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Brendan Rodgers targeting Arsenal or Chelsea job, claims ex-Celtic star Kris Commons

first_imgRodgers controversially left Celtic before the end of the season (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think he proved that at Liverpool and he proved that at Celtic.‘It wasn’t so long ago he was linked with the Arsenal job, and I think that’s the sort of thing that Brendan wants.‘He wants to be winning titles.‘Whether this is a stepping stone, a couple-year job, [before] he looks at the likes of Arsenal, or maybe a Chelsea – I think that’s more in Rodgers’ mind right now.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Brendan Rodgers targeting Arsenal or Chelsea job, claims ex-Celtic star Kris Commons Brendan Rodgers has become Leicester City’s new manager (Getty Images)Brendan Rodgers will have plans to manage Arsenal or Chelsea in the next few years, according to former Celtic star Kris Commons.Rodgers has made the surprise move to ditch Celtic before the end of the season and has replaced Claude Puel as manager of Leicester City.Rodgers, who came close to winning the Premier League title with Liverpool, has been linked with several Premier League jobs during his time in Scotland.And Commons believes the 46-year-old has ambitions to move on to a more high-profile club than Leicester City.‘Leicester have got a top coach – a proven manager – but I think Brendan’s better than Leicester,’ Commons told Sky Sports. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Feb 2019 2:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Cork edge past Cavan

first_img A missed free deep into stoppage time denied the Breffni lads a draw and extra-time, after they had come back from six points behind with the help of a Chris Conroy goal. Cavan made a promising start, going ahead with scores from Paul O’Connor and Enda Reilly, but the Munster men got on top at midfield, and by the 12th minute there were two ahead, with Dan MacEoin, Brian O’Driscoll, Damien Cahalane and Luke Connolly firing over points. Cavan’s heroic comeback fell just short as Cork held on to book their place in the All-Ireland U21 football final with a 0-15 to 1-11 win. Connolly and Alan Cadogan were on target as the Rebels went 0-6 to 0-3 ahead, but Cavan responded with superb points from Turloc Mooney and Reilly. It was the Munster champions who took a 0-7 to 0-5 lead into the interval, and they went clear in the early stages of the second half, with two Brian Hurley points and scores from Mark Sugrue and MacEoin. But Cavan were right back in it in the 53rd minute when Conroy fired in the only goal of the game. Moynagh brought the sides level, and in a heart-stopping finish, both sides were awarded frees. McEoin nailed his, but a much more difficult effort curled wide off the boot of Reilly, who had been brought back. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Player at Swiss soccer club Basel tests positive

first_imgThe PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020.Greg Carlson says “staging a tour based in China with players from five different continents is just not feasible at this time.”The tour is owned by the PGA Tour and operates in partnership with the Chinese Golf Association. It started in 2014 and is open to all nationalities and attracts players mainly from Asia and the Pacific Rim.Players who earned membership following the 2019 season will maintain their PGA Tour Series-China status in 2021. The Latest: Player at Swiss soccer club Basel tests positive All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says it has not decided on return dates for the senior or wheelchair tours but neither will have tournaments take place before Aug. 31.The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players.That includes telling participants they shouldn’t travel to tournaments if they tested positive for the virus within seven days or were exposed to anyone with the virus or its symptoms within 14 days.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Swiss soccer club Basel says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus but its league game against St. Gallen will go ahead. Associated Press center_img Basel says the unidentified player has been in isolation on the advice of public health officials. The rest of the squad tested negative and will not go into quarantine.Basel is the third of the 10 Swiss clubs to have at least one player test positive since the league restarted last month.Basel will finish its season and then resume in the Europa League on Aug. 6. The club will then play in the Swiss Cup semifinals.___The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin. July 22, 2020 ___More AP sports: and,The Latest: Justin Thomas takes early lead at US Openlast_img read more

English Premier League Clubs Approve VAR for 2019- 20 Season

first_imgThe Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season.VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season.There have been growing calls for it to be introduced into the English top flight for several years.But in April Premier League clubs voted against it being used for the 2018-19 season.On Saturday, Southampton forward Charlie Austin called for a change after he was denied a goal for offside against Watford, a decision he called a “joke”.Saints Manager, Mark Hughes added: “All the major sports have video reviews and for some reason the Premier League, which is watched all around the world, is still in the dark ages.”VAR has been trialled regularly in a “non-live environment” in the Premier League this season, although match officials have not been contacted by those conducting the trials.Clubs were given an update at a meeting yesterday.A statement from the Premier League said its testing programme would continue for the rest of the season “with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently”.How VAR decisions are communicated to fans in the stadium will also be addressed.Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Afternoon Edition: “I think it is a good thing. I know a lot of people are against it but we’ve got to embrace it now and move forward.“We’ve seen this season a number of incidences that have been called wrong, especially this weekend when there were a number of goals ruled out when they shouldn’t have been.“I think as long as we get the training and education right, and we get the right personnel, that’s the most important thing for me.“The referees will still want to go out and get the key match decisions right, it’s very important that referees are not hiding behind the VAR – they’ve still going to be making these big calls correctly.”The theory behind VAR is simple: more accurate decisions, more often, and at the most important points in matches.The on-pitch referee makes all the same calls, at the same speed and unaided, as he would without the system in place.However, the VAR – a current or former top-level referee – is in place to check decisions on four sorts of incidents: Goals, including ‘missed’ attacking offences in the build-up Penalties awarded and not awarded, including ‘missed’ attacking offences in the build-up Direct red cards Cases of mistaken identity where the wrong player is shown a red or yellow cardThe referee can accept the information relayed through his earpiece by the VAR team, an option usually reserved for objective calls of fact such as if a player is offside.Or, for more subjective decisions such as red cards and penalty-box fouls, he can review the footage on a pitch-side television monitor before deciding whether to change his initial call.The VAR team will also proactively contact the referee if they spot “a clear and obvious error” around these four types of incident or a “serious missed incident” – usually off-the-ball violence.The referee can then decide whether or not to have a review – this is where the replay is officially consulted and is indicated by the referee showing the TV signal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Video Assistant Referees (VAR) are set to be used in the English Premier League next season, after clubs agreed in principle to the move.The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and FIFAVAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in use during the last World Cup in Russialast_img read more

Reggae Girlz beat Panama prior to leaving for World Cup

first_imgIn an impressive performance at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, the eve of their departure for the FIFA Women World Cup in France,  the Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz defeated Panama by 3-1.Khadija “Bunny” Shaw again played outstandingly scoring in the 29th and 49th minutes, with substitute Shakira Duncan scoring the third goal in the 79th minute.Captain Natalia Mills got the consolation for Panama in the 64th minute.South Florida invited to fete Reggae Girlz during week of activitiesThroughout the game the Girlz were dominant in possession, aggressive in attacking which saw them living in Panama’s half of the field for most of the first half.Panama showed signs of life in the 20th minute when Kara Riley got by defenders to force a strong right foot shot to goal only to be denied by Jamaica’s goalkeeper Sydney Schneider, diving to her right’The near goal by Panama seemed to immediately mobilize the Reggae Girlz and Dominique Bond-Flasza’s responded with powerful left-foot strike that skirted off the crossbar. And in the 26th minute Shaw just missed her first goal as the Panamanian goalkeeper diving full length pushed what seemed to be a certain goal out of the goal.However, Shaw and the Reggae Girlz were relentless in attack and two minutes later made no mistake as she scored Jamaica’s first of three goals.The score remained Jamaica 1, Panama 0 at half-time.Four minutes in the second half Shaw scored again on a low  cross from Olufolasade Adamolekun.Panama would score their only goal when their captain easily shot into an empty goal net after a defensive mix-up involving substitute goalkeeper Nicole McClure.As the half waned Shakira Duncan neatly collected a pass from Shaw and scored Jamaica’s third goal from close range.last_img read more

14 Stars arrive in Kenya ahead of Congo, England clash

first_imgFourteen Black Stars players have arrived in Kenya ahead of the double header against Congo on Sunday in the 2012 Nations Cup qualifier and an international friendly against England two days later.The players include locals Sammy Adjei, Nathaniel Asamoah, Ernest Sowah, and Berekum Chelsea’s Emmanuel Clottey who earned a late call-up as replacement for injured Sulley Muntari.Greece-based Bernard Yao Kumordzi, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu and Samuel Inkoom have all reported at the Nairobi camp for the crucial duels.Stars’ coach Goran Stevanovic is expected to begin his full training session Tuesday by which he would have had his full compliment of 24 players.The Stars need a good result in Congo to shore-up chances of qualifying into the 2012 Nations Cup to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.Important as the qualifier may be the Stars know what victory against England in the international friendly will do to their confidence. It is the first ever encounter between the two sides at the highest level.Chairman of the Black Stars Management team and Vice Chairman of the GFA, Fred Pappoe told Joy Sports the team is well aware of the enormity of the task ahead and will do their possible best to grind good results especially in the Congo game.Source: read more

Former NBA player Sean Rooks, a Fontana High School grad, dead at 46

first_imgFormer Lakers and Clippers center Sean Rooks died Tuesday, his mother confirmed in a statement released by the Philadelphia 76ers.Rooks, 46, a Fontana High School graduate, recently served as a Sixers player development assistant.The cause of his death was not yet known, though Yahoo! Sports reported Rooks collapsed in a Philadelphia restaurant on Tuesday night shortly after interviewing for an assistant coaching job with the New York Knicks. “It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we mourn the sudden loss of my son, Sean,” Deborah Brown said in the statement. “Our family asks that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this incredibly difficult time.” Lakers president Jeanie Buss used similar language, saying in a statement that “we are shocked and terribly saddened” regarding Rooks’ death.“During his time with the Lakers he was a true professional and was a favorite among teammates, coaches and staff,” Buss said in a statement. “Sean was a friendly guy that everyone loved having around.”A burly, 6-foot-10 Rooks was selected 30th overall in the 1992 draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He played for seven teams with career averages of 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, including three seasons with the Lakers (1996-99). “He was a big guy who understood how to play,” said former Lakers coach and player Byron Scott, who played with Rooks during the 1996-97 season. “He could make shots. He was a decent post-up player and a very good team defensive player.” Rooks’ most productive seasons came in his first years in the NBA. He averaged 12.5 points his first two seasons in Dallas. Then, Rooks averaged 10.9 points in his third season after being traded to Minnesota. Rooks later returned to the Mavericks for the 1999-2000 season before being traded to the Clippers. “RIP Sean Rooks,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wrote on Twitter. “You made plane rides my first year fun. Can’t believe we talked just a few weeks ago. You will be missed Wookie.”After signing with the Lakers as a free agent in 1996, Rooks and Scott formed what he called “a real good relationship.” Scott and Rooks often teased each other for attending rival schools at Arizona (Rooks) and Arizona State (Scott). “Sean was a great guy,” Scott said. “He was a great teammate and a good friend.” After playing overseas in 2005, Rooks turned to coaching. He became an assistant in the Development League with stints in Bakersfield (2007-08), New Orleans (2010-11) and Sioux Falls (2012-16). But Rooks is most known here for his impact at Fontana High. Former Fontana teammate Steve Hickey spoke of Rooks in affectionate terms both regarding his skill and personality. Hickey reported “we all knew Sean was special.” Hickey also called Rooks “the life of the party.” Meanwhile, former Fontana boys basketball coach Mike Southworth credited Rooks for lending his name at a summer basketball camp.“He was there every day working with the kids. That says something about him,” Southworth said. “I didn’t need to do advertising for the camp. Once kids found out he was part of the camp, it filled up.”— Staff writer Pete Marshall contributed to this report Rooks led the Fontana High team that went 24-4 in the 1986-87 season. The Steelers won their first league title in more than 40 years. Fontana lost in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Former major leaguer Greg Colbrunn graduated in the same class.“We had just brought him back into the fold (at Fontana High),” Fontana athletic director Brandon Colbrunn said. “We were hoping for him to share more with our kids in the future. It’s a shame he didn’t have a chance to do that.”Those around Rooks sounded surprised about his death. After Rooks spent four years playing for coach Lute Olson at Arizona, Olson called Rooks’ passing a “horrible shock.” “Sean was such a wonderful young man with a great disposition,” Olson said in a statement. “He was always one of the most pleasant individuals to be around. His positivity was something I’ll always remember.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Charlie Brewer injury update: Baylor quarterback leaves Sugar Bowl with neck injury

first_imgBaylor quarterback Charlie Brewer, who has suffered multiple concussions this season, left Wednesday’s Sugar Bowl game against Georgia after taking another hit to the head.In the fourth quarter, Brewer scrambled from the pocket and ran out of bounds before being popped by defensive lineman Travon Walker late. His head appeared to bounce off the turf as he went down. He stayed on the turf for some time, and was eventually carted off the field. Brewer, a junior, entered the Sugar Bowl having experienced concussion-like symptoms that limited his practice time in December. He was knocked out of the Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma on Dec. 7.Brewer threw for a touchdown and ran for another on Wednesday before his injury. He amassed 32 touchdowns this season to help Baylor achieve its best season since 2014.(This story has been updated). Baylor QB Charlie Brewer out of the ball game after this hit— CFB Home (@CFBHome) January 2, 2020MORE: Oregon shows Playoff potential in Rose Bowl winAccording to multiple reports postgame, Baylor coach Matt Rhule said Brewer’s neck was the issue, that he passed all tests on it from the Bears’ medical staff and that he didn’t exhibit any issues with the head. That said, he is still being monitored.last_img read more

Teen dies in mining pit accident

first_imgA teenage miner is now dead after the mining pit in which he was working caved, in covering him with rubble.Dead is 18-year-old Emanuel Narine of La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD).Reports are that the now dead miner was working along with others in a mining pit at Oko Baramally, Sand Hill Backdam, Region 10, when the pit caved in, completely covering him. This newspaper was told that the impact of the rubble falling on the teen broke his neck and caused his demise.The teen’s brother, Orwin Narine, took three hours before he was able to reach the Police to report the incident. Due to the location and the amount of slush, Narine’s body was left in the backdam for almost two days before it was retrieved.Police “F” Division Commander, Kevin Adonis, told Guyana Times on Thursday that the young man’s body is presently at the Lyken Funeral Parlour in Georgetown.A Post Mortem will be performed on Narine’s body today (Friday) to determine the cause of his death. Meanwhile, investigations are continuing into the matter.Last month, 17-year-old Mazaruni miner Romeo Ruben lost his life when the walls of a mining pit in which he was working caved in at Gold Hill Backdam, Upper Mazaruni.A mining pit in Guyana’s interiorAnother miner, 54-year-old Timothy Hunter of Jawalla Reservation, Upper Mazaruni, lost his life on January 31 last.Based on information received, Hunter along with others were working in the pit when a wall suddenly collapsed, covering him in the process. The other workers reportedly attempted to get him from under the debris, but by the time they did, he had already succumbed.On December 27, 2018, an 11-year-old boy who was working illegally in a mining camp died when the mining pit caved in on him.Shortly before this, Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City, Wismar Linden, met his demise when a portion of rocks from a mining pit reportedly fell onto his head.He was rushed to the Issano Health Centre, where he succumbed to his injuries.His death came on the heels of two other mining-related deaths that recently occurred in Mowasi Backdam, where Shawn Anthony James, 32, of Aishalton Village, Rupununi, and Deon Sproston, called “Jersey Joe”, of Lot 133 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, lost their lives after the pit they were working in also caved-in.last_img read more