BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgASTON VILLA VS BOURNEMOUTHIf Aston Villa are beaten by Bournemouth at Villa Park they could be relegated, with five games still remaining. A defeat would mean they can win a maximum of 31 points; 17th-placed Norwich, just outside the relegation zone, already have 31. The fact that they have lost seven in a row in the Barclays Premier League – for the second time this season – suggests their fans should start preparing for life in the Championship.CRYSTAL PALACE VS NORWICH CITYPalace remain in a relegation battle and face fellow strugglers Norwich City at Selhurst Park still waiting for their first league win of 2016. Palace drew 2-2 at West Ham United last weekend but since the turn of the year they have drawn two games and lost nine. Norwich last won at Selhurst Park nearly 20 years ago, in May 1996. Since then, Norwich have failed to win in 14 visits, losing eight and drawing six – including the last two.SOUTHAMPTON VS NEWCASTLENewcastle United are in dire trouble. With just seven games remaining they are in penultimate position in the Barclays Premier League and three points from safety. And away from home, Newcastle have a dreadful record. The Magpies have lost 13 of their 16 away games – the most of any Premier League team. They have scored just nine away goals – including two at Norwich – and have lost their last seven away games.SWANSEA CITY VS CHELSEAGuus Hiddink remains in control of Chelsea, five days after the club confirmed that Italy manager Antonio Conte is to be their new first-team head coach, starting from this summer. The 46-year-old former Juventus boss will begin a three-year contract after his country takes part in Euro 2016. Swansea, meanwhile, are 15th, 10 points from the relegation zone. They have won three and drawn one of their last five league games.WATFORD VS EVERTONIn their first season back in the Barclays Premier League, Watford are probably one win away from safety. Currently on 37 points, in 14th place, they are 10 points from the relegation zone. However, they are without a win in five league games, losing their last four, most recently the 4-0 thrashing at Arsenal. Perhaps the Hornets have one eye on their Wembley FA Cup semi-final, against Crystal Palace on April 24, but three more points are crucial.L’POOL VS STOKE CITYAt Anfield, Liverpool have won fewer league games than they have on the road with just five at home and seven away. Indeed, with just five home games left, they could be heading for some unwanted records. Liverpool’s record for fewest home wins in a Premier League season is six, in the 2011-12 season. Stoke have two points more than Liverpool and are one place better off, in eighth.last_img read more

Scorpions beat Red Force by 292 runs … advance to Super50 final

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions defeated Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 292 runs, in the first semi-final of the Regional Super50 at Coolidge Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The Scorpions racked up a staggering 434 for four off their 50 overs with Chadwick Walton leading the way with 117 runs.  He was well supported by Jermaine Blackwood who slammed 108 not out with Rovman Powell falling just short of his century after he was sent back on 95. Steven Taylor added 88 against Ravi Rampaul’s two for 83.  The Red Force never got close, crashing to 141 in 26.3 overs with Jason Mohammed (62 not out) showing the only resistance against a torrid Jamaican attack.  Powell returned to claim five for 36, with Jerome Taylor 3-27 and Renard Leveridge 2-31 also ripping through the Red Force batting lineup.  SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS +C Walton lbw b Imran Khan 117 S Taylor c Ottley b Mohammed  88 J Blackwood not out 108 R Powell b Rampaul 95 J Campbell c wkp Ramdin b Rampaul 0 Extras  (b1, lb11, w12, nb2) 26 TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 434 To bat: D Thomas, A McCarthy, D Jacobs, *N Miller, J Taylor, R Leveridge. Fall of wickets: 1-174 (Taylor), 2-269 (Walton), 3-432 (Powell), 4-434 (Campbell). Bowling: Gabriel 9-0-91-0 (w3), Rampaul 10-0-83-2 (w1), Emrit 8.3-0-78-0 (w3, nb2), Pierre 6.3-0-77-0 (w1), Mohammed 6-1-24-1 (w1), Imran Khan 10-0-69-1 (w2). RED FORCE K Hope c Miller b Leveridge   17 E Lewis c wkp Walton b Taylor 18 K Ottley c wkp Walton b Leveridge 1 J Mohammed not out 62 N Alexis lbw b Taylor 0 *+D Ramdin c wkp Walton b Powell 27 I Khan c Blackwood b Powell 6 R Emrit c Taylor b Powell 3 K Pierre c wkp Walton b Powell 2 R Rampaul c wkp Walton b Powell 0 S Gabriel b Taylor 0 Extras (b1, lb1, w4) 6 TOTAL (all out, 26.3 overs) 142 Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Lewis), 2-38 (Hope), 3-39 (Ottley), 4-40 (Alexis), 5-103 (Ramdin), 6-118 (Khan), 7-136 (Emrit), 8-141 (Pierre), 9-141 (Rampaul), 10-142 (Gabriel) Bowling: Taylor 5.3-0-27-3, Leveridge 5-1-31-2 (w2), Jacobs 3-0-24-0 (w1), Powell 8-1-36-5, Miller 5-0-22-0 (w1) Result: Scorpions won by 292 runs. Position: Scorpions qualify for Super50 final. Man-of-the-Match: Rovman Powell. Toss: Red Force. Umpires: G Brathwaite, N Duguid; TV – C Tuckettlast_img read more

Montserrado District #13 Rep. Aspirant to Open Vocational Hub

first_imgMr. Jallah makes remarks at the occasion.Ahead of the pending representative by-election in Montserrado County’s Electoral District # 13, a representative aspirant has promised to open a vocational hub for youth in the district.The hub, according to Andy B. Jallah, when completed, will benefit community dwellers, specifically school-age youth who do not have the opportunity to enroll at the various colleges, universities or vocational institutions.Jallah made the disclosure recently at a program marking the commencement of the first ever inter-community quizzing competition, organized by the friends of Andy in collaboration with the Bassa Town Youth Organization. The ceremony was held in New Georgia Estate, Gardnersville, a suburb of Monrovia.The quizzing competition, which was held under the theme, “Navigating the District Through Academic Discourse,” brought together community leaders, high school students from New Georgia Estate, Chocolate City, and Shoe Factory.Mr. Jallah told residents that his team, comprising several youth, has been working very hard with stakeholders, to ensure that his dream becomes a reality.He said that young people nowadays continue to be carried away by peer pressure (“bad friends”) to engage in illegal activities, thus making some of them to be found in community ghettos.Jallah said the vocational hub, which is excepted to open any time soon, will buttress government’s effort to minimize the proliferation of ghettos around communities.In order to achieve this dream, there is a need to collectively work together, “because if the youth are busy doing something positive, some of them will not go in the ghettos or follow ‘bad friends,’” he said.Jallah then assured the youth of his commitment to ensure the continued provision of more scholarships.Over the years, Mr. Jallah said he has been one of the persons who has provided scholarships for more than 26 young people, some of whom have continued their academic sojourn.He stressed the need to rehabilitate drug users in the district and have them integrated into society, something which he said will help the country youthful population.Jallah further promised to get rid of ghettos in the coming months, in collaboration with authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), and other security apparatuses, to ensure that young people are not carried away by peer pressure.“In order for some of the young people to get a better education, we need to invest into their education and transform their lives,” he said.Ramsay T. Sudeso, II, a resident of the New Georgia Estate, lauded Jallah for being farsighted in his search to empower some of the youth.Sudeso said over the years, no aspirant ever thought of opening a vocational hub in the district; therefore, Mr. Sudeso encouraged some of the youth to take advantage of every learning opportunity to improve their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘His quick feet and distribution would suit Liverpool’s style of play’

first_img Marco Sportiello in action for Atalanta Simon Mignolet’s spot as Liverpool No.1 looks under threat on a week-to-week basis, and the Belgian’s position at Anfield could get worse this summer.The Reds have been linked with Atalanta star Marco Sportiello, and talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight takes a look at the young shot-stopper…Name: Marco SportielloDate of birth: 10, May 1992Birthplace: Desio, ItalyPosition: GoalkeeperClub: AtalantaWhat’s the latest?Liverpool have been linked with a move for a goalkeeper this summer, with Simon Mignolet failing to impress, following his switch from Sunderland in 2013. Pepe Reina and Petr Cech are just two of the names being linked with the Anfield club, while Marco Sportiello is also on the Reds’ radar. The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for Atalanta this season, and his performances have also attracted the attentions of Inter and AC Milan.Did you know?1) Sportiello has forced his way past Giorgio Frezzolini and Vlada Avramov to be the Atalanta No.1 goalkeeper.2) Such is the interest in the goalie that Atalanta have extended the 22-year-old’s contract until 2019.3) His quick feet and distribution would suit Brendan Rodgers’ style of play.4) Sportiello was born in Desio, the birthplace of Sunderland, and former Arsenal goalkeeper, Vito Mannone.5) There is a website devoted to dreadful jokes about Sportiello including, ‘Q: What does Marco Sportiello and a bad magician have in common? A: Both cannot do hat tricks’. More can be viewed here6) Sportiello has spent much of his early years playing on dual contracts and loans at lower league sides in Italy. He’s already represented Seregno, Poggibonsi and Carpi.7) Liverpool may struggle to convince Sportiello to join the Premier League side though if AC Milan enter the bidding. The youngster was a huge fan of the Serie A side during his youth and idolised Sebastiano Rossi and Christian Abbiati.Video evidence 1last_img read more

Liverpool and Manchester United-linked PSG star speaks out on transfer talk

first_imgLiverpool and Manchester United target Lucas Moura has hinted he would be open to a move to the Premier League.The Brazilian winger is a key player for Paris Saint-Germain and has found the net six times in 22 appearances this season.But PSG may be tempted to offload Moura next summer to help fund an ambitious bid for Cristiano Ronaldo.Moura admits he is aware of the interest from leading clubs in England and is refusing to rule out a move in the not-too-distant future.“It is clear that the Premier League is very strong,” he told SporTV.“If an opportunity comes later and I no longer have the desire to play here, I would take the decision and I would play for another club.“I’m happy to generate interest from major European clubs, if the interest exists it shows that people trust me and would count on me.” 1 Lucas Moura last_img read more

Signs to tell of amoeba dangers

first_imgThe Associated Press LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Signs warning of the dangers of a rare amoeba will be posted at Lake Havasu, telling swimmers to take precautions such as plugging their noses when they dive. The City Council voted on Tuesday to take the action after last month’s death of 14-year-old Aaron Evans, who doctors believe was infected with the microscopic amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, while swimming at the Colorado River reservoir. “I’m happy with it,” said Keith Evans, Aaron’s grandfather. “It shows they’re stepping up.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The city will post the signs along the roughly one mile of waterfront it owns. Arizona and California share jurisdiction on the remaining lake frontage, along with county and state agencies and Indian tribes. Mohave County also is considering posting signs and the Board of Health will take up the matter next month, said Patty Mead, director of the county health department. The signs Lake Havasu City plans to post will warn against dangers including “drowning, physical injuries, and illnesses caused by amoebae and bacteria which exist naturally,” according to city staff. The signs directs bathers not to inhale water through their mouth and nose, and to avoid diving into murky or shallow water. The city also may run public service announcements during periods of high water temperatures, when the amoeba becomes active, city spokesman Charlie Cassens said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s top 10 Manchester United transfer targets this summer

first_img Andre Gomes (Valencia) – Juventus are interested in Gomes but the fact the midfielder is Portuguese and shares an agent with Mourinho could swing it in Manchester United’s favour. Gomes has also publically called Mourinho a ‘great coach’, further hinting that his future may lie at Old Trafford. 10 Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon) – The Portugal attacking midfielder is in high demand after an impressive season at Sporting but Mourinho would need to activate his £45m buyout clause and offer wages of around £140,000 to seal the move. 10 Eric Bailly (Villarreal) – Bailly’s name came as a surprise to many United fans but despite being a bit inconsistent and rash, the Ivorian fits the quick and powerful mould Mourinho demands of his centre backs. It could be a gamble pairing someone as young and inexperienced as him with Chris Smalling however. 10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free agent) – Click the arrow, right, to see Mourinho’s other summer targets – Ibrahimovic looks set to be the first name ticked off Mourinho’s transfer wishlist as he looks to add goals and experience to a youthful attack. The Sweden striker will join on a one-year deal and will be the perfect player for the likes of Marcus Rashford to learn from. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – Mourinho brought Varane to Madrid and has a good relationship with the player. The French defender has fallen behind Pepe in the pecking order at the Bernabeu which could open the door for him to join United in the search of more regular football. Miralem Pjanic (Roma) – Mourinho is keen to bolster his midfield after Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger disappointed last season. Pjanic has a buyout clause of around £35m and Roma’s president admitted if that is met then the Bosnian could well leave. 10 Paul Pogba (Juventus) – Pogba is one of the hottest properties in European football at the moment and United would face a lot of competition for his signature, especially considering they are not in the Champions League. They have only an outside chance of bringing the Frenchman back to Old Trafford and would have to stump up a fee in the region of £75m to do so. Jose Mourinho is due to meet with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward this week to discuss his list of transfer targets for the summer.The transfer window doesn’t open until July 1, but that hasn’t stopped the new Red Devils boss from identifying who he wants in his first team squad next season.Talks with a number of targets have reportedly already begun but whose names will be among those discussed between Mourinho and Woodward?talkSPORT has drawn up a list of ten targets the former Chelsea boss will ask Woodward to deliver for him – click the arrow above, right, to see who is on it! 10 10 10 10 James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – The Colombian has fallen out of favour under Zinedine Zidane at Madrid and while he is not one of Mourinho’s priorities, his immediate availability may force United to put in an offer instead of pursuing other targets. 10 John Stones (Everton) – Mourinho fought tooth and nail to bring Stones to Chelsea last summer and failed so expect him to return for the Englishman this summer. Although Stones had a tough time last season he will still be a great centre back and a good partner for Smalling. 10 Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) – United have reportedly made an approach for the Chelsea midfielder who was a cornerstone in Mourinho’s 2015 title-winning side. The Portuguese would love a reunion with his former holding midfielder.last_img read more

Peggy just tried to cheer up soldiers

first_imgThe young woman working in the cloakroom at the Hollywood Guild Canteen during World War II had a knack for spotting lonely servicemen a long way from home. They had a sad, faraway look in their eyes as they walked into the private home that had been converted into a hotel for servicemen coming through Los Angeles on their way to war. What they needed as much as a hot meal and a cot for the night was a little cheering up. “Will Rogers’ ranch isn’t far from here, soldier. Do you want to visit it while you’re in town?” Peggy Bolenbaugh would ask. “I’ll mail the pictures home for you, and let your parents know you’re doing fine,” Peggy would tell them as they were leaving the Hollywood Guild. But she had a favor to ask in return: Could they please send her a military patch from their unit? By the end of the war, more than 300 military patches had been sent to Peggy, thanking her for her kindness when they came through Los Angeles on their way to war. Today, Peggy Bolenbaugh is 93, and living at the Casitas Care Center in Granada Hills. Most of those men she befriended are gone, but their children and grandchildren aren’t. Every day, when the mail arrives at the skilled-care nursing facility, one room always gets more mail than all the others: Room 200, where Peggy lives. The photographs she snapped more than a half-century earlier of young servicemen standing at Will Rogers’ hitching post wound up in hundreds of family photo albums around the country. Stories of Peggy’s tour for homesick soldiers, and how she asked for their military patches, got handed down from generation to generation. Descendents of those soldiers and sailors and Marines have written her letters, and she’s written them back. They exchange birthday cards and keep up on each others’ lives. Some even come by to visit. “When they’re in Los Angeles, families still stop by with that picture she took of their father or grandpa at Will Rogers’ hitching post,” says Kathy Haugh, Peggy’s clinical social worker. “She gets more mail than anyone here.” In later years, Peggy took those World War II patches out of the drawer and sewed them on an Army blanket she bought at a surplus store. During the Vietnam War, she sewed on more patches – some of them sent to her by the sons of the fathers she befriended during World War II. During Desert Storm, she added a half-dozen more – a few of them from grandsons. When she finally stopped sewing last year, Peggy had 352 military unit patches on that Army blanket. “A friend of mine has a son who co-founded the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial, so I sent the blanket up there,” Peggy said Wednesday, getting ready to mail a birthday card to the daughter of one of her World War II soldiers. Ron Cannon, director of the U.S. Department of Labor Veteran’s Employment and Training Service in Oregon, said the blanket is on display at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and may soon be moved to the state Capitol for thousands of visitors to see. “We call it Peggy’s Labor of Love to homesick young lads,” Cannon said by phone from Oregon. “The history of the blanket is fascinating. It’s a brilliant work of art. Every patch has its own story of love and honor. “It’s so obvious that this woman’s heart and soul went into every patriotic stitch she wove into the fabric.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTheir faces would brighten and that homesick look would be replaced by a smile a mile wide. Will Rogers, America’s greatest humorist? Heck, yes, they wanted to see where he lived. So the next day, Peggy would take a carful of soldiers out to Will’s ranch house in Bel-Air, where his sister would give them a tour. Then they’d step outside and have their pictures taken standing at the hitching post where Will tied up his horse when he was in town. “On the way back, we’d stop at the beach because so many of them had never seen an ocean before,” Peggy recalled. For a few precious hours, she made them forget their loneliness and where they were going next. For a few hours, she became their mother and big sister. last_img read more

Donegal players to be honoured at Women’s National League awards

first_imgDONEGAL DUO Roma McLaughlin and Amber Barrett will be honoured at the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League awards next Thursday.Greencastle’s McLaughlin and Milford native Barrett both play for the Dublin-based Peamount United.Midfielder McLaughlin and striker Barrett have been included in the Team of the Year. Both players were capped by the Republic of Ireland in 2016. McLaughlin was the Young Player of the Year last season and is again nominated for that award.She is up against Shelbourne pair Leanne Kiernan and Noelle Murray.Barrett scored 16 goals in the 2016 season and will collect the Irish Daily Mail Golden Boot award.Donegal players to be honoured at Women’s National League awards was last modified: January 6th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FRUIT AND VEG MAN ABUSED KIDS AT DONEGAL HOLIDAY HOME

first_imgA fruit and vegetable salesman who abused teenage babysitters at his Co Donegal holiday home has been jailed for 14 and a half years in the North.Paedophile Fred Ayton, 62, of Donnybrewer Road, Eglinton, would target the girls at his home at Inch, Inishowen.One of hundreds of incidents involving three girls while they were were variously aged between 11-16 between 1981 and 1987 took place in his family home while his wife was in hospital giving birth to one of their children. Jailing Ayton for fourteen-and-a-half years, Judge Donna McColgan QC, said he had deliberately befriended people he knew through sporting clubs so he could go on to groom and sexually abuse their daughters.There were three victims, two of whom were targeted over a period of several years, including incidents as they alternatively baby-sat for Ayton on Friday and Saturday nights.He gave the girls up to £30 – six times the going rate for babysitting in the 1980s – and also bought them food carryouts and drink before abusing them.Judge McColgan said in particular he had “robbed” two of his victims of their teenage years and said his behaviour was “exploitative, manipulative and abhorrent” and even now his attitude is still “boorish, loathesome and contemptible”.The judge said one of Ayton’s victim’s said she felt “brainwashed” by him.The judge said Ayton had a clear record and the court heard he had built up a business of supplying fruit and vegetable to the catering trade over 30 years but has now lost that.Prosecutor Frank O’Donoghue QC said one of the victims recalled first meeting Ayton during a holiday at Inch in Donegal after he befriended her father and at first he used to “playfight” with her before sexually abusing her and telling not to tell anyone as she was a “special girl” and that nobody would believe her as her dad was his friend.On another occasion as she babysat for him in Derry she woke up to find him sexually assaulting her and on another time the defendant had flown into a rage after he saw her kissing a teenage boy at the Moville Regatta.On a further occasion Ayton got her drunk on “poteen” before abusing her and she believed she had been abused hundreds of times over a five year period.Another victim abused for several years babysat for the defendant on Friday nights and said Ayton was “intimidating”.The third victim went to Ayton’s home to babysit with one of the victims when she was sexually assaulted.Mr O’Donoghue said Ayton had “systematically groomed and abused two vulnerable young females” and said on some occasions the abuse occurred when Ayton’s wife and children were elsewhere in the house.Ayton admitted a catalogue of offences including attempted rape, attempted buggery with a girl, 24 counts of indecent assault on a female and seven charges of gross indecency with or towards a child.The court heard three rape charges were not proceeded with by the prosecution with the agreement of one of the victim’s after Ayton pleaded guilty to the other charges.Defence QC Martin Rodgers said the defendant admitted he “used” the victims for his own gratification and his reputation in the community was now ruined.FRUIT AND VEG MAN ABUSED KIDS AT DONEGAL HOLIDAY HOME was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:eglintonInchpaedophilelast_img read more