Lambert promised January cash

first_img Their contracts expire in the summer and negotiations remain on-going with the key pair. “We’re talking to both players,” Fox told the Birmingham Mail. “Ron has been fantastic for us. We’re looking forward to him coming back and contributing. Our conversations with him are on-going. “It’s the same with Fabian. “It was really unfortunate that he got injured in training because he was having an absolutely fantastic start to the year. “We continue to talk with him. He’s a great young player who has been with us for seven years.” Boss Paul Lambert will be backed in the January transfer window – although Aston Villa will not spend big. Paddy Reilly has been drafted in as the club’s director of recruitment and Fox insisted Lerner is more comfortable providing cash with a long-term goal in mind. He said: “If there’s someone in January we think can benefit us in the short term and the long term, then the owner is prepared to fund that. “I think he’s much more confident in the process around identifying who that player would be and how that player would fit into the long term planning of the squad. “Randy is very realistic. The club had some success early in Randy’s time here but actually it was playing in a bit of a false position because the league was already changing back then “I don’t think we were positioning ourselves as a club well for that. “Randy was spending money then but what he didn’t have then was a line of sight as to ‘if I spend that money how is it going to pay back in the future?’ “We didn’t really have the set-up to really help us capture our commercial value at the time. That’s different now.” Fox has also not given up hope of convincing skipper Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph, who has broken into the England squad this season, to stay at Villa. Chief executive Tom Fox has revealed chairman Randy Lerner, who put the club up for sale in May, is prepared to fund signings. Lerner is understood to have a new lease of life at Villa, despite looking for a buyer over the summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren: Moussa Sissoko fine to face Foxes

first_imgNewcastle manager Steve McClaren insists Moussa Sissoko is in the “right frame of mind” to play against Leicester on Saturday despite the recent terror attacks in France. Sissoko was on the bench in France’s 2-0 win over Germany which was overshadowed by the deadly events in Paris last Friday. The French national anthem will be observed ahead of each Barclays Premier League match this weekend in tribute to the 130 people who were killed while players will also wear black armbands. But McClaren believes Sissoko, despite being shaken by the events, is ready to play. “Moussa has been fine and he’s in the right frame of mind to play,” insisted McClaren ahead of their clash match against the high-flying Foxes at St James’ Park. “It shook him, but we’ve spoken to him and consulted him on what’s happening tomorrow.” Sissoko, who featured as a late substitute for Les Bleus against England in midweek, is one of seven French players in Newcastle’s squad, and McClaren revealed they are helping each other come to terms with the traumatic attacks on their country. “They’re dealing with it amongst themselves,” said McClaren. “They come together and share a lot of things together as they have shared the grief over what happened last weekend. “It’s a case of showing solidarity and hopefully the game will honour those who died in Paris. What happened over the weekend is unique and should bring everybody together because it’s a world issue.” Newcastle will be looking to secure their first back-to-back victories in almost a year after their 1-0 win at Bournemouth ahead of the international break. They face a Leicester side who are third in the table and a striker in Jamie Vardy who could match Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games. But Vardy, who missed both of England’s friendly matches against Spain and France with a hip injury, is a doubt for Leicester’s trip to the north east. And asked if he would be happy if Vardy fails to play, McClaren replied: “Absolutely, and we’ll be honest about that. “We have to be prepared for him to play but if he doesn’t we know that Leicester have got some very good players in addition to Vardy. “He’s a player I came across when I was at Derby. To come through from non-league, to keep the belief and keep going like he has shows that it can be done. I t shows what you can achieve if you never give up, never stop trying and never stop believing. “With the right breaks you can make it, and he’s a perfect example of that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Bolt, Biles win Laureus athletes-of-the-year awards

first_imgUSAIN Bolt and Simone Biles claimed the top accolades at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.Eight-time Olympic sprint champion Bolt and four-time Olympic gold gymnast Biles were named sportsman- and sportswoman-of-the-year for their 2016 achievements.U.S. gymnast Simone Biles poses with the Laureus Sportswoman-of-the-Year award at the Laureus Sport Awards in Monaco, yesterday.Britain’s Rachel Atherton won the action sportsperson-of-the-year award for her downhill mountain biking feats.Leicester City won the spirit of sport award for winning the Premier League.Atherton, 29, became the first rider in history to complete a perfect downhill World Cup season and then won a fourth World Championship title a week later.Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri and captain Wes Morgan were in Monaco to collect the spirit-of-sport prize, awarded after the Foxes, 5,000-1 outsiders, won the Premier League by 10 points last season.Bolt won three gold medals at Rio 2016 in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.That took his all-time Olympic medal tally to nine but last month he was asked to hand one back after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008.Biles’ four gold medals at Rio were in the team, all-around, vault and floor exercise events.Nico Rosberg, who quit Formula 1 in December five days after being crowned world champion, received the breakthrough-of-the-year prize.OTHER AWARD WINNERSTeam-of-the-Year: Chicago Cubs, who ended a 108-year wait to win Major League Baseball’s World Series.Comeback-of-the-Year: American swimmer Michael Phelps, who won his 23rd Olympic gold in his final Games in Rio.Sportsperson-of-the-Year with a disability: Beatrice Vio, Italian wheelchair fencer who won gold at the 2016 Paralympics.Sport for Good Award: for Sporting Inspiration: The Refugee Olympic Team, who competed at the Rio Olympics.Best Sporting Moment: Barcelona Under-12 team whose players consoled their distraught Japanese opponents at the end of the Junior Soccer World Challenge in a touching show of sportsmanship.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Former SU offensive tackle Sean Hickey signs with New Orleans Saints after going undrafted in NFL Draft

first_imgFormer Syracuse offensive tackle Sean Hickey has signed with the New Orleans Saints after not being picked in the NFL Draft, according to an SU Athletics press release. Hickey’s signing was first reported by started in 38 games over the past three seasons, mostly at left tackle and was the only SU offensive lineman to start all 12 games last season.He is one of three Syracuse players to sign with a team as an undrafted free agent. Safety Durell Eskridge signed with the New York Jets, he announced in an Instagram post, and defensive lineman Eric Crume tweeted that he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Hickey said he had workouts with eight different teams and expected to be taken between the third and fifth rounds. As of late Thursday afternoon, he was projected to be taken in the sixth round by CBS Sports.Hickey said that he can play either guard or tackle at the professional level and that his versatility is what interested teams during the pre-draft process.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Some teams have said that I could be a tackle that could swing down to guard if they need me to or flip-flop at the tackle position,” Hickey said in a teleconference on Tuesday. “Then some teams think I’m first a guard that could go out and play tackle. All those teams know and believe that I’m a versatile player and, if need be, play four positions on the offensive line.”Before Syracuse’s Pro Day on April 7, Hickey battled an illness the caused him to not eat for two days and lose eight pounds in the week leading up to it. While he still participated in every drill, he said on Tuesday that his ability to push through fatigue was compromised.The 6-foot-5, 309-pound lineman decided after 2013 to come back for his final year of eligibility. He said he wanted to enter the NFL Draft in the best physical condition possible, which he said he accomplished by staying for 2014.“When I go back and watch tape of all the games in 2013 and all the games in 2014, I know that I was definitely a little quicker in my stance,” Hickey said, “I was a little quicker in the run game and I was bigger.” Comments Published on May 2, 2015 at 8:31 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trojans get set for Western Michigan as opener looms

first_imgBrian Chin | Daily TrojanThe Trojans have been fine-tuning in order to stay sharp against Western Michigan for the game on Saturday. With the clock winding down on time, head coach Clay Helton emphasized defensive readiness to prevent the Trojans from falling behind the tempo of the Broncos.Locking In Third DownIn order to stall Western Michigan’s fast-paced offense, the Trojans practiced situationally, looking to get their opponents off the field as soon as possible.“We’re really reemphasizing our third downs, which I think are going to be critical, especially defensively,” Helton said. “Looking at tape, obviously this is a team that can be a no-huddle team … being able to get off the field defensively where those plays don’t climb up.”The defense set up at the 50-yard line and worked on third down situations with varying yardage. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold took shots down the field and threw short passes to keep the defense guessing. Special Teams Special teams had ample opportunity to work on defending punt returns in order to better defend Western Michigan wideout Darius Phillips on Saturday. “Continue watching tapes, [and] you see how dangerous Darius Phillips is and why he was the Special Teams Player of the Year last year,” Helton said. “He is not only one that can make you miss, but if he gets behind coverage, he’s gone.”In order to be ready, USC spent a portion of practice kicking the ball to both hashes and attempting to run it back through heavy coverage.Well-Oiled OffenseIn order to get in the right mindset, the team worked on dealing with pressure in the pocket. Darnold spent time working on quick releases backed up within the 10-yard line, forcing him to think on his feet and improvise when necessary. The offense also worked on tightening up its short passes on different down and yardage situations. Darnold dumped the ball off through well-timed short distance passes, keeping the defense on its toes. The running backs also had an opportunity to make plays by creating space in the coverage.Smith suspension confirmedDue to his targeting ejection in the second half of the Penn State game, junior linebacker Cameron Smith will be suspended for the first half of Saturday’s opener.“By rule he’s allowed to be a part of pre-game warm up,” Helton said. “After we go in, he’s not allowed to come out until the second half.”As a result, the bench will have to step up and fill the position. Helton feels confident that the Trojans will be able to hold their own despite Smith’s absence. “Obviously, [sophomore] Jordan [Iosefa] will play Mike linebacker, and [redshirt sophomore] John [Houston Jr.] will be the Will linebacker for that first half,” Helton said. “We’ll have [freshman] Levi [Jones] ready if needed, along with [redshirt junior] Grant Moore.”Smith was upset by the decision, but he ultimately feels his teammates are prepared enough to hold the position until he can return.“I’ll probably pace around a little bit [and] stress out,” Smith said. “Hopefully, someone will be there to calm me down.”Injury UpdateSenior right guard Viane Talamaivao played a full practice on Wednesday. According to Helton, he is in good shape for Saturday’s game.last_img read more

Bennett sprints to glory

first_imgThe Bora Hansgrohe rider was a clear winner of Race Melbourne, finishing a few lengths clear of Sky’s Danny van Poppell and Scott Sunderland of IsoWhey Sports.The 116 kilometre race covered 22 laps of the Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix circuit with Bennett recording an average speed of 50 kilometres per hour.The 26 year old continues his season this Sunday at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.last_img

Tributes paid across GAA following the passing of Jim Kennedy

first_imgTributes are being paid today to Tipperary man Jim Kennedy one of the driving forces behind the development of Ladies Gaelic football who has passed away.Jim was one of the main people who were instrumental in the growth and development of Ladies Football, He organised what was the first-ever game of inter-county Ladies Football, The match was played on October 3rd 1971 in Ballypatrick, on the foothills of Slievenamon, when Tipp defeated Waterford.Commercial and Communications Manager with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, former Tipp FM Presenter Jackie Cahill says its a sad day for Ladies Football Photo © Ladies Football Facebook last_img read more

Boris Johnson tipped as new Tory leader as May steps down

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Boris Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Theresa May confirmed she is to leave 10 Downing Street on 7 June. May made the announcement this morning after meeting Graham Brady of the 1922 Committee, the influential group of backbench MPs from May’s Conservative Party, after it became clear that she had lost the support of its members.May had earlier this year confirmed that she would step down once Brexit had been ‘delivered’ so Conservative MPs have been jockeying for position for the past couple of months, if not longer, and Ladbrokes have the former London mayor as favourite. Matt Shaddick, Head of Politics at Ladbrokes, commented on the potential leadership contest: “Boris is overwhelmingly the punters favourite at the moment: 5/2 a week ago into 11/8 at the time of writing. If you are looking for a lively outsider, we are seeing a bit of money on James Cleverly at 50/1 to be the next leader.”Boris Johnson has made his intentions to lead the party vehemently clear since May took office, however some have tipped former-Brexit Minister Dominic Raab, and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove as a potential front runners. Shaddick told SBC that a general election appears to be more likely than a second Brexit referendum for 2019, a proposal that May suggested to her cabinet earlier this week. Shaddick added: “A general election is seen as a more likely outcome for 2019, in from 3/1 to 2/1. A further referendum isn’t out of the question as a way out of the current situation, but time is running out for it to happen this year.”Latest odds.— Ladbrokes Politics (@LadPolitics) May 24, 2019last_img read more

Highlight Games secures new deal with Fortuna

first_img Submit Highlight Games goes global with ComeOn deal June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share NSoft adds virtuals onto EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 5, 2020 Related Articles Share Highlight Games goes live with MaxBet June 26, 2020 Video virtual sports supplier Highlight Games has secured a new pan-European framework agreement with the Fortuna Entertainment Group which will see the supplier deliver its virtual sports products online, on mobile and in retail locations across central Europe.Under the terms of the agreement, Highlight Games will deliver its ‘SOCCERBET’ flagship product in both league and single match formats, with plans to deliver the product in territories including Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovakia. Tim Green, CEO, Highlight Games, commented on the agreement: “I’m delighted to announce this partnership with Fortuna, which further extends Highlight Games’ presence in Europe.  SOCCERBET is already the number one performing virtual sports betting game in Italy, and we look forward to replicating this success in additional regulated territories with Fortuna.  “Highlight Games offer players a unique proposition; opportunities to bet on real highlights featuring real teams and real players and it is encouraging to see more operators recognizing the revenue-driving potential of these exclusive games.”Michal Hanák, Group Chief Sportsbook Officer at Fortuna, added: “Fortuna is pleased to be adding Highlight Games’ innovative products to its virtual sports portfolio.  Offering customers the opportunity to bet on archive footage featuring their favourite teams and players is an exciting one, and we are confident that both SOCCERBET and the much anticipated NBA Last 60 will prove popular both in retail and online outlets. “But most of all, we think, this product is the best one in the virtual sports market in recent years, and Fortuna offer only the best products for their customers.”last_img read more

Fans resist Zambia national team from training after the Black Stars

first_imgA bus carrying the Zambia National football team and officials has been besieged with fans shouting at the players “no training, no training”.The bus had just arrived at the main entrance of the Kumasi Sports Staduim when it encountered a hostile crowd insisting it is too late for the opposing team to play. They claim FIFA rules say the away team are supposed to train before the host nation: but the team arrived after the Black Stars had finished training.The Ghana-Zambia match is a much-anticipated final Group D encounter of Africa’s 2014 World Cup qualification series to be played on Friday at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.Nothing but three points would do for Zambia to qualify for the play-offs. They trail Ghana by 11 points to 12, and Ghana will need to pick just one more point. At stake is an appearance at Brazil 2014 festivities.Controversy began surrounding the arrival of the Zambian team after their plan to travel directly from Lusaka to Kumasi was refused by Ghana Aviation authorities. the officials say Kumasi is not an international airport and cannot take international aircraft. and it is also undergoing some rehabilitation works.The Zambians nonetheless managed to arrive in Kumasi today after touching down in Accra. They arrived at the sports stadium to train but got stuck at the main entrance. Armed police presence are heavily guarding the bus while Zambia officials talk to Ghana Football Association.last_img read more