November 16

FORMER WESTFIELD CITY CLERK CHARGED WITH THEFT

first_imgTHE FORMER CITY CLERK OF WESTFIELD, IOWA IS FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES IN PLYMOUTH COUNTY.50-YEAR-OLD ANGELA SORENSEN IS CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE THEFT AND ONGOING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.COURT DOCUMENTS STATE THAT SORENSEN ALLEGEDLY STOLE OVER $10,000 DURING THE TIME SHE SERVED AS CITY CLERK OF WESTFIELD FROM JANUARY OF 2013 THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 2017.A STATE AUDIT DETERMINED DURING THAT TIME PERIOD THAT NEARLY $40,000 IN CITY RECEIPTS HAD NOT BEEN DEPOSITED, OVER $28,000 IN FUNDS WERE IMPROPERLY DISBURSED AND THERE WERE OVER $6100 IN UNSUPPORTED DISBURSEMENTS WITH THOSE AMOUNTS TOTALING OVER $74,000.THE AUDIT FOUND SEVERAL SPECIFIC ACTS OF MISAPPROPRIATION ATTRIBUTED TO SORENSEN INCLUDING $13,679 IN EXCESS WAGES AND OVER $4200 IN UNAUTHORIZED CHECKS ISSUED TO HER.SORENSEN WAS BOOKED INTO THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY JAIL.last_img read more

November 16

C-P-R ON THE GOLF COURSE SAVES LIFE OF FORMER HINTON MAYOR

first_imgA HINTON MAN IS ALIVE TODAY THANKS TO FAST ACTION FROM HIS GOLFING PARTNERS AND THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF C-P-R AT THE DEER RUN GOLF COURSE EARLIER THIS MONTH.68-YEAR-OLD DICK BEAULIEU WAS GOLFING IN HINTON ON JULY 2ND AND HAD JUST HIT A SHOT ONTO THE GREEN WHEN HE COLLAPSED ON THE COURSE.FORTUNATELY ,HIS GOLFING FRIEND DEAN BURGER KNEW WHAT TO DO:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PULSE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………JUST ALTERNATED. :18BURGER & BEAULIEUIT TOOK AROUND 10 MINUTES FOR E-M-T’S TO ARRIVE BECAUSE THEY ARE VOLUNTEERS.BEAULIEU SAYS HE WAS TOLD HIS PULSE STOPPED AFTER HE COLLAPSED:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PULSE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..IN THE HOSPITAL. :22BEAULIEU, WHO IS THE FORMER MAYOR OF HINTON, SAID HE FELT FINE THAT MORNING.HE HAD SUFFERED A MINOR HEART ATTACK 19 YEARS AGO AT THE SAME GOLF COURSE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PULSE3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………KNEW WHAT TO DO. ;22HE GOT THAT PACEMAKER THAT FRIDAY AND WAS RELEASED THE NEXT DAY, SATURDAY THE 6TH.BURGER FORTUNATELY HAD BEEN TRAINED IN C-P-R FOR YEARS, BUT HAD NEVER HAD TO USE THAT TRAINING IN AN EMERGENCY UNTIL THIS MONTH:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PULSE4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….GOT HER DONE. :16LEARNING C-P-R CAN HELP YOU SAVE A LIFE.TRAINING IS OFFERED AT VARIOUS TIMES THROUGH YOUR LOCAL RED CROSS AS WELL AS SIOUX CITY FIRE RESCUE.last_img read more

November 16

Squinky Is Not Happy

first_imgHerbstreit’s face when he feels the earthquake is much of what mine looked like during the last 5 minutes of that game.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

November 16

The “When You Lose Doesn’t Matter” Argument is Really Stupid

first_imgThe CFP committee keeps telling me it doesn’t matter when you lose to get into the College Football Playoff. Here’s what Jeff Long said on Tuesday about Ohio State potentially losing to Michigan State or Michigan.We don’t talk about weighting wins if they’re late in the season or early in the season.One problem with that, it says on their website that it does matter. Now, it doesn’t explicitly say that, they aren’t that stupid. But it says as much in not as many words.The committee has told us they are trying to pick the four best teams. That’s the language.Because humans are confined by the limits of time, the committee must only select the four best teams right now. Condoleezza Rice is a tremendous human being, but she can’t outwit time. She can only pick the best teams right now. Which means, almost by definition, that when you lose matters. It has to!If a team loses its first game then wins its next by 10 and its next by 20 and its next by 30 until the final week it wins by 110 points and another team wins its first game by 110 points and then by 100 and then finally by the final week, it loses — guess which team the committee considers the “best team” even though they did exactly the same thing.[someone from the committee is reading this thinking, “this is silly, the teams we pick would never score that many points!”]Anyway, I point this out to point out the fact that if OSU and OU win this weekend, they will probably play next weekend for a ticket into the College Football Playoff because we’re going to ignore that OU got thumped by Texas because it happened a month ago. Turn that around. What if OSU loses to Baylor this weekend? Do they still get to play OU for a ticket to the playoff? Negative. They’ll be playing for their Peach Bowl lives.There are numerous reasons for this. OU is a brand. OU played Tennessee in its non-conference schedule. OSU has squeaked by all season. But the main one, the overriding one, is that OU lost long enough ago that it’s easy to sweep under the rug.So don’t keep telling me that when you lose doesn’t matter.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

Oklahoma State Over/Under For Wins In 2016 Set At 8.5

first_imgThe Golden Nugget is always the first casino up when it comes to setting lines and over/unders every season. Their initial numbers came out this week, and they are not super favorable for Oklahoma State.A look at the over/unders for 2016.10 WinsClemsonFlorida StateOUTennessee9.5 WinsAlabamaLSUMichigan9 WinsNotre DameBaylorHoustonLouisvilleUCLA8.5 WinsOklahoma StateOregonTCUOhio StateThat’s a nice little club to be in at that 8.5 range. And to be fair, Oklahoma State has a wicked schedule that includes games at OU, Baylor, TCU and Kansas State.Eleven Warriors has the full batch of schedules for all these teams listed here. Last year Oklahoma State was listed at 7 and had that by Halloween. This year it will take nine which I think would be a pretty solid year for the Pokes.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

Boone Pickens Is Still Upset About Mike Gundy’s 2-9 Bedlam Record

first_imgIt got a little lost because Oklahoma State blew the doors off Southeastern Louisiana, but Boone Pickens kinda, sorta called out Mike Gundy on Saturday before the game.“You remember what I said? I didn’t say we had to win. I said we had to be competitive,” Pickens told the Tulsa World. “We’ve sure been competitive with some of them, but we’re still struggling with OU. Les Miles beat OU, didn’t he? Two out of four? Yeah. That’s competitive.“Damn sure is [the game I want],” he added to the Oklahoman. “It is. By gollee, we beat Texas. We’re the only team that has ever beaten Texas four in a row in Austin. If we can beat Texas, we sure ought to be able to beat OU.”This was a theme this week for Boone. He talked about it with Lou Holtz in a different interview.“I have to take my hat off to ol’ Les,” said Pickens. “He beat Oklahoma and we haven’t had anyone who could beat Oklahoma. Every once in awhile is kind of the way it goes. When I signed on there for the stadium, I said we are now going to be competitive. And we have been every place but one place — we’ve struggled with the Oklahoma Sooners.”So that’s something. We are on the precipice of Mike Gundy winning 100 games and cementing his legend in Stillwater, and Boone is talking Bedlam. It’s interesting if nothing else.“He’s going to be the first coach to win 100 games,” Mike Holder told the Oklahoman recently about Gundy. “That means a lot more than a contract.”I don’t necessarily disagree with Pickens that you need to beat OU if you’re coaching OSU, but it seems like an odd time to bring it up. On the eve of one of the more-anticipated seasons in recent memory with one of the better teams Gundy has ever had as Les gets upset at Lambeau by a two-touchdown dog.Do I wish his Bedlam record was better? Sure. Should it be better? OSU should have won in 2012 and 2013 so yes, it should be. It should be 4-7, not 2-9. But it’s not, and that hangs over Gundy’s head for sure.However the whole of Gundy’s tenure far outweighs that 2-9 blemish. Far, far outweighs it. Pickens knows that. Everybody knows that. Mike Gundy is pretty easily the best football coach OSU has ever had, Bedlam record or not.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

OSU Breaks Record for Most Season Tickets Sold

first_imgOklahoma State announced on Friday that fans had purchased 50,354 season tickets ahead of its Big 12 home opener against TCU. This surpasses the previous record of 50,223 set in 2013. In 2013, OSU fans also set a record of 98.2 percent attendance numbers which could also be in jeopardy with the hype surrounding this year’s team.Cowboy fans bought out the season opener against Tulsa and with No. 16-ranked TCU coming to town, hurried to box offices earlier this week and bought up every remaining seat.When Saturday’s #okstate game against TCU is sold out by Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/uArgR60LTN— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 20, 2017 201359,12631398.2% YearAvg AttendanceNational RankBig 12 RankingPct. Capacity Of course, 2017 just reflects the Tulsa game but will remain at 100 percent capacity heading into Week 5.With the next game in Stillwater being Homecoming, you can expect BPS to remain at capacity. Then you’ve got Bedlam — check. And home games against Kansas State and Kansas. If we can all pull together to make it to a Thanksgiving game against the Jayhawks in Week 12, the capacity record should be as good as broken.The buzz surrounding OSU football is palpable. If this team is as good as it looks like it might be, this could be an all-time year, if not an historic one. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 201454,38737590.3% 201557,66831398.8% Here’s a look at the attendance numbers for the past five seasons. 201756,790293100% 201653,81435589.4%last_img read more

November 16

Richarlison looking to conquer the Premier League

first_imgPremier League Watford ‘soldier’ Richarlison is looking to conquer the Premier League – and Elton John! Bruno Andrade Last updated 2 years ago 00:01 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Richarlison Watford 19 08 2017 Dan Istitene/ Getty Images Premier League Watford A debut goal announced the young Brazilian to Hornets fans in the best possible manner, and he has his sights set on impressing the chairman! It took Watford’s Brazilian wonderkid Richarlison just four games to earn his own chant from the Vicarage Road faithful, and he is determined to repay that support by shining in the Premier League. The former Fluminense attacker has made an instant impact since swapping Rio de Janeiro for Watford, helped by the presence of Portuguese coach Marco Silva to begin the tough adaptation to English climes. Watford 9/2 to win at Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Richarlison netted his first goal in the Premier League on his debut, as Watford brushed aside Bournemouth 2-0 to start the season in style.And he has already been honoured by the Hornets fans, who sing to the tune of Richie Valens’ seminal Para bailar la bamba, “Richarlison, Richarlison, he plays for Watford in Silva’s army!””The fans here are wonderful. I want to learn the song to sing it along with them,” Richarlison beamed during an interview with Goal. “Their affection motivates me to play even better, run a bit further… I was very surprised by their reception, I don’t have the words to describe what the fans have done for me.”Still a newcomer to the English language, however, the 20-year-old admitted that the exact words to his chant slipped him by. “I still don’t know [what the songs says], but they say my name several times. I need to grab [goalkeeper Heurelho] Gomes to try and find out exactly what the fans are singing,” he laughed.Richarlison Watford 19 08 2017At 20 Richarlison is one of the youngest Brazilians to move to the Premier League, and he confesses that the transfer this summer was a dream come true. “It is already a dream to be in England, in a club of Watford’s stature. It is a dream from my childhood, I always wanted to play in the Premier League which is one of the best leagues in the world,” he said. “God has made everything perfect for me. I did not think twice when the offer from England came, because it was always a professional goal of mine. I want to make history in Watford, and score lots of goals.”But one ambition the youngster holds is still yet to be fulfilled: meeting Watford chairman and international music superstar Elton John. “I hope to get to know him very soon, I still haven’t had the honour. I want to give him a hug,” Richarlison explained. “Gomes says that Elton John always goes to games, that he likes to watch the players. He has a lot of love for the club, right? “He is a musician and has a lot of love for Watford, so it’s okay to dream about a special song in my honour. It would be interesting, who knows!” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

November 16

Bale doubtful for Espanyol clash

first_imgGareth Bale Bale doubtful for Real Madrid’s match with Espanyol Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 20:19 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bale - Cropped Getty Images Gareth Bale Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v Espanyol Espanyol The Welsh attacker was substituted with a slight injury in Tuesday’s win over Borussia Dortmund and Zinedine Zidane could leave him out on Sunday Real Madrid are likely to be without Gareth Bale for Sunday’s La Liga home match against Espanyol, but Zinedine Zidane has not ruled him out completelyBale scored one and provided an assist impressive 3-1 Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but had to be replaced by Lucas Vazquez with five minutes remaining after being seen feeling the back of his leg.Real Madrid 8/1 to beat Espanyol 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Tests have ruled out any significant damage, but the Wales international again missed training on Saturday.Head coach Zidane did not completely rule out the prospect of Bale featuring at the Santiago Bernabeu, although he did not seem keen on taking a chance.Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2017The injury will also concern Wales, who have two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland after Madrid face Espanyol.”We will see [how he is] on Sunday,” said Zidane. “It is a strain, so nothing too significant. But, as always, when a player has even a small problem then we don’t want to risk it.”You will see on Sunday if he plays. He may be [on the squad list] and is not discounted yet.  “As for him playing for his national team [next week], I don’t think there will be any issue between Real Madrid and Wales.”It will depend on his injury niggles and his state of fitness, nothing else. We will take it day-to-day from Sunday.”I’m not worried about the BBC, we will see them all soon.”Today’s training sessionBring on tomorrow’s match against @RCDEspanyol ! #RMCity #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/6TiIOyQiez — Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) September 30, 2017 Zidane wants to build momentum at the Bernabeu – where Madrid have failed to win in three LaLiga games – after beating Alaves and Dortmund in consecutive away matches.”We want to keep doing what we’ve been doing and to win well,” he said.”If you play well and start the match well then you’ll have a good chance of winning.”We can change all of [the talk about poor home form]. Now we have a game to change this. We don’t live in the past and what has happened has happened.”The fans have been there for life and we wouldn’t want to change it. We love our fan base and all of the players and the squad want to play at this stadium.”We cannot have the mind-set that we don’t want to play [at home]. If we could play every match here then that would be much better.”last_img read more

November 16

Neymar joins exclusive goalscoring club

first_imgNeymar Neymar joins Ronaldinho & Zlatan in exclusive goalscoring club Tom Maston Last updated 2 years ago 04:35 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Neymar PSG Zlatan Ibrahimović Olympique Marseille v PSG Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 Stats The trio are the only players since the turn of the century to score goals in both the Classique and the Clasico Neymar is set for a number of new experiences during his debut campaign at Paris Saint-Germain, and Sunday was no different.The world-record summer signing took part in his first ever Classique as the Ligue 1 leaders travelled to Stade Velodrome to take on bitter rivals Marseille.PSG 17/4 favourite to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And despite fellow Brazilian Luiz Gustavo opening the scoring for the home side, it did not take long for Neymar to get in on the action as he equalised after 33 minutes.In doing so, the former Barcelona forward has become just the third player since the turn of the century to score in both the Classique in France and the Clasico in Spain.3 – Neymar is the 3rd player to score in a classique & in a clasico in league games in the 21st century (Ronaldinho & Ibrahimovic). Stars. pic.twitter.com/M9FxHg2rvT — OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 22, 2017 He joins Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho in the exclusive club, with both having also completed the feat while playing for Barca and PSG.As entertainers go, it is not bad company to be keeping, and Neymar will be hopeful to keep breaking new ground as the campaign wears on.last_img read more

November 16

‘Lucas aware of PSG back-up status’

first_imgTransfers Chelsea target Lucas was made aware of PSG back-up status, says Emery Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 04:24 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lucas Moura PSG Getty Images Transfers PSG PSG v Troyes Troyes Ligue 1 Chelsea Premier League The man in charge at Parc des Princes insists that those being linked with moves, including Javier Pastore, were told what their status would be Lucas Moura was among a group of Paris Saint-Germain players to be told they would likely play a peripheral role in 2017-18 by Unai Emery.Brazil winger Lucas has been linked with a January exit from the Parc des Princes amid limited game time this season – with Chelsea reported to be among his suitors – all five of his Ligue 1 appearances have come off the bench and he is yet to make an outing in the Champions League.PSG -5 4/1 to beat Troyes Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have restricted the opportunities handed to the 25-year-old, but Emery claims the situation such squad members would find themselves in was made clear before the campaign got underway.”During the pre-season, I spoke individually with the players to explain to them the new situation within the team,” Emery told a news conference ahead of the Ligue 1 leaders’ meeting with Troyes on Wednesday.”This year, we signed or bought some players that will help the team to go a step ahead. It is now difficult for some players to deal with the competition we were looking to create within the team.”All the players were a little aware about it before the season started. All the players who are in the group have the opportunity to play but also need to face the complexity of the competition if the others are playing well.”Some play less because the competition this season is higher than the previous one.”PSG squad for tomorrow’s match vs. @estac_officiel !#PSGESTAC #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/WGIH32hyWe — PSG English (@PSG_English) November 28, 2017 Lucas will not feature at home against Troyes and was also left out of the matchday squad for the 2-1 away victory over defending Ligue 1 champions Monaco on Sunday, a result that sent PSG nine points clear at the summit.Javier Pastore was a late second-half introduction and the Argentina international confirmed after the match he was considering his future with Atletico Madrid reportedly interested in his signature.Despite Pastore’s comments, Emery is demanding focus from everyone in the squad as PSG look to finish the year strongly.”There is nothing unusual about the fact we can hear rumours about some players. They are important players, great players,” said the coach.”As I said, what I am currently looking for is just to prepare well for Wednesday’s game and Saturday’s [against Strasbourg].”This is a very important month before ending the year. I want all my players focused as I am for the following games. I want them to play at their best of their abilities individually and collectively.”last_img read more

November 16

Simeone lauds Torres after brilliant brace

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone lauds Torres after brilliant two-goal haul Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:47 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Torres-cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Elche Elche Copa del Rey The Atletico Madrid head coach was full of praise for his two-goal hero following Wednesday’s triumph over Elche Diego Simeone hailed the “quality” of Fernando Torres after the veteran forward fired Atletico Madrid into the Copa del Rey last 16.Torres scored twice as Atletico saw off third-tier Elche 3-0 on Wednesday and 4-1 on aggregate at the Wanda Metropolitano midweek.Torres 6/5 to score v Sociedad Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 33-year-old’s brace opened his account for the season, having failed to score in all competitions prior to Wednesday.”Fernando did well as goals are so important for a forward,” Simeone said.”He took maybe the two most difficult chances he had, with a lot of quality.” Today, we lived a great first-ever #CopaDelRey night in the Wanda @Metropolitano! Thanks for your continuous support, Atlético fans!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiElche pic.twitter.com/3hr8SHmfrT— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) November 30, 2017Atletico centre-back Jose Gimenez was also on target, opening the scoring in the 31st minute in the Spanish capital.”The cup can be a trap as if you relax you can find it difficult to get back into the game,” Simeone said. “The away goals are very valuable, so you must be focused in every moment.”The first half was very good, we went out very strong, convinced on what we needed to do. The two goals had us in control really of the tie, although things can always turn around.”Simeone leapt to the defence of out-of-form forward Luciano Vietto, who was wasteful in attack as his run without a goal in 2017 continued.”It seems that yes [Vietto feels under pressure],” Simeone added. “He plays very well with his back to goal, rarely loses possession, chooses his passes well. His is a tough position to play as if you do not score you get criticised.”He does not hide, keeps playing, and he is one of the best we have in his general play and we protect him for that.”last_img read more

November 16

Aly Raisman: USA Gymnastics told me to be quiet about Larry Nassar abuse

first_imgSimone Biles Raisman is not the only athlete to have taken issue with USA Gymnastics’ handling of the case. Another Olympian, McKayla Maroney, filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics last month, alleging that officials paid her to sign a confidential financial settlement to remain silent on the abuse.On Wednesday, USA Gymnastics said it would not seek compensation if Maroney chose to speak out about Nassar. It said: “USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing.”Maroney’s attorney, John Manly, pushed back against USA Gymnastics’ statement. “Let’s be clear. The only reason this statement was issued is because people were outraged at USAG’s behaviour toward Ms Maroney and her family. So outraged that people were kindly offering to pay the six-figure USAG penalty so McKayla could speak. Everyday Americans get that no one should be silenced about child molestation,” he said.The model Chrissy Teigen had earlier offered to pay Maroney’s fine if she spoke out. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp news US sports Biles also laid some blame on USA Gymnastics on Monday. “For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions,” she wrote on Twitter. “No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”Kerry Perry replaced Steve Penny as USA Gymnastics president in November after Penny resigned. Perry was in court for Nassar’s hearing on Tuesday but declined to comment on the trial. Simone Biles breaks her silence: ‘I am not afraid to tell my story’ Topics Olympic champion Aly Raisman has said USA Gymnastics “told [her] to be quiet” when she first told the organisation she had been abused by team doctor Larry Nassar.Raisman’s accusation came as Nassar’s sentence hearing, which is expected to last until Friday, continued. Nassar has admitted abusing athletes, one as young as six, during his time as a doctor with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Prosecutors are seeking a 40- to 125-year prison sentence for the 54-year-old. christine teigen (@chrissyteigen)The entire principle of this should be fought – an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla. pic.twitter.com/lsBEgEqZpDJanuary 16, 2018 Support The Guardian Play Videocenter_img Share on Facebook Since you’re here… “I was told [by USA Gymnastics] to be quiet,” Raisman told ESPN on Tuesday night. “And I think that when somebody in high power is telling you to be quiet, right when they realized you are abused, I think that that is a threat, and especially when their first concern should be to make sure I’m OK, to get information from me, to see if my other team-mates were abused, to see what else I knew, to get to the bottom of it.”Nassar abused dozens of young athletes in his care and many of them are in court this week to testify against him as a judge considers his sentence. On Monday Raisman’s fellow Olympic champion, Simone Biles, became the latest gymnast to say she was abused by Nassar.USA Gymnastics issued a statement on Monday saying it was “absolutely heartbroken” by Nassar’s crimes. Raisman was dismissive.“Their biggest priority from the beginning and still today is their reputation, the medals they win and the money they make off of us,” said Raisman. “I don’t think that they care. If they cared, then the second they realized that I was abused, they would have reached out, asked if I needed therapy, asked if I was OK, asked what they could have done and they would have – they would have made a big change.“Instead, they allowed Larry to continue to work on little girls in Michigan and molest gymnasts for a very long time. I don’t know how they sleep at night. I’m so angry that, after realizing that we were abused, they let him continue to molest other gymnasts when they told me there was an investigation going on. They told me to be quiet. I thought that they were doing the right thing, and I didn’t want to tip off the investigation. I trusted them and I shouldn’t have.” Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn ‘Little girls don’t stay little forever’: abuse victims confront Larry Nassar – video Gymnastics 1:42 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

November 16

Martin Adams: ‘Men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we?’

first_imgWhen you are a professional darts player called ‘Wolfie’, a former three‑times world champion still grounded enough to enjoy playing for free in the local leagues, it is obvious why a pub will open just for you before 10 o’clock on a Friday morning. Murky sunlight seeps into The Bell in Deeping St James, not far from Peterborough, as Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams discusses a silent killer.“A lot of people call it the silent killer because there are not necessarily any symptoms,” Adams says of prostate cancer, which took hold of him in the spring of 2016. “I didn’t have any symptoms and I know lots of people that have never had any symptoms – or it’s been minor stuff they’ve brushed aside.”Even when there are early warnings, men still succumb. “Yeah,” Adams says, “men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we? It’s one of those things we’ve got to learn to do. You can’t leave it to the women chattering in the corner. You’ve got to talk amongst yourselves.”Even the landlord has stopped hoovering, and pulled up a chair at the bar, so he can listen in at a discreet distance. Wintry light catches the chunky sovereign rings on Adams’s fingers as his voice resounds around the hushed pub. “Some of my friends found it quite difficult to talk to me. I used to drink in here with a guy and when it came out in the public domain that I’d got prostate cancer I was chatting to him down the rugby club. He went: ‘You didn’t know I had it, did you? I had the operation a few years ago and you never knew, did you?’ I said: ‘No, because you never bloody told me.’ Us blokes just don’t talk about it. We should do.” Share on WhatsApp Topics Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Facebook Facebook Pinterest I have been sent some stark statistics by Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity which helps so many people when they face the suddenly brutal prospect of death. Men are 14% more likely to be stricken with cancer than women; and 37% more likely to die than female cancer patients. They are also much less likely to ask for help.“One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer,” Adams says. “And if you’re black it’s one in four. Unbelievable. It shouldn’t just be down to charitable organisations – the government should be doing more. They should stop wasting money elsewhere and channel it into cancer research. But our government does some bloody silly things.”The 61-year-old Adams will lead a Macmillan campaign “aimed at working men. Blokes on the building site. You come in the pub but, instead of talking about football, talk about your health. You can bet your life if you’ve got eight blokes in here one of them could have prostate cancer and not know it.”How did Adams discover he had cancer? “Purely by chance. I was giving up smoking and I was going on the Champix tablets. My GP is very good and said: ‘If you want to do that we’ll do a full set of blood tests first. So he did the blood tests and then I had a phone call: ‘We’ve booked you an appointment with oncology in Peterborough.’”Adams shakes his head at the memory of the blood tests, MRI scans and biopsies that consumed him. “I remember the consultant showed me the MRI and said: ‘My interpretation is there are cancer cells just there and unfortunately that’s the most difficult part of the prostate to reach for biopsies. So we want you to do it again.’ They found cancer on the second lot of biopsies. You then go through a full-body bone scan to make sure it’s not gone in the bones. That was all clear. So I had 20 radiotherapy sessions over four weeks.” The Recap: sign up for the best sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action The trip that turned Rob Cross from pub player to world darts champion He talks cheerfully about hoping to play county darts until he is 75 but Adams is more intent on raising awareness of cancer. Rightly praising the tests for cervical cancer in women, he laments the absence of screening for prostate cancer in men. “There’s a drive within Prostate Cancer UK to have a screening process implemented. That will happen.”In the meantime, the Wolfman will keep fighting cancer. He opens his phone and shows me a photograph of his black van which has been painted with a huge Man of Men silver badge and the Prostate Cancer UK website. Adams planned to pay for the paintwork himself. “I went to see the people who will do it and I asked the young man for a quote. He said: ‘I had a word with the boss. He really likes it. Provided we can take some photos of the van with you, you can have it free.’”Adams laughs when I say I can imagine him driving around in his Man of Men black van, blasting out his walk-on darts music, Hungry Like The Wolf. “I’ll always be hungry like a wolf. You’ve got to enjoy life, haven’t you? I think my van is going to be noticed. It’s definitely going to spread awareness about prostate cancer.”Macmillan Cancer Support works with the construction, electrical and home improvement sectors to support men with cancer – www.macmillan.org.uk/saytheword … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Darts Share on LinkedIn Read more “Money isn’t everything,” Adams says, looking bemused by the hugely successful PDC world championships at Alexandra Palace which precedes the less overblown BDO version. “I’ve got no desire to go to Ally Pally. Most people are there just for the drink and the party and I find that strange. A ticket is £30 or £40. Imagine if you said to someone coming into the pub: ‘I’m going to charge you £30 to come in and you can get as drunk as you like, sing as much as you like and I’m going to overcharge you on the beer.’ Would they come in? No. Why they do it at Ally Pally is beyond my belief. Lakeside is true darts supporters. If somebody tries a sing‑song people shut them up. We have a fantastic atmosphere at Lakeside. It’s proper darts.”The best players today are all on the PDC circuit but Adams shrugs when asked if Taylor and Michael van Gerwen are the greatest he has faced. “They’re great on their day and when they’re hitting it they’re unbeatable. But for me the greatest player of all time is Eric Bristow [who won five world titles compared to Taylor’s 16]. Eric got to two world finals with dartitis [the equivalent of the yips in golf]. He didn’t win either but that shows his true grit.”Adams is less glowing towards Taylor, whom he played against so often before they ended up in the rival BDO and PDC camps. It is hard to imagine Taylor emulating Adams by playing in the local leagues for free. “Not really, no,” Adams agrees. “I’m not sure he’s got any mates, to be honest. He’s a great dart player, Phil, but he’s not someone I’d ring up and say ‘Do you fancy a beer?’, because he’d only want to talk about darts. That would bore me.” Cancercenter_img Reuse this content Support The Guardian Prostate cancer Health interviews Twitter One hundred and eighty – a darts photo essay Has cancer changed him? “Yeah, it made me value the simple things in life. My gardening got brilliant. It’s very peaceful in the garden, tinkering away, and this time of year is great because I just put my tomato seeds in. My tomatoes and marrows are brilliant.”Adams has slipped to 27th in the BDO rankings since his cancer treatment began. Last month he lost narrowly, 3-2, in the first round against the organisation’s No 1 player Mark McGeeney. It was his 25th successive appearance in the BDO’s landmark tournament at Lakeside and he is proud not to have left to play on the much richer and far more popular PDC circuit – where his old rival Phil Taylor reached the final this year in his last match before retiring. Has it changed me? It’s made me value the simple things in life. My gardening got brilliant Share on Twitter Read more Martin Adams at The Bell pub in Deeping St James, Lincolnshire. ‘I got through the radiotherapy and then you wait eight weeks – and that is the longest eight weeks of your life’. Photograph: John Robertson/Guardian Adams could not be sure if the cancer would be destroyed but he says: “I never thought about death. I had a lot of good friends who said you’ve got to remain positive. I got through the radiotherapy and then you wait eight weeks – and that is the longest eight weeks of your life.“That last week drags and drags. You’ve got to have your PSA [prostate specific antigen] blood test first and mine was 0.01, virtually untraceable. I said: ‘Is that an all‑clear?’ The consultant said: ‘It’s as good an all-clear as we can give.’ They would never give you 100% because, unfortunately, cancer has a habit of coming back. It’s not something you dwell on. You just carry on.“But with all the hormone treatment during radiotherapy you get emotional. You cry for no reason. Leigh [his partner] would say: ‘What are you crying for?’ I would say: ‘I don’t know.’ [Adams laughs.] Straight after radiotherapy I did the British Classic on a Saturday, the British Open on the Sunday. Played all right in the Classic but the following day I couldn’t hit a thing.”Adams twirls his big Wolfman ring and cackles. “It got into the public domain because I chatted with Bob French – the local sports editor. We were talking about an upcoming event and I said: ‘Experience tells me I’ll be good one day and rubbish the next.’ He went: ‘Why?’ I said: ‘I’ve been struggling and the prostate cancer isn’t helping.’ He said: ‘Pardon?’ I went: ‘Oops. It’s out there now.’ The support I’ve had from people is incredible. I go to Tesco on a Monday morning and they’re all asking: ‘How’s your health?’ My checks are every six months and the next one is in May – which will be the two-year mark.” You can bet your life if you’ve got eight blokes in the pub one of them could have prostate cancer and not know it Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

November 16

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers reign off to winning start against Shkupi

first_imgShare on Messenger Steven Gerrard Twitter Legendary playing status and adulation from a new supporter base will not halt the moans and groans such as emerged on a balmy Glasgow evening. Spells of decent Rangers play, particularly in the opening half, were undermined by profligacy. And yet, significantly, victory to nil was delivered.Afterwards, and tellingly, Gerrard urged caution. “I’m satisfied with the result, satisfied with parts of the performance but it’s not any better than satisfactory,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do; we’re still in a game.“I thought we should have won more comfortably. We take 2-0 but I’m slightly disappointed we didn’t win more comfortably.”Gerrard cited “tension” within the Rangers display. “When we relaxed and made passes, we looked more like a team,” he added.Gerrard has become used to rapturous receptions around these parts. He was afforded another one before kick-off; the capacity Ibrox crowd told of the fever pitch excitement attached to his arrival.Any stumble against such limited opposition would not help Gerrard’s status, of course. Shkupi finished 40 points adrift of the Macedonian champions last season. Memories of a shocking Rangers Europa League exit at the hands of a team from Luxembourg 12 months ago have not receded. When the laughing from rival fans in Scotland subsided, the reality was that stumble undermined the tenure of Pedro Caixinha to an unrecoverable extent.Rangers opened brightly before the delivery of a sharp warning shot. In the 14th minute, with the visitors’ first meaningful foray into Rangers territory, Blagojce Ljamcevski clipped the top of the crossbar. One intriguing aspect of Gerrard’s preferred deployment of a 4-3-3 formation will be whether full-backs will find themselves exposed; precisely that transpired as Shkupi broke.Rangers heeded the warning in timely fashion. Jamie Murphy’s key problem with cutting inside the penalty area on his left foot was the appearance of a teammate, Alfredo Morelos, directly between him and goal. Morelos duly adjusted his position as Murphy shot, with the Shkupi goalkeeper Suat Zendeli hardly covering himself in glory as the ball bounced into his net. Zendeli did partly redeem himself with a fine stop to deny a net-bound Josh Windass header as Rangers looked to press home a level of superiority most obvious when they attacked. Zendeli produced further acrobatics to tip a deflected Jon Flanagan effort wide for a corner. By the interval Shkupi were glad of respite given Rangers had laid siege on their goal and Scott Arfield had passed up the most glaring opportunity to double Rangers’ lead with a comedic miskick when six yards out.In endorsing the benefit of their break, Shkupi opened the second period with a new-found level of confidence in possession. If they had sensed an element of vulnerability in the Rangers defence, that would have been fair. However, pretty passing patterns amounted to nothing by way of clear-cut chances for the Macedonians. A flurry of ineffective corners was the sum of this spell. How a moment of history could so easily have triggered embarrassment. Steven Gerrard avoided such a scenario in this, his first competitive match as a manager, but long spells of Rangers’ 2-0 success over Shkupi served chiefly to highlight the levels of improvement needed at Ibrox. The Liverpool icon can, of course, point to context; Scottish clubs, Celtic aside, have struggled in recent European qualifying ties. Pinterest Topics Gerrard, who barely strayed from the touchline all evening, called on the combative Ryan Jack from among his substitutes in a bid to reassert Rangers’ grip on the game. That Daniel Candeias, a far more attacking player than his replacement, made way further highlighted the manager’s concern. With more than half an hour to play, the game had regressed badly; a scenario far more appealing to Shkupi than Rangers.Gerrard called twice more on substitutes – Ovie Ejaria and Glenn Middleton – in a bid to rejuvenate his team. A stoppage-time penalty did that, and offered breathing space, with James Tavernier clipping home after Murphy was upended. Monday’s flight to Macedonia was suddenly afforded an altogether different atmosphere, even if Gerrard was clearly of a mind to curb any thoughts of the next round. Europa League Transfer roundup: West Ham set to sign Felipe Anderson for club record £33.5m Jamie Murphy gives Rangers a 1-0 lead. Photograph: Stuart Wallace/Rex/Shutterstock Share on LinkedIncenter_img The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Rangers Share via Email Read more Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp match reports Reuse this contentlast_img read more

November 16

There was a time when cricketers were big players – on and off the field

first_img Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Emma John Read more Share on LinkedIn Six weeks later Pringle was playing for England at Lord’s in the first Test team chosen under the aegis of the new chairman of selectors, PBH May, a Cantab man himself. The late and much-lamented journalist Alan Lee asked May if he intended to fill his squads with Cambridge Blues. “Well,” May replied. “We don’t want any of those Oxford louts, do we?”May’s sense of humour was sly, and rarely deployed in public. It was suspected that he might have seen Pringle as a reincarnation of his young self or perhaps that he saw him as a match for one of his four daughters. As a reading of May’s approach to his job, this may have been accurate: at the end of his reign he gave the captaincy to Chris Cowdrey, his godson. But it would have been a spectacular misreading of Pringle’s character: aside from the sporting precociousness and the off-drive, the two men could hardly have had less in common. An appropriate son-in-law? No.Pringle’s new book is not a conventional autobiography. He is not a conventional man. It is a romp through cricket in the 1980s, driven by the publishers’ needs rather than the inner needs that produce the very best books: the cover even has the nudge-nudge subtitle Playing Home and Away. But it is a very fine romp and says something deeper about cricket and life than perhaps even its author intended.It is maybe the only cricket book in which “Cook” more often refers to the tortured satirist Peter than Sam, Geoff, Nick or Alastair. And where “Grace” is not WG but the friendly lady who enjoyed the company of cricketers visiting Trent Bridge.And it conjures up the now lost era in which the game, at both amateur and professional and even international level, was part of life. Sometimes you won; sometimes you lost, hey-ho. You met triumph and disaster and tried to treat those two impostors just the same. Through that decade Pringle was sometimes in the team, sometimes out. Either way he shrugged and enjoyed himself.When unwanted by England he played for Essex, a highly successful team who laughed and mucked around a lot. They won trophies and were very well-watched. And the England team (and thus this book) were dominated by the overwhelming, often overbearing, presence of the roisterer Ian Botham. Cricket was never out of the news and Botham was far more famous than any active English footballer.In broader terms it was a decade on a cusp. It was the era of Margaret Thatcher. Britain was starting to take post-war preoccupations more seriously, work and making money – not always synonymous – most of all. A skinful of Ian Botham fills Derek Pringle’s excellent grog-filled memoir Sport was the epitome of the change. And by the end of the 80s cricket began to get much more serious: age-group cricket as a pathway to the top being the most significant if not the most obvious change. Over time it has now produced several generations of players who have done very little in their lives except play cricket.It is untrue to say there are no characters left, though the pressure is massive towards discipline, conformity, blandness. It is untrue to say there is less individuality on the field. And we know it is untrue that England cricketers have entirely given up on what used to be called, jokily, “nights of shame”. Many of the changes had to happen.But look around. In Britain its most distinctive national sport is now much less played, less watched, less followed and less enjoyed. Spontaneous playground, park, back-street and back-garden cricket have gone – outside the Asian community. Village cricket is vanishing fast. Where it is played, it is becoming po-faced and argumentative. And how many people would even recognise England’s current opening batsmen on the field, let alone if you bumped into them Christmas shopping?No one would now be plucked from Fenner’s straight into the Test team. A lateral-thinking Pringle would be sought out earlier, found out and then sorted out or bombed out. An unbiddable Botham is unimaginable. Will anyone become nostalgic about cricket in the 2010s unless, as one fears, the idiots kill it completely? I want my game back – as a game. Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties by Derek Pringle is published by Hodder & Stoughton, £20 Share on Facebook England cricket team Cricket Since you’re here… Anti-feminist for joining the MCC? Not me – I’m part of an inside job Essex I first met Derek Pringle on 23 April 1982, St George’s Day. It can be dated exactly because the occasion is noted in Wisden: Cambridge University v Glamorgan at Fenner’s. Our conversation is reported in Pringle’s new book.He was the dashing captain of Cambridge who had just come extremely close to leading his team to victory over a first-class county for the first time since, well, a long time. And almost wholly through his own brilliant batting. But they hadn’t won, because with five wickets down, Pringle still in and the target within reach, he started blocking for a draw.After that had been achieved, the Guardian’s man on the spot approached him to ask why he had not gone all out for victory – diffidently, because he was almost a foot taller than me and starting to get noticed as the coming young man of English cricket. “Er, miscounted, didn’t I?” he replied. I made a decision on the spot: I liked this bloke. All these years later, that hasn’t changed, and nor has he. Reuse this content comment Topics Sportblog Share on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

November 16

Chelsea v Huddersfield Town: match preview

first_img Corners 5 Kongolo 17 Kovacic Venue Stamford BridgeLast season Chelsea 1 Huddersfield 1Referee Paul TierneyThis season G16 Y62 R1 4.00 cards/gameOdds H 1-5 A 18-1 D 6-1CHELSEASubs from Caballero, Green, Ampadu, Palmieiri, Cahill, Barkley, Rüdiger, Zappacosta, Kovacic, Drinkwater, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, PedroDoubtful Christensen (hamstring), Rüdiger (knee)Injured NoneSuspended NoneDiscipline Y31 R0Form WWDWLLLeading scorer Hazard 10HUDDERSFIELDSubs from Hamer, Smith, Löwe, Kongolo, Bacuna, Mbenza, Depoitre, Bacuna, Puncheon, Pritchard, MouniéDoubtful Billing (knee), Mbenza (calf)Injured Sabiri (collarbone, 23 Feb), Williams (knee, Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y35 R3Form LLLDLLLeading scorer Jørgensen 3 24 Mounie Premier League HUD CHE 35 65 12 Hamer 7 Bacuna 10 Hazard Share on Pinterest (s 83′) 7 Kante The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Huddersfield 9 Kachunga 22 Willian 11 2 HUD35CHE65% Share on Twitter 1 Lossl 8 Billing 5 Jorginho Chelsea 2 Rudiger Maurizio Sarri has presided over Chelsea being humiliated in their last two Premier League games and dropping out of the top four, heaping pressure on the manager before the visit of struggling Huddersfield. This might normally be an appealing fixture in which to kick-start a revival, and for Gonzalo Higuaín to adjust better to the frantic rhythm of the Premier League, but Huddersfield arrive with little to lose. They guaranteed their top-flight survival in this fixture last season. Stamford Bridge holds plenty of good memories. Dominic FifieldSaturday 3pm Share via Email 8 Barkley Huddersfield 28 Azpilicueta 12 Loftus-Cheek Chelsea Reuse this content 15 Lowe Share on Facebook 1 Arrizabalaga (s 27′) Foulscenter_img 16 Chelsea Off target 3 Huddersfield 6 Chelsea On target 2 Huddersfield 33 Hadergjonaj resources 26 Schindler Match stats 27 Christensen 25 Jorgensen 10 Mooy Substitutes Lineups (s 77′) 13 Caballero 9 Higuain Read more 11 Pedro 3 Alonso 21 Pritchard Possession 2 Smith 20 Hudson-Odoi Share on WhatsApp (s 67′) (s 70′) Topics 18 Mbenza Match previews 8 5 18 Giroud Share on Messenger 11 Diakhaby Substitutes 42 Puncheon 30 Luiz Share on LinkedIn Goal attempts (s 84′) 16 Ahearne-Grantlast_img read more

November 16

Israel Folau says he will give up rugby if that is what God wants

first_imgShare on Messenger Rugby union Gerard Meagher Rugby Australia has stood down Folau from all duties until further notice and stated its intention to sack him “in the absence of compelling mitigating factors”, having previously warned the 30-year-old player against sharing material that “condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality”.Speaking publicly for the first time since the row erupted, however, Folau said he would be prepared to give up rugby if that was God’s wish for him. “It’s obviously a decision that’s in the process right now but I believe in a God that’s in control of all things,” he said, having attended a Sunday service at his local church. “Whatever his will is, whether that’s to continue playing or not, I’m more than happy to do what he wants me to do.“First and foremost, I live for God now. His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that’s not to continue playing, so be it. In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.” ‘Delicate situation’: Israel Folau’s exit may impact Wallabies’ dressing room Israel Folau Since you’re here… Australia sport Share via Email Topics Support The Guardian news With major sponsors threatening to withdraw their support from the cash-strapped Australian union, the chances of Folau featuring for the Wallabies in the World Cup this year appear non-existent unless he retracts his views on homosexual “sinners” being destined for hell. So far there is no sign of that happening.“In Ezekiel, chapter 33, verse 11, it says, that ‘God has no pleasure in the person that’s living in sin,’” Folau told the Herald. “He’s a loving God and he wants people to turn away from what they’re living in and he’ll give them life. That’s the message I’m trying to share, even though it comes across as harsh. I can’t change what the word of God says. As we heard today, those that live for Christ will be persecuted for his name. I have love towards everyone that might be saying negative things. I choose to love them because God loves me.” RFU must tackle Billy Vunipola, and homophobia in the game, head oncenter_img Share on LinkedIn Australia rugby union team Religion The Australia full-back Israel Folau says he stands by the social media messages relating to homosexuality that threaten his future employment in professional sport. Folau, who has warned that hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators, told the Sydney Morning Herald the furore over his comments has not prompted him to change his stance. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

November 14

Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernandinho David Silva Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Yaya Touré Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon Manchester City travel to Burnley on Saturday as they continue their bid for the Premier League title.They could be without David Silva, however, after he picked up a knock against West Brom in midweek.MAN CITY INJURIES Silva was substituted during the first half on Wedesnday and Pep Guardiola said after the match that he was unsure if the Spaniard would be fit to feature at Turf Moor. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player John Stones missed the West Brom game through illness but should be in contention to start, although new signing Aymeric Laporte looked assured on his debut.Gabriel Jesus is set for at least another three weeks on the sidelines, Leroy Sane will miss at least six weeks, and Benjamin Mendy is still out with a knee injury.Fabian Delph has also been out with a knee injury and while his exact status is unknown, he is unlikely to feature on Saturday.David Silva Manchester CityMAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Man City XIOleksandar Zinchenko has impressed at left-back in recent weeks, although Guardiola may go for a bit more defensive solidity by picking Danilo for what could be a physical clash with the Clarets.Stones could well come back into the team given his growing experience of these games. If so he would partner Nicolas Otamendi.Ilkay Gundogan is most likely to replace David Silva if the Spaniard is not fit enough to play.BURNLEY TEAM NEWS Burnley were rocked by news on Wednesday that midfielder Steven Defour would miss several months with a knee injury.The Clarets are also without fellow long-term absentees Robbie Brady and Tom Heaton, while Dean Marney was recently ruled out for the season.Chris Wood and Jonathan Walters are both out with knee injuries.Centre-back James Tarkowski is also out. Stephen Ward could return from a knock, though he missed the Newcastle match in mid-week.OPTA MATCH FACTS Burnley have won one of their last 18 matches against Man City in all competitions (D5 L12), a 1-0 win in March 2015. Manchester City have won six of their last seven trips to Turf Moor in all competitions, with the other game that 1-0 defeat in 2015. Manchester City have already beaten Burnley twice this season, winning 3-0 in the Premier League and 4-1 in the FA Cup – only three times previously has a Premier League side beaten a fellow Premier League side by three or more goals three times in a single season (Arsenal v Leeds United and Middlesbrough in 2003-04 and Arsenal v Aston Villa in 2014-15). Burnley have scored the fewest home goals of any Premier League side this season (8), while only Liverpool (32) have scored more on the road than Manchester City (28). Manchester City haven’t gone three Premier League away games without a win since May 2016 – their last three games on the road under Manuel Pellegrini.   Manchester City’s haul of 68 points from 25 games is a joint top-flight record, with Spurs also doing so in 1960-61 (converting to three points for a win). Tottenham went on to do the League and FA Cup double that season.TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET) on Saturday, February 3, and the game will be shown on Sky Sports United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC and Universo in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more