Wanyama leaves Tottenham for Montreal Impact

September 22, 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves EPL: Liverpool open title defence against underdogs Matuidi quits Juventus Victor Wanyama’s Tottenham career has come to an end, with the midfielder opting to join Thierry Henry at Montreal Impact. The 28-year-old came close to leaving during the summer transfer window and again in January, having struggled to regain his place in the starting line-up after a string of injury troubles. Wanyama has now called time on his spell in north London, just shy of four years after arriving from Southampton, with a move to Major League Soccer. Tottenham wrote on Twitter: “We have reached agreement with Montreal Impact for the transfer of VictorWanyama. “We wish Victor all the best for the future.” The club added a video of some of Wanyama’s most memorable goals for the club, including his memorable pile driver in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool in 2018. The accompanying message read: “From the goal in our last game at White Hart Lane to THAT strike at Anfield, thank you for providing us with some incredible memories Victor Wanyama.”— Tags: AnfieldMajor League SoccerMontreal ImpactVictor Wanyamalast_img read more

Aguero taking risk-free approach

September 20, 2020

first_img Aguero was a substitute for the first two matches last season but went on to score 32 goals in 41 appearances. The Argentina forward told the club’s website, www.mcfc.co.uk: “Whether I start or not remains to be seen. I’m trying to get there and be in top condition, but arriving for pre-season later having taken part in the Copa America with Argentina means I need some additional time. “With the whole season in mind, what matters the most is that I get in top form and don’t take any risks.” Sergio Aguero is not taking any shortcuts as he bids to prove his fitness for Manchester City’s clash with champions Chelsea on Sunday. City’s star striker played only the final 27 minutes of Monday’s season-opening 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at West Brom on Monday. As he did last year, manager Manuel Pellegrini is easing the 27-year-old back into action after international duty during the summer. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini hopeful of peaceful return to Villa for Fabian Delph

September 20, 2020

first_img Delph angered fans when he abruptly quit Villa Park in July just weeks after issuing a strong statement pledging his future to the midlands outfit. The 25-year-old has featured little for City since because of injuries but is now back in contention and could feature at Villa Park on Sunday. Pellegrini said: “Of course it will be good for Fabian to play for England. He played some minutes in Seville and maybe he will play some more on Sunday. So, it is good for him to have minutes and good for the national squad also.” City, the Barclays Premier League leaders, take on a Villa side struggling at the bottom of the table but potentially lifted by the arrival of new manager Remi Garde this week. Pellegrini said: “I don’t know who said it was going to be easy. For me there are no easy games in the Premier League. “They are at the bottom of the table with a new manager so the motivation to try not to be relegated will be high. “It is very important to repeat what we did against Sevilla in the Champions League and not to think that because we played well in the last game we can do it in exactly the same way.” The game will also see City come up against former defender Micah Richards for the first time since he left the club in the summer. Former City youth product Richards was a star of the 2012 title win but then fell down the pecking order after a succession of injuries and moved on after a one-season loan at Fiorentina. Pellegrini said: “Micah was a very unfortunate player. He was a very important player because he was a young player here, but he had so many injuries in the one season he was with me.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims Fabian Delph does not deserve to be booed on his return to Aston Villa this weekend. Asked if Delph could expect a difficult welcome, Pellegrini said: “No, I hope he will not receive that. He played a lot of years for Aston Villa and Aston Villa wanted to sell him also. “He continued being a player that gave a lot of his career to Aston Villa and I don’t think the fans will forget all those things.” Delph, then Villa captain, was heavily linked with City at the end of last season but he appeared to rule out a move when he spoke out to “set the record straight” and say, “I’m not leaving”. He then performed a volte-face to join City in an £8million deal and, with hamstring issues now behind him, Pellegrini claims he will not lack motivation this weekend. The Chilean said: “Maybe it is the same as with Jesus Navas when we played against Sevilla. “Fabian made (a lot of) his career at Aston Villa but he is a professional player, now he is playing with us. I know that he wants to play also because he was a long time injured.” Delph was first injured during City’s pre-season tour of Australia and then made only two appearances before suffering a fresh setback on international duty with England in September. After another 13 games out he returned as a substitute during the midweek Champions League win at Sevilla and has been called up for England’s upcoming friendlies against Spain and France. Press Associationlast_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Way too early Big Ten rankings for 2020-2021 basketball season

September 16, 2020

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team finished the season scorching hot, winning eight conference straight games that gave the Badgers a share of the regular-season Big Ten title, their first since the 2014-2015 season.Though the COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2019-2020 season to end abruptly, Badger fans have a lot to look forward to when basketball tips off next November. With only one senior graduating and a loaded recruiting class, the Badgers look equipped for another conference championship run.UW Athletics: Sports you can do while stuck in quarantineWith the COVID-19 pandemic leaving us all trapped inside during self-isolation and quarantine, it can be difficult to stay sane. Read…Today, we compare how Wisconsin stacks up compared to the rest of the Big Ten for the 2020-2021 season. 1. Iowa (20-11, 11-9 Big Ten in 2019-2020)Assuming John R. Wooden Award winner Luka Garza returns for his senior season, the 2020-2021 Hawkeye team will be the most talented in Head Coach Fran McCaffery’s 10-year tenure. Alongside Garza, the Hawkeyes return guards CJ Fredrick and Joe Wieskamp, who both averaged 10-plus points during the 2019-2020 season. If the NCAA grants senior sharpshooter Jordan Bohannon a medical redshirt, the Hawkeyes would be a seasoned team that should have Final Four aspirations.2. Wisconsin (21-10, 14-6)With seven of their eight rotation players returning, the Badgers have a lot of experience that puts them on track for back-to-back conference championships. Forwards Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers have both shown flashes of being great big men in the Big Ten. Combine that with a senior backcourt of Brad Davison, D’Mitrik Trice and Aleem Ford, and the Badgers’ experience will help them compete for another Big Ten title.3. Michigan State (22-9, 14-6)Despite losing former conference player of the year, Cassius Winston, the Spartans return a strong core if forward Xavier Tillman decides to return for his senior season. Rocket Watts and Aaron Henry are dynamic players on the wing and the addition of former Marquette standout Joey Hauser will provide another scoring option for the Spartans.Men’s Basketball: Looking back on Wisconsin’s roller-coaster seasonThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s 2019-20 season was a rollercoaster in the truest sense of the word. While Read…4. Illinois (21-10, 13-7)For Illinois, the expectations for 2020-2021 rely heavily on the decision of hometown star Ayo Dosunmu. If Dosunmu decides to return, the Illini will not only be conference championship contenders but will also have a chance to make their first Final Four since the 2004-2005 season. Regardless of Dosunmu’s decision, Illinois will return 2019-2020 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kofi Cockburn, the Big Ten’s best rim protector inside.5. Ohio State (21-10, 11-9)Despite the departures of Kaleb and Andre Wesson, the Buckeyes will reload in 2020-2021 with a strong recruiting class and transfers that can contribute right away for Head Coach Chris Holtmann. A player to watch will be senior transfer Seth Towns. Towns chose the Buckeyes over the likes of blue-bloods such as Duke and averaged 16 points per game for Harvard last year. Only time will tell if Towns’ dominant play will translate to the Big Ten.6. Indiana (20-12, 9-11)The Hoosiers return virtually the same rotation in 2020 and will hope for freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis to take the next step and become an All-Conference player. With the addition of three players ranked in the top 150 of the 2020 recruiting class, the Hoosiers should make their first NCAA Tournament under Head Coach Archie Miller in 2021.7. Rutgers (20-11, 11-9)With a breakout 2019-2020 season that shocked just about everybody, the Scarlet Knights put the Big Ten on notice and were set to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991. Rutgers returns guards Ron Harper Jr. and Geo Baker and the dynamic duo will once again be difficult for opposing defenses to stop in 2020.Men’s Basketball: Constructing Wisconsin’s team for 21st centuryWhile the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was robbed of a potential deep NCAA Tournament run in the 2019-2020 Read…8. Michigan (19-21, 10-10)Though Michigan loses Zavier Simpson and potentially Isaiah Livers to the draft, the Wolverines will likely be in the NCAA Tournament field come 2021. A top-ten recruiting class and the addition of graduate transfer Mike Smith will have Head Coach Juwan Howard’s team primed to compete in the Big Ten.9. Maryland (24-7, 14-6)While it may be a surprise that the Terrapins are ranked this low, Mark Turgeon’s team faces the difficulty of replacing Anthony Cowan and Jalen Smith, who were both named to the Coaches All-Big Ten first team. The Terrapins return a solid core led by six-foot-six-inch guard Aaron Wiggins, but many experts question whether that core will be enough to contend in a loaded Big Ten.10. Minnesota (15-16, 8-12)It will be a big year for Minnesota and Head Coach Richard Pitino. In seven years, Pitino has just two NCAA tournament appearances and a 48-82 conference record. With the loss of Daniel Oturu, Pitino will have to rely on junior guards Marcus Carr and Gabe Kalscheur in hope of a bounce-back season.11. Purdue (16-15, 9-11)The Boilers were much better than their 16-15 record indicated in 2019-2020, with wins over Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa and Michigan State. The loss of defensive anchor Matt Haarms to BYU will be tough for Head Coach Matt Painter’s team, but look for junior Trevion Williams to become a low-post presence with added minutes for a Boilermaker team that will likely float around the bubble throughout next season.Men’s Basketball: Could Badgers really have captured 2020 national title?In a strange, unofficial end to the 2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball season, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index christened the Badgers as Read…12. Nebraska (7-25, 2-18)The Huskers won just two conference games in 2019-2020, but they’ll bring in key players that will contribute right away for Head Coach Fred Hoiberg’s team. With the addition of Western Illinois guard Kobe Foster and former Badger guard Kobe King, the Huskers will be much more competitive in 2020.13. Penn State (21-10, 11-9)Following the loss of standout Lamar Stevens and frontcourt leader Mike Watkins, the Nittany Lions are faced with a difficult challenge of replacing a roster filled with mostly upperclassmen. After a tremendous 2019-2020, expect Penn State to be back toward the bottom of the Big Ten in the 2020-2021 season.14. Northwestern (8-23, 3-17)Northwestern returns key contributors in Miller Kopp and Boo Buie, but the Wildcats are still a year or two away from taking the next step in competing for an NCAA Tournament berth. Expect the Wildcats to be better, but still finish toward the bottom of the Big Ten.last_img read more

Pat Lam to leave Connacht at the end of the season

September 9, 2020

first_imgLam has described the decision to leave as “one of the most difficult I’ve had to make in my life” but says he is proud to pass on the baton knowing that Connacht “is truly seen as one of four strong provinces of Irish rugby.”Connacht CEO Willie Ruane has paid tribute to Lam and says they “remain extremely confident and excited about the future.”He also confirmed that they will begin talks with the IRFU immediately to start the process of recruiting Lam’s replacement.Lam made no reference to his future after Saturday’s bonus point win over Treviso, and instead spoke of having more of his players fit heading into the Christmas period. Connacht have announced the departure of head coach Pat Lam at the end of the season.Lam is leaving the club to take up a new role as head coach of English Premiership side Bristol next summer.The New Zealand native is in his fourth year at Connacht and famously led them to their first Guinness Pro 12 title last season.last_img read more

Adiyiah to partner Tagoe in Ghana-Congo clash

August 28, 2020

first_imgDominic Adiyiah gets to partner teammate, Prince Tagoe as Ghana seek a crucial away win in Group I of the qualifying for 2012 African Nations Cup against Congo.The Partizan Belgrade pair will lead the line for Ghana with Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu starting in midfield alongside Anthony Annan in Goran Stevanovic’s first competitive game on the continent.Andre Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah would play on the right and left side of attack.David Addy joins the back four made up of John Paintsil, Isaac Vorsah and captain John Mensah.Regular goalkeeper, Richard Kingson starts in post for Ghana at the Alphonse Massamba Debat Stadium in Brazzaville today in the third round of games for qualification places at the tournament to be played in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.The Black Stars top Group I on goal difference with four points and ahead of Sudan who are themselves are at home to Swaziland with Congo, a point behind Ghana. Starting XI : Richard Kingson, John Paintsil, David Addy, Isaac Vorsah, John Mensah, Anthony Annan, Andre Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Prince Tagoe, Dominic Adiyiah, Kwadwo Asamoah,Reserves : Ernest Sowah, Samuel Inkoom, Jonathan Mensah, Lee Addy, Sulley Muntari, Bernard Kumordzi, Derek BoatengSource: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more

Crime Stoppers Asking For Community Help in ‘Malicious Destruction of Property of Police Vehicle’

August 28, 2020

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Michigan State Police Alpena Post needs the public’s help in solving the crime of ‘malicious destruction of property’ of a police vehicle that occurred in June.The police vehicle was spray painted with graffiti that appeared to make reference to the death of American rapper, XXXTentacion who was killed shortly before the graffiti was sprayed on the vehicle.Details are slim why the vandalism targeted a police vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1–800–422–jail. A $1,000 reward will be granted for anyone who has details on this crime.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious National Prescription Drug Take Back Day a Huge Success SaturdayNext The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides: Book Release Comes to Alpenalast_img read more

Mets GM dictating in-game decisions to manager Mickey Callaway, reports say

August 16, 2020

first_imgVisibly upset, deGrom insisted he could continue. The bullpen blew a Mets lead as they went on to lose in extra innings.General managers obviously have a great deal of influence on a team’s performance, acquiring players, managing the salary limitations and rosters and even sometimes helping set lineups before games. But calling the shots on in-game strategy is definitely not standard procedure. According to the Post’s unidentified source, “Hell, yeah, it’s unusual: Sending word to the dugout, telling the manager what to do? I have never heard of that before.” Related News Mets fine, but do not suspend, Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas after incident with reporter Phillies GM says Gabe Kapler’s job isn’t on the line, despite midseason struggles Mets manager Mickey Callaway reportedly has been on the hot seat for weeks, but maybe someone else deserves some of the blame for the team’s lackluster play.According to multiple reports, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has been dictating in-game moves to Callaway, at least once while watching the game at home on TV. The New York Post reported Monday that Van Wagenen instructed Callaway to pull Jacob deGrom from a game in Arizona on June 1 after he suffered a cramp.  ESPN reports that the Mets front office has ordered “at least some pitching moves during games this season.” The Mets fired pitching coach Dave Eiland Thursday and replaced him on an interim basis with 82-year-old Phil Regan.Van Wagenen on Monday denied reports he’s micromanaging the team, but said he is in contact with staff during games on situations involving players’ health.”We’re evaluating the players’ health, we’re talking about X-rays, we’re talking about whether a player — as you all know — we try to get information to the press box as quickly as possible about the statuses. That is normal protocol for us,” Van Wagenen said (via ESPN). “We’ll continue to do that and make sure that if the training staff and the health of the player is such that the player can’t continue, then that communication happens between the training staff and the coaches.”Callaway concurred that any front-office involvement is limited to injury situations. MLB trade rumors: Dodgers interested in Giants closer Will Smith Orioles give MLB Draft’s top pick Adley Rutschman record $8.1M signing bonus “I think we’re always in communication,” Callaway said. “Especially when guys are injured, obviously I’ve been filled in on what you’re talking about. When a guy gets injured on the field or when a guy is actively injured or has something going on, you know everybody is in communication with the training staff to take care of the players the best we can.”The Mets, who are 37-42, saw their frustrations boil over after Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Cub. Both Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas had a confrontation with a reporter. The Mets fined both men, reportedly $10,000 apiece, and Van Wagenen called the incident “disappointing.” MLB trade rumors: Yankees targeting 4 big names on pitching marketlast_img read more


May 31, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, LEUCOTHEA, WINNER: “When this filly broke her maiden, she made the lead very easy.  She doesn’t like you to take any hold of her, you just have to leave her alone and she does her job.”TRAINER QUOTESRUBEN ALVARADO, ASSISTANT TO WINNING TRAINER PETER MILLER, LEUCOTHEA, WINNER:  “We weren’t worried about her leaving the gate today (referring to her unseating her jockey at the start of the Grade I Chandelier Stakes on Sept. 27).  The next day, she seemed fine and she walked for a few days after that and everything was good.  It was great to get Abel back on her today, he knows her very well.”JEFF HAYES, OWNER, LEUCOTHEA, WINNER: “My brother named the horse she’s by Midshipman and Leucothea is a sea goddess so he thought, hey, that’s a good name. I was worried about it but he assured me that the horse makes the name. She had some trouble at Elis (July 4, 2019) and didn’t break well, she took up at the 3/8th pole and again in the stretch, so we knew she could run a little bit but I never thought she could win like this. It was tough coming in today because we won so easily at Del Mar (August 8, 2019), then we did so badly in the Chandelier Stakes (Sept. 27). I think we bounced and dropped the jockey, so we didn’t know exactly what we had, but today is a better indication.“We are very happy.”NOTES: The winning owners are Altamira Racing Stable, SoCal Seven Racing and Brian McGoldrick.last_img read more

Taylor leads England fightback

February 10, 2020

first_imgDURBAN, South Africa (AP):James Taylor led England’s fightback on the first day of the first test against South Africa as his half-century took the tourists out of trouble and to 179-4 at stumps yesterday.The 5-foot-6 Taylor – affectionately nicknamed ‘Titch’ – stood tall for England to make 70 after Dale Steyn’s fiery early burst had the tourists struggling at 12-2 in overcast, fast-bowler-friendly conditions in Durban.”It couldn’t have been more perfect conditions for the South African bowling unit, so, overall, I thought it was a pretty solid day for us,” Taylor said.Steyn struck the first blows with the dismissals of England captain Alastair Cook for a duck and Test debutant Alex Hales for 10. Joe Root’s aggressive innings of 24 ended swiftly, leaving Taylor and Nick Compton to steady the innings.Compton was 63 not out and helped Taylor rescue England with a 125-run partnership on the opening day of the four-Test series against the top-ranked Proteas.Steyn ended their resistance when he tempted Taylor to hang his bat out and feather an edge to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers right at the end of the day.”I loved batting today. It’s just a shame I couldn’t kick on,” Taylor said.last_img read more