Williams tired of second-half lapse

first_img The Welsh side’s home matches have followed a depressingly familiar pattern in recent weeks. Against both Crystal Palace and West Brom on Saturday, the Swans dominated and hogged possession in the first half, went 1-0 up, only to produce a limp second period and allow their opposition back into the game. It was West Brom’s first away win since they upset Manchester United at Old Trafford in September, but more importantly for Spaniard Mel, it was the first time he had tasted victory since taking charge on January 9. West Brom are now three points clear of the drop, but the former Real Betis boss will not allow his charges to look any further forward than their clash with Hull City at the KC Stadium next week. “The next match is the most important for us – the first – Hull City,” he said. “We need to win again. The most important thing now is to look at the next game, only the next game. “Tomorrow I am pleased, the players are happy, but only for tomorrow. The next training session it will be important to work hard, and get together again.” Palace went away with a point, but the Baggies took all three to give their under-pressure head coach Pepe Mel his first win at the club. Centre-back Williams played his 100th Premier League game for the Swans at the Liberty Stadium, but was in no mood to celebrate having seen an expected win turn into a surprising 2-1 loss. He said: “You might play bad, you might play good, but the effort level and the dedication to the game, and concentration, has to be 100 per cent in this league. You can play against any team and if you’re not at it, you’ll lose. “I think (in the) second half we weren’t at it for whatever reason and that can’t, and will never, happen again.” Interim manager Garry Monk could not fathom why his side produced such a “sloppy” second half, having started strongly following a 13-day break after seven matches in 22 days. Now sitting 14th in the table and four points above the relegation zone, Monk hopes his players will be able to show some of the battling qualities that sides “scrapping for their lives”, like West Brom, are producing. Belgian winger Roland Lamah’s early opener for Swansea was cancelled out by a superb 25-yard strike from Stephane Sessegnon in the 52nd minute. The Baggies – who before the game were only clear of the bottom three on goal difference – then pushed on and Congolese midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu side-footed home the winner from outside the box on 85 minutes. Press Association Swansea skipper Ashley Williams has vowed to banish the second-half sloppiness preventing his team from pulling away from the relegation zone. last_img read more

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ACU looks to sweep HBU

first_imgLEADING THE WAY: Houston Baptist’s Ian DuBose has averaged 19.1 points and 7.6 rebounds while Jalon Gates has put up 15.5 points. For the Wildcats, Payten Ricks has averaged 14 points and 2.4 steals while Joe Pleasant has put up 11.5 points and 4.3 rebounds.POTENT PAYTEN: Ricks has connected on 37.2 percent of the 183 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 20 of 46 over his last five games. He’s also made 85.7 percent of his foul shots this season.SLIPPING AT 72: Abilene Christian is 0-7 when it allows at least 72 points and 15-3 when it holds opponents to less than 72.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Abilene Christian is a perfect 11-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 41.8 percent or less. The Wildcats are 4-10 when allowing the opposition to shoot any better than that.DID YOU KNOW: The Abilene Christian defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 28.5 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Wildcats second among Division I teams. The Houston Baptist offense has turned the ball over on 21.5 percent of its possessions (ranking the Huskies 311th, nationally).___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press ACU looks to sweep HBUcenter_img February 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAbilene Christian (15-10, 10-4) vs. Houston Baptist (3-20, 3-11)Sharp Gymnasium, Houston; Wednesday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Abilene Christian goes for the season sweep over Houston Baptist after winning the previous matchup in Abilene. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 12, when the Wildcats outshot Houston Baptist from the field 50 percent to 36.5 percent and had 11 fewer turnovers on their way to an 81-67 victory.last_img read more

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September IPL in Sri Lanka is viable option: Gavaskar

first_imgNew Delhi (AFP) – Batting great Sunil Gavaskar said the Indian Premier League could be staged in Sri Lanka in September with Australia’s chances of hosting the Twenty20 World Cup in October looking bright.The Twenty20 international showpiece is scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 19 but had been under threat because of the coronavirus pandemic.However, Australia’s decision to allow crowds of up to 10,000 in sports stadiums from June has breathed life into the staging of the tournament, with the International Cricket Council set to make a decision next month.“If the ICC believes that the World T20 can happen, then having the IPL looks difficult because it could only be held if the World T20 is postponed,” the former India captain told local television channel Aaj Tak.“But after the announcement (of opening the stadiums for fans by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison), the IPL in October looks difficult.”Indian cricket chiefs are desperately trying to salvage the cash-rich IPL this year even if it means taking it overseas or playing in empty stands.IPL chairman Brijesh Patel said the league could be moved out of India if the virus threat does not ease in the next two months.The league has earmarked a possible September-October window for the event.With the monsoon expected to bring heavy rains to India in September, staging a shortened version of the competition in Sri Lanka that month could be a viable option, Gavaskar said.“In September, you can’t have the IPL in India due to monsoon,” said Gavaskar.“But maybe (it can be held) in Sri Lanka from early September with teams playing each other once instead of double-headers. Maybe you can think of that,” said Gavaskar.The United Arab Emirates and Sri Lankan cricket boards have already shown interest in hosting the tournament this year.The world’s wealthiest Twenty20 tournament has twice been held outside India in years that it clashed with national elections.South Africa hosted the second IPL in 2009, and the first half of the 2014 season took place in the UAE.last_img read more

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Holt: Non-revenue sports need more attention

first_imgIt’s a busy time for sports here in Madison. The football team has, as fellow sports editor Michael Bleach put it, a “must win” game against Purdue Saturday. The men’s hockey team takes on New Hampshire at the Kohl Center this weekend and men’s basketball tips off next week.But the results of all those games are pretty inconsequential compared to what’s on the line for the men’s and women’s soccer teams.You probably didn’t know it, but both soccer teams could potentially capture Big Ten Titles by the end of next week. The real must win game Saturday is the men’s team’s match at Penn State, a victory being crucial if it wants to win the conference. The women need things to fall their way in addition to winning at Northwestern Monday to capture a title.It’s kind of a wonder this hasn’t become a bigger deal, considering the mediocrity both teams have displayed over the past few years. Women’s head coach Paula Wilkins was 15-20-2 before this year, including 5-15 in Big Ten games. Men’s head coach Todd Yeagley is in his first year at the helm, but his predecessor Jeff Rohrman went just under the .500 mark as UW’s coach and 12-24-6 in conference play.In 2009 though, Wilkins has her team tied for second in the conference, with a 4-1-4 mark in Big Ten play. A win against the Wildcats next week would give her as many league wins in 2009 as she got her first two years at UW. While it’s unlikely UW takes the regular season title, Wisconsin could get a crack at being the Big Ten tournament champs — which would be a big deal, considering the Badgers haven’t even made the tournament since 2007 and haven’t won a Big Ten Tournament game since 2005.The men’s team has a better situation, as it currently leads the conference with nine points. If the Badgers win at Penn State, the only way they lose the regular season title is if Northwestern wins both its remaining games against Michigan and Michigan State. With the amount of parity in the conference this year, it’s not unreasonable to expect the Wildcats to at least tie one of those games.Most of the campus will remain unaware and uncaring, however, regardless of how the season ends for either team. Soccer gets about as much attention as girls who don’t show any skin on Halloween.And it’s not just soccer; it’s all of UW’s non-revenue sports. To be more specific, that includes everything that isn’t football, men’s hockey and basketball.For instance, remember how the women’s hockey team won the national championship last season? Other people apparently don’t, seeing how there’s little uproar about how a team that went 32-4-5 in 2008-2009 has yet to even put together consecutive wins through six games this season. Granted, they lost all-universe goaltender Jessie Vetter to graduation and temporarily lost forwards Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan to the U.S. national team. But Vetter, Knight and Duggan, as talented as they are, didn’t win that NCAA title on their own. Shouldn’t we be a little more peeved at the Badgers’ slow start?But that’s how it goes with non-revenue sports. Success breeds fame, and while the women’s hockey team has been Wisconsin’s most successful team over the past few years, it will apparently take a few more titles before people care. Even Yeagley says that winning can fix a lot of things in that respect.“I think with more success, more students and the student body will understand what the program is about and what we’re trying to do,” he said after UW’s 1-0 loss to Northern Illinois last night. “I’m encouraged that will happen with some time; it doesn’t happen overnight. Having some success in the Big Ten, and on, will help that.”So should Wilkins’ and Yeagley’s squads end up with conference titles, don’t expect to hear much about it. Maybe if they can repeat these performances in the years to come, they can join the women’s hockey team, crew teams and men’s track team (which have all won national championships) in the obscurity that comes with being a successful non-rev sport.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. Have a favorite non-revenue sport that could use more publicity? -Email him at aholt@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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‘Super Scout’ Bill Nunn nominated for Hall of Fame

first_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 07:20 IST ‘Super Scout’ Bill Nunn Nominated For Hall Of Fame Bill Nunn, dubbed a “super scout” for the Pittsburgh Steelers for finding NFL talent at historically Black universities, has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor LIVE TV Bill Nunn, dubbed a “super scout” for the Pittsburgh Steelers for finding NFL talent at historically Black universities, has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor.Nunn was later the team’s assistant director of player personnel.“You don’t know how much this means to us,” Nunn’s daughter, Lynell Wilson, said Tuesday when told of the contributors committee vote by David Baker, president and CEO of the Hall of Fame.Nunn was a sports writer at the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most influential publications serving predominantly Black communities in the United States. His knowledge of players and coaches affiliated with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) led to a job with the Steelers that became a four decades-plus (1968-2013) second career.Nunn is credited with helping build the Steelers’ championship teams of the 1970s, advising on the drafting of receiver John Stallworth from Alabama A&M, cornerback Mel Blount of Southern, and safety Donnie Shell of South Carolina State from HBCUs. All three of them have been voted into the hall.Nunn also helped find another Hall of Famer from those great Steelers teams, linebacker Jack Lambert at Kent State.“I am beyond thrilled to hear Bill Nunn has been selected a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “Bill’s contributions to the Steelers were extraordinary over the 46 years he was part of the organization. He was a special person who was a close friend and mentor before his passing in 2014. His lessons and stories are still evident in our everyday work.“I look forward to hopefully celebrating his induction next year at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His legacy and career deserve to be recognized with the greatest individual honor in football.”Nunn’s candidacy will be voted on by the selection committee in February, one day before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla.The contributor committee, comprised of nine members of the selection committee, considers individuals who made outstanding contributions to professional football in capacities other than playing or coaching.To be elected to the Hall of Fame, Nunn must receive 80 percent voting support on Feb. 6. Also nominated are senior candidate Drew Pearson and coach finalist Tom Flores.The Class of 2021 formally will be enshrined on Aug. 8, 2021.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE First Published: 26th August, 2020 07:20 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENTlast_img read more

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AFCON 2015: Amartey fit for quarter-final clash

first_imgGhana defender Daniel Amartey is out of danger after scans revealed his injury is not as serious as initially feared our sources within camp can reveal.The 20-year-old was hurled off before halftime in the win over South Africa on Tuesday with a suspected muscle tear in his thigh.Amartey needed the help of his teammates to get onto the team bus after the game in Mongomo.Black Stars team doctor Baba Adamu accompanied the FC Copenhagen man to the hospital on Wednesday morning to conduct further tests on the injury.The results came clean – confirming the reliable defender has not suffered a muscle tear as suspected.The news came as a massive relief to the entire team who were anxiously waiting for the news of the test results at their Mongomo Hotel. Amartey has been one of the star performers for the team at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.He has until his injury played in every single minute of Ghana’s improving campaign in Equatorial Guinea.Ghana now faces the winner of Group D (Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast or Guinea) in the fourth quarterfinal, which will be played in Malabo on February 1.last_img read more

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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Wednesday’s starting pitchers

first_imgThere are four afternoon games, plus another three that get underway between 6:30 p.m. ET and 7:05 p.m. ET, so you’ll have to be cognizant of that when setting your lineups. The Blue Jays-Twins game looks to be the only one that’s in real danger of being postponed because of weather.Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings: Wednesday, April 17RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)1Walker BuehlerDodgersvs. RedsN/A61 (28th)2Cole HamelsCubs@ Marlins77 (T-21st)N/A3Trevor WilliamsPirates@ TigersN/A62 (27th)4Jake ArrietaPhilliesvs. MetsN/A104 (T-14th)5Jeff SamardzijaGiants@ NationalsN/A102 (T-16th)6Carlos CarrascoIndians@ MarinersN/A126 (3rd)7Brad KellerRoyals@ White SoxN/A109 (T-9th)8Jeremy HellicksonNationalsvs. GiantsN/A47 (29th)9J.A. HappYankeesvs. Red Sox85 (17th)N/A10Jake OdorizziTwinsvs. Blue JaysN/A82 (22nd)11Kevin GausmanBravesvs. D-backsN/A99 (18th)12Lucas GiolitoWhite Soxvs. RoyalsN/A106 (13th)13Spencer TurnbullTigersvs. PiratesN/A91 (20th)14Zack WheelerMets@ PhilliesN/A109 (T-9th)15Frankie MontasA’svs. AstrosN/A121 (4th)16Michael WachaCardinals@ BrewersN/A104 (T-14th)17Nathan EovaldiRed Sox@ YankeesN/A129 (2nd)18Sonny GrayReds@ DodgersN/A137 (1st)19Zack GodleyD-backs@ BravesN/A109 (T-9th)20Wade MileyAstros@ A’s132 (7th)NA21David HessOrioles@ RaysN/A117 (7th)22Corbin BurnesBrewersvs. CardinalsN/A109 (T-9th)23Erik SwansonMarinersvs. IndiansN/A65 (25th)24Trent ThorntonBlue Jaysvs. TwinsN/A113 (8th)25Lance LynnRangersvs. AngelsN/A93 (19th)26Matt HarveyAngels@ RangersN/A118 (T-5th)27Sandy AlcantaraMarlinsvs. CubsN/A118 (T-5th)28Ryne Stanek (O)Raysvs. OriolesN/A86 (21st)wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Only the Rockies and Padres have the day off on Wednesday, so we’re dealing with a pretty packed schedule. The probable starting pitcher rankings isn’t all that strong, though, so we had to work a little harder to put together today’s list to help you in daily season-long fantasy baseball leagues and MLB DFS contests.Walker Buehler (vs. Reds) and Carlos Carrasco (@ Mariners) were likely drafted as aces, but both have disappointed majorly this year. They’re too good not to bounce back at some point, and given Buehler’s matchup today, we like him as the top pitcher. Carrasco is still striking batters out and has advanced stats that are significantly better than his standard numbers (4.84 FIP; 12.60 ERA), so we’re expecting a much better showing today despite a statistically tough matchup. We’re not nearly as high on Sonny Gray (@ Dodgers), who’s had a strong start but left his last outing early because of a calf contusion. More worrisome is his matchup against the Dodgers, who have crushed righties this season. Cody Bellinger (knee) might be out, which would help, but Gray is still a risk.last_img read more

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Tuesday June 2nd Local Sports

first_imgClass 4ASchool 2019 Record1 Carlisle 38-32 North Scott 28-153 Ballard 26-104 Oskaloosa 25-165 ADM 28-76 Charles City 37-47 Dallas Center-Grimes 25-158 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 27-79 West Delaware 31-1210 Decorah 18-1211 Fairfield 22-1912 Washington 22-1513 Winterset 19-1514 Webster City 21-715 Central DeWitt 18-5 TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins Classics — 7:00 PMAM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 2015 2A baseball substate final — Clear Lake vs. St. Edmond — 7:00 Class 2ASchool 2019 Record1 North Linn 42-42 Louisa-Muscatine 35-53 Mount Ayr 27-34 Ogden 26-85 West Sioux 24-86 Jesup 30-107 Central Springs 28-98 West Monona 30-69 Earlham 29-910 Beckman Catholic 30-1411 Emmetsburg 23-1012 Interstate 35 18-1113 Northeast 20-1414 Pleasantville 25-1215 West Lyon 20-8 IOWA CITY — Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is confident there will be tailgating at Hawkeye football games this fall but he is not sure how much there will be. Barta says that is one of the facets of game days there are looking at that may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.KGLO News · 6 – 2-tgate – 1Barta says they are looking at all the issues that involve parking around Kinnick Stadium.KGLO News · 6 – 2-tgate – 2Barta says he knows tailgating is important for season ticket holders.KGLO News · 6 – 2-tgate – 3The Hawkeyes opener is at home against Northern Iowa on September fifth. Class 5ASchool 2019 Record1 Fort Dodge 35- 72 Iowa City High 36-83 Johnston 35-104 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 37-45 Ottumwa 33-96 Waukee 40-47 West Des Moines Valley 32-108 Pleasant Valley 27-139 Indianola 34-510 Dubuque Hempstead 32-811 Ankeny Centennial 26-1212 Muscatine 31-813 Cedar Rapids Prairie 29-1214 Southeast Polk 24-1715 Bettendorf 22-15center_img Class 3ASchool 2019 Record1 Davenport Assumption 41-22 Humboldt 28-33 Williamsburg 31-124 Anamosa 31-55 Mount Vernon 27-136 Albia 27-67 Spirit Lake 22-78 West Liberty 30-69 North Polk 22-1110 Algona 18-1111 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 24-1112 Atlantic 27-913 West Burlington 25-1214 Boyden Hull-Rock Valley 22-915 Bishop Heelan 16-14 2020 Preseason Softball RankingsCompiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic UnionFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, June 1, 2020Class 1ASchool 2019 Record1 Collins-Maxwell 28-12 Newell-Fonda 38-73 Clarksville 33-24 Wayne 24-95 Algona Bishop Garrigan 29-86 Lynnville-Sully 27-97 Newman Catholic 21-148 North Mahaska 18-109 AGWSR 20-710 Central City 31-1111 Gehlen Catholic 21-1312 Akron-Westfield 21-1313 Grand View Christian 20-1014 Lisbon 34-715 Lenox 26-7 QUAD CITIES — John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson says it is a sense of relief now that a decision on this year’s event has been made. The 50th edition of the PGA Tournament near the Quad Cities was cancelled last week and Peterson cited state of Illinois restrictions dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.KGLO News · 6 – 2-jdcancel – 1Peterson says it was a decision that had been mulling for a couple of months.KGLO News · 6 – 2-jdcancel – 2Peterson says the decision was supported by title sponsor John Deere.KGLO News · 6 – 2-jdcancel – 3last_img read more

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My Father, Mentor, Friend and Gentle Hero

first_imgIndividuals at different times in their lives choose to celebrate a year, a month or a day… this is primarily because that period has a significant meaning to that person. 2003 may not be the only period in the history of Liberia, but 2003 was the period that would determine Liberia’s fate in the comity of nations. If 2003 had not been done properly many of the milestones we celebrate as a nation and people would not have happened.In my life 2003 is special period that would begin with his curiosity about what we intended to accomplish – would later morph into a father-daughter relationship. I praise God that I got to know Chair B or my pa (as I would affectionately call him) in 2 categories (a politician and a father).As a politician I would put him in a class with the late Mandela; Nelson Mandela is celebrated globally for his generosity of spirit-the ability to forgive even after great wrong has been done.Chair B’s generosity of spirit was what Liberia needed in 2003-In his online tribute to Chairman Bryant Chief Cyril Allen called him “Even Tempered”, I believe without a doubt that God knew this was what Liberia needed to come  out of the abyss of war.As a politician he would validate the work of ordinary women-never playing the class or social status card. Even when we accused him and/or disagreed on policies and the handling of affairs he never tried to divide us. He would listen patiently, seek clarity and calmly explain his prospective. Today, Liberian women can brag globally about their role in the peace proves because he give us the visibility; we can brag globally about having a rape law, because of his belief in a woman’s right to life, justice and empowerment.At the personal level I got to know a keen listener, a God-fearing man and a father who believed in, and cared about, my life, my work and my children (asking specific questions about their welfare, especially after my sister’s death) and always wanted time with them. I would get to know a man who had no space in his heart for grudges.After his release from prison, I remember sitting with him talking about his detention and subsequent release-he sat quietly with a smile on his face allowing me to talk and then finally said; “Leymah my joy is that God vindicated me and I have no bitterness. Leymah sometimes you need to learn to ‘let go”…Little did I know that the ultimate test of your lesson on letting go would be at this moment, the time of your death.Tonight, I have come full circle in my friendship and interaction with you. I thank you for loving me like your own child, I thank you for the times you honestly advised me about life; I thank you for your patience with my childish questions and ranting. I thank you for opening your heart and home to my children and I.Our last conversation was April 12, you called to check on me and made me promise as usual to take of myself, the children and stop talking big big things in the people’s business. I promise to take care of myself and the children; I will do my best not to talk big, big things in the people’s business.Rest in Peace Pappy, Rest in Peace Chair B. Rest in Peace, the biggest Barca fan I knew; rest in Peace my gentle hero. You did your work, you finished your course… it is not the length of your days that I count, but the quality of your earthly journey.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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