Henderson hopes Gerrard stays

first_img Henderson, installed as vice-captain this season, admits he is still learning much from his team-mate and is hopeful he will get the chance to continue that education for a couple more years at least. “I hope he stays on for as long as he can and then even after that really, I hope he stays at the club as long as he can,” he said. “For me, he has been the best player for a number of years, not just for Liverpool but in the Premier League, and I think he still is. “Hopefully we keep him because he is a massive player for us and a great leader. “Everyone has a lot of respect for him in the dressing room. He leads by example. He is a top player, but he is also a top person. “The lads feel they can go to him with anything and he will always help them out and put them first. That is massive as a captain. “Everyone gets on really well with him. With the aura that he has got he could be a different person but he is very grounded, very humble. “We can go to him and he will help us out with anything he possibly can and that is priceless. The 34-year-old’s future has become a topic for considerable debate after it emerged this week he had not yet accepted the offer of a new contract to extend his current deal which expires in the summer. Speculation, fuelled by manager Brendan Rodgers’s judicious use of the midfielder in an attempt to reduce his workload, has linked Gerrard with a move to Major League Soccer, but the captain provided a timely reminder of his qualities with an influential performance in the 3-1 win at Leicester on Tuesday night. Press Association “Then he puts in performances like that (against Leicester). He is our leader, he is a role model to us all. “If he was to go, he would be a massive loss. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. “Liverpool without Steven Gerrard is unimaginable. Nobody wants to lose him and I’m sure the club don’t as well.” Gerrard has played in a more advanced position in the last three matches and that has not only benefited him personally but the team around him. Striker Rickie Lambert, who has started the last four matches in the absence of injured duo Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli after just three starts in as many months, believes the captain still has plenty to offer and is relishing playing alongside him. “Some of the talk has been silly really. He is always going to come back – that is the silly thing – and he is Mr Cool in those situations,” he said of Gerrard’s well-taken second goal at the King Power Stadium. “He always has been and it was a great finish. Long may it continue. “He is not going to play every single game but that is what he can do. “He is one of those players who can play in multiple positions and if he is closer to me it makes my game a lot easier. “His all-round play, his vision, everything about him…when he has got the ball he will put it in the area you want. “Obviously we are desperate to keep Stevie. It is clear it is his decision but I think he needs to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his life.” Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson admits Steven Gerrard very much remains the man the players look up to and it would be unimaginable to think of him not being at the club. last_img read more

BPCL lift PSPB Inter Unit Volleyball Tournament title

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: BPCL lifted 40th PSPB Inter Unit Volleyball Tournament 2019-20 title defeating ONGC in the final held on Friday at Numaligarh. BPCL won the tie by 3-0. Host NRL won the second runners up spot defeating OIL by identical margin. Ajit Lal of BPCL, who represented India in the Asian Games 2018, was adjudged the ‘Best Player of the Tournament’ while Basab Borah from NRL was declared the ‘Most Promising Player’ of the meet.The Closing function of the tournament was attended by Director (Finance) NRL Indranil Mittra, Joint Secretary of PSPB KLTejwani, Sr CGM (HR & Legal) of NRL D Choudhury, secretary of Assam Volleyball Association Amal Baruah and a few others.Santiago: We have very good pool of young boxers and they are capable to deliver. We just need to improve a few areas like infrastructure of this game and the number of competitions which I feel should be more.Also Read: Sonowal Government Indifferent about BPCL Privatization: Debabrata SaikiaAlso Watch: Team ‘Ratnakar’ Celebrates its First Successful Week at Nakshatra Cinema Hall in Lakhimpurlast_img read more

Silver for Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat wins bronze at Asian Wrestling Championships

first_imgNEW DELHI: Star grappler Sakshi Malik went down fighting in the final of the 65 kg category to remain content with a silver at the Asian Wrestling Championships being held at the KD Jadhav Wrestling Hall here on Friday, while Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat won a bronze.Vinesh beat Vietnam’s Thi Ly Kiu 10-0 by technical superiority in the bronze medal match in the 53kg category. Earlier, a defeat to Japanese Mayu Mukaida put her out of contention for the gold. Notably, Mukaida, who won silver at the 2019 wrestling World Championships, went on to lose her gold medal match.Bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sakshi was the only Indian to get through to the title round on Friday before losing a closely fought 65kg final to Naomi Ruike of Japan.Sakshi was unable to execute an attack on her opponent’s legs in the second minute of the match which gave Ruike an opportunity to steal two points. Sakshi came within touching distance of overturning the deficit in the final seconds of the bout, but Ruike held fort.Meanwhile, Gursharan Preet Kaur won a bronze with a 5-2 win over Mongolia’s Tsevegmed Enkhbayar. She had beaten Svetlana Oknazarova of Uzbekistan earlier in the day but her subsequent loss to Kazakhstan’s Zhamila Bakbergenova cost her a place in the final. Anshu Malik (18), also making her senior debut at the tournament, won bronze after beating Uzbekistan’s Sevara Eshmuratova 4-1. IANSAlso Read: Sakshi Malik hopeful of Tokyo berth ahead of Asian ChampionshipsAlso Watch: Oil India Ltd (OIL) confers Shikshya Ratna Puraskar 2019 to Teachers in Duliajanlast_img read more

Beresford in for injured Creavalle as Golden Jags arrive in the USA

first_imgWARREN Creavalle, an essential member of the Golden Jaguars, usually tasked with midfield responsibility, has been officially ruled out of Guyana’s historic Gold Cup encounter. He sustained an injury while training during their first stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Camp in Bermuda. The Philadelphia Union midfielder was excited to play his part in this history-making journey for Guyana who have qualified for the first time ever. But unfortunately he broke a bone in his foot during training and has since been replaced by fellow midfielder Brandon Beresford, who joined the team for the second leg of the camp, which took place in Costa Rica.Guyana’s head coach Michael Johnson said that the entire team is gutted with Creavalle’s injury, as he is a key part of the team. He recalled the role Creavalle played in Guyana’s 2-1 win against Belize to qualify for the Gold Cup.“When he came on we got back the control of the game. He is a clever player and uses the ball very, very well; puts his body into some terrific positions. We’ll miss that sort of experience with somebody who understands the MLS, playing in America as well, and going up against the Americans could have given us so much insight. So it’s a big, big loss for us and him, because these tournaments do not come around very often for Guyana.”Johnson noted; “Our thoughts and prayers are with him. The most important thing is that he recovers well enough and maintains his club career with the Philadelphia union.”While he’ll miss the Gold Cup, a medical assessment has indicated that Creavalle would need between four to six weeks to recover properly so he should be ready for the 2019/2020 edition of the CONCACAF Nations League, which kicks off in September.Guyana will contest League B with their first match on September 6 against Aruba.Meanwhile, Beresford, who is well known to the technical staff and was included in the 40-man provisional squad, submitted to CONCACAF, was called up to the team and joined on the second stage of the camp which took place in Costa Rica.Johnson pointed out; “Brandon is someone we know very well, particularly from early on in my tenure when he came and played very well against Barbados and he’s been in other camps as well. So we know what he is capable of. So there was an obvious standout candidate when we knew that Warren would be struggling to come back to the camp and it was Brandon.”According to tournament rules, “injury-related changes will be allowed to the final 23-player rosters for the Group Stage until 24 hours before each team’s first match. Any injury replacements must come from the announced preliminary 40-player rosters and must be approved by CONCACAF.”On his call-up to the 23-man squad, Beresford revealed; “It’s a surreal experience still, being involved with Guyana for the past nine years. It’s had its ups and downs and I’ve seen what it’s like from the youth level, U-20, U-23 and I’m glad to experience all of that.”He noted that being at the point where the game’s at now in Guyana is a testament to what has been taking place over the past nine years – the evolution of the game – and he is very appreciative of playing whenever he gets the opportunity to do so.“I’m so extremely blessed to be a part of this and have been able to be a part of it for the past nine years. It’s a blessing. It’s still pretty unbelievable and I will be giving 100% plus.”Beresford is currently playing in the USL League 2 (USA 4th Division) competition with Peachtree City Moba.The Golden Jaguars’ first training session in Minneapolis is scheduled for this afternoon after the team took a rest day yesterday following their arrival from Costa Rica Wednesday evening.last_img read more

Football welcomes underwhelming class

first_imgThe efforts to improve the passing game will be aided by Ford, a Southern California native who verbally committed to the Trojans in early January. Trojans fans were sweating bullets before Ford’s commitment after fellow recruit Bru McCoy transferred to Texas before  playing a single game. Another non-local signee, Kauluna Makaula, looks to slot in at safety for the Trojans because of his 6-foot-3 frame and rounds out a solid core of three-star defensive backs. With the 2019 National Signing Day in the books, the Trojans filled positions of need at defensive back and secured five-star wide receiver Kyle Ford’s marquee commitment to top off an overall underwhelming class. Not only was the class not in the top 15 nationally, but it also did not beat out its Pac-12 rivals, ranking No. 18 overall and No. 3 in the Pac-12. To put it into perspective, the Trojan class was No. 4 overall last year and No. 1 in the Pac-12. The Trojans also managed to snag a commitment from local JUCO prospect Jaylen Watson. Watson, another southern prospect, is originally from Augusta, Ga. A versatile athlete, he filled up the stat sheet in JUCO with 43 tackles, 13 passes defended, four interceptions and one fumble recovery. Four-star wide receiver recruit Puka Nacua, a verbal USC commit, did not sign with any team on Wednesday and will take time to explore other options. The receiver from Utah had over 2,300 receiving yards his senior season, a state record, and is being pursued by many Pac-12 rivals. After seeing major attrition within the position in the past two years, with eight players leaving the program for various reasons, the five new signees at defensive back will fill a huge role on the team. The Trojans went to the South to recruit three of their signees who will look to replace the void of production left by departing seniors Iman Marshall, Ajene Harris and Isaiah Langley — key players on the defense. Helton said he is excited about Dorian Hewett, another southern recruit. Hewett won the Texas state championship and ran track, recording a 100-meter time of 10.73 seconds. Ford’s senior season was derailed by an ACL injury and Helton said the team will not rush him back to play. Even if Ford doesn’t see the field in 2019, his big frame and ability to win the jump ball will be a weapon for the Trojans in the future as they begin their schematic offensive overhaul. USC managed to flip Adonis Otey, a Tennessee native, from his prior verbal commitment to Arkansas. Otey is a versatile athlete, contributing as a safety, running back and kick returner in high school. After rumors that he would retract his verbal commitment, five-star receiver Kyle Ford signed with USC as the school’s top 2019 recruit. (Photo from 247 Sports Twitter Page) Tuasivi Nomura, a safety in high school, signed with the Trojans, but will likely be an outside linebacker for USC this fall. This year’s group is not filled with the five- and four-star players the Trojans are used to, but it does a solid job filling a position of need for this upcoming season. On Wednesday, head coach Clay Helton shared his goals for the upcoming season and areas for improvement on the team. On the offensive side of the ball, Helton praised newly signed offensive coordinator Graham Harrell for the strides he hopes to make in USC’s passing game. USC’s offense was lackluster on almost every front in 2018, but Helton said Harrell hopes to continue the success he had elevating a North Texas team to offensive dominance through pass-heavy schemes. Helton noted that while he wants to focus on the passing game, he will not employ an air raid scheme and will run the ball. Although Helton didn’t reveal specifics, he said the 2020 class would be smaller in size than 2019. The final date for recruits to sign their letter of intent is April 1.last_img read more

Lakers’ LeBron James to launch ‘More Than a Vote’ to energize voters, combat voter suppression

first_imgCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted a quote from LeBron James on Wednesday night: “This is the time for us to finally make a difference,” adding the hashtag: #VOTE.The tweet was in reference to a New York Times story detailing the Lakers superstar’s plans to launch a voting initiative aimed at protecting African-Americans’ voting rights.James reportedly will partner with other figures from the basketball world and beyond on a project that will be aimed at inspiring African-Americans to register and to cast a ballot in November. Others involved reportedly include Trae Young, Eric Bledsoe, Udonis Haslem, Chiney Ogwumike, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Kendrick Perkins, Sam Perkins, Jalen Rose, as well as the NFL’s Alvin Kamara and comedian Kevin Hart.Going beyond traditional celebrity get-out-the-vote efforts, James told the Times that he’ll use his social media platform to combat voter suppression and that he intends to be vocal about drawing attention to any attempts to restrict the franchise of racial minorities. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers James has long been active off the court, spending millions of dollars in his native Ohio, helping underwrite college tuition for low-income students to attend the University of Akron in addition to opening the I Promise School there.He’s also made his mark in entertainment, launching a media production company with his friend Maverick Carter that has produced an HBO series, “The Shop” — on which Newsom has been a guest, signing California’s “Fair Pay to Play” act in a barber chair beside James.The killing last month of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police reportedly moved James to want “to get out and do a little bit more.”“I’m inspired by the likes of Muhammad Ali, I’m inspired by the Bill Russells and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbars, the Oscar Robertsons — those guys who stood when the times were even way worse than they are today,” James said. “Hopefully, someday down the line, people will recognize me not only for the way I approached the game of basketball, but the way I approached life as an African-American man.”KOBE BRYANT TO RECEIVE EMMYKobe Bryant will be posthumously awarded the 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award for his work beyond the basketball court, the organization announced Wednesday.Spectrum SportsNet nominated the Lakers legend for the honor, which is presented to an individual, company, or organization that has made an outstanding, innovative and visionary achievement in the arts, sciences or management of television, as well as a substantial contribution to the greater L.A. area.Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died Jan. 26 when the helicopter they were on crashed into the hills near Calabasas.As a five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Bryant was not only “a legendary fixture on Southern California television screens for over 20 years,” as the release from the Television Academy said, but someone who also was made an impact in retirement — including on the screen. His “Dear Basketball” won an Oscar for animated short in 2018.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we’re also going to give you the tutorial,” James told the Times. “We’re going to give you the background of how to vote and what they’re trying to do, the other side, to stop you from voting.“Because of everything that’s going on, people are finally starting to listen to us — we feel like we’re finally getting a foot in the door,” James added. “How long is up to us. We don’t know. But we feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference.”“This is the time for us to finally make a difference.” – @KingJames#VOTE https://t.co/vcwehckNLb— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 11, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img “Following his storied NBA career, Bryant continued to inspire others with his passion, purpose and goodwill through countless charitable contributions in the greater Los Angeles and Southern California communities,” the Television Academy said in its release. “He championed a number of worthy causes and critical issues, becoming an ambassador for women’s basketball, a mentor and youth advocate, and raised awareness of homelessness in Los Angeles.”The award will be presented at the 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, which will be streamed at 7 p.m. July 18 on Emmys.com. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Updated NASCAR schedule 2020: Everything to know about Cup Series races as season resumes

first_imgFor @NASCAR’s top three national series and the @ARCA_Racing Series races on August 14-16, the 3.56-mile road course layout is the same layout used for the #Rolex24!➡️ https://t.co/cjKexkXY1e pic.twitter.com/Mn2Qyjb6Ej— Daytona International Speedway (@DISupdates) July 8, 2020The Aug. 16 race will be the NASCAR Cup Series’ first on the road course at Daytona.NASCAR playoff schedule 2020NASCAR reportedly is hoping to keep its playoff schedule intact with its original dates and tracks. The only change currently being considered is a flip-flop of the dates for the Las Vegas and Texas races (similar types of tracks) to account for another event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Below is the original Cup Series playoff race schedule NASCAR hopes to preserve.DateTrackTV channelStart timeSun., Sept. 6DarlingtonNBCSN6 p.m. ETSat., Sept. 12RichmondNBCSN7:30 p.m. ETSat., Sept. 19BristolNBCSN7:30 p.m. ETSun, Sept. 27Las VegasNBCSN7 p.m. ETSun., Oct. 4TalladegaNBC2 p.m. ETSun., Oct. 11Charlotte (ROVAL)NBC2:30 p.m. ETSun., Oct. 18KansasNBC2:30 p.m. ETSun., Oct. 25TexasNBCSN3 p.m. ETSun. Nov. 1MartinsvilleNBC2 p.m. ETSun. Nov. 8Phoenix RacewayNBC3 p.m. ET In its effort to squeeze a 36-race schedule into a condensed time frame before the start of what the organization hopes will be a normal playoff race schedule, NASCAR has scheduled all of the regular-season Cup races that will play out through August.The revised NASCAR schedule started with races in a relatively close proximity to the Charlotte, N.C., area, where the majority of race teams are located. That eliminated most of the travel-related logistics issues associated with running multiple races in one week. Four of the last six regular-season races will be part of doubleheaders at Michigan and Dover.Below is what we know about the current state of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.NASCAR schedule 2020NASCAR on July 8 released the third edition of its revised Cup Series schedule for 2020. The latest update confirmed the last six regular-season races before the start of the Cup Series playoffs in September.Below is NASCAR’s schedule for the rest of 2020, starting with the Darlington races it ran in its return in May.DateTrackTV channelStart timeSun., May 17DarlingtonFOX3:30 p.m. ETWed., May 20DarlingtonFS17:30 p.m. ETSun., May 24CharlotteFOX6 p.m. ETWed., May 27CharlotteFS18 p.m. ETSun, May 31BristolFS13:30 p.m. ETSun, June 7AtlantaFOX3 p.m. ETWed, June 10MartinsvilleFS17 p.m. ETSun, June 14Homestead-MiamiFOX3:30 p.m. ETSun, June 21TalladegaFOX3 p.m. ETSat., June 27PoconoFOX3:30 p.m. ETSun., June 28PoconoFS14 p.m. ETSun., July 5IndianapolisNBC4 p.m. ETSun., July 12KentuckyFS12:30 p.m. ETWed., July 15Bristol (All-Star Race)FS18:30 p.m. ETSun., July 19TexasNBCSN3 p.m. ETThurs., July 23KansasNBCSN7:30 p.m. ETSun., Aug. 2New HampshireNBCSN3 p.m. ETSat., Aug. 8MichiganNBCSN4 p.m. ETSun., Aug. 9MichiganNBCSN4:30 p.m. ETSun., Aug. 16Daytona (road course)NBC3 p.m. ETSat., Aug. 22DoverNBCSN4 p.m. ETSun. Aug. 23DoverNBCSN4 p.m. ETSat., Aug. 29DaytonaNBC7:30 p.m. ETThe Darlington race on May 17 ran instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. The Darlington race on May 20 ran instead of the postponed Richmond race that was originally scheduled for April 19. The Charlotte race on May 27 ran instead of the Sonoma race that was originally scheduled for June 14.The Pocono doubleheader remained as previously scheduled for the final weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races were presented on Fox (and FS1) rather than on NBC. Fox closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15 before NBC took over, but NBC still carried the Brickyard 400 on July 5.The previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan are now part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at those respective tracks in August.Because New York requires people to quarantine for 14 days after traveling from one of the states impacted heavily by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race on Aug. 16 was moved to the Daytona road course. According to The Athletic, NASCAR tried to get a quarantine waiver for its Watkins Glen races but was denied by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Entering the season, we knew the 2020 NASCAR schedule would feature significant changes in terms of which tracks would host races on which dates. Yet nobody could have predicted the amount of change the 2020 NASCAR schedule has actually endured.After shifting some dates and moving certain races to different tracks, NASCAR still has a complete slate of 36 races intact for 2020. Four Cup races were completed before the outbreak reached the United States, and NASCAR became the first American sports league to resume its season — albeit without fans in attendance — starting with a previously unscheduled race at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17.last_img read more

Onana reveals that an Italian club did not sign him for being black

first_imgThe events happened after the 2016/17 season, Onana’s first as Ajax’s goalkeeper, and his good performances were key for the Amsterdam team to reach the Europa League final against Manchester United, which took the English 2-0.The goalkeeper revealed the incident in a report by the Dutch newspaper about racism in football. “I can’t change who I am. Why should I worry? I’m black and African, I’m proud of it. If someone doesn’t like me because I’m black, there’s no problem. I don’t even care.”he assured.Onana was the subject of racist proclamations last December in the Telstar camp, in an Eredivisie party. “The CEO (Marc Overmars) asked me if I wanted to file a complaint. A complaint for this? Then you would have to put half of the Netherlands in jail,” The soccer player said.The Dutch Football Federation announced in early February a series of measures to tackle racism in the stands. The veto of attendance at the stadiums of fans who sing insulting songs will be increased from five to ten years, surveillance systems will be improved and clubs that do not do enough will run the risk of losing points. “Told him: ‘We believe that Onana is a great goalkeeper, but unfortunately we cannot hire him. A black goalkeeper would bring us many problems in front of our fans’ “, The soccer player related. “Of course The statement hurt me, but to be honest I was also glad I said it. It would have been worse if they had thought that I am too bad for them. “, adds Onana. Cameroonian Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper André Onana says that an Italian team was interested in him three years ago, after playing the Europa League final against Manchester United, but the signing was halted at the last moment due to the color of your skin.The Cameroonian, who does not make public what team it is, explained that “the conversations were going well” until his representative received a call from the general director, according to an interview with the general newspaper NCR, based in Amsterdam, and published on Saturday a report on racism in football.last_img read more

ICU at Diamond Hospital to be relocated

first_imgIn an effort to rectify the current issues plaguing the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (DDC), on the East BankDemerara, plans are afoot to relocate the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the facility.The administrators of DDC on Friday during discussions with Public Health Minister Dr George Norton and Minister Dr Karen Cummings, made a proposal to have the ICU moved.According to the administrators, there is currently another location aback the hospital to treat tuberculosis (TB) patients and that is the area they propose be used to house the ICU.Medical Superintendent of DDC Micheal Pereira, explained that the hospital currently has qualified medical professionals to operate in that capacity when the ICU is relocated.He noted that more staff will be needed to function at the unit if the move is to be made, but added that the move will greatly benefit those seeking medical attention at the institution.Pereira further explained that there are sufficient beds and medical equipment available if the proposal is approved.According to the administrators, the space is much bigger and will be able to house more patients which will in turn take the load off Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH).When asked where the tuberculosis unit will be transferred to, it was proposed that it be transferred to where the ICU is currently located.This they said, is due to the fact that the hospital treats a limited number of patients with the disease on a daily basis.Listening to the proposal, Minister Norton said it made sense and after further discussions expressed willingness to have the proposal see reality.However, a specific date has not been set for the relocation to be carried out.last_img read more