No deal with City – Pellegrini

first_img It has been reported that the Chilean has been lined up to succeed current City manager Roberto Mancini, whose position at the Etihad Stadium has come under the spotlight following a hugely disappointing season. According to reports, Mancini, whose team lost the FA Cup final to Wigan at the weekend, could even be sacked before the Blues take on Reading on Tuesday night. However, Pellegrini insists he has no deal in place with any club for next season and is currently focused only on trying to help Malaga secure a Europa League place. “I deny here and now being the new coach of Manchester City, I haven’t signed any agreement with anybody,” Pellegrini told Malaga’s official website after their goalless Primera Division draw with Sevilla. “I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs have shown an interest in me. I have an agreement with Malaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other club. “I hope in the coming weeks that things will become a little clearer what is going to be the future here at this club.” Malaga have struggled with form since their heartbreaking Champions League quarter-final defeat by Borussia Dortmund, winning two of six Primera Division matches while losing three. Despite that, Malaga are still sixth in the league standings and will be hoping to stay there over the final two games of the season. Even if they do finish in sixth, though, they may not be playing in continental competition next season with a one-year ban from European football hanging over them. UEFA handed out the punishment in December due to the Spanish club’s outstanding debts, but the club are hoping for a reprieve. The former Real Madrid and Villarreal coach added of speculation about his future: “There are a lot of rumours. “The coaching team and players are focused on qualifying the team for Europe. Overcoming the trauma of being knocked out of the Champions League wasn’t easy, but we’re still hoping to qualify for the Europa League.” Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has denied having an agreement in place to become the next manager of Manchester City.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Nevin, Flynn win at Chris Angell Fall Classic

first_imgELLSWORTH — Brooklin’s Lindsay Nevin and Hancock’s Sean Flynn were among the winners at the annual Chris Angell Fall Classic on Saturday the Ellsworth Tennis Center.Nevin defeated fellow Brooklin native Courtney Bianco to win the girls’ 18-year-old singles championship. The two are also teammates on the George Stevens Academy tennis team.Flynn won the 14-year-old singles title on the boys’ side. He defeated Max Friedlander of Bar Harbor to take home the title.The tournament is named for Chris Angell, who was formerly the top male tennis player in the state of Maine. Fall and winter editions are held every year. Funds from the tournament went toward raising awareness and supporting treatment for individuals with serious mental illnesses.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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USC lays blueprint for future success

first_imgDespite the USC women’s soccer team’s run-of-the-mill 2012 record of 6-10-3, the Women of Troy competed hard throughout the season, ending on a high note with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over UCLA.Building block · Jordan Marada, who led the Women of Troy with 15 points in 2012, will provide next year’s squad with a dangerous scorer. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy entered the season with 20 of their 34 players making their USC debuts as either freshmen or transfers. The team still retained a veteran presence, however, with seven of its 11 goal scorers from 2011 returning, including junior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy, who led the team last year with four goals — two of which were game-winners.USC’s 3-6-2 record in Pac-12 play placed it seventh in the conference. The team also missed the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year after not missing postseason play since 2004.Though lacking in experience, almost all of the Women of Troy’s games went down to the wire. Perhaps no statistic exemplifies this more than the fact that they played nine overtime games — in which they went 2-4-3 — and that 16 of USC’s 19 games were decided by a one-goal margin or less. The Women of Troy were only outscored 34-27 on the season.The women’s soccer team began the season 2-1 for the first time since 2008, winning both its season and home openers, including a 4-1 win over Saint Mary’s on Aug. 24. It was the team’s highest scoring home opener since 2007, when USC’s championship season began with a 5-1 win over Weber State. The Women of Troy followed that up with a 1-3-1 stretch before entering conference play, only scoring six goals in that span.After starting off conference play with a 1-0 win against Washington, USC went winless in its next five games — including two ties —  before snapping that streak as well as a 258-minute scoreless streak against Utah.USC appeared to step its game up against some of the best teams in the nation, as the team closed out its schedule against No. 1 Stanford, No. 21 California and No. 2 UCLA.The team would have pulled off a major upset against Stanford if not for an offsides call overturning the game-winning goal, allowing the Cardinal to seal the 1-0 win. Similarly, USC fought California evenly until Cal took advantage of a defensive miscue to beat USC 1-0. Thankfully, their season-ending win over UCLA gives them some momentum heading into next season.The Women of Troy only lose five seniors next season and will bring in some new recruits to strengthen their young core. Samantha Johnson earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring her 15th career goal (10th most by a Trojan) against UCLA  and also snagged a 2012 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. Johson and junior midfielder Jordan Marada notched five goals apiece on the season to pace the Women of Troy. Meanwhile, freshman Jamie Fink earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, while Marada ultimately led the team in points with 15.USC had a slight improvement in winning percentage after a 7-14-0 record in 2011 (from .333 to .395), and all the experience in close games over an entire season should help prepare the Women of Troy for next season as they look to get back into the NCAA picture.last_img read more

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Final preparations for Ireland – Australia clash.

first_imgThere are three Irish provinces in action in the Guinness Pro12 tonight.Munster visit Rodney Parade to face the Dragons at half-past seven.Connacht against Zebre and Ulster versus the Ospreys will both kick-off at 7:35. The Irish and Australian players will both hold a run-out at the Aviva Stadium later today ahead of tomorrow’s Test.Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has recalled Rory Best to his starting side as they target three wins from three from the Guinness series.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika still has to finalise his match-day squad after naming 11 substitutes that he will have to reduce to eight names before kick-off.last_img read more

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AOC aims to arrest decline by emulating Britain’s lottery system

first_img Hellas index recognises SG Digital as top tech employer  May 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Australia’s Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates has thrown ‘100% support’ behind calls for an A$50 million (£29.86 million) lottery to boost funding for sport in the country.The proposal comes after Australia’s disappointing 10th place finish in the medals table at Rio 2016, which continued a decline from fourth place in both Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004).Coates made the following comments: “We are 100 percent supportive of the lottery proposal. Olympic sport is in desperate need of funding. We are being out-funded by other countries, particularly Britain and Germany. I would give the lottery wholehearted support and I hope it gets up.”Meanwhile John Wylie, Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission, said that Australia had reached a ‘moment of truth’, and called on the government to set up the online lottery by the end of the year to keep the country competitive in the face of rising spending by their rivals.Wylie said: “We are on a burning deck in terms of our international performance. There is no better evidence of that than what has been happening at the Olympic Games. If we are going to remain competitive internationally, if we are going to have a healthy and active society, we need to invest significantly more in the system.”The Australian Sports Commission provides most of the funding for Olympic sports, but has seen its government grant decline over the last five years. Conversely, Great Britain has benefited from a huge increase in funding for elite sport via its national lottery and finished second in the table at Rio. OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Intralot rocked by Bulgaria Eurobet suspension  June 5, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Nzema Kotoko President, Mark Addo, is new GFA Vice President

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association’s Executive Council has chosen President of Nzema Kotoko Football Club, Mark Addo, to be the association’s new Vice-President.The decision was taken on Tuesday at the maiden meeting of the council after the October 25 elections in Accra.Per the new GFA statutes, the Vice-President of the association had to be chosen via an election from the new Executive Council which was a departure from the previous practice of appointing someone to assist the association’s President.During the election, Addo got 6 votes while Randy Abbey picked up 4 with Medeama board chairman, Dr. Tony Aubynn getting 1 vote.Who is Mark Addo?last_img read more

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Man City 1 – 1 Fulham

first_imgManchester City’s slim title hopes suffered another setback as they were held to a draw at home by Fulham.City, badly missing the creativity of the injured David Silva, went ahead when Mario Balotelli rifled in a superb right-foot shot from outside the area.Aleksandar Kolarov wasted a fine chance before Fulham, managed by ex-City boss Mark Hughes, levelled when Damien Duff converted Andrew Johnson’s cross.Carlos Tevez and Kolarov went close, but City could not find a winner.The draw leaves City 10 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United having played a game more than their local rivals.And it was a result that will mean a lot to Fulham manager Hughes, who was sacked as City boss in December 2009 as the club appointed Roberto Mancini as his replacement. It appeared as though there is little love lost between the two men, who came together in angry fashion after the final whistle. They walked towards each other without looking and barely shook hands, both men withdrawing their grasp and disappearing down the tunnel.But Hughes will be by far the happier of the two bosses having seen his side accumulate another crucial point in their battle to stay in the top flight and it was a point they thoroughly deserved for another determined display.City, fresh from easing into the last 16 of the Europa League courtesy of a 3-0 win over Aris Salonika on Thursday, were never at their best and they must now focus on gathering enough points to ensure they stay in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.Balotelli, Tevez and Edin Dzeko once again formed a three-man attack but they were impressively shackled by the Fulham rearguard and they missed the prompting and probing of Silva, missing with an ankle injury.Fulham had not lost in their three previous league trips to Eastlands and they more than matched City from the outset, breaking up the hosts’ flow and starving them of possession in areas where they could do real damage. City’s best early chance was a Balotelli volley from a corner that flew over but Fulham quickly replied with two of their own as they began to enjoy themselves. First Danny Murphy fired narrowly over and then Moussa Dembele forced Joe Hart to save, both shots coming from outside the area.Just as City seemed to be struggling, a moment of magic broke the deadlock in their favour. Balotelli played a one-two with Tevez outside the Fulham box on the left and after holding off Murphy, he bulleted a right-foot shot into the bottom corner of Schwarzer’s net.Fulham’s heads briefly went down and they could have been 2-0 behind when their defenders inexplicably let the ball run into their penalty area to Kolarov on the left, the Serb selfishly shooting into the side-netting instead of squaring to Tevez or Dzeko.But gradually they worked their way back into it and after Dembele had an effort bravely blocked, soon after the restart the Cottagers got the reward their endeavour deserved.It was a beautifully worked goal too as Hangeland fed a pass to Johnson down the right, he fizzed over a cross to the back post and there was Duff, hurtling forward to meet the ball eight yards out and direct it past a flat-footed Hart. The visitors were suitably buoyed and Andrew Johnson fired low at Hart as the Eastlands crowd began to show signs of their frustration with City struggling.Slowly but surely City did begin to create some chances of their own and Balotelli mis-kicked eight yards out after great work down the right from Pablo Zabaleta, before Patrick Vieira came on for the ineffective Dzeko and gave Mancini’s side a lift.Balotelli played Tevez through and his left-foot shot was superbly tipped around his post by Mark Schwarzer, before Kolarov’s awkwardly dipping volley from fully 30 yards was pushed over the bar by the Australian stopper.But City continued to labour and in the end they can have few complaints about Fulham heading back to London with a point.Source: BBClast_img read more

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Andre Ayew wins Marseille player of the month award

first_imgGhana star winger Andre Ayew has been named Olympique Marseille’s player of the month of January.The 23-year-old beat his younger brother Jordan Ayew and striker Andre-Pierre Gignac to the coveted the award.Andre swept 55% of the total votes cast by Les Olympians fans while Jordan Ayew received 24% and Gignac came last with 21%.He scored twice in January in the games against Montpellier and Stade Rennes.After an early season disturbed by injuries, the 2010/11 Marseille player of the season is picking up his fine form.He will receive the award when Marseille host Valenciennes at the Stade Vélodrome on Saturday.last_img read more

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Rajon Rondo arrives in Florida, could join Lakers in bubble before playoffs

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Rajon Rondo is in Florida. Just not at Disney World.The Lakers guard got physically closer to rejoining the team on Wednesday, flying to Orlando to begin a seven-day coronavirus testing regimen outside of the NBA bubble. The 34-year-old guard has been away since fracturing his right thumb during the first weekend of training camp and getting surgery, and the Lakers hope to have him back playing potentially by the end of the month.Rondo will need to test negative seven consecutive times, then he can begin a four-day quarantine before rejoining the Lakers. That timeline could bring him to the bubble by Aug. 16, with the playoffs beginning the next day. He would not likely be ready to play in the first round.The team has missed a backup ball-handler to LeBron James on the court, but off the court, Rondo has been part of the fabric. Coach Frank Vogel said the veteran point guard hasn’t missed a coaching meeting yet — on Wednesday morning, he checked in from the West Coast, where it was 5:45 a.m., dribbling a basketball.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We’ve asked his opinion on certain things,” Vogel said. “He’s offered some input on other things when I’ve asked the group how are you guys feeling about a certain coverage or a certain rotation or anything like that and he’s been like one of our assistant coaches.”The only other notable absence on Wednesday was Dwight Howard, who sat out the game with reported knee soreness. Howard also missed a scrimmage with knee soreness in the bubble.James responds to Trump: ‘The game will go on”After President Donald Trump called kneeling protests during the national anthem at NBA games “disgraceful,” James chuckled at a reporter who asked him about it.“Are you trying to make me laugh right now?” he asked. “ I appreciate that.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articles The NBA restart has been a platform for social justice messages like Black Lives Matter, which is written on the court, displayed on flags and digital signs throughout the Disney campus, and worn on T-shirts. In general, Trump has been dismissive of — and at times openly hostile toward — protests of racial inequities, which several polls show a majority of Americans support.James has tangled with Trump before, and seemed initially reluctant to respond, “because I already know where this could go,” but he did say that he thought the basketball community would be “sad about losing his viewership.”“I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter the size, will see what leadership that we have at the top in our country and understand that November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us as Americans,” he said. “If we continue to talk about, ‘We want better, we want change,’ we have an opportunity to do that. But the game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball: We could care less.”last_img read more

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D’AMATO’S IRISH-BRED HUNT COULD BE ‘NOW’ HORSE IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2016)–Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Irish-bred Hunt, a sharp first condition allowance winner on Feb. 4, will hope to parlay his recent good form over the course into victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. Named in honor of the original Voice of Santa Anita, the Hernandez attracted a wide-open field of seven.Ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, Hunt was attentive to the pace as the 5-2 favorite on Feb. 4, opened up by two lengths crossing the dirt at the top of the lane and prevailed by three quarters of a length in his hillside debut. A 4-year-old gelding, Hunt is owned by Michael House and is 12-2-5-1 overall with earnings of $91,109.A close second going a mile on turf in his U.S. debut at Del Mar Aug. 30, Hunt will be making his sixth stateside start on Sunday and will be ridden back by Prat.A winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes over the course in September, 2014, Tarabilla Farms’ Home Run Kitten never threatened here in the downhill Clockers’ Corner Stakes Jan. 24, but had been idle since May 9 and was likely in need of the race. Trained by David Hofmans, Home Run Kitten has two wins from five tries down the hill and he has an abundance of back class to draw upon.A 5-year-old horse by Kitten’s Joy, Home Run Kitten is 16-4-2-5 overall with earnings of $342,300.D’Amato will also send out Papacoolpapacool, who has been idle since well beaten in the Grade II Del Mar Derby Sept. 6. The Hernandez will be his first start down the hillside turf course.Devoid of early speed, trainer John Sadler’s Bench Warrant has two wins from five tries down the hill and has been finishing well in his last two hillside starts, the Clockers’ Corner Stakes on Jan. 24 and the Grade III Daytona Stakes on Dec. 26. Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., the 4-year-old colt by Street Boss is 12-3-0-1 overall with earnings of $191,470.The speed of the field is trainer Vann Belvoir’s Rocket Heat, who opened up early and was tagged late in both the Daytona and Clockers’ Corner Stakes and was most recently fourth, beaten 5 ¾ lengths, in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs on dirt Feb. 7. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Latent Heat, Rocket Heat is owned by Mike Sanchez. With an overall mark of 14-5-4-1, he has earnings of $214,680.Trainer Doug O’Neill’s Guns Loaded comes off a sharp second condition allowance win here going 6 ½ furlongs on the main track Feb. 20 and has a win and a second from four tries over the course. Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Haymes, Rodriguez and Rothblum, the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by the D’wildcat is 24-6-3-4 overall with earnings of $299,470.Class Racing Stable’s Holy Lute was attentive to the pace in the Clockers’ Corner Stakes here Jan. 24 and has a win and four seconds from seven hillside tries. Trained by Jim Cassidy, the 6-year-old horse by Midnight Lute figures to get a stalking trip under Victor Espinoza. With an overall mark of 24-4-6-3, he has earnings of $402,042.The complete field for the Joe Hernandez Stakes, to be run as the fourth race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 120; Hunt, Flavien Prat, 122; Papacoolpapacool, Brice Blanc, 120; Rocket Heat, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 120; Guns Loaded, Santiago Gonzalez, 120, and Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 120.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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