Blackburn 2-0 Millwall: Rovers late show deals big blow to Lions’ survival hopes

first_img1 Blackburn Rover striker Rudy Gestede celebrates Millwall’s hopes of securing Championship survival were dealt a huge blow after two late goals were enough to give Blackburn Rovers a 2-0 win at Ewood Park.Rudy Gestede’s sumptuous volley in the 78th minute finally broke the deadlock for Rovers and substitute Jordan Rhodes settled it in injury time with a swift breakaway goal.It was a cruel result on the increasingly desperate Lions, who remain four points adrift of safety with just two games left to save their second tier status.They created a host of chances in an encouraging first half display, but were again left to rue a lack of attacking quality as Martyn Woolford twice went close and the same player saw an effort cleared off the line in the second.Ultimately it was a damaging defeat for the visitors, who have lost five of their last seven away games and are still sit third from bottom.The visitors made an bright start, with Woolford dragging a shot wide and Alan Dunne’s long-range effort inches wide of providing a spectacular opener in the first five minutes.Blackburn’s first real sight of goal came after 13 minutes when Taylor showed good footwork to weave away from the Millwall defence but he shot straight at David Forde.Three chances fell in the closing exchanges of the first half. Woolford’s 20-yard drive was grasped by Steele, while Forde was forced into a flying save by Taylor’s curling effort.But Millwall went agonisingly close through Jimmy Abdou’s glancing header that drifted wide, and they went even closer a minute after the restart when Woolford hooked a fine effort goalwards from the left of the area, only for Tommy Spurr to clear off the line.Rovers also had their chances, with Chris Brown seeing a looping header come back off the crossbar, before Gestede finally opened the scoring with his 20th of the season, volleying in from Craig Conway’s inswinging cross.Cairney then saw a goalbound effort blocked moments later before O’Brien missed gilt-edged chance in the closing moments when he shot straight at Steele with the goal at his mercy.And Rhodes compounded the misery in injury time by slotting home his 19th of the season on the counter.last_img read more

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Video: District 9 fever hits SA

first_imgFilmed in Johannesburg, directed by a South African-born computer graphics whizzkid, and using a science fiction storyline to parody apartheid … the film that has taken the US box-office by storm opens on the South African circuit, in what turns out to be quite a premiere party.Click arrow to watch video.More about the movie and how it came about on MediaClubSouthAfrica.comPosted on SouthAfrica.info on 21 August 2009.last_img

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Amir freed early from jail

first_imgYoung Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been released from jail after serving half of his six-month sentence in a spot-fixing case. VideoAmir, who was sent to jail on November 3 last year along with former captain Salman Butt and pacer Mohammad Asif for a plot to deliberately bowl no balls in a Test match against England in 2010, was released from Portland prison in Dorset, on Wednesday.ICC had banned Amir for five years, Asif for seven years (two years suspended) and Butt 10 years (five years suspended) from playing the game.The 19-year-old was due to be let out of Prison on Friday but the date, according to reports, was brought two days early to avoid media attention.It was said at the time of the pronouncement of the judgement that the cricketers might have to serve just half of their sentences as they can be released on license if their behavior is good.Amir has a visa to stay in England until the end of March.Amir and his two team-mates were sentenced in November 2011 at Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat following a sting operation by now defunct ‘News of the World’.Asif, 29, was handed a one-year jail term, while Butt, 27, was sentenced to two and a half year imprisonment for their roles in the spot-fixing case.The sting operation proved that Asif and Amir bowled deliberate no-balls in the Lord’s Test against England in 2010.last_img read more

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Youth Trans Tasman Selectors

first_imgThe selector’s appointments will be made for the selection of the teams for this series only. Two (2) selectors will be appointed, one to assist the Boys the other to assist the selection of the Girls team.Please click on the attachment to read the rest of this document. Related Filesyouth_selectors_memo-pdflast_img

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a month agoWolves wing-back Adama Traore: Reading offers us momentum

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves wing-back Adama Traore: Reading offers us momentumby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves wing-back Adama Traore says they can build momentum with a Carabao Cup win over Reading tonight.Wolves go into the tie on the gap of their draw with Crystal Palace.Traore told the club’s website: “It will be important to build momentum, but whether it’s against Reading or whether it’s against anyone else, we always want to win.“It was the same against Crystal Palace – we got a point, but for everyone, we wanted to win. In any game, and whatever is the team, we go out to work and win.“But even if we don’t win games, we always have a positive mind. We have no excuses not to win games, and this is why we fight and work to do it.”On showing character at Selhurst Park, he continued: “It was a tough game and we wanted more, but we stayed in shape, we worked hard, and we kept believing – that is the important thing.“We had a lot of chances to score, the first-half in particular, but we didn’t finish it, so we have to think about the positive things, but we have to keep working, we have to improve in our game and we showed we can do it.“When you have chances and the goalie does well or it’s not going in, you get frustrated, but you have to keep going, keep believing and even if we have one man less, two men less, we will keep fighting together.” last_img read more

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Tiger Woods Seen Confused Stumbling On Police Dashcam Video

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — His speech slow and slurred, Tiger Woods couldn’t follow simple instructions or keep his balance during a dazed and disoriented encounter with police before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.The video images came from dashcam footage that Jupiter police released Wednesday night, and they show Woods with little capacity to stand still without swaying, repeat simple instructions or put one foot in front of the other.The footage came from his arrest Monday in the dark of early morning when Jupiter police noticed his Mercedes parked on the side of a six-lane road, part of it in the road and part of it in the bicycle lane.Police found Woods asleep behind the wheel, according to an incident report. The engine was running, the brake lights were on and the right turn signal was blinking. Police also released photos of his car that showed two flat tires and minor damage around the bumpers.When the officer asks Woods where he had been, the 14-time major champion says, “LA.” He says he was headed down to Orange County.The 1 hour, 39-minute video starts with Jupiter police approaching Woods’ car and ends with the cruiser pulling into the Palm Beach County jail with Woods in handcuffs behind his back and sitting in the back seat.Woods told the officers he had not been drinking, and two breath tests at the jail registered a 0.0 blood-alcohol level. Woods issued a statement nearly 10 hours after he was released from jail on Monday that alcohol was not involved.“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications,” Woods said in his statement. “I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”He told police he was taking prescription medicine. When asked what kind, he gave an answer that was redacted from the videotape. The arrest affidavit listed four medications, including Vicodin, that Woods reported taking.Woods is to be arraigned July 5 in Palm Beach County Court.The video brings to life the troubling images contained in an incident report from the four police officers who were at the scene.His speech is slurred from his first words. When the officer points out that Woods’ shoe is untied, Woods places his right foot on the front of the police car and starts to fiddle with the laces.“It’s your other shoe that’s untied,” the officer says as Woods unties the laces.“Now, that one is, too,” the officer adds.When Woods is unable to tie the left shoe, the officer tells him he can take them off. Woods then tells the officer he doesn’t remember what happened or being asleep in his car when police approached.The field sobriety test was a failure from the start.Woods struggled to simply put his feet together. When he did, he leaned forward after losing his balance.He couldn’t follow a red light the officer moved from side to side. When asked to walk a straight line by going heel-to-toe nine times, Woods staggered from the starting position. He never connected heel-to-toe. He often strayed outside the white line and occasionally lost his balance.Woods couldn’t raise one leg 6 inches off the ground.On his third try of understanding instructions to recite the alphabet, he made it from A to Z.The next instruction from the officer was to place his hands behind his back as they cuffed him and told him he was being arrested.Woods, who had his fourth back surgery in three years on April 20, has not played since Feb. 2 in Dubai when he withdrew after the first round because of back spasms. The surgery means he is out for the rest of the PGA Tour season. read more

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Softball Ohio State hopes to start season off on right track after

Emily Clark follows through on her swing hitting a double against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team’s 2017 season ended in disappointment. Despite finishing the season 35-18, the Buckeyes were shut out in the Big Ten tournament finals by Minnesota, then dropped both regional games to end the season on a bitter note.But with the disappointment of last season behind them, the Buckeyes are looking to start their season strong. They begin their preseason this weekend when they travel to Boca Raton, Florida, to face Northern Illinois in the first game of the Florida Atlantic “First Pitch” Classic.The team will take the field without two key contributors from last season. Ohio State lost ace Shelby Hursh and Alex Bayne, one of its middle-of-the-order hitters. Last season, Ohio State had a veteran team that was ready to compete when the season began, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. But this year, it will have a healthy mix of veterans and newcomers. The Buckeyes returned six senior and added seven freshmen. “We teach them the plays and then when they come in the games we just hope that they progress quickly and learn everything,” Kovach Schoenly said, “There are certain plays that we run … they just have to know them and then getting into game situations where they come in to play, knowing what they know and then executing it.” Upperclassmen, such as senior infielder Ashley Goodwin and junior catcher Emily Clark, know they will be relied on by some of the younger players to provide leadership to the younger players as the freshmen adjust to college softball.“Ashley and I, we’re really vocal so even with the outfielders we try to tell them right from wrong,” Clark said. “When they are doing something wrong we try to correct them. They’re really good at taking criticism.”Kovach Schoenly said she is excited about the energy the underclassmen bring to the team. “I think that we have such a nice mix of seniors in key positions and young fresh blood who don’t know what they don’t know, in a good way,” Kovach Schoenly said. “They just play naively and I think that adds energy to the team.”Having yet to take to the field yet this season, the Buckeyes are focused and ready to get some game experience.“We’ve been hitting off of our own pitchers so we just need to see other pitching which will come with games,” sophomore infielder Carley Gaskill said, “I think we’re ready in every other aspect.” Although the Buckeyes will play many teams this year, Oklahoma is the one that came to everyone’s mind when asked who they felt would be their toughest opponent this season. The Sooners are the reigning national champions and will meet the Buckeyes in Fullerton, California, on Mar. 18 as part of the Easton Invitational. The team agreed Oklahoma would be a tough matchup, but players also said they didn’t want to put much emphasis on it. While some players such as junior pitcher Katya Duvall said having a chance to play the best team in the nation is a great opportunity for a team to get experience against tough opponents, the Buckeyes still believe it is important to play it as if it was just a normal opponent.“We’re going to treat them like any other team. We’re not going to look at them like, ‘hey, they’re national champions,’” junior outfielder Bri Betschel said, “We’re going to take it like it’s any other game.” Oklahoma aside, the team has many other goals it hopes to accomplish. After falling in the Big Ten tournament last season, Duvall said it is a major goal for the team to try and finish the job this season.The Buckeyes will play a total of five games against four different teams in Florida to open the season, and Clark said the team is prepared and ready for the first pitch. read more

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England squad to be named on May 16

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that he will name the final squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia on May 16, reports talkSPORTThe English Football Association (FA) have announced that their head coach will submit his final 23-man squad to FIFA before the proposed deadline date of June 4 by next Wednesday.Southgate has already been forced to leave Liverpool duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez out of his final plans for Russia.During Liverpool’s 5-2 win against AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained a knee injury and was later ruled out of the World Cup for England.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.While Gomez suffered an injury during the national side’s 1-0 win against Holland at the Johan Cruijff Arena in an international friendly back in March.England is set to face Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and Costa Rica at Leeds United’s Ellan Road Stadium on June 7 in two friendlies as part of their preparations for the World Cup.The Three Lions have been drawn in Group G in the upcoming World Cup along with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.last_img read more

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Rush vows to bow to Salah if he breaks his record

first_imgLiverpool legend Ian Rush has promised that he will bow down to Mohamed Salah if he can break his goalscoring record in Saturday’s Champions League final against Real MadridThe Egyptian forward enter’s Saturday’s final needing to find at least three goals against Real to match Rush’s record of 47 goals in 65 appearances in the 1983-84 season.While it may seem rather extreme, a hat-trick or more from Salah may well see Liverpool upset the odds and defeat Real to win their first Champions League crown in 13 years.“If he beats my record I would actually bow down to him,” said Rush, according to RTE.“To score four goals in a final would be an incredible achievement.“Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez were amazing in their first seasons at Liverpool.“But I have to say Salah’s been even better than them, not only his goals and assists but his all-round game.“What I like about him is that he’s such a humble guy, if someone’s in a better position he passes the ball.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…In this season’s Champions League alone, Salah has scored 11 goals for Liverpool as they reached the final for the first time since 2007.Rush believes that victory on Saturday night may well see Salah become the first player to end Lionel Messi’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or award.“The two best players in the world over a long time, without doubt, are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi,” said Rush.“But over the last season, Salah has been the best player.“He played a huge role in helping Egypt to the World Cup and what he’s achieved at Liverpool has been amazing.“I don’t want to take anything away from Ronaldo or Messi, but he’s done it in the hardest league in the world.“If Liverpool wins the Champions League he deserves the best player award, 100 percent.”last_img read more

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Napoli confirm squad list for Champions League

first_imgNapoli have announced a 23-man squad list for their Champions League group stage matches.Napoli were drawn in Group C alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade, in what pundits and fans have called ‘group of death’.Only injured German winger Amin Younes was left out, but the rest of their big-name players are fit and of course, in the list. Football Italia reports.According to UEFA rules, clubs are allowed to have up to 25 players in the A-List, but eight places should be reserved for homegrown talents and Napoli do not have the players to fill all those places.The Partenopei has no choice but to list only 23 players.Napoli A ListOrestis KarnezisAlex MeretDavid OspinaRaul AlbiolKevin MalcuitSebastiano LupertoVlad ChirichesMario RuiFaouzi GhoulamCristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Nikola MaksimovicKalidou KoulibalyElseid HysajAllanPiotr ZielinskiFabian RuizAmadou DiawaraMarek HamsikMarko RogJose CallejonSimone VerdiLorenzo InsigneDries MertensArkadiusz MilikAdam Ounaslast_img read more

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