Snodgrass dealing with family issue

first_img “It’s very simple and I can set the record straight,” he told BBC Radio Norfolk. “It’s a family issue. “He will be with us hopefully on Wednesday and certainly on Friday. It’s very much a personal issue.” The Daily Record is reporting Snodgrass’ absence is related to his pregnant partner Denise McKenzie being involved in an accident in Glasgow. Snodgrass is thought to have returned to Scotland after the incident, which Norwich have yet to confirm. The 25-year-old Scotland international has become an important player for the Canaries since joining from Leeds last year. Such performances have seen Snodgrass linked with a summer move to West Ham but Hughton insists such speculation was not behind him missing the 1-1 draw with Brighton. Robert Snodgrass missed Tuesday night’s friendly at Brighton due to a “family issue” which is reported to be a car crash involving his partner.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

State players in Indian Dragon Boat team

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Eight players from Assam are selected in the Indian Dragon Boat Race team which will participate in the forthcoming 13th Asian Dragon Boat Racing Championship. The competition is scheduled to be held in China from November 18. Two officials of the Assam Traditional Sports and Dragon Boat Racing Association would also be the part of the Indian team.Selected players and officials from Assam in Indian team: Mainuddin Ahmed, Mushahab Ali, Rupen Rabha, Bijuli Kalita, Dipandita Kalita, Hiramoni Kalita, Beauti Kalita, Ameiya Kalita, Taher Ahmed (Manager) and Anup Kumar Choudhury (Asst Manager). Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Man United confirm Bruno Fernandes signing

first_imgManchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.United have agreed a deal worth up to £68m with the Portuguese club, with the player set to fly into the UK on Wednesday evening to complete the move.Fernandes is due to visit Sporting’s head offices on Wednesday afternoon where he will terminate his contract with the club and is expected to record a video saying goodbye to the Sporting fans.The Portugal international will then make his way to Tires Airport where he will board a private jet bound for Manchester.It is expected Fernandes will get his United medical underway on Thursday morning.United increased their offer to sign Fernandes twice in the past 24 hours, the second for a deal worth up to €80m (£67.76m), which Sporting accepted.After weeks of negotiations, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reached an agreement which will see the club pay an initial fee of €55m (£46.56m) plus add-ons.Sporting would receive a further €10m (£8.46m) from United if Fernandes reaches what are considered easily achievable targets and an additional €15m (£12.7m) if more difficult targets are met. It is understood these clauses include Fernandes winning the Ballon d’Or. Tags: Bruno FernandesMan Utd Source: Sky Sportslast_img read more

Ontario rolls out welcome mat for Clippers

first_imgHe spent four years with the team before leaving in 2012 to become the general manager of the Angels’ double-A affiliate, the Mobile (Alabama) BayBears. He also spent time as a director of sales for the NHL’s Florida Panthers.“The turnout tonight has been outstanding. We really didn’t know what to expect,” Bennett said. “The community came out in full force for the event.”Among the fans in attendance was Jules Ferrer, who considered himself a die-hard Clippers fan.“I am from Eastvale, which is about 15 minutes from here,” Ferrer said. “To be able to watch basketball near by is a dream for me.”Ferrer said he has been a fan for over 20 years and went to about 15 Clippers games last season at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.“I had a lot of family that are fans of the Lakers but I wanted to go against the grain and be a Clipper fan,” he said. “If I can I might be a season ticket holder but I do plan to come out to as many games as I can (in Ontario).”As team president, Bennett’s expectation for the team going forward is to have more than just an impact on the court but in the community as well.“My goals and expectations are pretty much aligned. We are going to have some fun with this,” he explained.“This is NBA branded basketball but when it comes to the pricing and affordability families will be able to come out here on a Friday night and not have to break the bank.”With a roster of player yet to be determined, the goal for the Clippers was to give the community an example of what a game night could look and feel like.“Without having players in the building tonight we wanted to give fans a taste of what a game night would be like,” Bennett said. “That is why the dance team is here and the mascots are flying around to create that family fun part as best as we can without a game going on.”The Tip-Off Party also provided the local fans the opportunity to shoot a basketball on the home court and win raffle prizes such as season tickets for the team’s first season in Ontario and tickets to a WWE event.“When it comes to the community that is where it really all starts for us. In order for us to be successful we have to get out into the community,” the team president said. “I have seen teams try to sprinkle marketing dollars over a community hoping that it will grow into attendance but it rarely works. The best way to get involved with the community and have the community support you is to support it. We plan to roll up our sleeves and really be a part of this community.”The next step for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario will be the schedule, which is expected to be released in two weeks, according to Bennett.When it comes to creating the team roster, the G-League will have an expansion draft on August 23rd. “On behalf of the City Council, we are excited to welcome the Clippers to their new home at Citizens Business Bank Arena,” Leon said. “Today is a good day for all of us and we are thrilled to also welcome Clippers fans throughout Southern California to the city of Ontario.”Bennett has only been in the Inland community for three weeks but wasted little time embracing the area and its other sports teams by attending Rancho Cucamonga Quakes games.While he is still getting familiar with the area, he is not a stranger to the Clippers organization. ONTARIO >> The first step for the Clippers’ new G-League team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, was to introduce themselves to the community with its Tip-off Party on Monday. Mayor Paul S. Leon and the community welcomed team president Heath Bennett and the organization with open arms.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MLB’s amazing crop of 2019 rookies is worth stopping for a moment to appreciate

first_imgTommy Edman, Cardinals: He’s in a bit of a funk lately, but Edman had an .814 OPS through 29 games and had worked his way to the leadoff spot in the St. Louis order.Nick Senzel, Reds: He’s had his ups and downs, but I feel pretty confident saying this: When we look back at the rookie class of 2019 in five or 10 years, Senzel will be much more prominently featured in the retrospective. Nate Lowe, Rays: The other Lowe rookie on Tampa Bay’s roster (same spelling, different pronunciations), Nate has an .875 OPS in 30 games. And then I drove to the office. By the time I’d gotten there, it seemed that most of Milwaukee was in an uproar, and fans in Houston and Pittsburgh and other places were perturbed, too. How in the world could I leave Keston Hiura, Yordan Alvarez, Bryan Reynolds and about a dozen rookies off that poll? Had I ever even watched baseball? MORE: How to watch “ChangeUp,” an MLB whip-around show, for free on DAZNI tried to respond to the angries with the truth. Twitter only has four poll spots, I wasn’t saying these were the only four good rookies or even the four best rookies, etc. With the damage somewhat mitigated, I put up another poll, this time with Hiura, Alvarez, Reynolds and Eloy Jimenez. Thing is, even that one didn’t satiate the masses. Still waiting for Oscar Mercado— Brian Baker (@Bizake13) August 8, 2019Sheesh, right? But here’s the thing: The fact that so many fan bases can be agitated by a single Twitter poll about rookie baseballers speaks volumes about the quality of rookie baseballers this season. Truth is, it’s pretty incredible, and I wasn’t the only one to have that moment of clarity. Seriously though, you ain’t lying. 2019 really does have an absolutely stacked rookie class. Never realized how insanely deep it really is.— Tommy Malecki (@tmalecki15) August 8, 2019We are watching a special season from the youngsters, folks. With more than a month-and-a-half left in the season, Tatis and Alonso already have bWAR numbers of at least 4.0. Reynolds and Alex Verdugo are above 3.0. Alvarez, Brandon Lowe and Victor Robles are north of 2.0. Eleven more rookies have bWAR numbers of at least 1.0, again, with seven weeks remaining in the 2019 season. Before we go any further, let’s look at the results of those two polls. Here’s the first one (Tatis was always leading, but the numbers were a little closer before San Diego fans got a hold of it in the evening hours on the West Coast). Ten years from now, which standout 2019 rookie hitter will have had the best career?— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) August 8, 2019And here’s the second poll.Sheesh. Few things get baseball twitter people more upset that a perceived slight of their favorite rookie.So here’s Poll No. 2: Ten years from now, which of these rookie hitters will have had a better career?— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) August 8, 2019Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned the rookie pitchers. Mike Soroka has a 4.0 bWAR in Atlanta and John “Bright Spot” Means has a 3.5 bWAR in Baltimore. And then you have rookies like Chris Paddack, Spencer Turnbull, Zach Plesac, Zac Gallen, Cal Quantrill and, oh yeah, Marlins rookie Sandy Alcantarra made the NL All-Star team before struggling a bit. But we’re just talking about the batters today. MORE: The social media initiative that MLB hopes will attract young fansWe’ve mentioned Bichette, Guerrerro Jr., Tatis Jr., Alonso, Hiura, Verdugo, Alvarez, Reynolds, Jimenez, Lowe and Robles (and I can almost guarantee you somebody just got mad at the perceived slight in the order I listed these guys). The list of rookie hitters worth a mention is just as long, if not longer. Here’s a quick rundown:Oscar Mercado, Indians: Traded by St. Louis to Cleveland for two players still in the minors, Mercado has provided much-needed outfield offense in his 300 PAs, racking up nine homers, nine stolen bases, 47 runs scored, a 1.5 bWAR and .781 OPS. Kevin Newman, Pirates: He’s played mostly shortstop and second base and been a consistent source of offense in 86 games, rolling up a .304 average, 10 stolen bases and 40 RBIs.Christian Walker, Diamondbacks: OK, he technically qualifies because he hadn’t eclipsed rookie requirements heading into this season, even though this is the FIFTH year he’s worn a big-league uniform (his MLB debut was 2014!). All that aside, he’s been excellent, with 20 homers and an .829 OPS in his first real, extended shot in the bigs. Mike Yastrzemski, Giants: Carl’s grandson has been great for the Giants, with 11 homers, 37 RBIs and an .815 OPS in 64 games. Cavan Biggo, Blue Jays: Yep, another legacy big-leaguer. Craig’s son’s average isn’t great, but he has 10 homers and a .341 on-base percentage in 60 games. Austin Riley, Braves: Atlanta fans clamored for his promotion for a long time, and he immediately rewarded that fandom, collecting nine homers and 25 RBIs in his first 18 MLB games. He’s slowed down since then, but he has 17 homers in the bigs. Aristides Aquino, Reds: I know, I know. He JUST got called up, but he has three homers and eight RBIs in his first seven games, and he did this yesterday …Just checked the top exit velocities for yesterday….Aristides Aquino 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/1wHu6t4r5D— Daren Willman (@darenw) August 9, 2019Luis Arraez, Twins: He’s the only batter in Minnesota not slugging home runs at a record pace, but he’s batting .353 in 190 PAs, which ain’t too shabby.Will Smith, Dodgers: All the rookie catcher does, it seems, is slug clutch late-inning home runs to help the Dodgers win baseball games. Michael Chavis, Red Sox: Here’s how good the other 2019 rookies are: A RED SOX ROOKIE has 18 homers already and you’ve probably only heard of him in passing.  True story: I had MLB Network on at the house as I was getting ready Thursday morning, and it showed another highlight of another great game by Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette. That sparked a thought, and that thought sparked a poll idea. Bichette, as you know, is just one of several famous sons succeeding in a big way in the majors this season. I wondered what baseball Twitter people thought of those three — Bichette, Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. — in terms of who would have the best career. So I put those three guys in a poll and added Pete Alonso because Twitter gives four options (but only four options, which is important to this story). last_img read more

Monday August 26th Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first-place Minnesota Twins didn’t get many hits off Detroit starter Matthew Boyd, but they certainly made them count.C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop homered, Martín Pérez pitched six solid innings and Minnesota beat the last-place Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Sunday to win two of three in the weekend series.Minnesota increased its AL Central lead to 3½ games over the Cleveland Indians, who lost at home to Kansas City 9-8 in 10 innings.Cron’s three-run shot to center field broke open a 2-0 game in the fourth and gave Pérez (9-5) plenty of cushion to work with. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits for his first win since July 5. It was the second time in his last three starts that Pérez went six innings and yielded two or fewer runs.The Twins now head off on a 10-day road trip that takes them to Chicago, Detroit and Boston. Their three-game series with the White Sox starts tomorrow night at 7:10. ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS — The NIACC volleyball team won their first four matches of the season over the weekend at the McHenry County College Invitational in Rockford, Illinois. On Friday, NIACC topped Kishwaukee College 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-13) and Madison College 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-18). Sophomore Kennedy Meister had 36 kills and 24 digs while freshman Becca Steffens had 64 assists, 19 digs, 14 kills and six aces on Friday. On Saturday , NIACC had a 3-1 win (25-13, 22-25, 25-13, 25-21) over Oakton Community College and a 3-2 win (25-20, 25-18, 17-25, 13-25, 15-6) over Grand Rapids Community College. Meister once again led the Lady Trojans with 24 kills and 31 digs. NIACC returns to action this coming weekend at Southeastern’s Jimmy John Invitational in West Burlington. AMES —- Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says the focus in practice has shifted toward Northern Iowa. The Cyclones and Panthers meet in the season opener Saturday in Ames.Campbell says as game week approaches they have turned their attention toward UNI.Campbell says the Cyclones have for the most part remained injury free during practice. AMES — Iowa State’s young receiving corps will get its first test against UNI. Hakeem Butler left early for the NFL and quarterback Brock Purdy is working with several new wide outs.Purdy says the new receivers have made a lot of progress.Offensive coordinator Tom Manning says Purdy has done a good job of spreading the ball around in practice.Iowa State and UNI kick off at 11 o’clock on Saturday morning. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Napheesa Collier and Danielle Robinson scored 23 points each and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Las Vegas Aces 98-77. Sylvia Fowles added 14 points for the Lynx (15-15), who shot 59 percent from the field and reduced their playoff-clinching magic number to one with four games to go.last_img read more

FIFA probes Uganda FA chief Magogo over illegal ticket sales

first_imgSources told AFP on Monday that Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely, who was chairman of the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber before being removed last month, had opened an investigation into suggestions Infantino might have sought to influence the election of Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad as president of CAF in March.The investigation stemmed from evidence provided by African representatives, a source close to FIFA said.Several African witnesses had been set to travel to FIFA headquarters in the Swiss city of Zurich but at least one of them had their summons cancelled after Borbely was removed from his post, the same source said.British newspaper The Guardian reported on Sunday that Infantino was being investigated for claims he had promised, along with FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura, to accelerate payments of development money to national football associations if the presidents voted for Ahmad.FIFA announced their decision to remove Borbely and Germany’s Hans-Joachim Eckert from their posts in the ethics team during the organisation’s congress in Bahrain last month.Borbely said the decision was “a setback in the fight against corruption” as there were “several hundred cases” of corruption pending.RELATED STORY Share on: WhatsApp Uganda’s Magogo with Infantino at a Doha meeting early this year. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | AFP |  The head of Uganda’s football association Moses Magogo said Tuesday he was under investigation by FIFA over his alleged involvement in the illegal sale of 2014 World Cup tickets.According to a letter sent from FIFA to Magogo that was seen by AFP, the football chief is accused of selling the complementary tickets allocated to Uganda.“We got the communication from FIFA on the allegations raised and my legal team is handling the matter,” Magogo told AFP, confirming he was under investigation.The probe comes after Ugandan lawmaker Allan Ssweanyana — who also co-owns a local football club — petitioned FIFA in May, accusing Magogo of selling all 177 tickets allocated to Uganda to an agent in the United States.FIFA allocates tickets to all national associations to ensure that all fans worldwide can be able to access them at affordable prices.Magogo, who has been in office for five years, is set to have his term extended after the football governing body Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) on Tuesday disqualified his lone challenger, ex-international Mujib Kasule, for his post in the August 5 elections.Magogo has recently been elected to several Confederation of African Football committees after playing a key role mobilising regional support for the elecion of FIFA president Infantino last year, and also for the new CAF president Ahmad Ahmad early this year.Prior to the CAF elections, Infantino visited several African countries including Uganda.Legislator Ssewanyana (middle) has brought the charges against MagogoNo investigation’ opened into Infantino over CAF, says FIFALausanne, Switzerland | AFP | Football’s world governing body FIFA assured Tuesday that “no investigation” had been opened into president Gianni Infantino after sources said his role in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections was being looked into.Maria Claudia Rojas, the new president of the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, “has confirmed that all files have been handed over to her and that there are no open preliminary or investigation proceedings involving the FIFA President”, the organisation said in a statement.“It is in FIFA’s interest that the work of the ethics committee is not disrupted by conjecture of any kind,” the statement added.“Therefore, FIFA will refrain from commenting any further on baseless speculation and will instead concentrate on providing concrete information.”last_img read more

DeSantis Drops Florida Quarantine Order for New York Travelers

first_imgPeople traveling to Florida from three northeastern states just got a break.Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday quietly rescinded an executive order that required travelers into the Sunshine State from areas with “substantial community spread” of COVID-19 to quarantine for two weeks.The rule had affected those coming from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.DeSantis implemented the requirements on March 23, when New York City was a hotspot for the new coronavirus. Since then, new cases of COVID-19 have fallen in New York.Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order requiring travelers from Florida and 34 other states to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive to his state remains in effect.To read DeSantis’ full executive order, click here.last_img read more

Liverpool offer its staff to Merseyside supermarkets

first_imgHours before, the entity’s CEO, Peter Moore, sent a message to the managers of the Merseyside supermarkets. “Our stadium employees are volunteering their time and experience to help with crowd control, queue management, parking control, helping the elderly and infirm to bring their food to their cars, etc. They are truly the best and would be delighted to help you in any way you deem appropriate and safe, “he wrote on Twitter. The current European champion also confirmed that,” prioritizing the health and safety “of his fans and workers, he has decided to close its Bootroom restaurant as well as its official stores in the UK and Ireland from March 18 to April 4. The Anfield museum tour will also be closed. “The club understands that some fans may be disappointed. However, given the government’s latest advice on social distancing, we believe it is our duty to take decisive measures to protect our supporters and staff, “said the ‘network’ entity. Liverpool FC has confirmed the closure of all its facilities this Sunday and has offered the help of Anfield employees to nearby supermarkets. and he has asked fans for donations to help buy food for those affected by the coronavirus crisis. “The club is committed to continuing to help its community and those most in need. We have appealed to fans to donate food at Anfield. However, since these locations will remain closed until April 4, we encourage anyone to do so. want to make a donation via text message, “the statement said. The cost of the messages will go directly to Merseyside County Food Banks.last_img read more

School buses cancelled in North and South Peace

first_imgSchool buses in School District 60 (Peace River North) and Dawson Creek have been cancelled.Drifting snow in both the North Peace and the South Peace has caused the cancellations.Buses are still running today in Chetwynd. Schools will still be open on both school districts. – Advertisement –last_img