Apoel begin European journey in Montenegro

first_imgCyprus champions Apoel begin their European journey for the new season with a trip to Montenegro to face FK Sudjeska in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the Champions League.Sudjeska were surprise winners in the previous round as they knocked out Slovakian champions Slovan Bratislava in a penalty shootout after the two sides were level 2-2 on aggregate after 210 minutes of football. Like Bratislava, Apoel were also victims of a first round exit last year against footballing minnows FK Suduva of Lithiania and they will be looking to avoid a similar embarrassment.Paolo Trammezzani’s Apoel side has gone through yet another major overhaul during the summer transfer period, bringing in eleven new faces and releasing nine players. One star who will not be wearing the yellow and blue of Apoel is former captain Nuno Morais, who after 12 successful years at the club, was deemed surplus to requirements by the club’s management.Alef, formerly of Limassol rivals Apollon, was brought in to fill the void left by the former Apoel captain, while upfront, the Nicosia team brought in two new faces – Andrija Pavlovic and Linus Hallenius – hoping that they can take some of the pressure off Moussa Al Tamaari who last season almost single-handedly won games for Apoel.The most notable addition to the squad this year is Serbian defender Vujadin Savic who captained the Red Star Belgrade team last year in their impressive Champions League group games against the likes of eventual winners Liverpool, French champions PSG and Napoli. In their four pre-season friendlies so far, Apoel did well against a strong Shakhtar Donetsk side, winning by a solitary goal, but in their three other games, they were poor and lacked any incisiveness in the final third despite a lot of possession.Trammezzani knows that it will be considered a disaster if his team fails to get past the Montenegran champions, putting his job at risk. A few groans have already begun coming from Apoel fans (and a former Apoel club president) against the Italian, who they feel forced Morais into retirement and also accuse him of marginalising players who have a lot to offer still, namely Cyprus international Giorgos Efraim and Ghayas Zahid, who is on the verge of a loan deal to Greek side Panathinaikos.Sudjeska, have competed five times in European competitions, twice in the Champions League and three times in the Europa League, recording just one win and losing six of their ten European games.Even in this season’s first round against Slovan Bratislava, Sudjeska rode their luck and managed to stay alive thanks to two goals in added time in both legs.The game will be played at the Stadion Gradski Niksic that has a capacity of just over 5,200. The kick-off is at 9.15pm.The winner of this tie will meet the winner of Dundalk v Qarabag FK in the third qualifying round.last_img read more

Maddison fires Leicester to victory over Spurs amid VAR drama

first_imgJames Maddison scored a brilliant winner to help Leicester City come from behind and beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday in a match dominated by VAR drama.The Video Assistant Referee was heavily involved early on after Wilfred Ndidi had bundled the ball into the net, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.There was no question over the opening goal in the 29th minute as Harry Kane fired a stunning strike past Kasper Schmeichel to give Spurs the lead.Serge Aurier thought he had doubled the visitors’ advantage only for VAR to intervene again, much to the home fans’ delight, with Son Heung-min adjudged offside in the build- up.That proved crucial as Ricardo Pereira levelled things up in the 69th minute from 12 yards, swinging the momentum in the home side’s favour.Maddison completed the turnaround with a superb strike from 25 yards five minutes from time, drilling the ball past the despairing dive of Hugo Lloris to move Leicester up to provisional second in the table.last_img read more

Paul Wright | The time to act is now

first_img Find the cause In last week’s edition of The Wright View, I mentioned two aspects of ‘children at play’ that needed urgent attention. The first dealt with the initiation of a ‘concussion protocol’ for athletes involved in Rugby Sevens where the possibility of high speed impact affects those learning the game, the so-called ‘non-elite’ players, school children. The other aspect of ‘children at play’ that I want to discuss this week is the response and care of children/athletes who collapse during games. We do remember the half-hearted and restricted response to the death of a child representing Jamaica in a cross-country event in Tobago some years ago. A pre-participation-evaluation (PPE) questionnaire and examination were developed to identify athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death while engaged in sports. The PPE not only identified and initiated referral to cardiac specialists those with abnormal findings, but it also identified previously unknown physical and mental inadequacies that could be improved with treatment. The initial fervour dissipated until the unfortunate collapse and demise of a Manning Cup footballer at a game at the Stadium East field in 2016. Again, a flurry of activity that resulted in an increasing number of people, young and old, athletes and non-athletes who recognised the importance of a PPE before entering any exercise programme for the well-documented benefits of movement. An excellent spin-off of this important evaluation came when the SportsMax Elite League for Under 18 footballers started. All players in the league had to have been evaluated by way of a PPE before being eligible to play. Automatic external defibrillators were donated and distributed to some schools and the use and care of the machine was taught by experts from abroad and locally. One aspect of the death of that footballer at the Stadium East field was the fact that even though there were medical personnel on site, and they tended to the fallen player in reasonable time, there was no effort made to identify the cause of his collapse by the simple use of a stethoscope, a must-have instrument used by any medical person tasked with the care of the injured at an athletic event. In the USA on March 26 this year, 26-year-old Zeke Upshaw, a G League player in the NBA, collapsed in a game. The designated medical team arrived within 90 seconds of his collapse and they stayed by his side for four minutes while a stretcher was arranged to take the fallen athlete to the nearby, designated hospital. Zeke Upshaw never recovered and his cause of death at autopsy was Sudden cardiac death! During the four minutes that he was on the floor, surrounded by three medics, no one listened to his heart! No one checked if his heart was beating! There is, as can be expected, a lawsuit involved, brought against the authorities at the game by the parent of Zeke Upshaw. How is it possible that in 2018, with all the exposure and attention given to the treatment of collapsed athletes during games, a simple stethoscope was not brought into play? What is needed, therefore, is mandatory training and certification in basic life support for coaches, medical personnel, referees, umpires, and grounds administrators. It is now well established that more than 90 per cent of sporting activities under the auspices of local authorities will not start unless the necessary security arrangements are in place. Let us add medical personnel to that list of mandatory presence before the start of the game. A proper, well-equipped medical kit should be present at all competitive games. This request/idea is not expensive when compared to the value of the life of an athlete that may be saved. Let us use the unfortunate demise of a basketballer in the USA to galvanise our local sport administrators to do the right thing and not wait for another tragedy; for yet another round/flurry of activity would be definitely too late for the collapsed athlete. The time to act is NOW.last_img read more

Barrett hoping to motivate unbeaten CC

first_img YESTERDAY’S RESULTS Assistant coach of Cornwall College (CC) Warren Barrett, who captained Jamaica’s team to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, said he is using his experience to motivate captain Shavon McFarlane and the team towards their goal of winning the 2018 ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup. Cornwall continued their perfect run in the competition yesterday, getting the better of Green Pond High School 2-1 at home, with Aiden Jokomba (57th) and Solano Birch (69th) getting the goals for the hosts. Simon Collins (65th) got the lone goal for Green Pond. Barrett said because of his status, it is easier to get through to the players as they are more receptive to him. “Yes, they do [respond] because that’s the highest level of any player playing in a World Cup. The fact that they know that, and I have been around this team for a number of years, most of the players know me and my experience. They know that if I have played at that level and I am passing on information, it must be good,” said Barrett. “[It is] information that will help them to be better players … . They grasp the information that myself, coach [Dean] Weatherly, and the other members of the technical staff is passing on. It has helped us to be unbeaten so far, and we are just hoping for the best for the rest of the season because the Cup isn’t won after six games,” he added. Barrett said because of the youthfulness in the squad, it can be difficult to get the team to show maturity on the pitch, but he is looking to the captain and other senior players to be responsible. “It’s always a challenge when you are dealing with schoolboys … . As the technical staff, we have to continue to encourage them and ask the senior players to shoulder the responsibility,” said Barrett. “Our relationship is good. I have known Dada-Dee for the past five years. I told him that this Cornwall team will go as far as he takes them. My relationship with all the boys is good. I like to see good, strong work ethic, so we push them as much as possible. When it comes to Interzone round, that’s where the real competition starts,” he added. Kellits 0 – 1 Thompson Town St James 2 – 1 Irwin Cornwall College 2 – 1 Green Pond Cambridge 3 – 0 Frome Green Island 0 – 2 Rusea’s STETHS 3 – 0 Newell Maggotty 1 – 1 Sydney Pagon Munro College 1 – 0 Lacovia Manchester 5 – 0 B.B. Coke Marcus Garvey 2 – 0 Ocho Rios Browns Town 3 – 0 Oracabessa St Mary High 1 – 1 St Mary Tech Enid Bennett 0 – 4 Charlemont McGrath 0 – 2 Dinthill Port Antonio 3 – 0 Horace Clarke Happy Grove 1 – 3 Titchfield Annotto Bay 3 – 1 Fair Prospect Denbigh 0 – 3 Garvey Maceo Vere Tech 1 – 1 Old Harbour Robert Lightbourne 0 – 2 Morant Bay Paul Bogle 2 – 0 Yallahs St Thomas Tech 0 – 0 Seaforthlast_img read more

Undermining Parliamentary representation

first_imgDear Editor,I am dismayed and perturbed at the Speaker of the National Assembly’s ruling which undermines Parliamentary representation. His ruling has prevented the Economic Service’s Committee of the National Assembly from visiting and carrying out consultations with residents within the sugar belt of Regions Three, Four, Five and Six.This fresh approach certainly differs from the past where traditionally committees of the National Assembly were afforded the freedom to carry out their mandate without interference, permission or directive from any of the Speakers.My dismay hinges on the fact that it was only recently that the Natural Resources Committee visited a number of communities and agencies involved in various forms of production in our country such as Isseneru, Guyana Gold Fields, Kwakwani, Aroaima, Linden, Barama, Skeldon, Hope Canal, Iwokarama and Exxon Mobile Oil Rig. The purpose of which was to secure opinion as to whether the Government’s policy that was presented in Parliament was consistent with the expectations of the citizens, workers and management of the specific corporations.The actions of the Speaker in blocking the Economic Service Committee from visiting and consulting publicly with those communities within the sugar belt, surely undermines and obstructs the mandate and responsibility entrusted upon that committee by the very electorate they seek to consult with and who are now being denied such an opportunity by way of an undemocratic and insensitive move by none other than the person whose responsibility it is to be parliamentary upstanding and impartial at all times.Regards,Odinga LumumbaMember of ParliamentVice Chairman andformer ChairmanParliamentarySectoral Committeeon Natural Resourceslast_img read more

Jury returns speedy “not guilty” verdict

first_imgMandela Avenue shootingMurder accused Lloyd Britton who allegedly killed 24-year-old Elvis Fernandes during an argument at Mandela Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, two years ago became a free man late Thursday afternoon after a 12-member jury returned a verdict of not guilty after less than 30 minutes of deliberation. As he was being unshackled at the Demerara High Court, he thanked his lawyer, defence counsel Nigel Hughes and presiding Judge James Bovell-Drakes and then calmly walked out to freedom with his relatives.The late Elvis Fernandes was shot at Mandela AvenueProsecutors Tamica Clarke and Stacy Goodings led the State’s case. It was in 2014 that Fernandes was allegedly shot and killed during an argument with a minibus driver. Police had noted that the driver of the minibus and the driver of a motor car had an argument earlier at Mandela Avenue as a result of a damage accident involving the two vehicles. “The drivers of the two vehicles later crossed paths again along Mandela Avenue as the minibus stopped to put off a passenger and another argument arose. On this occasion, Elvis Fernandes and a plain clothes Policeman were in the motor car,” Police had noted.Somehow, Fernandes became involved in the argument along with the driver of the minibus, during which he was shot to his chest by a man who was a passenger in the minibus and who had begun discharging rounds from a firearm, who was believed to be Britton. It had been reported that a Policeman was said to have made efforts to pacify the situation and had responded and discharged a round from his service firearm which struck the armed man who was on trial for murder. In his closing remarks on Monday, Defence Counsel Hughes pointed the court and jury to the discrepancies in the Police account, suggesting that it may have been a rank that shot the now deceased Fernandes and had alleged a “Police cover-up”.Prosecutor Clarke had however contended that the defense’s argument was a “fabrication”, noting that the defendant changed his story at least three times.last_img read more

Eng open Allardyce era with Slovakia reunion

first_img0Shares0000England football manager Sam Allardyce takes part in a press conference at St George’s Park, near Burton-on-Trent, central England © AFP/File / Oli ScarffTRNAVA, Slovakia, Sep 3 – Sam Allardyce’s tenure as England manager begins on Sunday when his side launch their bid to reach the 2018 World Cup against former Euro 2016 foes Slovakia in Trnava.Allardyce, 61, was handed the role he had long coveted after Roy Hodgson stepped down in the immediate aftermath of England’s humiliating Euro 2016 elimination by Iceland. It was England’s most dismal loss since a 1-0 defeat by the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup, but Allardyce believes the experience will make his young team stronger.“For me it is about going out and the players showing not just how passionate they are, but how skilful they are at international level,” he told reporters this week.“We were the youngest squad at the Euros and I think the experience they have gained in that tournament — some of them for the first time — will give them a better determination and next time round they will be much better.”England would not have encountered Iceland in France had it not been for a frustrating 0-0 draw against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne in their final group game.Hodgson received a torrent of criticism after making six changes for the match, in which England failed to score despite dominating proceedings.Several players who lined up in England red at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 20 have seen their statuses change significantly in the two months and two weeks since.Goalkeeper Joe Hart is now on loan at Torino after being frozen out by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.He at least got a place in Allardyce’s first squad, unlike Everton’s Ross Barkley and new Bournemouth loanee Jack Wilshere, both of whom were overlooked.Chris Smalling, an ever-present at centre-back throughout the Euro, is not currently getting in Manchester United’s team and Daniel Sturridge has had to get used to a watching brief at Liverpool.Ryan Bertrand, the left-back in Saint-Etienne, is injured and 18-year-old sensation Marcus Rashford has dropped to the Under-21s after seeing his place taken by Zlatan Ibrahimovic at United.– Rooney record –But Raheem Sterling, lambasted for his performances in France, is in the form of his life at Manchester City and, like his new club-mate John Stones, is a strong contender for a starting role.West Ham United midfielder Michail Antonio, meanwhile, could win his first cap.England’s Wayne Rooney (L) and Harry Kane (R) take part in a training session at St George’s Park near Burton-Upon-Trent in central England ahead of their World Cup 2018 qualifier football match against Slovakia © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinCaptain Wayne Rooney is to be used in the number 10 role, having laboured in midfield at the Euro, and has vowed that this qualifying campaign will be his last.Already his country’s record goal-scorer, Rooney will earn his 116th cap at Trnava’s Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, taking him past David Beckham as England’s most capped outfield player.Slovakia coach Jan Kozak, whose side fell to Germany in the last 16 at the Euro, has also made adjustments to his squad.Goalkeeper Jan Mucha and winger Miroslav Stoch missed the cut, the latter after falling out with Kozak, Stanislav Sestak has retired from international football and several players are injured.Kozak has called up two uncapped players in MSK Zilina winger Jakub Holubek and Dukla Prague holding midfielder Jakub Povazanec.Slovakia’s defender Martin Skrtel arrives for a press conference as part of the Euro 2016 football tournament in Vichy, central France, on June 23, 2016 © AFP/File / Joe KlamarBut the core of his starting XI is likely to remain unchanged, built around Fenerbahce centre-back Martin Skrtel, AC Milan midfielder Juraj Kucka and Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik.“There were a lot of players in their thirties in the squad, so there is a generation problem awaiting us in the future,” said Kozak.“Since the Euro there has not been a lot of time for experimenting (with new players), because there is immediately a big start against England.”As in Euro 2016 qualifying, when they won 2-0 at Switzerland in their opening game, England are beginning a qualification campaign with what appears to be their most difficult fixture.With only the top team guaranteed to qualify from Group F, which also features Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta and old enemies Scotland, Allardyce can ill afford a false start.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Recall against Vasquez stalls

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Organizers of an attempted recall against City Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez missed a deadline to have the intent published and provide proof to the city clerk, officials said. Election Code required that recall proponents file two copies of the intent document, along with proof that a copy had been published in a newspaper not more than 10 days after Vasquez was served with recall papers on May 9, said Lillian Guzman, deputy city manager for Montebello. Responding to the news at Wednesday night’s council meeting, Vasquez called the attempt to recall her “a dead issue” now.last_img read more

Listen: Michael Murphy on ‘breaking down the barriers’ with LYIT team

first_imgMICHAEL MURPHY says that Donegal teams have to keep aiming high – and try to break down the barriers.Murphy is manager of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology team, who lost their opening Ryan Cup game to Queen’s University last night in Convoy.LyIT were level with eight minutes left before Queen’s pulled away in the closing minutes for a 3-12 to 1-11 win. “It gives experience of what it’s like at that level,” Murphy told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub. “Sometimes looking from afar in Donegal, we think that everything is new, blue and better in other places. “When you try to break down the barriers, you put in the work, you get a committed group who enjoy it, maybe the gulf isn’t what we think.”Liam Jackson’s goal in the second half helped bring LyIT back into a game that looked gone when they trailed 1-7 to 0-5 at half-time. Murphy said: “We were really brave and that got us back in the game. The tide started to turn and we got a couple of big scores. “We had the ball when the tide was turning, but lost the ball in contact. Getting caught on the break was the story of the day.“We had a great, positive response. I’m delighted with the attitude of them. It’s a big step up from the Trench Cup level.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Michael Murphy on ‘breaking down the barriers’ with LYIT team was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITMichael MurphyQueens UniversityRyan Cuplast_img read more

Mousa Dembele on the brink of Chinese Super League transfer

first_img REVEALED Nine Premier League stars who swapped England for the riches of ChinaThe Belgium international, who moved to Spurs from Fulham in 2012, has 243 Premier League appearances to his name – scoring 12 goals and supplying 12 assists.He has 80 international caps and was part of the squad that finished third in the 2018 World Cup in Russia – Belgium’s best ever performance at a World Cup finals.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is looking to trim players from manager Mauricio Pochettino’s squad with striker Vincent Janssen also likely to leave in January, despite making an appearance for the under-23 side on Monday.Dutchman Janssen has scored just two goals in 28 Premier League appearances since signing in 2016 and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. RANKED targets 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is on the verge of sealing an £11million transfer to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan.Dembele, whose contract runs out in the summer, has not featured for Spurs since injuring his ankle against Wolves in November. Latest Transfer News targets IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Levy is looking to offload some squad players in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Dembele in action for Spurs in October Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more