Ulster continue winning run

first_img Press Association Ulster scored five tries with second row Dan Tuohy, who grabbed the first and last, crossing the line in addition to touchdowns from man of the match Jared Payne, Luke Marshall and Ireland squad reject Andrew Trimble who grabbed the bonus point score. However, the margin of victory would have been greater if Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar had been more accurate from the tee. There was to be no repeat of last week’s European heroics from Cardiff and though they battled back several times and scored tries from Richard Smith and Robin Copeland, Ulster ultimately showed them no mercy with the power of their finishing and set-piece. Jackson opened the scoring for Ulster after the home side had made a pulsating start with a seventh-minute penalty which was cancelled out three minutes later by Leigh Halfpenny. But Ulster then struck for a try after Stuart Olding picked out Marshall and the Ireland centre fed Robbie Diack who in turn put second row Tuohy over after a quarter of an hour. Jackson, though, missed the extras and did so again just after the 20th minute when a second penalty given against the Blues scrum under their own posts saw Pienaar tap and go with Tommy Bowe’s looping pass putting Payne in at the left corner. With Ulster now leading 13-3, the Blues needed a response but, again, they were penalised at a scrum and Jackson kicked the 27th-minute penalty. This time the Blues did respond, though, and the strong-running Copeland skipped past Pienaar on the narrow side after the Blues had finally produced some sustained attacking. Halfpenny missed the conversion but made amends five minutes later with a penalty to narrow Ulster’s lead to 16-11 which is how it ended at the turnaround. Ulster came out with all guns firing and after Olding’s marvellous step and one-handed pass to Marshall, the Ireland centre drove through Halfpenny and the try was awarded via the TMO. Once more Jackson missed the conversion but then kicked a penalty after Copeland was sin-binned on 45 minutes. Again, though, the Blues came back and even with 14 men they kicked a penalty for the corner, won the lineout and moved the ball into space allowing Smith to score out wide. Halfpenny then nailed a great conversion to make it 24-18. But after another huge scrum, and just before Copeland’s return, Pienaar stepped up and kicked a magnificent long-range penalty to take Ulster’s lead to 27-18. Cardiff yet again managed to stay in touch through Halfpenny’s third penalty just before the hour mark and then the Blues survived a penalty given against Sam Warburton when Pienaar’s penalty hit the upright and stayed out. Two minutes after the hour mark, Jackson again missed with a penalty but then after an Olding kick put the Blues back deep into their own territory, Roger Wilson launched an attack and quick ball saw Trimble put away by Olding in the corner for Ulster’s bonus point. Pienaar could not add the difficult conversion but at 32-21, Ulster had breathing space again and then in the last move of the game, Tuohy scored and Pienaar landed the touchline conversion. Ulster stretched their winning run to four games in the league and six in all competitions after seeing off Cardiff Blues 39-21 in a valuable bonus point win at Ravenhill. last_img read more

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Saints land Long

first_imgSouthampton have announced the signing of striker Shane Long from Hull. The 27-year-old moves for an undisclosed fee after scoring four goals in 15 appearances for Steve Bruce’s side last season. Long will provide some much-needed attacking impetus for Southampton boss Ronald Koeman alongside fellow new recruit Graziano Pelle after the departures of striker Rickie Lambert and midfield talisman Adam Lallana. “Shane is a very good player. As a striker, he’s different to Graziano Pelle, which is something we needed,” Koeman told the club’s official website. “He brings ambition and a great mentality. He’s always running and always working, and he’s very down-to-earth. He’s a great person, and we need that type of player. “He brings a lot of experience to our squad because he’s already played at Premier League level for a few years. He knows what we need at this level, and he can show that to our younger players as well. “Shane will be an important player for us and our future.” It has been a summer of upheaval on the south coast with defender Dejan Lovren joining Lambert and Lallana in moving to Liverpool, Luke Shaw departing for Manchester United, Calum Chambers exiting to Arsenal and former boss Mauricio Pochettino heading for Tottenham. Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin have also been tipped to leave the club before the end of the transfer window but the additions of Long and Pelle, alongside FC Twente winger Dusan Tadic, will quell the fears of some of the Saints faithful. Long first moved to England with Reading and spent six years at the Madejski Stadium before moving to West Brom in the summer of 2011. He spent two-and-a-half years with the Baggies before his short stint in East Yorkshire and cannot wait to get started with his third club in seven months. “I’m delighted,” he said. “This came out of the blue for me but, once I’d come and had a look at the training facilities and met the manager, it seemed like the right decision for me and my family. “It was a hard decision for me to make, but when you come down to Southampton you see how big a club it is and how well set up it is. “You look at how well they did last season and they are developing a new squad for this year to try and achieve those accomplishments again, and hopefully I can be a big part of that. “Southampton play a brand of football that’s enjoyable to watch, and I’m sure it’ll be enjoyable to play in as well. I think the formation they play will suit me, and the manager has a lot of knowledge about football and I’m looking to learn off him. “In theory it’s a very good move for me, but all the hard work starts tomorrow when I get on the training pitch because I have to prove my worth.” Press Association Sport understands the Long signing will see Southampton pay short of the reported £12million fee, but it could reach that level if clauses are met. Long may not be the only signing completed on Thursday, with Steaua Bucharest centre-back Florin Gardos close to moving to St Mary’s. The Romania international is expected to arrive in a £6million deal, replacing Lovren in the heart of Southampton’s’ back four and joining goalkeeper Fraser Forster and full-back Ryan Bertrand as defensive reinforcements. The Republic of Ireland international only joined the Tigers from West Brom in January but now moves to St Mary’s on a four-year deal. Southampton stated on their Twitter feed: “OFFICIAL: #SaintsFC has completed the signing of @HullCity striker @Shanelong009 on a four-year contract. #SaintShane.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Julien 84,Sinclair 4-20 lead WI emerging players to Super50 title

first_imgIT was an experiment that went right, as the West Indies Emerging Players (WIEP) thrashed Leeward Hurricanes by a whopping 205 runs to clinch the 2019 Regional Super 50 tournament, in Sunday’s thrilling finals.The WIEP had been playing like champs and pulling a number of surprises all season, but were not fan favorites to win up until qualifying for the semis and didn’t disappoint their fanbase as they completed their mission with utmost success.It was Leonardo Julien’s brilliance with the bat which led WIEP to a robust total of 293 for 7 in 50 overs. The stylish left-hander hit 83 from 85 balls, decorated with 11 fours and 2 sixes as he led the batting charge.Skipper Kimani Mileus (28), Roland Cato, Yannick Cariah (34), Guyanese Kevin Sinclair (28) and Dominic Drakes (38) all played great roles as the supporting cast.Leewards bowling took a pounding as Quintin Boatswain and Sheeno Berrige returned 2-59 and 2-60 respectively.Much like the bowling, Hurricanes failed to do any damage as it took the ruthless WIEP bowlers a mere 26.5 overs to get the job done.The more experienced Hurricanes were ironically blown away for a paltry 88 runs with their leading run-scorer in Devon Thomas being the lone among scorers with his top score of 15.Not much could be said for what has been a good batting unit as the emerging with Sinclair spinning webs around them to bag magical figures of 4-20 from just 5 overs.Cariah too followed up his runs off the bat by coming back to snatch up 3 wickets for just 8 runs from 5 overs also, as WIEP surged to a commanding win and their maiden Regional Super50 title. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

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Grant Denies Ghana Apology

first_imgSpeaking to the Ghana FA Communication Division, Grant went on, “What I wanted to say is we need everybody not to focus on the unnecessary thing, only to focus about the most important thing that our leaders that can make the change can focus on the important things that can take us forward and not about negative things.”Upon his return to Ghana, however, the gaffer clarified – when pushed by a local journalist – that his statement was not equal to an apology. “I didn’t apologise…because if you follow my career I have never insulted anybody. There was no negative meaning behind it because I use it in punditry work and at home with my kids,” Grant said.The Israeli has come under intense criticism, including from the sports ministry. He has been accused of spending less time in Ghana to monitor the local league.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram While many felt Avram Grant has shown remorse for asking Ghanaians to “stop the bullshit and concentrate on the football,” the Israeli insists he has not.Following Ghana’s home win against Mozambique in Afcon 2017 qualifying, the gaffer courted the ire of Ghanaians who had been asking for more of his presence at local football games. “If this nation focus on the football and not bullshit, just the football because there is a lot of passion, we can go higher, high level. It is a long-term target, but it is very much achievable.”Predictably, the ensuing Easter break was filled with analysis of his comments and demands from the Ghana FA to call him to order. On Easter Sunday, Ghana went to Mozambique and drew 0-0 in a tepid affair, after which the local media began an exercise to get answers from him. Initially, the sexagenarian appeared to show remorse, saying: “First, I withdraw this word. Just the thing I will like to say is I love Ghana and I respect Ghanaians and I care about the Ghanaian team.”last_img read more

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Gould launches a new fundraising initiative

first_imgThe Gould School of Law kicked off its new fundraising initiative with a gala at the Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night. More than 200 USC faculty members, administrators, student leaders and alumni attended the event.The initiative’s goal of $150 million is part of the Campaign for the University of Southern California, an effort by the university to raise $6 billion in private funding by 2018.The funds will not only be used to provide scholarships to students and improve Gould’s facilities, but also to attract new faculty to the school.“Faculty depend on the support of our alumni and supporters for endowed chairs, endowed professorships, for research funds,” said Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs.Kenneth Doran, chair of the Gould Board of Councilors, emphasized the need for constant improvement in order for Gould to maintain its standing as a leader in legal education.“We need the best facilities, the best students and the best faculty in order to not only maintain what we have, which is truly special, but to become an even better university, an even better law school for the future,” Doran said.The initiative relies on graduates giving back to their alma mater.Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County district  attorney and a Gould alumna, noted her appreciation for the Trojan family in her keynote speech.“My experience at Gould was         life-altering and has been the foundation for my career and for the life I have now,” she said.Lauren Delilly, a third-year law student at Gould, was proud that alumni were interested in her goals.“Having somebody invest in my future means that there’s people who recognize the quality of the education here at USC … that [Gould students] are worth investing in,” Delilly said.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry leaves game after landing hard on left hand

first_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 31st October, 2019 12:56 IST Stephen Curry Leaves Game After Landing Hard On Left Hand Warriors star Stephen Curry fell hard on his left wrist in the third quarter of Golden State’s game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Asian markets follow Wall Street higher after Fed rate cut 10 months ago Rocket attack kills Iraqi soldier, adding to growing unrest Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Written By LIVE TVcenter_img 10 months ago Fake chimneys for birds that need vertical hollows to rest 10 months ago Report says CIA-trained Afghan forces behind war atrocities First Published: 31st October, 2019 12:56 IST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Warriors star Stephen Curry fell hard on his left wrist in the third quarter of Golden State’s game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.The two-time MVP drove to his left defended by Kelly Oubre Jr. and with big man Aron Baynes standing solidly in the paint. Curry leaped with the ball then came down headfirst landing awkwardly on his hands to brace himself from the court, with Baynes crashing onto Curry’s left wrist. Curry grimaced in pain grabbing his hand then walked to the locker room with 8:31 left in the third quarter.Losing Curry, Golden State’s longest-tenured player and oldest at age 31, for an extended period would be a huge blow for a young Warriors team.Golden State is struggling to start the season with Kevin Durant’s departure to Brooklyn and Klay Thompson out for perhaps the entire season recovering from July 2 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago Labrador sworn in at state’s attorney’s office in Chicago COMMENTlast_img read more

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Kremlin says Russia remains ‘open to cooperation’ on doping

first_img Written By 10 months ago Olympic champ’s heartfelt speech marks end of an era at WADA Press Trust Of India 9 months ago Scientists: Thousands of planets could be orbiting around black holes “This is definitely concerning information. We regret this,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. READ | Four Of The Top 10 Teams In Country To Play In Paradise Jam COMMENT READ | Boxing: Deontay Wilder Answers Whether He Could Beat Muhammad Ali At His Prime Or NotIf WADA chiefs adopt the review committee’s recommendations, Russia faces exclusion from key sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The doping scandal has tainted Russia’s sporting reputation for the last five years, after revelations of large-scale state-sponsored doping aimed at improving Russia’s medal performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Monday’s call from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s review panel came after Russian authorities were accused of falsifying laboratory data related to the country’s doping scandal, which were handed over to investigators in January. Peskov said news of the possible ban was “far from joyful for us,” but Moscow would await the final decision on the proposed ban by WADA’s executive committee on December 9 before making an assessment. Concerning the tainted data, Peskov insisted Russia had provided “detailed explanations” to WADA of the inconsistencies it found.READ | UFC: Gina Carano Reveals How Dana White Ruined Her Mega-fight With Ronda Rousey WE RECOMMEND In the Kremlin’s first reaction to anti-doping watchdog WADA’s compliance review committee’s recommendations issued Monday, he stressed that Moscow was open to cooperation with international authorities “You know the Russian sporting authorities have been, are and will remain as open as possible to cooperation and collaboration with the international sporting community and also with WADA,” he said. 9 months ago WADA seeks four-year Russia ban over false doping datacenter_img 9 months ago Sabudana Wada: Easy recipe of this famous Indian break-fast food FOLLOW US First Published: 27th November, 2019 17:34 IST Last Updated: 27th November, 2019 17:34 IST Kremlin Says Russia Remains ‘open To Cooperation’ On Doping The Kremlin on Wednesday said Russia regrets a proposed four-year blanket ban for the country’s athletes over doping but will remain open to cooperation LIVE TV 9 months ago Olympic doping ban looms for Russia after WADA panel ruling The Kremlin on Wednesday said Russia regrets a proposed four-year blanket ban for the country’s athletes over doping but will remain open to cooperation.READ | WADA Says Sanctions Won’t Hit Russia’s Euro Games, CL Final SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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TENNIS: Nadal makes return number eight

first_imgFollowing his final training session this Monday in Manacor, Rafael Nadal feels that his work is done and he’s ready to return to competition.The world number 3, after being unable to play for the last month with appendicitis, will have his next official match in the Qatar Open, his eighth official return to competition after a long period out injured. This season alone, after missing the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati, and the US Open – with an injury to his right wrist – he only managed to make a temporary return in Peking.Straight after that he started suffering from appendicitis, when he was in Shanghai to play the year’s second last Masters tournament.Boris Becker, a former tennis great who now trains Novak Djokovic alongside Marian Vajda, described Nadal’s original return to action as “the best return I’ve seen in tennis”. This was in reference to the 2013 campaign, when, after having been out of action for seven months due to a partial rupture in the rotulian tendon, Nadal won ten titles in a row, claiming his eighth Roland Garros and second US Open in the process.”What happened in 2013 is unrepeatable. First of all I’m two years older”, Nadal said. There is a real test waiting to welcome him back to the circuit in Abu Dhabi and Doha: world number 1 Novak Djokovic.last_img read more

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Mark Ingram is about to set Saints’ rushing touchdown record

first_imgNew Orleans is 11-2 and leads the NFC South. They’ll take on the Panthers next Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET, who have allowed the second most rushing yards by any defense this season. Alvin Kamara pumped for Mark Ingram’s return to Saints: ‘It’s about to get ugly’ Mark Ingram is about to break the Saints’ all-time rushing touchdown record.The former Heisman Trophy winner is in his eighth year with New Orleans, and scored his 49th career rushing touchdown in its 28-14 victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday. This mark tied former Saints running back Deuce McAllister for most in the organization’s history.center_img “Obviously, Deuce is the epitome of the great backs that have come through New Orleans,” Ingram said after Sunday’s game, via 247Sports.Ingram served a four-game suspension to start this season due to his violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy, but he’s helped improved the Saints’ lethal offense since his return. He’s rushed for 519 yards and five touchdowns in the nine games he’s played in so far. Related Newslast_img read more

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Alexander: The Alliance attempts to make an impact in communities of color

first_img Alexander: Playoff series takes a turn Clippers weren’t expecting Will five years be enough to solve these problems. No. But the ambition seems to be that this will be more than one five-year term, and each increment of commitment that follows will bring those potential solutions closer.“I think the intent of announcing this is so we are held accountable and that we do the good work and the hard work over the long period of time,” Lakers’ chief operating officer Tim Harris said. “We’re not getting together here today to say we intend to boil the ocean. What we’re doing is getting together to say we’re gonna take a little part of the ocean and we’re going to try to boil that, and hopefully that motivates others to do the same.“It took us 400 years to get here. We’re not going to get out of this overnight. But the only way we are going to get out of this is to start taking positive baby steps.”jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Alexander: Coping with the desolation, and silence, of empty seats Alexander: SCGA president Fred MacFarlane aims to broaden golf’s reach Alexander: Baseball’s ‘unwritten rules’ need to be erased It is unprecedented. A coalition of Southern California’s 11 professional sports organizations, some of whom compete bitterly on the field or court and all of whom scramble for area fans’ dollars and attention, have banded together for a cause.It is noble. They recognize that by pooling their efforts and resources and going all-in with the LA84 Foundation’s Play Equity initiative, they can help make a difference in communities of color desperately in need of jobs, educational opportunities and hope.And it is ambitious. The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles, the combined effort of the Dodgers, Angels, Rams, Chargers, Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Ducks, LAFC, Galaxy and Sparks unveiled Tuesday, has given itself a five-year window to create and sustain change in those communities, through funding and attention.Will it work? Will these organizations, all of whom have their own issues with a global pandemic having ravaged the sports landscape, stay the course and maintain the commitment that was announced Tuesday?center_img The impetus was the same sequence of events that have awakened much of this society over the last several weeks and helped bring the toxicity of systemic racism and white privilege front and center. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery (shot while jogging), Breonna Taylor (shot by police who broke down her door mistakenly and with no probable cause) and George Floyd (suffocated by a Minneapolis policeman who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds), and the resulting protests and backlash against the symbols of hate and bigotry, have forced America into an uncomfortable conversation that many of us had avoided for way too long.If the result of that conversation is that we now dig into the roots of the problem, that is a way forward.“The work we are going to engage in over the next five years is critically important,” said Renata Simril, president of LA84 – the foundation created through the financial success of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and dedicated to supporting non-profit youth sports organizations throughout the region.“Kids from poor communities have an obesity rate that is nearly two times higher than kids from affluent communities. Poor students are five times more likely to drop out of high school than students from high-income families. And Black and Latinx youth have the highest rates of stress, anxiety and depression.“We believe that equity is a social justice issue, and there are a lot of reasons why. Funding is one. Lack of enrichment programs, including sports and physical education in school, is another. Lack of volunteers, coaches and mentors. Safe passage to playgrounds. This is all a hindrance to positive engagement activities for kids, and to their connection (to) support systems that help them realize their true potential. And it’s a hindrance to their academic success in school. … When kids play, they are healthier, both physically and mentally, and do better in school. But it requires access and opportunities.”The professional organizations’ involvement will include money and time, including the participation of the teams’ players, as a complement to their current charitable activities rather than a replacement. But it can’t be just having stars showing up occasionally for meet-and-greets.Simril talked of working with organizations already entrenched in the communities, with an emphasis toward sports and educational opportunities for youths 14 to 18 – and reminding those boys and girls that there are career opportunities in sports that go beyond the field or court. They could be executives, or videographers, or someone like Blake Bolden, who was the first Black player in the National Women’s Hockey League, now is an AHL scout for the Kings and also will work with their front office on diversity and inclusion initiatives.“It’s like that famous adage – if she can see it, she can be it,” Simril said.Related Articles Alexander: Lakers fans, it’s been a long wait Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Maybe this is the best way to look at it: There is too much at stake, in Southern California and beyond, for it not to work. This collaboration can be a powerful example in other cities where sports have such an outsized profile.It is not the sole path to the end of poverty and inequality. But it’s an idea and a commitment, and more specifically one that will be monitored and tracked to gauge its progress.It’s most definitely a start.“We felt like, if not sports, then who?” said Tom Penn, president and owner of LAFC, during the virtual news conference Tuesday at which this collaboration was officially announced.“Our goal is pretty simple. It’s to unite as allies. In many cases we’re rivals, but in this case we’re allies to push against racial injustice, to take on important issues in communities of color and particularly the Black community. We expect this alliance to be a beacon and a magnet for cooperation and collaboration in Los Angeles and greater Los Angeles.”last_img read more

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