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first_imgGianfranco Zola admitted Chelsea were surprised by Derby in their Carabao Cup clash.Chelsea scraped through to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge, where they were pushed all the way by Frank Lampard’s side.AdChoices广告Blues assistant boss Zola said: “It was more than a little bit shaky, to be honest, especially towards the end. “To be fair, a lot is down to them because they really played well. They surprised us. They played with a lot of quality.“A lot of it was also down to us because the passing wasn’t as sharp as it normally is.“We certainly need to improve. It’s been positive in some ways but other things weren’t.” See also:Chelsea scrape past Lampard’s Derby to reach quarter-finalsChelsea v Derby County player ratingsZola critical of Chelsea duo after cup winVideo: Lampard thanks Chelsea fans for welcome backChelsea still seeking right balance, Fabregas admitsSarri: Barkley becoming vital for Chelsea and EnglandLoftus-Cheek in Sarri’s plans but Cahill’s future remains unclearHazard set to be on the bench against Palace Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SOS for women’s football

first_imgThe failure of the Lady Jaguars Senior team to qualify for the second round of the CONCACAF Women’s Qualifiers has placed an unwanted but necessary microscope on the programme. Needing a win in their last fixture to advance, despite having ‘home field’ advantage, Guyana was dumped out for the first time in their history in the opening round of any senior women’s tournament, after battling to a scoreless draw with eventual third place finisher Barbados.Although the tactics employed by the management staff for the crunch clash under recent recruit, Canadian Dr. Ivan Joseph can be called into question, (that will be scrutinized at a later date), this missive is primarily focused on the women’s local game or the lack thereof.  It is the worst kept secret that local content is often absent on these important occasions. This is even more apparent in the Women’s Game. Probably, an SOS (the International Morse Code distress signal used with maritime radio systems) needs to be sent out to rescue this forgotten aspect of the discipline, which has been lost in the ocean of photo opportunities and rhetoric.   But who is to be blame for the quality or lack thereof of the local players? The answer to the million dollar question is none other than the Guyana Football Federation. They are the architects of our doom.In the three matches, only six locally based players were utilized, namely; Nathalie Nedd, Collette Hope, Lakeisha Pearson, Tiandi Smith, Annalisa Williams and Sasha James. Quite frankly none of them are at the current standard required to compete at the CONCACAF level. However, this is far from a slight against the ladies. At the moment, the subject of women’s football being played here is fantasy. There is literally more action and development in the Le Repentir Cemetery.Yet the local ladies are expected to don the flag and give their best. I guess their finest is good enough for some of us. Giving your utmost without organized programmes and adequate practice is foolhardy.  I hope this wasn’t the belief of the powers that be. ‘Underprepared’ is an understatement to describe the current climate faced by our local lasses.It is foolish to believe any of the present locals could match the talents, physicality and technical acumen of the overseas-based players, who were nurtured from an early age by qualified coaches in structured programmes all year round and play regularly in competitive events. Where are we going as a programme when our starting left-back is a locally based individual on the wrong side of her 30s? I guess we have to use what we have. That is development on local shores for you, ladies and gentlemen.Where are the benefits of the ATC’s and women’s programmes to the overall quality of our players? We guess their importance [and numbers] will be overstated and inflated once again.Barring injury, the cold hard truth, is that Coach Joseph could have fielded a match-day squad without any locally based players. Maybe next-time he might. That is an indictment of where we stand in Women’s Football locally. No one is against overseas based or born players (of Guyanese parentage), they add a dimension and overall quality which is required to progress over the proverbial hump, while creating healthy competition within the national setup.However, their inclusion shouldn’t be automatic because of the nonexistence of domestic structures. Development is a long and arduous process which is very expensive.Maybe it is simply cheaper to secure the services of ‘foreign nationals’ of Guyanese lineage to represent the Mud-heads, than develop local talent. Just for the record, I hope they are all properly qualified to play, we don’t wish for another ‘name changing episode’.   Women’s Sports are never viewed in the same light or revered in the identical manner as is, their Male counterparts. In the Caribbean and back-water administration countries like Guyana, the aforementioned is even more apparent. Simply put, developed nations produce and take care of their athletes. On the other hand, in ‘developing or Third World countries’, the administrators and politicians are taken care of first. The ones who fall by the wayside are obvious.Analysis of the Women’s game is the shortest subject on the curriculum of the GFF. Like physical education, a topic which is never taken seriously, but often used in the past, as a filler.What our girls need is an avenue to hone their skills. Not a seat on a bench to become a line-up statistic for the record books. For too long, political speeches of the Lady Jaguars inspiring a new generation of players have been met with a cold dose of reality, emptiness.Our girls have been failed by the GFF and the National Association for Women’s Football (NAWF) for too long, because of the lack of opportunities, structure and development programmes.In the simplest of definitions, Women’s Football requires structure and the same opportunity as the Men’s game to flourish. Sadly, that might never come to fruition, as the sport has been stagnant for too many months throughout our land.last_img read more

first_imgInter Milan have boosted their hopes of finishing inside the top four after they scored two second half goals to beat lowly Benevento 2-0 in a Matchday 26 clash played at the San Siro on Saturday evening.Defenders Milan Skiriniar and Andrea Rannochia scored within three second half minutes to propel his team to just a second league win of 2018 thereby boosting their hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) next season.With the win, the Nerazurris (51 points) climb above Lazio (49 points) and AS Roma into 3rd place while Benevento (10 points) stay rooted to the bottom with the lowly outfit 11 points from safety.In the other game played on Saturday, Mattia Destro and Cesar Falletti scored in the second half to give Bologna a 2-0 home victory over Genoa thereby moving above their opponents and two places from 13th to 11th spot with 33 points.Genoa, on the other hand, drop one place from 12th to 13th position with 30 points from the 26 league games played this season.RelatedSerie A Review: Inter UCL Bid In Tatters With Shock Sassuolo DefeatMay 13, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review: Napoli Wrestle Top Spot From Juventus With Bologna Win As Milan Edge Lazio In Big ClashJanuary 29, 2018In “Europe”Serie A week 12 PreviewNovember 4, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Ryan Nelson is a 16-year-old tennis player from Sandy who is ranked No. 1 in the nation. He has three national junior titles to his credit as well as a fifth-place finish in a World team cup competition.What makes Nelson different is that as he roams the tennis court tracking down balls and smashing winners, he does it while sitting in a wheelchair. Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair his whole life, he played wheelchair basketball as a youngster before taking up tennis about five years ago.A three-time member of the USA team, Nelson has played in California, Louisiana, Florida and Missouri and internationally in England, Turkey and South Africa. He has also played for the Brighton High tennis team and this past year played JV doubles for the Jordan High team.Nelson is one of several Utahns who compete in wheelchair tennis tournaments and one of a few dozen who play recreationally in the state.”It’s opened up a lot of opportunities, taken me a lot of places, and I’ve met a lot of great people,” Nelson said. “It’s raised my confidence and made it so I’m more independent.”Wheelchair tennis actually got its start at the Salt Lake Swimming and Tennis Club about 30 years ago and has grown all over the country and all continents of the world.One of the pioneers of wheelchair tennis in Utah is Dean Oba, a 59-year-old engineer who lives in Salt Lake and works in Clearfield. Also born with spina bifida, Oba has competed in national tournaments for years and in 2009 received the Wheelchair Tennis Champion of the Year award from Racquet Sports Industry magazine.He credits Kathy Rothfels, the former manager of the Salt Lake Swimming and Tennis Club, for helping wheelchair tennis get its start in the early 1980s. He said the interest has ebbed and flowed ever since, but says now “we’re in a period where the group is vigorous.”Besides the SLSTC, wheelchair athletes play tennis at the Ivory Ridge Tennis Club in Lehi and at Liberty Park in Salt Lake. Recently Dan James, the National Manager for the Wheelchair Tennis Society for United States Tennis, visited the SLSTC to give a clinic to local wheelchair players.”We know there are 500 to 600 tournament players that travel the nation playing tournaments. We’re definitely growing, but a lot of players are missing out on a lot of opportunities,” he said. “That’s what makes a local program in Salt Lake where they have different levels of wheelchair tennis players so exciting. It’s exactly what a local program should be.”Linda Vincent, the executive director for Utah Tennis Association, has been involved with wheelchair tennis for 23 years. She was the tournament director for the UTA when a wheelchair player asked about incorporating a wheelchair division into the tournament.”That was my first exposure to wheelchair tennis,” said Vincent, who has become a big proponent of wheelchair tennis. “We still need to do more to outreach in outlying areas to raise awareness for wheelchair tennis. Ryan (Nelson) is kind of leading the way for other kids. We’re hoping we can get more of them involved.”These days, not only do wheelchair players compete in their own tournaments, they can play in regular tournaments with able-bodied athletes. The only difference is they are allowed two bounces instead of one. That’s how Nelson is able to compete in high school tennis alongside kids who can run around.”It’s called the ‘integration rule’ and it was adopted by the International Tennis Federation and the United States Tennis Association,” said James. “If I play someone, (the wheelchair athlete) has every right to play against me, based on ability, not disability.”The wheelchair regulars enjoy playing together once or twice a week throughout the year and would love to include more people in their group.”Our philosophy is if someone is going to take a risk and come out and play, we want to make sure they have an enjoyable time,” said Oba. “Fun is a huge component of what we do.”email: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, January 21, 2020•8:05 a.m. Non-Injury Accident involving vehicles driven by Antonio J. Reyes, 65, Wellington, and Jennifer K. Strickland, 29, South Haven.•8:05 a.m. Antonio J. Reyes, 65, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for failure to yield right of way.•12:21 p.m. Injury accident involving vehicles driven by Dustin M. Glenn, 28, Wellington, and Priscilla J. Rinehart, 62, Derby.•12:21 p.m. Dustin M. Glenn was issued a notice to appear for a disobeyed stop sign.•7:45 p.m. Officers investigated a missing juvenile in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•9:06 p.m. Officers responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

first_imgAndre Van Dyk (from left) with Don Carmody and Rob Brown.PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf GroupTuesday, Feb. 26, Royal Lakeside – StablefordRoyal Lakeside was in typically great condition and as the golfers hit drives on the par-five, hole number 1, it looked likely to be a great day with a few clouds, and a nice breeze. On the back nine it started to rain however, and players and caddies huddled under umbrellas or at drink stands. Play continued, as the storm faded, but the course was soggy as we completed our rounds.Andre Van Dyk got off to a great start under the early, fine weather, and was able to continue scoring well, despite the rain and wet conditions. Andre’s 43 points was the score of the day, leading the field by six points. Rob Brown carried the A flight (0–15) with 37 points from his new, even lower, handicap of four. Second went to Brian Parish (13) with 36. Landis Brooks’ (9), 35 points was good for third place and John Davis (11) claimed fourth with 34. Mashi Keneta had the top nine-hole score among non-placers with 20 points.In the B flight (16–24), Andre Van Dyk (17) took first with 43 points, Graham Buckingham (24) was second on 39, Paul Weatherly (16) took third with 37 and Brian Gabe (17) claimed fourth on countback over Mick Coghlan, both with 34 points however Mick took the best nine with 19 points.In the C flight (25 and up), Don Carmody (26) was in the winners’ circle again, this time with 36 points. David Bailey (26) was second with 34, Gordon Clegg (25) third also on 34 and Barry Elphick (26) fourth with 31. Roland Raeber’s claimed the best nine score with only 15 points.last_img read more

Look who’s smiling now

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS CHRISTMAS came early for siblings Cameron and Chloe, who are both now one step closer to getting…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

first_imgThis morning in Croke Park, Uachtarán CLG, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl launched the first ever GAA Player Conference. The event which will take place in Croke Park on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 is open to all adult players of Gaelic Games (Football, Hurling, Camogie, Ladies Football, Handball and Rounders). The event is themed Prepare, Perform and Recover and is designed to engage, educate, support and inform adult club players on player welfare topics. In relation to the conference, Uachtarán CLG, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl said “I am delighted to launch this event, which will help increase awareness of the many fantastic resources available through our online platforms, and, and which are available to all our members.” Player Welfare is one of the GAA’s core values and the Association invests considerable time, personnel, and finance in developing evidence-based programmes and resources. Research has identified the challenge for sports governing bodies in communicating player welfare messages to the playing population. To bridge this gap, the GAA is providing a platform for adult club players to engage and be informed about the following player welfare areas:-Warm-up / Injury prevention / Strength & Conditioning-Technical demands of the game & Skills acquisition-Mental preparation and performance skills-Nutrition for Performance / SupplementsThe conference will include keynote addresses, engaging workshops and discussion groups as well as practical experiential demonstrations on the above and other player welfare related topics including fixtures, concussion and gambling awareness. Special guests and speakers includeEamonn O’Shea (former Tipperary Hurling manager)Cathal Cregg (Head Strength & Conditioning Officer)Prof Niall Moyna (Head of the School of Health and Human Performance and Sigerson Manager – DCU)Caroline Currid (Performance Coach – experience with multiple All-Ireland winning teams)Dr. Crionna Tobin (Leading sports nutritionist)Dr. Edwenia O’Malley (Sports Physiotherapist)Mark Roe (Researcher, GAA/UCD National Injury Surveillance Database)Further speakers to be added in the coming weeks…Admission is  €10 and attendees will also receive an information booklet on key areas of player welfare, an attendee pack and refreshments (including lunch) throughout the day.In the lead up to the conference, as part of a #PreparePerformRecover campaign, player welfare related resources will be promoted across, and the GAA’s many social media channels to assist players, coaches and clubs as they plan for the 2018 season.The GAA Player Conference will take place in Croke Park from 9.45am until 3.15pm on Saturday 17th February 2018. Spaces are limited so to book your place, and for further information see WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000The new Ferrari Formula One SF90 which was unveiled at Maranello © FERRARI PRESS OFFICE/AFP / HandoutMILAN, Italy, Feb 15 – Ferrari on Friday unveiled their new Formula One SF90 car which the Italian stable hopes will end their decade-long title drought to mark the team’s 90th anniversary.The new SF90, featuring the team’s traditional red with splashes of black, was launched at a glitzy ceremony at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters by drivers Sebastian Vettel and new 21-year-old team-mate Charles Leclerc. “I’m extremely excited, I see the car completely assembled for the first time,” said Vettel, 31, who along with Leclerc wore a black suit with the Ferrari crest.“Unfortunately, I’m not dressed properly and can’t just jump in and drive off. I can’t wait.“I’m looking forward to this year, I think the team is on the right path and hopefully we can continue improving.”Ferrari are the sport’s most successful team, but have not won the drivers’ title since Kimi Raikkonen took the title in 2007. The team’s last constructors’ title was in 2008.The past two seasons have held out the promise of Ferrari challenging Mercedes’ dominance, with Vettel finishing runner-up to Briton Lewis Hamilton on both occasions.Vettel is heading into his fifth season with the team while Leclerc has replaced Raikkonen.“Sebastian is hungry as ever, he knows the whole team is behind him,” said Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri.“This year is an important one for us as we celebrate our 90th anniversary as the Scuderia Ferrari was born in Modena in 1929.Kimi Raikkonen won Ferrari’s last Formula One drivers’ title in 2007 © FERRARI PRESS OFFICE/AFP / Handout“It’s an important milestone as we continue to be inspired and guided by the vision of our founder Enzo Ferrari.“Last season was our best in the last 10 years, yet we fell short of our objectives.“Such a setback is never easy to swallow, but I assure you we look forward with strong commitment and determination.”Before joining Ferrari, Vettel monopolised the world title for four consecutive years with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013.Ferrari team are under new leadership with Mattia Binotto replacing Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal.Binotto explained that the “innovative” new car built on the successful features of the 2018 model.“We got really good achievements in 2018 and it’s a development of last year’s car,” he said. “We tried to push again to raise the bar and tried to be as extreme as we could.”The new car features a radical front wing design to meet new regulations, the aim of which is reduce turbulence and to allow cars to race closer together.The rearward flaps slope downwards from the centre towards the outside of the wing, with the intention of being more aerodynamic.Leclerc, a Monegasque, said he was “extremely excited to start this new adventure”.“It’s a dream since childhood: I’ve always been looking at the red car hoping to one day be in it. So it’s a very emotional day for me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgChelsea are poised to send out-of-favour defender Papy Djilobodji on loan to German club Wolfsburg.The 27-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer after the Blues paid French side Nantes £2.7million for his signature.But since then the Senegal international has played just one minute for Chelsea and he is ready to leave.Wolfsburg, according to Bild, are in advanced talks with Djilobodji and a deal is expected to be completed by the end of the week.The Bundesliga outfit are ready to take the player on loan for the rest of the season and he is keen on the switch.Fellow Bundesliga side Stuttgart had also shown an interest but Djilobodji is said to prefer a move to Wolfsburg. Chelsea and Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji 1last_img read more

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