Loic Remy ready to step in for suspended Chelsea striker Diego Costa

first_img “I just play the way I play and don’t put pressure on myself because I know my quality. The manager knows as well that he can use me as a striker or on the side. I don’t have any pressure, I just want to feel better and with the game which is coming I maybe have an opportunity to play more. We will see.” Remy scored 14 goals in 27 games for the Magpies on loan from QPR in 2013-14 and backed United, winless and second bottom in the league, to recover from a nightmare start after being dumped out of the League Cup by Sheffield Wednesday. “I am surprised because they are a big team and strong. I am sure they will get better very soon,” he added. Loic Remy insists he can fill the void left by the banned Diego Costa at Chelsea. The striker admitted his substitute role has been difficult but he is ready to convince Jose Mourinho to hand him more starts. Costa has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association following a clash with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny on Saturday. The incident, in which Costa appeared to raise his hands to the Gunners defender, was not seen by referee Mike Dean during the match, which Chelsea won 2-0 as Arsenal were reduced to nine men. Costa was banned for Wednesday’s 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Walsall as Remy scored his first goal of the season and the 28-year-old insisted he is ready to perform the striker’s physical role ahead of Saturday’s trip to former club Newcastle. “I don’t have a choice, I have to do it. When we play for Chelsea it’s a question of giving the best 100 per cent, so of course I will do the best I can,” he said. “I think we will miss him because we know how important he is for the team but we are all focused on winning games. Whoever is on the pitch we will try to do the best we can, of course it’s a shame for us to lose him. “Whoever is on the pitch will give their best. It’s my old club so it’s always a pleasure to play against them. The manager will decide and pick 11 players, we’ll see on Saturday.” Remy has made just six Barclays Premier League starts since joining from QPR last summer but has netted seven goals and could deputise for Costa at St James’ Park. He has played for only eight minutes in league action so far this season, and admitted he recent role has been tough. He said: “It’s very difficult, I can’t lie. When you come in you have to do the best but when you are not playing much it is more difficult. I cannot complain, I want to play and when the manager wants me to come I just come and try to score goals. Press Associationlast_img read more

Other Sports Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco Grand Prix, pays tribute to former champion Niki Lauda

first_imghighlights The Monaco win was Lewis Hamilton’s 77th in his career.Max Verstappen was given a five-second penalty for a pit-lane collision.Mercedes’ sequence of one-twos ended in the Monaco Grand Prix. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Monaco: Lewis Hamilton resisted intense race-long pressure on Sunday to secure a narrow, dramatic and emotional victory for a mourning Mercedes in the Monaco Grand Prix. The defending five-time world champion and current series leader, who came home less than a second ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, said he survived the Dutchman’s late attacks by “fighting with the spirit of Niki (Lauda)”. He lifted his red helmet in tribute to the three-time champion Austrian and non-executive chairman of Mercedes who died on Monday.     Verstappen, who was involved in a pit-lane collision during the race, was classified fourth after taking a five-second penalty. This elevated Sebastian Vettel to second for Ferrari and lifted the luckless Valtteri Bottas to third in the second Mercedes. “Lewis, it’s James… Incredible drive,” said Mercedes’ strategist James Vowles before team boss Toto Wolff told him: “That was for Niki.” “That was the hardest race I think I’ve had,” said Hamilton.RELATED     “I was fighting with the spirit of Niki. He’s been truly an influential person in our team and we miss him.” Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly came home fifth ahead of Carlos Sainz of McLaren, Daniil Kvyat and his Toro Rosso team-mate Alex Albon.     Daniel Ricciardo, last year’s winner for Red Bull, was ninth for Renault ahead of Romain Grosjean of Haas. It was Hamilton’s third win in Monaco and the 77th of his career, opening up a clear lead ahead of Bottas in the drivers’ title race. The result extended Mercedes’ run of season-opening wins to six but brought an end to their sequence of one-two triumphs.last_img read more

Koleosho, Chinedu Cause Upset in Table Tennis Team Event

first_imgHowever, the 1-0 lead of Nigeria was thwarted when Rafal Lis struggled to beat Koleosho 3-2 in the first singles match to restore parity.Aware of what the third match meant to the team, Emmanuel returned to the table with a lot of confidence and determination. And to the chagrin of the Polish team, Emmanuel overcame Zylka 3-1 to advance Nigeria to the quarterfinal of the event where they are expected to battle for the semifinal slot against another European powerhouse, Turkey early on Thursday.An elated President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi lauded the players for the epic victory, which he described as commendable despite being debutants at the competition.“I think this is a good result for the players having given more than three months for training and also featuring in their first Paralympic Games, the win against Poland is indeed a good result for them. I think they just need to be encouraged with this kind of result. I am happy for them that in their first outing they were able to beat to European side like Poland, I wish them well against Turkey,” Oshodi said.Also in the women’s singles class three, Faith Obiora, a two-time Paralympian achieved her best result at the games with her quarterfinal berth in the championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After their inability to make the medal podium in the singles event, the Nigeria’s men team on Wednesday at the ongoing Rio 2016 Paralympic Games caused an upset in the class 4-5 against highly-rated Poland.The Nigeria’s duo of Ahmed Koleosho and Nick Emmanuel Chinedu, who were debutants at the games turned the table against the European giant with a 2-1 win to berth in the quarterfinal of the3 competition.In the first doubles tie, Koleosho and Emmanuel partnered to record an emphatic 3-0 bashing of the Polish pair of Rafal Lis and Krzyszt Zylka.last_img read more

Former Arsenal Chairman, Hill-Wood Dies at 82

first_imgHis involvement in the club continued a long family tradition with both his grandfather Sir Samuel Hill-Wood and father Denis Hill-Wood having previously served as chairman.Peter Hill-Wood remained in his position after selling shares to Stan Kroenke, the current owner, but was forced to step down through ill health five years ago.The club said in a statement: “Peter and his family’s influence on the club cannot be understated, but at this most difficult time for his family and friends, it is Peter the man who we remember with great fondness.“Our thoughts are with his wife Sally and his children Sarah, Julian and Charles.”Former Arsenal and France forward Thierry Henry tweeted: “Very sad to hear the passing of Peter Hill-Wood today. Many fond memories of him from my time. @Arsenal and I wish his family and friends great strength over this difficult time. #RIP.”Former Arsenal and England defender Lee Dixon tweeted “RIP Mr Chairman” as did Cesc Fabregas, the former Arsenal player who is now at Chelsea.In 1986, Mr Hill-Wood oversaw the appointment of George Graham, who went on to lead the club to two league titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.A decade later, he was still at the helm when the club hired Arsene Wenger to manage the side – an appointment that was to transform both the club and the wider game in England.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has died at the age of 82, the football club have announced.He joined the north London side’s board in 1962 and was chairman from 1982 to 2013, presiding over title-winning eras under manager George Graham and later Arsene Wenger.Mr Hill-Wood was also instrumental in the formation of the Premier League and oversaw Arsenal’s move from its historic Highbury ground to the Emirates stadium in 2006.last_img read more

SU rolls over Black Knights, remains perfect at Drumlins

first_img Comments Drumlins Tennis Center is not the Carrier Dome. Luke Jensen knows that. But if this season is any indication, the head coach of the Syracuse tennis team may have the biggest home-court advantage on campus.The Orange battled to a 6-1 victory over Army on Wednesday in front of 47 at Drumlins, advancing its overall record to 16-2 and its home record to a perfect 8-0. SU has not lost a home game since Feb. 22, 2009, against Iowa State.‘We just don’t lose here,’ Jensen said. ‘This is our place, it gets loud and it’s hard to play here if you’re the opposition. Orange fans are so fired up about this team.’The win ties Syracuse for the most victories it has had under the fourth-year coach Jensen with only three regular-season matches remaining before the Big East tournament.The fans had a lot to be excited about right away against Army, as the Orange opened the day with three doubles wins to lock up the first point of the match. All three were decided by an 8-5 score, and the second-seeded pair of Alessondra Parra and Eleanor Peters earned its seventh straight doubles win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite the fact that the game was at noon during the school week, the Orange got a comparatively surprising large supportive crowd, and the players fed off that energy.‘It was a great amount of people that came out today,’ said freshman CC Sardinha, SU’s top-seeded singles player. ‘The atmosphere and people cheering for us was amazing, and it’s always great when people come out.’    Sardinha and Peters set the tone for the Orange during singles play. Peters, a senior transfer from Maryland, sat out the previous two matches after tweaking her surgically repaired left ankle.    She started slow and dropped the first game but rallied and took complete control of the match. Putting on a dazzling display of powerful serves and crosscourt winners, Peters notched a 6-1, 6-1 victory to bring home SU’s second point of the day.    ‘I have a little trouble starting out sometimes,’ Peters said. ‘Just a little nerves and the fact that I hadn’t played in a couple days, and I think it just got to me. I made a couple easy mistakes, but I just concentrated on putting the ball in play. I was surprised I was able to play so well.’    Sardinha also put on a dominant performance in the top-seeded singles match. Her energy captured the attention of the crowd, and her 6-0, 6-1 win over Army’s Anne Houghton was the point that guaranteed the victory for the Orange.In the middle of the second set, with the match’s outcome still in question, Sardinha let out an exuberant yell after her winner ended a crucial game. Her reaction set off the crowd and secured momentum for the rest of the match. Both Sardinha and Houghton tried to play at a steady pace, but Sardinha’s resiliency won out and caused Houghton to become increasingly frustrated. After one winner went by her in the second set, Houghton threw up her hands and yelled ‘Really?’ to the Drumlins ceiling.    ‘I just played my normal game,’ Sardinha said. ‘I’m a consistent player and I just want to keep my consistency up. I didn’t know exactly how she would play, but I figured it out and kept my own game plan.’    Peters and Sardinha were just two of the bright spots for the Orange in the continued dominance at home. Parra won 6-0, 6-1 from the fourth-seeded singles slot, and junior Christina Tan won her sixth-seeded match, 6-2, 6-1. Second-seeded sophomore Emily Harman bounced back after losing her second set and won her match in a 10-4 tiebreaker.    The Orange’s 10th straight victory was even sweeter for Jensen and the returning members of the team because they lost to Army 5-2 last season.    ‘It’s a big deal because you lose to someone and you set a mark,’ Jensen said. ‘It gets personal and it gets extremely competitive. To come out after losing to them last year just shows you that this team is the real deal.’    jakrakow@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Year in Sports : Phasing out: SU sees decline in field team without facilities, specialized coach

first_imgFrank Taylor makes it a point to wear a certain shirt to many of his track and field meets. It’s a white, cotton long-sleeve shirt with the word ‘Field’ in orange lettering across the chest.It’s a shirt from a different era, when the field program was large in numbers and its presence was well known. Back when Taylor was a freshman.Currently a junior, the long jumper still dons the shirt. Taylor takes pride in the shirt, and it serves as a reminder.‘We sort of make an effort to wear those T-shirts still at meets and stuff and say, ‘We still have our field team left going here. We still have great field athletes,” Taylor said. ‘We can still make some great gains in our last few years here and at a minimum we can say we did everything we could to keep our field team alive for the last moment.’Though that last moment hasn’t come yet, the number of field athletes on the Syracuse track and field team has dwindled rapidly, leaving the Orange with its lowest numbers in more than a decade. What was once a major part of the program has become a running joke between athletes at how limited field events are. With a shift in direction under head coach Chris Fox to focus on long-distance running, former and current SU athletes question where the field team is headed into the future.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo seasons ago, the Orange had 22 field athletes, and it had 18 last year, according to the SU Athletics rosters. This year, there are only nine. Adam Harris, a former SU football player, was a late addition and freshman Klarrisa Ricks transferred to Syracuse after one semester at Columbia.SU assistant coach Dave Hegland said the low numbers are no secret.The decline has been caused by a combination of factors, including graduations, transfers and athletes who quit the program. Taylor said the drop in numbers resulted from the departure of former SU field coach, Enoch Borozinski, and the eradication of the team’s facilities after a renovation to Manley Field House in summer 2010.After the renovations, the facility no longer had jumping pits.‘I don’t think field is something that is really high on their priority considering the coaching staff and the facilities,’ said former heptathlon athlete Kelsey Rubeor, who left the team with one more year of eligibility.SU Athletic Director Daryl Gross points to the program’s success since Fox took over in 2005.‘Our track and field teams are enjoying the greatest success in the history of the program and are among the best in the country,’ Gross said in a statement. ‘We will continue to emphasize our strengths and give attention to our extraordinary athletes in other events. Coach Chris Fox has proven this to be very effective as his teams have won six NCAA regional team championships in the last three years.’All those NCAA Regional Championships are in cross country.While Gross claims the department will continue to give attention to athletes on the field team, former field athletes said the department and program did little to support them.Tara Brenner, a former pole vaulter who quit the team at the start of this school year, said she felt let down by the SU athletic department.Brenner and other pole vaulters didn’t get to pole vault at practice until December by going to other schools. When she approached Gross, he suggested pole vaulters practice outside year-round.‘(Gross) basically came up to me and said, ‘Can’t we just have you warm up inside and use all that nice Nike gear and you know stay warm and then jump outside,” Brenner said.‘You’re trying to grip onto a small pole and that doesn’t work when you have freezing temperatures,’ she added.Brenner said even when it was warm outside, there were still liability issues to set up pits because the team didn’t have a coach with the credentials to supervise pole vaulting.Gross wasn’t made available for additional comment through the athletic department and calls to his cellphone weren’t returned.There are no pole vaulters or high jumpers currently on the team. Syracuse competed in field events, including the long jump, triple jump, heptathlon and throwing events in 2012.But former jumper Aubree Mercure said those field events take a backseat to long-distance running in the program.Mercure quit at the end of the last year. She felt neglected, she said, as Fox never showed the concern necessary for field athletes.Mercure also said the coaching wasn’t as effective after Borozinski left the program. Hegland assumed his role.Under Hegland, Mercure said she only got worse. She said she didn’t get the attention she needed to improve.‘I was just kind of winging it, and the coach didn’t really pay much attention,’ Mercure said. ‘Like clearly in practices he’d be paying most of his attention to sprinters, like what he knew about.’While Mercure questioned Hegland’s ability to coach the field team, Fox backs up what Hegland has done since taking on the extra responsibility. He called Hegland a student of the sport and the best 31-year-old track and field coach in the country.‘I feel real comfortable and real proud of what people like Frank, and Kelsey and Ieva (Staponkute) and Will (Watson) have done,’ Hegland said. ‘And whether or not they would do better somewhere else, how can you answer that?’Borozinski, the former SU field coach, also said Hegland is a capable coach. For someone who coaches hurdles, it’s easy to also coach events like the triple and long jumps. Borozinski said the transition made after he left couldn’t have gone any smoother.But he also said Hegland has a lot on his plate, coaching sprinters, hurdlers and the field team. Borozinski said it is unfortunate some of the athletes feel they aren’t receiving what they feel is adequate attention.Once Borozinski left, he said he wasn’t sure if a coach would replace him, but assumed the university would hire a restricted-earnings coach or a graduate assistant to specialize in certain field events.Bernard Bush, a former field athlete at SU, was a graduate assistant under Fox last year, but Mercure said Bush’s academic studies kept him occupied much of the time.Fox said not everyone is going to find success, especially in a program with more than 80 athletes. ‘Lots of things don’t work in life,’ Fox added. ‘I have kids on my cross country team that doesn’t always work for. That’s life. Everything doesn’t work for everybody.’For current athletes, there are also obstacles to overcome.Junior Erica Belanger, who is the only SU athlete who competes in the heptathlon, a two-day event, said it can be lonely and tough to stay motivated at times. And athletes still don’t practice with any traditional pits. Taylor said the team goes to additional meets to get more practice.Back when the school had adequate facilities at Manley, the program emphasized field events, sprints and hurdles. When Borozinski first started, it was under former head coach Andrew Roberts. During that time, Borozinski said he had a good ‘chunk of change’ to work with.When Roberts resigned in May 2005 and Fox was hired, the program’s focus shifted. The scholarships designated for field athletes declined, Borozinski said. By the time he left, his scholarships were down to ‘almost nothing.’John Moon, Seton Hall’s cross country head coach, said it’s not easy to have three strong facets of a track and field program, especially at private schools in the Northeast.His track and field program was cut in February 2010.‘It’s very difficult to maintain a high-quality field team, a high-quality track team and cross country,’ Moon said. ‘That is rough.’Fox said the first thing Gross told him is he wanted a top-25 cross country program, which Syracuse accomplished. In track, Jarret Eaton won the 2012 NCAA 60-meter hurdle championship, coached by Hegland. Eaton is the first individual athlete at Syracuse to win a national championship.Certain field athletes, although there are only a few, have also shown strides in their performance. It’s a result that surprised even Taylor.‘I was shocked. My improvement has been unfathomable to me,’ Taylor said. ‘I never would have thought that I would have improved 3 feet in the course of two years, especially after my field coach left I thought my career was over.’ Taylor credits his success to Hegland, and the idea that Hegland was open to suggestions coaching the long jump.Taylor used to be a decathlete, but once Borozinski left and the necessary facilities no longer existed at SU, Hegland and Taylor sat down to talk about his next move with the Orange.‘It’s a pretty remarkable story to me with a guy who went from being just kind of frankly a mediocre decathlete as a freshman to somebody who’s really an outstanding long jumper right now,’ Hegland said.Fox admits SU is never going to have high numbers in field athletes. The focus of the program lies in long distance. He said the team is actively recruiting athletes in the long jump, but he didn’t say how many.Hegland said some jumpers are involved in other events, like sprints or hurdles, and others are ‘pure jumpers.’Fox said Gross told him if he found a quality pole vaulter, the department would provide for that athlete.‘Whatever Dave would like to recruit, he’s welcome to coach and that’s his area,’ Fox said. ‘And all I encourage him to do is do really well at what he does. And right now he chooses to do really well in the sprints and the hurdles.’Hegland said he thinks SU will continue to have excelling horizontal jumpers.Some aren’t as sure that’s the case. Belanger, the heptathlon athlete, said she thinks the major drop off has occurred and from here it might go down a little more.Five years down the road, Brenner believes the field program will be nonexistent.Fox said the downsize isn’t a conscious plan either way, and the program is focused on getting the best athletes while giving coaches the best chance to compete on a national level.But Rubeor thinks field events are clearly not part of that equation.‘I mean, it’s a no brainer. You essentially take out 70-75 percent of our facilities and don’t hire a field coach. You don’t really have to say much,’ Rubeor said. ‘Your actions pretty much speak for themselves.’dgproppe@syr.edu Published on April 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pavel Korolev – InBet Games – Variety enhances player engagement

first_img SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles The world of gaming is an incredibly busy and competitive environment, encompassing many themes, and competitively fought by a host firms for the all important attention of consumers.One such corner of this world is sports themed games, a sector within which InBet Games are well versed having scooped the ‘Best Sport Themed Game’ at the SBC Awards 2017 for its Penalty Kick offering.Pavel Korolev, Business Development Director at InBet Games, has spoken to SBC about the successes of 2017, the appeal of Penalty Kick and the year ahead.SBC: As we have crossed over the finishing line of 2017, could you sum the year up on behalf of InBet Games?Pavel Korolev: For InBet Games this past year has been a fruitful year, a year of crossing new milestones and making new, great achievements. InBet Games have made some brilliant additions to our versatile gaming solutions portfolio, which have been quite successful. Among these added solutions are slot games Aladdin’s Lamp and Pirate’s Cave, a few variations of Keno lotteries, such virtual games as 3D Trone Race, 3 Dogs Race, Penalty Kick, as well as our innovative gaming platform DAREBS, that allows gamers to bet on real time events. A number of our most popular slot games, like Aladdin’s Lamp, Christmas Luck and others, saw the addition of a new free spin feature to their gaming properties. The company also concluded several strategic partnerships with international gaming operators and betting solutions suppliers, such as Digitain and BetConstruct. These strategic partnerships are deemed beneficial, as they will facilitate mutual expansion of our product portfolios and enable us to reach a wider market segment, generating more business for all the parties. Over this year, InBet Games has expanded its global market outreach and established a stronger presence in Africa and Latin America. The year has also seen our company getting shortlisted by SBC for three nominations: Stand Alone Platform provider of the Year, White Label Supplier of the Year for superior mathematics models and fascinating entertainment engagement, and International Gaming Awards Innovative Supplier of the Year for introducing our unique and innovative DAREBS platform to the global gaming industry. One the brightest highlights of the year has been winning the SBC Award as The Best Sport Themed Game of the Year, for bringing on our top-notch Penalty Kick virtual football game to the market. The game was rendered a top rank by the SBC judging panel.SBC: What was the thought process behind the idea to launch the Penalty Kick game? And why do you think it holds an appeal for users?PK: Inspired by the upcoming 2018 FIFA Confederations Cup, we at InBet Games came up with the idea to launch the Penalty Kick game. Here at InBet, we share many of our friends and customers passion for football. We wanted to reinforce the Russian World Cup Image and take a foothold on the market by delivering a new, dynamic, dramatic and thrilling game that conveys a true spirit of football to gamers, and we know there are many football fans out there whose passions for the game will strongly resonate in such suspenseful gaming moments as a penalty kick is!SBC: How important is it to be able to offer a variety of different betting options within the game?PK: Offering a variety of betting options within a game is very important, as it unveils more chances for a player to win and enhances a player’s engagement in gaming process, thus urging a player to spend more and increasing operators’ gaming revenues. For example, in Penalty Kick, there are a few betting options. One option is for a player to bet on the taker’s victory or the goalkeeper saving the ball. Other options are for a player to make bets on the positioning of the ball which could be upper, middle or lower levels, whereas the biggest wins can be achieved by predicting a rebound off the post or the exact ‘cell’ (1-24) for the penalty. SBC: How do you plan to develop the game moving into 2018 and approaching the Russia World Cup?PK: We are planning to diversify our sports betting portfolio, making football and the Russia World Cup the main theme, as well as promote sales of our DAREBS platform to more markets to enable more operators across the globe provide their punters with options to make bets on the Russia 2018 World Cup in a real time mode. Share Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Australia to deliver ‘best’ Commonwealth Games

first_imgAustralia has promised to build on the “standout” Glasgow 2014 and deliver the “best” Commonwealth Games.Jann Stuckey, the minister for the next Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April 2018, also believes the event will “continue for a long time”.”The Gold Coast won’t be the beginning of the end – it will be a reinvigoration,” said Stuckey.The enthusiasm for the Games is in contrast to fears over its future before Glasgow 2014.There was a lack of interest from member countries in staging the event, with no serious interest expressed to be 2022 hosts ahead of a March 2014 deadline.Glasgow 2014 is believed to have cost more than £500m to stage and the finances needed to host future events was believed to be one of the issues. In addition, a major dispute over governance between the Commonwealth Games Federation and its members may also have had a detrimental effect.However, South African city Durban and Edmonton, in Canada,eventually came forward as potential suitors and confirmed bids for the 22nd Games must be lodged by March 2015.Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper”In my view, they are the standout Games in the history of the movement. The way in which the people of Scotland and Glasgow have embraced the Games right from the get-go has been incredible.”Reg Milley, who is leading Edmonton’s bid to host the Games, says the event needs to be modernised to stay relevant and has suggested adding new sports to the programme.”Do we need three-on-three basketball, beach volleyball, BMX and skateboard?” asked Milley. BMX cycling was added to the Olympic programme for the 2008 Beijing Games, while beach volleyball became an Olympic event at Atlanta in 1996.BMX cycling was introduced to the Olympic Games in 2008Cycling’s governing body the UCI has also campaigned for skateboarding to gain inclusion at the Olympics.Speaking to BBC World Service’s Sportsworld programme, Milley, chairman of the Edmonton 2022 bid committee, said his team had learned a lot from observing Glasgow 2014 at close quarters. He said: “We have been talking to the young people here and in the wider Commonwealth about what they want in 2022 – the time when they will be at their peak.”We need to renew and stay relevant.”Edmonton hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1978, while it was last staged in Canada in Victoria in 1994.An African city has yet to welcome the event.The president of the South African Sports Confederation & Olympic Committee, Gideon Sam, who is part of the Durban bid team, said the Commonwealth Games Federation should consider how his country staged the 2010 Fifa World Cup if they need help making their decision. He said: “Ask Fifa what Durban can do. We have the infrastructure to deliver. This is Africa’s time. This is Durban’s time.”The next Games will be from 4-15 April 2018 in Australia and most of the venues for the disciplines are already in place.New arenas have been built for the badminton, wrestling, track cycling and mountain biking, while the Aquatic Centre is ready three years ahead of schedule and will host August’s Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.The Carrara Stadium will host the athletics and opening and closing ceremonies at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Stuckey said the country has been a “thirsty sponge” in extracting the best elements that made Glasgow 2014 successful.”We’re absorbing all we can,” she told BBC Sport.”Some things we’ll do differently, but for the most part – transport, security and volunteering programmes – we will be taking a leaf out of their book.”She added: “We will raise the bar further than what Glasgow has done for the best Games yet.”last_img read more

See Virat Kohli’s new bomb hairstyle to welcome in 2020!

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/Instagram(@virat.kohli)Advertisement 9xf4yaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7g2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Er9383z( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5tWould you ever consider trying this?😱8ij5jmCan your students do this? 🌚16fov9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli finished the year of 2019 as the top batsman in ICC’s ranking of test batsmen. Hailed by Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri himself, the skipper is not just a patron of the sport in the country, but also an icon of fashion statement. Just after welcoming the new year, Kohli revealed an all new hairstyle that has set the social media on fire!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/Instagram(@virat.kohli)Just after coming back from his new year vacation of Switzerland with better half Anushka Sharma, Kohli posted two stories on his official Instagram yesterday, donning in an all new hair do.The Royal Challengers Bangalore got his haircut from the renowned Mumbai bsaed hairstylist Aalim Hakim, owner of Hakim’s Aalim Bandra salon in Mumbai. In the pics, the captain was seen in a short top trim, along with shaved sides.Advertisement In the new haircut, Kohli uploaded two selfies with Hakim, with the caption in one of the pics: “Thanks for a top cut bro @aalimhakim”Image Courtesy: Instagram(@virat.kohli)We can expect that the fans of the Indian cricketing icon will be sporting the haircut soon.Advertisement On the eve of the new year of 2020, Virushka were seen together in another Instagram post, with the couple wearing a beautiful black dress and a classy suit.Back in December, Kohli went past Aussie superstar Steve Smith as the world no. 1 test batsman in ICC’s test batsmen list.Recently, the Men in Blues gaffer Ravi Shastri praised Kohli for his contribution for uplifting test cricket in the country, and also for being the most successful captain for Team India in the game format.Speaking to IANS, thhe 57 year old said: “I have not seen one perfect captain. You will have captains with different strengths and weaknesses. I have not seen any perfect captain till today.”“With Virat you can see he is someone who is improving by the day. The passion, the energy, the drive he brings to the cricket field is unmatched. I have not seen any other captain bring that kind of energy onto the cricket field.” Shastri added.India will be hosting Sri Lanka on their first day of the upcoming T20 series this Sunday at the Barsapara Stadium in Guahati, and captain Kohli will be on the ground with his new haircut.Also read-Virat Kohli ends 2019 as the number 1 batsman in the ICC Test rankingsEven Virat Kohli can’t believe his 10 Year transformation challenge! Advertisementlast_img read more

Moura tells Spurs not to let Kane and Son injuries turn season into sob story

first_img4Kane is out until April at the earliest with a torn hamstring while Mourinho is unsure whether Son will recover from his broken arm in time to play again this season.Defender Toby Alderweireld urged the likes of Moura to step up in the deadly duo’s absence.The Belgian said: “It’s up to other people now to show their qualities up front.“People have to step up, not just one person. In one game it will be one guy, another game it will be someone else.“We must not stare blind on this one result. We created a couple of chances against a very good opponent. We have to work hard and solve this as a team.“This tie is not over. We can win the second game, we can go there and win the game.“We must believe that we have the players and the experience to do it.”MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himFirst, Tottenham have the small matter of a trip to London rivals Chelsea in tomorrow’s lunch-time kick-off.It is a huge clash in the race for Champions League qualification and Mourinho will be out for revenge against his old side after December’s 2-0 home defeatwhere Willian struck twice.Moura added: “That game was really difficult for us. We didn’t play well. We didn’t do our best but Saturday will be very different.” Dele Alli was not happy after being substituted against RB Leipzig LUCAS MOURA has told Tottenham not to let their injury jinx wreck their season and use ‘the spirit of Amsterdam’ to see them through.Spurs looked toothless on Wednesday in the 1-0 home defeat to RB Leipzig without crocked duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.4 Lucas Moura has told Tottenham’s players to not let injuries ruin their seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty4 Harry Kane is likely to miss almost all of the rest of the season with a hamstring injuryCredit: Getty Images – Getty4 Heung Son-min injured his arm during Sunday’s win at Aston VillaCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut Moura feels there is enough goalscoring talent in Jose Mourinho’s squad to turn the Champions League last-16 tie around — just like he did with a second-leg hat-trick against Ajax last season.The Brazilian said: “We lose two big strikers but we cannot cry. We have very good players that can score as well.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on Tottenham“That’s the game. Every team has problems such as this. We can go there and we can score.“We can turn it around, the game is not over.“We will prepare well and I am sure we are capable to go there and qualify.”To progress, Spurs will have to replicate their feat from last season where they overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit to win in Amsterdam.Moura, 27, rarely threatened against Leipzig but is adamant that he can rediscover his shooting boots in Germany in three weeks.The ex-Paris Saint-Germain man added: “I will give my best.“We know that in football everything can happen and we will not give up. We need to believe and that’s what I do every time.”last_img read more