Agent: Cech can talk to other clubs

first_img After a decade as number one, Cech has found himself second choice behind Thibaut Courtois this season as Chelsea won the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup. And the 32-year-old, who signed from Rennes in 2004 before playing a key role in winning every major club trophy, has hinted at his wish to move on this summer, despite still having a year to run on his contract. Petr Cech has been given the green light to talk to other clubs by Chelsea, according to the goalkeeper’s agent. Jose Mourinho expressed a reluctance for Cech to move to rivals Arsenal, who are rumoured to be interested in the goalkeeper, along with Liverpool, Paris St Germain, Besiktas, Real Madrid and others. Mourinho also said it would take “big” money to prise Cech away from Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are understood to be prepared to take the player’s wishes into consideration on deciding whether or not he can leave and his next destination. The Czech Republic international’s agent Viktor Kolar told talkSPORT: “Petr has a valid contract with his current club. However, I can confirm that we have been permitted by Chelsea to negotiate with interested parties and Petr has confirmed his interest to play regularly at a top club.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

We didn’t read conditions well: Carlos Brathwaite

first_imgLauderhill: West Indies lost to India by four wickets in the first contest of the three-match rubber and the Carribean skipper Carlos Brathwaite felt his team failed to assess the conditions.Batting first, West Indies could only manage to post 95/9 in the allotted 20 overs as most of their batsmen failed to click and it was just Kieron Pollard, who showed some fight with his 49 runs.Speaking at the post-match presentation, Brathwaite said: “We didn’t assess the conditions well. Kudos to Polly (Pollard) for leading the team with the bat, showed his experience. 130-140 would have been good on that wicket.”“We showed great heart to take the game as deep as we did and it shows that we batted ourselves out of the game with lack of assessment early. We asked the guys to play positive, aggressive cricket as we West Indians instinctively do,” Carlos Brathwaite added.Brathwaite said his team needs to assess the conditions well in the upcoming games and must also improve their shot selection.“The message would be to keep the intent, however, you need to assess better and be smarter with shot selection. Sunil’s (Naraine) four overs are very important. The pacers did well to set it up as wel,” he added. IANS Also Read: Carlos Brathwaite Urges West Indies To Follow England’s Footstepslast_img read more

Illini bring next task for aching Badgers

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoLast year when Wisconsin played Illinois, the Fighting Illini broke the Badgers five-game season-opening winning streak. This year, Wisconsin is hoping a much different streak will come to an end.Losers of four straight games, UW will take the field at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday hoping to notch its first Big Ten victory of the season and its first win since Sept. 13.“[A] lot of people on this team ain’t used to losing like this,” linebacker Jaevery McFadden said. “From high school to pee-wee, I’m not used to losing games like this, but we still got our heads high — we’re still working hard.”Wisconsin (3-4, 0-4 Big Ten) has been blown out in its last two games, losing by a combined score of 86-23 at the hands of Penn State and Iowa.“We’re in a skid right now,” linebacker Jonathon Casillas said. “We’ve got to get out of it and the No. 1 thing we have to do is forget the week before.”In practice this week head coach Bret Bielema tried to remind the team what it’s shown itself to be capable of at times this season.“[Bielema] ran through highlights of people making good plays all season,” McFadden said. “That just let us know that when you think about it, we’re a heck of a 3-4 football team.”UW started the season by winning its first three games including a road win against then No. 21 Fresno State.“It’s just tough when you know you’re not playing up to your ability,” Casillas said.“That kinda sucks; we don’t have the focus to play as good as we can.”Now the Badgers will try to put together a complete effort to snap the team’s first four-game losing streak since the 1996 season.“To start off the way we have, obviously the only thing we can do is move forward,” Bielema said.In trying to do so against Illinois, Wisconsin will have its hands full.“Illinois is definitely a hard team to play,” McFadden said. “You’ve got to be fundamentally sound; you’ve got to tackle well.”Last season, the Badgers went into Champaign ranked No. 5 in the nation, but they were upset 31-26 by the then-unranked, but eventual Rose Bowl participant Illini.The Illini (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) return quarterback Juice Williams who is a threat both through the air and on the ground.“With the athletes they got they can do a lot of different things,” McFadden said, “with Juice and [wide receiver Arrelious] Benn and the two running backs they got.”Against the Illini’s spread attack, the focus for the Badgers will be one of the things that has haunted them all season long — making tackles and finishing plays.“The spread is about getting somebody one-on-one and making them make an open-field tackle,” Casillas said. “If we tackle well I think we’ll be successful this weekend.”“We’ve had a lot of missed tackles, so we’ve been focusing on tackling,” McFadden said.Wisconsin has already played several teams that run spread offense variations this season.“I think we’re a lot more familiar with it than we were last year,” Casillas said.Although just over a month ago the Badgers were ranked in the nation’s top 10, the team now finds itself on the verge of a five-game losing streak. As nice as revenge would be for last season’s defeat at this point, it takes a backseat to just getting back on track.“We just want to go out there and win,” defensive back Allan Langford said. “We want to win a football game.”Quarterback Dustin Sherer, who started his first career game last weekend against Iowa, is expected to start against Illinois. It is unclear whether running back P.J. Hill, who suffered an injury against the Hawkeyes, will be able to play this weekend.John Clay is expected to step in should Hill be unavailable. Wisconsin hasn’t had a rusher break the 100-yard mark in any of the team’s four losses.last_img read more

Nash leaves Limerick panel

first_imgManager John Kiely has confirmed to the Limerick Leader that the full-forward has withdrawn from the squad for personal reasons.Nash started all three of Limerick’s Championship games last year, and was named man-of-the-match in the 2015 All-Ireland Under 21 hurling final.last_img

Possible change in Tipp club fixtures

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA Tipperary County Board are looking at changing the structure of the fixture list for clubs.There are a number of games still to be played in a short space of time, while also catering for inter-county fixtures.New proposals have been put forward this week by the Club Players Association, which would see April dedicated to club games, Decemeber as a month free of fixtures, and all club games finish within the calendar year. County Board vice chair John Devane says it’s difficult to get the balance between club and county games.last_img

Football clubs disengage with Facebook

first_img Related Articles Facebook’s decision to discontinue paying football clubs for live streams has inevitably led to a backlash of clubs becoming disinterested in the social media site.A plethora of teams that previously enjoyed heavy involvement in Facebook, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United, are now seemingly contemplating investments in alternative outlets such as Instagram and YouTube.The decision to cease paying clubs to produce live content was a result of considerable low engagement from supporters on the site. Last season, a live streamed Barcelona press conference managed to pull in just over 500,000 views, a minuscule amount compared to the 100 million or so Facebook fans of the club.The proven profitability of mid roll advertisements has led to Facebook shifting its priority away from live streams and more towards the purchasing of long form content, an area in which Facebook have expressed a specific interest is with regards to documentaries about fan culture.Although in the short term the attempts of Facebook to profit from this genre of video will serve to wane the site’s relationship with football clubs, in the long term, the possibility of an exodus of club’s interest from Facebook may prove premature.Monetary gain may not be decisive factor in luring the world’s biggest clubs back onto the site, even if this means they’re forced to adjust the content they provide.Speaking to SBC, Sebastian Jansson, Paid Social Media Manager of LeoVegas said: “I am not entirely sure that the Football clubs will move away from Facebook, as their real currency in this situation are all the fans out there.“Those fans will stay on Facebook until another platform emerges that will take their attention, and when that happens all the football clubs will probably start shifting their distribution accordingly.“One of the main reasons why football is such a huge sport, is because of the massive fan-base that it has amassed all over the world. Currently Facebook is the platform that has the vastest global usage, thus, being one of few places where they can reach and interact with their fans.“Due to that, I am certain that we will see a continuous relationship between football clubs and Facebook, and that will only change when the fans no longer use the platform.”Furthermore, bookmakers may be incentivised in the same way that football clubs are to adapt the content that is provided in order to retain engagement with Facebook.Jansson added: “It is still the social media platform where most people are active. Therefore, it will be of substantial importance as it is where a bookmaker at scale can reach the right audience, the quest is for the bookmakers to have material that is worthy of audience’s attention.“Everyone is getting better and better with their creatives and how they engage with people, so bookmakers need to follow suit and develop as well.“Any bookmakers’ aim is to have that Facebook page/group where people come to discuss football – if they manage to pull that, then probably they will do better than others. Exactly how that will be done is hard to say, but in my eyes it comes down to how good they can engage with fans through their content and accompanying creatives.” Submit Footstock signs Chris Kamara as new brand ambassador August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Mohammed Salah looked up to me – Eric Bekoe

first_imgFormer Asante Kotoko striker, Eric Bekoe has revealed that Liverpool Star Mohammed salah always looked up to him during his time in Egypt.Bekoe played for Egyptian side Petrojet between 2009 and 2012, after he left Kotoko.At the time, 18-year-old salah was with the youth side of Al Mokawloon. The Egyptian has since gone on to become a huge star.Bekoe, 34, has now revealed that he played a role in inspiring a young Salah.“I was a big player in Egypt. Mohamed Salah and other young Egyptian players wanted to be like,” Bekoe told Nhyira FM.“Oh yeah.“…..Mohammed Salah of Liverpool picked me as his role model. During my days at FC Petrojet, Salah was young boy playing for the youth side of Al Mokawloon who trained with Petrojet.“Salah was a left-winger who wanted to score more goals because he is clinical upfront. He sometimes cried because his efforts on wings doesn’t result in goals.“One of their coaches pushed him forward which helped his progression before leaving Egypt for FC Basel”Bekoe scored 65 goals in over eighty matches he featured for Egyptian club FC Petrojet before leaving in 2012.last_img read more

United Way Aims to Help Homeless for the Holidays With “Sock it to Poverty” Fundraiser

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich.- The United Way is aiming to help the homeless in Alcona, Alpena and Montmorency County. The organization has created an event called ‘Sock it to Poverty.’The United Way is encouraging all local businesses and organizations to set up a donation site to drop off warm items until December 12th. New socks, mittens, hats and cash will be accepted but warm socks are the most requested item.Donations can simply be dropped off at any participating business or organization including Thrivent Financial. Socks can be purchased for all ages and genders from infant through adult.If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to the United Way (with Sock it to Poverty on the memo line) to United Way of Northeast Michigan, 701 Woodward Ave., Alpena, MI. 49707, and socks will be purchased on your behalf.For more information contact the United Way of Northeast Michigan at (989) 354-2221.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Township Fire Department Honors: ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Firefighter of the Year’Next ‘Project Shiphunt’ comes to sanctuary cinema serieslast_img read more

Kenyan humbles over 6000 Ghanaians to win Accra Milo Marathon

first_imgAlex Kimeli of Kenya managed to beat over 6000 Ghanaians on Friday to emerge as the champion of the 26th edition of the Accra Milo Marathon. He took home GHs 10,000 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD as his prize.The 27 year old made a time of 2 hours 25 minutes 42 seconds in 42.2km race which started from ‘The Point’ in Nungua barrier through the principal streets of Accra to the finishing point at the Alhaji Sly Teteh Park in Dansoman.Yandel Joseph of Ghana Police Service and Seth Nuamah Boadi of University of Education Winneba were awarded GHs 7.000 and GHs 5,000 for placing second and third respectively.In the female division, Elizabeth Bortsor of Ghana Police Service won the first position with a price of GHs 10,000 and products of Nestle Ghana LTD. Gifty Abbey of Ghana Prisons Service had GHs 7,000 after placing second, while Josephine Kwakye of Ghana Police Service went home with a price of GHs 5,000 for taking the third position.In under 15 category, which covered 5kms from New Times Cooperation to the same finishing point in Dansoman saw Mustapha Alhassan from the Ashanti Region being awarded a cash prize of GHs 1,200 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD for the first place while Seyram Sebgefia from the Volta Region and Philip Apuri from Upper East Region placed second and third and respectively received GHs 800 and GHs 500 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD.Sakat Lariba from the Upper East Region couldn’t hide her joy for winning the girls division with a price of GHS1, 200 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD. Jessica Amevor from Volta Region work hard to occupy the second position with a price of GHs800 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD. Sandra Sapei of Upper East managed to win GHs500 and products from Nestle Ghana LTD for placing third. According to the organizers, Voltic Ghana Limited will supply all the under listed winners mineral water for a year.In an interview with Asempa Sports, Madam Marilyn Agyeiwaa Ofori, Assistant Brand Manageress of Beverages in Nestle Ghana LTD, the organizers, said although they encounter some challenges, they were very impressed with every aspect of the event and promised to improve on it in next year’s edition.She added that they are planning to make provisions for all the winners to compete in other marathon competition around the world in order to showcase to the rest of the world what athletes who pass through the Accra Milo Marathon are made of.She noted that the under 15 category would be organized at the regional level, next year, to select about 20 runners from reach region before the grand finale in Accra for them to identify many talented runners from the grassroots to compete.This year’s edition recorded much controversy due to the intention of the many runners trying to cheat to their favor but the organizers did so well to prevent them.last_img read more

Kristaps Porzingis will not play for Mavericks this season, report says

first_imgKristaps Porzingis isn’t likely to suit up for his new team this season.The 7-foot-3 big man was traded to the Mavericks by the Knicks on Tuesday and will use the rest of 2018-19 to recover from the ACL tear he suffered last season, according to an ESPN report. Social media reacts to Knicks trading Kristaps Porzingis to Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis probably will not play for the Mavericks this season as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered a year ago, Dallas owner Mark Cuban told ESPN.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 1, 2019New York parted ways after Porzingis asked the team in a team meeting for a trade. The deal also helped clear cap space. The Knicks hope to land two superstars in 2019-20. The Knicks are 10-40, which is the worst mark in the NBA.Dallas is thriving under the leadership of rookie star Luka Doncic, but sit outside of the playoff picture at 23-28. Doncic, 19, is averaging 20.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 2017-18 and was named an All-Star in just his third NBA season. Related Newscenter_img Future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki is on his way out the league, but Doncic and Porzingis could become a formidable European duo for years to come. If they mesh well on the hardwood.last_img read more