Pearson dismisses form fears

first_img The Foxes go to Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday having picked up one point from their last three games. Their last win came in their 5-3 victory over Manchester United in September and they lost 1-0 at Newcastle at the weekend. But Pearson insists they have deserved more than a draw against Burnley over the last three games. He said: “We look at the games and reflect on them as honestly as we can. The facts remain if you don’t defend efficiently you’ll be punished. Likewise if you spurn the opportunity to take you’re chances you will be punished. “When you look at the margins at success and failure they are ever decreasing. The margins get smaller and the details get more important. It is difficult to always have a balanced view on it. “When people want to talk positively about your team and about us in general you can be quite wary about getting overly excited. Likewise I don’t get too downbeat when things don’t go how we would like them to go. It’s a long season and so far we have acquitted ourselves pretty well. You could argue we could have one or two points more or you could argue we could have one or two less. “It depends on the angle and how you want to look at it. “The last three results haven’t been what we want but there’s not too much of a difference between the early performances.” Press Associationcenter_img Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has dismissed fears over his side’s form despite their winless run.last_img read more

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Bruce and Poyet play down spat

first_img Bruce was also grateful to Burt for his persistence in holding him back when the red mist descended. “I thanked him, I’ll probably have to buy him a beer too,” he said. “A big heavyweight like me and he was a lightweight to be fair to him. He was exhausted trying to keep hold of me.” Poyet was less forthcoming in his post-match comments. Asked to offer an account of the incident with Bruce, he said: “No, because I am old-fashioned. What happened stays on the pitch. “I’ve spoken to Steve and shaken hands. I just saw him, nothing happened. It’s football. It’s passion. “I have to convince the officials not to put any buckets of drinks around me. I have no regrets whatsoever. If that is a bad image for football I am sorry but I don’t think it’s something to worry about.” Poyet was at least clear that Rodwell was the victim of inconsistency from referee Mike Dean, suggesting Paul McShane had won a free-kick in similar circumstances to Rodwell. “I was not happy with the decision of McShane. He was diving like he was in a theatre, dancing, ballet and then he got a free-kick for Hull. “And then Jack was diving and got a yellow card and free-kick against him. So give me one, you cannot get both against you. “McShane, in the first half, jumped with both feet and went down like he had been shot, but he won a free-kick. I was just asking for the same treatment, simple as that.” The rival managers clashed after Poyet was sent to the stands in the first half for reacting to Jack Rodwell’s caution for diving by angrily kicking a container of water bottles. The Uruguayan made a beeline for Bruce before making his way and – after an angry exchange of words and gestures – the Tigers boss lunged towards Poyet before being restrained by assistant referee Stuart Burt. Neither man covered themselves in glory in the heated incident, but tempers had cooled somewhat by full-time. Bruce admitted behaving like a “raging idiot” for his part, while Poyet declared himself “old fashioned” and preferred to leave the matter on the pitch. The pair shook hands in a KC Stadium corridor after seeing goals from Dame N’Doye and Rodwell cancel each other out, but there was plenty of simmering resentment beneath the surface. “We all do stupid things and we will wake up to stupid headlines. We’ll both regret it in the morning, but we get on with our lives,” said Bruce. “These things happen in the heat of the moment, grown men acting like a couple of children. “What he said will stay between me and him…it’s up to Gus to reveal what he said but I don’t think he will. “It wasn’t very pleasant, like ‘have a nice evening Steve’. But I’m not going to reveal it to sell your newspapers. “The critical thing was that Gus has seen it differently about Jack Rodwell diving to gain advantage. The referee got it right, but I think by his reaction Gus saw it the other way.” Press Association Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet both attempted to downplay their touchline spat after an ill-tempered 1-1 draw between Hull and Sunderland. last_img read more

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South Florida in Cone of Concern for Tropical Depression 13

first_imgTropical Depression 13 could become Tropical Storm Laura today according to the National Hurricane Center.South Florida is in the right side of the cone of concern for the storm that is expected to slip through the Florida straights into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.Currently maximum sustained winds are at 35 mph.The system is moving westward fast at 21 mph and could impact our weather by Sunday.BULLETINTropical Depression Thirteen Advisory Number 2NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL132020500 AM AST Thu Aug 20 2020…DEPRESSION MOVING WEST-NORTHWESTWARD WITH LITTLE CHANGE INSTRENGTH…SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…15.2N 49.8WABOUT 905 MI…1455 KM E OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDSMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 21 MPH…33 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1008 MB…29.77 INCHESlast_img read more

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William & Mary looks for home win vs Delaware

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDelaware (19-7, 9-4) vs. William & Mary (17-10, 9-5)Kaplan Arena, Williamsburg, Virginia; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: William & Mary looks for its fifth straight win over Delaware at Kaplan Arena. The last victory for the Fightin’ Blue Hens at William & Mary was a 73-70 win on Feb. 14, 2015. William & Mary looks for home win vs Delaware ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 14, 2020center_img SUPER SENIORS: William & Mary has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Nathan Knight, Andy Van Vliet, Bryce Barnes and Tyler Hamilton have collectively accounted for 63 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 78 percent of all Tribe points over the last five games.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Kevin Anderson has directly created 43 percent of all Delaware field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 17 field goals and 16 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: William & Mary is a perfect 10-0 when it holds an opponent to 65 points or fewer. The Tribe are 7-10 when opponents score more than 65 points.STREAK STATS: Delaware has won its last three road games, scoring 76.7 points, while allowing 73.3 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Delaware is ranked second among CAA teams with an average of 75 points per game. The Fightin’ Blue Hens have averaged 79 per game over their seven-game winning streak. Associated Press last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe last time these teams met, the Nationals were celebrating their first World Series title in Houston after winning Game 7 at Minute Maid Park. Since then, the Astros have become the league’s villains, with a sign-stealing scandal sullying their reputation and casting a shadow on their 2017 title.Max Scherzer will start Saturday for the Nationals. He started and threw five innings in Washington’s 6-2 win in Game 7 that gave the franchise its first title.As the Astros prepare to take the field for the first time since their cheating scam was uncovered there’s much speculation about what kind of reception they’ll receive.A handful of hecklers turned out at Astros camp this week. One man banged on a trash can as Astros players took batting practice Monday and someone yelled: “cheater” at second baseman Jose Altuve as he walked by fans the same day.On a more troubling note, Houston outfielder Josh Reddick says he and other players have received death threats. Union head Tony Clark said the union has had conversations with MLB about ensuring the safety of the players and their families. Associated Press Update on the latest sports While some people could come out to heckle the Astros, they likely won’t be able to direct their ire at any players who were on the teams that stole signs. New manager Dusty Baker said he doesn’t plan to play any of Houston’s regulars Saturday and wants to give the “kids” a chance to play in the opener.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 1 Baylor hosts No. 3 KansasUNDATED (AP) — The biggest game of the weekend in the Big 12 is arguably the biggest game in college basketball so far this season: No. 1 Baylor against third-ranked Kansas. The Bears have already beaten the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse and now welcome Kansas to Waco.Baylor could deal a staggering blow to the Jayhawks’ hopes of winning the Big 12 championship by completing the series sweep Saturday. A win at home also might solidify their spot as the overall No. 1 seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament. The game tips off at noon, Eastern time.Two other games on the Saturday schedule match up ranked teams. No. 2 Gonzaga visits No. 23 BYU and No. 14 Oregon is at No. 24 Arizona. Both are night games.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILLSuter seals WCup downhill title in race won by Gut-BehramiCRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Corinne Suter has won the season-long women’s World Cup downhill title by finishing race runner-up to her Swiss teammate Lara Gut-Behrami for the second straight day.center_img February 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-ASTROS-SIGN-STEALING SCANDALIt’s champs vs. cheaters as Nats and Astros meet in exhibition openerWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It will be a World Series rematch when the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros play their exhibition opener Saturday night. Gut-Behrami edged Suter by 0.02 seconds, with Nina Ortlieb of Austria just 0.05 off the pace in third.It’s the first World Cup crystal trophy for the 25-year-old Suter.American Mikaela Shiffrin still leads the overall World Cup standings, but Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) closed the gap by placing fourth in Saturday’s downhill. But Shiffrin’s lead over Brignone is just 27 points, and Brignone is among the favorites to score 100 on Sunday by winning a combined event.Petra Vlhova, who tied for 14th Saturday, trails Shiffrin by 86 points.Shiffrin is taking an extended break from racing following her father’s death. It’s unclear when she will return to compete.last_img read more

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I’ve learnt from my mistakes – Shakib

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – Shakib Al Hasan has admitted to having “made mistakes” that led to his ongoing ban from international cricket. In an interview on ESPNcricinfo’s Cricketbaazi series, hosted by Deep Dasgupta, Shakib said he wanted to serve as a cautionary tale for other players.Last October, Shakib accepted three charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code, for failing to report corrupt approaches in two tournaments in 2018: an ODI tri-series in January and an IPL match when he turned out for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He will be free to return to international cricket from October 29.“You have to be honest,” Shakib said. “You just can’t lie to the people and pretend different things. Whatever happened has happened. People are bound to make mistakes. You are not 100%.The important thing is how well you can come back from those mistakes. You can tell other people not to make those mistakes. Tell them the path so that they never take those paths.“It could have happened to someone else and I would have learned from him, but it happened to me so other people can learn from me. I wanted to be honest from the first day. I didn’t hide anything from the guys when they were asking me questions. I will say the straightforward things. I made mistakes. It shouldn’t happen for a player like me. I apologised for it, and I want to move forward, I want everyone to learn from it and never make these mistakes.”Shakib said he has seen many controversies ever since he was first made captain in 2009. He had trouble with the board chief, selectors and the media, mainly about selectoral decisions and not being made permanent captain between 2009 and 2010. He believes those experiences have changed him as a person over time.“I think (it’s) a combination of both (controversy following him, and vice-versa). I got the responsibility so early in my career, I was bound to make mistakes. I was captain when I was 21. I made a lot of mistakes, and there are so many things that people think about me. Now I realise that it was my fault in some areas, and in some I was misunderstood. But I get it completely. It is part and parcel in the subcontinent.“Of course I will try to minimise (my mistakes) as much as I can, but by the time I got married, and now I have two kids, I understand the game and life better. It has made me a calmer person than I was in my twenties. I have changed quite a lot. People won’t see me doing a lot of mistakes now. My two daughters changed my life completely.”Shakib also spoke about his experience in the Bangladesh dressing room as captain, during a period when he had to lead other seniors like Mohammad Ashraful and Mashrafe Mortaza. Mashrafe and Shakib exchanged captaincy stints during a difficult phase for Bangladesh cricket over 18 months leading up to the 2011 World Cup.Mortaza suffered from a few injuries between 2009 and 2010, which meant a young Shakib found himself taking charge in the middle of matches or series. BCB never named anyone captain for more than a series at a time, leaving Shakib fuming with several decisions.Even after he was named captain in 2011, he lasted only seven months after an indifferent World Cup campaign and series losses to Zimbabwe.“I never had to face difficulties due to senior players,” Shakib said. “It was never a problem. We were a team struggling to win consistently, so our focus was to improve our game. Off the field, there were always issues. If you say something in the media, it diverted into another direction. I feel that I needed those things in that time, and it helped me to bring me where I am now.”Shakib will most likely return to international cricket during Bangladesh’s proposed Test series against Sri Lanka in October.last_img read more

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Schwartzwalder Trophy not in play; Orange begins Pinstripe Bowl preparations

first_imgNEW YORK – The Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy is no longer up for grabs. The George M. Steinbrenner Trophy has taken its place. The Schwartzwalder Trophy, named for former Syracuse head coach Ben Schwartzwalder, was given to the winner of the game between Syracuse and West Virginia from 1993 to 2011. The Mountaineers won the trophy 11 times, with the Orange taking it in eight seasons, including the last two.And it’ll remain in SU’s possession.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The only trophy that will be given to the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl winner will be the Steinbrenner Trophy, named for the former New York Yankees owner. Yankees president Randy Levine said at a news conference Wednesday that before Steinbrenner died in 2010, he told Yankees management to make sure college football is played at Yankee Stadium. The Pinstripe Bowl made that happen. And SU won the inaugural bowl in 2010 against Kansas State. “I think one of the things that playing in a bowl game that I think we all have to be conscious of is right to the right of us the Steinbrenner Trophy,” Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. “That’s why both teams are here.” So while the Schwartzwalder Trophy was a major part of the matchup of Syracuse and West Virginia for close to two decades, ownership of the award is no longer in play. The Orange and Mountaineers will battle it out for a new trophy, one Marrone said is the only trophy that matters. “That’s what we’re playing for,” Marrone said. “I think that’s very important that we all understand that.” Bowl practices serve dual purposes Teams have 15 practices leading into the Pinstripe Bowl, giving the coaches time to see where young players are in their development before focusing solely on winning the bowl game.  West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, whose Mountaineers beat Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl last season, said Wednesday that younger players will see time on the practice field before Holgorsen installs his game plan for Syracuse.  “You do have to practice your young kids. You get an opportunity to practice a lot and get those guys out there on the practice field and work them a little bit,” Holgorsen said. “But then at some point, you’ve got to cut it off and you’ve got to prepare for the game.” Marrone said he has a plan for practices in place, but right now is focused on his players finishing their semesters off strong academically. He said he hasn’t spoken to the team’s trainers about the health of all his players, but he expects them to all be ready because they were all healthy toward the end of the year.  “We have a schedule made up and our kids have finals and tutors, and that’s what I’m more concerned about right now more than practicing for the bowl game,” Marrone said, “making sure our kids finish up strong academically.” No break for SU coaches Marrone said Wednesday that he hasn’t stopped and had a break since Syracuse’s win over Temple in the regular-season finale. He’s spent time on the road recruiting during what he called a “critical” time of the year. Even though the Orange completely turned its season around to go 5-1 in its final six games, Marrone said he hasn’t had time to stop and think about it.  “I know a lot of people have been having a break and everything else like that,” Marrone said. “It’s something we’ll talk about after everything is over with, recruiting and all of those things. There’s a lot going on.” Comments Published on December 6, 2012 at 3:03 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Preview: Horse racing action in Tipperary

first_imgThe action gets underway at 4.35pm.Course Manager Andrew Hogan looks ahead to today’s racing. Tipperary kicks off its 2015 season this evening with a seven-race card.Local trainer Andrew Slattery has the top-weight in the most valuable race, the Fundraising Events At Tipperary Racecourse Handicap at 5.10pm in the shape of Sors.Reigning champion jockey Pat Smullen has been booked by Gerard O’Leary to ride Primo Uomo in the same race.last_img

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Dare, Tallen to Storm NWPL Super 4 Grand Finale

first_imgFalode, who is also a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, noted that, the two ministers who are positively relevant to the event will play multiple roles at the grand finale which has been fixed for Sunday, November 3, 2019.“The two ministers whose presence would add value to the grand finale, will combine to take the ceremonial kick-off before they will combine forces at both the Third Play final and the Final.The duo will take turn to present medals and trophies to the last three teams on the final day.”An elated Falode, said she noticed that the Minister for Women Affairs fell in love with women’s football when she attended the Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifying match between Nigeria’s Super Falcons and the Atlas Lioness of Algeria, played at the Agege Stadium.On Sunday, November 3, Pauline Tallen will be staging a return to the Agege Stadium, this time to watch the high profile Women’s Premier League Super 4 challenge where the season’s champions will be determined.“We are very happy for her confirmation of attendance as a special guest.“We are also most delighted to have the indefatigable Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, in our midst. Since he resumed office as Minister, he has constantly played a fatherly role in the development of women’s football in Nigeria. We appreciate his extra care towards ensuring a standard women’s football fortune in Nigeria.“With him, Nigeria Women’s football will go places at all levels,” Aisha Falode said.For the 2018/2019 Nigeria Women Premier League proper, the four participating clubs have arrived in Lagos for action.Today, the four teams; Adamawa Queens, Bayelsa Queens, Confluence Queens and Rivers Angels, will officially have a feel of the pitch, while competition begins on Friday, November 1, 2019. The teams will go on break on Saturday November 2, 2019.The NWPL Super 4 ends on Sunday, November 3.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aisha Falode For the first time in the history of the Nigeria Women Premier League Super 4, the grand finale of the 2018/2019 edition will be graced by two ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.The Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, and the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Pauline Tallen, have confirmed their presence at the Agege Stadium, as Special Guests of Honour at the grand finale of the NWPL Super 4.Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, announced this on Tuesday evening.last_img read more

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Sanders says 2020 field united in mission against Trump

first_imgINDIANOLA — Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders opened his first Iowa campaign event of the weekend with a unity message.“Certainly I hope that we are going to win, but if we do not win, we will support the winner and I know that every other candidate will do the same,” Sanders said. “We are united in understanding that we must defeat Donald Trump.”On Friday evening, a congresswoman who has been campaigning for Sanders booed Hillary Clinton from the stage of an event in central Iowa. The congresswoman issued an apology via Tweet on Saturday, but the episode — along with Clinton’s comments about Sanders in a documentary — highlighted the Sanders-Clinton conflict of 2016.Sanders at Simpson College event Saturdaybefore the Iowa Caucuses.Sanders has been off the Iowa campaign trail due to the impeachment trial. During a speech early Saturday afternoon in Indianola, he suggested the issues raised during the trial will be decided by voters in 2020.“Do we have an administration that thinks they are above the law, they can do whatever they want, they can lie, they can obstruct congress, prevent oversight?” Sanders asked.Many in Saturday afternoon’s crowd were Sanders campaign volunteers from other states who’re knocking on doors, hoping to persuade more Iowans to participate in Monday night’s Caucuses. According to Sanders, he’ll lose if turn-out is low.“Let us see Iowa having the largest Caucus turnout in the history of this great state,” Sanders said, to cheers as Sanders ended his remarks.In the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, Sanders finished three-tenths of a percent behind Clinton in the delegate count. Recent polls have suggested Sanders is leading or near the front of the competitors for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.last_img read more

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