Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew hopes imminent investment heralds a new era

first_imgAlan Pardew is hopeful the imminent investment in Crystal Palace with herald a new era for the Barclays Premier League club. Press Association “The players and my team also deserve some credit to to get us in the position where we have got this kind of backing.” Parish, who helped save the club from bankruptcy in 2010, will remain in charge of the day-to-day running of Crystal Palace while a reported £50m will also be invested in the stadium. “I think the important part in the negotiations was Steve’s position,” added Pardew. “I think it was very important that the slight nuances in the game are understood by Steve and I can get a message to him which is sometimes not easy to translate to people who do not understand the Premier League. “So, he can filter through all the information that I give to the guys so they can make a sensible and judged decision. “We are making decisions which have a low-risk factor and that is something we have done well at this football cub. We have signed players at the right money, at the right time, and that is why we have such a good squad.” American businessmen Josh Harris and David Blitzer are set to purchase a reported £100million controlling stake in the Selhurst Park outfit. The deal will see the duo, who already own the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, hold an equal 18 per cent share in the club with Steve Parish, who will remain as chairman. Speaking ahead of Palace’s Barclays Premier League clash against Stoke, Pardew said: “I have been involved to some degree with Josh and David. We have met. I see they have a passion for this football club which has grown over the last 18 months. “It goes alongside the passion the chairman has and myself for the football club, and together we hope it might embark on a new era for the football club. “Hopefully our fans – who have had a great couple of seasons – can now look forward to the future with expectation. “I look at clubs like Bolton and the current situation they are in, and I think about this football club and how a phoenix can rise, and we want to keep rising.” Pardew is approaching his one-year anniversary in charge at Palace. He guided them to an impressive 10th-place finish last season, and they are sixth ahead of their trip to Stoke on Saturday. And the former Newcastle manager revealed the investment deal was on the agenda when he agreed to take charge of Palace in January. “There was a very strong feeling that the guys would come on board,” Pardew said. “I needed to be part of that to understand what Steve Parish’s vision for the football club was. If it wasn’t that vision that he sold me, I probably would not be here, so Steve Parish deserves a lot of credit for where this football club is. last_img read more

Reports: Broward Hospital Patient was Tested for Coronavirus

first_imgA possible case of coronavirus here in South Florida recently affected emergency operations at a hospital, according to reports.Workers at Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward allegedly told at least one fire-rescue department not to bring anyone to their emergency room.Dr. Bindu Mayi, an infectious disease specialist and professor of microbiology at Nova Southeastern University, says she had heard about the potential Hollywood case from medical colleagues.“If there is a local case, it is something we [the public] should all be made aware of,” Mayi says. “The absence of information becomes conjecture and that’s a dicey thing. If there is a local case, people who are immune-suppressed may need to be more discerning about not being in large crowds or gathering where don’t know who has been exposed to what.”Memorial Regional Hospital officials would not comment on the status of the woman who arrived last Friday afternoon in their emergency room. Hospital spokeswoman Kerting Baldwin explains, “There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Memorial.”Hollywood Fire Rescue was informed of the situation in the emergency room. “At one point we offered to wear masks, but that was overkill because the patient suspected of coronavirus was already in isolation,” says Patrick Moore, division chief of operations at Hollywood Fire Rescue.Amanda Conwell, a spokesperson for the Pembroke Pines Police Department, says her staff was told for a brief time Friday evening not to transport anyone to Memorial until a proper quarantine was established. She adds that the action was based on information they had and did not indicate that there was a confirmed case within the county.Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health will not comment on the possible case.State health officials explain they are concerned about creating panic or compromising patient privacy by disclosing too much information. They may use their website to inform the public about pending cases and results.“We’ve kicked it around and bounced it off leadership and we hope to have something soon,” says Brad Dalton, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Health. “You don’t want to scare people, and you want to make sure when information gets out there it’s what does the public the most good.”The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. stood at 12 on Wednesday.Tests were pending on 76 possible coronavirus cases across the country as of Wednesday. The CDC does not indicate where in the United States those tests have been conducted, although at least some of them have come from Florida.A week ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a visit to Boca Raton that all tests for coronavirus in our state were sent to the CDC in Atlanta and had come back negative.South Florida hospitals say that staff from the health department have met with them in order to ensure they are properly screening and preparing for a possible coronavirus case here.Local doctors also believe it is only a matter of time before coronavirus reaches Florida.“We know we are at high risk with international travelers coming to our area,” says Dr. Ivan Gonzalez, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at Jackson Memorial and UM Health. “A lot of this is going to rely on self-reporting — awareness and education are key.”A quarantine station at Miami International Airport that is staffed by the CDC is screening international passengers flying into the region.Florida’s Department of Health says it is unclear when and where tests kits will be widely available in Florida.The virus originated in Wuhan, China. It has spread to 28 countries. There are more than 24,000 confirmed cases in China alone.Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared coronavirus a public health emergency, imposing a mandatory quarantine for any citizen who had traveled to China’s Hubei province during the previous two weeks.In addition, planes carrying U.S. citizens who have recently been in China are only allowed to land at one of 11 designated airports, none of which are in Florida. As of Wednesday, more than 500 people have died as a result of the virus.last_img read more

MDI, Bucksport, GSA athletes selected to All-PVC outdoor track teams

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Athletes from Mount Desert Island, Bucksport and George Stevens Academy were selected Monday to this year’s All-Penobscot Valley Conference outdoor track teams.For MDI, senior Gilbert Isaacs was chosen as the Large-School division’s first-team shot put selection after winning Hancock County, PVC and state titles in the event. Marilyn Sawyer added first-team (100-meter dash) and second-team (200-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles) selections, and Zoe Olson was a second-team pick in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs.Bucksport’s Carter Tolmasoff (boys’ 100- and 200-meter dashes) and Angelina Cotoni (girls’ 100-meter hurdles) were first-team selections in the Small-School division. Gavin Billings made the second team in the shot put after finishing third at PVCs and ninth at states.GSA’s LeeAnn Varnum was the first-team Small-School selection in the shot put after her first-place finish in last Saturday’s Class C championships in Farmington. Grace Broughton (girls’ 300-meter hurdles), Ian Howell (1,600-meter race walk) and Ian Renwick (long jump) earned second-team honors for the Eagles.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Ghamsham Goberdan shouldering Essequibo’s weight in bodybuilding

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyBODYBUILDING remains quite a rare sport in Essequibo, with not many opportunities available. While there are a few gyms with weight-lifting equipment, there isn’t any association within the county to promote competitions.Surprisingly though, 24-year-old Ghamsham Goberdan of Golden Fleece on the Essequibo Coast fell in love with the sport about three years ago but he has since been a revelation to the sport.The supremely fit and evenly balanced ‘strong-man’ is a member of both the ‘LL FITNESS and ROY’S Gym in Region 2 and trains for one and a half hours, Monday to Friday, with emphasis on one body part per session.In a recent interview with Chronicle Sport, the affable bodybuilder disclosed that while there are multiple challenges, he has gained a great deal of satisfaction and honour in participating in competitive tournaments.“It’s very hard sharing my time between work and training as well as sticking to strict eating habits, but this is what I love doing and I’m very proud of my achievements so far” is how he reasoned about staying committed to the art. Goberdan’s first real test was in 2018 when he competed in the ‘Stage of Champions’ tournament and brought third in the bodyweight class of 143 pounds. He followed up in the 2019 Novices Championship with another third-place finish.“I was not pleased with my last rating and so I’m training extremely hard for my next assignment in October another annual feature of the Stage of Champions competition.“My intention for this season is to achieve a first, given that I have gained experience, maturity and I’m steadfastly improving on my technical capability,” he acknowledged. “I’m proud as an Essequibian since I have been able to compete in nationally sanctioned competitions and among the best in the country. ‘My foreseeable goal too is to gain selection and represent my country which will be a dream come through,”Already a house hold name in Essequibo due to his exploits and menacingly firm physique, Goberdan who is employed with Banks DIH has already joined another stalwart, Daramdeo Lall of Walton Hall as being Essequibo’s most accomplished bodybuilders.The journey has now begun for the dashingly confident Goberdan and according to him, “I’m prepared to shoulder the weight of Essequibo into becoming a champion and I will not relinquish that enormous responsibility until I’m crowned.” He credited his elevation to the sound advice of coaches Kennedy Lyndon of’ LL Fitness and Parvattan Neel and Kenetth Melville of Roy’s Fitness Gym. He was also loud in praise for his parents for their unwavering support as well as Banks DIH who sponsored him previously.While he remains studiously focussed, Goberdan is a typically outgoing individual who also loves a game of pools or hitting a few sixes in a T20 match. His never-say-die attitude, strong self-discipline, desire to learn new concepts and being a tough character are indeed compelling attributes that continue to drive Goberdan to the limit in his quest for supremacy.last_img read more

Coronavirus: English Football Suspension Extended Till at Least April 30

first_imgEnglish football will be suspended until at least 30 April because of the continued spread of coronavirus.All games in England’s Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship, and all fixtures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are currently postponed.The Football Association has also agreed that the current season can be “extended indefinitely”. Under current rules the season had been scheduled to end on 1 June.A joint statement issued by the FA, Premier League and EFL expressed “a commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 season” and completing all domestic and European matches “as soon as it is safe and possible to do so”.The postponement of Euro 2020 has opened up a window for domestic league fixtures to take place in June.However, at present the UK government has effectively banned sports events by advising against mass gatherings. (BBC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tourney seed hard earned but deserved

first_imgThe Women of Troy clinched third place in conference play — their highest finish since the 2004-2005 season — and now head into the Pac-10 tournament riding a five-game winning streak.“We’re very fortunate and lucky to be in the third slot, and I think it’s great for our university,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “We’ve experienced some terrible lulls, but it seems like we’ve got ourselves back together … it was definitely good ending the season [that way] heading into the Pac-10 [tournament].”Time to shine · In just his first year as the coach of USC, Michael Cooper has led the Women of Troy to the third seed in the Pac-10 conference, the team’s highest ranking in five years. The Women of Troy begin play against Oregon at the Galen Center. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanThis season was anything but smooth for the Women of Troy (18-11, 12-6), who managed to string together two five-game winning streaks this season, but had a five-game losing streak in between.The coaching staff, however, wasn’t too worried.“We just had to re-focus ourselves,” Cooper said. “We were winning games by the skin of our teeth … we just had to come back and go back to the beginning and get back to what we were doing that was helping us win basketball games.”Now, they turn their attention to the Oregon Ducks (16-14, 7-11), who boast one of the most prolific offenses in the nation.The Women of Troy and the Ducks split their two meetings during the regular season, with both teams winning away.The Ducks are led by senior guard Taylor Lilley, who averaged 17.5 points per game during the regular season.But she isn’t the only offensive threat — the Ducks boast three other players who average in double figures.“We’re going to have to take care of Oregon’s offense,” Cooper said. “It’s going to require us to get back for 40 minutes because they want to run at every opportunity.”Not only do the Women of Troy have to focus on defense, but one of their constant struggles throughout the season has been rebounding the basketball.“Our biggest nemesis all year long has been rebounding,” Cooper said. “We have to rebound by committee, and [everybody] will have to help out.”This season, the Women of Troy have been led by the play of sophomore guards Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath, but the supporting cast for the team has played a big role in their success as well.Redshirt junior guard Jacki Gemelos has provided the team with solid play off the bench since she came back from injury, and freshman forward Christina Marinacci has given the team a presence down low since being thrust into a starting role.Though the Women of Troy will be playing at the Galen Center during the Pac-10 tournament, home-court advantage will hardly play a role, if any.And if the Women of Troy hope to earn a NCAA tournament bid, they know they’ll just have to be successful no matter the venue.“Championships are won on the road,” Cooper said. “It doesn’t matter where we’re playing … We just have to get the job done.”Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.A win tonight would set up a date with No. 2 seed and crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the semifinals of the tournament.The Women of Troy split both meetings with the Bruins as well, with each team winning on its home floor.If the Women of Troy manage to beat both Oregon and UCLA, they will play for the Pac-10 tournament championship with an automatic NCAA bid at stake.Their likely opponent would be the Stanford Cardinal, who hold the No. 1 seed in the tournament for the ninth straight season.The championship game will be held Sunday at 3 p.m.last_img read more

USC fends off Colorado, 35-31

first_imgOffensive coordinator Graham Harrell said the idea to motion St. Brown into the backfield was born during the week of practice as a creative way to get the run game going. That USC was in a position to steal the game with a late score was somewhat of a miracle to begin with. The Trojans’ injury-riddled defense limped its way to halftime down 3 points after struggling to contain Colorado senior quarterback Steven Montez, and the Buffaloes’ first two drives out of the break ended in touchdowns — including a 71-yard reception by junior wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. on the second play of the second half.  The play capped off a drive in which USC needed just about everything to go its way, which is essentially what happened. Slovis, who threw for 406 yards and four touchdowns in the win, threw two risky passes to freshman wide receiver Drake London that were nearly intercepted; one fell to the ground incomplete, and the other was caught for a 19-yard gain on second-and-20 to set up a run by redshirt junior running back Quincy Jountti that moved the sticks.  “At first, we started off slow, but we knew we had to get it up,” said sophomore cornerback Olaijah Griffin. “It was just little mistakes we were having, and we just came together as a team and said, ‘Let’s step this up.’ And we did.” That’s when senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. took over.  During that same fourth-quarter drive, Slovis attempted to avoid a sack by dumping off a pass to freshman running back Kenan Christon, but the ball bounced off multiple Colorado defenders’ hands before falling to the ground. Slovis also fumbled on first-and-10 from USC’s 41-yard line, but Christon got a lucky recovery after the ball was kicked around by the Buffaloes.  The Trojans played from behind almost the entire game and entered the fourth quarter facing their second 10-point deficit of the night.  The Trojans had to make adjustments on the offensive side as well. USC entered the night already down its first three running backs on the depth chart, so Christon shared snaps at running back with sophomore wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, who took the third play of the game to the house for a 37-yard rushing touchdown. St. Brown was USC’s second-leading rusher with 50 yards on the night.  The first seven games of USC’s football season were a tale of two teams — one that dominated opponents at the Coliseum to the tune of a 4-0 record and one that had yet to crack the win column outside of Los Angeles.  “Win. That’s it,” Pittman said of his mindset going into the fourth quarter. “I was just focused on winning the game.” USC certainly didn’t reverse the trend of shoddy road play Friday night in Boulder, Colo., but its nail-biting 35-31 win over the Buffaloes was a crucial victory for the team’s division title hopes.  However, when it absolutely needed stops, the Trojans came through. USC forced the Buffaloes to punt on their next four drives and picked up a game-sealing stop with 1:27 remaining when sophomore inside linebacker Kana’i Mauga tackled sophomore running back Alex Fontenot a yard short of a first down on a fourth-and-4.  Senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.’s two fourth quarter touchdowns helped USC come back to beat Colorado Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Nigel Amstock / CU Independent) “If you can just put the ball in your best players’ hands, you give yourself a chance, and that was just an easy way to get Amon-Ra a touch,” Harrell said. “And [it was] also a way to stay in that five-wide package and not just be completely one-dimensional where we were just going pass every single down, because we did have the threat of bringing Amon-Ra back in there and handing it to him.” “Sometimes the ball bounces your way, and sometimes it hasn’t done that for us this year,” head coach Clay Helton said of the fumble. “Tonight, it did … luck was on our side there.” USC took its first lead since early in the second quarter when freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis hit Pittman for a 37-yard touchdown with just 2:12 remaining in the game.  USC’s Pac-12 championship hopes almost certainly would have been doomed had it left Colorado empty-handed. But despite the injuries and subpar performance against the Buffaloes, USC still sits atop the Pac-12 South. For now, it controls its own destiny with a home matchup against No. 11 Oregon looming next week.  It was Pittman’s second touchdown of the quarter — the first went for 44 yards with over 11 minutes remaining — and punctuated his 156-yard performance that featured 104 fourth-quarter yards.  “[The players] kept saying in there that this is our opportunity at a championship, and we needed this game to still be able to control our own destiny,” Helton said. “Just to walk out of here still on top of the Pac-12 South is special.”last_img read more

Syracuse’s defense makes the critical stops in 40-37 double-overtime win against UNC

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Syracuse senior linebacker Ryan Guthrie stood away from the podium, where reporters peppered Dino Babers with questions about Tommy DeVito.His face still lightly smeared with eye black, bruises up and down his shins and a worn look about him, Guthrie took a second to think about how it felt to get the defensive stops that Syracuse needed badly in back-to-back losses prior. He sighed.“It was pretty emotional,” he said softly. “I’m feeling drained right now.”Guthrie’s admission came after 12 total tackles in 60-plus minutes of football — a game where Syracuse (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) finally got the defensive stops to top North Carolina (1-5, 1-3), 40-37, in double overtime in the Carrier Dome. SU’s defense wasn’t close to perfect and has self-admitted shortcomings to work on. But after playing two weeks of losing football defensively, the Orange got the stops they needed when they mattered most. “They played their hearts out,” Babers said of his defense after the game. He continued: “Results may not be that drastic, but I really felt that they were in tune with the gameplan.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen DeVito threw an interception with 54 seconds left in a tie game, giving UNC the ball at SU’s 39, Syracuse’s comeback felt dead. On the edge of field goal range, the Tar Heels needed the smallest foothold to kick a game-winning field goal.On first down, North Carolina quarterback Nathan Elliott targeted Anthony Ratliff-Williams. The ball promptly got knocked away by Ifeatu Melifonwu in coverage. On second down, Elliott threw to him again. Again, it fell incomplete.Still out of kicker Freeman Jones’ range, UNC lined up for third down. Elliot took a snap and broke up the middle on a draw, but linebacker Andrew Armstrong muscled him down. Stuck between a punt and a too-long field goal, the Tar Heels opted to go for it on fourth down and were again denied by Melifonwu in coverage. “That was awesome,” Guthrie said of the stop. “Yeah, we had momentum and we rode with it.” North Carolina started the second overtime with the ball immediately following a touchdown-for-touchdown first overtime. With a chance to take a touchdown lead and put the pressure on the Syracuse offense, UNC kept the ball in Elliot’s hands for three-straight passes.An Alton Robinson pressure, Kielan Whitner near-interception and Kendall Coleman sack later, the Tar Heels kicked a field goal to take a 37-34 lead, leaving the door open for a Syracuse game-winning touchdown. Five plays later, DeVito and co. provided.Andre Cisco, who leads the Orange in interceptions, forced a fumble that SU recovered on Saturday. Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerSU’s newfound stopping-power on defense is no surprise to the players. After a demoralizing loss at Pitt — which followed a crushing loss at Clemson — the following Monday’s team-wide film session laid bare the issues Syracuse had.“I was sick to my stomach,” Guthrie said of watching the film, which showed missed tackles, bad angles, a litany of plays that should’ve been made. SU spent the whole bye week “living with” the missed tackles, safety Andre Cisco said.Big plays, like a 69-yard touchdown run or 68-yard touchdown pass, seared into the minds of SU’s defensive players. They watched with the whole team as missed assignments and bad tackles were pointed out.“You have to live with how it looked on film,” Cisco said. “I couldn’t live with it. Just guys missing tackles, making the other team look way better than they are. Because I know what type of defense we are, and it’s not what we were at Pitt.”But coaches didn’t berate. Rather than a “you missed this tackle” mindset, Cisco said, the message got framed as “We know you can make this play, so make it.”Another change out of the bye week for the defense was a return to the idea of doing one-eleventh. There are 11 men on the football field for each team on any play. At times against Clemson and Pitt, Cisco said, it felt like players were gunning for big plays and trying to do more than their assignment, their one-eleventh. On Saturday, Cisco said, everyone on defense focused on their one-eleventh all game. The notion manifested in defenders’ minds, often with verbal reminders in the huddle or on the sidelines.“Do your job, do your job,” Cisco remembered teammates saying.Syracuse didn’t make all the plays, though. North Carolina at times gashed the Syracuse defense. Elliott, the starting quarterback, threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns. SU gave up 179 net rushing yards. Big plays, like a long jet sweep and a punt-return touchdown from Dazz Newsome, still haunted the defense.As the third quarter wore on, it looked again as if another rushing attack might break the dam and run away with the game. For several series, the Tar Heels attacked “niches” in SU’s defense and used them to beat back the Orange.“Even if you do your job,” Cisco said, “you might miss a tackle or something like that.”But in the big moments, when the game fully hung in the balance and Syracuse needed a stop, it got it.“We weren’t perfect,” Cisco said, “but we were definitely a lot better.” Commentslast_img read more

McIlroy six off the lead in Boston

first_imgPaul Casey is the man to catch – like McIlroy, he carded a third round 66 – and heads the field on 15-under par. Rory McIlroy will start the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship six-shots off the lead. It may have been just five, were he not narrowly denied an albatross at the last hole overnight. McIlroy will tee off his final round in Boston at around twenty-to-2, Irish time. last_img

Genius Sports supports DFB in new integrity programme

first_img UKGC data reveals ‘notable recovery’ for sports betting July 6, 2020 Submit Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles MySportwetten: What German players want from a bookmaker July 10, 2020 Share The German Football Association (DFB) has strengthened its fight against match-fixing and betting-related corruption by launching a new integrity programme in collaboration with Genius Sports.The new initiative will monitor over 7,500 games per year, offering increased visibility across global betting on all Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga, German internationals, women’s and youth team fixtures.Steven Burton, Managing Director at Genius Sports, said: “Being selected to safeguard the integrity and future of one of the largest football associations in the world is a huge honour for Genius Sports and is a testament to the quality of our services. Our monitoring technology, expertise in analysing real-time betting and global intelligence network will provide comprehensive protection for the DFB, ensuring their games remain transparent and unpredictable.”The programme, which will analyse the movements of odds using predictive algorithms, will use the technology to highlight any suspicious betting activity in real-time. Hendrik Große Lefert, DFB Integrity Officer, added: “We look forward to working with Genius Sports as our new integrity service provider and hope to gain new impetus in the field of preventing betting-related corruption.”The integrity team within the DFB will reap the benefits from the reports produced by the programme, which is hoped to offer  key information from third-party sources and bookmakers to support any integrity investigations.last_img read more