Martinez: Club needs take priority

first_img Press Association Wayne Rooney and, more recently, Ross Barkley are salient examples of young English players that have come through the ranks at Everton and made an impact in the first team, leading to involvement with the senior national side. And Martinez feels it is important for that to continue, albeit with the focus being on what it means for the Toffees themselves. The Spaniard said: “Our football club has always had terrific young talent. “We need to make sure we use that talent in the first team. To do that we need to help them and have a structure where they can be given an opportunity to show what they have got. “Ross Barkley is a great example. We have got similar cases now, deeper down. “I do feel if you want to be successful at any club, you need to have good young talent, and a good young generation that can be guided, representing the values of the football club, on the football pitch. “That can help the foreign additions, (in terms of) how to play and how to represent the club.” Dyke last week said the “frightening trend” of the reduction in the number of England-qualified players in the top flight needed addressing, and pledged to set up a commission to find a solution to the problem with a view to boosting the prospects of the national team. The 66-year-old wants the FA and the Premier League to work together on the issue, but asked about Dyke’s speech on Thursday morning, Martinez said: “The responsibility is – you don’t do something for someone else. We do it for Everton.” center_img Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed in the wake of Football Association chairman Greg Dyke’s speech on the state of the English game that Barclays Premier League clubs must prioritise their own individual needs.last_img read more

Stoke complete Bardsley deal

first_img However, he fell out of favour with former boss Paolo Di Canio and seemed destined to leave the club last summer, when only a foot injury scuppered a proposed move to Fulham. Di Canio took a dim view of the player being pictured lying on the floor of a casino covered in £50 notes, and was even less impressed with an ill-advised tweet after the club’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season. Bardsley joined Sunderland from home-town club Manchester United in a £2million switch in January 2008 after loan moves to Royal Antwerp, Burnley, Rangers, Aston Villa and Sheffield United and established himself as first-choice right-back. However, he was handed a clean slate by new manager Gus Poyet after he replaced the controversial Italian in October last year, and rehabilitated himself to such an extent that he started the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in March. Manager Mark Hughes believes Bardsley will be a valuable addition to his squad. He told stokecityfc.com: “I’m really pleased to bring Phil in to the club. “He’s a player of great Premier League experience who I think will bring added quality to the squad. “He has plenty of qualities that will improve us and help move the Football Club forward to where we want to be. “Phil was genuinely excited to join and I’m delighted to bring him in as his personality and desire will shine in the dressing room.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

PSG complete Luiz signing

first_img The 27-year-old will join the French champions following the World Cup, where he played in Thursday night’s opener against Croatia in Sao Paulo. A statement on the French club’s website, www.psg.fr, read: ” Paris Saint-Germain are pleased to announce that for a period of five years Brazilian international David Luiz has moved from Chelsea FC. “He will join the group after the World Cup.” Luiz signed for Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011 and after taking time to settle, the Brazilian went on to become a mainstay in the Blues defence, helping them win the 2012 Champions League and then the Europa League the following season. He made 143 Blues appearances – 34 of them last season, including against PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals – scoring 12 goals. However, Luiz had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after falling behind Gary Cahill and John Terry in the pecking order at centre-half last term. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho often preferred to use the 27-year-old just in front of the defenders in midfield, but with Nemanja Matic rejoining the squad in January, Luiz’s days appeared numbered. It was announced last month that Chelsea and PSG had come to an agreement regarding a fee, with Press Association Sport understanding Luiz would move for £50million, a world record for a defender. The confirmation of the deal on Friday means Luiz, who was also a reported target for Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is likely to a form a centre-half partnership with international team-mate Thiago Silva. Mourinho has already looked to strengthen his squad this summer. On Thursday, the Barclays Premier League club completed the £30million signing of former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, with his Spain team-mate Diego Costa expected to follow from Atletico Madrid to bolster the Chelsea attack. Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Brazil defender David Luiz from Chelsea.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse football training camp blog: Devin Butler switches numbers, Kenneth Ruff catches passes again and more

first_imgJonathan Thomas fully participatesFirst-string linebacker Jonathan Thomas appeared to be full-go after being limited earlier in the week.Field-goal block unit gets workDefensive players worked on field-goal blocks during Friday’s open session. Earlier in the week, the field-goal unit worked on fakes.Kyle Kleinberg with tight ends againSophomore walk-on linebacker Kyle Kleinberg worked with the tight ends during pass-catching drills again.Wednesday, August 17Who’s out: Freshman safety Devon ClarkeWho’s limited: Redshirt sophomore safety Rodney WilliamsKyle Kleinberg participates in pass-catching drillsLinebacker Kyle Kleinberg walked on for the Orange in 2015 and was one of 15 freshmen to receive playing time, mostly on special teams. On Wednesday, tight ends coach Reno Ferri personally coached up Kleinberg when the latter wasn’t running routes and catching passes. Related Stories Transcript of Dino Babers firing up Syracuse football team before Friday’s practiceSyracuse football defensive linemen not locked into 1 spot in Tampa 2Syracuse football preseason storylines, No. 1: How Syracuse adapts to Dino Babers’ spread offenseSyracuse football preseason player file No. 1: Eric DungeySyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 1: Backup quarterback Here are updates from Saturday’s practice.Who’s new:Syracuse added two new walk-ons for the 2016 season: punter/kicker Nolan Cooney (No. 92) and running back Winston Lee (No. 32).Lee was a sprinter for Syracuse last year and placed fifth in the 60-meter dash at the Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field championships.Who missed practice: Freshman safety Devon Clarke sat out of practice on Saturday in shorts and a T-shirt. Babers said that Clarke is working through a medical issue and doesn’t know if it’s short-term or long-term. Who was limited in practice: Linebacker Parris Bennett, tight end Josh Parris, linebacker Ted Taylor and safety Chauncey Scissum were in green jerseys and limited at practice. Bennett is likely to start at one of the three linebacker spots, while Taylor is competing with Jonathan Thomas for one of the other linebacker spots. The grass is always greener:Instead of using the turf football fields next to the Ensley Athletic Center, the Orange is holding its training camp practices at the grass Hookway Fields Complex, primarily used by the soccer teams.“We play on grass. We don’t play all our games on turf,” Babers said. “So while the weather is good we’ve got to have an opportunity to train the guys on grass. Make sure that it’s not a disadvantage when we play grass teams.”John Williams | Contributing Photographer Comments Scoop Bradshaw works with wide receiversBradshaw wore No. 18 instead of No. 26 on Monday and worked with the wide receivers during warmups with quarterbacks. He was recruited as a safety coming into the season and had worked with the defensive backs until Monday. Published on August 25, 2016 at 8:45 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Who missed practice:Safety Devon Clarke was on the sidelines again.Who was limited in practice:Cornerback Cordell Hudson was a new addition to the limited list. Parris Bennett, Josh Parris, Ted Taylor and Chauncey Scissum were limited at practice again.Here are some highlights courtesy of the SU head coach: Syracuse football training camp opened Saturday, Aug. 6. The Daily Orange beat writers, Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman, will keep a running tab of updates from each SU practice this summer. Follow along here and @DOsports.Thursday, August 25Who’s out: Wide receivers Jamal Custis, Sean Avant and Clay Austin and cornerback Wayne Morgan, safety Rodney Williams, safety Devon Clarke and safety Evan Foster did not practice. Wednesday, August 24Who’s out: Cornerback Wayne Morgan (wasn’t in pads, stretched), safety Rodney Williams (had helmet on), safety Devon Clarke, safety Evan Foster and wide receiver Clay Austin were not dressed for practice.Who’s limited: Wide receiver Alvin CorneliusKenneth Ruff works with receivers and tight ends in pass-catching drillsRuff wore an orange pinnie over his white practice jersey and ran routes. Players who have switched from offense to defense and vice versa, like Kyle Kleinberg and Scoop Bradshaw, have not returned to their initial position. Saturday, August 6Syracuse held its first training camp practice under Dino Babers on Saturday at the Hookway Fields Complex. Running backs did rope drills, quarterbacks worked on their releases and the stretch run toward SU’s first game of the season against Colgate got started.Click here to see a gallery of Saturday’s best training camp scenes.John Williams | Contributing Photographer Friday, August 12Who’s limited: No player was wearing a green jersey to indicate that he was limited.Who’s out: Safety Devon Clarke, linebacker Shyheim Cullen and Safety Rodney Williams were in street clothes. Dino Babers described Williams’, Cullen’s injuries and an injury to cornerback Wayne Morgan as “owies” because he doesn’t want opponents to know what they are.Dino Babers gives impassioned speechAt the beginning of Syracuse’s practice on Friday, Babers brought the team together because it’s the Orange’s first two-a-day of training camp. Here’s the full transcript. Walk-on kicker Alex Grossman takes field goalsWhile the rest of the kickers were watching offensive drills from the end zone, senior walk-on kicker Alex Grossman took kicks on the narrow uprights marked on the netting on the wall in the Ensley Athletic Center.He set up about 30 to 35 yards away and went 2-for-3. Then he strapped on his helmet, pulled the first one right, but finished 5-for-7 overall.Grossman is the backup place kicker behind junior Cole Murphy. He stands at just 5 feet 9 inches and 155 pounds according to the post-spring depth chart, compared to Murphy’s 6-foot-3, 197-pound frame.Murphy was named to the 2016 Lou Groza Award Watch List — the award is given to the nation’s best kicker.Monday, August 15Who’s out: Freshman safety Devon ClarkeDino Babers coaches fake field goalsDino Babers spent his time with the holders and kickers working on fake field goals. He worked on their technique performing multiple types of fakes. Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey got film of one. Fan Fest canceledThe football team’s open scrimmage scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 was canceled due to the impending inclement weather. The open practice will probably not be made up, Babers said, because he doesn’t want to reveal any schemes as the team progresses in its practices.Cornerback Michael Moore ineligibleSophomore cornerback Michael Moore won’t play for Syracuse this season, Babers said on Friday. Moore had been waiting on certification through SU following his transfer from Palomar (California) College.Babers explains why Moe Neal practiced at wide receiverMoe Neal worked with the wide receivers and Jacob Hill worked with the running backs on Friday. Both previously worked with the other group primarily.“Moe Neal has really good hands,” Babers said. “Running backs don’t get to catch passes really far down the field. So we’d like for him to work the receivers just so he can work his hands and keep his growth going there.”Babers added that Neal is working exclusively with the running backs during full team exercises.Running backs practice with heavier footballsDontae Strickland, Fredericks, Hill and George Morris used bright orange footballs labeled “3 pounds” while doing several drills, including ball security drills. New running backs Winston Lee and Otto Zaccardo appeared to use a regular football.How Dino Babers chooses captainsBabers doesn’t know if he’ll have team captains, he said. In the past he has decided “usually on a gut feeling” and he said that it is his decision alone to make. “Unless we want to vote for it on the open the interview,” Babers quipped.High temperatures a ‘blessing’Babers referred to the high temperatures affecting the area as a blessing. “We’re getting ready to play all those guys that are eating grapes down in the south,” he said. The high on Thursday was observed at 92 degrees in Syracuse, according to Weather.com, after being 89 degrees for the two days prior. The highs for Friday and Saturday are 90 and 91 degrees, respectively.“When you think about the temperatures, how high the humidity is up here. I mean these guys are walking around. Their socks are soaked. And you can hear them coming up behind you because you got that ‘squish, squish, squish, squish’ thing going on from all the water being inside their cleats and stuff. … It’s a difficult task … For them to push through this week in 12 to 15 pounds of gear. I thought they’ve been doing a nice job.”Wednesday, August 10Who’s limited: No one was limited for the first time in the three days that practice has been open to the media.Who’s out: Safety Devon Clarke was in shorts and a T-shirt watching again.DEs switch based on strong and weak sideIn the Tampa-2 defense Dino Babers brought to Syracuse, the defensive linemen will be moving based on the strong and weak side, multiple players said after Wednesday’s practice. Under Scott Shafer, the defense did not use the same strategy last season. Practice moved to EnsleyBecause of the rain, the team’s morning practice was moved into the Ensley Athletic Center. Santana’s “Smooth” was blasting through the sound system during the 10 minutes open to the media, as was the case during every spring practice. Kicker Cole Murphy sang along as the offensive and defensive position groups worked on drills. DT Chris Slayton practices with DEsDefensive tackle Chris Slayton has started moving out to defensive end at times during practice, he said. He was listed as the first string defensive tackle on the post-spring depth chart, but the team has limited experience at the end spot. Trey Dunkelberger switched back to working with the tight ends after spending the spring at defensive end.Slayton wasn’t expecting the move prior to camp and said that utilizing the space on the end has been the most difficult adjustment. He doesn’t know where he’ll be at the start of the season, but thinks he can bring “strength and leadership” to the end spot.“I’m just trying to be comfortable playing end,” Slayton said.Defensive line rep distributionSeveral guys have been getting in the mix for Syracuse on the defensive line. So far, the distribution has been a mix among several players.Laguerre said the freshmen defensive ends have had their moments in the first five days of practice. The senior mentioned Josh Black, Kendall Coleman, Kenneth Ruff and Jaquwan Nelson. “Whatever coach is trying to feel nowadays, trying to get guys more opportunities,” Laguerre said. “… Everyday it’s something different, and if a guy shows out, he’ll get more reps of course and not showing out as much, he won’t. If he didn’t get that much reps, he’ll get more, so it’s pretty much like a feel thing.”Biggest hitsFreshmen defensive backs Evan Foster and Scoop Bradshaw delivered the biggest hits during the first day of contact, sophomore safety Kielan Whitner said.“He just rolled down into like a perfect fit and laid a good hit on the running back,” Whitner said of Foster’s hit.“The young guys really were flying around hitting the hardest today,” he added. “Older guys, I mean it’s the same old same old.”C Jason Emerich leads O-lineCenter Jason Emerich was the most vocal during a drill where the offensive lineman practiced staying in their blocking stances.“Stay, stay, stay,” he yelled as the drill was nearing its end and some players were losing their form. Who’s limited: Alvin CorneliusDevin Butler switches numbersFreshman wide receiver Devin Butler, who has spent time at running back during drills, donned a new number on Thursday, the last practice open to the media. He switched from his original No. 81 to No. 13.Kenneth Ruff participates in pass-catching drills againAdvertisementThis is placeholder textRuff has practiced in pass-catching drills for two days in a row. He had been listed as a defensive end since the beginning of camp.Offensive linemen work on handsThe offensive linemen worked on a new drill than the media had not previously been able to see. They hit a large hanging bag to work on their hand placement and arm extension. Kyle Kleinberg runs pass-catching drills againKleinberg worked with the offense again on Monday. He’s been doing pass-catching drills with wide receivers and tight ends since Wednesday, Aug. 17. On his first day, he talked exclusively with Reno Ferri while he wasn’t catching passes. Friday, August 19Who’s out: Cornerbacks Wayne Morgan and Devon Clarke, safety Rodney Williams and redshirt freshman defensive end Jake PickardWho’s limited: Senior tight end Kendall MooreWhy players are training at different positions:On Friday, Dino Babers said part of the reason players are practicing at different positions is because the team hasn’t filled its scholarship limit. Having players able to play multiple positions gives the team flexibility it wouldn’t have otherwise.Devin Butler and Jacob Hill, both of whom are listed as wide receivers, have run drills with the running backs. Moe Neal, who is listed as a running back has practiced catching passes and running routes. Freshman Scoop Bradshaw and redshirt freshman Kyle Kleinberg also have started catching passes in drills after moving from defensive back and linebacker, respectively.James Pierre’s status still uncertainSyracuse still hasn’t heard back from the NCAA about James Pierre’s eligibility. Michael Moore failed to qualify through Syracuse just a week ago. Pierre committed to Syracuse after being denied admittance to North Carolina. Babers expressed frustration that the NCAA had yet to come back with a decision. George Morris out with ankle injury that requires surgerySenior running back George Morris sustained an ankle injury in practice last Saturday that required surgery, according to an SU Athletics statement sent to The Daily Orange. Morris’ status will be determined in the following weeks.Jamal Custis working on filling out frame and potential in 2016Custis has changed his diet and seen results in the weight room and on the field. His teammates have said he’s one of the most improved wide receivers this preseason.Moe Neal impresses at wide receiverAs Neal ran a tight corner route and looked over his shoulder, an Eric Dungey pass fell right into the running back’s hands. It prompted wide receivers coach Kim McCloud to praise the SU freshman.“I don’t know what we’re doing with that running back stuff,” McCloud said.Babers has said in the past that Neal would battle for the second running back spot, but if Neal impresses at wide receiver, he could earn a spot at inside receiver. Brisly Estime and Ervin Philips appear to be the frontrunners for the two starting inside receiver spots.Ninety-nine bottles of beerThe offensive linemen sang “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” during their daily stance drill. One of the coaches yelled out, “You can sing your song all you want. It doesn’t matter until I say hit.” The linemen switch the direction of their stances when a coach says hit. Dunkelberger switches backTrey Dunkelberger worked out with the receivers and tight ends, who ran routes as quarterbacks worked on their releases. Several times, tight ends coach Reno Ferri pulled him over to work on running routes.“He’s willing to go wherever he needs to get playing time and contribute to the team,” tight end Cameron MacPherson said. Devin Butler practices with running backsWhen the running backs started practicing ball security and footwork drills, Moe Neal went over to catch passes with the wide receivers and freshman receiver Devin Butler shifted to work with the running backs.It doesn’t necessarily mean a position switch and could’ve been to balance numbers, but running backs coach Mike Hart put Butler through all the drills and asked him if he liked carrying the ball. Butler responded with a yes. Mike Hart goes to double digitsRunning backs coach Mike Hart continued his morning torture of the tailbacks, this time flashing double-digit numbers with the same hand for his group to call out as it maneuvered its way through the elevated ropes. Walk-on Winston Lee practices at DBFormer SU track sprinter Winston Lee, who walked onto the team before training camp, spent Monday and Wednesday with the defensive backs. He spent the entirety of camp up to this point working with the running backs. Head coach Dino Babers has talked about creating depth at different positions by having guys move around during practice. SU had four defensive backs not dressed for pads in practice on Monday and all four were not in pads on Wednesday, but Morgan participated in some of the stretches and Rodney Williams had a helmet on.Monday, August 22Who’s out: Cornerback Wayne Morgan, safety Rodney Williams, safety Devon Clarke, safety Evan Foster, wide receiver Alvin Cornelius, wide receiver Clay Austin were not dressed for practice.Who’s limited: No players were in green jerseys, which indicate if players are limited.Moe Neal stays with running backsMoe Neal stuck with the running backs for ball security and footwork drills on Monday. Since Aug. 12, he’s caught passes with the wide receivers during the portion of practice open to the media. Head coach Dino Babers said it was to keep his receiving skills sharp. Devin Butler had been doing the opposite since Aug. 15, but he stuck with the wide receivers. Monday, August 8Similar to Saturday, receivers and tight ends worked with quarterbacks, running backs did agility and ball security drills and the defense stretched. Here are some news, notes and observations from the second open practice.Ball securityThe running backs spent much of the first 10 minutes of practice on Saturday and Monday working on ball security. During one drill, a coach holds the ball carrier back with an elastic band as two players try to strip the ball. During another, the ball carriers hold one hand in the ground jumping in a circle over four bags while a coach hits at the ball with a bag.Freshman Otto Zaccardo had to run a lap for fumbling one on Saturday and did push-ups after the ball security drills on Monday. Jordan Fredericks fumbled one during practice on Sunday, he said. “It was depressing to me,” he added. “I thought about it all night.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s water polo hits the road again

first_imgIf USC wins its match Saturday morning, it will move on to the tournament semi-finals on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans would continue the weekend’s action by facing off against the winner of the ASU vs. UCSB match. The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team is on the road at Irvine to compete in four matches at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational this week. The action begins Friday morning at 10 a.m. with a match against SDSU. Senior driver Hannah Carillo and sophomore utility Emily Bennett lead the Aztecs offensively this season with 11 and 7 goals, respectively, along with eight and five assists, respectively. Senior goalie Maura Cantoni will defend the cage and has 57 saves on the season. “Obviously, we’ve had a lot of success so far, but I think our team chemistry in the pool can improve,” she said. “We just need to play more games together, we had a few girls come in January, so mixing them into the team is still a work in progress. Outside the water, we love them. They’re great girls, but figuring out our roles in the pool is still a big thing.” This weekend, USC is one of 16 teams competing in the tournament. The Trojans will be playing in Group A, along with Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State. Hauschild said playing in four games over the course of the weekend is no hard task for the Trojans. If the Trojans secure a victory Saturday afternoon, they will advance to the championship game on Sunday. All games will take place at the UC Irvine Aquatic Center and the Corona del Mar pool. Hauschild said USC still has growing to do before it can play its best. Junior utility Maud Megens and sophomore driver Paige Hauschild lead the Trojans in scoring with 33 and 21 goals, respectively. Senior goalie Amanda Longan leads the conference in saves with 99 in the books this season.center_img Last weekend, the Trojans opened Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference play with a 19-1 win over the Indiana Hoosiers at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. For UCSB, junior utility Sarah Snyder and freshman attacker Amanda Legaspi lead the Gauchos’ scoring with 27 and 23 goals this season respectively. Freshman utility Caitlyn Snyder aids with 10 assists. Junior goalie Kenzi Snyder holds down the defense with 64 saves in goal. Hauschild said it’s important for the team to keep its goal of another national championship in mind as it continues the season. Junior defender Bente Rogge and senior attacker Maud Koopman are scoring powerhouses for the Sun Devils, posting 27 and 25 goals this season respectively. Sophomore goalie Bridget Johnston anchors the defense in goal with 24 saves. “We’ve played this tournament before, we played in the Santa Barbara tournament as well, where we had four games, so it is something we’re used to,” Hauschild said. “But especially with some big competition this weekend, we’re doing a lot of preparation, a lot of video, and our practices are really geared toward our opponents, so we’re just doing everything we can to prepare for some of the top teams.” The Women of Troy are undefeated in no small part due to junior utility Maud Megens, whose 33 goals lead the team. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) “We all know what our end goal is, we went over our goals at the beginning of the season,” Hauschild said. “None of us are really satisfied. We’re all still looking forward. We’re not complacent at all. Our coach keeps us in check, and we all keep each other in check, so we’re just continuing the hard work.”last_img read more

Arsenal Appoint Vinai Venkatesham as Chief Commercial Officer

first_imgArsenal Football Club has appointed Vinai Venkatesham as its Chief Commercial Officer, following Tom Fox’s move to Aston Villa as Chief Executive Officer.Venkatesham has been with Arsenal for four years since joining from the London 2012 Organising Committee, where he played a key role in raising the £2 billion of private finance required to fund the Games through sponsorship, licensing, hospitality and broadcast deals. He is currently Arsenal’s Sales and Marketing Director, where he sits on both the Arsenal Executive team and the board of Arsenal Broadband Limited who own the Club’s media rights. He will step up into his new role after leading the sale and negotiations of the recent partnership with PUMA and the contract renewal with Emirates.In this new role, as well as his existing responsibility for Partnerships, Hospitality, Marketing, CRM and Business Strategy, Venkatesham will oversee the Retail and Arsenal Media teams.Arsenal Chief Executive Officer Ivan Gazidis said: “Tom has played a leading role in our development over the past five seasons and I take it as a great compliment that members of the Arsenal team are sought after for the top jobs in the industry. I wish Tom all the best in his new position.“Having worked closely with him over the past four seasons, I am very confident that, in Vinai, we have another top class leader who will continue to drive forward the Club’s off field success.”last_img read more

Tamale Stadium renamed Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium

first_imgThroughout his lifetime, Aliu Mahama was a supporter of youth and sports development and he helped raise awareness of discipline with his “Campaign for greater discipline.”He remains an inspiration to the youth as well as sportsmen and women irrespective of their socio-economic background or ethnicity, and a national icon. The ceremony for the renaming will take place on December 10, 2017, in Tamale. President Akufo-Addo has signed an Instrument to rename the Tamale Sports Stadium to Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, in honour of the late Aliu Mahama, the former Vice President.The renaming is part of the fifth-anniversary celebration of his passing. The late Aliu Mahama was a native Dagbon, who served as President John Agyekum Kufuor’s Vice President from 2001 – 2008.His development and promotion of sports, particularly football, began with the Real Tamale United (RTU) Football Club, where he was a founding member and bankroller for several years.center_img “It is proper to name after it the former Vice President to recognize his immense contribution to the development and promotion of sports, particularly, football,” the Instrument said. It added, “his significant contribution to the construction and development of the Stadium and his commitment to ensuring discipline and inspiring leadership in the youth of Ghana.” “The Tamale Sports Stadium holds great significance in the life of the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama as it remains a constant reminder of the realization of his effort at promoting football in the Northern Region. “It also achieves one of his lifelong goals of giving football fans in the Northern Region the opportunity to experience exhilarating local and international football matches,” a statement from the presidency said. last_img read more

Tiger Woods’ score: Round 1 results, highlights from U.S. Open

first_imgIt wasn’t classic Tiger Woods, but it also wasn’t a round over which he needed to hang his head. A ho-hum, 1-under 70 from Woods in Round 1 of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was far from his best performance of the year, but it’ll keep him in the conversation for his 16th major victory as he prepares for an early morning Round 2 start.In contrast to his previous three tournaments this year where he struggled off the tee, Woods was consistently close to or in the fairway for all but a few holes. His iron play, for seemingly the first time this year, was his kryptonite as he struggled to find the greens on many of his approach shots. Tee shot is left and bounces into the second-cut rough. His only option is to chop it back in the fairway. Lands a decent wedge shot about 20 feet from the hole that he eventually sinks for another par. Decent recovery from a poor tee shot.Hole 1, Par 4, 380 yardsTiger is the only one in his group to find the fairway off the tee. Landd his approach shot about 16 feet from the hole. His birdie shot literally could not have come any closer to dropping. It’ll be par, but Tiger has to be upset with how close that was. MORE: Watch the U.S. Open live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Woods frequently found himself in routine two-putt situations, leading to many easy pars. Woods parred his final 11 holes of the round, including a putt of just over 30 feet to save par on 14.The only nightmare hole for Woods was the par-3 fifth hole where he set himself up for trouble with an awful tee shot that went behind even the spectators. The double bogey was the lone blemish on his Round 1 scorecard.Woods tees off with Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth at 11:24 a.m. ET on Friday. Rose finished the day with a 6-under 65 to put himself atop the leaderboard.Sporting News tracked live updates and highlights from Tiger Woods’ Round 1 performance at the U.S. Open. Follow along below.LIVE: Full leaderboard for the 2019 U.S. OpenTiger Woods’ score: Updates, highlights from Round 1Hole (Par)Round 1 score (Overall) Place1 (4)Even (E)T322 (4)Even (E)T373 (4)Even (E)T434 (4)1 under (-1)T255 (3)1 over (+1)T666 (5)Even (E)T427 (3)1 under (-1)T258 (4)1 under (-1)T259 (4)1 under (-1) T2310 (4)1 under (-1)T2211 (4)1 under (-1) T2512 (3)1 under (-1)T2513 (4)1 under (-1)T2514 (5)1 under (-1)T2615 (4)1 under (-1)T2516 (4)1 under (-1)T2517 (3)1 under (-1)T2718 (5)1 under (-1)T28Hole 18, Par 5, 543 yardsEnding the day on a great note, as he crushes the tee shot. Approach shot finds the left greenside bunker, and it’s not exactly the best lie. Shot from the bunker does find the green, but over 40 feet from the hole. A routine two-putt ends the day.Hole 17, Par 3, 208 yardsTee shot on the short hole is really short and finds a bunker. A great bunker shot, however, puts him just four feet from the hole. Makes the putt for par. Just one hole between Woods and an average first day.Hole 16, Par 4, 403 yardsDecent tee and approach shot puts him about 35 feet from the hole. Nothing too aggressive from Woods on the birdie attempt. Appears content to stay red on Day 1. Two-putts for par.Hole 15, Par 4, 397 yardsA fortunate bounce off the tee lands Woods barely on the edge of the first cut. Approach shot finds the green and rolls back just to the very front. A birdie attempt from 60 feet is fantastic and ends just a foot from the hole. As has been the theme for today, another short putt for par.Hole 14, Par 5, 580 yardsOne of two remaining par-5s today, and Woods smokes a great tee shot to the left of the fairway. Approach shot finds the bunker in front of the green, but all in all, not too bad of shape. Takes way too big of a swing out of the bunker and sends it way over the green. Fourth shot puts him 30 feet from the hole to save par. Woods buries the 30-foot putt. Fist pump ensues.Tiger is all about the par saves today. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/vASl0nPkgP— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 14, 2019Hole 13, Par 4, 445 yardsJust his second poor tee shot of the day, but this one is really bad and really right. A pretty good approach shot about 20 feet short of the green might be enough for him to save par.Third shot rolls just inches past the pin for a very manageable par putt.Hole 12, Par 3, 202 yardsTee shot hits the green but rolls off the back just between the first and second cut. The attempt at birdie is a little light and curls off left in front of the hole, about two feet short. It’s another short putt for par.Hole 11, Par 4, 390 yardsAnother good tee shot is followed by another poor approach shot. For the first time today, Woods has to navigate out of a bunker. The chip from the bunker is a gem as it hits the pin. Par.Hole 10, Par 4, 495 yardsFor all the struggles Woods has had off the tee this year, he’s killing it today. Approach shot with an iron lands just short of the green. Not quite enough mustard on the chip leaves him a couple feet in front of the hole. Another hole, another par.Hole 9, Par 4, 526 yardsThird straight excellent tee shot puts him smack in the fairway yet again. His approach shot is not nearly as great. It’s way short of the green, in fact. A decent chip, however, sets him up for another par. At the turn he’s 1 under.Hole 8, Par 4, 428 yardsLands a great tee shot dead in the center of the fairway. Approach shot lands him on the back of the green. Missed the chance at birdie way below the hole but still gets par.Hole 7, Par 3, 109 yardsTee shot lands about a foot from the pin but quickly rolls back around 25 feet, setting up a long putt for birdie. Woods sinks the tough putt.Three birdies in his last four holes.@TigerWoods surges into red numbers. pic.twitter.com/kXC3brtD9r— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 13, 2019Hole 6, Par 5, 523 yardsDrive hangs a little left off the tee but rolls nicely just into the first cut. Approach shot is just a little short and left of the green, but overall in good shape to pick up a stroke. Third shot rolls just past the cup. Woods converts for an easy birdie.Hole 5, Par 3, 195 yardsYikes. By far the worst shot of the day off the tee. It’s way left. Chipped out into a really thick rough near a bunker. Third shot puts him about 12 feet from the hole for a difficult bogey attempt. The putt is about a foot shot. It’s a double bogey.Hole 4, Par 4, 331 yardsPretty standard shot off the tee with an iron lands him on the fairway right next to Spieth and Rose. The approach shot is a beauty as it rolls back about five feet from the hole. Woods sinks it for an easy birdie.Hole 3, Par 4, 404 yardsLands a beautiful wood shot off the tee that merits a club twirl. Approach shot just lands in the fringe. He crushed the birdie attempt about nine feet past the hole, setting up a difficult putt for par, but he made it look easy as he settled for his third straight par to open the tournament.No birdies yet, but Tiger is dialed in with the putter. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/VJiqkjDg1y— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 13, 2019Hole 2, Par 4, 516 yardslast_img read more

Gov. Ron DeSantis activates level II response to coronavirus

first_imgFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Saturday:“I have directed the Division of Emergency Management to activate to Level II to ensure our state has all the necessary resources engaged as we respond to COVID-19,” said Governor DeSantis. “It is critical that we proactively coordinate all state resources to mitigate the threat and contain COVID-19. I urge all Floridians to take necessary precautions and follow hygiene guidelines issued by the Surgeon General and Florida Department of Health.”Earlier this month,Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order to declare a public health emergency. Gov. DeSantis requested $25 million from the Florida Legislature for the Florida Department of Health to be used immediately to assist with the COVID-19 response.For more information, click here. Following the announcement on Friday that two individuals have died and two new presumptive positive cases were confirmed in Broward County Governor Ron DeSantis activated Level II to coordinate the state’s response to COVID-19.COVID-19 Hits Home with Two Presumptive Cases in South Floridalast_img read more

Golf clubs offered advice to survive and thrive

first_img England Golf is offering a series of recommendations to help golf clubs increase their membership and survive and thrive in a challenging climate.They are contained in the Results Book from the 2014 Golf Club Membership Questionnaire which includes advice to attract new members, retain current members and appeal to junior golfers.The Results Book supports the England Golf Strategic Plan, Raising Our Game, which urges all who care about the game to work together to increase the number of regular golfers, to halt the decline in club membership and strengthen the talent pathway.The biennial survey was carried out by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC for England Golf and paints a picture of a ‘precarious’ situation, with declining memberships and an increasing number of independent, unaffiliated golfers.To address this, it urges clubs to review their membership structures and to offer a golf club experience combining social and playing benefits which outweigh the advantages of independent play.England Golf Chief Executive David Joy thanked the 706 clubs which took part in the survey and said: “I hope that this number will continue to grow in future years, as this survey provides unique and important management information about the current trends within golf clubs throughout England.”He added: “We hope that golf clubs and other organisations will use this information, along with the recommendations for action within Raising Our Game, to inform their own plans over the next few years as we work together to increase the number of people playing golf regularly, to halt the decline in club membership and to strengthen our talent pathways.”The report finds that the average golf club has 499 members, mostly white and mostly adult males (77%) and that just over half of all members are aged 55-plus. Less than a quarter are aged under 35. Women account for only 15% of membership and boys (7%) also outnumber girls (1%).The average adult subscription is £845 for men and £848 for women; £121 for boys and £118 for girls. Clubs have an average of 24 volunteers, most of whom serve on the club committee. Most volunteers are male and are aged over 55.Over the last two years, clubs have attracted an average of 77 new members, while losing 85: an average decrease of eight per club.To reverse the trend the report recommends:Attracting new members by breaking down barriers and creating a welcoming club environment. It advises that lowering subscriptions is less likely to attract new members than providing additional benefits or hosting induction days, offering structured coaching or working with County Golf Partnerships. It points out that potential members are often deterred by long-winded, non-transparent joining systems and by the joining fee.Retaining existing members by ensuring the year-round quality and value of the course and the club environment, which must be attractive to golfers of all generations. It suggests flexible membership packages are arguably the most powerful way of attracting and retaining members: 34% of clubs which offer these increased their membership in the last two years. Intermediate and student membership are influential in retaining members in their 20s and 30s.Encouraging junior members by making it easy to join. Offering junior tuition and the services of a junior organiser will appeal to youngsters and their parents. A positive experience of junior golf will encourage players to continue their membership into adulthood.In addition, the report notes that most clubs want help from England Golf to recruit new members and access funding. Many clubs would also be interested in help to retain existing members, to develop links with schools and the community and to help with marketing and communications.Clubs had many suggestions for ways in which England Golf could help to grow the game, notably by improving golf’s visibility in the media, by greater communication with clubs and by fostering greater communication between clubs.There was also much support for simplifying the handicap system, providing greater transparency on how golfers’ affiliation fees are spent, for focusing more on the average club member than on elite players and for promoting the game more clearly to women and juniors. 2 Dec 2014 Golf clubs offered advice to survive and thrive last_img read more