Read Also: Hazard set for Real Madrid return against Eibar Loading… Between 2016 and 2018 he enjoyed regular first-team football in Eredivisie in the Netherlands across spells with Go Ahead Eagles and Willem II but a 2019 loan move to Spanish second tier side Extremadura broke down. The Spanish club blamed Liverpool for sending the documentation over late following the agreement of a deal, while the former Spain Under-17 youth international had been linked with a return to Spanish football. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The defensive midfielder spent nine years in the youth setup at Valencia before joining the English giants as a 16-year-old and subsequently rose through the youth ranks at Anfield. He made 11 first-team appearances at the Merseyside club but was never likely to have a long-term future in Jurgen Klopp’s squad and will play in France next season. Liverpool have confirmed midfielder Pedro Chirivella will leave the club at the end of his contract this month to join Ligue 1 club Nantes. Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Most Expensive Mistakes The World Has Ever Made
The Newcastle fans voiced their displeasure at both Pardew and owner Mike Ashley – who was present at the Liberty Stadium – regularly during an entertaining contest, with the visitors desperately short of confidence and still seeking their first win of the league campaign. Swansea had made their best start to a Premier League campaign but they had gone three games without a win and it showed as both sides took time to settle. An early spell of shadow boxing ended when Gabriel Obertan fired just wide and the chance seemed to spur Swansea into action at the other end. Bony played Ki Sung-yueng’s pass to Gylfi Sigurdsson and a simple one-two saw the Ivorian bear down on goal and slot home pass Tim Krul for his first goal since scoring for the Ivory Coast at the World Cup in Brazil. It was also Sigurdsson’s fifth assist of a productive Premier League season but from a Newcastle perspective their defence had been breached far too easily. Shelvey’s delicate chip cleared Krul’s crossbar following some slick Swans approach play and the hosts almost doubled their advantage after 38 minutes. Another free-flowing move had threatened to break down but Sigurdsson helped it onto Nathan Dyer and he beat his marker Paul Dummett with ease. Dyer’s cross found Bony but Krul produced an excellent save to divert his volley wide at the expense of a corner. Cisse was starting for the first time on Saturday since fracturing a patella in April and he repeated his two-goal show against Hull last month when he came on as a substitute to stun Garry Monk’s side. Swansea twice took the lead through Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge, but the Senegal striker took advantage of some slack home marking to score Newcastle’s first away goals in the top flight since March 1. Newcastle had barely functioned as an attacking force but two minutes before half-time Obertan got the better of Neil Taylor and Cisse stole across Ashley Williams at the near post to beat Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal. Swansea responded immediately with Bony seeing a shot blocked by his skipper Williams before driving a fierce effort over, but Newcastle’s luck held only until five minutes into the second half. Sigurdsson held off Moussa Sissoko, perhaps too forcefully for Pardew’s liking, to slip a pass into Routledge’s path with Dummett playing him onside in the left-back position. Krul came rushing off his line but Routledge nonchalantly beat him with a delightful chip to restore Swansea’s lead. Newcastle were making little attacking headway and came close to conceding a third when Sigurdsson’s back heel found Bony and the Ivorian just failed to keep his chip under Krul’s bar. Bony was almost on the scoresheet again when he met Dyer’s centre sweetly and Krul pulled a save from right out of the top drawer. And that stop proved more important moments later when substitute Sammy Ameobi evaded the challenge of Federico Fernandez and crossed for Cisse to volley home from close range. Cisse almost completed his hat-trick with 10 minutes remaining when Emmanuel Riviere’s blocked shot fell to him inside the six-yard area but he couldn’t maintain his balance and the chance was lost. Papiss Cisse eased some of the pressure on under-fire Newcastle manager Alan Pardew as his second brace of the season secured a precious Barclays Premier League point as the Magpies drew 2-2 at Swansea. Press Association
… added incentives for participating playersBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Despite the somewhat unseasonal weather and what is expected to be soggy outfields, occasioned by last weekend’s consistent showers, the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) 2017 season is set to get underway here on Saturday with matches in the premier, first and second divisions.The Elite League, which was introduced in 2016, commences on Sunday while the women go into action on Sunday, June 4.Still battling with the loss of one of its premier venue, Ellesemere, which according to SCA president Shiv Persaud affected the T20 competition and the regular season playoffs last year, the SCA is aiming for a September ending instead of what took place in 2016 when it was forced to extend the season to October.The introduction of the eight-team Elite League in 2016 which followed a six-year dominance by Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) in the Premiere League, also saw a changing of the guard with Victoria Park Cricket Club (VPCC) enjoying a fruitful season and emerging as the undisputed champions.VPCC, which included former Guyana Under-19 all-rounder and captain Eugene LaFleur made light work of Scarborough Cricket Club (SCC) in a lopsided final, played at the Ashtonbee ground, after earlier disposing of HACC in the previous weekend’s semi-final encounter, which was played at the same venue.It was also a second consecutive final defeat for SCC following their loss to HACC in the 2015 Premiere League final.While Victoria Park were celebrating in grand style, Toronto Cricketers were also marking their entry into the Elite League with a hard-fought 29-run win over archrivals Islanders in the Premiere League final, played on the adjoining ground.VPCC are expected once more to feature the bowlers who were responsible for the destruction of both SCC and HACC – left-arm spinner Parth Desai and leg-spinner Shailesh Patel, who spun webs around their opponents. Their batting hinges on LaFleur, Krunal Patel, Shailesh Patel, Anand Erramilli and Aashin Patwari.HACC, who are aiming to bounce back into the reckoning this year, will see a new player at the helm, with former Guyana wicketkeeper/batsman Azib Ali Hanif taking over the reins from long-standing skipper Hemnarine Chattergoon who announced his retirement at the end of last season.However, while one Chattergoon is leaving, another in the form of his brother, former Guyana Under-19 opener Harrinarine Chattergoon is returning after a one-year hiatus.It will be recalled that Chattergoon holds the record for the highest individual score in the Premiere League, a record-breaking 268 against Durham in the 2015 which saw HACC rack up a whopping 618 for six in their allotted 50 overs. He is also a useful off-spinner.Among the other batsmen, who are expected to feature prominently are former Guyana and West Indies B team player Krishna Arjune, Hanif, Azhad Amidon, Reyaz Prahalad, who missed most of last year because of injury, Damodar Daesrath, Zaheer Allard, Farook Hussain and Looknauth Ramsuchit. Former Guyana and West Indies One-day player Royston Crandon is also expected to be available for some matches.Among the bowlers expected to feature are left-arm spinner Imran Khan, who claimed the most wickets last year, Allard, Daesrath, Bim Bodhoo and Chattergoon.Not to be outdone, the other clubs, Ambassadors, Maple, Superstars/Islanders, Highland Creek and Toronto Cricketers are all raring to go in what should be a highly contested Elite League.It also promises to be keen rivalry between defending champions Kaisoca and Superstars for supremacy among the four women’s teams, with the latter vowing to dethrone their opponents and regain championship honours following defeat in last year’s final.An added incentive for clubs this year is the SCA’s stated intention of approaching Cricket Canada, the governing body for cricket here with a view of exploring the way forward regarding players’ eligibility to represent Canada.The SCA’s decision was sparked after its women cricketers were shunned by Cricket Canada when their scheduled game against the touring MCC women’s team was called off a few days before it was scheduled to be played last September, prompting president Persaud to declare that although his members were disappointed and heartbroken, they became more united.Reflecting on the 2016 season, Persaud disclosed that there were many areas “that we have started planning and exploring to build on our successes in 2017, for example, structuring our junior division for Under-13, Under-16 and Under-19; contesting regular season finals at different times during the season and allowing our women cricketers to play at different venues and possibly games under lights.”
President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has said that the federation was on course to become completely self-funding by the end of his second term in office after achieving 65-per cent private sector funding.Pinnick, who was re-elected for a second term last week, said the focus of the coming years would be to achieve full self-sufficiency for the NFF.“Thanks to our many sponsors and partners, we have achieved 65-per cent private sector funding status,” Pinnick told KweséESPN. “Football has a tremendous capacity to be self-sustaining and even contribute significantly to the national GDP,” he added. “That is the situation we are targeting at the moment.“Our target is a hundred per cent.”The progress represents a remarkable achievement for the NFF, and is a testament to the success of Pinnick’s aggressive commercial drive.During his tenure, he’s raked in sponsors like Aiteo, Coca Cola, Zenith Bank, Nigeria Breweries, NIKE, Cadbury, WAPIC Insurance, Emzor Pharmaceuticals, TGI, 1XBet, Peak Milk and Payporte.Of the NFF’s N6,382,500,310 budget for 2018, only N1,148,646,974 was appropriated in the 2018 federal budget, leaving a shortfall of well over N5 billion for Pinnick’s administration.The sixty-five per cent of the total budget discussed by Pinnick amounts to about N4 billion.NFF sources told KweséESPN that the federation will now resume pursuit of new sponsorship deals which were stalled by the crisis in the federation.“We had some deals, including one from a major telecommunications firm that was set to be signed after the World Cup, but had to be put on hold because of the crisis,” said the source.A new, improved contract with equipment manufacturer Nike is also said to be on the cards, especially after the phenomenal global success of the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup kit.Pinnick also recently engaged two of Nigeria’s top billionaires – Alike Dangote and Femi Otedola – with an invitation to the FIFA Best Awards in London earlier this week, with talks about potential investment in the federation progressing well. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Heaney finishing his season with a 4.15 ERA over 180 innings, despite missing the first two weeks of the season with elbow inflammation. After that, he made 30 starts without interruption.“Having missed the first couple weeks of the year, to end up compiling that many innings is a good feeling,” Heaney said.Manager Mike Scioscia also was thrilled that Heaney was able to reach 180 innings, which he said has now replaced 200 innings as the benchmark for a “full season.” Beyond simply being durable, Heaney also pitched well for the most part.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“We definitely didn’t have a pitcher throwing the ball any better than Andrew,” Scioscia said. “As the season went on, he started to understand his stuff a little better. He pitched against some tough clubs and pitched well. Tonight was pretty typical.”Heaney, 27, had a few memorable outings during the season, most notably a one-hit shutout on his birthday in June. There were times when he struggled, but he was fairly consistent. He had 17 quality starts. PreviousAngels manager Mike Scioscia, left, congratulates Shohei Ohtani, after the Angels defeated the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Angels’ Mike Trout congratulates teammate Shohei Ohtani after Ohtani hti a go-ahead solo home run during the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney gathers himself on the mound as Texas Rangers designated hitter Adrian Beltre rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo homerun during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim runs to first base after hitting an RBI single during the fourth inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yohander Mendez works to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Kaleb Cowart throws to first after forcing out Texas Rangers’ Jurickson Profar at second, but nott in time to get Rougned Odor during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney delivers to a Texas Rangers batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Texas Rangers center fielder Carlos Tocci reaches to catch a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani watches his RBI single next to Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers reacts to hitting a solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Texas Rangers’ Jurickson Profar, right, gets congratulations from Rougned Odor after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run in front of Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The Angels won 3-2. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim connects for a solo homerun during the eighth inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim connects for a solo homerun during the eighth inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run, next to Texas Rangers third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa, during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The Angels won 3-2. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Third base coach Dino Ebel #21 congratulates Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after his solo homerun during the eighth inning of a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on September 26, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Angels walk off the field after their 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels manager Mike Scioscia, left, congratulates Shohei Ohtani, after the Angels defeated the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Angels’ Mike Trout congratulates teammate Shohei Ohtani after Ohtani hti a go-ahead solo home run during the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 18The Angels’ Mike Trout congratulates teammate Shohei Ohtani after Ohtani hti a go-ahead solo home run during the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — Andrew Heaney was proud of both the quality and quantity that he produced in his first full season after coming back from Tommy John surgery, but he thinks he can do better on both counts.“I think there is still a lot of juice to be squeezed,” Heaney said after pitching seven innings in the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. “I just feel like there’s more in the tank, just from doing some different things. I’ll work on that in the offseason and come into spring training and hopefully be able to put some of the good peripheral numbers I have into some better performances to get us some more wins.”His last start of the year was a win, but it wasn’t his. He left with the score tied, but Shohei Ohtani put the Angels ahead with a tie-breaking homer, his 22nd of the season, in the eighth.Ohtani is finishing off an excellent offensive season just before undergoing Tommy John surgery, a procedure Heaney had in July 2016. After returning for five disappointing starts in 2017, he mostly returned to form this year. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “It was the right club,” Scioscia quipped.Related Articles Ohtani homered in his first time facing Chris Martin, a right-hander who had been his teammate for the past two years with the Nippon Ham Fighters. So far their only meeting in the majors consisted of Martin picking him off first base back in April.After Ohtani homered against him to snap the tie, Ohtani said there was no extra satisfaction in getting Martin back.“Nothing personal,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “That was a huge home run to get the win. That’s what matters to me.”The homer was a personal milestone, tying his season-high in Japan, despite facing much tougher competition in the majors.“Being able to accomplish my career high in my first year in the big leagues is a huge thing for me,” Ohtani said. “I’m proud of that.” Heaney also showed an ability to bounce back from one bad start before it became two or three. After he allowed six runs in three innings against the Houston Astros in his last time out, he held the Rangers to just solo homers by Adrian Beltre and Jurickson Profar.Heaney struck out 10 and walked one. He gave up two runs, on homers by Adrian Beltre and Jurickson Profar. He retiring the last nine batters he faced after the Profar homer in the fifth.After needing 88 pitches to get through six, Heaney was sent back for the seventh and he put away the Rangers on 12 more, reaching the 100-pitch mark for the first time since July 22. No other Angels pitcher had gotten there since.The Angels had just 21 games in which their starter got to 100 pitches, and Heaney was responsible for eight of them.He had fallen behind 2-1 in the top of the fifth, on the Profar homer, but then Taylor Ward tied the score in the bottom of the inning with a homer.Ward was hitting .165 coming into Wednesday’s game. But Scioscia said he’d seen some adjustments recently and was taking “better swings the last couple nights.”“I think a guy like Taylor knows the challenge,” Scioscia said before the game. “He’s not going to set himself up to win a spot next year with what he does this last week, but he is certainly using this experience for the process, to get his swing more consistent and handle a variety of pitches. A hundred at-bats at the major league level really just shows you what the challenge is.”The Angels couldn’t push home the go-ahead run until the eighth, when Ohtani hit one just off the top of the left field fence. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros
The #Brewers are one of at least a handful teams, including the likes of the #SFGiants, #Athletics and #Padres, who remain interested in starter Gio Gonzalez. https://t.co/O5so2Mw2HE— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 5, 2019The Yankees have also had discussions about Gonzalez, according to Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman, while he was linked to the Mets in early February, as well. The two-time All-Star also has pitched for the A’s during his 11-year career. Gio Gonzalez has been discussed at least by some Yankees people, even before Luis Severino was scratched with shoulder “discomfort.” Rotation depth one of their only issues.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 5, 2019Gonzalez was sent from the Nationals to the Brewers in August. He registered a 10-11 record and a 4.21 ERA in 32 total starts last season. Related News Luis Severino injury update: Yankees ace ‘highly unlikely’ to be ready for opening day Multiple teams remain interested in Gio Gonzalez.The Brewers, Padres, Athletics and Giants are all still considering signing the 33-year-old free agent starter, according to a report from USA Today.
The Buchy rink featured former provincial champion Fred Thomson.Myron Nichol of Castlegar won the B event with Longworth claiming the C event.Lynn Lee of Cranbrook took the D event.The cashspiel attracted 16 rinks from the Kootenay and Okanagan region.Rinks now prepare for the upcoming Zone Playdowns.The men’s is happening next month in Sparwood.In Castlegar, the Justin Umpherville rink of Beaver Valley swept to the Kootenay Junior Men’s title with a 2-0 win over Zone Bartlett of Grand Forks in the best-of-three playdown.The series was played Saturday in Castlegar.Umpherville, including third Spence Soukeroff, second Kasey Ohara and lead Zack Howes, won by scores of 10-4 and 13-5.The Beaver Valley rink advances to the B.C. Junior Men’s Championships in Chilliwack. T.J. Perepolkin scored early and often en route to capturing the $1500 prize at the Nelson Curling Club 2013 Open Cashspiel Sunday at the Heritage City Club.Perepokin, third Deane Horning, second Tyler Orme and lead Don Freschi of Trail dumped Rick Cutler of Nelson in seven ends.Kevin Nesbitt is the fifth man on the Perepolkin rink, which advanced to the qualifying rounds of cashspiels in both Vernon and Red Deer.Horning and Freschi are both B.C. Provincial Champs.The Cutler rink, a club team entering the open cashspiel for some extra competition, shocked many of the favoured rinks as the club cruised to the A Final.Along the way Cutler & Company defeated favoured rinks led by Rob Ferguson of Trail, Mark Longwoth of Vernon and Tom Buchy of Kimberley.
FORTUNEONEHUNDRED underlined his well being with another post-to-post victory in the second running of the Saint Cecelia Cup Open Allowance feature at Caymanas Park yesterday, the American five-year-old gelding winning by five lengths in the fairly good time of 1:19.0.With title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED broke smartly from the number-one position and quickly established an early lead over the three-year-old filly, MOM’s STUDENT (5-1), and the 50-1 outsider, LADY SHANKARI, in a field of nine.Coasting into the straight (rails) some three lengths clear of MOM’S STUDENT and TRADITIONAL PRINCE (7-2), he kept on strongly under the right-hand stick to win unchallenged, notching his second consecutive win over the distance following his fast-time win (1:17.3) in the Seek Exercise Book Room Trophy on August 15.PETE’SWILDONE (5-1) finished strongly from off the pace to beat TRADITIONAL PRINCE for second, while TIMEFORARMS (8-1) stayed on for fourth.Victory was expectedDaCosta, who is safely on course for a record 15th trainers’ title, which would surpass Philip Feanny’s long-standing all-time record of 14, said FORTUNEONEHUNDRED has improved this season and the victory was expected.”He won the Seek Exercise Book Trophy over the distance in a fast time some weeks ago and, having followed up today, has now graduated to grade one company,” he said.”We will weigh our options in the coming weeks, but the Gold Cup, which has been brought forward to mid-October to pave the way for the rich Diamond Mile on December 5, looks a tempting proposition given his style of running,” said DaCosta, who won this year’s derby with SEEKING MY DREAM and the 2000 Guineas with ALI BABA.According to the trainer, he would love to see FORTUNEONEHUNDRED taking his place in the field for the $13.5 million Diamond Mile.”His participation could come down to lifetime earnings, but I am hopeful he makes it,” he said.As far as the Diamond Mile is concerned, DaCosta had some issues.”It should be run as a handicap race.”He asked: “How on earth can one explain the fact that a horse like Pete’swildone will be allowing weight to Typewriter, Perfect Neighbour, and Commanding Chief?”Leading jockey Shane Ellis rode two winners in BRAHMOS and BARS OF GOLD, both at odds of 5-2, to inch away from closest rivals, Robert Halledeen and Omar Walker, in the jockeys’ championship. Ellis pushed his season’s tally to 60 wins – ahead of Halledeen (56) and Walker (52), who both logged one winner each.All, however, were overshadowed by in-form jockey Paul ‘Country’ Francis, who rode three winners on the card, including NEVER GIVE UP, who finished in a dead heat for first with the favourite FRANKENSTORM.
Tactical workout ahead of the 2017 AFCON and the 2016 CHAN qualifiers which should have begun on Monday, April 21, was suspended over the lack of super players.The “pick and choose” of these cream of local players are giving Coach James Salinsa Debbah severe headache, particularly in the absence of the domestic cream of players.It seems that the two weeks’ tour on some 1st and 2nd practice grounds which led to the selection of 10 players from BYC FC were not enough to seal the final 24 local players to kick off the training.Reports say that the crucial call-up of players is finally hinged on an eight-day football league, known as Coca-Cola Top 8 Tournament.The tourney which begins on Friday, May 1 to Friday, May 8, at the Blue Field, with eight top teams, includes onetime arch rivals, IE and Barrolle.The other six participating teams include BYC, FC Fassell, Nimba United, NPA Anchors, Watanga FC and Aries FC.It might be laughable in the absence of a domestic league for a coach to pick players from a “Special Tournament” but the exclusion of some other top teams from the tourney is laughable.The clubs’ omission might have been either “deliberate for a payback of sour relationship” or “calculated attempt to deny other players of wearing the national team jersey to have their first run.”However, LFA Secretary General B. Alphonso Armah in defense of leaving out of one of the top teams, LISCR FC, said the selection was done by the LFA’s Competition Committee.The Competition Committee’s Chairman, Ansu Dorley, who is the chairman of the First Instant Board, responsible for the certification and de-registration of clubs also added the selection was done based on merit.Interestingly, LISCR FC is comparatively one of the two best teams in the first division, with a double championship, knockout and super cup titles and other titles.LISCR FC is also the 2nd most organized team to BYC while FC Fassell is still struggling to be third despite their big spending. The third most organized team is inarguably Nimba United.Nevertheless, besides the stoppage of the domestic league, another problem that would delay the “pick and choose” of players would also be absence of a Deputy Coach – who could technically prop the head coach in recruitment.Meanwhile, with 46 days to go to the Togo mission, there are lots of hesitations that the Debbah’s boys would spin the wheel of the qualifiers in the country’s favor.Even though, Coach Debbah has mentioned 40 overseas-based players to blend with the topnotch locals, truthfully with the crash in our economy owing to the hit of the Ebola Virus the actualization of more than five players to play in the 2017 AFCON qualifiers would be a miracle.Many football connoisseurs have considerable doubtful that the employment of inexperience Coach Debbah; the delay in the selection of players, lack of deputy coach and the unpleasant relationship with the LFA and the Liberian government coupled with the ‘No Money Syndrome” would question if Liberia can qualify since we last appeared in 1996 and 2001.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
CHETWYND, B.C. – West Fraser has announced that it will be introducing variable operating schedules at five of its British Columbia sawmills.In a release, the company says these changes will result in an estimated decrease of production in the range of 15 to 25 percent of the current B.C. lumber production and will include operations at the sawmill in Chetwynd.West Fraser says the potential effect of the revised operating schedules could be an aggregate reduction by up to an estimated 100 million board feet through to the end of the year.- Advertisement -The variable operating schedules for sawmill operations and the curtailment of plywood operations in B.C. are expected to commence September 16.West Fraser anticipates continuing the variable operating schedules at its B.C. sawmills until market and economic conditions support a return to full production.