But Dyche believes criticism of Rodgers is misguided, having laboured earlier this season without his own key men Sam Vokes and Danny Ings. They scored 47 goals between them in the SkyBet Championship promotion campaign, Vokes with 21 of them before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in March. Ings went on to be named as the division’s player of the season but missed five weeks of action this autumn, during which the Clarets remained winless in the top flight. It was an experience that has shaped Dyche’s view on Rodgers. “He’s missing two massive players – Suarez and Sturridge, who in certain games last year were unmarkable and unplayable,” said Dyche. “That has got to be a loss for any manager. “We’re saying, even at Burnley, that we were missing Vokes and Ings, and they are still learning to be Suarez and Sturridge-type players. “So if we were missing them, it’s fair to say Brendan is missing those two. Liverpool’s slump in form this season has been down in large part to the absence of their ‘SAS’ pairing, who shared 55 goals in the side’s thrilling 2013/14 title tilt. With Suarez sold to Barcelona in the summer and Sturridge out since August due to a series of injuries, the Reds side who visit Turf Moor on Boxing Day will be a very different proposition to the one that routinely terrorised defences. Burnley manager Sean Dyche feels Brendan Rodgers’ pain over the loss of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge after struggling to cope without his own star strikers. “That’s why the world demands ‘can we find a striker?’. It changes the whole view of your team. Vokes and Ings were incredible last year and made the team even more effective than what it might have been without them. “Liverpool look a different unit without those two. Are they as good? The question marks are out there, but strikers make the difference.” Vokes scored twice for Burnley’s development squad against Blackpool on Monday and is pushing to make his first-team return as a substitute against Liverpool. Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli returns from suspension but will only be on the bench. Fellow forward Fabio Borini is banned after his sending-off last weekend against Arsenal while midfielder Joe Allen has not yet recovered from a knee injury. Defenders Dejan Lovren and Glen Johnson (both groin) and Jon Flanagan (knee) are still not fit. Rodgers insists he has not lost faith in goalkeeper Simon Mignolet despite dropping the Belgium international. The 26-year-old was told to expect an “indefinite” period on the sidelines after being left out of the team to face Manchester United on December 14 following much criticism of his form this season. While Rodgers has not told the Belgian when he can expect a recall, he expects him to return a better goalkeeper when he does, having spent plenty of time analysing his performances. “Simon’s response has been fantastic,” said Rodgers, who admitted he had to take Mignolet out of the spotlight to allow him a cooling off period to reassess his game. “People would think coming out of the team would have a negative effect but he has been outstanding and his training has been good and we’re analysing where he can improve. “That time coming out of the team sometimes gives you that reflective period that you don’t have when you’re in the thick of it and it can benefit you. “I’ve seen a real positive reaction from him. John (Achterberg), who’s our excellent goalkeeping coach, and myself sit down with him, study his game and look at the areas we feel the improvements can be made. “Hopefully when he returns he’ll have gained from that time out and becomes a better keeper for it. “We’ve seen it in the past with other keepers at other clubs – sometimes that little period out can really help. I’m confident that’ll be the case with Simon. “I haven’t lost any belief in him – he’s still an outstanding goalkeeper. “I’m sure when the time comes for him to come back in, he’ll be a better goalkeeper for it.” Press Association
Saints have slipped out of the Champions League places and into seventh following a run of three defeats in their last six games ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Hull. Koeman blames the slump on a lack of goals but rather than looking to his strikers for fault, he believes a change in approach from opponents has been the telling factor. “It’s not in my opinion a problem about one player – just look at the last few games,” Koeman said. “Even when we play away – for example last weekend against Everton – teams don’t care about playing football at home, they defend. That is different to the beginning of the season. “Now opponents don’t care how they play against Southampton, they’re happy to defend and they’re concerned about getting points. At this point of the season, points are more important for them. “We are not always scoring lots of goals and that’s the difference. We are not getting the space we had in the beginning. “It makes it more difficult because then there is not really a lot of space. Liverpool played with three centre-backs but with five defenders against Southampton, and Hull normally play with five defenders. “That means there is not a lot of space, so you have to play very well or you need a player who makes an individual action and scores a goal. “But those types of individual, high-quality players are not playing for Southampton.” Koeman believes Southampton’s Champions League dream is over, but still covets a place in the Europa League. “You have to be realistic. The difference to the top four is eight points and that is a lot. The focus at the moment has to be about fifth, sixth and seventh position in the table,” he sad. “We would like to play European football and fifth and sixth positions mean European football.” Ronald Koeman insists Southampton’s goals have dried up due to their Barclays Premier League rivals giving them more respect. Press Association
ATLANTA — It ended in a familiar spot for C.J. Fair, the player who has carried Syracuse ever since the season began five months ago on a ship in San Diego Harbor. He sat before his locker in the early hours of Sunday morning, fresh off a loss to Michigan in the national semifinals, and fielded questions that certainly spawned déjà vu for the junior forward.Once again, and for the fourth time since Feb. 23 against Georgetown, Fair was asked about his brilliant offensive play offset by the lackluster showing from his teammates. In a season that was dominated by defense first and defense second, scoring was the Orange’s Achilles heel.And ultimately that dichotomy — the one separating Fair’s offensive consistency from his teammates’ bouts of invisibility — prevented Syracuse from reaching the national title game for the first time in 10 years.“I feel as though I’ve got to produce at a high level for this team to even have a shot at winning,” Fair said quietly to a reporter. “That’s how I think about it.”Fair was brilliant in a 61-56 loss to the Wolverines inside the Georgia Dome, scoring a game-high 22 points and grabbing six rebounds. He made nine of his 20 field goal attempts and was the only source of offense for Syracuse in portions of both halves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut in the biggest game of the season against arguably the best team Syracuse has faced all season, Fair’s production alone was not enough. Michael Carter-Williams and James Southerland were major no-shows, and Fair could not win the game playing one-on-five.“Without him,” Jerami Grant said, “we wouldn’t have won a lot of games that we won.”When it was all over, though, after Syracuse hadn’t won and Jordan Morgan punctuated Michigan’s victory with a soaring two-handed dunk in the final seconds, the mood in the Orange locker room was eerily similar to the scene in Milwaukee following a 74-71 loss to Marquette on Feb. 25. On that night, which became SU’s second loss in a streak where it dropped four out of five, Fair went almost 12 minutes without an official field goal attempt in the second half.He let out his frustration quietly — almost in a whisper — to the same reporter, expressing his displeasure over his lack of involvement in the offense when he is clearly the team’s most reliable scoring option.On Saturday, Fair did not attempt a shot in the final three minutes. Instead, Carter-Williams turned the ball over, Triche did the same and Trevor Cooney flung up a wild one-handed runner with nine seconds remaining to ensure defeat.The empty offensive trips in the final three minutes came, coincidentally, on possessions where Fair never attempted a shot. For 37 minutes he was spectacular, and Syracuse went away from him in the three most important minutes of the season.“This was the first time during the tournament that we were down,” Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “They’re a good team. We cut the lead to half, and we never could really get over that four-point opportunity. We came up with a couple of empty possessions.”Fair opened the game by scoring nine of his team’s first 14 points. He showed his strength with a driving bank shot, his touch with a baseline jumper and his range with a 3-pointer from left of the circle over the 6-foot-10-inch Mitch McGary.And when Syracuse trailed by 10 with 14:56 remaining, Fair brought his team back almost singlehandedly. He scored seven of the next 12 points for the Orange, and his baseline floater cut the Michigan lead to three, 48-45, with just under eight minutes remaining.“He’s a great player,” Carter-Williams said. “I think he had a mismatch on him and was able to knock down shots. He just carried us the whole game offensively.”Fair carried them Saturday — the same way he had all season — and he finished the year as the team’s leading scorer, rebounder and most accurate 3-point shooter.But none of that mattered in the final three minutes, as Fair stood idle while Carter-Williams (two points, five turnovers) and James Southerland (five points, held scoreless for the first 38:02) hoarded the ball with the season on the line.Afterwards, Fair spoke quietly and candidly about his play compared to that of his teammates, about how he feels he has a mismatch in every game he plays and without him Syracuse is cooked. It was a postgame scene that mirrored several during the last five months, only this time there were a few more sniffles and tear-stained eyes.All around him his teammates hung their heads, not one of them happy with they way they had played. But there was Fair — this team’s Mr. Consistent — caught awkwardly between personal success and collective sadness.He did his part. But nobody joined him.“I was being aggressive like I think I should have,” he said. “I just think we didn’t score enough.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories LOST IN THE MOMENT: Familiar poor shooting dooms Orange 61-56 in Final Four loss to MichiganCohen: Triche, Southerland leave Syracuse with mixed legaciesGallery: Syracuse takes on Michigan in the Final Four in Atlanta Published on April 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @Michael_Cohen13
Ghana striker Jordan Ayew says he is honoured to have staged a comeback to the national team ahead of their crucial 2014 World Cup first leg play off against Egypt on October 15.The Olympique Marseille striker has been on a blistering form but was not handed a call up for Ghana’s last game against Zambia despite making himself available for international football.Jordan’s inclusion becomes his first call up to the Black Stars after he was overlooked by coach Kwasi Appiah for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.“It is an honour to be back for the national team because it is the dream of every player to play for his country,” the 22-year-old said. “Every player would love to play in big games like this so is a great honour for me to be handed a call up.“I’m coming back to give my hundred percent for the team and we will see how it goes but we have to be focused and I’m sure there will not be any problem in winning the game.”
Movie Synopsis: NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. (c) Summit/LionsgateRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 50%. Audience review: 74% approval. This week at the Regent Theater: “Now you see me.” (Movie trailer is below). Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Coming soon:Next week (June 28): Man of Steel (Wellington gets destroyed in a fight scene!)July 5: Monsters University. Rated: PG-13, 1 hour 56 minutes. When: Friday, 7Â p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Nazem Kadri may not be the only player making his return to Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.According to multiple reports, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed Nick Shore on waivers Tuesday afternoon. The move is seen as a precursor to Mitch Marner’s return to the Leafs’ lineup after he missed nearly a month with a high ankle sprain. #Leafs placed Nick Shore on waivers today at noon— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) December 3, 2019NHL POWER RANKINGS: Bruins, Caps surging to start December, Habs struggling Shore has appeared in 21 games for Toronto this season, tallying three total points (two goals, one assist). If he clears waivers, Shore could join the AHL’s Toronto Marlies on Wednesday, paving the way for Marner to be taken off long-term injury reserve. Marner suffered the ankle injury on Nov. 9 against the Philadelphia Flyers, putting the 22-year-old forward on the shelf until Monday when he participated in a full-contact practice with the rest of his teammates. After initial fears that the Toronto-area native would miss a minimum of four weeks, it appears that Marner — who had 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 18 games prior to the injury — will play his first game for new head coach Sheldon Keefe on Wednesday against the visiting Avalanche.Kadri, the longtime former Maple Leaf who was traded to Colorado in July as part of a deal that saw Tyson Barrie and Alexander Kerfoot head to Toronto, is set to play his first-ever NHL game in Toronto as a member of the opposing team. The Leafs’ first-round pick in 2009, Kadri has been a bright spot for a hot Avalanche team, with 10 goals and 10 assists in 26 games so far this season.
Authorities in Gainesville, Florida have arrested a 20-year-old man after he reportedly beat and raped his pregnant girlfriend in an attempt to kill the baby.The incident occurred Friday.Officials say the suspect, Joseph Bernard J. Combs, went to the victim’s home and waited while she spoke to someone on the phone. Once she hung up the phone, Combs reportedly told her “I’m sorry, but I can’t let you have my son.”That’s when Combs who had been dating the victim for a year, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the living room where he began to punch and kick her in the stomach.Combs then reportedly dragging the woman upstairs by her hair and continuing to punch and kick her in the stomach. When the victim attempted to run downstairs, he dragged her back and started to punch and kick her in the head.Once Combs noticed the woman was bleeding from a cut on her head, he grabbed napkins and attempted to clean the wound before battering her once more saying.According to the victim, as Combs battered her he said, “I’m sorry, but I have to kill the baby.”Combs then pulled out a four-inch folding knife and held it to the woman’s throat but when the woman said “I’ll do anything, but don’t take my life,” Combs handed her the knife and instructed her to slit her wrist.Just before the victim did as she was ordered, however, Combs stopped her and began raping her.Authorities say the woman suffered extensive bruising on her stomach, both arms, her shins and her right breast. She also had a swollen jaw and a bloody eye.Combs has since been taken to the Alachua County jail where he is being held on a $3.5 million bail.According to the report, the victim was 19- weeks pregnant. It is unclear if the baby is expected to survive.
EXTRA EFFORT–Pitt running back Rushel Shell somersaults into the end zone for a two yard touchdown in the second quarter on Oct. 13, at Heinz Field. (Courier Photo/William McBride) The Associated PressWest Virginia came into Saturday’s game at Texas Tech in the drivers’ seat for the Big 12 title, undefeated and eyeing a shot at the BCS championship and with quarterback Geno Smith acclaimed as a Heisman Trophy front-runner.The No. 5 Mountaineers left with none of it following a 49-14 loss to the Red Raiders that was the most lopsided Texas Tech victory over a team ranked in the top five. Texas Tech’s defense consistently stymied West Virginia’s offense. Heisman Trophy hopeful Smith completed 29 of 55 passes for 275 yards, well off his season averages of nearly 400 yards and a 81 percent completion rate.The Red Raiders offense had no trouble moving the ball as quarterback Seth Doege threw TD passes of 39, 19, 16, 2, 29 and 7 yards. He completed 32 of 42 passes and the six touchdowns matched his career-high. Darrin Moore caught three touchdown passes.Earlier, Oklahoma clobbered Texas 63-21 to get a leg up in the Big 12 race, and only benefited from West Virginia being brought back to the pack. Kansas State (6-0, 3-0) is the only undefeated team left in the conference, but next Saturday faces what should be a motivated West Virginia team, followed the next week b by Texas Tech, which is also 2-1 in the leagueTEXAS TECH 49, No. 5 WEST VIRGINIA 14LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Seth Doege passed for six touchdowns and a season-high 499 yards as Texas Tech shocked No. 5 West Virginia 49-14, ending the Mountaineers’ hopes for an unbeaten season.The Red Raiders fans stormed the field after the win, the most lopsided Texas Tech victory ever over a team ranked in the top five.Texas Tech’s defense consistently stymied West Virginia’s offense. Heisman Trophy hopeful Geno Smith completed 29 of 55 passes for 275 yards.The Red Raiders offense had no trouble moving the ball as Doege threw TD passes of 39, 19, 16, 2, 29 and 7 yards. He completed 32 of 42 passes and the six touchdowns matched his career-high. Darrin Moore caught three touchdown passes.Texas Tech (5-1, 2-1) had 18 plays of 15 yards or more, including a 61-yard pass to Jace Amaro and a 53-yard touchdown run by SaDale Foster.No. 18 LOUISVILLE 45, PITTSBURGH 35PITTSBURGH (AP) — Senorise Perry rushed for 101 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.Teddy Bridgewater passed for 304 yards for the Cardinals (6-0, 1-0 Big East), including a 75-yard score to Devante Parker on the first play of the second half as Louisville continued its best start since 2006.Parker’s score came in the middle of a 24-point burst by Louisville spanning the second and third quarters that turned a seven-point deficit into a 38-21 lead.Tino Sunseri passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns but Pitt (2-4, 0-3) couldn’t complete a late rally.Trailing by 10 with 5 minutes to play, Pitt went for it on fourth down deep in Louisville territory rather than attempt a field goal. Sunseri’s pass was off the mark and Perry finished off the Panthers with a 59-yard sprint down the left sideline.Louisville began the season as the overwhelming Big East favorite but some of the shine was stripped away by sluggish road wins at overmatched Florida International and Southern Mississippi coupled with the impressive starts by No. 20 Rutgers and No. 21 Cincinnati.
Its employees have left the Valdebebas offices and work electronically from their private homes, Respecting the instructions given by the Government of Spain to try to avoid as far as possible the spread of the virus in different work areas. In fact, those responsible for said department They have contacted the veterans who usually accompany the Madrid supporters clubs at their parties and anniversaries on the weekends to inform them that travel and events are suspended until further notice. in which they were summoned to go to those clubs in these next dates.Veterans notified by the clubThose veterans are Paco Bonet (he played for Real Madrid from 1982 to 1986), Paco Buyo (1986-1997), José Antonio Salguero (1981-1987), Juan José ‘Sandokán’ (1982-85), Benito Rubiñán (1973-77), Agustín Rodríguez (1980-90), José Luis Morales (1993-94), José Luis Peinado (1967-76) and Antonio Ruiz (1957-62).The white rocks that had their anniversary events called for these coming weeks have decided postpone them until they have normalized the situation with sanitary guarantees that allow to celebrate these events without health risks for supporters. The effects of the coronavirus are being felt in all areas of the white club. Madrid already reported this past Tuesday of the suspension of the acts of its Foundation and the postponement of the Classic Match, which was scheduled for March 29 at the Bernabéu (match against the veterans of Porto), as well as the suspension of the conference Press Release before and after the game this Friday with Eibar. Now the Madrid supporters department has been added to these precautionary measures.
…as President commits resourcesThe Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) has celebrated its 25th Anniversary with the Annual President’s Award Ceremony and Reception held at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown on Saturday evening.The scores of dignitaries in attendance heard that Guyana is looking to secure an annual arrival rate of half a million visitors by 2025 — up from the 235,000 visitors who landed in Guyana last year. A six per cent increase in arrivals over the same period in 2016 has thus far been recorded for the first quarter of 2017.First Lady Sandra Granger seems impressed by the craftsmanship shown in these locally-made ornaments In addressing the stakeholders, President Granger pledged that, while Tourism is private sector-driven, the State will continue to support the industry through development of the relevant infrastructure, such as improved aerodromes, bridges, highways and stellings; and Government will continue to provide resources, within its means, to promote the country.“We must bequeath it to our children and grandchildren, mustn’t we?” he declared.Speaking to his commitment to protect Guyana and is natural endowment, President Granger reminded that he had personally signing the COP 21 Paris Accord, and added: “Like other people, I am not about to erase my signature,” probably taking a direct swipe at US President Donald Trump, who recently withdrew from the accord.The President reminded of his government’s commitment to establish a green capital town in every region, inclusive of a legally designated protected area. This announcement was greeted with stirring applause from tourism stakeholders gathered for the reception.Expressing gratitude to the diaspora, which he recognised as Guyana’s most generous Tourism customer, the President said, “We have all witnessed the annual pilgrimages of the diaspora to our annual festivals.” He identified activities such as Mashramani, regattas and ‘town days’ held across the country as opportune occasions to witness the pilgrimages he was talking about.According to the President, the diaspora should not be underestimated; and though representing a small market, has been “a reliable and faithful market for our tourism.”Shaun McGrath, who also served as a four-term president of THAG and was an integral member in its start-up, was adjudged the winner of the 2017 Hall of Fame Award Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who holds responsibility for the tourism sector in Guyana, declared that even with an unimpressive growth rate in the industry, Guyana can, by 2025, begin receiving up to 500,000 tourists. He cautioned, however, that receiving that many tourists in Guyana would require a corresponding preparation in terms of services and infrastructure.Gaskin spoke to the need for Guyana to be able to handle at least five 737 aircraft, a number of smaller hotels, dozens more restaurants, hundreds more taxis, and a range of other infrastructure, including a bridged Essequibo River.He also spoke to the need to have significantly more accommodation in the hinterland, including additional airlift for interior locations and improved telecommunication and other tourist-related services.Thus he pointed out that while there is optimism in anticipated tourism arrivals, there needs to be corresponding infrastructure in place.THAG President Andrea de Caires, in her opening address to the gathering, called on the administration to pay more attention to the sector, and in fact to invest some of the anticipated oil revenues in the sector.She traced the evolution of THAG over its 25 years of existence, and spoke to some of the challenges faced and lessons learnt over the years. De Caires said that in light of advances made over the years, it is right and fitting to not only treat with the tourism sector as the economy prepares to launch its oil and gas sector, but to also invest some of the oil revenues in the sector.She was convinced that the Tourism sector has, over the years, evolved into a key contributor to the economy; and she said this is projected to only improve in the coming years. By the evening’s end, the following awards had been handed out: Hotel of the Year, Resort/Lodge of the Year, Direct Tourism Services Award, Tourism Supporting Services, and the Hall of Fame Award.The Grand Coastal, Pegasus Guyana and Cara Lodge were each nominated for the President’s 2017 Award, but it was taken by Grand Coastal. Nominees for the Resort/Lodge award were Rewa Eco Lodge, Baganara Resort and Atta Rainforest Lodge. The winner was Rewa Eco Lodge.Trans Guyana Airways, Bushmasters, and Old Fort Tours were also nominated for an award, but the winner was Bushmasters.The Tourism Supporting Services’ nominees were: Nurse Marcy Gravesande, Demerara Distillers Limited, and Canadian Executive Services Overseas. The winner was Demerara Distillers Limited.The Hall of Fame Award nominees were: Public Communication Minister Cathy Hughes, who has been a member of THAG for over 20 years and has also served in the post of President; Iwokrama Rainforest Centre, established in 1996 under a mandate shared by the Guyana Government and the Commonwealth; Shaun McGrath, who also served as a four-term president of THAG and was an integral member of its start-up; and Captain Mazahar Ally of Air Services Limited. McGrath was adjudged the winner of the 2017 Hall of Fame Award