us three games over that period where we can just enjoy them,” Deeney said on Hornets Player. “But as a team we are on 22 points now and it is not even Christmas, so I think that is a fantastic start.” Watford are set to again be without midfielder Valon Behrami, who is nursing a calf problem, while defender Sebastian Prodl has returned to training from his own calf injury, but is not expected to be in the squad for the trip to Wearside. However, Sanchez Flores knows as soon as anyone at Vicarage Road starts thinking they have made it is when the problems will start. “Our expectation is to improve, sometimes we need to meet with the players to create the same objectives,” Sanchez Flores said at a press conference. “Sometimes it is all very clear at the start of the season, then after when we are improving, are comfortable in the table with good feelings, sometimes the mentality of the players is to go very quickly on to other objectives. “So for me it is very important to keep the focus. “Our objectives of course is to keep the category (of the Premier League), this is unity we have, maybe it is one of our advantages because we are thinking only about the next match. “But of course I understand the players that sometimes they think if we win the next match then we have to be thinking other things, but it is not good for us, “For us it is important to keep humble, to admit we are in a very good position in the table, but not change the objective because that would be dangerous.” Watford captain Troy Deeney netted his fourth goal in consecutive appearances from the penalty spot to set up a routine 2-0 home win over a struggling Norwich side last weekend. last_img read more

The Latest: Mental health experts now assisting US athletes

first_imgThe Latest: Mental health experts now assisting US athletes Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons.Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone.___ The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May.The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition. 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 6 The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year.The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. ___The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain.The center will open on Saturday.___The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start.The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27. The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%.It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms. World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates.___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17.Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures.Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing.___ April 3, 2020 Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title.Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.”___The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential. The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. Associated Press The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals.Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe.last_img read more

Alexander plays just 11 minutes due to foul trouble, Syracuse falls to No. 3 Connecticut

first_img Published on January 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm Contact Kevin: kmprisei@syr.edu Related Stories Cicero-North Syracuse star leaves CNY, Syracuse behind for powerhouse UConnSyracuse prepares for toughest test yet against No. 3 Connecticut Less than four minutes into Saturday’s game, Kayla Alexander committed her first foul. Twenty-one seconds later, she was called for her second and was taken out of the game.Alexander, Syracuse’s leading scorer and one of its core leaders, sat out the rest of the half and finished the game with only 11 minutes of action.“It definitely made a difference,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “When your best player only plays 11 minutes and takes five shots, that’s not good.”Against perennial powerhouse No. 3 Connecticut, the Orange needed a near-perfect game to pull off the upset, and Alexander’s inability to play for most of the game proved detrimental. Connecticut (16-1, 4-1 Big East) pulled ahead early and kept SU at a distance for most of the afternoon, rolling to an 87-62 win over Syracuse (15-2, 3-1).In Alexander’s absence, others were charged with the task of stepping up on the road at Connecticut, particularly underclassmen. Freshman Brittney Sykes played 32 minutes and had 10 points, three rebounds and three assists, including a layup on a fast break to pull Syracuse within 15 points, 68-53, with less than seven minutes to play. The layup capped a 9-0 Syracuse run that cut the UConn lead from 22 to 15 and gave the Orange a chance for one last push in the waning minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFellow freshman Brianna Butler played her part, too, notching 11 points and three rebounds in 29 minutes of play. For Butler, the early loss of Alexander was a noticeable detriment to the Orange’s chances to pull the upset.“Kayla’s definitely our go-to player,” Butler said. “She leads us in points and rebounds, so it put us in a bit of a hole, her being out.”Syracuse has not beaten the Huskies in the Hillsman era, and Connecticut quickly asserted itself in opening the game on an 18-7 run over the first 7:21. From there, things stabilized and the teams played the rest of the half evenly, as the Huskies took a 41-29 lead into the break.Well into the second half the Orange still hung around. Freshman Pachis Roberts nailed a jumper with 12:35 remaining to pull SU within 14. All five freshmen saw action on the big stage at Connecticut.“I think they did really well,” Hillsman said. “All I wanted them to do was come out and compete, and I thought they competed every possession. That’s all you ask from them.”After Roberts’ bucket, though, the Huskies used a three-pointer by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to jump-start an 8-0 UConn run that extended the lead to 22, putting the game all but out of reach for the Orange with under 10 minutes to play.Still, the game was a good chance for the Orange to see how it stacked up against one of the nation’s best teams, and SU responded admirably, especially considering it was playing without its star. The team competed, and at 15-2 is still in good position to make a serious run at the NCAA tournament.The Orange won’t have to wait long to make amends for Saturday’s loss. SU’s three-game conference road trip continues Wednesday, with a trip to Queens, N.Y., to face St. John’s in a rare 11:30 a.m. start.“We have tough kids,” Hillsman said. “They are just tough. This is a tough place to play in. They (UConn) draw well, and they are a good team.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Creedon turns attention to Kerry clash.

first_imgThe 19 year old JK Brackens player went off injured during Sundays Munster Senior Football championship win over Waterford.Speaking on last nights Extra Time programme here on Tipp FM Tipperary manager Peter Creedon was hopeful that the Under 21 star would be available for the Munster semi-final against Kerry.He also stressed the need for Tipp to take any goal chances that come their way, having missed a number of opportunities against Waterford.last_img

Caribbean earns $27 billion from tourism

first_imgJamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says tourism remains the most vital source of earnings and economic activity for the majority of Caribbean islands, with region-wide revenues estimated at more than US$27 billion.“Tourism is the single largest generator of foreign exchange in 16 of the 28 countries in the Caribbean, with the sector receiving the most by way of foreign direct investment (FDI),” he pointed out.Bartlett said the Caribbean has a higher proportion of total employment and percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) derived from tourism than any other region in the world.It is estimated that one in every four persons is employed in tourism-related activities, and the sector accounts for 41 per cent of all exports and services in the Caribbean and 31 per cent of all GDP.“These economic indicators confirm what most of us as key players and stakeholders in the sector already know; that is, unmasking the full economic potential of tourism remains at the heart of the region’s quest to promote sustainable and inclusive growth,” he said.Bartlett, who was part of a discussion panel at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in the Turks and Caicos Islands on May 25, noted that despite early forecasts for a downturn in tourism performance for 2016, the Caribbean witnessed an unprecedented growth of 4.2 per cent in visitor arrivals.“The region welcomed a historic 29 million visitors in 2016, over one million more than in 2015,” he informed.Bartlett said that tourism growth in the region outpaced the global average of 3.9 per cent. The data also indicate that cruise tourism in the region is booming, as passenger arrivals grew by an estimated 1.3 per cent to approximately 26.3 million in 2016.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho: “My problem is I’m getting better at everything”

first_imgJose Mourinho has faced many challenges in his time as a manager. At Porto, he masterminded a Champions League victory with perhaps the worst squad in the past 15 years to do so.At Chelsea, he kept Alex Ferguson at bay for two seasons before being undone by Roman Abramovich’s transfer whims. When managing Inter Milan, he had to somehow be even more impressive than Roberto Mancini.Even at Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world, it took all he had to knock Barcelona off their perch. But now, in an interview with the Teleraph, Mourinho has revealed what he’s struggling with right now:”I have a problem. I’m getting better at everything.”One thing that might surprise some of his rivals, thought, is that he claims that, “when I face the media, I am never a hypocrite.”Speaking at a promotion for Jaguar, Mourinho also decried players’ obsession with money, saying, “Once players came to football expecting to be wealthy when they retired. Now they expect to be wealthy before they’ve played their first game!” Rare Wenger agreementIn a blow to some of those interested in superficial statistical analysis, Mourinho demonstrated that they cannot be used out of context, and perhaps surprisingly, mentioned a rare topic of agreement between him and Arsene Wenger, his rival from a decade ago:”But I think Wenger said something that is interesting; he is against the Ballon d’Or, and I think he’s right, because in this moment football is losing a little bit the concept of the team to focus more on the individual.We are always looking at the individual performance, the individual stat, the player that runs more. Because you run 11km in a game and I run nine you did a better job than I did? Maybe not! Maybe my 9km were more important than your 11.”–last_img read more

Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health finds new home

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health has found a permanent home.Health Department officials say they will be relocating to 2570 4th Southwest, next to Hobby Lobby. The department was displaced from its long-time headquarters at Mohawk Square after a roof collapse in May after a weekend of severe storms. The department was relocated temporarily to the Community Health Center downtown with other services scattered through various mobile outreach methods.The Health Department plans to open for business in their new location next Monday, with the immunization clinic and STD/HIV testing clinic being closed on Thursday and Friday of this week to complete the movelast_img read more

Mason City Schools superintendent talks about teachers missing students, graduation plans

first_imgMASON CITY — The superintendent of the Mason City Community School District credits the hard work of his staff in dealing with all the challenges of moving from educating students in the classroom to online learning.Dave Versteeg says teachers miss connecting with their students face-to-face on a daily basis. “The emotional part about connecting with students has been the biggest difficulty for our staff and I just appreciate how hard they worked at trying to connect  with students. From the emails and the phone calls they’ve made to students and some electronic meetings they’ve had with students, just to our tours in neighborhoods to try to connect with students. That emotional connection has been extremely important.”Versteeg says with the closing of school for the rest of the year, it’s meant that a few traditional end of the school year events have had to change.   “Graduation is still scheduled for June 7th.  We know it will not be a traditional event. Details of how this event will be held are currently being determined by a committee of staff and students. The senior award ceremony is being planned to be held on May 12th. This will not be an in-person event. Details will be coming to seniors soon.”Versteeg says while the June 7th graduation ceremony will likely not be a traditional event, they are working on some ideas to make it as special as possible for the Class of 2020.  “I think we have some ideas in mind that can happen on June 7th, it’s just not going to probably be an in-person graduation in the traditional sense. But for right now, we’re committed to June 7th at figuring out something to celebrate the 2020 senior graduates.”Versteeg says guidelines and protocol on social distancing will be one of the big determining factors on how the graduation ceremony will be held.Versteeg made his comments on Wednesday during the weekly Cerro Gordo County COVID-19 press conference.last_img read more

Hall, Martel busy in off season; Nelson Baseball prepares for 2014 season

first_imgSoon sounds of baseball cracking off bats will be flowing through Fairview and Uphill districts of the Heritage City as Nelson Baseball Association begins another season of diamond play.Registration, which has climbed again for the fourth consecutive season, for the 2014 season closed Tuesday.Now it’s up to the NBA board to select teams, which is scheduled to be completed by Monday (April 7).Two players not waiting for the snow to leave the diamonds at Queen Elizabeth and Lions Parks, are Quin Hall and Brendan Martel. Hall just returned from a winter baseball tournament in Phoenix Arizona during spring break. The Nelson Little League player was picked up the BC Big League Experience team that recruited players (14 year old) from the Lower Mainland and Okanagan.  BLE finished third place with a 4-2 record. The tournament attracted teams from throughout United States. Meanwhile, Brendan Martel has been chosen to play with the West Kelowna Diamondbacks in the BC AAA midget baseball league this season.  Martel’s season started this past weekend in the Best of the West tournament held in Kamloops. West Kelowna started the weekend with a 12-1 win over Sherwood park on Friday but came up short against the North Shore Twins, Badlands Baseball Academy and Okotoks Dawgs. The Dawgs brought 60 players(2 teams) so their bull pen was very deep. Martel went 6 for 11 at the plate and played catcher and second base. The Diamondbacks play in a 12 team BC AAA  league.last_img read more

Ganta City Council Demands Flat Roofs on Main Street

first_imgThe Ganta City Council (GCC) in conjunction with the city corporation has begun enforcing a policy that compels people building on the main street to erect flat roofs.The decision, according to Ganta City Council Chairman, Amos Saye Gbatu, was made prior to the road reaching Ganta.The enforcement, however, is taking effect in the wake of CHICO reaching Ganta with the road construction work. The ordinance has sparked a high level of euphoria not only among personnel of the local authority but also among the public.Mr. Gbatu indicated that the GCC remains consistent and forceful in implementing the new regulation, adding that there is another regulation in the offing. He spoke in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend in Ganta.He emphasized that the decision, when implemented, will give a better facelift to the city as development unfolds.He said they empathize with residents especially businesspeople for the stress associated with the regulation and the ongoing road work.Said Mr. Gbatu, development does not come easily, stressing that it requires all to endure pain.Presuming that there may be some people refusing to comply, he asserted that the GCC has lawyers to deal with anyone failing to comply with the regulation.He warned that those without the capacity or refusing to comply should leave their land vacant, but should not erect any structure that is not a flat roof on the main street.Part of the main street now occupied by flat roof buildings stretches from the Monrovia parking to Guinea Road intersection where the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) is located.As for the street leading from the turning point to LPMC and then Saclepea Highway, Mr. Gbatu said “We are going step by step and when the time comes, those along that line will see reason to begin doing the same when they see that one side of the city is given a facelift.”He added that when the government begins constructing the road from Ganta to the Southeast, residents along that street would already be adjusted to the regulation and will start to undertake projects in line with the city ordinance.Amid the enforcement, many entrepreneurs in Ganta have registered their willingness to erect flat roofs on the main street, with Madison Gausi of the Wingus Business Center vigorously constructing one of the flat roof buildings.In a related development, the pavement of the road leading from Ganta to Yekepa through Saniquellie is underway as the Senegalese company, CSE, has begun moving its equipment along the highway.There is also a road beginning at the main street of Ganta to Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland Counties.This highway, sometimes referred to as the Ganta-Harper Highway, was undergoing construction from 1984 to the beginning of the Liberian civil crisis in 1989.The work was abandoned due to the civil crisis that ended in 2003, except for the segment beginning from Fishtown, River Gee County to Maryland that is undergoing construction with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more