Saido sees bigger picture – Irvine

first_img The 21-year-old is being linked with so-called bigger clubs increasingly regularly, but Albion head coach Irvine expects his key forward to see the bigger picture. “I think Saido has the maturity to realise if he keeps doing what he does he will make progress here and all sorts of things will open up at international and club level,” the Scot said. “If he keeps doing this, he will become a top striker and anything can happen.” Irvine, who rates the Burundi-born forward at well over £15million, accepts the club may find themselves fending off interest from Berahino’s suitors in January. “There’s a bit of time to go between now and then, but if he continues to do what he is doing other clubs will come in and test the water,” he said. “That will come down to what the chairman (Jeremy Peace) wants to do. But the club is in such a good position we don’t need to sell. I think the chairman will make the right decision. I wouldn’t like to see Saido go, but I have to be realistic as I know what the possibility is. “Our chairman is very strong and will only do what is in the best interests of the club, and we will have to see whether it comes to that. If things change for Saido and he’s done a good job for West Brom, we’ll be happy.” Irvine is not at all bored of the media attention the England Under-21 international garners. “I’ll be delighted if we’re still talking about Saido at the end of the season,” he said. “His movement is very good. I expected him to score when through on Monday and he’s going in the right direction. He’s got plenty of things to improve, but with his attitude and the way he is living his life I think he can only get better and better.” Berahino made a name for himself last season with a goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Since then he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s hottest prospects, and added to that reputation with another goal against the Red Devils in Monday’s 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns. Press Associationcenter_img West Brom sensation Saido Berahino is too mature to have his head turned by interest from the Barclays Premier League glamour clubs, according to his boss Alan Irvine. last_img read more

Urano away to a winning start

first_imgUrano gave Willie Mullins cause for optimism when he led from the off to record an easy victory on his fencing debut in the McCarthy Insurance Group Beginners Chase at Cork. Mullins, earlier successful with Bosman Rule, said: “He wasn’t bought as a chaser and was bought as a hurdler, but maybe this is his job and he seemed to take to it well. “We thought he might be good enough to run in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, but he has had a disappointing hurdling career. It looked like longer trips were suiting him better, but maybe he is now coming to himself. “He could be a Power Gold Cup horse, but I hate making plans with him as he has disappointed in the past and I’d be happy if he just kept winning races.” Walsh added: “He jumped super, travelled fine and quickened up down the straight. We’re struggling to find what the key is to him and maybe he’s just a stronger horse now. H opefully he’ll go forward and he couldn’t have been any more impressive today. Only five went to post for the McCarthy Insurance Group Handicap Chase, but it provided a dramatic finish when the whole complexion of the contest changed at the third-last fence. Former Thyestes Chase hero Jadanli was in the process of running a big race when the veteran came down while leading, and he was soon followed by If Not For You, who held every chance at the time. That left recent Tramore scorer Bothair Clei in front with Sizing Coal breathing down his neck, and Daniel Murphy’s 5-2 shot proved to have most in the locker, going on to score by a length and a half under Philip Enright. Murphy said: “It was hard to know what would have happened with the two fallers, but he won snug enough. Press Association “There’s a handicap chase I’ve had in mind for him at Naas in February over two and a half miles for novices. He’s definitely able to step up in trip and he might make the four-miler at Cheltenham, although I don’t know whether he’ll go there. “My father bred him and I’d love to get him some black type as we still have the family.” Enright added: “The two falling at the third-last left me in front a bit longer than I wanted, but in fairness when Johnny (Burke, on Sizing Coal) came to me he picked up again. He wasn’t doing a whole pile in front but he kept galloping to the line.” Often frustrating during a hurdles career in which the ex-French gelding won just one race in 11 attempts, it could be a different story now as he made the switch to the bigger obstacles look easy in the hands of Ruby Walsh. The evens favourite barely put a foot wrong and stretched away going to the final fence to beat Drumlee by 13 lengths. last_img read more

Jeffrey Epstein Found Injured in his Cell

first_imgWas he trying to kill himself, get a transfer or was he attacked?Accused child sex trafficker and Palm Beach County millionaire Jeffrey Epstein is recovering after being found injured in his jail cell in New York. A New York TV station is reporting Epstein was found last night in the fetal position on the floor of his cell in a semi-conscious state with marks on his neck.Investigators have not determined what happened to him, but speculation ranges from a suicide attempt to a possible assault, and he’s being kept on a suicide watch.Epstein, who has pleaded not guilty to federal conspiracy and sex trafficking charges, is due in court next Wednesday.last_img

Shakib Al Hasan Banned for Two Years From all Cricketing Activities

first_imgDubai: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been suspended from all cricket for two years, with one year of that suspended, after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, the International Cricket Council said in a statement on Tuesday.Under the provisions of the code, Shakib chose to admit the charges and agreed on the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. Subject to him satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction, he will be free to resume international cricket on October 29, 2020.It was reported earlier that Shakib could face a lengthy ban for not reporting a corrupt approach.”I am obviously extremely sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I completely accept my sanction for not reporting the approaches,” Shakib is quoted as saying by the ICC. “The ICC ACU is reliant on players to play a central part in the fight against corruption and I didn’t do my duty in this instance.”Like the majority of players and fans around the world, I want cricket to be a corruption-free sport and I am looking forward to working with the ICC ACU team to support their education programme and ensure young players don’t make the same mistake I did.”The ICC said that the charges levied on Shakib are: Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe Tri-Series in January 2018 and/or the 2018 IPL. Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to the second approach in respect of the Tri-Series in January 2018. Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to an IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab on 26 April 2018. IANS Also Read: Want Younger Lot to Take Responsibility: Shakib-al-HasanAlso Watch:Poster, Song and Teaser for the upcoming movie ‘Pratighat’ released Yesterday.last_img read more

Marshall wins community service-based competition

first_imgThe Marshall School of Business won first place Sunday at Challenge 4 Charity, a yearlong competition among nine West Coast graduate business schools to accumulate the most hours of community service and raise the most money for charitable organizations.The team of Marshall MBA students won the Golden Briefcase Award, given to the team with the highest competition score, for the third year in a row. This year, the USC chapter staged 20 fundraising events, volunteered more than 5,300 hours and raised $150,000 for charity.Champions · Members of the Marshall School of Business’s Challenge 4 Charity celebrated their victory over eight West Coast graduate schools. – Photo courtesy of Marshall School of BusinessBrian Wang, co-chairman of the USC Challenge 4 Charity chapter, said the award represents the effort put forth by the entire graduate school throughout the year.“A lot of hard work and dedication goes into raising over $150,000 and volunteering over 5,300 hours of service,” Wang said. “C4C hosts the Marshall Business tailgates where all proceeds go to charity, puts on all of our business school parties, plans an alumni gala and works with Special Olympics, A Better LA and Junior Achievement to create volunteer opportunities for full-time MBA students.”The competition culminated with the Challenge 4 Charity weekend, held this year at Stanford University, where teams from each school competed in sporting events such as football, ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball and swimming. The results of the events were factored into each school’s overall competition score.Nicholas Hasara, a graduate student studying business administration, said everybody played a part in the fundraising portion and the sports aspect of the competition.“Our leadership did a great job of coordinating events with our charity organizations and getting the students to rally around the cause,” Hasara said. “For the sports aspect, we had a lot of students step up by organizing practices and getting us ready for the weekend.”Shantanu Dutta, vice dean for graduate programs at Marshall, said the victory represents the school’s achievement in social work.“Our MBA team’s success demonstrates Marshall’s commitment to developing business leaders who are working toward the greater good of society,” Dutta said.Alex Abraham, co-chairman of the USC Challenge 4 Charity chapter, said the competition is important because it makes a positive impact.“There are two main reasons why MBAs hold the golden briefcase in such high regard,” Abraham said. “One is that it represents the positive work we have collectively put in to improve the local Los Angeles community. The second reason is simply the fact that it is something every West Coast business school tries to win each year,” Abraham said. “It is a chance for USC to go head-to-head with UCLA, Stanford, Berkeley, [the University of Washington], and utterly dominate the competition.”last_img read more

Badgers fight back for split with Green Bay

first_imgHead coach Yvette Healy and her team needed something to change after losing their opening game to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay yesterday, 4-2.So in the second game of the doubleheader, Healy decided to shake up her lineup, hoping a different look would reenergize the Badgers.Putting pitcher Cassandra Darrah at first base, utility player Whitney Massey behind the plate, traditional shortstop Stephanie Peace at second and first baseman Michelle Mueller at shortstop, Healy looked for her team to respond, and it did.Backed up in an early 0-1 hole, Wisconsin rallied for five runs to best Green Bay 5-1 in the nightcap and earn a series split.Bolstered by sophomore Meghan McIntosh on the mound and two RBI’s from junior Karla Powell, the Badgers took care of business with steady run production throughout the entire game.“We’ve done switches like this before,” Healy said. “We did it on spring break. Shortstop is a big position to handle for a freshman. We have asked a lot of [Peace], and with her banged up we wanted to give her a break. We weren’t trying to send a message but let her know we were behind her and have someone else handle the load, and Mueller did that.”In the bottom of the second, sophomore Shannel Blackshear led off with a walk. Two sacrifice efforts by Peace and Massey allowed pinch runner Abby Gregory to advance to third base. Then, with two outs, sophomore Kendall Grimm hit a clutch RBI single to tie the game.“We had a lot more energy in the second game,” Powell said. “In the first game we were really down the whole game. There was no energy in the dugout; it was really unlike ourselves.”The story was more of the same in the next two innings, as the Badgers jumped Phoenix pitcher Katie Cooney for four more runs in the next two innings thanks to RBI’s from Powell, Blackshear and freshman Mary Massei.“We just swung the bats better,” Healy said. “They made adjustments and were able to hit the curveball. People put the ball in play and that’s what we challenged them to do. Green Bay had done the same thing in the first game with two strikes on them and made plays. We just told them to not make it so easy.”In the first game, Wisconsin fell victim to a letdown.Things looked promising for Wisconsin to start the contest, as Darrah started the game going three up and three down versus the Phoenix. Jennifer Krueger reached first base on an error to start things off offensively, stealing second and third right away to give the Badgers a base runner in scoring position. After Massei went down swinging, Blackshear popped up a bunt that escaped the third baseman to score Krueger as Wisconsin took the lead 1-0 in the bottom of the first.But in the top of the third, the Phoenix responded. With none on and two outs, Phoenix second baseman Amanda Omahen drilled a double off Darrah to the gap in right center. Green Bay shortstop Sara Junion drilled a 1-0 pitch up the middle the following at bat to score Omahen from second, tying the game at one a piece.The Badgers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to an RBI double by Grimm, scoring freshman Michelle Mueller from second. However, this last piece of hitting would be the last run the Badgers would score in their opening contest with the Phoenix.“It’s not that we played that bad; they were just better,” Healy said. “They did a really nice job. They’re kids have a lot of fight and talent.”In the sixth inning, the game unraveled for Wisconsin, as an error and shaky fielding allowed the Phoenix to tack on three runs of their own and seize the lead and the eventual final score of the game, 4-2.After a leadoff single by Phoenix batter Danielle Peerenboom and a single that resulted from a throw that hit Peerenboom on her way to second, a Badger error allowed the bases to be loaded. The Badgers could not leave the inning unscathed, as two infield hits scored two Phoenix runners before the Badgers got the final out of the inning.“We should’ve played like we did against Michigan,” Mueller said. “Today we were just flat. We didn’t see the ball well at all. That woke us up; we came out for the second game with more of an anger not to drop both games.”last_img read more

Robin van Persie considers United future

first_imgThe striker returned from injury towards the end of the season but was no longer able to command a regular place in the team.”The club must do its homework and so must I. It’s a new situation,” he told reporters.”I’m going to calmly sit down and consider everything.”I still have ambitions of playing every week. I feel fit and I think I can still go on for several years. Take note of my words,” said the 31-year-old, who moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal in 2012.Van Persie said he should have had six or seven more goals than the tally of 10 he netted for the club last season.”People don’t accept that I just scored 10. Actually that’s a compliment because they expect more of me on the basis of what I can do. I was the club’s second highest goal scorer together with Juan Mata and behind Wayne Rooney (14 goals). “It’s not good that a top club like Manchester United does not have a scorer with 20 or more goals behind his name each season and that is why we only finished fourth.”Van Persie struggled with an ankle injury through the season, blaming a hectic pre-World Cup training programme, as he battled to get fit for Brazil, and then a lack of a break after the tournament last summer.”After I came back from injury I realised that I would not automatically get back in the starting line-up,” he said. “But I didn’t have a problem with that because they were playing well at the time.”These things happen. We are living in an adult world. Louis van Gaal is not the coach of Robin van Persie but of Manchester United with 25 in the squad.” “I have to think in a realistic way, he continued. “It’s my ambition to play the next years. I’m thinking about my family and my children with every decision I take.”These are very important for me. I’m a real family guy. I think it’s fantastic to see how happy my children and wife are. That’s something I take into consideration when I’m thinking about my future.”The Dutch captain has made 104 appearances for Manchester United scoring 58 goals in 3 seasons.–last_img read more

Don Sutton on Clayton Kershaw: ‘At the end of the year, he’ll be a winning pitcher’

first_imgThat doesn’t mean that 2015 can’t end well for Kershaw.“The people who struggle are the people who make those games road blocks instead of speed bumps,” Sutton said. “Every season has its speed bumps. I don’t know of anybody who’s gone 33-0. Even (Sandy) Koufax, the best I ever saw, never went 33-0.” Arizona-boundTwo rehabbing Dodgers pitchers will take a big step forward soon.Reliever Brandon League and starting pitcher Brandon Beachy are both scheduled to go to the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., while the rest of the team travels to St. Louis on Friday. There, they will face live batters in intrasquad games at extended spring training.League has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a right shoulder impingement. Beachy is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and was signed in the offseason as a low-risk, high-potential pitcher. To this point in the season, League and Beachy had been traveling with the team on almost every road trip.Beachy is scheduled to throw live batting practice for the third time Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.VIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talks about the two rehabbing Brandons: Brandon League and Brandon McCarthyAlsoDodgers manager Don Mattingly said he expects a pitcher will be recalled from the minors to start one of the two games scheduled for a doubleheader next Tuesday in Denver. … MLB rules allow a team to have 26 players on their roster the day of a doubleheader. … Mattingly won’t use Thursday’s off-day to shuffle his starting rotation, which lines up Mike Bolsinger, Carlos Frias and Brett Anderson to start the Dodgers’ three weekend games in St. Louis. … Erik Bedard, sidelined since March with a strained left teres major muscle, made his first rehab start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He pitched four innings. The Dodgers signed the 36-year-old left-hander to a minor league contract in January with an invitation to spring training.VIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly clarifies his position on Justin Turner’s roleVIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly recounts the concussion he endured as a playerVIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on venturing out of the NL West for the first time in a whileVIDEO: The Dodgers have several branches of the military throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Memorial Day The Dodgers were taking batting practice under mostly gray skies Monday afternoon. Don Sutton looked up toward the San Gabriel Mountains, as he often has here, and drew an analogy that seemed timely and appropriate.“If I said to you, ‘this is the weather for California’ ‑ this is one-365th of the weather for California,” said Sutton, the winningest pitcher in Dodgers history and now a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves.“So if we evaluated (Clayton) Kershaw and said ‘wow, this is Kershaw?’ ‑ this is not Kershaw. Kershaw is a body of all his work. At the end of the year, he’ll be a winning pitcher. He doesn’t know how to do it any other way.”Kershaw will start today against the Braves. His earned-run average (4.32) is unfairly high compared to his 2.91 FIP, a statistic that gauges a pitcher’s performance independent of his defense and the relievers who take over once he leaves. Only 13 qualified pitchers in either league had a lower FIP than Kershaw through Monday. Kershaw’s 2-3 record isn’t really his fault, either. The Dodgers are scoring 3.78 runs in the games he starts, placing Kershaw among the bottom half of all qualified pitchers.In short, the reigning National League MVP has been pitching well. He just hasn’t gotten much help. So far, that is the story of Kershaw’s 2015 season, which he recently said has left him frustrated.In the course of winning 233 games in a Dodgers uniform, Sutton said he went through stretches like this.“Sometimes it taxes you,” Sutton said. “You have to go home and figure out a way to move on but four days … you’re going to be right back out there. Everything I’ve heard about (Kershaw) is he knows what his job is.”Kershaw might not win 300 games in his career. Sutton, who won 324 in his Hall of Fame career, said he’d be “surprised” if anyone does again. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Fewer Boats But Just as Much Fun for 2020 Mayor’s Cup…

first_imgWith a much smaller turnout than in previous years because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Mayor’s Cup Regatta for “Bragging Rights on the Navesink” was held July 5. Only two fleets raced, the Keel Boat Fleet and a One Design Fleet. Prior year’s races included Cruising, Optimist and 420 classes as well. The bridge race runs from the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club (SRYC) to Lewis Point. While the regatta started with a nice wind, by the return to the Oceanic Bridge, the breeze had died, forcing several racers to retire, according to SRYC. But in spite of the failing wind, all one-design boats and the finishers in the cruising fleet came in under the time limit. River Rats (Fair Haven Sailing Club) and Monmouth Boat Club provided the race committee. Carole and Joe Malik served on the committee boat and Les Hathaway, Pris Gettis and others from Monmouth Boat Club served on mark laying and safety boats. Registration was done on the water and Portsmouth handicaps were used. Jeremy Herman from Fair Haven Yacht Works took first place for the Keel Boat Fleet, with Remedy, a Merit 25 sailboat. Paul Lucyk from Monmouth Boat Club won the One Design Fleet race in an MC-Scow. The article originally appeared in the July 9 – 15, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.center_img Photos by Patrick Olivero PATRICK OLIVERO last_img read more

Panthers dominate Knights at Pepper Stadium

first_imgPicture: Anthony Griffin’s men were impressive in the 80-minute performance, scoring seven unanswered tries and keeping the visitors to zero in a dominant showing before they turn their attention to competition leaders the Melbourne Storm next Saturday night. It was the second time in 2017 the Panthers kept a team try-less for a game, after their Round 2 showing against the Wests Tigers in Campbelltown. The Panthers led 22-0 at the break after running in four tries as the home side enjoyed 61 per cent of possession and ran a season-high 2048 metres in a true sign the forwards dominated the middle. Knights prop Daniel Saifiti conceded the opening penalty of the game for the visitors and the Panthers took advantage with a Dean Whare flick-pass sending winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak over in the corner to open the scoring after three minutes. The Kiwi international looked to be over again with a high shot from Josh Starling gifting the home side with further territory down field, however Watene-Zelezniak went into touch as he attempted to get the ball down.Panthers skipper Matt Moylan looked to send Waqa Blake over on the opposite side of the field ten minutes later, but his trademark cut-out pass was intercepted by Knights winger Ken Sio who raced 60 metres down field, but the Knights would soon cough up the ball to turn over any momentum.With the strong ratio of Telstra Premiership debutants going over in their first grade debut in 2017, it was no surprise to see 21-year-old Corey Hawrawira-Naera be the next to score after sliced through a gap to extend the Panthers’ lead.Ill-discipline cost the Knights in the opening half and a simple show-and-go from Te Maire Martin made things worse for the visitors as the Panthers five-eighth crossed to blow the lead out to 16.Despite a huge hit from another NRL debutant – Joe Wardle – the Panthers were over again eight minutes before the break with the in-form Tyrone Peachey going over untouched. Knights prop Jacob Saifiti left the field after six minutes of game time after a head clash with a hard-hitting Sitaleki Akauola, but returned in the second half after being cleared in a HIA assessment. An early penalty goal from Nathan Cleary in the second half would push the Panthers’ lead out to four converted tries.A basketball pass from Knights rookie Sam Stone was ruled forward as the visitors looked to be over for their first of the game, before the young rookie slipped over in defence with Panthers veteran Peter Wallace burrowing under for the 32nd try of his Telstra Premiership career.Griffin’s men were not done with yet with a quarter of the game to go with Whare going over in the north-eastern corner following a six-again call that was touched by the Knights. In a true sign the game was against them, Knights winger Nathan Ross was in open space for 70 metres before being tackled and playing the ball to no one with no teammate in sight.Danny Levi was the next Knight to leave the field following a head knock but returned to the field to play out the final quarter of the game. Cleary would cap off the night with a try of his own, carrying two Knights defenders over for his second four-pointer of the season as the Panthers romped to victory. Panthers 40 (Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Corey Harawira-Naera, Te Maire Martin, Tyrone Peachey, Peter Wallace, Dean Whare, Nathan Cleary tries; Nathan Cleary 6 goals) defeated Knights 0 at Pepper Stadium. Crowd: 10,567. Half-time: Panthers 22-0.last_img read more