Football News Liverpool Aim Upset Manchester United At Old Trafford After Five Years

first_imgManchester: Liverpool can rub more salt into Manchester United wounds with a first victory at Old Trafford in five years on Sunday, while Manchester City will try to haul themselves back onto the leader’s coattails with victory at Crystal Palace. Just eight games into the season, 15 points separates Liverpool at the top of the table from United down in 12th. The European champions have shot into an eight-point lead even over their closest challengers in City, thanks to a run of 17 straight Premier League wins stretching back to last season. By contrast, United have won just two of their last 13 league games.Injury problems that have contributed to the Red Devils’ early season struggles have struck again with influential duo Paul Pogba and David de Gea absent. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on his players to rise to the occasion of a clash between the two most successful sides in English football history. “I always look at the next game as a chance. The Liverpool game is a great chance for us to go the other way,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “It’s in my nature to think of the best-case scenario. I know the fans and the players will be up for it. We need to step up to the plate, and these are the big games that you sign up for at Man United – you have to show your quality.” Jurgen Klopp celebrated his fourth anniversary at Anfield earlier this week, but for all the German’s achievements in transforming Liverpool’s fortunes, he his yet to taste victory at Old Trafford. Liverpool have not won on their past six visits to United and left-back Andy Robertson warned that form will not count for much given the historical rivalry between the sides. “I don’t think it matters what your form is like in these games. It doesn’t matter that we’ve won eight on the bounce and they’re struggling. It’s Man Utd v Liverpool,” said the Scotland captain. “It’s genuinely a different atmosphere when you play against them.” In contrast to United’s misfortune, Liverpool have been handed an injury boost with the news Joel Matip is fit to return at centre-back, but Mohamed Salah remains a doubt after suffering an ankle injury in a 2-1 win over Leicester before the international break. De Bruyne boost for City City must bounce back to winning ways after a shock 2-0 home defeat to Wolves two weeks ago to at least apply some pressure on Liverpool when they visit Crystal Palace on Saturday. The champions badly missed Kevin de Bruyne a fortnight ago and should have the Belgian international back from a groin strain as they look to become the first visiting side to win at Selhurst Park this season. City have scored 25 goals in the six Premier League games De Bruyne has started this season, but been beaten in two matches he has not. Palace have confounded pre-season predictions to sit level with fourth-placed Leicester and Chelsea on 14 points.Tottenham happy to welcome WatfordThe international break may have come at the right time for Tottenham after a 3-0 thrashing at Brighton followed a humiliating 7-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Spurs have won just three of their opening 11 games in all competitions, but the visit of Watford this weekend could offer some blessed relief for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.Also Read | Liverpool Blow Three Goal Lead, Yet Hang On For Win Vs Salzburg In UEFA Champions LeagueThe Hornets are the only side yet to win in the league this season and sit rock bottom of the table having conceded 20 goals in their opening eight games. “We need to start believing in ourselves again. We have the quality in the squad and can fight for everything,” said Pochettino. “We are still there, we have one point more than last season in the Champions League and we are three points from the top four.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Collins Edwin FC Emerge Champions as Supersoccer Berths in Nigeria

first_img“There are no back pass to the goalkeeper in supersoccer and any team that does that has committed a foul, which attracts a super kick that is more or less a half penalty against you like the other fouls.“A match is started with nine players and a goalkeeper on both sides unlike the normal football where 11 players are required.On making it an acceptable sport in Nigeria, Ehiri said; “Since Lagos is the home of soccer in Nigeria, we started with exhibition matches after wish there will be a seminar to sensitise coaches all over Lagos as well as other parts of the country.”Meanwhile, Collins Edwin Sports Club on Thursday emerged champions of the first edition of the Lagos Supersoccer tourney organised by Nigeria Supersoccer Federation after defeating De Pros FC 5-2 in the final played at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos.The game which a large number of fans due to its uniqueness also had Great Olympics Football Club defeating Team 360 FC 8-7 in the third place match.Speaking after the final, captain of Collins Edwin Sports Club, Onunze Pascal, said: “The uniqueness of Supersoccer encourages strikers to score more goals which is the beauty of the game. The rules and techniques are very special and fascinating.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A new brand of soccer, Supersoccer made its debut in country to add fun and excitement to football in Nigeria.According to the President of Nigeria Supersoccer Federation (NSSF), Emeka Ehiri, the body, is an affiliated to the Federation of International Super Soccer (FISS), which is the regulator of the game.“Supersoccer is a new team sport with great entertainment value but it is less aggressive than some contact sports, and partly because it eliminates the penalty shoot-outs. It is full of suspense and will amply and fairly reward the participation of both players and fans. It is a team sport governed by carefully crafted rules and regulations.last_img read more

Buhari, Ogun Gov, Thumb Anthony Joshua for Reclaiming Heavyweight Titles

first_imgIn the statement, the President rejoiced with Joshua and saluted him for bringing joy to millions of Nigerians, at home and in the Diaspora, who had rooted for him to regain the titles he lost about six months ago.“The downfall of a man is truly not the end of his life. There’s always another, and better day. This is a lesson we must all learn from you as a country,” President Buhari tells the comeback world champion.He also wished Joshua well as he seeks to bring more glory to Nigeria, and to the boxing profession.In a related development, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, also felicitated the boxer for the feat on Saturday night.Abiodun noted that the Sagamu, Ogun State-born boxer made Nigerians proud by his victory and restored confidence that the nation will be great again.“I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he continue with the winning streak ad infinitum,” Abiodun said.In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, the governor said Joshua displayed the “Ogun standard of excellence” by reclaiming all the titles in the rematch with Ruiz.According to him, the fight kept sleep away from the eyes of many admirers of AJ worldwide, especially the people of Ogun State.He noted that the professional boxer outclassed his opponent over 12 rounds “to compensate them (admirers) and reassured us that hard work pays.”Abiodun attributed the outcome to the manifestation of God’s love for the people of the state who prayed ceaselessly for Joshua that the nightmarish experience of New York earlier in the year be reversed.He said, “God still answers prayers. We return all the glory to God Almighty for granting our hearts’ desires and ceaseless prayers for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.“All of us in the state, irrespective of our religious affiliations prayed for his success. That the feat happened in Saudi Arabia doubly excites me. God answered us.”“My joy is unquantifiable,” the governor said, adding: “our government has always dimensioned sports as not only a unifying factor but a socio-economic imperative.”He also lauded Anthony Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus which he described as virtues ingrained in the DNA of Ogun people.“He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the can-do spirit of Ogun people,” Abiodun added.The governor noted that Joshua’s victory should inspire other aspiring champions of Ogun State origin to do more.He said, “On our part, we would provide the necessary incentives to all our ambitious young men and women to become world champions in all considerable areas of sports – not only in boxing.“We are poised to fix our stadia, upgrade facilities, train sportsmen and women, motivate coaches and develop talents starting from the grassroots.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has hailed British- Nigerian Anthony Joshua, for reclaiming the WBA, WBO and IBF world boxing heavyweight beltson Saturday night after beating Mexican, Andy Ruiz Jnr by unanimous decision in a rematch in Diriyah Arena, Saudi Arabia.Buhari sent the congratulatory message in a statement issued on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. Anthony Joshualast_img read more

MBB : ALL FALLS DOWN: SU lets late lead slip away in loss to Hoyas

first_imgJason Clark stepped to the line and sealed the improbable Georgetown victory. As Clark nailed the second of two free throws, the energy that had built up in the Carrier Dome vanished.The Hoyas made their run, and Syracuse found itself unable to answer.And in a game where any offense proved to be significant, the Orange had arguably its worst offensive performance of the season.Holding onto a narrow four-point advantage with less than six minutes to play, No. 12 Syracuse (20-5, 7-5 Big East) watched as No. 11 Georgetown (19-5, 8-4) reeled off a 15-3 run to steal a game that appeared to be under SU’s control. Reverting to the shooting struggles that have at times plagued the Orange this season, SU found itself helpless, missing its final seven shots in front of a crowd of 26,904 down the stretch.Georgetown rode a wave of momentum coming into the Dome, having won six consecutive Big East games, including three on the road. And that showed in the final five minutes Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We had so many chances to put them away and we didn’t,’ SU point guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘In the Big East, if you don’t put teams away — you make bonehead turnovers or miss rebounds — you’re going to lose. That’s what happened to us tonight.’Coming into the game, Georgetown was the best shooting team in the Big East at 50.3 percent from the field. And with an experienced core of seniors and juniors, it was only a matter of time before the Hoyas made a run.When they did, Syracuse crumbled.‘We really focused on defense and communicating to try and get rebounds and try to get stops,’ Georgetown guard Chris Wright said. ‘If we got stops and we’re up with four with two minutes left, we’re in good hands. Especially with our leadership and our veterans.’For the first time all season, SU’s leader and anchor, forward Rick Jackson, was plagued by foul trouble throughout the game. When he was in, he was unable to dominate inside as he has done so many times before.With Jackson on the bench during a key stretch late in the second half, the Hoyas took advantage by crashing the offensive glass. The Hoyas outrebounded SU 19-10 in the second half, eight of which came on the offensive end.‘We’ve really come to depend on him,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘That was a big difference in the game.’Syracuse held a late lead when Jackson and Brandon Triche returned to the court, just as Georgetown began making its run. Neither player was able to rescue the Orange as the Hoyas built their late lead. Offensive fouls, turnovers and missed shots all equated to squandering a fragile lead.Jackson finished with a modest four points and eight rebounds, well below his season averages.‘I think it was a lack of focus,’ Triche said. ‘Going into the last five minutes, we were confident that we were going to pull this game out. Then one thing led to another and they made a run to end the game.’Just one game after showing a strong offensive effort against South Florida, Syracuse was as flat as it has been all season.And it was evident on the court late. Beyond the statistics, Syracuse couldn’t catch a break when it needed one most. Layups rolled off the rim and illegal screens were called, all of which led to what Boeheim referred to as one big unimpressive offensive performance.‘We missed some shots that you’ve got to make,’ Boeheim said. ‘You can’t do that. Georgetown is obviously a very good team. They’ve played well on the road this year, and we just didn’t make the plays that we had to make there at the end.’Once Clark nailed his second of two free throws with 48 seconds remaining, it was all but over. The high energy that had once filled the Dome had been deflated, and Syracuse fans and players alike shook their heads.Jardine did more of that afterward inside the locker room.‘That’s a good veteran team,’ Jardine said. ‘They made plays to win the game, and we didn’t make plays to win. That was the game.’ Comments Published on February 8, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse runners excel at Penn Relays, Big Red Invitational

first_img Published on April 28, 2014 at 11:53 pm The Syracuse track and field team competed in two meets last week, traveling to the Penn Relays on Tuesday and the Big Red Invitational on Sunday.In total, 10 runners set new personal records and five ran to first-place finishes.At the Big Red Invitational, SU runners Paul Lovell and Molly Malone swept the 800-meter run, both taking home gold in the event. Lovell finished with a personal-best time of 1:54.75, while Malone finished in 2:10.89.Syracuse also took the top four spots in the 1,500-meter run. Joel Hubbard led the way, running a time of 3:59.88 to take first place. Kevyn Hoyos, Ryan Urie and Andrew Bennison following suit, all within one-tenth of a second of one another.The Orange continued its dominating performance with Angelica Peck and Brenna Symoniak going one-two in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. The two finished with times of 11:10.62 and 11:14.74, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJaquan Holland took the last gold, running to a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.53 seconds. Clay Austin, Reggie Morton and Darren McCluskey finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.McCluskey set a personal record in the 200-meter with a time of 22.56 seconds, and also finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.59 seconds.In the women’s 3,000-meter run, Beth Wright ran a personal-best of 10:04.62 and Rebecca Skodis ran personal-best of 10:11.02, finishing third and fourth, respectively.Sydney Leiher finished in second place in the women’s 1,500-meter run, running a time of 4:33.43. Haley Cutright finished fourth and Bridget Twomey 19th, each setting personal-bests.At the Penn Relays, Donald Pollitt finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.77 seconds. Freddie Crittenden was close behind, running a personal best time of 13.89 seconds to take fourth.Regine Hunter finished in third place in the triple jump with a distance of 11.99 meters. Reggie Morton came in sixth place in the long jump with a leap of 6.97 meters.Syracuse’s next meets come this Friday at the Cornell Outdoor Invitational and Sunday at the Payton Jordan Invitational.– compiled by staff writer Ari Gilberg, Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Baseball ends losing streak with 3-1 win over Fullerton

first_imgAfter a hot first inning for the Trojans, the team managed to hold off the Cal State Fullerton Titans by a score of 3-1 to earn a win.Junior infielder Brandon Perez makes a defensive play at second base. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe Trojans entered the game with a four-game losing streak following losses to UC Irvine and Stanford. The Trojans struggled mightily in their series against Stanford scoring only 2 runs while giving up 34 in the process. Meanwhile, the Titans came into the game losing twice in their three game series against Long Beach State. The Trojans got off to a hot start, scoring three runs in the first inning. Junior first baseman Dylan Paulson hit a double into center field driving in 2 runs. Redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb continued the scoring in the first inning, hitting a single to left field driving in a run. In total, the Trojan bats were on fire in the first inning as they scored 3 runs on five hits.On the mound, sophomore pitcher Austin Manning started his first game of the year. Before taking on the Titans, Manning had seven appearances during the season, however, all of them came in relief. Manning looked to be in complete control in the first inning as he retired the first three batters in the inning.During the second inning, the Titans were able to get a hit off Manning, but left that runner in scoring position as they were also unable to put any runs on the board.The third inning was much like the second for both teams. Sophomore center fielder Matthew Acosta managed to single for the Trojans, but the Trojans were unable to score Acosta. On the other end, while the Titans were able to get on base after Manning hit junior outfielder Mitchell Berryhill, they were unable to score any runs as the Trojans ended the inning with a double play.Good fielding has been a trend for the Trojans all season long. The Trojans currently have the best fielding percentage in the country, making only 10 errors all season, according to NCAA statistics.However, the Titans followed that double play with one of their own after sophomore right fielder Christian Moya hit a fly ball into right field and redshirt junior third baseman Angelo Armenta got thrown out at first as he was trying to run the bases. The Titans then managed to put one run on the board in the fourth inning as sophomore catcher Daniel Cope hit a sacrifice fly to score junior outfielder Ruben Cardenas who was already on third.Manning allowed just one hit in the fifth inning in what would be his last inning on the mound, before being taken out in the sixth. He finished the game with five innings pitched, four strikeouts, four hits and no walks in his first start of the season.In the sixth, Dubb singled up the middle and then advanced to second following a balk. However, he was left on second base as the Trojans were once again unable to send a runner home from scoring position. Junior pitcher Solomon Bates took the mound for the Trojans in the sixth inning. Going into the game, Bates had a 3.94 ERA on seven appearances on the season. Bates allowed just one hit in the sixth inning and kept the score at 3-1 heading into the seventh.During the ninth inning, the Trojans managed to load the bases with Perez up to bat. However, he hit a hard grounder to short, which was fielded perfectly and prevented the Trojans from scoring any more runs. Sophomore closer Connor Lunn then went into the game for the Trojans and was able to see off the game for his seventh save on the year. Manning also took home his first win for the year.After today’s game, the Trojans set their record at 12-9. The Trojans will look to extend their winning streak as they face off against Washington on Thursday night at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

ConnectPay ups security investment to combat online fraud

first_img UKGC warns of white label conduct following FSB failings  May 6, 2020 Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Nearing the SCA deadline: Is the market prepared? August 4, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share ConnectPay will, this year, invest an additional €750,000 in Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Financing of Terrorism compliance solutions.The online banking service provider believes that security of transactions must be top priority for higher risk sectors such as online gambling, adding that financial crime across all industries has reached $2.1 trillion per annum – a figure ConnectPay expects to rise as a result of COVID-19.“The increased online gambling sessions correlate with the noticeable jump in payment transactions,” said Liutauras Varanavičius, Head of Business Development at ConnectPay. “When comparing data from January with the stats from April, we have noticed a 30% increase in gambling-related transactions. Even though it’s hard to predict how prolonged the aftermath of the pandemic will be, the necessity of instating more precautionary measures to support secure payments is too apparent to be left unaddressed.”To keep the ‘scammers’ at bay, ConnectPay has continuously invested in innovative fraud prevention solutions, latest AML safeguards and other smart tools. Key in the battle against fraud is helping companies in underserved markets maintain credibility and minimise risks arising from soaring use of online gaming.Varanavičius is firm in the belief that the surge in online gambling activity has increased the public’s exposure to digital risks, and is mindful that operators face a difficult dilemma in disassociating from fraudsters and remain credible while retaining their target audience.He stated: “The spike in fraudulent financial activity could hit the sector even harder than others: it’s already under a magnifying glass due to the nature of acquired revenue, thus any association with financial fraud could be leveraged as a pretext to revoke acquired licences and restrict business.”In confirming the additional €750,000 investment, Varanavičius emphasised ConnectPay’s thorough screening process, which prevents it from taking on clients involved in unethical business practices.last_img read more

FC Cologne fan terminates membership on religious grounds

first_imgAn unidentified fan of German Bundesliga side  FC Cologne has notified the club that he will no longer want to be recognized as one of them after discovering a religious symbol on the teams jersey.The club in turn did not attempt to convince the fan to do otherwise but wished him farewell.The fan described Cologne as a religious organisation and stated categorically that he would not love to mingle with Muslims,thus his decision to step away.We received notice from a member who wanted to cancel their membership due to the mosque on our kit.To that we say: goodbye, and thanks for the idea! 👋 #effzeh— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) August 11, 2020 FC Cologne are back in the Bundesliga for the 20/21 season after winning their 4th Bundesliga 2 crown.last_img

Kwesi Appiah not worried about ‘senseless’ bribery allegations against his team

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah insists his players have not been distracted by widespread allegations of bribery against his team.The Ghana FA issued a strongly-worded statement to rubbish claims that it attempted to induce Ghanaian-born Niger defender Kofi Dankwa before Monday’s final group B game.The story which was carried by the Ghana News Agency has been widely condemned by many of the Ghanaian journalists covering the tournament and angered many local fans back home.The story claimed captain Asamoah Gyan met Dankwa on the eve of the game and attempted to bribe him to throw the game in favour of the West African giants.The scandalous report is believed to have riled authorities who wasted no time in issuing out an official statement to dismiss the growing report.The Black Stars will tackle Cape Verde in the first quarter-final on Saturday and there are fears the reports could disturb their concentration ahead of the game at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium. But the Ghanaian trainer insists his players are well-focused on the game against the Blue Sharks and not worried about the ‘senseless’ allegations.“I heard about this negativity that you spoke off. For me there is no truth in it,” Appiah said“Everyone who watched the game will see that it doesn’t actually even make sense.“At the end of the day, the FA has issued an official statement on it. What I need to do is concentrate on the game ahead.“My boys are very focused on our game. As to what someone is suggesting or thinking, it up to that person. The Ghana News Agency reporter Veronica Commey and Nana Darkwa Gyasi of Accra-based Radio Gold who carried the report are reported to have been banned from the team’s camp in Port Elizabeth.last_img read more

Barnor quits Boxing refereeing

first_imgGhanaian International Boxing referee Joshua Barnor has announced his resignation from the center of the ring from Thursday May 2, 2013. He attributed his hasty decision to complaints and comments made by journalists and some members of the general public, notably Professor Azumah Nelson.According to Barnor, he accepted doing some petty mistakes in his last fight involving Ghana’s Emmanuel Tagoe and Pontilas of the Philipines, but that did not warrant insults and threats.The 20 years experienced boxing referee / judge said he started officiating at the amateur level before graduating to the professional and did his first course with a few journalists who wanted to know much about the sport or increase their knowledge, but now most of the sports journalists do not know about the games they report on.He called on the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) and the National Sports Authority (NSA) especially to run seminars and higher upgrading courses for stake holders in sports.“In fact it is sad that our pressmen do not know the rules and laws of boxing officiating. I am in the ring and I see more than those outside. It is true I was speaking to boxers. I told Tagoe in Ga to raise his head and not go to the slippery part of the ring because he does not understand English. I told Polinkas the same. So I do not see why they are accusing me of bias or helping the local boy” he explained.On Azumah Nelson, he noted that the boxing professor wanted to manage Tagoe, which the later declined so the former world champion has hated the rising champion and wants to frustrate him. He revealed that Emmanuel Tagoe has graduated from different boxing gyms in Accra, like the Black Panthers Gym to the Will Power Gym own by Napoleon Tagoe, to the Azumah gym and now being handled by Coach Emmanuel Tagoe of Black Pathers Gym at James Town. Roger Barnor, whom many connoisseurs of the game believe to be the hardest working referee in Ghana, said he has resigned as a referee, but would still be a boxing fan and may decide to become a match maker.“I have officiated over 1000 fights and I think I have paid my dues. Even when I deserved to be awarded by the Sports Writers Association (SWAG), they did not, so I am very sad for Ghana Sports. I think though many people see me to be young, I have done much” he said.Meanwhile, at the time of filing this report, executive members of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) led by President Peter Zwennes were meeting to decide on what sanction to award to referee Barnor as they felt he did not live up to expectation on the night of May 24, 2013.last_img read more