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Coogan eyes more Navan joy

By on September 21, 2020

first_imgTrainer James Coogan believes there is more to come from Theyturnedmedown when the in-form sprinter aims for a course-and-distance double at Navan. Coogan, who hails from Friarstown, in Co Kildare, said: “He’s in very good form and is well drawn in stall one, which helps at Navan. “He’s gone up a few pounds but Leigh (Roche) gets on really well with him – he’s won three times on the horse – and takes off another 3lb. “Everything has gone well with him since the last day and we hope there’s a bit more to come. “He won his first race this time last year off a mark of 49 and is now 82, so he’s clearly still progressing – like all good sprinters do.” Theyturnedmedown faces nine rivals in the 20,000 euro heat, including Regal Power, who returned from a long absence to take a decent prize at the Curragh on Sunday. Six Of Hearts chased home Coogan’s inmate on his penultimate start and renews rivalry. Coogan said: “Six Of Hearts would be the one I’m most concerned about. He finished strongly behind us last time and is the big danger.” The five-year-old gelding was a tidy half-length scorer at the Co Meath venue in May and returns for another go in the Follow Navan On Facebook Handicap over just shy of six furlongs. Theyturnedmedown is 6lb higher for this assignment, but connections of the son of Captain Rio remain optimistic of a solid display. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Iranian clubs threaten to withdraw if competition resumes

By on September 20, 2020

first_imgTehran: Disciplinary Committee of the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) has urged the teams not to withdraw from the Iran Professional League (IPL) if the competition resumes. In a letter sent to the FFIRI on Monday, seven teams — including Tractor, Machine Sazi, Shahr Khodro, Paykan, Naft Masjed Soleyman, Nassaji, and Pars Jonoubi — announced that they will withdraw from the league if the competition resumes, reports Xinhua news agency. The Iran Football League Organisation announced earlier that the league, which has been suspended for four months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on June 24. “Any provocative interviews as well as making false and untrue statements about the resumption of the Iranian football league will be considered a disciplinary violation according to the regulation … and will result in the suspension of the offending person or team,” said by Abolfazl Hassanzadeh Mohammadi, head of the FFIRI’s disciplinary committee. IANS Also Watch: In an exclusive conversation with Diptanil Barua only on The Sentinel Assamlast_img read more

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Barca Visit Valencia in Search of Liga Points

By on September 8, 2020

first_imgSamuel Umtiti will be missing for Barcelona after suffering from a knee problem, while Sergi Roberto is also out of the clash with a muscular problem. Valencia have no real injury concerns.Valencia’s start to the season has been disappointing, with Marcelino’s men only claiming their first La Liga win last weekend on matchday seven.They have been unlucky in some of the games, however, and on Tuesday night they looked extremely dangerous at times during their 0-0 Champions League draw with Manchester United.As well, Los Che played some excellent football in the second half of their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid and will be aiming to make Barca work extremely hard to get anything out of the game.The Blaugrana have drawn two and won one of their last three league visits to Mestalla, although both of those wins have come from goals in injury time.RESULTS & FIXTURESBurnley 1 – 1 HuddersfieldCrystal Palace 0 – 1 WolvesLeicester 1 – 2 EvertonTottenham 1 – 0 Cardiff CityWatford 0 – 4 BournemouthMan United 3 – 2 NewcastleFulham v Arsenal 12pmSouthampton v Chelsea 2;15pmLiverpool v Man City 4:30pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona produced an excellent performance to beat Tottenham 4-2 in the Champions League at Wembley and Ernesto Valverde’s side will be hoping for another big showing today in one of the toughest La Liga matches of the season.The champions travel to Mestalla to face a Valencia side who also had a positive result in Europe on Tuesday evening, and Los Che have consistently made life tough for Barca over the last few seasons.Barca needed a late Jordi Alba goal to claim a 1-1 draw at Mestalla last season, while the previous season they came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 with an injury time goal from Lionel Messi.last_img read more

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FIFA Postpones CONCACAF Qualifiers, New Format to be Decided

By on August 31, 2020

first_imgFIFA had also announced that the June 2021 window would be extended by seven days for CONCACAF and other federations outside Europe and South America, so they can play four games instead of two. Both grants and loans can be directed by member associations to the wider football community in their respective territories, including clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected by COVID-19. ZURICH, Switzerland – Football’s world governing body FIFA has confirmed that CONCACAF’s planned qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup have been postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, each confederation will receive a grant of US$ 2 million. However, the decision to alter the match calendars was welcomed by the regional football governing body, which said many of its member associations and their communities continued to face significant challenges due to the spread of the highly contagious virus. Given the elimination of the September window, the football body will be revamping the World Cup qualifying competition, nixing the Hexagonal which would have had to be followed by playoffs in two international windows. In that stage, FIFA will provide national federations with grants and interest-free loans to cope with budget hits. In the Hex, the top six ranked CONCACAF teams based on the FIFA rankings play home-and-away round-robin matches. The top three teams would qualify for the World Cup, and the fourth-placed team would advance to the CONCACAF play-off round. Meantime, in its statement, FIFA announced that its Council on Thursday approved stage three of its US $1.5 billion COVID‑19 Relief Plan which was created to assist the football community amid the pandemic.center_img CONCACAF’s Hexagonal was set to kick off during the September international window, but a statement issued after a FIFA Council meeting on Thursday said that window would be closed for federations outside Europe and South America. CONCACAF will therefore be forced to alter plans in the run up to the World Cup, including changing the format of the qualification competition. Member associations will also be able to apply for interest-free loans. It added that it would work with its stakeholders to reorganize the CONCACAF Road to Gold Cup Qualifiers (originally scheduled for March and June 2020), its inaugural Nations League Finals, originally scheduled to be held in Houston and Dallas this month, and a range of other suspended competitions. “The rescheduling of competitions, and agreements on new international match dates, provide some encouragement across the football world and enable CONCACAF to progress our planning to resume men’s and women’s international football when it is safe to do so,” CONCACAF said. “The challenges presented by postponements to the football calendar, and the incomplete FIFA rankings cycle in our confederation, means our current World Cup Qualifying process has been compromised and will be changed. We will now work with the new framework provided and liaise with FIFA to finalize a new World Cup Qualification format for the CONCACAF region,” the continental body said said. A universal solidarity grant of US$ 1 million will be made available to all member associations, with an additional grant of US $500,000 allocated specifically to women’s football. CMClast_img read more

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CAF CC: Pitso Mosimane confident of ending Medeama’s dream

By on August 28, 2020

first_imgSundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is confident of knocking Ghanaian side Medeama out of the CAF Confederation Cup after their 3-1 win over the Tarkwa side.Sundowns rallied from a goal down to defeat the Yellow and Mauves in the first leg of their playoff round.All three goals were scored in the last ten minutes and the former Bafana Bafana coach is confident of nicking another when they come to Ghana.”If we focus and concentrate, we should be able to come out. You know what I like, this team [Medeama] plays,” he said.”They didn’t come here to sit back. They played, they passed the ball well. In Ghana football they are not sitting back.”It will be an open game there that will be nice. I think we can get one; I think we can do that there. “But we don’t have to score as long as they don’t score.”Mosimane led to Sundowns to win their second league title in three years.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Today’s MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Monday’s DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

By on August 26, 2020

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE: Monday’s Betting Picks | Fantasy Alarm PRO toolsToday’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Monday, April 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY!AnalysisSPS. Matz (L)NYM@MIAMon 7:10C. Smith (L)$8300$8200$37The sample size may be small, but the Marlins have already shown a propensity for struggling against lefthanded pitching. But who are we kidding? This team is going to struggle against righties and lefties, and Matz should take full advantage. The Marlins aren’t a big strikeout team, so keep that in mind, but Matz can go deep enough into the game, keep the runs off the board, and likely walk away with the win here. Solid option for both cash and GPP tournaments.SPJ. Urías (L)SF@LAMon 10:10D. Pomeranz (L)$8700$7200$35UPGRADESPUPGRADE OFM. Trout (R)LAA@SEAMon 10:10F. Hernández (R)$5600$4900$26I mean, it’s Mike Trout, right? Do I really need to detail his wOBA splits? He’s the best player in the game facing a declining starting pitcher he’s seen a hell of a lot in his career. You ready for today’s daily-dose of BvP? How about Trout owns a .484 wOBA (.373 AVG) with eight home runs and 20 RBIs over 83 at-bats against King Felix? There’s always going to be a bit of nerves as to whether they pitch around him, but Hernandez has never really been that guy, has he?OFM. Betts (R)BOS@OAKMon 10:07A. Brooks (R)$5400$4800$25UPGRADEOFUPGRADE SSUPGRADE SSJ. Báez (R)CHI@ATLMon 7:10S. Newcomb (L)$5100$4500$26Shortstop is where you’re likely going to need to pay up, and it starts with Baez, who is already off to a white-hot start, showing everyone that last year was no fluke. Newcomb is coming off a very rough spring where he walked 15 batters in just 21 innings, and Baez absolutely rips lefthanded pitching. His potential for speed makes the power even more enticing to go after, as well.SSUPGRADE 1BUPGRADE 3BA. Bregman (R)HOU@TEXMon 8:05D. Smyly (L)$5000$4300$20Am I picking on Smyly? Absolutely. Nothing personal — it’s just his first outing in nearly three years. Since we don’t need to tout Bregman — the numbers do the talking — we can also focus on Smyly’s pitch count, his nerves, and the Rangers bullpen getting worked yesterday. An Astros stack with Bregman looks pretty tasty.3BJ. Turner (R)SF@LAMon 10:10D. Pomeranz (L)$4200$4000$22UPGRADE3BUPGRADE SPUPGRADE SPUPGRADE OFUPGRADE OFUPGRADE 2BUPGRADEcenter_img CUPGRADE 3BUPGRADE OFUPGRADE 1BUPGRADE 1BF. Freeman (L)CHI@ATLMon 7:10K. Hendricks (R)$4700$4200$23UPGRADE1BJ. Smoak (B)BAL@TORMon 7:07D. Hess (R)$4200$3600$14The switch-hitting Smoak pounds the ball from the left side, with David Hess on the mound for the Orioles, that’s exactly where Smoak will be. The career .205 ISO from the left side says it all, and if you want to dig deeper into stats like wOBA, OPS and even wRC+, he’s there near the top for all those, as well.1BUPGRADE 2BR. Odor (L)HOU@TEXMon 8:05B. Peacock (R)$4500$3600$15UPGRADE2BJ. Villar (B)BAL@TORMon 7:07S. Reid-Foley (R)$4100$2700$10You may see a lot of people tilt toward the Orioles today against Sean Reid-Foley, who is making his 2019 debut. He’s a high-strikeout, high-walk hurler who was burned by the long ball heavily last year during his cup of coffee. If you can get Villar into your lineup, you could be seeing some nice runs scored and steals.2BUPGRADE Welcome to Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook for Monday, April 1. We’re working off a nine-game main slate tonight with some very interesting matchups. The hitting looks a lot better than the pitching right now, so choose your potential picks carefully. I’m leaning toward a pay-up at shortstop and third base, so some corner-cutting is going to be necessary for cash games. We can spend up for at least one outfielder, but we are definitely going to need to find some baragains in DraftKings and FanDuel contests.Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN CR. Chirinos (R)HOU@TEXMon 8:05D. Smyly (L)$4100$2400$13Chirinos has always done a good job of hitting lefties, as evidenced by last season’s splits in his wOBA and OPS, and he lines up nicely against Drew Smyly, who is making his first start since 2016. If the spring numbers are any indication, Smyly is going to give up some runs. This Astros lineup has yet to really crush anyone, which lends me to believe this could be its 2019 coming out party.CW. Contreras (R)CHI@ATLMon 7:10S. Newcomb (L)$3900$2900$14UPGRADECUPGRADE OFUPGRADElast_img read more

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Toro does not convince Óscar García and will leave on loan

By on May 14, 2020

first_imgFlavio Perchman, agent of the tip, unveiled the plans of his represented in the Uruguayan station Sport 890: “We talked to the sports director to win again in confidence. The idea is to come to South America, to Peñarol. An attempt was made, but we are analyzing other situations. Celta wants money for the loan and there is also the player’s salary. “ Market movements in the attack of Celtic will begin with the departure of Toro Fernández. The performance of the Uruguayan striker does not convince Oscar Garcia and the celestial technician has given the green light to leave on loan until next June. The intention of the battering ram is to return to Peñarol, but the economic demands of the Vigués club hinder that desire. It does not fit. The olivic entity incorporated last summer the Bull as the successor of his countryman Maxi Gomez. He disbursed four million euros for 80% of the ram pass, leaving Peñarol with the remaining 20%. Fernández, who signed until 2024, started as a starter due to the absence of injury from Santi Mina and on the second day he scored the goal of victory against Valencia. Since that game at the end of August he has only played two games of The league More as a headline. His agent acknowledges that he is not happy in Vigo: “It is hard for him to adapt, he misses a lot.”Romeu had minutes with SouthamptonThe arrival of Oriol Romeu has been stalemate. The Celtic and the Southampton they have not just agreed and while the negotiation is blocked the midfielder has enjoyed minutes in the Premier League. In the match played yesterday against him Crystal Palace, Romeu appeared on the pitch in the equator of the first part. Waiting for the Catalan footballer or another of the pivots that Celta has contacted to land in Vigo, Óscar García will not be able to make a complete rotation in the medullary tomorrow in the Copa del Rey against him Mirandés. One of the two midfielders who played the 90 minutes before the Athletic, Okay Yokuslu or Fran Beltrán, will repeat in the eleven to accompany Cheikh paper. Without news regarding the signing for the center of the field, the reinforcement for the attack has not yet been finalized. Nolito reappears on the scene as one of the options given the difficulties in hiring Cristian Tello.last_img read more

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‘Teddy’ looking to give Tivoli Gardens a lift

By on January 20, 2020

first_img 8:30 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs UWI FC at Anthony Spaulding Sports Club. FOCUSING ON TIVOLI “All the time you are looking to go overseas to play football, but right now I am just concentrating on Tivoli, the players and the fans, and trying to get a trophy for the team,” he said. “You also always want to play for your country, but it is up to the coaching staff to give you that chance. And it’s up to you as well to try and play for the coaching staff to see you,” he continued. The striker was taken out of the game with under 10 minutes remaining after aggravating his shoulder from a first-half tackle. Tivoli’s coach, Christopher Bender, said it was unfortunate he had to pull the striker as he brings more than just talent to the team, and he has no doubt the former Oldham Athletic man will soon discover his magical touch. “Teddy brings experience and talent. He is a very dedicated person, and now he is different as he is more mature,” Bender commented. “He also helps the training in how we imparts knowledge to the youngsters, so he is very valuable to the team. But the next game he will be better,” he assured. Tonight’s match Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson showed glimpses of his mercurial talent in Tivoli Gardens’ opening Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game against Cavalier, which ended 0-0 at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. However, it wasn’t the sublime performance the home fans and many football observers had anticipated. The former Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday striker, who is presently out of contract, told The Gleaner that although his intention is to return overseas, he wants to help the West Kingston club win trophies again. He insists, though, that he is not a one-man band and needs the support of his teammates to be successful. “Every time you play, you want to win a trophy or the competition, and that is my aim, try to help the team (Tivoli Gardens) win a trophy,” he said. – Tivoli Gardens 0 Cavalier 0 – MoBay United 0 Portmore 2 – Rivoli United 0 Waterhouse 0 – Reno 1 Humble Lion 0 – Harbour View 1 Boys’ Town 1 Yesterday’s Results TEAMWORK “I can’t believe that I am the one (to lead Tivoli back to the top), because we are a team, and we have to work as a team for everything to come together, so we have to believe in ourselves and try to go out and do it every game,” he continued. Johnson last played for Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL). But he injured his shoulder – which required an operation – last October and has not played since. The 35-year-old is confident that as long as his fitness continues to improve, he will get better. “We never really got into the game today (Sunday), but it’s the first game (of the season). We just have to come the next game and try to do our best, and just keep the focus and keep the confidence going, and once I get fit, everything is possible,” he said. The tricky playmaker still has his sights set on a national recall. “I haven’t played any competitive football since October, since I did surgery, so I just came down here to try and get fit and see what is possible for me in the longer run.last_img read more

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With Finals spot within reach, Akhuetie, UP Maroons ‘have to believe’ they can do it

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgAkhuetie already made a name for himself while he was playing with the Altas in the NCAA having won two nods to the Mythical Team of the league and these accolades gave him the hoopla when he made to switch to the UAAP.He was also able to lead the Altas to the Final Four during his stay with the school.This alone makes him the most-experience player in the Fighting Maroons roster but Akhuetie said there’s no difference playing in the UAAP and the NCAA and that everything’s basketball, after all, ’s said and done.“At the end of the day it’s all basketball and we just have to believe in ourselves that we can do it,” said Akhuetie whose Fighting Maroons will have a twice-to-win disadvantage against second seed Adamson University in the semifinals.“If we believe in ourselves when we go out there and perform as a team, then trust me we will.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Akhuetie earned the MVP plum of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament after leading the Fighting Maroons to a third seed record, 8-6, while averaging 18.9 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.The Fighting Maroons also got their first Final Four nod in 21 years and the big center said he and his teammates aren’t done in their quest to make UP one of the league’s elite.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Since we made it to the Final Four, I’ve been telling my teammates that it’s not over yet and we simply have to keep pushing to go to the next level,” said Akhuetie Thursday at Epsilon Chi Center in UP Diliman.“We’re on this level now but we have to work on getting to the next level so we have to go hard in practice.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Bright Akhuetie has so far lived up to the hype that came along with him when he moved to University of the Philippines from University of Perpetual Help.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sporting greats De Vega, Nepomuceno, Coo inducted to PH Sports Hall of Fame MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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