Eto’o hat-trick adds to Moyes’ woes

first_imgChelsea inflicted a knockout blow on Manchester United’s hopes of making a successful defence of the Barclays Premier League and kept their title bid on track with a comprehensive victory at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho has repeatedly insisted Chelsea, and not United, were always his first-choice destination last summer, and was mocked by visiting fans over the Old Trafford link. The self-proclaimed Special One insists he believes in the Chelsea project, even if he will target a “killer” striker in the summer. Rooney was the subject of two bids last summer before Eto’o was recruited from Anzhi Makhachkala as a fall-back option and the Cameroonian was preferred to Fernando Torres in a side showing two changes following the win at Hull. The other was in defence, where Branislav Ivanovic returned earlier than expected from a knee injury, Cesar Azpilicueta shifted to left-back and Ashley Cole was dropped in front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson. United, with Rooney and Robin van Persie again out injured, made three changes following the win over Swansea – Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Ashley Young coming in – and began on the front foot. But the Blues went ahead when Jones backed off Eto’o, whose shot looped up off Michael Carrick’s out-stretched leg and into the top corner. David Luiz, again playing in midfield, was intimidating United physically and was booked for an over-zealous aerial challenge on Antonio Valencia which enraged the United bench. If Luiz was the enforcer, Hazard’s influence as sorcerer was increasing as he found space to run at United. Januzaj, who could yet team up with Hazard for Belgium, was United’s most creative force but no one was in the box to meet his dangerous cross. Another Januzaj cross evaded John Terry and reached Danny Welbeck, who got a shot away under pressure from Azpilicueta, but Petr Cech saved smartly. Januzaj then found a rampaging Patrice Evra, whose cross was poor, and Chelsea broke with Willian and Hazard influential on the counter. Chelsea doubled their advantage when the visitors failed to clear a corner. Ramires found Cahill on the right side of the area and the defender centred around a static defence for Eto’o to sweep in. It was a major blow prior to the interval, but the decisive one followed and featured more abject defending. Cahill was allowed a free header from Willian’s corner and David De Gea saved on the line, but Eto’o poked in the rebound. United, who saw Evra depart injured, threw on Hernandez alongside Welbeck. The Mexican pulled a goal back 12 minutes from time when he converted Jones’ shot after Welbeck’s pull-back. But that was as good as it got for United, who saw Vidic sent off and Rafael booked in stoppage time as Chelsea triumphed. Seventh-placed United sit six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and fifth-placed Tottenham with 16 games remaining after seeing their seven-match unbeaten away run end. A miserable afternoon was compounded for Moyes and United when captain Nemanja Vidic was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Eden Hazard in stoppage time. Rafael was fortunate not to follow his skipper in being sent off for a two-footed lunge on Gary Cahill. Both Chelsea and United are in transition, but it is clear who has more work to do after Mourinho’s men claimed a sixth win in seven Premier League games. Moyes was adamant his side are not a fading force following his appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor; Mourinho, meanwhile, insisted he would never write off United. If the Portuguese will not, even after extending his home unbeaten Premier League run to 71 games with his 100th win in the competition, most now will. United’s attacking endeavours relied on an 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj and that, coupled with the gaping defensive holes Chelsea exposed, increased the sense Moyes must recruit top-class reinforcements this month to chase a top-four spot. Should United overturn a deficit in Wednesday’s semi-final second leg with Sunderland there may be some solace in the Capital One Cup, but will that be enough to satisfy the likes of Wayne Rooney? Jose Mourinho’s side moved two points behind leaders Arsenal after Samuel Eto’o scored a hat-trick – his fourth, fifth and sixth Premier League goals of the season – in a 3-1 victory which exposed the numerous shortcomings which leave United 14 points adrift of the summit. Perhaps more crucial for David Moyes and United, whose reply came from substitute Javier Hernandez, is the deficit to the Champions League qualification places. Press Associationlast_img read more

Eagles Sweep Vikings

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts admin ELLSWORTH — Stellar complete game pitching performances by righthanders Pat Kelley and John Carlin gave the Eagles a doubleheader sweep over the Caribou Vikings on Saturday.In the 6-3 opener, Kelley scattered just four hits in his first complete game outing of the season. The Eagles snapped a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fourth inning on three walks, a two-run triple by Mickey Manning, RBI singles by Jordan Carter and Ross Saunders and a Caribou error.Caribou managed a pair of runs in the top of the fifth when Chad McCarthy and Brandon Caverhill both singled and scored when Ted Walker lined a drive that deflected off Kelley for a single.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the 7-0 second game shutout, the Eagles staked Carlin to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and he never faltered, allowing just two hits and getting solid defensive support including three double plays.Manning had a two-run single in the first inning, and an RBI single in the second.Dakota Jewett also doubled and singled for Ellsworth. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.center_img Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015last_img read more

Boss has concerns over striker’s fitness

first_imgSouthend manager Paul Sturrock has expressed misgivings about Rowan Vine’s fitness.The QPR forward recently joined Sturrock’s side on trial ahead of a possible loan move.Vine scored the only goal of the game in a reserve match against Oxford but Sturrock is unsure whether to retain him.AdChoices广告Sturrock told Southend’s website: “He didn’t look fit to me and that’s a worrying aspect – how long it would take. That’s something I’ve been talking to the fitness coaches about.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mature Blackwood intent on batting for longer periods

first_img… credits Radford, time away from team as factors behind successBy Clifton Ross FRESH off his match-winning knock, West Indies middle-order Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood said confidence and new approach to batting are the catalysts behind his success. During a Zoom interview recently, the Jamaican who bullied his way back into the Test side, after heading the run charts this past Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional 4-Day season, was oozing confidence following his classy 95.Blackwood had played a gruelling innings, batting for hours accumulating just 4 fours from 154 balls, during the Caribbean team’s second innings.Quickly identifying Windies batting coach Toby Radford as one of the figures behind his current run with the bat, Blackwood lauded his coach for the feedback provided during these difficult times of training.“I work with Toby, I sent him some clips with my training and he communicated back to me, so I thank him for what he has done for me,” he saidRegarding his approach to the innings which helped his side draw first blood in the away series, the Jamaican Scorpions skipper said, “To be honest it wasn’t difficult at all; it was mental for me, it wasn’t too much of a technical thing. I told myself I was going to bat and once I face a 100 or 200 balls I know that I’ll score runs,” said a poised Blackwood.After dominating the Regional batting charts this past COVID-affected season which Barbados Pride eventually won on points; the right-hander rated his return to the international side and circuit, right up there with his memorable knocks.“It’s certainly up there having not played for West Indies for about three years. coming back and performing was pretty amazing. I was a bit disappointed when I got out but I was more worried about getting the team across the line,” said and unselfish Blackwood.With the second Test set for July 16 at Old Trafford, Blackwood who scored his first Test ton in England against the home team back in 2015, said he was more fixed on batting for longer periods rather than just going on and attacking the bowling carelessly.“Looking back when I started playing I would have gone after the ball from ball one, but this year I said I was going to give myself a chance and bat as long as possible so I wasn’t really thinking much about scoring,” he ended.Windies will be looking to go 2-0 when the second Test bowls off today at the famous Old Trafford ground in Manchester.last_img read more

Southerland, Boeheim surprised Final Four run came this season

first_img Related Stories McNamara outlines how he scouts Michigan ahead of Final Four matchupSyracuse-Michigan promises showdown of in-form shooters Southerland, Stauskas Published on April 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 ATLANTA — James Southerland gave a sheepish smile. Now that he was here — in Atlanta, at the Final Four, as a senior — he could admit that he expected a free ride to this exact setting earlier in his career. Once for sure, and twice was not out of the question.“My freshman year I was like, ‘This is the easy ride to the Final Four just sitting on the bench and going all the way,’” Southerland said with a laugh. “But it didn’t turn out like that.”Southerland has been a part of four NCAA Tournament teams in his career at Syracuse, two of which were No. 1 seeds, one of which was bounced early and a fourth that actually made the Final Four. Southerland was surprised that this group — a team that earned a No. 4 seed — was the one to reach the national semifinals, just as Jim Boeheim was.Boeheim said Thursday that he felt the 2010 team featuring Wesley Johnson and last year’s team featuring Dion Waiters were ones he “expected” to reach the Final Four. But the loss of a key player in each season — first Arinze Onuaku suffered a knee injury and then Fab Melo was declared ineligible — rewrote those premonitions.“I would have expected it more if one of those teams had gone,” Boeheim said Thursday. “But this team’s a good team. They’re a good basketball team. They’re playing good basketball.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnlike Southerland, C.J. Fair said he always expected this team to make the Final Four. He looked at the landscape of college basketball and saw the lack of a dominant team. There was no Kentucky, which rolled through the Tournament last year behind Anthony Davis and a slew of other first-round draft picks.“I knew coming into this year that we could make a Final Four appearance,” Fair said. “We had the pieces to our team, and college basketball was kind of even this year as far as talent-wise.”This team had the pieces, evidenced by its run through the East Regional, but it took longer to jell. There was no No. 1 seed, no spot atop the regular season rankings at any point in time.For that reason, Southerland said, this year feels different. Syracuse is without a target on its back, and instead it’s going after the teams that do.Three years after he thought he had a golden ticket, Southerland made it to the Final Four. And it was well worth the wait.“It’s great to be here,” Southerland said. “It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, but also we know that we have a job to do. We want to go out and win a championship. And we’re not settling for anything less.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former congresswoman speaks about national security

first_imgFollow Camille on Twitter @camilleshoosh Former U.S. Representative Jane Harman discussed national security issues on Tuesday as a part of the USC National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) distinguished speaker series.Danger zone · Former congresswoman and current president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Jane Harman has been recognized as a national expert in national security and public policy issues. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanHarman currently serves as the director, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She was appointed president of the center in February of 2011 and said the new position has allowed her a perch to work effectively on the issues she cares about.“Being in a nonpartisan place where the goal is to connect scholarship to policymaking is great,” Harman said.From 1993 to 1999, and for a short period in 2011, Harman represented California’s 36th congressional district, which includes part of the Inland Empire.“What happens in L.A. has a huge impact on what happens in our country,” Harman said.She emphasized that though al-Qaeda’s power is waning, new loosely affiliated terrorist groups and radicalized individuals are utilizing the Internet to become the face of terror.“They are evolving,” Harman said. “And we must evolve too. They attack us where we’re vulnerable. We have to be right 100 percent of the time. They have to be right once.”Harman said the United States can win this fight against terrorism by projecting its values onto other less prosperous countries.“Failing states are ripe for terrorism,” Harman said. “We have to show people that they have better prospects, that living in this society is fair, the rule of law is here. Opportunity should be out there. Being unemployed at 22 is not good. Some focused help in these failing states on education, on police and on unemployment could help and shows the best of America. We have to live our values.”In order to do this, Harman said the U.S. must close institutions such as Guantanamo Bay, which she called a “black eye” on the country. She also believed that the U.S. must look internally to identify homegrown individual terrorists, people who are a looming threat to national security.“In our country, these are lost kids,” she said. “If you are undereducated or alienated, you are susceptible to this trash.”Harman also said that though the U.S. has improved on sharing information between government agencies — due in part to an intelligence reform bill she helped pass — the current challenge for the country is cyberterrorism.“We aren’t good enough, and we aren’t creative enough,” Harman said of the nation’s technological capabilities.But Harman also added that security should not come at the cost of liberty. She contended that drones have no place in the civilian sphere because they have the capacity to destroy Fourth Amendment rights, which protects against unwarranted searches and seizures.“Security and liberty are not a zero sum game,” Harman said. “You get either more of both or less of both.”Harman is also a member of the USC Board of Trustees. Her husband, who died in April 2011, founded the USC Sidney Harman Academy of Polymathic Study. The academy seeks to bring awareness to integrated interdisciplinary study through conversational encounters.USC President C. L. Max Nikias surprised Harman by making an appearance at the end of her discussion.“How could I not show up?” he said. “She’s been a wonderful trustee and we are all proud of her.”CREATE is an interdisciplinary national research center based out of the USC Price School of Public Policy and Viterbi School of Engineering, and funded by the Department of Homeland Security. The center focuses on research and development of counterterrorism methods to inform and support decisions made by elected officials. Dean of the USC Price School of Public Policy Jack Knott emphasized not only how key the subject is, but also how knowledgeable about it Harman is.“There is no more important subject and no more important person to tell us about the subject,” Knott said.Many students enjoyed the event because they said it informed them about a subject they weren’t previously aware of.“I didn’t really know about it,” said Aliza Aitchison, a sophomore majoring in international relations and an intern at USC CREATE. “It was helpful to hear about homegrown terrorism and cyberterrorism from such an expert.”last_img read more

Syracuse men’s cross country wins northeast regional, qualifies for nationals

first_img Published on November 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Defending national champion Syracuse won the NCAA northeast regional in men’s cross country, paced by the winner, Justyn Knight, along with four other runners in the top 10.With the victory, the No. 5 Syracuse men won their fourth straight northeast regional title. Justyn Knight defended his title as he also took first place in this race last year. Colin Bennie came in just behind Knight for the second year in a row at regionals.With the men taking home the top spot, they automatically qualify for the NCAA national championship meet on November 19, in Terre Haute, Indiana. The top two finishing teams in each regional qualify automatically, so second-place Iona, which is ranked No. 7, qualified along with the Orange.On the 10-kilometer course at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York, Knight ran a time of 30:30.52, followed by Bennie in 30:32.75.Coming in behind Knight and Bennie to round out the Orange’s five scorers were Iliass Aouani (30:41.23) in seventh place, Philo Germano (30:47.36) in ninth place, and Joel Hubbard (30:47.44) in 10th place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s 29 points put a large gap between the Orange and Iona, which had 65 points. This was the second straight year of 29 points in the northeast regional for the Orange.In the women’s race, on a 6-kilometer course, Syracuse was led by a 10th place-finishing Paige Stoner (20:42.62). Stoner’s strong race was unable to carry the Orange, as SU finished seventh.Finishing in the other four scoring positions for Syracuse were Emma Wilson (21:31.51) in 43rd place, Sydney Leiher (21:53.25) in 62nd place, Shannon Malone (21:55.29) in 67th place and Mackenzie Altmyer (21:59.01) in 74th place.New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier (20:07.82) won the race, finishing ahead of Courtney Smith (20:13.07) of Harvard. Defending regional champion, No. 3 Providence, emerged victorious again, finishing with 50 points.  Syracuse totaled 256 points. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mayweather Calls Broner ‘a Snake’ Ahead of Theophane Bout

first_imgFloyd Mayweather has labelled Adrien Broner a “snake” and says he is not good enough to be a pay-per-view fighter.Broner, who defends his WBA super-lightweight world title against Britain’s Ashley Theophane on Friday night, has insisted there is “no beef” between him and his former friend. But Mayweather, who promoters Theophane, has laid into the champion suggesting the fall-out is far from over.“Adrien Broner, his nickname is ‘The Problem’ – I think he has a lot of problems,” he told fighthype.com.“One thing I’m trying to find out about Adrien Broner – is he a boxing promoter, is he a rapper or is he a gangster?“Like I said before, ‘The Problem’, that’s what Adrien Broner likes to call himself, if I’m not mistaken.“The problem that he really needs to focus on is his problem in Cincinnati. I think the best name for him is not ‘The Problem’, it’s ‘Snake’.”The London challenger has promise to win the WBA belt “for Floyd” but even if the champion retains his title, Mayweather says there is little chance of him getting back on pay-per-view. “You gotta realise, with Mayweather Promotions, we take our time and we build superstars,” he said.“Mayweather Promotions holds the record for pay-per-view and we know Adrien Broner is a free TV type of fighter. We all know super fights happen on Saturday.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Apax acquires Genius Sports targeting global sports data domination

first_img Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Share 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Submit US multi-national private equity firm Apax Partners has reached a ‘definitive agreement’ to acquire leading sports data and media distribution firm Genius Sports Group.A proven PE investor in technology and telecom enterprises (King.com, Orange, Aptos), Apax confirms that it has agreed to acquire Genius Sports outright from ‘founders, management, funds advised by Three Hills Capital Partners (“THCP”) plus other minority shareholders.’Founded in 2000, Genius Sports is a leading global player in sports data, insights, and media distribution.   Through its BetGenius subsidiary, the technology group currently services +150 licensed sportsbooks with betting data, market insights and trading provisions.‘The acquisition by the Apax Funds will help the company further strengthen its existing operations and provide significant capital to pursue its international expansion, both organically and through strategic acquisitions to better position the company in the rapidly changing sports rights market’ details a joint-statement released by Apax and Genius Sports.Further to the update, Genius Sports has confirmed that it is currently identifying potential M&A opportunities to support its ongoing corporate expansion.Apax’s transaction will see Genius Sports continue to operate as an ‘independent entity’, with both parties confirming that the firm’s ‘management team will remain in place, retaining a minority stake in the company.’Gabriele Cipparrone – Apax PartnersConfirming the acquisition Gabriele Cipparrone, Partner at Apax Partners, said: “We have been attracted to the sports data market for some time, having seen live data and technology as key drivers of growth.Within this sector, Genius Sports Group stood out due to the breadth of its offering, its industry-leading technology, and its excellent reputation as a ‘high integrity’ data provider. The company has grown strongly in recent years and we look forward to working with Mark and his team to continue this growth as the company leverages new technologies to enhance its services.”Backing Apax as new owners, Mark Locke, Chief Executive Officer of Genius Sports Group, states that his firm has entered a new chapter, targeting accelerated growth within new and established markets, seeking to become the outright leader in global sports data services.Mark Locke, Genius Sports“We are excited to have Apax on board as we look to capitalise on the significant expected growth in the sports data and regulated betting markets, including substantial opportunities in North America.”  Locke details“Our company’s values are founded on integrity, intelligence and innovation so it was critical for us to choose a long-term investment partner that embodies these principles and understands our vision. As we enter the next phase of dynamic growth, Apax is one of the few partners with the expertise, global presence and access to capital to enable us to achieve our goal of becoming the most trusted and most respected sports data technology company in the world.”Deal stakeholders expect to close the transaction by Q3 2018. Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Immortals and Los Angeles Valiant partner with Razer

first_imgEsports organisation Immortals, and its Overwatch League franchise Los Angeles Valiant, have entered a partnership with American gaming peripheral and equipment company Razer.This partnership is a two-year deal, and will see players that represent both Immortals and Los Angeles Valiant train and compete with Razer’s gaming peripherals. Immortals’ mobile competitors will use the Razer Phone.Min-Liang Tan, Co-Founder and CEO of Razer stated: “Team Razer is committed to fostering a roster of passionate and truly ambitious esports players. Immortals and LA Valiant exude a caliber of excellence that makes our partnership with them a natural fit, and one that we are very excited to support.”Los Angeles Valiant will host local activations in Southern California alongside Team Razer during the two-year sponsorship.Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals and Los Angeles Valiant also commented: “Razer has long established its bona fides as a true lifestyle brand across gaming and esports. We’re very excited to embark on the journey with Razer to field test its peripherals line and new mobile gaming phone for both peak gaming performance and in everyday life.”This is Los Angeles Valiant’s second partnership including Lionsgate, and it’s definitely not the first for Immortals. The organisation already has deals with Mountain Dew, K-Swiss, Microsoft, Estarz, and LF Gaming. Just last month, Immortals and K-Swiss announced the first esports-focused shoe.Esports Insider says: Immortals has been bringing in some good partner and have promised some interesting products over the last couple of months – including both K-Swiss and Mountain Dew – so we’re interested to see what it does with Razer. Overwatch League franchise Houston Outlaws has created an engaging fan base with the help of local activations, so we’ll be looking at Los Angeles Valiant to do the same.last_img read more