Hibbert hoping for bigger role

first_img And he hopes the greater number of fixtures Everton have next term due to their Europa League involvement will work in his favour in terms of getting first-team action. “I picked up a few injuries (last season) but I’m fit and I’m ready to go,” Hibbert told evertontv. “Because of the amount of games that we are playing and the way the manager (Roberto Martinez) likes to keep people fresh, he might introduce players who haven’t played the week before. “The games will come thick and fast, so it is very important to have a good, strong squad.” Regarding Everton’s official player of the season Coleman, Hibbert added: “Seamus has been unbelievable and deserves his place for the way he is playing. “It’s one of them where we need players in the squad that will keep fighting for each other and pushing each other for places.” Press Association The 33-year-old Toffees youth academy product has made only 10 appearances in all competitions over the past two campaigns, with injuries and the form of fellow right-back Seamus Coleman both contributing to his time out of the side. Hibbert – confirmed on Tuesday to have put pen to paper on a new two-year deal – says he is now “fit and ready to go”, though. center_img Everton defender Tony Hibbert is optimistic about his potential playing time next season after signing a new contract with the club.last_img read more

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Adebayor: I considered suicide

first_img Adebayor wrote: “Many times I wanted to give up. Ask my sister Iyabo Adebayor how many times I have called and was ready to commit suicide “I kept these stories for years. But if I die, no-one would know my story, no-one would learn from it. Some people say I should keep these stories private, but someone has to sacrifice himself, someone has to talk about it.” Adebayor published the first of three Facebook posts earlier this month in which he claimed another brother, Rotimi, had stolen mobile phones belonging to team-mates at a leading French football academy. In his latest 1,649-word post he alleged he was threatened with a knife after refusing to provide Kola with a “huge amount” of money in order to establish a car business. Adebayor, who was then at Monaco, wrote: “I was very tired and decided to go take a nap. I woke and a knife was held to my throat. “As I opened my eyes, both of my brothers (Kola and Peter) were there. They were shouting and they claimed that I was wasting their time. “Peter was going mad and Kola was supporting. I asked them, ‘Is this the only way to solve this issue? If yes, then kill me and take the money’. It’s only at that moment that he put the knife down.” Press Association Adebayor has published a third lengthy post on his Facebook account in order, he says, to respond to claims made by some of his siblings through their own social media channels. The Tottenham striker says arguments with his brothers Kola and Peter, who died in July 2012, got so bad they drove him to consider taking his own life. center_img Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed he contemplated suicide “many times” over a family feud which he claimed culminated in a knife being held to his throat by one of his brothers.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: San Antonio streak of 22 consecutive playoff appearances is officially in serious jeopardy. The Spurs have to look a long way up to see .500 and that has them outside the playoff picture. They are in Oklahoma City tonight to play a Thunder team that’s having a solid season.The Rockets have dropped their last two games and have a tough assignment if they want to get back on a winning track. The Celtics come into Houston on a seven-game winning streak.Elsewhere, the Chicago Bulls are in Washington to play the Wizards and the Trail Blazers visit New Orleans.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULESeven top 25 teams in action Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA SCHEDULESixers-Clippers the headlinersUNDATED (AP) — The marquee matchup in the NBA is in Philadelphia tonight, where the 76ers get a visit from the Los Angeles Clippers. Tobias Harris may play against the Clippers for the first time since last year’s trade to Philadelphia. No. 13 Penn State at Purdue, 6:30 p.m.No. 22 Illinois vs. Michigan State, 9 p.m.No. 25 LSU vs. Missouri, 9 p.m.NHL-SCHEDULEPens look to snap Lightning streak UNDATED (AP) — The Penguins’ top-six could have a new look this evening when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Pittsburgh tonight.The Pens picked up veteran forward Jason Zucker from Minnesota, looking to add more scoring depth to their top two lines with All-Star Jake Guentzel out until late April after shoulder surgery.The Lightning are the hottest team in the NHL right now, ringing up their seventh consecutive win last night as they chase Boston for the Atlantic Division lead.The two teams met in Tampa less than a week ago, with the Lightning emerging 4-2 winners.Meanwhile, Philadelphia will be looking to gain some ground in the Metropolitan Division when they visit the N.Y. Islanders this evening, to start a three-game road trip. Both teams are coming off wins last night. Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in goal for the Isles, after Thomas Greiss (grys) picked up the 5-3 victory in Washington. The Flyers downed the Panthers 4-1. February 11, 2020 Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Here’s the schedule of tonight’s Top-25 men’s college basketball games:No. 4 San Diego State vs. New Mexico, 11 p.m.No. 6 Dayton vs. Rhode Island, 7:30 p.m.No. 9 Maryland vs. Nebraska, 8:30 p.m.No. 12 Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. The rest of the NHL schedule has Arizona at Toronto, Detroit visiting Buffalo and the Florida Panthers on the road against New Jersey. Winnipeg hosts the New York Rangers, Vegas is at Minnesota, the Dallas Stars get a visit from the Carolina Hurricanes, and Chicago is at Edmonton. The Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators face off in Denver, while the late start has the defending-Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues in Anaheim to play the Ducks.MLB NEWSAhmed, D-backs agree to $32.5 million, 4-year dealPHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $32.5 million, four-year deal with two-time Gold Glove shortstop Nick Ahmed. The 29-year-old Ahmed avoids his final year of salary arbitration with the deal, which keeps him with the team through 2023. Ahmed has had a reputation as an elite defensive shortstop since his debut with the D-backs in 2014 and has steadily improved his hitting. He hit a career-high .254 last season with 19 homers and 82 RBIs in 158 games. Arizona’s pitchers and catchers have their first workout of spring training on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Four-man team for Caribbean cycle road race championships in Barbados

first_img—Selectees pay their own airfareTHE Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) has selected a team of cyclists to represent the Golden Arrowhead at the Caribbean Road Racing billed for the Land of the Flying Fish (Barbados), but the selectees have to foot their individual airfares.According to information received, the team comprises junior cyclists, Curtis Dey, Briton John and Nigel Duguid and juvenile Jonathan Ramsuchit.GCF president Horrace Burrowes will accompany the team as coach, while Steve Ramsuchit will act as the manager.Assistant Racing Secretary of the GCF, Joseph Britton, told Chronicle Sport the four cyclists selected were asked by the Federation to secure funding for their airfare to Barbados as the Barbados Cycling Federation will fund their accommodation and meals while on the Island.All four of the cyclists selected have since been able to secure their airfares and have already purchased their tickets.The four cyclists will leave Guyana on Friday for Barbados and will go into competition on Saturday.The juniors will contest a 100 kilometres road race, while Ramsuchit will compete in a 70 kilometres event.John of Team United is one of Guyana’s leading junior cyclist and only recently returned from Norway where he participated in the Junior World Championships. He is tremendous form at the moment but will need Dey and Dugid’s support if he is to find a place on the podium and judging from both Dey and Dugid’s form at the moment, John can surely do Guyana proud come Saturday.Ramsuchit for his part, is currently the country’s top juvenile, but contesting a championship of such magnitude with no support can be very testing.last_img read more

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3rd Urban Benjamin Memorial Road Race takes place in Essequibo tomorrow

first_imgFOR the third consecutive year, the Evolution Cycling Club will be staging the Urban Benjamin Memorial Road Race tomorrow on the roadways of the Essequibo Coast in Region Two.The race will begin at 09:00hrs outside of Charity Primary School. The cyclists will head to Supenaam and return to finish at the starting-point, covering a distance of 74 miles.Last year, Team Evolution wheelsman Christopher Griffith reigned supreme over 32 other competitors in the senior category. He won in a time of two hours 59 minutes 53 seconds.In the Under-45 category, Warren ’40’ McKay beat Junior Niles; while Ian Jackson took top honours over Andrew Spencer and Amit Sankar in the Over-45 category.In the junior category, Adelie Hodge defeated Ajay Gopilall and Ralph Seenarine while Ozia McAuly defeated Quincy Punch and Julio Melville in the Mountain Bike race.The entrance fee is $2 000 per cyclist. Those desirous of participating in the race but need transportation to Essequibo are asked to assemble at the National Sports Commission on Homestretch Avenue before 06:00hrs today. The bus will depart promptly at o6:30hrs and a separate vehicle will carry the bikes.All participants will be responsible for their own accommodation and meals in Essequibo.The return ferry will depart at 16:00hrs tomorrow and it is the responsibility of each cyclist to be ready and be on the bus for the return trip at 13:00hrs.last_img read more

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Combined aspirations: Former Syracuse standouts head to Indianapolis looking to raise draft stock

first_imgJustin Pugh now wakes up at 7 every morning. He reports to Competitive Edge Sports at 8:30, ready to start his new job.He gets right to work with resistance training, then lifts for about an hour and a half. After a brief lunch break, he gets back to work with former New Orleans Saints tackle Jon Stinchcomb for his position drills, all with the goal of performing well at the NFL Combine.“They train you on working on explosion, working on specific drills you’ll be running,” Pugh said, “so I’m training for the combine basically.”Pugh is one of four former Syracuse players headed to Wednesday’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Quarterback Ryan Nassib, wide receiver Alec Lemon and strong safety Shamarko Thomas are set to join the tackle at Lucas Oil Stadium.Both Nassib and Pugh currently project as fringe first-round picks. In a quarterback class with “a whole lot of holes,” NFL Network’s Mike Mayock ranks Nassib No. 4 among quarterbacks heading into the combine. The NFL Draft analyst also placed Pugh as his No. 5 offensive tackle and a likely late first-rounder.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe major knock on Pugh right now is his wingspan. His arms measured shorter than what’s considered ideal at the Senior Bowl, and many now peg him as a guard. Not Mayock, who said Pugh could go as high as No. 24 to the Indianapolis Colts.Pugh expects to be one of the most athletic offensive linemen at the combine – he feels good about the 10-yard split in his 40-yard dash – but where his greatest strength lies is in his interviewing. A general manager came to Duluth, Ga., to help Pugh and the rest of the prospects learn how to interview properly.“He had already told me basically, ‘Hey look, you’re one of the best. I’m going to use you as the example for next year,’” Pugh said. “He didn’t really have to do much.“I think once teams meet me, see what kind of kid I am, it’s just going to increase my stock even more.”The interview expectation is also what makes Nassib an intriguing prospect. Nassib is a player whose stock will rise between the combine and the NFL Draft, Mayock said, because of his personality and intelligence.“Coaches are really going to like Ryan Nassib,” Mayock said. “He’s got good physical attributes, not great, but good physical attributes, plus he’s got all the intangibles: toughness, intelligence and work ethic. He’s going to start to quietly climb boards.”Nassib and Pugh’s invites weren’t a surprise to anyone. But for Lemon and Thomas, self-proclaimed bubble players, the invite is a massive opportunity.“I was kind of nervous,” Lemon said. “I always wanted to go to the combine, I just wanted to go out and prove myself.”What Lemon needs to prove is his speed. Right now, he’s tagged with a tough-to-shake “possession receiver” moniker.Coming out of high school, Lemon ran just a 4.62 40-yard dash at a Scout.com Combine in Baltimore. To surge up draft boards, that has to improve. That’s what he’s been working on at Fischer Sports in Phoenix, where he said he’s run one of the three fastest 40-yard dash times among the prospects training there.“I feel like I’m capable of doing it with the great training I have,” Lemon said. “I see myself as I’m not a blazing fast guy, but I do have some speed, so I just try to go out there and prove it to everyone how fast I am.”Thomas called his invite to the combine “a dream come true.” For as long as he can remember, he fantasized about participating in the NFL Combine before getting drafted. For a player surrounded with question marks, whether it is about injuries, size or coverage ability, the combine is even more important.It’s somewhere he can watch his stock skyrocket. At Syracuse’s Pro Day last year, Thomas clocked 4.26 on the 40-yard dash. A potential workout warrior, Thomas said he’s been running times in the 4.4s and 4.5s during his training, but is ready to surprise people.“We’re going to show in the combine,” Thomas said. “ … It’s just great to have the opportunity to be at the combine, so if I show out, I hope I go up somebody’s radar.”Thomas wakes up at 5 a.m. every day, trying to make that happen. Mayock is higher on Thomas than most, projecting the safety as a third- or fourth-round pick.“Shamarko Thomas is one of the better safeties I’ve seen on tape,” Mayock said. “ … He’s short, but he’s tough as nails. I’d like to see him run well.”Thomas is working with some of the nation’s top athletes with Pete Bommarito in South Florida, including former South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels and Michigan wide receiver Devin Street. Even with the stiff competition, Thomas consistently performs at the top of the heap in drills.The combine is his chance to rise in the draft.“I work too hard not to be at the top,” Thomas said, “so I stack up at the top of athleticism, everything, in every competition.” Comments Related Stories Pugh receives clearance to play in Senior Bowl, one of first non-seniors to play in gameSyracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh declares for NFL DraftNassib invited to play in 2013 Senior Bowl Published on February 19, 2013 at 12:15 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Students hold sit-in in response to LAPD presence at party

first_imgMore than 100 students gathered in front of Tommy Trojan for a sit-in Monday afternoon in response to events early Saturday morning at a student party, in which six USC students were detained by the Los Angeles Police Department.Approximately at 2 a.m., more than 79 LAPD officers responded to a noise complaint at a student party early Saturday morning on 23rd and Hoover streets, just north of campus.From noon to 4 p.m., students sat in the rain, holding signs that read “79 LAPD Officers” and “There is power in solidarity” and showed images from the Saturday morning response.Tyler Hicks, a junior majoring in international relations and minoring in fine arts, was one of three students who organized the sit-in.“I organized this event in response to an incident that happened this weekend on Saturday morning and also because of incidents that have happened in the past,” Hicks said.Nate Howard, a senior majoring communication, was the host of the party, which celebrated the end of the school year. Howard said that when the LAPD came to his house, he complied accordingly.“Two o’clock came, LAPD came and immediately told us to shut the party down and we did,” Howard said. “As students of color, we know that whenever LAPD comes, we’re out.”Howard said he feels he was not treated with respect by the officers and that they acted with unnecessary force.“Now one of the officers came and confronted me, pushing me out — I know my rights,” Howard said. “When he realized that he couldn’t take advantage of me as he does probably the other black men in this community, he felt a certain way … so he pushed me and another officer pushed me, and I was handcuffed.”Many attended the sit-in to show solidarity with their fellow students. Jessica Flores, a freshman majoring in communication who witnessed the events at the party and attended the protest in support, agreed that the actions by the LAPD was excessive.“It was a completely innocent party. Just a bunch of people getting together celebrating and the fact that there was a white party across the street and they didn’t say anything to that party — I think that’s wrong and present-day racism,” Flores said.Protest organizers said they hope that students will begin to take notice the power they have to change these types of situations. During the sit-in students chanted “create our world.”Rikiesha Pierce, a senior majoring in sociology who also helped to organize the event, said the sit-in was also amplified by the students’ use of social media.“What I could say about this is that students are recognizing their power,” Pierce said.“This is huge because people pulled out their cameras out and took photographs and put them on Instagram and tweeted about it and put it on Facebook.”The university responded to the incident Monday morning. Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson said the university seeks to address the concerns of the students involved.“We have heard from many students who are upset with the events of early Saturday morning at an off-campus party,” Jackson said in a statement. “We understand their concern and are working closely with them, and commit ourselves to doing all we can to ensure respectful treatment of student at peaceful social gatherings.”The LAPD has launched a full investigation regarding the incident.A forum discussion between DPS and the LAPD will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom. Photos by Razan Al Marzouqilast_img read more

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No. 9 Syracuse to face 9 ranked opponents in 2018, opens season on Feb. 10 against Binghamton

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse released its complete 2018 season schedule Thursday afternoon. The Orange, ranked No. 9 in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Top 20, returns two of its top three scorers and 17 players that saw action in at least 10 games last season.SU finished 13-3 in 2017, winning all four of its regular season Atlantic Coast Conference games before a first-round exit in the ACC tournament. The Orange fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Towson.Syracuse will face five of Inside Lacrosse’s top seven teams including top-ranked Duke and No. 2 Albany, and nine ranked opponents altogether.All four of Syracuse’s ACC opponents are ranked inside the top 16: No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 10 North Carolina and No. 16 Virginia. The Orange will open conference play with two March road games, first against UVA before traveling to Durham, North Carolina, to face the Blue Devils. UND and UNC will both travel to the Carrier Dome. SU will also play host to longtime rival and No. 11 Johns Hopkins for the first time since 2015.Head coach John Desko enters his 20th season at the helm for Syracuse, which just graduated its first class without a Final Four appearance since 1979, when Desko was a senior defender.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange will open the 2018 season against Binghamton on Feb. 10 inside the Carrier Dome. SU downed the Bearcats 9-8 last season.Below is Syracuse men’s lacrosse’s full 2018 schedule (ACC games in bold).Saturday, Feb. 10, 1 p.m. — vs. BinghamtonSaturday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. — vs. AlbanySaturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. — vs. ArmySunday, March 4, 3 p.m. — at VirginiaSaturday, March 10, 1 p.m. — vs. Johns HopkinsSunday, March 18, 1 p.m. — at RutgersSaturday, March 24, 1:30 p.m. — at Duke Saturday, March 31, 5 p.m. — vs. Notre DameTuesday, April 3, 7 p.m. — at HobartTuesday, April 10, 1 p.m. — at CornellSaturday, April 14, 5 p.m. — vs. North CarolinaSaturday, April 21, 2 p.m. — vs. Navy Comments Published on December 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

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Shock defeats for Chelsea and Arsenal in Capital One Cup action

first_imgTheir defence of the League Cup is over, after losing on penalties at Stoke in the last-16.The match had finished 1-all after extra time.It’s another low point for Chelsea this season – but Mourinho says everyone’s sticking together. Meanwhile, Arsenal exited the League Cup on the back of a painful defeat last night.They were beaten 3-0 in the last 16 by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott went off injured in the first half.After the shock defeats for Chelsea and Arsenal last night, there’s more action tonight in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.Managerless Aston Villa will visit St Mary’s to face Southampton and Liverpool are due to host Bournemouth at Anfield.Man City will take-on Crystal Palace at Eastlands, while Manchester United are at home to Middlesbrough.Those games will kick-off at 7.45 – apart from the game at Old Trafford, where there’s an 8pm start.last_img read more

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#bofcon2017 – Suppliers evolve within a consolidated market place

first_imgShare Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 SBTech CEO Richard Carter said it is unlikely that operators will move all product development in-house, after suggesting that it only “makes financial sense in the board room”.Carter was part of the Supplier CEO panel at Betting on Football 2017, alongside BetConstruct CEO Vahe Baloulian, OPTIMA speaker Jacob Lopez Curciel and BtoBet Kostandina Zafirovska.The session featured a discussion around the increasingly consolidated market place. Baloulian suggested that the wave of M&A can have a negative impact on product innovation, as “big companies tend to swallow” their smaller, more innovation-focused counterparts, while Zafirovska agreed that merged companies will only remain attractive to suppliers if they are receptive to innovation.However, Lopez countered that it “creates more of a performance requirement for the supplier”, with the opportunity to work for bigger companies at double capacity.There was a healthy debate over the use of open source front-end code, with Lopez and Baloulian talking through the BetConstruct approach of giving its customers more flexibility over products, and what that means for security and the publication of code that could be exploited by hackers.By contrast, Lopez described the OPTIMA approach as “providing building blocks for operators to differentiate themselves”, who can then define roadmap and differentiate on the frontend, while taking control of new promotions and content integration.The #bofcon2017 session, moderated by Square in the Air Director Robin Hutchison, also featured a debate around artificial intelligence (AI), described by Carter as a “technology enabler to innovation”.Finally, the panelists compared the “one-stop shop” supplier demands from operators looking for speed to market at the probable expense of product innovation, with those seeking a “boutique supplier” to help them excel in one specific area. SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020last_img read more

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