Why Liverpool should retain faith in Mohamed Salah ahead of Bayern Munich Champions League showdown

first_imgSalah’s last goal came against Bournemouth over a month ago (Getty Images)Salah’s lean spell in front of goal continued during Sunday’s 4-2 win over Burnley in which his two trusted strike partners Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both helped themselves to two goals apiece. Mane has been in particularly fruitful form of late, netting in each of his previous six home games in the league.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWith games rapidly running out, the margin for error is increasingly slim with City currently just one point better off than Liverpool. A factor that could tip the scales back Liverpool’s favour is if their No.11 can rediscover the form that made him Europe’s most feared forward this time last year.Cause for concern?Perhaps with the exceptions of the two goalscoring phenomenons of this or any other generation Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, every striker, even the elite ones, will go through a period of games in which their goalscoring form drops off.Quite clearly, Salah is going through one of those inevitable blips in front of goal with his last strike coming five games ago during a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth in February but considering his form over his first 20 months in a Liverpool shirt, it is a matter of when and not if the goals start flowing again.Arguably of greater concern, however, is Salah’s record in the big games this season, particularly with Liverpool set to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 second leg on Wednesday as well as both Spurs and Chelsea in the Premier League over the next four gameweeks.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 CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerIn eight matches against Liverpool’s top-six opponents this season – Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea – Salah has returned just one goal and one assist, both of which came during the 5-1 hammering of Arsenal in December.Taking non-penalty goals into account, that number shrinks to zero. As well as failing to score against any of Liverpool’s direct competitors, Salah also blanked in both Merseyside derbies against Everton and has netted just once from five Champions League games against PSG, Napoli and Bayern Munich.In genuine big matches this season then, Salah has scored two goals in 15 games including one from the penalty spot. For a player who scored against all of the top-six clubs (with the exception of Manchester United), Everton and ten times in the Champions League last term, that is a hugely disappointing return. Why Liverpool should retain faith in Mohamed Salah ahead of Bayern Munich Champions League showdown Advertisement No player has scored more goals in a single 38-game Premier League season than Mohamed Salah (Getty Images)There have been occasions recently when he has genuinely been a bit unfortunate too such as when he squeezed a shot past Ben Foster only to see it rebound off the post against Watford or when he smashed the crossbar after dinking Artur Boruc against Bournemouth. So long as Salah maintains his average of over three shots per game, you’d expect that luck to level out at some point.AdvertisementSalah has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the overused and tiresome ‘one season wonder’ tag certainly doesn’t belong to him. His 17 Premier League goals are only one fewer than the total required to win the Golden Boot in 1997-98 and 1998-99 and only two short of the tally in 2008-09.Given what he achieved last season and the fact that a lack of goals hasn’t appeared to have deterred him from shooting, it is only a matter of time before Salah returns to his most devastating form.For Liverpool, hunting down a first top-flight title since 1990, that can’t come soon enough.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsBoris Johnson rejects Marcus Rashford’s plea to extend free school meals Salah was substituted following an ineffectual display against Manchester United (Getty Images)Of the 12 Premier League teams Salah has scored against this season, only four (Arsenal, Wolves, Watford and West Ham) are currently situated in the top half of the table. It is generally the case that a Premier League title-winning team’s top goalscorer has a better goal to game ratio against lesser sides than top teams, of course.However, Salah’s profligacy in tight games against better quality opponents places a huge emphasis on others to step up to the plate. Mane and Firmino’s records of 16 and 11 goals apiece has alleviated some of the responsibility on his shoulders but beyond them, there are too few regular goal-getters in Liverpool’s squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat could be a factor behind Salah taking on too much responsibility for himself. Against Burnley, Salah recorded five attempts on goal – his fourth-highest total of the season – yet the majority of those efforts were either speculative or taken on when a teammate was in a better position.More: FootballNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOdion Ighalo reacts to Manchester United signing Edinson Cavani and Alex TellesTimo Werner’s former manager makes prediction over his Chelsea careerReasons for optimismWhile the ball hasn’t been nestling in the back of the net for him, Salah has done his utmost to reverse his fortunes by continuing to unleash a high volume of shots against opposition goalkeepers. That he is doing so is a positive sign that his confidence hasn’t been unduly affected by a recent downturn in form.Across the entire season to date, only (somewhat surprisingly) Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has attempted more shots (102) in the Premier League than Salah’s 99 which averages out to 3.3 per game. Over the course of the last seven games, Salah has attempted 27 shots (3.8 per game) which is above his season’s average.Considering his recent form, Salah’s expected goals total is pretty much as you’d expect too – his xG rate is 17.75 for the season, only 0.75 higher than his actual total which suggests he has scored about as many goals as you’d expect him to have from the chances he’s taken on.It’s a similar tale with his conversion rate too which currently stands at a reasonable 17% – not too far away from the 22% he managed last season in which he scored 32 times in the Premier League, breaking the record for a 38-game season in the process.center_img CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter211Shares By Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 13 Mar 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link211Shares Only Manchester City’s king of the hat-tricks Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals than Mohamed Salah this season yet the Egyptian’s recent form has been pinpointed as a potential cause for concern as Liverpool attempt to overhaul the reigning champions in the title race.Salah’s record-breaking exploits during a scarcely believable debut campaign at Anfield were always going to be difficult, if not impossible, to replicate second time around and he’s actually done a very admirable job of keeping up his standards with 17 league goals in 30 games.However, the goals are not quite flowing as freely as they used to for Salah at the moment as highlighted by a return of just one solitary strike from his previous seven Premier League appearances and eight in all competitions if you include the 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich. 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Perfect position for river views

first_imgThe Brisbane river stretched out before Hamilton.A covered carport with convenient street entry precedes the main entry. A concrete pathway leads from the carport past established trees to a front door with timber latticework. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoInside, a central hallway connects the three bedrooms to open entertaining areas with large windows. Traditional Queenslander features, such as high ceilings and decorative cornices, flow throughout the house. The home is at the bottom of the picture, perched on the hillside.PERCHED on a 493sq m block, this hilltop residence offers a rare location near the Brisbane River, complementing its yesteryear elegance with panoramic river vistas and a spacious backyard. Located at 11 Prospect Terrace, Hamilton, the three bedroom, one bathroom, single garage home is ripe for an upgrade.The property is open for inspection via appointment with agent Rosemary Ahearn of Ray White Ascot, who said it had potential for both buyers and investors with its premier viewpoint and exceptional location. “Redesign and renovate the existing family house or build your dream palace on this prestigious ridge,” she said. The home, bottom left is in a bluechip zone.Adorned in carpet and ornate wall lining, the lounge and dining rooms are connected via an open archway. Both feature antique light fixtures, while the dining room also has a bay window. At the rear of the house, a sitting room with wall-length slider windows captures panoramic views of the Brisbane River, city skyline and undulating hills. The home enjoys a high position.Two bedrooms sit at the front of the house, including one with a built-in wardrobe. The main bedroom, positioned at the rear to catch river glimpses, also has a built-in wardrobe. All three bedrooms share a bathroom.The central kitchen has quality appliances and ample cabinetry and benchtops. It connects seamlessly to a sunroom with wall-length windows and built-in storage and window seating. The neighbours.Along with a laundry under the main house, the residence features a secluded backyard accessed via concrete steps. This outdoor entertaining space has established rock gardens and shady tree, along with city and river views. This property occupies a location within 6km from the Brisbane CBD and minutes from the Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses. It is also a short walk from the dining and shopping along Racecourse Rd and the waterfront restaurants at Portside Wharf.last_img read more

Gold Coast Castle fit for a king set to go under the hammer

first_img 392 Gilston Rd, Gilston.Agent Josh Thomas, of Ray White Surfers Paradise Group, is marketing the Gilston property and said there was nothing like it in the area.“It’s an iconic piece of real estate,” he said.“Dubbed the ‘Castle of Gilston’, this sprawling majestic grand manor needs to be seen to be believed.“There are certainly not many opportunities to get a castle-like property 25 minutes from the beach.” 392 Gilston Rd, Gilston.IT was a backdrop for Australian actor Paul Hogan’s rags-to-riches biopic and was a pit stop for horses and carriages in the 1800s.Welcome to the “Castle of Gilston” – a sprawling grand manor set on a 2.26ha of land at 392 Gilston Rd. The unusual property built on the western Gold Coast is going under the hammer on March 12.Vendors Tracie and Adam Arnold’s family had the five-bedroom house built over three years in the early 1990s.“Six stonemasons were brought up from Sydney for six months on site to hand carve each and every limestone block laid,” Mrs Arnold said.“Limestone was used for the walls and sandstone for the flooring.” MORE NEWS: Why there are fewer properties on the market MORE NEWS: Where it will cost you $6000 a week in rent 392 Gilston Rd, Gilston. 392 Gilston Rd, Gilston.Fit for royalty, the residence features floor to ceiling windows and archways, a marble staircase and grand water feature.The house was fitted out with French, German and Italian products with a range of timbers used for the doors and window fittings and seven different types of marble.The Arnolds said Paul Hogan filmed part of his self-titled mini series Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story at the house, which doubled as a property he once owned at Byron Bay.There is also plenty of Gilston history attached to the property.“The massive tallowwood tree the front of the property was a stopping point for the Cobb and Co company (coaches) back in the 19th century,” Ms Arnold said.“It was a halfway point between Nerang and Mudgeeraba where they would rest the horses and cook damper by the tree.”The property has been landscaped with pebble paths leading to a tennis court, dam, gazebo and rose garden. There is also a pool and a summer house.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAutumn National Market Update02:12last_img read more

Cauayan man stabbed, hacked to death

first_imgThe motive in the incident was notimmediately established.  Magbanua and Sapinit allegedly stabbedand hacked Tolentino around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, the report added. Police identified the suspects as24-year-old Jorge Magbanua and 24-year-old James Paul Sapinit. BACOLOD City – A man was stabbed andhacked to death in Barangay Inayawan, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. The 32-year-old resident RossTolentino died of stab and hack wounds on the body, a police report showed.center_img Police officers, meanwhile, have yetto arrest Sapinit, who fled after the incident./PN Tolentino was rushed to the CauayanDistrict Hospital where the attending physician declared him “dead onarrival.”    Magbanua was detained in the lockupcell of the Cauayan municipal police station. last_img

‘Proper’ hand washing protects against infection, says DOH

first_img “You need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds,” she said, adding that it is important to clean the hands regularly, by washing them with soap and water. Dr. May Ann Sta. Lucia, DOH-6 Health Promotion Cluster head, said that applying proper methods of washing the hands is one of the best ways to protect individuals from getting diseases. According to the WorldHealth Organization (WHO), the following steps can be followed: wet hands withwater; apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces; rub hands palm to palm;put right palm over left dorsum with interlaced fingers and vice versa; putpalm to the other with fingers interlaced; put backs of fingers to opposingpalms with fingers interlocked; do rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in rightpalm and vice versa; do rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with claspedfingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa; rinse hands with water; drythoroughly with single use towel; and use towel to turn off the faucet. However, if soap andwater are not currently available, Sta. Lucia said that a person can use analcohol-based sanitizer.center_img ILOILO City –Officials of the Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD)here emphasized the importance of proper handwashing in order to safeguardoneself from respiratory infections. She also encouragedthe public to practice proper hygiene and proper coughing manners, to avoidgetting into crowded places, to consume proper amounts of fruits andvegetables, and finally, to stay hydrated.(Witha report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

Berbatov advises Bale to leave Real Madrid

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Former Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Gareth Bale’s time with Real Madrid is up after his disrespectful behaviour during his team’s 2-0 win over Alaves in La Liga on Saturday.The Welshman infuriated Real fans as he joked about falling asleep with a protective face mask over his eyes while watching the game in Madrid from the stands. Berbatov told Betfair: “Gareth Bale is in the headlines again for pretending to sleep in the stands when he found out he was going to be an unused substitute.“When I saw it I couldn’t believe it. I watched him put his mask over his eyes and pretend to be asleep.“I cannot support that. It is unprofessional and disrespectful to Real Madrid.“Madrid need to find a solution to the Bale saga. It’s not good for Bale or the team.”Former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Berbatov thinks Bale, who joined Real from Spurs in 2013, should move on. He said: “The only solution is for Bale to leave Real Madrid. If I was a Real Madrid fan and saw a player disrespecting the team like that, it would be too much.“Bale should be asking for a solution, even if it is a loan move.“It was a show of power, it was if he was saying: ‘Play me or I’ll do whatever I want.’ That doesn’t sit right with me.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: AlavesDimitar BerbatovGareth BaleLa LigaReal Madridlast_img read more

Brighton swoop for Gardner

first_img Brighton boss Sami Hyypia told the club’s official website: “Gary is a quality midfielder who we have been aware of for some time. When we knew he was available, we wanted to bring him here as he will give us another quality option in the middle of the park. “There are areas of the squad where we would like more options, and midfield was one of those areas. We have Dale Stephens out injured, but more importantly, given the considerable demands of the Championship, I want to be able to rotate the squad. “Gary has had a tough couple of seasons due to injury, but he showed during a spell with Sheffield Wednesday last season that he is over those problems. We hope this loan spell will benefit everyone: Gary, us and Aston Villa. “He is the type of midfielder who is active and mobile, but very importantly he has real quality on the ball – and is also capable of producing things from set-pieces.” Press Association The 22-year-old is in line to make his Seagulls debut in their Capital One Cup second round game at Swindon on Tuesday night after completing a medical. Gardner has suffered two serious knee injures while at Villa and was on loan at Sheffield Wednesday last season. center_img Brighton have signed Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner on loan until January. last_img read more

Cricket News Five memorable Ashes series from ‘Bodyline’ to England’s thriller

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: England and Australia begin the latest edition of the Ashes at Edgbaston on Thursday, with the home side looking to wrestle back the urn. The opening day of the Ashes series between England and Australia also marks the start of the International Cricket Council’s new World Test Championship. The aim is to give individual Test series greater context and spark a worldwide revival of interest in the five-day game. Australia hold the Ashes but England have not lost a Test series at home to their arch-rivals since 2001.2005: England win Ashes thrillerThe 2005 Ashes was one of the greatest series in cricket history and saw England triumph over their fiercest rivals for the first time in nearly 19 years. It appeared to be business as usual for long-suffering England fans when Australia won the first Test at Lord’s by 239 runs. But when Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath was ruled out of the second Test at Edgbaston after treading on a ball during practice on the morning of the match, England took charge. England’s Andrew Flintoff starred with both bat and ball and when Australia were 175-8, chasing 282 for victory, a home win looked assured.But Australia edged their way closer before last man Michael Kasprowicz was caught behind off Steve Harmison to give England victory by a mere two runs. The third Test was drawn and England survived a brilliant four-wicket burst from leg-spin great Shane Warne to win the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. England, now needing a draw at 2-1 up to regain the Ashes, were in danger of defeat on the last day at the Oval until Kevin Pietersen’s breathtaking 158 and a fine fifty from Ashes Giles rescued them following a top-order collapse.1981: Botham’s AshesRarely has one man done as much to win an Ashes as Ian Botham in 1981. He started the series as England captain but, after a defeat in the first Test at Nottingham and the embarrassment of bagging a pair in a draw at Lord’s, Botham resigned as skipper. England were still in dire straits after being made to follow-on in the third Test at Headingley, with former England wicketkeeper Godfrey Evans, who had become an odds-setter for British bookmaker Ladbrokes, making them 500/1 outsiders to win the match.Botham’s astonishing counter-attack innings of 149 not out, however, meant Australia were set a target of 130 before fast bowler Bob Willis’s inspired 8-43 saw England to an astounding 18-run win. Botham’s scarcely believable return of five for one in 28 balls at Edgbaston ensured England won the fourth Test by 29 runs. There were more heroics in the fifth Test when Botham’s blistering 118 set up a 103-run victory at Old Trafford that clinched the series.1974/5: Lillee and Thomson run riotAustralia’s Dennis Lillee was returning from a back injury and fellow fast bowler Jeff Thomson’s previous Test had yielded unimpressive figures of 0-110. Yet they still ran through England’s batsmen in frightening fashion. In the first four-and-a-half Tests Thomson took 33 wickets at 17.93 before he damaged his shoulder playing tennis on the rest day of the penultimate Test in Adelaide.Australia won the series 4-1, with England captain Mike Denness dropping himself at one stage. England’s only win came in the final Test when Thomson was missing through injury and Lillee broke down early.1948: Australia’s ‘Invincibles’An Australia side captained by Don Bradman in his final Test series swept all before them in an undefeated tour during which they won the Ashes 4-0. Underlying their superiority, Australia were set a seemingly impossible target of 404 on the last day to win the fourth Test at Headingley. Yet they got there for the loss of just three wickets, with Arthur Morris making 182 and Bradman an unbeaten 173.But the series is best remembered for Bradman’s final Test innings at the Oval when, needing four for an average of exactly a hundred, he was bowled for a duck by leg-spinner Eric Hollies and had to make do with a mark of 99.94.1932/33: ‘Bodyline’The most controversial Ashes series of them all was brought about by a desire to curb Bradman’s phenomenal run-scoring.England captain Douglas Jardine’s response was to deploy ‘leg theory’ — bowling short to a packed legside field — with supremely accurate fast bowler Harold Larwood the spearhead of the attack.It worked to the extent England won the Ashes 4-1, with Bradman’s average for the series reduced to 56.57. But the use of what became known as “Bodyline”, which saw batsmen having to defend themselves rather than their stumps, was condemned as “unsporting” by Australian officials and almost provoked a breakdown in diplomatic relations. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgLike last Sunday, drivers again wore black T-shirts with “End Racism” and most took the knee a few moments before the national anthem. When he stood on the podium, Hamilton, the only Black driver in Formula One, raised a clenched right fist. INDYCAR DOUBLEHEADER-ROSENQVISTRosenqvist surges at Road America for 1st IndyCar victoryELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Felix Rosenqvist passed Pato O’Ward on the next-to-last lap and earned his first career victory in the second half of an IndyCar doubleheader at Road America. Rosenqvist won by 2.8699 seconds and became the first driver other than Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to win an IndyCar race this year. Dixon’s three-race winning streak ended with a 12th-place finish. WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — World TeamTennis has welcomed fans to matches at a resort in West Virginia. The matches started Sunday at The Greenbrier, where the entire three-week season is being held. There were strict measures in place at the matches to ensure health and safety as confirmed cases of the new coronavirus soar across the country. Anyone who wasn’t a player wore a mask inside the tennis stadium, and fans had their temperatures checked prior to entering. Rows of seats near courtside were covered up to allow for social distancing. Up to 500 spectators are being allowed at each of the outdoor matches at the 2,500-seat court.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS LONDON (AP) —The UK Sport government agency said athletes’ welfare was not put at risk with the use of an experimental substance ahead of the 2012 London Olympics that was disclosed for the first time Sunday by a newspaper. The Mail on Sunday reported public money was used to provide a select band of athletes with an energy drink called DeltaG, claiming there were no guarantees the product did not cause side-effects nor was it certain to be cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency. UK Sport said it had consulted with WADA and UK Anti-Doping before using the product to make sure it complied with guidelines and that the health of athletes would not be put on the line for more medals.UK Sport did not say why the use of drink was not previously disclosed. The Mail on Sunday said waivers and non-disclosure forms had to be signed by those on the trial. Lovely Lilia had just completed a four-furlong workout in 49.20 seconds during training hours Saturday when she was pulled up and vanned off the track. Veterinarians found that she could not recover from the unspecified injury and was euthanized.Lovely Lilia was trained by Vladimir Cerin. She had two wins in seven career starts and earnings of $37,551, according to Equibase.Del Mar’s summer meet opened Friday. The seaside track north of San Diego ranks among the country’s safest tracks, according to The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database. It had a rate of 0.62 fatal injuries per 1,000 starts last year. The national average for tracks that reported was 1.68.BRITAIN-SUBSTANCE TESTUK Sport says welfare not risked with athlete substance test — For the first time since the coronavirus shut down sports and chased away spectators, fans have returned to elite European soccer. Thousands of spectators turned out Sunday to see Paris Saint-Germain’s superstars back on a pitch. For their return to work, PSG’s marquee attacking duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe wore face masks in red, white and blue PSG colors and messages of thanks for health workers. The exhibition match was the first encounter in front of spectators to feature one of Europe’s elite clubs since the outbreak erupted. Only 5,000 people were allowed inside Le Havre’s 25,000-seat stadium to see the French League 2 club take on PSG’s star-studded squad. — Jockey Flavien Prat has tested positive for COVID-19 after riding in Kentucky. Del Mar officials said Prat was tested Sunday in La Jolla and was told shortly thereafter that he had a positive result. The 27-year-old jockey had been scheduled to ride eight horses at Del Mar on Sunday, but was removed from those mounts. He was in Kentucky to ride a day earlier. Prat, a three-time leading rider at Del Mar, is quarantining at home for at least 10 days. Del Mar requires all riders traveling from other locations to be tested before being able to ride at the seaside track north of San Diego.HORSE RACING-DEL MAR-FATALITY3-year-old filly euthanized after workout at Del MarDEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old filly was euthanized after completing a workout at Del Mar, the track’s first fatality of its summer racing season. PGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa clutch in finish and playoff to win Workday OpenDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa never looked like a winner at the Workday Charity Open until he tapped in for par on the third playoff hole, capping off a wild finish Sunday at Muirfield Village.Morikawa trailed Justin Thomas by three shots with three holes to play and managed to get into a playoff with a 6-under 66. Then, after watching Thomas hole a 50-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, he had to make a 25-footer just to stay alive. He could only watch as Thomas had a 10-footer to win on the 18th on the second playoff hole.It finally ended on No. 10 when Thomas had to lay up from behind a tree and made bogey, and Morikawa took two putts from just inside 10 feet for his second career victory, and first against a strong PGA Tour field. Viktor Hovland of Norway had a 71 and finished alone in third. He was in the final group of three young stars, all of whom had the lead at some point during the final round.FATAL SPEEDWAY CRASH-VIRGINIAVirginia speedway: Driver dies following crash during raceHAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A driver has died after crashing during a race at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. Speedway officials say Shawn Balluzzo crashed during the second of two Modified Division races Saturday night. He had finished second in the first of the twin 50-lap races, which were the season openers for the Modifieds. During the second race, Balluzzo’s car went airborne after bumping another car and crashed front-first into a wall. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. — The Arizona Cardinals say that owner Michael Bidwill has been released from a Rhode Island hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. The team revealed on Friday that the 55-year-old Bidwill was in the hospital with the virus. Bidwill said in a statement that he “learned first-hand just how serious COVID-19 is.” — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, according to a notice posted by the funeral home handling the arrangements. Bolling played 12 seasons in the majors, six with Detroit and six with the Braves, and hit .254 with 106 home runs. He won a Gold Glove in 1958 with the Tigers and for part of that season, his double-play partner was his older brother, shortstop Milt Bolling. NBA-JERSEYSLakers’ Anthony Davis to wear own name on jersey in OrlandoLOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis will wear his own name on the back of his jersey when the Los Angeles Lakers return to action. Davis and LeBron James both declined to choose a social justice message to replace their names on the back of their jerseys during the NBA restart. Davis said he was “torn between” choosing from among the 29 approved messages and sticking with his name. In the end, the seven-time All-Star decided that he wanted to represent his family name because it’s very important to him. MLS postpones Toronto-DC United match amid virus concernsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Major League Soccer postponed a match between Toronto FC and D.C. United shortly before it was scheduled to begin Sunday morning because of one unconfirmed positive test and one inconclusive test for the coronavirus. The unconfirmed positive test was for a D.C. United player, while a Toronto player returned the inconclusive test. The league announced Sunday night that the match would be rescheduled for Monday with a 9 a.m. EDT kickoff after all players on both teams had tested negative during the additional round of testing. The postponement is the latest hiccup for the tournament in Florida, which has already had two teams drop out because of a spate of COVID-19 cases. FC Dallas and Nashville were both withdrawn earlier this week, reducing the tournament to 24 teams. FC Dallas had 10 players and one coach test positive for the virus. Nashville had nine players test positive.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— NHL teams return to the ice Monday for the first time since March as the 24 that qualified for the expanded playoffs open two-week training camps. Mixed with the excitement is the uncertainty of which and how many players might opt out and how the long layoff could contribute to injuries. It’s a training camp unlike any in history, with players coming back from a four-month absence to compete for the Stanley Cup. It’s a two-week sprint from home cities to Toronto for Eastern teams and Edmonton, Alberta, for their Western counterparts. July 12, 2020center_img Update on the latest sports O’Ward and Rosenqvist were both chasing their first career victories. They traded the lead throughout the second half of the race. O’Ward pulled ahead in the 43rd of 55 laps. Rosenqvist kept charging and finally passed him.MLB-NEWSYankees’ Judge out 2nd straight day with stiff neckUNDATED (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has been held out of action for a second straight day due to a stiff neck. The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was scratched from a simulated game Saturday after waking up with a sore neck. On Sunday the right fielder wasn’t included in either lineup for an intrasquad scrimmage. New York manager Aaron Boone said Judge got treatment at Yankee Stadium and was improving. James said he decided to forgo a social justice message because the available options didn’t “resonate” for him or his particular feelings about the movement. James would have liked to choose his own slogan, but wasn’t angry that it wasn’t allowed.Both James and Davis have been outspoken about social justice causes in the past, although the younger Davis is less vocal than James.The Lakers open play in Orlando on July 30 against the Clippers.WORLD TEAMTENNIS-FANSFans welcomed to World TeamTennis matches in West Virginia USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post and Sports Business Journal reported owner Dan Snyder and the organization would announce the move two weeks before the start of training camp. It’s unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the league’s oldest franchises. The team launched a ‘thorough review’ of the name July 3. That came in the aftermath of several prominent sponsors calling for a change.NASCAR-KENTUCKYNASCAR Cup rookie Cole Custer wins in upset at KentuckySPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Cole Custer became the first rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were dueling side by side for the lead on the final restart when Custer — with a push from Matt DiBenedetto on the outside in the backstretch — made his move in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. As the leaders bunched in Turn 1, Custer slid ahead and outlasted Truex’s Toyota. The victory was the first by a series rookie since Chris Buescher at Pocono on Aug. 1, 2016. Making his 20th series start, the 22-year-old Custer celebrated with a frontstretch burnout as his crew happily ran to greet him. DiBenedetto was third, and Harvick fourth. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditREDSKINS-NAMEReports: Washington to shed ‘Redskins’ name MondayASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington’s NFL team will get rid of the name ‘Redskins’ on Monday, according to multiple reports. The Virginian-Pilot reports the 64-year-old Balluzzo was the winningest driver in the history of the track.F1-STYRIAN GPHamilton wins Styrian GP ahead of Mercedes teammate BottasSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Grand Prix from the pole position on Sunday to clinch an 85th career win and move within six of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.Hamilton’s record-extending 89th career pole on a rain-drenched track was one of his best in extreme conditions, but during the race he was hardly challenged as he finished a sizeable 13.7 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 33.7 ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Associated Press New York is set to open a pandemic-shortened season July 23 at Washington. Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and used the coronavirus hiatus to recover. In other MLB news:— Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was late arriving to summer camp after he tested positive for COVID-19. The three-time All-Star closer says he believes he contracted the virus from his 4-year-old son Kaden. He says the child had a fever, among other symptoms, which led his wife to suggest everyone in the family get tested. Jansen says his wife, Gianni, and 7-year-old daughter Natalia tested positive, but that his first test was negative. A day later, he says he also tested positive. Jansen expects to be ready for the season opener on July 23. — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Eric Lauer says he’s on the injured list because he was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Lauer said he hasn’t tested positive. The protocols accompanying that situation caused Lauer to arrive late to the Brewers’ summer camp. He made it to camp Friday, nearly a full week after the Brewers’ first full-squad workout. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Lauer still has a chance to be ready for the start of the season.— Protective masks won’t be out of sight when big league baseball resumes. Some players and coaches are planning to wear them on the field. Safety protocols require masks in clubhouses and close proximity indoors, but not on the field. Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier plans to wear one during games, in part to set an example for those watching on television. Atlanta third base coach Ron Washington also plans to wear one for health reasons. At age 68, he’s in a high-risk group. last_img read more

Falcons Deserve Equal Pay with Eagles, Says Oparanozie

first_imgThe demands from Opanozie reflect those of the USA women’s team who began legal action against the US Soccer Federation over equal pay in March, four months before retaining the World Cup.Similarly, Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, the reigning BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year and the first women’s Ballon d’Or winner last December, walked away from her national team in 2017 after growing increasingly frustrated with its set-up and what she called a “lack of respect” for female players.Advocacy for equal pay was also muted in tennis when top female players led by Serena Williams advocate that they deserve same prize money from the famous All England tennis tournament, Wimbledon and at the end of the day, they won the battle.Oparanozie also at the conference in Lagos called for the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) to be televised. “The Nigeria Football Federation must work on getting the women’s league on TV. With that, there will be more eyes on the league and sponsors can come in,” said the En Avant Guingamp striker.With the theme “Keeping the barriers down”, athletes, journalists, administrators, coaches and many more witnessed the fourth edition of the annual conference founded by ace sports broadcaster, Tega Onojaife.The NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi opened the discussions on the importance of girls and women in sports, highlighting that sports women have to work harder to get recognition in today’s society.“One of the things that can help Nigeria reach its potential is to give women opportunities in every area,” Akinwunmi said.During the first panel session, Kenyan 800m World Champion, Janet Jepkosgei, 2017 Afrobasket Champion, Nkechi Akashili and Athletics blogger, Funmilayo Fameso discussed their journey in sports, the challenges they have faced and more.Jepkosgei talked about taking a break from sport to have her first child, returning and plans going forward.“Being a mother is the best thing to have ever happened to me,” she said. “It has been a long way coming for me in athletics. I took a three-year break and I just won my first race last year.“Biologically when you come back from a break, you become stronger. It’s the best thing to do but make sure you do it at the right time,” Jepkosgei said.The second panel session had Ghana Women’s National team coach, Mercy Tagoe, Super Falcons forward, Desire Oparanozie and former Banyana Banyana midfielder, Amanda Dlamini discuss keeping the barriers down in football.Coach Mercy Tagoe talked about her journey from being a footballer to a referee and a coach. Amanda Dlamini urged footballers to prepare for retirement, as that made it easier for her to transition into sports broadcasting after she hung up her boots.“Football is not your whole life. You need to get yourself ready for retirement. I had to go to the university to ensure I could do something after I retired,” Dlamini said.As it was done in previous editions of the conference, five athletes were given grants as a reward for excellent performances in their different sports in 2018.Rivers Angels goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie, young Judoka, Adijat Azeez, Wrestler, Sunmisola Balogun, Track and Field athlete, Rosemary Chukwuma and Power-lifter, Esther Onyema were the recipients.The Head of Human Resource and CSR of Bet9ja, Kikky Boboye and law firm Aluko & Oyebode’s senior associate, Nta Ekpiken and many more spoke during the conference.The conference was supported by; Bet9ja, Zaron Cosmetics, Smooth FM 98.1 FM, IR Digitals, Travel Trilz, Smice Technologies and the Busy BuddiesShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Falcons Captain, Desire Oparanozie has asked that the women’s senior national team be paid the same amount of money paid to the men’s national team, the Super Eagles.She made the call at the 2019 Ladies In Sports (LIS) Conference held on Friday, July 26 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.“I think we deserve equal pay. We are the most successful female team in Africa. We have done the nation proud. I believe we will get there, one step at a time,” Oparanozie said.last_img read more