Richards predicts great things

first_imgMicah Richards is predicting great things ahead for free-scoring Manchester City as the relentless march of Manuel Pellegrini’s men continues in all four competitions. It would be a brave man to bet against City breaking the 100 goals mark against Cardiff, and Richards, 25, is convinced the club are on track for glory but admits it is a difficult job for the manager to keep all the players happy. He said: “I just hope we stay together and grow as a squad and try and keep everyone happy because it’s hard when everyone is not playing every week. “If we can keep this squad together, we will do great things. “A massive thanks to Sheikh Mansour for changing everything and for coming in and investing in the squad. It’s good times and every player wants to be here because this is the club to be at this moment in time. “Hopefully we can keep going in this direction.” City continued their hot streak with a 5-0 demolition of Blackburn in the FA Cup, the 11th time this season they have scored four goals or more in a match. Richards admitted that the contrast with that barren run in 2007 made the current streak all the better. He added: “That was under Stuart Pearce. We didn’t score for something like five months here. It was ridiculous. How times have changed. “You savour these good times all the more because of back then. For me, every day, I come in and I see the players I’m playing with and you compare them to the players I was playing with seven years ago and they’re all internationals now. It’s a different kettle of fish.” Jovetic will find his work cut out to force his way into the team with Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko scoring almost at will, but Richards has seen flashes of quality in the Montenegrin to suggest he can make an impact. He said: “It’s going to be hard for him to get into this team, but I’m sure he will be working hard and doing everything he can. “I’ve trained with him. I think if you saw him in the AC Milan game pre-season, I know it was only pre-season, but it was against good opposition and he ripped them to shreds with his movement, skill and touch. “But I think the strikers have got everything. Sergio has pace and power. Edin is a good finisher and good in the air. Negredo runs around like a man possessed and is a great finisher. Jovetic has skill and technique. “They’ve all got something, some sort of gift to bring to the team and it just seems to be clicking at the moment. “If we want to win the league, if we want to win trophies, they are going to be key. “Last season it was more about defenders doing well. I think this season it is more about the attackers and that’s why we look so good.” Richards, however, is refusing to get carried away by talk of an unprecedented quadruple. He said: “We don’t want to get too excited. We want to be in every competition and I think with the squad we have, we should be in every competition. “This is the second-string team apparently and we’ve won 5-0. I don’t think there are any weaknesses in the team. I think that’s the most important thing and if we can keep that going until the end of the season we’ll be all right.” City have scored a remarkable 99 goals so far this season, in all competitions, a stark contrast to Richards’ early days at the club where in 2007 under Stuart Pearce they failed to score in their last eight league games of the season at home. Even more worrying for their rivals, the expensively assembled squad now has Sergio Aguero back from a calf injury and Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic also pushing for a place ahead of Cardiff’s visit on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Football News India slip two places in FIFA rankings, Brazil displace world champions France

first_imgBrazil is currently second in the FIFA rankings.Belgium continues to lead the world rankings.The Indian team now lies at 18th among Asian countries. New Delhi: The Indian football team slipped two places to 103rd in the FIFA rankings.  India lost two matches and drew one in the Intercontinental Cup earlier this month in Ahmedabad. It lost 2-4 to Tajikistan and 2-5 against eventual winners DPR Korea before playing out a 1-1 draw against Syria. India has 1214 ranking points to its kitty, down by five points from the previous chart issued last month. The Indian team now lies at 18th among Asian countries. Iran (23rd) is at the top among Asian countries, followed by Japan (33), Korea (37), Australia (46) and Qatar (62).     Overall, Belgium leads the chart, followed by Brazil, France, England and Uruguay. FIFA sought an update from the AIFF on the current scenario in India to which the national federation reiterated its stance that it would resolve the impasse surrounding a unified league in a two-three year window. Reacting to a representation made by six I-League clubs — Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Minerva Punjab, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala — the chief member association officer of FIFA Joyce Cook wanted an update on the present scenario from the AIFF.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri named AIFF Player of Year for sixth time     “We would like to obtain an update on the current position of the AIFF as well as any additional information you may be able to provide on the present situation,” Cook wrote in a mail addressed to AIFF general secretary Kushal Das.Also Read | Google dedicates doodle for FIFA Women’s World Cup final 2019 – see pics     FIFA also pointed out that its joint report with AFC following an extensive consultation process last year is being discussed now regarding the merger of Indian Super League and the I-League.     “The report’s objectives are among others, to provide the AIFF with external expertise and to support your federation and its stakeholders in establishing and implementing a widely-supported, robust medium to long-term strategy,” Cook said.     “As you know, the report is, therefore, a comprehensive review and professional proposal which also contains a series of clear and concrete recommendations for your further consideration,” he added.     Later in the day, the AIFF issued a statement without mentioning the FIFA letter.     “In the recent days, the AIFF President Mr Praful Patel in his meeting with the Hero I-League clubs as well as in several recent interviews has broadly taken the same line as was suggested in the above-mentioned report.     “Needless to mention that this is precisely the reason that a two-three-year window is required to resolve all contentious issues amicably with all stakeholders,” the AIFF statement read.     “The question of Hero Indian Super League not remaining a closed league permanently has been clarified amply enough by the AIFF President, and promotion and relegation eventually would lead to the development of club football in India.”     The AIFF said it is committed to engaging with AFC and FIFA as well as all other stakeholders for finding an early resolution to these issues. The six I-League clubs had sought intervention from the FIFA president Gianni Infantino in a 35-point letter with a copy of the Master Rights Agreement, signed in 2010 by AIFF and its commercial partners Football Sports Development, attached to it. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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AFCON Moved to Summer

first_imgThe 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be held in June and July, the Confederation of African Football has confirmed.The tournament is usually held in January and February, causing disputes with European clubs who had to release players in the middle of the season.The 2019 event in Cameroon will be contested by 24 teams, instead of 16. The changes were rubber-stamped by the CAF executive committee in a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat.Africa’s flagship sporting event has featured 16 teams since 1996.The expansion of the tournament could create problems for Cameroon, which will host the next finals, with the Central African nation’s sports minister having to deny reports that preparations were behind schedule.The competition will continue to be held every two years, in Africa and only with African countries. CAF was considering whether to allow countries from other continents to compete – or even host the tournament.The announcements follow a two-day symposium organised by CAF President Ahmad to discuss the state of African football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Bayelsa FA Election: Egbe Protests to NFF, Wants Election Cancelled

first_imgHe noted that he had before the election filed a protest which the State FA failed to address.“If I m beaten in a free and fair election in which there is a level playing field, I won’t have any problem with that. But what happened today in Yenagoa was to say the least a sham. This is why I have taken my case to NFF. Bayelsa deserves the very best and nobody should deny the state the opportunity to throw up her best candidate,” Egbe said.Egbe stressed that the role allegedly played by Dr Peter Singabele was to say the least unacceptable.“I expected Singabele as an elder statesman to be neutral in all of these, but he ended up ganging up with the FA officials to manipulate the electoral process. He (Singabele) was the architect of what happened today and he did what he did because he is scared that my emergence as FA chairman would diminish his influence in Bayelsa football,” Egbe said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A top aspirant in the Bayelsa State FA chairmanship position, Ebi Egbe has faulted the electoral process that led to the return of incumbent chairman, Barrister Porbeni Ogoun.Egbe in a protest addressed to Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick noted that the election was manipulated, even as fake delegates were allowed to vote.Egbe who is the Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle alleged that the state FA officials perfected strategies to hold on to power at all cost.last_img read more

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Gerrit Cole injury update: Astros starter (hamstring) doesn’t believe he’s seriously hurt

first_imgGerrit Cole did not pitch against the White Sox on Tuesday as planned.The Astros righty — and American League Cy Young contender — was warming up for Game 2 of a double-header against the White Sox when he promptly stopped. Gerrit Cole was scratched from tonight’s start due to right hamstring discomfort while warming up.— Houston Astros (@astros) August 14, 2019Manager A.J. Hinch told reporters after the game Cole told him he does not believe he is seriously hurt.A.J. Hinch said Gerrit Cole doesn’t think his hamstring injury is that serious. Cole wasn’t available to speak to reporters after the game.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) August 14, 2019The 28-year-old is 14-5 this season with a 2.87 ERA with 226 strikeouts in 156 2/3 innings pitched.He is a free agent after the season. He was in the bullpen but left and went to the dugout pointing at his leg in the process.Gerrit Cole just walked out the bullpen pointing at his leg 😤— Kevin Vázquez (55-48)🐻🇺🇸 (@buschlitepapi) August 14, 2019Chris Devenski started the game.Chris Devenski is starting for the @astros instead of Gerrit Cole, who was scheduled to start the second game of the doubleheader. No announcement has been made to explain why.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) August 14, 2019Cole left with right hamstring discomfort, the Astros announced.last_img read more

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kasperi Kapanen was scratched from win over Senators after arriving late for practice

first_img “I’m not making a big deal out of this,” Keefe said. “Today’s a big day, Kappy’s going to play a lot and he’s going to play great. He’s a big part of our team.”Discipline by way of players missing a game after arriving late to a practice or team meeting isn’t uncommon in the NHL — in 2011, the Boston Bruins notably scratched Tyler Seguin for missing a team meeting after oversleeping in Seguin’s second season. The same situation arose with Seguin four years later after he had joined the Dallas Stars; at the time, then-Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff noted he had scratched two other players for arriving late to practice during the 2014-15 season.Kapanen, who slotted back in on the Leafs’ third line in Monday’s morning skate, has 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) through 51 games this season. The Maple Leafs host the Florida Panthers on Monday. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen on Monday said that he was scratched from Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators after he overslept and arrived late to team practice the day before.His absence from the Leafs’ lineup drew attention during Toronto’s 2-1 win; head coach Sheldon Keefe initially labeled the situation as a one-time “internal accountability” issue and had said Kapanen himself would explain what happened on Monday. “They felt like sitting me out was something I deserved, and I agree,” Kapanen told reporters on Monday. “So I have to take responsibility for that. That’s that.”The team announced that Kapanen’s absence was not injury-related as Saturday’s game began; he was replaced by forward Dmitro Timashov in Toronto’s lineup. Kapanen sat with the other Toronto scratches in the press box during the game, confirming his absence wasn’t related to any potential trade or roster transaction.”I’m ready to prove to the guys that it’s not going to happen again.”Kasperi Kapanen met the media after being a healthy scratch on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/fO6BfSAm7z— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 3, 2020Kapanen told reporters on Monday that he has overslept and arrived late for practices “a couple times” in the past when he played for Toronto’s AHL team: now-Leafs head coach Keefe was Kapanen’s head coach with the Marlies then, too.”It’s not me not caring, it’s an honest mistake. It happens, and I just have to own up to it,” Kapanen said.MORE: Edmonton Oilers star Leon Draisatil calls Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich’s stick toss ‘disrespectful’Keefe told reporters that he tries to be sympathetic to players’ situations when it comes to discipline and noted that innocent mistakes happen, especially in major cities like Toronto.”It’s a balance there for sure,” Keefe said. “If it’s a one-off thing and the player goes about it in the right way, or the staff member goes about it the right way in terms of how they handle it then you approach it differently. Over time, you may have to do a little bit more, and that’s the case here.”Overall, the coach said he wasn’t concerned the issue will linger.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, GREAT RACE PLACE TO HOST BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED NINTH TIME ON NOV. 4 & 5

first_imgF, 2 YO (CA) $70,000+ 6 F LA WOMAN STAKES (G III) Sat, Oct 8 GOLDIKOVA STAKES (G II) $200,000 F/M, 3 & UP $200,000 $300,000 2 YO (CA) 2 YO Breeders’ Cup $70,000+ F/M, 3 & UP $300,000 3 & UP 1 1/8 M 1 M (T) $200,000 Sat, Nov 5 1 1/8 M (T) JUVENILE TURF SPRINT STAKES $100,000 $200,000 RODEO DRIVE STAKES (G I) ZENYATTA STAKES (G I) BC Challenge 1 1/4 M (T) abt 6 1/2 F (T) Sat, Oct 1 AWESOME AGAIN STAKES (G I) CHANDELIER STAKES (G I) 1 1/16 M Sun, Oct 16 Fri, Nov 4 ANOAKIA STAKES F/M, 3 & UP Sun, Nov 6 $100,000 Fri, Nov 4 3 & UP Fri, Sep 30 FRONTRUNNER STAKES (G I) 2 YO 3 & UP (CA) BC Challenge Sat, Oct 29 Sat, Oct 1 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP 3 & UP 3 & UP F/M, 3 & UP LURE STAKES ® MARATHON STAKES (G II) 2 YO 6 F Sat, Nov 5 Sat, Oct 8 1 1/16 M 1 M (T) AUTUMN MISS STAKES (G III) $300,000 6 F Sat, Nov 5 1 1/16 M $100,000 SWINGTIME STAKES ® CITY OF HOPE MILE (G II) ZUMA BEACH STAKES 1 1/4 M (T) F, 2 YO GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE BC Challenge SURER GIRL STAKES F/M, 3 & UP (CA) abt. 6 1/2 (T)center_img 1 M (T) abt 6 1/2 F (T) Sat, Oct 1 F, 2 YO Sat, Oct 1 BC Challenge $70,000+ $200,000 F, 3 YO 7 F Sun, Oct 2 abt 6 1/2 F (T) F, 3 YO Sat, Oct 15 JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP (G II) $200,000 F, 2 YO Sun, Oct 9 $100,000 Sat, Oct 1 SEN. KEN MADDY STAKES (G lll) 3 & UP $100,000 $100,000 $300,000 Sat, Oct 8 Sun, Oct 30 abt 6 1/2 F (T) Sun, Oct 23 Fri, Nov 4 1 M (T) 3 & UP $70,000+ SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (G I) GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE FILLIES 1 M (T) Sat, Nov 5 $70,000+ 2 YO Mon, Oct 10 NEW TURF COURSE AWAITS FANS & HORSEMEN AS SANTA ANITA OFFERS SIX GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP PREPS OVER FIRST TWO WEEKENDS & A TOTAL OF 28 GRADED STAKES OVER COURSE OF 23-DAY MEET 3 YO $300,000 Fri, Nov 4 Sat, Oct 22 $300,000 Fri, Nov 4 1 M (T) TWILIGHT DERBY (G II) 3 & UP Sat, Oct 1 BC Challenge 7 F UNZIP ME STAKES $100,000 7 F ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5, has announced it will offer a total of 28 graded stakes, including 13 Breeders’ Cup events over the course of its 23-day Autumn Meet, which begins Friday, Sept. 30. (A total of 41 stakes, graded and non, have been scheduled.)The Grade III Eddie D. Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up, will serve as the meet’s initial stakes offering on opening day and will be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, which now consists of a newly installed Bandera Bermuda hybrid.The Great Race Place will offer six Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge races over the first two weekends as horsemen will be afforded ample opportunities to prepare their horses for a wide array of Breeders’ Cup assignments on Nov. 4 & 5.“We’re excited to be getting everyone back as we anticipate some great racing in advance of the Breeders’ Cup in November,” said Santa Anita’s Vice President of Racing, Rick Hammerle.The Autumn Meet will get off to a fast start, as five Grade I Breeders’ Cup preps will be offered on the first Saturday, Oct. 1: The FrontRunner Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the Awesome Again Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 ¼ miles on turf, the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles and the Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.The following Saturday, Oct. 8, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship will serve as a springboard to the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5.In addition to the Santa Anita Sprint Championship Oct. 8, Santa Anita will again partner with one of the nation’s leading cancer research and treatment centers, as the track will present the Grade II City of Hope Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds and up. World renowned City of Hope is headquartered just east of Arcadia in neighboring Duarte.“In addition to our graded stakes, our state-bred program is of great importance to us and we’re happy to again offer, in conjunction with the CTBA, the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4 and the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile on Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Nov. 5,” said Hammerle. “Both of these stakes are part of the Golden State program. We’ll also card a couple of Cal-bred races at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course–the California Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares on Oct. 15 and the California Flag Handicap on Oct. 22.”“We’re thrilled to have these races scheduled on the two biggest days in racing,” said Doug Burge, CTBA Executive Vice President and General Manager. “The Golden State program offers our owners and breeders tremendous opportunities and we’re confident they will attract competitive fields for our fans to bet on.“Getting national exposure for our breeding and incentive programs is a big priority and we achieve that by running in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 4 and 5.”The complete 2016 Autumn Meet Stakes Schedule is below: $100,000 $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP F/M, 3 & UP DAMASCUS STAKES 3 & UP EDDIE D STAKES (G III) BC Challenge SPEAKEASY STAKES Breeders’ Cup F/M, 3 & UP $200,000 abt 6 1/2 F (T) 6 1/2 F Mon, Oct 10 1 3/4 M $100,000 1 M (T)last_img read more

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NSU’s Eppler, Nicholls’ Laiche, LU’s Giffen Garner Southland Weekly Honors

first_imgEppler picks up his first Offensive Player of the Week recognition after completing 26 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-28 upset of first-place Sam Houston State. It marked his fifth 300-yard passing performance and, with his first career rushing touchdown, his sixth game this season with three total touchdowns. Winners of three of their last four, the Demons (3-8, 3-5 SLC) close the season against Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m. CT Thursday. Eppler walked off the field of the penultimate game of his Demon career as the program leader in single-season total offense (3,309) and the first 3,000 yard passer in school history (3,254), upping his tally of game, season or career records to 14. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Shelton Eppler, Nicholls’ Sully Laiche and Lamar’s Bailey Giffen are the Southland Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Over his last four games, Laiche has 29 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. With 35.5 career sacks, he is the active FCS leader and ranks fourth in Southland Conference history. After practicing just one day last week while battling the flu, Laiche channeled his inner Michael Jordan and put up one of his finest performances with a pair of sacks, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a 34-20 victory over McNeese. The Colonels (7-4, 6-2 SLC) limited the Cowboys to just 34 yards on the ground and 236 yards of total offense. With the conference’s automatic bid on the line, Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana square off at 6 p.m. Thursday. A junior kicker, Giffen is the Special Teams Player of the Week after accounting for 14 points in a 31-26 loss to Houston Baptist on Saturday. Two of his four made field goals were from 50+ yards and he converted both of his extra-point attempts. The Cardinals (4-7, 2-6 SLC) close out the regular season with the 38th edition of the Battle of the Border game against McNeese at 3 p.m. Saturday. Special Teams Player of the Week: Bailey Giffen, Lamar – Jr. – Kicker – Bryan, TexasGiffen got Lamar on the board with a 51-yard boot through the uprights and made it a one-score game just before halftime with a career-long 53-yarder. He matched the conference-high for field goals made (four) and his 53-yard conversion was just one-yard shy of HBU kicker Gino Garcia’s 54-yard kick back in September. Honorable Mention: Shemar Bartholomew, Northwestern State; T.J. Campbell, Central Arkansas; Daniel Crosley, Lamar; Tre’ Spann, Southeastern Louisiana. Offensive Player of the Week: Shelton Eppler, Northwestern State – Sr. – Quarterback – Navasota, TexasTrailing 28-24 in the third quarter against the Bearkats, Eppler punched it in from five-yards out for the game-winning score and his first career rushing touchdown. Through the air, he posted his fifth 300-yard game of the season, connecting with Kendrick Price for a 67-yard scoring strike and Quan Shorts on a one-yard touchdown. Honorable Mention: Dai’Jean Dixon, Nicholls; Jerreth Sterns, Houston Baptist; Chason Virgil, Southeastern Louisiana; Donovan Williams, Sam Houston State. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Defensive Player of the Week: Sully Laiche, Nicholls – Sr. – Defensive Lineman – Gramercy, La.Laiche made his presence known early, recording his first tackle for loss on McNeese’s second play from scrimmage with a stop of running back Justin Pratt in the backfield. By halftime, he had tallied the first of two sacks and three tackles for loss. Laiche’s second sack came on the Cowboys’ final series of the game as his strip sack set up fourth-and-14. Honorable Mention: Gavin Lasseigne, Nicholls; Matt McRobert, Sam Houston State; Hayden Ray, Central Arkansas.last_img read more

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Laurie Foster: Race for Olympics heating up

first_imgThe traditional magic and mystique of Olympic year is once again raring its attractive head. With just about nine weeks to go for the National Championships (Trials), already, a few athletes are positioning themselves, drawing for their bow and taking aim. The bullseye is a seat on the plane to the widely acknowledged ultimate in sports participation, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in the Brazilian city of Rio. For this blessed nation, with the eye-catching attraction of the sports’ world-governing body, the professional circuit, yet unfolded, promises of spectacular performances are rife. After missing two World Championships through troubling injury, Yohan Blake has stormed back. He has publicly dropped a name that identified him as a monstrous and despicable creature, which he is not. The former St Jago High School sprinter and current national under-20 record holder (10.11+1.2) blasted a then 100m world-leading 9.95 legal at the UTech-MVP Classic on April 16. It stands as arguably the most compelling boost of confidence and satisfaction levels for a country trying to put its best feet forward leading into the great spectacle in the South American continent this August. EARLY DAYS Downgrade the Blake impact a bit to Simone Facey’s 11.00 at the Tom Jones Memorial last weekend. This, too, must be a morale strengthener to an athlete who has been constantly flogged in more recent times by many she considered to be her inferior in junior track. The 2009 Berlin WC 4x100m gold medallist has sent an early indication of her path to Rio. The mark will earn her lanes at the very top of the competition ladder where there is no dodging by the world’s fastest as exists with the other gender. Yet, it is early days and one is not aware of the quality or sustainability of her programme. Suffice it to say, in the absence of this knowledge, to the fringe-based honours suspects at Trials: “Watch out, VCB, Sherone (Simpson), Kerron (Stewart) and company, Simone might have been sleeping, but is now fully awake.” The advance of the nation’s throwing programme cannot escape mention in a Rio context. Foster’s Fairplay will continue to carry the flag for coaches/pioneers of excellence in that traditionally ignored area. Julian Leonard Robinson and Michael Vassell have torched the consciences of the movers and shakers of the sport in the local arena. Their charges have been crashing parties in both genders. The new, and much appreciated by a few, wellness in discus and shot put is contagious. It has spread to the Edwin Allen and Petersfield High school models. Foster’s Fairplay, on that limited mention, is hearing legitimate calls reminiscent of the soul classic by the group Champagne – “How about us?” Yes, the template has extended to other camps. However, the point to be made is that the world scene has been invaded in these hitherto peripheral disciplines and the two coaches mentioned can take a proverbial bow. As MVP’s Paul Francis, himself part of a game-changing group, said on Facebook recently, words to the effect of: “Why stop at the World Junior level? Go for the Olympics.” Let us then see if the throwing contingent of (Odayne) Richards, (Jason) Morgan, (Federick) Dacres, (Traves) Smikle and company can inspire the new discus national Under-20 record holder and Vassell-conditioned Shanice Love to reach for Rio. With all that jockeying for team selection in store, the fans’ taste buds are already well moistened. The intensity of the Diamond League and all that it brings to the fore will only be more enticing and threatens to sweeten the competition brew even further. Looking at the pending action, on field and track, one learned critic, referring to the Jamaica Trials, opined: “It will be like a mini-Olympics. Another, speaking in less ornate terms, confided: “It nah guh normal.” Foster’s Fairplay believes that those predictions could fall short at crunch time, June 30 to July 3. For feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Verdict was not a slap on the wrist

first_imgFRESNO – A jury awarded $1.7 million Friday to a woman who sued her employer after she was spanked in front of her colleagues in what the company called a camaraderie-building exercise. The jury of six men and six women found that Janet Orlando had suffered from sexual harassment and sexual battery when she was paddled on her backside on three occasions during her employment at home security company Alarm One Inc. in Fresno. The jurors, however, said that Orlando did not suffer from assault as she had claimed. Orlando, 53, had asked the jury for $1.2 million in lost wages, medical costs and damages, alleging discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventOrlando was awarded $10,000 for economic loss, $40,000 for future medical costs and $450,000 for emotional distress, pain and suffering. During the punitive phase of the trial, the jurors awarded Orlando an additional $1.2 million. Orlando’s attorney, Nicholas “Butch” Wagner, did not immediately return calls for comment. K. Poncho Baker, an attorney for the Anaheim-based company, said he thought the award was excessive. 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

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